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The Americans defying Palm Sunday quarantines: “Satan’s trying to keep us apart”

first_imgTopics : “We’re defying the rules because the commandment of God is to spread the Gospel,” Louisiana pastor Tony Spell said in an interview with Reuters.Spell, 42, who plans to hold three services at his 1,000-member Life Tabernacle megachurch in a Baton Rouge suburb on Palm Sunday, has defied state orders against assembling in large groups and has already been hit with six misdemeanors.”The church is the last force resisting the Antichrist, let us assemble regardless of what anyone says,” he said.For Spell and others, the public health orders are a threat to religious freedoms and constitutional rights.”Satan’s trying to keep us apart, he’s trying to keep us from worshipping together. But we’re not going to let him win,” Kelly Burton, pastor at Lone Star Baptist Church in Greers Ferry, Arkansas, wrote in a post on Facebook.Lone Star has been holding services in the parking lot – what it calls “Church on the Lot” – and will do so on Palm Sunday.Coronavirus vs communion Gatherings organized by at least two churches – one in France, another in South Korea – have been linked to the spread of the virus.In California, Sacramento County officials said on Friday that they have identified one evangelical church that has a cluster of 71 positive cases. They offered few details but said that while the church itself is closed, church members continue to gather in fellow parishioners’ homes.Others in California are defying the ban.Rob McCoy is one of them. He is the former mayor of Thousand Oaks, in the Los Angeles area, but also the pastor of Godspeak Calvary Chapel, where he will offer communion on Palm Sunday – though encouraging worshipers to stand six feet apart.”It’s very important theologically that communion not be taken alone,” said McCoy. “What we are doing is exercising our inalienable rights. Communion is non-negotiable for us.”About 644 km north of Thousand Oaks, police in Lodi, California, interrupted a service late last month at the Cross Culture Christian Center, an evangelical church with about 80 regular attendees, to tell members they were violating stay-at-home orders.They have since been given a warning posted on the church door, a “Notice of Public Nuisance,” demanding the center stop holding services, according to local officials.”This is a serious public health threat,” said city spokesman Jeff Hood.Still, the pastor plans to hold services on Palm Sunday, said the church’s attorney, Dean Broyles.”Simply put, no, we’re not going to obey it,” Broyles told Reuters. “The virus does not suspend our constitutional rights, the right to assemble, freedom of religion and freedom of speech.”Broyles said the church is taking steps to mitigate risks, including sanitizing the building before services and asking that the elderly or those with health problems remain at home.”We’re much safer than a Walmart or grocery store,” said Broyles, who is also president of the National Center for Law & Policy, a legal advocacy group based in San Diego. “Think about it, you’re crammed into [store] aisles inches apart from other shoppers. Here we’re sitting six feet apart.”  The local mayor and health officials have asked the church to close, so far to no avail.Solid Rock did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters but in a statement on its website said, in part, that “we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of anyone who comes to Solid Rock Church. We have scaled back our normal services; and there are not large numbers of worshipers in the facility, but we are we are open and continuing to practice and sustain our faith.”Millions of American Christians will observe Palm Sunday at home this weekend, as the vast majority of US churches have moved services online to comply with stay-at-home rules.But, like Solid Rock, pockets of churches from Florida to Texas and across to California are keeping their doors open and inviting worshipers to attend services this weekend.center_img Her house sits on a tidy, peaceful suburban street outside Cincinnati. For the past few weeks, she has been doing everything right: sheltering at home and working out of her makeshift office to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus.The Ohio megachurch down the road, Solid Rock, has charted a different course. Despite warnings from local and state officials, Solid Rock had been holding its 1,000-strong gatherings in person, and plans keep the church open on Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week in Christian churches.”I think they should obey the laws of the land, like the way the Bible tells us to,” said Sandra, who lives a few miles from the site and asked not be identified by last name. Reuters was able independently to corroborate her address and identity.last_img read more

Haven Manor, a country-style home, hits the market

first_img693 Haven Road, Upper Brookfield.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019 693 Haven Road, Upper Brookfield. 693 Haven Road, Upper Brookfield.Inside is a modern rustic kitchen and dining area, including a loft for an intimate second lounge or a study. With beautiful high ceilings and natural timber features, the house oozes country charm with top-quality appliances for the avid home chef.“The neighbourhood is fantastic. Our neighbours are very friendly and there’s a lively community spirit in Brookfield,” Mr Meys said.“The photos really don’t do this incredible property justice.” 693 Haven Road, Upper Brookfield.Taking advantage of the absolutely exquisite views of North Stradbroke and Moreton Bay, the house features Juliette balconies and a large wooden deck overlooking the bushland and beyond, perfect for entertaining family and friends.Outside is the saltwater in-ground pool with a spa and waterfall, as well as a Swedish-style sauna and separate shower for those who appreciate a comfortable lifestyle. “The surrounding nature is very tranquil,” Mr Meys said.“We see many native animals and birds on the property daily, it’s as if the house is set on a wildlife sanctuary.” 693 Haven Road, Upper Brookfield.Hidden away in the lush greenery of 693 Haven Rd, Upper Brookfield is the stunning Haven Manor, a rustic country family home. With stained glass windows, cathedral ceilings, and the clever use of corrugated iron and wood, this house has an elegant European style throughout to compliment the fantastic position it’s on.David Meys, the owner of Haven Manor, built this home for his family 30 years ago.“My wife is originally from Finland, so we incorporated some Finnish architecture with a Queenslander colonial style,” Mr Meys said.last_img read more

Former Edmonton church open for inspection

first_imgThe property was sold by the Anglican Church in 2000.“It is a cute house and we have enjoyed many parties on the back deck,” Ms Newell said.“People come to visit and are just amazed by it.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“A girlfriend of mine’s daughter was christened here, and they want to come back for a look.”The three bedrooms are all airconditioned while the gardens have remained in excellent condition.The home is designed to capture the breeze, and a “stunning outlook” can be enjoyed from the outdoor entertaining area. The property was sold by the Anglican Church in 2000.A short drive from Cairns, it is also close to a host of local schools and shops. “We will be sad to go, but my husband and I have a new property we’re ready to move into,” Ms Newell said. “The neighbourhood is also great and we have not had any problems.” According to CoreLogic, the median house price at Edmonton as of December was just shy of $350,000.With a population of just under 10,000, the suburb is poised for growth amid surging interest in Cairns’ southern corridor. Selling agent for 32 Queen St Karl Latham of Elite Real Estate Services said the home was a “piece of Cairns history”.“Very rarely is there an opportunity to get something like this, which has so many unique features,” he said.“You walk through its arched opening and it just puts a smile on your face.“It is perfect for someone who wants to be able to come home to something different.“This innovative transformation presents a unique opportunity for the discerning buyer.”The property is being auctioned on-site at 11am Saturday, April 22. BUILT as a place of worship, this Edmonton property has served for years as a unique and reliable family home.Rustic charm is at the heart of the three-bedroom house, which superbly mixes modern living with its former life as a popular Cairns Southside church.The 1012sq m property is going to auction later this month, with the first open home being held today from 11-11.45am.Horticulturist Jackie Newell and her husband Gabriel Ayres have adored the unique home since they bought it in December 2009.center_img The property was sold by the Anglican Church in 2000.“The first time I walked in I was just overwhelmed,” she said. “The ceilings are so high and the place just has this calmness about it. We fell in love with it.”Built in 1923, the property looks as though it has hardly been touched, with the facade having stood the test of time.It was sold by the Anglican Diocese of North Queensland for $80,000 in 2000, and soon converted into a charismatic home. While some features of its sacred era remain, including the bell tower and alter, the interior is now a smart and highly-liveable setting.last_img read more

MHI Vestas Blade Paint Shop Starts Taking Shape

first_imgMHI Vestas has completed the foundation work at its Fawley Paint & Logistics Facility in Hampshire, UK.Source: Earlcoate ConstructionAccording to MHI Vestas, the facility is scheduled for opening in mid-2018, after which the company will begin painting its 80-meter turbine blades and storing them on the site.In November last year, the company announced it will repurpose the decommissioned Fawley Power Plant into a new painting and logistics facility for the 80m blades.MHI Vestas said the investment is a direct result of a strong demand for the V164 offshore wind turbine platform, and the new facility will complement the company’s manufacturing facility on the Isle of Wight, UK, where the blades are produced.The Fawley facility is the latest in a series of production investments MHI Vestas made as part of its industrialization strategy, including an increase in production capacity on the Isle of Wight, as well as in Danish manufacturing centers in Nakskov and Lindø.last_img read more

Haiti’s president launches plans to restore army

first_imgNewsRegional Haiti’s president launches plans to restore army by: – November 18, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 7 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share People are already indicating their readiness to join a possible new forceHaitian President Michel Martelly says he is setting up a commission to study plans for a new security force, 16 years after the military was abolished. Mr Martelly said the panel would look at the aims of the new force and ways of replacing UN peacekeepers who have been deployed since 2004. International donors have argued that Haiti’s focus should remain on rebuilding after the 2010 quake.The Haitian army was long associated with rights abuses and coups. Mr Martelly had been widely expected to announce the creation of a military force but his announcement appeared to signal a change in that plan. Speaking at a ceremony to mark Armed Forces Day, the president said a civilian commission would examine the restoration of the army. “The commission will have 40 days to prepare a plan to rehabilitate the army which should be presented by 1 January,” Mr Martelly said.“From that moment on we can start to think about the withdrawal of UN troops.” Police trainingThe army was abolished in 1995 by then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who had been overthrown in 1991 and returned to power three years later. However, political turmoil continued in the ensuing years and since 2004, the UN’s stabilisation mission, Minustah, has operated in the country. Major donors, including the US and Canada, have said Haiti has the right to have its own army. But they point to what they see as more pressing issues for the nation. “Canada fears that creating a second security force will significantly reduce the resources available for Haiti’s other important priorities,” John Babcock, Canadian Foreign Affairs spokesman told AP. These include rehousing those left homeless by the January 2010 quake; dealing with a cholera epidemic and re-training the national police force. Mr Martelly campaigned on a promise to restore the army and has tapped into anger directed against Minustah forces, which some Haitians see as foreign occupiers.“It does seem Martelly has sought to channel anti-Minustah sentiment to bolster support for the reactivation of the armed forces,” Mark Weisbrot from the Washington-based Center for Economic and Policy Research told Reuters. “The risk is that with this move, Haiti’s bitter, longstanding divisions, which are never far from the surface, could come back with a vengeance.”BBC News Sharelast_img read more

Batesville Sports Cancellation For Tuesday (9-10)

first_imgThe Batesville Middle School Cross Country meet at South Decatur tonight (Tuesday (9-10)) has been canceled.Batesville vs. Shelbyville Boys Soccer will be starting at a later time.The JV starts at 6 and The Varsity around 7:30-8.Submitted by Batesville AD Mark Ferguson.last_img

Ohio Teen Killed in Franklin County Crash

first_imgFranklin County, IN-On Monday, December 30th, shortly after 2:00 pm, a 15-year-old Ohio boy was killed and four other teens were seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash in rural Franklin County, Indiana. The initial crash investigation by Trooper Chad Snyder, Indiana State Police-Versailles Post, indicated that a 2000 red Pontiac passenger car, being driven by Zachary Ferneding, age 18, Hamilton County, Ohio was traveling eastbound on Oxford Pike at Dorrel Road in Franklin County.  Ferneding lost control of the vehicle which left the north side of the roadway.  The vehicle rolled, ejecting Ferneding from the vehicle.  The vehicle rolled into trees, coming to rest in an inverted position. Ferneding was airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with serious injuries.  A passenger in Ferneding’s vehicle, Bryce L. Hizer, age 15, Hamilton County, Ohio sustained fatal injuries in the collision.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Franklin County Coroner’s Office.  Three more passengers, Vivian Hilbert, age 16, Zachary C. Dockery, age 16, and Tyler D. Heatherly, age 15, all from Hamilton County, Ohio sustained serious injuries and were transported to Cincinnati area hospitals for treatment.  Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors at this time however, toxicology results are pending.  The investigation is ongoing by Trp. Chad Snyder with the assistance of Trp. Matthew Holley, Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team.  The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Brookville Police Department, Franklin County EMS, Morgan Twp. Ohio EMS, Brookville Fire Department, Drewersburg Fire Department, and the Franklin County Coroner’s Office.  The families of the victims have been notified.last_img read more

Five things you might not know about John Terry

first_img In June 2014, keen golfer Terry teamed up with Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp to take on Niall Horan from everybody’s favourite boyband One Direction and former Chelsea team-mate Andriy Shevchenko at Wisley golf course in Surrey. The pre-season tussle saw Terry and Redders get the better of the pop pin-up and ex-Chelsea flop, who is now a semi-professional golfer. The Blues skipper also struck up a friendship with Australian snooker player Neil Robertson when the former world number one visited Cobham training ground for a game of pool. Robertson claimed Terry was “a lot better” than he expected after losing the first frame. A man of many talents. 2. Terry the Terrier Barring a brief loan spell at Nottingham Forest, Terry has spent the whole of his career at Stamford Bridge. But did you know Steve Bruce was on the verge of taking the defender to Huddersfield in 2000? It was while a 19-year-old Terry was at the City Ground and Bruce was in the process of doing his FA coaching badges. Bruce told the Guardian in an interview six years ago: “I bid £750,000 for him, it was a lot of money for me then, and Chelsea accepted it. But the boy didn’t want to leave Stamford Bridge at the time. I was close but at the death he didn’t want to go.” 3. Dad of the Year Terry has posted many a pic of himself with his kids on his Instagram account, and why shouldn’t he? He was, after all, named Dad of the Year in 2009. The former England skipper topped a poll run by Daddies Sauce to win the sought-after accolade, beating off stiff competition in the form of Peter Andre and then-PM Gordon Brown. After winning the award, Terry said: “I have won many trophies in my career but I’m proud to say that this is up there with all of them.” Terry narrowly missed the birth of twins Georgie and Summer despite a frantic rush from an England training camp in Portugal. 4. Better the Red Devil you know Chelsea stalwart Terry was a Manchester United fan growing up and still has nothing but praise for the club’s former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. In an interview with the Guardian in 2006 the centre-back revealed he supported United as a boy as “you want to support the team that’s winning everything”. He quickly covered his back, adding: “But my first day at Chelsea I knew that was the club I wanted to be at. I just loved it.” Sir Alex took Terry under his wing when he went up to Manchester to train with United’s kids before signing for the Blues and last year played for Ferguson’s side in a Unicef charity game organised by David Beckham. 5. An internet sensation One thing you probably do know about Terry (but it’s worth reminding ourselves) is that he caused an internet sensation back in 2012. Picture the scene. Chelsea had just won the Champions League final by beating German giants Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra-time. Terry, who was suspended for the game, appeared on the pitch to lift the trophy inexplicably decked out in his full Chelsea kit – including shinpads. He was mercilessly lampooned on social media via a series of memes which included Terry gatecrashing the moon landing and Will and Kate’s wedding and also holding up a tank in Tiananmen Square, all in full kit. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things you may not have heard about the Chelsea skipper, who has announced he is leaving the club in the summer. 1. Direction Did you know John George Terry supported Manchester United growing up, enjoys playing golf with Niall from 1D and was Dad of the Year in 2009? center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Accused Mar-a-Lago Checkpoint Crasher Submits “Insanity” Plea

first_imgA Connecticut opera singer who is accused of crashing her car through a checkpoint outside Mar-a-Lago last January has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.Hannah Roemhild’s attorney filed the written plea on Wednesday, in response to charges that include aggravated assault on a law-enforcement officer with a deadly weapon.Authorities do not believe Roemhild was targeting the president or Mar-a-Lago. Her attorneys have said the 30-year-old suffers from a history of mental illness, and that she had been off her medication when she crashed through the checkpoint on Jan. 31.She nearly struck Secret Service agents as well as Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies, who opened fire as she sped away.In May, prosecutors dropped charges of fleeing from police and resisting an officer without violence against Roemhild.She still faces two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, which are both considered felonies.Those two counts are still pending, with the next hearing scheduled for July 23.last_img read more

Postgame: Former Syracuse athletes fight stereotypes in struggles for graduation, employment after end of playing days

first_imgThey’ve become teachers, businessmen and athletic trainers.In their college years, these men played for Syracuse football or basketball. Some of them made it to play professionally. Some didn’t.With so much time in college spent traveling, training or playing, the academic strengths and post-graduation success of student-athletes are often questioned. The “dumb jock” stereotype could be a self-fulfilling prophecy, according to a study released by researchers at Michigan State University in April.“They feel threatened that people think they aren’t as smart because they’re an athlete. In fact they don’t have to think that. It’s in the media all the time and it’s in the classroom,” said Deb Feltz, lead author of the study.The study surveyed more than 300 student-athletes and found that the more student-athletes identified as an athlete, the less confident they were in their academic skills. It also found players in high-profile sports were more likely to feel like they were weak students.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThere are 19 former Syracuse football players in the NFL and six former Syracuse men’s basketball players in the NBA. Many are working outside of professional athletics, relying on their degree — not their game stats.Keeping on trackSyracuse University reports graduation statistics to the NCAA, but does not track whether student-athletes continue playing post-graduation, said Kevin Wall, director of student-athlete support services. He said that information is hard to find since former student-athletes may be playing semi-professionally or abroad.The NCAA’s graduation success rate, or GSR, measures the percentage of first-time, full-time freshmen that graduate within six years of entering their original four-year institution.Nationally, the average GSR for Division-I men’s basketball and football are 74 percent and 70 percent, respectively. Syracuse’s football GSR, 79, is better than the national average, but men’s basketball, at 58, is much lower.This was the second season in a row that an SU men’s basketball player became academically ineligible.Wall said there are many student-athletes doing well academically. Of SU’s 550 current student-athletes, about half have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and about one-third are dean’s list-caliber, Wall said.“It’s easy to focus on a student who has academic difficulties and easy to focus on a specific sport, and some people lose sight of those student-athletes who are doing well,” Wall said.An entrepreneurThere is a stereotype attached to being a former college athlete, said Donte Davis, a Syracuse wide receiver from 2006-09. But some of those football skills could be ones an employer wants in an employee.“It depends on how you portray yourself,” Davis said. “They could take it as, ‘This guy played college ball. He must be dedicated. He must be a hard worker and he must be a competitive worker.’”Davis graduated in 2010 with a dual degree in sociology and communication and rhetorical studies. He graduated with a 3.1 GPA and made the dean’s list several times, he said. Now living in Chantilly, Va., he runs his own business, the Good Boy Committee clothing company, and recently started working as a paralegal.Having been a CRS major helped him promote his business to investors, he said. Clothing from the company’s women’s line was recently featured on the Oxygen program “Bad Girls Club,” he said.Davis said he owes his success to what he learned at SU. There were classmates who seemed to think student-athletes would be handed grades, but that never happened to him.“I know every class I’ve been in, if I didn’t do my work I would get a zero and I would fail,” Davis said.A continuing studentIn just a few weeks, Derrell Smith will graduate with his second degree from SU.“I was an outlier — not in the locker room — but to people who didn’t know me they would automatically see the jock,” Smith said.Smith, a linebacker for Syracuse from 2006-10, came to SU to study engineering. After struggling to balance engineering with football — he has an F on his transcript — he became a dual major in information technology and marketing.He said his senior-year schedule was his busiest. It started at 6 a.m. for football and ended at 3 a.m. with class projects. He graduated from undergraduate school with a 3.3 GPA, he said.Smith is working at a local IT startup and aspires to go into the advertising industry. He played briefly in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Texans.“As a child my dream was to play in the NFL. I have an NFL helmet at my house that clearly says I played in the NFL. On that level I am successful,” Smith said. “I had a dream to graduate college; I have a degree on my wall. I am successful.”A high school teacherWhen high school students meet Dave Siock, the first question they usually ask is how tall he is. The next question is whether he played basketball.Siock, who is 6 feet 10 inches tall, graduated from SU in 1993 with a degree in mathematics. He is now the student activities coordinator at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, Va.After graduation, Siock worked out with the Philadelphia 76ers, but burnt out, he turned down an offer to play overseas in favor of starting his career. His wife, who he met in a math class at SU, had a teaching job in Virginia. The two went south, and Siock started coaching and teaching.Every year, some of his students sign to play college athletics. He advises them to stay focused on academics in college.“Basketball doesn’t last forever,” Siock said. “Eventually you’ve got to find a job in the workplace.”Getting back on trackJim Jerome didn’t make it big in the NFL, but he will always have the experience of being an Orangeman.“I like to say I had a cup of coffee or two in the NFL,” Jerome said.Jerome, president of the Syracuse Football Club, graduated in 1976 with a degree in education, and participated in a preseason with the New England Patriots from 1976-77 and the New York Jets from 1977-78.Since then, he’s been a teacher, football and track coach, and worked for Niagara Mowhawk.At Syracuse, Jerome stayed for an extra semester to complete his degree. He remembers frequent travel and feeling constantly beat up. He had teammates who were only at SU because of the scholarship and could not even afford to buy a pizza.Now as president of the club, he has found jobs and apartments for former players. Last fall, when local media reported former Orange linebacker Luke Cain was begging in downtown Syracuse, he found Cain and took him out to lunch.“It just astounded me that a former Orangeman was living on the streets,” Jerome said.Cain never completed his degree and now lives in an apartment downtown, Jerome said. Many former players have sent Cain cards and new clothes.Cain is dealing with medical issues, and his caseworkers have asked that he stay out of the spotlight, Jerome said.For every SU player who makes it to the NFL or NBA, there are those like Cain who don’t make it or pursue non-athletic jobs.Jerome’s advice to current student-athletes: “You’ve got to get your education.” Comments Published on April 30, 2013 at 12:37 am Contact Dara: dkmcbrid@syr.edu | @daramcbride Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Major issues: Trend toward CRS, CFS majors for student-athletes raises questions at Syracuselast_img read more