Rural banks attract ‘metropolitan’ yields

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Pope met secretly in US with anti-gay marriage clerk

first_imgFaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope met secretly in US with anti-gay marriage clerk by: Associated Free Press – October 1, 2015 Sharing is caring! Share Pope Francis (AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE)WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A US county clerk who refused in the name of her faith to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples said Wednesday she secretly met with Pope Francis during his US visit and that he urged her to “stay strong.”Kim Davis, a born-again Christian, told broadcaster ABC she met the pontiff on September 24 while he was in Washington after receiving a surprise phone call from a Vatican official.“It was really very humbling to even think that he would want to, you know, meet me or know me,” Davis said.“Before he left he said, stay strong,” she added.In Rome, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi confirmed the encounter with the Kentucky clerk, but declined to comment further.Davis has become a heroine to US same-sex marriage opponents, after she landed in jail for six days for refusing to issue licenses for gay marriage, which the US Supreme Court legalized nationwide in June.She was released after deputy clerks in her office in Rowan County, Kentucky, said they would issue the certificates.“I put my hand out and he reached and he grabbed it and I hugged him and he hugged me and he said ‘thank you for your courage,’” Davis said of her encounter with the pope.“That was a great encouragement just knowing that the pope is on track, you know, with what we’re doing and agreeing, you know, kind of validates everything.”During the meeting, which occurred at the Vatican embassy, the pope gave Davis two rosaries, one black and one red, her lawyer Mathew Staver told CNN.“Kim Davis’ parents, her mom and dad, are lifelong Catholics. And so she was able to present her mom and dad with these gifts from the pontiff,” Staver said.During his visit to Washington, New York and Philadelphia last week, Francis spoke out for religious freedom but did not mention Davis by name.On his flight home, however, he told an American reporter that while he could not speak about specific cases “conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right.” Tweetcenter_img Share Share 118 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

House of Nyaibinghi announces activities fro African Liberation Day

first_img Share 12 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews House of Nyaibinghi announces activities fro African Liberation Day by: – April 21, 2012center_img Share Share Photo credit: uhurunews.comTHE HOUSE OF NYAIBINGHI IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE GRAND BAY VILLAGE COUNCIL announce their program for the commemoration of the 49th African Liberation Day May 25th 2012.May 25th 1963 being the day on which the OAU was founded in Addis Ababa. This year our Theme is “AFRIKA NOW” and it will be held in the Grand Bay community in recognition of Grand Bay’s central role in the retention and the exhibition of African Culture and the liberation of Black people in Dominica. It is to be noted that Dominica has commemorated African Liberation Day for over 40 years that is since 1972 that is one of the longest running commemorations in the Caribeyond. Grand Bay’s role must be highlighted as we aim to make African Liberation Day (ALD) Africa Day as a national (holi)day focused on our Africaness; things African and the business of Africa.Now more that ever it is extremely, important that people in the Caribbean and specifically those of us in Watukubuli put Africa in the centre of their awareness. Hence AFRICA NOW with the focus to be on the youths to indelibly impress upon them the critical importance and credibility of Africa as a major actor that is central to current would economics and culture. As well as to begin the ground swell.We will launch Our ALD programme on Saturday April 21 at 5pm at Hughlet Heritage Park in Lah Lay in recognition of His Imperial Majesty Haile Sellassie’s visit to the Caribbean and Earth Day 2012 where we will physically announce the following program which will run for the month of May;• One Lecture per week on Africa at the secondary school• Exhibition on Africa at the Grand Bay Primary School• Film on Africa in Lah Lay every Friday night during May• Special Drum workshop with Ras Mo once a week at the Youth Centre on Grand Bay.• Art and Craft Exhibition at Youth Centre May19th-May25th• 3pm May 25th March from Youth centre through the Lah Lay to Ma TuTu Park.• 5pm May 25th Rally at Ma TuTu Park with speeches presentations and music featuring a Special Guest with The House of Nyahbibghi Drums The Singers as well as the Players of Instruments shall be there.It is also our intention to have articles on Africa running in Dominica News On Line as well as do a presentation at UWI during the Month of May. We will be doing the Marpin TV talk show “All Angles” on Wednesday May 16th and generally have media on Africa dissipated throughout the month.An added feature this year is that Feast of Isidore in Grand Bay will coincide with ALD it being May 25-May 28th in fact the Rally at Ma TUTU Park will function as the opening of Isidore 2012. Let all Africans in Dominica make our way to Grand Bay for the month of May. There shall be special arrangements for bus transportation that will be announced.Press Releaselast_img read more

Given seeks Villa exit

first_imgShay Given is eager to find another move away from Aston Villa after claiming the club “want me out of the door”. Press Association The Republic of Ireland international, who is out of favour at Villa where he still has another two years remaining on his contract, can join another club on loan. That is Given’s hope ahead of a permanent move at the end of the season. “Hopefully something will happen in the summer somewhere,” he told the Birmingham Mail. “It has been really frustrating not playing. That’s obvious for everyone to see and the window doesn’t open until the summer, so maybe there is a Championship club out there who might want me. “I might go back out on loan again somewhere before the end of March. Aston Villa want me out of the door, so something might happen.” center_img Given has recently enjoyed a successful loan spell with Sky Bet Championship club Middlesbrough where he kept 10 clean sheets in 16 matches. Unfortunately for Given the deal could not be extended through to the end of the season as Villa would have been unable to recall him at 24 hours’ notice. last_img read more

Cukierman will represent tennis team in Malibu

first_imgCukierman hopes to build upon his past achievements and maintains similar expectations for Malibu this weekend. Head coach Brett Masi also has high hopes for Cukierman and the rest of his team. Cukierman also racked up the most singles wins on the team last season with a record of 34-11 and achieved a 26-11 record in doubles. Although he mainly played with Smith throughout the season, Cuckierman was also paired with sophomore Bradley Frye, former USC player Jack Jaede and senior Riley Smith, posting positive records with all of them.  At the NCAA Super Regionals, Cukierman lost in both singles and doubles to North Carolina. However, he still reached the singles final at the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships and won last year’s Oracle ITA National Fall Singles Championship.  Cukierman, who previously played at Ironi Daled High School in Tel Aviv, Israel, was once placed at No. 525 in singles in the Association of Tennis Professionals’ rankings. He also participated in Israel’s Futures tournament, reaching the singles and doubles finals multiple times. Cukierman is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation in singles via the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Last year saw many accomplishments for Cukierman on the court, as he reached his peak singles rank at No. 4 and doubles rank at No. 21 with his partner and former Trojan Tanner Smith. On top of that, Cukierman was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and was a Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention.  After successful campaigns at the Battle in the Bay Classic in San Francisco and the Milwaukee Tennis Classic, the Trojans are setting their sights on this weekend’s Oracle ITA Masters hosted by Pepperdine University and the Malibu Racquet Club. Junior Daniel Cukierman will be the sole player representing USC in Malibu. Junior Daniel Cukierman had the most singles wins of any Trojan last season and was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team. (Daily Trojan file photo) Cukierman took a nontraditional path to USC. Coming from Israel, Cukierman served in his country’s army before beginning his tennis career with the Trojans, making him older than the typical college junior. He also represented Israel at the 2017 Davis Cup, a knockout-style tournament hosted by the International Tennis Federation featuring participants from all over the world, similar to soccer’s FIFA World Cup. “For these guys, [as] the next tournament comes, it is just small things … in their games that they’re going to be able to do, whether it’s their serve or volleying or whatever it can be,” Masi said. “There are certain assets to their games that they are going to try to strengthen.” By tightening up  the small parts of their game, Cukierman and his team hope to improve their skills and rack up more wins against tough opponents. The Oracle ITA Masters tournament will have players from all over the country, ranging from rivals like UCLA to East Coast schools like Columbia. The tournament runs Thursday through Sunday at Malibu Racquet Club.last_img read more

FDJ accounts for €50 million Q1 COVID-19 damages

first_img Related Articles Share A strong opening to 2020 trading for Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) has been halted by COVID-19 disruptions, said the company, impacting its lottery and sports betting retail networks.According to its Q1 2020 trading update, FDJ has recorded a 5% decline in stakes to €4.1 billion (Q12019: €4.3bn), underlining a 60% drop in retail sales since 16 March – the date the French government formally sanctioned its national lockdown. France’s drastic civic protection measures have forced FDJ to suspend operation of its main-draw AMIGO lottery terminals, leading to a 40% drop in lottery wagering. FDJ performance has been further impacted by the postponement of the global sports calendar, with the operator revealing a 95% drop in sports wagering since lockdown was introduced.Weighing-up first stage COVID-19 disruptions, FDJ reported a material impact of approximately ‘€100 million on revenue and €50 million on EBITDA’.Despite recording sales declines across all business verticals, the firm underlined that early Q1 momentum maintained group gaming revenues at €500 million, just 1% under 2019 comparatives of €505 million.  As documented in its March update, FDJ has moved to sanction a ‘COVID-19 action plan’, seeking to secure €80 million in combined savings across its group operationsThis April, FDJ joined French enterprises’ “Tous unis contre le virus” (‘Everyone against the Virus’) campaign, donating €1 million to the nation’s charities and providing support for national emergency services.Stéphane Pallez, Chairwoman and CEO of Group FD, said: “The exceptional situation is already having very significant effects on the company’s activity.“That is why we have decided to draw up a substantial cost-savings plan to limit the impact on the company’s results while preserving its ability to resume all of its activities as soon as possible.“At the same time, we are continuing to take practical initiatives in support of our stakeholders, and above all our retailers. Against this backdrop, the Board of Directors has decided to propose to the Annual General Meeting of 18 June to maintain the payment of dividends on the 2019 results, but to cut the amount by 30% due to the uncertainties about the duration and scale of the consequences stemming from the current crisis in 2020.” Submit StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Share FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020last_img read more

COVID-19: Black Stars head coach C.K Akonnor gives sanitizers to street hawkers

first_imgHead coach of the Black Stars of Ghana, Charles Kwablan Akonnor has joined the train of sportspersons who are doing their bit to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.He was seen on Friday, March 27, 2020, giving out hand sanitizers to street hawkers in Accra as part of his own contribution to help fight COVID-19.Ghana, as on Sunday, March 29, 2020, has recorded a total of 152 cases, 5 deaths and 2 recoveries from the Coronavirus.C. K Akonnor, shared a tweet of himself among some street hawkers as he gave out the hand sanitizers to help curb the spread of the pandemic.The tweet was captioned, “The #COVID19 outbreak has brought the world to a standstill and yet together affects us all. I spent my afternoon today giving out hand sanitizers to some hawkers in the capital,”The #COVID19 outbreak has brought the world to a standstill and yet together affects us all. I spent my afternoon today giving out hand sanitizers to some hawkers in the capital.Let’s stay safe and healthy!#LetsStayAtHome#PrideAndPatriotism#LetsWinThisTogether pic.twitter.com/GNiTZ46nKX— CK Akonnor (@akonnor_ck) March 27, 2020Due to the fast spread of the virus, major sporting events have been suspended until at least a certain period, including Ghana’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations double-header against Sudan.The ties against Sudan would have been the former Black Stars player and now head coach of the team’s first games in charge of the squad.CAF has however not stated when the AFCON qualifiers will be played.last_img read more

Mohammed Polo:I don’t need Dong-Bortey

first_imgHours after former Ghana winger Bernard Dong-Bortey said he hopes to play for Accra Hearts of Oak again before retiring from football, Hearts’ manager Mohammed Polo has moved quickly to pour cold water on the winger’s claims insisting that his focus is to build a young but winsome side.At age 31, Bernard Don Bortey is hoping to once again return to Hearts but Coach Polo says his emphasis is on the younger ones and not players who do not fall within the specified young age brackets.Dong-Bortey rose to prominence during his nine-year spell with Hearts but Polo says he does not believe his side currently needs the winger.“We don’t need Don Bortey now. I have a mission and that is to prepare a young team for the future. We are looking at grooming the younger ones for a successful Hearts future and I don’t think Don Bortey falls within this bracket”.“He could be playing well wherever he is but we currently don’t need him. This is not to say that he is not a good player, far from that”.last_img read more

Peace and Sports lecture slated for May 18

first_imgFounder and President of Peace and Sport, Joël Bouzou has arrived in Ghana to deliver a one-day lecture on ‘’Peace and Sports’’.The lecture put together by business and investments outfit, 9BS Group of Companies will take place on Friday, May 18 at the Swiss Spirit Alisa Hotel in Accra.The former French athlete and World Champion of modern pentathlon in 1987 touched down at Kotoka International Airport on Thursday night.Speaking to the media, the 62-year-old promised to invest in the efforts to consolidate peace in the country.He said with tensions rising across the world, it had become even more important for citizens to make conscious efforts to safeguard global peace.He added that sports has proven to be a vital asset in promoting unity among people from diverse backgrounds and orientations. Peace and Sports is a Monaco-based organization under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II.It was founded in 2007, with the objective to bring the structuring values of sport to the heart of communities in crisis throughout the world, making the sport a vehicle for tolerance, respect and citizenship at the service of sustainable peace.The backbone of its action is a group of over 80 high-level athletes, called “Champions for Peace” who dynamically support the organization’s activities at all levels.In November 2011, Joël Bouzou was elected President of the World Olympians Association (WOA), the only international organization which unites all of the 100,000 athletes from 145 countries to have competed in an Olympic event.He is the current President of the French Federation of Modern Pentathlon, Vice President and former Secretary-General (1997 to 2012) of the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) and a highly accomplished Modern Pentathlete himself. Mr Bouzou has participated in four Olympic Games (Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992) winning a bronze medal during the 1984 Games. He won the World Championship title in Modern Pentathlon in 1987.In 1991, Joël Bouzou founded the association “Rassemblement par le Sport” (“Together through Sport”) and created the “Champions in the Street” program, which helps the social insertion of young people through sport in city suburbs, using champions as role models.A French national, Bouzou has been awarded the Legion of Honour (the highest decoration in France), and the National Order of Merit. He has also been decorated with the French medal ‘Médaille d’Or de la Jeunesse et des Sports’ (‘Gold Medal for Youth and Sports’).In 2010, Bouzou was awarded a Diploma Honoris Causa in Humanities from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa-Rica in recognition of “his unique worldwide leadership role in promoting peace and mutual understanding among different cultures, and his leadership of organizations devoted to these objectives.”Mr Bouzou is currently Advisor to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Administrator of the A.S. Monaco Football Club and Member of the IOC Sport and Active Society Commission.last_img read more

Angels adjust to preparation without seeing another team

first_imgCallaway, who managed the New York Mets for the past two years, fully endorsed the Angels waiver claim of right-hander Jacob Rhame from the Mets. “This kid has a big arm, and he can really spin the ball,” Callaway said. “When we heard he was available, we really wanted to jump at the opportunity to be able to get this kid. Outstanding young man, works really, really hard has made some great adjustments over the years. I really feel like Jacob Rhame is going to be able to have a very, very productive career. And right now I feel like he just needs reps at the major league level to go out there and prove himself.”…The Angels and the 10 other pro sports teams in Southern California have joined to launch The Alliance, a five-year commitment to work toward social justice through sports. The program will support communities of color, specifically Black communities. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Each team is allowed a maximum of three exhibitions against other teams, and the Angels will play all three next week, facing the Padres twice, sandwiched around a game against the Dodgers.In the meantime, their daily intrasquad games have been a mixed bag of pluses and minuses, when compared to traditional exhibition games.The biggest negative may be pitchers changing their approaches to make sure they don’t hit anyone.“When I’m throwing a cutter inside to a righty, I’m trying to hit the knob of the bat,” lefty Ryan Buchter said last week on MLB Network Radio. “Sometimes I’ll tell myself to make sure I get it inside to hit them in the chest. When there’s a coach or a player standing in, or let’s just say it’s (Albert) Pujols or (Mike) Trout or one of those guys, anybody on our team, doesn’t matter the name, you don’t have that same intensity. You don’t have that same mindset to make that pitch. And you need to learn how to make that pitch.”Callaway, a former big league pitcher, conceded that it’s an issue for the preparation of pitchers. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “That’s probably the biggest downfall,” Callaway said. “You’re always worried about one slipping out and plunking one of your own guys.”Manager Joe Maddon said another issue is the intensity level is somewhat lower without another team on the field.“There’s definitely going to be a little more amperage involved when you’re playing against somebody wearing something different than you,” he said.All of that, however, is outweighed by other benefits, most significantly that situations can be manipulated to get everyone exactly the quantity and type of work you want.For pitchers, there are no long or short innings in intrasquad games. When a pitcher is set to pitch an inning, he’s going to throw 15 to 20 pitches, whether he gets one out or five.If a hitter needs more at-bats, he can bat whenever he wants. On Sunday, Ohtani hit for both “teams,” including multiple at-bats in one half inning.Saturday’s game, which was primarily to get work for a few relief pitchers, included just three or four hitters rotating through on each side. Several players played defense without hitting.Lately, the Angels have also been starting innings with a runner at second base, which simulates the new extra innings rule that will be used this year.Finally, the Angels have been mixing in fundamental drills during the intrasquad games. After a pitcher is done with his normal work, he’ll stay on the mound for a couple quick fielding drills. The Angels have also practiced cut offs and relays or bunt defenses in the middle of the intrasquad games.“When it’s game speed, guys are hot, arms are loose, you get a better look at it,” Maddon said. “You gain reps with hot bodies, where guys are ready to rock and roll.”Maddon has actually felt the intrasquad work has been beneficial enough that he’d like to try more of it during a traditional spring training.“This may open up the thought of doing more of these before you actually start playing spring training games,” he said, “because I am really enjoying the work and so are the coaches.”INTRASQUAD INFODylan Bundy and Griffin Canning each took five turns on the mound against mostly Triple-A hitters.Bundy struck out eight and walked one, allowing three hits. One of the hits was a triple by Jo Adell. Canning struck out eight and walked two. He allowed four hits, two by Michael Hermosillo.Matt Thaiss and Jared Walsh, who had missed the start of camp, each saw their first intrasquad action. Thaiss was 2 for 8 and Walsh was 2 for 9, hitting against both starters. Neither played in the field.Adell also had a double against Keynan Middleton, but he also dropped a ball in right field.ALSOBrandon Marsh reported on Tuesday and was in the dugout during the intrasquad game. Marsh had been placed on the injured list, although the team did not specify a physical injury and had not commented on the reason for his absence. There are now only five players on the roster who have yet to arrive in camp…Julio Teheran is one of the five who still hasn’t reported. Teheran told ESPN Deportes last week he was awaiting results of a coronavirus test, but there’s been no update. Callaway said he’s not concerned about Teheran’s ability to help, at some point. “He’s such a professional and he’s been doing this for so long that he’s going to understand what it takes to step in at any given point in the season and he’ll be impactful,” Callaway said…Related Articles ANAHEIM — As Mickey Callaway saw it, one of Shohei Ohtani’s problems the first time he pitched in a game during the Angels summer camp was the opposition.“The biggest factor in his command right now has been facing his own hitters,” the Angels pitching coach said. “The day he had to face some of those guys he was a little erratic, not really wanting to throw the ball inside for fear of hitting them.”Ohtani walked seven of 10 hitters he faced in his first outing, but on Monday he pitched in another intrasquad game, this time facing mostly Angels players who don’t figure to be on the Opening Day roster. He was much better the second time.The difference highlighted one of the many adjustments teams have had to make in this coronavirus-altered year. They are now forced to rely on intrasquad games, instead of traditional exhibition games, to get ready for the season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more