Six Nations: Five things Ireland learnt against England

first_img Key man: Conor Murray was integral to Ireland’s win with his accurate box kicking (Pic Inpho) Coach Joe Schmidt pulled out the aces once again in Dublin to send hopes of only a third Irish Grand Slam soaring. It wasn’t pretty but it was stunningly effective… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS It was another in what is becoming a long line of Joe Schmidt-inspired deconstructions; Ireland neutralised England’s strengths and put on the squeeze until the chariot derailed. If bike racing is described as ‘chess on wheels’, Joe Schmidt-coached teams play a brand of ‘chess on grass’. Every game he varies his tactics and provides a vital wrinkle that proves decisive. And so it proved, again in this Six Nations.Ireland stopped England at sourceAll week the talk was of the English firepower and how Ireland might struggle to live with it. Ireland turned it into a weakness by pulverising England at the breakdown, and forced England into a litany of errors. It was a counter-rucking performance similar to that which caused New Zealand huge problems in that game.Choke hold: Ireland stopped England possession at source (Pic Inpho)The assault on every ruck was led magnificently by Rory Best, and where he went his back-row tyros followed. Ireland won penalties, but even when they didn’t come up with the ball, they managed to slow England’s ball to a crawl at almost every ruck. As a result, England simply couldn’t get their game-breaking midfield runners into the game and their biggest threat was nullified.Discipline proved vitalIreland were frustrated with their penalty count against France, but the lessons from that game were absorbed. Ireland were aggressive, but controlled, while England gave away a number of penalties that bordered on the foolhardy: Billy Vunipola ploughing into a ruck from the side, James Haskell allowing himself to be coaxed into drifting offside by Conor Murray delaying his pick-up from the ruck, Anthony Watson playing the ball in front of a knock-on. On the one occasion England had Ireland on the rack, they gave away a cheap turnover, with Billy Twelvetrees providing an accidental offside.Discipline: Ireland won their fair share of penalties against England (Pic Inpho)44 kicks in one game is a lotcenter_img Ireland kick the ball a lot. An awful lot in fact. 44 kicks in a single game seems excessive, and boring, and once again we’ve yet to see much in the way of running rugby from the team. But it’s hard to argue with its effectiveness, primarily because Sexton and Murray are so accurate with the boot. Time after time Ireland gained territorial advantage with their kicking game, and it frequently resulted in penalties. And, of course, it can’t have been much of a surprise when the vital try was secured through a chase of a brilliant kick by Conor Murray.Youth was to the foreRobbie Henshaw was superb again, scoring a beautifully-taken try, running hard and few can match his ferocity in defence. Back in November, he appeared less than a certainty to start, as it was expected he and Jared Payne were in competition to be selected. Now, five Tests later, he’s one of the undroppables. It’s a meteoric rise for the Connacht man.Youthful ambition: Robbie Henshaw was full of enterprise (Pic Inpho)Huge credit must also go to the two rookies in the back row. Few would have expected a back row of Peter O’Mahony, Tommy O’Donnell and Jordi Murphy to have enough bang-wallop to trouble the huge England unit which had performed so well in the first two rounds, but the trio were workhorses and secured the upper hand.Sexton is vital Not so much a learning perhaps, more a reaffirmation. A nervy fortnight ensues, until we can be certain Johnny Sexton’s hamstring is sufficiently healed to allow him to take the field in Cardiff. Ian Madigan has plenty of strengths, but none of them are really in keeping with Ireland’s current mode of play.The master: Johnny Sexton repeatedly tested the English defence with high balls (Pic Inpho)In fact, tactical kicking from hand is by far the weakest of Madigan’s suits, and the pressure applied to England was vastly diminished after he replaced Sexton. Ireland could probably beat Scotland with Ian Humphreys at fly-half, but Wales will be a different story, and possibly the toughest game of the championship; Ireland will need Sexton back to win.last_img read more

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first_img July 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm I believe that each individual is responsible for his/her own soul. We are all God’s children. If a person wants to serve his/her country, he/she should be allowed to do so. For me, I am a pacifist. I abhor war, but not everyone feels as I do. It is a choice. And that man in the White House should understand this, although he understands nothing but hate and vanity. July 30, 2017 at 3:50 pm I would hope that those who object to the Bishop’s stance, should read some Biblical commentaries that remind us that to proof text the Bible (picking out verses that justify one’s position without regard to the context or history of the text) are using it to defend their positions rather than allowing the scripture to speak to them. Of course, Jesus didn’t call for boycotts or pickets, he didn’t live in a democracy or even a culture that allowed protest of any kind. The Bible is not the word of God, Jesus is the Word (St. John)’ it contains God’s word and needs to address the issues of the time. After all, one could make a case for slavery by picking and choosing passages…an we know how that turned out. The biblical times had no knowledge of genetics, geology, modern biology; it spoke in myths (myths are not fairy tales in case anyone thinks I do not appreciate them and know they are describing their understanding of the mysteries of God). I am more concerned about “patriotic correctness: more than “political correctness.” It tries to connect God and patriotism together, forgetting that God is not to be tied down to one country, one political system, one group of people. Are people are God’s children. The prophets need to be intensely read and studied to understand how Go acts in history. Rector Martinsville, VA Editor’s note: This story is being updated as Episcopal News Service recevies additional statements. See below.[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal Church leaders are making clear their objections to President Donald Trump’s announcement on Twitter of his plan to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said July 28 that he opposes Trump’s effort and “affirm[s] the moral principle of equal rights for all persons, including the LGBTQ communities.”Curry said his conviction “is not born primarily of a social ideal, but of the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth and the witness of our biblical and theological tradition.” He said he objected “as a follower of Jesus Christ, as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and as a citizen who loves this country.”Citing the Declaration of Independence’s claim of equal and inalienable rights of all, Curry said: “discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation is a violation of the fundamental ideal of equality in America.”The presiding bishop thanked transgender individuals now serving in the armed forces. “We are grateful for your service and for your sacrifices. We support you and all service members and veterans,” he said. “You are our neighbors, brothers and sisters in God’s human family, and fellow citizens of this country we love.”The presiding bishop’s complete statement is here.Trump’s July 26 early morning tweets about banning transgender people from the military caught the Department of Defense and Congress by surprise.Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said July 27 that the military had not yet been notified by the secretary of defense, who he said must issue “implementation guidance.” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was on vacation when Trump tweeted.Meanwhile, Christian conservatives applauded Trump’s announcement.Later on July 26, the Justice Department, announced it would wade into a private employment lawsuit to argue that federal law banning sex discrimination did not include protection for workers based on sexual orientation.Also on July 26, Trump announced the nomination of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom. Brownback is well-known for his opposition to gay rights.Trump’s actions come as Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are closely monitoring the Texas legislature’s consideration of a bill requiring transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and public universities based on what the bill calls their “biological sex” as stated on their birth certificate.The General Convention is scheduled to meet July 5-13, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Curry and Jennings have said that they must be able to ensure that “all Episcopalians and visitors to our convention, including transgender people, are treated with respect, kept safe, and provided appropriate public accommodation consistent with their gender identities.”The Rt. Rev. Carl Wright, Episcopal Church bishop suffragan for the armed forces and federal ministries, said in an emailed statement July 28 that “as chief pastor to Episcopal clergy who minister to all military members, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation, I am troubled by the President’s recently tweeted remarks disrespectful of transgender military members.”Wright said that the Christian faith teaches that God loves all people equally and unconditionally. “While it could be true that there are atypical costs associated with the healthcare of troops who are transgender, surely such costs would be no different than those of medical conditions incurred by other distinct groups,” Wright wrote. “We can’t retreat on the issue of full inclusion of all Americans in the defense of our great nation. I pray the President will reconsider.”He also encouraged “any LGBT personnel, who might be experiencing discrimination, feeling unsupported, or questioning this latest announcement to feel free to seek an Episcopal chaplain in their area” or to contact him directly.The Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, said July 27 that he too was disappointed by Trump’s decision to exclude the transgender community from military service.“We are stronger as a nation when we respect the identities of all and allow people to serve their country based solely on their ability,” Hollerith said. “To those that believe this decision advances Christian values, it does not. Rather, it is a gift to those who seek to misuse religion to justify discrimination against the transgender community.”The dean said, “transgender people across the country should know they are beloved by God and respected citizens of this country – principles that should be reflected in our laws, and in the teachings of the church.”Washington National Cathedral stands with transgender people, Hollerith said. “You will always be welcome in our house.”Diocese of Virginia Bishop Shannon S. Johnston, Virginia Bishop Suffragan Susan E. Goff and Assistant Bishop Edwin F. Gulick said July 28 that they concur with Curry’s statement. They also noted the diocese’s recently released guidelines for the inclusion of transgender persons in the diocese’s camps and schools.“Be assured of our unwavering support for God’s beloved children, no matter their gender, gender identity or sexual orientation,” they wrote in a statement.Integrity USA President Bruce Garner wrote July 27 that his organization, which advocates for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the life of the Episcopal Church, “stands in support of transgender women and men serving in our military.”Garner noted in a blog post that Integrity’s position is backed by Episcopal Church canon law including transgender persons in its anti-discrimination stance.General Convention in 2012 added gender expression and identity to two canons that prevent discrimination in the church. One makes clear that the ordination discernment process is open to them, and another guarantees their equal place in the life, worship and governance of the church.Those moves drew protests from some Episcopalians and prompted the Diocese of South Carolina’s deputies and then-Bishop Mark Lawrence to leave the convention.Three years later, General Convention passed a resolution calling for a liturgical rite for people claiming new names. It also passed a resolution asking for recommendations to the 2018 meeting of convention on requests to amend church records and registries, and to reissue church certificates to match the legal name changes of members of the church.Garner urged Integrity members to continue their advocacy.“Remember that when the civil and human rights of any begin to be chipped away by prejudice, bigotry, meanness and nastiness, there is nothing to prevent those same bigots from going after the other civil and human rights we have,” Garner wrote. “Speak out. Silence will still equal death.”Other Episcopal leaders are  making their views known, including:Diocese of New Jersey Bishop William “Chip” StokesDiocese of Arizona Bishop Kirk Smith– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is senior editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Tony Oberdorfer says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Church leaders oppose Trump’s ban on transgender people in military mike geibel says: Lewis Rayburn says: Rector Tampa, FL July 29, 2017 at 9:45 am So, just what is Bishop Curry’s experience with the needs and mission of the Military ? Does he know that people are discriminated on a basis of age, hearing, height, sight, and a host of other issues? Does he realize the jeopardy that such a person would be in if taken prisoner ? The purpose of the military is to defend us, and if necessary break things, not to run a social agency. We have a crisis with Korea, we have high military suicide rates, non of which I have heard effectively address by the Church. We have seen so many vets, (including most of the WW2 generation go on to the next world without a care about if they were right with Jesus, and now the sudden interest on how Jesus of Nazareth would feel about their inclusion in the military ? Balderdash ! Donald Trump, Rector Smithfield, NC M.E. Eccles says: July 28, 2017 at 4:31 pm I agree with Bishop Curry and Bishop Wright. 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 Submit a Press Release Lurline jennings says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA August 8, 2017 at 5:47 pm Mr. Desper, I believe you might need to do more research on “mental disorders”. Think of all the military personnel who have been unfortunate enough to do a tour or more in combat situations. Nearly all of them could be diagnosed with PTSD – a mental disorder. Should they be honorably discharged upon their return? What about those who are suffering from depression or anxiety (also mental disorders)?With regard to whether or not being transgender is a mental disorder, perhaps the following by Robin Rosenberg written 4 years ago will clarify (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/04/gender-dysphoria-dsm-5_n_3385287.html)“the drafters of the new DSM-5 wanted to emphasize the importance of distress about the incongruity for a diagnosis.This shift reflects recognition that the disagreement between birth gender and identity may not necessarily be pathological if it does not cause the individual distress, said Robin Rosenberg, a clinical psychologist and co-author of the psychology textbook “Abnormal Psychology” (Worth Publishers, 2009). For instance, many transgender people — those who identify with a gender different than the one they were assigned at birth — are not distressed by their cross-gender identification and should not be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, Rosenberg said.”No diagnosis – no mental disorder.While I believe the military is definitely not the platform or arena to debate transgender issues, “respecting the dignity of all persons” means remembering our history, including discrimination from other eras with different issues – otherwise, we are likely to repeat history. Rector Hopkinsville, KY August 8, 2017 at 5:12 pm Wow! Women do not belong in the army?! Perhaps we should go back to a literal interpretation of the Constitution and revoke voting rights for anyone other than white Christian men? M.E. Eccles says: Bill Louis says: Submit a Job Listing Catherine Cheek says: July 28, 2017 at 4:51 pm The Church goes through these heart-wrenching spasms about every 500 years, so we are witnessing a new spasm. I pray we come through it and more in keeping with Jesus’s teachings. All persons are children of God and we need to embrace that Gospel truth. mike geibel says: July 28, 2017 at 5:14 pm I respectfully disagree. I would like to know how we get from Genesis 5:2 “He created them male and female and blessed them,” to, Curry said his conviction “is not born primarily of a social ideal, but of the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth and the witness of our biblical and theological tradition.” ? As a life-long Episcopalian, I have no idea how we can say this is a product of our biblical and theological tradition? I also fail to understand Bishop Wright’s statement, “…the Christian faith teaches that God loves all people equally and unconditionally.” The Bible is full of examples that God’s love is unequal and conditional on everything from belief in Christ Jesus to obedience to His will. One example is when Jesus stops the stoning of the woman accused of adultery – He tells her to “go and sin no more,” implying a condition to His forgiveness. Before the haters begin bashing me, let me be clear that I have no issue with individual rights. What I have issue with is the Episcopal church, my church, taking public positions that are absolutely progressive political positions and trying to wrap them up in contrived theology. If Bishop Curry and others want to express their personal political opinions (which have no basis in theology or Episcopal tradition), as citizens they are welcome to do so, but please do not speak as representing the political views of all Episcopalians. July 30, 2017 at 1:16 pm Having just come from morning worship at my Episcopal Church, shaking and feeling violated by the highly political and anti-conservative “sermon” delivered by a visiting priest, I am deeply appreciative of not only your sentiments but also your articulate “calling out” of the hypocrisy of many of our Episcopal priests today. The utter hypocrisy of Bishop Curry and others in the national church is astounding–thank you for putting the glare of sunshine on that. I am deeply grateful that our church has two outstanding Episcopal priests who preach the Gospel and who never allow their own leftist views to become the focus of their sermons–showing that they sincerely respect diversity of views. Bishop Curry could use a lesson in that respect for diversity. The Rt. Rev. David McMannes says: Father Mike Waverly-Shank says: Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 July 29, 2017 at 3:06 pm I agree completely with the criticism of Bishops Curry and Wright. Much of what the Presiding Bishop is saying on this and other issues amounts to absolute sacrilege and suggests a woeful ignorance of church doctrine and church history. But perhaps that is to be expected of someone whose election to his present position was in the opinion of many Episcopalians clearly a political choice. That can of course be said of many of his fellow bishops as well including our own in Massachusetts. Doug Desper says: July 30, 2017 at 12:54 am The decisions as to who can and should serve in the military should be based upon personal merit and left to those who have to lead the troops into battle—not to politicians or religious leaders demanding “political correctness.” In the modern world there may indeed be a place for persons with computer and technology skills where gender identity is irrelevant. But the Bishop’s “moral principle” of Equality in the abstract has no pace in military decisions. The Armed Forces are discriminatory, dictatorial organizations, and war is inherently immoral but unfortunately, a necessary evil if we are to protect the principles of equality and freedom.No doubt Bishop Curry and Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are compassionate and faithful followers of Christ. But they have jumped into the political arena and have called out the President, have threatened an economic boycott of Texas over its Legislature’s reactionary bathroom bill, have submitted amicus curie briefs to the Supreme Court in support of “gender choice” locker rooms and showers in our schools, and have supported “Sanctuary Dioceses” which encourage disobedience to Federal Laws prohibiting “harboring” of illegal aliens. Maybe it is time to call for an economic boycott of the Episcopal Church. July 31, 2017 at 12:37 pm There are false equivalencies being drawn in issues such as this. The liberal social justice mindset has its orientation in the Civil Rights struggle of the last century, or other aggrieved status struggles, and tends to bring those illustrations to nearly every argument. However, one cannot bring those unique circumstances to every issue to use as a blanket indictment about what is perceived to be a wrong to be corrected. So, shelve the Jim Crow comparisons. The issue is this: transgender people typically have unresolved issues that require working through as they pursue what they sense to be their fullest gender expression. Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment. Even if you don’t agree with that nearly anyone will recognize that there are major psychological issues going on that need to be resolved. The military is not the forum to recruit people who are “working through” such major psychological issues. It is not the forum to experiment and question oneself since unit cohesion is a requirement for survival. The military is not a common workplace defined by office workers around a water cooler, or National Church office holders who email each other their most eloquent thoughts throughout a day. Nor is the military “our house” (to quote from the National Cathedral). The military is designed to to be a mentally fit, psychologically fit, and physically fit cohesive unit designed to repel aggression with greater aggression and to unreservedly follow all rightly conceived orders to kill others. Throwing people who are already struggling with their own identity, psychologically and, in their minds, physically, into a combative, war-torn, physically-demanding, mentally-exhausting environment risks units falling apart. Those who have never lived in such a reality do well to learn about it and stop comparing it to just any other workplace.And, stop with the tired comparisons of discrimination from another era with different issues. Add to the body of required knowledge about each unique circumstance. That’s truly “respecting the dignity of all persons.” Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI July 30, 2017 at 2:24 pm Thank You Mike! John Miller says: mike geibel says: July 29, 2017 at 3:12 am Ralph Davis: Thank you for expressing what many of us believe. I have only one thought on this and that is how many elective surgeries does the military do for everyone. How about years of follow up care. Since changing the appearance of one’s sexual identity is elective I see no reason what-so-ever that we the people must pay for this. You are not born with the need for sexual correction unless you happen to be a hermaphrodite. This is rare. You are what you were born with. Check the DNA prior to the surgery and post surgical procedures or pharmaceutical changes. One will find that the identity is still that found at the time of birth. “Those who want to become something else please do so at your expense. We need weapons and medicine for real men who serve in this military. Women do NOT belong in our army or real men. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET July 30, 2017 at 8:15 am Thank you, Lurline. Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Washington, DC July 29, 2017 at 6:54 pm Cathrine, obviously you have never served. Read Ronald Davin’s comments above. Ralph Davis says: center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest July 30, 2017 at 7:58 pm So I guess only those elite few who “intensely read and study the prophets” know how God acts and thinks. I don’t qualify as a biblical expert, and I agree that the prophets probably did not have the advantage of knowing genetics, geology, modern biology or much in the way of science at all. But I assume that God did. I must also assume from your support Bishop’s Curry’s foray into the political arena, that you believe that his politics are the politics of God.“For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” (1 Cor. 2:11) My argument is not that the Bishop is biblically wrong in his compassion for transgender rights. I do say that politics and religion are a lethal mix for the Church. Upon the rise of Hitler in 1934, a far better biblical scholar than I, Eberhard Arnold, commented to the Bruderhof in “The Church and Its Dangerous Politics”: (these are his citations to the biblical text, not mine) “It is a widespread error to mix this specific task of the church [to live simply] with public affairs. As Paul shows very clearly, the church, with its task of being the embodiment of Christ, is thrust in among the nations as a unique anticipatory presence which points forward to the coming of the kingdom on earth (Col. 3:1–4; Eph. 1:9–14). Accordingly, it is not the task of the body of Christ to attain prominence in the political power structure of this world (1 Cor. 1:26–29; 2:6–8; 2 Cor. 4:7–10). Thus, according to the apostolic teaching, there is no such thing as a Christian state. A Christian church fights neither for the interests of the state nor against them. No head of a state can legitimately wield the sword in the name of Christ, and no church is permitted to bless any attempts to do so.”“There are two distinct and separate spheres of life: one is the state and the other is the church. National or international politics are not the Christian’s politics. The apostle says that our politics is in heaven, from where we expect our Lord Jesus Christ to come (Phil. 3:20). Our politics is that of the kingdom of God.”“Paul says that we are ambassadors of God, representing Christ, the Messiah King, the regent of that last kingdom – a kingdom represented not by any state or government of this world, but rather by the church. We are ambassadors of the reign of God. This is something enormous. It means that we do nothing at all except what the king of God’s kingdom would himself do for his kingdom. And the will of this king is to unite. This is why the apostle says we are God’s ambassadors on behalf of Christ, appealing to all people, ‘Be reconciled to God.’ Our task is reconciliation and uniting, and nothing else. There is nothing else we have to do in this world.”Diving into the political arena is divisive, not unifying. Admittedly, there are probably times and issues in which clergy should not sit back in silence. I just do not agree that the Armed Forces is a proper testing ground for clerics to try to re-engineer society.As to your definition of “patriotic correctness,” it sounds eerily like “one world order” ideology. I always thought that joining the U.S. Armed Forces requires unwavering allegiance to our country. I guess I was wrong about that, too. 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Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ronald Davin says: Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME July 29, 2017 at 12:34 pm The political agenda of the TEC really is not about voicing a religious based opposition to transgender persons in the military, threatening a boycott over theTexas bathroom bill, or by filing an amicus curie brief with the Supreme Court supporting the right to “gender choice” (rather than anatomy) in using school locker rooms and showers. The “social justice” movement is all about t tying to change society by promoting acceptance of alternative lifestyles, wrapped in the robe of the Baptismal Covenant.The Declaration of Independence does indeed proclaim equality and the right of all people to pursue happiness, and I believe that is true for transgender people. But the Declaration of Independence was a political document justifying a declaration of war—it was not a religious document. It proclaimed equality in the eyes of God and natural law, but it did not declare the individual right to pursue happiness is more important than the rights of other people or the welfare of the nation. The Armed Forces is not a social club and is not and cannot be a reflection of our free society. By necessity, the Armed Forces are inherently unequal and discriminatory. Only adults are allowed to serve in the Military, and age limits are imposed. People with physical or mental disabilities are precluded from service. Once in the military, basic freedoms are forfeited due to the need for discipline and a regimented life in what is essentially a violent profession. Choice of dress is not an option. Private bathrooms and showers are not provided for GI’s. Orders are not polite requests that can be ignored. The Military’s mission is to deter attacks on our nation, and to kill and destroy others if necessary to protect our freedoms. The Military is a dictatorial organization based upon strict Rules and inequality—Privates are not the equals of Generals.My objection is not that the TEC and Bishop Curry are wrong to teach support for equal rights and dignity for those with different lifestyles. Others may challenge whether the politics of alternative lifestyles find support in the Bible or Jesus’ teaching, but I am not a Biblical scholar. My objection is that the TEC has become the religious branch of the ACLU and uses religion as a justification for political activism. The social justice movement, now relabeled the “Jesus Movement” to make it sound non-political, is in fact mixing politics and religion.I missed the chapter in the New Testament where Jesus condemned Caesar, wrote protest letters to the Roman Rulers, or encouraged boycotts. I was taught that Jesus spoke to the individual, never to government or government policy, and he preached that reaching God’s Kingdom was based upon humility, mutual respect and personal responsibility and not on governmental control or intervention. By teaching how we should live our lives and setting an example, Jesus profoundly changed history without protest marches, religious slogans or boycotts. Perhaps he understood better than we do, that most politicians and emperors are corrupt and temporal, and that our lives are but nanoseconds in in God’s plan. In April 2016, the TEC was one of 99 faith groups that sent a letter to congressional leaders opposing Trump’s campaign promise to weaken the prohibition against churches endorsing political candidates. The Bishop has forgotten his own words:“People of faith do not want partisan political fights infiltrating their houses of worship. . . . Houses of worship are spaces for members of religious communities to come together, not be divided along political lines; faith ought to be a source of connection and community, not division and discord.”As stated by CS Lewis, “The grand point is not to wear the garb, nor use the brogue of religion, but to process the life of God within, and feel and think as Jesus would have done because of that inner life.” I believe that the means for changing the hearts and minds of people to accept our differences will come by preaching the Word and not from Bishops standing in clerical garb holding signs or issuing a threat to boycott Texas. Such actions only sow “division and discord” in a membership with diverse political views.Pounding your fist on the Altar is not teaching the Word. Trust in the Wisdom that created the Word as the means to change hearts and minds. Be humble, not prideful, and never presume that your politics are God’s politics. Comments (22) Rector Collierville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Leila Lou Baldwin says: John Miller says: By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jul 28, 2017 Featured Jobs & Calls Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Ralph Davis says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET August 8, 2017 at 5:16 pm I must apologize and correct myself – not the Constitution, but the Declaration of Independence is what is being interpreted by many in these comments. Donald Heacock says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA M.E. Eccles says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Presiding Bishop Michael Curry July 28, 2017 at 7:53 pm From the press release… “Citing the Declaration of Independence’s claim of equal and inalienable rights of all, Curry said: ‘discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation is a violation of the fundamental ideal of equality in America.’ Interesting but fallacious.” The PB is promulgating a reinterpretation and violation of understanding of the historic and apostolic teachings of the Church. The Roman and Orthodox understanding is contrary to TEC’s supposed newly-found sexual identity truth. What say he regarding those expressions of the Faith? TEC is but a speck in the history of the Christian Faith. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Advocacy Peace & Justice, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN July 28, 2017 at 8:32 pm As a veteran this is a matter of Military Readiness. I don’t give a tinkers dam what Jesus thought. Trump should say out of the matter unless ask. Obama imposed this on the military in the last 6 months. The Chiefs have postponed the enlistment of Transgender for 6 months. The personal now interested the service without declaring there endenity. They have not been removed nor is there plan to do so. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group July 30, 2017 at 8:14 am Well said, Mike!last_img read more

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first_img The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Photo by Micheile Henderson on Unsplash Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replycenter_img Career seekers at CareerSource Central Florida are eligible for credit union membership, plus additional benefitsFrom CareerSource Central Florida and Addition FinancialEarlier this year, Addition Financial was named the Platinum Sponsor of CareerSource Central Florida’s Summer Youth Program. Now, in order to best serve the community’s needs, the two organizations have expanded their partnership to serve all age groups.“During this global pandemic, we at Addition Financial know that we have the power to make a meaningful impact during COVID-19. We are proud to work alongside another organization with a people helping people mindset, and look forward to serving our community together,” said Katie Thomasson, Vice President of Community Engagement at Addition Financial.Through this partnership, Addition Financial will provide free virtual financial education resources for all age groups, offering healthy money tips and other helpful tools to foster financial success. Career seekers at CareerSource Central Florida are eligible for credit union membership at Addition Financial, a safe and secure financial institution to set up their direct deposits.In addition, the credit union will collaborate with CareerSource Central Florida on blog content, podcast episodes and other educational platforms that serve all age groups.“Arming our career seekers with vital financial knowledge and skills will build a solid foundation for success,” said Mimi Coenen, Chief Operating Officer at CareerSource Central Florida. “Not only is financial literacy the key to managing money effectively, but it also helps individuals thrive and successfully navigate their careers.”Addition Financial believes in the power of transforming lives by bringing financial success and education to everyone. With a robust suite of financial services designed to meet members’ needs, the credit union serves more than 155,000 members at 25 full-service branches and nine high school branches, and is a part of the Presto! ATM network. Headquartered in Lake Mary, Fla., Addition Financial is a not-for-profit financial cooperative with more than $2 billion in total assets. With a legacy of more than 80 years of serving educators and supporting education, Addition Financial is the Official Financial Institution of the UCF Knights and owns the naming rights to the Addition Financial Arena on the University of Central Florida campus. Addition Financial is also the Preferred Credit Union for Seminole State College and the Preferred Credit Union for Valencia College. For more information, visit AdditionFi.com. CareerSource Central Florida (CSCF) is Florida’s second largest regional workforce board that is state and federally funded with an annual operating budget of $30.5 million. CSCF provides comprehensive services to connect career seekers and local businesses at no cost. Services include screening and hiring talent; employee training and education; paid internships and no cost skills training and education programs. In fiscal year 2019-2020, CSCF served nearly 80,000 career seekers and 4,000 businesses. It helped advance skills for more than 1,800 career seekers and placed more than 6,300 individuals in jobs across Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Sumter Counties. For more information, visit www.CareerSourceCentralFlorida.com.career seekers, over 3,800 businesses, nearly 3,000 veterans and more than 1,800 youth. It helped advance skills for more than 3,100 career seekers and placed more than 8,700 individuals in jobs across Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Sumter Counties. For more information, visit www.CareerSourceCentralFlorida.com. Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSAddition FinancialBenefitsCareerCareerSource Central FloridaCredit UnionEducationJobsPartnership Previous articleEverything coming in October to HuluNext articleFlorida earns average grade in Education Weekly assessment Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Mayan journalist released after nine months

first_imgNews Receive email alerts MexicoAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Mexico April 28, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more Reportscenter_img Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state News May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say MexicoAmericas Reporters Without Borders is relieved by Mayan journalist and activist Pedro Canché’s release after nearly nine months in prison and hails the judicial decision that freed him.A court in Cancún, in the southeastern state of Quintana Roo, ordered his release on the night of 28 May after ruling that his continuing detention violated his rights in the absence of evidence against him.Canché had been held ever since his arrest on 30 August on an absurd charge of sabotage in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, a small town in Quintana Roo. He had remained in detention although a judge had ruled on 24 February that that the proceedings against were flawed.In a brief interview for Reporters Without Borders, Canché said: “I feel this is a victory for freedom of expression and I’m very happy. It’s like being reborn. At the same time, I also feel a bit strange every now and again. I’m afraid it could be repeated. I have the impression I’ve lost five years.”Quintana Roo’s governor, Felipe Carrillo Puerto’s mayor and the judicial apparatus were given until 1 June to implement or reject an 11 May recommendation by the National Commission on Human Rights that Canché should be given an apology and compensated, and that local officials should attend human rights and free speech workshops.“We are relieved by Pedro Canché’s release,” said Claire San Filippo, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas Desk. “We urge Quintana Roo governor Roberto Borge to accept and implement the human rights comission’s recommendations. This journalist should now be given compensation and an apology.”Canché was sponsored by the Spanish section of Reporters Without Borders, which presented his and his family’s account of events on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day.Mexico is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in the press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders published in February. to go further June 3, 2015 – Updated on July 27, 2017 Mayan journalist released after nine monthslast_img read more

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Kidnappers reportedly kill journalist

first_imgNews Follow the news on Bangladesh News Shukur Hossain is the latest victim of recurrent violences against reporters in Khulna district. His kidnappers, armed extremists, probably shot him. Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontiers – RSF) and the Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC) today called for greater police efforts to find him and the abductors, and deplored the reported death of kidnapped journalist Shukur Hussain.”If his death is confirmed, it will be the second murder this year of a journalist by armed extremists in the southwestern region of Khulna,” noted Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard and BCDJC president Nayeemul Islam Khan in a letter to Khulna police commissioner Moklesur Rahman.”We know it is difficult to keep public order in this region, but it is your duty to put an end to violence which affects the press,” they said. Eight journalists have been killed in Khulna in the past six years, making it the most dangerous area in the country for the press.Hussain, a reporter with the regional daily Dainik Anirban, was kidnapped at night on 5 July from his house in Dumuria by seven armed men who police think were members of the banned Maoist Biplobi Communist Party.  Hussain, 40, had written several articles criticising them and had received death threats over the past three months.Witnesses reportedly saw his kidnappers shoot him in the head when he tried to escape from a boat they had forced him into on the Ghangrail river and then taken his body away. Police have arrested 11 people for questioning.  Another journalist on Dainik Anirban, Nahar Ali, was kidnapped by the Maoists in April last year and tortured to death. Hussain had replaced Ali as correspondent of Dainik Anirban in Dumuria.  A joint fact-finding mission by Reporters Without Borders and BCDJC went to Khulna in March this year, a few days after the murder of Harun-ur-Rashid, a reporter on the newspaper Dainik Purbanchal.  The Khulna police chief told the mission that every effort would being made to identify and arrest those responsible, while a government minister promised to see they were hanged. News February 22, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders believes the journalist was killed by members of the Purba Bangla Sharbahara Party because of articles he wrote about organised crime in the region.  Seven suspects, most of them party members, have been identified and one of them was arrested by police in April.center_img to go further RSF_en Receive email alerts News February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation BangladeshAsia – Pacific May 19, 2021 Find out more July 16, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kidnappers reportedly kill journalist BangladeshAsia – Pacific last_img read more

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PCC, Caltech Campuses Will Remain Closed for Remainder of Academic Term

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Community News 74 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News center_img Pasadena City College (l) and Caltech (r)One day after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that schools in California would not reopen, Pasadena City College announced on that the college will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.“In light of the direction at the Federal level to maintain social distancing measures until April 30, we have made the decision this morning to extend PCC’s period of remote operations through the end of the Spring semester,” said Superintendent/President Erika Endrijonas and Academic Senate President Matthew Henes in an email to staff, faculty and students.Pasadena City College originally closed its doors on March 16.Nearby Caltech also had closed its door for the remainder of term.Caltech called on all students to advise the college on where students were living during the crisis.“With the undergraduate community now dispersed around the globe, Caltech needs to know where every student is actually residing during Spring Term.This information will be critically important as the public health emergency in our country continues to unfold,”At PCC, classes will continue to be offered through remote means through the end of term according to the email.The college is postponing commencement ceremonies until Spring 2021.“We hope that those students who would have celebrated with us this June will bring their families to join us at that time. In response to student feedback we are also working to offer credit for Spring 2020 semester parking permits.”The move follows a decision by Gov, Gavin Newsom to shutter schools for the remainder of the academic year.As of Thursday morning, the Pasadena Public Heath Department reported 37 people had tested positive for the coronavirus.“This is a very difficult decision to make, as we understand the impact this crisis has had on our ability to offer necessary programs and services.We are all working outside of our normal routines. Given the seriousness of this public health emergency, however, we have an urgent need to do all we can to flatten the curve, ensure our healthcare system functions as it needs to, and promote the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff,” the email reads.Officials at the college are in regular communication with the Chancellor’s Office and official in the CSUs and UC college systems regarding clinical hours and transfer requirements, among others, that are being impacted by this emergency.Some employees could return to campus before the semester ends.“Until that time, please note that the college remains closed to all but essential personnel, and staff and supervisors are to continue using established processes to gain access to their offices or facilities,” the email reads. “Under no circumstances are faculty to invite students back to campus for instruction. Additionally, the guidelines relating to remote work and vacation, sick, compensatory, and family leave remain unchanged at this time. If you have a question about your particular situation, please contact Human Resources.” HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBet You Didn’t Need Another Reason To Stay Coupled Up This SeasonHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Education PCC, Caltech Campuses Will Remain Closed for Remainder of Academic Term Commencement ceremonies rescheduled for Spring 2021 By DONOVAN MCCRAY Published on Friday, April 3, 2020 | 4:00 am STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

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GOSHH’s rapid HIV testing

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LIMERICK’S GOSHH (Gender, Orientation, Sexual Health, HIV) has introduced a rapid testing programme for HIV which takes 10 minutes in total. Clients fill out a form of their personal details and then the test can begin. The testing itself is only slightly invasive and involves a simple finger prick. Results are available within seconds. The testing is free and can be done in the GOSHH centre in Davis street. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In the early days of testing, anyone concerned about their HIV status had to wait a week or more for a result after testing.Ann Mason, Manager at GOSHH said, “You will walk out the door knowing that you’re HIV negative or that the test has reacted and you need a confirmation test to back it up.”If it is reactive there will be a referral made immediately and then the GOSHH staff will ensure clients receive follow-on care, if needed, and also provide the psychosocial care people may need.GOSHH offer a counselling service around gender, orientation, sexual health and HIV. Anyone concerned about HIV can drop into the centre to arrange an appointment. The test is free but donations are accepted. Previous articleBusiness concern at VAT increaseNext articleWATCH: Conor Murray signs deal to stay at Munster until 2022 Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGShealthLimerick Ctiy and CountyNewsSexual Health Facebook Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Linkedin Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Email WhatsAppcenter_img NewsCommunityHealthVideoGOSHH’s rapid HIV testingBy Staff Reporter – October 10, 2018 1787 Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Print Limerick on Covid watch list Advertisement Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Twitter Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year last_img read more

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Derry shooting victim’s sister calls for PSNI Chief to be sacked in light of…

first_img Previous articleMan arrested in connection with Derry flashing incidentsNext articlePearse Doherty TD urges Government to do more to tackle youth unemployement News Highland Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life By News Highland – July 5, 2013 Derry shooting victim’s sister calls for PSNI Chief to be sacked in light of HET report WhatsApp Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 News Facebook LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Helen DeeryA woman whose brother was shot dead by the British army in May 1972 has has called for the PSNI’s Chief Constable to be sacked in light of the findings of a report into the Historical Enquiries Team.Helen Deery’s brother Manus was shot dead by a British soldier firing from Derry’s Walls on May 19 1972 – she says she is now withdrawing all co-operation from police investigations.In a report this week, the HET was found to be illegally investigating deaths involving army soldiers with less rigour than cases with no state involvement.In light of the revelations,  Helen Deery says Matt Baggott must be sacked:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/hdeer830DEERY.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored center_img Twitter Twitter Google+ Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Facebook Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglarylast_img read more

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Willie McAteer due in court in relation to alleged financial irregularities at Anglo

first_img Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored By News Highland – July 23, 2012 Willie McAteer due in court in relation to alleged financial irregularities at Anglo WhatsApp Google+ Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Two men are due in court this afternoon, as part of an investigation into alleged financial irregularities at Anglo Irish Bank.The former Anglo Irish Bank Director Willie McAteer, who’s 56 and originally from Rathmullan, was detained this morning – whilst a second man – who’s also in his 50s – has also been arrested.Both men will appear before Dublin District Court this afternoon.Reacting to today’s development, the Justice Minister said this investigation is now a matter for our independent prosecution service.In a statement, Alan Shatter said it’s important that due process now takes place and that nothing is said which could in any way prejudice the outcome of the criminal prosecutions. Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Facebook Previous articleMacGill: Fianna Fail Senator wants rules to make TDs accountableNext articleArranmore Island welcomes an unusual visitor News Highland News Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumnlast_img read more

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Wind turbine noise seminar taking place in Donegal this week

first_img Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Previous articleChildcare services in Donegal to receive over €300,000 in extra fundingNext article5 people waiting for a bed at LUH News Highland Twitter Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – July 19, 2017 Facebook Homepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest Google+center_img WhatsApp Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored Pinterest Wind turbine noise seminar taking place in Donegal this week Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Facebook A special wind turbine noise seminar is taking place in Donegal this week.It’s hoped that during the meeting, wind groups from North and South can co-ordinate and discuss issues in a bid to move forward with their campaign.The seminar is taking place in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey tomorrow at 8.30pm and will be hosted by Finn Valley Wind Action Group.Their Spokesperson is Marie Scanlon has been outlining what will be on the agenda and says it’s important for people to attend:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/mariescanlon1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumnlast_img read more

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