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first_imgRev. Ryu Kyeong Seuk, president of FFWPU Korea, on a nationwide tour of church regions beginning in Busan and GyeongnamA new determination for victory in the Tribal Messiah mission as members from a central providential nation. FFWPU Korea: Rev. Ryu Kyeong Seuk, president of FFWPU Korea toured church regions in Korea, to deliver True Mother’s most recent message emphasizing the mission and responsibility of the key providential nations to pursue the new Tribal Messiah mission for Vision 2020 victory. Rev. Lu embarked on his nationwide tour, slated for the later months of 2014, with the aim of lighting a torch of inspiration so that all the members and blessed families can devote themselves for victory.The tour began on day 21 of the 9th month (November 13) when Rev. Lu and his wife, in the company of Shin Inseon, head of the witnessing department, Cho Seongil, head of the planning and promotion department and Jeon Jeongcheol, head of the audio-visual department and others visited the Busan and Gyeongnam church headquarters.Emphasis on the identity, confidence and conviction of Cheon Il Guk citizensAfter arriving at the Gimhae airport around 8 am, Rev. Ryu and the department heads went to the Busan church headquarters where they first made a bow of greeting and report prayer to True Parents. Then they began their first official event of the tour, speaking to the key members of the Busan church. About twenty key members gathered for the first meeting in lecture room #1 on the sixth floor of the Busan headquarters, including the regional leader and his wife, senior pastors, Japanese missionary leaders and representatives of providential organizations in the area.After delivering his message, which emphasized that “Two things that we must keep in mind as people who are following the way of God’s will to build the world that True Parents are guiding us to create are ‘confidence’ and ‘conviction’. These two keys, along with attending our regional leader and True Parents, are what will confirm our identity as citizens of Cheon Il Guk.” Rev. Ryu entreated those present, as public figures, to be exemplary in demonstrating their identity as Cheon Il Guk citizens.After his report on the status of the Busan region, which explained the activities of providential organizations, along with the strategies and road map for witnessing, regional leader Kim Hyeongjeong reported that, “Internally, our plan is to focus on contacting inactive families and providing educational programs for members, while externally we will focus on witnessing activities through CARP, UPF and other providential organizations, in order to expand our contact with young people, college students and Ambassadors of Peace. Accomplishments we can proudly show our descendantsRev. Ryu’s rally for the Busan region was held in the 7th floor of the Busan headquarters with 300 central members in attendance. The rally began with a video of True Mother speaking about the ‘Victory in the New Tribal Messiah Mission for Vision 2020’.Listening to True Mother explain that, just like the monarch butterflies which follow the laws of nature and travel thousands of kilometers up and down every unexplored corner of the Korean peninsula, “We must be a nation who moves without fear or hesitation to pursue victory in the new tribal messiah mission, for Vision 2020,” the members at the rally shed tears of repentance and determination, and offered gratitude through their applause.Rev. Ryu continued by reading from True Mother’s recent speeches, included her message from the World Joint Worship held at Cheongshim Peace World Center on October 26, proclaiming the depth of the heart and leadership of True Parents, who have come as the fruit of human history and as the owners of true love, true life and true lineage.Following the reading, he spoke of how we must realize the precious value of True Parents, what a great grace we have received in being able to live and breathe in this time when we can attend True Parents directly, and how precious the tribal messiah mission is, giving us the chance to bring a witnessing victory that we can be proud of in front of our descendents. In order to pursue this goal, he outlined a 100 day special mobilization for the end of the year.After the rally, Kim Eungnyeong, minister of South Busan church testified that through Rev. Ryu’s rally, he had gained a renewed understanding of the vision of a healthy Unification Church. Lim Jongbo, minister of West Busan church proclaimed that all of us must embrace our identity without the tiniest hesitation, and follow our providential mission and God’s Will, setting up twelve families of spiritual children, by taking on the tribal messiah mission.The Road to Victory as New Tribal MessiahsAfter the morning activities were finished, Rev. Ryu and his party quickly departed for the Gyeongnam headquarters, where they arrived at about 4 pm. At the Gyeongnam rally, Gyeongnam Regional Director Oh Jebaek testified, “We must work to harvest the results of witnessing in spirit and in truth, and he went on to explain plans for new tribal messiah activities through clan associations. Following that, plans for Gyeongnam’s 100 day mobilization, utilizing the HCC witnessing center, were outlined.At the rally, which was held in the main sanctuary of the Changwon church, with about 500 church leaders and key members attending, Yangsan church minister Jeong Jongho stated, in his report prayer, “We will invest ourselves entirely to accomplish True Parents’ words; our 21 congregations will unite completely under the leadership of our Regional Leader, and will establish a powerful and historic witnessing victory here in the homeland of our faith.”Calling on the members to emulate such pioneers as the Smithsonian’s Dr. Langley and the Wright brothers, who made the world’s first airplanes, Rev. Lu stressed, “We can set up the base for restoring sovereignty if we serve True Parents, who have come as the fruit of providential history, while walking the path of the new tribal messiah mission as directed by heaven, with true passion and confidence, and accomplish the first stage by witnessing to 12 families.”After the conclusion of his message, Rev. Ryu entreated in his prayer, “Please remember and guide these Gyeongnam region blessed families and members who have offered their determination in this new age, to become the true owners and citizens of Cheon Il Guk by standing at the center of the providence and bringing victory through this 100 day mobilization.”After the grace of the message of inspiration, which bound the members with one heart, the Gyeongnam rally concluded as Choi Sugyeong, minister of the Geoje church led all those gathered in three cheers of ogmansei in determination for victory through new tribal messiah activities for Vision 2020.last_img read more

2 08 19

first_imgPrepared by FFWPU BrazilFollowing True Mothers guidance about preparing the youth to become future leaders of Cheon Il Guk, the Grow Group was founded in 2017 as a development academy for the youth focused on developing behavioral and leadership skills with the purpose of strengthen the pipeline of future leaders.The Grow Group is led by Iongju Almeida – a second generation and a Human Resources regional leader in a multinational company rated as AAA – and Inowan Almeida also a second generation and regional leader of Santo Amaro´s church.For 2018 the Grow Group participants were challenged to take one step further: they will be on the front line actively supporting 6 departments of Santo Amaro’s church (Home Groups, Blessed Couples under 40 years old, Holy Day events and attendance to blessed families, community & social work, entertainment, social media and improvement projects).Through this initiative, we expect the provide to these new leaders in training the practice of developing a heart of service and alignment to True Parent´s tradition while adding value to the church and community through the way of becoming filial sons and daughters by bringing victory to our beleoved Heanvely Parents and True Parents.last_img read more

2 08 19

first_imgPrepared by UPF AlbaniaFrom 5th – 8th of April 2018, 43 Ambassadors for Peace from 13 Local Peace Councils of Albania and one couple from Kosovo gathered in Ohrid – Macedonia to study the content of the Divine Principle. The Regional President for East Europe, Rev. Jack Corley also arranged his schedule in order to support this seminar. Our goal was to have 50 Ambassadors for Peace this time, however we ended up having 43 exactly like last seminar we held in December 2018.The atmosphere of the WS was very high all the time. Ambassadors for Peace were very punctual and attentive to the content of Divine Principle.The Divine Principle lectures were given by Rev. Corley – The Regional President for East Europe, Mr. Ali Lacej – Coordinator of Albanians’ Peace Council, Mr. Gani Rroshi – National Leader and Mrs. Manjola Vasmatics – Vice NL & Community Leader of Tirana.Out of 43 participants, 28 of them were for the very first time to hear Divine Principle content in depth. Some of the Chairs of Local Peace Councils who attended helped a lot in taking care and supporting the workshop through their discussions and also by moderating some sessions.Part of the program was also sightseeing and family evening were everybody enjoyed by expressing their unique abilities in singing, dancing, story-telling and poetry. It was a very family atmosphere and nobody felt embarrassed to express themselves naturally.Interesting aspect of this WS was also the morning meditation where we read from True Father’s Autobiography and based on that lead the meditation. Some of them expressed that now they understood for the first time the importance on meditation and prayer. The whole WS actually was quite interactive and there was a lot of Q&A and comments from participants.The final session of the seminar was the Blessing Ceremony for those Ambassadors for Peace who didn’t receive yet the Blessing. After a short lecture explaining the meaning and value of the Blessing, 12 couples became part of the Blessing Ceremony which was officiated by rev. Corley.The Imam Hysen Hormova was the representative couple for the Holy Wine Ceremony and was very happy to be in that position. Everybody was very happy to be part of this beautiful event. The Blessing ceremony concluded with 3 cheers of Eok Mansei!At the end we gave the Ambassador for Peace Certificate to 12 participants whom husband or wife already was an Ambassador for Peace. They were introduced by their partners and it was very beautiful.The reflections from participants was very positive and they felt very hopeful. Many of them determined to come to Vienna to attend True Mother. The Imam especially praised True Parents and thanked God for sending them at this time. He said that it is great mission to unify all religions and be above them all. He bought Divine principle and said that he will study it immediately and “swallow” its content and share with his followers.Everything is possible only because of the grace of our Heavenly Parent and True Parents!last_img read more

2 08 19

first_imgPrepared by FFWPU BrazilOn March 16, 2019, the church of Santo Amaro held the resumption of activities of the Hope Youth ministry, connected group with the ideals and vision of the YSP. The theme was “The role of youth and students in creating a culture of sustainable Peace in our country”. Hope Youth Ministry restructured its activities into three sub-groups:Hope Kids – Working with children from 4 to 12 years oldHope Teen – Who develops activities with young people from 12 to 17 years old;Hope Youth – Who will work with young people from the age of 18.The inaugural event of this new phase had the theme “Disconnect”.We note that youth is increasingly focused on social media, cell phones, computers, tablets and less connected with life, with creation, with God. So the purpose of the event was to bring this insight, this call to society and disconnect from the digital world and connect with God.The event had approximately 400 people, with almost 50% of them being people who were meeting the church for the first time. The Church of Santo Amaro was completely replete in its corridors, additional rooms and stairs given the large proportion that the event took.The event was attended by the president of the Association of Families of Brazil, the representative of the Continental YSP Mr. Samuel Linhares, special envoy of the Young Reverend Kwon and the patrons of the event representing the church of Santo Amaro and general manager for all activities, Pastor Inowan Almeida and his wife Tung Ja Amanda Belarmino Novais. The event was filled with music, theater, ballet, lecture of the divine principle and a delicious closing cocktail.All the guests left their contacts and they left very inspired and motivated to become part of this work that will have its continuity weekly.brazillast_img read more

2 08 19

first_imgWe’re just one week away from Fedor Emelianenko fighting live on UFC Fight Pass, but before that happens, why don’t we take a trip down memory lane? It was January 24th, 2009, and Fedor was set to fight Andrei Arlovski in the Affliction: Day of Reckoning main event. Fedor won the all-important WAMMA belt against Tim Sylvia in the Affliction: Banned PPV, while Arlovski had scored back-to-back wins over Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson after he left the UFC.The scene is set, Tito Ortiz is on commentary (but they cut out the post-fight interview) with Sean Wheelock and Jimmy Smith, and at the 6:24 mark of the video, you can see Donald Trump in attendance. You probably know the story of this fight by now. Arlovski was able to tag Fedor multiple times with fast and well-timed right hands, but then he thought he had Fedor trapped and ready to go for the KO. He left his feet in a conscious state and then returned to the mat in an unconscious state. I’ve long called this the first ever mid-air euthanization. You can watch the video at the top of the page.Here’s Mike Fagan’s play-by-play of the fight:Round 1: Right hand from Arlovski looks to stun Emelianenko early.  Body shot from Fedor.  Backs Arlovski into the corner and clinches up.  Arlovski with a trip attempt, but Fedor maintains his balance.  Cautious exchanged on the feet.  Right hand knocks out Arlovksi!  Oh my god!  Wow!Fedor Emelianenko defeats Andrei Arlovski by KO at 3:14 of round 1.And the Bloody Elbow community’s reaction to the finish. Fedor will fight Fabio Maldonado in the EFN 50 main event on Friday, June 17th. The card airs exclusively on UFC Fight Pass. Gloves Accessories Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career UFC 240: Fights to make Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender ProMax 440 BJJ GI Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Latest From MMA Warehouse Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Bloody Elbow Standard BJJ Gi Robert Whittaker hails ‘Wonderboy’ the best ‘outside fighter’ in MMA Good Night Tee Top Contenders for Fight of the Yearcenter_img Lockdown duffle bag White on Nunes-Cris rematch: ‘That’s the fight I want to make’ Standard Ranked Rashguard More: Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Latest From Our Partners White: McGregor didn’t like my comments about Masvidal being ‘too big’ for him Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Apparel UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler fight card More From Sale Conor lashes out at Herb Dean, says Khabib was ‘riddled in panic’ during bus attack King Ryan Longsleeve Shirtlast_img read more

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first_img MMAmania.com Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Good Night Tee Apparel Standard Ranked Rashguard Top Contenders for Fight of the Year More: Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Gloves Latest From MMA Warehouse More From Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement It was revealed earlier today (Fri., June 22, 2018) that former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida will be taking his talents to Bellator MMA after signing an exclusive multi-fight deal.Machida, 40, certainly isn’t the same fighter he was when he knocked out Rashad Evans back in 2009 to claim UFC gold, but the Brazilian still provides fireworks inside of the cage. That is why Bellator is bringing “Dragon” aboard and planning on matching him up against the best fighters available starting this fall.“Whether he gets a title shot or not, I’m not sure, but as far as getting in the mix and fighting big fighters, we want that to happen,” Bellator president Scott Coker told MMAjunkie when discussing Machida’s debut later this year.If Machida was to get an immediate title shot it would probably come at 185 pounds and against the winner of Gegard Mousasi vs. Rory MacDonald, which is set to take place this September in California. Mousasi is the current Bellator middleweight champion and is coming off a first-round finish over former titleholder Rafael Carvalho“Maybe not in the fall, but maybe next year sometime you’ll see Gegard fighting Lyoto,” Coker said. “You might see Rory fighting Lyoto.”Outside of the middleweight title picture, Coker has big plans for Machida. Considering the legendary Brazilian striker has produced unforgettable results as a light heavyweight, Bellator is ready and willing to pit “Dragon” against some of the promotion’s biggest and baddest names.“You might see Fedor (Emelianenko) fighting Lyoto. (Ryan) Bader. (Muhammed) ‘King Mo’ (Lawal). Phil Davis. There’s just a lot of great fights we have at both weights,” explained Coker.While Machida wasn’t going to contend for a UFC title moving forward, his recent front kick knockout of Vitor Belfort at UFC 224 proved that he still has a lot left in the tank. So even though Machida’s current potential doesn’t quite stack up to his former success, the signing was an easy decision to make for Bellator.“We always said we were going to go after every free agent that we like, and we really like Lyoto, and he will be a great fit for us,” Coker said. “We’re excited to have him on board, and we can’t wait to put him to work.”Stick with Mania as more news on Machida’s crossover is revealed. Midnight Mania! Trump Family In The ‘Chaos’ Corner? Lights. Out. Accessoriescenter_img Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images ProMax 440 BJJ GI King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Standard BJJ Gi Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Lockdown duffle bag Sale Latest From Our Partners Bizzy Was Sneaking Needles Into The Toilet For GSP Fight There’s UFC Heavyweights, And Then There’s Shaq Amanda Nunes’ Biggest Threat? Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Fight Motion! Watch Holloway, Cyborg Do Work Via Ghost Camlast_img read more

1 08 19

first_img Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. Photo via iStockAs you might have heard, real estate in Boston is expensive. And when stacked up against cities around the country, it turns out the Hub has one of the least affordable housing markets out there, according to RealtyHop.The real estate website’s June report shows that Boston is the eighth most expensive place to own a home in the U.S. With a median household income of $62k and an average home price of $645k, Boston homebuyers would have to shell out a whopping 58% of their monthly income to own a home, leaving less than half of their take-home pay for other life expenses and savings.Screenshot via RealtyHopThe report utilized a combination of data from the U.S. Census, American Community Survey Census, and RealtyHop listing prices to rank the 100 most populous cities in the country, and made calculations based on a 30 year mortgage with a 4.5% interest rate, and 20% down payment.While Boston has a habit of winning titles, this ranking is not our proudest award. But it could be worse: California residents are all too familiar with unattainable housing, claiming three of the top five most expensive markets, with Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland landing at first, fourth, and fifth, respectively. The Sunshine State stakes its claim with Miami in second place, and New York lands in third.On the other side of the housing crisis, cities such as Detroit, Wichita, and Cleveland are some of the most affordable cities to buy a home in the U.S., allowing residents to spend as little as 13% of their monthly pay to call a home their own.If you’re committed to east coast living, though, you don’t have to buy a home to tour it—dip your toes in the market this weekend by checking out some of the prettiest open houses around the city. Then, cross your fingers that next month we drop out of the top ten. By Sofia Rivera· 318 Real Estate Boston Has One of the Least Affordable Housing Markets in the Country The average Bostonian would have to spend 58% of their income to own a home, a new report finds.center_img Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* Print 5/29/2019, 5:37 p.m. last_img read more

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first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:34Loaded: 10.55%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:34 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen 1:34 | FitnessMajor Prep: Brooks and DJ’Joey D’ Diovisalvi trains both top athletes shares their workout regiments leading up to championships. Some first learned of Brooks Koepka’s girlfriend Jena Sims after a faux pas from Joe Buck at the U.S. Open, when the Fox announcer called her “Becky Edwards.” Others might have curiously searched her name after Sims’ cameo appearance on yesterday’s TNT broadcast.But to many, Sims isn’t merely the girlfriend of Brooks Koepka; she’s famous in her own right.last_img read more

1 08 19

first_imgThe final round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic is underway on Sunday at the Seaview Hotel and Golf Club’s Bay Course in Galloway, New Jersey, as U.S. Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 holds a one-shot lead after 36 holes.The purse for the three-round, 54-hole tournament is set at $1.75 million, with the winner slated to earn $262,500 from this week’s event. The second-place finisher is expected to walk away with $162,834, while the third-place finisher will take home $118,125.Below is the payout breakdown for the top 70 in the field at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.Jeongeun Lee6NewsHere’s why the U.S. Women’s Open winner has a ‘6’ in her last namelast_img read more

31 07 19

first_imgThe number of disabled people participating regularly in sporting activity has fallen since the London 2012 Paralympic Games, according to official figures.The fall in participation emerged as the government published a consultation document as part of preparations for a new sports strategy.As well as issues around participation, the document – which looks mostly at England – examines problems such as generating commercial investment, persuading sports that have benefited from lucrative television deals to reinvest in grassroots sport, and ensuring that stadia and other infrastructure are accessible to disabled people.The document says the number of disabled people playing sport once a week is “disappointingly low”.Figures from Sport England’s Active People Survey, which has been tracking participation rates since 2005, show the proportion of disabled people over 16 taking part in sporting activity at least once a week peaked at 18.3 per cent in 2011-12.Since then, the rate has fallen steadily, to 18.2 per cent in 2012-13, 17.4 per cent in October 2013-October 2014, and now 17.2 per cent in April 2014-April 2015.The fall is important because one of the key elements of the supposed “legacy” from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was to increase the proportion of disabled people taking part regularly in sport.Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson (pictured), one of Britain’s greatest Paralympians, now retired from sport, said it was a “good time” for the consultation, with just one year left before the Rio Paralympics.She pointed out that the consultation document also asks how “limited financial resource can best be used” to support elite athletes at future Olympic and Paralympic Games.She said the participation rates for disabled people were “interesting” and could suggest a failure to integrate disabled people into mainstream national governing bodies, while she also suggested that more disabled people needed to be employed within disability sport.Keryn Seal, a key member of the British blind football team, who competed at London 2012 and hopes to compete at the Rio Paralympics, said he was “alarmed and saddened” by the figures.He told Disability News Service that he was concerned for the future of his own sport in Britain if participation rates did not improve, as there had been few talented new players breaking through into the national squad since 2012.He said: “If things do not get better, we may not have the next generation of players post-Rio and Tokyo [the host of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics].”One of his frustrations is that his team recently enjoyed a 17-match unbeaten run, which only ended with a 2-1 defeat to Argentina in the final of the International Blind Sports Federation’s fifth World Games in Seoul in May.Now the British team will have to qualify in the top two of this month’s European championships in Hereford to qualify for Rio.Despite the team’s success, and a sport that is “in the best shape it has ever been in” in Britain, there has been no influx of young blood.Seal said there were a “whole multitude of factors we need to get right” to improve participation rates in blind football and across disability sport.He said part of the problem was the lack of media interest in the years between Paralympic Games, particularly for blind football, which received “non-existent” mainstream coverage in comparison with some other para-sports, such as athletics and swimming, and all of the other team sports.He said: “Wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, goalball, etc, all draw more media coverage and access to things like National Paralympic Day for exhibition matches.”One of the problems is the greater need for volunteers than for athletes with other impairments, for example, to provide lifts to facilities that are inaccessible by public transport, guiding around gyms, or as running partners.These are “the sort of things that are daunting for a blind person first starting out on their own in a sport”, he said.Another issue is the availability of sporting opportunities for disabled children at school.He said: “The most fortunate people I know who have got on in school sports are disabled athletes who have had fantastic volunteers to enable them to go out and do these things.“It’s those kind of people at grassroots disabled sport who allow people like me to get to the top of our sport.”Seal said it was also often impossible – because of data protection laws – to contact many of the visually-impaired children in a local area so as to alert them to the opportunities available.But he said: “I think our sport really challenges you in terms of your spatial awareness, your confidence, your orientation, more than any other sport can, and that’s a thing that young visually-impaired kids can learn from coming into the sport.“You can be more confident and you can be a more rounded individual just by trying out this sport.”Sport England has set governing bodies targets to increase participation in each of 42 of the sports it has been funding since December 2012, but is not yet able to release figures on how successful this has been.Among the investments made since 2012 are an £18.2 million inclusive sport fund to encourage more disabled people into playing sport; and £1.15 million to help 146 local sports organisations buy disability equipment.It has also funded seven national disability sports organisations, between October 2014 and 2017, to support other sports bodies in creating sporting opportunities for disabled people; has partnered with Sainsbury’s on the supermarket’s £1 million Active Kids for All inclusive community training programme; and ensures that all of its own major capital investments make their facilities accessible.The English Federation of Disability Sport – the national charity “dedicated to disabled people in sport and physical activity”, which received nearly £1.7 million funding in 2014-15 – has so far refused to comment on the fall in participation rates since London 2012.Instead, it welcomed the consultation, and said in a statement that it had “some optimism that a new strategy could do much more to help disabled people become active”, while it “supports the need for a new participation strategy, but emphasises that inclusion and accessibility must be a top priority”.The British Paralympic Association (BPA) said it was “concerned” by the statistics, but said the survey was “not the only measure available to consider the impact of London 2012 and what can be inspired in the future – we should see this as the start of a journey not the end point”.A BPA spokeswoman said: “Our mission is to take the best prepared team to the Games, so we recognise that there are better-placed organisations to advise on what can be done to impact on grassroots participation.“The success of our Sports Fest events since London 2012, the thousands who recently turned out for National Paralympic Day events across the country, and the substantial traffic we get to our Deloitte Parasport website, all indicate to us that there is still lots of interest in taking up disability sport and that Paralympic athletes still inspire people to consider sport as an option for them.”last_img read more

31 07 19

first_imgDame Margaret Hodge has claimed that there is evidence Jeremy Corbyn’s staff have interfered in Labour antisemitism cases to lower sanctions.Appearing on Radio 4’s Today programme, Hodge talked about how “a whole number” of Jeremy Corbyn’s “top team… are involved in decisions around individual complaints”.“They interfere and lower the sanctions so they are just given a warning letter,” she claimed.The MP for Barking said: “What is so awful about this is that Jeremy always proclaims zero tolerance of antisemitism. When it comes to the actual cases, if they’re his mates, he doesn’t demonstrate zero tolerance.“He claims no political interference in these cases. There is. I’ve now seen so much evidence. There is definitely political interference, so trust in him has gone.”Last week Corbyn reassured me categorically that his office never intervened in antisemitism complaints. @ObserverUK whistleblower account clearly shows Corbyn’s office have intervened. Either Corbyn has intentionally misled me or his staff have misled him. Full letter below pic.twitter.com/gUR6LvJ3QW— Margaret Hodge (@margarethodge) March 5, 2019The Labour leader’s office acknowledges that members of Corbyn’s team have given advice but says they couldn’t overrule decisions and weren’t involved in the investigations. It also maintains that the reports in the Observer applied to an old system that has stopped being used since Jennie Formby became general secretary.Responding to the claims, a Labour spokesperson said: “Since becoming general secretary, Jennie Formby has made procedures for dealing with complaints about antisemitism more robust. Staff who work on disciplinary matters have always led on investigations and recommendations on individual cases.“Any suggestion that staff in the leader’s office overturned recommendations on individual cases is categorically untrue.”LabourList understands that – under Iain McNicol’s tenure as general secretary – an adviser from Corbyn’s office offered his views on 13 cases, only disagreed with the Governance and Legal Unit (GLU) suggestions on one case, and GLU staff made the ultimate decision.Yet Hodge told the BBC: “I’ve got evidence that under the new general secretary of the Labour Party, those very close to Jeremy Corbyn… were involved in discussing cases of terrible antisemitic abuse and in lowering how those people were dealt with.”Formby is understood to be in discussions with Labour peer Charlie Falconer, who has been promised full access to the Labour HQ email archive to help him oversee a review of how the party deals with antisemitism cases.Lord Falconer has not yet accepted the role, but the move has been regarded as a positive step forward for Labour. However, asked whether he would be independent in his role, Hodge said that he wouldn’t.“Last summer, when action was being taken by the Labour Party against me, I was absolutely bombarded by telephone calls from Charlie Falconer. They were not about the rights and wrongs of the case – they were all about trying to force me to give an apology.“He is not independent,” she concluded, warning that someone outside of the party should take on the role or there would be “another Chakrabarti fiasco”.Lord Falconer responded: “I was trying to help Margaret. I was urging the Labour Party to drop the proceedings against her and I was discussing with her whether her lawyers could agree to a form of words with the Labour Party’s lawyers.“I regard Margaret as a friend. I am so sorry that she thought I pressed too hard.”Tags:Labour /Margaret Hodge /Antisemitism /last_img read more

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first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Does Labour back another referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU only to avoid a bad Tory deal or no deal? Or does it support a public vote on any Brexit deal, including one that meets its own tests? This isn’t a new debate, but it is hotting up ahead of the European parliament elections. These questions are set to feature in tonight’s regular parliamentary party meeting and dominate the emergency meeting of Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) tomorrow, when the ruling body will decide what goes in our European manifesto.Tom Watson, who revealed his endorsement of the “on any deal” commitment in March, is leading the charge for the Pure PV campaign. No ifs, no buts, just a simple ‘confirmatory vote’ pledge. The deputy leader has even tweeted to encourage members to lobby their local party reps on the NEC, and the replies are worth a look. Unite/CLPD-inclined NEC member Claudia Webbe has told Watson off for being “divisive” and this morning he has hit back. Meanwhile, Momentum chair Jon Lansman (personally hesitant about a referendum but supportive of his colleague Laura Parker who is a pro-PV MEP candidate) is trying to keep the peace.When it comes to lobbying, Labour activists need no encouragement (as my inbox shows). So far, Labour for a Socialist Europe has collected over 700 signatures from Labour activists, officials and parliamentarians, and Remain Labour has organised for 22 MEP candidates to sign a PV pledge. Emergency motions have been passed at CLPs. But the leadership wants to stick to imposing conditions, specifying the circumstances in which the party would back a referendum. And while there will be strong voices on the NEC – Watson himself, Richard Corbett, Margaret Beckett – those backing Corbyn’s Brexit position should have a majority. Turnout will be decisive.Surprise surprise, then, Labour is divided over Brexit. Nobody could be blamed for getting bored of this debate, which has seen the same arguments rehashed again and again. Perhaps we should be thanking Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion: the last few weeks of activism focussed on raising awareness of green issues has offered an alternative conversation topic.As Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman told LabourList readers over the weekend, Labour will table a motion this week calling on the government to declare a national climate emergency. If approved by MPs on Wednesday, it would make our parliament the first in the world to make such a move. “For young people, the climate emergency is the cause of their generation. And we in older generations must face up to this seriously,” Corbyn said. The policy details of the future may be more divisive (remember Heathrow), but for now this is an important unity issue for Labour.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Tom Watson /Sue Hayman /Brexit /Public vote /last_img read more

31 07 19

first_imgA BUMPER edition of the Saintsrlfc.com Podcast is now available to download. We review the exciting match in Catalan and look ahead to Sunday’s game against Huddersfield with Acting Head Coach Mike Rush, Tony Puletua, Anthony Laffranchi and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook. To download click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes. Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email info@saintsrlfc.com with Podcast in the subject line.last_img read more

31 07 19

first_imgJAMES Roby will not tour with England after it emerged he requires surgery at the end of the season.The Saints hooker was ommitted along with Michael McIlorum and Ben Westwood whilst Jack Reed and Lee Mossop are also unavailable through injury.England coach Steve McNamara has drafted in nine uncapped players to his 24 man squad -Daryl Clark, Elliott Whitehead, Joe Westerman, Josh Hodgson, Mike Cooper, Stefan Ratchford, Joe Burgess, Dan Sarginson and Matty Smith.The squad is:George Burgess, Joe Burgess, Tom Burgess, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Liam Farrell, Brett Ferres, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Sean O’Loughlin (captain), Stefan Ratchford, Dan Sarginson, Michael Shenton, Matty Smith, Joel Tomkins, Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Joe Westerman, Elliott Whitehead, Gareth Widdop,The European-based players will leave England on Tuesday October 14 en route to their pre-tournament camp on the Gold Coast.They start their Four Nations campaign on Saturday October 25 when they take on Samoa at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (7.00am BST).Their other group matches are:Australia v England, Sunday November 2 2014, AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia (5.00am GMT)New Zealand v England, Saturday November 8 2014, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand (7.00am GMT)2014 Four Nations Final, Saturday November 15 2014, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand (7.45am GMT)last_img read more

31 07 19

first_imgTHIS was the classic game of not taking the opportunities you’ve made for yourself and then watching them come back to haunt you, writes Graham Henthorne.Four clean breaks which resulted in a dropped ball instead of the tries they deserved meant that the Saints were only 10 points ahead at the break. They should have been out of sight and the Giants playing for pride.Instead the visitors came out with real purpose and so very nearly went home with the spoils.Saints holding out 24-22.Good interpassing from wing pairing Dave Griffiths and Jake pass resulted in the centre opening the scoring. A penalty for not playing the ball with the foot had given the Saints good field position and two good drives from props Christian Kellett and Adam Hooper put them on the front foot. From the play the ball Mike Wynn and Reece Jackson fed the ball wide to Griffiths early giving him the space he needed for the try.The Saints then bombed two golden opportunities to take the game away from the visitors.Firstly Hooper strode majestically through a massive gap but seemed to get white line fever running straight into the full back instead of attempting to go around him.Five minutes later and Wynn and Sam Royle made the most of a dropped Giants ball interpassing up to the line but the ball was dropped on the next tackle.The Giants saw their chance and took it as the full back broke a tackle and won the race to the posts to even the game up.Captain Ryan Horne showed his class dummying his way through the line. He took it to the full back but with support outside chose Royle on his inside who was caught from behind yards short. Poor handling again saw the chance gone.The Giants coughed it up cheaply and within a minute the Saints had finally taken a chance as Royle went through a massive gap to score.From the kick off Horne this time put Ben Sims through the line. He took it to the full back before giving it outside to Griffiths to go the final 40 to the corner.As has been said the Giants fancied their chances and within 10 minutes of the restart had gone in front.Poor defence down the middle let the long striding centre through and when another missed tackle let them through again Griffiths found himself, rather harshly, sinbinned for holding down. Two tackles later another missed tackle and the Giants were ahead.The starting props Kellett and Hooper came back on to give a bit of stability in the middle and piece of individual brilliance from Joe Sharratt put the Saints back in front. The Seasider stole the ball one on one and then stepped his way of both right and left to pass the cover over 40 metres to go under the posts. Inexplicably Lewis Gartland hit the underside of the bar with the conversion attempt.He made amends minutes later with a great kick which because of the great chase from winger Tom Nesbitt pinned the Giants deep in the own 10 metre area.The pressure tolled and Callum Cooke stepped his way into the right corner to push the lead out to six.The Giants came back, however, and looked to be going in down the left but up stepped winger Nesbitt to calmly intercept and race 60 metres to alleviate the pressure.Having been supreme all day with everything put in front of him Nesbitt inexplicably found himself stepped on the outside by his opposite number who scored in the corner.That earlier missed conversion looked to be coming home to roost but the conversion went narrowly wide and the Saints hung on for the win.Not as accomplished a performance as the first one but again the Saints were pushed out of their comfort zones but dug deep to find the answers coming from behind to break the visitor’s hearts.Next for the 16s is a trip to Hull which is never easy but the Saints will travel with optimism after a second win on the bounce.Match Summary:St Helens:Tries: Dave Griffiths (4 & 27), Sam Royle (24), Joe Sharratt (51), Callum Cooke (56).Goals: Mike Wynn 2.Giants:Tries: Jack Duggan (18 & 44), Innes Senior (40), Jack Cooper (67).Goals: Ross Whitmore, Connor Murphy 2.Half Time: 16-6Full Time: 24-22Teams:Saints:1. Reece Jackson; 2. Tom Nesbitt, 3. Luke Maloney-Ward, 4. Dave Griffiths, 5. Jake Pass; 6. Ryan Horne (C), 7. Mike Wynn; 8. Christian Kellett, 9. Paul Nash, 10. Adam Hooper, 11. Ben Sims, 12. Sam Royle, 13. Eddie McLorie. Subs: 14. Brandon O’Neill, 15. Joe Sharratt, 16. Sean Croston, 17. Matthew Ashcroft, 18. Louis Brogan, 19. Lewis Gartland.Giants:1. Jack Duggan; 2. Dominic Young, 3. Innes Senior, 4. Louis Senior, 5. Jack Cooper; 6. Ross Whitmore, 7. Jack Flynn; 8. Connor Murphy, 9. Billy Westerman, 10. Tom Hugil, 11. Lucas Hallas, 12. Alfie Copley, 13. Elis Broadbent. Subs: 14. Jake Turner, 15. Ben Tibbs, 16. Wojtech Drop, 17. Drew Judge Clark, 18. Kian Loppage.last_img read more

30 07 19

first_img In this week’s edition of Cape Fear History & Mysteries, hear why people feared this river.Check out the video above to learn more.Then visit WWAYTV3.com/history-mysteries each Thursday for another installment of “Cape Fear History & Mysteries.” print WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — What’s in a name? The Cape Fear River has been an integral part of our area for hundreds of years.When we’re asked about the history of the river, we usually start with its name and just the name itself is an attraction. But, where exactly does the river get its scary sounding name?- Advertisement – last_img read more

30 07 19

first_img Supplies include:Bottled waterCleaning suppliesCanned goodsHygiene products and more.For questions please call (910) 755-6587. You can also call that number or stop by the sales center to donate supplies for distribution. Floodwater reaches a home in Ash on Sept. 20, 2018. (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY) SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County business will distribute supplies for Hurricane Florence victims, first responders and linemen next week.Fulford Heating & Cooling will give out supplies at its sales center at 172 Ocean Highway in Supply starting Monday. The distribution will run each day next week from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. or until supplies last.- Advertisement – last_img read more

30 07 19

first_img Director Angie Carl says these burns serve a number of purposes.“It’s a safety thing for the area and it’s also a benefit for the wildlife,” Carl said. “It allows sunlight to get to the floor. It’s the only way we can get Venus fly traps to grow and all of our 21 different species of carnivorous plants.”Carl says these burns are all about minimizing risk. Crews on scene of controlled burn in Pender County on Feb. 27, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Have you seen a lot of smoke around the Cape Fear lately?The Coastal Fire and Restoration for Nature Conservancy is lighting controlled burns in Pender County to clear up under brush in our forests, which can cause a lot of problems because experts say it feeds a wildfire.- Advertisement – last_img read more

30 07 19

first_img The new station will house whichever eight fire fighters are on call, and has a few new features that the old building did not have before, such as absorbing what used to be Station 6 and new bi-fold doors that are more hurricane resistant. New Fire House 5 ribbon cutting ceremony (Photo: Kate Cornell) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Fire Department held their equivalent of a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday for the new Fire House 5 on Shipyard Boulevard.They called it a “Hose Uncoupling Ceremony,” which is more fitting for their line of work.- Advertisement – last_img read more

30 07 19

first_img SharePrint Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia described the agreement between Tourism Minister and the Corinthia Group as another ‘secretive and scandalous deal’ during his address on Sunday. Delia referred to an article which appeared in the Party’s newspaper Il-Mument on Sunday and which revealed the ongoing negotiations between the Corinthia Group and the Minister. The Nationalist leader said from the fresh revelations by il-Mument show that the land set to be used for touristic purposes is less than originally thought and the land will still be given at lower commercial rates.Delia was addressing the Party supporters at the PN Club in Kalkara. He told those present that the Nationalist Party had stopped the land transfer from happening, however the Government is again in discussions with the Group over the land which is estimated to have a value of €800 million.According to Delia, the Party’s position on the Corintha land deal, remains unchanged.Speaking about the hospital deal, Delia referred to the court case which he himself instituted against the Government asking the court to declare the contract as null and void, saying that the case could have been easily instituted by the Attorney General who in his role, represents the Maltese citizens. The Nationalist leader said that however the Attorney General chose to defend the deal and the Prime Minister.READ: Update (1): Court rejects PM’s appeal on VGH contracts caseDelia also spoke about Freedom Day, saying that as Opposition Leader he took part in the national celebrations organised to mark the day. The Party leader reminded that the Nationalist Party worked towards Freedom Day when the country achieved its Independence.The Opposition leader also said that unlike what the Socialist-led Government did at the time when the British left the country, Malta is now being taken over by outsiders, because its economy has become overly-dependent on foreigners.The Nationalist Leader told the party activists that while the Government had to close the year’s financial books with a surplus, however the financial year ended with a €70 million deficit. Delia claimed that the Government lost control over the country’s finances.‘Negative Party’ – PLPartit Laburista reacted to Delia’s speech saying that it was good that the party had gotten rid of the ‘negative arguments used by the former Party leader’.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more