Obama, African leaders to hold talks on South Sudan crisis

first_imgObama’s meeting in Ethiopia on Monday comes as an Aug. 17 deadline to reach a deal approaches.Senior Obama administration officials say if there’s no agreement, the U.S. and other nations would deepen pressure on South Sudan’s warring factions, possibly through increased sanctions and the pursuit of an arms embargo.last_img

The coronavirus does not stop the works of the new Bernabéu

first_imgAs is already known, Madrid began the works of the Bernabéu in the summer, for which it requested a year ago a bank loan of 575 million euros with a fixed interest of 2.5% and without the need to present property guarantees, given that until on July 30, 2023 (with the work already finished) you will not have to start paying for Madrid. Its first installment will be 29.5 million euros per year, and so on until 2049. The term initially set to finish the works is August 2022, after which there are four months left to complete the exterior urbanization of the stadium (there will be a garden for public use where the old Corner of the Bernabéu used to be).Among the novelties that the Bernabéu will present when it is finished is an electronic scoreboard with the latest cutting-edge technology that will occupy the entire diameter of the field as well as the placement of numerous locations for people with disabilities. The stands on the east side will also be expanded. The VIP area will also be renovated and modernized with the implementation of 2,100 new seats.FCC already made the WandaFCC won the auction to take over the works of the Bernabéu for its experience in soccer stadiums, with proven success. This is the construction company that made the Wanda Metropolitano, praised by UEFA in the last evaluation of its facilities. FCC was also in charge of building the Allianz Arena, Bayern’s brand-new current stadium that supplied the old Munich Olympian, as well as the Warsaw and Gdansk National stadiums, which attracted attention at the 2012 European Championship. Despite the fact that work activity has slowed down considerably in our country as a result of the declaration of the state of alarm due to the coronavirus, the works of the Bernabéu are continuing as yesterday the few people who were able to approach by the outskirts of the Coliseum of the Paseo de La Castellana. The reason is simple, as a source from the white club explained to AS yesterday: “The works in Spain have not been closed.” Logically, the club has instructed FCC, the construction company that is carrying out the ambitious remodeling of the stadium, to respect the safety protocols in order to mitigate as much as possible the risks of contagion.At this time, the works of the Bernabéu are at a strategically important moment, given that the four giant cranes, 90 meters high each, located at the four cardinal points of the stadium, are completing the dismantling of the current visor, apart from remove the B and C towers that face the main facade. In this way, the ground is prepared to build and place the final retractable cover, which It will allow the Bernabéu to be fully covered at the end of the works on rainy days or excessive heat. Given that a game has not been played in the white feud since March 1 (due to the Classic) and as a result of the momentary suspension of competitions, FCC and Madrid agree to take advantage of the obligatory stoppage to ensure that everything goes to a higher rate to shorten deadlines if necessary.last_img read more

The Centrality of the Resurrection to Christianity (Part IV): What the Resurrection Achieves

first_imgThe thrust of this fourth article of the series on the necessity of death and resurrection is on what the resurrection of Jesus Christ does and gains. The resurrection took place some two thousand years ago and yet it has ongoing significance for the past, current and unborn generations. How is the resurrection relevant for all generations? Why does it have such a lasting impact? Does it matter? This article will explore a little bit. The third article on the Christian theological understanding of death made the following observations:The Bible identifies three kinds of death. The first is physical. This is the complete cessation of breath; when the living being ceases to exist and the organs decay. Judaism, Christianity and Islam believe that the souls of humans live on after physical death awaiting judgment. The second kind of death is spiritual. This occurs when a human disregards God Almighty and what he requires. The spiritually dead person may be physically well and be doing well in other areas of his/her life but is dead to godly influence and direction. She/he is separated from God. Some Christians call the spiritually dead the “living dead”. The third and worst form of death is eternal death. This occurs when a human being is permanently separated from God after he/she has passed through judgment and is condemned to hell!From a biblical perspective physical death is the result of sin and sometime human carelessness or neglect. By and large the world, including the Old Testament, sees death as a negative thing, a negation of life, the opposite of life. It is therefore dreaded and if possible to be avoided. But Jesus and the New Testament show death as a necessity for resurrection. Jesus teaches thus: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  If anyone serves me, let him follow me; and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves me, him my Father will honor” (John 12:24-26). Sometime we have to die to ourselves to live the religious life and certainly we have to die in order to enter heaven.Before one goes to heaven she/he has to resurrect first. According John Stott the resurrection achieves basically three things. It assures us of the forgiveness of our sins no matter how small or serious. It assures us of ultimate victory. And, it assures us of the transforming power of God. Let us explain these in brief.Spiritually and psychologically speaking one of our basic needs is forgiveness. All human beings are sinners through and through. We wrong God and one another all the time. We are selfish and consciously or unconsciously we offend God and each other by our thoughts, words and deeds. The ultimate result of wrongdoing is guilt. Martin Luther King, Jr. was right when he observed that the image of God in each one of us will not allow us to feel natural when we do the unnatural and to feel right when we do wrong; it nags us. We may pretend and attempt to fool ourselves and others but the guilt remains. The solution is forgiveness. The resurrection of Jesus shows that we are and can be forgiven any sins we have committed. In referring to his blood he said, “This is my blood which is poured out for you and many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28).Also the resurrection assures of God’s power over evil. Evil may persist for a while but right and goodness triumph ultimately. The resurrection is a testimony that evil is and can be overcome. The devil and his agents seemed to have defeated Jesus by inflicting pain and killing him but he rose from death to die no more! Someone said that Satan wrote, “It is finished” but God wrote, “To be continued”. The resurrection proves God’s ultimate defeat of evil and death.The resurrection is God’s victory on behalf of and for us. We share in his victory. Because he lives we too live and can face any situations of life. Because we share in his resurrection we too share in his power over evil. By faith and obedience we have power to defeat evil in and around us. “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8: 37). The resurrection matters because it gives us power to live and overcome evil in its myriad forms.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“We Must Be Guided by Sense of Justice, Fair Play…”

first_imgRiver Gee County Senator Conmany B. Wesseh, has cautioned his colleagues to always be guided by sense of justice, fairplay, and peace as they play their individual and collective roles of lawmaking and oversight during their terms in the Legislature.“The laws that we make, the oversight role that we play, the representation of our people in this legislature must always be guided by the sense of justice, fair play, peace; because without peace, we will achieve nothing in our engagements, therefore, we must keep this in mind.”The Unity Party lawmaker made the statement recently in the Chamber of the Senate during a moving tribute to late Muslim Cleric Sheikh Kafumba F. Konneh, a founding member of the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia who passed away recently in Monrovia after a period of illness.“He was totally detribalized; you would never know that he was a Mandingo, and if you listened to his sermons, he was talking sometimes as though if he was an evangelist from the Christian faith; because what guided him most was the issue of justice, and I think if there is anything that we in this legislature can learn from Sheikh Kafumba, and our country can learn is how we should do everything to promote justice; because with justice, we will have peace.”The River Gee County lawmaker continued: “We all must be guided that as we go, let the world remember us for what we had done to consolidate peace in our country, to build justice, to ensure that in the future, our children will not measure us by how much wealth we had, but by what we left in their minds that gave them hope; that gave them the future that they can fight for; that gave them the purpose to be on earth; I am sure that is what will bring happiness to Sheikh Kafumba, Archbishop Francis, Bishop Nah Dixon and the others who have gone before us.”Both Senator Wesseh and late Sheikh Kafumba were among Liberians who played important roles especially during the early months of the country’s 14-year civil crisis by travelling to capitals of the sub-region and attending conferences in search of peace.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taylor swimming pool set to open for upcoming year

first_imgLast year the District was unable to recruit enough lifeguards, and the decision was made to not open it, saving $20,000.Tara O’Donnell is with the District of Taylor. She says despite having a full complement of lifeguards at the moment, she still encourages those interested to forward on the appropriate information.“At this point we’re full, but I would never turn anyone down,” she says. “If someone has a resume and are interested, we would love to have them forward that on to us.”- Advertisement -People can submit their resume by visiting the District office, or by emailing Tara at todonnell@districtoftaylor.com. There are a number of ways people can go about visiting the pool this year. Individuals can pay cash for each time they come to the pool, or there are options for punch passes for 10 visits or season passes. Every option includes prices for children ages 12 and under, adults classified as ages 13-54, seniors 55 and over, or families up to a group of six.last_img read more

City creating adult multi sport league

first_imgThe North Peace Arena will be home to a new program announced by the City today geared towards keeping adults active. The adult multi sport league will run throughout the summer, with games beginning on July 8 at 6:30 p.m.Events will take place every Wednesday night and will run for six weeks. A new sport will make up every week, including floor hockey, indoor soccer, dodgeball, handball, lacrosse, and a players choice week.Registration will be at the visitor’s centre or the North Peace Leisure Pool. People interested can also register by phone by calling 250-785-3033. There will be a capped limit of participants so the City is encouraging people to register early.- Advertisement -Registration is done as singles, however citizens can register in groups or as couples, and submit a request to be put on the same team. Those taking part will receive a roster, schedule, and rules before the first week of play.For more information call 250-794-3262.last_img read more

Sawmill fire under investigation

first_imgAt roughly 12 p.m. On Wednesday, the Fort St John Fire department responded to a call regarding a fire at the Canfor Sawmill in Fort St. John.Three fire trucks arrived at the scene and found an area of the sawmill, which is being renovated, on fire. The fire was extinguished within an hour and a half.Fort St. John’s Fire Chief Fred Burrows says the fire was accidental and was not considered suspicious.- Advertisement -The cause of the fire is still under investigation.More information will be posted when it becomes available.last_img read more

Girls’ soccer roundup: Hart continues march to title

first_imgHart (25-3-1), which set a program record for victories in a season, will face Redlands East Valley (22-2-2) in Tuesday’s semifinals. SOUTHERN SECTION PLAYOFFS DIVISION V Oaks Christian 3, El Segundo 1: Kelly Johnson, Kristen Clark and Kelsea Smith each scored to lead host Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (14-6-1) to a quarterfinal victory against El Segundo (19-3-3). The Lions, a wild-card entry after finishing fourth in the Tri-Valley League, advanced to the semifinals for the fifth consecutive year. They will face Notre Dame Academy of West Los Angeles (13-4-5) on Tuesday. Dominique Penaranda tied the score in the final two minutes of regulation Thursday night and Brittany Clark netted the winning goal in the 98th minute to produce a thrilling 2-1 victory over visiting Royal of Simi Valley (14-4-6) at College of the Canyons. “Hart proved they have a lot of heart,” said Royal coach Scott Cameron, who received a goal from Chelsea Hasenauer in the 52nd minute. “Their kids hung in there and they didn’t quit.” Johnson added two assists and Caroline Cislo had an assist for Oaks Christian. DIVISION VI Desert Christian/Lancaster 9, Fillmore 0: Robyn Estrada scored four goals, giving her 10 in the playoffs and 39 this season, to lead the top-seeded Knights (22-1-2) to a dominant victory at Fillmore (17-9-2). Alissa Adkins, Jaide Garcia, Hannah Parcel, Lexie Gliwa and Jessica Wick all scored for Desert Christian, which advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2003. Adkins had two assists, and Garcia, Parcel and Julia Celebron added assists for the Knights, who recorded their 16th consecutive shutout. Desert Christian faces Calvary Chapel of Murrieta (20-5-4) in Tuesday’s semifinals. CITY SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION Sylmar 4, Fairfax 1: Carol Martinez netted her area-leading 42nd goal and Edith Dominguez, Elizabeth Arias and Mary Gaitan also scored for second-seeded Sylmar (29-2), which advanced to the semifinals for the first time in program history. The Spartans, winners of 26 consecutive games, will face No. 6 Granada Hills (13-5-5) – a 3-0 winner over third-seeded Locke of Watts – in Wednesday’s final-four showdown. CITY SECTION SMALL SCHOOLS DIVISION SOCES 5, LACES 0: Antonia Aljuwani and Briana Juarez each scored a pair of goals to lead host Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies of Reseda to a semifinal win over LACES of Los Angeles (1-10-2). Aimee Erlich also scored for SOCES (11-2-1). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Hart of Newhall girls’ soccer team flirted with an early exit from the Southern Section Div.II playoffs for the second time in less than a week. But the second-seeded Indians survived another battle with a tough Marmonte League opponent to continue their march toward the program’s first championship since 1999. last_img read more

Siren songs fail to lure whales

first_imgThe Coast Guard and a team of scientists called off their efforts shortly before 5 p.m. Researchers began playing the sounds of humpback whales from an 87-foot Coast Guard cutter Thursday morning and then transferred the gear to a smaller vessel several hours later when the whales did not respond. Scientists thought noise from the larger ship’s generator may have interfered with the whale sounds. The mother and her calf twice began swimming out of the port after the sounds were broadcast from the smaller boat. That raised hopes they would begin the long journey to the bay, but both times they turned back into the large basin that oceangoing freighters use for turning around. The whales remained at the port, where they have been swimming since Tuesday. The team of scientists was huddling to decide what actions, if any, to take today. “We’re going to try Plan B tomorrow. Plan A didn’t work,” Frances Gulland, director of veterinary science at the Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center, which has taken the lead on the attempted rescue, said Thursday. WEST SACRAMENTO – Marine scientists on Thursday used the recorded siren songs of humpback whales in a failed attempt to lure an injured female and her calf from the state capital back to San Francisco Bay. The underwater recordings were scientists’ first bid to direct the whales back down a shipping channel on the outskirts of Sacramento to the Pacific Ocean. The duo appeared in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on Sunday. Their improbable 90-mile journey from San Francisco Bay has taken them through the Sacramento River and the deep-water shipping canal that ends at the Port of Sacramento, where they have attracted thousands of onlookers. “The biologists were experimenting with different sound patterns and different vessels to see which ones will appeal most to the whales,” said Ed Sweeney, a spokesman for the Coast Guard auxiliary. “It’s going to be a long, slow process.” Gulland said she didn’t know what that plan would be. A recording procedure similar to that employed Thursday worked in 1985 with a humpback nicknamed Humphrey, which swam in the delta for nearly a month before returning to the Pacific. But biologists said the situation facing them near Sacramento is more complicated. It involves a mother and calf, rather than a single whale, that are much farther into the delta than Humphrey was. The injuries add another dimension.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Hopping mad over frog jump

first_imgIn competition, frogs are allowed to jump three times and land – all while their jockeys yell, stomp the ground, and, yes, occasionally blow on the frogs’ nether regions. Measurements are down to the quarter-inch, which can often separate champions from mere fly-eaters. Considering the $5,000 prize for a world record, it is not completely surprising that most competitors fiercely guard exactly where their frogs – American bullfrogs, often 8 inches long and always underpaid – are gathered. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANGELS CAMP – Every May, they come. Thousands of slimy little athletes, primed for the biggest event of their careers, the World Series of competitive frog jumping: the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee. Then, of course, it’s back to the pond. But after nearly 80 years of peaceful jumping, a civil war of sorts has broken out among the human overseers of this annual, undeniably bizarre event, which was inspired by Mark Twain’s classic 1865 tall tale, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” about an inveterate gambler and his gifted amphibian. The dispute, which pits the group that has long presided over the jump against the fair’s organizers, has resulted in a pair of dueling competitions this year, each with finals scheduled today. All of which has cast a pall over what should be the county’s biggest weekend of the year. “It’s sad,” said Emily Stemler, 85, the director of the Angels Camp Museum and Carriage House, who attended the first competition in 1928. “I think they ought to get back together. But I guess you can’t stop what they call progress.” The squabble has also divided many of the competitors, grown men and women who spend days and nights before the fair crawling around ponds and swamps looking for the perfect jumping frog. Known as frog jockeys, the handlers are clannish, working in teams of 10 or more to gather the frogs from waterlogged places around the state. Hundreds of frog jockeys and more than 2,000 frogs are expected to compete at the fair this weekend, with the top 50 advancing to the finals. It is semi-serious business, with cash prizes and bragging rights on the line. Many teams test-jump the frogs in the days before the three-day fair competition, looking for traits that might lead to the ultimate prize: the world record, held for the last two decades by famed Rosie the Ribiter, who in 1986 made a staggering triple jump of 21 feet, 5 3/4 inches. last_img read more