Friday 11 February 2011 6:38 am whatsapp L’Oreal shares fall after sales disappoint L’Oreal shares fell back, returning some of their recent gains, after the world’s biggest cosmetics group posted fourth-quarter sales and margins that were below expectations.The French maker of Yves Saint Laurent lipstick and Garnier shampoo said it expected to beat global cosmetics market growth seen at 3-4 per cent for 2011.“We expect to outperform the market again this year,” chief executive Jean-Paul Agon said at a results presentation.However, analysts were disappointed after the group reported on Thursday after the market closed that like-for-like sales rose 4.1 per cent in the three months to end-December, below a forecast for 5.3 per cent in a Reuters poll.“In 2011 and beyond we are not convinced that L’Oreal can return to former glories, and still consider the stock to be expensive,” said Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Andrew Wood.Deutsche Bank analysts said an improvement in second-half profit margins was also below their expectations, leading them to trim their earnings per share forecasts for 2011-13 by one per cent and lower their investment rating to “hold” from “buy”.L’Oreal shares were down 4.8 per cent at €85.21 (£72.36), the second-biggest decline by a European blue-chip company.The stock had risen around a quarter in value since May and has outperformed European health and personal care stocks by eight per cent this year, according to UBS analysts, who also cut their rating on the stock to “neutral” from “buy.”L’Oreal’s results came after US rivals Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Arden raised full-year forecasts and topped profit expectations for the year just passed, helped by overseas business, particularly in China and Russia.Agon, who is stepping up to executive chairman following the resignation of Lindsay Owen-Jones, said L’Oreal had made no decision on a share buyback and wanted to preserve cash for potential acquisitions.“Our priority remains acquisitions, regarding our use of cash. No decision has been taken yet regarding share buybacks,” he said.Agon also said the group did not need acquisitions to speed up growth in emerging markets. “To go fast in these new markets, we do not need a new brand, a local brand. If we consider an acquisition it would be for a specific purpose,” he said.Asked about whether the group planned to get into direct sales, Agon said: “It is not on the agenda but nothing is taboo”. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org alison.lock whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Share
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February 7, 2018 at 10:26 pm The Resolution advocates the revision of the BCP should “avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God.”I guess that means that Bishop Budde wants to now refer to God as “it.” Talmage Bandy says: Jim Newman says: The Diocese of Washington holds its 123rd diocesan convention Jan. 27 at Washington National Cathedral. Photo: Diocese of Washington, via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] The Diocese of Washington is calling on the Episcopal Church’s General Convention to consider expanding the use of gender-neutral language for God in the Book of Common Prayer, if and when the prayer book is slated for a revision.He? She? Those pronouns aren’t preferred, the diocese says in a resolution it passed Jan. 27 at its convention, held at Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital city. Instead, the resolution recommends using “expansive language for God from the rich sources of feminine, masculine, and non-binary imagery for God found in Scripture and tradition.”The diocese’s convention passed two other resolutions, voicing support for immigrants and the transgender community. But it was the call for more inclusive language in the prayer book that drew national attention, especially from conservative-leaning critics.“What I see is a church that embraces literally any fashionable left-wing cause,” Tucker Carlson, host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News, said in a segment Feb. 5 in which he interviewed the Rev. Alex Dyer, one of the resolution’s sponsors.The Daily Caller, a news website founded by Carlson, reported on the resolution last week, as did Breitbart and The Blaze. Some of the reaction has been “vitriolic,” Washington Bishop Mariann Budde told Episcopal News Service in describing three negative emails she has received. All three emails were written in a similar tone, she said, describing her diocese alternately as aligned with Satan and at war with God.“It’s clear they didn’t read the resolution,” Budde said.The resolution’s push for more gender-inclusive language grew out of conversations in congregations around the diocese where topics of gender and transgender equality have resonated among the parishioners, Budde said. She sees it as a spiritual matter, not a cultural or political issue.That view was shared by Dyer, priest-in-charge at St. Thomas’ Parish in Washington, D.C. He responded in the TV interview that the diocese had based its decision on prayer and discernment, not politics – and a belief in “a Jesus who calls us to reach out to people on the margins and to reach out to everyone.”The resolution is worded to influence future revisions of the prayer book, understanding God as a higher being who transcends gender. It doesn’t mandate the elimination of gender-specific references to God, Budde said, despite what some reports suggest.“I don’t believe that the way we understand gender is applicable when we imagine who created Heaven and Earth,” Budde said. At the same time, the diocese’s emphasis is on expanding the church’s liturgies rather than eliminating masculine descriptions of God, such as God the father.“I’m all for expanding our understanding of God and how we pray to God, but I feel no need to take anything away,” she said.The difficulty in describing God may reside in language itself.“No language can adequately contain the complexity of the divine, and yet it is all we have to try to explain God,” the diocese said in an explanation of the resolution contained in the convention materials. “By expanding our language for God, we will expand our image of God and the nature of God.”The Episcopal Church is not the only Christian denomination grappling with the inadequacy of language to explain God. The Roman Catholic Church’s Catechism, for example, discusses references to God as “Father” while also noting that the image of motherhood is also appropriate.“We ought therefore to recall that God transcends the human distinction between the sexes. He is neither man nor woman: he is God,” the Catechism says.The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America addresses the question of gendered language in a 2013 liturgical resource: “Because language is created and used by humans, it reflects the imperfections and limitations of humanness. Therefore, no use of language can ever totally describe or represent God.”Under “Language Describing God,” the document cites some examples – “eagle,” “rock,” “light,” among others – before offering a caution about pronoun use: “Assigning male pronouns to human occupations (such as judge, teacher, potter, guard) or to objects (fortress, rock, shield) should be avoided when they are used as metaphors for God.”More recently, the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden announced last year that it would update its liturgical handbook with “more inclusive” gender language. That move sparked some complaints that the church was eliminating masculine references to God, a reaction similar to what the Diocese of Washington now faces.“We are not going to give up our tradition,” Church of Sweden Archbishop Antje Jackelén told “PBS NewsHour.” “God is beyond our human categories of gender. … We need help to remind us of that, because due to the restrictions of our brains, we tend to think of God in very human categories. We are not worshiping political correctness. We are worshiping God, the creator of the universe.”The Episcopal Church, too, has a history of emphasizing inclusiveness.“This is a conversation that we have been having internally in the Episcopal Church for decades,” the Rev. Emily Wachner, a lecturer in practical theology at General Theological Seminary in New York, told ENS.Examples of the church’s evolution on gender and power dynamics include the approval of ordination of women in 1976, but it didn’t start or end there, Wachner said. She noted the creation of “Voices Found,” a 2003 supplement to the Hymnal 1982 that featured all women composers.The Diocese of Washington is following directly in the footsteps of the Diocese of Connecticut, which approved its own resolution on gendered language last year. That resolution called on the General Convention’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music “to amend, as far as is practicable, all gendered references to God” in the Book of Common Prayer, “replacing them with gender expansive language.”“I’ve never had a parishioner leave or join the church for concern about gendered language for God,” Wachner said. “At the same time, this entire conversion around God and gender is so important.” In some ways it parallels the secular conversations now underway on gender issues in society, such as sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement, she said.Of all the work the church could be doing for gender equity – Wachner mentioned disparity in clergy pay as one example – re-examining descriptions of God in Episcopal liturgies may be just one small step. Wachner is particularly supportive of the first half of the Diocese of Washington resolution, calling for “expansive language.”She was less impressed by the second half of the resolution, which called on prayer book revisions that, “when possible,” would “avoid the use of gendered pronouns for God.” Limiting language seems counter to the intent of the resolution, she said.“I believe the real conversation we should be having is around the vitality of the church itself,” Wachner said. “I’m not sure God’s pronouns are a vital part of that conversation.”The Diocese of Washington also has received attention for its resolution on immigration, which committed it to “becoming a sanctuary diocese” and “offering sacred welcome to immigrants.” Certain congregations in the diocese already have offered sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation, Budde said, and this was a chance for the diocese to show its support for those efforts.The same was true of the third resolution, “on inclusion of transgendered people.” Budde said the diocese wanted to stand with congregations that have been at the forefront of welcoming transgender people and fighting violence and hatred against them.The resolution regarding gendered language for God was approved by a hand vote, with a solid majority in favor, though it was not unanimous, Budde said.“There was very little debate in the convention itself, and I don’t think it’s because they didn’t want to have the conversation,” she said. If Episcopalians didn’t feel comfortable debating the question on the convention floor, she would welcome such conversations in other settings.She also underscored the imperfection of language and the ways that our understanding of language can change over time. “Mankind” once was an accepted catchall term for men and women. “There wasn’t really much debate about that, until there was a lot of debate about that,” she said, and now it is more common to hear inclusive terms like “humankind.”Her hope is that someday the church will be so confident in welcoming all people that such debates will no longer be necessary. Episcopalians may each see the world differently, she said, but they share a spiritual common ground, “that we’re part of a family trying to be true to the Gospel imperative to love your neighbor.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Mary Naumann says: February 7, 2018 at 4:53 pm When God took the form of a human God chose to do so as a male. While taking the form of a mortal Christ taught us to pray to “Our Father.” This seems like a pretty clear self-identification by God with the male gender. We need to respect the self-identification of all people, divine or mortal. We should not impose our emotions or preconceived notions of what a person, much less our God, is or should be. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel February 7, 2018 at 5:18 pm God cannot be reduced to any human word. Personally, I like terms like Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. “God the Father” can also be “God the Mother.” It is time to let go of patriarchal gender ideology and terminology. Rector Belleville, IL Dixie Dugan White says: February 7, 2018 at 5:30 pm The very act of asking to invoke gender-neutral language is the very reason that the CHURCH is losing its audience. Identity politics will not replace faith. Rather than providing a nurturing environment for people of faith, the CHURCH is creating an environment that will lead to a secular society as it did in Europe. James Koenig says: By David PaulsenPosted Feb 7, 2018 Submit a Press Release February 7, 2018 at 5:17 pm In response to Jon Spangler’s comment: Hebrew does not, in fact, have a gender-neutral personal pronoun for God. The Hebrew Bible regularly uses the male forms of the second- and third-person pronouns when referring to God, “attah” and “hu”. February 7, 2018 at 9:55 pm AMEN, Rev. Canon Malone! I, and no doubt many others will join you. These folks don’t know when to stop. It is a pernicious obsession, and will probably deal a death-blow to TEC. What do they think they are doing? Whom do they think they are helping? It seems they are Hell-bent on destroying what is left of our church. Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI February 7, 2018 at 7:49 pm In my many years as a community organizer and caseworker, I heard from many women who were stuck in their healing process by the word “Father,” which kept them from participating in church, AA, AlAnon, NA, NarAnon & other venues that extensively use the Lord’s Prayer. These were women who had been physically, sexually and/or emotionally abused by their father, another male relative, or a male authority figure. I encouraged them to substitute “Creator” for “Father” in the Lord’s Prayer. I encouraged them to continue using male pronouns for Jesus, a historical male figure. This seemed to work for the majority of women I worked with, and gave them renewed strength as they worked to continue their recovery. In this day when so many women have come forth to talk about sexual abuse, this seems like a simple and honest linguistic change.This seems like a pretty important “dragon” which affects vast numbers of both men and women who have experienced abuse. Rector Washington, DC 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 Doris Kurzius says: February 7, 2018 at 10:31 pm Many insightful comments. Why, oh why, is our beloved Episcopal Church always looking for some thing to nit pick about? Is she not happy unless people are sparring? With so much beauty in our liturgy why can’t we focus on that? The Church needs to do something because here on LI we are floundering. Submit a Job Listing The Rev. Canon E. T. Malone, Jr. says: Rector Collierville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Rector Martinsville, VA February 7, 2018 at 5:01 pm Exactly how do you propose to change the Lord’s Prayer? Steve Lusk says: February 7, 2018 at 5:33 pm After reading comment by Nick Lines, I’m trying to imagine how Jesus would have carried out his mission if he had chosen to be born a poor female in that place and time. I can’t picture “her” turning over the tables of the money-changers, etc. Doubtful “she” would have lived to see her 30th birthday. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Comments are closed. Gender Justice, February 7, 2018 at 6:10 pm Here we go again, time for another language ‘war’ in the Episcopal Church; I remember the similar ‘language wars’ of ‘you’ and ‘thee/ thou’ when the 1979 BCP was ratified, Rite One versus Rite Two. I agree with Jim Newman and also with Fr. Milner: we are creating (as Jim Newman aptly described) an environment that will indeed hasten (if it has not already begun) the advent of a totally secular [American] society as Europe is now; and I would submit, such non-essentials as trying to twist ourselves and the liturgy into being gender-neutral, we are simply re-arranging the deck chairs on the ecclesiastical Titanic. Can we get beyond this please? Charles B. Allen II says: mike geibel says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Rev. D F Lindstrom says: The Rev. Darren Miner says: Susan Russell says: February 7, 2018 at 6:36 pm Thank you James. February 7, 2018 at 4:53 pm Hebrew–which could arguably be called the “original” language of our dialogue with The Almighty–has a personal, gender-free, and thus more inclusive personal pronoun that is used to address the Creator of the Universe. English possesses only masculine and feminine singular personal pronouns and simply does not have an inclusive beyond-gender equivalentavailable. And we are the poorer for it because our language constricts our vision of The Holy One.I applaud my church for attempting to overcome the linguistic shortcomings of English in this regard: using both the feminine and masculine pronouns when referring to the Creator of All is only the beginning of the process of transcending the limitations of our native language and better comprehend the nature of God, Who is Beyond All Knowing. February 7, 2018 at 5:32 pm Fr. Milner is correct! We need to stop trying to be politically correct and be Biblically and theologically correct. Comments (60) February 7, 2018 at 9:39 pm Any idiot knows that the “Great Architect of the Universe” is neither male nor female. However, the day that General Convention mandates that I should no longer pray to God the Father is the day that I turn in my collar and go to join the Anglicans. Jim Newman says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Steven Giovangelo says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Comments navigation Newer comments February 7, 2018 at 5:44 pm I haven’t read the resolution either, but it sounds sensible to me. The fact that Fox News, Breitbart and the various other ‘vitriolic’ commentators hate it seems like a strong recommendation in its favor….. Rector Pittsburgh, PA February 7, 2018 at 6:55 pm I applaud the remarks of Larry Waters above. With so much amiss in the world, why does the CHURCH seek only to address the cosmetic? There are other more important dragons to slay rather than focus on the latest fashion. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI February 7, 2018 at 9:48 pm This discussion is not the latest fashion, nor is it irrelevant. Jesus had to come as a male to be able to communicate to his particular society. Biologically, it seems he was part female and part Holy Spirit, if you want to be literal about it. In the Old Testament God seemed to relate to the world by balancing his Love with a time in history when war, defeat and victory was what shaped that known world. He doesn’t talk to us that way now. Jesus gave the new law of Love, and that just might include understanding how Patriarchal the Church of all denominations leads to how we view the opposite sex or people with gender differences, and it is our business as Christians to extend an inclusive hand. I had a father that devastated our family, and my siblings have no concept of what a father should be; Jesus’ relationship with his father was unique, and I think we can still embrace the Lord’s prayer as we understand that His father was the God of Heaven and shows us how we can relate to God without being subjected to male dominance on religious grounds while we seek to project a more accurate image of God in our conversations and liturgy. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT February 7, 2018 at 5:30 pm The very act of asking to invoke gender-neutral language is the very reason that the CHURCH is losing its audience. Identity politics will not replace faith. Rather than providing a nurturing environment for people of faith, the CHURCH is creating an environment that will lead to a secular society as it did in Europe. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing James H. Graham, Jr. says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Jon Spangler says: Luis Gutierrez says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET February 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm Even with calling God “Father,” I have never seen God as a he or she. I used to say that God was a creative force which I believe and as my friend Gail Epes says: “God IS.” We do not have the ability to define God other than God is love. Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Rev. Lyn G. Brakeman says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Bath, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Peggy Goldsmith says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Nick Lines says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis February 7, 2018 at 7:45 pm I’m imagining future generations (assuming we don’t flat out kill the planet and there are none) looking back at these discussions with as much bemusement as we do looking back at our forebears who threw Galileo under the bus.”Imagine thinking that just because the Bible only used binary language gender fluidity isn’t a thing!” they will say — shaking their heads in disbelief. “That’s as bad as thinking that just because the Bible says the sun revolves aroundthe Earth Copernicus was crazy and Galileo was a heretic!” Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem February 7, 2018 at 6:06 pm While it is true that “When God took the form of a human God chose to do so as a male,” the Hebrew Bible and Apocrypha’s nearest analogue to the Word which was made flesh is Lady Wisdom. Given that the Father and the Son are of one substance, they must be both male and female, and neither (not to mention also being singular and yet plural). So “he,” “she,” “it,” and “they” are neither entirely appropriate nor wildly inappropriate words with which to refer to God. And, as English has dropped the once nearly universal understanding that masculine was the default grammatical gender when referring to beings (other than ships) larger than house cats, it’s high time the liturgy caught up with the language. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL February 7, 2018 at 6:06 pm I have led conversations in some parishes on the topic of theological language and its impact. I agree with those who say that this is not a matter of political correctness, a trap that demands too much conformity and paralyzes creativity, if not hospitality. To me the matter is theological. We cannot harm the great Mystery some of us call God, but we surely can damage the image of divinity with our limiting words. Some people have left the church because those “blessed” gendered pronouns cause them pain. Jesus was a male person, but the Christ rises above gender. I know it’s hard but we, like our biblical ancestors, do hard things for the sake of God, don’t we? Jim Newman says: February 7, 2018 at 6:16 pm My stumbling block with “gender-neutral” efforts is the lack of sophistication in the understanding the function of “gender” linguistically. Gender in language is not a sorting out of “boy words” from “girl words” or “neither” words. Gender in language is not verbal genitalia. Let’s emphasize that scripture is full of male persons and female persons– mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, strong, weak. Yes, yes, yes we should make every effort for inclusion of female images of God. They abound. And of course we should be sensitive sensitive to the inclusion of early Christian figures like Lydia, Hannah, Elizabeth. But linguistically it seems a bit silly to have “committee action against words like mankind. Almost as silly as not liking the word human because it has man in it. Man is a collective noun that already includes all forms of humans– male and female and variations of the same. That being said– I love the images of Christ “butching it up” and overturning the money changers tables at the temple, and then comparing himself to “a mother hen gathering her chicks.” In fact I’ve written a hymn called Christ our mother hen. Scripture is full of female images of God– a she-bear fighting for her young, for instance. But there is nothing more off-putting that taking beautiful language and dumbing it down or sending it to the committee laundromat to make it sexless and sometimes senseless. How about we emphasize how Christ radically responded to societal gender roles with a new equality. But surely we can maintain the beauty of language in the liturgy without diluting either male or female images. Let’s keep a balanced approach– remembering all the while the words of Gustav Mahler “Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Comments navigation Newer comments Liturgy & Music Associate Rector Columbus, GA Larry Waters says: February 7, 2018 at 6:40 pm Wonderful, lucid, insightful comments by many folks. No wonder, some years ago, someone wrote, paraphrasing, “Is the Episcopal Church relevant?” If this gender garbage is all the EC can worry about, then I suggest that the EC get out of the “spiritual business” before virtually all communicants leave. The EC is trying to be all things to all people. We should return to our old conservative standards and start being a relevant Protestant religion rather than acquiescing to every liberal who would forget to breathe if his or HER body didn’t do it for them! leda buller says: rev. carol carlson says: Diocese’s call for ‘expansive language for God’ sparks debate on gender-neutral Episcopal liturgies Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service Youth Minister Lorton, VA
Western imperialists and their media pundits are once again crying “foul” against the sovereign government of Belarus and its duly elected president, Alexander Lukashenko. On May 23, a Ryanair passenger plane, scheduled to fly from Greece to Lithuania, was forced to land in Minsk, Belarus.Neo-Nazi Roman Protasevich taking part in destruction of a statue of Bolshevik Revolution leader V.I. Lenin in the Ukraine, 2014.On the plane was 26-year-old Roman Protasevich, whom the imperialists identify as a journalist. Protasevich has a history of encouraging violence against President Lukashenko and his supporters. He and a few other passengers, apparently close to Protasevich, were detained by Belarusian authorities.According to a May 24 article in Pravda.ru, “It was a Ryanair pilot who made the decision to land the plane with Protasevich on board in Minsk after he received a message about a possible bomb on board.”The Western corporate media is omitting this part of the report. Instead they charge the Lukashenko government with “hijacking,” claiming the landing was somehow politically motivated. U.S. and European Union operatives blame Lukashenko for forcing the plane down, without providing a shred of evidence that his administration did anything wrong.Pravda.ru points out that “Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, whom the West recognizes as the President of Belarus, was flying over the territory of Belarus too, but nothing happened to her.” Tikhanovskaya is considered the “leader” of the anti-communist and neoliberal opposition to Lukashenko.The corporate media is ignoring many simple facts, and it is painting Protasevich out to be some kind of “victim.”Who is Roman Protasevich?Even though the Western bourgeois press is fawning over Protasevich, calling him a “human rights” advocate, they offer little information about him. Protesevich is co-founder of the infamous Belarusian opposition channel known as Nexta, and he now works for another opposition channel known as Belamova.Nexta is widely known for encouraging violent attacks against the Belarusian state and is popular among supporters of the EU. Nexta is often discredited, even by major media outlets such as BBC, for promoting false information about Russia and Belarus. (BBC News, May 24)Protasevich got his start in the anti-communist, oppositionist movement against Lukashenko in 2011 at the age of 16. Some corporate media analysts have been quick to point out that at that age he was expelled from school for posting YouTube videos that were hostile toward the Belarusian government. They omit reporting that Protasevich was a leader of a neo-Nazi organization in Belarus known as the “Youth Front.”According to various social media posts, Protasevich was active in the Maidan movement that led to the violent coup in Ukraine in 2014. In one image, Protasevich can be seen participating in the destruction of one of the last V.I. Lenin statues left in Ukraine. He was wrapped in the Belarusian National Republic flag, which was used when the German Imperial Army occupied Belarus during World War I and later by Nazi collaborators during World War II. (FOIA Research, May 25)A leader of the Azov Battalion — an openly neo-Nazi militia that was one of many white-supremacist groups contributing to the Ukrainian coup — publicly claimed Protasevich fought alongside Azov in 2014 and worked for their press. (Grayzone, May 26)U.S., EU want to overthrow LukashenkoThe treatment of Protasevich by the Western media, particularly in the U.S., is strikingly identical to their coverage of the anti-Putin candidate, Alexei Navalny, a few months ago. Like Protasevich, Navalny is another free-market proponent with strong Nazi connections.The U.S. has taken steps to overthrow Lukashenko ever since he was first elected in 1994, when he won on a campaign against corporate privatization and neoliberal policies.As a former member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Lukashenko has consistently rejected neoliberalism, maintained pro-socialist imagery and has restored some socialist programs from the Soviet-era. As a result of many fulfilled promises, Lukashenko has been re-elected five times since 1994.Protasevich admitted on camera to taking part in the organization of “mass unrest” in Belarus in August and September, 2020. (New York Times, May 25)This past summer, U.S. and EU officials thought they had an opportunity to finally oust Lukashenko. Oppositionists carried out massive rallies, many of which turned violent. Imperialist officials falsely declared opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya as the “official” president of Belarus — similar to the unsuccessful attempt by the U.S. to proclaim Juan Guaidó as president of Venezuela.In terms of the false charge against Belarus for hijacking, it should, be noted instead that the U.S. government was involved in the forced landing of a plane for political reasons in 2013 — a flight carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales. (Grayzone, May 26)The U.S. and European imperialist governments and media have demonized Lukashenko and are calling for sanctions against the Belarusian people. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Washington is working with NATO and the EU about “potential next steps.” (The Hill, May 24) These are the forces that bankrolled and coordinated the 2014 coup in Ukraine, in which Protasevich proudly participated.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Trinidad and TobagoAmericas Online freedoms Freedom of expressionInternet to go further May 12th, 2017 Hon. Dr Keith Rowley Office of the Prime Minister 13-15 St Clair Avenue Port of Spain Trinidad & Tobago Re: Cybercrime Bill Dear Prime Minister Rowley,Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international organisation that defends freedom of information, would like to express to you its concern about the proposed Cybercrime Bill currently under consideration in Parliament.We do not dispute the principle of this law. The Internet should not escape government regulation altogether, and we believe that it is perfectly legitimate to proscribe conduct such as computer fraud, identity theft and—even more serious—child pornography.However, we regard some of the provisions in this law as extremely damaging to the free flow of news and information and as harmful to public debate.For example, Section 8(1) states: “A person who intentionally and without lawful excuse or justification accesses a computer system without authorisation, or by exceeding authorised access, and obtains computer data commits an offence.” Offenders can be sentenced to up to three years’ imprisonment and mandated to pay a fine of up to five hundred thousand dollars.This section could pose an obstacle to the freedom of the press. Specifically, it could be used to penalise journalists and media organisations for publishing reports on corporate corruption revealed by a confidential source—even if the journalists earnestly believed that the source was legally able to share information. We are also concerned about the breadth of the provision’s applicability. The bill lacks a precise definition for the term “authorisation” or the concept of “exceeding authorised access”. Under a broad interpretation, even minor misconduct, including violating a website’s terms of service agreement, might constitute an offence under this provision. This could impede the free flow of information.Section 12 creates the offence of unauthorised granting of access to computer data that “relates to the national security of the state.” Offenders can be sentenced to up to five years’ imprisonment and mandated to pay a fine of up to five hundred thousand dollars. Once again, the bill lacks a precise definition for the term “national security.” Such an overly broad legislative area would likely be used to suppress information. Further, Section 18 prohibits using a computer system to communicate with the “intention to cause harm to another person.” “Harm” is defined as “serious emotional distress.” Offenders can be sentenced to up to five years’ imprisonment and mandated to pay a fine of up to two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. This language is subjective, and it could, for instance, be used to prosecute reporters who expose criminal conduct committed by a public figure—assuming that the public figure could plausibly assert damaged reputation that caused serious emotional distress. RSF considers laws like this one that might criminalise even mildly defamatory speech to have a chilling effect on the freedom of expression.Section 18(2) lists several factors that may be taken into account by a Court where relevant in determining if an offence has been committed: “the extremity of the language”, “age and characteristics of the person involved”, anonymity of the communication, repetition, “the extent of circulation”, “whether the communication is true or false” and the context. While this provision alludes to an eventual exemption if the information communicated was true, such an exemption does not enter into play until an offender has been taken to court, and even then it remains under the complete discretion of the judge to consider such an exemption. Thus there is a significant risk that journalists and media groups will turn to self-censorship in order to avoid burdensome and expensive litigation under this clause. The danger posed by each of these provisions is all the greater because the bill provides for wide-ranging jurisdiction and gives the police and judicial authorities broad authority to access the personal data of individuals under investigation. Section 28, for example, authorises the use of remote forensic tools to intercept private data. For these reasons, we urge you not to pass this bill into law in its present form. We ask you to amend the most sensitive clauses that may impact the freedom of information by including, for example, a public-interest exemption for Sections 8, 12, and 18 and a robust factual-information exemption for Section 18. We thank you in advance for the attention you give this letter. We remain available to discuss any further questions or concerns you may have. Sincerely,Christophe DeloireRSF Secretary-GeneralTrinidad and Tobago ranks 34 out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.NOTE: RSF has updated its letter to the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago based on the latest version of the proposed legislation. June 13, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation News October 26, 2018 Find out more May 9, 2017 – Updated on May 12, 2017 RSF concerned by certain provisions of Trinidad and Tobago’s Cybercrime Bill Follow the news on Trinidad and Tobago News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) sent the following letter to the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago expressing its concerns that certain provisions of the Cybercrime bill pose a serious threat to press freedom, access to information, and online debate. The bill is currently under review by Trinidad and Tobago’s Parliament. 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ChinaAustraliaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expression to go further Follow the news on Asia – Pacific News PHOTO: AP Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Beijing to release Australian writer and journalist, Yang Hengjun, who has already been detained for seven months, and to drop the espionage charge against him. Help by sharing this information ChinaAustraliaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expression News June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation Australian government revealed on August 27th that China-born Australian blogger and writer, Yang Hengjun, already detained for seven months in Beijing, had been officially charged with espionage, a crime that carries death penalty in China. Yang, a vocal critic of the Chinese regime, was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York and also wrote for online magazine The Diplomat. His Twitter account gathers more than 130,000 followers.“By charging a foreign journalist for espionage, the Chinese regime’s record of press freedom has taken another turn for the worse,” says Cédric Alviani, the head of Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) East Asia Bureau, who calls on the international community “to ramp up the pressure on Beijing so that they would immediately release Yang and all other detained journalists and bloggers.”Yang was arrested in January when traveling from New York to the city of Guangzhou (Guangdong province). He was then placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location (RSDL)”, a special detention system that keeps detainees incommunicado and often leads to the use of torture.Yang is not the only foreign media worker held by China under abusive charges. Swedish publisher Gui Minhai, who was kidnapped in Thailand in 2015, remains detained, despite showing the symptoms of a serious neurological disease, for “illegally providing state secrets and intelligence overseas”.China currently detains more than 115 journalists and bloggers, and is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News August 29, 2019 China: RSF calls for release of Australian journalist and drop of espionage charge June 10, 2021 Find out more In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival June 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists RSF_en
Home / Daily Dose / The July Home Price Growth Slowdown About Author: Seth Welborn Home prices increased by 3.6% year over year in July 2019 and are forecast to increase 5.4% from July 2019 to July 2020. The latest CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) Report states that the HPI in July 2019 gain was down year-over-year HPI of 5.8%, and up a bit from the June 2019 gain of 3.3%. “Home prices have been increasing in a narrow range of 3.3% to 3.9% over the past six months, indicating that the rate of home price increases has flattened out,” said Molly Boesel, Principal, Economist, Office of the Chief Economist at CoreLogic.The HPI increased all four price tiers analyzed by CoreLogic, although growth has been slow. The price tiers have seen a slowing in price appreciation ranging between 1.7 to 3.3 percentage points compared with a year earlier, with the lowest price tier showing the largest slowdown. The lowest price tier increased 5.5% year over year in July 2019, compared with 4.7% for the low- to middle-price tier, 4% for the middle- to moderate-price tier, and 3.1% for the high-price tier.CoreLogic notes that the HPI has increased on a year-over-year basis every month for seven years, and as of July 2019, the overall HPI was 8.8% higher than its pre-crisis peak in April 2006. Adjusted for inflation, U.S. home prices increased 2.5% year over year in July 2019 and were 11.5% below their peak.“Idaho led the states in appreciation as it has for ten consecutive months, with annual appreciation of 11.5% this July,” Boesel said. “South Dakota saw home price depreciation of 3.4% and was one of only two states showing a decrease in prices (Connecticut posted a 0.3% decline). Prices in 39 states (including the District of Columbia) have risen above their nominal pre-crisis peaks. Of the seven states that had larger peak-to-trough declines than the national average, California, Idaho, and Michigan have surpassed their nominal pre-crisis peaks as of July 2019. Connecticut home prices in July 2019 were the farthest below their all-time HPI high, still 16.4% below the July 2006 peak. While annual price increases slowed in 39 states compared with a year earlier, the cooling was most pronounced in California, Nevada, South Dakota and Washington state.” Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago September 3, 2019 857 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The July Home Price Growth Slowdown Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 2019-09-03 Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Print This Post Previous: Fintechs Leading the Way for VA Loans Next: Addressing Affordability in California Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago
MattGush/iStock(CLINTON, Miss.) — A deadly house fire in Clinton, Mississippi, in which six children and their mother perished has been ruled an accident, but bars on the outside of a bedroom window and inoperable smoke detectors lessened their chances for escape, officials said.Brittney Presley and her six children — Lane, Lawson, Grayson, Malcom and Felicity Presley and Landon Brookshire — died inside their home near the corner of Old Vicksburg and Hobby Farms Roads early Saturday morning.The children’s father escaped the blaze. He remains hospitalized and is expected to have skin grafting surgery, said Clinton Fire Chief Jeff Blackledge at a press conference on Tuesday.Officials with the state’s fire marshal determined on Monday that the fire was an electrical fire that was an accident. Fire Marshal Mike Chaney said in a statement that the fire started in the attic and there were no working smoke alarms inside the single family home that was a rental property for the Presley family.“Without smoke alarms, there was no early detection and it may have prevented the victims from getting out in time … investigators believe metal bars on the windows of the home played a small role in the deaths,” said Chaney.Clinton Mayor Phil Fisher said that rental properties are inspected by the city every two years and the now-charred house that was built in 1951 passed inspection in 2018 and was due for inspection in June.Regarding the metal bars, Fisher said “they were not easy to open from the inside of the house.”Blackledge said the fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. and firefighters started putting out the blaze four minutes later and fought the flames for 40 minutes.When the fire was under control, five members of the family were found in the front bedroom and two were in the back bedroom, said Blackledge.“It’s being looked at by investigators on how the husband got out,” said Blackledge.Blackledge urged families to create and practice a fire escape plan and once outside of the house to “not go back inside even for a million dollars or a pet.”One of the family’s pets also died.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
wingedwolf/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The number of unauthorized migrants arrested at the southern border ticked up slightly last month, marking an end to the 8-month decline reported by officials since last May.U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended and refused entry to 37,119 migrants attempting to cross at U.S.-Mexico ports of entry and illegally between ports in February, according to CBP numbers released Thursday.That’s up from 36,660 in January, but still almost half as many compared to February 2019.Out of all those stopped and arrested, the number of inadmissible migrants — those not permitted by law to enter or remain in the U.S. due to health, criminal activity, national security, lack of labor certification, etc. — at U.S. ports of entry declined slightly from 7,454 in January to 7,051 last month.“The leveling off actually represents a dramatic reduction in what we saw last year,” Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan said Thursday.The increase was largely driven by more unaccompanied children and single adults from Mexico attempting to cross the border.The share of migrants coming from Central American countries that produced the majority of southwest migration last year has largely declined, according to CBP.Pointing to Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportations, as the months-long reduction in temporary releases of migrants from Border Patrol custody, Morgan said the latest figures represent “incredible progress.”“We are applying a consequence or pathway to 95% of those we encounter,” he said.As he’s done since the number of unauthorized crossing attempts began declining last summer, Morgan said the administration’s restrictive and controversial asylum policies have been working.“What this has done is sent a strong deterrent message,” Morgan said, referring specifically to the administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which forces refugees to wait for their immigration court date in dangerous Mexican border towns.The number of unauthorized children and families attempting to cross last year overwhelmed CBP resources, leading to wide-spread overcrowding at Border Patrol stations that were not designed for long-term care.Prior to that 2019 surge, the Trump administration attempted to institute a “zero tolerance” policy at the border. The result was the expedited separation of parents and children attempting to enter the U.S. without proper documentation.In a new report released Thursday, federal inspectors found that administration officials tasked with handling separated children were unprepared for the volume and failed to provide them with “prompt and appropriate care.”[The Department of Health and Human Services] has taken steps to improve tracking of separated children, but the procedures include manual processes that are vulnerable to error,” investigators wrote.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 323,000 people worldwide.Over 4.9 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 1.5 million diagnosed cases and at least 91,938 deaths. Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:7:43 a.m.: Dutch officials say mink may have infected human with COVID-19Dutch investigators believe a human may have contracted the novel coronavirus from a mink at a farm in the Netherlands. New research findings in the ongoing investigation into the country’s mink farms also show that the animals can have COVID-19 without showing any symptoms, according to a press release from the Dutch government. Investigators also believe cats may have a role in the spread of the virus on the mink farms. Coronavirus antibodies were detected in three out of 11 cats at one of the mink farms under investigation. Pending further research, the Dutch government is advising mink farm owners to ensure that cats cannot enter or exit the site.The government is now instituting mandatory antibody testing of minks at all farms in the Netherlands. “These new findings have a major impact on mink farm owners and staff and their families, as well as on local communities,” Dutch Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten said in a statement late Tuesday night. “I’m in close contact with all those involved.”7:08 a.m.: Russia surpasses 300,000 total cases of COVID-19Russia on Wednesday reported 8,764 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 308,705, according to the country’s coronavirus response headquarters.There were also a record 135 coronavirus-linked fatalities registered over the same period — the country’s highest single-day increase so far — which places the nationwide death toll at 2,972. The previous record was 119 deaths reported on May 16.For the first time on Wednesday, Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters reported more patients recovering from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours — 9,262 — than the number of people testing positive.Russia has one of the world’s highest nationwide tallies of diagnosed cases in the coronavirus pandemic, second only to the United States, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Russia’s latest daily caseload is down from a peak of 11,656 new infections reported on May 11. Last Thursday marked the end of a 12-day streak during which the country registered over 10,000 new cases per day.6:24 a.m.: UN chief warns virus pandemic threatens Africa’s progressThe United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic threatens Africa’s progress, although the vast continent seems to be relatively spared from the scourge of the virus so far.There have been less than 3,000 deaths from COVID-19 out of some 88,000 cases of the disease reported throughout Africa. That could be, in part, due to the fact that many countries across the continent took swift action in imposing preventative measures to stem the spread of the virus.“As of now, reported cases are lower than feared,” Guterres said in a video message Wednesday, while warning that “much hangs in the balance” and the pandemic “will aggravate long-standing inequalities and heighten hunger, malnutrition and vulnerability to disease.”The U.N. chief called for “international action to strengthen Africa’s health systems, maintain food supplies, avoid a financial crisis, support education, protect jobs, keep households and businesses afloat, and cushion the continent against lost income and export earnings.” He said the continent needs more than $200 billion and “an across-the-board debt standstill for African countries” to help address the devastating economic and social fallout of the crisis.“Already, demand for Africa’s commodities, tourism and remittances are declining,” Guterres said, adding that “the opening of the trade zone has been pushed back.”5:41 a.m.: University of Cambridge to keep all lectures online until summer 2021The prestigious University of Cambridge plans to keep all lectures online over the course of the next academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic.“The University is constantly adapting to changing advice as it emerges during this pandemic,” a spokesperson told ABC News in a statement Wednesday. “Given that it is likely that social distancing will continue to be required, the University has decided there will be no face-to-face lectures during the next academic year.”It’s the first globally-known university to announce such plans beyond the upcoming fall term.“Lectures will continue to be made available online and it may be possible to host smaller teaching groups in person, as long as this conforms to social distancing requirements,” the spokesperson added. “This decision has been taken now to facilitate planning, but as ever, will be reviewed should there be changes to official advice on coronavirus.”The University of Cambridge, one of the oldest universities in the world, closed its campuses in the United Kingdom in March due to the pandemic. All teaching has been moved online and exams are conducted virtually.4:19 a.m.: All 50 US states have now eased coronavirus restrictionsAll 50 U.S. states have now taken steps to ease restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.Connecticut was among the last to begin reopening its society and economy, with residents allowed to go to retail shops and dine outdoors at restaurants starting Wednesday. Hair salons and barbershops, however, won’t be allowed to reopen until June 1, while guidance on gyms, nail salons, massage therapy businesses and tattoo parlors will come at a later date.Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont called it a “slow and methodical reopening.”“There is a balance and there’s nothing that is risk-free,” Lamont said at a virtual press conference Tuesday. “I think we can proceed on a very thoughtful basis with those businesses that are least likely to be dangerous and most likely to have a real economic value for the state. And I’m looking forward, I think this is a good day for the state and I hope everybody maintains their discipline because that’s going to make it successful.”The process hasn’t been without controversy. Earlier this month, protesters gathered outside the Connecticut state capital and the governor’s mansion in Hartford demanding that businesses be allowed to resume activities, as a growing number of other states across the country began reopening.Connecticut, home to some 3.5 million people, has so far tested more than 185,000 people for COVID-19 and at least 38,430 have returned positive results.At least 3,472 people in the state have died from the disease, while another 914 remained hospitalized Tuesday.“These are trend lines that I think give us some confidence,” Lamont said. “The timing is right, and we hit the key metrics that we thought we would.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.