Dutch royals discuss religious tolerance in Yogyakarta

first_imgDutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima joined an interfaith discussion on religious tolerance, among other issues, during their meeting with members of the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) in Yogyakarta, Central Java, on Wednesday.Throughout the discussion, which took place at Prambanan Temple Museum, the king and queen listened to stories about the real-life dynamics of various religious groups in Yogyakarta.Event committee member Dicky Sofjan said the discussion, which carried the theme “Religious Freedom and Harmony in Indonesia: Promise and Peril”, was vital to deepen mutual understanding among people of different beliefs across Indonesia. “This interfaith dialogue is really important because it brings together different religious communities based in Yogyakarta and the surrounding areas. In this dialogue, we openly and honestly discussed various problems and challenges confronting the communities with respect to religious freedom and harmony,” Dicky said.Read also: Prince Diponegoro’s kris returned ahead of Dutch royal visitThe Dutch monarchs were also given the opportunity to directly speak with representatives of several religious communities in Yogyakarta to learn more about the relationship between differing beliefs in the region.Uti Suprapti, a Hindu, voiced her concerns regarding the problems her community had faced in the region before the Dutch royalty. She said she hoped minority religious groups would no longer experience oppression in the near future. Among representatives of religious groups who joined the discussion were individuals affiliated with the Ahmadiyah religious sect — a minority Muslim group that has long been persecuted for its beliefs.“Your existence is very important here. Keep up the good work, keep it together. Thank you very much for this opportunity,” Willem told discussion participants at the end of the event.Read also: Religious harmony index up but intolerance remainsThe Dutch king and queen’s visit to Yogyakarta was part of the itinerary of their four-day state visit to Indonesia, which began on Tuesday when the monarchs were welcomed by President Joko “Jokowi” at Bogor Palace in West Java. The royal couple also visited the Yogyakarta palace on Wednesday and was welcomed by Sultan Hamengkubuwono X — who is also Yogyakarta governor — and his wife Hemas along with princesses Mangkubumi, Bendara, Candrakirana and Maduretno. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Mesut Ozil reacts to Arsenal’s ‘annoying’ second half collapse in Watford draw

first_imgMesut Ozil reacts to Arsenal’s ‘annoying’ second half collapse in Watford draw Advertisement Comment Phil HaighSunday 15 Sep 2019 10:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisement Emery’s side are continuing their worrying run of self destruction that has seen them concede an enormous amount of goals through their own mistakes.Arsenal players have made 14 errors that lead to Premier League goals since the start of last season, which is more than any other side.No team has conceded more penalties in that time either, with the Gunners allowing 10 goals against them from the spot.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe draw means Arsenal are now three games without a win after defeat away to Liverpool and a draw with Tottenham in the north London derby.They now sit seventh in the table and already seven points behind Liverpool at the top of the Premier League who have won all five of their league games so far this season.MORE: Granit Xhaka says his Arsenal team-mates were ‘scared’ during draw with WatfordMORE: Arsenal were ‘like a semi-professional team’ in draw with Watford, says Graeme Souness Mesut Ozil has labelled Arsenal’s performance as ‘annoying’ (Picture: Getty Images)Mesut Ozil has sent a message to Arsenal fans after the Gunners were held to an ‘annoying’ 2-2 draw by Watford on Sunday at Vicarage Road.Ozil started for the Gunners for the first time this season and played a part in their second goal as they took a 2-0 lead in the first half.Unai Emery’s side looked comfortable and in control at half time, but things went horribly wrong for them in the second half as defensive calamities allowed the Hornets back into the game.Sokratis Papastathopoulos gave the ball away in his own penalty box to let Tom Cleverley pull one back before David Luiz brought down Roberto Pereyra in the box, with the Argentinian equalising from the spot.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWatford could easily have taken all three points with their impressive second half display, with Abdoulaye Doucoure spurning a great chance at the death, but Ozil is bemoaning his team’s failure to win.The German tweeted: ‘Two points dropped. Annoying second half, in the end we have to settle for a disappointing draw. Let’s try to bounce back soon. Thanks for your support at Vicarage road ❤ #M1Ö’Two points dropped. Annoying second half, in the end we have to settle for a disappointing draw. Let’s try to bounce back soon. Thanks for your support at Vicarage road ❤ #M1Ö @premierleague @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/lT5Kf8cjpN— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) September 15, 2019last_img read more

Improvised gun, bullets confiscated

first_imgAn improvised .38-caliber revolver with two live bullets was confiscated from 35-year-old resident Robert Mondragon around 5:30 a.m. on June 26, police said. Charges for violation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act will be filed against him./PN The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the Miag-ao municipal police station. Mondragon’s apprehension was staged on the strength of a search warrant issued by Judge Nelita Jesusa Bacaling of the Regional Trial Court Branch 67. ILOILO City – Police nabbed a man for illegal possession of firearm in Barangay Durog, Miag-ao, Iloilolast_img

ACM Awards Postponed

first_imgThe upcoming 55th Academy of Country Music Awards — which were to be held Sunday, April 5 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas — have now been postponed until September, in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.   The exact date, time and venue for the CBS show will be announced at a later date.“The ACM Awards is a tentpole event for our country music industry, and the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions went to great lengths to find a safe solution for the show to go on so that we can honor our artist community,” ACM CEO Damon Whiteside says in a statement.“This decision involved many partners, stakeholders and the industry who we have been in constant conversations with over the past several days as the situation has developed,” he continues. “We look forward to identifying a future date that we can celebrate with our country community safely.”Ticketholders for the awards and its related events can visit ACMCountry.com for information about a refund.last_img read more

Marjorie R. Marksberry

first_imgMarjorie R. Marksberry, 88, died peacefully at her home Sunday, May 24, 2020 due to complications after colon surgery & colon cancer.  With the help of close friends and care takers from Visiting Angels, she received excellent care from her son & daughter-in-law at her home.  Without their kind sacrifice, mom would have died alone in a care facility due to the Corona Virus restrictions.Marge grew up in Aurora, Indiana and graduated at the Aurora High School in 1949.  After graduation, she worked at the Aurora Casket Company as a secretary, where she learned to be a skilled typist.  She later fell in love with a high school classmate, Donald Marksberry, after he came back from his service in the Navy.  After being married on July 14, 1956, she became an amazing homemaker and supportive wife to a husband working for IBM (which jokingly stands for “I’ve Been Moved.”)  They began their family in Ohio, and then moved to Tennessee, New York, Alabama & Maryland, where she resided for almost 50 years.She took pride in raising their 2 kids and was the best mom ever!  She put her family first for many years and after the kids were older, she jumped back into the job force to help put their kids through school. She was a skilled typist and worked many years as a receptionist at the Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Ironically, she spent some time in Asbury’s Rehab Center, sharing the experience with her Asbury boss from 40 years ago, who too was rehabilitating after hospital care.Marge enjoyed many hobbies including gardening, crafting, traveling & antiquing.  She enjoyed the neighborhood bridge group for many years.  She had a green thumb as she had the most beautiful yard in the neighborhood!She was survived by her son, Don & daughter-in-law, Audrey, and her daughter, Janice & son-in-law, Greg.  She was a good role model for her children, teaching them the importance of being kind, and helping others, which in these times, is so desperately needed.She will be buried in the Riverview Cemetery in Aurora, Indiana.  Date & time will be later announced by the family.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box146, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812)432-5480.  You may go to www.filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message or a memory of Marge for the family.last_img read more

Election Chiefs Ask Gov. DeSantis to Act on Changes for Safe Voting

first_imgSome of the supervisors are also concerned that they will not have the usual number of required poll workers due to concerns about the virus. As a solution, they want the ability to offer early voting at more sites than state law currently allows, and to operate those sites through Election Day, rather than through the preceding Sunday.“The ability to designate additional early voting sites and use those sites through Election Day resolves a critical issue for many counties — a shortage of Election Day polling locations and poll workers,” Latimer wrote.Since the governor has broad emergency powers, officials are now assessing the extent of his authority to waive longstanding election laws and to impose new rules during the pandemic.“It is important for the Department of State that it be clear that this is a collaborative effort whereby we are working with Supervisors of Elections to ensure access to democracy and elections while also maintaining public health and safety,” Lee said in a written statement.Latimer also wrote to DeSantis that he is concerned that “Florida is lagging behind nearly every other state” in claiming and using its $20.2 million share of $400 million in federal funds that has been reserved for states to run elections this year.“While we wait, the goods and services are becoming scarce,” Latimer wrote. ‘We must start ordering supplies, recruiting and training poll workers, and secure voting locations now.”Lee said she spoke on Wednesday with Commissioner Donald Palmer of the Federal Election Assistance Commission, which distributes the money, regarding Florida’s voting plans for this year.He explained that the state must first address a requirement that Florida match the federal money with $4 million of its own funds before receiving the $20.2 million.Guidelines from the commission allow Florida to count money spent by county supervisors of elections offices for coronavirus-related needs for the presidential primary, which was held March 17. Elections supervisors throughout Florida said on Wednesday that Gov. Ron DeSantis needs to “act immediately” to take steps to alleviate strains the pandemic has placed on the state’s voting systems.In a letter they sent on April 7, the 67 county supervisors of elections asked the governor to make emergency changes in rules, with elections looming this year.The supervisors also want DeSantis to access $20.2 million in federal money to help pay for various changes.Primaries for congressional, county and state legislative nominations and nonpartisan elections for school board and judges scheduled for on Aug. 18. However, mail ballots for military and overseas voters will be mailed on July 4, and early voting begins on Aug. 3 in some counties.“Our request for executive action cannot wait any longer,” Craig Latimer, president of the Florida Association of Supervisors of Elections, wrote in Wednesday’s follow up to DeSantis.Secretary of State Laurel Lee said she spoke with Latimer on Wednesday, and that her agency, which oversees elections in Florida, is “continuing our work with federal and local officials to promote accurate and fair elections for all Floridians.”Latimer, who serves as the Hillsborough County supervisor of elections, took over last Monday as president of the association. In the letter, he said supervisors “are confident we can overcome the challenges of the current health crisis with executive action that gives us more flexibility around in-person voting and Vote By Mail.”During in-person voting, he said people can expect limits on the number of voters allowed inside at any given time, and will likely see social-distancing markings.Most supervisors of elections in the state are expecting a significant increase in voting by mail.Attention Palm Beach County! Please see this important announcement from the Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County about their offices reopening to the public on Monday, May 11, 2020. https://t.co/wQ2clhZId4— Wendy Sartory Link, PBC Supervisor of Elections (@pbcelections) May 8, 2020last_img read more

Football News Robert Lewandowski scores brace, Bayern Munich held to 2-2 draw by Hertha Berlin

first_img Munich: A brace for Robert Lewandowski was not enough to save Bayern Munich from making a spluttering start to the new Bundesliga season as the reigning German champions were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Hertha Berlin. Lewandowski insisted that visitors Hertha had been “lucky” after he saved a point for Bayern with a second-half penalty on Friday. Hertha, who finished 11th last season, cancelled out Lewandowski’s opener with two unusual goals to take a surprise lead in the first half and ultimately deal an early blow to Bayern’s title defence.  “We didn’t play badly, and they barely had a shot. They were lucky,” Lewandowski told ZDF. “It wasn’t a false start to the season. We were the better team and should have won,” said coach Niko Kovac.  Despite winning the domestic double last season, Bayern opened the season under pressure after a 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the German Supercup two weeks ago. Questions over Kovac’s tactics and relentless criticism of the club’s transfer policy had also unsettled Bayern in the build-up, but they looked sharp early on as Joshua Kimmich and Serge Gnabry probed and prodded on the right wing.  The duo finally broke Hertha on 24 minutes, as Kimmich set up Gnabry to send a fizzing cross towards Lewandowski, who prodded home at full stretch from close range. With Bayern completely in control, Hertha struck twice in quick succession to turn the game on its head. The equaliser arrived with a dollop of good fortune on 36 minutes, as a hopeful long-range effort from Dodi Lukebakio deflected off Vedad Ibisevic and wrong-footed goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.  Three minutes later, Hertha took the lead in curious fashion after Marko Grujic clashed heads with new Bayern signing Benjamin Pavard. While Pavard pulled up holding his head, Grujic managed to chase down the loose ball and round Neuer before himself collapsing to the turf. Both players were quickly back on their feet, and Grujic was in the spotlight again when he pulled down Lewandowski off the ball on the hour mark.  The resulting penalty, given by VAR, was coolly converted by the Polish striker to bring Bayern back on level terms. Lewandowski, Gnabry and Corentin Tolisso all came close as Bayern pushed for the winner late on, but Hertha held on to take a well-earned point back to the capital city.  Bayern fans will at least have one new face to cheer on after the club announced they had reached “agreement in principle” to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona. Bayern Munich lost to Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup.Benjamin Pavard, part of France’s 2018 World Cup winning squad, is new signing for Bayern Munich.Robert Lewandowski scored two goals for Bayern Munich. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

East Coast Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ competition

first_imgWho will soar like a kite tomorrow night?… New champion to be crownedWITH the defending champions Uprising out of contention in this year’s East Coast Zone Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ competition, the buzz over who will be the new champions is dominating the conversations among fans and the respective team supporters with just over 24 hours to go.The semi-finals and final are set to highlight the Easter activities on the East Coast with Haslington Market tarmac anticipated to be besieged with people eager to see new champions crowned.The competition has grown in popularity and participation over the years to become the most eagerly anticipated event in the shorter version of the game and will conclude this evening. The feedback is that the surrounding communities and those further afield are excited to witness the impending showdown between the four remaining teams.The hot favourites are Paradise A, whose form have rightly installed them as the team to beat, but Victoria Church Yard, a team that is a model of consistency over the years could have the final say in the tournament’s outcome.Then there are debutants Liliendaal Hustlers, who after a few uninspiring performances suddenly found form to qualify for the semi-finals with an impressive display.Melanie B are the other semi-finalists and they too have a legitimate chance to go all the way and should not be underestimated.Paradise A will have in their line-up the cool, but deadly Quincy Adams, who to many has been the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and he will have in support Tyreek Cummings.On the other hand, Hustlers will look to players such as Tevin Fowler, Sunil Logan, Stephon Reynolds and Anthony Sancho to lead their quest for victory.Victoria Church Yard will no doubt be depending on the performance of Rashleigh Morrison to secure their spot in the final, while Melanie B’s chances of advancing rest surely on how well Odell Gulliver and Ryan Seales perform.However, before the semi-finals are played there will be action in the Plate Section and former champs Uprising will have a chance to win some consolation if they could capture the winner-take-all $60 000 up for grabs.They face BV A in the first game, while Belfield Warriors take on Buxton Diamond in the other with the winners to collide in the final.last_img read more

Masai Ujiri’s ‘Giants of Africa’ Extends Basketball Mission to Six African…

first_imgPresident and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri, who is also the president and founder of ‘Giants of Africa’, announced yesterday that ‘Giants of Africa’ project will be conducting camps in six countries across Africa this summer.Dedicated to supporting the growth of basketball in Africa, ‘Giants of Africa’ will expand camps from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda to also include Botswana and Senegal basketball camps.The events are scheduled to hold as follows; Senegal between August 7 and 9; Ghana between August 12 and 14; Nigeria between 16 and 18; Kenya between August 19 and 22; Rwanda from August 23 to 25, and Botswana from August 26 to 29. Each summer, ‘Giants of Africa’ brings top international coaches to the continent to host basketball camps designed to help young African players develop athletically, establish life goals and to refine their fundamental knowledge of the game.In addition to on-court basketball skills coaching, ‘Giants of Africa’ strives to foster participants’ development through life skills education. As part of the summer programme, the Giants of Africa team also conducts local community outreach initiatives in each country it visits.This year, the team will be supporting the following outreach programmes across Africa – SEED Academy and Village Pilote in Senegal, The Village of Hope in Ghana, Little Saints Orphanage in Nigeria, Mully Children’s Family, as well as the installation of a new basketball court in Kiberia, (a partnership between Giants of Africa and H.E. Evans Kidero, the Governor of Nairobi County) in Kenya, Rafiki Club Kigali in Rwanda and the MPULE Foundation in Botswana.“Encouraging the dreams of African youth is at the core of what we strive to achieve with Giants of Africa,” said Ujiri, “Basketball is a sport that has become increasingly popular across the globe. And we want to support African youth by using basketball as a tool to educate and teach core values such as dedication, discipline, and respect for others.“We believe supporting the infrastructure of basketball in Africa via coaches, facilities and camps is imperative to create opportunities for African youth to play and develop both on and off the court. We are thrilled to be extending our reach to six African countries this year,” he noted.‘Giants of Africa’ began hosting camps in Africa 14 years ago. Since the camps inception more than 100 camp attendees have moved on to high school or university in the United States, with approximately 18 participants now playing basketball professionally in Europe.Modelled after the NBA’s ‘Basketball Without Borders’ initiative, ‘Giants of Africa’ holds two types of annual camps – Top 50 Camp and Big Man Camp.The Top 50 Camp focuses on the top 50 kids from across the country and provides campers with three intense days of instruction.The Big Man Camp teaches young athletes at 6-foot-8 and above the basic fundamentals of the game with a focus on running, catching, footwork and shooting.Giants of Africa summer camps are made possible through the support of partners from across the globe with special thanks to the NBA, Nike, Nestlé Milo, Ecobank, MLSE Foundation, Fortress, Blackberry, MasterCard, Bell and Sportscorp Travel.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Betway promotes compliance lead Roger Parkes as new board member

first_img TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Share Betway has moved to expand its corporate governance team, confirming the appointment of Roger Parkes as new Director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs.Parkes has led Betway Group corporate compliance and licensing initiatives since 2015 and has previously served as Senior Sector lead for the UK Gambling Commission (2014-2015).The promotion will see Parkes join the Betway Limited board, which is based in Malta.Anthony Werkman, CEO of Betway, commented on the promotions: “Roger has been a wonderful addition to the Betway Group, has truly made his mark since arriving in 2015.“He has helped make compliance a key area of focus for us and promoting him to the board at Betway Ltd. Further strengthens our abilities in this area.“It is vitally important that as the regulatory and compliance landscape evolves for operators that we have a recognised leader in their field driving our compliance structure forward. In my mind there is no-one better placed than Roger to do that.”In just under three years at Win Technologies, Parkes has overseen exponential growth of the dedicated Compliance team, as well as the way compliance is perceived group-wide.Speaking about the move, Parkes said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working for Win Technologies in London, and now look forward to greater exposure to the wider business.“I am hoping to foster an even greater compliance culture throughout the Betway Group and show that compliance is a key aspect of how we do business at board level.” Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020last_img read more