first_img doiremaghananogscortrasna City clubs Na Magha and Doire Trasna have participated in the Derry GAA’s  Scor na nOg competition for the first time.Greenlough  and St Trea’s (Ballymaguigan) have also competed for the first time.Semi-finals of the competition took place at the weekend with the final due to take place in Glenullin on Sunday next, 23 November, at 3.oopm. ShareTweetcenter_img GAA NEWS: SCOR NA NOG FIRST FOR DOIRE TRASNA AND NA MAGHA was last modified: November 17th, 2014 by stephenstephen Tags:last_img read more

Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson SINN Féin MEP Marti

first_img Sinn Fein MEP Martina AndersonSINN Féin MEP Martina Anderson said today that Tory posturing over human rights is playing fast and lose with the rights of Irish citizens. This follows assertions by British Tory leader Theresa May that she will include the removal of membership of the ECHR as part of the 2020 post Brexit election campaign.“The Tory government at Westminster clearly has human rights safeguards firmly in their crosshairs. ShareTweet “Theresa May has said that the Tory government will seek to pull out of the European Court of Human Right as part of any election campaign in 2020.“This is entirely unacceptable. An integral part of the Good Friday Agreement are safeguards and legislative measures that are intended to ensure equality of treatment and parity of esteem which required the British Government to incorporate into the law of the North the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).“Tory posturing over human rights protections is playing fast and loose with the rights of Irish citizens.“It is essential we both protect the Human Rights Act and move towards the introduction of a Bill of Rights for people in the north of Ireland.” “The Human Rights Act gives effect to the European Convention on Human Rights, gives people direct access to the European Court of Human Rights and underpins the Good Friday Agreement.”TORY GOVERNMENT CONTINUE CRUSADE AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS – ANDERSON was last modified: December 30th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: 2020BRITISH PRIME MINISTERECHRMartina AndersonSINN FEIN MEPTHERESA MAYTORY GOVERNMENT CONTINUE CRUSADE AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS – ANDERSONlast_img read more


first_img DANNY PAYNE ASSAULT: POLICE APPEAL FOR COUPLE TO COME FORWARDDCI JOHN CALDWELLNEWMARKET STREETPSNISTRAND ROAD “However, directly following the assault, he was seen walking in William Street not wearing his coat. “At this stage a large tattoo was clearly visible on his left forearm.“The woman has long, dark coloured hair and was wearing blue jeans, brown shoes and a three-quarter length green coat.“I would like the couple, or anyone who recognises their descriptions, to contact detectives in Strand Road on 101 quoting reference 209 22/10/2017 as soon as possible. “Or, alternatively if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.“Police would like to thank members of the public for their patience and ask them to avoid the area if possible while the investigation into this serious assault continues.”DANNY PAYNE ASSAULT: POLICE APPEAL FOR COUPLE TO COME FORWARD was last modified: October 23rd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: He is currently being treated in hospital for his injuries.His wife also sustained a number of non-life threatening injuries.Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell said: “I am appealing directly to a man and a woman who were in the vicinity of the assault to come forward to police as they may be able to assist with the investigation.“The man was wearing a coat and T-shirt – both dark in colour – and blue jeans while the assault was taking place in Newmarket Street. ShareTweet Derry assault victim Danny Payne fighting for his life in hospital after being assaultedDETECTIVES from PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch are making a direct appeal to a couple they believe were in the immediate vicinity of a serious assault on Danny Payne in Newmarket Street in Derry During the early hours of Sunday 22 October. Shortly after 2am police received a report of an altercation between a number of men in Newmarket Street. Danny, who is aged in his 30s and a former Foyle Search and Rescue volunteer, sustained serious injuries to his head after he was assaulted by a man. last_img read more

Castlederg proved an ideal location and I would l

first_img“Castlederg proved an ideal location and I would like to pay tribute to the local partners who worked closely with Council officers to make sure the event ran smoothly and was a success.”Festival and Events Manager at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Jacqueline Whoriskey, said the feedback from both traders and visitors had been extremely positive.“We would like to thank the public for coming out and supporting the North West Angling Fair in such large numbers,” she said.“There was a brilliant atmosphere around Castlederg over the two days and it was great to see old friends and new from the world of angling enjoying the experience.“The CATCH element of the programme was well received and attended by young people and it was equally heartening to see so many women in attendance following on from the success of the Irish Ladies Fly Fishing Association’s Women’s Angling Day in Oaks Fishery last month.“Trader and visitor feedback was extremely positive so it was a successful weekend all round and we are looking forward to bringing the event back to the Council area in 2020.”Castlederg proves perfect host for NW Angling Fair was last modified: April 9th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: There was also a strong youth element to the Fair as the Loughs Agency hosted its Community Angling Training and Coaching Hub (CATCH) where coaches offered expert tuition to new, novice and experienced anglers in game, coarse and sea angling and a number of young people achieved the CAST Angling Starter certificate.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, attended the event on Saturday and paid tribute to everyone who made it a weekend to remember.“Congratulations to all the organisers of the North West Angling Fair who secured a stellar and action packed line-up that was enjoyed by hundreds of local people and visitors,” he said.“The annual event has become a firm favourite on Council’s programme of events and is a great way to showcase the angling offering of our local waterways and to introduce people to the joys of angling. A HOST of the UK and Ireland’s top fly-dressers, casters and anglers were in Castederg Castle at the weekend as hundreds of visitors attended the 2019 North West Angling Fair.Derry City and Strabane District Council hosted the two day event in Castlederg for the first time with demonstrations and tuition on the Derg River and a wide range of exhibiters on dry land.Highlights over the weekend included demonstrations and guidance from some of the biggest names in world fishing including Hywell Morgan, Robert Gillespie and Stevie Munn. ShareTweet 2019Castlederg CastleCastlederg proves perfect host for NW Angling FairDerry and Strabane CouncilMayor John BoyleNORTH WEST ANGLING FAIRlast_img read more

500 for intensive care unit at Altnagelvin Hosptia

first_img 500 for intensive care unit at Altnagelvin HosptialCanning charity event raises £2Patsy CanningWESTERN TRUST Canning charity event raises £2,500 for intensive care unit at Altnagelvin Hosptial was last modified: July 2nd, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetcenter_img THE Western Trust says its Intensive Care Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital has received a generous donation of £2,500 from the Canning family. The family raised the funds by holding a charity night in The Crescent Bar, Derry in recognition of the excellent care given to their mother, Patsy Canning, while she was treated in ICU last year. Patsy made the presentation, along with her family to ICU staff Rosie Reid; Michael McGinley; Tina Lynch and Dr Manav Bhavsar.last_img read more

Dear Readers We are just back from the Recovery R

first_imgDear Readers,We are just back from the Recovery Reality Check Summit, which was very informative as well as thought-provoking. We took some time while there to chat with a few of our speakers after their presentations and will be sharing them here over the next few weeks.Our first conversation is with Rick Rule, the legendary resource speculator. He gives us a powerful primer on being a contrarian speculator, which may help bolster some discipline in the current market climate. We hope you enjoy this presentation.Sincerely,Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Researchlast_img read more

Over 50000 People Signed up for the Marijuana Mil

first_imgOver 50,000 People Signed up for the Marijuana Millionaire Summit… Recommended Link Justin: I agree. Let’s start with money launderer. Doug: Money laundering. It’s the process of making money obtained from criminal activity look like it came from a legitimate source. But it’s a completely artificial crime. It’s made up. It was created out of whole cloth about 40 years ago, as I recall. Like most “crimes” today, it’s not wrong in itself; it’s wrong because some legislators passed a law. There’s nothing wrong, in principle, with money laundering. Perhaps you got the money illegally or immorally. And, incidentally, those are two totally different concepts, where there’s only an accidental overlap. But that’s a big subject for a whole new conversation. But what’s wrong with redeploying capital that already exists in a perfectly legal or moral way? I would say nothing. Money is fungible. It’s not like artwork—it’s not so easy to trace its provenance. Anyway, it’s said that most great fortunes started with a crime. That’s certainly true for the Kennedy fortune. Joe Kennedy, founder of the clan, made most of his money bootlegging, which is the equivalent of drug dealing. He also made money with stock manipulation, which is insider trading. God knows what else he was up to. Although bootlegging and stock manipulation are not, in themselves, immoral. That said, I have no doubt many other things—like murder, assault, theft—occurred in the process. So, he laundered money. It wasn’t a crime then. It’s counterproductive to make it illegal to take these so-called ill-gotten gains, and do something correct with them. It’s just another Kafka-esque crime that they can arbitrarily use to hang you. At what point does capital created illegally become clean? Money laundering is a non-crime, and shouldn’t be treated as a crime. Justin: What about drug dealers? Doug: Today, drug dealers are automatically seen as the worst kind of scum. Drug dealers now are always looked upon as being violent, evil, immoral, amoral, just horrible human beings. But the problem isn’t so much that drugs can be abused and harm the user—that’s true of alcohol, tobacco, food, sex, inactivity, and a hundred other things. The problem arises when they’re made illegal. All drugs should be legal. Why? Well, your body is your primary possession. If you can’t control what you can put in your own body, you have no freedom at all. You’re, in effect, a slave. That’s the moral argument for drugs being legal. Whether they’re good, bad, or indifferent is a technical issue. But it’s a question of degree, as is the case with food, sex, alcohol, tobacco, sugar, and everything else. These can all be addictive or even dangerous if they’re not used in moderation. The “War on Drugs” is foolish and destructive on every level. It should be abolished. Justin: You explored this idea in your latest novel, Drug Lord. Doug: Yes. In that novel, my co-author John Hunt and I tried to reform the unjustly besmirched occupation of drug lord. Our drug lord hero, Charles Knight, is a thoroughly good guy. There’s nothing wrong with the commodity. There’s nothing wrong with purveying drugs. But, as with the other subjects we’re discussing, people often have a fixed idea burned into their consciousness, and they’re unwilling or unable to analyze the subject rationally. Drug dealing, whether you’re a ghetto dweller or Big Pharma, is—in itself—a non-crime. Justin: But Doug, drug dealers murder, kidnap people, and do all sorts of horrible things. How can you say they’re not criminals? Doug: That’s true. But it’s not because they’re drug dealers. It’s because they’re murderers, kidnappers, or extortionists. Those are the real crimes. But you’ve got to separate these ideas. Something may look gray. But gray is a combination of black and white. It shows a lack of critical thinking when people can’t separate them. Justin’s note: Tomorrow, I’ll share part two of this interview, where Doug shares his thoughts on two other controversial buzzwords. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Doug’s novel Drug Lord. It’s a fantastic tale where hero Charles Knight has to sort through the legal and illegal, moral and immoral, and right and wrong as he navigates the War on Drugs and the corrupt pharmaceutical industry. You can order your copy right here. Reader Mailbag Today, readers respond to our recent Dispatch, “Why Sessions Can’t Stop This Marijuana Boom”: Justin, awesome article. Where did you learn to write like this? You give the facts in a very appealing yet appalling manner! Hats off to you!—Lois Your reasoning is incorrect. The US Constitution governs his actions, and it is clearly worded otherwise against Sessions. Read the history of the 10th Amendment (and there is plenty from before that amendment was ratified in in September 1787). Generally, the 10th Amendment gives states the rights to overrule and supersede government foolery (Sessions included). Past SCOTUS cases will confirm the above information. The above are viable facts, and anecdotal bloviating.—CraigWhat do you think about Sessions’ fight against the marijuana industry? Let us know right here. In Case You Missed It… Did you attend Doug Casey’s free online investing summit last night? Thousands of readers discovered how Doug turned $50,000 into $1 million by investing in one marijuana penny stock. Readers also had the chance to discover the five best plays for the coming legal marijuana boom. If you missed the event, don’t worry. Doug has agreed to host a replay. Catch it right here. And discovered the details of the top 5 pot stocks for 2018. You have until midnight tonight to watch a free replay of the Summit. Click here to watch. Recommended Link — Delbert made $151,000 from Teeka Tiwari’s crypto plays, here’s his letter: I am a 67-year-old retired school teacher and small business owner from Greencastle, PA… When Teeka began providing information on the cryptocurrencies, I was intrigued. I bought a $5,400 stake in October 2016. This morning it was $74,200!!!! As a follow-up, within a few more weeks my stake had climbed to over $151,000… $5,400 to $151,000 in 8 months!!!!!! Here’s how to get Teeka’s research right away… Justin’s note: Doug Casey isn’t afraid to speak his mind… even if it means offending people. That’s a rare commodity. These days, most people only think what they’re supposed to think. They say only what’s politically correct. It’s a serious problem that’s getting worse every day. So, I recently called Doug to discuss some of today’s most controversial buzzwords… Justin: Doug, you said something during one of our recent talks that intrigued me: They’ll say if you use bitcoin you’re a money launderer, a drug dealer, a terrorist, or a tax evader. Actually, the morality involved in all those activities is worth a separate discussion… it’s perverse they’re always classed together. What did you mean by that? What’s wrong with grouping these people together? Doug: It’s chimpanzee think. It’s group-think memes in action. Somebody in a position of authority—or even just an actor, or a news reader, or a rapper, for that matter—says something. That transforms it into something that everybody automatically believes in, thoughtlessly. It’s like the concept of political correctness. I first heard that term on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s. They said “this isn’t very politically correct.” I thought it was part of their skit. I thought it was a joke. — Little did I know that it would become a meme. The concept didn’t just catch on in society, it’s come to rule it. You’re supposed to be politically correct—if not, you must be a Nazi or a Klansman. Although, oddly, you might actually be a Communist or a fanatic Muslim with identical beliefs—and that’s somehow acceptable. So, the concept of PC isn’t a joke anymore. It’s the complete opposite of a joke. It’s a threat. Calling something a name that’s not just inaccurate, but maybe the opposite of what it is, is dangerous, dishonest and destructive. A lot of words are consistently misused today. Sometimes purposefully, sometimes just stupidly. What you say reflects what you think. And what you think—or at least feel—influences what you do. I did an article a while ago debunking the misuse of a dozen common words. People who think in slogans and catchphrases are very dangerous. They turn their feelings into group moral memes. Lowest common denominator stuff. Justin: They aren’t thinking for themselves. Doug: Exactly. That’s how lynch mobs work—“Give us Barabbas! Give us Barabbas!” People should analyze these “hot button” concepts, like the four things I mentioned—and there are lots of others—on their own merits. Otherwise you’ll wind up mindlessly parroting Paul Krugman, Hillary Clinton, or Kim Kardashian. These terms shouldn’t be grouped together. “These are evil things. We shouldn’t even think about them. They’re not even worth talking about.” Did Big Brother call them Badthink in 1984? Justin: But you think they’re worth talking about? Doug: Absolutely. This is what made Walter Block’s book Defending the Undefendable such a work of genius. Everyone should read it. It’s also very funny, somewhat in the tradition of George Carlin, another genius. So, yes. We should dissect all four terms that I mentioned.last_img read more

Tis the season for cleverly designed buttons slo

first_img‘Tis the season for cleverly designed buttons, slogans and yard signs with last names on them. That’s right, it’s campaign season.As politicians and politicians-to-be gear up for what is poised to be a crowded 2020 election cycle, one senator is starting her rounds early, hoping for the promise of loyalty from Alabama’s voters.Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, will be traveling to Alabama and South Carolina this week to kick off her campaign trail. This will be her first trip to the Yellowhammer State in the name of pushing her political pursuits.Her main goals will be to speak with women and African American voters in Birmingham about key policy issues that affect their demographics, one of which being her opposition to the recent Alabama abortion ban. Over the weekend she will also speak at the Alabama Democratic Conference Kennedy-Johnson-King Luncheon in Montgomery, which is currently the largest African American political organization in the state.To meet Harris and see her speak, see the details about her stops below:Friday, June 7Meet and Greet with Women VotersWhere: TBA, Birmingham area, AlabamaWhen: 7 p.m. CTSaturday, June 8Keynote Speech at Alabama Democratic Conference LuncheonWhere: Room TBA, Renaissance Hotel, 201 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery, AlabamaWhen: 1 p.m. CTlast_img read more

The murder trail of 53yearold Clifford Madison b

first_imgThe murder trail of 53-year-old Clifford Madison began on Monday. Madison is the man accused of killing 82-year-old Emmett Kyzer.Kyzer went missing for nearly 10 months back in 2016. Investigators believed he was stabbed and beaten there, but found Kyzer’s body near Ed Stephens road.In January of last year, Madison was arrested and charged with Kyzer’s murder. He and his girlfriend were living with Kyzer at the time of his disappearance.Jury selection for the trial began today.last_img

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is not yet certain

first_imgFIFA president Gianni Infantino is not yet certain that the 2026 World Cup finals would feature 40 teams even though he personally favours an expanded tournament, he said on Tuesday.Infantino also said he would be happy for several countries to share the hosting of the World Cup, describing it as much a “social event for the whole world” as a global sporting competition.Infantino made a 40-team World Cup a key part of his campaign before his election in February but admitted it was not entirely up to him to decide whether the 2026 finals should be increased from the tournament’s current 32-team format.“My opinion has not changed on the 40 teams, but that’s my opinion. We will have to discuss it and see what’s the best for football,” he told reporters from international news agencies on Tuesday.FIFA expects to make decisions by October on the number of teams, the format for the tournament and the continents that will be eligible to stage the tournament.The latter would be a key decision as it would determine whether countries from Asia, where Qatar is staging the 2022 World Cup, can bid to be hosts.The final decision on the host nation will be made in May 2020.“For the moment, everything is open, but there is a question of who can and cannot bid…we will see,” Infantino said.“CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean) didn’t have a World Cup for a long time.“Nothing is definite. I believe in the 40 teams because I think it is positive for the development of football and we have seen that again at the Euro 2016 in France with eight more teams.“We need to realise that these kinds of events, like the World Cup or European Championship, are more than just a competition, they are really social events for the whole world.”Source: Cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

As the 2016 presidential campaign wound down then

first_imgAs the 2016 presidential campaign wound down, then-candidate Donald Trump made clear that if elected, he would work to see an end to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on his watch.”If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that’s really what’s going to be, that’s what will happen,” Trump said at the final presidential debate in October 2016. “And that will happen automatically in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.”The 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide won’t be overturned automatically, nor without a fight. But advocates on both sides of the issue agree the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy sets the stage for a battle over abortion rights unlike any in a generation.High stakes for reproductive rightsKennedy’s departure will usher in a fight for the future of the Supreme Court that many social and religious conservatives anticipated and hoped for during the 2016 campaign. Trump’s promise to appoint conservative, anti-abortion justices helped turn out the base voters he needed to secure his surprise victory. Exit polls suggested the makeup of the Supreme Court played a major role for many voters on both sides, but more for Republicans.Almost as soon as Kennedy’s retirement was announced, several anti-abortion rights groups seized on the moment.”We’re the closest we’ve ever been to overturning Roe v. Wade,” a woman says in a video released online by the group Students for Life of America shortly after the news broke.In an interview with NPR, Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins called the retirement of the court’s swing vote “a day that we’ve been waiting for.””Our goal in the pro-life movement has always been to make abortion illegal and unthinkable,” Hawkins said. “So we want Roe to be overturned … and we expect that.”Hawkins noted that Kennedy has voted to uphold abortion rights in several cases, including the landmark 1992 ruling Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and more recently, in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which overturned a Texas law that placed additional health regulations on clinics that perform abortions.Meanwhile, abortion-rights supporters, like Nancy Northup of the Center for Reproductive Rights, called Kennedy’s retirement devastating news.”He has been a crucial vote in landmark reproductive rights cases,” Northup said.”[I’m] extremely concerned,” said Helene Krasnoff, vice president of public policy, litigation and law at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “President Trump has been making good on his threat to stack the courts with those who are opposed to safe, legal abortion, and we can only expect that he’ll nominate another extreme opponent.”A fight for Kennedy’s replacementBoth sides are gearing up for a confirmation battle in the Senate after Trump names his nominee. Republicans have a narrow, 51-seat majority, and all eyes will be on a handful of Republicans who have been supportive of abortion rights, and on red-state Democrats facing re-election in November. Senators in each group will be under pressure to come over to the other side of the aisle.”It’s gonna be epic,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, which works to elect candidates who oppose abortion rights. “It will be cast as a pretty pivotal vote on the court on this issue and many, many others … We’ve been preparing for this fight for a very long time.”Hawkins said her group has more than 1,200 chapters around the country, and organizers will encourage members to lobby their senators during the confirmation process.Krasnoff, of Planned Parenthood, said abortion-rights advocates also will be lobbying senators to vote against any nominee seen as likely to overturn Roe.”President Trump and Mitch McConnell hold the balance of the court in their hands right now. And with it, they hold the right to safe and legal abortion,” Krasnoff said. “So we’re going to be getting that message out and making sure that the Senate rejects any nominee that opposes Roe v. Wade and the right to safe, legal abortion.”Speaking outside the Supreme Court on Thursday, Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice America urged abortion-rights supporters to reach out to lawmakers.”This is about all 100 senators hearing from people on a daily basis that they do not want people, women, families, criminalized,” Hogue said.While polling on abortion is difficult and yields mixed results depending on how the questions are asked, multiple polls suggest a majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal in at least some cases, particularly in early pregnancy.A battle for the courts — and in the courts If Trump is successful in pushing through a nominee who’s likely to overturn or erode Roe, the fight over the future of the decision could play out in several ways.Northup, of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said restrictive laws recently passed by several states could work their way to the Supreme Court. She points to what’s known as a “heartbeat bill” in Iowa, where state lawmakers recently approved one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation.The law, which is being challenged in the courts, bans the procedure after a heartbeat can be detected, which is often before a woman knows she is pregnant. Other states, including Mississippi and Louisiana, have banned abortion at 15 weeks’ gestation, and others have prohibited specific methods.”I think it’s going to be the early cutoff dates for abortion that you’re gonna be seeing going up to the court that could challenge Roe v. Wade, because Roe v. Wade and its cases that have followed have made clear that before the time of fetal viability it’s for the woman and her doctor to make the decision,” Northup said. “And these states have been passing laws trying to radically change that.”Back to the statesAt the final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Trump promised that if Roe is overturned, “It will go back to the states and the states will then make a determination.”That’s true, and it’s the goal of many abortion-rights opponents, some of whom downplay the idea that abortion could become illegal nationwide.”Without question, our goal is to overturn Roe v. Wade so that states are allowed to enact their own wills into law,” said Dannenfelser, of the Susan B. Anthony List.But states have a patchwork of laws, with red states tending to pass more restrictive abortion ones.Alexis Cole, an attorney and policy director at Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, said 17 states already have laws on the books that would heavily restrict or ban abortion if Roe were overturned. She notes that because of restrictive laws and limited access to abortion, women in many states already struggle to obtain the procedure, even under Roe.”It would no longer be a matter of traveling across your state; it would be a matter of traveling multiple states that would actually allow you to get an abortion,” Cole said. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

PoppJim Popp   President and CEO Johnson Financia

first_imgPoppJim Popp   President and CEO, Johnson Financial Group Inc. Employees: 1,200 johnsonbank.comAfter almost three decades working at JPMorgan Chase & Co., most recently as market president for Chase Bank in Wisconsin and Minnesota and managing director for Chase Middle Market Banking in Wisconsin, Jim Popp made the move to Racine-based Johnson Financial Group. Popp has served as president and chief executive officer of family-owned JFG, which includes Johnson Bank (assets of about $4.7 billion), Johnson Insurance and a wealth business ($10.5 billion in assets under management), since May 2017. BizTimes managing editor Molly Dill recently asked him about his vision for the company.PoppCredit: Lila Aryan PhotographyWhat changes have you made in your first year as CEO?“It’s performing really well and it’s a strong business. That being said, the industry’s changing dramatically. Our change and our evolution is something that’s going to be a consistent theme for us now and in the years to come.” How is being part of a family-owned bank different from being part of a corporate bank?“We are truly a local business. We don’t have to go to another city or another state or another country to make decisions about what we want to do. That’s pretty unique, certainly in the banking business, and in the financial industry.”With the 2016 acquisition of Cleary Gull Advisors, JFG increased its emphasis on wealth management. Why?“The demographics of the population in this country are there’s a lot of opportunity in the investment advisory business. Cleary Gull was a top-tier shop in Milwaukee where the partnership was a really great fit with Johnson Financial Group. We’re excited about where they sit today and we’re excited about the future in the wealth business.”Do you have any new branches planned?“We don’t necessarily have new branches planned. What we spend a lot of time doing is evaluating the branches we have today and continuing to make them more relevant in terms of what our customer base is looking for. It’s upgrading the technology. It’s adding what our customers are looking for.”The most recent Federal Reserve numbers indicate commercial and industrial lending standards are a little looser than in years past. Are you seeing a lot of C&I loan demand and competition?“I think we’re seeing both. The market continues to plow forward, the economy is doing really well, we’re seeing our customers across our footprints expanding their businesses and growing their businesses, which generally involves a need for capital. It’s also very competitive. If you’re a bank that’s not doing well today, then I think you’re doing something wrong. They all have capital and are looking very actively to deploy that capital in the form of commercial loans.”A few area banks are increasing their profiles downtown with new buildings and prominent signage. Does Johnson Bank have plans to increase its downtown Milwaukee presence?“We’ve been in Milwaukee and we’ve had a presence in the city for years and years. Milwaukee is a very hot market right now certainly in the state. There’s a lot of great things going on in Milwaukee. We will continue to look at ways to expand our presence and be more active in Milwaukee.”Is there opportunity for Johnson Bank with the nearby Foxconn Technology Group development?“If Foxconn continues to happen as it’s happening right now and continues to grow and gain momentum, it will be a catalyst for an enormous lift in the southeast corner of the state. I think that will give us all opportunities to do business in terms of retail business, private banking business, mortgage business … certainly as people come to town and there are more jobs in southeast Wisconsin.”  Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

DaughertyLast updated on July 3rd 2019 at 0710 p

first_imgDaughertyLast updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:10 pmKnown as Miller Park since it opened in 2001, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers will get a new name in 2021.The Brewers announced recently that the new naming rights sponsor for the stadium will be Madison-based American Family Insurance. The 15-year deal will run through 2036. The new name for the stadium is yet to be determined. The agreement also calls for the Brewers and American Family to collaboratively fund community projects, likely in the area of education, and one focused specifically on refurbishing youth and high school baseball fields.The $40 million Brewers stadium naming rights deal with MillerCoors LLC expires after the 2020 season. Financial terms of the new deal with American Family were not disclosed. A statement from Chicago-based MillerCoors said American Family made the Brewers “an incredibly rich offer for the future naming rights of Miller Park.”MillerCoors products will continue to be served throughout the stadium even after its name is removed from the building.“We appreciate the historical commitment of MillerCoors and Miller Brewing Co. to Milwaukee, our city, and to our team, and while the naming rights will pass in 2021, we know our relationship with MillerCoors is strong,” said Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger. “We look forward to the next two years with MillerCoors and we look forward to strengthening our relationship for years to come.”With the end of the MillerCoors sponsorship agreement nearing, the Brewers approached American Family last summer to discuss the possibility of being the naming rights sponsor for the ballpark, American Family chairman and chief executive officer Jack Salzwedel said.The stadium naming rights deal is part of American Family Insurance’s plans to dramatically expand its presence in Milwaukee, Salzwedel said. In 2017, the company became the title sponsor for Summerfest and the naming rights sponsor for the main stage amphitheater at Henry Maier Festival Park.The company also plans to have an office building in downtown Milwaukee in two to three years, Salzwedel said. Multiple sites are being considered for the firm’s Milwaukee office, which could be in a new or existing building, he said.“(The naming rights for the Brewers’ ballpark) fits with an overall Milwaukee strategy that we have been working on for probably about a year,” Salzwedel said. “It involves building a fairly large building down in the core of the city, and a strategy that includes more jobs, and jobs in the software engineering and data science area. We’ve been working very closely with the mayor to try and look at different sites and opportunities for us in the City of Milwaukee. We announced to our leadership group…that we are committed to building a building, or having a building, in downtown Milwaukee…This (Brewers stadium naming rights deal) is just part of an overall strategy that includes a building, includes employees, jobs, it includes the (ballpark) naming rights, it includes (the) Summerfest (sponsorship). Our commitment to Milwaukee has never been stronger.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

This movement known as Methodism was and is de

first_imgThis movement, known as “Methodism”, was and is deeply spiritual with its emphasis on free will and individual grace. In its enthusiasm to reform the Anglican church, however, it became, in the late 18th century, its own Protestant denomination, the Methodist Episcopal Church, with its own priestly ordination and unique worship traditions (Charles Wesley alone is said to have composed over 6,000 hymns – hence his attribution in the Old North plaque as the “sweet sage of evangelical Anglicanism and poet of jubilant Methodism”).The Wesley brothers’ movement made its first permanent home in Boston in 1795 in “a most obscure place in the North part of the town”, on a byway from the wharves known for generations as “Methodist’s Alley” (now Hanover Avenue). The two-story wooden building, simple, yet distinctly Federalist in design, does not survive, as the community moved to a larger building on North Bennet Street in 1828 (which became the Freewill Baptist Church in 1850, when First Methodist moved yet again into a Unitarian church, built just a few years before, on the site of “New Brick” near the corner of Hanover and Richmond Streets). Even though the move was to a more prominent location, with more foot traffic and public sites like schools, the North End Methodist community was mostly made up of individuals and families on the lower rungs of the city’s socioeconomic ladder, and thus it relied heavily on donations from wealthier congregations and individuals outside of the neighborhood to fund its North End mission.It’s worth going into some detail about a Methodist presence in the North End from the start, because its activity in the area helps to illustrate the look and feel of the North End in the first half of the 19th century, an era hard to visualize today, architecturally speaking, as the Freedom Trail and other patterns of historic preservation make visitors switch off between the Colonial era and 1900 with every step.The overwhelming presence of late 19th century tenement construction suggests that in the early 1800s, changes to the Colonial layout of the North End were not yet so drastic, at least in terms of living space and the general scale of its streets and buildings, though, of course, the expansion and industrialization of the waterfront beginning in the 1820s had set the Colonial-era cottages and townhouse inland, enclosed by a ring of bulky factories and storage sites. Many of the older structures were themselves now bursting at the seams with additions and people. The city could keep track of the tax-paying building owners, but borders remained nameless and impossible to really count. It was hard to get a grip on the situation and keep up with the needs and wants of residents without a name.The sad irony was that the small size and intimate design of the historic homes from the 1600s and 1700s now emphasized the area’s poverty, with the gardens and orchards of pre-Revolutionary times used as storerooms in the open, or covered up by additional living space. The area’s decline was so marked that almost all the North End’s Colonial buildings were sacrificed around 1900 to create an even greater supply of cheap housing stock. The North End as we know it begins in this era, as a modern brick jungle, now gentrified, but proud of its tenement roots.The long, curving street connecting North Square to today’s City Hall Plaza went by different names at different points during the early 1800s. The tract running by Faneuil Hall and the modern Greenway was known as Ann Street, as it intersected with Union Street, named in honor of the Acts of Union between England and Scotland during the reign of Queen Ann. Skirting the marketplace, the street attracted a transient population, including commercial travelers, seamen, new arrivals to the city, both foreign and domestic, and others trying to make it in a trade, even that of the flesh, immortalized in a police report as the work of the “nymphs of Ann Street”, routinely rounded up but never completely disbanded.As one of the gateways to the North End, this drag of streetwalkers, grog shops, and boarding houses, known as “The Black Sea”, did indeed cast a dark shadow over the entire area, forcing other types of community establishments to uproot, including some of the neighborhood’s historic religious congregations. Proper Bostonians had strong ties to the churches of their forefathers, but, as one Unitarian congregation found out, some were now reluctant to appear “so ungenteel as to attend worship in the North End”. The solution in most cases was to move the mountain to Mahomet, in a manner of speaking, which is why North End congregations with 17th century roots like those of Second Church and First Baptist are now in the Back Bay.At century’s end, in 1900, most North End churches were Roman Catholic, with a few meeting halls actively used for worship and instruction by Jews. First Methodist also left its second home on Hanover Street in the early 1870s, but in name, only: the winds of change took its English speaking congregants elsewhere, and North End Methodists now lived and preached the Gospel in Italian in the Seamen’s Hall at 287 Hanover Street.Other American Protestant establishments, including those of the Baptists, Unitarians, Universalists, and Episcopalians, followed suit. Missions, however, were by nature ephemeral, and little if anything of these faith-based programs survives: for example, the former St. Francis Chapel on Salem Street (now the Old North gift shop), the sign for the North End Union, a Unitarian settlement house, and more plaques on otherwise nameless building facades. An amazing exception is right before our eyes, however, in North Square, where two brick buildings cast a long shadow of history across the modern Freedom Trail. Their message, however, was not freedom of speech, but freedom from sin. Together, they are a moving testament to the vision and legacy of Methodism to the North End.For nearly fifty years, North Square had no building designed and built for use as a house of worship. British troops had torn down the Second Church in 1776, and on its site stood brick townhouses. The square – actually more of a triangle then, and trapezoidal today – was small but functional, with a water pump (or relief station, like a hydrant), hitching posts (horse parking), space for itinerant markets, and, more than anything, large patches of sunlight that did not always reach the ground of the narrow streets nearby (though some visitors lamented the removal of the trees from Colonial times).Around 1830, a fire in the North Square area induced the city to widen some of the streets leading into the square, leading to the demolition of older structures, including the great mansions of Clark and Hutchinson on Garden Court Street. Happily, other old buildings, including the house of Paul Revere, built ca. 1680, remained standing. The area now contained a mix of commercial buildings and townhouses, rather like the older areas of Charlestown or what once existed in the Financial District and West End. This redevelopment also brought a church back to North Square, but with older churches standing nearby, it was funded and staffed as a mission church, as its first pastor put it, “where the fish ran”.Seamen’s Bethel on North Square, ca. 1860 (Boston Public Library)The odd phrasing in a sense is not strictly metaphoric. The church was put in North Square in order to be visible from the wharves. Its square tower was topped with a mast from which flew an enormous banner with the word “BETHEL”. Identical flags were raised in other ports like Salem and New Bedford, and hoisted to the masts of ships to signal a religious service on board. Like a non-profit of today, the Seamen’s Bethel’s mission was outreach to mariners and their families residing or passing through Boston. Various Boston denominations backed this form of outreach, but the Seamen’s Bethel in North Square is unique as explicitly non-denominational, a sort of joint venture among a “union” of Protestant churches that owed much of its success to its charismatic pastor, Edward Thompson Taylor, or “Father Taylor,” (1783-1871), a Virginia-born former sailor who found a spiritual calling in the Methodist Episcopal Church.Bust of Edward T. Taylor in the Mariner’s HouseFr. Taylor’s first North End congregation held its prayer meetings and other services in the “cradle of Boston Methodism”, the now-vacant chapel on Methodist Alley. The building could not hold the crowds, however, and even a taxing schedule of four Sunday services could not provide a long-term solution to crowd management “on one of the obscurest lanes in the city”. The Methodist backers of Taylor’s mission church sent Taylor on several fundraising campaigns outside of Boston, even abroad, but major financial assistance to build a new mission church was secured closer to home from rich and influential Bostonians of other church denominations, especially Unitarian, so that the church was run independently, as a charity, under the auspices of the Port Society of the City of Boston and its Vicinity (the Boston Port Society). The church was Methodist in its prayer meetings, music program, and drive toward a “perfect” Christian life, but truly ecumenical in outreach and reception.The church Taylor built at a cost of $24,000 with donated funds was plain but sturdy, using post and lintel construction in granite and brick for the ground floor, and brick for the upper part of the building, the actual meeting hall. Like older houses or worship in New England, it had a square brick belfry embedded into the building’s facade, but no steeple except, at one point, a little pyramid-like roof. Light streamed into the front staircases, upper atrium, and hall through tall windows of plain glass, many arched. It is harder to reconstruct the building interior, but contemporary witnesses describe an “open” pulpit on tall wooden pillars with cushions in maroon velvet, a donation from the Chambers Street Unitarian Church.Fr. Taylor’s Pulpit in the Mariner’s House.Next to this, on a much lower level, was the altar, also of wood. On the far wall opposite the sanctuary space, above the doorways into the hall, was a choir gallery with organ (at times accompanied by other musical instruments). The rectangular hall itself could accommodate about six hundred people, for the most part seated on long wooden benches at either side of a central corridor. Side corridors also led to additional seats, and stairs in the back to even more seating in the galleries built up along the long walls of the church.Detail of Brass Plaque on Fr. Taylor’s Pulpit.Taylor, however, was known to put people wherever they could fit, even on the steps to the pulpit, with priority always to seamen and their families, seated front and center (visitors sat in the side pews). There was no fee to attend the church – it was an open parish – and apparently fully integrated and welcoming to all, regardless of skin color, nationality, or creed (a number of Taylor’s assistants – his “Hebrews” were foreign, and he preached openly against bigotry in its many forms, once with the pity observation that, if Catholics and tobacco-users (among others) should be excluded from the Gospel message, “Christ’s mission was a failure. It’s a pity he even came”). Other notable features of Taylor’s bethel include not one, but two baptismal fonts. One was a gift from a Charlestown Navy Yard commander, and made from the timber of Old Ironsides. The other vessel was in silver, also a gift from a wealthy benefactor. Taylor let sailors choose which one they would like to use. Provided to Taylor as well by community largesse was a hefty Bible for use in the pulpit, though his sermons were largely off-the-cuff. This might be the Bible of the period now on display in the Mariner’s House on North Square.19th century Bible in Mariner’s House, possibly Fr. Taylor’s.Aside from these instruments for worship, and some fine chandeliers donated from a local Masonic lodge, the church interior was clean and sturdy, without any of the statues and frescoes and stained glass panels that decorate it today. Though Taylor himself declared that he did not want “arches and draperies and columns” for “his house”, an altarpiece does seem to have been hung at some point on the wall behind the altar and pulpit, below a window with curtains. This was an oil painting of an American ship on stormy seas, navigating to a safe harbor, symbolized by a large golden anchor shining above the waters, like a cross in the sky, and the Angel of Mercy parting the clouds. Charles Dickens, however, describes the backdrop of the altar as “printed drapery of a lively and somewhat theatrical appearance”.Though the bethel’s constitution permitted ministers of other denominations to use the building, Taylor was always the institution’s big draw, preaching on Sundays and at Saturday evening prayer services, a cherished Methodist tradition. Marriages, baptisms, and funerals were held during these meetings, or separately. As a charitable society, however, the church sponsored many other initiatives, administered in the many rooms on the ground floor below the hall.Many of these good works were devoted to helping women and children, like a provisions shop, the Seamen’s Boarding House and Clothing Store, for sailors’ families and others in need, a clothing factory that employed women and daughters of sailors, a school for both children and adults, a sewing circle for female members of the Seamen’s Aid Society, a library with religious reading material, and meeting space for social gatherings under the aegis of a church (church lodgings were in another building or buildings nearby). Many of these initiatives moved across the square to the newly-built Mariner’s House in the late 1840s. The bethel also leased out commercial space for additional income, and had the use of several buildings nearby for temperance lodgings and Fr. Taylor’s own residence.Fr. Taylor’s mission enjoyed decades of success, including the creation under the auspices of a sister organization, The Seamen’s Aid Society, of a temperance boarding house – a dry house, with curfew and chapel services – called the Mariner’s House, located on the opposite side of North Square. Built of brick and granite with many Greek Revival and other decorative elements, the building opened in 1847 and is one of the oldest continually operating lodgings for sailors in the United States.The Bethel had Taylor, and Taylor had the Bethel, and so it went on for decades, from 1828 until his retirement from active ministry in 1868. The North Street Bethel, not quite forty years old, was experiencing no longer its own growing pains, but those of the district. The North End in the 1870s was predominately populated by Jews and Roman Catholics. As collegial as Taylor had been to Bishop Fitzpatrick, leader of the Boston diocese, and his priests in neighboring Roman Catholic missions, there was no getting around issues of doctrine and that many new residents, non-English speakers, could not heed Taylor’s call, and when Taylor himself crossed the bar in 1871, the congregation went adrift in what was no longer so much the “Black Sea”, but that of the sunny Mediterranean.Taylor Family Grave in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Roslindale.Methodists of the era attribute the closure of the Bethel in the early 1880s not to a lack of “Methodist zeal”, but rather from the congregation’s financial feebleness and changes in the maritime industry that brought fewer sailors to its door. For several years, the Bethel stood vacant, though Methodist services continued to be held in the chapel of the Mariner’s House, as well as in Cockerel Hall on Hanover Street, which became the public face of Methodism in the North End.Cockerel Hall with Sailor’s Clubhouse, ca. 1960 (Photo: Boston Public Library)Church-run missions continued in operation in rented halls next to newer dock areas at some distance from North Square. In fact, church buildings all over the North End now were changing hands from Protestant to Protestant, Protestant to Jewish – and above all Protestant to Catholic. Already in Taylor’s time, one of the Bethel’s closest neighbors was the St. Stephen’s rectory. In 1884, another Catholic group approached the now-united Boston Port and Seamen’s Aid Society seeking to purchase the Bethel building for Catholic use. To a Methodist, it might have seemed not at all strange that there was not a priest among them. The Bishop of Boston –and soon thereafter, the Vatican, on the other hand, viewed the whole affair with deep suspicion. The next mission to operate out of the building would not have so benign a welcome as Fr. Taylor’s had been to the North End fifty years before.Jessica Dello Russo is a native North Ender and daughter of regular contributor Dr. Nicholas Dello Russo. A graduate of the Vatican’s Institute for Archaeology, she now directs an archaeological foundation in Boston, the International Catacomb Society. This is the second installation of Jessica Dello Russo’s “Brethren, Bethel, And Basilica”, following part one.Inside the only surviving Colonial-era house of worship in Boston’s North End, today’s Christ Church or “Old North”, a modern plaque on the wall close by the door to the vestry (below a bust of George Washington) states that Charles Wesley, M.A., an Anglican priest, preached to the congregation and assisted with Holy Communion over several Sundays in the fall of 1736, when Christ Church was barely a decade old.Charles Wesley plaque in Old North ChurchWesley’s name is rarely mentioned in the same breath as Paul Revere during church tours, but he too, in a different way, helped start a revolution. In Wesley’s case, the cause was saving the soul of England’s church, into which he, his brother John (also an Anglican cleric) and colleague George Whitefield, sought to infuse a new energy through the practice of certain “methods” of piety that they believed restored to Christianity the joyous hope of salvation through belief in Jesus Christ.*Advertisement*last_img read more


first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “For now, I don’t have an idea yet if Capitol will push through with the borrowing,” Magpale said.In her turnover speech last June, Garcia said Cebu province was “debt free” since she started her first term in 2004.She said the province financial status also improved with P28.1 billion in assets, P615 million in income and bank accounts of over USD $517,000 and  P791.4 million. Correspondent Peter L. RomanillosRead Next LOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, Pateros SMC bags Bulacan airport project He said under the proposed budget for next year, P11 million is allocated for  loan interest alone.Rodas said the province has a P500 million budget deficit due to P600 million worth of liabilities incurred from infrastructure projects. These projects were not approved by the Provincial Board (PB).FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal“The deficit is our cash available versus the payables. We cannot pay everything because we lack the money,” Rodas said.“The cash can also be used for other needs such as our operational expenses. We are still holding discussions on what to prioritize,” he added. Firm urged to explain delay in MRT 7 construction Court of Appeals also damaged; school building offered for courts Taipei to offer migrant workers free medical checks, haircutscenter_img Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros In his budget message for next year’s proposed annual budget before the PB, Gov. Hilario Davide III said the cash deficit was caused by the payables incurred by his predecessor, former Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia.MORE STORIESnewsinfoConstruction of Makati subway to start in DecembernewsinfoCops sent to ensure lotto outlets in Cebu are closednewsinfoNetizen asks Isko Moreno’s help over flooded footbridge in Calamba CityMORE STORIESnewsinfoConstruction of Makati subway to start in DecembernewsinfoCops sent to ensure lotto outlets in Cebu are closednewsinfoNetizen asks Isko Moreno’s help over flooded footbridge in Calamba CityThe amount of payables also prompted Davide to propose a “leaner annual budget” worth P2.59 billion or P1 billion lower than this year’s P3.6 billion budget.Aside from borrowing, Davide said he will also consider defunding vacant positions in the provincial government which is budgeted in the general fund.Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale yesterday said borrowing money is “understandable” since the present administration didn’t enjoy a budget surplus similar to the first days of the Garcia administration.She said the former governor inherited P2 billion from the administration of former governor Lito Osmeña.ADVERTISEMENT Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again View comments THE Cebu provincial government is considering to borrow P200 million to pay part of its P600 million payables, the budget office said yesterday.“There is a big possibility that we will avail of the credit line facility. If our finances get tight by the end of the year, we will borrow,” Provincial Budget Officer Danilo Rodas said.ADVERTISEMENT PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension 4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental town Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable againlast_img read more

The Tokyo High Court ruled in favor of the victims

first_imgThe Tokyo High Court ruled in favor of the victims’ associationSegye Times, Tokyo correspondent Yong-ch’ul Kim   Published in Korea on November 14, 2014) A ruling awarding large compensations to Unification Church members abducted and confined at home by family members for long periods of time and forced to convert to another religion was made. The ruling pointed out that illegally forcing someone to convert to another religion under the pretext of ‘family conversation’ goes against the freedom of religion.According to a statement released on the 14th by the “Nationwide Association of Victims of Abduction, Confinement and Forced Conversion”, the Tokyo High Court ruled on the 13th in favor of the association’s representative, Mr. Toru Goto (後藤徹, 51). The plaintiff, Mr. Goto, won the compensation lawsuit filed against his older brother, his sister-in-law and his younger sister for abducting, confining and forcing Mr. Goto over long periods of time to convert to another religion.The High Court heard that from 1995 to 2008, Mr. Goto’s older brother, his sister-in-law, his younger sister and Mr. A abducted Mr. Goto in a Tokyo Mansion for 12 years and ruled that this amounted to kidnapping and “an unlawful suppression of freedom of action”. The High Court ordered the 3 family members to pay a compensation of 22 million Yen (2.2 million US$). Regarding Mr A, a religious conversion veteran, the High Court mentioned that “[At the instigation of Mr. Goto’s family, he] restricted Mr. Goto’s freedom, abetted and forced the withdrawal from the Unification Church.” Mr. A was ordered to pay 11 million Yen (1.1 million US$) in compensation.The victims’ association mentioned that “contrary to the first trial, where the defendant’s arguments were partially adopted, this ruling has punished activities aimed at abduction, confinement and forced conversion. From the point of view of religious freedom, this is a noteworthy event.”last_img read more

FFWPU South America On May 17 an event centering

first_imgFFWPU South America: On May 17, an event centering on International Family’s Day was held in Lima and TRUJILLO Head quarters. We talked about the importance of the family in this time under the UN slogan. There were awards to the families who strove to maintain unity and harmony in their families. And new Ambassadors for Peace were appointed.WFWP Peru hold a Women and Family Event, under the theme “The Role of Women and the Importance of the Family”. At this event we had a sisterhood and brotherhood ceremony. And Mrs. Patricia Contador, wife of Congressman Yonny Lescano was one of the participants.We also had 1-Day Home Group Workshop and Home Group Manual and togther withg the Divine Principle were given to Home Group leaders.last_img read more

Morning Report Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGre

first_img Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ More: Latest From Our Partners [Pics] He Wins The Money, She Runs His World Tie Breaker This Might Be The Hardest WWE Quiz You Ever Take Quizscape Recommended by [Photos] Most Dangerous Species On The Planet Science 101 MMA Fighting ProMax 440 BJJ GI Accessories Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series Standard Ranked Rashguard New CGI Renderings Show What Historical Figures… History 101 King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Gloves Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Standard BJJ Gi Lockdown duffle bag Gordon Ryan Competition Kitcenter_img Hans Nijman, a kickboxer and pro wrestler in Japan who fought in the now-legendary Pride Open Weight Grand Prix tournament in 2000, was shot to death on Wednesday while in his car in front of a gym he partially owned in Beverwijk, Holland, according to multiple Dutch media reports.Nijman was 55.There was conjecture the shooting was mob related. It took place just before 10 p.m. local time that night. People in the area reported hearing shots from automatic weapons.  Two vehicles were later found on fire at a car park that was then sealed off. Dutch news sources labeled it a gangland killing.It was reported in the local media regarding the death that Nijman’s name had come up in a number of investigations into drug dealing and blackmail. He was also reportedly linked with Dino Soerel, who is reputed to be an Amsterdam crime boss.The killing came at a time when Fred Ros, who knew Nijman from his gym, was testifying for the government in a major gangland trial in Amsterdam.Nos TV in Holland reported that another former kickboxer, pro wrestler and MMA fighter, Dick Vrij, who co-owned the Top Team gym, was in voluntary police custody after learning over the summer that his life could be in danger.Nijman and Vrij were part of the group of Amersterdam kickboxers who made their names as pro wrestlers for the RINGS organization in Japan, which was a monthly fixture in the 90s on the WOWOW Channel, a Japanese equivalent to HBO or Showtime. They were among the regular stars for the group which also included a number of fighters who later transitioned into MMA like Kiyoshi Tamura, Tsuyoshi Kosaka and Volk Han, and was also the organization that legendary Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler Alexander Karelin once performed in.Nijman was one of the major stars with the group in the 90s. When RINGS made the transition from doing predetermined matches to doing non-predetermined matches, Nijman won three of his four fights with the group, even though he was nearly 40.In 1999, after Pride started, Nijman, like eventually happened with future stars like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko, was signed away from RINGS.But he only fought once in Pride, on January 30, 2000, losing via submission to Kazuyuki Fujita in the first round of the World Grand Prix tournament at the Tokyo Dome.  This was the tournament that Mark Coleman ended up winning, and where Kazushi Sakuraba beat Royce Gracie in their legendary 90 minute match in second round of the tournament.  He did some MMA fights for the next few years. In his final fight, at the age of 43, he lost via armbar to Cheick Kongo on June 8, 2003, in Amsterdam. Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Early Signs Of Multiple Myeloma. Search For Is Multiple… Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement NHL Mount Rushmores by Team Stadium Talk Screenshot Apparel More From Good Night Tee Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Latest From MMA Warehouse Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Sale Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson Sponsored Content Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs inlast_img read more

Which is More Dangerous MMA or Football

first_img Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Robert Whittaker hails ‘Wonderboy’ the best ‘outside fighter’ in MMA Bellator MMA fightsHow can you not love Liam McGeary? He’s a man of few words (just check out our interview with him), but he’s a damn good fighter, and submitting even a faded Tito Ortiz is no joke. He’ll have to work really hard on his takedown defense because Phil Davis is a terrific wrestler AND a great grappler who is far and away better than anyone he’s faced before.Ortiz’s frustration was very evident when he tapped out, as he’d just escaped the armbar seconds before Liam slapped on the inverted triangle. That was probably his last chance at any major MMA belt, and he managed the longest non-retirement interview speech I’ve ever heard, so maybe that means he’s not going to retire.Phil Davis looked damn good tonight. He dominated Emanuel Newton and submitted him with a nasty kimura, then crushed last-minute replacement Francis Carmont with a great leaping left hook. We’ve never really seen Davis throw that kind of heat on the feet, so just the fact that he got two impressive finishes in his Bellator debut makes him a big winner tonight.For a fleeting moment, Tim Burke’s asinine prediction of Francis Carmont winning the Bellator tournament had a real shot of coming true. Thank you to Mr. Wonderful for preventing Tim from being able to gloat to the staff about awesome he is at predictions. He sucks at them.Rough break for Muhammed Lawal to suffer a rib injury in his fight with Linton Vassell, which forced him to withdraw from the final. His striking looked sharp against Vassell, but he couldn’t finish the tough Englishman, whose ability to not get KO’d was impressive but not to the point where the CSAC officials could medically clear him. Maybe time for Tito vs. King Mo?Josh Thomson’s win over Mike Bronzoulis wasn’t particularly exciting, but it was effective, dominant, and he got his first submission finish in 5 years with a great arm-triangle choke. He thanked his hometown fans and noted that this could be the last time he fights in San Jose. If the end is near for Thomson then at least give him one more title run.For whatever reason, the canvas was ultra slippery and several guys on the main card and prelims were falling and tripping like crazy. I don’t know if there was a mix-up and arena officials thought this was a showcase of Bellator MMA and the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.GLORY kickboxingI enjoyed the main event rematch between Saulo Cavalari and Zack Mwekassa, and while I thought Mwekassa deserved the nod, I’m not educated enough in the field of kickboxing to scream “robbery”, so you’ll have to excuse me there. Perhaps Cavalari’s heavy kicking game weighed more in the eyes of the judges than Mwekassa’s body work and punches. GLORY’s ring announcer for the main event messed up his cue so many times. ALRIGHT! ALRIGHT! ALRIGHT! ALRIGHT! ALRIGHT! It’s almost as if he was doing “Hey Ya” by Outkast.Definitely can’t remember Cavalari getting warned for holding before the referee abruptly docked a point. Between that and the high kick knockdown-ruled-slip, it made things closer and it ended up as a majority decision instead of unanimous.Paul Daley isn’t consistently exciting anymore. There I said it. He’s exciting in bursts, but not enough to sustain over the course of a fight that lasts longer than a round, including in kickboxing. Fernando Gonzalez had virtually no kickboxing experience and even though Daley got the win, it wasn’t a dominant performance. “Semtex” had a solid kicking game but never really let his hands go. To me, it was underwhelming.We didn’t need to see Hadley Griffith get routed by Keri Melendez other than the name value of the latter being the wife of Giblert Gilbert Melendez. This was a squash match and it played out as such. I guess Griffith gets marks for not getting knocked down.This happened on the prelims.Jose Palacios ring entrance fail— caposa (@GrabakaHitman) September 19, 2015 In this Storystream Bellator and Glory present Dynamite: Full event coverage September 19 Mwekassa slams ‘disrespectful’ Gokhan Saki UFC 240: Fights to make Lockdown duffle bag Good Night Tee Bloody Elbow Standard Ranked Rashguard Standard BJJ Gi Gordon Ryan Competition Kit White: McGregor didn’t like my comments about Masvidal being ‘too big’ for him Accessories Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler fight card Latest From MMA Warehouse Apparel Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Bellator: Dynamite 1 implies that we will have more Dynamite shows to look forward to down the line. Tonight’s inaugural edition is in the books, and after a huge entrance, the card started slowly but finished strongly with rather surprising finishes in the co-main and main events. Liam McGeary kept his unbeaten record intact by submitting Tito Ortiz with a great inverted triangle choke at the end of round 1. It’s the first time since the 20th century that Tito Ortiz had tapped to anything, so even at 40 years old and clearly past his best, it’s a big feather in McGeary’s cap. I definitely look forward to his fight with Phil Davis, who won the LHW tournament.I’ve segmented the analysis thoughts into three categories, as to make things easier for the reader. Overall, I rate this card a 7/10 when taking into account fight quality, production values, quality, and the big announcement that was made on the broadcast.Bellator: Dynamite production quality Fedor is back. The actual process of the whole “landscape changing” announcement unveiling was kinda clumsy, but we know where Fedor Emelianenko is headed. He’ll be headlining a NYE show in Japan (on tape delay in the US) on Spike TV, but it won’t be for Bellator MMA. The consensus greatest heavyweight ever reunited with former PRIDE boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara, who is back in the MMA business and starting a new global MMA promotion. It’s a two-fight exclusive deal (per Ariel Helwani), and no opponent or further details are known beyond that, but no doubt Spike TV is thrilled to have Fedor on board for what will be billed as a mega-event in Tokyo. (BE NIGHT CREW ASSEMBLE?!)Was the whole thing cheesy? Maybe. But Bellator’s big events under Scott Coker have felt like big shows. The in-arena fireworks, the voice of Lenne Hardt, the grand entrances with the ramps towards the cage, it all felt like a bigger show than it probably was. If you are a PRIDE mark, then this was a nice moment of nostalgia for you, although I thought Lenne Hardt (somehow) overdid it with her intros.The pacing wasn’t that good and we ended up with great moments of television like Jimmy Smith interviewing that woman from The Biggest Loser, who has a brand new awful show on Spike. It felt like they sped up the process in the final hour of the show, and maybe the finishes helped a bit with my perception of the broadcast.For someone who hasn’t been immersed in the sport as others have, Sean Grande has come into his own as the new voice of Bellator MMA. Ranallo, Quadros, and Smith were all their usual fine selves on Bellator/Glory, but Grande is doing quite well in his new gig. He won’t ever be Sean Wheelock, but he’s a steady hand right now and I believe he’ll continue to get better.Historically, Bellator hasn’t really ever attempted to mention the UFC even in passing. Tonight? They went full throttle with UFC mentions. All of the commentators talked about something related to the UFC, whether it was Phil Davis stopping Glover Teixeira’s UFC title shot, Gilbert Melendez’s suspension for steroids, spotlighting UFC fighters in attendance like B.J. Penn, or just plain highlighting the successes and failures of former UFC fighters who competed on tonight’s show. It was refreshing. The UFC never mentions other competitors unless they’ve already absorbed them and they’re talked about in the past tense, so it was a surprise to me to see Bellator willingly go all-out with UFC talk.The host of the show, whose name I can’t remember but definitely begins with Jordan, did a good job with her interviews and emceeing the whole program, and I wouldn’t be against her hosting Bellator shows on a more frequent basis.All in all, Dynamite concept is good in theory, but wasn’t executed as well as it could have been as far as fight bookings, TV pacing, and length of broadcast. 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