It’s time for the Church of England to lay down the law on marriage

first_imgThe Telegraph 16 February 2017Family First Comment: Superb commentary: “People in society expect the Church to believe and teach the Bible. What other authority can the Church have? … The undeniable truth is that the Church can’t give its blessing to same-sex marriages when its sole source of authority does not.”Wednesday’s vote in Synod was not a victory for the LGBT lobby. In whatever way that vote in synod is spun, the real issue is not about same-sex marriage but about the authority of the Bible in the Church of England.The effect of the vote is that there is no change in doctrine or practice. Marriage remains, as it has for all Christendom, a lifelong union between a man and a woman.This moment presents a great opportunity for the House of Bishops to embrace that truth and to act to uphold it firmly within the Church, disciplining those who would seek to abandon the authority of the Bible, and whose actions will eventually bring down the Church by actively denying that truth.The Bishops’ Report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships was in danger of weakening the Church’s teaching. It sought to hold together two positions that are irreconcilable – the orthodox position holding to the teaching of Jesus Christ, and the alternative which seeks to revise his teaching by insisting on acceptance of same-sex marriage.People in society expect the Church to believe and teach the Bible. What other authority can the Church have?Moreover, God’s people are called to be “set apart” and clergy are supposed to be examples to their people. Today, however, a crucial faultline has opened up in the Church of England because it has permitted those who openly defy the teaching of Jesus into positions of authority and influence. Male clergy who declare to Synod their “marriages” to other men are applauded, despite the fact that this is directly contrary to the Church’s own teaching.READ MORE: read more

BHS student named Lilly Endowment recipient

first_imgRipley County, In. — The Ripley County Community Foundation proudly announced George Ritter as Ripley County’s 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. George will receive full tuition for 4 years and a $900 per year book stipend to the Indiana College or University of his choice.George Ritter is the son of Jade and Elizabeth Ritter and is a senior at Batesville High School. Although he does not know which college he wishes to attend yet, he plans on going into chemical engineering. Along with being a top student at his high school, George participates in National Honor Society, Drama Club, is a member of the Track and Field team, serves as a tutor and participates in the St. Louis Mission Team.The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is one of the most competitive and prestigious scholarships offered by the Ripley County Community Foundation. Candidates are evaluated on grades, extra-curricular activities, test scores, community involvement, and must write multiple essays to give the committee a better understanding of the student. The selection committee is composed of Ripley County residents representing all areas of the county. During the evaluation process, the committee is not given names of the applicants or the schools they attend and during the final interviews, the student is only introduced by their first name.  This provides for as much objectivity as possible. Once the Ripley County Community Foundation scholarship committee had chosen and interviewed the finalists, the candidate’s applications were sent to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient.Each of the four finalists will receive a Ripley County Community Scholarship in the sum of $2,000 in their freshman year and a Grateful Families Scholarship and a Jane Deiwert Scholarship in their Sophmore year.  The four finalists are: Alyssa Brinkman, Trey Heidlage, Sarah Preston, and Chloe Shaw.Alyssa Brinkman is the daughter of Jane and Daniel Brinkman and is a senior at Milan High School. Alyssa is her class president, valedictorian, and participates in swimming and beauty pageants. Trey Heidlage is the son of Julia and Robert Heidlage and is a senior at Batesville High School. Trey is Co-Captain of the Varsity Basketball team, a member of student council, and an active member of his church. Sarah Preston is the daughter of Beth and Robert Preston and is a senior at Oldenburg Academy. Sarah is National Honor Society President, Captain of the Varsity tennis team, a member Academy Singers, and a member of The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. Chloe Shaw is the daughter of Amy and Steve Shaw and is a senior at Batesville High School. Chloe is Treasurer of the Key Club, a Math Center Peer Tutor, a member of the Dance Team, and a member of Senior Leadership Committee.The Ripley County Community Foundation congratulates George Ritter and the four Ripley County Community Scholars for their hard work and achievements.last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal County Childcare Team has revealed it has received requests from 530 families for presents for more than 1,300 children this Christmas.Percy with Donegal County Childcare Committee last year. Pic Clive WassonLast weekend the DCCC revealed it was saddened at not being in a position to meet all family’s requests such was the huge volume of requests.The team at Donegal County Childcare are delighted with the generous response to the Presents for Percy Appeal since the publication of the open letter by DCCC Manager Avril Mc Monagle on Sunday last on Donegal Daily. Avril said since Monday morning at 9am, members of the public have been dropping by the DCCC Office to lend a hand. We have had everything from small pocket money donations from children to larger donations from businesses.Transition year students from a secondary school in Falcarrgh are organasing a fundraiser as a school project, shop workers have set up collection boxes and local businesses have pledged donations.Anonymous individuals have made online donations, young people will be collecting outside a nightclub in Letterkenny at the weekend and Supervalue have put a number of collection points at different branches in place.Avril’s letter has been viewed almost 15,000 times on the DCCC Facebook page and has been shared widely. Unlike other appeals for general toys, the Presents for Percy Appeal is unique as it aims to respond to the actual preferred Santa choices of children themselves.DCCC and the 19 organisations operating as distributers for the appeal, actually purchase specific toys and gifts that children have requested. By taking this targeted approach, parents are prevented from getting into unnecessary debt.Avril said – currently we have requests on behalf of 530 families with 1,300 children.To date we have raised €18,000 but still have a shortfall of approximately €10,000. Although the appeal aims to provide a maximum allocation of €50 per child, some organisations have applied for as little as €12 per child. So every small amount makes a huge difference.A big thank you to everyone so far for supporting the appeal and to the Donegal media for helping us spread the word. If you would like to donate money to the appeal Cheques/Postal Orders can be made payable to the Presents for Percy Appeal, and sent to Donegal County Childcare, 10-11 St Columba’s Terrace, High Road, Letterkenny. Alternatively, if you would like to make an online banking donation to the Presents for Percy Appeal, the banking details are as follows: Bank: Bank of Ireland, BallybofeyA/c No: 9264 8110Sort Code: 90-47-12IBAN: IE07 BOFI 9047 1292 6481 10 BIC: BOFI IE2DOur sincere thanks … Avril McMonagle, Manager, Donegal County ChildcareHUGE RESPONSE TO DCCC PRESENT APPEAL BUT 1,300 CHILDREN STILL NEED GIFTS was last modified: December 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County Childcare TeamDonegal DailyPresentslast_img read more

New hope for thalassemic Sukhsohit as PM forwards Ambika Soni’s recommendation

first_imgSukhsohit, who suffers from thalassaemia, has been rejected by the UPSC on medical grounds.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday forwarded Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni’s letter on thalassemic civil services aspirant Sukhsohit Singh to the Minister for Personnel Affairs in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), V. Narayanswami, for further action. The latest development gives a new lease of life to Sukhsohit’s dream of becoming an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer following a Headlines Today campaign started about a last ago. Sukhsohit has been rejected twice on medical grounds for being thalassemic, firstly by Safdarjung Hospital and most recently by Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. He had become the first thalassemia major patient to clear the civil services examination in 2008 securing a rank of 833 in the general category despite his medical condition which require blood transfusion every 15 days. Soni had on Monday written to the prime minister urging him to take up the matter. Minister of State for Health Dinesh Trivedi also met Sukhsohit on Tuesday and assured him that he would take up his case. Sukhsohit was also positive after his meeting with Trivedi. Earlier, Narayanswami had last week said that he would be the first person to accommodate the youth if he clears it.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

World T20: Mendis’s quest to regain lost zip and momentum

first_imgAjantha Mendis seems to be in love with the number six. Six for 13 against India in the Asia Cup four years ago launched his career into orbit, six for 16 against Australia in Pallekele brought him the best figures in T20 internationals last year, and it was a six-for again that blew away Zimbabwe in Hambantota on Tuesday and gave him the second-best figures in all Twenty20 cricket.Mendis has had a difficult time over the last few years after starting off his career like there was no tomorrow. Most teams have started reading him from the hand, and his mystery has diminished manifold.But when Colombo woke up on Wednesday morning, Mendis was back to being the talk of the town. The World Twenty20 is, in any case, the primary thing on the minds of the Sri Lankan people right now, and it was difficult not to get excited about a bowling performance that was more than just a walk in the park against a minnow team.Mendis is returning from an eightmonth layoff due to a back injury, but his performance moved his captain, Mahela Jayawardene, to sing paeans in his honour.Ajantha was very keen to get back into the side and we saw that hunger in him.We wanted to make sure that he went through the processes and get his back sorted out, which is why we kept him away for this long.Hes come back strongly and hopefully hell continue to do the job. I am sure hell have bad days, but the quality of the player is that hell have more good days than bad,?? Jayawardene said.But Mendis is an endearingly simple lad, and though his discomfort with answering in English might be a reason, all he said after the game was: I am very happy that my return to the team was good. This was my first game, so I was a bit nervous, but the confidence given to me by my captain and teammates helped me a lot.?? There are sterner tests ahead for the son of a carpenter from Moratuwa. Not just in this tournament, where the South Africans and other top teams lie in wait, but in rediscovering his mojo in all formats of the game.After all, it would be a waste of a supreme talent if a bowler who took 26 wickets in his first three Tests against the likes of Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, fades away with a career average of [email protected]last_img read more

Neymar denies rape allegations

first_imgAccording to Neymar Santos, his son and the woman went on a date, but Neymar did not want to see her again. Since then, the woman has tried to extort money from the player and his family, he said.“My son can be accused of many things, but I know what kind of man he is … it’s clear that this was a trap,” he said, adding that the WhatsApp messages released by the player would exonerate him.According to the media reports, the accuser was in Paris from May 15 to 17, but waited until last Friday to file the complaint in Brazil because she was “emotionally shaken.”Neymar, who was transferred to PSG from Barcelona for a world-record 222 million euros ($248.5 million) in 2017, is currently in Brazil preparing for the Copa America, which takes place in the country from June 14 to July 7.His 2018-2019 season with his club has been blighted by injury.Sao Paulo’s security secretariat would not provide a copy of the woman’s complaint to AFP, confirming only that one had been filed but saying its contents were classified.Another star of world football, Cristiano Ronaldo, is facing allegations he raped a US woman in Las Vegas in 2009. The Portugal and Juventus player strongly denies the accusations. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar on Sunday denied raping a woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her at a Paris hotel, with his father claiming he is the victim of blackmail.According to a complaint filed with Sao Paolo police and reported by the UOL and GloboEsporte websites, the world’s most expensive footballer is accused of “using violence to have sex with the victim without her consent.”ADVERTISEMENT Roger Federer eases into 12th French Open quarterfinal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:40Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:04BuCor chief confirms release of 3 Chiong sisters rape-slay convicts02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The unidentified woman, who lives in Brazil, allegedly met Neymar through Instagram, and after exchanging messages, the footballer invited her to visit him in Paris in mid-May.According to the complaint, Neymar arrived at the hotel “apparently intoxicated,” and the two chatted and exchanged “caresses.”But then “he became aggressive and used violence to have sex with the victim without her consent,” the document said.‘It’s a trap’Neymar’s father, who is also his agent, categorically denied the accusations in an interview with Brazilian broadcaster Bandeirantes.“This is not true, he has never committed any crime,” said Neymar Santos, arguing that his son was a victim of blackmail. “We have all the evidence and we already gave everything to the lawyers.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments (FILES) In this file photo taken on May 4, 2019 Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar looks on during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. – Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar on June 2, 2019 denied raping a woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her at a Paris hotel, with his father claiming he is the victim of blackmail. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP) Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I am accused of rape, it’s a big word, it’s very strong, but that is what has happened,” Neymar said in a seven-minute video posted on Instagram.“It surprised me, it’s a really ugly thing and a sad thing because anyone who knows me knows what kind of person I am and knows I would never do such a thing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNeymar, 27, then showed what he said was a long series of WhatsApp messages with the woman, including topless photographs of her in bed.He added: “These are intimate moments but it is necessary to make them public to prove that nothing really happened.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

Field Hockey ready to take on Miami OH

Then-senior forward Danica Deckard passes the ball during a game against Penn State Oct. 19, 2012, at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost, 3-0.Credit: Courtesy of FacebookAfter back-to-back losses to top-10 squads, the Ohio State field hockey team will continue play away from home when it travels to Oxford to take on Miami (Ohio).Coming off a weekend of play in which the team held opponents to one goal each in both matches, the Buckeyes are ready to battle again Wednesday.Coach Anne Wilkinson said Miami will be coming after them hard on the field.“We, being Ohio State, have a lot of pressure put on us. Miami is going to be coming at us strong with everything they have, so we really need to win this in-state game,” she said.Wilkinson said time in practice has been split between working on defense and offense equally.“We worked a lot on our defense and covering the ball and then we would switch and work with the offense,” Wilkinson said. “We just need to focus on meshing the two together and make sure the defense doesn’t forget what we worked on when we switch to offense.”Senior midfield and co-captain Nora Murer pointed out some of the areas the team has been struggling with, including their inability to capitalize on penalty corners.“We practiced before and after practice on our corners which I would say is still a weak spot of ours,” Murer said.Senior midfield  and co-captain Arielle Cowie said she is coming into the game expecting a win, and wants to see the team live up to its potential.“I am looking forward to winning,” Cowie said. “Last weekend we played so well together. We didn’t finish our chances but those two games just showed the potential that we have and I think coming out tomorrow we are going into that game and we know this is our game.”The main focus is on being a team that works together for the full 70 minutes, Cowie said.“We are just going to focus on really playing together and that’s all we need to do because individually, we have it but we just need to put it together and score on our chances,” Cowie said.Murer said if the Buckeyes continue to play the way they did this past weekend, the team will have no trouble securing the win against Miami.“We just need to really play on the same level from the weekend and we will be good for (Wednesday’s) game,” Murer said.The game is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The Buckeyes are then set to travel to face Kent State Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. read more

Exequiel Palacios to be Real Madrids first January signing

first_imgReal Madrid reportedly will shortly announce the signing of young River Plate star Exequiel PalaciosThe 20-year-old midfielder will become Real’s first signing of the January transfer window, despite there being another six weeks before it opens.Palacios is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in South America and had reportedly captured the interest of several European giants.Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan were all believed to have expressed an interest.In August, Palacios revealed in an interview that he had turned down Serie A side Torino last year.But River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio revealed that he had met with Real officials in regards to a deal for Palacios last week.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Now Marca reports Real director Emilio Butragueno has pulled off the deal after a minor delay due to River Plate’s reluctance to sell.The transfer is set to be announced after the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors.Los Blancos will reportedly compensate River Plate with over €20m for Palacios, who will sign a contract until June 2024 upon his arrival at Madrid in January.Since debuting in 2015, the Argentine has provided four goals and five assists in 38 games for River Plate.Palacios even made his first two appearances for the Argentina senior team in September.last_img read more

FA to investigate Raheem Sterling racial abuse

first_imgThe Football Association has announced that it’s conducting an investigation into the alleged racial abuse suffered by Raheem Sterling at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Television cameras picked up a couple of Chelsea supporters shouting alleged racial slurs at Sterling, as he went to pick up the ball for a City corner kick.Both Chelsea and the London Metropolitan Police have released statements saying they will be investigating the incident.Sterling released a statement on Instagram condemning the abuse on Sunday.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…According to Sky Sports, the English Football Association has now released a statement that read: “We take all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and will work with the clubs and the relevant authorities to ensure this matter is dealt with appropriately.“We strongly condemn all forms of discrimination and encourage all fans and participants who believe that they have been the subject of, or witness to, discriminatory abuse to report it through the appropriate channels: The FA, our County FAs or our partners Kick It Out.”last_img read more

Chelsea manager explains why Alvaro Morata wasnt on Saturdays lineup

first_imgMorata wasn’t even on the bench for Chelsea’s match against champions Manchester City. Sarri explains the reasoning behind it.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says that Alvaro Morata understands why he wasn’t considered for the squad’s Saturday’s 2-0 win over Manchester City. He also reassured his striker that he does indeed have a future at the club, ESPN reported.Morata was left out of Chelsea’s overall lineup for the first time this season. He has yet to win the support of fans since his big-money move to the Blues.Chelsea’s win came as surprise to many spectators after a dip in form recently led to just one victory in four games. Sarri has repeatedly complained about the lack of determination in his group.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I think it is normal, it was a choice for this kind of match,” Sarri told reporters at Stamford Bridge.“I don’t know if in Brighton we will play in the same way or not, maybe not. I don’t know. I think Alvaro is able to understand that it is only a tactical decision, it is not the final choice.“We thought yesterday that for the first time in the season that there was a possibility to have more spaces – so we wanted to try with Eden – because for the first time there was a possibility to play on the counter-attack.“Willian, Hazard, and Pedro are really very suitable for this kind of play, so it is a normal choice. I think that it is really a very good option and maybe we will try it again in the future. Especially for certain matches.”last_img read more