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Church and state should be separate

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Mr. Hughes also asserted that the Johnson Amendment empowers the federal government to “punish the clergy and their churches if they choose to speak out and guide their members in regard to choosing government representatives or to comment on legislation” and he urges churches “to permanently regain their guidance role in government affairs.”Thomas Jefferson stated: “History, I believe, furnishes no example of … a people maintaining a free civil government” in a society where clergy dominate and further stated that the clergyman, “In every country and in every age … has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.”I believe it’s reasonable to conclude that the Founding Fathers attempted to build a “wall of separation between church and state,” with each institution functioning fully independently of one another, as part of their efforts to ensure the establishment of a sustainable democracy, rather than a theocracy.A February 2017 poll conducted by the National Association of Evangelicals — 89 percent of Evangelical leaders said they don’t think pastors should endorse politicians from the pulpit.Paul DeierleinSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positions Re Jan. 2 letter, “Let churches have freedom of speech”: Mr. Wallace Hughes begins by stating “The churches’ influence on our Constitution is obvious. U.S. Law is based on Judeo-Christian principles. Our democracy, Constitution, and Christian heritage eroded due to church muzzling legislation.”John Adams stated “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” The Constitution doesn’t include a single reference to “God,” “the Almighty,” nor any other moniker for a deity. Furthermore, the First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” In Thomas Jefferson’s words, adoption of this amendment “was meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mohammedan, the Hindu and Infidel of every denomination.”last_img read more

Six medical workers arrested for allegedly facilitating illegal abortions in Jakarta

first_imgThe Raden Saleh clinic, Tubagus said, was where SS went for the abortion, before she learned that Hsu had wanted to marry his household assistant instead — the latter of which led to the murder.Raden Saleh has earned a reputation as an area where illegal abortion services are available in Jakarta, where clinics can operate for years, with unclear permits and medical personnel without an obstetrics background.Based on the 2009 Health Law, abortion is allowed only for pregnancies that pose a medical risk or for pregnancies caused by rape, which can lead to psychological trauma.Experts have urged the government to provide better facilities for safe procedures as high demand for abortion in Jakarta persists. (syk)Topics : The arrest, which took place on Aug. 3, was a follow-up to the police discovery of the illegal practice during an investigation into another case involving the murder of Taiwanese baker Hsu Ming Hu.On July 24, Hsu, 52, was allegedly murdered by his personal secretary and romance partner, identified only as SS, 37, in his residence in Bekasi, West Java.Read also: Illegal abortion clinic reveals high demand amid shortage of formal facilities“SS got pregnant and asked [Hsu] for money for an abortion. From there, we developed [the investigation],” Tubagus said. The Jakarta Police have arrested six medical workers for allegedly facilitating illegal abortions at a clinic in the Raden Saleh area in Central Jakarta.“Three of them were doctors, another was a midwife and the other two were nurses,” Jakarta Police general criminal investigation director Sr. Comr. Tubagus Ade Hidayat said in a release on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.The police also arrested four administrators of the clinic, who had allegedly played the role of brokers, patient pick-up officers, fetal cleaners and drug buyers, as well as two couples requesting an abortion and a third party who had instructed the couples to do so.last_img read more

Cheshire scheme revamps climate strategy

first_imgTCFD’s recommendations (see image) are based on the financial materiality of climate change, the fund said, adding that they “are designed so as to make TCFD-aligned disclosures comparable, but with sufficient flexibility to account for local circumstances”. Source: TCFDEarly adopters of the TCFD recommendations include AP2, Nest, PGGM, RPMI Railpen, The Pensions Trust, and Environment Agency Pension Fund.Not just oil and gasCheshire’s report disclosed that the issue faced by diversified investors such as pension funds is not limited to the oil and gas and power generation sectors, but also to downstream sectors.“Research suggests that the oil and gas sector is not homogeneous with regards to climate risk: were climate policies to affect the oil price, those companies with assets lower down the cost curve are less likely to be financially compromised by those companies with higher cost assets,” the fund said.Investors that assume each fossil fuel company bears an equal magnitude of climate-related risk could be led towards sub-optimal decision-making, it added.Although the scheme is diversified across various asset classes, regions, and sectors, it is recognised that climate risk is systemic and is unlikely to be eliminated through diversification alone.Partly to reduce its climate-related risks, Cheshire invested £500m in a multi-factor climate fund in October 2019 and is now also exploring options to further embed climate-related risks and opportunities into its investment strategy, including reviewing potential investments in sustainable asset classes where this supports the fund’s investment and funding objectives.The scheme has also engaged with consultancy Mercer to understand the extent to which its risk and return characteristics could come to be affected by a set of plausible climate scenarios.This includes an estimation of the annual climate-related impact on returns – at fund and asset-class level, including all asset classes. The climate scenarios considered are 2°C, 3°C and 4°C, the report disclosed.Based on its climate risk report, the scheme will develop a climate stewardship plan which will include targeted engagement at investee companies of particular significance to the its portfolio. The Cheshire Pension Fund is developing a detailed climate strategy and a climate stewardship plan taking into account its characteristics and its policy of engaging with companies to encourage the development of climate-resilient business strategies.It claims it is the first local pension fund to report on the carbon footprint of its £6bn (€6.5bn) investment portfolio.The move follows a recent in-depth review of its climate risks under different climate change scenarios across all asset classes carried out by the fund’s pooling company, LGPS Central.In the scheme’s Cheshire Pension Fund Climate-Related Disclosure report published this month, the fund highlighted its support for the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations as the optimal framework to describe and communicate the steps it is taking to manage climate-related risks and incorporate climate risk management into its investment processes.center_img Sectors included in proposed climate stewardship plan for Cheshire Pension FundWherever feasible engagement objectives will be SMART – specific, measurable, actionable, relevant and time-bound – to enable the fund to adequately assess a company’s progress towards their net zero carbon target, it said.Cheshire believes all companies should align their business activities with the Paris Agreement on climate change.Carbon footprintThe fund’s total equities portfolio is approximately 30% more carbon efficient than the FTSE All World index. This means that, on average, for every million dollar of economic output companies produce, the fund’s investee companies emit 30% fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than the companies in the index.The report received from LGPS Central shows that both the active equity portfolio and the passive and factor-based equities portfolios are more carbon efficient than their respective benchmarks.Within these broad portfolios, every individual underlying equity strategy bar one – the strategy tracking the FTSE RAFI 3000 index – has a portfolio carbon footprint lower than the FTSE All World index.Myles Hogg, chair of the Cheshire scheme, said: “Our priority remains our financial duty to pay the pensions of our 100,000 members and to do this we need to ensure the assets of the fund are well diversified and resilient when faced with the impact of climate change.”In addition, both the active equity portfolio and the passive and factor-based equities portfolio have lower weights in companies with fossil fuel reserves and thermal coal reserves than their benchmarks.“The fund will continue to explore what additional steps it can take to reduce investment risk through further reductions in its carbon footprint,” Hogg said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Dembele sparks speculation about Liverpool move

first_img Loading… The unsettled France superstar has already been linked with a move to the Premier League with both Chelsea and Manchester United interested. But he may have made his intentions plainly clear to fans with his latest antic that is sure to further upset chiefs at Barca. A post uploaded by a Liverpool fan account showed the 22-year-old photo shopped wearing the shirt with Trent Alexander-Arnold in the background. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s men have made their second signing of the January transfer window.Advertisement The Reds have snapped up Brentford reserve striker Joe Hardy, who has scored 40 goals in 80 games for the Bees’ second string. Hardy joined Brentford from Manchester City during the 2016/17 campaign and leaves on an undisclosed fee. And Man City want to sign Adama Traore from Wolves. The winger is rated at £70m by the West Midlands club, and showed Pep Guardiola exactly what he can do by scoring three times in two games against his side this season. Read Also:Barcelona tables €30M bid for Dembele replacement But City will face competition from his first club, Barcelona, who are set to enter the race – as well as Premier League leaders Liverpool. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele has sparked speculation that he’s eager to join Liverpool after liking a picture of himself wearing a Reds shirt.last_img read more

176 stranded Antique OFWs return home

first_imgSAN JOSE, Antique – A total of 176 Antiqueño overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stranded in Metro Manila due to travel restrictions brought by coronavirus disease 2019 have returned in this province through the national government’s OFW Return Program.Prisceli Joyce Lizcel Galuego, in-charge of the provincial government’s OFW Desk, said on Thursday that the repatriated OFWs came home by batches through sweeper flights or 2GO vessel on May 25 to May 28.“Early this morning, there were 17 OFWs who arrived through a sweeper flight,” she added.The 17 overseas workers were picked up by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and their respective municipal local government units at the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo.According to Galuego, the OFWs who arrived on May 28 were immediately taken to the Antique National School in this capital town where they had to undergo the free rapid diagnostic test and the Reverse Transcription- Polymerase Chain Reaction test conducted by the health personnel of the Integrated Provincial Health Office. “The OFWs are also required to undergo the 14 days quarantine in their municipalities,” she added.Here’s the breakdown of the number of repatriated Antiqueño OFWs by towns:*San Jose – 27* Sibalom – 19* Hamtic – 18* Anini-y – 16* Culasi – 14* Pandan – 13* Tobias Fornier – 12* Bugason – nine* Tibiao – eight* Patnongon – seven* Belison – six* Laua-an – six* Libertad – five* San Remigio – five* Sebaste – four* Barbaza – three* Valderrama – three* Caluya – oneAside from those who arrived from Manila, five Antiqueño overseas workers stranded in Cebu City arrived in this capital town through a chartered flight on May 23.They, however, paid for their own fare to return home. (With a report from PNA/PN) Antiqueño overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) wait for their rapid diagnostic and transcription Polymerase chain reaction testing at the Antique National School in San Jose town on May 28. From May 25 to May 28, a total of 176 Antique overseas workers stranded in Metro Manila returned home through the national government’s OFW Return Program. PDRRMOlast_img read more

Betty V. Ingles

first_imgBetty V. Ingles, 96, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away April 16, 2017 in Rising Sun, Indiana.She was born March 15, 1921 in Kingston, WV, daughter of the late Robert and Dorothy M. Brockman.Surviving are Daughter, Donna Long of Cincinnati, OH; Son, Robert Blake of Aurora, IN; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Gilbert Ingles, sons, Victor Blake and Daniel Blake.Friends will be received Thursday, April 20, 2017, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home at 1:00 pm.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to defray Funeral Expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Repeat trip to I-90 victory lane for Eakin

first_imgBy Steve ZwemkeHARTFORD, S.D. (Aug. 14) – Nate Eakin seems to have taken the baton from Colin Smith in the Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division at I-90 Speedway.Eakin blazed to his second straight win and fourth checkers of the season Saturday night. His recent run of success ended a streak in which Smith had won four of five races.  Smith took se­cond this week with Jeff Edgington third.Eakin said he’s really been enjoying the track and credited his team with finding the right setup for the car to make it an easy drive.last_img read more

Kendall collects second straight Northstar IMCA Modified Tour win

first_imgBilly Kendall won his second Northstar IMCA Modified Tour feature in as many nights Saturday at North Central Speedway. (Photo by James Jones, James At The Track)BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 11) – Billy Kendall’s second Northstar IMCA Modified Tour victory in as many nights put a second $1,000 check in his pocket.Kendall drew the pole Saturday night for the main event at his home track North Central Speedway and duplicated his winning run Friday at Princeton, leading all 30 laps.The only caution of the contest came on lap two. Kendall was quickly through lapped traffic and won by a straightaway ahead of defending national champion Jason Wolla.“We’ve been lucky to start on the front row two nights in a row but it was another good, solid night for us,” said Kendall, who’d put his name on the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with the Friday checkers. “This is the first time this season we’ve won on back-to-back nights. This was definitely the weekend to do it.”“The track was amazing tonight,” added Kendall, who lives minutes away from the Brainerd oval and started his racing career there. “You could run low, middle, high, anywhere on it.”Wolla had started 10th. Rounding out the top five were Rob VanMil, Clint Hatlestad and Mike Hansen.Mark Martini was the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner.Feature ResultsModifieds – Billy Kendall; 2. Jason Wolla; 3. Rob VanMil; 4. Clint Hatlestad; 5. Mike Hansen; 6. Shawn Fletcher; 7. Ryan Canon; 8. Luke Hines; 9. Erick Thiese; 10. A.J. Viehauser; 11. Aaron Johnson; 12. Justin Jones; 13. Rick Jacobson; 14. Rich Pavlicek; 15. Toby Patchen; 16. Josh Beaulieu; 17. Seth Kramer; 18. Chad Funt; 19. Adam Johnson; 20. Dylan Nelson.Northern SportMods – 1. Mark Martini; 2. David Siercks; 3. Troy Jordan; 4. Jake Hagemann; 5. Jason Vejtruba; 6. Dru Nelson; 7. Adam Bohlman; 8. Chris VanMil; 9. Scott Jacobson; 10. Cody Erickson; 11. Kelly Jacobson; 12. Dan Dowling; 13. Jacob Jordan; 14. Dustin Hartwig; 15. Ariel Mueller; 16. Vince Corbin; 17. Mike Johnson; 18. Nathan Sabinash; 19. Kyle Krogh; 20. Todd Rizer; 21. Brendon Yamry; 22. Tom Anderson; 23. Pete Hines.last_img read more

Kroger issues three state recall for beef products

first_imgCincinnati, Oh. — Citing E coli concerns Kroger officials have recalled ground beef, bone-in ribeye steaks and ribeye steaks sold in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky sold between April 23 and June 3.Company officials say there have been no reports of E coli, but the meat products should not be consumed. All of the products can be returned for a full refund. For more information call 800-576-4377.last_img

Volunteers needed for a Fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Indiana of Ripley, Ohio, and Dearborn Counties

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN—Volunteers are needed for Special Olympics Indiana Ripley, Ohio, Dearborn Counties!The Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, just east of North Vernon on SR 50, will be conducting a training exercise and are in need of volunteers to act as victims of either nuclear, chemical or a bio attack. Men, women, young adults age 16 and older are needed. Not physically demanding, but there could be a fair amount of walking and standing.The organization will receive approximately $50.00 per person per day. This is a great opportunity for an easy fundraiser.The training session runs Jule 23-25 from 7 am to 4 pm and July 26 from 7 am to 5 pm. You can volunteer for just one day or all four.  Please a text to Greg Townsend by July 8 at 812-584-6861 if you are able to participate.last_img read more