This was meant to be says Plunkett after Englands World Cup glory

first_imgLondon: Fast bowler Liam Plunkett believes England were destined to win the World Cup, admitting that the lucky overthrow in the last over changed the tide in the home team’s favour in the nerve-wrecking final against New Zealand here. In a high drama encounter on Sunday night, the pendulum swung viciously in the final over with England needing nine from three balls when Ben Stokes hit Trent Boult to the deep. The return throw from Martin Guptill hit Stokes’ bat as he dived to make his ground for the second run, with the ball rebounding to the rope for additional four runs. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together It impacted the equation to the extent that the heart-stopping contest stretched to the Super Over and eventually the hosts lifted their maiden World Cup trophy on boundary counts at the iconic Lord’s here. And Plunkett said: “I don’t believe in the stars and all that stuff, but it was the first time that I felt: ‘This is meant to be.’ “We have played together as a group for the last four years and we have played different countries and we have dominated teams. I just felt we did deserve it as a bunch of guys. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “We are good mates but we also work hard. Everyone else does but I felt it was meant to be. Especially when those overthrows went, that changed the tide,” he added. Plunkett played a crucial role in England’s World Cup win as he claimed big wickets throughout the tournament. On Sunday, he dismissed New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson before removing opener Henry Nicholls and Jimmy Neesham. “Kane is a massive player and to get a crucial wicket is what I do pride myself on. So it was nice to get that,” he said. “As soon as I came up the hill (from the Nursery End) I felt comfortable attacking the crease, it felt a lot better. “To get that wicket and close up and not go for many wickets. I was satisfied but I knew the job was half done.” Plunkett ends his World Cup campaign on unbeaten note, considering he wasn’t part of the playing eleven which suffered losses in the three group-stage matches. “The old lucky charm thing, I was riding with it! I was hoping the coach thinks that so I can get a game,” he said. Plunkett, who took 11 wickets in seven games this World Cup, was selected way back for the 2007 World Cup. “The last four years playing for England was the best time of my life,” he said. “You cannot be too bitter (if you are out the team), you can be bitter and upset inside that you are not playing. Especially if you feel like you are doing well. “But look at TC (Tom Curran), he has done nothing wrong, his stats have been class. You can be disappointed but you have to turn up and keep training. And when you get the nod, you have got perform,” Plunkett said. The 34-year-old seamer hoped England’s World Cup glory will be remembered like the first Ashes win of 2005 that inspired a nation. “Even if we didn’t win the World Cup it would have still be a journey. We have been amazing, we have changed the culture of cricket in England. People expect us to win which is a lot different from a few years back,” he said. “To watch guys like Jos (Buttler), freaks like Jofra (Archer) step up to the plate, it’s amazing for me to just watch it. “What a day, it has changed the history of English cricket and everyone got to watch that. I hope everyone gets involved and loves it like when we won the Ashes. It was a special day,” Plunkett signed off.last_img read more

ICBC to submit next basic rate application with Utilities Commission

first_imgAccording to ICBC, the escalating cost of injury claims is the single biggest factor impacting basic insurance rates.“Injury claims costs have soared by 43 percent in just five years; projected to total $3.67 billion in 2018 alone. These costs have been spurred by increased injury claim legal representation, larger payouts and the rise in large and catastrophic injury claims.”Government and ICBC have responded to these challenges by putting in place major reforms to the auto insurance system in B.C. to reduce the burden that rising claims and legal costs are putting on the insurance rates British Columbians pay.According to ICBC, B.C. is the last province in Canada to introduce some form of restrictions to address rising minor injury claims payouts. Without these changes, every vehicle owner in B.C. would be faced with an approximate $360 increase to their basic insurance rates.“The significant reforms will reduce legal costs by introducing a limit on payouts for pain and suffering for minor injuries and a new dispute resolution model, while at the same time providing substantially increased care and medical benefits for anyone who is injured in a crash. These changes are projected to bring in net savings of $1 billion annually to ICBC, without these changes, British Columbians would be paying more for their basic insurance.”If approved, the new basic insurance rate would be effective April 1, 2019, and will mean an average increase of less than $60 for personal customers’ basic insurance coverage. VANCOUVER, B.C. – ICBC is submitting its next basic rate application with the British Columbia Utilities Commission.The Crown Corporation is asking for a 6.3 percent increase to basic insurance rates; an increase which would have needed to be almost 40 percent if not for the major reforms being introduced to B.C.’s auto insurance system.Last month, ICBC projected a net loss of $890 million for its current fiscal year, as external pressures continue to grow from a record number of crashes taking place in B.C., and the increase in claims volume and higher claims costs.last_img read more

Lankan in Chennai murders family

A 48-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil settled in Chennai killed his mother, wife and daughter by slitting their throats before committing suicide by jumping in front of a suburban train near Pazhavanthangal this morning (Tuesday). His friends said the man was in debt, the Time of India reported.C Sundaresan came to Chennai from Sri Lanka 30 years ago and was settled in Thillai Ganga Nagar near Adambakkam. He ran a travel agency and owned two cars. He was also involved in buying imported goods and selling them here. He had suffered losses in the business, his friends told TOI. He left the door of the house open and went to the railway tracks near the Pazhavanthangal railway station and flung himself in front of suburban train plying between Tambaram and Beach. The Government Railway Police found a mobile phone near the body and called the last called number. The person who attended the call identified the owner of the phone and gave police his address. The police team which went to Sundaresan’s first floor apartment found the door open and the bodies lying in a pool of blood. On Monday he took his family to a theme park and later to a temple and returned home. Around 4am he slit the throat of his mother Thangamma, 70, and then that of his wife Chitra, 48. His daughter Tamira, 13, resisted his attempt to kill her after which he stabbed her eight times. read more

Football Skill positions dishing out blocks for Ohio State

OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) runs the ball while OSU redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber (25) blocks a Maryland defender. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe blocking ability of the offensive line for Ohio State has been a key to the 9-1 record of the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and redshirt junior guard Billy Price have been instrumental in opening up wide lanes for the offense, but the ability of the running backs and wide receivers to throw blocks downfield is the true instrumental piece to rushing the ball.Against Maryland, junior H-back Curtis Samuel was lined up in the slot on the right side of the offensive line. The ball was snapped, and redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett rolled to his right. Samuel drove the cornerback in front of him straight back into Maryland’s own end zone, opening up a lane for Barrett to push in for a touchdown.The Buckeyes are averaging 6.0 yards per carry since 2013, which is the highest mark among all Power 5 teams. The offensive line is the biggest reason, but some fans might not realize how much the blocking of the running backs and H-backs has been a factor. Barrett has picked up a 5.25 yards per carry on average for his career, with a large portion of his carries coming behind the blocking of his running backs and H-backs.’Namely, Curtis Samuel and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber have led the way for their quarterback. OSU running backs coach Tony Alford spoke highly of both men, and said the junior H-back’s blocking has been one of his best aspects this season.“You just watch the way he’s blocking, and obviously he’s very gifted with the ball in his hands,” Alford said. “We’ve always known that. But then you just watch his full game and how he plays and how he runs routes … just the precision as he does his entire job, his job description.”Samuel is the only player in the nation with 600 rushing and receiving yards, and is shaping up to eclipse 1,500 total yards. According to Alford, there is more to Samuel than meets the eye. The ability of the all-purpose back/receiver to remove defenders from the play on sweeps by running backs and quarterback runs has earned him high marks from his teammates and coaches.Last season, OSU was spoiled with the ability of its running back to throw punishing blocks on opponents’ defenders. However, Alford made a comparison of Samuel to a current-campus legend in Columbus.“He’s playing at a very high level, to watch the way he blocked against Maryland was, I mean I took it into my room and said, “Guys, this is how you finish plays.” It’s very reminiscent of how (Ezekiel Elliott) did things.”After racking up the yards against Maryland on Saturday, there were 25 players named champions by OSU coach Urban Meyer. Of those players, four were wide receivers. Playing wideout normally means being predominantly known for running long routes and hauling in acrobatic catches. But against Maryland, the players earned the recognition not for their hands, but for the blocking aspect of their game. Meyer said it was because of “selfless play,” and singled out redshirt sophomore Noah Brown and Samuel.“I think, if anything, our receivers have done a great job at blocking,” he said. “You see the runs that have been explosive runs, that’s something that has been a difference in their play. As far as the passing game … they haven’t changed. Have they done a better job, I do believe so, but I don’t think it was something drastic.”“Zone 6,” the moniker of wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s unit, has been carrying its weight in the run game. It’s a down-and-dirty part of football that is rarely discussed for wideouts, but OSU has lucked out in the group it has.Not to be outdone, Weber has been racking up the yards while also knocking heads against opposing defenders. He too has been known for opening up wide lanes and knocking opponents to the turf. It’s an aspect of play that might not make a mark on the statsheet or wow the fans, but it is a part of the game that matters immensely. Even with such a vital task on the shoulders of Weber, Alford said it’s just business as usual for a running back playing under Meyer, and requires a sharp eye for when to attack.“Just kind of know when to deliver shots,” he said. “That’s kind of a timing thing and the more you do it the better you get at it obviously. But there’s still room for improvement. Mike’s a tenacious football player and he’s a tough guy.”Samuel was asked about the ability of Weber to lead the way through the hole and lay a load to the defender in front of him. Simply put, he felt that the first-year running back was more than capable of handling things in the trenches. “If anybody I want in front of me running, it’s Mike,” Samuel said. read more

European Beach Handball Tour Chardash GreekBrasilian triumph

After 2,5 rainy days players of all best European Beach Handball clubs saw sunny afternoon near Thessaloniki. „EBT Finals“ again wasn’t lucky with weather conditions as we still remember havy rainy days in Budaors (HUN) last year.At the end, few suny hours were gift for all involved in Championship, above all gift for the players that showed to us very interesting and thrilling matches.Female competition finnished with repeted triumph of defending champions from Hungary. „Chardash“ won against „Sirtaki“ in quite tie match. „Agenta girls“ won in the finals against Greek team „AC Spartacus Goalbet“ 2:1 (21:16; 20:22; 7:4).Bronze medal will travel to Nederlands as girls from „Camelot“ won decisiv match against their compatriots from team „Westsite“ (2:0 (16:12; 20:13)).Male competition brought some spectacular matches and up to the last moment of the last match of group stage yesterday up to 4 teams from each group had their options for playing semifinals. At the end, bronze medal was match of defending champions from the most successful club in Europe . „Detono“ (CRO) and Dutch „Camelot“. Defending champions defended their proud and medal will come once again to the showroom of „Students“ from Zagreb, for 8th consecutive year.Final match was match, clash of two Titans: Greek club „Akropolis“, with line-up full of Brazilians, members of the best national team ever, managed with their coach Antonio Guerra. Opponent was „Ekaterinodar“ from Russia, with players which are members of „Sborna komanda“ leaded by Roman Kalashnikov and with two foreigners, former MVPs of European BH competitions Hugo (ESP) and Paja (SRB).Extra quality on the send brought fantastic show to spectatores in „Avant garde sports club“ and to all that followed match via Internet live stream. If you didn’t do it, take your time and watch it, because that was one of the matches that proof why Beach Handball make such long and strong steps of development, globalisation toward programme of some of the following Olympic games.There are no words to explain thrill moments of final match, because of that we will skip first two interesting tie periods and nine attempts of „shootout“… In the last, 10th attempt Russian team had chance to finnish match while scoreboard showed result 6:6. One point was enough for „Ekaterinodar“ to write it’s name with golden latters to the EBT Finals’ history. And it should be deserved victory for Russians, club that for last 5 years have their place on the EBT podium, but never on it’s highest position. Goal net was target, just one hit was needed…. And there were hit, but of goalpost, done by GK Valiakin. Just few centimeters decided. Dream dissapeared, after next, 6th attempt, reallity became victory of Greek – Brazilian team. „Akropolis is new champion! „Kilkis Akropolis“ – „Ekaterinodar“ 2:1 (12:10; 18:20; 7:6)).It was fantastic end of one extraordinary Beach Handball competition and excelent beggining of new Beach Handball’s season in Europe which will for sure culminate in July (from July 12 till 17) in Budapest where wlll be held VII Beach Handball World Championship.X.Q Beach handballEuropean Beach Handball Tour ← Previous Story Johan Sjostrand to stay at Melsungen until 2020 Next Story → Meshkov Brest win Belarussian championship 2016! read more

Everything You Need To Know Going Into Logan

first_img Logan is a very, very, very good movie. You can check out MovieBob’s review of it for if you need further convincing. However, as great as it may be, it has a very weird relationship with the comic books. Most of the previous X-Men movies, up until Deadpool, took the team and stories from the comics and somehow managed to suck all of the fun and heart out of the series. Deadpool found its footing by taking everything that makes the comic book version interesting, injecting a little more substance, and fully embracing its source material. Logan, however, seems to have the comic books at arm’s length, a fact that the movie is very much aware of.via Marvel ComicsWhile many people have associated the new Logan movie with the Old Man Logan series from 2008-2009 by writer Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, the movie doesn’t share many qualities with the story beyond the fact that Logan is, well, old. Instead, Logan focuses on older versions of Wolverine of Professor X, forced on a road trip in a seek of a better future. The movie feels as if it owes much more to the Lone Wolf and Cub manga or Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns comic book than it does anything even remotely related to the X-Men comic books. A beat down, aging version of a popular superhero reluctantly takes a young girl under their wing in a future that hasn’t been kind to their respective franchise.The Wolverine of the movies up until now has shared a lot with his comic book counterpart, even if the Logan movie doesn’t deal much with it. First appearing in The Incredible Hulk #181 in 1974, the character has a very long and complicated history. Born to a wealthy Canadian family in the 1800’s, James Howlett tragically discovers that he is a mutant with retractable bone claws after his family is murdered. Roaming the wilderness for many years, he becomes a drifter, serving in almost every major war of the past century, even fighting alongside Captain America. Sometime in the 60’s or 70’s, he is captured by the Weapon X program and the metal Adamantium is bonded to his skeleton, to brainwash him and turn him into a killing machine. Eventually escaping, he continues to travel the world, briefly joining the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight, while also spending time in Japan and learning their culture. Making his way onto the X-Men, he becomes a staple member of the team for many years and has been ever since.via Marvel ComicsLogan‘s version of both Wolverine and X-23 are so far removed from the comic books that it almost comes down to them just sharing a name and powerset with their source material, especially for the young Laura aka X-23. Created for the X-Men: Evolution cartoon in early 2003, X-23 made her first comic book appearance a year later in NYX #3. A child created in a lab, to clone Wolverine, she is raised to be an assassin. She eventually escapes and makes her way out into the world, by this time already being well into her late teens. Eventually, she meets the superhero Wolverine that she shares DNA with, and he helps her get accepted to the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning as a way to keep an eye on her. Acting as an X-Men for a few years, she is eventually drafted alongside Wolverine into the new X-Force, a lethal black-ops team created by Cyclops. Currently, she acts as the Wolverine of the Marvel Universe, ever since the “death” of Logan in 2014.via Marvel ComicsCoincidentally, around the same time that the comic book version of Logan “died,” and Laura started acting as Wolverine, another version of Logan appeared in the Marvel Comics Universe. The Old Man Logan iteration of the character was displaced from his timeline/alternate Earth and has been running around the main Marvel Universe. The gnarled version of the character has found himself as a man with a second chance, able to prevent the tragedies that caused his timeline to fall apart. However, just like Logan will eventually be rebooted or recast, the proper comic book version of the character will eventually return to life.Marvel’s Old Man Logan series is currently on sale at Comixology. Anti-Black Panther Group Shut Down, Stan Lee is OK & More MCU NewsThe Future of Marvel’s Stars, Possible New Arrivals & More MCU News Stay on targetlast_img read more

Ribery hoping that Boateng stays at Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich winger Franck Ribéry is hoping that Jerome Boateng will decide to remain at the club for next season after Arturo Vidal’s exitThe Germany international has been strongly linked with a departure from the Allianz Arena this summer after previously revealing his desire to test himself elsewhere before the end of his playing career.And Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Boateng has entered negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain over a summer move, although the German club has yet to receive a formal offer for the centre-back.“I hope he stays with us because he is very important with his presence, and for me he is one of the best center-backs in the world,” Ribéry said on OneFootball.The former France international conceded that it will be difficult to replace Vidal after the Chilean completed his €18m move to Barcelona.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“This is a difficult situation for us, Arturo was a really great player and also a good person, he has always been positive, has brought a lot of fun, it is a pity,” he said.“We have to wish him and his family good luck.”But, on the bright side, Ribéry is enjoying things under new Bayern boss Niko Kovac.“He brings discipline to the team, loves his job and has a lot of energy, he’s a motivator,” said the wideman.“It works well with him because he knows when we have to work very hard on the pitch and when we need to be free.”last_img read more

Mueller hired at Lacamas Heights

first_imgCamas — Julie Mueller will be the new principal of Lacamas Heights Elementary School. She currently serves as the associate principal of Liberty Middle School.With a bachelor’s degree from George Fox University and master’s from City University, Mueller was one of five internal candidates interviewed for the position by a panel of teachers, support staff and administrators from the Camas School District.The district made a decision to hire for the position internally after recognizing there was a great deal of districtwide interest in the position, officials said.Mike Nerland, superintendent of the Camas School District, said he was confident Mueller would be able to motivate students and staff “to reach the highest potential.”Earlier in her career, Mueller worked as a teacher at Lacamas Heights Elementary.Mueller said she was excited to rejoin the Lacamas Heights Elementary community.last_img read more

Authority for DOD to Treat Water Contamination at National Guard Installations Dropped

first_imgLawmakers hashing out the conference report to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill opted to strip out a provision that would have allowed communities outside state-owned National Guard installations to obtain funding to treat drinking water contaminated with PFOS or PFOA. The provision — added to the Senate version by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to aid the communities outside of Stewart Air National Guard Base and Francis Gabreski ANGB — would have provided the National Guard Bureau access to defense environmental restoration funding to treat water from wells owned and operated by local water authorities. The language was intended to counter an effort by DOD to force the National Guard to use its operation and maintenance funds to cover the cost of cleaning drinking water supplies contaminated by Army or Air Force activities, Gillibrand said in May.The Senate on Wednesday voted, 87-10, to adopt the conference report for the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill, marking the 58th consecutive year Congress has cleared the annual defense policy bill and the earliest that lawmakers have finished the work in 41 years. The bill now heads to the president’s desk for his signature. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

OBITUARY Hazel Vera Bragg Malcolm 92

first_imgROCKLAND, ME — Hazel Vera (Bragg) Malcolm, 92, died Monday, May 7, 2018, peacefully with the care of the excellent, compassionate staff at Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport.Hazel was born in Dedham Jan. 24, 1926, to Ansel Jason Bragg and Abbie J. Allie. Her father, Ansel, died before she was born and her stepfather, Harvey B. Gray, was a true father to her. Hazel was born into a large family of 13 brothers and sisters. Her closest siblings were Charlie Bragg, Lillian Bragg Houston and her younger brother, Raymond Gray.Hazel was educated in Dedham and Brewer.Hazel met her first husband, Arthur Levi Collins, in the 1940s. They enjoyed a wonderful, adventurous life together, traveling across the United States, selling books and encyclopedias for Colliers. Hazel and Arthur settled in Reading, Mass., on the Collins homestead and raised their son, Charles William Collins II, whom they proudly adopted in Rockland in 1956 from Knox General Hospital.Hazel was a member of the Women’s Bowling League, and a Cub Scout leader in Reading, Mass. She was very proud of her membership in the Priscilla Chapter No. 52 Order of the Eastern Star in Reading, in which she held the position of Worthy Matron.She married her second husband, David Malcolm, who was also a member of the Reading Masons and a funeral director in Reading.She retired from Compugraphic in Wilmington, Mass., and moved to Rockland, where she continued to work part-time for The Courier-Gazette and as a personal care assistant well into her 70s.She was predeceased by her husband, David Malcolm, of Reading, Mass., her father, mother and stepfather, as well as all of her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son, Charles W. Collins II, and wife Dianne Weeks of Rockport,; step-grandchildren Eric Prosser and wife Cynthia of Freedom, Ellen Prosser Trudel and husband Brian of Wyndham, N.H.; step-great-grandson Colby Prosser of Oakland; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dear and loyal friends, Gloria Young and Julie Kinney of Rockland, Lori Cousens of South Thomaston, Rita and Ron Webster of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Mona Plourde of Louden, N.H.We also would like to thank the wonderful, caring staff at The Homestead in Owls Head for providing a happy and loving home, as well as Maine HealthCare At Home personal care attendant Cindy Joy and Lisa Duda, RN, from Rockland District Nursing.Family and friends are invited to a gathering of love and remembrance from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.,Saturday, June 9, at 104 Limerock, Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home’s reception facility.In lieu of flowers, donations in Hazel’s name may be made to Rockland District Nursing, P.O. Box 1713, Rockland, ME 04841 or MCH Meals-on-Wheels, 46 Summer St., Rockland, ME 04841.To share a memory or condolence with Hazel’s family, visit their Book of Memories at V. MalcolmLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of May 6, 2018)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Patricia (Patti) Ann Griffin, 66In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Thomas M. “Tom” Haas, 62In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Moccasins take over social media for Rock Your Mocs 2015

first_imgNovember is Native American Heritage Month, and people across the world are celebrating on social media with an online event called Rock Your Mocs.Crystal Nelson holds up a pair of moccasins passed down to her from her grandmother. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)Now in its fifth year, the event encourages indigenous people everywhere to post pictures of themselves wearing moccasins. Social networks are full of people sporting an array of moccasins of all shapes, sizes and colors under the hashtag #rym2015.Crystal Nelson in Juneau posted a picture of her moccasins to the group’s Facebook page this year. For her, they represent a common symbol for Native people no matter where they are.“I think moccasins are such an iconic image for indigenous people on this continent and they look different from different regions, but we all have a version and it’s probably one of the easiest things we can use to represent us all, ‘cause we can just slip them on and go about our day,” she said.Her moccasins have intricate bead work and fur, but their significance goes far beyond their aesthetic  appeal – they make a statement.“It’s about family, it’s about heritage, it’s about solidarity,” she said. “To make people remember, we are still here and we still hold the parts of us that they could never take away.”Each pair has a special meaning for her and a story that goes with them. The most significant to her are a pair that has been in her family for generations. When her aunt gave them to her as a graduation gift, she was overwhelmed.“I was like ‘oh my god, you’re giving these to me?’ And she said, yeah, your grandmother put a lot miles on those, and then your mom put a lot of miles on those and now they’re for you to dance in because I know that you’ll use them and I know you’ll take care of them.”Crystal uses these moccasins for dance performances, but for other occasions and every day wear, she has other pairs as well – each with their own story.Two pairs of moccasins Crystal Nelson has worn for Rock Your Mocs 2015. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)last_img read more

Who is the Museum of the Bible really for Scholarly book examines

first_imgYonat Shimron YonatShimron Catholicism Share This! Tagsbiblical scholars book Green family homepage featured Jill Hicks-Keeton Museum of the Bible Q&A,You may also like New York Times editor Jodi Rudoren named new editor of the Forward Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — To say that biblical scholars have been critical of the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., is an understatement.Since it opened in late 2017, the pet project of  Oklahoma billionaire and outspoken evangelical Steve Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby, has been accused of privileging the Protestant Bible over other versions, harboring questionable and misappropriated antiquities among its vast collection and partnering with a range of charismatic, Pentecostal and conservative Christian groups, including the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter, in ways that suggest it wants to advance an evangelical agenda.Last year alone, the museum acknowledged that five Dead Sea Scroll fragments it had on display were forgeries and returned a medieval New Testament manuscript to the University of Athens after learning the document had been stolen.Now many of the academic community’s critiques have been collected in a book, edited by Jill Hicks-Keeton, assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma, and Cavan Concannon, associate professor of religion at the University of Southern California.“The Museum of the Bible: A Critical Introduction.” Edited by Jill Hicks-Keeton and Cavan ConcannonReligion News Service spoke to Hicks-Keeton about the book, published last month by Lexington Books. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.At what point did you realize you wanted to put together this book?It began when I organized a panel discussion at the Association for Jewish Studies in Washington in 2017 on how Jews, Judaism and the Jewish Bible are represented in the museum. Later, an editor reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in doing a collection of essays on supersessionismn  (the belief that Christianity has superseded or replaced Judaism), but as the volume evolved and my collaborator, Cavan Concannon, signed on, it became clear what we were really interested in was collecting a variety of voices of biblical scholars and those in related disciplines about the museum.Who is your intended audience?Anyone interested in the Bible, how the Bible is represented in the public sphere or evangelical interpretations of the Bible. Or anyone who wants a professional scholar’s unauthorized guidebook to the museum.Why does this museum demand so much attention?Part of the reason is the money invested in it. It’s in a very public place, near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. One might even think, mistakenly, that it’s a Smithsonian. This museum is poised to have some influence on the way that the public understands the Bible. Our job as educators in the field of biblical studies is to use the museum as an opportunity to teach a wider public about the academic study of the Bible and its history.What are some of the major criticisms of the scholars?If one were to read all essays, they make a case that the museum is deeply intertwined with the evangelicalism of the founding Green family. Many people say it’s not a problem for people to use private money to invest in something they think is important, (but) we bristle at the public representation of their project. They say they have no perspective and no agenda. We don’t think that’s possible or true.Are scholars saying the museum should come out and say what its perspective is?That’s one way to rectify what they think is wrong. But the volume is not written for the museum. Our job as scholars is to analyze and catalog and chronicle what’s happening with how the Bible is represented. If the museum leadership doesn’t make changes as a result of the book, we won’t feel like the book has failed. It’s written for a wider audience and not in order to change the museum.Give me a few examples of the criticisms of the museum in the book.Jill Hicks-Keeton. Photo by Travis CapertonOne section is on how the Bible is defined and framed in the museum. There’s a chapter by Margaret M. Mitchell (University of Chicago) on the museum’s Bible boosterism, arguing that the museum is creating Bible boosters rather than critical thinkers about the Bible.Another major critique of the exhibits is that the Protestant Bible, and specifically the white evangelical Protestant Bible, gets prioritized to the exclusion of other people and traditions for whom the Bible is important.  Duke Professor Marc Brettler and I each have chapters arguing the Jewish Bible is really not represented accurately in this museum.One other chapter is how archaeology is represented in the museum and the land of Israel. Cavan Concannon argues that archaeology gets leveraged to support ideas about the Bible that aren’t historically sustainable. For example, the idea that the Bible was transmitted through time perfectly, which is demonstrably untrue from a historical standpoint. Another chapter is about the history of the Green family’s foibles in the illegal collection of antiquities processes and a call for there to be more transparency in the acquisition process and how these objects are displayed.The museum has evolved since it opened. Are most of the critiques current?All the essays dependent on visits to the museum have the dates of the authors’ last visit. The last time I visited was in February. The essays are up to date as far as we know. If the museum made changes we hope the book will still be relevant because it’s important to document the origins of the museum and its changes over time.What changes have you noticed since you’ve been going?One change involves a set of purple banners on the history floor that were part of a Christian theological project in interpreting the Bible. The most problematic one had a quotation from the New Testament referring to prophecy hanging by the Torah scroll exhibit. A visitor who didn’t know any better would think the word prophecy was being applied to Torah scrolls, and they might think the Torah anticipated the New Testament. Making the New Testament seem like a natural part of the Bible is a Christian view of the Bible.After speaking to me, the CEO of the museum had a banner taken down and mailed it to me. We wrote them back to say that this was great they took down a problematic banner but the museum needed to educate the public about why it took it down. We urged them to take down the other purple banners. It seemed the change they made was an attempt to silence their critics, rather than to institute change.Would you say most Bible scholars at secular universities are critical of the Museum of the Bible?The scholars I know are critical. But by definition, we’re supposed to be critical. One of the critiques biblical scholars have is that they would prefer it if the museum just stated what its position is — that it’s an evangelical Christian project. But there are some biblical scholars who are consultants for the museum and they want to change it from the inside. If they critiqued the museum publicly, they’d lose access. To my mind, that means they implicitly agree the museum needs changing. They have a different mechanism for working toward that.You teach at the University of Oklahoma. Is there a special attitude toward the Greens in Oklahoma?Steve Green, co-founder of the Museum of the Bible, speaks at the dedication ceremony for it in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 17, 2017. RNS photo by Adelle M. BanksMy connection to them is through my students. A lot of my students either go to church with them or know them because they’re so influential here. They’re regarded among evangelical Christians here as heroes because of their work in promoting the Bible. The coverage of the museum in the Oklahoma press has been consistently positive. The son-in-law of Steve Green, Michael McAfee, is a teaching pastor at their church and also director of community initiatives at the Museum of the Bible.The museum has tried to be more inclusive of late. They recently had an exhibit on the slave Bible used during the Colonial period, for example. Does that help?If they are wanting to be what they say they are, which is diverse and inclusive, then the permanent exhibits need to be overhauled. Adding temporary exhibits is like putting icing on a cake. It’s not going to solve the problem. Share This!center_img By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! Share This! 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first_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications August 25, 2010 – A privately held medical device company has secured $20 million in Series C financing led by new investor Siemens Venture Capital (SVC) GmbH and joined by existing investors Aisling Capital, Fidelity Biosciences, Kearny Venture Partners and OrbiMed Advisors. ViewRay Inc., will use the funding to move the ViewRay system, a unique image-guided radiation therapy system now in the late stages of development, through the process of commercialization and into major medical centers.The ViewRay system is designed to improve the accuracy of cancer treatments through a combination of simultaneous magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and radiotherapy delivery. The ViewRay system currently is only for nonclinical research use. The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis will soon become the first in the world to test the ViewRay system.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | August 26, 2010 Funding Moves Medical Device Company Toward Commercialization News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. last_img read more

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first_img RelatedWorld Cup nations’ most supportive fans revealed by SkyscannerWorld Cup nations’ most supportive fans revealed by SkyscannerWorld’s 7 best rugby stadiums you have to visitGet set for the Rugby World Cup with our world tour of where to see rugby at its very best.Top 8 places to eat and drink in Leeds for rugby fansWe give the lowdown on the best places to soak up some Rugby World Cup atmosphere in Leeds. With the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand now in full swing, Skyscanner reveals which nations can lay claim to the world’s most dedicated rugby fans.By comparing searches of flights to New Zealand from the competing nations for travel during the Rugby World Cup period, Skyscanner can reveal that the Irish are the world’s most dedicated fans with flight searches from the Emerald Isle to The Land of the Long White Cloud up by 123%.Scottish fans also appear to be heading over in force with a 44% rise, while their English counterparts appear to be staying home, with flight searches from English airports to New Zealand showing no increase in numbers compared to the same period last year. Australians are the second most supportive nation – with an 86% increase in searches. Hoards of Australian rugby fans will make the relatively short journey across the Tasman Sea to see their team compete on their arch rival’s home turf.Fijian (+35%), French (+29%), Italian (+29%), Russian (+28%), Japanese (+17%) and South African (+12%) rugby fans are all showing support of their team and should also be arriving in significant numbers.Sam Baldwin, Skyscanner Travel Editor commented:“International sporting events can bring a huge number of visitors into the host country, and New Zealand will be expecting massively increased numbers this year due to the World Cup Rugby. However it will be interesting to see if the fans’ dedication to supporting their team is reflected by the final standings in the tournament!”World’s Biggest Rugby Fans*1. Ireland +123%2. Australia +86%3. Scotland +44%4. Fiji +35%5. France +29%6. Italy +29%7. Russia +28%8. Japan +17%9. South Africa +12%10. England 0%*Figures are percentage increase in searches to New Zealand for World Cup Rugby Period, compared to searches for the same time period last year. Countries with very small search volumes were not included in the study.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Irish and Scottish rugby fans more supportive than English fans?last_img read more

President outlines his positions to Republican Turkish Party

first_imgBy Lizzy IoannidouAt an informal meeting held on Friday with Republican Turkish Party (CTP) representatives, President Nicos Anastasiades reaffirmed his readiness to begin efforts towards setting the terms of reference, as requested by the UN Secretary-General, with the ultimate goal of resuming negotiations, the government spokesperson Prodromos Prodromou said.The president reaffirmed that the Greek Cypriot side would rely on the framework and the six parameters set out by UN chief Antonio Guterres, during the Crans-Montana conference on Cyprus in 2017, as well as on all past convergences, to resume comprehensive negotiations that will address all issues, Prodromou said.On Tuesday, the president said that the terms of reference, requested by the UN special envoy Jane Holl Lute, that will determine whether reunification talks would resume must be drafted by the end of the year.“The president also had the opportunity to explain that the issue of the decentralisation of power neither substitutes nor abolishes the concept of political equality or the need for Turkish Cypriot participation, but instead aims to ensure that the solution will be as functional as possible, and will serve the public… as in the end it will be the public that will be called to approve and live with a desirable solution to the Cyprus problem,” Prodromou said.The president reiterated the importance of abolishing the “anachronistic and outdated” Treaty of Guarantees which allows for foreign interventions on the island.  “The aim,” Prodromou said, “is for Cyprus to be a country for all Cypriots, without occupation armies.”The representatives of the Turkish Cypriot party CTP referred to their community’s need for more trust-building measures, and “the need was highlighted for specific crossing points in western Cyprus, in Kokkina in the Pyrgos area, and in Piroi, Athienou, which is a peculiar situation.”In May 2015, local authorities in the wider area around the village of Athienou, near Larnaca, demanded the opening of the Piroi thoroughfare, which has been closed since 1974, and which would enable movement from Larnaca to Nicosia through Athienou, Piroi, Yeri and Aglandjia.Regarding the road that runs through in Kokkina, the community council in Kato Pyrgos decided last week to hand a memorandum to the government, claiming that the opening of the crossing is a long-standing demand of the people in Tillyria and is a matter of humanitarian significance.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Runestad statement on emergency Detroit Public School funds vote

first_img Categories: News,Runestad News 17Mar Rep. Runestad statement on emergency Detroit Public School funds vote Tags: DPS, education, Runestad center_img Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, today issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan passage of House Bills 5296, which provides $48.7 million in supplemental funds to continue the education of Detroit Public School (DPS) students with financial oversight:“Supporting this funding for DPS was required to ensure the state complies with its constitutional obligations to provide an education to every child in the state of Michigan, while also not leaving the children of Detroit schools in limbo. A critical component on this supplemental funding is attached to a bill (HB 5385) requiring a Financial Review Board to oversee DPS expenditures.“I am still committed to a solution that holds the DPS administrators and teachers accountable for their decisions that will not come at a cost to fiscally responsible school districts or local governments.”######last_img read more

Rep Hernandez House takes step toward more transparency

first_img State Rep. Shane Hernandez today voted on a bipartisan legislative package that makes state government more accountable to the people it serves.Hernandez, of Port Huron, said the 11-bill legislative package makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act.“This is common-sense legislation that extends transparency provisions that apply to local officials to state government,” Hernandez said. “As public servants, we should be accountable to the people we represent, and this is another move forward towards increased transparency.”The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House. The bills never made it to the governor for signature.Today’s vote follows the recent expansion of the House website to include a salary database of all House employees to provide more accountability to taxpayers.##### Categories: Hernandez News,News 16Mar Rep. Hernandez: House takes step toward more transparencylast_img read more

Rep LaFave presses DNR to take every possible step to eliminate latest

first_img18Oct Rep. LaFave presses DNR to take ‘every possible step’ to eliminate latest case of CWD Categories: LaFave News,News Crystal Falls Field Office – Check StationAddress: 1420 Highway US-2 West, Crystal Falls, MIPhone: 906-875-6622More information on chronic wasting disease – including Michigan’s CWD Surveillance and Response Plan, additional information on deer check stations, fact sheets and testing data – is available at Escanaba Customer Service Center – Check StationAddress: 6833 Hwy. 2, 41, and M-35, Gladstone, MIPhone: 906-786-2351 State Rep. Beau LaFave is urging the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to take swift action to stop the spread of  chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the Upper Peninsula after the DNR diagnosed the first incident of the disease in Waucedah Township.“We must do everything we can to protect Michigan’s natural resources for generations to come, and so I have urged the DNR to take every possible step toward eradicating the disease in Waucedah as quickly as possible,” LaFave said. “I also urge all hunters to do their part to contain CWD by bringing their deer in for testing.”Chronic wasting disease is a fatal nervous system disease found in deer, moose and elk. The disease attacks the brain of infected animals, creating small lesions, which result in neurologic symptoms. The disease is always fatal in animals that contract it.According to the DNR, the affected 4-year-old doe was killed on a deer damage shooting permit on a farm in Dickinson County’s Waucedah Township, which is located about four miles from the Michigan-Wisconsin border. The finding was verified by Michigan State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in East Lansing and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.Responsible hunting is an important part of containing the spread of CWD. Hunters in the Upper Peninsula can take deer to be checked at the following locations:Norway Field Office – Check StationAddress: 520 W. US-2, Norway, MIPhone: 906-563-9247last_img read more

Rep Frederick announces significant investments in Durand and Laingsburg

first_img Categories: Frederick News 24Jan Rep. Frederick announces significant investments in Durand and Laingsburg Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso announced two major investments in the cities of Durand and Laingsburg by the Michigan Strategic Fund as part of the Community Development Block Grant program. The fund will invest $1,516,500 in Durand and $1,235,800 in Laingsburg.“I applaud the Michigan Strategic Fund for awarding these grants to two very deserving cities,” Frederick said. “Durand and Laingsburg have done commendable work, fostering economic growth and creating a great place to live and work. I am excited by investments such as these to help secure the health and safety of our local community.”The funds will be used for infrastructure improvements in each city. In Durand, critical replacements to the wastewater treatment facility will be made to mitigate environmental concerns and ensure continued access to clean drinking water. Laingsburg will see existing storm water systems replaced to reduce environmental impact on the Looking Glass River.last_img read more