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Mathews testifies over complaint about match-fixing

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first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Sri Lanka cricket captain Angelo Mathews testified before police yesterday over a complaint that some national team players have been approached by a person with an offer to fix matches for money.Financial crimes investigators interviewed Mathews for several hours.”They wanted to know, as the captain, if I knew anything in detail. I answered all the questions,” Mathews said outside the police station. “We all want this game to be clean. Whoever has done something wrong, we want them brought before the court.”Mathews said the inquiry was only about the match-fixing approaches reported by players, not against the players themselves.”The cricketers felt really uncomfortable in the last few days because they were the ones who came forward and reported this to the ICC (International Cricket Council) and SLC,” Mathews said.The questioning came a day after Sri Lanka Cricket, the sport’s local governing body, suspended senior fast bowling coach Anusha Samaranayake for links with a practice bowler who is said to have brought the offers.Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and opening batsman Kusal Perera reported the approaches to the authorities.Samaranayake, who has been working with the fast bowling academy for many years and helped in the development of many leading bowlers, has been suspended for two months pending an inquiry. The net bowler identified as Gayan Wishwajith has been banned from all cricket activities.- APlast_img read more

Wheel of Fortune filming now in Providenciales at Beaches Resort airs next

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first_img Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspect Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Nov 2015 – Two television crews and fifteen picturesque locations at Beaches Resort Villages and Spa are to be featured in Wheel of Fortune, one of America’s leading TV game shows when the series premiers next February. It is another feather in the cap for Providenciales, as the world’s #1 Island Destination and for Beaches Resort, a family all inclusive which is one of the only six star resorts in the world.Pat Sajak and Vanna White are filming right now at the resort and the shows have taken on an appropriate theme: FAMILY with a week of the episodes set to air from our Caribbean destination. The special Wheel of Fortune episodes from Beaches Resort and Providenciales will next go into production and air from February 1-5, 2016. Related Items:beaches resort and spa, pat sajak, vanna white, wheel of fortune PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Recommended for youlast_img read more

Black minister to his mostly white ELCA denomination We need to rethink

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first_imgAdelle M. Banks AMBankstw As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Catholicism By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw News • Photos of the Week Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Amazon fires deepen a split between Brazil’s evangelicals and fellow Christians By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Load Comments,Judge denies nuclear protesters’ religious freedom defense TagsDylann Roof ELCA Evangelical Lutheran Church in America homepage featured Lenny Duncan LGBT LGBTQ religious symbols reparations Top Story white supremacy,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw News Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The Rev. Lenny Duncan is not your typical Evangelical Lutheran Church in America minister.Duncan is the black pastor of a mostly Afro-Caribbean congregation in one of the nation’s least diverse denominations. He recently decided to challenge that denomination — the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — in a new book titled “Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S.”At Jehu’s Table church in Brooklyn, New York, Duncan proclaims his gratitude during Communion for African American role models ranging from transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson to Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X to civil rights minister Martin Luther King Jr.Duncan, 41, talked to Religion News Service about why he is confronting his 94% white denomination, how churches can overcome the notion that they are dying, and what he has in common with Dylann Roof, a Lutheran man convicted of killing nine people at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.The interview has been edited for length and clarity.“Dear Church” by the Rev. Lenny Duncan. Photo courtesy of Fortress PressWhy did you decide to write this book, “Dear Church,” and why did you choose to use the form of a letter to your denomination?I grew up in an abusive home. And one of the first times I ever tried to defend my mom, I was about five years old and I stood over her body and I tried to block the blows that my father was raining down on her. That’s what “Dear Church” feels like for me. It’s an attempt of self-defense of the church that I love.You called the ELCA to work toward dismantling white supremacy within it. And you said the first step is a national confession. Do you think the “Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent” that was delivered earlier this month accomplished that?When we’re talking about dismantling the structures of systemic racism, there’s repentance and eventually there’s reconciliation, but there has to be reparations in the middle. There have to be constructive, quantifiable actions that show that you’ve turned around. So, while I think it’s a good start, I certainly don’t think the job’s anywhere near done.The issue of reparations is often tied to money. But you seem to think of them in other terms. What are other ways you think reparations are necessary within your denomination or others?It is time for all straight white males in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to remove their names from ballots for bishop. It’s the same thing when we come to some of the positions that we see in our churchwide organization — to just self-select their way out. This comes from my experience at seminary and other places. As someone who shows up as a cis male, if I’m quiet long enough typically a female or femme in the room will say the same thing I was gonna say much more succinctly and probably more intelligently than I would.Are you also talking about the curriculum in seminaries?Yeah. Most of the time whenever a person of color voice is added to the curriculum — even if we talk about James Cone; lots of times professors suggested I read Dr. Cone’s work — but it’s always the extra book or the recommended reading.It wasn’t required reading.Some people are going to think that your ideas are progressive or even radical. Do you think that people, especially white males in your denomination, would actually willingly leave their names off ballots for bishop?The Rev. Lenny Duncan. Courtesy photoIn my book, I don’t rely on the good nature of white folks. What my work offers to them is that the American white Protestant church is obsessed with legacy. If you want your church to survive, if you want your denomination to be relevant in the 21st century, if you actually want a viable Lutheran legacy in the American context, then you’ll take these suggestions. Because my blood hasn’t ever encouraged them. The blood of Trayvon Martin has never encouraged them. The blood of Michael Brown has never encouraged them. The blood of Eric Garner has never encouraged them to change. So now what I’m offering is the death of their own church because this is the direction that the American context is headed, and I’m just trying to point towards that.You note that Dylann Roof and you are both part of the ELCA. What does that mean to you and what should the church learn from that?The reality is that Dylann was only a few decisions away from being me or I was only a few decisions away from being Dylann. Neither of us were nurtured and supported when we were younger, and it’s really by the grace of God that I didn’t end up in a similar situation as Dylann. For me, the struggle has been not to make Dylann Roof into a monster or into a demon or into a boogeyman but as someone who could be sitting in the pews of any ELCA church right now and is just waiting for a good word to push that person in the right direction or a lack thereof, because power abhors a vacuum, and then be pushed in the same direction Dylann was.I try to parallel our histories in a way that makes it more real for folks so that folks can see that this is important work that should be done now, particularly in areas where there isn’t a lot of diversity, to make sure something like Charleston never happens again.You talk about the power of symbols and liturgy and say the white garments worn by seminarians and clergy are problematic. Why?What’s the color for Easter? White. How is Christ depicted in most of our liturgical art that’s inside our sanctuaries? White. This is particularly a problem in the American context because whiteness and white supremacy is so embedded in our culture that we start relating white as good and dark as bad.You see the story in Advent, this whole idea of darkness to light.How we tell the story is just as important as the story we’re telling. The tools that we use and the symbols that we use have long-term, often detrimental, effects to the children sitting in our pews. When I was in seminary someone said to me, “I’m not going to let a blip in Christian history ruin white robes for me.” And what I replied to them is, “Your people didn’t get their a– kicked by that blip in Christian history. So it’s easy for you to get past it.”RELATED: ELCA Churchwide Assembly calls sexism and patriarchy sins, condemns white supremacyYou described yourself and the church as queer, but you say less than 10% of ELCA congregations have labeled themselves as LGBTQ-affirming. Do you foresee any change in this issue that has divided the ELCA and many other denominations?I think more and more people are starting to realize that queer Christians have been a part of the Christian experience since the very beginning. Often, we will hear people talk about (the biblical story of) the Ethiopian eunuch. The truth is, queer folks are in every church and every denomination and there’s no avoiding it. So the real issue is, is your God big enough, is your Jesus big enough? Is your church big enough to open up the gates of grace wider for other people?There are instances where church sanctuaries can hold 300 but only have 20 in the pews each week, you noted. But you also say at one point in your book that the church is not dying. Why do you think that it’s not dying?I think we need to rethink church and we need to rethink the way that we count membership. I might have, like, 40, 50 people in my church on a Sunday. But there’s 200 people who are engaged in our community in various ways.For me it’s about who is encountering Jesus and having their life transformed and how a whole community is being transformed by a Jesus who is trying to liberate them from their circumstances, either spiritually, physically, economically, socially. A lot of times, even at 4,000 people inside a building, that doesn’t mean any of that s— is happening. Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Hitachi demos 3D realworld object projector

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first_img Integral 3D TV system projects a promising future (w/ Video) More information: Hitachi press release The demo, shown as part of the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) trade show, the Japanese equivalent of CES, at the Makuhari Messe convention center just outside of Tokyo, was meant to show the progress that Hitachi has made in developing 3D projecting devices. Called Full-parallax 3D Display Technology, it looks like hologram technology, but isn’t. Instead it utilizes multiple cameras to capture the image then displays it using a group of 24 projectors, transparent mirrors and computers to project the image down onto a real three-dimensional object, such as an egg. In this respect, the technology is truly unique. When a viewer looking at the image moves up or down or left or right, what they see changes to suit the viewing angle. And if that’s not enough, the projected image can be viewed by multiple people from multiple angles, and everyone sees it as they would were there an actual real-world object sitting there. Also, if the object is moved around a little, the system compensates for it automatically. Explore further The system has a 60° horizontal and 30° vertical viewing angle and Hitachi reps report that it will have a resolution that is 1.6 times higher than anything shown before, though there are reports that Sony is working on a similar system so that boast may not last long.In addition to its use as a tool to show off its coolness factor, Hitachi believes that the projector could be used by design engineers, digital signature apps and perhaps as a training device in the manufacturing or medical arenas. Citation: Hitachi demos 3D real-world object projector (2011, October 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-hitachi-demos-3d-real-world-projector.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — In a feat of technical wizardry combined with several doses of panache, Hitachi has demoed a 3D projector that can project images onto real-world objects in stunning fashion. For the demo, a 3D image of a bird hatching was displayed on an artificial egg that was cradled in an artificial nest. But that’s not all. Viewers looking at the demo see the bird as a hologram, in that as the viewing angle changes, so too does the view of the image, just as it would were you to be watching a real bird. The demo brings to mind Princess Leia, in Star Wars, delivering her message via 3D hologram to Obi Wan Kenobi.last_img read more