Global panel to review FAA approval of Boeing 737 Max flight controls

first_imgCHICAGO — A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max’s flight control system was approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities, including Transport Canada, have confirmed participation in a technical review promised by the agency.Former U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Chris Hart will lead the group, which also will have experts from the FAA and NASA. They will look at the plane’s automated system including the way it interacts with pilots. The group will meet Tuesday and is expected to finish in 90 days.The Boeing jetliner has been grounded around the world since mid-March after two crashes killed 346 people. Investigators are focusing on anti-stall software that pushed the planes’ noses down based on erroneous sensor readings.In a statement Friday, the FAA said aviation authorities from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to help with the work, called a Joint Authorities Technical Review.The group will evaluate the automated flight control design and determine whether it complies with regulations. It also will decide if changes need to be made in the FAA’s approval process.Chicago-based Boeing is working on a software fix to the planes’ anti-stall system, known by its acronym, MCAS. In both an October crash off the coast of Indonesia and a March crash in Ethiopia, a faulty sensor reading triggered MCAS and pushed the plane’s nose down, and pilots were unable to recover.Pilots at U.S. airlines complained that they didn’t even know about MCAS until after the October crash. They then received computer training that described the system and how to respond when something goes wrong with it.On Wednesday, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the company completed its last test flight of updated flight-control software. Muilenburg said test pilots flew 120 flights totalling 203 hours with the new software. The company is expected to conduct a crucial certification flight with an FAA test pilot on board soon, possibly next week.“We are making steady progress toward certification” and returning the Max to service, Muilenburg said as he stood in front of a Max jet at Boeing Field in Seattle.Muilenburg said he went on a test flight that day and saw the updated software “operating as designed across a range of flight conditions.”In the U.S., United Airlines has removed its 14 Max jets from the schedule until early July, while American, with 24, and Southwest, with 34, are not counting on the planes until August.It could take longer before foreign airlines can use their Max jets. Regulators outside the U.S. once relied on the FAA’s judgment in such matters but have indicated plans to conduct their own reviews this time.Foreign countries may impose additional requirements, delaying the use of the Max by their carriers.For example, FAA experts concluded in a draft report that while pilots need training on the anti-stall system, they do not need additional time in flight simulators. Canada’s transportation minister said this week, however, that he wants simulator training for Max pilots. Air Canada has 24 Max jets, while Sunwing has four.WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13, but Boeing has suspended all future deliveries.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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SC says vehicles cause more pollution than firecrackers

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said why people were “running after” firecracker industries when it seems that automobiles were “bigger” contributor to pollution, and asked the Centre whether there was any comparative study on pollution caused by both.While expressing serious concern over loss of jobs of people involved in manufacture and sale of firecrackers, a bench of Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer said, “We do not wish to generate unemployment.” Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Is there any comparative study on what proportion of pollution is caused by firecrackers and what proportion is caused by automobiles? It seems you are running after firecrackers, but bigger pollution contributor is perhaps vehicles,” the bench told Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, who was appearing for the Centre. The top court said, “You must tell us some way of preventing unemployment also. We cannot have people unemployed and hungry. There are areas where firecrackers can be used.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”We cannot give them (those who have lost jobs) money. We cannot support their families. Unemployment is there,” the bench said. The bench also raised a question as to how manufacture of firecrackers could be stopped if the trade is legal and people have licence to carry out the business. “Nobody has tested this in relation to Article 19 (which says all citizens shall have the right to practise any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business). If the trade is legal and you have the licence for this, then how can you stop this? How can you leave people unemployed?” the bench observed. The court was hearing a plea which has sought a complete ban on use of firecrackers across the country on the ground that it gives rise to pollution. The apex court had last year said people in the country can burst firecrackers only from 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali and other festivals, and had allowed the manufacture and sale of only “green crackers” which have low emission of light, sound and harmful chemicals. During the hearing on Tuesday, the ASG told the bench that the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) and other expert agencies were experimenting and they have come up with composition of “green crackers”. Regarding the use of barium nitrate, which was earlier banned by the apex court, Nadkarni said, “Barium was banned in firecrackers by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Supreme Court also banned it. It was used only for testing purpose to check pollution from crackers.” He referred to the minutes of meeting of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and said it has been envisaged that product approval for the improved formulation shall be given by PESO by March 21 this year. “A meeting in this regard is scheduled tomorrow. Once the formulation comes and if there is any objection, then it will be dealt with,” he said.last_img read more

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Norwegian Ambassador holds talks with Northern Province Governor

The Governor’s office said that the meeting took place at the Governor’s Secretariat which is located at Chundikuli, Jaffna. (Colombo Gazette) The Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Thorbjorn Gaustadsaether had talks with the Northern Province Governor Dr.Suren Raghavan in Jaffna today.Ambassador Thorbjorn Gaustadsaether met the Governor while on a visit to Jaffna.

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Hawaii court to consider rental law restraining order

HONOLULU — A federal judge is expected to consider a restraining order seeking to stop Honolulu from enforcing a new vacation rental ordinance.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday that a U.S. District Court judge is scheduled to hear the case Aug. 15.The Hawaii Vacation Rental Owners Association says it reached a previous settlement agreement with the city that is being violated.The ordinance that went into effect Thursday bans renting or advertising unpermitted short-term rental units outside a resort district.The law also increases fines for renting or advertising the units from $1,000 per day to a maximum of $10,000 per day.The city says house or apartment rentals for less than 30 days must meet specific conditions to become legal.City officials would not comment on the ongoing litigation.___Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.comThe Associated Press read more

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Air Canada launches routes with fuelefficient A220 to seize US market share

MONTREAL — Canada’s largest airline aims to boost its presence in the U.S. with a pair of Airbus A220 jetliners on two new non-stop routes between Montreal and Seattle and from Toronto to San Jose, Calif.The narrow-body aircraft, which are set to take off on May 4, are the first two of 10 that Air Canada expects to receive by the summer of 2020, granting it greater range and cost savings as rival WestJet Airlines Ltd. attempts to make further inroads into international markets.Mark Galardo, Air Canada’s head of network planning, says the 137-seat A220 offers better fuel efficiency than some Boeing 737 and Airbus jets and greater range than equivalent-size aircraft like the Embraer E190 which the new planes will replace.Galardo says the Montreal-based airline will be the second North American carrier, after Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc., to fly the A220.The plane was called the C Series before Bombardier Inc. gave up a controlling stake in the aircraft program to Airbus, which christened it the A220.In February, Air Canada said it planned to grow its share of the U.S. international transit market to two per cent from roughly 1.3 per cent — though no timeline was set.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press read more

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Football Flaws in pass defense exposed once again prove fatal in Ohio

Ohio State junior cornerback Denzel Ward (12) breaks up an Iowa pass in the second quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 24-55. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIOWA CITY, Iowa — Through its first two games of the season, No. 6 Ohio State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) had allowed the most passing yards per game of any team in the nation with 403, after being torched in back-to-back weeks by Indiana and Oklahoma.Several weeks after that against lackluster opponents and a surprising shutdown performance of Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley seemed to quiet the concerns many had about the pass defense.Those concerns re-emerged in the first half of Ohio State’s game against Iowa as the Buckeyes allowed Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley to throw for 162 yards and three touchdown passes to put the Hawkeyes up 31-17.No improvements were made in the second half as Stanley continued picked apart the Buckeyes as he finished the game going 20-for-31 with 226 yards and five touchdown passes, effectively ending any championship hopes Ohio State had heading into the matchup.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer appeared disappointed in his team’s effort defensively, but had no immediate answer for the struggles. “After I visit with the defensive staff, that’s just right now the game just ended, so I don’t have any answers for you right now,” Meyer said.From the beginning, Stanley seemed to have all the answers Iowa needed. The pocket-passing quarterback seemingly found no issue picking apart Ohio State’s secondary as he found his tight ends wide open on seam routes across the middle of the field and worked play-action passes to perfection to throw off the defense.The play that seemed most prevalent and most effective against Ohio State proved to be the play-action passes with Stanley rolling out of the pocket. The secondary often bit the play-fakes and lost a step in coverage to receivers, who would often run corner routes, and surrendered big plays.Stanley finished the game with seven passes for 15-plus yards. He entered the game completing 57.5 percent of his passes, but finished with a 64.5 completion percentage. The Ohio State defense had just three pass break-ups, and one of those was from defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones. Though much of the blame deserves to be levied upon the secondary, the defensive line struggled to apply ample pressure to Stanley. Ohio State finished with just one sack in the game, and any time pressure was applied, Stanley was able to get the ball out quick enough or roll out of pressure to avoid being taken down. Redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said the defensive line did not do enough to stop Stanley, and should have applied more pressure to aid the defensive backs in defending against the pass.“I just say, the defensive linemen, that’s on us,” Lewis said. “Pass rush has to get home. We’ve got to sack the quarterback. That’s our job. Disrupt the pass, that’s on us.”Lewis said the team allowed Stanley to get too comfortable in the pocket, and the inability to pressure the quarterback frequently enough allowed him to complete passes easier or effectively escape the pocket and make a play outside the pocket.“Given how quick [Stanley was releasing the ball], or most of the time, should definitely have to get home and affect the passing,” Lewis said. “And that’s the main thing when it’s a passing situation. Trying to find ways to affect the passer and getting the pass rush home, getting sacks. That’s the main goal. He stood in the pocket a few times.”The issues of the passing defense have been prevalent all season. For the most part, the defensive line has not been at the root of the problems, and it wasn’t Saturday. However, the letdown performance by the line prevented it from bailing out the struggles of the secondary as it had earlier in the season. The struggles of Ohio State against the pass is nothing new. It was just exposed again Saturday. read more

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Minister Patterson should be fired for blatant lies Opposition Leader

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP intends to have charges against Govt Ministers refiled- JagdeoNovember 7, 2018In “Crime”New Demerara brige: Patterson says he unaware of coalition financier’s connectionSeptember 15, 2017In “Business”$100M more to be set aside for expertise on New Demerara River Crossing- GovtNovember 26, 2018In “Business” Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has called on Head of State, David Granger to immediately fire Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson over what he described as a repeated plethora of “blatant lies” in an attempt to defame the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and its approach to building a new Demerara River crossing.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo told reporters Minister Patterson had not only lied in his utterances with regard to him having doled out all of the Petroleum Blocks available for exploration, but in his pronouncements over the new crossing for the Demerara River.Speaking to the new river crossing, Minister Patterson during an Alliance For Change (AFC) press engagement this past week had insinuated that the Jagdeo-led Administration had not only gone to tender for a new bridge, but that he was peeved since the then favoured location would have seen his friend profiting.Jagdeo said that the PPP commissioned a pre-feasibility study in 2013 at a time when he had already left office and had, in fact, invited Expressions of Interest for three different locations, a clear testament to the fact that the Administration had not yet settled on a location for the construction of the new infrastructure.Jagdeo also spoke to Patterson’s reaction to his prediction of impending acts of corruption through the award of Exploration Licences to be issued to companies currently applying that share close linkages – through complex shareholding structures – with Ministers of Government.According to the Opposition Leader, the ploy employed by Patterson was, in fact, a strategy to deflect from the substance of the allegations laid in relation to the corrupt practices and focus attention on further misrepresentation of fact.Misrepresentation, he said, is readily reported by the Kaieteur News, which the former President accused of being in the pockets of the regime as an outlet to peddle misinformation.Still on the lies exhibited by Minister Patterson, Jagdeo drew reference to his assertions that the PPP/Civic Administration under the former President had given out all the licences – information that could have readily been had since that is available at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).Minister of Public Infrastructure, David PattersonSpeaking specifically to the coverage of what he deemed as “fake news”  being provided by the outlined news outfit, Jagdeo drew reference to the fact that when Patterson’s lies had been exposed using maps and information supplied by the GGMC, this was carried by all of the media houses except the Kaieteur News.In his criticisms, Jagdeo noted that although the news outfit was provided with a copy of the map showing the available blocks, this was not represented.He expanded by saying that with the perception being peddled by Minister Patterson that all the oil blocks had been given out, the Administration can secretly enter into deals for the remaining blocks since the impression given by Patterson is that there are no available petroleum blocks.According to Jagdeo, “this Minister should be fired for lying…what Patterson said at that press conference is a lie and no amount of obfuscation, no amount of the Kaieteur News’ lies that they keep peddling and the fake news can change that fact.”Having established that Patterson had lied on the matters related to the petroleum blocks, the Opposition Leader also called out the Minister over his misrepresentations on the proposed bridge across the Demerara River.In seeking to debunk the assertions made by Patterson, the former President drew reference to a document which the Minister had displayed at his press conference purportedly requesting in excess of $100 million in order to fund a pre-feasibility study.According to Jagdeo, that study commissioned by the PPP in 2013 after his tenure in office, in fact, cost just over $5 million, a far cry from the more than $150 million the coalition paid for a substantive study.The former President was adamant that following their pre-feasibility study in 2013, the Government then tested the market by inviting Expressions of Interest (EoI) specifying the three locations that had been identified.Jagdeo said Minister Patterson needs to understand the concept of testing the market and pointed out if the then Government had already made a decision on the Houston-Versailles location, it would not have issued an EoI request in the latter part of 2013 identifying the three possible sites that were proposed in the pre-feasibility study.Jagdeo told media operatives that when the matter was first raised by the PPP/C, the questions related to the proposed financing structure, possible subsidies, Government guarantees and toll increases – questions he said Patterson is yet to answer.He pointed to the study conducted by Government which indicated various options for tolls and subsidies.According to Jagdeo, the PPP/C is merely seeking to solicit answers to questions from Government on the likely increases in tolls, subsidies and debt guarantees to be borne by the State among other uncertainties. read more

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Koscielny reflects on West Ham defeat

first_imgArsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was left gutted after their 1-0 defeat to West Ham on Saturday but urged the squad to remain unified.Declan Rice’s 48th-minute goal was the difference between the two sides on Saturday afternoon to condemn Arsenal to their fifth defeat of the Premier League season.Arsenal remain fifth in the league table, but a resurgent Manchester United team is hot on their trails.“We came here to win because for us the three points were very important, and next week as well to play against Chelsea,” Koscielny told the club’s website.“We tried to play, we did well in the first half but didn’t have a lot of chances in the final third.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…“We need to keep calmer in the final third and find the final ball, but in the second half we didn’t start well and conceded early.“After that, we tried to push for the rest of the game, we had some chances and we didn’t score so it is difficult to come back with no points but we need two continue to fight to make the top four.“Strikers sometimes have just one opportunity and they [are expected to] score, but sometimes you do it and sometimes it is more difficult.“We are all together, it is not down to] one or two players, we are a group and we need to stay together and to push more for the next game.”last_img read more

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Trump supporters form human wall at southern New Mexico border

first_imgSUNLAND PARK, N.M. (WSVN) — A group of President Donald Trump supporters gathered at the southern border of New Mexico where they linked arms and made a human wall while chanting, “build the wall.”Video shows the group linking arms and carrying American flags, while many wore “Make America Great Again” hats.The group also chanted “Trump 2020.”According to KFOX, the display took place in Sunland Park, New Mexico at an area where the current border fences finishes.Sunland Park is just over eight miles away from El Paso, Texas, where the president is scheduled to host a rally Monday night.Trump is expected to highlight border security in the rally.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Indias traditional industries seek special grant in annual budget

first_imgIndia’s traditional industries seek special grant in annual budget1.1K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00India’s traditional industries seek special grant in annual budget1.1K viewsBusinessKochi, Feb 27 (ANI): In a hope to stabilize India’s drooping traditional industries like handloom, handicrafts, coir, cashew and beedi, industry experts are looking forward to the Narendra Modi government undertaking special measures in its annual budget for the fiscal year 2015-16 to be presented on Saturday. The traditional industries are mainly labour intensive and rely on skills that are passed on from one generation to another. The workforce of these industries mainly includes tribal people who remain deprived of their basic necessities even after 68 years of India’s Independence. He added that a special grant from the central government would benefit millions of people involved in the industry like, raw material collectors, cutters, makers, distributors.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Kochi, Feb 27 (ANI): In a hope to stabilize India’s drooping traditional industries like handloom, handicrafts, coir, cashew and beedi, industry experts are looking forward to the Narendra Modi government undertaking special measures in its annual budget for the fiscal year 2015-16 to be presented on Saturday. The traditional industries are mainly labour intensive and rely on skills that are passed on from one generation to another. The workforce of these industries mainly includes tribal people who remain deprived of their basic necessities even after 68 years of India’s Independence. He added that a special grant from the central government would benefit millions of people involved in the industry like, raw material collectors, cutters, makers, distributors.last_img read more

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Pope Francis condemns US predator priests

first_imgPope Francis waves prior his Angelus prayer after a mass to the italian youths at St. Peter’s square in the Vatican, on 12 August. Photo: AFPPope Francis is on the side of victims of more than 300 “predator” priests in the United States who are accused of abusing over 1,000 children across seven decades, the Vatican said Thursday.“Victims should know that the pope is on their side,” the Vatican said in a statement after a devastating US grand jury report published on Tuesday decried a systematic cover-up by the Catholic Church.“Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent,” the statement said.“There are two words that can express the feelings faced with these horrible crimes: shame and sorrow,” it said.The Vatican statement added that the church needed to learn “hard lessons from its past, and there should be accountability for both abusers and those who permitted abuse to occur”.The report is thought to be the most comprehensive to date into abuse in the US church, since The Boston Globe first exposed paedophile priests in Massachusetts in 2002.But while Tuesday’s report led to charges against two priests, one of whom has pleaded guilty, the majority of those responsible are dead and the vast majority of crimes happened too long ago to prosecute, officials said.The two-year investigation by a grand jury into all but two Pennsylvania dioceses turned up dozens of witnesses and half a million pages of church records containing “credible allegations against over three hundred predator priests.”More than 1,000 child victims were identifiable, but the “real number” was “in the thousands,” the grand jury estimated.Hidden for decadesVictims were often traumatised for life, driven to drugs, alcohol and suicide, the grand jury said. The only recourse was to recommend changes to the law and expose what had happened to make sure such widespread abuse was never repeated.So far only two new priests are being charged with crimes that fall within the statute of limitations.The grand jury called for changes in the law that would scrap the statute of limitations for child sex abuse, give victims more time to file civil lawsuits and tighten legislation compelling people to report abuse they find out about.“Despite some institutional reform, individual leaders of the church have largely escaped public accountability,” the report said.“Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades.”Church elders were instead promoted and predator priests allowed to remain in ministries for 10, 20, even 40 years after leaders learned of their crimes as the list of victims got longer and longer, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.Between 5,700 and 10,000 Catholic priests have been accused of sexual abuse in the United States, but only a few hundred have been tried, convicted, and sentenced for their crimes, according to the watchdog Bishop Accountability.Since the abuse crisis became public in the 2000s, the US church has spent more than $3 billion in settlements, according to Bishop Accountability.One estimate suggests up there were 100,000 US victims.Zero toleranceFrancis was elected in 2013 and vowed to take a “zero tolerance” approach to clerical sex abuse and rid the Church of the scourge of paedophilia, which has done enormous damage to its standing in many countries.But his credibility on the issue has been hit by a series of missteps and victims’ organisations maintain that the Church remains reluctant to hand paedophile priests over to criminal justice authorities.Francis has compared sex abuse by priests to participating in a “Satanic Mass”, but he has also been accused of being too soft on paedophiles, extending to them a general policy of mercy he is promoting in the Roman Catholic Church.There are widespread accusations that the Catholic Church ignored and covered up child abuse in countries from Australia to Chile.last_img read more

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Kamal seeks judicial probe into train crash

first_imgKamal Hossain. File PhotoGonoforum president Kamal Hossain on Monday demanded a judicial investigation into Upaban Express train crash in Moulvibazar’s Kulaura upazila to unearth the main reason behind it, reports UNB.In a statement, Kamal and his party general secretary Reza Kibria also demanded the government ensure adequate compensation to the relatives of those killed and injured.They said the judicial investigation is necessary for taking necessary steps to avert the recurrence of such accident.The accident took place when six coaches of Dhaka-bound ‘Upaban Express’ from Sylhet veered off the tracks around 11:40pm on Sunday after a culvert over the Barochhara Canal broke down, leaving five people dead and 200 other injured.Two of the coaches fell into the canal and one of them overturned.The Gonoforum leaders prayed for salvation of the departed soul of those killed in the train crash, and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.They also wished early recovery of the injured.last_img read more

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Another School Shooting Are We Numb To It

first_imgAP Photo/Jae C. HongBetty Rodriguez, right, comforts her granddaughter Giselle, 11, during a prayer service held to honor the shooting victims at North Park Elementary School, Monday, April 10, 2017, in San Bernardino, Calif. A man walked into his estranged wife’s elementary school classroom in San Bernardino and opened deadly fire on Monday.The shooting of more than a dozen students at a Kentucky high school might have been expected to shock the nation, but Americans seem numbed by the apparent frequency of school shootings since 20 children and six adults were killed at a Connecticut elementary school in 2012, gun-control advocates say.President Donald Trump took more than 24 hours to express sorrow about the shooting on Twitter — but tweeted about text messages between FBI agents and immigration in the meantime — while Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, tweeted condolences and called Kentucky’s governor the same day. Although the story led many newscasts, much coverage of the shooting in Benton, Kentucky, emphasized how students put past safety training into practice, running as far as a mile (1.6 kilometers) to escape the gunfire.A 15-year-old boy was in police custody after authorities say he walked into Marshall County High School armed with a pistol Tuesday morning and immediately started firing. Two 15-year-old classmates were killed and 18 others were injured.Gun safety and school safety advocates say the shock factor has disappeared amid years of school shootings, making them feel like common, everyday events.“It is a story that feels probably like the movie ‘Groundhog Day,’” said Shannon Watts, who founded Moms Demand Action after watching the shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school that killed 20 children and six adults.“It almost is like some kind of bar has been set (since Newtown), and if school shootings don’t reach that bar, then maybe they’re not newsworthy, which is in itself wrong,” Watts later added. “We have to care every time a gun goes off on school grounds, no matter what the reason is … because we are the only developed nation where this happened.”In the five years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the United States has had 283 school shootings — 11 since just the beginning of this year — by gun control advocates’ count. The day before the shooting in Benton, a 16-year-old boy shot and injured a 15-year-old girl in the cafeteria at a high school in Italy, Texas — barely a blip on the national news.Katherine Newman’s book “Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings,” zeroes in on two shootings, one of which occurred in Paducah, Kentucky, just 24 miles (40 kilometers) from Benton.These types of school shootings — rampage shootings — remain uncommon, she said. However, because they are lumped in with all sorts of other shootings near or at schools, they feel like they’re happening more frequently. For example, among the 11 cases this year some count as a school shooting was a 31-year-old man who killed himself in the parking lot of a Michigan elementary school. In researching the 2004 book, Newman said they tracked school shootings from 1970 to 2000 and identified 20 that fit the rampage category.By the strict definition, no school shootings have happened so far this year except the ones in Kentucky and Texas, plus a teen who killed himself in a school bathroom.Newman said actual school shootings remain rare and occur most often in places just like Benton: small, rural and viewed as idyllic places to grow up. But those qualities sow the seeds for the kids who carry out these shootings, she said.“These are tiny towns where people feel like it’s a wonderful place to raise your kids because everyone knows your name,” Newman said.But in these towns, she said, future shooters grow up surrounded by classmates who seem to be enjoying life, excelling in sports or academics, and being raised in wonderful families. They struggle to fit in and, when they can’t, they conjure up shootings as a way to at least become notorious.“They were trying to get people to think of them as an antihero because that was better than being thought of as a loser,” she said.School shootings rarely happen spontaneously or without a few classmates having a whiff it might happen. The solution? Finding ways to ensure kids can tell an adult without feeling like snitches or reactionaries.Robert Boyd, executive director of the Delaware-based Secure Schools Alliance, which works on making schools safer, said the vast majority of mass shootings at elementary schools are committed by an intruder, while those at middle and high schools are by students.“The malaise, the tolerance that we as a society have built up about students doing violence on other students, we seem to have more collective outrage when it’s an intruder,” Boyd said. “But we’ve just come to accept that it’s normal for a student to walk in with a gun and start shooting.” Sharelast_img read more

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A Tale of Revenge And Immigration Leaves A Mother of American Kids

first_imgTom Barry/The Texas TribuneImmigration detention facility in Hudspeth Co. just outside of Sierra Blanca, about 100 miles east of El Paso.As she sat in a West Texas immigration detention center on Friday, three days before her 36th birthday, Ivonne Burciaga Prieto wondered why she’s seen other undocumented immigrants released while she’s still languishing there after nearly six months.After all, the mother of three U.S. citizen children traveled freely back and forth across the Texas-Mexico border for decades. She paid taxes here, bought a home here and registered her car in her name here. She believes that she is a citizen too.But Burciaga Prieto has been in federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in Sierra Blanca since February, after authorities accused her of making a false claim to citizenship by presenting a fake birth certificate. It’s the same document she’s used for years to enter El Paso from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.“Her mother told her she was born outside of Houston and … used a midwife,” said Burciaga Prieto’s attorney, Stephen Spurgin. “A midwife jumped through all the hoops to sign off on [the birth certificate] and the people at the bridge were happy with that for years.”Happy, Spurgin argues, until Burciaga Prieto was the victim of retaliation.In November 2013, Burciaga-Prieto’s youngest child, age 6, was sexually abused by a cousin. Protective orders were sought and obtained. The family received assistance from the El Paso County District Attorney’s office. And Burciaga Prieto testified to help the prosecution.But before the cousin’s conviction, Burciaga Prieto was detained at the border. Spurgin and Burciaga Prieto believe — and claim in documents sent to Department of Homeland Security authorities — that U.S. Customs and Border Protection was tipped off by an angry relative in an act of revenge.In addition to the midwife-signed American birth certificate, Burciaga Prieto also had a Mexican birth certificate, which Spurgin said is common in border cultures. Burciaga Prieto told The Texas Tribune that her parents obtained the Mexican document so that she would have legal ties to her Mexican family and its business, and be able to attend public school in Mexico. But for reasons she said were unknown to her, her parents backdated her birth by a month in the Mexican document.In a May 24 letter to Juan Mendez, a deportation officer with the Department of Homeland Security, Spurgin said the whole thing was a ploy to get Burciaga Prieto and her child to recant their story. Spurgin has seen Burciaga Prieto’s American birth certificate and said he believes it to be authentic. But even if it isn’t, he said, Burciaga Prieto has lived her whole life believing she was an American.“If something was done nefariously, it’s not Ivonne’s fault,” he said. “Infants don’t take those kinds of actions. Parents took them thinking it was in the best interest of their children.”When Burciaga Prieto was detained at the bridge in 2014, she said a Customs and Border Protection agent told her she was going to jail for a long time if she didn’t confess to being a Mexican. “The only thing I remember telling him was, ‘If you think I am, that’s fine,’” she said. In a criminal complaint filed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texase, Burciaga Prieto was charged with violating immigration laws by making a false representation of citizenship.But four months later, federal prosecutors dismissed the charge. A one-page order dated June 2014 states that “the government does not wish to prosecute at this time;” Spurgin says federal prosecutors saw through the retaliation ploy.Burciaga Prieta and her family eventually relocated to Midland and moved on with their lives. Her case file includes copies of pay stubs, income tax returns and lease agreements — nothing to suggest she was trying to live under the radar.But immigration officials never let her off of theirs. This February, after nearly four years, ICE arrested Burciaga Prieto at home while two of her children were at school and one was home sick. The kids — now 11, 13 and 15 — are with their grandparents in Mexico until school begins again in a couple weeks, Burciaga Prieto said.Citing privacy reasons, an official in the ICE field office in El Paso declined to comment on the case.“I’m a single mother, I’m a mother and father and my children need me,” Burciaga Prieto said from detention last week. “And I am here and I see that everyone is getting out, that mothers arrive with their kids and they get out and I am traumatized. I haven’t killed anyone, I am not a drug dealer, I don’t have criminal charges.”With her citizenship in question, Spurgin is seeking an alternate option for his client: a U-visa. It’s a visa that can be awarded to victims of crimes or people who assist with the prosecution of a crime. Burciaga Prieto’s casefile includes certification from the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office attesting to her cooperation in the case and the trauma the sexual abuse caused her family.But the process to finalize the U-visa could take up to four years, Spurgin said.Spurgin argues that ICE is arbitrarily holding his client out of malice and that changes to immigration policy under President Donald Trump have played a key role in her detention.“Immigration judges for decades have had the ability to drop proceedings in an immigration case temporarily in order for government agencies to catch up,” he said.But U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered judges to suspend the practice, called “administrative closure,” in May.Meanwhile, immigration judges can’t set bond or release a person on parole, so it’s up to ICE to let Burciaga Prieto out of detention.“ICE decided that an innocent person like Ivonne needs to be locked up and separated from her children,” Spurgin said. “She’s not a flight risk, she’s not a danger to the community. But more importantly, irrespective of whether she’s a citizen of the U.S. or not, she assisted the El Paso County DA’s office to put away a rapist, a child rapist.”Spurgin said taxpayers of all political stripes should be outraged that their money, as much as $150 a day, is being spent to detain his client.“I can’t be in here,” Burciaga Prieto said. “I need to be with my kids.” Sharelast_img read more

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Atlantic Media Sells Quartz for Up to 110 Million to Japans Uzabase

first_imgQuartz’s two co-presidents — editor-in-chief Kevin J. Delaney and and publisher Jay Lauf — will become co-CEOs of Quartz, reporting to Uzabase and NewsPicks founder and CEO Yusuke Umeda. Quartz will retain its name and brand and continue operating from its New York City headquarters. Currently, Quartz has 215 employees, including 100 journalists based around the world.No layoffs are planned as part of the acquisition, and Quartz employee benefits will remain unchanged, according to a memo to staff from Delaney and Lauf. An unnamed “senior Uzabase executive” will join Quartz as CFO following the close of the deal, they said.Privately held Atlantic Media doesn’t disclose financial results. In a presentation for investors, Uzabase disclosed that Quartz revenue rose from $18.6 million in 2015 to $30 million in 2016 — but fell 8% last year, to $27.6 million.“While high-quality advertising will continue to represent the lion’s share of Quartz’s revenue in the coming years, we expect that the biggest source of growth in Quartz’s next chapter will come from reader revenue,” Lauf and Delaney wrote in the memo.Launched in Japan in 2013, NewsPicks has 3.3 million registered users and 64,000 paying subscribers for its $15-per-month product in Japan. Quartz says its average audience is about 20 million unique visitors per month, spanning its website (qz.com), app, email newsletters, and video.Atlantic Media said it will continue to provide corporate support to Quartz for at least 12 months following the acquisition. Atlantic Media chairman-owner David Bradley will continue to work with the company as a senior adviser and shareholder. Bradley, with Atlantic Media president Michael Finnegan, will continue to own and operate the privately held holding company’s other businesses, National Journal Group, Government Executive Media Group, and The Atlantic.Separately, a year ago Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective bought a majority stake in The Atlantic.In his own note to Atlantic Media staff, Bradley wrote, “After selling the majority of The Atlantic to Emerson Collective, I had thought it would be a few years before we launched the search for a Quartz buyer.” But Bradley was impressed with Uzabase co-founder and CEO Yusuke Umeda’s vision and track record. “[T]he first reason for proceeding was the sense that I would be passing Quartz on to an individual and a leadership team… of exceptionally high character,” Bradley wrote. “The second reason is that Yusuke is a pure entrepreneur, an original creator of huge — and global — ambition.” Popular on Variety Atlantic Media has sold Quartz, its six-year-old business news startup, to Japanese financial publisher Uzabase in a deal valuing Quartz at between $75 million to $110 million.Under the terms of the pact announced Monday, Quartz will take over the English-language version of NewsPicks, Uzabase’s subscription-news service. NewsPicks launched in the U.S. in mid-2017 as a joint venture with Dow Jones & Co., and Tokyo-based Uzabase sees the Quartz acquisition as fueling its expansion into the U.S. and Europe.Atlantic Media and Uzabase said they’ve been in talks about a deal for Quartz since last fall and began hammering out the terms in March 2018. The companies expect the acquisition to close in the next 30 days. The value of the deal is contingent on Quartz’s financial performance in 2018. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Uzabase was founded in 2008 by former investment bankers Umeda and Ryosuke Niino, along with former IT consultant Yusuke Inagaki. The company’s primary products are NewsPicks and SPEEDA, a business-to-business financial information and corporate intelligence platform. Uzabase went public in 2016 and is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.last_img read more

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Remember Mickey Mouse Is In Kingdom Hearts

first_img If you read my post on the new Kingdom Hearts 3 theme song ft. Skrillex, you may have noticed my somewhat salty feelings towards what by all means is a lovable action-JRPG franchise. At the end of the day, I don’t make fun of Kingdom Hearts just to clown on something lots of people have clearly spent many years of their actual lives enjoying and waiting on. Making fun of this series is almost boring and cliche. It’s just that to me Kingdom Hearts, along with just being very funny, is almost… dishonest? It’s a bait and switch in a way that actually kind of bothers me. It’s tough to explain (like Kingdom Hearts itself) but I’m going to try.It starts with this. If you fall deep enough into the Kingdom Hearts rabbit hole, it’s actually possible to forget that Mickey Mouse is even in the games. And how crazy is that.I haven’t played the entire Kingdom Hearts saga, but I have sunk dozens of hours into the series spread across various games, mainline and spin-off. Each time I go in thinking “Mickey Mouse wearing a trench coat and swinging a big key like a sword is a ridiculous visual but a visual I would like to see.” And each time I’m bamboozled because trench coat King Mickey Mouse is barely there! It feels like Poochie on The Simpsons where every time Mickey Mouse isn’t on screen all the other characters should be asking, “Where’s Mickey?” Epic Mickey, for all of its flaws as a platformer and cop-out take on a dark Disney universe, at least prominently featured Mickey freakin’ Mouse.It sounds petty, and it kind of is, but it speaks to the weird lie at the heart of this series and its premise, the borderline fraud that long-time fans have just gotten over already. What is Kingdom Hearts even supposed to actually be? It promises (or promised) Final Fantasy meets Disney. And I guess that’s sort of true. In Kingdom Hearts 3 you can visit beautifully created video game versions of Toy Story 3 and Frozen. I’m legit astonished the current Disney #brand behemoth lets this game fly while Star Wars gaming remains a slow-mo train wreck.But it’s more incongruous than ever when Goofy and Donald Duck and Jack Sparrow Johnny Depp keep popping up in the middle of this otherwise unrelated ponderous anime soap opera. It’s like the crossover elements are an obligation, a way to draw from other sources for aesthetic and content but not make them a part of what actually matters: all of the labyrinth drama involve this legion of original Haley Joel Osment/Jesse McCartney characters.(Folks compare Kingdom Hearts to Metal Gear and while they do both share impenetrable plots Metal Gear’s lunacy at least stems from the military conspiracy vibe it’s never been shy about selling. Metal Gear also play better.)millions of Kingdoms Hearts fans walk amongst us, having careers, fulfilling relationships, even being pillars of their communities. they will also burst into tears thinking about Donald Duck, whose sailor shirt exposes his asshole, talking to a dark anime guy— doing grey sweatpants challenge with my uncle (@ByYourLogic) June 12, 2018Despite all of these Disney worlds, to me it’s the Final Fantasy DNA in Kingdom Hearts that has really grown more prominent, which is ironic since appearances from actual Final Fantasy characters have grown increasingly infrequent. The plot of any mainline Final Fantasy game, as bloated and incomprehensible as it is, is at least guaranteed to end within that one game. All the confusing conflict between various empires and crystals and gods will reach some kind of conclusion and you can stop thinking about it. You can even shrink it into a 10-hour mobile game.But Kingdom Hearts balloons the gibberish of a modern Final Fantasy game over nearly two decades worth of product and only now is there an end in sight. It’s all the worst indulgences of Tetsuya Nomura’s influence on Square Enix (right down to the insufferably overdesigned characters) and makes us question why anyone would have any faith in a spread out episodic Final Fantasy VII remake going through its own Kingdom Hearts 3-style development Hell.A lot of people say they got into Kingdom Hearts as kids. And I believe them. But I just imagine a kid now who has no idea what this series is picking up Kingdom Hearts 3 because Mickey Mouse is tucked away in the corner of the box art. Will they get a kick out of playing in a Big Hero Six toy box? Or will they be utterly baffled they have to coordinate floaty attacks between Sora’s party in some skirmish against Organization XIII and a ‘norted Aqua? Will they even remember that Mickey Mouse is in this game?Kingdom Hearts III launches on January 25. Hopefully Tetsuya Nomura will then find peace and crumble into dust. For more on Kingdom Hearts check out the game’s impressive voiceover talent and read our hands-on preview from a series newcomer. Stay on target Watch: ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ Is A Game To Play Before You Die‘Kingdom Hearts’ Board Game Is Vital Canon last_img read more

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New CMD says CIL aims to be worlds mostefficient coal miner

first_imgKolkata: The world’s largest miner, Coal India Ltd, now aspires to be the “most-efficient” coal producer, with an aim to bring down costs to a “bare minimum” level as the sector opens up for commercial mining. “We are the world’s largest coal producer, but we wish to be the most-efficient coal miner,” newly-appointed CIL Chairman and Managing Director Anil Kumar Jha has said.Jha, however, acknowledged that it would be difficult, due to the socio-economic situation of India compared with some of the efficient coal players like Australia. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”Our socio-economic situation is different. When we open a mine, there is huge demand for employment. The land losers want nothing but employment. Despite this, MCL (Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd) pays compensation of Rs 16 lakh in lieu of employment, but villagers demand employment,” he said.Jha had served as the chairman of CIL’s most profitable subsidiary, MCL.He further said that manpower engaged with Coal India is three to four times than that of an Australian mine, owing to the large demand for employment. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedMoreover, CIL also invests in infrastructure development for its neigbhourhood areas to fulfil the demand for water, health and education needs of locals around the mines, so that all stakeholders get a share of profit from the miner, Jha said.The top CIL official said the mining major is striving to bring down the cost of production to a “bare minimum”, but added that he would require some time to prepare a roadmap towards these goals without compromising on social factors.Jha said he had already approved opening of price bids for ERP implementation, which was delayed for quite a few months.He also asserted that no power plant will suffer due to shortage of coal.last_img read more

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Going selfdriving Opt for right car

first_imgSelf-driving has become a popular concept in India, especially in the metros. More and more people nowadays prefer to rent a car to explore a destination rather than opt for cabs, trains, buses, or flights so make sure you are opting for the right one. Experts share their inputs and quick tips to follow while choosing a self-drive car:Get the right price: A self-drive car is normally charged on an hourly basis, but rates tend to soar during the weekends! In fact, rates can differ significantly depending upon whether the car one chooses comes with fuel, or without. The with-fuel option would definitely be more expensive in terms of cost per kilometer, whereas, in the without-fuel plan, the customer will bear the cost of fuel but won’t have to worry about how many kilometer he/she is driving. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe best way to decide which one to go for is to know the distance you want to cover. If you have a lot of driving on your mind, it may be best to choose the without-fuel plan. Rental plans that include fuel expenses are better for people who seek the car for travelling within the city.Which type of car should I pick? : Self-drive companies have been offering a wide range of vehicles such as hatchbacks, sedans, SUVs etc. from different brands. As per the choice, one can also take luxury machines and sports cars categories, for driving enthusiasts willing to experience the thrill and adventure of driving in big, fast cars. However, for a middle-class consumer, the smarter way to decide is based on the number of travellers, luggage and the comfort level expected during the trip. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor instance, four adults planning a long journey with minimal luggage should ideally opt for a diesel hatchback with manual transmission to reduce the overall cost of the journey, as a diesel car would give them a good mileage. Meanwhile, for intracity travel, people can opt for automatic cars for convenience during congestion and traffic.Don’t ignore the ‘Other’ costs: When you are getting yourself a self-drive vehicle, you are not just paying for the rent. The car companies also ask for other charges such as the refundable security deposit, cost of damage, and other penalties. The security deposit usually ranges between Rs. 999 and Rs. 5,000, with the damage costs deducted from the deposit. If the damage claim amount goes higher than the deposit, the consumer has to pay it at the time of returning the vehicle. There are many companies that also charge penalty for over-speeding. If the user is a repeated offender, the fine amount increases, as do the chances of getting blacklisted by the firm. Wondering how they would get to know if you’re driving rashly? These new-age companies have smart technologies in place to track instances like over-speeding and sudden braking at high speeds. It is therefore advisable to adhere to the legal speed limits to keep your rental costs to a minimum.Check the network at your chosen destination: Before opting for a self-drive car to head to a particular destination, make sure to check the network coverage of that area. After all, while you are roaming around in that particular city, you would need to stay constantly online to keep a tab on the nearby places and stay connected during emergency situations. Check the parts, toolkit and stepney before you hire: Many of you might not have prior experience of renting a self-drive car. Although you can be assured that the car rentals will not make any mistake, it is better to be on thesafer side by doing a quick check on various parts of the car yourself and to start with, one must not forget to check if the spare tyre and stepney jack are in place. Afterward, examine the brakes, engine, and battery of the car, along with its condition so that the driveis comfortable without any hindrance.last_img read more

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Nighttime shopping in the CBD

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Another Night Market took place on Friday evening at the Old Mill in Queen Street.The street was abuzz with activity as stall-holders set up their wares in anticipation of making some good sales when the sun went down.The turnout could have been better, but the trickle of market-goers who arrived to do some nighttime shopping picked up some great bargains. Half the thrill of these evening markets is drifting from stall to stall and browsing through the articles on offer in the hopes that something interesting will catch your eye.The strong aroma of brewing coffee, as well as chicken curry and rice, filled the air and enticed the shoppers to chase away the winter blues with a caffeine fix and a hearty, hot meal. For those with a sweet tooth, there were tantalising pancakes on sale, which made for a nice little dessert after the filling curry. The sugary pancakes were a definite highlight among the young ones.From great food to amazing toys for the little ones, the Night Market had it all, proving that you’re never too young or too old to feel the excitement of a Friday night out doing some shopping under the streetlights.If you were not there, you missed out! But fear not, another Night Market is around the corner for you to support.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

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Pope says he wasnt offended by Communist crucifix

first_img ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis says he wasn’t offended by the “Communist crucifix” given to him by Bolivian President Evo Morales during his South American pilgrimage.Morales surprised the pontiff with the unusual gift, a crucifix attached to a hammer and sickle, when Francis arrived in La Paz on Wednesday.The crucifix was a replica of one designed by a Jesuit priest, the Rev. Luis Espinal, who was tortured and killed by Bolivian paramilitary squads in 1980. Francis prayed at the site of Espinal’s assassination upon his arrival in Bolivia. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Men’s health affects baby’s health too Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 0 Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Sponsored Stories In this Wednesday, July 8, 2015 photo, Bolivian President Evo Morales presents Pope Francis with a crucifix carved into a wooden hammer and sickle, in La Paz, Bolivia. The crucifix is a replica, originally designed by Jesuit activist Luis Espinal, who was assassinated in 1980 by suspected paramilitaries during the months that preceded a military coup. Even though the Vatican was not expecting the unusual gift, it is seeking to explain the “Communist crucifix” given to Francis, saying it’s a symbol of dialogue and not an offensive melding of faith and ideology. (L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP) Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like The modified crucifix immediately raised eyebrows, with some questioning whether Morales, whose socialist and anti-church rhetoric is well-known, was trying to score a questionable political point with a questionable, and possibly sacrilegious, melding of faith and ideology.Francis, an Argentine Jesuit, said Espinal was well-known among his fellow Jesuits as a proponent of the Marxist strain of liberation theology. The Vatican opposed it, fearing that Marxists were using liberation theology’s “preferential option for the poor” as a call for armed revolution against oppressive right-wing regimes that were in power in much of Latin America in the 1970s and 1980s.During a news conference en route home to Rome on Sunday, Francis said he interpreted Morales’ gift through the prism of Espinal’s Marxist bent and viewed it as protest art.After taking into consideration the time in which he lived, Francis said: “I understand this work. For me it wasn’t an offense.”Francis added that he brought the crucifix home with him.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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