British vicar catches fire waiting for God’s answer

first_imgA British vicar got more than he expected from his first attempt at an online sermon when he leaned too close to a candle on a cross and his sweater caught fire.Stephen Beach of St Budeaux Parish Church in Plymouth, southwest England, was getting his congregation to reflect on the experience of waiting in the final section of a sermon delivered from his home last week.”It’s a great thing to pause in the presence of God and to ask the question: Lord God, what are you saying to us?,” Beach said, warming to the theme. “And then, of course, to wait for an answer. I’ve just been pausing between these…” he continues before the realising his left shoulder has moved too close to the flame.”Oh dear, I just caught on fire”, he exclaimed, batting and blowing out the flame. “Oh my word.” Video sermons are part of the Plymouth church’s response to the coronavirus crisis, trying to encourage people to keep faith and sustain their normal outlook on life, the vicar told Reuters in a message.”My family love it, and the youngest grandchildren want to know when Granddad is going to set himself on fire again,” Beach added.Several places of worship around the world have adopted online prayers and services in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.In a television message watched by more than 27 million people on Monday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Britons to stay at home, told nearly all shops to close and banned social gatherings including weddings and baptisms.Topics :last_img read more

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Gay weddings boost US economy by $3.8 billion since landmark ruling

first_imgThe total has since more than doubled, with more than half a million gay and lesbian couples marrying in the United States.The United States is one of 28 United Nations’ member states that recognizes the right of same-sex couples to marry after Costa Rica joined the ranks on Tuesday.According to advocacy group Open For Business, gay marriage in Costa Rica could boost the economy by up to $592 million.The Williams Institute study included figures and estimates based on data from the US Census Bureau.  Topics : Gay and lesbian weddings have boosted state and local economies by an estimated $3.8 billion since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide in the United States in 2015, according to a study published on Thursday.Nearly 300,000 gay and lesbian couples have tied the knot since the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, according to researchers from the Williams Institute at California’s UCLA School of Law.”Marriage equality has changed the lives of same-sex couples and their families,” said the study’s lead author Christy Mallory, state and local policy director at the Williams Institute. “It has also provided a sizable benefit to business and state and local governments.”center_img Some $3.2 billion has been spent on weddings, while thousands of traveling wedding guests spent $544 million. The events generated an additional $244 million in state and local taxes, the research found.About 45,000 jobs also were supported by same-sex weddings, according to the study.Gay marriage was first approved in the state of Massachusetts in 2003, with several states following suit.By the time of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision, some 242,000 same-sex couples had wed, the study said.last_img read more

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Douglas Marina Dredging Project on the Way

first_imgThe Ports Division of the Isle of Man Government Department of Infrastructure is working on a project that will remove mud and silt from Douglas Inner Harbor (Marina).According to the government, the proposed work will involve excavation of up to 5000 tonnes (3125m³) of mud and silt from the marina bed for transportation and dumping offshore at an agreed site.The officials also added that the works are conditional on issue of a licence to deposit at sea and this must be issued by the Ports Division in consultation with DEFA prior to commencement.If all goes according to the schedule, the Douglas Marina dredging project will begin in the next couple of weeks.The marina was last dredged in 2016, when an excavator was used to clear approx. 5,000 tonnes of stone from the marina in the area adjacent to the Tongue buildings.At the same time, the government has submitted a planning application for the storage and disposal of contaminated silt from the marina at Peel, which was last dredged in 2015.The main purpose of this project is to remove 44,000 tonnes of silt which is threatening the closure of a number of berths.last_img read more

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Duterte picks Gapay as new Army chief

first_imgLIEUTENANT GENERAL GILBERT GAPAY. PHOTO FROM AFP SOUTHERN LUZON COMMAND FACEBOOK PAGE Manila – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Lieutenant GeneralGilbert Gapay, the current commander of the Southern Luzon Command, as thePhilippine Army’s next commanding general. AFP spokesperson Brigadier GeneralEdgard Arevalo earlier said there were five shortlisted candidates for the topArmy post./PN Prior to his assignment in theSouthern Luzon Command, Gapay served as commander of the Mechanized InfantryDivision and deputy commander of Eastern Mindanao Command based in Davao City. Gapay is a member of the PhilippineMilitary Academy “Sinagtala” Class of 1986 – on top of his class.  “I wish to inform you that per yourletter-endorsement and in accordance with the recommendation of the Chief ofStaff, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Chairman, AFP Board ofGenerals, pursuant to Republic Act No. 8186, as amended, the designation ofLieutenant General Gilbert Gapay O-9473 Armed Forces of the Philippines asCommanding General, Philippine Army vice Lieutenant General Macairog AlbertoO-9568 is hereby approved,” Duterte said.  Duterte, in a letter addressed toDefense secretary Delfin Lorenzana, approved the designation of Gapay as Armychief – to replace retiring Lieutenant General Macairog Alberto.  last_img read more

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Indians Tennis Team Winners Over Rebels

first_imgMilan won its 4th match last night vs SW Hanover, 5-0! Milan’s record is now 4-1 with the last three matches ending in a 5-0 victory!Singles winners included :Playhing in his first #1 singles match Luke Rehn with a hard-fought 3 set match, #2 and #3 singles Dean Elrod and Sam Rehn won in straight sets.Doubles winners included #1 Cooper Wade/Logan Alloway won 6-0, 6-0. In comeback fashion #2 doubles lost the first set only to come back and win sets 2 and 3, congrats to Travis Butte/Jon Bixler.Submitted by Milan Coach Zach Wade and Milan AD John Prifogle.last_img read more

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Parenting program offered in Batesville

first_imgBatesville, In. — Enrollment is open for the Incredible Years ® BABY Parenting Program. The program will be held at the Batesville Public Library Annex for eight Mondays beginning on July 24 from 10 a.m. to noon.The program is for anyone parenting a child from 0 to 6 years old. The program feature tips and tricks to help build a strong family.During the program parents receive free child care and a meal, an opportunity to network with others, time to de-stress and relax and earn Foster Parent credit hours.For more information go online to onecommunityonefamily.org/ or call 812-532-3441.-0-last_img read more

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Wright is all right at Bethany

first_imgThe field of 21 was slowed by just a single caution. R.J. Dishong took the front early only to see Wright roar past. Chris Wright topped Saturday’s Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main event at Bethany Speedway. (Photo by Judy Staley) BETHANY, Mo. (May 4) – Chris Wright found the right way around Bethany Speedway Saturday night, en route to the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature win.  Wright continued to lead as Coleman Browning challenged both high and low but could not find a way around. As the only yellow flag of the feature flew, Colton Nelson used the restart to his advantage, got by Browning for second and set his sights on the leader. Wright, however, went on to pick up the win with Nelson second and Browning third.  Chad Clancy cruised to the IMCA Modified victory and Steve Starmer got the best of tenacious Carson Masoner for top IMCA Sunoco Stock Car honors. By Rick Staley last_img read more

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Referees must do better – Hughes

first_img Hughes had to take Ireland off at half-time of the Barclays Premier League contest at the Britannia Stadium due to a calf injury the Potters midfielder sustained when being tackled by Tigers defender Figueroa just before the break. The manager after the game revealed Ireland had to have “something like 12 or 15 stitches” and claimed Figueroa should have been shown a straight red card. Stoke boss Mark Hughes has accused Maynor Figueroa of making an “horrendous tackle” on Stephen Ireland during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Hull, rating the challenge as worse than Ashley Barnes’ on Nemanja Matic last weekend and hitting out at the officials for taking no action. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho labelled Barnes’ tackle on Matic – also not punished during the game – as “criminal”. And Hughes said: “I think there has been a lot of debate about a certain challenge in the Chelsea-Burnley game and I think this one is actually worse than that. “Stevie didn’t get up and run after the lad because he wasn’t in a position to do so, due to the injury he had sustained. “We are upset by that challenge and what it might entail for Stevie – he is going to be missing for any number of weeks. It was a terrible challenge. “You just ask for the key moments in games to be refereed correctly, and I think that’s the main gripe at the moment – key decisions are not being made correctly, or things are being missed on too many occasions. It has to improve.” Asked about games being ‘re-refereed’ after the final whistle, Hughes added: “I’m not advocating anything, but I think it’s a case of we have professional referees now and it is not a part-time job. It’s about time they did their job correctly.” Giving his assessment overall of what was a scrappy contest, the Welshman said: “I thought we were the only team with an attitude of being positive and showing ambition. “Hull came with a gameplan to make it difficult and get people behind the ball, which is their right. “But in terms of trying to make a game of it, doing the right things and being creative, there was only one team deserving of the victory.” Hull boss Steve Bruce had his own complaints about the officials, insisting Crouch – who scored a minute after coming on, notching his ninth goal of the season and fourth in four appearances – had been offside. Bruce said: “The defenders were adamant he was. They had done enough, because he is offside, but unfortunately, the linesman hasn’t seen it that way. “You expect them to get those decisions right. It is disappointing. “I don’t think we ever deserved to win the match, but you don’t expect to lose the game to something like that, not at this level. “I know they have a difficult job, made very difficult here – they get put under pressure from all sorts of people here. But if the linesman does his job properly, then we get a point.” Bruce, whose side are four points above the relegation zone in 15th while Stoke are 10th, also revealed Robbie Brady had missed the game due to a calf injury, and that top-scorer Nikica Jelavic had sat it out due to having a knee “twice as big as it should be”. Referee Neil Swarbrick had allowed play to continue at the time, and he and his assistant were strongly condemned by Hughes, who was quick to compare the incident to the one involving Burnley forward Barnes and Chelsea midfielder Matic at Stamford Bridge last Saturday which has drawn so much attention over the past week. Reflecting on the victory, Hughes – whose side’s winner came in the 71st minute when Ireland’s replacement Charlie Adam delivered a cross that fellow substitute Peter Crouch headed home – said: “We were really pleased. “But I have to say, it is tempered somewhat because we have Stevie Ireland having been on the end of an horrendous tackle in the first half – one that should have seen a straight red card, to be perfectly honest. “Why the referee or his assistant haven’t seen the severity of that challenge… He (Ireland) has come in at half-time, rolled his sock down, and I think everyone was taken aback by the severity of the gash on his calf. “He has got something like 12 or 15 stitches in the leg wound, so for the officials to not see that challenge – I’ve seen it on video, and it is shocking. “I’m highlighting it not because I want to get anyone in trouble – I’m just saying that, on the day, I thought the referee was poor. “We had two players shown yellow cards, and in comparison to that challenge on Stevie Ireland, I think it is remarkable, astounding that the referee hasn’t sent the lad straight off. They need to be better. “The assistant referee was only 10 yards away for goodness’ sake, so he needs to see that challenge. It is a poor one.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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The Latest: Big 12 postpones virtual football media days

first_img–Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver.___The Head of the Charles Regatta is going virtual because of the new coronavirus, only the second time since 1965 that the two-day rowing event has been canceled. The competition scheduled for October will instead go virtual, allowing rowers to take part by racing a 2.9-mile (4.7 km) course on their own bodies of water using a GPS device, or on an ergometer.The Head of the Charles is the world’s largest two-day rowing race, with 11,000 competitors from around the world. Associated Press ___The Baltimore Ravens won’t have fans at their training camp this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.The team announced Wednesday that it will adhere to NFL/NFLPA protocols that prohibit fans from attending practices, even if state and local government regulations would eventually permit them to do so.Since 2011, up to 2,000 fans a day have attended camp at the team facility in Owings Mills, Maryland.Ravens president Dick Cass said the team believes the decision is in the best interest of the public and the organization. ___The Denver Broncos are telling season ticket holders that Empower Field at Mile High won’t be at full capacity this season because of the coronavirus outbreak and face masks will be required if local officials allow a limited number of fans to attend games to maintain social distancing.The Broncos told season ticket holders in a memo that they’ll get priority for any single-game tickets that are sold this season whether or not they opt for a full refund for 2020 or a credit for 2021.The team’s ticket office will contact season ticket holders about game and seat availability after local capacity guidelines are established, according to the memo sent Wednesday.The memo also outlined enhanced safety precautions at the stadium in addition to face masks and social distancing requirements, including cashless concession options, touchless bathroom fixtures, sanitation stations, and “the latest air purification technology.” After meeting with Big 12 athletic directors this week, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said it was still too early to make decisions about changing the football season or other fall sports. He said the league would move forward slowly and constantly re-evaluate the ever-evolving situation. Big Ten and Pac-12 officials announced last week that they would play conference-only football schedules this fall.The Big 12 did Wednesday night postpone its virtual football media days until Aug. 3. That event was scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday.The league still plans to release its preseason All-Big 12 football team Thursday, and the preseason media poll Friday.___ The track isn’t identifying any of the other riders. However, some have confirmed their own cases.___City of Philadelphia officials have clarified their ban on public events, opening up the possibility the Eagles would be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the city changes its rules before or during the season, assuming the NFL plays games this season. The city on Tuesday banned all large public events that require public permits through February 2021. Teams will be permitted to play without fans in Philadelphia.The Phillies will host the Miami Marlins next weekend when the major league baseball season begins. Saratoga opens its summer meet on Thursday.___Notre Dame isn’t selling single-game football tickets through its usual lottery this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.School officials sent an email to alumni saying that they couldn’t offer single-game tickets or parking for 2020 home games “given the uncertainties surrounding the upcoming season and our commitment to maintaining physical distancing in all of our venues.”Notre Dame officials said they were working on a seating plan that “will greatly reduce our capacity” as they try to incorporate distancing measures to keep spectators as safe as possible. July 15, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Big 12 Conference is delaying its virtual football media days until early August but hasn’t made any decisions on changes to the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The defending AFC North champions have not announced the starting date for training camp, which usually begins in late July.___The Ohio Valley Conference announced Wednesday that it has postponed the league’s Virtual Football Media Day scheduled for Monday. The OVC says it plans to reschedule for a date closer to the start of the season, which is slated for Sept. 3, a Thursday night.The conference’s meetings were held virtually in June for the first time in league history. A limited number of owners will be allowed at Saratoga on the day that their horse is entered to race. The New York Racing Association says the size of an ownership group will be limited to eight people who possess a license per horse. The application to attend must be received 24 hours in advance in order to reduce density and adhere to social distancing guidelines.Owners will have their temperatures checked and be required to wear a face covering.A limited number of owners will also be allowed in the track’s stable area if they provide a negative COVID-19 test result within seven days of a request. Any owners planning to travel to Saratoga from states listed on the New York travel advisory must quarantine for 14 days. The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at “The Big House” if the Wolverines play college football games this year.The athletic department says a final decision will be made after conferring with medical experts, the school’s leadership and the Big Ten Conference, along with government officials and agencies.Michigan’s policies include the elimination of season tickets for the 2020 season. Paperless tickets will be available for individual games to only season ticket holders, not the general public, if there is a season and spectators are given access to the 107,601-seat Michigan Stadium.___The Tennessee Volunteers report multiple positive results for COVID-19 after the university ran a batch of tests last week. ___The Philadelphia Eagles won’t be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the NFL plays games this season. The city banned all large public events that require public permits through February 2021. Teams will be permitted to play without fans in Philadelphia.The Phillies will host the Miami Marlins next weekend when the major league baseball season begins.___ The race was also canceled in 1996 during a rain and wind storm.___USA Hockey has called off holding its world junior summer showcase, set to be held in Michigan in two weeks.With 44 players invited, the event was part of USA Hockey’s selection process in determining its team to compete at the world junior championships in Alberta in late December.Without citing the coronavirus pandemic, USA Hockey executive John Vanbiesbrouck said it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel the event. The tests were conducted after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the positive tests spanned “multiple sports.”Tennessee previously had two basketball players test positive, with both clearing quarantine. A graduate assistant for the football team tested positive and was quarantined for 14 days.Tennessee is bringing athletes back to campus in phases, with football the first to return on June 8.Josiah-Jordan James, a sophomore guard on the basketball team, spoke to reporters last week about how tough it was seeing two teammates test positive for COVID-19. He said that drove home the seriousness of the pandemic and the need to follow all the safety precautions even when he doesn’t feel like wearing a mask.___ ___The Green Bay Packers say they won’t admit fans to any training camp practices or preseason home games due to the coronavirus pandemic.This also applies to the annual Packers Family Night, an annual event that features a practice and other activities. The Family Night event will still take place at Lambeau Field and will be televised statewide, though the date and time haven’t been announced yet.Plans regarding attendance for regular-season games haven’t been announced yet. Season ticket holders have the of opting out of the chance to buy tickets this year without losing control of their tickets for next season.The Packers have already conceded their regular-season home games will have a “significantly reduced” capacity, if there are any spectators at all. ___Del Mar has canceled racing for the upcoming weekend after 15 jockeys tested positive for COVID-19. All the track’s riders and personnel who work in the jockeys’ room were tested a day earlier by San Diego County public health officials at the request of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Of the 15 positive tests, all were believed to be asymptomatic.Contact tracing procedures are underway. All but one of the riders who tested positive rode at the recently concluded Los Alamitos meet in Orange County. The mass testing was ordered by the track after jockeys Flavien Prat and Victor Espinoza tested positive. They are both quarantining at home. 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Insights Preview: A look at the emotional support services available for Alpena’s first responders

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the critical work of first responders has received much attention.  Also being brought to light are the important support services that are needed to protect the emotional well-being of our front-line workers.  In this Sunday’s Insights, WBKB Reporter Sheri Stuart interviews Deputy Chief Training Officer Rob Edmonds who discusses the Alpena Fire Department’s approach to survival training as well as managing stress on the job.Insights airs Sunday on ABC at 11 a.m. and on CBS at 11:30 a.m. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Salons reopening in the UP and Northeast MichiganNext Alpena community show support for George Floyd and BLMlast_img read more

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