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Nick Kyrgios out of French Open, tournament that ‘sucks’

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Unfamiliar, but nice: Simona Halep back to defend French Open title LATEST STORIES “The French Open sucks compared to this place. Sucks. Absolute sucks.”Kyrgios also withdrew from the French Open last year and has never reached the second week in Paris.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Australia’s Nick Kyrgios returns the ball to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev (unseen) during their ATP Masters tournament tennis match at the Foro Italico in Rome on May 14, 2019. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP)Firebrand Nick Kyrgios pulled out of Roland Garros on Friday, just days after saying the French Open “sucks”.Organizers confirmed the Australian’s withdrawal from the second Grand Slam tournament of the season and he will be replaced by a lucky loser from qualifying.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The 24-year-old was due to have faced Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the first round.Last week, Kyrgios was disqualified from the Italian Open in Rome and headed straight to London to practice with Andy Murray at Wimbledon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think this is the best tournament in the world, look at this perfect green surface,” Kyrgios wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of him sitting on the grass courts.“Get rid of the clay, man. Who likes the clay, it is so bad. View commentslast_img read more

Touch Football on Totally Wild!

first_imgTouch Football South Australia juniors featured on popular kids program, Totally Wild on Monday, 21 December.Totally Wild presenter Seamus Evans joined Touch Football South Australia Operations Manager, Miles Wilson and junior participants, explaining the rules of the game and what they enjoy about the sport of Touch Football. To view the video, please click on the link below (starting at 9:15) – http://tenplay.com.au/channel-eleven/totally-wild/season-23/episode-77Related LinksTotally Wild!last_img read more

a month agoCrystal Palace striker Benteke: I’d be Liverpool star

first_imgCrystal Palace striker Benteke: I’d be Liverpool starby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has claimed he could make it into Liverpool’s first team if he was still playing at Anfield.The Belgian striker made the move to Palace in 2016 after just one season with the Reds.He told Sportbible: “Yeah. It’s easy to say now because I play for Palace and they play for Liverpool, but when you train every day with the same players and the manager believes in you, it’s easier.”People will say I’m making excuses, but everyone knows the club was going through a transition when I was there.”If you compare the team from when I was there to the current team, I think there are only three, four players still in the first XI, most of them are new.”Benteke scored 10 times in 42 appearances for Liverpool following his transfer from Aston Villa in 2015. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Japan website offers anonymity for variety of grievances

first_imgTOKYO – A cartoon cat in a purple robe brandishes a tiny gavel as it comforts another cat yowling from abuse: The images welcoming visitors to Sorehara, a Japanese website for anonymous complaints about harassment and other grievances, are deceptively endearing.“You don’t have to suffer alone. Get help from the cat who seeks justice,” it says.Sorehara, an abbreviation of the Japanese for “That’s harassment,” was devised by a 21-year-old college student and, like many #MeToo apps and websites, is meant to help victims of abuse safely fight back against their tormentors.It allows users to send anonymous complaints by email, without registering any personal information and is gaining popularity in Japan, despite some concerns over the potential for its misuse.On-the-job harassment is gaining attention as the #MeToo movement slowly takes root here. Sexual harassment claims have brought on recent resignations of high-profile officials, pop stars and professors.But the website doesn’t focus just on sexual misbehaviour. Sorehara goes to very Japanese extremes in allowing users to register their disapproval electronically to those who offend them in all sorts of ways, including indulging in garlic, wearing excessive perfume or smelling too strongly of cigarette smoke.Victim blaming can be severe in highly conformist Japan so anonymity is essential for helping them feel safe, says Tatsuki Yoshida, 21, who developed Sorehara and founded his start-up Quaerere last year.“In Japan, companies don’t like to deal with harassment issues. People who raise their voices about harassment usually just get moved to a different department or maybe given a raise. Or they get fired,” he told The Associated Press in a recent interview in Fujisawa, southwest of Tokyo.A college sophomore, he is taking time off from his studies to work on Sorehara.Inappropriate behaviour and unwanted sexual advances, repugnant and dangerous as they can be, are just part of a universe of gripes people might have about their co-workers.So Sorehara offers users various options, including “power harassment,” bullying, alcohol harassment, sexual harassment and even “smell harassment.”Next, they chose the level of severity, ranging from mere annoyance to threatening legal action. They fill in the email and a name or nickname of the person accused of the misbehaviour, but not their own email or name. The Japanese-language site gives an option to delay sending the message for up to two months, to reduce the possibility of the accuser being recognized.Recipients get an email politely notifying them of the harassment claim, asking if they recognize it and giving a choice of responses such as: “I will reflect on my behaviour,” or “I have done nothing wrong.”An English version was released recently, and a Korean-language version is in the works.The #MeToo era has inspired companies, colleges and support groups to devise all sorts of apps and other online support for victims of sexual harassment and other abuses.Some, like Protibadi in Bangladesh, HarassMap in Egypt and bSafe use mapping and GPS technology to help protect people by identifying potentially unsafe locations or notifying a user’s friends if the person seems to be in trouble. AI-powered chatbots like Spot, developed in California, automate harassment reporting. Others focus on support and counselling for victims. Few combine anonymity with direct online complaints the way Sorehara does.Some worry that this anonymity could invite abuse because the claims can’t be verified, and because many Japanese tend to view simple annoyances like body odour as grievous social transgressions.“There’s a possibility that the person you say is a harasser is not really harassing,” said Yoko Iwasaki of Cuore C Cube Co., a business management consulting company in Tokyo that focuses on harassment and diversity issues.“That person who receives that email from Sorehara might feel very weird and attacked. Sending that kind of message can also be harassment,” she said.But Hiroaki Morio, a professor at Kansai University, says he just believes the website is meant to be “light-hearted.”“They’re trying to make harassment easier to deal with,” Morio said.Despite the wider recognition of sexual harassment as a problem, Japanese thinking has not changed much and as most people still feel unable to speak up, so anonymous outlets like Sorehara can help, says Mayumi Haruno, who became the first Japanese woman to sue alleging on-the-job sexual harassment after she was forced out of her job in the 1980s. She won 1.65 million yen ($15,000) in damages in a lawsuit that she filed in 1989.Social media that allow anonymity, like Line, Twitter and Mixi are popular in Japan and in neighbouring South Korea, where Blind, an anonymous message board app for employees, launched a #MeToo message board early this year.“I think people are still afraid to make things public because they’re afraid of a backlash,” said Kyum Kim, co-founder of TeamBlind, which started the Blind app in 2013 and has offices in San Francisco, Seoul and Tokyo. “I think that’s the culture right now in Japan and Korea.”Sorehara says it sends about 50 complaints a day. Most people who get them accept or at least acknowledge them, suggesting most claims are genuine, Yoshida said.He says Sorehara is meant more to open lines of communication and raise awareness than to provide a formal way to report or solve harassment cases. Different people draw social lines in different places, Yoshida says, so he wants Sorehara to help people educate each other.Several companies, including one with about 200 employees, are working with Sorehara to use the service internally, and Yoshida says he is also collaborating with counselling services.“I don’t think companies are really changing internally,” Yoshida said. “But they are scared about their image, so at least they are paying more attention.”___Follow Nicola Shannon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nicolavshannonHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/Nicola%20Shannonlast_img read more

Muslims unite to free Waqf land from encroachment

first_imgNew Delhi: To free the Waqf land from the encroachments all over the country, the eminent Muslim personalities from both Shias and Sunnis sects vowed to come together and fight for it without any differences. Addressing a large gathering of around 5000 people at Karbala Jor Bagh in Delhi’s Lodhi Colony, Maulana Kalbe Jawwad also gifted a ‘sword’ to senior lawyer Mahmood Paracha and asked him to lead the fight to free Waqf properties from of the encroachers. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe programme was organised under the banner of ‘All India Waqf Protection Conference’ on Sunday after land worth around Rs 50,000 crore was freed from encroachment at Karbala Jorbagh including a nursery. Bot Maulana Kalbe Jawwad and lawyer Mahmood Paracha together with eminent Muslim personalities have vowed to fight against encroachment at Waqf properties. “It is time that all Muslims come together to free the Waqf land from encroachments, this is a pan India movement and we wish to fight it legally with the help of Muslims across the country,” said Bahadur Abbas Naqvi, General Secretary Anjuman- e Haideri Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsInterestingly, the photo of BR Ambedkar also found its space on the poster with Shia scholar Kalbe Jawwad who called for the conference. “The photo of Bahasahab indicates that we are going to take this fight legally across the country, also we have called both Shias and Sunnis to aid each other in the liberation of the Waqf land from encroachments,” said senior lawyer Mahmood Paracha who played an instrumental part in freeing the Waqf land in Jorbagh Karbala.last_img read more

Lok Sabha polls: AAP names 15 star campaigners for Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has come up with 15 names to be the party’s star campaigners in Delhi, senior party leader Gopal Rai said. Rai said these names would be submitted to the Election Commission for approval on Wednesday and they would come up with more names in the coming weeks. “A total of 40 campaigners will be campaigning for the party in Delhi,” he said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and senior party leaders Satyendra Jain, Sanjay Singh and he are among those chosen by the party, Rai said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe other names on the list include party members Bhagwant Mann, Sushil Gupta, ND Gupta, Imran Hussain, Kailash Gahlot, Saurabh Bhardwaj, Rajendra Pal Gautam, Rakhi Birla, Jarnail Singh and Shahnaz Hindustani, he said. The election to the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national Capital will be held on May 12. Meanwhile, AAP Delhi convenor Gopal Rai on Wednesday asked DPCC President Shiela Dikshit whether the people of Delhi should believe her latest statement on her earlier statement of November 21, 2013, when she had stated that due to Delhi not being a full state there has been a problem of coordination between different agencies and such problems would have been resolved had Delhi been a full state. “Dikshit has also stated that full statehood will no longer be a part of her party’s manifesto, she should explain what was the compulsion of her party in having promised full statehood for Delhi on 30th January 2015,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsRai also said that she should tell the people of Delhi whether the 2015 manifesto was a lie or what are her latest compulsions in going back from what her party had been promising to the people of Delhi for decades? “It is shocking that somebody who has been a Chief Minister of Delhi on Wednseady said that statehood for Delhi cannot be an issue for Lok Sabha elections. If one were to believe what Mrs Dikshit is saying today then on what basis she had got a resolution passed from the Assembly and sent it to the then central government for getting this demand fulfilled ?,” the AAP leader said.last_img read more

Hamstring injury rules out Bravo for 2 weeks

first_imgChennai: Chennai Super Kings’ star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will be out of action for two weeks owing to a grade 1 hamstring strain, the team’s batting coach Mike Hussey said here on Friday. CSK take on Ravichandran Ashwin-led Kings XI Punjab in their fifth match of the season on Saturday. The Trinidad cricketer, who suffered the injury during the team’s loss to Mumbai Indians on Wednesday, has been a key player for the defending champions, but went for runs in that game. “I can confirm it’s a grade one hamstring strain and he is going to be out for two weeks. It is a big loss. Obviously (he) offers so much balance to the team and his quality as a player… So it is going to cause a little bit of rejigging of the team, but I am sure we will still be able to put together a very strong team,” Hussey said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”And yes it is a big loss for us but we have had these challenges in the past and have been able to overcome them. So let us hope we can do that again,” Hussey said at the pre-match press conference. The former Australia cricketer also said the team would take a call on who would step in for Bravo, adding that New Zealand’s new signing Scott Kuggeleijn would be looked at. “… yeah definitely I think so, I am sure MS (Dhoni) and (head coach Stephen) Fleming will be looking at Scott and assessing his death bowling skills. Shardul (Thakur) has done a bit of it, Mohit Sharma can bowl at the death. It is about assessing the conditions a bit as well and assessing which bowlers are suited to bowl at the later stages of the game. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”You never know if it is a real turning pitch. I am sure there will be a lot of strategy thinking. It is a key area of the game and we didn’t quite get it right against Mumbai.” Asked if he was concerned about the form of openers Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu, who formed a formidable pair at the top during last year’s triumphant run, Hussey said he was not. “I am not concerned watching them at the nets. A big score is round the corner for both of them. Watson contributed during the Delhi game and won the man of the match award.”last_img read more

Four Ohio State football players to play in Senior Bowl

Four seniors from the 2011-12 Ohio State football team will participate in the 2012 Senior Bowl. Offensive linemen Mike Adams and Mike Brewster, running back Daniel “Boom” Herron and wide receiver DeVier Posey will play in the event scheduled for Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala. “This will mark the 11th straight year that Ohio State University has been represented in our game,” said Senior Bowl president and CEO, Steve Hale. “All four of these players are deserving of this opportunity to showcase their talents in front of the top decision makers in the National Football League.” Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and his assistants will coach the South team and Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and his staff will coach the North squad. The four OSU seniors helped contribute to a 39-13 record over the past four years including wins in the Rose Bowl in 2010 and the Sugar Bowl in 2011. The seniors also were a part of arguably the most tumultuous time period in OSU football history, which included the departure of former head coach Jim Tressel and the announcement of new head coach Urban Meyer. The entire 2010-11 season in which the Buckeyes went 12-1 and won the Sugar Bowl was vacated after it was discovered some players, including Herron, Adams and Posey, received improper benefits in exchange for tattoos. Herron was suspended a total of five games in 2011 for his part in the scandal and suspended an additional game for getting paid for work he didn’t perform. In the season’s final seven games, Herron rushed for 675 yards and three touchdowns. He leaves OSU as the school’s 10th leading rusher all-time with 2,869 yards. He also ranks eighth all-time with 33 career touchdowns. Adams was also suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for his part in the tattoo scandal. He started 25 games in his OSU career and was selected as a 2010 first-team all-Big Ten pick by the coaches and the media. From the fourth game of his freshman year, Brewster started 49 consecutive games at center. He was picked as a 2010 first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. Posey was suspended a total of ten games in the 2011 season for receiving improper benefits for tattoos and being compensated for work he didn’t perform. He finished his career with 136 receptions for 1,955 yards, which rank sixth and eighth respectively all-time at OSU. The four players will travel to Mobile, Ala., for a week of practices before the game. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. read more

Ohio State mens tennis sweeps 2 home matches

Senior Peter Kobelt serves the ball during a match against Xavier Jan. 22 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 7-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWith a winter storm approaching fast, the men’s tennis team made quick work of two opponents Tuesday at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.The Buckeyes did not surrender a set in either match during their doubleheader against  in-state foes Youngstown State and Wright State. They were wins No. 6 and 7 on the year for the undefeated, No. 5 Buckeyes.“We don’t usually take a week off in February,” coach Ty Tucker said after the Buckeyes took down Wright State, 4-0. “It was nice to play some matches and get a couple wins.”In OSU’s first match of the day against the Penguins, the No. 2 doubles team of redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach and redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz were the first to record a point for the Buckeyes, defeating Youngstown State seniors Rodrigo Campos and Zeeshan Ismail, 6-0.OSU redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan and freshman Marko Goles-Babic followed with a 6-2 win over junior Dawoud Kabli and senior Sebastian Hagn on court one.Callahan continued to cruise in singles play, beating YSU freshman Sharvil Nawghare 6-1, 6-0 on court six. Within minutes of each other, Steinbach defeated Kabli (6-2, 6-1) and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka beat Ismail (6-0, 6-2) to capture the match.“It’s good to shake the rust off … to get back on the court,” Callahan said. “We play practice sets, but when you go out in a match, it’s a little different. It’s good just to get back on the court.”The meeting with Wright State followed the same script, as OSU took care of the Raiders. Callahan and freshman Herkko Pollanen played first in this match, taking down Wright State senior Michal Lyzwa and junior Lauri Makikalli, 6-0, on court two.After holding serve the first five games, Metka and Goles-Babic went on to clinch the doubles point on court one with a 6-2 victory against Wright State senior Hayden Joblin and junior Ricardo Pineda.“It was good, last week, to let our bodies recover a little bit,” Metka said. “It’s good to get back to the matches, though. That’s what we look forward to.”The bottom half of the singles lineup iced the match for the Buckeyes. Callahan continued his strong outing by dropping a double bagel (6-0, 6-0) on court six, this time against Raider junior Aaron Madaris. Metka was right behind with a 6-1, 6-3 win on court four against Pineda. Goles-Babic didn’t show any lack of inexperience as he clinched it with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph on court five against Lyzwa.The matches with the Raiders and Penguins were the final tune-ups before the heavy part of OSU’s schedule takes place. The Buckeyes are slated to play No. 13 Kentucky Friday and No. 9 Texas A&M Sunday in Columbus.“Two huge matches coming to town,” Tucker said. “We’ve got to get rested and a couple guys have to get better, but I’m confident we’ll be ready to play.”Friday’s match against Kentucky is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. read more

Flood rescue stepped up as more rain batters Indias Kerala

first_imgRescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala, India, on 18 August 2018. ReutersRescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain Saturday to reach stranded villages in India’s Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead.Dozens of military and coastguard helicopters took troops to high risk areas seeking people trapped on the roofs of submerged buildings. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi described the crisis as “devastating” after visiting Kerala.Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced late Friday that the monsoon death toll had dramatically risen to 324.Media reports said at least another 14 bodies were found Saturday and state officials said they expected the number to rise as more landslides were reported and dam levels remained dangerously high. No new official toll was given however.With power and communication lines down, thousands remained trapped in towns and villages cut off by the floods amid growing shortages of food and water.Helicopters have been dropping emergency food and water supplies across Kerala, while special trains carrying drinking water and rice have been sent to the state.With rain alerts hanging over much of the state, dozens of dam and reservoir gates across the state have had to be opened as the waters reached danger levels, inundating many villages downstream.Particular fears have been raised for Chengannur, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, which has been cut off for four days.Troops and military boats have been sent to the town and media reports said bodies had been found. The state government did not immediately give an updated toll early Saturday.An aerial view shows partially submerged houses at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India, on 17 August 2018. Reuters- Helicopter plea -Saji Cherian, who represents Chengannur in the Kerala assembly, said he feared there were at least 50 dead in the town and broke down in tears as he pleaded for more help on Asianet TV late Friday.“Please give us a helicopter. I am begging you. Please help me, people in my place will die. Please help us. There is no other solution, people have to be airlifted,” he said.“We did what we can with fishing boats we procured using our political clout. But we can’t do more.”With no end in sight to the rains, people all over the state of 33 million have made panic-stricken appeals on social media for help, saying they cannot make contact with rescue services.Some say they are trapped inside temples and hospitals as well as submerged homes.Authorities have warned that rains and strong winds are predicted for many parts of Kerala on Saturday and Sunday.Prime minister Modi arrived in Kerala on Friday night and held meetings with state leaders and went on a brief air inspection tour.“I took stock of the situation arising in the wake of the devastating floods across the state,” Modi said in a Twitter statement.An Indian woman rescued by the Indian navy personnel rests with her grandchildren at the Naval relief camp in Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala on 18 August 2018. AFPAn immediate grant of $75 million was offered by the government. Other state governments promised nearly $20 million.Opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi demanded though that Modi declare the flood crisis a “national disaster”.Dozens of military helicopters stepped up rescue operations across the state and in one a heavily pregnant woman Sajita Jabeel, 25, gave birth just after her rescue, an Indian Navy spokesman said.“It was a very critical case, the lady was in labour, her water had broken,” the pilot, the pilot Commandeer Vijay Verma told News18 television.“We took a doctor along, we winched her up, it took some time though because we had to winch down two people to help her get on to the strop.”Another pilot, Captain P Rajkumar, winched 26 people up from a rooftop after guiding the helicopter through trees and other houses.A video of his Sea King pulling up the victims has been widely shared on social media. He ended up with 32 people in his Sea King helicopter.Rajkumar was given the Shaurya Chakra medal for bravery this week after lifting a fisherman from the sea when cyclone Ockhi hit India last year.last_img read more

Life stories — not sermons — guide Gilead Church in Chicago

first_img Share This! By: Katelyn Ferral Katelyn Ferral,Load Comments,New Pakistani leader’s education aims may include reining in religious schools Katelyn Ferral TagsGilead Church homepage featured mainline Christianity millennials Slow Church storytelling,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,CHICAGO (RNS) — In the purple upstairs lounge of a Chicago gay bar, JB Lee takes the stage in front of his fellow congregants to tell a life story: the time he, a self-described “Asian bro,” got high in Europe.Ignoring the advice of a wise Dutch coffee shop purveyor, Lee explains, he and a friend ate a marijuana brownie in one sitting — a choice that fueled a crazed bicycle ride, grocery store orange juice binge and much vomiting.He eventually ended up alone on a street curb, confused and shivering.“At that moment, a stranger saw what was going on, took off her coat and covered me with it,” Lee said. “She called the ambulance, and the rest was history.”As the bar church crowd cheered, the Rev. Vince Amlin proclaimed: “the word of God for the people of God.”“The word of God for the people of God,” the congregants repeated.JB Lee tells a story about a trip to Europe to the Gilead Church congregation during a service on Feb. 17, 2019, in Chicago. RNS photo by Katelyn FerralDecidedly irreverent and unconventional, Lee’s story is the centerpiece of what Gilead Church is about: connecting people’s everyday, true-life stories to the God they believe continues to work through them.Here, life stories are treated with the same reverence other Christian traditions show Scripture. They are inherently spiritual, regardless of what they are about, said Amlin, who co-founded and co-pastors Gilead with Rev. Rebecca Anderson.“Every story is a God story — not just the ones that seem like ‘oh I would tell this story at church,’ the shitty stories, the sexy stories, the failure stories, whatever they are,” Amlin said. “(That) life is sacred. That God chose to take on human life. That said something about human life.”The practice of storytelling is the core of Gilead’s progressive theology, presented each week by different members of the congregation.The stories, told in first person in front of a microphone, are layered between traditional church rituals — Communion, benediction — and less traditional ones, such as poetry readings, alcoholic drinks, and pop-song sing-alongs.During the service last month where Lee told his story, the congregation sang Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway,” Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” and Cher’s “Believe,” among others.The church has sermon themes that rotate and often involve input from the congregation: “Choose Your Own Adventure” was a recent theme in which a discussion of faith was laid out for the congregation like steps in the “Oregon Trail” computer game.Gilead, which launched in May 2017, said its intent is to translate the teachings of Jesus in a new way for those who have eschewed church, especially young adults — many of whom continue to exit mainline Protestant congregations.Gilead Church congregants meet outdoors near their garden. Photo by Jason Colston, courtesy of Gilead ChurchThe church’s Sunday night services, along with a slew of parties they are hosting this year, all aim to create community where people can share their unvarnished lives, ask hard questions and develop their faith.“We are open and affirming, anti-racist, local, organic, slow-church, just peace, free range, real butter Christians,” according to the Gilead site. It has also printed the phrase on church T-shirts.“It’s loud. It’s profane. It’s somewhat brash. It’s also really emotional… we hope we are hitting on something that is real for people,” said Amlin in an interview. “We are sharing true stories from our lives and that stuff hits hard.”Gilead, which has about 50 attendees each week, is growing at what is a “Pentecost moment” for the mainline Christian church at large, Amlin said. It is a blend of denominations: Amlin is ordained in the United Church of Christ, while Anderson is ordained in the Disciples of Christ.The concept for Gilead grew out of an annual dinner group Amlin and Anderson formed after meeting in divinity school at the University of Chicago. Both preachers come from creative backgrounds — Amlin with a degree in dramatic writing and Anderson with one in playwriting. They also teach storytelling workshops together on the side.“We specifically saw ourselves as part of something that was already happening in our denominations but also more widely,” Amlin said. “It wasn’t like, ‘oh, we’re going to start something that is better or different from everything that is happening,’ but more like ‘there is this energy to do something new.’”The name “Gilead” comes from the Bible and is a place in the Old Testament where a special healing balm is made and where a man named Jacob wrestles with God. The church similarly hopes to be a place of healing, where the wounded can be made whole.The Rev. Rebecca Anderson addresses the Gilead Church congregation during service on Feb. 17, 2019, in Chicago. RNS photo by Katelyn FerralThrowing parties is one way Gilead hopes to become that place — attracting people who don’t go to church to connect them with people who do.“Practically speaking, it’s a low-bar entry point to Gilead,” Anderson said.But to be clear, the main point is fun. Because fun is Christ-like, too, she said.“Jesus was kind of a party guy. He got invited to a lot of shit and said yes,” she said. “It’s just another expression of how we do church. In the Christian life, one of the fruits of the spirit is joy.”A key perk to starting a new church from an old faith tradition is finding new paths to that joy, Amlin said.“We don’t have to do things that we’ve always done,” Amlin said. “If we don’t have to do anything, what should we do? What’s fun? What’s exciting?”Last month, the church rented a Chicago Transit Authority elevated train car, brought in a DJ, a caterer and threw a party as the train looped throughout the city.Last summer the congregation brewed beer and had a release party for it: a Sex-Positive Summer Wheat Ale and Balm of Gilead Indian Pale Ale, a reference to the medicinal balm created in the Bible.It is planning a dance party for Easter.To kick off Lent? A fort-building party, naturally.“We’re going to build forts, right after you give up forts for Lent,” Anderson tells laughing congregants. “It’s sort of a Mardi Gras fort building situation.”Gilead Church members ride a CTA train around Chicago. Photo courtesy of Gilead ChurchThe church’s party initiative is funded, in part, through a grant from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary near Evanston. Garrett, which received $1.5 million from the Lilly Endowment, is funding 13 churches across the city with grants of up to $30,000 who are trying to attract young people and address issues of loneliness.The five-year initiative is being rolled out in three phases and will be completed in 2021. The first phase centered on listening sessions with millennial churchgoers, which revealed some common concerns among them, said Jennifer Moe, the assistant director for the program.“Young people have all of these skills and abilities, and they’re out there doing all these things with their work life, whether it’s artistic pursuits or activism or being entrepreneurs… (but) they feel like when they go to church, there’s no place for them,” Moe said. “The church sees them as valuable for just doing helpful work but not the main work of the church.”Anderson said Gilead engages young people but emphasizes being a place for everyone, regardless of age, background, sexual orientation or doctrinal beliefs.“Gilead is a ‘more is more’ community, so that actually, as a staff, we like to say, ‘if you’ve been told that you’re too much, Gilead is perfect for you!’” said Anderson.The congregation is unapologetically Christian but, unlike more conservative evangelical denominations, does not require members to align on a set list of doctrines. The impetus, rather, is on being a space to ask questions, to wrestle.“I am less about converting people than I am about saying if this stuff is beautiful or meaningful or lifesaving to you, it is yours for the having,” Anderson said. “We want to be a church by and for people who have been made to feel that the church is not for them.”That environment is what drew Lee, this week’s storyteller, to Gilead. The 33-year-old dentist grew up in a conservative Korean-American Christian church. He became disenchanted with the tradition after seeing hypocrisy and abuse of power within the church. Gilead has helped grow his faith and find community, he said.“It’s a place where even if you have a lot of questions, it’s OK,” Lee said. “It’s a place where questions are welcome and you don’t necessarily have to have some kind of conclusion. Doubts are encouraged.”Anderson agrees. Gilead helps people develop muscles for seeing God, whether it’s in Scripture or in the world, she said.It is working out its faith, one story at a time.“It’s one translation,” she said. “It’s not for everyone, but the folks who it is for, this is the language of how they hear the Gospel.” News • Photos of the Week Share This! By: Katelyn Ferral As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Muslim inmates sue over combined faith services in Arkansas prisons By: Katelyn Ferrallast_img read more

Extinction is forever—and ecosystem recovery takes a really really long time

first_img Life goes on for marine ecosystems after cataclysmic mass extinction Journal information: Science Advances Haijun Song and colleagues, in an article entitled “Decoupled taxonomic and ecological recoveries from the Permo-Triassic extinction,” offer new insights into the circumstances surrounding what was generally held to be a tandem and stepwise recovery, in terms of taxonomic genera and their constituent marine ecosystem, in the Triassic period. The recovery of the ecosystem and its representative taxa was thought to have occurred over several million years, moving from the bottom trophic levels to the top. However, data showing diverse top-trophic-level predators in the early Triassic period seem to contradict this view, along with unexplained gaps in other lower trophic level functional groups. Working from a custom dataset drawn from the Paleobiology Database and published literature, the authors of this study sought to examine the pattern and timing of ecosystem succession in relation to the diversity levels of three groups of fauna: non-motile, motile, and nektonic animals, during the Triassic recovery.To better understand the nature of the Triassic taxonomic recovery, the researchers examined representative fossil data spanning the Late Permian (254.1 Ma) to the Late Triassic (201.3 Ma) for diversity. In collecting data from a total of 51,055 fossil occurrences (defined as the presence of a genus at a stratigraphic unit or site) they found that marine genera attained pre-extinction levels of diversity about 5 Ma after the extinction event, noting “a logistic increase in taxonomic diversity during the Triassic… and suggesting that generic diversity appears to have reached the environmental carrying capacity.”In studying the ecological recovery as a whole in relation to the separate taxonomic recovery, they examined the separate fates of each of the three functional fossil groups. The non-motile group was composed of stationary animals like corals and sponges; the motile group included crustaceans, gastropods, and infaunal bivalves, among others; and the nektonic group of top-level predators included cephalopods such as octopi, conodonts (now-extinct proto-vertebrates resembling eels), bony fishes, and marine reptiles. Citation: Extinction is forever—and ecosystem recovery takes a really, really long time (2018, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-extinction-foreverand-ecosystem-recovery.html Explore further A Daonella Lommeli (oyster) fossil dating from 242.0 to 235.0 Ma at the Museo Geominero de Madrid. Credit: PePeEfe/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 © 2018 Phys.org More information: Haijun Song et al. Decoupled taxonomic and ecological recoveries from the Permo-Triassic extinction, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat5091 Researchers from the University of Leeds studying fossil data surrounding the Permo-Triassic (P-Tr) extinction of 252 million years (Ma) ago found that a marine ecosystem, in comparison with the taxonomic genera that comprise it, took a whole order of magnitude longer to recover after the mass extinction event that defines and separates the two geologic periods. The extinction event was responsible for killing upwards of 90% of all marine animals. These findings, presented in a recent Science Advances article, are especially sobering in light of the ongoing Anthropocene Extinction and the conclusions from the most recent IPCC report. As it turned out, nektonic animals—the group at the highest trophic level—were the first to recover from the P-Tr extinction event in terms of generic diversity, though they declined from their peak in the Middle Triassic well into the last phase of the Late Triassic. Non-motile animals, on the other hand, suffered the worst declines at the beginning of the Triassic, with their diversity decreasing from 500 to 100 genera, though they rebounded and returned to pre-extinction levels by the beginning of the Middle Triassic. The motile group also suffered heavy losses during the extinction event resulting in low diversity before rebounding at the outset of the Middle Triassic.In terms of occurrence proportion, nekton genera went from ~14% in the late Permian period to peak at 67% 2 Ma later, before declining to 11%. Non-motile genera showed an opposite trend, going from 71% to 21% to finally return to 70% at the end of the Triassic. Motile animals however, remained somewhat constant in proportion after the extinction event and throughout the Triassic. The investigators note a similar, though less pronounced trend, in relation to generic richness for the three groups; they also add that trends for composition and structure hold regardless of paleo-latitudinal region.Because the proportion of generic diversity of non-motile animals had been stable at 68% throughout much of the preceding Permian period and again approached this level in the Middle and Late Triassic period, the study authors assert that this represents the normal trophic composition of fauna—that is, as the wide base of a pyramid supporting the two higher trophic groups. This pyramid however, is inverted during the Early Triassic period, with nekton dominating the functional pyramid at 52%, and characterizes a disrupted and vulnerable ecosystem with a diminished food web.Most significantly however, is the finding that taxonomic and ecological recoveries are decoupled. Where taxonomic recovery occurred relatively quickly, as judged by a return to relatively stable global taxonomic diversity, ecosystem recovery is characterized by a much slower “gradual increase in complexity and stability.” The study authors contrast the relatively quick, logistic rate of increase in generic richness that signals taxonomic recovery with a logarithmic rate of increase in the proportion of non-nektonic animals that is consistent with an ecological recovery. This ecological recovery was still ongoing after ~50 Ma, whereas taxonomic diversity recovered in about 5 Ma.These finding show that while this marine ecosystem collapsed in a bottom-to-top manner, its restoration occurred in the reverse order, from top to bottom, where a recovering ecosystem is characterized by an increase in diversity in lower-level consumers, that is, non-nektons. This upends the received stepwise hypothesis that suggests a recovery occurred from the bottom up.And finally, the researchers conclude “This study reaffirms the importance of protecting global ecosystem diversity because, once it is destroyed, restoration requires dozens of million years, much longer than human history.” 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.last_img read more

North Central Kolkata to get no water supply on March 30

first_imgKolkata: Water supply in a large parts of North and Central Kolkata will be affected on Saturday with the Water Supply Department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) undertaking an urgent work to facilitate construction of a ventilation shaft and emergency exit for the East-West Metro at Raja Subodh Mallick Square.The filtered water supply from Tala and Palta will be stopped with effect from 10 am on Saturday and will be restored at 6.30 am on Sunday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAn official said this would affect water supply from Tala to a certain part of Bhowanipore and areas such as Shyambazar, Bowbazar, Beliaghata, Park Circus and Entally. The civic body will have to extract an age-old underground water pipe at the intersection of Nirmal Chandra Street and Lenin Sarani for the ventilation shaft, which is meant to be used for rapid evacuation in case of an emergency. The pipe is 900 mm in diameter and is located 12 feet underground. The pipe that will be removed is defunct but supply pipes adjacent to it may be damaged while removal of the pipe. “So we do not want to take any risk,” a senior official of the water supply department said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAn official of Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd, which is executing the East West Metro project, said they needed land for construction of the ventilation shaft at Subodh Mallick Square and several utility lines had come in the way. “We approached the civic body for removing the pipe and they have agreed to it,” the official said. Meanwhile, a team under the Digital India progamme of the central government visited the KMC on Tuesday to take stock of the digitalisation work progress of the latter. Municipal Commissioner and Joint Commissioner informed the team of the various steps that the KMC has taken in connection with this. “The tax collection has been made online and several apps have been introduced in a stride towards digitalization. We have the parking app, the advertising app as well as the health app. The team was satisfied with our progress,” as senior KMC official said.last_img read more

Over 30 pounds of rat meat was found in mans bag at

first_imgOver 30 pounds of rat meat was found in man’s bag at airport Posted by CHICAGO — In the latest installment of ‘What’s in your bag?’, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have thwarted a man’s attempt to import several pounds of rat meat.Customs spokesman Steve Bansbach said Tuesday that the man declared the 32 pounds of meat on June 26 when his flight arrived from the Ivory Coast. The meat was confiscated and destroyed.Bansbach says the man did not face a fine and continued on his journey because he was forthcoming about what he was bringing into the country. He says customs officials prohibit the entry of African meats to prevent the spread of African swine fever.The Department of Agriculture says the highly contagious and deadly viral disease affects domestic and wild pigs and is not a threat to humans. The department says it has never been found in the U.S.Earlier this year, the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) revealed the weirdest weapons its agents have confiscated over the years. These include a guitar-shaped semi-automatic rifle, live eels and a snake in a hard drive.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong Kong With file from The Associated Press Share Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Tags: TSA, U.S. Customs and Border Protectionlast_img read more

Why Home Sales Are Surging in Opportunity Zones

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Why Home Sales Are Surging in Opportunity Zones April 2, 2019 917 Views Sharecenter_img Appreciation Capital Gains Tax Home Values HOUSING Investment Opportunity Zones Zillow 2019-04-02 Radhika Ojha There’s good news for some of the low-income and high-poverty areas that were designated as opportunity zones last spring. According to an analysis by Zillow, these areas have seen a surge in sale prices since they received the designation as investors, keen to receive a discount on capital gains taxes for investing within these areas, flock to these opportunity zones.According to Zillow, sale prices in all eligible areas “grew faster than prices in places that weren’t, but after opportunity zones were selected, price-growth trends diverged among eligible tracts.”The report revealed that areas that were eligible but had not been chosen as opportunity zones saw a slowdown in sale price appreciation, while prices in designated opportunity zones grew by more than 20 percent annually.The government’s opportunity zones program is intended to revitalize low-income or high-poverty areas by spurring investments in them. The report indicated that of the tens of thousands of eligible census tracts, 8,700 areas across the country were selected by state governors and certified by the Treasury Department as opportunity zones.Since there are no rules that investments must be spread equally across the zones, the report indicated that some opportunity zones could see more residential real estate development activity than others.”Proponents argue that a lot of the money generated as capital gains could be used as seed money [to revitalize] traditionally neglected communities. But whether this tax break will direct funds to the communities that need them the most–or what happens when the money arrives–remain open questions,” said Alexander Casey, Policy Advisor for Zillow. “But what’s clear in the meantime is that among the vast array of neighborhoods selected as opportunity zones we’ve witnessed wildly different housing market trends up to this point, which might hint at the future of these communities.”The analysis also looked at the top 10 Zones that were hot for investments. According to Zillow’s research, five of the 10 opportunity zones “primed for investment” are in New York. Of these, four are in Brooklyn and one is in Queens.It noted that Boston metro opportunity zones had the “highest average rank among all zones included in the analysis.” With two other metros among the 10 highest averages, Massachusetts had the highest statewide average rank.Click here to see the full rankings of opportunity zones. To read more about opportunity zone investment, click here.last_img read more

Which one is the real Kolb Is he a combination of

first_imgWhich one is the real Kolb? Is he a combination of the three?While Snyder clearly disagrees with fans who take shots at Kolb, chances are good they agree in one key area: Everyone wants to see the QB have a chance to prove himself, for better or worse. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling If only Adam Snyder had protected Kevin Kolb half as well on the field as he does on Twitter then perhaps none of this would be necessary.Snyder, who took to social media to defend the quarterback, is proving to us what I think we already knew: Kevin Kolb is a good guy who works his ass off and has his teammates’ respect. He’s incredibly tough and wants to be out on the field.The problem is Kevin Kolb is also fragile, and has not played more than nine games in any of his six NFL seasons. You can’t be a franchise QB if you can’t stay on the field, no matter how talented you are. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Which, even now, we don’t really know how talented Kolb is.At 28 and having been given a nice big contract, the time for Kolb to prove himself on the field has come and gone. The coach who brought him to the team is no longer around, and the general manager who signed him to that big contract is also unemployed.Back in May of 2011, I wrote that trading for Kolb would be Ken Whisenhunt’s ‘defining decision’. If it didn’t work, the coach would be out of a job. Well the coach is out of a job, so does that mean it didn’t work?Not yet. Probably.Kolb’s time in the Valley is not officially up, unless of course he does not restructure his contract. The thinking here is he will, though, because no other team is likely to give him a shot at a starting job this season. Because for all he’s done in this league (which isn’t much, really), Kolb is still unproven as an NFL quarterback.Snyder brought up Kolb’s “potential”, and said it’s the line’s job to let him show it. Without a doubt, improved play on the offensive line will go a long way towards helping Arizona’s quarterbacks look better.But even then, it’s fair to wonder what Kolb would look like over a 16-game season. All we have to go off of right now is speculation based off an incredibly small sample size. Last season saw Kolb play well (vs. Seattle, vs. Philadelphia), play alright (@ New England, vs. Miami), and play not so good (@ St. Louis, vs. Buffalo). last_img read more

Modern Times Group MTG has struck a deal to secu

first_imgModern Times Group (MTG) has struck a deal to secure the ATP tennis rights for Sweden and Norway.Under the terms of the agreement, MTG has acquired the exclusive Swedish and Norwegian media rights to the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals until 2019.The free and pay TV broadcaster will air 10 ATP tournaments every year on its streaming service Viaplay and pay TV channels, beginning with the Shanghai Masters on October 7-15.The ATP World Tour Masters 1000 is a nine-stop, year-round global tour for the top singles and doubles competitors in the men’s game, ending with the ATP World Tour Finals in London every November.Peter NørrelundBoth competitions will be shown in Sweden and Norway exclusively on Viaplay and pay TV channels, with selected matches on MTG’s free-TV channels.In addition to the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and ATP World Tour Finals, MTG also holds the Swedish rights to the 2017 Stockholm Open men’s singles and doubles competitions, which take place on October 15-22.Peter Nørrelund, MTG EVP and CEO of MTG Sport said: “The ATP World Tour Masters 1000 serves up exceptional tennis throughout the year, while the ATP World Tour Finals are a thrilling season-ender. With legends Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic battling young guns like Alexander Zverev Jr., Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov, tennis has never been so exciting. MTG is the unrivalled home of premium sport and these latest rights highlight the amazing range of our coverage.”last_img read more

The bull also made a comeback in 20092010 fighti

first_img The bull also made a comeback in 2009-2010, fighting its way up out of what seemed at the time to be the deepest hole (1.04) in October, 2008. Stocks have been on a long slide since the ratio last peaked at 3.24 in October, 2010, with the downturn in 2013 pushing multiples to previously unseen lows. No one—us included—has a crystal ball, and so it’s impossible to tell if the bottom is behind us. We can, however, gauge with certainty when an asset is cheap—and cash-generating companies selling for little more than book value are extraordinary values for big-picture investors. Now let’s see how these valuations look against the S&P 500. Gold stocks staged spring and summer rallies this year, but haven’t able to sustain the momentum. Many have sold off sharply in recent weeks, along with gold. That makes this a good time to examine the book value of gold equities; are they objectively cheap now, or not? By way of reminder, a price-to-book-value ratio (P/BV) shows the stock price in relation to the company’s book value, which is the theoretical value of a company’s assets minus liabilities. A stock is considered cheap when it’s trading at a historically low P/BV, and undervalued when it’s trading below book value. From the perspective of an investor, low price-to-book multiples imply opportunity and a margin of safety from potential declines in price. We analyzed the book values of all publicly traded primary gold producers with a market cap of $1 billion or more. The final list comprised 32 companies. We then charted book values from January 2, 2007 through last Thursday, October 15. Here’s what we found. At the current 1.20 times book value, gold stocks aren’t as cheap as they were when we ran the numbers in June, 2013, successfully pinpointing the all-time low of 0.91 (the turning point before the period in gray). Of course, that P/BV is hard to beat: it was one of the lowest values ever. And while the stocks not quite as cheap now, the valuation multiple still lingers close to its historical bottom. Remember, we’re talking about senior mining companies here—producers with real assets and cash flow selling for close to their book values. In short, yes, gold stocks are objectively selling cheaply. The juniors, of course, have been hit harder. It’s hard to put a meaningful book value on many of these “burning matches” with little more than hopes and geologists’ dreams, but valuations on many are scraping the bottom, making them even better bargains, albeit substantially riskier ones. What does this mean for us investors? It’s no surprise to see that every contraction in the ratio was followed by a major rally. In other words, the cure for low prices is low prices: The August, 2007 bottom (2.2) and the momentary downtrend that preceded it were quickly erased by a swift price rally leading to a January, 2008 peak (3.8).center_img Stocks listed in the S&P500 are currently more than twice as expensive as the gold producers. That’s not surprising given how volatile metals prices can be and how unloved mining is—but is it rational? Note that despite the downtrend in the last month, the multiple for the S&P500 remains close to a multiyear high. In other words, yes, the S&P 500 is expensive. This contrast points to an obvious opportunity in our sector. So is now the time to buy gold stocks? Answer: our stocks are good values now, and, if there is a larger correction ahead, they may well become fantastic values, briefly. Either way, value is value, on sale. As the most successful resource speculators have repeatedly said: you have to be a contrarian in this sector to be successful, buying low and selling high, and that takes courage based on solid convictions. Yes, it’s possible that valuations could fall further. However: The difference between prices and clear-cut value argue for going long and staying that way until multiples return to lofty levels again—which they’ve done every time, as the historical record shows. With a long-term time frame in mind, whatever happens in the short term is less of a concern. Building substantial positions at good prices in great companies in advance of what must transpire sooner or later is what successful speculation is all about. This is how Doug Casey, Rick Rule, and others have made their fortunes, and it’s why they’re buying in the market now, seeing market capitulation as one of the prime opportunities of the decade. That’s worth remembering, especially during a downturn that has even die-hard gold bugs giving up. Bottom line: “Blood in the streets” isn’t pretty, but it’s a good thing for those with the liquidity and courage to act. What to buy? That’s what we cover in BIG GOLD and the International Speculator. Thanks to our 3-month full money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose and the potential for gains that only a true contrarian can expect.last_img read more

We are throwing good money after bad here as the

first_imgWe are throwing good money after bad here, as the The Washington Times reports: Roughly 6.5 million people with active Social Security numbers are age 112 and older, according to an audit by the Social Security Administration’s inspector general. The March 4 audit concluded that the administration “did not have controls in place to annotate death information” on the main electronic file… The inspector general said the questionable identification numbers put the government at risk of fraud and waste. Some of the numbers assigned to long-dead people were used fraudulently to open bank accounts, and thousands of numbers were apparently used by illegal immigrants to apply for work, CNS News reported. For all of its many shortcomings, the IRS does a darn good job of tracking who’s alive and who’s dead. Maybe it should send an intern over to the SSA to teach ’em how to cross out a name and number with a red pen. Until then, we’ll continue to lose money to people receiving benefits fraudulently and waste money tracking and prosecuting preventable identity-theft crimes. This is just one more example of why people protect their own money far better than any government agency ever will. After all, we all own red pens.last_img read more