Central Mosque Reviews Loudspeaker Plans

first_imgSenior officials at Oxford Central Mosque are revising their previous plans to broadcast the call to prayer from its minaret via loudspeakers.The mosque in Manzil Way off Cowley Road, currently has a short-wave radio transmitter to send out the two-minute call to prayer, “adhan,” direct to the homes of worshippers, of whom about 100 have purchased receivers.A new management committee has been elected at the mosque to ensure that a “proper consultation” takes place with the mosque’s neighbours.Secretary General Altaf Hussain told the Oxford Mail, “The issue of using loudspeakers is being reviewed and we would like to make it very clear a proper consultation will be held and only after that any final decision will be made.””There is no limit to the amount of time the consultation may take, because there is no rush and at the moment there is no need also,” he said. “But we will be getting in touch with our neighbourhood to give them a chance to air their views. Those who hold views against the matter will be respected.”The Rev Adam Romanis, vicar of SS Mary and John Church, in Cowley Road, the nearest church to the mosque, said he believed the issue had been blown out of proportion.He went on to state that the mosque is a neighbour of the church, and that he liked the idea of a mutual dialogue between the two institutions.He said, “I like that idea of each of us, on either side of the Cowley Road, each standing for what we stand for, which in many ways is the same thing, and in others which is different and distinct.””I have got a lot of sympathy with the idea, although I think there are questions that need to be thought about carefully before it went ahead,” he added.last_img read more

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Improving lives worldwide through credit unions

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John McKenzie John McKenzie has served as president of the Indiana Credit Union League since 1990. Prior to that, he held senior management positions with the League’s Servicecorp and Indiana’s … Web: https://www.icul.org/Pages/default.aspx Details At its virtual 2020 Annual General Meeting, the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) presented its Distinguished Service Award to the Indiana Credit Union League, which was accepted by League Chairman Kevin Ryan (CEO of Financial Center First CU) and me on behalf of Indiana’s credit unions. Receiving this recognition was a testament to the tremendous response from credit union leaders across Indiana to my requests for involvement as the Indiana League was hosting credit union groups totaling 43 individuals from seven countries during the past five years, with credit union leaders from our state also traveling to three countries. It was very gratifying to have the opportunity to work with and help these groups who are doing so much to make a difference around the world in how credit unions can improve the lives of people everywhere. The camaraderie developed with such dedicated individuals was a wonderful part of the experience, and then to receive this type of recognition from WOCCU was very humbling.When the Distinguished Service Award was announced, I received many congratulatory messages from other league presidents, which was very much appreciated. I took that opportunity to share with them the reasons why the Indiana League and credit unions in our state make involvement in these WOCCU exchanges a priority. Thanks to a very supportive League board and the influence of our Immediate Past Chairman Dallas Bergl, CEO of INOVA FCU and WOCCU board member, promoting WOCCU and worldwide credit union development is now ingrained in our Indiana credit union culture. As part of the League System, there is so much that leagues do together and individually to help credit unions do more to help others. In Indiana, we choose to put a lot of time and resources into numerous projects and exchanges with credit union representatives from countries where WOCCU feels it could make a difference. Hosting groups of credit union leaders from other countries, and having our groups visit them in their lands, makes it easy to see that common denominator of dedication and determination to use credit unions to improve the lives of others; this exists among people drawn to credit unions worldwide. It’s a good feeling to try to help others by providing information, education, and support, so they can develop credit unions further and better overcome challenges when they return home. The friendships and relationships gained from the experiences are inspiring. I find that – in every part of the world – people attracted to credit union development are very purpose driven. WOCCU President/CEO Brian Branch, the board, and the incredible team of employees do so much. They are spread very thin given the demands on time and resources needed to support credit union development worldwide. There are so many other issues dealt with by WOCCU as well, such as on the regulatory front, where its efforts advocate for credit unions in important ways – before the issues can influence things negatively here in the United States.  There are a lot of competing priorities for the time and resources of leagues and credit unions. When your organization reviews what will be emphasized looking ahead, please give every consideration to how it can do more to support WOCCU and the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions. In our case, we look forward to doing all we can to continue supporting WOCCU going forward.last_img read more

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Light and bright Queenslander up for auction

first_imgThe home at 65 Barlow St, Clayfield is going under the hammer.THIS renovated Queenslander is filled with natural light and style. The three-level home at 65 Barlow St has a free-flowing layout with separated zones and an abundance of custom storage.The house is exceptionally sunlit home courtesy of large multiple windows throughout, well-placed skylights and soaring ceilingsThe light walls accentuate the honeyed tones of the Blackbutt floors. The living area opens to the patio.All four bedrooms are located on the top floor, including a master retreat with ensuite. The second and third bedrooms are spacious and have built-in robes while the fourth bedroom has a vaulted ceiling.On the ground floor there is a spacious laundry/bathroom and a separate utility area with wall-to-wall custom built-ins, all opening onto a paved courtyard and washing line. The living areas are exceptionally sunlit.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Towards the rear, an expansive open plan kitchen has Caesarstone benches, step-in pantry, integrated fridge and European appliances. The dining and living area seamlessly extends to an outdoor entertaining area and garden where there is room for a swimming pool.The home also has a formal lounge and a separate home study. center_img The property is on a 405sq m block.The home has white timber shutters, a Blackbutt timber staircase, ducted and zoned Actron airconditioning, ceiling fans, a Cbus lighting system and high ceilings. The property will be auctioned on Saturday, April 22 at 9am.last_img read more

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Dare Hailed Over Move To Reposition Long Distance Running In Nigeria

first_img sponsors and organizations interested in specific athletes will take over,’ he said but warned the results of the project will not be immediate.”Developing distance runners requires time, at least one and a half years of good training, recovery, and competition. It is attainable but as a research trial project unto the hands of few coaches,’ he added and says the project of which is a member of the committee inaugurated by the committee in June will commence almost immediately now with the relaxation of Covid-19 rules for non-contact sports in Nigeria of which track and field is one.Gunnen is not however happy that most governments, especially states and local are thinking of developing athletes outside the school system. ”Both must work together as parents will not allow their children to be in the sport without education and so sport should be seen as an entrepreneur programmes for students that have the potentials. With what we have now, we are just wasting our youths,’ he said and believes the Sports Minister’s bold moves in reforming sports generally and particularly with the long-distance project will begin to correct some of these problems. read also:Crown FC Appreciate Sunday Dare for Repairing Stadium Pavilion The committee has identified two training areas in Jos, Plateau state and Mambila in Taraba state to develop facilities for altitude training and Professor Gunnen heads the technical committee for the project. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Sports Minister, Sunday Dare has been hailed over his determined move to resuscitate long-distance running in Nigeria after years of neglect. Professor Ezra Gunnen, a former national steeplechase record holder and World Athletics certified lecturer says the Sports Minister has shown the uncommon political will to see that long-distance runners in Nigeria get the required training, exposure and opportunity to compete locally and internationally. ‘Before now, middle and long-distance development has never been a focus of any administration since the time of (Group Commander Anthony) Ikhazobor,’ he saidand believes developing long-distance programmes will provide outlets that will redirect the energy of youths into positive ventures of self-development and a source of pride to the nation, region and community. ”Failure to develop the potentials in youths is causing them to depend on government for everything and when it’s not forthcoming, they join all sorts of groups,’ said Gunnen who is delighted the Sports Minister is going in the right direction with the project. ”Prosecuting the project requires the will power of the Sports Ministry to channel resources in the right direction once and for all. Once developed,Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TVBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?This Is Hachi, And He’s The Happiest Dog On InstagramIt’s Time To Show How Bad Some Women Can Really Be11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

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80,794 Badger fans saw UW Athletics debut hard stance against sexual assault

first_imgWhen university officials approached Badgers’ running back Dare Ogunbowale about participating in the University of Wisconsin’s “Its On Us” partnership, it dawned on him that it was an important opportunity to take a stand on something he strongly believed in.UW joined the national “It’s On Us” campaign against sexual assault earlier this month. As part of the campaign, a series of videos featuring student leaders will be played at home games, the first of which was broadcast before 80,794 fans at the Wisconsin football team’s 24-7 win over Purdue Saturday, Oct. 17.80,794 Badger fans saw UW Athletics debut hard stance against sexual assaultWhen university officials approached Badgers’ running back Dare Ogunbowale about participating in the University of Wisconsin’s “Its On Us” partnership, it Read…Along with Ogunbowale, the video featuring several prominent figures on Wisconsin athletic teams. Ogunbowale has been active on the anti-sexual assault scene recently, having also participated in a video from the student organization “We’re Better Than That: Men Against Sexual Assault.”“It was just something that we got approached about and something that I couldn’t really turn down,” Ogunbowale said. “It’s a big problem and nobody really talks about males’ roles in it. A lot of times they view women as a victim. It was definitely something I really wanted to be a part of.”UW athletes take stand against sexual assaultIn a two minute YouTube video, four University of Wisconsin varsity athletes took a stand and raised their voice against Read…UW outside linebacker Joe Schobert didn’t appear in the video, but said that by seeing high-profile members of campus, including student-athletes, the message may be better received by the public.“Obviously it’s big if people know who you are to kind of get the word out,” Schobert said. “I don’t think anybody in the world wants somebody to get sexually assaulted. Obviously on college campuses there’s a lot of problems with alcohol.”Schobert said the video and overall initiative can have an impact even if it stops just one sexual assault going forward, but he hopes it will have a broader effect.Ogunbowale said he would have helped with the campaign regardless of whether he was a student-athlete or not, because of the seriousness of the issue.“I don’t think I did it just because my voice carries,” Ogunbowale said. “I just did it because it’s such an important topic that I wanted to show I was on board with it.”These initiatives have come on the heels of the Association of American Universities Sexual Assault Climate Survey results, which revealed that nearly 28 percent of undergraduate females are victims of sexual assault at UW.Sexual assault results discussed at ASMAt Wednesday, Sept. 23’s ASM meeting, Dean of Students Lori Berquam and University Health Services Director Sarah Van Orman continued Read…Athletics Director Barry Alvarez said in a statement that partnering with “It’s On Us” reinforces the department’s commitment to keep all UW athletes and students safe.“We are constantly educating our staff and student-athletes about creating an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported,” Alvarez said. “’It’s On Us’ shares a message to our fans across the country that we can create an environment that supports survivors.”https://youtu.be/k1fayQxKw9EIn a world where major sports leagues, like the NFL, have been ridiculed for how they handle athletes’ punishments in abuse cases, the opportunity for athletes to advocate for causes like the “It’s On Us” campaign can help reverse the narrative that athletes get a free pass when it comes to issues like this.“No matter where you are, people make bad decisions,” Schobert said. “Especially sometimes with athletes, just from past things that have happened in the whole world of sports that get a bad rap. So when people stand up or say something like that, it brings a good message and people can look to that.”last_img read more

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Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers shutout by Chicago Cubs in NLCS Game 6

first_imgCHICAGO >> It took so long. Then it happened so fast.The Chicago Cubs scored twice in the first inning and never trailed — never gave the curse a ghost of a chance to resurface in Game 6 of this National League Championship Series. They battered Clayton Kershaw for five runs in five innings and went on to beat the Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night at Wrigley Field.The victory set off a party in Wrigleyville the likes of which haven’t been seen since 1945. That’s the last time the Cubs had advanced to the World Series. The victory over the Dodgers sends them there to face the American League champion Cleveland Indians beginning Tuesday.The Dodgers, meanwhile, enter another offseason with their own wait extended. Four consecutive division titles with two trips to the NLCS in that time are unsatisfying consolation prizes for a franchise that still has not been to the World Series since 1988. “It’s not a good feeling in your stomach,” Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson said. “We worked really hard this year, overcame some obstacles. It’s a tough loss to come so close.”Held scoreless for a stretch of 21 innings at one point and trailing in the series 2-1 after the Dodgers’ victory in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium, the Cubs outscored the Dodgers 23-6 while winning the final three games of the series.“Yeah, it’s a little bit of a sour taste,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Obviously, if we play a clean three games in 4, 5 and 6 there could have been a different outcome.“You know what — I think that they beat us. We made mistakes and you hate to have sour grapes. But the better team won the series. That’s why you play seven-game series and they showed it.”The Dodgers could muster nothing offensively against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks. He gave up a single to Andrew Toles on the first pitch of the game, then retired 20 of the next 21. The only baserunner in that stretch came in the second inning when Josh Reddick reached on an error. Hendricks didn’t allow another baserunner until Reddick’s one-out single in the eighth inning. It was the Dodgers’ second hit of the night — and last hit of the season. “He’s been doing it all year,” Pederson said of Hendricks. “He kept the ball down in the zone, changed speeds and didn’t make mistakes. That’s why his ERA was so low.“It is what it is. They got to (Kershaw) and we didn’t get to Hendricks. No excuses.”Hendricks’ gem — “Kyle pitched a perfect game,” Roberts said — was the kind of performance Kershaw has been unable to summon when needed most.If any ghosts were resurrected at Wrigley Field on Saturday night, it was those legacy-bruising numbers that Kershaw seemed to have buried with his heroics in the NL Division Series against the Washington Nationals and seven scoreless innings in Game 2 against the Cubs.This was not that Kershaw and it was evident from the start.Dexter Fowler led off with a double against Kershaw and scored on an RBI single by Kris Bryant. Seven pitches into the game, the Dodgers were trailing. It didn’t get any better.Roberts had moved Toles to the leadoff spot in the batting order for Game 6, dropping a slumping Chase Utley to eighth. He did it, in part, because Toles “doesn’t get rattled” by the moment.With Bryant on first, however, Toles dropped a fly ball from Anthony Rizzo, putting runners at second and third and setting up another run for the Cubs on a Ben Zobrist sacrifice fly.“It went up in the lights and it looked like Joc was coming and I couldn’t hear him call it,” Toles said. “So I looked kind of on my peripheral and I looked back in the lights.”That was all the damage the Cubs did in the inning against Kershaw. But they forced him to throw 30 pitches. Only one of those was a curveball and only seven of his first 62 pitches were curveballs and none of them were thrown for strikes. Deprived of one of his best weapons, Kershaw’s fastball and slider were not sharp either. Willson Contreras hammered a first-pitch slider for a home run in the fourth inning. An inning later, Kershaw tried his new toy — a sidearm delivery — and Rizzo hammered that 93-mph fastball into the right-field bleachers.The ball disappeared into a gleeful mosh pit of Cubs fans, the Dodgers’ hopes along with it.“This day is never fun, the ending of a season,” Kershaw said. “You kind of look back on the season. It’s tough to swallow tonight. But I’d rather be in that situation and have a chance to fail than never get to be there.”It is a feeling with which Kershaw has become all too familiar. The “best pitcher on the planet” has yet to have the planets align in his favor in October. He has started a game with the Dodgers facing elimination from the postseason five times since 2013. In those starts, he has a 6.21 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP and a 1-3 record.This one was different, though. It came after a heroic return from a herniated disc that sidelined him for 75 days during the regular season — a fact that seemed to get forgotten during his 10-day impersonation of a superhero this fall.“I cannot say enough about what Clayton did,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “Most guys would not have come back at all from what he suffered.”“Being down then coming back, getting re-started — it was a major accomplishment I think in itself, just for him to help us down the stretch and get us to this point in time of the season,” Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt agreed. “Who can say (why he didn’t pitch well in Game 6)? Everybody behind you can whatever. The fact of the matter is, he’s our best and just got to take what it is.”Kershaw would not cite the back injury, the relatively cold weather, cruel fate, fatigue or any other explanation for Saturday’s disappointment.“It’s tough to talk about and not sound like you’re making excuses,” he said. “I felt good tonight. I just got beat.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Carragher: Reds deserved their point

first_imgLiverpool defender Jamie Carragher insisted his side deserved their point against Chelsea.Luis Suarez’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw came after Chelsea had dominated most of the game at Stamford Bridge.But Carragher told Sky Sports: “In the first half Chelsea were on top, but in the second half I think we probably deserved a point in the end.”He added: “Chelsea are playing well this season. They have good attacking players in the final third.“At half-time the manager said we are quite tentative. We were not willing to take the chance and in the second half we were more willing to get forward.“It is a good point but we have to kick on now and start getting some wins.”More reaction to follow.last_img read more

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New-look Warriors: Myers, Kerr say they’re excited for something different

first_imgGone may be the expectations of a near-certain path to the NBA Finals for the Warriors, but there was still a palpable sense of excitement exuding from both general manager Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr at media day.Their unfettered enthusiasm flies in the face of the Warriors’ daunting challenge of trying to keep on winning after losing players who’d won a combined 14 NBA Championship rings here between them.Moving on were Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and four others who …last_img read more

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How the Girl Evolved Fear of Spiders

first_imgToday’s Evolutionary Just-So Story is brought to you by New Scientist: “Girls Are Primed to Fear Spiders.”  Once upon a time, while cavemen were out hunting and gathering, the women back home had to learn to avoid dangerous animals.  David Rakison of Carnegie Mellon University put this all into evolutionary terms for the rest of us: He attributes the difference to behavioural differences between men and women among our hunter-gatherer ancestors.  An aversion to spiders may help women avoid dangerous animals, but in men evolution seems to have favoured more risk-taking behaviour for successful hunting.    It makes evolutionary sense to acquire spider fear at a certain age, rather than to be born with it, he adds.  “There is little reason for an infant to fear an object unless it can respond to it, for example by crawling away,” he says.Rakison did not explain how a genetic mutation became fixed in the female of the species but was not expressed in the male.  Nor did New Scientist object to the ostensibly Lamarckian explanation.  Or was there some reasoned conspiracy that early men for millions of years all decided to mate with only the females who showed fear of spiders?  That wouldn’t make “evolutionary sense.”  Nevertheless, the article continued, psychiatric help can assist those women who have trouble with their evolutionary arachnophobia.Remember the T-shirts labeled “Stupid” and “I’m with Stupid”?  One wonders who is more stupid; the accused idiot, or the idiot who keeps hanging out with him.  Rakison just told an incredibly stupid story, but New Scientist played “I’m With Stupid” and didn’t say a word about it.  They even heard him mention “evolutionary sense” without pointing out the oxymoron.  By playing along as if Stupid said nothing stupid, New Scientist wins Stupider Evolution Quote of the Week.(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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TweetDeck Acquired by Ubermedia: What Are the Implications for the Twitter Ecosystem?

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification audrey watters The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Popular Twitter client TweetDeck has been acquired by Ubermedia, continuing the company’s buying spree of Twitter apps. First reported on Friday by Techcrunch, the deal is pegged at around $30 million, making it the largest deal that Ubermedia has done in the Twitter ecosystem. Indeed, TweetDeck is the most popular Twitter client outside of Twitter’s own applications. TweetDeck will join the Twitter apps now under the Ubermedia umbrella, including UberTwitter, Twidroid, and EchoFon.Although Ubermedia has been gobbling up pieces (important pieces) of the Twitter ecosystem, it’s not clear how the company plans to monetize these efforts, although it’s not hard to imagine that ads in our clients alongside ads in our Twitter stream are one direction.For reference, last fall, Twitter published an update to its “evolving ecosystem,” noting the popularity of the various apps in it. And other than Twitter’s own apps (and the photo-sharing service Twitpic), TweetDeck is the most popular. Ubermedia’s Influence in the Evolving Twitter EcosystemSo with this acquisition, three of the five top third-party apps are now owned by Ubermedia. As Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur notes, this means that roughly 20% of the tweets sent daily are sent via Ubermedia properties.Le Meur says he wonders how Twitter feels about this control. But for his part, Le Meur seems positive about the acquisition news, even though Seesmic has been a competitor in the Twitter third-party app space. “There is room for both,” writes LeMeur. “This is why it’s good news for us, different focus, less competition. I might be wrong, but that’s how I feel.” Le Meur says that Seesmic’s focus will be elsewhere, or rather the focus will be hybrid – on Twitter, on social networking, and on enterprise adoption.Whither Third Party Developers?Many third-party developers have had to “focus elsewhere,” for a number of reasons: Twitter’s own acquisition of third-party clients and its announcements about changing terms of service. Add to that, recent API changes – described by ReadWriteWeb’s Mike Melanson in a recent article – and one has to wonder if the once great promise of opportunities for third-party developers in the Twitter ecosystem now seem far diminished as that ecosystem becomes consolidated in the hands of fewer and fewer players. Tags:#twitter#web center_img Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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