Mission Week backlash

first_imgOxford students have complained of excessive promotion by members of the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, as part of ‘Mission Week’.A student at Exeter College described a “constant stream” of religious literature posted to students, and told Cherwell that he suspected his atheism and involvement with the LGBT may have had a role to play in his targeting. “I had a seventh copy of the gospels of St. John forced upon me today,” he explained, and added, “The misdirected resources of Mission Week have had no impact on me.”Robbie Strachan, President of the OICCU, stressed the inclusivity of the society, encouraging students of any denomination or faith to attend lunch-time talks and events running throughout fourth week at the town hall. He told Cherwell “’This is Jesus’ is a week of events for every single student in the university to engage with the real Jesus. That means that meetings are open for all students to attend, irrespective of their personal convictions.”He added, “We’d encourage people to come and see what all the fuss is about.”In response to OICCU’s campaign tactics some students have produced rival posters and fliers with varying degrees of gravity. One particularly contentious poster listed several different gods with the “This is…” tag and featured quotes from prominent atheists claiming that organised religion is synonymous with “misogyny, genocide and homophobia.”  The more light-hearted responses to the CU campaign include a list of cheeses entitled “This is cheesus” which was distributed in all University College toilets, and a series of labels found around St Hugh’s with declarations such as “this is kitchen” and “this is lamp.”Regent’s Park College, a PPH affiliated with the Christian Baptist Ministry, reportedly had a ‘This is Jesus’ poster graffitied to read, ‘This is SPARTA’ in their JCR. Other parodies featured on Facebook show that students have gone so far as to create ‘This is Penis’ parodies of the poster complete with a silhouetted phallus. Second year PPEist Ben Deaner, creator of the ‘This is Penis’ meme told Cherwell of his motives, claiming, ‘As an atheist I have not yet ‘found God’ and as such you can imagine my excitement upon finding a poster labeled ‘This is Jesus’. After some enthusiastic shouting about how I had at last encountered my Lord and Savior I was politely informed that the object was in fact a poster and that the message was some kind of metaphor. In my disappointment and anger I created the ‘This is Penis’ poster.’Not all are offended by the efforts of OICCU however with one anonymous student claiming, ‘I like that they’re making the effort to reach out to us, even if it can be a little over-enthusiastic at times. They mean well and I find the appeal of free lunches and toasties on demand pretty convincing in return for a half hour of pleasant talk.’A first year student at New College commented, “Although I understand that the Christian Union is well meaning, the indiscriminate dissemination of ‘This is Jesus’ books seems to be nothing other than an explicit attempt to convert non-believers. I – and almost all others to whom I have spoken – have reacted against this, as it seems inappropriate in a diverse society in which we should all be entitled to our own views and beliefs.“As someone who is Jewish and is open about this, I find really quite offensive the insinuation in the quotation attached to the book that “the truth will set you free,” implying that as a non-Christian I am somehow in chains, not emancipated, and destined for hell. Once again, I realise that there is no malicious intent behind the actions of the CU, and in general most people appreciate the philanthropic works of the Union, but I felt this was somewhat misguided.”Second year Alexander Lynchehaun remarked, “Christians are annoying at the best of times, but this week has been something else.”last_img read more

All Bar Conference to focus on Dignity in Law program

first_imgBar leaders: Mark your calendars by placing a large red circle around January 16. Or for the legal tekkies out there, punch the date into your electronic organizer for the 2003 All Bar Conference.Bar President Tod Aronovitz is requesting your participation in this special meeting to review the Dignity in Law campaign and engage in lively dialogue about the need to increase public awareness about the important role lawyers play in society.“Most lawyers and judges are proud of our profession and are dismayed by unwarranted attacks,” Aronovitz said. “It’s time to draw a line in the sand and to state that we comprise a unique profession and that we won’t accept unjustified criticism any longer.”The conference will be held in conjunction with The Florida Bar’s January15-18 Midyear Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. In early November, invitations will be sent by the president to Florida Bar leaders including the Bar Board of Governors, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers board, voluntary bar leaders, section and standing committee chairs, members of the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, and the judiciary.Dignity in Law is a public awareness campaign designed to promote dignity in the profession, as well as emphasizing the need for a fair and impartial judiciary by applying an intensive, consistent communications effort. The plan also is designed to complement existing Bar public information efforts.The daylong program tentatively includes media spokesperson training and a media panel discussion that will address the merits of the program and provide suggestions on how to improve the profession’s public perception. Only Florida journalists will appear on the panel.There also will be brainstorming sessions for all attendees to critically analyze communication techniques with legislators, media, bar members, and consumers.Aronovitz said the erosion of respect for the legal profession stems from its commercialization, promotion by advertisement, emphasis on profit and financial gain, as well as fast-paced competition with clients’ demands and the pursuit of legal excellence. Bar polls consistently show most Florida lawyers view journalistic attacks as unfair and ask Bar leadership “to take a stand to tell our story.”More than $250,000 has been contributed by Bar members and sections to support the Dignity in Law program, according to Toyca Williams, of the Bar’s Public Information Department. Aronovitz said he is satisfied with the program’s success so far and hears about it on a daily basis from lawyers, judges, and the public.“I can’t go to a courthouse, restaurant, or a public event and not be stopped by lawyers and judges who are proud of The Florida Bar’s effort to tell the whole story,” Aronovitz said. “We are getting the message out to all Floridians about the great work lawyers and judges do every day for their clients, in the courtrooms, and in the community.”Aronovitz recalls recently being recognized by a lawyer and his family in a pizza restaurant. The lawyer thanked Aronovitz and The Florida Bar for taking up the charge to tell a more complete story about lawyering in Florida.Williams said the message also has spread nationally and garnered support outside Florida. Other legal organizations have asked Aronovitz to speak to their members about Dignity in Law.“Contrary to the sensationalized criminal cases that the public most often associates with the legal profession, most legal work is essential and goes largely unnoticed,” Aronovitz said. “From buying or selling a home to preparing a will, Floridians rely on attorneys to ensure that their rights and best interests are protected.” All Bar Conference to focus on Dignity in Law program November 1, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img All Bar Conference to focus on Dignity in Law programlast_img read more

Michael Donald Meyer

first_imgOften referred to as the “Mayor of Napoleon,” Michael Donald Meyer……sadly at the age of 63, passed away Friday evening, December 29, 2017 at the IU Medical Center in Indianapolis. Mike was born April 18, 1954 in Batesville, Indiana to the late Donald Leonard and Carol Jean Howe Meyer. He graduated from Jac-Cen-Del High School in 1972 and on August 10, 1974, he married Shirley Jean Carman at St. John’s Catholic Church in Osgood. They started their lives in Napoleon and would remain there throughout their 43 years of marriage. Mike had been a carpenter all of his life. He first started with Napoleon Lumber Company and was with them a little over 16 years before he decided to go on his own! He worked many years for different people in Ripley County and the surrounding areas. Along with this, he was a master craftsman in woodworking. He loved making wooden bowls, walking canes and many other items. As his family said, “he just plain loved to tinker in the garage.”Other hobbies he enjoyed included hunting, fishing and watching dirt track racing. Mike was a past member of the Osgood Moose Lodge and the Napoleon Fire Department.Survivors include his wife Shirley J. Carman Meyer of Napoleon, one son, Ian (Angie) Michael Meyer of near Osgood; one daughter, Amy Lynn Meyer and friend Ronnie Thomas of Napoleon, along with sister in law Barabara Waecheter, brother in laws Mike (Shannon) Carman, Mark (Susan Murphy) Carman, and Rick (Jennifer) Carman.Granddaughters include Dayanarah Lee, McKenna and McKylee Meyer, Casey and Katey Evans, Kaylee Muckerheide, Cheyanna Meyer and Brittany Pickett. Grandsons include McLaine Meyer, Brenden Lee, Hunter and Skyler Meyer. One great grandson also survives, Emmett Tucker Johnson, along with several niece and nephews.A Celebration Of Life will be scheduled in the near future.www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Steelers lose to Saints, in must game with Bengals

first_imgAfter just a 6-3 New Orleans Saints halftime lead it became the Drew Brees show in the second half. Brees was 34 of 44 for 305 yards for the game, but 22 of 24 in the second half with a fourth quarter touchdown pass that lifted the Saints to a much needed victory while dropping the Steelers into a first place tie with the Baltimore Ravens at 5-2.No one on offense had an outstanding game. The line was terrible, Ben Roethlisberger was 17 of 28 for just 195 yards, and Rashard Mendenhall had just 71 yards on 15 carries with the bulk of that coming on a 38-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.“We knew what a big game this was,” said Brees. “There was no better way to get back on track than to beat these guys. I felt like we played as complete a game as we’ve played all year, especially in the second half.”Brees’ first TD went to Marques Colston for 16 yards and the second went for 8 yards to Lance Moore with 2:37 left, breaking open a defensive struggle in which neither team scored a touchdown through three quarters. Leigh Torrence then intercepted Roethlisberger to seal it for the Saints (5-3), who were coming off an embarrassing 30-17 loss at home last week to the scuffling Cleveland Browns.“This is definitely a gut check for us,” Roethlisberger said. “We got knocked down a little bit tonight and now it will be interesting to see how we bounce back.”The Saints came in ranked third in total defense and lived up to it, forcing two turnovers and stopping the Steelers on a goal-line stand in the first half.The Saints struggled to run against a Steelers defense that came in ranked first in the NFL against the run and allowed New Orleans only 30 yards on the ground. Brees was sacked twice and intercepted once, giving him 11 interceptions and matching his total from last season.After falling behind by 10 early in the fourth, the Steelers went 68 yards in only four plays to make it 13-10, capped by Mendenhall’s scoring run. Suddenly, both offenses were rolling in time for an action-packed finish. When Brees hit Robert Meachem for a 50-yard gain into Steelers territory, it appeared the Saints would quickly extend their lead again. Then cornerback Bryant McFadden sacked and stripped Brees, and Pittsburgh’s Lamarr Woodley recovered on the Steelers 27.Pittsburgh quickly moved across midfield, only to lose the ball when tight end Heath Miller fumbled on a head-on hit by linebacker Marvin Mitchell. Sharper scooped it up, returning the ball 11 yards to the New Orleans 45.With the acquisition of Terrell Owens this season to go with Chad Ochocinco the defending AFC North champs were supposed to be a powerhouse this season. But instead their 22-14 lost to the Dolphins last week dropped them to 2-5, making them one of the worst teams in the NFL. But for some reason they seem to always play their best football against the Steelers, which they will have to do because another defeat will just about eliminate them from any chance of a playoff berth.Dan Carpenter kicked five field goals for the second game in a row—a rare feat—and the Dolphins overcame another goofy play Sunday, beating the Bengals.The Bengals (2-5) failed to get a first down in the third quarter and were shut out in the second half. Their final chance ended with Carson Palmer’s interception with 2:43 to go, sending the defending AFC North champions to their fourth straight loss and a share of last place with the Browns.It’s Cincinnati’s worst start since 2008, when Palmer was sidelined with an elbow injury.“It is amazing,” said Palmer, who was 17 of 38 for 156 yards. “It’s embarrassing. It’s depressing. It’s every negative word you can think of that we didn’t do our job.”Owens and Ochocinco combined for just 8 catches for 99 yards, and Cedrick Benson had just 69 yards on 20 carries. The Bengals simply haven’t played very well on either side of the ball this season. They were expected to be among the elite this season.This is a must win for the Steelers as well, because they face the red hot New England Patriots (6-1) and Oakland Raiders (4-4), winners of four in a row, after the Bengals. They could very easily be 5-5 after this stretch if they lose to Cincinnati. THE GANG’S ALL HERE—Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by New Orleans Saints’ Will Smith (91) Alex Brown (96), Pierson Prioleau (31) and Darren Sharper (42) during the first quarter of an NFL football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) What was supposed to be a high scoring game ended up being a classic defensive struggle until Drew Brees put together a classic display of passing while the Steelers offense continued to struggle in the New Orleans Saints 20-10 victory over the Steelers. The Steelers are hoping that this is not a repeat of last season going into the Cincinnati Bengals game this weekend. The Steelers jumped off to a 6-2 record last season only to lose 5 in a row behind an inconsistent offense.last_img read more

Olympia Gardening Expert Gives Tips On Successfully Growing Tomatoes In Our…

first_imgSubmitted by Mary Jo BuzaDid you know that at one time people were afraid to eat tomatoes?  Called ‘wolf pears’ tomatoes were scorned because it was thought that the red fruit was poisonous.  Lucky for us, some careless or perhaps fearless person decided to eat the tempting red fruit and lived!  Today, the tomato is a vegetable we consistently use in our kitchens. Could you image a summer salad without tomatoes?As much as we love tomatoes, growing them in the South Sound regions is a frustrating endeavor.  If the crop is not destroyed by the dreaded late tomato blight, our cool summer temperatures slow the ripening so much that your bumper crop of tomatoes are still green in September.I usually plant tomatoes in early June. But with the spectacular warm May, savvy gardeners got a jump on the weather and planted early with little risk of a late frost. Here are my secrets to growing tomatoes in the South Sound and attain the coveted ripe, red fruit.Tip #1 Grow the Crop under Clear Plastic: The best crop of tomatoes I have ever seen were grown on the south side of a house with an attached a wood frame for the plastic. The plastic increases the temperatures enough to ripen fruit and extends crop production long after the first frosts in September. The plastic will also keep the rain off which inhibits the late tomato blight.Tip #2 Use Soaker Hoses: Overhead watering promotes the dreaded late tomato blight.  The blight lives dormant in the soil waiting for contact with the leaves of your tomato plant. Tomatoes are infected when water splashing from the soil hits the leaves. The tiny drops of water carry fungal spores from the soil to the leaves.  Using soaker hoses eliminates this potential problem.  Another secret to growing tomatoes is to reduce the amount and frequency of watering once the fruit begins to ripen sometime in August.  This will hasten the ripening process.Tip#3 Stake Tomato Plants:  Why go to all the trouble to stake tomatoes?  There are several reasons. One, you can grow more tomatoes in a smaller space; plants can be set as little as 24 inches apart.  Second, the fruits tend to ripen earlier and are larger.  Third, the tomatoes have better air circulation which decreases disease problems. And lastly, growing tomatoes on stakes keeps them out the reach of slugsTomatoes are broken into two classifications: determinate and indeterminate. Tomatoes suitable for growing as a single vine are the indeterminate varieties. Determinate varieties are bushier and are not suitable for staking or trellising.  Indeterminate varieties grow more like a vine but require training.The ABC’s of Growing a Tomato Plants as a VinePlace the StakesIt may be hard to imagine that your puny four-inch tomato plant will need a stake, but don’t be misled. Once the plant sets fruit it will need a sturdy support.   A 2×2 wooden stake about eight feet long cut to a point at the bottom works best.  Some lumber yards will cut the points, but you will need to ask.To avoid root damage, place the stakes before you set out your transplants. Sink the stake about two feet into the ground.  This provides enough stability to prevent the plants from falling over when heavy with fruit.Tying the PlantsTying the plants is necessary because indeterminate tomatoes are not a true vine and have no way to support them. Any coarse twine will work.  Be careful not to tie the plants too tightly and cut into the stems.  You will be surprised at how fast your tomatoes grow.  I check and tie my plants about once a week.PruningThe concept of pruning tomato plants is baffling.  But a staked tomato is best grown as a single stem.  In each leaf axil, where the leaf stem joins the main stem, a lateral shoot will grow.  These lateral shoots need to be removed, before they grow longer than an inch or two.  I use my fingers to snap off the lateral shoots.  Fingers actually work better than pruners or a knife. I check and prune out lateral shoots once a week.PinchingOnce the plant has grown to the top of your stake, prune out the growing tip.  This will direct the plant’s energy into ripening the fruit.  This will accelerate the ripening process and increase the size of the fruit.Author Mary Jo Buza, is a landscape designer she has more than 25 years experience maintaining, designing, and teaching gardening in the South Sound region.  For more information on a custom landscape design or consultation call 923-1733. Check out her website: www.maryjobuza.com. Facebook123Tweet0Pin8last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0My name is Abby, I am 6 ½ years old, and I love everyone and everything!  I enjoy walks, car rides, playing in the play yards with other dogs & volunteers!  I also like kids and cats. I am currently looking for a family that is willing to work with some of my environmental, climate, food allergies. I must find a family or person who lives in a warmer climate, either east of the mountains, or south. This climate would be ideal for me, and I would no longer suffer from the allergies. I am a yellow lab and will make the perfect companion and family member for years to come. I hope to meet you soon! Paws crossed and waiting!Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org, Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road. For more information, email us at [email protected]  or call the shelter at 360-432-3091.last_img

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2015

first_imgSantiago Gonzalez333489%$112,690 Kent Desormeaux901915921%$1,115,102 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Flavien Prat5482615%$310,130 SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS HOOPS BENEFIT THURSDAYLA TIA HEADS PRESIDENTS’ DAY FEATURE FEB. 16 Fernando Perez9299810%$384,414 Aaron Gryder353519%$198,090 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS-HOLY ANGELS ON TAP FEB. 12Corey Nakatani, whose natural athletic prowess spans wrestling, golf and basketball in addition to world-class race riding, is looking forward to the 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels School Charity Basketball Game next Thursday, Feb. 12, at La Salle High School in Pasadena.Proceeds benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.“It’s a great cause and the kids are always great about it,” Nakatani said. “For a fewyears there, we had no chance, but now with me and Kent (Desormeaux) back, things are looking better. We have a few guys who can play a little bit. We’ll have some fun out there.”Sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, game time is 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available for an autograph signing session beginning at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, Desormeaux, Smith and Solis will comprise a team of fellow active riders such as William Antongeorgi, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Brandon Boulanger, Alex Canchari, Victor Espinoza, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Aaron Gryder, Edwin Maldonado, Felipe Martinez, Corey Nakatani, Irving Orozco, Martin Pedroza, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Kayla Stra, Joe Talamo, Elvis Trujillo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, who is the 16-year-old son of Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, a former standout cager at Arcadia High School, will again coach the jockeys’ team. Known for his laid-back approach, Hoover stated his game-day philosophy will be similar to that of past years–“We’ll keep the clock runnin’ and just let ’em run and gun.”Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. Additionally, there will be opportunities to win a trip to Las Vegas and a Paintball Package to Hollywood Sports Paintball and Airsoft Park.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels School. Joseph Talamo10912131611%$910,284 Elvis Trujillo1071314912%$825,926 John Sadler56691011%$409,772 Jerry Hollendorfer8517121020%$1,562,984 Doug O’Neill71871011%$423,376 Victor Espinoza771514919%$844,190 Bob Baffert49911718%$956,568 Michael Pender1843122%$123,880 Corey Nakatani6398814%$515,350 Mark Casse3465418%$545,520 -30- Felipe Valdez1444229%$83,760 Edwin Maldonado5863810%$248,036 Brandon Boulanger635368%$131,586 Peter Miller691416620%$766,440 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 6)center_img JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Martin Garcia60912715%$842,500 Mark Glatt3958613%$288,824 Philip D’Amato3768616%$340,190 Jeff Bonde1840322%$178,930 Brice Blanc2131314%$112,252 Tyler Baze12415121612%$938,354 Richard Mandella2853518%$235,410 Drayden Van Dyke10312131612%$703,746 Tiago Pereira6264810%$182,404 Ron Ellis2742515%$178,790 James Cassidy3355615%$193,860 A. C. Avila1740224%$94,924 Richard Baltas3154316%$174,138 Martin Pedroza861016812%$412,850 Peter Eurton3884721%$364,508 Hector Palma1352038%$93,830 Gary Stevens4695720%$619,152 Rafael Bejarano12430211824%$1,433,544 Carla Gaines2353122%$290,865 Mike Smith571211921%$917,371 Eddie Truman940144%$168,490 FINISH LINES: California Cup Derby winner Mischief Clem worked five furlongs onSanta Anita’s main track Saturday in a rapid 59.80under Kent Desormeaux . . . Sam’s Sister, winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes on opening day,will be ridden by Elvis Trujillo in the Grade II, $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel next Saturday for Jerry Hollendorfer, agent Tom Knust reports . . . Agent Scotty McClellan has booked Joe Talamo on War Story for trainer Tom Amoss in the Grade III Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park next Saturday . . . Jockey Fernando Perez has been suspended three racing days (Feb. 12, 13and 14) for causing interference aboard Richard’s Boy in Thursday’s sixth race. . . Monday, Feb. 16, is Presidents’ Day, featuring live racing and Dollar Day at Santa Anita. Draft beers, hot dogs and sodas will be just a buck. The holiday feature race is the Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf. Expected to head the field is La Tia, winner of the Grade I Matriarch at Del Mar last Nov. 30 under Joel Rosario, who will be back aboard the 10-race winner trained by Armando De la certa . . . Former agent Harry (The Hat) Hacek was a visitor at Clockers’ Corner Saturday. “I’m just out and about renewing old acquaintances and here to see the big race,” Hacek said in reference to the San Antonio Invitational . . . Accomplished actor Alex Rocco, best-known for his signature portrayal of Las Vegas casino boss Moe Green in the all-time 1972 movie classic, “The Godfather,” was a Santa Anita visitor Friday along with his lovely wife, actress Shannon Wilcox.last_img read more