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

Is this final? Palace says WV under GCQ

first_imgMANILA – The national government’s Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases has changed its mind yet again. * Essential sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food business, hospitals, and clinics are allowed to operate. On Wednesday, May 13, Interior and Local Government secretary Eduardo Año said the region would be under a modified GCQ beginning this Saturday. * Film, music and TV production, repair and vulcanizing shops are fully allowed. * Residents are allowed to go out of their homes. However, those aged below 21 and those 60 and older are prohibited from leaving. Western Visayas will be under general community quarantine (GCQ) beginning May 16, announced Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a virtual press conference yesterday. The task force’s list of dos and don’ts includes, among others, the following salient points: * Traveling (land and inter-island) to and from provinces and cities is permitted. Just this Tuesday, May 12, Roque announced that Western Visayas would no longer be under any levels of quarantine by May 16 because it  was considered a “low-risk” area for the transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). * ​Public transportation will resume, but jeepneys and buses must run below full capacity to ensure social distancing. * People can return to playing sports with limited physical contact such as golf, tennis and cycling. However, gyms and sports facilities remain padlocked. * There is limited socialization. Gatherings of 10 people or less are allowed. What’s life going to be under GCQ? On the other hand, Iloilo province and the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod have been under an extended enhanced community quarantine since May 1 and this was supposed to end by May 16./PN * Government offices will reopen ​but alternative work arrangements are encouraged. The provinces of Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental have been under GCQ since May 1 and this was supposed to be further eased by May 16. * Manufacturing services are fully allowed to operate. Roque said minimum public health standards, safety protocols, safe distancing, and return-to-work protocols must be followed at all times. “Many local chief executives, governors and mayors, made petitions that they were not yet ready to remove the community quarantine,” said Año.last_img read more

Thousands of Hoosiers Waiting for Green Light on “HIP 2.0”

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers are waiting on a decision that could change their lives.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are reviewing the state’s federal waiver request to use the existing Healthy Indiana Plan to help low-income residents access health insurance coverage without expanding traditional Medicaid.Caitlin Finnegan Priest, director of policy and communications for Covering Kids and Families of Indiana, says it would extend coverage to 350,000 low-income residents.“We know 59 percent of them work sometimes one, two, or more than two jobs but either don’t have coverage or can’t afford coverage at work,” she says. “These folks have oftentimes gone without insurance for a very long time and they may have a host of chronic conditions that need to get treated.”The current Healthy Indiana Plan program is for those between the ages of 19 and 64 with incomes up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level and caps the number of enrollees without dependents. The new proposal, HIP 2.0, expands the income eligibility to 138 percent of federal poverty level and will not cap the number of enrollees.Priest says they are hoping for speedy approval so those who have fallen into the coverage gap can finally access needed medical services.“Our grassroots enrollment folks have to turn away people who come to us looking for help finding something they qualify for and we have to tell them there’s nothing for them in the state of Indiana for affordable health coverage so we really want to make sure we get this approved as soon as possible,” she says.There is no timeline for a decision from the federal government, but Priest says it could come as early as the end of next month. If HIP 2.0 is not approved, the state will submit a request to preserve the current Health Indiana Plan for current enrollees. Waivers to implement Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act were approved in Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

Man Utd Agrees £75m Fee with Everton on Lukaku

first_imgTRANSFERManchester United has agreed a fee of around £75m with Everton for striker Romelu Lukaku, senior club sources have told the BBC.The 24-year-old Belgium international scored 25 Premier League goals last season.United, who has been chasing Lukaku for most of the summer, will not now be pursuing their interest in Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.Everton sources however hinted that no deal or agreement has been reached.The move for Lukaku is not connected to talks aimed at taking United forward Wayne Rooney to Everton.Jose Mourinho’s side is hopeful of concluding a deal in time for Lukaku to join the squad before they depart for a pre-season tour to the United States on Sunday.The striker was on a list of forward options Mourinho gave to Executive Vice-chairman Ed Woodward before the end of last season.It had been thought Lukaku would return to his former club Chelsea, who he joined from Anderlecht in 2011.The striker was sold to Everton for £28m by Mourinho during the Portuguese manager’s second spell in charge of Chelsea in 2014.Lukaku is a client of agent Mino Raiola, who also looks after Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – three players all signed by United last summer.The Belgian turned down the most lucrative contract offer in Everton’s history in March and later said: “I don’t want to stay at the same level. I want to improve and I know where I want to do that.”  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Badgers head to Illinois for regular-season finale

first_imgLooking to hold off third-place Michigan in the standings, the No. 12 Wisconsin women’s soccer team (15-2-1, 9-2-1 Big Ten) will travel to Champaign, Illinois to take on the Illini (10-7-1, 5-6-1 Big Ten) this Friday for their final match of the regular season riding a four-game winning streak.While conference leader No. 3 Penn State (16-2, 11-1 Big Ten) clinched the regular season title last weekend following a 2-1 victory over Iowa Sunday, the Badgers can still clinch the second seed in the Big Ten Tournament with a victory over the Illini Friday.Despite a blistering start to the season with a 9-2 record over their first 11 games, Illinois has cooled-off significantly since their victory over Ohio State in late September. In their past seven contests, the Illini have posted a dismal 1-5-1 record, falling victim to several Big Ten powerhouses including Penn State, Rutgers and Michigan.Wisconsin redshirt senior forward Kodee Williams, who is coming off of a storybook ending to her regular season career at home, emphasized the importance of staying levelheaded going into each conference game, as the Big Ten has been an unpredictable conference all season long.“As always, it’s going to be a tough game, [Illinois] has one of the leading scorers in the country,” Williams said. “We’re going to keep doing the same in our preparation and hopefully keep playing like we’ve been playing.”The star forward, Williams, is referring to Illini redshirt senior Jannelle Flaws, who currently leads the Big Ten in goals with 17. While she currently finds herself in a two-game scoring drought, Flaws has scored in 53 percent of her team’s goals this season.Williams might not have as many goals as Flaws, but when she does score, she certainly makes them count. Of the six goals that Williams has scored so far this season, five of them have been game-winners for the Badgers, tying her for the lead in the Big Ten.The other player with five game-winners: Williams’ fellow senior, forward Cara Walls.Walls and Williams’ efforts are due largely in part to the effectiveness of Wisconsin’s midfield all season long. By acting as a facilitator on offense and drawing multiple defenders at once, sophomore Rose Lavelle will look to shred the Illini defense like she has been doing all season, finding open lanes and racking up a team-high nine assists. Complementing Lavelle has been junior Kinley McNicoll, the attacking midfielder who currently leads the team with 23 total points.The Wisconsin defense is having a remarkable season of their own with 11 shutouts. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Genevieve Richard will aim to extend Flaws’ scoring drought to three straight games. Coming into Friday’s match, Richard leads the Big Ten in virtually every goalkeeping statistical category and has allowed just seven goals in 18 games to the tune of a .899 save percentage.Following her back-to-back shutout performances at home over the past weekend, Richard earned her third Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Award of the season. To ensure that she stays sharp over the final stretch of the season, Richard said her main focus is maintaining her health and keeping a mental edge.“I think it’s just trying to focus on the quality of my work and making sure I’m consistently focused,” Richard said. “I think that’s going to be the key player in the tournament when you get tired and it’s mostly about focus and mistakes that can make you lose again.”Playing a huge role to the success of Richard this season has been the experienced, intelligent play of Wisconsin’s back line, anchored by junior Brianna Stelzer and redshirt senior Alexandra Heller. The lack of turnovers and consistent recognition of plays by the defense to shut down opposing offenses has helped contribute to the Badgers’ exceptional .39 goals-against average on the season.As UW head coach Paula Wilkins closes out the most successful regular season of her eight-year tenure in Madison, she acknowledged that despite the team’s success, there’s always room for improvement.“I think they know that we’re still working on things and making them better. We’ve been talking about adjustments in practice,” Wilkins said. “I think it comes from good leadership from our older players and some of our younger players, to be honest. I think this group is the most focused I’ve had here at Wisconsin going into this part. They’re excited and know that they put the work in. That really gives them the confidence.”Friday’s regular season finale for the Badgers is slated to start at 7 p.m. from the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium.last_img read more