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Evangelical said COVID-19 might be a ‘wake-up call’ from God for female ‘fornication’ dies of …

first_img– Advertisement – On Nov. 3, long-time evangelical pastor and big-time Trump supporter Rev. Irvin Baxter Jr. died of complications from COVID-19. Based in Plano, Texas, his ministry announced his death at the age of 75. Baxter, a televangelist who appeared on End of the Age syndicated television and radio program and founded Endtime Ministries, preached an apocalyptic-brand of Pentecostal Christianity that has been practiced in the United States since the early 1900s. Baxter had been hospitalized for two weeks before succumbing to the virus. A couple of months ago, on The Jim Bakker Show, while they sold “Pandemic Bundle” DVD books about the end of times, Irving Baxter Jr. explained his thoughts on COVID-19 that he had been “thinking about … the sin of fornication.” According to something he read in the “encyclopedia,” only 5% of new U.S. brides were virgins, meaning that the rest were guilty of fornication. He went on to explain that this may be a “wake-up call” from God. “This coronavirus may be a privilege.” – Advertisement – ScreenShot2020-11-11at8.52.37AM.pnglast_img read more

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Spectrum must do more for customers

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I read Mary Cater’s  April 4 letter to the editor regarding Spectrum’s treatment of existing customers.  She is “spot” on. We are experiencing all of the same issues that she mentioned. Spectrum is flooding the airways with commercials meant to create new business. They should also have a campaign and initiate practices and pricing policies to better serve long-standing customers.John BestgenNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over Bethlehemlast_img read more

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Ramadan starts early in Maluku villages, people flock to mosques

first_imgWhile the majority of Muslims in Indonesia are waiting for a formal government announcement on the start of Ramadan, some Muslims in Maluku started fasting on Wednesday, performing their first tarawih (Ramadan night prayers) of the holy month on Tuesday.The government is set to hold a meeting with Muslim organizations to determine the start of Ramadan on Thursday.The fasting month started early on Wednesday in a number of villages in Maluku, including Wakal, Hila and Tengah-Tengah in Central Maluku regency, as well as Dai and some villages in Pulau Panjang district in East Seram regency. The Religious Affairs Ministry previously issued a circular on prayer guidance during this year’s Ramadan and Idul Fitri, advising that tarawih be performed individually or in congregation with those living in their homes. The circular also stipulates the prohibition of other mass gatherings that are traditionally held during the month, such as sahur (predawn meal) “on the road” events  and calls for minimizing physical contact during zakat (alms) collection.The country’s second-largest Islamic organization, Muhammadiyah, which has also issued a circular advising Muslims to perform tarawih and Idul Fitri prayers at home, has set the start of Ramadan for Friday.Meanwhile, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country’s largest Muslim organization, has yet to stipulate the fasting schedule, as it will determine the start of Ramadan by observing the new moon on Thursday.In Maluku, while some Muslims started fasting on Wednesday, others will start on Thursday, Friday or Monday, depending on local consensus.In Leihitu district in Central Maluku regency, for example,  Kaitetu, Seith and Negeri Lima villages will start Ramadan on Thursday, while the other eight villages will start on Friday.In the meantime, Muslim villagers in Kabauw and Rohomoni villages in Pulau Haruku district, Central Maluku regency, will start fasting on Monday.Maluku, which confirmed its first positive COVID-19 case on March 22, has recorded 17 cases with no fatalities as of Wednesday. Topics :center_img Hundreds of villagers in Maluku flocked to local mosques to perform tarawih, despite the government’s ban on congregational prayers at mosques due to the outbreak.Some mosques were so crowded in Wakal and Tengah-tengah that not all worshippers could be accommodated, forcing some to pray in the mosques’ courtyards.Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) secretary-general Anwar Abbas said he was not against some communities starting the fasting month early but said they should pay attention to the safety of the people in the midst of the pandemic.“But if the coronavirus outbreak has started in their areas, they shouldn’t gather to prevent the high possibility of being infected,” Anwar told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Enjoy a round in your own backyard with this luxurious golf course home

first_imgThis home at 53 Castile Street, Indooroopilly, was the top sale of the week in Queensland. Picture: realestate.com.auFANCY a round?With 24 metres of golf course frontage, there’s no reason for the new owners of this luxurious property to leave home to work on their swing.The sale of 53 Castile Street, Indooroopilly, was the biggest transaction of the week in Queensland, according to CoreLogic, and broke the price record for the street.The property changed hands for $2.85 million in a deal negotiated by Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige.The record sale price was previously set in 2015 by 9 Castile Street, which sold for $2.15 million.This home at 53 Castile Street, Indooroopilly, has sold for $2.85m. Picture: realestate.com.auThe two-level, architecturally designed home had been in the same family for 50 years and comprises five bedrooms and three bathrooms on 708 sqm.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:08Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:08 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDream Home: Buderim02:08 Related videos 02:08Dream Home: Buderim00:32Mediterranean style mansion with wine cave02:10Dream Home: Manly01:31Lana’s Dream Home: favourite rooms01:19Dream Home: Buderim Qld01:36Dream Home: BrookfieldIt includes a teenager’s retreat, home office, pool, gym and separate entertaining spaces on both the upper and lower levels — all framed by views of the St Lucia Golf Course from nearly every room.The home is also just a stroll from St Peters Lutheran College, Ironside State School and the University of Queensland.This property at 53 Castile Street, Indooroopilly, has sold for $2.85m. Picture: realestate.com.auThe second biggest sale in the state in the past week was on the Gold Coast, according to CoreLogic.A four-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 12 San Remo Boulevard, Bundall, sold for $2.45 million.The sale was negotiated by Genc & Co Bundall, which marketed the property as “one of the finest low set homes in Sorrento”.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThis home at 12 San Remo Bvd, Bundall, has sold for $2.45m. Picture: realestate.com.auSurrounded by multi-million dollar mansions, the big family home is on a huge 1174 sqm block. Features include a resort style swimming pool with its own private sandy lagoon, sleek designer kitchen with large butler’s pantry and a master suite opening out to a large decked terrace.This home at 12 San Remo Boulevard, Bundall, was one of the biggest sales of the week in Queensland. Picture: realestate.com.auThe sales come as Brisbane’s auction clearance rate made a rapid recovery this week after nosediving to its lowest level in years.The preliminary clearance rate for Brisbane jumped to 54.5 per cent, latest figures show, with more than half of houses that went under the hammer selling.It’s still a weak result compared to the other mainland capitals, but a significant improvement on the previous week when the city’s auction success rate plunged to 33.3 per cent.There were 119 Brisbane homes taken to auction this week, with 77 results reported so far.Across the Gold Coast, 39 results have been reported so far, with a success rate of 38.5 per cent.PRELIMINARY AUCTION CLEARANCE RATES(Week to Sunday July 2):Melbourne 71.9 per centSydney 72.6 per centBrisbane 54.5 per cent(Gold Coast, 38.5 per cent)Adelaide 62.5 per centPerth 50 per centCanberra 75.8 per cent(Source: CoreLogic)last_img read more

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AAPA Eyes USD 66 Bn Funding for Port Upgrades

first_imgThe American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is looking to secure some USD 66 billion from the US President’s USD 1 trillion infrastructure package for federal port-related infrastructure investments.The fund would be distributed to cover various infrastructure upgrade projects over the period of the next 10 years, on both the waterside and the landside.In a hearing titled America’s Water Infrastructure Needs and Challenges, to be held on January 10, Port of Cleveland President and CEO William Friedman will testify before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW).Friedman’s testimony will focus on issues related to navigation infrastructure maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement, at America’s public ports.“AAPA is looking forward with great anticipation to a focus on America’s infrastructure investment needs by the Trump Administration and Congress in 2018,” Kurt Nagle, AAPA President and CEO, said.Seaport cargo activity accounts for 26 percent of US GDP and generates over USD 320 billion annually in federal, state and local tax revenues.last_img read more

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Total awards maintenance and support gig in UK to Aberdeen newcomer

first_imgTotal Exploration and Production UK (TEPUK) has awarded a general maintenance and operations support contract to PBS, a recently formed Aberdeen-based consortium. Total’s Culzean field in the UK North Sea; Source: TotalPonticelli, Brand, and Semco joined forces in 2019 to establish PBS, an integrated services consortium led by Ponticelli, to tender and prepare for the implementation of the general maintenance and operations support project.The contract with Total is effective from 2Q 2020, PBS said on Thursday.Under the terms of the five-year contract, PBS will manage asset integrity, maintenance and reliability, fabric maintenance, shutdowns and modification projects for all Total UK’s operated assets, which currently produce in excess of 250,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.PBS said it would standardize ways of working across TEPUK assets and make greater use of technology to improve efficiency and reduce operations and engineering costs.Commenting on the contract award on behalf of the PBS consortium, Thierry Le Gangneux, Group Executive Vice-President and Director for Ponticelli UK Limited, said: “This award represents an exciting formation of a new consortium based on shared values, visions and the need for change within the industry.“We have worked with Total previously in Europe and West Africa and this long-standing relationship means we are well positioned and committed to providing safe, reliable and efficient operational support in the delivery of their GMOC in the United Kingdom. By harnessing each of the PBS partners’ specialist capabilities and bringing them together under the consortium, TEPUK will benefit from our decades of collective knowledge and experience from within the wider Ponticelli, Brand and Semco business units.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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AID Bank on a drive to reduce non-performing loan portfolio

first_img Share LocalNews AID Bank on a drive to reduce non-performing loan portfolio by: – May 16, 2012 23 Views   3 comments Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Martin CharlesThe Dominica Agricultural Industrial and Development Bank (AID Bank) is aggressively pursuing efforts to address the level of delinquency within its Loan Portfolio through the implementation of a number of strategies. That’s according to newly appointed Chairman of the AID Bank Martin Charles.Mr.Charles who took up his official appointment last month says the bank has a mandate to be a catalyst and leader in financing investment in Dominica. Charles says these developments will be compromised if funds owed to the bank are not repaid.“Over the years the AID Bank has informed the general public that there are persons who have borrowed monies from the AID Bank, they are in a position to pay but yet still they are not paying their loans and as a result our non performing portfolio rose to a substantial amount.”At the end of the last financial year 2010-2011 loans in the non-performing category totalled 19.91 million E.C dollars.The newly appointed Chairman of the AID bank says strategies have been and will continue to be implemented by the bank to reduce this trend.“Our five year strategic plan addresses the non-performing portfolio. If you look at our last financial report we were able reduce that portfolio significantly because of the strategies that we were able to put in place to deal with our non performing portfolio”.Charles is however optimistic that defaulters will come forward and make good on their promise to pay AID Bank.“We are not totally satisfied with where we are right now. We believe that much more can be done and will be done. All I am asking is that persons who are delinquent take a decision to make good on their promise and pay AID Bank its monies”.Mr. Charles cautioned that the non-payment of monies will affect the Bank’s ability to finance projects in the productive sector, which is instrumental in sustaining investment, creating jobs, and increasing foreign exchange earnings.By: Tarnia GreenGovernment Information Service Tweetlast_img read more

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P90,000 ‘shabu’ seized in buy-bust

first_imgAn undercover cop initially bought from Lopez a sachet of suspected shabu for P500 around 5 p.m. on 24, it added. BACOLOD City – Twelve sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P90,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Bagumbayan, Valladolid, Negros Occidental. Resident Anthony Lopez, 30, yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Valladolid municipal police station. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against him./PNlast_img read more

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Arsenal ‘snatch agreement’ for top €60m defensive target

first_img Luiz has not solved all their problems, as pundits have continued to criticise their functionality at the back. In part due to those issues, Arsenal have the second-worst goal difference in the top half of the Premier League. read also:Man City register interest in Arsenal, Barcelona target Upamecano Upamecano has made 33 appearances in all competitions for Leipzig this season, all of which were starts. He was sent off in his most recent match, against Paderborn. If Arsenal really have found an agreement for Upamecano, it would mark a change of plan after recent claims. His agent had suggested that the Frenchman may be too expensive to move this summer. “I don’t believe in large transfers this summer and I think Upamecano is a player who will demand a large fee,” Volker Struth told ‘Doppelpass’ on Sport 1 last month (via Goal). The France Under-21 international has been at Leipzig for three-and-a-half years, after moving from sister club RB Salzburg. European giants Bayern Munich and Barcelona have also reportedly been watching his progress. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Upamecano has been linked with Arsenal for a long time, having established himself as one of Europe’s most promising defenders. The centre-back is out of contract next summer, and Leipzig are eager to ensure they receive a transfer fee for him. Upamecano has a €60m release clause that will be valid this summer, and AC Milan had been interested in him. However, Tuttosport claim that the Italian side – who were struggling to afford that sum – have been told Upamecano is heading to Arsenal instead. According to the report, Arsenal have “snatched an agreement” with RB Leipzig to sign the 21-year-old. If true, it would be a major coup for the Gunners, who have struggled defensively in recent years. Arsenal are not the only Premier League side interested in Upamecano, as Manchester United have also been monitoring him. However, the Gunners have been linked more regularly, and they now could be closing in on a major deal. Arsenal signed David Luiz from Chelsea last summer in an effort to shore up their defence. A move for Upamecano, though, would be a longer-term solution. Loading… RB Leipzig defender, Dayot Upamecano, has decided to join Arsenal this summer, according to claims from Italian newspaper Tuttosport. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Awesome But Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu Reeves10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennylast_img read more

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Local police officer accused of trying to buy drugs in Lantana

first_imgLantana police are reporting that a Margate police officer has been placed on administrative leave after the officer was allegedly caught attempting to purchase drugs during a sting operation.According to the investigation, the Lantana Police department began working with a suspect they arrested on Tuesday with 16 ounces of meth. During the suspect’s arrest, the suspect claimed that they knew of an officer who may be willing to buy the drugs.Authorities allowed the suspect to contact the officer, identified as Margate police Officer Christopher Kanan, via text messages to set up an exchange.Officer Kanan agreed to meet the suspect at an apartment complex to buy an ounce of meth for $500 and a liter of GHB for $300.The officer was instead met by an undercover officer.At the apartment complex the undercover officer handed Officer Kanan fake meth in a water bottle. Officer Kanan examined the bottle several times and claimed that something did not look right about the bottle and asked to speak with the police affiliate. That’s when the undercover officer told Kanan that the affiliate was in the shower and would be out any minute.Kanan then asked the undercover officer if he could take the bottle of water outside to his girlfriend and once Kanan stepped out of the apartment he was arrested.Officials say they found two wads of cash one for the amount of $500 and another for the amount of $300 inside of his pockets. They also found a  9 mm handgun and a small clear container of GHB in Kanan’s truck.During a police interview, Kanan told investigators that he was currently on administrative leave from the police department for testing positive for meth in July, however, he did not remember sending any text messages to their affiliate about purchasing drugs but that he made arrangements to help his friend move plastic bins from one apartment to another. Kanan also refused to show investigators his phone.Authorities have since launched a separate internal investigation into the incident but as of Thursday, it was reported that Kanan was placed on leave without pay.last_img read more

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