Conservative investigative journalist Laura Loomer announced her candidacy for Florida’s 21st Congressional District in the 2020 election on Friday.Loomer is known for her controversial rhetoric and describes herself as the “most banned woman in the world.”Loomer is banned from almost all social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, which could pose as a challenge when promoting her campaign.She was also banned from Lyft, Uber, and even Uber Eats in 2017 after tweeting that she didn’t want to be driven by Muslim rideshare drivers.The 26-year-old is joining a packed field of Republican hopefuls seeking to unseat Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel in Florida’s 21st district, which covers a majority of Palm Beach County.Frankel represents a heavily Democratic district and did not face a challenger in 2018.“The congressional seat is currently held by Democrat Lois Frankel, a staunch obstructionist and critic of President Donald J. Trump, and a close friend and ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” a press release from Loomer said. “Frankel, despite chairing the Democratic Congressional Women’s Caucus has refused to denounce Freshmen Democrat Reps. Ilhan Omar, AOC, and Rashida Tlaib for their anti-Semitism.” Loomer’s Republican contenders include Christian Acosta, Michael Blueming Jr., Liz Felton and Victor Garcia da Rosa, according to ballotpedia.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2015)–Consistent Avanzare pressed the pace and went on to an impressive 1 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Gary Stevens and trained by Tom Proctor, Avanzare bested a half dozen older horses and got one mile on turf in 1:34.17.A close third two starts back in Santa Anita’s Grade II City of Hope Mile (turf) on Oct. 4, the 5-year-old Grand Reward gelding came off a third place run on synthetic Polytrack in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes Nov. 29.“I breezed him five days ago on the dirt and when I looked at the work, he had the second fastest work that morning,” said Stevens, in reference to a five furlong main track breeze in 59 flat, second best of 51 at the distance.”Owned by Donato Lanni and John Youngblood, Avanzare was off at 5-1 and paid $13.80, $6.20 and $3.80. In his third Southern California start, he improved his overall mark to 12-6-3-2 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased his bankroll to $385,180.Winning trainer Proctor had no comment.Ridden by Mike Smith, Za Approval got a perfect stalking trip and ran second, finishing three quarters of a length in front of Home Run Kitten. The second choice in the wagering at 3-1, Za Approval paid $4.40 and $3.20.Home Run Kitten stalked the pace and was third, two lengths off the lead turning for home but proved third best under Joe Talamo, finishing 1 ¾ lengths in front of 6-5 favorite Kaigun. Off at 3-1, Home Run Kitten paid $3.00 to show.Kaigun flattend out late and had no apparent excuses under Corey Nakatani.Fractions on the race were 23.05, 46.95, 1:10.59 and 1:22.25.
Foran has told his teammates that he will not be staying at the club, but will move to Sydney to be closer to his children.Foran has been heavily linked with a switch to the Bulldogs.”It has been an incredibly tough decision to make but it has reached the point where I had to make a call and I’ve done that today,” Foran said in a statement.”I love it so much here at this club and I have so many people to thank for helping me to get my life and my football career back on track.”I really wanted to find a way of staying and spending more time here because it’s so good being around the boys and the people here. Every day I have a smile on my face when I come to training.”But, in the end, it came down to my kids and what’s best for them. I need to be back in Sydney to be closer to them.”Before I do there’s plenty to do here. I want to finish here as well as I possibly can. We can do something this year and I want to play my part in that.”Warriors managing director Jim Doyle said Foran’s decision is understandable.”Of course, we would have liked Kieran to stay longer and we looked at ways of making that possible,” he said.”I know how much he likes it here and how much he wanted to extend his time but his kids’ welfare is paramount. We support him in what he has decided to do and wish him all the best.”For us, it has been great to see how far he has come getting his life back in order and now being in a position to be able to help the team on the field. He wants to finish the season strongly.”Doyle said the club had options to consider now Foran’s future has been clarified.”While we were hoping Kieran would stay we also knew there was a chance he would return to Sydney so we considered that in our planning,” he said.Since making his Warriors debut against Gold Coast on April 2, Foran has played in each of the team’s last five matches. His last outing against the Sydney Roosters on April 30 provided the 100th win in his 161 NRL appearances so far.Photo By: SCOTT BARBOUR/Getty Images (Kieran Foran looks set to be signing with the Bulldogs).
World number one Nadal, who won the US Open last year to add to his 2010 and 2013 victories, skipped Cincinnati after triumphing in Toronto the week before.The Spaniard clinched an 11th French Open in June to take his majors tally to 17 before falling to Djokovic in a five-set, 5-hour 15-minute semi-final loss at Wimbledon.“Tennis is a high-demanding sport in terms of physical effort,” said 32-year-old Nadal who faces an emotional first round against compatriot David Ferrer who will be playing his last Slam before retirement. “I cannot forget that I am older every year.”Federer also knows that the clock is ticking.The 20-time Grand Slam winner won the last of his five US Opens in 2008.Now 37, Federer would become the oldest New York champion in the Open era should he lift the trophy again on September 9 and second oldest of all time.Federer to end 10-year wait?But he was knocked out by 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals last year having had to negotiate two five-setters in the opening rounds.Despite defending his Australian Open title in January, Federer’s hopes of a ninth Wimbledon were blown apart in a five-set loss to Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals. 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It’s been a couple of tough months for me with an injury but then winning Wimbledon and Cincinnati,” said Djokovic who opens his US Open campaign against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics.Djokovic’s Wimbledon triumph took his Grand Slam title collection to 13, just one behind Pete Sampras.He also has 31 Masters, two back from Nadal but four more than Federer.He will head for New York buoyed by his dominance over his three major rivals as well — he leads Nadal 27-25, Federer 24-22 and Andy Murray 25-11.“He’s a great champion,” said Federer in praise of Djokovic in Cincinnati.ADVERTISEMENT Having captured, against all the odds, a fourth Wimbledon in July, the 31-year-old Serb suddenly finds himself as joint-favourite with world number one Rafael Nadal to triumph at Flushing Meadows.Champion in 2011 and 2015, and a five-time runner-up, Djokovic sat out the 2017 US Open to nurse an elbow injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’His physical limitations were still evident when he slumped away from Roland Garros in June after a shock quarter-final loss to journeyman Marco Cecchinato, threatening to skip Wimbledon to mend his shattered self-confidence.Fast forward three months and Djokovic is once again the man to beat. View comments It was his earliest exit at the All England Club in five years.“I won the US Open five times. So I stand here pretty happy, to be quite honest. It’s not like, God, the US Open never worked out for me. It hasn’t the last couple years, but it’s all good,” said the Swiss legend who begins against injury-plagued Japanese left-hander Yoshihito Nishioka.Murray, the 2012 champion, is set to play his first Slam since a hip injury suffered at Wimbledon last year.His comeback has been far from smooth after spending almost a year on the sidelines and has played only seven matches since his return.The former world number one has even seen his ranking nosedive to 378 in the world — making him Britain’s eighth-best player!Outside of the ‘Big Four’, Del Potro, at a career-high three in the world, remains a dangerman.Amongst the widely-hyped ‘Next Gen’, world number four Alexander Zverev is still a work in progress.The German’s run to the last-eight at the French Open this year remains his best performance at the majors while his last two visits to New York ended in a pair of second-round losses.He has hired Ivan Lendl — who took Murray to the 2012 title — as his new coach.Greek 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, at 15 in the world from 161 this time last year, is the in-form youngster. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs FILE – In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, left, hugs Serbia’s Novak Djokovic at the end of their semifinal match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome. Nadal’s attempt to extend his record by winning an 11th title in Paris will be the main focus of the men’s draw. It’s been a while since the world has seen Djokovic at his best after a series of right arm problems interrupted a career that hit its zenith at the 2016 French Open. 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A father of one was fatally stabbed at the Plaisance Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara, where he hadDead: Orretta Westgone to party, on Friday morning by a man with whom he allegedly had an old grievance.Orrette West, 29, of Tucville Terrace, East La Penitence, Georgetown, was stabbed to his chest and abdomen by his attacker who immediately fled the scene.Reports are that West was dancing with a female when an argument broke out between him and the suspect during which the suspect whipped out a knife and dealt him the fatal stabs.After being stabbed West was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he succumbed.When Guyana Times visited the mother of the dead man at her GuyHoc, Greater Georgetown home, she explained that her son left home just before midnight on Thursday with a group of friends as they normally would to the party on Plaisance ‘Line Top’.According to the grieving mother, at about 01:30h, she heard a car honking in front of her yard and went to inquire, and was told that her son was stabbed. The woman said she panicked and sent her other sons to the hospital to check on West. After sometime, she got the dreaded news. The mother noted that at the time of her son’s death he was with another woman while his child-mother was at her home and his fiancé at his house in Tucville.She related that she could not say if the stabbing stemmed from an old grievance and noted that she would not vow for her dead son. The mother noted that her son was hardworking but he loved to go out with his friends.Meanwhile, the dead man’s fiancé posited that she was at work when she got the call about the fatal stabbing. On the other hand, West’s child-mother, who was almost in tears, did not offer a comment.The Police in a release stated that they are investigating the murder of West, which occurred at about 00:30 on Friday.Police are continuing their investigation as the suspect has still not been apprehended. (Bhisham Mohamed)
Rev. Dr. Jerry Paye Manfloe Kulah, IAddress to the Reform and Renewal Coalition Within the United Methodist Church, the Prayer Breakfast of the United Methodist Church Special General Conference Session, America Convention Center, St. Louis, Missouri Saturday, 23rd February 2019By Rev. Dr. Jerry P. Kulah, Dean, Gbarnga School of Theology, United Methodist UniversityGreetingsMy dear brothers and sisters of The United Methodist Church from all around the world, I humbly greet you in the strong name of Jesus Christ!We thank God for all who have participated in observing a sacred season of fasting and prayer as we have prepared for this special General Conference session. And we praise God that there are thousands upon thousands still on bended knees interceding on our behalf as we make a defining decision regarding the future of The United Methodist Church.I thank God for His precious Word to us, and I thank him for you, my dear sisters and brothers in Christ.As the General Coordinator of UMC Africa Initiative I greet you on behalf of all its members and leaders. We want to thank the Renewal and Reform Coalition within the United Methodist Church for the invitation to address you at this important breakfast meeting. Kindly join me in reading God’s Word as recorded in the Gospel of John 8:31-32.As I understand it, the purpose for which we have gathered this week, and the plans before us as delegates seek to find a lasting solution to the long debate over our church’s sexual ethics, its teachings on marriage, and its ordination standards.This debate and the numerous acts of defiance have brought the United Methodist Church to a crossroads, as it were in the days of the nation of Judah when they forsook the Lord. God challenged his people through the prophet Jeremiah to choose the ancient path and walk in it so that they might find rest for their souls (Jeremiah 6:16). Similarly, God is speaking to the people called United Methodists to do likewise.While there may be several plans before us, I would like to speak to just two of them. One plan invites the people called United Methodists to take a road in opposition to the Bible and two thousand years of Christian teachings. I submit to you that, going down that road would divide the church. Those advocating for the One Church Plan would have us take that road.But I would like to call your attention to consider this other plan, the Modified Traditional Plan. This plan invites us to reaffirm Christian teachings rooted in Scripture and the church’s rich traditions.It says, “All persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God,” that “All persons need the ministry of the Church”, and that “We affirm that God’s grace is available to all.”It grounds our sexual ethics in Scripture when it says, the UM Church does “not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers [it] incompatible with Christian teaching.”While “we commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons,” we do not celebrate same-sex marriages or ordain for ministry people who self-avow as practicing homosexuals. These practices do not conform to the authentic teaching of the Holy Scriptures, our primary authority for faith and Christian living.However, we extend grace to all people because we all know we are sinners in need of God’s redeeming. We know how critical and life changing God’s grace has been in our own lives.We warmly welcome all people to our churches; we long to be in fellowship with them, to pray with them, to weep with them, and to experience the joy of transformation with them.Friends, please hear me, we Africans are not afraid of our sisters and brothers who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, questioning, or queer. We love them and we hope the best for them. But we know of no compelling arguments for forsaking our church’s understanding of Scripture and the teachings of the church universal.And then please hear me when I say as graciously as I can: we Africans are not children in need of western enlightenment when it comes to the church’s sexual ethics. We do not need to hear a progressive U.S. bishop lecture us about our need to “grow up.” No!Let me assure you, we Africans, whether we have liked it or not, have had to engage in this debate for many years now. We stand with the global church, not a culturally liberal, church elite, in the U.S.We stand with our Filipino friends! We stand with our sisters and brothers in Europe and Russia! And yes, we stand with our allies in America.We stand with farmers in Zambia, tech workers in Nairobi, Sunday School teachers in Nigeria, biblical scholars in Liberia, pastors in the Congo, United Methodist Women in Cote d’Ivoire, and thousands of other United Methodists all across Africa who have heard no compelling reasons for changing our sexual ethics, our teachings on marriage, and our ordination standards! We stand together!We are grounded in God’s word and the gracious and clear teachings of our church. On that we will not yield! We will not take a road that leads us away from the truth! We will take the road that leads to the making of disciples of Jesus Christ for transformation of the world!I hope and pray, for your sake, that you will walk down this road with us. We would warmly welcome you as our traveling companions, but if you choose another road, we Africans cannot go with you. I am sorry, we cannot!The vast majority of us Africans support the Modified Traditional Plan for two very important reasons.First, we believe it is clearly rooted in Scripture and the teachings of Christians in all times and in all places. It reaffirms our church’s belief that “marriage is defined as a sacred relationship between one man and one woman,” not between any two consenting adults.Second, passage of the Modified Traditional Plan will keep far more United Methodists united as one church than any of the other plans.I want to be united with my sisters and brothers in our global connection. I hope you want that as well. Let us all walk together in a church steeped in Scripture and the life transforming teachings of our church; because all scripture is God’s breath, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness….” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).We Support an Exit PlanFinally, I trust you will support a gracious exit petition, because, as someone has said, “It is better to be separated on truth than to be united on error”. Some Africans have been told that if a gracious exit petition is passed, our evangelical friends in the U.S. will go their own way and no longer support efforts in Africa. That is not true; because Hudson Taylor once opined, “God’s work done God’s way never lacks God’s supply”.Many of us in Africa have developed deep and long-lasting friendships with our brothers and sisters in the U.S. Those relationships will not be severed if a gracious exit petition passes.Unfortunately, some United Methodists in the U.S. have the very faulty assumption that all Africans are concerned about is U.S. financial support. Well, I am sure, being sinners like all of you, some Africans are fixated on money.But with all due respect, a fixation on money seems more of an American problem than an African one. We get by on far less than most Americans do; we know how to do it. I’m not so sure you do. So, if anyone is so naïve or condescending as to think we would sell our birth right in Jesus Christ for American dollars, then they simply do not know us. Because, we know how to live on much, how to live on little, and how to live on nothing. Amen!We are seriously joyful in following Jesus Christ and God’s holy word to us in the Bible. And in truth, we think many people in the U.S. and in parts of Europe could learn a great deal from us. The UM churches, pastors and lay people who partner with us acknowledge as much.Please understand me when I say that the vast majority of African United Methodists will never, ever trade Jesus and the truth of the Bible for money. We will walk alone if necessary, and yet we are confident the ties of Christian fellowship we have with friends here in U.S. will not be severed even if they too must walk apart from a church that would adopt the One Church Plan.We believe all local churches should be treated fairly and so we strongly support a gracious exit plan. Friends, not too long ago my country, Liberia was ravaged by a terrible civil war that claimed over 250,000 lives. And then we faced the outbreak of the Ebola virus that claimed thousands of lives. We are keenly familiar with hardship and sorrow, but Jesus has led us through every trial. So nothing that happens over the next few days will deter us from following Him, and Him alone.We shall persevere in the race before us, “looking unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter” of our faith (Hebrews 2:2-3). We shall remain steadfast and faithful. And some day we shall wear the victor’s crown of glory with our King Jesus! Come walk with us!In the name of the Father, the Son, and the blessed Holy Spirit, Amen!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A number of persons are presently being contacted through social media with regards to opportunities of obtaining lands and/or houses from the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) but Government said that this is a fraudulent act.The CH&PA on Monday said that it has no arrangements in place with GTT Mobile Money to accept payments for land, housing units or any other services offered by the agency.“It has come to our attention that members of the public were being contacted through Facebook about the possibility of purchasing lands or housing units from the agency by someone purporting to be Minister Valarie Patterson-Yearwood. The Facebook profile is a fake; in fact, the Minister does not have a Facebook profile,” the CH&PA stated.The agency said that it will be in contact with the police on the matter but members of the public are advised “to make contact with the agency’s enforcement unit in relation to complaints on the payment for lands, housing units or any other services being offered via the Facebook page”.In December 2017, the CH&PA had been investigating a scam in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) involving the sale of lands by an individual not authorised to conduct business on behalf of the agency.The issue had been brought to the CH&PA’s attention and indicated that a woman, claiming to represent the agency, scammed several persons of hundreds of thousands of dollars.At that time, the CH&PA stated that there were several other instances of the same scam artist eliciting money from vulnerable people, but noted that the victims are unwilling to come forward.The agency reiterated that all payments relating to the sale of land or housing units from the Central Housing and Planning Authority must be done at the agency’s Georgetown head office, Regional Housing Offices or Regional Democratic Council.In May 2017, the Office of First Lady Sandra Granger received many reports that residents of Georgetown and other areas in Guyana have been approached via phone calls and text messages with requests for payment in return for the opportunity to gain scholarships.According to a release from the Ministry of the Presidency, the First Lady wanted to make it clear that her office has no such programme and would not request cash from private citizens.“Further, should anyone receive any such request, they should immediately report it to the nearest police station so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice,” the release concluded.
Hoping to repair relations with the staff and boost morale, Wolfowitz said Tuesday that he’ll make “major changes” in the way his office and the senior management team work to address the concerns. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Calls for the resignation of World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz grew Wednesday as the European Parliament voiced its displeasure over allegations that he showed favoritism in arranging a promotion and pay package for his girlfriend. The demand by the European Union’s legislature that the development chief step down comes as a special bank panel is probing whether Wolfowitz violated bank rules in his handling of the 2005 promotion of bank employee Shaha Riza to a high-paying State Department job. The World Bank’s 24-member board will ultimately decide what action, if any, to take. Many of the bank’s staffers, former World Bank executives, aid groups and some Democratic politicians have pressed for Wolfowitz to resign. They fear that the matter has tarnished the reputation of the institution, which is focused on fighting global poverty, and could hobble efforts to raise billions of dollars for a World Bank program to help poor countries. The EU assembly said it wanted to “signal to … Wolfowitz that his withdrawal would be a welcome step toward preventing the bank’s anticorruption policy from being undermined.” Wolfowitz has acknowledged making a mistake and apologized, but he has said he won’t quit. At the White House on Wednesday, President George W. Bush took care to offer a positive mention of Wolfowitz at an event to mark Malaria Awareness Day. Wolfowitz was seen there, chatting enthusiastically with other attendees. “I appreciate very much the fact that the World Bank is taking the lead in eradicating poverty in places like Africa, and Paul Wolfowitz, thank you for your leadership of the World Bank,” Bush said. The United States – the bank’s largest shareholder – has expressed confidence in Wolfowitz, and some African and Asian representatives have also indicated some support.
“It’s a small gesture after winning a World Cup with great players. I consider them my family. It’s a small gift from me.”Earlier on Wednesday France midfielder Blaise Matuidi tweeted a photo showing him and Pogba holding the boxes containing the enormous rings.“Unforgettable present for an unforgettable memory. Thanks from the bottom of my heart to the jewellery @paulpogba.” Matuidi wrote.Pogba said he had already made a similar gesture when he left Juventus, where he won four straight Serie A titles, for Manchester United.“I made a small gift to the players when I left,” he said.“It was a small gesture to thank them for the trophies, because we do not play alone, we never win on our own,” he added.Pogba hatched the plan with Antoine Griezmann, a fan of American basketball, where championship rings, which originated in baseball, are common.“A World Cup you do not win it alone, the players were there behind me, they supported me” and despite “criticism”, the group remained “bonded”, Pogba said.“A small gesture like that is nothing because a World Cup is for life, this ring you can lose, but the World Cup you do not lose that,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Midfielder Paul Pogba hatched the plan to give his France team-mates world championship rings with Antoine Griezmann, a fan of American basketball where such jewellery is common © AFP / Thomas SAMSONCLAIREFONTAINE-EN-YVELINES, France, Mar 20 – “The present has arrived,” said Paul Pogba on Wednesday, confirming he had given all his France team-mates world champion rings modelled on those in many American sports.“We handed them out to the players, the reaction was good, they thanked me,” Pogba told a press conference at France’s training centre.
Joe Gomez is expected to move to Liverpool in the coming days Liverpool will finalise a deal for Charlton teenager Joe Gomez later this week with the starlet scheduled to undergo a medical on Friday.talkSPORT understands the 18-year-old has turned down the chance to join Arsenal, the club he supports, and Manchester United, along with newly promoted Bournemouth.JOE GOMEZ SCOUT REPORTThe Reds have triggered a £3.5million release clause in the England Under-19 international’s contract, which has paved the way for the move to be completed and he will meet with club officials on Merseyside on Friday.Liverpool are currently in discussions with the Championship club over minor details regarding a sell-on fee, should the defender subsequently leave Anfield in the future, but those talks will not affect the deal going through. 1