Bridging the divide: TCU promotes dialogue between Christianity and Islam

first_imgTwitter printTwo religious leaders discussed the relationship between Christianity and Islam to promote open discussion between the two sides last week.Reverend Bob Roberts, a Baptist minister from Fort Worth, first met Iman Ziah Sheikh, head of the Irving Islamic Center, several years ago when, on a whim, he decided to visit his mosque.Roberts had done religious work overseas in Afghanistan but says he had never really thought about the Muslim presence around Dallas.Roberts and Sheikh quickly became friends and now spend their time attending conferences and engaging in conversation with each other in order to teach about religious tolerance.“I think there’s a lot of negativity out there,” said Sheikh. “Especially in the round up to elections. Politicians are spewing rhetoric of hate.”But Sheikh said the most disturbing part was not that politicians were saying negative things about Muslims, but that they were receiving positive responses from it.“I think people [who discriminate against other’s religious beliefs] do it primarily out of ignorance,” he said.Roberts agreed. He said people who know someone who is a Muslim are significantly more likely to have a positive outlook on Islam.This, however, is difficult for most, as Muslims make up a very small percentage of the national population. And the demographics at TCU reflect this fact.Religious Demographics USA v TCUCreate bar chartsBut Sheikh and Roberts said they are unperturbed by these numbers and continue to preach a message of love and peace.“You should know what you believe, and why you believe it,” said Roberts. “And the more you believe, the more you should love God, and love other people. And what that means is that you won’t live your life as an isolationist.”“Peace and harmony are what we need to be propagating,” said Sheikh. “When we focus on our similarities, then we will create an atmosphere that is conducive to love and affection and happiness for everyone.” Linkedin + posts Dee J. Kelly Center offers alternative study space for students Adam Kelley TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homeless ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis Adam Kelleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/adam-kelley/ Facebook TCU students react to an increase in drug violations Twitter Adam Kelleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/adam-kelley/center_img ReddIt Adam is a senior writing major, journalism and religion double minor. He covers crime and public safety for TCU360. Linkedin Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods TCU implements new writing contest TCU students speak out on civil rights issues ReddIt Adam Kelleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/adam-kelley/ Previous articleIconic Fort Worth Beer Can House to be torn downNext articleTCU students react to an increase in drug violations Adam Kelley RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Adam Kelleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/adam-kelley/last_img read more

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Passivhaus Crosses the Atlantic

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Last weekend I attended the Fourth Annual North American Passive House Conference in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. The conference offered a great opportunity to learn more about the Passivhaus standard and to discuss low-energy buildings with an experienced group of architects, engineers, and builders.Among the most valuable sessions offered at the conference:The Passivhaus advocates I met at the conference are responsible for some of the best new buildings in the country — buildings with extraordinarily low energy budgets. These exemplary buildings can inspire all designers of low-energy buildings to sharpen their pencils.Unfortunately, the launch of the Passivhaus movement in North America hasn’t been particularly smooth. Some Passivhaus advocates have reacted defensively to legitimate technical questions from knowledgeable American builders. On the other side, the chance for fruitful dialogue has been hampered by a few Passivhaus critics who have adopted an unnecessarily adversarial tone. Fortunately, these bumps are only public relations problems; they shouldn’t seriously detract from the great accomplishments that Passivhaus builders have achieved.Clearing Up MisconceptionsIn my opinion, the Passivhaus movement in North America needs to do a better job at disassociating its message from a package of misconceptions. It’s important to emphasize the core strength of Passivhaus — namely, the fact that PHPP software provides a sophisticated method for designing and constructing buildings that use very low levels of energy — and to clearly separate this message from a collection of red herrings originating in Europe:Red herring number one: Very low U-factor windows (U-0.14) are necessary “for the comfort of the occupants.” It’s true that occupant comfort is one of the benefits of high-quality triple-glazed windows. It’s also true that windows with a very low U-factor may be necessary to meet the Passivhaus goal of 15 kWh/m2. But a very high level of occupant comfort… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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TRENDS OF THE GAME COACHING BREAKFAST A SUCCESS

first_imgMore than 120 people turned out for Touch Football Australia’s inaugural ‘Trends of the Game’ breakfast at the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club this morning. The breakfast was hosted as part of TFA’s commitment to facilitating innovation in the sport and working towards securing the 2009 Youth World Cup and the 2011 World Cup. Australian Women’s Open coaches Kerry Norman and Dean Russell kicked off proceedings with a presentation analysing areas of the game that Australian players at all levels need to focus on as well as the type of characteristics selectors are looking for in elite squad members.Norman and Russell also presented some video footage to display the strengths of the Australian Women’s Open team and the way they claimed the 2007 World Cup. Australian Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad was next to take the floor, clearly illustrating some of his successful 2007 World Cup team’s tactics. Trad gave a fascinating insight into the processes that have been implemented over the past five years in evolving the sport in this country.  Australian Mixed Open assistant coach Karley Banks gave a presentation outlining the differences between domestic and international Mixed Touch Football as well as outlining some of the changes that need to be made to reverse the Mixed category results of the last World Cup. Australian Mixed Open Captain Tony Eltakchi supplied comic relief as usual, and support for the contention that Mixed is a pivotal genre of the game that needs to be spotlighted in the future to ensure development of the game continues.TFA Director of Coaching Dennis Coffey then made a presentation about technical aspects of player positioning as well as encouraging a uniform model of coaching throughout Australia. TFA National Director of Referees Lou Tompkins concluded the forum with a discussion of current attitudes in referring and requirements of top-level whistleblowers. The gathered throng then participated in question time with the coaches on the panel.Australia’s elite coaches through the National High Performance Program are offering their advice to budding coaches by spending time in the sub boxes of teams who request their input. The Trends of the game breakfast was very informative and well received by the crowd who braved the early morning start to listen to some of the best coaches in the business impart their knowledge to assist coaches to increase their knowledge of Elite level coaching.last_img read more

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10 months agoBologna coach Inzaghi: Emotional facing Ancelotti

first_imgBologna coach Inzaghi: Emotional facing Ancelottiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna coach Filippo Inzaghi is looking forward to facing Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli.Inzaghi played for Ancelotti at AC Milan.”Facing Carlo will be really emotional,” Inzaghi said in his pre-match Press conference.“He’s a great man and we have a strong and emotional bond. We’ve always had a wonderful relationship.“However, I hope I can make him feel sad, after all the joy I brought him throughout my career…” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Toronto constable who shot teen arrested for allegedly breaching bail conditions

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a teen on an empty streetcar four years ago was charged Wednesday with breaching his bail conditions.Ontario’s police watchdog said Const. James Forcillo — who has been on bail as he appeals his conviction — was accused of breaching the conditions related to his house arrest, but gave no other details about the case.Toronto police said Forcillo was charged with failing to comply with recognizance. Forcillo’s lawyer, Peter Brauti, said a bail hearing on the new charge was put over to Friday.Forcillo had his bail conditions extended in late September, a day before he was set to appeal his conviction in the 2013 death of Sammy Yatim.Yatim’s killing set off a wave of public outrage and protests after a video of the shooting went viral. The judge overseeing Forcillo’s trial called the video “powerful evidence” that what the officer said happened that night did not actually occur.Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Then found Forcillo had abused his authority in a manner that undermined public trust in law enforcement and the justice system.Forcillo was found guilty last year of attempted murder but was acquitted of the more serious charge of second-degree murder for shooting 18-year-old Yatim multiple times. He was sentenced to six years behind bars, a year more than the mandatory minimum.He has since asked the appeal court to substitute a not-guilty verdict or order a new trial in his case, arguing Then was wrong to exclude evidence meant to suggest Yatim was trying to commit “suicide by cop,” where a person behaves threateningly in order to trigger a lethal response from law enforcement.Forcillo’s lawyers have also alleged Then erred in instructing jurors to view two volleys of bullets fired by Forcillo as separate incidents, and to consider the charge of attempted murder.They argue that opened the door for a compromise verdict, where jurors find someone guilty of a lesser charge rather than convicting of a more serious one or acquitting them entirely.Forcillo is also seeking a declaration that the mandatory minimum sentence for attempted murder is unconstitutional, and wants to be granted a suspended sentence. Barring that, he wants his sentence reduced to the minimum five years.last_img read more

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Cominar changes chief executive as REIT repositions it operations

first_imgMONTREAL – Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust is replacing its chief executive as Quebec’s largest commercial property owner repositions its operations to focus on its key markets in Quebec and the Ottawa region.Sylvain Cossette, president and chief operating officer since joining the firm in 2013, will take over on Jan. 1 from Michel Dallaire, who has held the position since 2005.Cossette said Cominar’s (TSX:CUF.UN) plan to reduce its debt, improve its occupancy rate and focus its activities on the Quebec market are key to driving the fund’s organic growth and financial health.The trust announced in August plans to unload about 100 properties following a ratings downgrade. It expects to allocate more than $1.2 billion in expected proceeds primarily to reduce its debt. The remaining $325 million will be used to repurchase units and for acquisitions in core markets.Alban D’Amours, the lead independent trustee, thanked Dallaire for his contribution, calling him “a true builder and visionary who propelled Cominar to become one of Quebec’s most respected real estate businesses.”Dallaire said his family remains one of Cominar’s largest unitholders and is committed to the Quebec City-based business’ success.Dallaire will remain chairman and executive vice-president operations (office and industrial) and asset management.Michael Markidis of Desjardins Capital Markets said the changes should not have an impact on the strategic direction of the REIT. However, he said separating the roles of chairman and CEO, along with the removal of a Dallaire family member from the board, may be perceived as an improvement.Cominar is Canada’s third-largest diversified real estate investment trust, with 523 office, retail, industrial and mixed-use properties across Quebec, Ontario, the Atlantic Provinces and Western Canada.It will release third-quarter results on Nov. 10.last_img read more

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Fed raises rates for 3rd time this year with 1 more expected

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve signalled its confidence Wednesday in the U.S. economy by raising a key interest rate for a third time this year, forecasting another rate hike before year’s end and predicting that it will continue to tighten credit into 2020 to manage growth and inflation.The Fed lifted its short-term rate — a benchmark for many consumer and business loans — by a modest quarter-point to a range of 2 per cent to 2.25 per cent. It was its eighth hike since late 2015. The central bank also stuck with a previous forecast for three more rate hikes in 2019.In a statement after its latest policy meeting, the Fed dropped phrasing it had long used that characterized its policy as “accommodative” — that is, favouring low rates. The Fed had used variations of that pledge in the seven years that it kept its key rate at a record low near zero and over the past nearly three years in which it’s gradually tightened credit.By removing that language, the Fed may be signalling its resolve to keep raising rates. In a news conference after its meeting, though, Chairman Jerome Powell said the removal of the “accommodative” language did not amount to a policy change.“Our economy is strong,” Powell declared at the start of his news conference. “Growth is running at a healthy clip, unemployment is low. The number of people working is rising steadily, and wages are up. Inflation is low and stable, all of these are very good signs.”The chairman added, though: “That’s not to say everything is perfect. The benefits of this strong economy have not reached all Americans. Many of our country’s economic challenges are beyond the scope of the Fed.”The Fed’s actions and its updated economic forecasts Wednesday had been widely anticipated. Initially, there was little reaction in the stock or bond markets. But later in the afternoon, stocks sold off, and major indexes closed modestly lower.“The Fed stuck to script today, pushing ahead with another rate hike,” said Michael Pearce, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics.But Pearce added, “Our view is that officials are still underestimating just how quickly the economy is likely to lose momentum next year.”He said he expects the Fed to suspend its rate hikes by mid-2019 — and then feel compelled to cut rates by early 2020 to support the economy.In its updated outlook Wednesday, the Fed foresees one final rate hike after 2019 — in 2020 — which would leave its benchmark at 3.4 per cent. At that point, it would regard its policy as modestly restraining growth. The Fed seeks to slow the economy when it reaches full employment to prevent a tight job market from raising inflation too high.During a late-afternoon news conference in New York, President Donald Trump said he was “not happy” about the Fed’s latest rate hike. In a highly unusual move for a president, Trump has publicly complained that the Fed’s rate increases could blunt his efforts to boost growth through tax cuts and deregulation.Earlier, Powell said during his news conference that such outside criticism would have no effect on the Fed’s use of rates to try to maximize employment and stabilize prices.“We’ve been given a really important job to do on behalf of the American people,” Powell said. “My colleagues and I are focused, exclusively, on carrying out that mission.”The Fed’s latest forecast predicts that the unemployment rate, now 3.9 per cent, will reach 3.7 per cent by the end of this year and then 3.5 per cent next year. Not since the late 1960s has unemployment fallen that low.The central bank expects unemployment to begin rising to 3.7 per cent at the end of 2021. It foresees the economy growing 3.1 per cent this year before slowing to 2.5 per cent in 2019, 2 per cent in 2020 and 1.8 per cent in 2021. The Fed sees the economy’s long-run growth at a 1.8 per cent annual rate — far below the Trump administration’s projections for a sustained rate of 3 per cent.Many analysts think the economy could weaken next year, in part from the effects of the trade conflicts Trump has pursued with China, Canada, Europe and other trading partners. The tariffs Trump has imposed on imported steel and Chinese goods, in particular, complicate the Fed’s decision-making.That’s because the tariffs — and the resulting retaliation from America’s trading partners — could weaken the U.S. economy. The Fed would normally respond to weaker growth by cutting interest rates. But tariffs, which are an import tax, can inflate prices. And the Fed typically counters higher inflation by raising rates.Megan Greene, global chief economist at Manulife Asset Management, said she thought the tariffs were more likely to slow the economy than to accelerate inflation.“The real risk of trade wars,” Greene wrote last week, “is a hit to growth, not a boost to inflation.”Indeed, the Fed’s regional banks have reported that some businesses are delaying investments until they see some resolution to the trade hostilities. In his news conference, Powell said some companies have told Fed officials that the tariffs have raised fears that supply chains will be disrupted and raw materials will cost more.Powell said he had yet to see evidence that the administration’s tariffs have raised prices for many consumers. But he said rising inflation remains a threat resulting from Trump’s trade policies.“It’s a concern,” Powell said. “It’s a risk. You could see prices moving up. You don’t see it yet. But you could see retail prices moving up. The tariffs might provide a basis for companies to raise prices in a world where they’ve been very reluctant to and unable to raise prices.”___AP Economics Writers Josh Boak, Paul Wiseman and Christopher Rugaber contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Ensign shares jump as driller notes lower loss higher revenue in third

first_imgEnsign, which moved a drilling rig from Canada into the U.S. earlier this year, reported third-quarter revenue from activity in Canada dropped by 11 percent from last year, while U.S. revenue rose by 30 percent.Last week, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada predicted a total of 6,600 wells will be drilled in Canada in 2019, down about five percent from an expected 6,980 wells this year, adding that translates to a year-over-year decrease of up to $1.8 billion in capital spending by exploration and production companies.Calgary-based Ensign had no update on its hostile takeover bid of $470-million in cash for cross-town rival Trinidad Drilling Ltd. it launched in August.Trinidad’s board last month recommended shareholders accept instead an all-shares bid valued at $540 million from Calgary-based Precision Drilling Ltd.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Shares in Ensign Energy Services Inc. rose about eight percent on Monday morning after it reported a smaller loss in its third quarter compared with a year ago, while revenue grew 17 percent.The drilling company says it lost $32.8 million or 21 cents per share on revenue of $289 million, compared with a loss of $36.5 million or 23 cents per share on revenue of $247 million in the third quarter of 2017.The results closely matched analyst expectations, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.last_img read more

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Hyundai Kia invest 300 million in Ola for EVs smart mobility solutions

first_imgNew Delhi: South Korean automobile major Hyundai Motor group Tuesday said it is investing USD 300 million in ride hailing service provider Ola, identifying India as the centre-piece in its strategy to gain leadership in global mobility market. The investment will be jointly made by group firms — Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation — and under a tripartite agreement with Ola, the companies will jointly develop electric vehicles ecosystem and fleet services for global markets. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalUnder the partnership, the three firms will also aim to develop electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure customised for Indian market, the companies said in joint statement. “Hyundai and Kia will invest a total of USD 300 million in Ola,” it said. This will be the biggest combined investment as on date by the two automobile companies. Commenting on the development, Hyundai Motor Group Executive Vice-Chairman Euisun Chung said, “India is the centrepiece of Hyundai Motor Group’s strategy to gain leadership in the global mobility market, and our partnership with Ola will certainly accelerate our efforts to transform into a smart mobility solutions provider. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHyundai Motor Group expects to accelerate its transition from a car manufacturer into a smart mobility solutions provider, as the partnership initiatives will allow it to engage in all aspects across the entire mobility value chain including vehicle production, fleet operation and mobility services, it added. Already, Hyundai has invested in car-sharing startup Revv, which had last year raised Rs 100 crore in a new funding round led by the South Korean auto major. Revv plans to plans to increase its geographical footprint to 30 cities in India within a year from 11 cities. Starting from this month, Hyundai Motor India has launched a pilot project offering customers to experience its products through a subscription model in partnership with Revv. The initiative will cover six cities — Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. As part of the investment in Ola, the group said the companies have agreed to co-create solutions to operate and manage fleet vehicles, marking the Hyundai’s first foray into the industry, as they expand operations from automobile manufacturing and sales to total fleet solutions. Ola Co-founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said the partners will bring to market a new generation of mobility solutions, and constantly expand their range of offerings for consumers. “This partnership will also significantly benefit driver-partners on our platform, as we collaborate with Hyundai to build vehicles and solutions that enable sustainable earnings for millions of them, in the time to come,” he added. Hyundai, Kia and Ola have also agreed to coordinate efforts to develop cars and specifications that reflect the needs of the ride hailing market (both users and drivers), the statement said. The partnership will also look at supporting micro-entrepreneurship opportunities by providing access to customised Hyundai and Kia vehicles as well as financing and insurance benefits for driver-partners. Under the agreement, the three companies will also extensively collaborate on developing unique fleet and mobility solutions, building India-specific electric vehicles and infrastructure, the statement said. Besides, it will also offer aspiring driver partners customised vehicles on the Ola platform, it added. The partnership will offer Ola drivers various financial services, including lease and instalment payments, while vehicle maintenance and repair services are expected to enhance customer satisfaction, it added.last_img read more

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