InspirationBy Mike GillandOne of the most interesting books in the Bible – and simultaneously one of the most difficult to understand – is the book of Revelation. The imagery and style make a proper study a chore for even the most ardent of theologians. But while the mining of “gold” therein may be a challenge, there is much to gain from the hard work of digging deep into its pages.Of the most fascinating sections are the letters to the seven churches. And from those, one of the most compelling studies is the letter to the church at Pergamum (Rev. 2:12-17). The Lord instructs that these opening words be given to the Angel at Pergamum:“The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword. I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is.”Imagine this – a nickname for Pergamum could well have been “Satan’s City.” There was much idol worship in Pergamum, and the highest point of the city – rising some 800 feet in the middle of the area – was an altar to Zeus. It was so prominent and evident that there was no place in Pergamum where this temple was not in view.In spite of that, and all of the sinful and evil things going on in Pergamum, there was still a church there. The Lord Jesus addressed that church by saying…”I know where you dwell…”Yes, they were dwelling in a corrupt city – the abode of Satan’s throne. Yet, their home was not out of the mind’s eye of our Lord.But Jesus was not merely mindful… He commends them for being a church that held fast to His name, even while living in the midst of a sinful city. And, He gave this church at Pergamum another picture. One that showed their Lord to be mighty, like a two-edged sword. No, there is not just a “single edge” to the Lord and His words – but a double-edge – able to cut deep from either direction.Why was this imagery of the sword so impacting to those in Pergamum? The answer was that the city had been under the siege of Rome, itself symbolized by a sword. To the Roman, the sword represented Rome’s strength and sovereignty. Rome could rule over any oppressor by its sword.But the sword of Rome was no match for the sword of the Lord.What encouragement the church in Pergamum could receive as they realized that the Lord Himself was mighty. He alone was LORD.Today, we too live in perilous times, with much wickedness throughout our culture. Yet, we are called to live in our day like those in Pergamum lived in theirs. We are called to hold fast to the name of the mighty Lord, and trust in Him – who has the two-edged sword.Mike Gilland is Operations Manager for The Shepherd Radio Network, a group of radio stations in Florida that features the “Christian Teach/Talk” format. Mike hosts a daily talk radio show in the 2 PM hour called “Afternoons with Mike”, talking to local pastors and newsmakers. In Orlando, The Shepherd is heard on WIWA, AM 1270. In addition to his broadcast experience, Mike spent 36 years in full-time ministry as a pastor and worship leader. As a guitarist, Mike performs at concerts, restaurants, private parties, etc. He is married to Cindy, the father of four grown children and grandfather to seven grandchildren. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSEncouragementGodInspirationMike GillandRevelationSatanThe Shepherd Radio NetworkTwo-Edged Sword Previous articleDeadline approaching for Blue School Grant Program applicationsNext articleThe Courage to Write Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Photo by Artur Kerkhoff on Unsplash Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
to go further July 31, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Nord-Kivu authorities ban media coverage of Muslim community Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica February 18, 2021 Find out more Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Help by sharing this information News News February 16, 2021 Find out more Organisation News February 24, 2021 Find out more Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian News Reporters Without Borders deplores the ban on any media coverage linked to the local Muslim community that the Higher Council for Broadcasting (CSAC) in the eastern province of Nord-Kivu issued on 28 July, which Muslims celebrate as Eid al-Fitr, the end of the month-long Ramadan fast.CSAC provincial coordinator Musingi Kongolo Annocie said in the communiqué announcing the ban that it was designed to help promote “peace and peaceful cohabitation in Nord-Kivu.”But it forces news media and journalists to refrain from covering a significant ongoing event on unfounded security grounds.“We condemn this draconian measure by the CSAC’s provincial coordinator in Nord-Kivu,” said Reporters Without Borders assistant research director Virginie Dangles. “It is not only baseless but also illegal as the law creating this regulatory body has no provision for such a ban. We call on the Nord-Kivu CSAC to allow journalists to cover new stories involving this sector of Congolese society.”When contacted by Reporters Without Borders, Annoncie said that the “anticipatory measure” was taken in response to an “appeal for hate” and was designed to “preserve the fragile peace.”This violation of freedom of information is unfortunately not isolated amid the current political instability in Democratic Republic of Congo, especially since rumours of constitutional amendments began to circulate. Journalists have been paying the price in Kinshasa, in particular.TV journalists Fabrice Yembo, Delo Demolo and Girèsse Mabiala were doing a report on the harassment of motorcycle taxi drivers in Kinshasa on 22 July when they were attacked and beaten by policemen, who damaged their cameras. The policemen even chased them back to the headquarters of their privately-owned TV station, Molière TV, causing damage to the reception area.The Congolese police inspector-general condemned this use of violence and announced an investigation. But that did not prevent Rubens Belengel, a cameraman with Kinshasa-based Antenne A TV, from being suddenly arrested while covering a protest by the same motorcycle taxi drivers on 29 July.The Democratic Republic of Congo is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Receive email alerts Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica RSF_en Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo
News June 2, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Organisation Harassment of the independent newspapers Narodnaya Volya and Nasha Niva continues despite last month’s withdrawal of a legal bid to have them closed (see below). They have each been fined 14 million roubles (2,000 euros) for the warnings they had received from the information ministry in recent months. Narodnaya Volya has said it intends to appeal.“Two weeks after giving the two newspapers encouraging signs, the authorities have put on a new show of force by imposing a fine that penalizes journalistic work,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call on the courts to reverse this unjust and disproportionate decision.”——————15.07.2011-Imminent closure threat lifted for two newspapers but harassment continuesReporters Without Borders hails the information ministry’s withdrawal of two complaints against the independent dailies Nasha Niva and Narodnaya Volya under which they had been threatened with closure since 25 April (see release below). The complaints were withdrawn during hearings before the Supreme Economic Court on 12 and 13 July.The move was a “rare example of good sense,” Nasha Niva editor Andrei Skurko said. “The pressure of public opinion on the authorities and the many letters of support from readers undoubtedly had a lot to do with this surprising decision by the Belarusian authorities.”The two newspapers nonetheless continue to be the target of harassment. Narodnaya Volya editor Iosif Syaredzich said his newspaper could be fined soon for alleged “technical violations” of the media law and both newspapers have received new warnings.Nasha Niva has received a warning for not showing its registration number in one of its latest issues, and Narodnaya Volya has received a warning for getting a date wrong in a recent issue. Both received visits from officials at the start of this week in which they were warned of possible prosecutions leading to fines. Reporters Without Borders will follow these cases closely.Under article 51 § 2.2 of the media law, the authorities can close a news media that gets more than two warnings from the information ministry in one year. As Nasha Niva had received three warnings and Narodnaya Volya had received four, the ministry had requested their closure.—————–28.04.2011 – Two leading independent newspapers threatened with closureReporters Without Borders condemns the Information ministry’s 25 April request to the Supreme Economic Court to shut down two prominent weekly newspapers, Nasha Niva and Narodnaya Volya, under article 51, subsection 2.2, of the mass media law. This article says that any media organization can be closed after receiving two warnings from the information ministry in a single year.“The closure of Nasha Niva and Narodnaya Volya would be an extremely grave decision,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The loss of these two major weeklies, representing nearly half the independent national media circulation, would be a fatal blow to the already extremely limited pluralism of the Belarusian press.” The press freedom organization has on several occasions condemned this appalling law, which is used as a major weapon for intimidating the independent media.The warnings issued under the law are for the most part politically motivated and, as the sanction is not automatic, its application is totally arbitrary. The law was already used to force an independent radio station, Avtoradio, to close in January. This latest request from the information ministry is the logical consequence of the avalanche of warnings that the independent media have received since the Minsk metro bombing on 11 April.Before being reprimanded for a third time in April, both newspapers had already received two warnings in the past year. Nasha Niva was targeted for referring to a highly critical documentary about President Alexander Lukashenko by Russia’s NTV, which was censured in Belarus.Narodnaya Volya was criticized over a story about an opposition campaign for Lukashenko’s resignation and for “discrediting the Red Army” by publishing an account of childhood experiences during World War II.Both newspapers have been singled out in a wider campaign against all independent media in Belarus. Narodnaya Volya editor Iosif Syaredzich described the warnings as “absurd and far-fetched.” He told Reporters Without Borders: “Our newspaper has never called for violence or for any illegal actions.” Nasha Niva editor Andrey Skurko said the attacks were proof of “an effort by the authorities to control the flow of information amid growing public concern about social and economic problems.” The authorities “want the official view to hold sway in society,” he added.“We call on the judges at the Supreme Economic Court to throw out this iniquitous request, which shows the determination of those in power to finish off the few remaining havens of freedom in the country,” Reporters Without Borders said.However, experts have told the press freedom organization that the two newspapers have little chance of winning their appeal against the information ministry. The vice-president of the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ), lawyer Andrey Bastunets, said that, since 2004, all warnings received by independent media organizations have been upheld on appeal.The only exception was Avtoradio, which initially won an annulment of the warning only to see it confirmed on a second appeal. Bastunets also pointed out that the verdict would not concern the substance of the issue. “To order the closure of the newspapers, the court simply has to establish that they received at least two warnings in a single year,” he said. “Its decision will therefore be purely technical.”This threat of closure of these two leading publications is therefore very serious and opens the way for similar proceedings against other media. Narodnaya Volya is the biggest independent newspaper in terms of circulation (50,000 per week). Founded in 1906 and one of the oldest weeklies, Nasha Niva has a smaller circulation (between 7,000 and 8,000 per week), but it is seen an authority in the country. Between them, these two publications represent nearly half the circulation of the national independent press (130,000 copies per week).From the end of 2005 to the end of 2008, the two newspapers were dropped from official distribution by Belposhta, which handles all newspaper subscription and newsstand sales and is entirely controlled by the authorities.Small pockets of supervised freedom survived within this post-Soviet autocratic dictatorship for two decades. But since President Lukashenko’s disputed reelection last December, the country seems to have completely cut itself off from its European and Russian neighbours and is sinking into indiscriminate repression. Follow the news on Belarus Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown August 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Heavy fines for two independent newspapers May 27, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” to go further BelarusEurope – Central Asia News News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News
News Updates’Is Lockdown Only Solution?’ : Delhi High Court Refuses To Entertain Plea Seeking Lockdown In Capital Amid COVID-19 Surge Karan Tripathi23 Nov 2020 5:31 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking imposition of another lockdown in Delhi in light of rising number of COVID19 cases in the national capital. While dismissing the petition, the Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan noted that people should do their homework and refrain from filing such unnecessary petitions. Filed by…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking imposition of another lockdown in Delhi in light of rising number of COVID19 cases in the national capital. While dismissing the petition, the Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan noted that people should do their homework and refrain from filing such unnecessary petitions. Filed by Dr Kaushal Kant Sharma, the petition sought for directions to be issued to the Delhi Government to implement another phase lockdown in light of surge in number of COVID19 cases. The counsel appearing for the Delhi Government, Mr Gautam Narayan, informed the court that as per the orders issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the State Government can’t impose a lockdown without the prior permission of the central government. Mr Narayan further highlighted that the Union of India has not even been made a party to this petition. The court expressed dissatisfaction towards the way the petition has been filed and pulled up the Petitioner for ‘not doing his homework’. The court said: ‘It’s a completely half-baked petition. You have done no homework, this is unnecessary litigation.’ The court further said that the imposition of the lockdown did not result in reduction in the number of cases. It said: ‘Is lockdown the only solution? Many studies have shown that it was not effective.’ In light of these observations, the court allowed the Petitioner to withdraw his petition.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Previous articleExtra Garda checkpoints this weekendNext articleMarts allowed to operate in Donegal under Level 4 restrictions News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR This year’s MacGill Summer School will be moving online as a result of the current pandemic.Covid-19, the social and economic fallout of it, Education, Brexit and the US Presidential Elections will dominate the conversation at the 40th annual summer school which begins next Thursday.The Taoiseach, Professor Sam McConkey, Congressman Brendan Boyle and former EU Commissioner Phil Hogan are just a few of the names in the line up.Director of MacGill Summer School, Dr Joe Mulholland says the essence of the event being held in Glenties will still be very much at the fore:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/mullholland1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – October 16, 2020 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest 40th MacGill Summer School goes online Facebook Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Google+
January 16, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball Visits Boise State Saturday Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBOISE, Idaho-Saturday, Utah State men’s basketball (14-5, 3-3 in Mountain West play) visits Boise State (11-8, 3-4 in Mountain West play) as the Mountain West conference season ensues for both squads at Extramile Arena.The Aggies are led by head coach Craig Smith who is 42-12 (.778) at Utah State and 121-67 (.644) as a collegiate head coach.The Aggies have experienced futility as they have lost three out of their last four games.Utah State, however, is third nationally in total rebounds (785), tied for fifth nationally in total assists with Virginia Military (318), tied for 12th nationally in total assists per game with Virginia Military (16.7 assists per game), tied for 14th nationally in rebound margin per game with UNLV (+8) and 17th nationally in scoring margin (+13).The Aggies score 78.3 points per game, ranking them 37th nationally in scoring offense.Senior guard Sam Merrill (16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds per game), sophomore forward Justin Bean (12.8 points, 10.3 rebounds per game, 9th nationally with 196 total rebounds, a team-best 21 blocked shots), sophomore center, Portuguese national Neemias Queta (11.1 points, 6.3 rebounds per game), sophomore guard Brock Miller (10.1 points per game) and junior forward Alphonso Anderson (10.1 points per game) all score in double figures on-average for the Aggies.Portuguese national, senior guard Diogo Brito, has a team-best 34 steals and junior guard Abel Porter has 74 assists to lead the Aggies.Utah State surrenders 64.4 points per game as the Aggies rank 73rd nationally in scoring defense.The Broncos are coached by Leon Rice who is 189-124 (.604) in his 10th season at the helm of the Boise State program.Boise State scores 77.4 points per game as the Broncos rank 49th nationally in scoring offense.Redshirt junior guard Derrick Alston Jr. (19.5 points, 5.4 rebounds per game, a team-best 62 assists) is the Broncos’ best all-around player.Senior guard Justinian Jessup (14.8 points, 4.2 rebounds per game, team bests in steals  and blocked shots ), Canadian national, junior forward Abu Kigab (14 points, 4.3 rebounds per game) and senior forward RJ Williams (11.8 points, a team-best 8.2 rebounds per game) all score in double figures on-average as well for the Broncos.The Broncos surrender 71.1 points per game as Boise State ranks 227th nationally in scoring defense.The Aggies lead the Broncos 33-15 all-time. Tags: Boise State Basketball/Utah State basketball
Major brands may well dominate the soft drinks sector, but it is still an evolving market, with changes in preference for flavours and formats. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently published its 2010 Basket of Goods and Services for the Consumer and Retail Prices Indexes, and made a couple of amendments to echo current trends: the fruit drink bottle has replaced the fruit drink carton, as the bottle format takes an increasing market share; and a small bottle of still mineral water has been added to represent water in the ’on-the-go’ drinks market, to reflect increased spending on bottled water over a period of years, says ONS.According to the British Soft Drinks Association, carbonated drinks still top the table with the highest market share 42%. Coca-Cola is the single biggest-selling soft drink, worth over £1bn in the UK (AC Nielsen Total Coverage 31.10.09), according to Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE).Sports drinksGlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) recently published Soft Drinks Live report revealed that energy and sports drinks are continuing to perform well in the impulse sector currently holding a 32% market share. Cola has a 25% share, while flavoured carbonates account for 16%, juice drinks 13%, and water 8% (Nielsen Scantrack data w/e 26.12.09). Top performers within the sports and energy drinks category include Red Bull and Lucozade. Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Cherry Coke were top of the cola category, while Fanta Orange, Dr Pepper and Fanta Fruit Twist were the top three flavoured carbonates. Ribena Blackcurrant and Oasis Summerfruits were the most popular juice drinks and Volvic, in both 500ml and one-litre bottles, was the favourite brand of water (Nielsen Scantrack data w/e 26.12.09).Just last week, CCE published its own soft drinks report ’Open More Business’. It identified a £1.4bn growth opportunity in the already huge £11.4bn soft drinks category, which CCE said it is looking to target over the next five years. Eleven strategic category drivers were identified in the report, including: category availability; on-the-go; drinking with food; and revive me. CCE also notes that the summer months are a key opportunity for bakery retailers, as they are traditionally a time of increased purchase.Innovation leaderIn terms of changes to format, soft drinks manufacturer Britvic, the home of big brands such as Pepsi, Tango and Robinsons, appears to be leading the way on innovation. Alongside PepsiCo UK, it is to launch a new range of 600ml PET bottles in April across the no- and low-sugar drinks in Britvic’s carbonates range, which include: Pepsi Max, Diet Pepsi, 7Up Free and Tango. Britvic says that despite the view that consumers are trading down in the recession, this hasn’t happened in soft drinks, where staple categories, such as cola and juice drinks, have held up well.”Retailers should therefore continue to stock the most popular and recognisable lines, along with new products to offer their customer something new,” said the firm. “As much as possible, bakers should ensure that packs are properly chilled, as this can increase sales,” recommends Murray Harris, sales director, Britvic. “To maximise sales, ensure your chiller is located in a high traffic flow area, in sight of the till and the door.”When considering the layout of your drinks offering in the chiller cabinet, GSK says it is important for retailers to display a minimum of two facings per drink, otherwise the layout of the drinks cabinet can look unorganised. Allocate more space to more popular stock-keeping units (skus), and locate similar products next to each other. It notes that the top 10 skus make up around 40% of total soft drink sales.”Cluttered fixtures often lead to shoppers being unable to find what they are looking for, so fixtures should be kept neat and clear, with drinks being blocked by segment,” explains Selena Taylor, trade communications manager at CCE. “Visible soft drinks displays front-of-store and near the till are more likely to bring thirsty shoppers in from the street, when both speed and convenience are essential attributes.” And it may sound obvious, she adds, but “keeping drinks chilled is essential to the consumer”.
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The 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s contentious landing in Australia went largely unmarked Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of long-planned commemorative events.On April 29, 1770, Captain Cook sailed the Endeavour into Botany Bay — called Kamay in the local indigenous language — an event that is increasingly being seen through the eyes of the Aboriginal Australians who were on the shore.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the anniversary represented “a merging of histories”, calling Cook an “extraordinary individual”. “The day Cook and the local indigenous community at Kamay first made contact 250 years ago changed the course of our land forever,” he said.”It’s a point in time from which we embarked on a shared journey which is realized in the way we live today.”Australia’s government was forced to cancel events marking 250 years since Cook’s landing due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the planned Aus$6.5 million ($4.3 million) circumnavigation of Australia by a replica of the Endeavour.The first contact between the British navigator and Aboriginals foreshadowed the colonization of the continent and centuries of dispossession for indigenous Australians. During his voyage, Cook declared Australia “Terra Nullius” — or legally unoccupied land — and claimed it as British territory despite Aboriginal history stretching back more than 60,000 years.The British later established a penal colony in New South Wales in 1788.Gujaga Foundation chair Ray Ingrey said the indigenous Dharawal people had been working with Australia’s National Museum for 18 months to showcase their ancestors’ recollections of encountering Cook.”Australian society has matured quite a lot over last 50 years since the last anniversary came around, the 200th anniversary,” he told AFP.”A lot of the messages being received by the National Museum was the broader community saying ‘We’ve heard about Cook’s side of story, or the story from the ship, and we want to hear more about the story from the shore’.” Missing stories An online exhibition features the “largely missing” stories passed down through generations of indigenous Australians of those encounters with Cook and his crew.”As the longboats started to row towards the shore, my ancestors realized that they weren’t Aboriginal people at all, they were in fact alien people because they looked so different to ourselves. We actually thought they was ghosts,” elder Shayne Williams said in a video released by the museum.The warriors on the shore started yelling and gesturing for them to leave, before beginning to throw rocks and then throwing spears, which landed at the crew’s feet.”If our people wanted to spear one of those sailors they could have easily done that. But it was just warning shots,” Williams said.”So what Cook and his crew did, they returned fire with their muskets. Actually hit one of the warriors in the legs.”Ingrey said the anniversary was a “significant event for all Australians” but the indigenous side of the story had long been overlooked or misrepresented.”It was the first act of violence towards our people by the British, however it is our shared history and we have shared present, so it’s only common sense that we have a shared future,” he told AFP.”Both stories need to be respected and that’s all that we would hope for, that we have the opportunity to tell our story the way that we want to tell it and be respected to do that. “We can only then move forward as a nation when both histories are acknowledged and accepted.” Topics :