On 1 May 2018, I informed the House that I had issued a Public Interest Intervention Notice (PIIN) in respect of the acquisition by Trinity Mirror plc (now known as Reach Plc) of certain publishing assets of Northern & Shell Media Group Limited.The PIIN triggered the requirement for the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to report to me on jurisdictional and competition matters, and for Ofcom to report on the following two media public interest considerations: I received the CMA and Ofcom reports on Thursday 31 May and have today published these on the gov.uk website.I accept the CMA’s findings that whilst it is, or may be, the case that a relevant merger situation has been created, the merger does not give rise to a realistic prospect of a substantial lessening of competition in any market.I have also accepted Ofcom’s conclusions that the merger does not raise concerns in relation to plurality of views, nor does it raise concerns in relation to free expression of opinion in newspapers.In light of this, and having considered representations submitted by interested parties in response to the PIIN, I have written to the parties today confirming my decision not to refer the merger for a Phase 2 investigation.I have also notified the CMA, in accordance with section 56(1) of the Enterprise Act 2002, to now deal with the matter from a competition perspective.The role of the Secretary of State in this process is quasi-judicial and procedures are in place to ensure that I act independently and have followed a process which is fair and impartial. Firstly, the need for, to the extent that it is reasonable and practicable, a sufficient plurality of views in newspapers in each market for newspapers in the United Kingdom or a part of the United Kingdom; and Secondly, the need for free expression of opinion in newspapers.
Professor Emerita Mary Jo Weaver of Indiana University offered an in depth account of Catholic spirituality throughout the ages on Tuesday. Members of the Saint Mary’s community gathered in Stapleton Lounge for her lecture on the “Evolutionary Adventure of Catholic Spirituality,” the last in a series of the 2013 Endowed Spring Lectures sponsored by the college’s Center for Spirituality. The former professor – and daughter of a Saint Mary’s alumna of 1937 – received her doctorate degree in theology in 1973 from Notre Dame. Since then, she has written several pieces on the politics of Christianity and women’s roles in the Catholic Church. “Sixty years ago I would have never been invited to give a talk like this,” Weaver said. There was a time when Catholicism confined humans’ spiritual freedom to heaven and hell, she said. “You had to choose between the transitory, earthly pleasures and the immortality offered in the afterlife,” Weaver said. “Spiritual life was fearful and cautious.” This sort of ethos is known as “trial spirituality,” she said. Catholic clergy members took vows meant to withdraw them from everyday life. Weaver said she believes the vocations the Church offered were “meant to attract a few brave souls.” The excessive time spent in solitude was an attempt to achieve perfection and embody Jesus to the greatest extent possible, she said. The second Vatican Council adjusted the religion’s attitude in 1964. “It opened up new possibilities to the dogmatic constitution of the Church and held a universal call to holiness,” Weaver said. Along with initiating interreligious dialogue and mandating liturgical change, she said “it defined revelation as dynamic, alive and personal.” This change nourished pluralist thinkers like Thomas Merton, a monk who combined western monastic traditions to Buddhism. “Modern and post-modern spirituality offer alternatives to trial spirituality,” Weaver said. Trial spirituality is the ‘fire-and-brimstone’ mindset of the Catholic religion prior to Vatican II, she said. Though her perspective may be considered progressive or “New Age,” Weaver said numerous ancient philosophers and artists share and enforce her views. “This ‘God-as-the-protector’ image is clearly active in the Hebrew Scriptures, while the New Testament focuses on the reality and urgency of manifesting God’s kingdom,” she said. The plurality of her belief is centered on unconditional love, Weaver said. “God will show you the beauty of your own self,” she said. Weaver said if people can see beauty, they are capable of love.” “Saints and visionaries continue to stand out,” she said. “They have been taught the solitude of the spirit and are able to grasp the divinity of God.” This self-knowledge, or the awareness of one’s own spirituality, is brought about by mystical experiences and the spiritual journey actually requires little, Weaver said. “It’s a paradox. Contemplative prayer is hard work. All you have to do is nothing,” she said. “Doing nothing is hard.” It is often difficult to take a moment to reflect during the day. She said she believes people are afraid to spend time alone. If they feel they have nothing to do they will instantly check their email. “We must remain silently present to the presence within us,” Weaver said. “We are capable of embracing unseen depths.” This is possible through curiosity of other religions. She said people begin ecumenical dialogue and religions need to stop competing with each other. “We are universally called to holiness. We must begin by thinking of god in dynamic terms; moving, changing. … The Holy Spirit is the energy of that movement. We must believe in the sureness that god has faith in the human existence” read more
To help the Southern Tier Virtual Heart Walk reach their fundraising goal, click here. As events across the world are being cancelled, the Southern Tier Heart Walk will be virtual this year. The Southern Tier Virtual Heart Walk will also be honoring survivors and remembering community members who battled heart disease. You can connect with participants by searching for the event page, 2020 Virtual Southern Tier Heart Walk on Facebook or by clicking here. WBNG) — The American Heart Association of the Southern Tier hasn’t stopped working towards their mission amid the coronavirus pandemic. On April 26, no matter where you are or what time it is, lace up your sneakers and grab your phone to capture how you are staying active and making healthy lifestyle choices. Then, snap a picture or video and post the content to the 2020 Virtual Southern Tier Heart Walk Facebook page. You’re encouraged to share your selfies to your social media pages, as well using the hashtag Bing Heart Walk. “So often people are limited by geography, but this makes it inclusive for everyone. You can walk where you are and you can invite your family from across the country and it’s not just about donations, it’s about making sure people are staying healthy and active”, says Skiba. “Heart Disease is the number one killer of all Americans and that’s not going to change because of what’s going on. We want to make sure that we continue our mission and continue our work in the community even during a difficult time”, says Amy Skiba, the Southern Tier Heat Walk Director. “I think this is a great time to pick up a healthy habit, start eating a little healthier, start walking everyday. We have more time than ever right now on our hands so I think it’s a really great chance to make some lifestyle changes”, says Skiba. Throughout the day, you can follow the Facebook page for morning activities, a virtual finish line Facebook frame, recognition of survivors and a tribute to Gina Chapman, the Director of the Southern Tier Heart Walk of nine years, who passed away in the fall of 2019. Instead of participation being limited by a location, this year more people than ever can take part in the Heart Walk and contribute to the mission of fighting heart disease and saving lives. The American Heart Association of the Southern Tier says check-in is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, and the start time is “what works for you!” More details on registering for the event can be found here. During this time of isolation, the American Heart Association is giving people a reason to virtually connect and build towards a better future. During the walk it is encouraged to practice social distance to stop the spread of the coronavirus and New York State residents are required by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order to wear a face mask in public if social distancing of six feet can’t be followed. read more
WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – The Saturday, April 1 open practice at West Liberty Raceway has been canceled.
“We are grateful to the journalists for all their good work, but we have introduced some new rules for this year’s race particularly at the start point and the finish,” Alli fondly called ‘Skippo’ revealed.Alli stated that among other things, the IAAF rules will be strictly followed this year; hence journalists must give the runners at least a two-minute break before they can be granted any sort of interview.The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon GM also enjoined journalists to contact the Athletes Representatives before race day if they are hoping to get more incisive interviews from the elite runners coming to participate at this year’s race.On his part, Hon Bukola Olopade who is the Race Consultant thanked the journalists for always putting the organisers on their toes and helping them get better with each edition.“I can assure you that this edition of the race will be much better than the previous one we have had,” he saidFor Olopade, it is not a mere coincidence that more people across the world are identifying with the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.“For this year, we already have over 4,000 that have registered from other countries outside Nigeria; including America, Australia and other parts of the world. Each year, we strive to get better and correct the mistakes we notice, and we are glad of how far we have come,” Olopade noted.Also present at Monday’s seminar was the African Action Congress (AAC) Presidential Candidate, Omoyele Sowore, who challenged journalists to get fully involved in initiatives like this as it also helps their own fitness.Sowore who has participated and finished in at least eight marathons emphasised the need for journalists to be more detailed in their reportage.Others who also spoke at the media seminar include, Mr. Steve Osuji, Rose Eyenike and Chairman of the Lagos State Branch of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Debo Oshundun.The Brand and Communications Manager, Nilayo Sports Management Limited, Damilola Pedro and Abdul Imoyo, the Head Media Relations Access Bank were also present at the Seminar where awards were also given to three distinguishing journalists.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Media Seminar to herald the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon took place yesterday at the Sports Bar of the Teslim Balogun Stadium.Journalists interested in covering the 2019 race had a fruitful session with the organisers as well as other resource persons present to share their experiences and what is expected from the media practitioners at this weekend’s race.Yussuf Alli, the General Manager of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon thanked journalists for all their support since the inception of the Lagos race while he also shared some of the new measures being put in place to allow for another seamless race this year. read more
* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND — The Warriors have no reason to panic about December hiccups. Save those concerns for the spring. But Warriors fans cannot help but wonder when will the Warriors go on a prolonged winning streak?After all, the Warriors’ offensive chemistry disappeared against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday despite having four All-Stars on the floor. Before we get into those …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest International Texas Longhorn Association, (ITLA) President Larry P. Smith presented the Pioneer Breeder Award to Joel Dickinson of Barnesville, Ohio. Dickinson has raised registered Texas longhorns for 40 years, starting at age 9. The annual Pioneer Breeder Award is presented to honor an ITLA member that has, over a period of 15 years or more, demonstrated a strong commitment to the ITLA and exceptional initiative in establishing a Texas Longhorn of superior value genetically, with commercial merit.ITLA is headquartered at Glen Rose, Texas, registers pure Texas Longhorn cattle, holds educational seminars to strengthen efforts by producers, trains and approves show judges, sponsors shows all over the nation, and works to promote the breed world wide.Dickinson manages Dickinson Cattle Co. in Belmont County running up to 1,300 cattle on just under 5,000 acres. He manages scientific efforts to improve the breed with progressive matings by AI, embryo transfer and careful banding of select genetics. In recent years forward progress has been made developing genes with high Omega-3 for cutting edge human health benefits.Dickinson Cattle Co. provides public educational pasture tours in trained buses with 75-minute dialog by DCC staff. High Omega-3 Texas Longhorn beef is sold at the Longhorns Head to Tail Store. read more
Ratliffe expects semis vs Rhodes, Beermen to go the distance “I gave everything that I had, so at times throughout the game I was tired, but that’s just because I was just playing as hard as I could,” James said. “But I was able to get second and third and fourth winds. I don’t contribute as losing this game because we got tired. We missed some shots, and they made some.”Asked if he thought the Warriors had taken the best shot Cleveland had to give, James said, “It’s so hard to say, but for me personally, I gave everything I had, so win, lose or draw you live with the results.“They played a really good game as well, but they made shots down the stretch. They got stops and then they made play after play down the stretch.”“You go against a team like this and you put together a game like we had where we had an opportunity, it’s definitely draining.”Irving felt it as well.“But game four, I look forward to it,” Irving said. “Another challenge for us to get better and go against a great team.”Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said he never considered resting James or Irving with the game on the line.“I decided to stick with those guys, being at home, down 0-2. Great players, they always dig deep and have their will to win. And they gave us everything they had,” Lue said.“Durant made eight straight points that was very critical, three big shots, and that’s why they brought him here, for those situations.“They’re a great team, but I think we’re a great team also. They’re playing at a high level. Our team scrapped and competed. I can’t be disappointed with the effort.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken For superstar LeBron James, who achieved a life dream by rallying his hometown Cavaliers last year to win Cleveland’s first major sport title in 52 years, the focus will be on improving every possession in every quarter.“It’s a dramatic situation to be in,” James said. “We’re going to come in tomorrow, watch some film, see ways we can get better and just try to take it one game at a time.“I’ve got to go home, get my mind focused and get my body focused for game four and we take it one possession at a time.”James had 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in 45 minutes, tiring at the end as even his indomitable will was found wanting when guarding Durant on a pivotal 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining that gave Golden State the lead for good.‘Definitely draining’ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments Teammates check on Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, who lies on the floor after contact against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)Having made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history to beat Golden State last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers need an even better rally to defend the crown after Wednesday’s 118-113 loss to the Warriors.Golden State’s Kevin Durant scored 31 points, including seven in a game-ending 11-0 run that stretched the Warriors’ playoff unbeaten run to 15-0 and their lead in the best-of-seven championship series to 3-0.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? 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tennessee fans distraughtIt’s been a tough season in Knoxville. What you’ll see in the below clip pretty much sums up how Tennessee Vols fans are feeling right now.After Joshua Dobbs and Josh Malone couldn’t connect on a deep ball on 4th and 13 late in the fourth quarter, effectively ending the game, ESPN’s cameras panned to numerous UT supporters who looked depressed. The loss to Arkansas puts Tennessee at 2-3 on the year.#VolNation No words needed. pic.twitter.com/mWQLzyyazE— BigHeadSports (@BigHeadSports) October 4, 2015The honeymoon period with head coach Butch Jones is over. That’s for sure.