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In Sweden, God is a woman

first_imgIn the Protestant Lutheran Church of Sweden, which has 5.8 million members in a country of 10.3 million and where ministers hold the title of priest, “women are here to stay,” insists Signarsdotter, who was ordained six years ago. Since 2014, even the head of the Church is a woman, Archbishop Antje Jackelen.At the Gustaf Vasa church, a smattering of worshippers wait for the service to begin.”This Sunday, the service will be conducted by three women,” the 37-year-old priest says proudly. Her white clergy robes flowing behind her, Sandra Signarsdotter walks down the aisle of Stockholm’s Gustaf Vasa church greeting parishioners, a ritual of hers and a familiar sight in Sweden, where women now outnumber men as priests.In the Scandinavian country, often hailed as a champion of gender equality, the statistics are clear. As of July, 50.1 percent of priests are women and 49.9 percent are men.It’s very likely the first Church in the world to have a majority of women priests, according to the World Council of Churches.  Coincidentally, it was in this imposing white church in the heart of Sweden’s capital that another woman, Anna Howard Shaw, an American Methodist pastor and suffragette, became the first clergywoman to preach in Sweden. That was in 1911, at an international women’s suffrage conference, and long before women could be ordained in the Church of Sweden, in 1958.”The men didn’t allow her to go up there,” explains Signarsdotter, pointing to the marble pulpit above her. “She was allowed only on the floor,” she says, standing at the altar as if to mark the spot.This Sunday, the service will be held by Julia Svensson, a 23-year-old theology student whom Signarsdotter is mentoring — and she will give her sermon from the pulpit.The feminization of Sweden’s priesthood is also seen at universities, where the 4.5-year theology studies required to become a priest are dominated by women.Protestants generally believe that a priest is an expert, a theologist who tends to a congregation, and not a calling, in contrast to the Catholic Church which opposes women priests.The rising number of women may be due to priests’ changing roles over the years, suggests Signarsdotter.”The priest’s role today is not what it was before. There are other requirements, [such as] kindliness … [and] being able to handle many different situations.””Historically men have held it for themselves but now we see it happening all over the world. Things are changing and new paths are open to us as female priests and women in general.” Divine designOne who has benefitted from the rising number of female priests is stylist Maria Sjodin, who designs vestments for women and whose business is booming.In her atelier in a southern Stockholm suburb, the designer recently welcomed a regular customer, a female priest looking for a new collared top.One could say divine intervention landed Sjodin here: in 2001 her daughter made a new friend at kindergarten, whose mother was a priest. “She asked me to make her a priest shirt, because she didn’t like the male shirt that she had to wear,” she recalled.The piece remains one of the most popular in her collection.center_img ‘Still a way to go’ But while women priests now outnumber men, inequality remains.Women priests earn around 2,200 kronor (213 euros, $253) less a month than their male counterparts, according to the specialized newspaper Kyrkans Tidning.And fewer women reach top positions within the Church. Of the country’s 13 dioceses, only four are headed by women.”We haven’t reached equality yet,” says Signarsdotter. “There’s still a way to go.” Her protégé Svensson chips in: “We must be a representation of all people.” After a moment of silence, Signarsdotter admits that sexism still stalks the cloisters of the Church in Sweden.”One day, a colleague told me ‘What a nice ass you have’. I am still seen as a body and not a professional.”She says things will not change as long as “patriarchal structures [remain] in the walls and the structures of society, and the Church as an organization.”But she is not giving up hope.”When I retire I will look at Julia as an archbishop and will be like ‘damn, we did good’.” Topics :last_img read more

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BTN to loan Rp 75 billion to property SMEs through KoinWorks

first_img“To date, we have given direct financing to developers. These developers need the rest of the value chain, for example, material supplies and contractors. KoinWorks will work on the latter,” BTN president director Pahala Nugraha Mansury said during a media briefing on Thursday. “Our strategy going forward is to capture the entirety of businesses within the housing value chain,” he added, noting that the bank would engage in future partnerships with fintech platforms if the current partnership was successful. During the pandemic, loan disbursement has slowed as lenders have become wary of rising bad loans during the pandemic-induced contraction. Among fintech platforms, loan disbursement grew by only 3.12 percent year-on-year (yoy) in May this year. During the same period last year, it increased 10.87 percent, according to data from the Financial Services Authority (OJK).  State-owned Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) has agreed to channel Rp 75 billion (US$5.1 million) in loans to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the property sector through online lending platform KoinWorks. BTN signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with KoinWorks on Thursday, under which the bank has agreed to channel the funds through a supply chain financing mechanism to borrowers in the property sector, including but not limited to property suppliers and contractors. Borrowers will be able to access loans of up to Rp 1 billion. Those who have complete documentation can receive the loan within five days.  BTN’s loan disbursement has also slowed this year. In the first six months of the year, the bank’s total lending and financing grew by only 0.32 percent yoy, to Rp 251.84 trillion as of June. During the same period last year, lending grew by 18.78 percent yoy to Rp 251.04 trillion.Read also: BTN to improve asset quality, boost low-cost funds“For SMEs, there are a lot of job opportunities available, but they are constrained by capital and cash flow,” KoinWorks chief executive officer and cofounder Benedicto Haryono said during the media briefing. He noted that loans related to construction made up about 20 percent of the company’s total portfolio. Through the partnership with BTN, KoinWorks will be able to offer a lower interest rates to borrowers. Normally, interest rates on the online lending platform are between 16 and 22 percent. Under the partnership, the platform will offer rates in accordance with BTN’s standards, Benedicto said. “This is a blessing for us as well. We can add value for our customers that we couldn’t give previously,” Benedicto said. In a press release published after the event, the CEO noted that the partnership would add to the list of strategic partnerships that the platform’s business lending arm, KoinBisnis, had formed to disburse financing to SMEs in Indonesia. KoinWorks’ credit scoring system would assist in distributing the funds to more borrowers, Benedicto said. Through the platform, borrowers could access loans with no collateral required. Despite consumers holding off on many purchases for the time being because of the pandemic, demand for housing remains. A 2020 survey by marketing consulting firm MarkPlus has found that although house sales are expected to decline this year, many consumers are planning to buy houses next year. Half of the survey’s 100 respondents, residing mostly in Greater Jakarta, said they still expected to buy a house next year. “The future demand may not be as strong, but we expect demand to bounce back next year as customers already have plans to buy [a house],” MarkPlus senior associate Irfan Setiawan said in a virtual discussion on May 29. Opportunities in the property and construction sector remain as the government seeks to tackle the housing backlog in the country. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo hopes to build 1.25 million houses this year to address a housing backlog that stood at 7.6 million as of 2015. Since 2015, around 4.8 million houses have been constructed. The Jokowi administration hopes to build an additional 3.9 million houses by 2024.Topics :last_img read more

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Aker BP awards six-month contract to Eidesvik’s supply vessel

first_imgViking Athene; Source: EidesvikNorwegian oil and gas company Aker BP has awarded Eidesvik Offshore a contract for Viking Athene vessel.Eidesvik said on Tuesday that the contract had been awarded under the existing framework agreement between the parties.The firm period is six months, starting in the third quarter of 2019.The Viking Athene is an offshore supply vessel built in 2006.It is worth reminding that Aker BP in March 2019 entered into a frame agreement with three compatriot vessel owners – Simon Møkster Shipping, Eidesvik Offshore, and Solstad Offshore – for the supply of platform supply vessels.The duration of the frame agreements is initially for three years, with the option of two additional periods of two years each.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

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first_img 31 Views   no discussions LifestyleTravel Shipping firm calls for end to preferential treatment of air over sea ferry passenger service to Cuba by: – March 25, 2011 Sharing is caring! Photo credit: destinations360.comMIAMI, USA – A Miami-based ocean transport company, United Americas Shipping Services (UASS), has called on the US federal government to permit a ferry service to Cuba to compete freely with air carriers in transporting US travelers to Cuba.At present no ferry service is authorized to Cuba, even though UASS is ready and willing to provide it and US law permits it.“The recent announcement that eight new US airports – in addition to Miami – have been authorized to provide air service to Cuba highlights the preferential treatment given air over ocean passenger service,” UASS chairman Daniel Berrebi said.He went on to say, “There is a need and a desire for a ferry service to Cuba and it is fundamental to this country’s values that people be allowed that choice and that the government does not favour one element of the transportation industry over another.”Nearly a year ago Berrebi’s company filed for a Treasury Department licence to operate a ferry service from South Florida to Havana. No decision has been made on the application, but it is clear that the Treasury Department may issue licences for a ferry service under the current rules that authorize both “vessels” and aircraft to provide carrier services to Cuba.“All that is required for it to happen is a policy decision by the Obama administration in favour of ferry service,” said Robert Muse, a Washington, DC, lawyer who specialises in US laws relating to Cuba.UASS president Joseph Hinson said there are four good reasons for the US government to licence ferry service to Cuba: “It is significantly cheaper, it is more comfortable and pleasurable, it is a preferable form of travel for the elderly, the infirm and family groups. Also, a ferry service is a vastly cheaper way for people to bring supplies authorised by US law to relatives in Cuba.”Source: Caribbean News Now! Sharecenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

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Midnight Groovers holds special concert in tribute to Jeff Joe tonight

first_imgImage via: sensay.comA special tribute to honor the late Goodwill Ambassador Jeff Joe is expected to attract hundreds of Dominicans to his native St Joseph tonight. The nostalgic Midnight Groovers will play homage and tribute to the late Jeff Joe a son of the soil from St. Joseph. Parliamentary Representative for the St. Joseph Constituency Kelver Darroux says this tribute is an excellent way to pay homage to the legendary cadence icon.“The Midnight Groovers out of Grandbay will be paying homage to the people of St Joseph to Jeff Joseph. As we know Groovers also plays the music that Jeff Joe enjoyed which is the Cadence music. I really want to thank the Midnight Groovers for putting their efforts together to honor this legendary son of the soil and this Cadence icon.”According to Darroux the Midnight Groovers tribute is “really significant in ensuring that the music of Jeff Joe will continue to live in the hearts of the people”.The event will begin from 7pm tonight. Jeff Joe will be laid to rest in his home town St Joseph on Saturday and a national day of mourning will also be observed on that day in his honor. Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Midnight Groovers holds special concert in tribute to Jeff Joe tonight by: – November 30, 2011 Tweet 182 Views   one commentlast_img read more

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Communities should play greater role in drug prevention

first_imgJacintha Bannis. Photo credit: GIS NewsHead of the Drug Abuse Prevention Unit Jacinta Bannis says the community should play a more important role in the fight against illegal drugs on the island.Bannis was speaking on the heels of the observance of Drug Abuse Prevention Month which is being observed this month, under the theme “My Community, my Choice not Drugs”.She said drugs are being found in homes, blocks and streets and it is essential that communities play a greater role to mitigate the prevalence of drugs within the society.“We are going to start the month’s observance on Saturday with a Church Service on Sunday January 8th. On Monday we will have a message from the health minister which will be aired on radio and television,” he said.Bannis says a walkathon, the first of its kind, will be the main highlight of month’s observance.“On Saturday January 14th, we will be having a market to market walkathon. That’s the first time we will be having a walkathon. We will be walking from the Roseau Market to the Mahaut Market and we are asking a number of persons who are concerned about the drug problem to join us at the Roseau Market. We will be having addressed by the parliamentary representative and other officials,” Bannis explained.Other activities include rallies in the Kalinago Territory and Grandbay, as well as an exhibition in the St. Joseph Health District will also form part of the activities. Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet Share 11 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share LocalNews Communities should play greater role in drug prevention by: – January 5, 2012 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Presidency, NFF Welcome Super Falcons Back Home

first_imgOn Sunday, at the Accra Sports Stadium, the golden girls prevailed over a resilient South African Banyana Banyana side 4-3 on penalties after a scoreless 120 minutes, to lift the top African women football diadem for the third successive time and ninth time overall.Holding aloft the Women AFCON trophy, the Falcons were wildly cheered by Nigerians at the airport and responded gracefully before they entered the bus that conveyed them to their hotel in the Federal Capital.At the Starview Hotel, Alhaji Kyari commended the girls for a job well done, praising them for their tenacity, energy, determination and patriotic fervour.“On behalf of Mr. President, who is not in the country at the moment, we say welcome and well done to you. We are proud of you and your representation of the country. Infact, as we were leaving the airport, two eminent Nigerians called and donated the sum of N50million and N25 million respectively to your team. Please rest very well. We will get back to you with the activities lined up for you in the coming days.”Thenff.com learnt that the two eminent Nigerians who donated money are Alhaji Aliko Dangote (Chairman of Dangote Group) and Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu (Chairman of BUA company). It was also learnt that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Mohammed Musa Bello, will host the team on Monday, 3rd December 2018.Also at the hotel to receive the Super Falcons was the Honourable Minister for Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar.General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said: “On behalf of the leadership of the NFF, we are grateful for the support from the Nigerian Government which has seen the team excel at the Cup of Nations. The girls have promised to do their best to represent the country very well at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.”Meanwhile, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki , has described the victorious team as embodiment of the winning mentality and resilience of Nigeria against any challenge.Saraki in a statement  by his Media Adviser ,Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja on Sunday while congratulating the Falcons who defeated the Banyana, Banyana of South Africa in Ghana on Saturday described the team as the real  “Champions of Africa”.The Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, expressed happiness to the team for their display of hard work.“Your supremacy in African football has been reaffirmed with this victory over South Africa and winning the competition for a record ninth time.“Though the victory was a difficult one, it was a sweet revenge against South Africa who they lost to in the opening match. “He eulogized the team for  not only qualifying for every edition  of AWCON but  for also clinching one of the Women’s World Cup tickets for France 2019.While Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, expressed happiness at the discipline and commitment exhibited by the players despite the pressure and stiff competition from their South African counterparts.“I commend the Falcons for their resilience and determination. They have made us proud and it is my hope that they will consolidate on this victory to represent Nigeria effectively at the FIFA Women World Cup tournament in France next year,” he stated.One of the major sponsor of team, Nigerian Breweries Plc makers of Amstel Malta the premium malt drink,hailed the team.In his congratulatory message to the team, Marketing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Emmanuel Oriakhi, said “as the Official Malt drink of the Super Falcons and all the other national teams, we congratulate the team for a historic 9th conquest of Africa and qualification for next year’s Women’s World Cup tournament in France.“We commend the team for holding its collective nerve in a second successive penalty shootout to clinch the trophy and be the best female national team on the African continent yet again. We congratulate you all for this feat and look forward to your further success on the global stage next year.“As the Official Malt drink of the Super Falcons and all the other national teams, we congratulate the team for a historic 9th conquest of Africa.“We also congratulate the Super Eagles for returning Nigeria to the Africa Cup of Nations after missing the last two editions in 2015 in Equatorial Guinea and 2017 in Gabon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram . Saraki, Dalung, Okowa, NB Plc congratulate teamThe Chief of Staff to the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), Alhaji Abba Kyari, was at the head of a delegation of prominent Nigerians and top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation that received the Super Falcons on arrival in Abuja yesterday.Nine –time African champions, Super Falcons, flew into the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport minutes before 4pm, aboard an ASKY Airline flight from Accra, and were received by Alhaji Kyari, NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, as well as other officials of the NFF.last_img read more

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‘Winter Blues’ sees large turnout for opening reception

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — The Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan opened their ‘Winter Blues’ non–juried exhibit Wednesday night.The museum welcomed over 60 people in from the cold. It’s the second year for the exhibit, and the art work took on all different forms of blue.“I was so pleased to see so many people come out with the weather,” said Christine Witulski. “Everybody was saying they have cabin fever, they really wanted to come and beat the winter blues.”Artists could enter up to five pieces into the show. Since it was non-juried, the exhibit provides a unique opportunity for artists of all kinds and all mediums.“I’m always pleased to see that new and more artists and other mediums are being entered, and so it’s just really a place where they can feel comfortable to express their art,” said Witulski.There is a people’s choice award, so folks can vote for their favorite work. The exhibit runs until April 13th. For more information, visit their website www.bessermuseum.orgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Art, Artwork, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, Winter Blues, Winter Blues Non-Juried Art ExhibitContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Wednesday, February 13Next Police need help finding this wanted manlast_img read more

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MLB legend Rickey Henderson planned to join Raiders, but Athletics vetoed idea

first_imgBaseball legend Rickey Henderson said he understands Kyler Murray’s decision to forgo a baseball career to concentrate on the NFL.Henderson once faced the same choice. He recently revealed that he once had an opportunity to play with the Oakland Raiders during baseball’s offseason, but the Athletics vetoed his plan. “When Bo Jackson first came into the league, I went to (Raiders owner) Al Davis to go play football and he was going to let me be a two-way player,” Henderson told the San Francisco Chronicle. “The Oakland A’s said, ‘Oh, no way. You’re not going out there. That’s not going to happen.’”A three-sport star in high school in Oakland, Henderson was a prep All-American in football and was recruited by USC and Arizona, among other football programs. But he chose baseball. It obviously worked out well for him. Regarded as the greatest leadoff hitter of all time, the Hall of Famer set numerous MLB records in his 25-year career, including most career runs (2,295) and stolen bases (1,406).Henderson played 14 of those seasons, in four different stints, with the A’s. it’s not hard to imagine the speedy Henderson playing running back for the Raiders and putting on a Bo Jackson-type display of speed and power (remember, Henderson clubbed 297 career home runs).But Henderson, now 60, doesn’t regret that he chose the baseball path and never played in the NFL.“Football was my love; I was a football player,” Henderson said. “But my mom’s love was baseball. And she didn’t want her baby to get hurt. I was mad, but she was smart. Overall, with the career longevity and the success I had, she made the right decision. Some of the players in football now have short careers and they can barely move around when they’re done. “But I would have made it football. People who saw me play said I was a no-doubter. I would have been good. But for how long? Running backs then lasted three or four years.”last_img read more

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NBA Finals 2019: Draymond Green explains similarities between Warriors, Raptors

first_img NBA Finals 2019: Nick Nurse says Raptors have work to do ‘if we want to win another game’ NBA Finals 2019: Steve Kerr and Warriors confident despite deficit Golden State hasn’t been in this kind of situation before that, as it is down 0-1 without home court advantage.The Raptors’ acquisition of a true superstar in Leonard, experienced role players and young upstarts could be enough to push the perennial favorites. NBA Finals 2019: Kawhi Leonard describes Raptors’ season, fans as ‘special’ The Raptors’ roster is littered with seasoned veterans who have plenty of playoff appearances. Among them are Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard.But it was Toronto’s Pascal Siakam who stole the spotlight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. He exploded for 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the contest.Warriors coach Steve Kerr even compared the 25-year-old Siakam to Green earlier this week.”Siakam looks like a young Draymond (Green) to me,” Kerr said Monday. “You know, the way he plays the all-around game. Two-way player, big guy who can handle the ball in transition, good passer, can make threes. So he’s an excellent player.”Green totaled 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, but only made two of his nine field-goal attempts in Thursday’s 118-109 loss. He has seen an uptick in usage with the absence of Kevin Durant, who has been sidelined with a calf strain since the second round of the playoffs.The Warriors are playing in their fifth straight championship series while Toronto is making its debut on the big stage. Draymond Green sees similarities between this year’s Raptors and the Warriors of old.Golden State’s Swiss army knife said Saturday the teams are alike in some aspects, but the Raptors are more battled tested at this point in their run than the Warriors were in the beginning of theirs. “Well, I think they have a very good mixture of youth and experience,” Green said. “They play fast, they really space the floor out very similar to how we play. They have a lot of length out on the floor, very similar to what we built everything on.”So I think that there are a lot of similarities there. I think overall they may have a little more experience in the guys that’s playing a ton of minutes for them. I think those guys have more experience today than we had when we first started our run.” Related Newslast_img read more

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