Florida megachurch pastor charged with defying coronavirus stay-at-home orders

first_imgHoward-Browne, originally from South Africa, was arrested at his home under a warrant charging him with misdemeanor offenses of unlawful assembly and violation of public health emergency rules, the sheriff’s office said later.The emergency health orders limit public gatherings in the county to fewer than 10 people and require residents to stay at home except as otherwise necessary.The Tampa Bay Times reported the preacher posted $500 bond and was released from jail shortly after he was booked on the charges, each carrying a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine if he were convicted.Chronister said his office had contacted the church’s attorneys and its leaders at least twice over the weekend imploring them to cancel Sunday’s services at the Pentecostal church, to no avail. Topics : The pastor of a megachurch in Tampa, Florida, was arrested on Monday on charges of holding prayer services in violation of public health orders temporarily banning such gatherings to limit the spread of coronavirus infections, authorities said.Rodney Howard-Browne, co-founder of the River at Tampa Bay Church, is accused of presiding over two services on Sunday attended by hundreds of parishioners, some of them ferried there by bus transportation his church provided, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said.”His reckless disregard for human life put hundreds of people in his congregation at risk and thousands of residents who may interact with them this week in danger,” Chronister told a news conference.center_img The sheriff said Howard-Browne’s defiance was especially baffling because his 4,000-member congregation had the technology to broadcast its services live on both television and the internet.’God heals’Howard-Browne quoted biblical scripture in his own defense during Sunday morning’s 3-1/2-hour service, livestreamed on social media, declaring: “No plague shall come nigh thy dwelling, no weapon formed against them,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.”Suddenly we are demonized because we believe God heals, that the Lord sets people free, and they make us out to be some sort of kooks,” the newspaper quoted him as telling worshipers.Members of the congregation, many standing shoulder to shoulder, although some apparently separated in church by empty seats, cheered and applauded his remarks, the Times said.Chronister disputed Howard-Browne’s assertions that the public health orders in question exempted religious services as essential gatherings or that they trampled constitutional rights to freedom of religion.”It’s unfortunate that the pastor here is hiding behind the First Amendment,” the sheriff said.State Attorney Andrew Warren also cited scripture in supporting the sheriff.”There’s no more important commandment than to love thy neighbor as thyself,” he said. “Loving your neighbors is protecting them, not jeopardizing their health by exposing them to this deadly virus.”Nearly 5,500 people have tested positive in Florida for COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, including more than 60 who have died.last_img read more

Police record drop in crime rates amid COVID-19 response

first_imgThe National Police say that crime rates across the country have dropped as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.“There has been a significant decrease in the levels of felonies, misdemeanors and public disturbances,” National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Asep Adi Saputra said by video link from the Jakarta headquarters of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) during a press conference on Thursday.The police recorded 3,743 felonies nationwide last week from 4,197 felonies the previous week. Misdemeanors had also decreased 53.82 percent from 301 to 139 cases, while public disturbances had dropped 34.78 percent from 69 to 45 cases.Asep said that during the ongoing health emergency, the National Police would focus on crimes related to personal protective equipment (PPE) that were sorely needed by medical workers.“The National Police, together with health agencies and [PPE] distributors, will be running close surveillance to ensure an adequate supply of PPE […] especially for health workers,” he said.  The police have uncovered 18 cases of price gouging, stockpiling, and obstructing the distribution and production of PPE. The police have named 33 suspects, of which two have been detained.Several reports on the theft of PPE have emerged in past weeks.In March, police arrested three employees of a hospital in Cianjur, West Java, for stealing hundreds of boxes of masks that the trio allegedly planned to resell. In Pekanbaru, Riau, an ambulance driver was arrested for allegedly stealing a box containing 1,000 masks intended for a puskesmas (community health center).Topics :last_img read more

Intersection lights should be fixed by Thursday

first_imgIt could still be a couple of days before the traffic lights at the intersection of 100 St. and 101 Ave. in Fort St. John will be functioning properly again.Workers are waiting for a supplier part to arrive to fix the lights at that intersection, says Don Demers, director of Public Works and Utilities.- Advertisement -Demers says the City generally keeps a selection of parts but did not have the specific part required to fix those lights. The part is expected to arrive by Thursday and he says the traffic lights should hopefully be fixed by Thursday evening. However, he adds that if workers are unable to fix the lights on Thursday, they may have to close down the intersection to properly fix the problem.In the meantime, Demers says people must treat any uncontrolled intersection like a four-way stop.last_img read more

O’Neill keen to beat QPR to signing of Spurs man – report

first_imgSunderland manager Martin O’Neill is looking to beat QPR to the signing of Tottenham defender Michael Dawson, according to the Sunday People.Dawson turned down a move to Loftus Road in the summer and Rangers are hoping to persuade him to make the switch when the transfer window opens next month.It is claimed Sunderland, who have previously been linked with him, are ready to pay £5m for the centre-back and that he is top of O’Neill’s wanted list.The Sun on Sunday say QPR, along with Southampton, are interested in Ivory Cost winger Abdul Keita, who is currently with Qatar outfit Al Saad.The same paper also suggest Adel Taarabt will be asked by boss Harry Redknapp to miss the Africa Cup of Nations with Morocco to help Rangers’ survival bid, and claim that Samba Diakite has told Mali he is unavailable.And The Independent on Sunday report that Ipswich are keen to sign on-loan R’s striker DJ Campbell on a permanent basis.Meanwhile, Chelsea are looking to sign Newcastle striker Demba Ba next month, the Sunday Telegraph suggest.The Blues have previously been linked with Ba and, along with Arsenal, are said to be keen to exploit a £7m release clause in his contract.The Sunday Telegraph also understand Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s personal assistant, flew to Spain this week to hold talks over the possible signings of Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao and Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuaín.The Sunday Express say Manchester City are planning a surprise move for Chelsea’s Ashley Cole.Interim manager Rafael Benitez may deploy Victor Moses as a lone striker for Chelsea if Fernando Torres goes off the boil again, according to the Sunday Mirror.The People say Chelsea want Barcelona star Sergio Busquets but will have to wait until the end of the season to sign him as the Catalan giants do not want to sell in January.And The Sun on Sunday report that Marouane Fellani has pledged his future to Everton despite being linked with a number of clubs, including ChelseaThis page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Shasta Creations Volleyball Team dominates at Bay Area tourney

first_imgThe Shasta Creations Volleyball Team was in Livermore over the Presidents Day weekend, where it won the NCVA Presidents Day Tournament.The team went in at the 9th seed and was undefeated in matches all three days, only losing one game, in the finals, the entire time.On Saturday the team beat No. 25 Lady Sharx 25-7, 25-10; No. 23 Dig It VBC 25-21, 25-15 and No. 7 Aspire Black 25-15, 25-10 to take over 7th seed.On Sunday the team beat No. 13 PRVA Tsunami 25-13, 25-15; No. 11 AAVC 25-16, 25-18 …last_img

Live updates: Warriors vs. Raptors, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for one of arguably the most anticipated Warriors game this season when Golden State faces the Toronto Raptors at Oracle.The Raptors (22-7) own the NBA’s best record and have already handed the Warriors an overtime loss two weeks ago in Toronto. However, some of the luster of their rematch could be lost if Kawhi Leonard (hip injury) can’t play Wednesday night. He’s listed as questionable.The Warriors (19-9) are on a four-game …last_img

Privacy Policies Are Dead, Privacy Watchdog Says

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#NYT#web center_img Privacy policies are dead, says Fran Maier, President of privacy auditing firm TrustE, and it’s time for the web to move into an era of “just in time” notifications whenever new types of data are being collected or when our data is being used in new ways.At a time when online data about individuals and our actions is growing exponentially, when the potential for that data to drive innovation and monetization is just beginning to be understood, when users are wrestling to take control over new forms of communication and when government is looking to take action to protect the complex interests of its citizens – Maier’s forward looking statements, well informed by the history of online privacy practices, are well worth paying attention to.Maier’s statements were included in a 14 minute TedX talk posted on the TrustE company blog this week. (Full video embedded below as well.)In the talk, Maier provided an overview of evolving understandings of privacy from Match.com’s 1995 creation of a privacy policy before the practice was widespread, through Facebook’s controversial but highly granular policies today, the emerging European practice of notifying citizens when they enter an area watched by surveillance cameras and a future characterized by an Internet of Things, where user data is held not just online, but in our phones, our cameras, our electrical grid and elsewhere. Maier says we’ll soon start to see a system called a Forward Eye in advertisements online, which will tell us what information about us is being captured and how it will be used. We’ll then be given an option to opt-out. The constant throughout all these developments, Maier argues, is that privacy violations occur when people are unable to trust that the their expectations will be met with regard to the outcome of someone else accessing their information. Privacy, TrustE says, is a system that provides transparency, choice and accountability. “It’s not an end-state of your information being held, and in a lock-box that nobody can get, it’s a system,” Maier says.There is a place for government and regulation in all of this she says, because there are bad actors in the world. Her hope is that the governments will focus on the bad actors and “allow tech innovation, and self-regulation and this system of transparency & accountability and choice to really grow and foster, so that it doesn’t shut down the promise of information sharing.”“Privacy policy is dead. What we’ve got to move into is just-in-time notices that give us choices and lead fundamentally to accountability.” -Fran Maier, TrustE PresidentCertifying privacy policies is what TrustE built its business on, Maier says, but such policies are no longer sufficient. “Privacy policy is dead. What we’ve got to move into is just-in-time notices that give us choices and lead fundamentally to accountability.”Maier says it will be possible to be private in a public world, but it will require individual accountability, corporate accountability and possibly a backstop of law and regulation.Does this jive with your understanding of privacy, your hopes and expectations for privacy in the future of the internet? Let us know in comments. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

23 days agoMan City boss Guardiola: Dinamo Zagreb made it difficult

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Dinamo Zagreb made it difficultby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised Champions League opponents Dinamo Zagreb after last night’s win.City encountered a stubborn Dinamo defence at the Etihad Stadium, who were eventually unlocked by what has become a trademark Guardiola move.Having worked the ball wide, Riyad Mahrez played it across the face of goal and Raheem Sterling, as he so often is, was there to bundle it home.For the Catalan, it is the perfect way to score and he admitted the visitor’s resolute defending made the goal even sweeter.“We don’t have big headers for crosses,” added the boss.“We play that way for the quality of the players we have in small spaces.“We believe when you attack inside and put a ball wide and people arrive for the cross, that’s the best way to score a goal.“It was really nice, but they defended so well. Even for the goal the defender was there. They were so good.“I didn’t expect them to play so deep, because they didn’t have a shot on target, apart from one or two set pieces.“But what they did in that part of the pitch was so good. They won duels and anticipated all the time.“They deserve a lot of credit. That’s why it was an incredible battle.” last_img read more

WWBB Just as the slogan What Would Jesus Do

first_imgWWBB? Just as the slogan “What Would Jesus Do?” gained popularity 20 years ago and has since been used by Christian teenagers, the Occupy movement, and anti-fracking protesters alike, investors have their own mantra for salvation: What Would Buffett Buy? It’s no wonder that Warren Buffett has become some kind of superhero to the investing masses. If you had invested $6,225 in one share of his holding company Berkshire Hathaway in September 1990, today you’d be sitting on $172,500… a 2,671% gain. Judging by Buffett’s results and his own vast fortune (he’s currently worth $53 billion), he must surely be equipped with a Spidey sense, X-ray vision, and omniscience, all wrapped in the body of an old man that kind of reminds us of George Burns in Oh, God!. So how does he do it? Buffett’s investment style has been strongly shaped by his mentor, Benjamin Graham (1894-1976), the father of security analysis and value investing, and author of two of the most famous investing books ever written. Buffett is not a true contrarian and emphatically stays away from industries he doesn’t understand, such as technology and gold. However, like contrarians, value investors search for stocks that are severely undervalued, believing that in the end Mr. Market will have to give those companies their due; Buffett’s bloodhound instinct in finding undervalued investments is legendary. So of course the question “What Would Buffett Buy?” is of the greatest interest to millions of wannabe millionaires. But what if you could know ahead of time which stock Warren Buffett was going to buy next? On August 15, the investing public found out through fund filings that Warren Buffett had bought more than $500 million worth of Suncor Energy Inc. (NYSE.SU), Canada’s largest integrated oil company and the world’s largest oil sands company. Suncor has done quite well since the end of June when Buffett bought it, climbing another 20% and adding another C$110 million to Berkshire Hathaway’s net worth. But Casey Energy subscribers were aware of Suncor long before Buffett started buying. We laid out all of the reasons to own the stock in January 2012; we talked about it not only in our newsletter, but also at the Casey conferences—more than a year before Buffett’s big purchase. Don’t bother buying Suncor now, though. The stock isn’t cheap anymore and is getting more expensive by the day, as the herd is following Buffett’s example. While we do have the utmost respect for him—if you’re the third-richest person in the world, you must be doing something right—right now we have one up on Warren Buffett again, just like we did in early January 2012. The company we recently highlighted in our Casey Energy Dividend newsletter pays a better dividend, has a better near-term growth profile, a higher revenue per barrel, less debt on the books, and a lower debt-to-cash ratio than Buffett’s bet in the oil sands. In fact, even though this company is also a big oil producer, it pays a dividend three times higher than what Buffett is getting on Suncor right now. Not only that, the company is in a prime position to profit from the voracious Chinese appetite for oil and an America that has realized that a safe source of oil is not just important for its economic growth, but also its national security. China has already demonstrated to the world that money is no object when it comes to buying quality oil assets—and there are fewer and fewer of those to go around. The United States is falling behind, and in order to catch up, it must begin to bid aggressively on these foreign assets. Simply put, this oil sands company will be able to make a lot of money by playing the two sides against each other and getting top dollar. With the “easy oil” starting to be tapped out and growing demand for crude oil around the world, the price of oil will inevitably begin to rise. And our pick stands to make the biggest gains. As Warren Buffett says, one should stick to investing in businesses one actually understands. We’ve been spending years analyzing the oil sector, and while Suncor has done a great job thus far, we think that our Casey Energy Dividends oil pick has the potential to deliver even higher returns to our shareholders. If Warren Buffett were to read our report, he’d be wondering why he doesn’t own this company. It fits his model perfectly: cheap valuation and a good, solid dividend. Once he figures it out, I think he’ll start buying the stock—but of course, our subscribers will already be well positioned. Try Casey Energy Dividends at half price today—with full money-back guarantee—and stay ahead not just of the curve and the herd, but of the Oracle of Omaha himself. Click here to get it now. Additional Links and Reads Marin’s Interview with Eric Sprott (Casey Research) In this interview, Marin sits down with Eric Sprott, the chairman of Sprott Resources, and asks some tough questions regarding silver as well as the markets. This is an interview you don’t want to miss. China to Invest $13 Billion in Oil and Gas Exploration This Year (Financial Post) We wrote about China in the last issue of Casey Energy Dividends. The country’s oil demand has increased over five times since 1980, and now accounts for 12% of the world’s total consumption. China is already the world’s fourth-largest producer, but only produces enough for 40% of its domestic needs. Based on those facts alone, the decision to invest in the country is a simple one. However, the problem is finding the right vehicle to do so. How Far Will Turkey Go to Get Israel’s Natural Gas? (International Business Times) It’s no secret that Turkey wants natural gas. Many experts agree that the country’s involvement in the current Syrian conflict stems from a pipeline dispute that occurred several years ago. Qatar originally wanted to build a pipeline from its facilities to Turkey; however, since Qatar shares its major gas field with Iran, the idea fell through. Iran, Iraq, and Syria then colluded on a deal to transport gas and bypass Turkey. This left Qatar and Turkey without a pipeline, Turkey without direct access to natural gas, and both countries without pipeline revenue. There are a lot of moving parts in the Middle East, but memories are definitely longer there than in other countries.last_img read more