Call the IT system to 2.8 billion “miserable”. Now the state is in …


America’s Cheese Stockpile Just Hit A Record High


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The Washington Post reports American warehouses have amassed their most massive stockpile of cheese in more than 100 years since government regulators began tracking dairy products, the result of oversupplied domestic markets and waning consumer demand.

https://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Screen-Shot-2018-06-29-at-7.46.59-AM.png?itok=eRNwCzd1Commercial and government cheese storage facilities now have a whopping 1.39 billion-pound surplus, counted by the Agriculture Department in May and published in a report on June 22. It is a 6 percent y/y and a 16 percent jump since the government launched ‘quantitative cheesing’ to buy excess supply in 2016.

https://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/inline-images/Screen-Shot-2018-06-29-at-7.46.29-AM.png?itok=soALgAP7Cheese analysts say record stockpiling is attributed to a decline in consumer demand for milk. When dairy cattle produce too much milk, processors generally convert the milk into cheese, butter, or powder, which is the easiest method for long-term storage.

Record amounts of cheese, however, comes with a significant drawback: If it is being stored, it is not sold, that leads…

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ALLOWED AND FORBIDDEN – Marilyn Armstrong


Serendipity Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth

Are we still free?

As our “freedom” seems to be becoming increasingly less free with each passing day, I have to wonder about a lot of things I always accepted as true. Or close to true.

I never believed Americans were quite as “free” as we said we were, but we were freer than most places I could live. Americans were under less scrutiny than most places. Our press was stronger — and freer — than most other places.

A friend told me a long time ago that one of the major differences between Europe and the U.S.A. was how we see our “freedom.”



Is that still true? I have a feeling it isn’t. You think?

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Know Your Space


Gossip from the Southern Garden

“Space. The final frontier.”

Or is it?
Well, at least in the garden, space is the important frontier.
Space can be the final say regarding what you plant and how you plant. The smaller the garden, the more important the amount of space you have. And the more important it is to use it properly. One of the first steps in using space properly is to know how much space you there is to work with.

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Nothing is harder to do than to figure your space without taking measurements-inevitably you’re wrong. When you take those measurements, it’s important to be as accurate as possible, because in a small space an inch can mean a lot. A foot can make a difference with what type of plants you plant, and a yard to make the difference in the type of material you use for hard-scaping.
When taking your measurements, it is…

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Self-control … yeah, right.


Robinne Weiss

Now that we’re on the upside of the winter solstice, I’ve planted my garlic—108 cloves, which should yield about 100 heads, assuming my usual success rate.

That’s absolutely too much garlic.

It’s a bad omen. I drew up my garden plan this morning—a garden roughly three-quarters the size of the one I’ve planted for the last decade. Hopefully it won’t yield 200 pumpkins and 80 kilos of pickling cucumbers next year when my teenage son won’t be around to eat them all.

But, plan or not, if I plant other crops with the exuberance with which I planted garlic today, I’ll end up with a garden every bit as big as past gardens. Some time in the next two weeks, before this year’s seed catalogue arrives, I need to get control of my gardening urge.

Wish me luck.

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Moving Mountains


SARAH THE GARDENER

I have a mountain of earth to move. It equates to 6 truckloads of good quality swamp-like soil from ‘up near Froggies’ near where we used to live.  I feel confident it will be a fabulous growing medium for my new garden and it appears to be weed free.  It has been hanging about for a couple of months now and nothing nasty has reared its head.  This is always a great relief when taking delivery of soil from an unknown location.

Mountain of earth From this angle it looks insurmountable. It is certainly a lot of earth.

The earth needs moving for a couple of reasons.  The first obvious one is I need to fill beds so I can be ready for the spring.  There are a lot of beds, so it should make a good dent in the mountain.  However, I have only constructed half the beds I need and want…

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Sustainability redefined


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Sustainability redefined

Thailand June 20, 2018 01:00

By M Wade Million
Special to The Nation

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A Unesco-supported Biosphere Reserve in Chiang Mai has been so successful it’s serving as a model for programmes all over the region

LOCATED AT THE head of the Mae Sa Watershed in the Mae Sa-Kog Ma Biosphere Reserve – a crucial component of the greater Chiang Mai region water supply – the sleepy mountain town of Pong Krai has traditionally been home to the hilltribe people of Northern Thailand. For decades, the villagers led a largely pastoral life, raising livestock and growing crops for subsistence, until the modern world and consequences of the Vietnam War era encroached upon their traditions, exposing them to the demand for opium. In just a short time, the surrounding region was mostly deforested to accommodate the new cash crop –…

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Today’s Audio Bible Study


From The Darkness Into The Light

To hear Brian Hardin read today’s Scripture selection, click here and then click the audio button in the top right.

2 Kings 13-14

King Jehoahaz of Israel

13 Ahaziah’s son King Joash of Judah was in his twenty-third year as king of Judah when Jehoahaz, son of Jehu, began to rule in Samaria as king of Israel. He ruled for 17 years. He did what the Lord considered evil. He continued to commit the sins that Jeroboam (Nebat’s son) led Israel to commit. He never gave up committing those sins. So the Lord became angry with Israel and put it at the mercy of King Hazael of Aram and Hazael’s son Benhadad as long as they lived.

Then Jehoahaz pleaded with the Lord, and the Lord heard him because he saw how the Aramean king was oppressing Israel. So the Lord gave the Israelites someone…

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America Has Totally Forgotten History


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America is repeating the mistakes of so many nations before it and repudiating its own founding principles. This is happening because the vast majority of the American people have lost touch with their own national history and heritage.

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The Spanish-American philosopher Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás (known in English as simply George Santayana) famously said in his book The Life Of Reason, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

For all intents and purposes, America is in the process of fulfilling Santayana’s proverb. If America’s founders were to rise from the grave and look at the country they sacrificed so much to create, they would think they were looking at King George’s England instead of the free and independent republic they birthed.

The only references to America’s past nowadays seem to be those…

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Online Teaching Certificate Electives: So Many Options!


Virtual School Meanderings

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

Did you know you can complete your OLC Online Teaching Certificate (a cohort starts August 27!) electives with one of our Mastery Series Programs or self-paced workshop options?

If your goal is to focus on a specific topic for your workshop electives, why not complete a Mastery Series Program? Each features a series of three workshops, emphasizing theory and application of research on key topics from the field of online, blended and digital learning. When you complete a Mastery Series for your electives requirement, not only will you walk away with an OLC Online Teaching Certificate, but you will also have earned an OLC Recognition of Masteryvideo-chat-advanced-online-learning-certificate.jpg in your area of specialization! OLC now offers eight Mastery Series topics:

Mobile Learning
Social Media
Blended Learning
Instructional Design
Quality Scorecard
Leadership in Online Learning
Online Science Labs
Online Nursing

Not sure you can commit to any of the…

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Mobile Learning: ROI, Student Access & Use; STEM Webinar Today, New Learning Leaders, More! – June 28, 2018 Speak Up News


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A newsletter from today’s inbox, which I probably would have just posted tomorrow – if not for the webinar later today that is described at the top of the item.

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Speak Up News, June 28, 2018

Don’t miss today’s FREE STEM webinar at noonET! Julie Evans will be sharing new, national Speak Up findings related to STEM education.

We had another busy year at the ISTE conference and have plenty to share. See links below to the new report we released with Blackboard on the New Learning Leaders (a special cohort of principals we see emerging from Speak Up data), a brand new infographic reporting on national findings related to student access to mobile devices and how they are using them for learning, and a related presentation on evaluating mobile learning in schools.

Don’t forget to express your interest in participating in Speak Up this fall! Plans for Speak Up…

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Cato Report Improperly Conflates The Civic And Economic Definitions Of A Public Good


Virtual School Meanderings

Note this think tank report review from the National Education Policy Center.

Report’s imbalance, flawed logic and limited research base render it of no use to policymakers.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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Report’s imbalance, flawed logic and limited research base render it of no use to policymakers.

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BOULDER, CO (June 26, 2018) – A recent report from the Cato Institute starts with Horace Mann’s well-known conviction that public schools are the bedrock of a democratic society – a public good that should be made available to all. It ends with a proposal for de-funding public schools and introducing a…

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Have you been baptized since trusting Jesus?


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Kimberly and I on the night of our baptisms in 1998

3 events, separated by 25 years, tell the story of my spiritual journey when I came to be a Christ follower. 

The first event was when I was baptized as an infant.  I was born to two amazing parents who wanted to raise me in a Christian home.  They brought me to church each Sunday growing up.  I do not remember a time when church was not a part of my life.  This is such a huge blessing.  When I was just a few months old, my parents had me baptized at the church we attended. 

The second event was when I placed my faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of my sins.  This was a major turning point in my life.  I had attended many church events, memorized many…

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Like (part 4) Preview


Pastor Mark Robinson .com

In every stage of life, we learn to save for something we cannot see.  When we are kids, it might be saving for a new toy or a summer camp.  When we are students, the piggy bank points to that first car.  As adults, there is that moment when we start contributing to an IRA. 

At each stage, a similar process happened:

  1. Someone promised you something you wanted or needed that you did not already possess:  that BIG Lego set, the used pickup, or the ability to one day move to “Del Boca Vista.”  A compelling vision was painted of a future reality that was worth your sacrifice today for your satisfaction tomorrow.
  2. Someone showed you it was real.  Saving money for a fantasy is not very compelling.  If I put $5 a month away to be able to buy my mom…

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About Unity of Man


Didis Art Design

Dear friends,

Today we learn something about Unity of Man, its aims, founders and headquaters.
Peace and harmony in your heart.
Didi


 Unity of Man is working as a spiritual, cultural and charitable non-profit-organization

The movement was brought into being by Sant Kirpal Singh who taught the ancient path of self-knowledge and God-knowledge and was worldwide esteemed for His untiring commitment to create a spirit of brotherhood and peace. In 1974, Sant Kirpal Singh convened the first “World Conference on the Unity of Man” in Delhi. This impressive conference became the starting point of the movement which was carried on by Dr Harbhajan Singh and his wife, Mrs Surinder Kaur.

The name Unity of Man refers to the inner unity of all life. Just like the sun and the sunrays are in perfect union, the same way God is not separate from His souls. We are drops of the ocean…

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The science of the soul – (Part 4 – last part)


Didis Art Design

Dr. Harbhajan Singh, Sant Kirpal Singh, Biji Surinder Kaur

The science of the soul – (Part 4 last part)

The whole text can be read here:

http://spirituality.unity-of-man.org/en/spirituality/god-spirit-and-soul/357-the-science-of-the-soul.html

We have just seen that as a counterweight to both the faculties of mind, that of sight and audition, the providence has provided us with a treasure of divinity within which can be unearthed to our advantage with the aid of a competent Master. So mind can be controlled only with the grace of the Master, who attunes it with something substantial within – the light and voice of God. We should always try to sit at ease at the eye focus, the resting place of the soul during waking hours, and try to get the mystic experience which the Master vouchsafes to all who come to Him.

The search without causes a lot of pain and sorrow. The well of life-giving nectar…

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Apostolic Succession and the Bishop of Rome: A Case for Roman Catholicism


Quaestiones Disputatae

Introduction

In a post a few weeks ago, I presented a historical argument in defense of apostolic succession. Basically, apostolic succession is the view that Christ handed his own divinely validated authority on to his apostles, who likewise handed the same authority on to further successors.

In that post, I presented apostolic succession as a solution to the “problem of revelation.” The problem, in short, is how to ground our trust in the authority of divine revelation. Christians believe that we have access to truths which are in principle unknowable by reason alone, and which are only capable of being known through divine revelation. But how can we know whether something actually is divine revelation? For example, most Christians believe Scripture contains divine revelation. Why? One possible answer might be that Scripture claims to contain divine revelation and what Scripture claims is true. In that case, we would need some justification…

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I didn’t realise how easy happiness can be to find. Often, it’s right there staring at you, but you’re too busy to see it…


Being Ridiculously Happy

A few days ago I made a huge decision to walk away from a career that I saw myself in for life. I came home from a regular day at work and sat and cried. At first I thought, why the hell am I crying? I knew my period wasn’t due anytime soon and so I just blamed it on being a woman with never-ending emotions, but something inside my heart was trying to tell me something… and it took me a while to figure out what that something really was.

Happiness. The noun comes from the verb ‘happy’. Verbs are ‘doing words’ and yet often we find ‘being happy’ as something that is quite difficult ‘to do’. Life today is so incredibly fast moving. It’s a constant sea of swirling whirlpools and often we push our own happiness to the side to accommodate or please others. But not anymore.

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Life arises


Didis Art Design

 

Enshrouded happiness
Creeping along my skin
As rolling waves
Exploding bliss

Tears of love
Flowing from the soul
Shine in the light
Of touching Oneness

Divine symphony
Music of the spheres
Heart trembles in sync
Of dancing stars

Space opens its hidden gates
With worlds pouring out
Ready to be born
Shower of given life

Transmigration in the river
Of life and death
Fusion of body – spirit
Mirrored being

Releasing consciousness
Into the school of life…

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Federal judge orders reunification of parents and children, end to most family separations at border


Federal judge orders reunification of parents and children, end to most family separations at border POSTED 7:13 AM, JUNE 27, 2018, BY CNN WIRE WASHINGTON — A federal judge in California late Tuesday ordered a halt to most family separations at the US border and the reunification of all families that have been separated in … Continue reading Federal judge orders reunification of parents and children, end to most family separations at border

Make America Great = Very Good. Made in China 2025 = Very Bad


Hawkins Bay Dispatch

46954106-7898-11e8-8ce4-b59b2fedb43f_1280x720_152337State media agencies ordered to avoid mentioning the industrial modernisation plan as US president makes it a focus of looming trade war

26 June 2018 | Sidney Leng and Zheng Yangpeng | South China Morning Post

Beijing is attempting to play down “Made in China 2025” by ordering state media to minimise their coverage of the industrial modernisation programme, as US President Donald Trump makes it a focus of his trade battle with China.

Three separate mainland media sources briefed about the directive told the South China Morning Post that the government has instructed Chinese state media agencies to avoid mentioning Made in China 2025 in their reports.

A reporter with a state-owned newspaper told the Post that an official affiliated with the Communist Youth League in Beijing recently made him aware of the demand.

Another source traced the clampdown back to early May, when an American delegation headed by…

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The end of the (internet) world as we know it


Hawkins Bay Dispatch

268x0wAny one of these articles posted on this or similar blogs could be the last ones! Sites like WSWS and others have seen their readership drop by thousands or even hundreds of thousands.

This blog’s postings on Twittster have fallen to single or barely double digits. I have no idea if anyone is even able to read it on Facebook any longer.

It turns out that old saying is indeed true: If a tree falls in the forest and the New York Times or the Washington Post do not report on the event, it simply does not  exist.

Thank you to those who continue to read Hawkins Bay Dispatch via email.

Who would have thought email would turn out to be the saving grace of a quasi-free-press. ha. Who knows how long that will last. 

The war is over. The battle, sad to say, will not be won in our…

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A look behind the scenes of passport production


DFAT Blog

To show how passports are made and issued, the Australian Passport Office produced a series of short videos, demonstrating the innovation behind our highly secure Australian passport system.


By Kim Fischer, Communications Strategist, Australian Passport Office

Most people don’t realise the complex processes and technology involved in making the 14 million active Australian passports in use today. A new series of short videos aim to show the innovation behind our highly secure passports.

In the videos, Isaiah Firebrace, the 2017 Eurovision semifinalist and 2016 X-Factor winner, takes us on a journey through the passport process: the high-tech approach used for embedding security features, the passport application process itself, and the integrity and security measures used to ensure a seamless journey through the airport gates as people travel overseas.

How we make passports

The first video provides a behind-the-scenes look at Note Printing Australia (NPA) in Melbourne, the company that…

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Guest Lecture by Mr. Manas Dasgupta, Technology Leader – ANZ Capital on the topic “Innovation in Leadership”


The !BA Soap Box

Date: 25th June 2018

The students of IBA were enlightened by Mr. Manas DasguptaTechnology Leader – ANZ Wealth who interacted with them about “Innovation in Leadership.”

Ms. Manas started the session with a brief introduction about himself and his career graph. He talked about the key factors that lead to innovation, the reasons, the triggers and the key ingredients of a true innovation. He went on to specify the qualities of an innovative solution, features it should have and the process or framework that should be followed. He also emphasized about how the Culture and Leadership contribute in shaping up of innovative ideas.

Towards the end, Mr. Manas explained how an idea becomes a saleable idea and how a brilliant idea also can bite the dust if it isn’t saleable.

The session came to an end with vote of thanks by Prof. Suresh V Chandra for Mr…

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‘1,000 migrants in boats off Libya’ as Italy tells rescue ships to stop


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‘1,000 migrants in boats off Libya’ as Italy tells rescue ships to stop

ASEAN+ June 25, 2018 06:48

By Agence France-Presse
Rome

Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Sunday told foreign charities to stop rescuing migrants off Libya even as one group said 1,000 people were on boats in distress in the Mediterranean.

With Italy — long the frontline in Europe’s migration crisis — vowing a new hardline stance, Salvini told the aid groups to back off and let the Libyan coastguard take care of rescue operations.

“Let the Libyan authorities do their work of rescue, recovery and return (of migrants) to their country, as they have been doing for some time, without the ships of the voracious NGOs disturbing them or causing trouble,” he said.

“Italian ports are and will be closed to those who aid human traffickers,” he…

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Singapore moves to end use of cheques


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Singapore moves to end use of cheques

ASEAN+ June 25, 2018 01:00

By THE STRAITS TIMES
ASIA NEWS NETWORK
SINGAPORE

SINGAPOREANS are adopting online payments with such gusto that the government hopes that the country will be cheque-free by 2025.

The latest step will allow business owners and the government to receive payments instantaneously, without having to disclose details such as bank account numbers. This is made possible with the expansion of the PayNow transfer service to include businesses.

PayNow Corporate will start at 8am on August 13, the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) announced last Friday.

Education Minister and Monetary Authority of Singapore board member Ong Ye Kung noted on Friday that more than eight in 10 Singapore consumers have adopted e-payments, while nearly three in five merchants accept e-payments. The value of e-payments has been growing by more…

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Philippines may hike key rate again


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Philippines may hike key rate again

ASEAN+ June 25, 2018 01:00

By PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
ASIA NEWS NETWORK
MANILA

AFTER THE PHILIPPINE central bank raised its key interest rates on June 18 for the second time this year, economists are pondering whether the the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) would sanction more interest rate increases amid continuing |inflationary pressures and peso depreciation.

Japanese investment house Nomura expects the BSP to follow up last Wednesday’s tightening move with another 25-basis point hike at its next meeting in August, which will bring the overnight borrowing rate to 3.75 per cent.

British banking giant HSBC, however, said inflationary pressures had started to ease.

“We still expect headline inflation to peak on a yearly basis in the second half of 2018, but mainly due to base effects and higher oil prices, which we believe aren’t…

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Thai youngster holds on for biggest win


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Thai youngster holds on for biggest win

sports June 24, 2018 21:10

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

Kanyalak Preedasuttijit somehow managed to stay cool, calm and collected to shoot a closing 69 and beat South Korean amateur Selin Hyun by one stroke to claim her biggest victory yet in the US$300,000 Ladies European Thailand Championship at the Phoenix Golf and Country Club in Chon Buri on Sunday.

Showing no sign of jitters despite holding the lead going into the final round of a Ladies European Tour event for the first time, the 20-year-old had the 17-year-old South Korean breathing down her neck all afternoon.

The Thai however remained solid and her accurate putting lifted her to a 15 under-par-273 finish.

“I just tried to keep up my routine by hitting the fairways and the greens and then I made putts,” said Kanyalak…

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England thrash Panama to move into last 16 with Belgium


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England's midfielder Fabian Delph controls the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24, 2018.
England’s midfielder Fabian Delph controls the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24, 2018.

England thrash Panama to move into last 16 with Belgium

sports June 24, 2018 21:29

By AFP

England recorded their biggest ever World Cup finals win by thrashing an ill-disciplined Panama 6-1 on Sunday to breeze through to the knockout stage after two games.

A hat-trick from captain Harry Kane — which means he is now the leading scorer in the tournament with five goals — two from John Stones, his first ever in an England shirt, and a beauty from Jesse Lingard completed the crushing victory.

The result also confirmed Belgium’s qualification for the knockout stage and means Panama exit the tournament alongside Tunisia.

The records tumbled for…

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England hat-trick hero Kane basks in World Cup rout


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England's forward Harry Kane celebrates his goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Panama.
England’s forward Harry Kane celebrates his goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Panama.

England hat-trick hero Kane basks in World Cup rout

sports June 24, 2018 21:38

By AFP

Hat-trick hero Harry Kane says “it’s all coming together” for England at the World Cup after Gareth Southgate’s side sailed into the last 16 with a 6-1 rout of Panama on Sunday.

Kane’s treble and two goals from John Stones, with Jesse Lingard also on the scoresheet, meant England joined Belgium on six points at the top of Group G ahead of the match between the two teams on Thursday.

“Fantastic,” Kane beamed in an interview with the BBC after leaping to the top of the World Cup Golden Boot scoring chart with five goals in two games.

“So proud of the boys. Just enjoying…

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Prepared Hearts


From The Darkness Into The Light

June 24, 2018

From The Institute For Creation Research

“For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” (Ezra 7:10)

It does not come naturally into our hearts to seek, obey, and then teach others the words of God as found in the Scriptures. Therefore, like Ezra, we must prepare our hearts.

The Hebrew word for “prepare” means to “stand erect,” and thus takes special effort. One’s natural “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9), not at all inclined to “stand up” for the Word of God.

But Ezra did, even in the court of a pagan king and in the midst of the enemies of God’s people in a far country, and even among the backslidden people of his own nation. He prepared his heart…

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From The Darkness Into The Light

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My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
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BIPARTISAN SUPPORT for Ukrainian filmmaker’s, Oleg Sentsov, release as hunger strike approached 40 days


THE POET BY DAY

Oleg Gennadyevich Sentsov: Ukrainian filmmaker and writer, native of Crimea, best known for his 2011 film Gamer. Following the Russian annexation of Crimea he was arrested in Crimea and convicted to 20 years in jail by Russian court on charges of plotting terrorism acts. The conviction was widely described as fabricated or exaggerated. On 14 May 2018, he went on an open-ended hunger strike protesting the incarceration of 65 Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and demanding their release. (Photo courtesy of Antonymon under CC BY-SA 4.0)



I am currently in the process of working up Sunday Announcements, which will post by end-of-day. Meanwhile, I share this encouraging news. 

In response to the release by two United States Senators—Roger Wicker (R-MI) and Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)—of their letter to the U.S. president calling on him to urge Vladimir Putin to release unjustly imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker and activist Oleg Sentsov, PEN America Washington…

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Russia Nosedives in Global Reputation Ranking


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June 22 2018 – 19:06

Russia’s standing has taken a major hit in the eyes of other countries, according to the latest study of the reputations of nations around the world.

The Reputation Institute (RI) consulting firm ranks 55 of the world’s biggest countries based on 58,000 individual ratings evaluating factors that include economic health, safety and governance. Sweden, Finland and Switzerland overcame Canada to be at the top of the 2018 list released on Thursday.

Russia placed 52nd in the ranking, with low scores in transparency, corruption and effective governance.

The country’s reputational gap suffered among the biggest declines globally, according to the RBC business portal’s analysis.

Wedged between Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, Russia’s reputation was also topped by that of Venezuela, Iran and Iraq. The United States’ reputation placed 34th, followed by India at 35th and China at 45th.

“[C]ountries…

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The Western Hijacked Democracy


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by Ghassan Kadi for the Saker Blog

June 22, 2018

If my previous article (http://thesaker.is/the-lebanese-style-of-democracy-of-no-winners-or-losers/) dissected Lebanese style democracy and mentioned Western style democracy in passing, then we should perhaps have a closer look at Western democracy; or what is left of it.

The word “democracy’ comes from the Greek word demokratia; from demos ‘the people’ and kratia ‘power’. In other words, it means the power of the people.

Different dictionaries give slightly different definitions, but I find the definition given in the Cambridge Dictionary to be closest to the commonly-held understanding of democracy being “the belief in freedom and equality between people, or a system of government based on this belief, in which power is either held by elected representatives or directly by the people themselves.”

According to the Cambridge Dictionary also, this is the definition of the adjective “democratic”: “a person or a group that is…

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Russia V Saudi Arabia. 14.06.18


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Group A.
Russia vs. Saudi Arabia. 14.06.18

After the weirdest ‘opening ceremony’ and Putin speech I’ve ever heard/ seen, Russia kick off the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
A cagey first five minutes gave very little away about either side. The first chance falling to Russia who seemed to get a dangerous break but the Saudis were back fast and got themselves in the way.

10 minutes mark and another chance for Russia who really had the game by the scruff of the neck from the outset. Great run by Zobnin who sneaked a ball through to Dzagoev but he could never quite get it from under his feet and a double block came in from the Saudi defence for a Russian corner.
Good corner, tapped on well from the front post, excellent cross from Golovin comes back in and Gazinsky is unmarked at the back post leaving him free for…

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EU should introduce Global Human Rights Accountability Law


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Various reports over the last few years have clearly shown a worrying global trend: the protection of human rights is under pressure. Human rights, civil liberties and democracy are actively undermined by an increase of authoritarian and populist driven rule. 

During and after World War 2 the major (allied) powers of the moment, the United States, Western Europe, the Soviet Union and China initiated the United Nations, initially in order to keep peace on earth. Despite its prolonged internal division soon after World War 2, due to the Cold War, the United Nations set global standards through various human rights conventions. Despite these standards, and signatory human rights protection, these are often not lived up to. Even after passing resolutions in the General Assembly or Security Council countries called upon do not live up to the resolutions. Often this has to do with lack of leverage over the offenders.

In…

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Arkady Babchenko Fears Another Russian Assassination Attempt


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Arkady Babchenko

Today, Arkady Babchenko (Аркадий Бабченко)shared his words on Facebook about his current situation following the fake assassination.  

Russia was embarrassed, so obviously, Russia is going to try to squash this little bug. That is all he is to Russia. He caused Russia embarrassment, so he means even less and they also have an incentive to kill him.  You know, because Russia is all macho like that. 

In his own words, Babchenko tells us how life is after embarrassing Russia.

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Let me tell you how I live now. There are so many smart people with their talk about production and PR.

If you think it’s still a little bit different, it’s not like that. Nothing’s going on. Everything has changed.

I can’t do anything right now. I can’t go outside, I can’t meet anyone i want, I can’t go anywhere I want, I can’t…

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Caging Unaccompanied Kids Was an Obama Project


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CNN To Dem Senator: Did You Object When Obama Kept Unaccompanied Illegal Kids In Cages?

A leftover from yesterday that’s not to be missed, especially if you’ve read Ed’s last post. Baldwin’s response here is basically Billy Madison talking about the industrial revolution.

SEE ALSO: YouGov: FBI’s popularity plunges since February as plurality of independents now view agency unfavorably

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CRINGE: Watch Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) avoid answering whether or not she was outraged about immigrant families being torn apart under Obama…

No hypocrisy to be seen here people… move along.

Ed also noted this new AP story, which was being briskly circulated among the usual suspects on Twitter this morning but which has begun to…

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“Truth” Telling at Democrat’s Fascist Fake News


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by John Hinderaker  at PowerLine:

Not that this will come as a surprise, but it is entertaining to watch NBC’s John Heilemann gleefully explain how “we” have a great opportunity to bludgeon President Trump and the GOP with the faux crisis at the border. In a mere 47 seconds, he gives the game away on a couple of fronts:

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/06/nbc-news-we-have-a-great-opportunity-to-hurt-trump.php

Have you ever thought why the American Leftwing gangs are so ditsy…..that they have disgust for truth but faith in their  feelings?

Today, the leftist gurus in control of legislatures, schools, universities, news journals, Google,  and television,  are sexually driven regardless of sex by birth, to hate truth and worship feelings…..a feminist drive by Nature….or, in our more truthful past, by God.   Can we agree that the human male is born to be a killer, among other features, and must learn as a human to control that animal in him….unless…

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a rant


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Today is Friday and if I stuck to what once used to be the routine of this blog, I were to post a comic for a “Friday Funny” post. But times are not so funny.

Not here in Germany, not in the States. Not anywhere, really. I am so fed up with politicians working hard to destroy what’s left of Europe and the ideas that were behind it.  Basically to overcome national thinking and unite. And, if I look at Trump and his agendas, destroying, what used to be called “Western Ideas” in general.

Petty nationalistic interest, irrational fears, greed and corruption, quick political cash-in on the backs of those fleeing their war and poverty ridden homes and outright racism are doing away with that construct, that gave me hope for a better way of living together here in Europe.

The European Union, may it be slow and inefficient, gave…

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June 23, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day


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The True Character of Christians

Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God. (6:9–11)

Paul’s purpose here is not to give a list of sins that will indicate one has lost his salvation. There are no such sins. He is rather giving a catalog of sinners who are typical of the unsaved. Persons whose lives are totally characterized by such sins are not saved and therefore unrighteous, unjustified. They shall not inherit the kingdom of God, because they are…

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NJ Child Marriage Ban Now Law


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(Trenton, NJ) – Governor Murphy is signing into law a ban on child marriage. The new law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from marrying or entering into a civil union.

New Jersey is now the second state in our country to ban child marriage under all circumstances. Previously, minors in the Garden State could get married after obtaining parental consent and approval from a judge.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health, more than 36-hundred minors got married in the state between 1995 and 2015.

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L.A. Mayor Fights Feds On Helping Migrant Kids


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(Los Angeles, CA) – L.A.’s mayor says his office isn’t getting any federal help in an effort to assist migrant children. Mayor Eric Garcetti said today the city is working to identify an estimated 100 children believed to be in Los Angeles after being separated from their parents.

Garcetti says the federal government is not providing any information about the children and there is no legal grounds for the city to make that happen. Garcetti believes the children in the city were being placed in group homes and foster care through organizations contracted with the federal government.

He says most of the kids are believed to be “among the very youngest.”

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Who Is REALLY To Blame About “Child Separation”?


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The debate over separating the kids from the parents at the border is an idiotic one when you think about it. Of course, NO one wants to separate kids from their parents. That seems to be yet another in a very long liberal line of sludge that’s spewed by the snowflake left. It’s the same type of thing we heard back in the 80’s when Republicans wanted to kill babies, or take the food out of the mouths of grandmothers. What rot!

But, who really is to blame for this happening? I did a blog a while back fact-checking some things on this, and while there really isn’t any law regarding separating children from their parents, there is a court case. In fact, it was a class-action court case. I won’t bore you by rehashing that…that’s not what this particular blog is about.

The fact remains clear. On Thursday, there…

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Everyone Has a Story in Life


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A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…

“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”

Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed…

“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”

The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man…

“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?” The old man smiled and said…“I did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, he just got his eyes today.”

Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you.

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Poison of the mind


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Sometimes we are like snakes
Injecting our poison
Into the heart of other people

Sometimes we are like scorpions
Directing our sting towards ourselves
To punish ourselves and others

Neither this or that is a solution
We should rise above it
And free us from the poison of our mind…

How? – Through love, honesty, Oneness, and non-violence

DidiArtist, 18.03.2014

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Tunisian World Cup Team: 23 Writers


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Critic James Murua started #AfricanWriterWorldCupSquad in 2014:

He imagined an all-Africa squad, writing:

The task is simple really. Choose three goalkeepers, eight defenders, eight defenders and five strikers to send to [Russia] like in any world cup team. In this instance, the goalies are the ones that ensure that the they keep the faith as the last barrier against bad prose. The defenders wouldn’t be the ones we keep talking about in the news or blogs but like good defenders do a lot in ensuring that the craft is defended with good prose.

The midfielders would be of two types; the energetic types churning out many good books and supporting the business to have a positive bank balance. These are also the ones you see at festivals either well known or that you may never heard of but represent the continent’s prose the fullest. Strikers are the ones for whom…

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CFACT Billboard — Russia Funneled Cash To Greens To Cripple Energy


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From the team at CFACT ~

CFACT’s kicked off a new billboard on busy I-10 in Louisiana which reads, “Russia funneled Green groups millions of dollars to oppose fracking & cripple American energy,” and asks, “How’s that for COLLUSION?”

The billboard campaign was spearheaded by CFACT’s Graham Beduze and Adam Houser.

Russia wants to reduce and eliminate competition to its energy exports with the goal of keeping prices high and the world, particularly Europe, dependent on Russian energy.

What better allies could Putin find but the free world’s network of Green pressure groups?

Russia’s actions are well documented in a detailed report released by the U.S. House of Representatives this year.

You can read details about what Russia’s been up to at CFACT.org from CFACT scholars Bonner Cohen here and Paul Driessen here.

Question:  Are Russia’s Green allies useful idiots, or willing partners in its anti-energy campaigns?

The Committee…

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30 Years Of Exaggerating Global Warming


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By Andrew Bolt ~

Pat Michaels and Ryan Maue fact check the explosive claim  made 30 years ago by probably the high priest of the global warming scare:

James E. Hansen wiped sweat from his brow. Outside it was a record-high 98 degrees on June 23, 1988, as the NASA scientist testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources during a prolonged heat wave, which he decided to cast as a climate event of cosmic significance. He expressed to the senators his “high degree of confidence” in “a cause-and-effect relationship between the greenhouse effect and observed warming.”

With that testimony and an accompanying paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research, Mr. Hansen lit the bonfire of the greenhouse vanities, igniting a world-wide debate that continues today about the energy structure of the entire planet…

But the 30th anniversary of Mr. Hansen’s predictions affords an opportunity to see how well his…

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Australian Daily Electrical Power Generation Data – Friday 22nd June 2018


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By Anton Lang ~

This Post details the daily power consumption data for the AEMO coverage area in Australia. For the background information, refer to the Introductory Post at this link.

Each image is shown here at a smaller size to fit on the page alongside the data for that day. If you click on each image, it will open on a new page and at a larger size so you can better see the detail.

Note also the scale change for some of the images. That scale (the total power shown on the left hand axis) has been changed to show the graph at a larger size.

Friday 22nd June 2018

Total Power Generation All Sources

Here, the black line is the total power generation from every source. This is also the same as for total power consumption, which is slightly lower after minor grid losses are taken…

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Taiwanese actor Derek Chang donates liver to save dad’s life


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Derek Chang has acted in dramas like 'Prince Of Wolf' and 'My Dear Boy'.//Photo: Weibo
Derek Chang has acted in dramas like ‘Prince Of Wolf’ and ‘My Dear Boy’.//Photo: Weibo

Taiwanese actor Derek Chang donates liver to save dad’s life

Breaking News June 22, 2018 15:28

By The Star2
Asia News Network

While other young people are out partying all night, Derek Chang, 25, is sound asleep at home. Apart from avoiding late nights, the Taiwanese actor also subscribes to a healthy lifestyle.

Fans who have always wondered why Chang is so health conscious , found out when the actor released a series of books recently. In the books, there are some photos of Chang which showed a distinct scar along his abdomen.

It was then revealed that the 10cm-long scar was the result of a surgery he had to undergo three years ago in order to donate his liver to his father.

During an interview in Taiwan…

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No stress: the key to Kanyalak’s success


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Kanyalak Preedasuttijit
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit

No stress: the key to Kanyalak’s success

sports June 22, 2018 20:37

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

Pressure-free Kanyalak Preedasuttijit shot a second-round 68 to trail co-leaders Lynn Carlsson of Sweden and Filipina Pauline Del Rosario by one stroke at the halfway stage of the US$300,000 Ladies European Thailand Championship at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Chon Buri.

Appearing in her second LET event after missing the cut here 12 months ago, the 20-year-old shot five birdies against a lone bogey for a two-day total of six under-par-138, one behind 24-year-old Carlsson, who shot an unblemished 65, and 19-year-old Del Rosario, who hit a 67.

Fifteen months after turning pro, the Chonburi-based Kanyalak has emerged a contender on the LET for the first time and she said having a pressure-free attitude was the key to her impressive form…

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Wary of hacks, World Cup teams get serious on cybersecurity


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A man walks past a hammer and a sickle adorning a wall in Kazan on June 21, 2018 during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament.//AFP
A man walks past a hammer and a sickle adorning a wall in Kazan on June 21, 2018 during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament.//AFP

Wary of hacks, World Cup teams get serious on cybersecurity

sports June 22, 2018 16:27

Bronnitsy, Russia – Fearful of data breaches and keen to avoid embarrassing images surfacing in the home of ‘kompromat’, several teams at the World Cup in Russia have enforced rigid guidelines to shield their players from hacks.

Whereas in past tournaments teams went to extraordinary lengths to keep the paparazzi at bay, the stars of Russia 2018 have a more high-tech approach to guarding their privacy.

The Australian football federation is one of several to use its own mobile internet connection while in Russia, in theory to make it harder to access information contained on the devices of players and staff.

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Malaysia : Govt to ban foreign cooks, only locals allowed to cook in restaurants


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File photo : M Kulasegaran
File photo : M Kulasegaran

Malaysia : Govt to ban foreign cooks, only locals allowed to cook in restaurants

ASEAN+ June 22, 2018 18:30

PETALING JAYA: The Human Resource Ministry wants all restaurants in the country to only recruit locals as cooks from July 1, says its Minister M Kulasegaran.

He was however quoted by Bernama as saying that all operators would be given up to the end of the year to ensure only local cooks work in their restaurants.

He said a new regulation would only permit locals as cooks in all restaurants effective Jan 1, 2019.

“So we want locals to be employed as cooks. There will be no compromise … we are giving you notice to do it by Dec 31. If you don’t do it we can’t help it,” he told Bernama News Channel here on Thursday.

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Anxious wait for relatives of Indonesia ferry disaster missing


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  • A member of a rescue team looks at information displayed on satellite pictures showing the search and rescue activities for a ferry that capsized on June 18, at Lake Toba ferry port in the province of North Sumatra on June 21.//AFP
  • Family members attend a prayer for their missing relatives, victims of a ferry that capsized on June 18, at Lake Toba ferry port in the province of North Sumatra on June 21.//AFP
  • A woman shows photographs of her missing family members at the Lake Toba ferry port in the province of North Sumatra on June 19, 2018, after a boat capsized on June 18.//AFP

Anxious wait for relatives of Indonesia ferry disaster missing

Breaking News June 22, 2018 18:55

Simalungun, Indonesia – Among the grief-stricken Indonesians keeping a daily vigil at the shore of a volcanic lake which swallowed a ferry…

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Unilever Indonesia parts with spreads businesses


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Unilever Indonesia parts with spreads businesses

ASEAN+ June 23, 2018 01:00

By THE JAKARTA POST
ASIA NEWS NETWORK
JAKARTA

PUBLICLY listed consumer goods manufacturer PT Unilever Indonesia agreed to sell its food spreads businesses to KKR & Co during a shareholders’ meeting on Thursday.

The buyout is worth a reported 2.92 trillion rupiah (US$ 210 million).

“This business separation marks the next step in reshaping and sharpening our portfolio for long-term growth,” Unilever Indonesia president director Hemant Bakshi said in a release after an extraordinary shareholders meeting.

“The sale will allow the spreads businesses to stand alone, focusing on growth and innovation,” he said.

The businesses would be handled by KKR subsidiaries.

The decision was made by Unilever Indonesia following KKR’s recent offer to Unilever’s global management – Unilever NV and Unilever Plc – in December last year.

The offer included…

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