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Seminar studies Quran

first_imgIn an era of increased misunderstanding of the world’s Muslim community, Notre Dame recently launched a Quran Seminar project to encourage constructive new commentary on the Islamic faith’s holiest text. Project co-founder Mehdi Azaiez said the year-long Quran Seminar will draw numerous leading Muslim scholars and intellectuals from around the globe to offer their insight on 50 central Quranic passages. Azaiez said a main goal of the project is to demonstrate how new commentaries on the Quran’s biblical subtext help uncover the richness of its discourse. “The work of the Quran Seminar is to show that there is no separation between the Quran and the Bible, that reading the Quran with its biblical legacy helps us understand better the Quran and its message,” Azaiez said. Azaiez said two prominent Muslim intellectuals will give lectures this week as part of the seminar. Nayla Tabbara, director of cross-cultural studies for a Lebanese non-governmental organization dedicated to Muslim-Christian relations, will speak Thursday night about the Quran and the importance of interfaith dialogue at 7:30 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. Iranian professor Maryam Mussharaf will lecture Friday about mystical commentary on the Quran at 5 p.m. in McKenna Hall. Azaiez said he anticipates the seminar will positively change students’ perceptions of the Quran and of the Islamic community. “It is the possibility to learn from main leaders of Islamic thought today, to maybe be interested and discover more about the Islamic world and its culture,” Azaiez said. “I think it will be an occasion to improve the [students’] knowledge and hopefully break false representations of this world.” Moving forward, Azaiez said he hopes the efforts of the Quran Seminar project will encourage more scholars and students to offer their own respectful interpretations of the text, showcasing the pluralism of contemporary Quranic thought. “We hope this is the beginning of a project that will give ideas for Muslims and non-Muslims to continue in the same way our rich approach to the Quran,” Azaiez said.last_img read more

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Three Arrested in Brazil with 24.5 Kilos of Cocaine for Crack

first_img On January 30, the Brazilian police arrested three individuals who were transporting 24.5 kilos of cocaine for manufacturing crack, a highly addictive derivative of the drug. The shipment, seized during an operation in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, was hidden in a vehicle, the Federal Police stated. In December 2011, the Brazilian Government launched an offensive against what it called “a crack epidemic,” as a consequence of the tenfold increase in users between 2003 and 2011. During January, 18 traffickers of that substance were arrested in Rio Grande do Sul, on the border with Uruguay, according to a police statement. The majority of the cocaine that circulates in Brazil comes from Bolivia and Peru, two of the world’s leading cocaine producers, according to authorities. By Dialogo February 01, 2012last_img read more

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Member business services? My credit union treats me like a nobody

first_img 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John San Filippo John is the co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, Inc., a company that specializes in B2B marketing to community financial institutions. He started out in the savings and loan industry, but wisely … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Details I have a confession. I’ve been a customer of Bank of America for longer than I can remember. Yes, I have credit union accounts, but BofA has been my PFI for many years. So when I left Jack Henry two years ago to strike out on my own, I took the path of least resistance and opened my business accounts at BofA, too. The customer experience has been, in a word, exceptional, but more on that later.Fast-forward to this past July when Heather Anderson and I formed OmniChannel Communications. We talked about it and agreed to open our business account at a credit union. After all, I thought to myself, how different could it be from BofA? Sadly, it’s been very different.From the get-go, BofA made me feel special as a business customer. When I opened my account, I spoke with a person dedicated to business accounts. The next time I logged on to online banking, the branding had changed to a special business customer color scheme and look, with access to both my business and personal accounts. And whereas my personal accounts had a $10K monthly limit for mobile deposits, my new business accounts had a $50K limit. Like I said, I felt special.I am, however, willing to forego that special feeling if my credit union can provide me with the same level of service. Apparently it can’t – or at least won’t.For starters, Heather and I have to share online banking credentials at the credit union. Don’t get me wrong, our trust in each other is absolute. But I’ve been friends with Jim Stickley long enough to know this just ain’t right.Here’s something else that isn’t right: My credit union requires a second login for business billpay. That’s inconvenient, frustrating and just plain dumb.Remember my $50K monthly limit for mobile deposits at BofA? At my credit union, the limit is a measly $5K per day. That means if we receive two checks totaling more than $5K, I either have to mobile-deposit them on different days or go to the branch. Heaven forbid we should get a single check larger than $5K; that’s a mandatory trip to the branch. And what really rubs salt in the wound is that my business account has the same mobile-deposit limits as Uncle Guido’s personal checking account.Speaking of deposits, BofA never put a hold on a single check. I received next-day availability for mobile deposits and instant availability for branch deposits. Once on a road trip through Texas, I picked up a $27K check from a client in Austin and deposited it at a BofA branch in Boerne. I had immediate availability for the entire $27K. I was stunned – in a very good way.If I don’t have a current balance in my credit union account that’s twice the amount of my deposit, a two-day hold is placed on that check, just like when Uncle Guido deposits a big check from … well, you really don’t wanna know. I’m just another brick in the wall, baby (and probably part 3, at that).Oh, and don’t even get me going about business debit cards.Small businesses drive the economy. They are special. Credit unions should treat them specially, if not for their contributions to the local economy, then just because they offer a significant revenue opportunity for the credit union. Any credit union that thinks it can slap “BUSINESS” on a personal checking account and call it a commercial account is delusional.last_img read more

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The HOTREC General Assembly will be held in Croatia

first_imgApart from the excellent opportunity for the promotion and branding of our country, both economically and through tourism, the EU presidency also brings various congresses to be held in Croatia.  This is one of the reasons why the General Assembly discussed the future of tourism development and its legislative framework in the EU, as well as the lack of manpower and the future of accommodation in new tourism business models. “Croatia has become one of the key European destinations. Its recent presidency of the European Union and its importance in the tourism market will undoubtedly position the country as one of the most important stakeholders on the road to sustainable tourism.”, Said Jens Zimmer Christensen, President of the European Hotel and Hospitality Association (HOTREC). One of them is the holding of the General Assembly of HOTREC in Croatia. Thus, representatives of leading European hoteliers and caterers from 31 countries, members HOTRECto meet in Dubrovnik from 16 to 18 October at the 79th General Assembly, hosted by the Croatian Hotel Employers’ Association (UPUHH). The hotel and catering industry, together with other tourism industries, is the third largest European industry, employing more than 11,9 million people within the European Union alone. For the first time, Croatia will take over the presidency of the European Union from January to June 2020. center_img “Tourism here, as in the whole of Croatia and Europe, faces numerous challenges that can only be solved with a common approach. Our sector is open to sharing knowledge, experience and good practice with decision makers in order to build a path to future success together.”, Said on behalf of the host Veljko Ostojic, president of UPUHH. On the other hand, the Hospitality and Catering industry numbers about two million entrepreneurs in Europe, of which 99,5 percent are small and medium-sized, with micro-entrepreneurs, employing less than 10 employees, as many as 91 percent.   “Our tourism policy is focused on responsible and sustainable tourism. In this direction, we have adopted a new package of tourism laws, which were praised by the UNWTO Secretary General, assessing them as an example for other countries. We are establishing a system of sustainable tourism with the functioning of a system based on the system of destination management, which gives us a framework for better positioning and maintaining the competitiveness of Croatian tourism in the world. Our Government has recognized the important role of tourism in the overall economy, and from 2020 the VAT on food in the hospitality industry will be reduced to 13 percent, which the hospitality sector has already welcomed, announcing that this will create conditions for new investments and increase wages.”, said Frano Matusic  Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism.last_img read more

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Energy Ministry may lower coal production target as Chinese demand falls

first_img“With the existing demand, revision to this year’s production is almost certain,” he said, adding that the drop in demand had also caused a decline in coal prices.Read also: Indonesia could lose coal buyers over regulation mandating use of local ships: APBIIndonesia’s thermal coal reference price (HBA) fell by 26 percent year-on-year to US$67.08 per metric ton in March, according to a Standards & Poor press release on March 5.  At home, the coal price is also unattractive for local producers. Under the domestic market obligation (DMO) policy, miners are required to sell a quarter of their production to state-owned electricity company PLN at a government-set price. This year’s coal reference price is $70 per metric ton, far below the internal prices before the coronavirus outbreak hit China.The ministry’s expert staff member Irwandy Arif said China had reduced its coal demand by 200,000 tons so far, as six of its coal-fired power plants had suspended operation due to the significant drop in electricity demand. Many factories in the country were closed as the government tried to halt the spread of the new coronavirus, which caused the decline in energy demand. Topics : The Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry is considering lowering the coal production target this year as demand from China has shown a significant decline since the start of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country late last year, a senior ministry official has said.The ministry’s coal and mineral director general Bambang Gatot Ariyono said in Jakarta on March 12 that the decline in the demand had also caused a sharp drop in coal prices on the world market, which could cause the country’s miners to reduce their production.The 2020 minerals and coal mining program and budget (RKAB) has set a current production goal of 550 million tons of coal, a 10 percent increase from last year’s target. As of March 6, 94.7 million tons of coal had been mined in the country in the year.center_img “At present, all mines in Indonesia are still operating normally. But we have to see what will happen in June,” he said.Read also: Smaller coal, nickel miners concerned over proposed omnibus bill incentivesThe ministry predicted that the low demand would also result in a decline in coal mining investment.The ministry set a $7.6 billion investment target for the mining sector this year, up from $6.17 billion last year. The year’s total investment realization was $192 million as of March 6, or around 2.5 percent of the annual target. (mpr)last_img read more

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Fluxys Belgium, GRTgaz launch virtual interconnection point

first_imgFluxys Belgium and GRTgaz plan to unveil a single virtual interconnection point between the Belgian ZTP and French PEG Nord gas trading places to facilitate cross-border trading.The introduction of virtual interconnection points is one of the provisions in the European Network Code for Capacity Allocation Mechanisms, the two companies said in a joint statement.With a view to facilitating cross-border trading, the Network Code requires transmission system operators by November 1, 2018, at the latest to establish virtual interconnection points for marketing available capacity between adjacent markets instead of using multiple physical interconnection points.The rationale is that virtual interconnection points will make it easier to flow gas flexibly across the European Union following price signals, hence enhancing competition and gas-to-gas price formation.The virtual interconnection point dubbed Virtualys will combine all physical interconnection points for high calorific gas between France and Belgium: Alveringem, Blaregnies Troll and Blaregnies Segeo for Fluxys and Alveringem and Taisnières H for GRTgaz.Instead of booking and nominating capacity on one or more of these points, shippers can manage their flows by simply booking and nominating on Virtualys, with all underlying logistic complexity handled by Fluxys Belgium and GRTgaz.The two companies noted that tariffs and capacity on offer remain the same and no changes to existing contracts are required.last_img read more

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Thomas “Tommy” Tice

first_imgThomas Lee “Tommy” Tice, 66, of Versailles, IN, formerly of Aurora, IN, passed away Friday, December 4, 2015 in Louisville, KY.He was born Saturday, October 1, 1949 in Freemont, MI, Son of the late Perry Tice and the late Ella Brown Tice.Tommy was a self employed logger.He attended the Shelby Church Of Christ in Versailles, IN. Tommy enjoyed hunting, fishing, and making crafts. He also played Santa Claus at the Silver Memories Nursing Home for several years. He loved to spend time with family.Surviving are his son, Thomas “TJ” Tice of Whitehall, MI; daughter, Wendy Tice of Twin Lakes, MI; siblings, Ted (Donna) Tice of Versailles, IN., Paul (Barb) Tice of Elizabethtown, OH., Winfred (Becky) Tice of Milford, OH., Stevie Tice of Fremont, MI., Kenny (Donna) Tice of Muskegon, MI., Barb Tice of Holton, MI., and Frances Eyestone of Muskegon, MI.; 2 grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Tice and daughter, Lucille Tice.Services will be held Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the New Life Baptist Church at 1:00 pm with Brother Dwayne Barrows officiating.Contributions may be made to the Charity of Donor’s Choice. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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Bulldogs Netters Defeat Indians In Ripley County Battle

first_imgThe Batesville Boys Tennis team defeated Milan 5-0 on Tuesday.#1 Singles- Lleyton Ratcliffe defeated Peyton Cann 6-0, 6-0.#2 Singles- George Ritter defeated Ethan Honnert 6-2, 6-2.#3 Singles- Will Harmeyer won 6-1, 6-0.#1 Doubles- Cooper Williams & Lane Westerfeld defeated Brent Quatman & Carter Wade 6-2, 6-3.#2 Doubles- Sam Giesting & Adam Scott defeated Bo Wade and Cameron Herkel 6-0, 6-0.The Batesville JV beat Milan 4-1. Winners in singles were Lane Oesterling and Grant Story. In doubles, the teams of Brayden Worthington & Ben Rodgers, Sam Voegele & Jonathan Hoff also won. Both teams are 2-0 on the season and play at home against Connersville on Thursday at 5:00.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img

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Without govt funding, local league will die, says Paul Bassey

first_img “My problem is with the LMC, if you set people together to run a league for you, they must look for investors,” Bassey made this known while speaking through an Uyo based radio station. “The problem we have is that for the past three years, clubs are sponsoring themselves to matches home and away, the LMC has not given a kobo to these clubs, that is why when people say the government has no business running the league, that government should hands-off, but if the government says they are not sponsoring the teams, football will die in Nigeria, if you want to face government out of the league, it has to be a gradual process. read also:LMC slams N6m fine on Nasarawa Utd over Martins’ death “For the past three years, LMC have not done anything, they will stay in Abuja and give instructions to teams. In January, we played six matches in one week, we are a government-owned club, we receive subventions at the end of the month which covers four matches in a month, yet LMC will tell you to go and play six matches, they will bring fixtures and call it a reschedule match, they don’t do anything.” He concluded. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chairman of Akwa United Football Club of Uyo, Elder Paul Bassey, has said the League Management Company, LMC, have to stand up to their responsibilities and run the league properly. Bassey disclosed that the league governing body has failed to meet their financial responsibilities to the club in the past three years. Bassey who said Nigeria professional football league club sides have been relying solely on funds from the government has now tasked the LMC to find corporate organizations to invest in the league.Advertisementcenter_img Loading…last_img read more

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Senior food pick up in Brookville Wednesday

first_imgBrookville, IN—The Gleaners Food truck will be at the Brookville Senior Center on Wednesday, April 22 starting at 10 am. This is for people over 55. The event will be a drive-thru pickup only.last_img

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