MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has posted a video of himself walking slowly through his offices and talking for 13 minutes straight, saying he is recovering from COVID-19. López Obrador has not been holding his famous, hours-long daily press conferences for the first time since he took office in December 2018, and he evidently misses the opportunity to talk. The president has been in isolation since testing positive for the coronavirus over the weekend. He said in the video posted Friday: “The doctors tell me I am getting through the critical stage. I am doing well.” He has been receiving treatment at his apartment in the colonial-era National Palace, where he also has offices.
By Dialogo February 11, 2013 The United States took a number of actions on January 7 to tighten sanctions on Iran’s access to its oil revenues and further expose the Iranian government’s continued abuse of human rights. Key provisions of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (TRA) that went into effect that day, expand the scope of sanctionable transactions with the Central Bank of Iran and designated Iranian financial institutions by restricting Iran’s ability to use oil revenue held in foreign financial institutions as well as preventing repatriation of those funds to Iran. The U.S. Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the U.S. Department of State, also designated one individual and four entities for their involvement in the Iranian government’s censorship activities. These censorship activities restrict the free flow of information in Iran and punish Iranian citizens who are attempting to exercise freedom of assembly and expression. “Our policy is clear – so long as Iran continues to fail to address the concerns of the international community about its nuclear program, the U.S. will impose tighter sanctions and intensify the economic pressure against the Iranian regime,” said Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “We will also target those in Iran who are responsible for human rights abuses, especially those who deny the Iranian people their basic freedoms of expression, assembly and speech.” January 7 marked 180 days since President Obama signed the TRA. Section 504 of the TRA amends existing sanctions in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA) that target the Central Bank of Iran, designated Iranian financial institutions and Iran’s energy sector. At the 180-day mark, section 504 narrowed the exception for countries that have significantly reduced their purchases of Iranian crude oil so that the exception now only applies to financial transactions that facilitate bilateral trade between the country granted the exception and Iran. For the exception to apply to a financial transaction, funds owed to Iran as a result of such bilateral trade will now have to be credited to an account located in the country granted the exception and may not be repatriated to Iran. This provision will significantly increase economic pressure on Iran by restricting Iran’s repatriation of oil revenue. In addition to effectively “locking up” Iranian oil revenue overseas, this provision sharply restricts Iran’s use of this revenue for bilateral trade and severely limits Iran’s ability to move funds across jurisdictions.
FaithLifestyleLocalNews Upon this rock I will build my Church by: – August 20, 2011 Share 44 Views no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Photo credit: Myspace.comThere are two interpretations of this famous text. We are more familiar with one rather than the other, though the second is the more theologically accurate of the two.Both interpretations are St. Augustine’s, and what he underlines in the first is the ironic word play Jesus uses to describe Peter. This comes across best in Latin, I’m afraid. The Latin for Peter is Petrus, and for rock it’s petra. Jesus is saying in effect: ‘Petrus, you are petra, and on you I will build my church.’ Jesus says this ironically, Augustine observes, because rock is not the metaphor you think of primarily when you think of Peter. Peter had a big heart; he meant well; but he was weaker than he thought, and he couldn’t help putting his foot in his mouth. He would go on to betray Jesus, after saying he loved him greatly, “whatever about these others.” We will see irony again after the resurrection, when Jesus says to him: Simon Peter, do you love me “more than these others do?” The irony is gentle. Jesus doesn’t rub Peter’s nose in it.So Jesus chose an unrock-like person to do important things with. St. Paul would himself say later on, looking at the hodge-podge that comprised the first communities, that God chose the weak things of the world to be instruments of his message. This is always true, of course. There’s further irony in Jesus’ choice. The soon-to-be head of the Church was the first apostate, Augustine noted — an observation one hardly sees anywhere, though it shows the mind of Jesus as much any of his more famously quoted positions.Augustine’s second interpretation focuses on the fact that the rock is Peter’s faith in Yahweh, not Peter himself. It is Yahweh who reveals Jesus’ identity to Peter; and the foundation of the Church will be Peter’s faith in that source.In the traditional interpretation of the passage we looked entirely to the future, forgetting the past. We forgot that the only Bible the early Church had was the Old Testament, what we call today the Hebrew Scriptures. Peter did not hear in the words of Jesus what we have traditionally heard, namely, support for papal primacy. That doctrine was more than nineteen hundred years away. What he heard were all the traditional associations of Yahweh as the rock of his peopleOn the lips of Jesus, ‘upon this rock’ therefore means ‘upon the rock you have faith in’ – that will be the foundation of my Church. The rock was the great Old Testament symbol of Yahweh’s durability and strength. It is from the rock that living water flowed in the wilderness, and rock-likeness is what came to symbolize Yahweh’s very nature. He was, as the famous song put it, the rock of ages. Those are the association in the mind of Jesus regarding the foundation of the Church.Faithfulness is still a prized quality in our morally uncertain times. It is also a quality we think reserved for marriage. But whether married or not, we all have to be faithful – to our promises, commitments, loved ones, and to God.The word itself derives its meaning from faith. To be faithful is to keep faith with someone. At a basic level that means keeping faith over something. People, for instance, borrow books or money from you, and promise faithfully to return what they borrowed, and very often that’s the last time you see them. Even at that ordinary level, though it’s not so ordinary sometimes, you can see that unfaithfulness does not in the first place mean sleeping around. It means not being true to one’s word.One can also speak of being faithful in terms of a way of life. It was said of Immanuel Kant, the German philosopher, that he was so faithful to his constitutional at four in the afternoon, that people set their watches and clocks by him. A basic meaning of faithfulness is thus dependability. But the idea contains much more than this. You can take a walk every day at four in the afternoon because the doctor says to you, if you don’t, you won’t live for more than five years. We find you dependable, but you’re really not being faithful to a way of life. You’re just being prudential; you want to live longer.By comparison we can say of someone like Mandela, and I think of the time especially before he became famous – we can say that he was faithful; and you’re in another realm altogether. Or of Mother Teresa that she was faithful to her vision regarding the poor, and the same thing applies.Faithfulness here means being true to a vision, not to something given to you with lightning and trumpets, but to some deep call in the recesses of your being. Faithfulness means that you hand yourself over to that. Faithfulness essentially means self-surrender. That’s why in persons who are faithful, what resonates from them is not so much their particular individuality, but the vision they have surrendered or given themselves to.Jesus himself was faithful – to a way of obedience, which is what all faithfulness is ultimately about, and he let his faithfulness take him where it wherever it would.In our text then, Jesus guarantees that the Church will stand, not because of Peter the individual but because of Peter’s faith in the faithfulness of Yahweh, the rock. It is for that reason that nothing untoward can ultimately prevail against the Church. The key to understanding what Jesus declares is his trust in Yahweh’s faithfulness – the model for our very fallible efforts at being the same.By: Father Henry Charles, Ph. d
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Press Association Ulster were unable to score again but led convincingly at the turnaround. Eight minutes into the second half, Edinburgh got their first score after Burleigh chipped through for Du Preez to get the touchdown in the corner, and Cuthbert added a superb conversion to cut Ulster’s lead to seven. Ulster needed to respond and Stuart McCloskey wriggled over in the 53rd minute, but with no obvious view of the ball referee Ian Davies had to rule out the score after consulting with the TMO. From the scrum, Clive Ross was held up over the line and Jackson’s subsequent half-break led to nothing as well. Then, just to add to Ulster’s woes, Tuohy was helped off the field. With conditions deteriorating further, Ulster kept battering away and finally seemed to have made another breakthrough when Luke Marshall burst through to score in the 71st minute, only for the TMO to intervene after Chris Henry obstructed a defender, and the home side were unable to add to their total. Ulster bagged an essential win for their Guinness PRO12 campaign by beating Edinburgh 14-7 at a rain and wind-lashed Kingspan Stadium. But a fifth victory from nine league games came at a cost, with four players suffering injuries. The home side lost Iain Henderson, Darren Cave, Dan Tuohy and Peter Nelson to various problems, with Henderson’s early issue – believed to be hamstring-related – being of particular concern. And with their back-to-back European Champions Cup meetings with Toulouse coming up, Ulster head coach Les Kiss now looks to have huge problems in keeping alive his side’s interest in that competition. Ulster got their much-needed four points, to avenge losing at Edinburgh earlier in the season and climb to fifth place, through a first-half try for Rory Scholes along with a penalty try and two Paddy Jackson conversions after playing with the elements at their backs. The Scots, trailing 14-0 at half-time, came back through a score from Cornell Du Preez and a Jack Cuthbert conversion but neither side was then able to add any further points. It was a frustrating end to the day for Edinburgh, following the earlier announcement that head coach Alan Solomons has extended his contract until the end of next season. There were worrying scenes for Ulster early on as Henderson was felled with a leg injury and the game was held up for several minutes before the Ireland international was taken off in the medical cart. With Henderson’s injury striking as he pressurised Phil Burleigh on the Edinburgh line, Ulster – once play resumed after Henderson’s removal – secured the lineout and drove for the Scots’ line with Ruan Pienaar adjudged by the TMO to have been illegally impeded from scoring and a penalty try being awarded. Jackson converted the fifth-minute score. Shortly after Cuthbert was short into the wind with a penalty attempt, Ulster scored again when Rory Scholes burst through to dot down near the sticks. Jackson also converted the Ulster winger’s 10th-minute try and the home side led 14-0. Ulster then lost full-back Nelson to injury, with another backline reshuffle taking place which shortly afterwards saw Scholes also taken off with a head injury forcing Paul Marshall to be brought on to cover wing until Scholes was cleared to return.