January 21, 2020
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first_imgSpeaker Bercow has selected just three amendments to be voted on by MPs who will consider the government’s latest amendable Brexit motion this evening.The most closely fought is likely to be Tory Remainer Anna Soubry’s, which calls on the government to release the most recent briefing to cabinet on the implications of a no-deal Brexit. Labour has yet to confirm it will support this amendment. This motion is not binding so the government will not have to release the briefing – although they will come under pressure to if it passes.If Soubry’s amendment passes, there will be no vote on the government’s motion. The government’s motion is to reiterate parliament’s support for what parliament voted for on 29th January. This was when parliament voted to send Theresa May back to Brussels to renegotiate and, in a separate vote, to rule out no deal. The hard-Brexit wing of the Tories object to reiterating support for ruling out no deal and so may vote against the government.The Labour leadership have their own amendment selected. It aims to stop Theresa May running the clock down on Brexit by requiring the government to hold another meaningful vote or allow parliament to take control of the process should the Prime Minister have failed to secure support for a deal before February 26th.The final selected amendment is the SNP’s, backed by the Lib Dems which calls for the government to immediately begin negotiations with the EU to extend Article 50 by at least three months. The SNP says this is “to avoid the Brexit cliff edge”.Ken Clarke’s amendment requiring indicative votes has not been selected. Neither has Sarah Wollaston’s, which would have made parliament hold binding votes on four options (May’s deal, no deal, Norway and referendum). If more than one of these options had been approved, then the public would choose between them.Tags:Parliament /SNP /Labour /Vote / Brexit /Corbyn /Amendment /Soubry /last_img read more

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first_imgIf you’re a fan of the film Groundhog Day, you’ll love PMQs. A cynical party leader finds himself reliving the same day over and over again when he visits the despatch box in the small town of Westminster to film a report about the Brexit process. Yes, as ever, Theresa May refused to answer any of the questions posed by Jeremy Corbyn, who made valiant efforts to get something, anything, out of the Prime Minister on the next steps for Brexit.First, no deal. Corbyn noted that both the Chancellor and Business Secretary have admitted there exists a large majority in the Commons opposed to a no-deal Brexit. Since the things for which there exists a parliamentary majority are few and far between nowadays, it seemed quite sensible when he asked: “Will the Prime Minister listen to her own cabinet members and take no-deal off the table?”. Like fingernails down a blackboard, May replied that if MPs want to avoid no deal, they have to vote for a deal, i.e. hers, because no alternative is being considered, even though May’s deal has already been overwhelmingly rejected.All this talk of avoiding no deal naturally brought the PM onto the subject of Corbyn’s preconditions for talks. Echoing the comments of Tory MPs, and some on the Labour benches too, she said Corbyn “has been willing to sit down with Hamas, Hezbollah and the IRA, without preconditions”. She went on: “Yet he won’t meet me to talk about Brexit. In this case, he’s neither present nor involved.” Ba dum tss, a wreath-laying joke to top off the useless reply.Second, amendments to the government’s Brexit deal. Corbyn wanted to know whether the amendments that have been tabled – there’s the official Labour one, but also those laid down by Yvette Cooper, Rachel Reeves and others aimed at preventing no deal – would be effective. “Given that those amendments are now tabled, will the Prime Minister confirm that, if passed, they would rule out no-deal?” Although she repeated the view that extending Article 50 “does not solve the issue”, May wouldn’t confirm nor deny.Third, and most importantly, a customs union. Does she rule out a new UK-EU customs union in the future relationship? No answer. The PM picked holes in the straight-forward question (“Does he mean accepting the common external tariff? … the common commercial policy? … the union customs code? … EU state aid rules?) but didn’t categorically exclude the possibility.Using his next question to press May for an answer, she explained her belief that the deal already negotiated delivers both the benefits of a customs union and allows the UK to have its own trade policy. She then essentially accused Corbyn of stupidity, saying: “If he won’t talk about it, there’s only conclusion: he hasn’t got a clue.” And later added: “He just stands up – uses this phrases. And the honest answer is I don’t think he knows what those phrases mean and what the implications of those phrases are.”The only facts we can take away from the May-Corbyn exchange at PMQs today are that, while disapproving of both, she has not ruled out either extending Article 50 or agreeing to a permanent customs union. Over the next few weeks, whether these red lines melt away is key to defining the outcome of the Brexit process. Could we see May risk Tory unity by conceding on a customs union and Corbyn agree to support such a deal? The Prime Minister’s personal hostility points to ‘no’, but her reluctance to rule out these options suggests it is possible. Tags:PMQs /Theresa May /Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /last_img read more

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first_img Tags: housing • tech Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Geoffrey Squires sometimes hesitates to admit he owns the building at 3382 26th St., where Jamestown Community Center makes its home. “There are a lot of landlords who are unethical…and it sucks to be lumped in with that,” he admits. “You almost don’t want to tell people you’re a landlord in the Mission.”But he is. He also works for Microsoft and he owns buildings elsewhere in San Francisco. And now he finds himself embroiled in an owner-move-in eviction. But that’s about where his resemblance to the negative landlord stereotype ends. In 2004, the Jamestown Community Center on 26th Street was stuck on the second floor of an ailing three-story building with ever-increasing rents and a landlord who wanted to be rid of the property. The house, despite its charm, history and two spacious residential flats, wasn’t selling because having a commercial tenant (even a nonprofit) made getting a loan more difficult.  0%center_img Squires saw an opportunity for investment in the difficult building, but also a reflection of the values he had groomed throughout his youth and well into adulthood. He was a dedicated volunteer with mentorship programs like Big Brothers, Big Sisters, which pairs young low income youth with older mentors, and Isla Vista Youth Project, a community and children’s services center near Santa Barbara. So he was drawn to the community service of Jamestown, which provides a safe community and classes for the Mission’s youth. Beyond that, his partner wanted to live in San Francisco (which was slightly more progressive than San Jose, where they lived at the time) and he saw an opportunity to live “a fuller life.” Squires bought the building with a business partner and moved into the third floor flat.The director of Jamestown at the time, Claudia Jasin, said an eviction from a previous space and the real estate speculation of the dot-com boom had made her wary of landlords. Squires had anticipated that. “Here are two white men coming into a community center that serves Latinos. So it took a while to gain their trust,” the landlord said.But as it turned out, “He was the kind of ally and landlord that any nonprofit would dream of having,” Jasin said. Under the previous landlord, “every year when the renewal came up it was like being on pins and needles.” A new long term lease with reasonable rent increases, she said, “made my life as a director of the organization so much easier.”Jasin said Squires was also understanding about delays on rent whenever money was tight for the nonprofit. He even donated to Jamestown monthly.Squires was also drawn by the building’s architecture. As a boy, he used to peruse home improvement magazines, and always had an interest in maintaining and beautifying homes. The Jamestown house was a perfect place to put that passion to the test. “The top flat was a total disaster,” Squires remembers. But he set about making it habitable, and didn’t stop with the residential units.“Throughout the time that I was there he would proactively do upgrades to our office, without our even asking,” Jasin said. He even brought the mentee to whom he was a Big Brother, Zachary Graff, to help him with some of the work. “He participates in the local community even though he’s been all over the place. Whatever community he’s in, he likes to participate in,” said Zachary’s mother, Michal Graff. “He’s added a dimension to Zachary’s character. I think he’s a very good role model for anybody.”Taking an interest in the building also meant taking a loss. Between mid 2005 and mid 2006, Squires’ business partner decided the renovation and financial responsibility were too much, and left. Squires had to take on the rest of the mortgage for the building. His personal relationship, too, ended, and his partner moved out. In 2008, the building appraised for less than what he owned on the mortgage.“It was brutal,” Squires remembers. Eventually, Microsoft relocated Squires to London, and he took the change of scenery as a chance to get away from the scene of recent dashed hopes. Instead of finding a renter, he offered his flat to Samantha Greenberg, a waitress he had befriended at a Noe Valley branch of Toast where he was a regular. Greenberg, who was also a student at San Francisco State University at the time and on a tight budget, estimates the rent he offered her was several hundred dollars below market value. “It was incredible,” Greenberg said. “I think to him, he really cared about the building as well, so it was kind of a win-win for everybody. He felt like he was taking this long journey and he felt good about knowing the people that were going to be in his home.”The two year stint in London turned into a seven year stay, during which Squires met his new partner, a theater performer. But Squires’ position was eventually eliminated and he was offered a new gig with the same company, this time back in the Bay Area. Greenberg and most of her original roommates had moved on, and Squires returned to find a top floor of mostly strangers. One of them, Travis Whitman, Squires knew, but he hoped things would go smoothly when he returned. The market, however, had changed and Whitman, who declined to be interviewed for this story except through his attorney, balked at the eviction and hired a lawyer to negotiate a buyout. For his part, Squires understands the unwillingness of the tenants to dive into a heated rental market. “It’s just a horrific situation in San Francisco right now,” he said. “The city has lost a lot of its opportunities to prevent these kinds of situations.”The case may end up in court, but a new buyout is in negotiations, some of the tenants may have found new housing, and Squires is hopeful that he will soon be back in his apartment. Squires says some of people living in his apartment work in tech, though their lawyer declined to comment on their employment. Jamestown, however, is in a completely opposite situation. Its community has outgrown the second floor and Squires says he is helping them look around for a potential new “forever home” — and hoping to find another landlord like himself, who might consider helping out.“I wish there could be a bit more of a call to arms for people who are in a position to buy property to contribute to the community,” he said.  But for now, Jamestown stays, and Squires has every intention to help them thrive by becoming more involved with the organization upon his return. “My tax guy asks me every year, ‘so, you still wanna keep doing this?’,” he said. The answer is always yes. “Karma’s an interesting thing,” he said.  last_img read more

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first_imgBars and eateries are opening earlier than normal to serve your World Cup obsession. You can see them on the map below. As always, please send your tips, pictures and favorite spots to info@missionlocal.com. If any game is tied after 90 minutes, the teams will play two more periods, of 15 minutes each. Although players are in great shape, extra time can be a lengthy agony for everyone involved. Even worse? Trying to shoot a penalty with aplomb after all of that.Penalty shootouts tend to go to the “best of five.” Nerves and exhaustion tend to result in at least one failed shot, if not the skill of the goalie. (Prepare your tissues).If the teams are still tied by then, additional rounds of one kick are used to break it, in what is called “sudden death.” This puts even more pressure on the team that kicks last. The importance of winning a coin toss!Unless they were already suspended for accumulation, players carry their group-stage yellow cards to the knockout stage. If anyone gets a second, they are out of the next game. Yellow cards are only expunged from one’s record before semifinals. Belgium seemed to overcome its “cold-chested” tag, if only for a single, round-of-16 game. But they succumbed to Japan’s pacing for long spells, and may suffer similarly with Brazil. Coutinho, Paulinho, and co. could also capitalize on the heavy legs of their defensive opponents.Croatia? They were poor all-around against Denmark, but could pick up where they left off after the first round soon.Can England win?Their energy almost turned into a full-out brawl against Colombia, and only the nerves of the opposing players bailed them out during the penalty shootout. The boost of overcoming a decades-long losing streak on penalties, together with a comparatively weak side of the draw, is making islanders dream about the Cup “coming home.” The toothless but cold-blooded Swedish side will be a good test of their chances.Can Russia win? (!)Chaos is a ladder, but the motivation of playing at home has to hit a ceiling at some point. Croatia may be Russia’s final rival at its own World Cup. But a helping hand of the refs – not uncommon when dealing with tournament hosts —  could propel them to the semifinals should Croatia bring less than their best. Russians also seem to have the best recovery and nutrition patterns of the sports world. FacebookTwitterCompartir What’s up with the dark horses?Continental darling Uruguay lies somewhere between dark horse and favorite territory. Their transgenerational team is a blend of tactical discipline and overlooked creativity. Sadly for them, top-striker Edinson Cavani will probably miss their quarterfinal clash against France with a calf injury, and coach Tabárez will hardly find enough firepower on the bench. They could still advance on the strength of their defense, the chaos originated by Luis Suárez, and the scrappiness of every single one of their players. Like a friend would say, their love of their jersey is so big that they use the same size since their time in La Celeste’s youth system. 18 Reasons: Great British Bake OffJuly 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 0% Russia’s World Cup team has been so impressive. So very, very, very impressive. Off-the-charts stamina; players running (far) more than any other team. How did a mediocre team suddenly manage to become so good? What a mystery https://t.co/Df3OKEkGiQ— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) 3 de julio de 2018 Rite Spot Cafe: Allison Lovejoy (Jazz/Cabaret Pianist)July 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:59 pm Neymar es un ejemplo Mundial. pic.twitter.com/GQSMgqLlUN— MisterCalvoChip (@MisterCalvoChip) 5 de julio de 2018 bahahha Alvin Gentry just walked off his last postgame press conference of the year with a “1-2-3-Cancun” pic.twitter.com/XxIQonn76c— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) 9 de mayo de 2018 The Chapel: Once & Future Band, The LeakersJuly 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:59 pm Enorme entrega de todo el equipo. Feliz y orgulloso !!!Uruguay noma #elequipoquenosune#LT14 #mundialrusia2018 pic.twitter.com/M8qGttkIop— Lucas Torreira 34 (@LTorreira34) 30 de junio de 2018 Something to add? You may also like: Can Neymar stop flopping???!!!Most definitely not. As long as his histrionics are rewarded, he will keep rolling and rolling (and setting a terrible example). Email Address Full name required to post. For full details, read our Policy ICE Raid Guide/Guía ante una redada del ICE PrintEmailMore Neymar inspiring a whole generation of youth players… (via @nihatbehramoglu) pic.twitter.com/t7avIyVBQM— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) 5 de julio de 2018 The World Cup from the Mission: save your honking for the next roundJune 25, 2018In “Featured”The World Cup from the Mission: Mexico and Argentina stumble onJune 28, 2018In “Featured”Where to watch the World Cup in the Mission (even at 5 a.m.)June 14, 2018In “Featured” View More… People We Meet Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Even for the experienced reporters and hardcore bettors, Russia 2018 has turned into a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Surprises and early exits have always been a feature of short tournaments like the World Cup, but the seeming randomness of this specific one may correlate to the ever-widening gap between club and international soccer.The former continues to refine its processes and favor the haves over the have-nots. But the precise timing and player availability required in a month-long event catches many coaches off-guard, and without time to react. On top of that, team chemistry is more probable — although never a sure thing — when players stick around for longer with their national teams. Because of their smaller pool of elite players, mid-tier teams like Croatia and Uruguay can approach the cohesion of a club side, which brings them closer to international heavyweights, like Brazil and France. (ESPN’s Gabriele Marcotti has more on this subject).More importantly: Soccer is always changing, and we just can’t see how much just yet. This can be unnerving for players and tacticians on the side of the field. It is humbling for journalists, always full of early takes. It may confuse the beginner and intermediate-level followers. But, overall, it is incredibly entertaining.So, let’s catch up:Who are the favorites now?In a tournament of wobbly, unconvincing performances by many of the soccer giants, Brazil has been the most solid and balanced side, so far. Despite a lackluster start against Switzerland, the team has settled into the sort of order that is rare for international sides, and a calmness in execution that has been mostly absent in Russia. The managerial style of coach Tite (pronounced “Chee-chee”) has tamed even Neymar’s appetite for over-indulgence, and sold everyone into the effectiveness of a bottom-up scheme. It may not be the prettiest, but it works.Young and talented France could be the other candidate to the title, but the team has not been really tested yet. Although far superior than Argentina in their round-of-16 game, the French took their foot off the gas for long enough to find themselves down 2-1 after a neck-breaking start. Bluff-time is over now for coach Didier Deschamps, and Uruguay has the talent in the front to punish a few of those lapses.On the other hand: Kylian Mbappé! (The WSJ has some interesting analytics on the subject).Please copy-paste all the things I MUST know to understand what’s going on:  Send me a daily newsletter Send me a weekly newsletter Only eight teams remain alive in the World Cup, and half of them will be crying on the field before you’re done with your second beer this Saturday. Belgium barely saved itself by wrong-footing the shorter Japanese team in the final seconds. England almost got played by Colombia in similar fashion. Such is life in Mother Russia these days. Think ahead of yourself for a minute, and book your flight the next one. #MundialTelemundo @KMbappe es derribado dentro del área por Marcos Rojo ¿Te parece justa la marcación? pic.twitter.com/fKATlwvyDM— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports) 30 de junio de 2018 The quarterfinals games are the following:7/6 7 a.m. Uruguay v. France7/6 11 a.m. Brazil v. Belgium7/7 7 a.m. Sweden v. England7/7 11 a.m. Russia v. Croatia 18 Reasons: San Diego WeekendJuly 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm Events Calendar JAJAJAJAJAJAJApic.twitter.com/Z3pmBpsV6U— Barra Brava (@barrabrava_net) 29 de junio de 2018 Related Filed under: Featured, Front Page, Mobile, Newsletter, Today’s Mission, TopicsTagged: World cup Share this: MCCLA: MAS Show – Season 1July 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Tags: World cup Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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first_img15 games, 13 wins, one draw, one loss…Not a bad record at all!Saints 2013 Academy tourists are following in the footsteps of four successful trips.In the inaugural tour of Australia in 2004, Saints defeated Wests Tigers 42-12, Chifley 20-0 and then edged Penrith 22-20.Two years later the 2006 tour repeated the success with three wins and a draw.They beat Newcastle 22-16, West Magpies 14-0 and Penrith 6-4 whilst drawing 16 apiece with Balmain.In 2009, wins over Wests Tiger Clubs (18-6), Balmain (36-6) and Penrith (16-10) followed but the side were pipped by a strong Cronulla 34-20.And the last tour brought victories against West Tigers (26-6), Central Coast (36-14), Cronulla Sharks (30-22) and Penrith Panthers (20-14).This year, the Academy will take on:October 13: Saints v St GeorgeOctober 16: Saints v Central CoastOctober 20: Saints v Wests TigersOctober 26: Saints v PenrithThe squad prepped for the tour with a trip to the Brathay Trust in Ambleside.They took part in a two-day team building camp in the Lake District.You can read more here.last_img read more

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first_imgSAINTS has continued its investment in young British talent by signing Jack Owens on a two-year deal.The 21-year-old outside back has played 66 times since making his debut at just 16 for Widnes Vikings scoring 30 tries and 122 goals.Equally adept at full back and on the wing, he made his bow for England academy on his 17th birthday before playing in Super League the following season.“Jack is an experienced Super League player who is young and will no doubt improve over the coming seasons,” Saints Head Coach Keiron Cunningham said. “He play in a number of positions and will add depth to our squad for 2016.“He has a good attitude and is keen to learn and develop.”Owens was Widnes’ top point scorer in 2013 and last season scoring 166 and 114 points respectively.Jack said: “I have played for Widnes since I was 12 and really enjoyed the experience and my time there. But it got to a point where my game time was limited so I asked Denis Betts and the coaching staff if I could go out and play somewhere else for the 2016 season.“They agreed and the opportunity came up to play for St Helens. I felt it was the best option for me and I cannot wait to kick on and start the season.“It’s a bit alien for me as I have always had the same coach and group of players around me. I’m excited to meet the players here and see how Keiron Cunningham and his coaching team do things.“I know I have to earn the right to play, especially with talent the club has – and that means proving to the players and the coaches I deserve to play.“If I do that, then I need work hard and play well to hold on to that spot.“Before then, my focus is on pre-season, getting fit and developing my skills.”2016 Members can hear from Jack tonight at the club’s kit launch from 6.15pm – More details here.last_img read more

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first_imgA vehicle hit a student Tuesday morning near Jacksonville High School, according to Onslow County emergency officials. (Photo: WCTI/Merrilee Moore) ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WCTI) — A vehicle hit a student right in front of Jacksonville High School and the driver drove away Tuesday morning, according to Onslow County emergency officials.The Jacksonville Police Department said the hit-and-run happened at 6:50 a.m. Officers located the vehicle and arrested the driver. Charges are pending.- Advertisement – NewsChannel 12 was the first on the scene and first responders tell us the student is in critical condition and was treated at the scene by Onslow County paramedics. The student was flown from the scene by helicopter, heading to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.“The pedestrian has been transported for medical treatment” said Deputy Chief Ashley Weaver. “We are in the preliminary stages of this investigation and will are unable to release additional information at this time.”Students usually park across from the high school and walk across Henderson Drive to get to class. Jacksonville Police Chief Mike Yaniero urges caution in school zones. “The improved pedestrian crossing has resulted in greater safety for the students, but drivers have responsibility to obey the law for the crossing” said Chief Yaniero. As is customary, a review will be made of the crossing.Related Article: Increase in respiratory emergencies at NHRMCRead more here.last_img read more

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first_img She’s also starred in movies such as the Princess Diaries, and License to Wed, and as the voice of Rapunzel in Disney’s Tangled.Shane West, her “A Walk to Remember” co-star, even made an appearance at the star ceremony.Stars have always sort of been our thing. Thankful to @shanewest for his kind words on this very special day, one which I will never forget. It was a walk (of fame) to remember.???? pic.twitter.com/qZj0R5bwSg— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) March 25, 2019“A Walk to Remember” was filmed in Wilmington and surrounding areas in 2001. HOLLYWOOD, CA (WWAY/CNN) — From the Walk to Remember to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Mandy Moore is the latest Hollywood actress to be added to the list.Moore currently stars as Rebecca Pearson in the NBC drama “This is Us.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_img Pups of all sizes and breeds got to make a splash.Jay Carrillo with Ocean Events USA LLC said that this is a unique experience.“It’s never been done as a sanctioned event before on the east coast,” Carrillo said. “The town of Carolina Beach is very dog friendly so it was like the perfect place to do this,” Carrillo said.Related Article: East vs. south facing beaches: Which are more dangerous for swimmers?Carillo explained that while their sponsors who made this event happen do national business, they are all located in Carolina Beach. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Most dogs like playing fetch, cuddling and tummy rubs but apparently some like to surf as well!Saturday afternoon, Ocean Cure and Surf Dog Experience invited Cape Fear residents and their four legged friends to Carolina Beach for a day of fun in the surf.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_imgThis may be you.At some point in your life you may have decided to shut up and withdraw. You may have decided that it was no longer safe, no longer prudent to air your opinions. Each time you did that, your reward was censure, pain. So you withdrew. A coping strategy to avoid pain.Today withdrawal is not only easy, it is also disguised as socialising. Virtual socialising, that is, in the form of the social media. We surround ourselves with like-minded individuals and our flight mechanism finds not only refuge in these virtual groups but also vindication, an ‘I am not alone’ feeling. This for Pope Francis is the web, the antithesis of the Net.Net versus WebIn his message for World Communications Day 2019, Pope Francis placed at opposite ends the Net and the Web.The Net is a force for good, a resource for humanity, as the synodal document for media in the Archdiocese of Malta “Il-Wiċċ Diġitli tal-Mulej” states.  Its usefulness is as great as the amount of good that it can generate for humanity. It can bring people together and multiply exponentially the availability of knowledge. It can spread ideas and foster dialogue. It can be a safety net for the transmission of love and knowledge across time and space.The Web, well, not so good, there. Like Janus’ other face, the web entraps people into virtual worlds, letting them believe that their cocoons are reality when in effect they are a manufacture of an unwillingness to open up and communicate. This is a world of echo chambers where ideas are perpetrated not challenged, where comfort takes the place of growth. There is not dialogue in the web, just agreement, like those perpetually nodding dolls. There is not openness in the Web, just an ‘Unfriend’ button to silence dissenters.Archbishop Scicluna’s answer to the TrapAnd therein lies the Trap. What will our answer be? What shall we choose, the sirenely seductive comfort zone of the Web or the brave new world of challenges in the Net?Enter a man whom I have been observing closely over the past few months. Archbishop Scicluna, is not one for comfort zones. He has shown leadership at times when those voted into leadership positions on a national scale balked, waited for an accurate wind-check before jumping. Not he, on at least two occasions.In the afternoon of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Archbishop Scicluna was scheduled to come for his monthly program on RTK/Newsbook. Two hours before the start of the programme the murder took place and a bare 30 mins after the confirmation of the identity of the assassinated person, Archbishop Scicluna kept his appointment. I have rarely seen anyone so genuinely upset and concerned. His brave position was crystal clear. He came in for an inordinate amount of hate-speech but he did not withdraw. His persistence stemmed from love, not of the one journalist, but love of truth and the strength to speak truth to power. This man, whom Popes entrust with rooting out the wickedest depredations, is a close friend of truth, in spite of the hurt it often brings him. He chose the Net because the Net unites in communication.Archbishop Scicluna’s more recent foray was after the murder of Ivorean national Soulayman Lassana Cisse, a man rejected for asylum and murdered for the colour of his skin. In a climate of increasing exclusion and xenophobia, Archbishop Scicluna underlined the need that communication must be born of love not of hate, of inclusion not exclusion, of solidarity not egoism. Again, he came in for relentless flak. Again he avoided the trap and persisted.Take home lessonsIf there is anything which we can take with us from these two diverse yet similar persons, Pope Francis and Archbishop Scicluna, it is surely the courage to speak up, to overcome the often over-powering inclination to withdraw into a safe-haven of isolation provided by virtual reality. Love, in its various forms, communicates, and communication is essential for the person to grow and mature. Communication also requires integrity and compassion, for, after all, no one is always right. But communication is an intrinsic part of dialogue: hear, listen, think, interact. We can use the Net in this way. Or, we can fall into the Trap and use the Web instead. SharePrint WhatsApplast_img read more

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