NORWICH CITY VS MAN UNITED

first_imgNORWICH (4-2-3-1)RUDDY,PINTO, MARTIN,BASSONG, OLSSON,HOWSON, O’NEIL,REDMOND, HOOLAHAN, BRADY,JEROMEUNITED (4-2-3-1)RASHFORD,MARTIAL, ROONEY,LINGARD,SCHNEIDERLIN,CARRICK,ROJO, BLIND, SMALLING, VALENCIA,DE GEANorwich are back in the relegation zone after losing 1-0 at Arsenal last Saturday and though they have a game in hand over rivals Newcastle, they trail them by two points.They face a Manchester United team bidding to finish in the top four. They drew with Leicester on Sunday but Manchester City’s defeat at Southampton means the Louis van Gaal’s men are four points behind their neighbours with a game in hand.United have scored only 19 goals away from home and need one more from either this game or next week’s trip to West Ham to avoid setting a club record. Their previous fewest number of away goals in the Premier League is 21, set last season.And they have managed just 17 wins, two short of their record fewest Premier League wins, set in the 2013-14 campaign.Norwich, though, have lost 20 league games – only relegated Aston Villa (26) have lost more. And the Canaries have lost 11 and draw two of their last 15 league games. Leaving them with a desperate fight for safety.last_img read more

SA must ‘market its achievements’

first_imgTrade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa said the government’s response to the tightening economic conditions was to speed up industrial development, continue promoting small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), and further strengthen the state’s capacity to unlock the country’s economic potential. They further expressed their continued confidence in the country and commended the government for demonstrable efforts and stepping up implementation of the policies and programmes it has adopted in the course of the evolution of the IIC. In a statement released after a two-day meeting of the council in Mossel Bay, IIC members emphasised the need to communicate South Africa’s achievements to the global investor community, especially the country’s economic potential and attractiveness as an investment destination. President Kgalema Motlanthe, accompanied by other Cabinet ministers, met with the council for the first time this weekend after being elected President a month ago. On the current global financial crisis, it noted that South Africa’s regulatory environment and policy choices made by the government had shielded the economy to a large extend from the turmoil that has swept across financial markets around the world. Among the challenges facing the country’s economy are insufficient energy to meet rising demand, a shortage of skills, and the need to increase productivity and boost infrastructure development. “The council also advised us that we need to have backup plans for our skills shortage plans,” he said. Established in 1999, the IIC has drawn on the wisdom and insights of distinguished international business leaders on how to meet the challenges of economic growth and development in South Africa. Source: BuaNews “While the South African financial system and banks remain intact, the potential impact on the South African economy from the imminent global slowdown was a matter of concern,” said the IIC, adding that South Africa would be able to weather the adverse global environment, and that continued investment growth, especially ongoing public sector investment, would assist. South Africa should actively communicate its economic achievements and potential to the global investor community, says the country’s International Investment Council (IIC). The deliberations over this weekend included a review of experiences and the lessons from the work of the IIC over the past years, as well as reflections on the present global economic challenges. The IIC has also stressed need to pay attention to energy challenges, in particular the electricity supply emergency and the challenge of climate change. Economic growth and development 20 October 2008 They have concentrated their advice on practical ways in which South Africa should position itself as an investment destination of choice globally. Facing up to challengeslast_img read more

Governor’s rule imposed in Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgJ&K Governor N.N. Vohra, the man in the hot seat President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect, a senior government official said on Wednesday.Also Read  Governor N.N Vohra sent a report to Union Home Ministry on Tuesday evening recommending Central rule in the State after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation soon after the BJP pulled out of the alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).As Mr. Kovind is on a three-nation tour, the proposal was sent to Suriname, his current stop.“When the Governor sent the proposal on Tuesday evening, the President was already in transit from Athens to Suriname. As soon as he touched down in Paramaribo, he signed the recommendation giving his assent to Governor’s rule in J&K,” said the official.last_img read more

SC allows 7 more girls to reunite with their families

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday allowed seven more girls, who were at the Muzaffarpur shelter home where allegations of sexual assault surfaced last year, to reunite with their families. The top court had earlier allowed eight girls, out of 44 in all, to be reunited their families but only six of them have been able to do so. TISS project‘Koshish’ — a field action project of TISS — in its report told the court that 12 more girls, besides these 15, have been identified to be restored with their families. Several girls were reportedly sexually assaulted at the NGO-run shelter home in Bihar. The issue had come to light following a report by TISS, which had conducted a social audit. A Bench of Justices N.V. Ramana and Krishna Murari said that as and when their families are identified and the verification done, these girls can be reunited with them. Counsel for TISS told the Bench that out of the eight girls, only six have so far been restored with their families. It asked the State Child Protection Societies of West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Punjab to provide all necessary help to identify and verify the family members of the girls. The Bench clarified that it cannot monitor the restoration on day-to-day basis but in case of any problem, the matter could be mentioned for hearing. On September 12, the apex court had allowed eight of the 44 girls of Muzaffarpur shelter home to be reunited with their families. The top court had directed the Bihar government to provide all necessary financial and medical assistance to these eight girls identified by ‘Koshish’ as fit for being sent to their families.It had also directed the State government to assess the compensation liable to be paid to the girls under the victim compensation scheme and submit a report to the court in eight weeks. The decision came after TISS filed its report before the SC in a sealed cover, saying the eight girls were fit to be handed over to their families.last_img read more

Brandon Victor Dixon On Jesus Christ Superstar John Legend We Are New

first_imgJudas from “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” opens up about working on one of the year’s most-lauded TV specials and his new platform to marry music with making a differenceNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 11, 2018 – 5:22 am When “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” aired on April 1, fans of both the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical and its modern all-star cast rejoiced. While viewers recognized the marquee recording artists who appeared, for many it was Judas who stole the show. The man behind that role? Brandon Victor Dixon, an accomplished actor and two-time Tony and GRAMMY nominee who has just released his first single, the uplifting and unifying “We Are.”Originally from Washington, D.C., Dixon has performed on Broadway in “The Color Purple” and “Hamilton,” on television in “One Life To Live” and “Law & Order,” and on stages from Los Angeles to New York to London. A true Renaissance man, Dixon formed his own production company two years ago to develop film and TV content. But his arrival as a recording artist is anything other than your typical stage-to-stereo crossover, and “We Are” is much more than a mere single.”I’m not necessarily building a recording career,” says Dixon. “I’m a very philanthropically oriented individual. There are a lot of causes that I support, and I’m a big fan of advocacy. In this day and age, I feel like if you’re not advocating for somebody or something then you have to ask yourself what you’re doing. I feel like the more we speak for and support others, the less we’ll have to worry about speaking for and supporting ourselves.”To that end, “We Are” represents a message of equality and compassion Dixon hopes to share with the world. The song originated when fellow actor Daniel J. Watts asked Dixon to write something to go along with a performance he was doing at a benefit event. Dixon crafted the hook and the rest fell into place with the help of South African producer Greg Dean Borowsky.Next, Dixon walked the walk and chose Young New Yorkers, an organization aimed at enrolling sentenced juveniles in arts programs instead of sending them to jail, as the beneficiary of the single’s proceeds.”It’s creating the #WeAre movement and the song is really designed to get people to remember that there’s no you without me, there’s no me without you and remember that, at one point, we knew how close we were as human beings together on this planet,” says Dixon. “This first movement and this first song is about children, and the children that are caught up in our for-profit justice system.” Brandon Victor Dixon On Music & Philanthropy brandon-victor-dixon-jesus-christ-superstar-john-legend-we-are-new-single Brandon Victor Dixon On “Jesus Christ Superstar,” John Legend & “We Are” New Single Facebook Twitter Email Dixon speaks passionately about several different philanthropic efforts, including mass incarceration, gun control, LGBTQ issues, racial equality, and feminism. Music provides him with an avenue to reach people and advocate for these causes.”I started writing music over the last couple years, particularly when I was doing ‘Motown.’ I started to connect with people in the music industry, and Ryan Shaw, who played Stevie Wonder in that show, and I started working on some projects together,” says Dixon. “Then this year, coming off of ‘Hamilton’ and going into ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ I just felt it was time to start putting out some music.”Dixon’s “… Superstar” experience put him shoulder to shoulder onstage and in living rooms around the world with GRAMMY winners such as John Legend.”It was really awesome to see someone like John … voluntarily step out into a slightly more foreign territory and be just as dedicated and giving of himself and, beyond that, to stretch forward to drive himself into a new creative territory,” Dixon says. “You don’t see that in everybody who is established and comfortable with what they’ve built.”He was excited by all the wonderful work happening around him. John produced it, and he was very proud and excited about the overall project and the reaction to it.”Dixon’s breakout performances of “Heaven On Their Minds,” “Superstar” and “The Last Supper,” a pivotal confrontation with Legend, introduced him to a whole new audience. While he cites Sara Bareilles’ beautiful rendition of “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” as among his personal highlights, choosing his top moment of the night comes easy.”Coming out in a bedazzled tank top and silver jeans and singing ‘Superstar’ with a 36-piece band and 28 dancers around me is one of the dopest things I’ve ever had the opportunity to do,” says Dixon.The adrenaline rush of taking the stage was no doubt magnified by the performance being broadcast live on television. Though  Dixon’s initial approach to his role as Judas and the show was not unlike his prior work on Broadway, the live filming element added another layer of technical wrinkles.”We want everybody at home to feel what we’re doing live in the arena, and it seems like they really succeeded at that,” says Dixon. “The storytelling and the heart came through, and that’s largely because of the technical ability of the group we had around us.”The hard work was worth it, as the show Dixon calls “a permanent part of our cultural artistic fabric” made a huge splash with TV audiences, spurring a host of acclaim from critics and the public alike.”I think the best thing somebody said to me was, ‘The way you portrayed Judas and the way this production told the story, it makes me think about the world around me in a very different way,'” says Dixon. “That’s moving for me, because, for this show, you walk into it labeling Judas as a villain, and evil and bad, and the goal for me was to strive to make people feel differently about someone they thought they knew. And hopefully that will translate to the real world where you can think differently about people around you that you think you know … maybe even help you think a little differently about yourself.” News With so much under his belt already as an entertainer, it’s clear Dixon’s true purpose moving forward is all about enacting positive change, a daunting task for any artist. Naturally, maintaining a balance is also important.When he’s not onstage or in the studio, Dixon says he can be found playing pickup soccer in New York City or snagging a stack of comic books and a bag of Twizzlers to unwind. But he’s quick to assure us more music and videos are in the works, all aimed at showing the world we are one.”My message is very democratic, so hopefully that’s the spirit in which people will receive it and will feel happy to share it.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Land Rovers Defender will come in three distinct sizes report says

first_img Post a comment Tags Enlarge ImageYou’ll be able to get your Defender in three or five door shapes with seating up to eight people. Land Rover We’re still months away from the official debut of Land Rover’s long-awaited second-generation Defender, but the news leaks just keep on coming. This time though, it’s not more photos — instead it’s about the three different sizes of Defender that the folks at Jaguar Land Rover will offer.Automotive News published word on Tuesday that the Defender will be offered in three body styles aimed at three different kinds of customers. The first is the Defender 90. If that sounds familiar, it’s because that’s the classic Defender that we got in the US in the 1990s with a 90-inch wheelbase.The new D90 will be a three-door model available with either five or six seats. It’s growing a foot in length over the previous short-wheelbase Defender, which is pretty dang significant. The next size up will be the Defender 110 (another historic designation), and this model will be sold as either a five-, six- or seven-seat model. It will be 17 inches longer than the new Defender 90.The biggest version of the Defender will be the Defender 130, which was previously only offered as a double-cab truck. Now though, it’ll be an even bigger five-door SUV than the 110 (by an additional 14 inches) and will seat eight people. Land Rover’s approach to marketing these new Defender models is somewhat unique. The smallest version will be the range’s halo model, though whether that means it gets sexier engine options or more off-road goodies isn’t yet clear. The 110 and 130 will be the volume models. Land Rover is referring to the 110 as the “Definitive Defender,” while the 130 is being called the “Premium Explorer,” according to Automotive News. We have no idea how much room there will be between trims in terms of pricing, or even where pricing will start for the Defender.Even though what we don’t know about the new Land Rover Defender could fill a book, it’s probably the most exciting model to come from the brand in years, and that’s not only because it’ll be the first new Defender to hit the US since 1997.Land Rover representatives declined to discuss market details for the Defender until the model debuts at Frankfurt. More From Roadshow 2018 Range Rover Velar: Effortless SUV elegance on- and off-road 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e review: A hard hybrid to recommend Hey, neat, more pictures of the new Land Rover Defender SUVs Future Carscenter_img 13 Photos Land Rover Share your voice 0 Land Rover 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review: Style, now with more substancelast_img read more

Khaleda condemns govt for stopping BNPs aid for Rohingyas

first_imgKhaleda condemns govt for stopping BNP’s aid for Rohingyas. Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday condemned the ruling Awami League for allegedly obstructing the trucks carrying relief materials for distribution among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday.In a twitter message, the former prime minister described the government’s step of preventing relief trucks as an “abuse of state power”.“The government’s obstacle to the BNP’s help to displaced Rohingyas is an abuse of state power for selfish ends. It deserves the strongest condemnation,” Khaleda tweeted.Read more: BNP’s 22 relief trucks to Ukhia obstructedOn Wednesday, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) alleged that 22 trucks carrying relief materials for Rohingya refugees in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar, were stopped by the government.The trucks contained rice, lentils, flattened rice (cheera), oil, salt, sugar, biscuits, water and other relief goods.UNICEF on Thursday said nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the persecution carried out by Myanmarese security forces and their allies on the minority group into Bangladesh since 25 August, with thousands more arriving every day.Around 60 per cent are children, according to preliminary estimates.last_img read more

Indian child killer sentenced to death 23 days into arrest

first_imgA view of the district court that convicted Naveen Gadke of raping and murdering a baby girl in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India, on 15 May 2018. — ReutersNaveen Gadke was arrested on April 20 and charged with the rape and murder of a baby girl in central India.Three weeks later a court sentenced the 26-year-old odd-job man to death in the fastest such trial known to have happened in modern India, a nation where public outrage is running high because of a series of rapes and related killings.Police, prosecutors and the district court in the city of Indore worked at a furious pace to get the conviction quickly, amid a backlash on the streets, including marches in this city of about 2 million, 550 miles south of Delhi.This is in a country where prime minister Narendra Modi’s government last month introduced the death penalty for rapes of girls under 12 years in response to public pressure but which has a notoriously slow court system, with cases taking at least six years on average to final ruling, according to governance tracking group Daksh.But the pace of the trial, the intensifying push for speedy hearings in rape cases, and questions about the legal defense provided to Gadke – who pleaded not guilty – have raised concerns among some legal rights advocates.They are fearful there will be wrongful convictions and hangings when a defendant cannot afford to hire a good lawyer.“While expeditious trials are ideal, these should not be at the cost of fair trial safeguards like the right to adequate time to prepare a defense and the presumption of innocence,” said Leah Verghese, senior campaigner at human rights group Amnesty International India, in an email response to questions.Senior Supreme Court lawyer Rebecca John said she was concerned. “As a principle, I am opposed to rushing through investigative processes and trial processes” she said.But reflecting the mood of the nation, well-known Supreme Court lawyer Dushyant Dave, a vocal supporter of capital punishment, said India “needs to send at least 500 people to death in the next one year to end this endemic” of rape.“Our system is archaic and extremely inefficient,” he added.Such views have resonated with the mother of the dead three-month-old girl as she sat on the front yard of a 200-year-old palace where her homeless family sleeps in the open.She told Reuters she was happy with the swift verdict but her daughter would get justice only when Gadke is hung to death, just as quickly.“Once such men are hanged, no one will dare to do anything like this to any girl,” she said.Rape victims and their families cannot be identified under Indian law.Gadke could not be contacted as journalists are not allowed to speak with convicts in jail as per a home ministry directive.Sachin Verma, Gadke’s lawyer, said his client told him that his estranged wife “framed” him, but said little else.Reuters could not trace Gadke’s wife to seek comment.SLAPPING AND SHOVINGAt trial, the mother, police officers and the prosecution lawyer said security cameras showed Gadke taking away the infant as she lay asleep by her parents. Fifteen minutes later, he was seen coming out of the basement of a nearby building, where her blood-smeared body was found, police said.Medical tests, completed quickly under instructions from government officials, confirmed she was raped, and the semen from a vaginal swab was found to be a DNA match with Gadke, according to court documents reviewed by Reuters.Gadke’s lawyer Verma, who specializes in matters related to crimes against children, said he reluctantly took the case on state government orders.That was after four other lawyers refused to defend Gadke, Verma said. In a sign of how high temperatures were rising in the community, around a dozen lawyers attacked the defendant outside the court when he first arrived, slapping and shoving him, according to police.Prosecutors presented 29 witnesses, including police and shopkeepers who found the victim’s body, and “everybody supported the prosecution”, said Verma. He presented no witnesses for Gadke’s defense.Verma said he could have done better if he had more time to prepare for the case.“They had to create a story and they had to decide quickly,” said Verma, who is expecting to receive 4,000 rupees ($58) from the state government for representing Gadke. “My client told me: ‘Everyone has already decided I am guilty. What’s the point of all this?’”Special prosecutor Mohammad Akram Shaikh said that they had “conclusive evidence” against Gadke.Judge Varsha Sharma, who deals with matters related to crimes against children and ruled on the case, declined to comment.SENDING A MESSAGEPolice pressed charges against Gadke within seven days of the crime, said Police Inspector Shivpal Singh Kushwah.“All of us wanted to send a message that the law can work fast, and we succeeded,” he said.The court sat for seven straight working days to hear the case, unusual in India where one court is often dipping in and out of several cases on the same day. A government-run laboratory conducted tests on forensic evidence within four days of a police request. This usually takes more than a month, Kushwah said.After hearing details of his crime from Shaikh and the witnesses, Judge Sharma found Gadke guilty and ordered his death by hanging.“This falls under the rarest of rare case and it would be appropriate to hand such a criminal the toughest punishment,” the judge declared.The sentence has to be confirmed by a higher court, for which Gadke will be provided a different lawyer by the state government. The court’s decision can be challenged in the Supreme Court. An appeal to India’s president is the last resort. The entire process can take years.ACCELERATION DEMANDEDEven before Gadke’s trial, there were growing calls to speed up child rape trials.Lower courts take an average of five years to complete cases of prisoners sentenced to death, high courts one year and four months, and the Supreme Court two years and one month, according to a 2016 report by the Centre on the Death Penalty in the National Law University of Delhi.The university study found that 74 per cent of 373 death row prisoners they interviewed were economically vulnerable. The majority were from low castes and religious minorities. In the Indore case, Gadke did various jobs like cleaning utensils in eateries.By contrast, trials involving India’s rich and powerful sometimes take more than 10 years. Gurmeet Ram Rahim, a wealthy self-styled godman who had many followers, was convicted last year on charges of raping two followers – 15 years after the case was registered.Government statistics show that since 2012, when a young woman was gang raped in a moving bus in Delhi igniting national uproar, reported rape cases have climbed 60 per cent to around 40,000 in 2016 – about one every 15 minutes – with child rape accounting for about 40 per cent.last_img read more

Desperate search for 12 young footballers trapped in Thailand cave

first_imgThai rescue personnel carry oxygen tanks inside Tham Luang cave to conduct operations to find the missing members of the children`s football team along with their coach at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai province on 26 June 2018. Photo: AFP Desperate search for 12 young footballers trapped in Thailand caveDesperate parents led a prayer ceremony outside a flooded cave in northern Thailand where 12 children have been trapped for days as Navy rescue divers packing food rations resumed their search Tuesday.Hundreds of people have been mobilised to find the young football team and their coach who went into the cave on Saturday and were trapped when heavy rains are believed to have flooded the cave’s main entrance.Anxious relatives camped out at the cave near the border with Myanmar and Laos praying for the children’s safe return.”My child, I’m here to get you now,” one crying parent said, according to footage from local media.Another wailing mother screamed: “Come home my child!”.The children, aged between 11 and 16, are believed to have retreated further into the cave as monsoon rains fell and flooded the cave, believed to be several kilometres (miles) long.Park officials, police and soldiers were dispatched on foot, while an aerial team was also being prepped to scour the scene, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.Navy SEAL divers equipped with oxygen tanks and food rations entered the cave early Tuesday in northern Chiang Rai province, where light rains continued to fall.”Our team in the area went inside the cave early morning and will continue to walk to the cave’s end,” Thai Navy SEAL said on its Facebook page.Information coming out of the area was spotty with cellphone signals blocked inside the cave, and the Navy urged patience from the public as it searched for the children and their coach.An underwater robot is set to be dispatched later Tuesday to help survey the Tham Luang cave, a popular site among local tourists.”We will bring the underwater robot to help survey the area to know how big and how deep the cave is to help the diver,” said Sawangtit Srikitsuwan, an aerospace and marine engineer at Bangkok’s King Mongkut’s University of Technology.Rescuers found bicycles and a motorbike at the entrance of the cave Monday, and divers said they spotted footprints in one of the cave’s chambers.Heavy rains are common in the area during Thailand’s monsoon season from May to October, with flooding and landslides routinely reported.last_img

Brownback wants religious freedom summit to spark global grassroots movement

first_img Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,WASHINGTON (RNS) — As he prepared for the State Department’s second summit on global religious liberty next week, Sam Brownback, the U.S. ambassador on religious freedom issues, defended the event against critics who say that the first summit failed to accomplish more than creating new statements about helping religious minorities.In a telephone briefing with reporters on Friday (July 12), Brownback, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, cited efforts in Iraq, where a partnership that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development has begun to assist “the redevelopment and repopulating of northern Iraq by Yazidis and Christians that had been run out during ISIS.”He also pointed to the International Religious Freedom Fund, established at last year’s ministerial to help religious persecution victims, for which the department has collected millions of dollars from donors. He said money from that fund was “offered in Sri Lanka after the Easter bombings,” in which more than 250 people were killed in terrorist attacks on churches and hotels.The ambassador painted the summits as catalysts for interfaith understanding and support.“Our effort is to stir actions. We want to see really a global grassroots movement around religious freedom,” said Brownback. “We want to get the various faiths to bind together and to stand for each other’s freedom of religion.”Participants at the 2018 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington on July 24, 2018. Photo by State Department/Public DomainHe said the focus of the July 16-18 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom will be on mutual respect but not a common approach to theology.“There is no common theology in this discussion, but it is towards a common human right,” he said.“And that human right is that everybody is entitled to be able to practice their faith peacefully and without fear.”Brownback said the summit will be “the biggest religious freedom event ever held in the world,” with two days of discussions among religious leaders and civil society activists and a final day with as many as 115 invited foreign ministers.RELATED: State Department religious freedom summit ends with commitments, critiquesHuman rights activist Nadia Murad in Vienna, Austria, on May 22, 2017. Murad received the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.(AP Photo/Ronald Zak)The gathering, a successor to a first-time event last July, will also feature first-person stories of survivors of religious persecution, including Nadia Murad, a Yazidi and former Islamic State group captive from northern Iraq who was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and Pastor Andrew Brunson, an American who was freed this year after a two-year detention in Turkey.The plans have so far failed to convince some religious freedom watchdogs, who say the first gathering failed to live up to its billing, that the summit will lead to substantive results.Shaun Casey, director of Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, said the first ministerial appears to have “made no difference” in U.S. foreign policy for persecuted religious minorities around the globe.“You look at what’s happened to Rohingya and you look at what’s happening to Uighurs in China,” said Casey, the special representative for religion and global affairs at the State Department during the Obama administration. “There’s been no attempt to address the mass migration, if not the genocide, of Muslims in Myanmar.”H.A. Hellyer, a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a think tank on international security, said the success or failure of the ministerial will relate to the State Department’s current policies.“The new commission on ‘unalienable rights’ is simultaneously being cast as another step in the administration’s culture wars,” said Hellyer, who also is the nonresident senior fellow of the Washington-based think tank Atlantic Council. “As such, I am not convinced this ministerial is going to deliver on any promises it may make.”RELATED: Muslim scholar catches flak for serving on new State Department rights panelNadine Maenza, left, commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, speaks at the April 29, 2019, event when USCIRF released its annual report in Washington, D.C. Commissioner Tony Perkins is on the right. RNS photo by Adelle M. BanksNadine Maenza, a commissioner of the independent U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, argued that the first ministerial “raised the level of conversation” about global religious liberty far beyond Washington. In the last year, she has spoken with government officials in Egypt and civil society leaders in Indonesia, Thailand and Bahrain, where dialogue has become “just a natural thing” and less confrontational.But she thinks Brownback and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are seeking long-lasting results from the ministerials and that it will take time.“I really see them looking for long-term changes and how to help countries to want to move toward religious freedom,” she said. “But it is hard to measure in a year.”The ministerial comes less than a month after the State Department released its 2018 international religious freedom report. At that time, Pompeo announced that his department is elevating both the office for the envoy addressing anti-Semitism and the Office of International Religious Freedom. He said the reorganization would provide the offices with additional resources and staff and “empower them to better carry out their important mandates.” News • Photos of the Week By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! Share This! Catholicism Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Postscenter_img Share This! Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,With more migrants stalled in Mexico, Baptists may play larger role on border As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Tagshomepage featured ministerial Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom Sam Brownback State Department Top Story,You may also like By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Nuns & Nones helps millennials find surprise soulmates in Catholic sisters Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Adelle M. Banks AMBankstwlast_img read more