Un photographe allemand rend hommage aux glaciersOlaf Otto Becker a réalisé de superbes photographies de paysages glacés au Groenland, en Islande et aux pôles. L’Allemand veut ainsi montrer au monde entier les dégâts dus au réchauffement climatique à travers la fonte des glaces.”Above Zero”. C’est ainsi que s’intitule l’ouvrage dans lequel sont publiées les photographies à couper le souffle de Olaf Otto Becker. L’Allemand a voulu faire des portraits de l’Islande et du Groenland pour mieux se rendre compte des changements qui s’opèrent à cause du réchauffement climatique ainsi que l’impact de l’homme sur la nature. Ces clichés ont été pris pendant les étés 2007 et 2008.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Mais l’aventure avait commencé en 1999 pour l’Allemand. Cette année-là, il a pris une photographie d’un glacier en Islande pour son premier livre “Under the Nordic Light”. Trois ans plus tard, il a souhaité se rendre au même endroit et a remarqué que ce glacier avait disparu. Voilà comment Olaf Otto Becker s’est intéressé à la fonte des glaces et à l’environnement.Ce photographe de 51 ans, freelance depuis 1988, a déjà été exposé à de nombreuses occasions en Allemagne et à l’étranger. Ses précédentes images de la côte du Groenland (“Broken Line”) ont connu beaucoup de succès.En octobre dernier, ses photos des glaciers pour “Above Zero” ont été présentées au Breda Photo Festival aux Pays-Bas.Découvrez une série de photographies extraite de l’ouvrage “Above Zero”, sur Maxisciences. Le 7 février 2011 à 12:49 • Emmanuel Perrin
TVA : SFR et Orange ne répercutent plus la hausseSFR et Orange devaient répercuter la hausse de la TVA sur le prix des abonnements mobiles au 1er février. Finalement, les opérateurs ont choisi de faire marche arrière.Les abonnements mobiles devaient être majorés de deux à neuf euros chez SFR et de deux euros chez Orange, lorsqu’ils permettaient d’accéder à la télévision sur le téléphone, rapporte LeMonde.fr. L’objectif, pour les opérateurs, était de répercuter la hausse de la TVA sur ces abonnements. Mais aujourd’hui, coup de théâtre. Ils annulent cette augmentation. Frank Cadoret, Directeur général grand public de SFR s’explique dans un communiqué : “Les informations et rumeurs contradictoires circulant depuis début janvier ont généré une grande confusion auprès de nos clients”. Orange n’a pas tardé à suivre. Il a à son tour annoncé aujourd’hui qu’il ne répercuterait pas la hausse de la TVA sur les forfaits mobiles de ses 3,5 millions d’abonnés concernés, “afin de ne pas les pénaliser”. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Les deux opérateurs rejoignent la stratégie de Bouygues Telecom, qui avait annoncé il y a quelques semaines son intention de ne pas répercuter la hausse de la TVA sur la facture de ses clients mobiles, espérant récupérer la clientèle de ses concurrents.Face à ce revirement, il est impossible pour les clients de quitter Orange et SFR sans frais. Une modification du contrat, en augmentant le prix des forfaits, leur permettait de résilier gratuitement leur abonnement pendant quatre mois. Il semblerait que cela ne soit plus le cas à présent, sauf pour les demandes de résiliation déjà envoyées. Ces dernières seront prises en compte, indique 01net.Par ailleurs, les abonnements Internet, eux, doivent bel et bien coûter plus cher. Ils augmenteront en moyenne de 2 euros chez tous les fournisseurs d’accès (FAI).Le 7 février 2011 à 17:50 • Emmanuel Perrin
Success Universe profit soars 230% in 1H19 on higher Ponte 16 share Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World Genting NagaCorp has continued its strong momentum in the six months to 30 June 2019, with gross gaming revenue rising 22% to US$872.4 million and net profit by 36% to US$245.1 million at its Cambodian integrated resort NagaWorld.Positive growth was the trend across all segments, most notably in the mass market where GGR grew 38% to US$222.5 million driven by increasing tourism to Cambodia, particularly from China which recorded a 40% growth in the first five months of 2019 according to official government figures. NagaCorp said that mass table drop grew 32% and EGM bill-ins 29% in 1H19. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts Load More VIP rolling grew by 38% to US$23.2 billion, although a lower win rate when compared with the same period in 2018 saw revenue increase by 18% to US$649.9 million.Segment growth was attributed to a range of factors, including customer demand for higher limit tables and two new junket operators commencing fixed base operations at Naga2. It also pointed to Suncity Group’s recent move to a larger space at Naga2 that accommodates more VIP tables and other supporting entertainment facilities.“Overall, both South East Asian and Macau-based junket operators have contributed to increased VIP rollings during the period,” NagaCorp said.EBITDA for 1H19 grew 41% to US$327.8 million with the company declaring a cash dividend of US3.39 cents, equivalent to HK26.27 cents, to be paid on 20 August 2019.As previously reported by Inside Asian Gaming, NagaCorp earlier this week released further details of its planned Naga3 expansion, which it says will see NagaWorld rival Macau’s best integrated resorts.
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TEWKSBURY, MA — Below is a press statement from the campaign of Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury), running for the 19th Middlesex State Rep seat.Recently, Erika Johnson, Chair of the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee, posted on the her personal Facebook page encouraging people to boycott Dandi-Lyons, an ice cream and flower shop in Tewksbury owned by State Representative Jim Lyons of Andover.“Erika Johnson is not associated with, and does not speak for, this campaign or this candidate. She has never supported this campaign outside of a blanket committee endorsement,” said Gary DePalma, Campaign Manager for Dave Robertson. “Furthermore, we do not support boycotts for political gain. Dave supports local business owners and firmly believes that politics should be kept out of business.”For more information on his REAL stances, visit www.RobertsonForRep.com.This statement comes a day after one of his competitors, Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury), criticized Robertson for not condemning the boycott.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Stands With Dandi-LyonsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Campaign Declares Debate Victory; Knocks Robertson On Dandi-Lyons & Sanctuary StateIn “Government”
AFN 2015 is officially underway. This year’s theme is ‘Heroes in our Homeland.’In a more literal take on the theme, Alaska Native veterans opened the convention by presenting the Color Guard. There were two World War II veterans on hand. Sen. Dan Sullivan also used his time on the podium to laud Alaska’s servicemen and women.But some of the more touching hero stories are quietly making their way through social media.In a Facebook post, one mom says her hero is her daughter, who — after being raised in a household with drugs, alcohol and abuse — is blossoming into a mature young woman connected to her culture. The mom and daughter duo have recently moved to Anchorage to turn a new page in their lives, together.Another mother thanks her two daughters, ages 8 and 5, for being pillars of strength after losing their father. Her older daughter is autistic, she says, and sometimes the younger one has to miss out on certain events because the eldest has a hard time with crowds and new places. Both little girls are heroes, she says.Other stories thank parents, grandparents and siblings for being everyday heroes to their families and communities.Toggle through the photo slider to see some ‘hero’ stories.New Gallery 2015/10/161 of 71234567Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting for Business solution.New Gallery 2015/10/16originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 680width 535orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elemoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 747width 536orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elemoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 605width 541orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elemoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 744width 488orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elemoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 780width 537orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elemoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 590width 486orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elemoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 593width 490orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elem
Pipelines lead to one of BP’s facilities on the North Slope. (Photo courtesy BP)Lawmakers got some good news in Juneau on Tuesday, as the state’s Department of Natural Resources unveiled the fall production forecast.Oil production is up. And they expect it rise again next year.Listen nowIt was a difficult year for the North Slope in 2016. After the drop in oil prices, operators cut 44 percent of their spending. They let drilling rigs go idle and laid off hundreds of workers.At Alaska’s Division of Oil and Gas, Ed King said they were surprised when they started putting together this year’s production forecast.“When we read the news of rigs getting laid down and kind of this global contraction of the industry, we kind of expected that to manifest itself in reduced production,” King said. “So, yeah, it is a little bit surprising to see how much they’ve been able to do in this low price environment.”For the year, King said production was up about 3 million barrels, and the state is predicting that it’s going to be up next year too.King said a big part of that prediction is coming from the companies.“You know, last year they told us, the Prudhoe Bay operator (BP) at least, they told us that they were expecting to be able to hold production relatively flat and we were a little bit skeptical and this year they told us the same thing – now we have a tendency to want to believe them a little bit more,” King said.And, this isn’t new oil. At least, it’s not coming from new fields.ConocoPhillips brought another portion of its Colville River oil field online and that increased production. But the increases mostly came from places like Prudhoe Bay.King said the oil companies trimmed operations, cut costs and found ways to squeeze oil out of old fields.“A lot of it is just facility optimization and just management of the resources and that’s really something that they weren’t paying as much attention to, I think when they were out there trying to find new places to drill and new oil – now they’re focused more on the assets that they do have and getting the most out of them,” King said.In some places, like ConocoPhillips’ Kuparuk River Oil Field – operators drilled new wells. In others, like the Oooguruk offshore oil field in the Beaufort Sea, Caelus Energy has been fracking.And Hilcorp took over operation of three fields, Endicott, Milne Point and North Star. The company’s business model is to find ways to get new oil out of old fields.But, it’s not all good news. Alaska’s Department of Revenue also put out a forecast today. This one, an early look at oil prices. Analysts are saying that oil prices won’t increase as quickly as previously thought.They predict oil won’t climb to $75 per barrel until 2027, and they attribute most of that increase to inflation.
Update at 12.15 pm: SpiceJet was holding on to its gains, up 1.04 percent at Rs 107, while Jet Airways was almost flat (up 0.19 percent) at Rs 516. IndiGo-owner Interglobe Aviation shares were down 0.31 percent at Rs 1,111. The BSE Sensex was down 53 points at 30,080 and top index losers were ITC, Axis Bank, Tata Steel and Lupin.Original story:Share prices of SpiceJet, Jet Airways and IndiGo-owner Interglobe Aviation were trading with modest gains at around 9.30 am on Thursday ahead of UDAN launch by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Shimla.SpiceJet was trading at Rs 107, Interglobe at Rs 1,121 and Jet Airways at Rs 516. The BSE Sensex was up 12 points at 30,118 and NSE Nifty almost flat at 9,348.The UDAN scheme envisages short-duration flight services at affordable costs. The airfare for a one-hour journey of 500 km has been capped at Rs 2,500.Five carriers will be operating along 128 routes across India under the scheme. SpiceJet, Air Deccan, Turbo Megha and two other operators will be flying the low-fare services.Indian stock markets were on a roll on Wednesday, April 26, with benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty closing at record highs, tracking global and domestic cues. The BSE Sensex closed 190 points higher at 30,133, a record closing for the benchmark after it hit an all-time high of 30,167 while the 50-scrip NSE Nifty ended 45 points higher at 9,352.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs 493 crore.Top index gainers were ITC, M&M and HDFC while Ceat, SKF India, Andhra Bank, Tata Chemicals, BEML, MRF and Marico hit a new 52-week high during the day. The Indian rupee hit a 20-month high of 63.93 to the US Dollar on Wednesday before closing at 64.12.UDAN makes air travel accessible to a wider range of citizens & enhances connectivity with many more airports across India. pic.twitter.com/X2wVIq6130— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 27, 2017
Kamal Hossain. Photo: The Indian ExpressJatiya Oikya Front leader and Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain in an interview with The Indian Express said that he has been working to restore the rule of law and democracy in Bangladesh.When asked if he is the principal challenger, “I am no challenger. I am just an 80-year-old man… I am just working to restore the rule of law, democracy in the country,” he told the Indian daily newspaper.Sitting at his third-floor lawyer’s chamber in Dhaka’s Motijheel area, Kamal said, “I am waiting for the election day. The election day is a liberation day. It will be second liberation day if it’s free and fair election,” he added.Just minutes earlier, four days before the country goes to polls, a couple of senior policemen came to his chamber, to express concern over his security.“Police officials told me that they were concerned about my security. They will provide security at my chamber and house if necessary,” Kamal said.But, this octogenarian is not giving up his fight.That’s what he has done for over five decades of his life — from being a lawyer to Hasina’s father Mujibur Rahman in 1968 to being the opposition alliance leader, challenging Hasina’s 10-year rule in the upcoming elections.As a 31-year-old, he defended Mujibur Rahman in the Agartala conspiracy case in 1968 against the then Pakistan government.After Bangladesh was liberated in 1971, he was the first law minister of the country and headed the constitution drafting committee, and is regarded as the architect of Bangladesh’s constitution in 1972.He also served as the country’s foreign minister, when he held parleys with Sardar Swaran Singh and was key to Bangladesh joining the UN in 1974.“I was just practising law when BNP’s (Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s) secretary general Fakhrul Islam came to meet me a few months ago and asked me to lead the front. I was aware of what was happening throughout the country, so I agreed,” he said calmly, talking about his becoming the leader of the opposition alliance. He was referring to the crackdown against civil society activists and journalists, as well as the opposition, in the last few months.The BNP, whose leader Khaleda Zia has been in jail since February this year over corruption charges, has stitched up a rainbow coalition, with Kamal at the helm of affairs. Khaleda’s son Tarique Rahman also faces life imprisonment. He has been living in London for a decade.But, over the hour-long conversation with The Indian Express, Kamal also expressed his discomfort towards the BNP’s track record with India as well its decision to field 22 members of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.“I am sorry to say that fielding ex-Jamaat people is stupid. I had given it in writing that there will be no support to Jamaat, no bringing in religion, fundamentalism, extremism, and so on,” he said, with a sense of frustration at realpolitik.“Had I known (that Jamaat leaders will be given BNP tickets), I would not have been part of it, but I will not stay a single day if these people have any role in the future government,” he told The Indian Express on Wednesday.On BNP’s poor track record with India, he said, “BNP has told India that we have been wrong. When Khaleda Zia went to India, she told them. It was part of their rehabilitation process, she began to correct (the position).”On politics in Bangladesh and other parts of South Asia, he says, “Why should we have dynasties ruling our part of the world? Look at Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka.”The BNP is also helmed by the Zia family.Kamal, who is the only still-active member of the Mujibur Rahman cabinet, recalled of his equation with India: “I had a great equation with Indira Gandhi and her foreign minister Swaran Singh. We discussed the knotty issue of land boundary with so much ease.”He recalled the “joy of building a nation” after the 1971 liberation war, the development of Bangladesh from a province to a country, saying, “The foreign ministry was in two rooms in InterContinental hotel, and the law ministry did not have enough books, so we had to bring our own personal collection to consult law books.”He said they improvised, and it was an “exciting time”. But, he said that independence meant that the government belonged to the people, according to Article 7 of the Bangladesh constitution, which he proudly drafted, along with others.“Right now, democracy is compromised, and democracy is critically important. Independence is meaningful when there are free and fair elections,” he said.Wearing a black suit and surrounded by his books on law, he said, “Our people have to recover the ownership of the country. So, this election is about recovering the state from the usurper.”On his alliance with the BNP, he said, “Such unity of forces has happened earlier as well. For Bangladeshis, the appeal to unity has had resonance. That the country belongs not to a particular party or a family.”On what his role would be if the opposition came to power and whether he would become prime minister or not, he said, “I don’t say yes or no… but I am committed to participate in the democratic processes, with no designation, no salary.”He said he seeks to end “narrow partisanship of police and administration”, adding, “there is beautiful Bangla word for it, doliyokoron.”“Look at the police, what are they doing? Policemen have become doliyo lathiyas (party’s soldiers)…”During all five decades of his career, he said, he has not seen as many arrests as he has this time.“A total dictator,” he said, without naming Hasina even once during the hour-long conversation.“We need real cooperation with India. India’s enlightened self interest should look at our own interest,” he said, as he indicated that India has been leaning towards Hasina’s Awami League.He also had a word of advice for future governments in Dhaka and Delhi on cooperation, including on transit rights and access to ports.“Some of this should be done in a more transparent manner, (things like) who negotiated and what is negotiated… The legitimacy is in question, but any reasonable Bangladeshi will accept them. But there is a feeling that India niye nilo (India has taken something).”Someone who loves poetry and reading fiction, including Indian Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy, Hossain is also friends with former president Pranab Mukherjee and former NSA Shiv Shankar Menon. “But, I have not had any discussions with them for a year now. Maybe after the elections, I should go and discuss things,” he ended.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,LINDAU, Germany (RNS) — On the same day that a prominent woman urged greater inclusion of female leaders in Religions for Peace, delegates to the 10th World Assembly of the interreligious global organization elected their first woman secretary-general.On Wednesday (Aug. 21), they chose Azza Karam, an expert who works with the United Nations on issues of religion and development, as the organization’s new top official.Karam, a Muslim and a professor of religion and development at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, succeeds William Vendley, a Roman Catholic scholar from the United States who has held the role since 1994.The new secretary-general of Religions for Peace, Azza Karam. Photo by Christian Flemming/Religions for Peace“A woman as head of RFP International — now that’s what I call ‘walking the talk,’” Tarunjit Singh Butalia, executive director of Religions for Peace USA, told Religion News Service. “She will serve as an example to young boys and girls of faith of gender equality.”The announcement comes at a time when other women leaders have been seeking greater visibility in the leadership of the organization and beyond it.As a procession of hundreds of leaders attending the assembly stepped off for a ceremonial walk through this Bavarian city, male officials of Religions for Peace held the most prominent spots at the front of the line.But on Wednesday, midway to their destination, a new “Ring for Peace” sculpture symbolizing interreligious unity, women began to be included in some of those front-row locations. And as the organization’s officers posed for a photo, Mehrezia Labidi-Maiza, an honorary president, took a turn holding its red hockey-stick-shaped banner.RELATED: International interfaith gathering: ‘We must work together or we will all fail’A couple of hours before, Labidi-Maiza, the first vice president of Tunisia’s Constitutional Assembly, spoke in a special session of the global assembly about the importance of women leaders in interreligious groups.Speaking directly to Vendley, the outgoing RFP secretary-general seated in a plenary hall, she urged greater visibility for the female clergy, academicians and theologians in their midst from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw 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.,Load Comments,Explainer: Trump and the politics of the Messiah Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email TagsAzza Karam homepage featured interreligious Religions for Peace Religions for Peace World Assembly women women leaders,You may also like Religions for Peace Secretary-General William Vendley on Aug. 20, 2019, in Lindau, Germany. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw News By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw “Women in religions are not just followers or transmitters,” the Sunni Muslim woman said, drawing applause. “But they are also actors of their destiny. They are agents of peace. They are mediators. They can interpret and explain the texts of their religions.”In an interview the day before, Vendley acknowledged the key role women have played as peace builders in the midst of conflicts around the world. He pointed to Sierra Leone, where he said a group of unarmed female leaders was able to secure the release of dozens of children captured by rebels.He said women’s work as “vital agents of peace” was the focus of the special session.“We are not doing this out of political correctness,” he said. “We are doing it out of a sense of the dignity and the extraordinary gifts that religious women have.”MENA Woman as Peacemakers panel discussion during the Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly on Aug. 21, 2019. Panelists included Mehrezia Labidi-Maiza, from left, Nabila Makram, Bishop Petra Bosse-Huber, Layla Alkhafaji and Houda Ezra Nonoo. Photo by Christian Thiel/Religions for PeaceHe said women should be recognized across the globe for their contributions to religious life.“We all know that women have always been vital in the sustaining and maintaining and propagating of religious communities,” Vendley said. “Their visibility has not been commensurate with the scale of their contribution.”The women’s panel discussion included Layla Alkhafaji, a Shiite Muslim who was imprisoned for 11 years for opposing Saddam Hussein’s rule and went on to become a member of the Iraqi Parliament, and Houda Ezra Nonoo, a Jewish woman and a former ambassador to the U.S. from Bahrain.MENA Women as Peacemakers with Layla Alkhafaji. Photo by Christian Flemming/Religions for PeaceThe three journeyed together earlier this year as peacemakers to Jordan to encourage women entrepreneurs and discuss how to promote equal opportunities for Jordanian women and Syrian refugees.“It surprised me how the world is very small when we get together,” Alkhafaji said of the peacemaking trip. “We women, it seemed, shared the same difficulties no matter where we come from, what faith we have, what culture we are.”Butalia, of Religions for Peace USA, said women’s voices have been interwoven into the World Assembly gatherings. But he also thinks religious organizations need to be intentional about including women in leadership roles.RELATED: German town welcomes hundreds from different faiths for food, worship and unity“If you look across religious traditions, I think that is a common theme, that many of us proclaim that our religious tradition gives equal status to men and women. But when we come to religious leadership, we see most religious traditions the religious leadership is male-dominated,” he said.Yasuko Miyoshi. RNS photo by Adelle M. BanksYasuko Miyoshi, secretariat of Religions for Peace Japan, said events like the special session are important for drawing attention to women leaders.“When I see the situation in Japan, still women in religious groups are not very much highlighted,” said Miyoshi, a member of the Buddhist lay organization Rissho Kosei-Kai who said the 25-member board of her RFP chapter has two women, including one who chairs its women’s committee. “Without those highlights women can be marginalized in the main assembly.”In other interviews outside the plenary hall, Religions for Peace representatives said one of the five board members in Religions for Peace India is a woman. A deputy director of an interfaith organization that is the Malawi affiliate for Religions for Peace said her executive committee is working to increase the number of women and currently has two among its nine members.“We have made it a point that we have a policy saying whenever they’re choosing their executive committee, they should also include women to be part of that,” said Sophia Nthenda, a Roman Catholic staffer of the Public Affairs Committee.Imam Mohamed Magid. RNS photo by Adelle M. BanksAs Labidi-Maiza encouraged greater inclusion of women from the stage of the World Assembly, many in the audience applauded and some women cheered. But Imam Mohamed Magid, former president of the Islamic Society of North America, said he thinks men who heard her need to apply that message in the congregations they lead.“I do believe men in that audience, they have to carry that message and push back in the community,” said Magid, noting that male leaders may be more inclined to build relations with people of other faiths than to work on problems within their own congregations, including sex abuse or child marriage.Lynnaia Main, the Episcopal Church’s representative to the U.N. and a member of the voting delegation at the RPC World Assembly, said she was impressed with how the women of faith on the peacemaking panel countered the common notion about oppressed women in their region of the world.“Clearly each of those women was empowered, deeply courageous activists and highly placed decision-makers and shattered the stereotypes that frequently American women can have about women in the Middle East,” said Main. The panel included Nabila Makram, a Coptic Orthodox woman and Egyptian immigration minister who serves as a representative of the Middle East Council of Churches.Rebecca Boakye. RNS photo by Adelle M. BanksRebecca Boakye, assistant to the director of Adventist Development and Relief Agency in Germany, said the discussion by the Middle Eastern and North African woman peacemakers encouraged her.“I think that women are very important for the dialogue and to raise voice for women around the world and different countries, different religions and different situations,” she said. “I want to do more for myself.” Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Catholicism As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! MENA Women as Peacemakers with Mehrezia Labidi-Maiza. RNS photo by Adelle M. 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