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United Methodist Church passes historic resolution on persecuted Indian Christians

United Methodist Church passes historic resolution on persecuted Indian Christians

UMC calls on US State Department to declare India a “Country of Particular Concern” CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The General Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC), which met in Charlotte, NC on April 30, 2024, overwhelmingly passed a resolution recognizing the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in India by the Hindu nationalist movement and calling on the US government to take action. The resolution focuses on the 2023 violence against tribal Christians in Manipur, India, where at least 120 people were killed by armed mobs operating with sanction of the state’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The UMC is the first denomination in the world to pass such a resolution. The resolution appeals to the US State Department to “designate India as a ‘country of particular concern,’ or CPC, for engaging in systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom, as defined by the International Religious Freedom Act.” The Rev. Scort Christy, President of the New Federation of Asian American United Methodists (NFAAUM), who introduced the petition, said, “Too often, we …

Bucks-based Dreams joins historic City livery company

Bucks-based Dreams joins historic City livery company

Bed and mattress retailer Dreams has joined The Furniture Makers’ Company, a City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry. Dreams will be formally welcomed as a corporate member at an admission ceremony in June at Furniture Makers’ Hall, London. Michael Dingwall, director of production and quality, Shelly Dickinson, head of people, and Kelly Davis, head of internal and corporate communications, will all be admitted as corporate liverymen and personally welcomed by the Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company. Corporate membership provides opportunities for businesses in the trade to support The Furniture Makers’ Company’s charitable activities, get involved with civic events and network with other members. Amanda Waring, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, said: “We’re proud to add another much-loved British brand to our diverse roster of businesses which showcase the talent within our industry. “Over a history of almost 40 years, Dreams has evolved into one of the UK’s most recognised bed specialists, and we look forward to the company helping to drive the continued success of the sector.” Headquartered in …

Young voters don’t give Biden credit for historic climate bill

Young voters don’t give Biden credit for historic climate bill

WASHINGTON —  President Biden spent his Earth Day in a national forest this year with an explicit pitch to young people: a climate jobs corps intended to excite Gen Z the way John F. Kennedy’s Peace Corps inspired their grandparents. Biden took a selfie with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive New York Democrat, to remind voters that he was the first president to truly embrace elements of her Green New Deal, signing a signature $369-billion spending package in 2022 — the biggest climate bill in American history — to ignite the renewable energy revolution. But Biden isn’t reaping the political benefits. His lead over former President Trump among voters younger than 30 is down since 2020 — when he won that group by 24 percentage points. His current lead among those younger voters is somewhere between the single digits and high teens, according to a variety of polls. The Harvard Youth Poll conducted in March found Biden leading by a 19-point margin but found Trump voters (76%) were far more likely to say they were enthusiastic …

Download 131,000 Historic Maps from the Huge David Rumsey Map Collection

Download 131,000 Historic Maps from the Huge David Rumsey Map Collection

The world has changed dra­mat­i­cal­ly over the past 500 years, albeit not quite as dra­mat­i­cal­ly as how we see the world. That’s just what’s on dis­play at the David Rum­sey Map Col­lec­tion, whose more than 131,000 his­tor­i­cal maps and relat­ed images are avail­able to browse (or down­load) free online. Since we last fea­tured it here on Open Cul­ture, the col­lec­tion has added at least 40,000 items to its dig­i­tal hold­ings, mak­ing it an even more valu­able resource for not just under­stand­ing how human­i­ty has viewed the world through­out the ages, but how we’ve imag­ined it — and, for that mat­ter, how we’ve imag­ined oth­er worlds from Mars to Nar­nia to Kryp­ton. “Imag­i­nary maps” is just one of the cat­e­gories through which you can explore the David Rum­sey Map Col­lec­tion. There are also tags for news­pa­per maps, time­lines, city maps, celes­tial maps, data visu­al­iza­tions, chil­dren’s maps, and more vari­eties besides. If you’d pre­fer a more tra­di­tion­al form of orga­ni­za­tion, you can search for maps of spe­cif­ic geo­graph­i­cal regions: North Amer­i­ca, South Amer­i­ca, Europe, Asia, Africa, Aus­tralia, Antarc­ti­ca, the Pacif­ic, the Arc­tic, …

Historic floods kill 83, leaving Brazil and its president angry, shaken

Historic floods kill 83, leaving Brazil and its president angry, shaken

The airport is shut down. Dozens of highways have been blocked. Most in the state capital are without running water. The death toll is already at 83 — and sure to climb higher. Even in a country increasingly inured to natural disasters driven by climate change, the flooding that has swallowed Rio Grande do Sul, one of Brazil’s most developed and prosperous states, has badly shaken this nation of 215 million. With more than half the cities in the state dealing with floodwaters and 20,000 people left homeless, Rio Grande do Sul hasn’t been just damaged. It has been crippled. “This is the worst disaster ever registered in the state of Rio Grande do Sul,” Gov. Eduardo Leite said. “Perhaps one of the worst disasters that the country has registered in recent history.” In recent years, Brazil has grappled regularly with natural disasters: record rains, devastating floods, intense droughts and deadly landslides. Political leaders and scientists here have routinely blamed climate change and called for greater action. That rhetoric has yielded little in the way …

SpaceX reveals new sleek spacesuits ahead of upcoming historic mission

SpaceX reveals new sleek spacesuits ahead of upcoming historic mission

SpaceX has revealed its new Extravehicular Activity (EVA) suits that could make their low-Earth orbital debut by summer’s end. The new uniform is described as an evolution of the spacesuits currently worn by astronauts aboard Dragon missions, which are designed solely for remaining within pressurized environments. In contrast, the EVA suits will allow astronauts to work both within and outside their capsule as needed thanks to a number of advancements in materials fabrication, joint design, enhanced redundancy safeguards, as well as the integration of a helmet visor heads up display (HUD). Announced over the weekend, the SpaceX EVA suits will be worn by the four crewmembers scheduled to comprise the Polaris Program’s first mission, Polaris Dawn. First launched in 2022, the Polaris Program is a joint venture through SpaceX intended to “rapidly advance human spaceflight capabilities,” according to its website. Targeted for no earlier than summer 2024, Polaris Dawn will mark the first commercial spacewalk, as well as the first spacewalk to simultaneously include four astronauts. While making history outside their Dragon capsule, the crew …

Madonna powers through mammoth Rio concert with knee support brace as final tour stop draws historic crowd

Madonna powers through mammoth Rio concert with knee support brace as final tour stop draws historic crowd

Madonna’s Celebration Tour ended with a huge bang on Saturday with a finale performance at Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, marketed as a free concert to thank all the fans for their support. The singer, 65, took to the stage with supporting acts Diplo and Barata, and received special support from Brazilian stars Anitta and Pabllo Vittar. The show was held in front of the Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel, with free entry available on a first come-first serve basis, and ended up drawing a historic crowd of over 1.6 million. You may also likeMadonna shares sneak glimpse of world tour The final concert of the tour became Madonna’s largest ever, and the largest ever for a standalone concert by any artist, beating a record held by the Rolling Stones. Through her several outfit changes, plus a green ski mask and a leotard in the colors of the Brazilian flag (with her surname “Ciccone” on the back), Madonna also wore a black knee support brace and at times sported a white wrist support brace as well, particularly …

Dick Rutan, Co-Pilot of Historic Round-The-World Flight, Dies at 85

Dick Rutan, Co-Pilot of Historic Round-The-World Flight, Dies at 85

MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — Burt Rutan was alarmed to see the plane he had designed was so loaded with fuel that the wing tips started dragging along the ground as it taxied down the runway. He grabbed the radio to warn the pilot, his older brother Dick Rutan. But Dick never heard the message. Nine days and three minutes later, Dick, along with copilot Jeana Yeager, completed one of the greatest milestones in aviation history: the first round-the-world flight with no stops or refueling. A decorated Vietnam War pilot, Dick Rutan died Friday evening at a hospital in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with Burt and other loved ones by his side. He was 85. His friend Bill Whittle said he died on his own terms when he decided against enduring a second night on oxygen after suffering a severe lung infection. “He played an airplane like someone plays a grand piano,” said Burt Rutan of his brother, who was often described as has having a velvet arm because of his smooth flying style. Burt Rutan said …