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Attacks on American churches dramatically increasing, report suggests

Attacks on American churches dramatically increasing, report suggests

Suspicious fire at Baptist Church in Tacoma, Washington on July 23, 2021.Credit: Andy Ngo Twitter According to a recent report by the Family Research Council (FRC), reported attacks on American churches doubled between 2022 and 2023, the Christian Post reports. What is equally disturbing is that the 436 reported incidents in 2023, was 800% higher than the number reported in 2018. Remembering these are only the reported cases, FRC stated that the attacks on churches between January 2023 and November 2023, included: 315 Acts of vandalism 75 Arson threats 20 Bomb threats, and 10 Attacks that involved guns. There were only two states, Hawaii and Wyoming, that did not report attacks on churches and California led in 2023, with 33 reported incidents. Dozens of the attacks had satanic roots. This included having crosses being turned upside down, words like ‘satan has risen,’ and the number ‘666’ along with satanic images such as pentagrams being painted on walls. Many of the attacks were associated with abortion, and there was also a flurry of attacks in support …

OnePlus took a three-year ‘reflective pause’ before increasing its smartwatch battery

OnePlus took a three-year ‘reflective pause’ before increasing its smartwatch battery

It’s 2024. All smartwatches should offer multiple days of battery life, full stop. As things stand now, there’s a jaw-droppingly wide range across the devices. I would go so far as to say that limited battery has been — and continues to be — the single biggest issue with the Apple Watch. The Series 9 is currently rated at 18 hours in standard mode and 36 in Low Power Mode. OnePlus’ upcoming Watch 2, meanwhile, promises a jaw-dropping 100 hours “in full Smart Mode.” This is, of course, exactly the sort of claim it’s best to take with a few grains of salt prior to the wearable’s official unveiling next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. I would take that a step further and tell interested parties to wait for the first reviews to trickle in. According to a blog post, the company took a “three-year hiatus and a reflective pause following the OnePlus Watch 1.” Battery is precisely the sort of thing OnePlus needs to lean into. The first-gen product promised up to …

After a boom in west Africa, LDS church finds increasing acceptance in the east

After a boom in west Africa, LDS church finds increasing acceptance in the east

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — When Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionaries arrived in this mostly Christian east African nation 44 years ago, they were met with suspicion and some hostility. While many Christian churches urge their faithful to evangelize, LDS missionaries were more aggressive, going door to door and even approaching people on the street. Other Christian groups shunned the LDS as cultic and anti-Christian. In particular, they disapproved of the LDS’ rejection of the doctrine of the Trinity, in which God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are believed to be three persons in one deity.  “Their mode of evangelism and doctrine were viewed by mainstream churches as veering away from the evangelical mainstream doctrine,” said the Rev. Martin Munyao, a senior lecturer at the Daystar University in Kenya. But while the Rev. John Gaturo Gatu, an educator in the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, agreed that Christians considered the LDS to fall outside the faith because of its non-Trinitarian doctrine, he said, “There is a generation which is looking for …

Ford Slashing Prices And Increasing Incentives On Electric Mach-E, F-150 Lightning

Ford Slashing Prices And Increasing Incentives On Electric Mach-E, F-150 Lightning

It’s not just Tesla…the increasing saturation of the electric vehicle market continues driving down prices as manufacturers strive to remain competitive. At the same, manufacturers are starting to realize that hybrids present a more cost-effective option than battery electric vehicles due to lower initial purchase prices and the ability to save on fuel without being wholly dependent on charging infrastructure. Maybe that’s why, shortly after reducing the prices of its 2023 Mustang Mach-E in Canada, Ford has cut the MSRP across all trims in the U.S. to respond to softer EV demand, offering additional lease discounts and introducing new incentives for the F-150 Lightning, according to Electrek. The Mustang Mach-E, an all-electric SUV that debuted over four years ago, has become highly popular, ranking as the second-best-selling electric SUV in the U.S. in 2023. Following a pause in orders last year, Ford resumed sales in May with reduced prices, starting at $42,995. This move came right before the company announced a similar price reduction in Canada, marking a continuous effort to make the Mach-E more …

Taunts, bullying… then groping: how sexual assaults are increasing in schools | Rape and sexual assault

Taunts, bullying… then groping: how sexual assaults are increasing in schools | Rape and sexual assault

Starting secondary school had not been easy for Billy (not his real name). What started as verbal taunts from one boy soon saw him become the target of a group of four boys. Bullying became physical violence. Yet the abuse got even worse, escalating to sexual assault. The group would corner him in the toilets and grope and touch his genitals. Unsurprisingly, Billy’s mental health quickly deteriorated. He is now being home-schooled and he struggles to leave the house because of anxiety. Billy is receiving support from Embrace, a charity that works with children who have been the victims of crime. He says that he is starting to feel stronger, while his parents say his panic attacks and nightmares are receding thanks to the support he is getting. However, what he experienced was part of an increase in “peer-on-peer abuse” that is worrying schools, police and professionals who work with young people. Billy’s experience was unusual in that most abuse is carried out by boys against girls. But what he faced is part of a …

How Gong’s AI tools are increasing win rates for sales teams

How Gong’s AI tools are increasing win rates for sales teams

Gong, a leader in revenue intelligence software, quietly revealed on Thursday that its artificial intelligence is transforming enterprise sales teams and leading to measurable improvements in productivity and revenue growth.  The company has published in-depth analysis conducted by Gong’s research division, which examined more than 1 million sales opportunities across nearly 1,500 customers. The results showed that sales representatives using Gong’s AI-powered features like Smart Trackers and Ask Anything achieved significantly higher win rates compared to those not leveraging the technology. Specifically, teams using Smart Trackers, which identify key deal characteristics through natural language processing, had 35% higher win rates. Ask Anything, which enables reps to quickly surface insights by querying accounts and deals, delivered 26% greater win rates. Credit: Gong “The two keys to Gong’s solution – and to impactful AI in general – are translating the AI into meaningful business processes or insights; and, ensuring the AI is accurate,” said Eilon Reshef, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Gong, in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat. VB Event The AI Impact Tour – NYC …

The increasing difficulties of getting an abortion in Italy

The increasing difficulties of getting an abortion in Italy

To find their way around the San Filippo Neri Hospital, women who want an abortion had better be able to read between the lines. The abortion service does exist. It’s mentioned, among all the others, at the entrance to this large Rome establishment, located to the northwest of the capital. But then, poof, the name disappears. Once past the entrance hall, visitors are greeted by a single A4 sheet of paper. Plastered against a wall, the sign reads “gynecological surgery” in large letters, then, in brackets and in smaller type, “law 194/78”. It is by this number, followed by the year of its adoption, that the legislation authorizing abortion in Italy is commonly referred to. For the acronym IVG (interruzione volontaria di gravidanza) to reappear, you have to wait for the service’s door. The head of the department, Marina Marceca, said she again had to fight for this, against the views of the very Catholic director of this public hospital, who was bothered by the designation. These semantic qualms have no bearing on the way …

China’s increasing political influence in the south Pacific has sparked an international response

China’s increasing political influence in the south Pacific has sparked an international response

Taiwan elected Lai Ching-te, also known as William Lai, to be its next president on January 13. His election marks the continuation of a government that promotes an independent Taiwan. Just two days later, the Pacific nation of Nauru severed ties with Taiwan and transferred its diplomatic allegiance to Beijing. More recently, on January 27, Tuvalu’s pro-Taiwan prime minister, Kausea Natano, lost his seat in the nation’s general election. Natano’s finance minister, Seve Paeniu, who is aiming for the prime ministership himself, was returned to his seat. In his campaign, Paeniu pledged to review Tuvalu’s relationships with China and Taiwan. These examples indicate China’s growing influence in the south Pacific, a region that the world’s major powers are competing for influence over. But why is the region significant? And how are these major powers exerting their influence there? Taiwan’s president-elect, William Lai. Daniel Ceng/EPA Preventing recognition of Taiwan Taiwan has been governed independently since 1949. But Beijing believes it should be reunited with the rest of China. It is not an option for states to …

SoFi Stadium to Install Retractable Corner Seats This Spring, Increasing Field Size for Soccer

SoFi Stadium to Install Retractable Corner Seats This Spring, Increasing Field Size for Soccer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — SoFi Stadium will begin work Monday on renovations to increase the size of its playing field area in preparation for hosting eight matches during the 2026 World Cup. Los Angeles Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff says the construction involves replacing concrete in the corners of the lower bowl with bleacher risers that can be rolled back during soccer matches. The changes should end years of reported concerns from various soccer entities about the width of the soccer fields that will fit inside the stadium, which was primarily designed to host two NFL teams on American football’s narrower field. “It’s really just changing pre-cast concrete in the corners of the stadium to a more retractable system,” Demoff said Sunday. “We’ll have the exact same seating capacity, exact same format and layout. The only difference will be a few of the rows in the corners will be on retractable seating versus permanent seating.” SoFi Stadium was not awarded the World Cup final in the schedule announced Sunday by FIFA despite a late …

Russia Says Increasing Air Defence Missile Production

Russia Says Increasing Air Defence Missile Production

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is increasing production of air defence missiles, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in video footage released on Tuesday, adding there were “key issues” that needed to be addressed. The release of the footage by the defence ministry follows hits by drones launched from Ukraine on Russian cities and energy infrastructure while Moscow presses on with its military campaign against Kyiv. Shoigu was shown inspecting defence industry facilities in the Urals industrial city of Yekaterinburg and touring factories producing sea- and ground-launched cruise missiles and air defence systems. “There has been a significant increase in the volume of production. We have more than doubled production of the missiles we need for air defence,” he said at one factory. “But there are some key issues we need to address. And we need to address them quite vigorously. There is the question of engines, and there is the question of the establishment of launcher production.” The defence ministry published the videos on its Telegram messenger channel. Russian officials have in recent months flagged rapid …