Year: 2013

1,500 Pastors Who Deliberately Broke Politics Law Gain Une…… | News & Reporting

The record-setting 1,500 pastors that deliberately broke the law last October by preaching politics from the pulpit may have failed to provoke the IRS, but they now have an unexpected ally.

The final report from a national commission of religious and nonprofit leaders argues that the IRS should drop its ban on churches’ abilities to endorse political candidates. Labeling the current “government regulation of political speech” by religious organizations as “untenable,” the 60-page document submitted to Sen. Charles Grassley—who has been investigating televangelists’ finances since 2007—is the work of the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations (CAPRO). (Baptist Press notes the many evangelical leaders on the commission.)

According to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), which oversees CAPRO, the report recommends that:

Members of the clergy should be able to say whatever they believe is appropriate …

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SERVICES PACT: INTERVIEW: Government should halt implementation of pact: expert

National Taiwan University economics department chairwoman Jang Show-ling called on the government to suspend the newly signed cross-strait service trade agreement in an interview with ‘Taipei Times’ staff reporter Helen Ku. Jang said the feasibility of opening Taiwan’s market comprehensively to Chinese investors should be re-evaluated because it could bring more harm than benefits to local companies

Taipei Times (TT): To promote the service trade agreement with China, the government recently launched a series of forums to help the public understand how it handled the negotiations on the pact. How do you interpret this move?

Jang Show-ling (鄭秀玲 Jang): The government mainly consulted and exchanged opinions with large enterprises in the banking, construction and e-commerce sectors. However, the government did not consult with small and medium-sized companies in the service sector, which could be most affected by the pact. That is why the government now has to ease the public’s concern about the impact of the agreement.

Apparently, the government did not side with the “small” number of local companies and did not take their needs into consideration. The government failed to prove it is capable of safeguarding local businesses’ interest.

Photo: Wang Min-wei, Taipei Times

It might be right for the government to help enterprises break into new markets, but it is unacceptable that this comes at the expense of small companies’ interests. The government should at least come up with effective support measures to minimize the potential adverse impacts of opening up to Chinese investment.

The government needs to renegotiate with China over terms of the pact, or the agreement should be reassessed rule by rule in…


Ma eyes closer cross-strait relations – Taiwan Today

Ma eyes closer cross-strait relations  Taiwan Today

Major does not have the probity to question ECFA

First vice president of the East Coast Football Association (ECFA) Eton Moses yesterday said that losing Guyana Football Federation presidential challenger  and Kashif and Shanghai Director Aubrey “Shanghai’ Major does not have the probity to query the representatives of the association.

Eton Moses

Moses was responding to an article in Sunday’s Stabroek News headlined ‘Orchestrated plot to ensure I did not win says Major’ in which Major suggested that the East Coast association plotted to remove those delegates that were in favour of Major from voting at Friday’s GFF elections.

“There was a plot against me by the East Coast through fraudulent means to replace my people who were to vote,” Major told Stabroek Sport the day after the elections.

However, Moses yesterday took issue with Major’s claim.

“Mr. Major doesn’t have the morality to question the representation and representatives of any association. The East Coast representatives have represented the association twice before when Major was there in his capacity as the GFF organizing secretary,” he told Stabroek Sport.

   Keith O’Jeer
Keith O’Jeer

“On the issue of accountability, Major is part of an organisation that rather pay a $G50,000 dollar fine, than have the GFF scrutinise its books when they (organization) filling the stadium during their year-end tournament,” he alleged.

Asked about Major’s comment with regards to Troy Cadogan, a qualified marketing executive, not being elected to office Moses said: “He was not there so he couldn’t be elected as the constitution bars you from being elected to office if you are not present at the congress.”

Aubrey Major
Aubrey Major

Berbice Football Association (BFA) president and newly elected GFF executive committee member Keith O’Jeer also shared his views, stating in an invited comment…“If people can get so organized for football then it’s a good day for the sport. If anyone was doing anything questionable it is the one who is making the accusations.”


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