Month: January 2017

The Story Behind Trump’s Controversial Prayer Partner

Donald Trump discovered Paula White the same way legions of fans and followers did: on television.

Fifteen years of prayer, visits, and friendship later, the Florida preacher now serves as the top spiritual adviser for America’s president-elect and, essentially, his guide to the country’s religious conservatives.

Her behind-the-scenes counsel became news as Trump prepared for the presidency. It was White who arranged a meeting at the Trump Tower for fellow televangelists (including Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, David Jeremiah, and Jan Crouch) to anoint him in prayer back in 2015. She defended the sincerity of his faith to fellow Christians, and continues to network Trump with members of his evangelical advisory board to discuss appointments and policy going into office.

“I’m the bridge-builder,” said White, pastor of New Destiny Christian Center near Orlando, in an interview with Christianity Today. “It really, truly is the board and the wisdom of so many great men and women of God.”

But White’s involvement carries major baggage, especially for evangelical leaders who have for years lamented the endlessly positive health and wealth theology associated with her ministry (even doing so in rap). Critical voices within the church worry that White’s political prominence will push the prosperity gospel mainstream—or prove that it’s already there.

“The massive congregations and television and Internet audiences that people like Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Paula White, T. D. Jakes, and others enjoy show us that this theology is already mainstream,” said Leah Payne, who directs the Center for Pentecostal-Charismatic Theology Practice at George Fox University. …

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Hugh Baird students to become activators of the beautiful game

Two Hugh Baird College students have been selected by the Association of Colleges (AoC) Sport and the English College’s Football Association (ECFA) to take on a newly formed role that is tasked with raising participation rates in football across the College and the communities within its surrounding areas.

Thanks to Hugh Baird College being a Footballing Hub for AoC Sport, Grace Kearney and Joe Noonan will become ECFA football activators. The pair recently attending a day of training at Walsall College aimed at getting them ready to take on the role full time.

Phil Oliver, football coaching tutor at Hugh Baird College said: “The Further Education football activator role is an exciting new football leadership position that aims to give young people realistic experience of working in a football development role.

“As activators, Grace and Joe will develop employability skills whilst inspiring more young people to take part in football in whatever capacity suits them.”

Phil continued: “The role has a focus on increasing participation and Grace and Joe will need to develop their leadership and skill development skills in order to engage female, disabled and British. Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) participants in the beautiful game.”

In addition to the day session Grace and Joe attended at Walsall College, a full training and development programme is in place from ECFA.

This will then be complemented by advice and guidance from trained and experienced staff at Hugh Baird College.

Adam Broomhead, Hugh Baird College sport maker, who is also a football activator, added: “This is a new and innovative concept. The partnership between AoC Sport, ECFA and The FA sees investment into colleges to develop the student and staff workforce in order to grow college and community football.”

“As an organisation, Hugh Baird College are delighted to be part of the first wave of college’s to help roll out this initiative.

“It will not only impact on the…


African country launches digital currency

Senegal, in West Africa, will use a digital currency this year that will be circulated alongside paper money as legal tender.

The digital currency, eCFA, will be issued by the Banque Régionale de Marchés (BRM), and will be accepted by existing payment platforms such as MPesa, a mobile payments platform that allows people to transfer cash on their phones.

“An eCFA backed by our banking system and the central bank is the safest and most secure way to enable the digital economy. We can now facilitate full interoperability between all e-money payment systems”, said Alioune Camara, CEO of BRM.

The effort is a joint partnership with eCurrency Mint Limited, a company that helps central banks issue digital fiat currency.

The e-money will be issued in compliance with the Central Bank of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). In its second phase of roll out, the e-currency will be used in other countries in the union: Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Togo and Guinea-Bissau.

The security features of paper money – watermark, serial number, and governor’s signature – can be replicated in a digital currency, said Jonathan Dharmapalan, CEO of eCurrency Mint at the 2015 Alliance for Financial Inclusion Global Policy Forum in Mozambique.

“By layering these together and binding them into a single instrument you have essentially created a central bank-issued digital currency”, he added.


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