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US-owned Christian radio station in Rwanda shutdown for saying women are evil

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A US-owned local radio station has been shut down for insulting women in Rwanda, authorities say.
The Amazing Grace Christian Radio, a radio station that airs religious sermons, had its broadcasting license revoked after one of its presenters, Nicolas Niyibikora, repeatedly referred to women as evil, Rwanda officials said.
The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) announced it had taken away the station's license on Tuesday.
    "The revocation follows failure by Amazing Grace Christian Radio to comply with RURA's sanctions taken after a sermon aired by the Radio on 29 January 2018 in which a radio presenter Nicolas Niyibikora repeatedly insulted women referring to them as evil," the statement read.

    'The bible protects women'

    The radio station's founder, an American evangelist Gregg Schoof, has filed a lawsuit to get the radio back on air.
    The court case will be heard Thursday in Rwanda's capital, Kigali.
    Schoof responded to news of the license removal with a statement saying he had done nothing wrong.
    He added that he was ordered to plead guilty against his conscience and that Pastor Niyibikora has not been found guilty yet.
    "I am not Pastor Nicholas. Pastor Nicholas must apologize for himself," Schoof said.
    "Pastor Nicholas was not found guilty yet. There has been no testimony, no hearing, and no court case for his message. So RURA wants me to apologize for someone who is still presumed to be innocent?"
    Schoof has distanced himself from the "evil" comments and stated that he does not support the use of such language on women. 
    "I am against any kind of language that is against women," he said to the Rwandan Media Commission (RMC) ethics committee, The East African reported. "The bible protects and promotes women's rights. But I have not got the entire translation of the sermon since it was in Kinyarwanda."


    Immediately after the show's original airing in January, complaints followed on social media.
    Women's rights groups, the National Women's Association and Rwanda Women Journalists' Association, filed complaints to Rwanda Media Commission the media regulatory body in Rwanda, The East African reported
    In February, RURA imposed sanctions on the station, including a one month suspension, a $2,300 fine and an apology to the public.
    When the station failed to comply with the sanctions, RURA said it had no choice but to withdraw the station's license.
    Rwanda is seen as making positive strides towards gender equality. It has the highest percentage of women in its parliament in the world.

    Free speech

    The move also comes amid the closure of over 700 churches in Rwanda by local authorities, Rwandan newspaper The New Times reported.
    The country is seen as making significant progress since the genocide in 1994, but there are media restrictions and self-censorship, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
    Political opponents and journalists remain largely vulnerable, with reports of disappearances, according to Amnesty International.
    Rwanda currently ranks 156 out of 180 in the World Press Freedom Index.

    Eric Lundgren gets 15 months in jail for selling Windows restore CDs to help stop e-waste. Government lawyers put $700k value on the CDs, which can be downloaded for free from Microsoft

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    A California man is headed for a 15-month stay in federal prison over “restore CDs” — disks that reinstall Microsoft’s Windows operating system after a failure — after a ruling two weeks ago by a federal appeals court.
    In his 2017 trial in federal district court, Eric Lundgren, 33, was found to have infringed Microsoft’s intellectual property by $700,000 for ordering and importing the restore disks, which a witness told the court were nearly worthless. Lundgren, an activist whose cause is “e-waste,” or throwing out otherwise usable technology, saw the disks as a way to keep consumers from tossing old computers when they believed them to be broken.
    Such disks may only be used on computers that already have a license for the Windows operating system. Lundgren observed that many users, when confronted with a system failure, would simply opt to buy a new one, rather than hunt up a disk or go through the laborious process of a system restore.
    Lundgren had 28,000 of these disks made and shipped to Florida, where he and a broker planned to sell them to computer repair shops for about 25 cents each. This way, the shops wouldn’t have to make restore disks themselves.
    Somehow, this drew the attention of U.S. customs agents, who seized a shipment of the disks, then got the Florida broker to flip on Lundgren, catching him in a conspiracy where all of $3,400 was transacted. Both got indicted on a charge of conspiracy to traffic counterfeit goods and criminal copyright infringement, but the government’s snitch got off with a six-month home-arrest sentence for his cooperation.
    The Washington Post, in its account, notes that neither Microsoft nor any other computer manufacturers sell any restore disks. They’re free, and apparently so worthless as to be thrown away with great frequency. Lundgren argued that he was making the disks available only to those who already had a license for the Windows software. Government lawyers still valued the disks at $299 each, in an indictment saying Lundgren cost Microsoft $8.3 million — which, if it isn’t nonsense, is couch-cushion change to a company that stashes $138.5 billion of its cash overseas.
    Microsoft’s lawyer argued to the court that the sales of the disks “displaced Microsoft’s potential sales of genuine operating systems,” while ignoring the fact these disks were inoperable without an existing license paid for or granted by the company. An expert witness testified there was “zero or near zero” monetary value in any of the disks; they were useful mainly as a convenience to users or maintenance technicians.
    Despite that, Senior United States District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, appointed by the Clinton administration in 1994, said these disks had a value of $700,000. That qualified Lundgren for 15 months in the joint and a $50,000 fine, which Hurley handed to him after saying some nice things in his sentencing.

    Kim Jong-un will on Friday become the first North Korean leader since the war to cross the military demarcation line that divides the Korean peninsula. He will be meeting South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, the first such diplomacy in more than a decade.

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    Kim Jong-un is set to become the first North Korean leader to cross into South Korean territory since the end of the Korean War in 1953, as final details are put in place for the summit.
    South Korea said President Moon Jae-in would personally meet Mr Kim at the border at 09:30 (00:30 GMT) on Friday.
    The historic summit will focus on the North's recent indications it could be willing to give up its nuclear weapons.
    Talks are also proposed between Mr Kim and US President Trump by early June.
    Mr Kim is set to cross the military demarcation line - a clearly defined marker of the official land border between the territories. He will, however, remain within the Demilitarised Zone.
    Seoul has warned reaching an agreement aimed at ridding Pyongyang of its nuclear weapons will be "difficult", because North Korea's nuclear and missile technology has advanced so much since the sides' leaders last met more than a decade ago.
    "The difficult part is at what level the two leaders will be able to reach an agreement regarding willingness to denuclearise," South Korean presidential spokesperson Im Jong-seok said. 
    The meeting - the third of its kind following summits in 2000 and 2007 - is the result of months of improving relations between the two Koreas, and paves the way for a planned meeting between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump.
    President Trump cast some doubt on that meeting on Thursday, saying in an interview with Fox News, "maybe the meeting doesn't even take place". He also said he was considering three or four dates as well as five possible locations, if it does go ahead. 
    Mr Kim announced last week that he would suspend nuclear tests for the time being. The move was welcomed by the US and South Korea as a positive step, although Chinese researchers have indicated that North Korea's nuclear test site may be unusable after a rock collapse following its last test in September.
    As well as addressing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, the leaders are expected to discuss a path to peace on the peninsula to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, and a series of economic and social issues.
    South Korea and the US say they are suspending annual military drills for a day while the summit takes place.

    How the summit will unfold

    Every detail of the summit has been precisely planned - from the timetable to the dinner menu.
    Mr Moon will meet Mr Kim and his delegation of nine officials at the concrete blocks which mark the demarcation line on the border, Mr Im told reporters on Thursday.
    South Korean honour guards will then escort the leaders to a welcome ceremony at a plaza in Panmunjom, a military compound in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between the two countries.  
    Official talks between Mr Moon and Mr Kim will begin at 10:30 local time (01:30 GMT) at the Peace House in Panmunjom.
    The pair will break after the first session and will have lunch separately - with the delegation from the North crossing back to their side of the border.
    At an afternoon ceremony, Mr Moon and Mr Kim will plant a pine tree using soil and water from both countries, to symbolise "peace and prosperity". 
    Following the tree planting, they will walk together before starting the next round of talks. The summit will conclude with the leaders signing an agreement and delivering a joint statement before dinner.
    The banquet will be held on the South side - and a carefully planned menu has already been announced.
    Kim Jong-un will be served the Swiss potato dish rösti - a nod to his time studying in Switzerland - along with the North's signature dish of cold noodles, and a North Korean liquor.
    One detail, however, may have been overlooked - or may have been a deliberate move.
    Japan objected to the choice of dessert because of the inclusion on the mango mousse being served of disputed islands on a map of the Korean peninsula. Japan, North Korea and South Korea all claim the islands.
    After dinner, the delegations will watch a video called "Spring of One", before Mr Kim returns home. 

    Who will attend

    Mr Kim will be accompanied by nine officials, including his sister, Kim Yo-jong, who led the North's delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea earlier this year. Kim Yong-nam, North Korea's nominal head of state, will also attend. 
    In a rare move - one not seen at previous inter-Korean summits - the delegation will also feature top military officials and diplomats.
    South Korean presidential spokesperson Mr Im said he was encouraged by this shift. 
    "I feel North Korea is sending their key military officials to the summit as they too, believe denuclearisation and peace are important," he said.
    "North Korea appears to take into account not only the inter-Korean summit but also the subsequent North-US summit and efforts for international co-operation."
    South Korea will send seven officials along with President Moon, including the ministers for defence, foreign affairs and unification. The chairman of South Korea's joint chiefs of staff was a late addition to his entourage.

    The path to the summit

    The summit is the high point after months of improving relations between the two countries, which few would have predicted following years of rising tension.
    The rapprochement began in January when Mr Kim suggested he was "open to dialogue" with South Korea. The following month the two countries marched under one flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. 
    Mr Kim's new appetite for diplomacy led to a meeting with senior South Korean officials in March - the first time officials from Seoul had met the young leader since he came to power in 2011 - to map out details for a meeting with Mr Moon.
    Ahead of the summit, North Korean media praised Mr Kim for his work in the talks.
    "It is a historic event for national history made possible by our brisk efforts for dialogue and peace," The Rodong Sinmun, official newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party, said in an editorial.
    "Improving North-South relations is a necessary requirement for the achievement of homeland unification," it said.

    New Jersey arrests more people for weed than almost any other state

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    Texas town holds .5K - not 5K - for underachievers

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    One Texas town is holding a .5K next month -- and no, that decimal point is not a typo.

    Instead of slogging through all 3.1 miles of a typical 5K, "fellow underachievers" will gather in Boerne May 5 to run what amounts to 0.31 miles, or 1,640.42 feet. That's roughly the length of three New York City subway trains.

    "A possibly fully staffed, or not staffed at all, (a) medical tent will be in place, you know, just in case. 546 yards is nothing to take too lightly," the event's Facebook description reads.

    Of course, beer will be provided, and participants get a free pint at the start of the race. Finishers will also receive a "pretentious" 0.5k sticker to put on their windshields.

    In case runners get tired, a coffee and donut station will be set up at the halfway point for carb-loading and energy. This is also the designated smoking area.

    Want to join the, uh, race? Unfortunately, the event is full.

    "We are as surprised as you are - we really had no idea we would have this many people sign up," organizers wrote on the sign-in page.

    All proceeds will benefit a local charity.

    Thousands of teachers in Arizona, Colorado to protest

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    A wave of red-clad teachers will crash upon the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday for an unprecedented walkout that closed most of the state’s public school schools, part of an educator uprising that’s also bubbled up in Colorado.

    Around 30,000 to 50,000 teachers and their supporters are expected to march through Phoenix to rally at the Arizona state Capitol to demand a 20 percent raise for teachers, about $1 billion to return school funding to pre-Great Recession levels and increased pay for support staff, among other things.

    Districts announced closures before Thursday, and those closing schools included the state’s largest - Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson.
    In Colorado, more than 10,000 teachers are expected to rally in Denver as part of a burgeoning teacher uprising. About half of the student population will have shuttered schools as a result, with teachers using personal leave time to take off.
    The walkouts are the climax of an uprising that began weeks ago with the grass-roots #RedforEd movement that spread from West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky.
    Colorado lawmakers from both parties have agreed to give schools their largest budget increase since the Great Recession. But teachers say that the state has a long way to go to make up for ground lost during the recession and before that due to the state’s strict tax and spending limits.

    Since lawmakers don’t have the power to raise taxes without asking voters, they’re not expecting an immediate fix. The teachers’ union is backing a ballot initiative to raise taxes on people earning more than $150,000 a year and corporations.
    Arizona Education Association president Joe Thomas said that Thursday’s march to the state Capitol is necessary after attempts at outreach have been ignored. There’s no end date for the walkout and he said educators may have to consider a ballot initiative for education funding if lawmakers do not come up with a plan on their own.
    “How it ends is up to the governor and up to those legislative leaders,” Thomas said. “If they’re courageous, if they have the political capital to come down and speak with us, we all get a win.”

    Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has laid out a plan for a 20 percent teacher pay raise by 2020, but organizers of the so-called #RedforEd movement say his plan relies on rosy revenue projections and doesn’t address the other issues.
    Districts around the state have said they will close as a result of the walkout. More than 840,000 Arizona students are expected to be out of school Thursday, according to an analysis from the Arizona Republic that tallied up at least 100 school districts and charter schools are closing. The state Department of Education said the state has more than 200 districts and more than 1.1 million school children.

    The Incredible Hanging Temple Of Hengshan

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    The Hanging Temple of Hengshan literally hangs on the side of Hengshan Mountain, sustain by only a few wooden poles. You would think this kind of a building couldn’t for hundreds of years, but it is believed the temple was built during the late Northern Wei Dinasty (386-534AD), by a monk called Liao Ran. It was restored during the 1900s.

    The gravity-defying Hanging Temple of Hengshan is comprised of 40 chambers, liked through a network of passageways, and hosts not one but three religions. Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism are all worshiped here, in harmony.