A Texas megachurch is facing backlash online after a TikTok showing its extravagant setup for an upcoming Christmas performance went viral. Posted by user Tony Daussat, the footage appears to show performers at Prestonwood Baptist Church rehearsing the church's annual Christmas show inside its 7,000-person capacity facility in Plano, Texas. @tonydaussat Little drummer boy, but TX’d #christmas #church #fyp #texas ♬ original sound - Tony Daussat In the video, several men dressed in black are suspended by cables dozens of feet off the ground, near the ceiling of the church's cavernous "worship facility." The men glide through the air as they play a snare drum cadence in unison, while suspension cables move up and down tracks attached to the ceiling. An enormous screen positioned behind the church's stage displays the word "Jesus" in all capital white letters while blue and purple lights flash in the background. The TikTok has pulled in 98,000-plus likes, … [Read more...] about Viral TikTok of Texas megachurch’s Christmas show sparks controversy
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union interior ministers on Friday weighed proposals to ease tensions between France and Italy over migrants arriving on their shores without authorization, including a possible crackdown on charity-run ships doing search and rescue work in the Mediterranean Sea. In recent weeks, several hundred people hoping to enter Europe have been stranded at sea aboard aid ships while countries bicker over whether and where they should be allowed to disembark. It comes during a year in which more than 90,000 migrants have so far arrived in Europe though the Mediterranean, chiefly from Libya and Tunisia — an increase of almost 50% over the same period in 2021. Almost 2,000 people have died or are missing at sea. A diplomatic row erupted earlier this month when Italy maneuvered France into accepting a humanitarian rescue ship, the Ocean Viking, with 234 migrants … [Read more...] about EU weighs plans to impose rules on NGO migrant rescue ships
Q: I have been using LinkedIn lately to meet people in my industry and watch for job opportunities. The last time I updated my profile was when I conducted a job search several years ago. If everything has stayed the same with my background, should I take the time to rewrite it? I do not want to confuse my networking connections by changing things around. A: Diligently using LinkedIn is an excellent way to update your skills and share updates with your connections. The same rule of thumb applies to your LinkedIn profile and when using your resume — your information needs to be updated. LinkedIn is a great career tool, and with 740-plus million members, your ability to attract new contacts and job opportunities is much greater. Keeping your information current is wise and sends a positive perception that you are actively involved in managing your career. Even with the best intentions, losing track of your career accomplishments and letting your networking slide becomes easier … [Read more...] about Career Rescue: Keep your LinkedIn profile updated
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 On the first day of classes at North Little Rock High, a crew-cut sophomore named Jerral Wayne Jones found his spot among a phalanx of White boys who stood at the front entrance and blocked the path of six Black students attempting to desegregate the school. In a photograph taken at the scene, Jones could be seen standing a few yards from where the six Black students were being jostled and repelled with snarling racial slurs by ringleaders of the mob. At one point, a Black student named Richard Lindsey recalled, someone in the crowd put a hand on the back of his neck. A voice behind him said, "I want to see how a nigger feels." The ruffian hostility succeeded in turning away the would-be new enrollees. The confrontation occurred 65 years ago, on Sept. 9, 1957, during the same month that a higher-profile integration effort was taking place at Little … [Read more...] about Jerry Jones helped transform the NFL, except when it comes to race
(BPT) - “Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays,” crooned Perry Como in the iconic 1954 classic Christmas song of the same name. That stirring sentiment, for many, rings particularly true this year as we look forward to once again hosting celebrations at home with loved ones. If you’re planning to stay home for the holidays, now is the time to start thinking about how you can create a festive and joyful atmosphere for yourself and your guests. Decorations, food and entertainment are all important aspects of the holiday season, but another impactful way you can create a homey holiday feel is through fragrance. “Our sense of smell is our strongest sense,” said Harry Slatkin, home fragrance expert and founder of Slatkin & Co. “It goes straight to your brain and can recall a memory and give you a sense of joy in an instant.” As you return home for the holidays this year, Slatkin, dubbed the “Candle King” by The New York Times, offers these five home fragrance tips to … [Read more...] about 5 candle scents that will put the ho ho ho in your holiday entertaining
It’s hard enough waking up at the crack of dawn for a morning run or finding the motivation to visit the gym after a mentally taxing day in the office. But somehow, without fail, wintertime makes it even more difficult. Between the extra sunless hours and ungodly outdoor temperatures, hibernation is often more plausible than a consistent workout routine. But committing to exercise even during the bleakest of months pays off: Studies suggest that physical exercise can improve symptoms for seasonal depression and “winter blues.” So, even if you’d rather stream every Christmas movie from the comfort of your couch than a single virtual Peloton class this holiday season, it’s likely in your best interest to get moving. And whatever your fitness goals are, Amazon is here to help: The online retail giant currently has oodles of exercise equipment on sale ahead of Black Friday to bulk up your home gym. From steep discounts on the popular NordicTrack Smart Rower to the … [Read more...] about Bulk up your home gym with these killer deals on exercise equipment from Amazon
Note: This article contains spoilers about "The Crown." - - - In the new season of "The Crown," the sixth episode opens with a different set of British royals than the ones the Netflix show has followed for five seasons. It's 1917, and King George V is at the breakfast table with his wife, Queen Mary, and eldest son, the future King Edward VIII. A letter arrives from the prime minister, informing the king that the government plans to send a ship to rescue Russia's Czar Nicholas II and his family, but since the czar is the king's cousin, they don't want to do so without his permission. The king, with a parrot on his shoulder, seems more interested in collecting stamps than dealing with affairs of state, and he defers to the queen. The scene ends before we learn her decision. Next we're transported to Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia, where the czar, his wife, four daughters and son are being held. Tricked into thinking they are about to be rescued - by "cousin … [Read more...] about Fact-checking ‘The Crown’: Did Britain’s royals abandon Russia’s royals in 1917?
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 18 ROME (AP) — Pope Francis ate lunch with hundreds of refugees, poor and homeless people on Sunday as he called for a renewed commitment to helping society's weakest and denounced the “sirens of populism” that drown out their cries for help. Francis celebrated the Catholic Church’s World Day of the Poor by inviting an estimated 1,300 poor people into the Vatican for a special Mass and luncheon. Children threw their arms around his neck as he sat at one of dozens of tables set up in the Vatican audience hall. During the Mass that preceded it, Francis denounced the indifference that the world shows to migrants and the poor, as well as the “prophets of doom” who fuel fear and conspiracies about migrants for personal gain. “Let us not be enchanted by the sirens of populism, which exploit people’s … [Read more...] about Pope lunches with poor, denounces ‘sirens of populism’
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 WILBUR-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. - In the days since Hurricane Nicole lashed this stretch of Florida coast with punishing winds and a powerful storm surge, contractor A.J. Rockwell has found himself on an urgent mission. He has to find sand - tons of it - and fast. Property owners in a picturesque beachside community just south of Daytona Beach hired him to buttress their homes with new sand after the Category 1 storm - the second cyclone to hit the state in the span of six weeks. Swimming pools, porches and even entire houses crashed into the ocean below when the sand beneath them eroded. But these days the usual sources for sand - nearby underwater mounds and healthy beaches in other parts of the Sunshine State - are running low. What can be found is pricey. Rockwell estimates each house needs at least 275 dump truckloads pushed underneath to be saved - … [Read more...] about Florida beaches were already running low on sand. Then Ian and Nicole hit.