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Office of Government Relations outlines church’s priorities for new Congress,…

first_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID [Office of Government Relations] The Episcopal Church’s Washington-based Office of Government Relations issued the following message Jan. 5 on the church’s policy priorities for the new Congress and incoming Biden administration.On Sunday, members of the 117th Congress were sworn in. This new Congress is the most diverse in U.S history in terms of race and ethnicity, including having a record number of Black and Indigenous women in Congress. There are more women in Congress than at any other time in history, as well as record numbers of the LGBTQ community.Tourists gather in front of the White House in November 2018. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceMembers of Congress have their work cut out for them in the coming months. While Congress passed the appropriations and stimulus bill at the end of the year (which the President thankfully signed), many of the benefits in the stimulus bill expire in March. Congress will need to address a dizzying array of domestic concerns and international crises. And members across the political spectrum will want to take action on the promises they campaigned on, ranging from addressing racial injustice and enacting police reform to ending corruption and bringing back jobs.A new Congress and new Administration presents The Episcopal Church with the opportunity to highlight our values and to speak up for the way we think our country should be governed. The first 100 days of the presidency do matter (see an article from FiveThirtyEight here and the work of political scientist Casey Byrne Knudsen Dominguez here), and the new Administration has an ambitious agenda. We are hopeful that our government will be able to rise to the challenge and enact meaningful legislation that helps all Americans. We will continue to engage on areas where the Church has spoken, including:Creation Care: The Episcopal Church supports policies that protect the natural resources that sustain all life on Earth. In recognition that loving God and our neighbor includes caring for God’s creation and the environment where our neighbor lives, OGR advocates for policies that protect the natural world and that promote a healthy, clean, and safe environment for all. Our advocacy includes greenhouse gas emission reduction, a just transition away from fossil fuel energy, and safeguards to protect clean water and clean air.Racial Reconciliation: OGR challenges long-established policies that perpetuate systemic racism and injustice and strives to change legislation that continues to harm Black and Indigenous communities and other communities of color. The Episcopal Church aims to bring a perspective of transformation to public policy to heal communities that have been the most marginalized and discriminated against.Ending Poverty: OGR advocates for policies that will eliminate poverty and help people live with dignity, both in the U.S. and internationally. OGR advocates for federal programs that provide development assistance and humanitarian relief, including education and healthcare initiatives, as well as support for social safety net programs, care for veterans, and other U.S.-focused anti-poverty initiatives.Immigration and Refugees: We advocate for comprehensive immigration reform through policies that respect the dignity and worth of every human being. OGR works to protect the human rights and safety of refugees by supporting the refugee resettlement work of Episcopal Migration Ministries and advocating for robust refugee resettlement policies.Human Rights and Peacebuilding: The Church supports legislation and policies that protect human rights and prevent atrocities, promote gender justice, and build peace. OGR partners with non-U.S. Episcopal dioceses and provinces throughout the Anglican Communion to work towards justice.We will also push for an ambitious response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including accelerating vaccination for the most vulnerable and helping to encourage the general public to take the vaccine following guidance from public health experts. We thank you for your commitment to public policy advocacy and look forward to our partnership in the year ahead!With best wishes in this Christmastide and New Year,The Office of Government Relations (OGR) Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Public Policy Network, Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Press Release Office of Government Relations outlines church’s priorities for new Congress, administration Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Tags Posted Jan 5, 2021 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Faith & Politics Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Albany, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LAlast_img read more

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M56 corridor: Talk of the towns

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The Latest: Texas Rangers say several workers test positive

first_imgThe Latest: Texas Rangers say several workers test positive Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Texas Rangers say several of their employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. The team said anyone who had direct contact with those affected was sent home from Globe Life Field. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports PSG said in a statement that one player from the main women’s team and two players from the under-19 side returned positive results. The women’s senior team is set to resume training on Monday.Earlier this week, PSG said three players from the men’s side and one member of staff were infected by the virus during the lockdown when they were not in contact with each other. PSG said they are no longer contagious and can train as normal.___ The Rangers said no one will be allowed back inside without receiving a negative test for the coronavirus. The club is set to begin another round of training at the ballpark next week.The team said pandemic protocols are in place for front office employees at the new ballpark that’s set to open when the season begins.“These include temperature checks upon entering the building, mandatory wearing of face coverings and regular sanitation and cleaning of the Globe Life Field facilities,” the team said.___Paris Saint-Germain said on Saturday that three players from its women’s teams have tested positive for the coronavirus.center_img Jason Day has asked to be tested for COVID-19 just before the third round of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut. Officials have decided to have him play as a single Saturday as a precautionary measure. Two more players withdrew because of the coronavirus Friday — Denny McCarthy for a positive test, and Bud Cauley, who tested negative but decided to pull out after playing alongside McCarthy on Thursday. There have been seven COVID-19-related withdrawals from the Connecticut event.___ Associated Press June 27, 2020last_img read more

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Copa Combate’s Joey Ruquet explains how losing everything has put him on the cusp of winning $100,000

first_imgBut Ruquet didn’t always have the positive outlook that he has today. MORE: Join DAZN and watch Copa CombateFighting was always in Ruquet’s DNA. He began fighting when in elementary school and would constantly find himself in the principal’s office. Little did he know, what got him in trouble would eventually be his full-time job.”I was destined to get paid to fight,” Ruquet said with a laugh. Clear-minded as he’s ever been in his life, Ruquet already has plans on what he will be doing with the money if he wins the tournament. He plans on paying off all of his bills, buying a house and moving his 74-year-old father — who has suffered multiple heart attacks — out to live with him because Ruquet feels he doesn’t have too much left to spend with his ailing parent.When it comes down to envisioning how “El Cazador” wins it all, he doesn’t care how he gets it done. He says it’s his destiny to win ‘Copa Combate’ and not one fighter can take away what he’s fought his entire career for. “I’m going to go in with pure heart and take whatever I’m given,” Ruquet said. “If they want to go on the ground then I’ll win by submission. If they want to stand then I’ll hit them in the face and knock them out. This is my time and I’d be damned if anyone is going to take it from me.” Joey Ruquet was prepared to compete in an alternate bout at Friday night’s Combate Americas’ ‘Copa Combate’ event that airs at 9 p.m. ET on DAZN. However, due to a staph infection suffered by Gaston Reyno, Ruquet will get his opportunity to compete against Bruno Cannetti in the first round of the one-night, eight-man tournament that will yield the winner a $100,000 grand prize. “As a professional athlete in my gym, I try to stay ready in case an opportunity like this arises,” Ruquet told Sporting News. “I don’t want to miss out on an open door like this. When I got that call from my manager and he told me that I was like no longer going to be alternate, I felt that it was meant to be. I felt it in my gut and my heart that something had to give. I’ve been struggling for way too long. I’ve been through way too much. I finally feel like I’m on the right path to where I’m finally going to get the exposure as a professional fighter. When I got the call to be in the tournament, it brought happiness, joy, fear, excitement and every emotion possible.”center_img Ruquet started training when he was 19 and by the time he turned 19, he was 16-2 as an amateur. That was when his coach at the time recommended that he move to Las Vegas because it would help him become a more complete mixed martial artist. Ruquet took a job at McDonald’s, saved up $1,000 and took his wife and young child to Las Vegas in pursuit of his dreams. Upon arrival, he had no job, no transportation and no other money saved up.”I had no plan,” Ruquet said. “All I had was a dream of becoming a pro fighter.”When Ruquet first made the trek to Sin City, things started out rough. He found a gym in town called Headhunter Striking /Silverback BJJ, but still couldn’t find a way to survive. Ruquet eventually found a job and it appeared that he was finally finding stability in his life. Unfortunately, that stability was short lived as the bright lights of Las Vegas got the best of him and nearly cost him the two most important things in his life. “I had a bad gambling habit and lost everything,” Ruquet explained. “I was homeless and living in the gym. I lost my wife and kid. They went back to Florida and I didn’t see them for two years. I was living in Las Vegas by myself, still hoping and pursuing my dream. Fighting is what I needed to do.”With his wife and child three time zones away, Ruquet contemplated giving up on his dream of being a professional fighter. He loved the allure of fighting, but he knew deep down inside that he needed to get his life back on track tor there would be nothing to fight for. “Fighting was all I had left,” Ruquet said. “There were times that were tough where I felt like maybe this isn’t what I’m supposed to be doing. I almost quit, but my wife and I ended up working it out. I took seven months of not training in which I went back to Florida to try and fix my marriage. In that seven months, she helped me get back on my feet and built me back up.”Ruquet added: “I realized that I needed to stop being stubborn and start making the right decisions. I grew up. It wasn’t just a flip of the switch and it happened. It took the hard times. It took the struggles. It took being homeless, losing everything, being alone in dark places for a long time, donating blood for money to pay my bills because I haven’t been to fight consistently. I started to stop thinking about me, but for my family. We moved back to Vegas and here we are as I’m about to fight for $100,000.” For Ruquet (6-1) to win ‘Copa Combate’ and earn the biggest financial prize that he’s ever seen, the Puerto Rican going to have to compete three times in one evening. Fighting one time in one night is grueling enough, but the possibility of stepping into the cage on three occasions is a daunting task for most. But Ruquet believes that going through all the trials and tribulations to get to this point has prepared him for the biggest night in his fighting career.”Through the past struggles, I’ve become even more hungry because I haven’t been able to fight as often as the other guys,” Ruquet said. “I’ve only been able to fight about every nine months, maybe twice a year if I’m lucky. I’ve been holding back on my skill set. I’ve never really given it my everything because I’ve just been in my own bubble. I want it more than everybody else. I know that if I want something bad enough, I can manifest it and make it become a reality. I’ve already been through so much. I moved here by myself and created my own journey. I’ve been left with nothing and created something. If I put my mind to it and I feel like I can do it, I will do it.”MORE: Watch Canelo Alvarez and more than 100 fight nights a year on DAZNlast_img read more

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March Madness 2019: Virginia Tech star Justin Robinson to return for NCAA Tournament

first_imgpic.twitter.com/Ew28GZb2Zm— Buzz Williams (@TeamCoachBuzz) March 17, 2019Robinson has been dealing with a foot injury and last appeared in a game Jan. 30. The Hokies registered a 7-5 record in his absence.Robinson is averaging 13.7 points and 5.2 assists this season. He’s shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from 3-point range. Related News NC Central coach: Us playing Zion Williamson would be like my 6-year-old son playing me Virginia Tech’s star is returning to the court.Hokies senior guard Justin Robinson announced Sunday on Twitter he will play in the NCAA Tournament. Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams later confirmed the news. Virginia Tech enters Selection Sunday with a 24-8 record. It was eliminated from the ACC Tournament in the quarterfinals when it fell to Florida State. Kansas State coach Bruce Weber: Dean Wade’s status for NCAA Tournament remains uncertainlast_img read more

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No resting on Liverpool’s laurels for Klopp

first_img0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are the leading scorers in this year’s Champions League with 28 goals © AFP / Anthony DevlinLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Mar 5 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ruled out making wholesale changes when Porto visit Anfield on Tuesday despite holding a massive 5-0 lead from the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.Klopp’s men travel to Manchester United on Saturday in a clash not only laced with huge ramifications due to the rivalry between the sides, but also in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “We respect Porto too much and the competition too much that we would think about real rotation,” Klopp, who has rotated his side more than any other Premier League manager this season, said on Monday.Liverpool have carried on their fine form since dishing out Porto’s heaviest ever European home defeat three weeks ago by strengthening their position in the Premier League’s top four with routine wins over West Ham and Newcastle.And Klopp is keen to keep that momentum going rather than give his key players the night off.“You don’t rotate to avoid something, you only use players that are in the best shape,” he added.“If it will be a different line-up to Saturday I don’t know, but only because we want to win the game. We don’t rest players.”Barring a disaster, Liverpool will book their place in the Champions League last eight for the first time in nine years.And midfielder James Milner believes they are serious contenders to win the competition for a sixth time if they can eradicate the inconsistency that has let them down during the course of the campaign.Liverpool are the only side to beat runaway leaders Manchester City in the Premier League this season.However, after edging out City 4-3 in a thriller at Anfield in January, Liverpool went on to lose their next two outings to Swansea and West Brom.“At this stage of the tournament you need to have that belief you can go on and win it,” said Milner of Liverpool’s Champions League chances.“We are an exciting team to watch, but I think we are learning to manage games better than we have done in the past.“We’ve proved over the past few years we can beat anyone, but you have to be consistent. We’re not looking too far ahead and want to put in a good performance and get through tomorrow night.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Syngenta settlement approved by federal judge

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Agricultural and Resource Law Program, Ohio State UniversityThe major multi-year class action lawsuit against Syngenta for failing to receive import approval from China before selling its Viptera and Duracade seeds in the United States has been settled for $1.51 billion.On Dec. 7, Judge John Lungstrum of the U.S. District Court for the District Kansas issued a final order granting the settlement.In the order, the court overruled a number of objections from class members who opposed the settlement. It also awarded one third of the settlement amount to the plaintiffs’ attorneys as attorney fees, valued at $503,333,333.33.The next step could involve appeals by those opposed to the settlement. According to a statement posted by one of the co-lead counsels for the plaintiffs, payments to eligible parties could begin as early as the second quarter of 2019, depending upon whether any appeals are filed.last_img read more

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PM to visit US from Sep 2127 will meet Trump address UNGA

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the United States from September 21-27, during which he will meet President Donald Trump and address the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said on Thursday. Modi is scheduled to arrive in Houston on Saturday. A day later, Trump would join him in addressing the mega ‘Howdy Modi’ rally, to be attended by the members of the Indian-American community. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a visit to the US from the late afternoon of 21 September until the forenoon of 27 September. And the two cities on his itinerary are Houston in Texas and then New York,” Gokhale said. The prime minister will address the UN General Assembly session on the morning of September 27, he said. As the world commemorates Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, Modi will also host a special event ‘Leadership Matters: Relevance of Gandhi in the Contemporary World’ on September 24. He will be joined leaders of a few countries at this event.last_img read more

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Amit Panghal Manish Kaushik aim for history at world boxing semis

first_imgEkaterinburg (Russia): India would be aiming to better their best ever show when Amit Panghal (52kg) and Manish Kaushik (63kg) step inside the ring against tough opponents in pursuit of summit berths in the World Men’s Boxing Championship here, on Friday. India have never had two semifinalists at the marquee event for amateur boxers and in that respect, the two Haryana boxers have already scripted history. But if both or either of them manages to make the finals, it would be a gigantic step forward for the sport in the country. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju The task, however, is easier said than done. Panghal has in his way Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov, who stunned Armenia’s European gold-medallist and sixth seed Artur Hovhannisyan in the quarterfinals. Kaushik, on the other hand, faces the most accomplished boxer in his weight category — Cuban top seed Andy Gomez Cruz, who out-punched Russia’s eighth-seeded Ilia Popov in the last-eight stage. Cruz, who was the light welterweight (64kg) gold-medallist in the 2017 edition, is also a two-time Pan American Games gold-winner and not to mention, a terrific mover inside the ring. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters “Now begins the tough job. We have already delivered on bettering the medal count and now we aim to better their colour,” Indian Boxing’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva told PTI. “I am happy but I won’t be completely happy till the time both of them reach the finals and they surely can, both of them,” added the country’s chief coach C A Kuttappa. They are up against tough challengers but that in no way makes them automatic underdogs. Panghal, the pint-sized dynamo from Rohtak, is the reigning Asian Games and Championships gold-medallist and has back-to-back gold medals at one of Europe’s oldest tournament — the Strandja Memorial. Kaushik, the shy man hailing from the cradle of Indian boxing Bhiwani, is a Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and is a two-time national medal winner. Both are employed with the Indian Army and both have shown a soldier’s grit in some draining bouts so far. “He (Bibossinov) has a long reach but I think I have the strategy to beat him,” said Panghal after the quarterfinal triumph. Panghal didn’t go into the details but so far, he has delivered each time he has promised. In fact, it was at the world championships when Panghal first caught everyone’s attention. In the 2017 edition, he nearly took down the then defending champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in the quarters but lost by the most slender of margins. The Indian got his revenge a year later in the Asian Games final, where a gold catapulted him to star status in Indian boxing. Kaushik has had a stop-start career so far. He first hit the headlines when he took down 2015 world bronze-winner and three-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa in the national championship finals. That victory opened the doors of the senior national camp for him and he has been locked in a neck-and neck battle for a place in the side with Thapa ever since. So, while the CWG slot went to him, Thapa took the Asian Games last year. “I think I have moved slightly ahead because I don’t just have a world medal like him but also a CWG medal which Shiva bhai doesn’t have. That has taken a lot of pressure off me,” Kaushik told PTI. “As for tomorrow, I have seen the videos of my opponent. No doubt he is a good boxer but there is nothing in his game that I cannot do better,” he added. Before this year, India had never won more than one bronze medal in a single edition of the world championship. The overall medal count for the country before the ongoing edition stood at four bronze medals, claimed by Vijender Singh (2009), Vikas Krishan (2011), Shiva Thapa (2015) and Gaurav Bidhuri (2017).last_img read more

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Flop show ABVP rally has few takers

first_imgKolkata: ABVP organised a rally from Golpark to 8B Bus Stand in Jadavpur on Monday, condemning the attack on Union minister of state for Forest Babul Supriyo. However, the rally turned out to mostly be a flop show.The police put up iron barricades at Jodhpur Park and stopped the procession. They allowed 4 members of ABVP to meet the pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Chiranjib Bhattacharya to submit a memorandum. ABVP supporters demanded resignation of the JU V-C and a judicial inquiry into the incident. They also tried to break the barricade and beat up the police personnel on duty. One police personnel was injured after they pelted stones at the police. Sudeep Sarkar, Deputy Commissioner, South Suburban Division, went to the spot and pacified the ABVP members. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, Jadavpur University is mulling to impose restrictions on political leaders addressing programmes conducted by student unions inside the varsity campus. The move comes in the wake of an untoward incident inside the campus involving Supriyo, last Thursday. He had come to attend the freshers’ welcome programme organised by ABVP – the student wing of BJP. Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while referring to the incident at JU, said the people of Bengal have seen what they (BJP) did at the institute. “They try to wield power everywhere, bulldoze everything. The people of Asansol had voted for BJP and you see the condition of ECL, the unit of SAIL and Chittaranjan Locomotive there,” Banerjee said. Interestingly, Supriyo is the elected MP from Asansol. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayProfessor Snehamanju Basu, registrar of Jadavpur University termed the incident of Jadavpur as ‘unfortunate’ and said that such incidents affect the image of the university. “We are thinking about some restrictions to avoid any untoward incidents arising due to people from different walks of life coming to attend programmes organised by different student unions inside the campus. We will be giving permission only after examining the various aspects that may emerge due to any political personality coming to our campus,” she said, adding: “We will be conducting an internal meeting with the Vice-Chancellor to finalise things.” The teachers of JU also organised a human chain, expressing their solidarity with the students near gate 4 of the university. The students also held a rally from the JU campus to Jadavpur police station on Monday afternoon, condemning the attack on them by ABVP supporters.last_img read more