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Southern Baptists may have rejected a constitutional amendment opposing female pastors, but that does not mean they are changing their views on women’s leadership in church

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

The Southern Baptist Convention rejected a proposal that would explicitly state that only men could be pastors.

Key Points: 
  • The Southern Baptist Convention rejected a proposal that would explicitly state that only men could be pastors.
  • Does that mean that the SBC is changing and becoming more accepting of women in leadership roles?
  • Could you also explain some of the history of the opposition to women serving in leadership?
  • There are somewhere between 1,000 to 1,800 women serving with the title of pastor in Southern Baptist churches.
  • The amendment on women pastors passed in 2023 but failed this year because it received only 61% of the vote.
  • This year, again, messengers voted to pass various abuse reforms, but survivors found themselves disappointed with how little change is really happening.

Brexit boredom is one thing – but there’s a real problem when Britain’s leaders won’t even talk about Europe anymore

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

On the other side, the UK’s relationship with Europe is not that interesting to most people – be they voters or politicians.

Key Points: 
  • On the other side, the UK’s relationship with Europe is not that interesting to most people – be they voters or politicians.
  • With all of the main party manifestos now published, the European issue has once again disappeared from the agenda.
  • The Liberal Democrats have moved their once totemic policy of returning to the EU to the back end of their document.
  • The EU, just like the UK, is always evolving and responding to the interplay of different interests.
  • And because it never stands still, choosing not to have a more active policy stance becomes something of a risk.

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Keeping astronauts healthy in space isn’t easy − new training programs will prepare students to perform medicine while thousands of miles away from Earth

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

NASA, the European Space Agency and other governmental agencies are partnering to develop crewed missions beyond the Moon.

Key Points: 
  • NASA, the European Space Agency and other governmental agencies are partnering to develop crewed missions beyond the Moon.
  • At the same time, these agencies are collaborating with private companies using new technologies to drive down the price of space exploration.
  • Some even have ambitions of their own to build private space stations, Moon bases or mining operations in the coming decades.

Emerging medical challenges in space

  • But as spaceflight becomes more accessible, astronaut crews on commercial missions will likely make up the majority of space travelers in the coming years.
  • Crews on the space station have access to a flight surgeon at Mission Control to help manage medical care in the same way telehealth is used on Earth.
  • Unlike the space station, where medical evacuations to Earth can occur in less than 24 hours, lunar evacuations may take weeks.
  • Researchers will need to develop new technologies and novel training approaches to prepare future providers to treat medical conditions in space.

Training the next generation

  • Some schools and hospitals, such as the University of Texas Medical Branch, have residency training programs for medical school graduates in aerospace medicine.
  • Others, such as UCLA and Massachusetts General Hospital, have specialty training programs in space medicine, but these currently target fully trained emergency medicine physicians.
  • A new period of spaceflight is here, and these programs are already training experts to make space accessible and safe.

Joining NATO binds countries to defend each other – but this commitment is not set in stone

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Foreign policy commentators viewed that as an invitation for Russia to attack these NATO countries.

Key Points: 
  • Foreign policy commentators viewed that as an invitation for Russia to attack these NATO countries.
  • In September 2022, six months after Russia’s full-scale invasion, Ukraine applied to join NATO.
  • In practice, it is possible for the U.S. and other Western countries to stay out of a conflict that involves a NATO country without having to break their alliance commitments.
  • The NATO treaty’s language contains loopholes that let member countries remain out of other members’ wars in certain situations.

What does Article 5 really mean?

  • One key part of the NATO treaty that countries sign when they join the alliance is called Article 5.
  • NATO allies chose not to defend Turkey with military force, arguing that the level of violence against Turkey wasn’t enough to call it an “armed attack.”

Other exceptions to the rule

  • That is, while NATO does have administrative staff based in Brussels, there is no central NATO authority that tells each country what it must do.
  • Instead, each country tells NATO what it is – and is not – willing to do.
  • But most NATO allies chose not to send troops to Afghanistan to support the U.S. in its fight against the Taliban.
  • The NATO treaty also provides some exceptions based on geography.

Would public opinion force the president’s hand?

South Africa’s unity government: 4 crucial factors for it to work

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Now South Africa also has a unity government, following the 2024 general election in which no party won a majority.

Key Points: 
  • Now South Africa also has a unity government, following the 2024 general election in which no party won a majority.
  • The premise is that in divided societies, stability can be achieved by elites working together in a power-sharing pact.
  • Whether political parties call them coalitions or governments of national unity, these are generally expedient solutions designed to mitigate political conflict or instability.

South Africa’s unity government

  • It has chosen to form a unity government, joined by the Democratic Alliance (previously the official opposition), the Inkatha Freedom Party, the Patriotic Alliance and Good.
  • * Read more: South Africa's unity government: 5 parties that need to find common ground * ** At its first sitting, the country’s seventh parliament elected the president, speaker and deputy speaker.

It is workable?

  • This can be due to factors around political culture, most notably elite political culture.
  • These are the values, beliefs and attitudes that shape political elite behaviour within political institutions.
  • It must be based on recognising the need for stability and building an elite culture of accountability and collaboration.

What’s needed

UneeQ Digital Humans Take the Main Stage at COMPUTEX 2024

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Austin, Texas--(Newsfile Corp. - June 5, 2024) - UneeQ , a pioneer in digital human solutions, today announced at COMPUTEX 2024 a collaboration with NVIDIA to integrate UneeQ's cutting-edge digital human solutions with NVIDIA ACE , underscoring the company's commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology.

Key Points: 
  • Austin, Texas--(Newsfile Corp. - June 5, 2024) - UneeQ , a pioneer in digital human solutions, today announced at COMPUTEX 2024 a collaboration with NVIDIA to integrate UneeQ's cutting-edge digital human solutions with NVIDIA ACE , underscoring the company's commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology.
  • UneeQ is forging a new frontier with proprietary technology that creates digital humans with more lifelike capabilities and delivers more accurate information.
  • In March, UneeQ announced its work with NVIDIA on next-generation digital human animation, combining UneeQ's Synanim™ AI animation solution with NVIDIA ACE.
  • NVIDIA ACE is a suite of technologies designed to bring digital humans, AI non-player characters (NPCs), and interactive avatars to life.

TransPerfect Team Members Recognized with Eight Stevie Awards in 2024

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Friday, June 14, 2024

NEW YORK, June 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TransPerfect , the world’s largest provider of language and AI solutions for global business, today announced that eight employees across the company’s sales and technology teams received 2024 Stevie Awards® for Sales & Customer Service.

Key Points: 
  • NEW YORK, June 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TransPerfect , the world’s largest provider of language and AI solutions for global business, today announced that eight employees across the company’s sales and technology teams received 2024 Stevie Awards® for Sales & Customer Service.
  • The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service recognize the achievements of customer service, contact center, business development, and sales professionals around the world.
  • This year’s winners from TransPerfect are:
    TransPerfect won three Stevie awards in 2023 and Grand Stevie awards in 2022 and 2021.
  • Being recognized by an international organization like the Stevie Awards is validation for the dedication of these individuals and their teams.”

Subskribe Announces Zeppa, New CPQ Customization Language

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

SAN RAMON, Calif., June 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Subskribe, the Adaptive Quote-to-Revenue Platform for modern SaaS, today announced the launch of Zeppa, a rules-based, natural language tool that makes it incredibly easy for SaaS businesses to customize their quoting processes.

Key Points: 
  • SAN RAMON, Calif., June 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Subskribe, the Adaptive Quote-to-Revenue Platform for modern SaaS, today announced the launch of Zeppa, a rules-based, natural language tool that makes it incredibly easy for SaaS businesses to customize their quoting processes.
  • Each company has its own myriad specific rules around regions, products, discounts, packages, and more.
  • Zeppa’s simple workflows are a much-needed feature for SaaS businesses, and yet no other CPQ provider offers such a business-forward and user-friendly tool for customizations.
  • “Just as Subskribe is purpose-built for SaaS companies, Zeppa has been designed to be a precise tool for SaaS quoting — a tool that anyone can read and use to make customizations,” said Prakash Raina, Co-Founder of Subskribe.

OnEquity Expands Global Investor Support with Multilingual Services

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Victoria, Seychelles, June 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OnEquity, a leading broker-dealer, announces the expansion of its investor support services with the launch of multilingual support available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Key Points: 
  • Victoria, Seychelles, June 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OnEquity, a leading broker-dealer, announces the expansion of its investor support services with the launch of multilingual support available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.
  • Dedicated Team: Experienced professionals are available 24/5 to answer investor inquiries and provide support in multiple languages, with a focus on Portuguese (PT), Spanish (ES), and Arabic (AR).
  • Global Offices: OnEquity's offices worldwide provide local support and expertise, ensuring investors receive assistance regardless of their location.
  • By breaking down language barriers, OnEquity is opening the door for a wider range of investors to participate in the global financial markets.

Anomalo Adds AI-Powered Monitoring of Unstructured Text to Its Data Quality Platform

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

SAN FRANCISCO and PALO ALTO, Calif., June 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today at the Data + AI Summit 2024, Anomalo, the complete data quality platform company, announced that it has expanded its platform that monitors the quality of structured data in data warehouses and data lakes to monitor unstructured text.

Key Points: 
  • SAN FRANCISCO and PALO ALTO, Calif., June 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today at the Data + AI Summit 2024, Anomalo, the complete data quality platform company, announced that it has expanded its platform that monitors the quality of structured data in data warehouses and data lakes to monitor unstructured text.
  • Anomalo’s unstructured capability makes it possible for enterprises to discover, curate, leverage and ingest high volumes of text data without the risk of using low quality data, which is especially critical for Generative AI applications.
  • Unstructured data does not comply with traditional standard formats which makes it extremely challenging to organize, store, search, retrieve and analyze.
  • Anomalo helps our enterprise data teams find the hard to predict data quality issues and reduce time to resolution.