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Amish couple settles lawsuit over photos their faith forbids

first_img Facebook Pinterest Google+ Twitter Pinterest By Associated Press – May 30, 2019 0 384 IndianaNews WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ Amish couple settles lawsuit over photos their faith forbids (“An Amish family on a Morning Stroll” by johnny_appleseed1774, CC BY 2.0) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Amish couple with 13 children settled a lawsuit that accused federal officials of violating their constitutional rights by insisting they provide photographs of themselves before the Canadian wife’s request to become a permanent U.S. resident can be approved.The southern Indiana couple sued last year in U.S. District Court. Their lawsuit said they won’t allow themselves to be photographed “for any reason,” in keeping with their Old Order Amish belief that photos of people are “graven images” prohibited by the biblical Second Commandment.The Indianapolis Star reports Wednesday that the settlement allows the woman to become a permanent U.S. resident without submitting photos. The government agreed to allow her to cross the U.S.-Canada border without photo ID.The lawsuit identified the couple only as John and Jane Doe. WhatsApp Previous articleIndiana fetal remains law could boost costs for abortionsNext articleMichigan governor signs overhaul to cut high auto premiums Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.last_img read more

Jimmie Johnson to wear Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope at Kentucky

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson will highlight the Jimmie Johnson Foundation this weekend during the Quaker State 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. In addition to wearing the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope, which honors five charities working to improve K-12 public education, a special Jimmie Johnson Foundation (JJF) paint scheme will be featured on his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet. As a show of support for Johnson’s efforts to raise funds for K-12 public education, a number of his NASCAR Cup Series competitors will join him in displaying JJF-branded decals on the visors of their helmets.“I’m thrilled to be able to share and celebrate the work of the Foundation this weekend,” said Johnson. “Chandra (wife) and I are so grateful to Lowe’s for allowing us to run the Foundation paint scheme for the thirteenth time, Blue Bunny for sponsoring the Helmet of Hope program again this year, and all of the drivers participating in the visor campaign. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our partners and the NASCAR community, we are able to provide much needed financial support to some outstanding non-profits and schools through Foundation programs.”The Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program allows fans and consumers across the country to nominate and vote on not-for-profit (501c3) organizations that support K-12 public education.  Each of the recipients was also awarded a $25,000 grant and a Blue Bunny Ice Cream party.The five grant recipients are:●  Hamilton Heights Educational Foundation in Arcadia, Indiana●  Life Pieces to Masterpieces in Washington, DC●  Read Better Be Better in Phoenix●  Siouxland Ag in the Classroom in Moville, Iowa●  The Pencil Box in Tulsa, Oklahoma“We are extremely proud to once again support the incredible work and commitment displayed by each of the organizations to assist K-12 public education,” Mike Wells, President & CEO, Wells Enterprises, Inc., maker of Blue Bunny ice cream said. “The passion around the mission of each of these organizations is evident through the rallying of their supporters to vote and ultimately secure additional needed funding. It never ceases to amaze me at how creative and driven all of the organizations are to securing the votes needed.”A number of competitors will sport a specially designed JJF strip on the visors of their respective helmets. At the conclusion of Saturday’s 400-mile race at Kentucky, participating drivers will sign the visors. The signed visors will be available in an online auction to raise funds to support K-12 public education. Participating drivers include: AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman, Clint Bowyer, Chris Buescher, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones, Kasey Kahne, Michael McDowell, David Ragan, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Daniel Suarez and Martin Truex Jr. Drivers Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray will donate visors for the auction.In addition to the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program, the Foundation operates the Champions Grant program, which provides cash grants to schools in the Johnsons’ hometowns and where they currently live; and Team Up For Technology, a $48,000 technology makeover open to schools nationwide.  Each of these programs will be featured on the special JJF paint scheme.About the Jimmie Johnson FoundationChandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR Cup champion, drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in NASCAR’s top series. The mission of the Foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States. The Foundation has committed more than $11 million to various charities. The Foundation currently focuses on K-12 public education.  For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.last_img read more

UTC hails Ex-Im action

first_imgAccording to UTC, on October 29, a strong bipartisan House coalition voted overwhelmingly to approve the Senate version of the Ex-Im reauthorisation that passed in July.On November 4, in conjunction with the House debate on the transportation bill, the House overwhelmingly rejected proposed amendments to the Senate Ex-Im language that could have significantly harmed the effectiveness of the Ex-Im programmes and the competitiveness of US companies internationally, said UTC.UTC explained that the passage means the Bank reauthorisation language in the House and the Senate bills are identical, and therefore should not require any changes when the conference committee meets to reconcile the Senate & House Transportation Bills.However, said UTC, final steps still need to be taken and the company is urging supporters to keep up the pressure. The conference committee is currently working on a deadline for final passage of November 20 when the current short-term extension of authorised highway spending expires.Alan Favicchio, oil and gas director for UTC, who has actively supported the Bank in one-on-one meetings with members of Congress, commented: “The strong vote in support of reauthorisation demonstrates that both chambers recognise the importance of the Bank in simulating export sales of US goods, the American economy and jobs growth. They clearly got the strong message from American businesses that Ex-Im is a vital tool in closing export deals in the highly competitive global marketplace.”UTC global chief operating officer Mirko Knezevic added: “Halting the Bank would be a unilateral disarmament in our global competition for export sales. Without a national agency to provide loan guarantees and technical help to US exporters, we will lose overseas sales and American jobs to other nations who operate similar programmes and recognise their importance in the stimulation of international trade.”The Bank’s services stimulate US exports, and in turn, opportunities for us to plan and implement logistics service solutions for those exports. We have also seen clear evidence that without the Bank, US companies were beginning to shift production and jobs overseas as other countries offered the financing assistance they could no longer get here.” UTC encourages supporters not to slacken their efforts to win final passage. “We will continue to urge our customers, colleagues, associates and employees to push Bank reauthorisation over the finish line,” said the company.www.utcoverseas.comlast_img read more