Msgr. Tom Hartman, of God Squad Fame, Dies

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Msgr. Thomas Hartman, the Roman Catholic priest from Long Island nationally known as half of the God Squad, a popular television show about religion, died following a years-long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 69.Father Tom, as he was known, became a household name with Rabbi Marc Gellman following the success of the TV show they co-hosted for 20 years on Telecare, the faith-based cable network that Hartman ran for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The show led to a nationally-syndicated newspaper column, as well as regular TV and radio appearances on shows with larger audiences than their own, such as Good Morning America. After his diagnosis, Hartman stepped back from the spotlight and founded a charity that donated millions to find a cure for Parkinson’s.“Our friendship produced many words, but it never needed words,” Gellman wrote in his Newsday column Wednesday eulogizing Hartman. “Tommy taught me that smiles are more important than words, and I do not need words now to remember that transformative wisdom.” Hartman grew up in East Williston before entering the Hempstead seminary when he was in the ninth grade after passing up his dream of becoming a baseball player and instead joining the clergy like his uncle, aunts and cousins before him. He was ordained in 1971 and eight years later graduated with a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkley.Hartman was also a parish priest at St. Vincent de Paul in Elmont and a chaplain for the Nassau County Police Department. Hartman joined forces with Gellman, the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Torah in Melville, after the two met while discussion religion on News12 Long Island. The next day, they formed the God Squad, in which the straight-laced Hartman and quick-witted Gellman discussed morality and religion.The duo eventually became LI’s best-known clergymen, making appearances on national cable news networks. They were even animated for an HBO children’s special based on their book of the same name, How Do You Spell God? But if they ever struggled to balance their fame and their duties, it never showed.”I’m definitely the straight man,” Hartman told The New York Times during the height of their fame in the ‘90s. ”Marc is much funnier than I and more vocal. I’m quieter. I want Marc to be the star. To some degree I’ve had more fame. Initially he had to gain it. So it was bigger in his mind. And in many ways he’s more talented than I.”In 2003, Hartman broke the news of his diagnoses in his newspaper column, which had only launched a year prior. He had kept it secret for four years by that point. Gellman still writes the column for Tribune Media Services, but visited Hartman weekly at the nursing home where Father Tom lived until his passing.Hartman’s charity donations led to the formation of the Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson Research  in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior at Stony Brook University. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.last_img read more

Ignoring outrage, Trump makes good on WHO pullout

first_imgThe withdrawal of the key WHO founding member is effective in one year — July 6, 2021. Joe Biden, Trump’s presumptive Democratic opponent in November elections, vowed he would immediately end the pullout if he won the White House.”Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health. On my first day as President, I will rejoin the WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage,” Biden wrote on Twitter.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus responded to the news with a one-word tweet — “Together!” — as he linked to a discussion by US health experts on how leaving the global body could impede efforts to prevent future pandemics.In line with conditions set when the WHO was set up in 1948, the United States can leave within one year but must meet its remaining assessed financial obligations, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. ‘Total control’ In late May, Trump said that China exerted “total control” over the WHO and accused the UN body led by Tedros, an Ethiopian doctor and diplomat, of failing to implement reforms.Blaming China for the coronavirus, Trump, a frequent critic of the UN, said the United States would redirect funding “to other worldwide and deserving, urgent, global public health needs.”Democratic lawmakers have accused Trump of seeking to deflect criticism from his handling of the pandemic in the United States, which has suffered by far the highest death toll of any nation despite the president’s stated hope that the virus will disappear.”To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic and incoherent doesn’t do it justice,” said Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee.”This won’t protect American lives or interests — it leaves Americans sick and America alone,” he said.Representative Ami Bera, himself a physician, said that the United States and World Health Organization had worked “hand in hand” to eradicate smallpox and nearly defeat polio.”Our cases are increasing,” Bera said of COVID-19. “If the WHO is to blame: why has the US been left behind while many countries from South Korea to New Zealand to Vietnam to Germany return to normal?”Even some of Trump’s Republican allies had voiced hope that he was exerting pressure rather than making a final decision to abandon the World Health Organization.The investigative news outlet ProPublica reported last month that most of Trump’s aides were blindsided by the WHO withdrawal announcement, which he made during an appearance about China. The Trump administration has said that the WHO ignored early signs of human-to-human transmission in China, including warnings from Taiwan — which, due to Beijing’s pressure, is not part of the UN body.While many public health advocates share some criticism of the WHO, they question what other options the world body had other than to work with China, where COVID-19 was first detected late last year in the city of Wuhan.The anti-poverty campaign ONE said the United States should work to reform, not abandon, the WHO.”Withdrawing from the World Health Organization amidst an unprecedented global pandemic is an astounding action that puts the safety of all Americans the world at risk,” it said. President Donald Trump on Tuesday formally started the withdrawal of the United States from the World Health Organization, making good on threats to deprive the UN body of its top funding source over its response to the coronavirus.Public health advocates and Trump’s political opponents voiced outrage at the departure from the Geneva-based body, which leads the global fight on maladies from polio to measles to mental health — as well as COVID-19, at a time when cases have again been rising around the world.After threatening to suspend the $400 million in annual US contributions and then announcing a withdrawal, the Trump administration has formally sent a notice to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, a State Department spokesperson said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

BetRegal diary: Making the trip to London to meet the BOS

first_img Related Articles 6 of the Best – Mark Jarvis Racing’s Paul Graham June 20, 2019 Share Share GVC reprices and relocates its corporate debt holdings February 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit GVC Holdings transfers corporate control to London HQ February 6, 2020 Aly Lalani, Head of Marketing at BetRegal.com, reflects on his company’s Betting on Sports debut, sharing expertise to the tune of a ‘Latin Beat’ and finding folks with a focus on “getting things done”.It’s now been almost a month since the Betting on Sports conference took place in London, and I thought it would be a good time to reflect on that week. This was actually my first Betting on Sports conference (I was scheduled to go last year but wasn’t able to make it). Overall, BetRegal had a very productive week at this year’s conference.If nothing else, this conference served as a great excuse for a general catch up of the ownership and senior management group of BetRegal. We all speak fairly often on Skype chats, but the value of actually being able to meet face to face, have dinner and/or a drink, and have a personal conversation is undeniable. If nothing else, the trip was worthwhile for that reason.Fortunately, there was a lot more value to be had at this conference beyond just a meeting place. Again, as my first time here, I had no real frame of reference. My only real comparison for a gaming show in London would be ICE.Betting on Sports turned out to be quite a different experience. ICE, because of its tremendous size, is great for casting a wide net looking for contacts, and then engaging in an aggressive follow up (or potentially dodging an aggressive follow up).Conversely, I found the Betting on Sports audience to be much more targeted. The folks I was speaking with seemed to have a genuine interest in getting things done, rather than loosely discussing future plans. It seemed to be that the people in attendance were decision makers of their respective companies and had come with specific agendas in place.To be honest it was refreshing. I am in no way discounting the value of general networking with a broader audience, of course that has its own value, it just seemed that this show was much more targeted. I can say personally that we left with contacts for a couple of different product-based companies that I am excited to explore a further relationship with.Looking at these types of products wasn’t on the radar going into this show, so it was nice to depart with some unexpected value. Isn’t that what conferences should be all about?I would like to join all the others I have seen on LinkedIn congratulating Rasmus, Andy, Luke and all the good people at SBC for putting on a great conference. I can’t imagine how much work and planning goes into putting on a show of this quality.However, what was even more exciting for me personally was that I was able to participate in my very first panel as part of the ‘Latin Beat – Opportunities Further South’ discussion.This was especially interesting for me not only to provide my insight as a new operator looking at establishing a brand presence in key Latin American markets, but also to hear the opinion of the other panelists, who all represented different components of the LatAm iGaming corporate structure.I can honestly say that I left that panel experience with a greater knowledge, and a couple of great contacts which I anticipate will pay immediate dividends in terms of our short-term future planning.I think it was important to put the BetRegal brand alongside more developed brands such as Sportradar and BtoBet. Let’s hope that sharing the stage with these guys is a sign of things to come.last_img read more