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    Luke takes Hannah to church, shares when God spoke to him on ‘Bachelorette’

    “Bachelorette” fans got to see another side of one of the contestants who has been vilified this season in the “Hometowns” episode, but who knows if he’ll get the rose.

    Luke Parker, known as “Luke P,” has been very open about his Christian faith since the premiere of this season on ABC.


    It’s something that initially drew the star, Hannah Brown, to him but also created tension when the two discussed their views on sex before marriage.

    But on Monday night’s episode, Parker took Brown to church and everyone she met in his hometown of Gainesville, Ga., seemed to sing his praises.


    Parker is a member of Christ Place Church, where he has taught Sunday school, is part of a small group, and regularly volunteers with the college ministry, according to the Gainesville Times.

    During Sunday School, Parker shared his testimony once again, saying his high school and college days were filled with “chasing sex and entangled and caught up in sin of all kinds” until one day in the shower when he heard God say, “Luke, let go and follow me.”

    The 24-year-old contestant said a huge weight was lifted,上海贵族宝贝论坛Octavio, offhim.

    “Anything that you look at as negative in your life, I want you to know that God is going to use that for positive,” Parker told the young people in the pre-church class.


    Brown admitted on camera: “It’s cool to see that Luke really lives his faith,” and while the two have been on a downward spiral since the beginning, Monday night’s episode seemed to be a h爱上海419ighlight for Parker.

    As Brown told hisfamily, it became “Luke against the rest of the house.”


    Next week might be the end of the road for Parker, as he previously told Brown he would like to go home if she had sex with any other contestants before marriage during Fantasy Suites week.

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    Merger set for China state shipbuilders, spurring relate Shelwind military applications

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    China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC) and China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) announced a long-anticipated merger plan that analysts said will spur the shipbuilding industry and related military sectors.

    CSIC and CSSC are formulating a restructuring plan for their relevant administrative departments, according to announcements issued by eight listed firms under the two state-owned ship makers late Monday.

    CSSC Holdings’ stock went up 7.87 percent on Tuesday’s closing, and China Shipbuilding Industry Co rose 7.49 percent.

    The military related sector and shipbuilding sector outperformed the overall China stock market on Tuesday by climbing 3.86 percent.

    The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index went down 0.03 percent at Tuesday’s closing.

    The merger, which is still awaiting regulatory approval, will promote the upgrading of the shipbuilding sector and give a further push to related military industries, according to analysts.

    “A successful merger between the two shipbuilding giants, which have produced a majority of China’s naval vessels, will benefit the development of the country’s naval forces,” a Beijing-based veteran observer surnamed Liu in the military field told the Global Times on Tuesday.

    The comprehensive combat performance of Chinese submarines, surface ships, underwater weapons and other equipment has been greatly improved in recent years, according to an article published on the WeChat account of CSIC on Monday. 

    During the past 20 years, CSIC has pushed the weapons and equipment of the Chinese navy and realized a cross-generation leap, said CSIC Chairman Hu Wenming.

    CSIC and CSSC were divided into two companies 20 years ago. CSIC was designated the “northern ship” and CSSC became the “southern ship” due to their geographical locations. 

    The two companies also witnessed the rapid development of China’s civil shipbuilding industry, and the struggles after the industry was affected by the 2008 global financial crisis.

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    Feng Liguo, a research fellow at China Minsheng Bank’s research center, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the planned merger is further implementati,爱上海Natalie,on of China’s mixed-ownership enterprise reform to build larger and stronger enterprises.

    “Only through internal reform aimed at improving the vitality of enterprises can the competitiveness of companies be strengthened,” Feng said.

    This merger, if it goes ahead, would not be the first combination of resources among state-owned enterprises (SOEs). In December 2014, the two largest state-owned train manufacturers in China – CSR Corp and China CNR Corp – also announced their merger.

    The shipbuilders’ merger will not simply mean operating as one company. It will require internal integration and cooperation to achieve optimal governance, Zhou Liwei, a veteran analyst in the shipbuilding industry, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

    SOE mergers in other industries have been proved effective, Zhou added.

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    2020 Democratic hopefulPete Buttigieg told a man at an event in Iowa that “racism has no place in American politics” after the man said he should “just tell the black people of South Bend to stop committing crimes.” Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, has beendealing with the fallout after awhite police officer shot a black man in the city.

    The man was booed by the crowd at the Carroll County, Iowa, barbecue after the comment. Buttigieg said “I think that racism is not going to help,” but the man continued “No, just stop committing crimes! Has nothing to do with race!”

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    Buttigieg then said “racism makes it harder for good police officers to do their job, too” as the crowd said “shame on you!”

    “When black people and white people are treated the same by the criminal justice system, it will be easier for white people and black people to live in this country and it will be easier for law enforcement to do their job, but racism has no place in American politics or in American law enforcement,” Buttigieg continued.

    Buttigieg answered a question last week at theDemocratic debate about the June 16 shooting, saying the “community is in anguish.”

    “I couldn’t get it done,” Buttigieg said about the failure to adequately diversify his city’s police force. He acknowledged that nothing he could say could bring back the life of Eric Logan, the man who was shot. The officer who shot and killed Logan shut off his bodycam.

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    Buttigieg has struggled to gain support among black voters, with a recent Quinnipiac University poll showing Buttigieg with 0% ofAfrican American voters’ support.

    Jack Turman contributed reporting.