Opinion | Faith & InspirationBy Angela Gorrell, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor UniversityThe year 2020 hasn’t been one to remember – in fact, for a lot of people it has been an outright nightmare. The pandemic, along with political turmoil and social unrest, has brought anxiety, heartbreak, righteous anger and discord to many.Amid such suffering, people need some joy.As a scholar who has investigated the role of joy in day-to-day life, I believe that joy is an incredibly powerful companion during suffering.Speaking at funerals, teaching joyThis is more than academic work for me. In late 2016, less than a year after I was hired to be on a team researching joy at Yale University, three of my family members unexpectedly died within four weeks: my cousin’s husband Dustin at 30 by suicide, my sister’s son Mason at 22 of sudden cardiac arrest, and my dad, David, at 70 after years of opioid use.While researching joy, I was speaking at funerals. At times, even reading about joy felt so absurd that I almost vowed to be anything but joyful.In 2020, many people can relate to this.I want to be clear: Joy is not the same as happiness. Happiness tends to be the pleasurable feeling we get from having the sense that life is going well.Joy, on the other hand, has a mysterious capacity to be felt alongside sorrow and even – sometimes, most especially – in the midst of suffering. This is because joy is what we feel deep in our bones when we realize and feel connected to others – and to what is genuinely good, beautiful and meaningful – which is possible even in pain. Whereas happiness is generally the effect of evaluating our circumstances and being satisfied with our lives, joy does not depend on good circumstances.An illuminationA couple of days after my cousin’s husband died, a small group of family members and I were shopping for funeral items when the group decided to go to the place where Dustin had died by suicide. It was getting dark and the sun had almost set. As we were taking in the landscape we suddenly noticed a star above the trees. Standing next to one another in a line, we looked across the sky and one of us asked whether any other stars could be seen. There were none. We realized that there was just this one exceedingly bright shining star in the sky.Gazing at the star, we felt as if Dustin had met us there, that he’d allowed that single star to be seen in the sky so that we would know he was all right. It was not the kind of relief we wanted for him. But for a few minutes we allowed the tragedy of what had occurred in this very space just two days before to hang in the background, and we instead focused on the star. We were filled with a kind of transformative, quiet joy. And we all gave ourselves over to this moment.As scholar Adam Potkay noted in his 2007 book “The Story of Joy,” “joy is an illumination,” the ability to see beyond to something more.Similarly, Nel Noddings, Stanford professor and author of the 2013 book “Caring,” describes joy as a feeling that “accompanies a realization of our relatedness.” What Noddings meant by relatedness was the special feeling we get from caring about other people or ideas.Joy is also the feeling that can arise from sensing kinship with others, experiencing harmony between what we are doing and our values, or seeing the significance in an action, a place, a conversation or even an inanimate object.When I teach about joy, I use an example from my family to explain this. When my sister looks at a Mason jar now – whether in someone’s hand filled with tea or bursting with flowers on a friend’s coffee table – it reminds her of her son Mason. It is not just an object she is seeing, but a relationship imbued with beauty, goodness and meaning. It gives her a feeling that can be described only as joy.We cannot put joy on our to-do lists; it does not work that way. But there are ways we can prepare ourselves for joy. There are “gateways” to joy that help us to become more open to it.Gratitude involves bringing to mind the good that is in the world, which makes rejoicing possible. The feeling that follows contemplating nature or art that we find inspiring is often joy, as these are experiences that help people feel connected to something beyond themselves, whether to the natural world or to others’ feelings or experiences. Since “hope,” as theologian Jürgen Moltmann has said, is “the anticipation of joy,” writing out our hopes helps us to expect joy.Three types of joyIn my book, “The Gravity of Joy,” I identify multiple kinds of joy that can be expressed even in today’s troubled times.Retrospective joy comes in vividly recalling a previous experience of unspeakable joy. For example, we can imagine in our minds an occasion when we helped someone else, or someone unexpectedly helped us, a time we felt deeply loved … the moment we saw our child for the first time. We can close our eyes and meditate on the memory, even walk through the details with someone else or in a journal and, often, experience that joy again, sometimes even more acutely.There is a kind of joy, too, that is redemptive, restorative – resurrection joy. It is the feeling that follows things that are broken getting repaired, things that we thought were dead coming back to life. This kind of joy can be found in apologizing to someone we have hurt, or the feeling that follows recommitting ourselves to sobriety, a marriage or a dream we feel called to.Futuristic joy comes from rejoicing that we will again glimpse meaning, beauty or goodness, and seemingly against all odds feel that they are connected to our very life. This type of joy can be found, for example, through singing in a religious service, gathering at a protest demanding change or imagining a hope we have being realized.In the midst of a year in which it is not difficult to stumble onto suffering, the good news is that we can also stumble onto joy. There is no imprisoned mind, heartbreaking time or deafening silence that joy cannot break through.Joy can always find you.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. 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“COPY” CopyHouses•Belo Horizonte, Brazil Save this picture!© Gabriel Castro / Reverbo+ 26Curated by Pedro Vada Share Photographs Manufacturers: BoConcept, Alva Design, Beatriz Maranhão, Finestra Bianca, Muralha, Mármaros, Sermade, São Romão, iluminar Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Architects: Play Arquitetura Area Area of this architecture project Casa Viga / Play ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveCasa Viga / Play Arquitectura ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/908545/casa-viga-play-arquitectura Clipboard “COPY” Projects Houses Area: 708 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Casa Viga / Play Arquitectura Products used in this ProjectChairsBoConceptAdelaide Chair D064Construction:Quattro EngenhariaConcrete Structure:Rosinha DuarteSteel Structure:Techneaço – Carlos CostaLandscape Design:Luiz Carlos OrsiniCity:Belo HorizonteCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Gabriel Castro / ReverboText description provided by the architects. Situated in the neighborhood of Morro do Chapéu on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte city, the project of Casa Viga started in a peculiar way, since there was already part of a concrete structure (foundation, floor slabs, and pillars) executed on the site. The clients no longer wanted to continue with the original project of that previous structure, although they wish to preserve it in order to minimize construction costs. Considering this, a new project was developed in association with the preexisting structure.Save this picture!© Gabriel Castro / ReverboTwo of the main features of the house were defined by these conditions: the site plan of the project centralized on the ground with a slope of 2,000.00m², and levels of existing floors (1 lower level initially designed for a games room and 2 other main levels with a small difference of 80cm between them).Save this picture!© Gabriel Castro / ReverboIt was defined from these premises and also from the solar orientation of the place, that the house would have an intimate area facing a front garden of 20 meters (facing north) and a social area at the back, with 27 meters and the best view (facing south). The garage of the house was defined by taking advantage of the pre-existing lower level.Save this picture!Second Floor PlanThis sectorization was reinforced by the small difference in level between the floor slabs – at the highest level lies the intimate area and at the lowest level the social and service area. The two entrances to the house, the social and the private (garage) were located at opposite ends of the land, separated from the house by two walls that rise from scratch and grow as the terrain in slope descends. The volumetry is composed of two inverted triangles, one defined by the metallic roof with a slope of 6%, and the other defined by the stone walls that separate the front garden from the entrances of the house. Save this picture!© Gabriel Castro / ReverboInternally the house is characterized by large spaces, but without excessive areas, with its social zone surrounded by a generous veranda, where at one of its ends was located the barbecue area, contiguous to the kitchen of the house. The owner’s office, located in the intimate area, has large sliding doors that allow the visual interconnection between the two gardens when opened. Save this picture!© Gabriel Castro / ReverboAlso part of this project, there was a very precarious little construction in the back of the site, which instead of demolishing it, the clients requested its renovation to become a guest loft. The building was located at the back of the site, close to neighboring buildings and at a level well below the main house, which created an image of overlapping roofs.Save this picture!© Gabriel Castro / ReverboThis led to the idea of recreating the original typology of a house with a gabled roof, but in this case, entirely covered with white metallic tiles, which was also a material used on the roof of the main house. Unlike the main house, where the main openings face north and south, in this annex, the glazed openings face east and west, and the facades covered with tile, face to the main house and the neighboring house, providing greater privacy for all. Save this picture!© Gabriel Castro / ReverboProject gallerySee allShow lessCapulin 59 Residential Building / ArquiPartnersSelected ProjectsConstant Springs Residence / Alterstudio ArchitectureSelected Projects Share Year: Brazil ArchDaily 2018 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/908545/casa-viga-play-arquitectura Clipboard CopyAbout this officePlay ArquiteturaOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBelo HorizonteBrazilPublished on January 17, 2019Cite: “Casa Viga / Play Arquitectura” [Casa Viga / Play Arquitetura] 17 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
12 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 14 June 2000 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis US fundraising consultant Terry Axelrod presents an impressive site which both demonstrates her expertise and offers considerable free advice. Her raisingmoremoney.com site offers a free training course, a free regular e-mail newsletter of fundraising tips and advice, and a series of free articles.Interestingly Ms Axelrod’s excellent site credits the Gilbert Center for its “Nonprofit internet systems and strategy.” The Gilbert Center is one of the projects of Michael Gilbert, founder of SocialEcology.com, featured this month on UK Fundraising. Raisingmoremoney.com Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Slightly edited version published in Sputnik World, Dec. 7. Translation by Michael Otto.The different steps followed by the coup d’état in Bolivia can be matched with what the right wing is desperately trying to pull off in Venezuela. Both processes have unfolded according to what appears to be a similar playbook. An analysis of the successive central coup moments reveals this.Jeanine Añez, self-proclaimed president of Bolivia, took on the role that Juan Guaidó was called upon — and failed — to carry out in Venezuela. Añez, just like Guaidó, was a second-string leader of the opposition. Due to a combination of circumstances, she played a central role in fronting the coup d’état that forced President Evo Morales to resign on Nov. 10.That’s not the only correlation between the two coups d’état. Both destabilization processes seem to follow the same scenario to be carried out by actors and repeated discourses — which mirror each other — both in the depths of real power as well as with the nominal representatives of that power.“It’s a method applicable to any of our revolutionary processes. We have studied the methods, the phases of the new generation of warfare. In some cases they achieve half the result, in others the complete result. In Venezuela this has not been possible,” explains Cris González, ambassador of Venezuela to Bolivia. He has returned to Caracas.The parallel actions of the two coup processes begin from the premise supporting the entire coup plot: the false claim of electoral fraud.Gonzalez said: “In Bolivia the [right-wing] media began harping on fraud long before the elections and thus it was reported that there was going to be a fraud on Oct. 20. That very day there was talk of fraud because a large number of people had already accepted the idea that there was going to be a fraudulent election before the first count had been issued.”That was the appeal for support used to call out and legitimize the mobilizations that were launched before the votes were counted. The media had constantly repeated this lie in order to implant that false idea in the consciousness of large segments of Bolivian society.The illusion of fraudThat same method was systematically applied in Venezuela from the earliest years of the revolution. It was behind the façade of a fraud’s existence that the right-wing coup sector refused to participate in the presidential elections of May 20, 2018, in which Nicolás Maduro was reelected president. The objective was to refuse to recognize this electoral victory and declare that Maduro was a dictator, and on that basis to create the framework for the parallel government that was set in motion when Guaidó proclaimed himself interim president last Jan. 23.In Bolivia, it was possible to mobilize a sector of the population by creating the illusion of fraud, which led to the activation of street combat groups. This was particularly visible in the cities of Santa Cruz and Cochabamba during the coup that began on Oct. 20 and forced Morales to resign on Nov. 10.In Cochabamba, for example, recorded testimonies exposed how right-wing gangs rode in groups of tens or even hundreds on motorcycles to persecute and terrorize supporters of the Morales-led political process and all those who were Indigenous.Gonzalez explained, “Never before had we seen homemade bazookas used in a protest and the presence of armed motorcyclists, which was one of the phenomena of the coup that occurred in that area.”In both Cochabamba and Chasquipampa, where the first massacre took place after Nov. 10, local residents denounced the presence of [right-wing] Venezuelans in the front ranks of the shock troops. The type of weapons, mode of deployment and tactics of confrontation were similar to those used in the so-called guarimbas [colloquial for “violent barricades”] in Venezuela in 2014 and 2017.That wasn’t all: As in the attempt to overthrow Maduro in 2017, right-wing gangs persecuted political and social leaders who were part of the process of change [in Bolivia, “process of change” means the movement supporting Morales] and launched attacks on any local progressive media. Attacks on Morales’s supporters The houses of Morales’ supporters were defaced with graffiti and burned, and the people themselves were beaten, as was Patricia Arce, the courageous Indigenous woman mayor of Vinto. Bolivia TV and Radio Patria Nueva, the radio station of the Unified Trade Union Confederation of Peasant Workers of Bolivia, where the director was tied to a tree, were similarly attacked. The Bolivian right, like the Venezuelan right, denied all their violence. That big lie was sustained by the national and international media, which had, among other tasks, to make the violence invisible.Evo Morales was forced to resign along with Vice President Álvaro García Linera. In contrast, Guaidó’s call to “End the usurpation!” is something he never managed to carry out since he first proclaimed it at the beginning of this year. From the moment [Morales left], the second step — the “transitional government” — was implemented in Bolivia. The Venezuelan coup strategy included announcing this goal over and over again.This so-called “transitional government” [manufactured] two central [facts on the ground]. First of all, Añez proclaimed herself president and appointed a de facto government, recognized by the United States, the Organization of American States, right-wing governments in Latin America and even by the European Union. That legitimization in turn implied the denial that a coup d’état took place.A wave of terrorOne of the major tasks carried out by the de facto government was to unleash a massive wave of terror by the Bolivian Armed Forces and the Bolivian National Police, resulting in three massacres and 35 acknowledged deaths.In addition, the de facto government publicly threatened National Assembly members from the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), journalists, political leaders and former officials. Human rights organizations and social movements that came from Argentina to record the situation in the country were threatened and physically attacked at the airport.The “transitional government” meant that there would be restoration of the old order, an operation carried out with impunity due to the breakdown of the rule of law, with persecution of the opponents, that is, the MAS leaders of social movements and politicians. These are the conditions that the coup d’état requires for the third step: “free elections.”Añez asserted from the beginning, as did Guaidó, that she would call for elections and that her role is provisional. As could be anticipated, one of the central facts is that Evo Morales and Álvaro García Linera will not be allowed to participate in the upcoming elections. As for MAS, they may participate for the time being.The OAS, as expected, will validate the elections as part of its legitimization of the coup d’état. Gonzalez paused, emphasizing the role played by the OAS as Washington’s main instrument of action in carrying out U.S. foreign policy. The OAS played this role in Bolivia as well as in Venezuela, where the right-wing governments of the OAS and, in particular, its secretary general, Luis Almagro, have seated Guaidó’s representative to speak for Venezuela at the table.The coup in Bolivia is a mirror for Venezuela: It anticipates what would happen if the strategy that projects Guaidó onto the world stage were to triumph. That strategy is now facing its worst crisis since his self-proclamation.González said that the coup strategy has not ended: “Here there is a judgment about who is the real enemy of the people: It’s the USA.” This means we can expect new actions will be taken against the government, the political process and the country, which will translate into a tightening of the economic blockade, as well as possible attacks that have not been seen before.“What else remains?” asked Gonzalez. “Weapons of mass destruction that have left a trail of pain, blood and death in the Middle East. The continent must be prepared to reject this. We cannot allow our continent to become a war zone!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Will There Be a Record Corn and Soybean Yield in Indiana? Facebook Twitter Will There Be a Record Corn and Soybean Yield in Indiana? By Eric Pfeiffer – Oct 12, 2020 Audio Playerhttps://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2020/10/gauck-1012-wrap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In this Yield Check from Beck’s, we check in on southern Indiana with Beck’s Regional Agronomy Manager Steve Gauck. He says early planted soybeans look good.“Early planted soybeans where they got adequate rainfall, we have good bean size. Yields have been very good. As we’re getting into some of the later planted soybeans that went through that drier August, we’re seeing some smaller bean size and yields are falling off a little bit. Now, yields are still good, but we’re starting to see a range of yields coming in from excellent to average to a few cases below average.”USDA has been projecting a record soybean yield in Indiana, but in their crop report last week, they’re now projecting a record corn yield as well. Gauck says the story for corn is similar to that of soybeans. Early planted corn looks really good.“There’s more tip back as we get back in the some of these later planted fields. We may lack a little bit of kernel depth, a little bit of kernel weight, after the dry, cloudy, kind of overcast August. So, I think as time goes on, we won’t be able to hold up with the yields we’ve had so far, but yields have been good. Will it be a record crop? It may be close. I’m anxious to see as we get into some later planted corn, how do the yields hold up? Especially out in the middle of the field where we had some heat.”Gauck added that while the dry weather has been great for getting the crop out, it has caused some problems as well.“We’ve had a few combine fires, so make sure guys are being safe with the harvest. It’s been dry. Check your equipment and make sure fire extinguishers are fully charged and ready to go. We want everybody to be safe.”Beck’s is dedicated to serving a community of farmers who love what they do and are proud to be farmers at heart. Learn more at beckshybrids.com. SHARE Previous articleU.S. Dairy Advances Journey to Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050Next articleWill There Be a Record Corn and Soybean Yield in Indiana on the HAT Tuesday Podcast Eric Pfeiffer Facebook Twitter
Reporters Without Borders condemns the use of force by the Iranian authorities to contain demonstrations a week ago in the southwestern province of Khuzestan and their ban on news coverage of the bloody clashes that took place. Both the national and international media were prevented from covering the incidents. The crackdown has continued this week with several arrests of netizens and media contributors.The Iranian government hypocritically defends freedom of information about the violence taking place in neighbouring countries such as Bahrain, where blood has been shed to crush anti-government demonstrations, but imposes a complete news blackout on the deadly clashes between members of the Arab minority and security forces in Khuzestan, cutting it off from the rest of the world and denying access to both independent and state media reporters.Calls were issued on the Internet and online social networks for demonstrations on 15 April in the provincial capital of Ahvaz to mark the sixth anniversary of the violent clashes that took place on 15 April 2005 between the security forces and members of the Arab community, who are the majority in province. Members of the security forces fired live rounds into a spontaneous demonstration by young people on 14 April, killing three demonstrators. When the protests continued the next day, they were brutally crushed by Revolutionary Guards in several districts of the city including Haisohari, Coy Alvaieh and Cot Abdollah.Round-ups of activists had already begun before the calls for demonstrations had been issued, and the arrests are continuing. According to some sources, at least 97 people are being held in prisons in and around Ahvaz, including Sepidar and Zyton (a secret detention centre controlled by the intelligence ministry). The detainees include Ali Badri (of the blog Shataljarhi), Ali Torofi (of the blog Karoniat), and the poets Hamin Hairi and Shahid Amori, who contribute to various media. Several intellectuals and human rights activists in Iran have condemned the violence.Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel peace laureate, wrote to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on 18 April requesting her intervention. “We have no information about the fate of the prisoners,” she wrote. “The security forces have forced the families of the victims to remain silent.”The violence of six years ago was triggered by reports of an Iranian government policy of forcibly relocating members of the Arab community to other provinces. A letter circulated on 15 April 2005, which had supposedly been written by a government official, talked of “moving Arabs from this very sensitive area and relocating them in other regions of the country.” Although the government insisted the letter was forged, its publication prompted uprisings and deadly violence in several of the province’s cities that continued for two days. The Tehran bureau of the Qatari TV station Al-Jazeera, which had been giving the incidents a great deal of coverage, was closed by the Iranian authorities on 18 April 2005 for “inciting unrest.”Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that Manoucher Tamary, a journalist with the government news agency IRNA, was arrested on 17 April at his home in Sanandaj (in the western province of Kurdistan) by men in plainclothes, who searched his home and seized his computer. It is not known where they took him. Aged 56, Tamary has worked for IRNA since 1994. IRNA reported that he had received a summons from the intelligence ministry a week before his arrest. The news agency’s management has called for his release. IranMiddle East – North Africa News News Receive email alerts June 11, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Help by sharing this information March 18, 2021 Find out more June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election News to go further Organisation April 22, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities ban coverage of crackdown on Arab minority protests in Khuzestan Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Iran
Facebook Linkedin WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsNews in briefBy admin – April 30, 2009 686 Advertisement Twitter Print Military and police showAN event that is sure to attract those with an interest in collecting military or police memorabilia, will be held in the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel, Castletroy on Sunday, May 3.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Military and Police Collector Show is for people of all ages who can drop in to just have a browse or can buy, sell or trade anything that may be of interest to collectors. “This hobby is a fast growing one but unfortunately most of the collector shows take place outside of the south west, which makes this a great opportunity to come to a local show where you never know – you may get bitten by the collecting bug,” says a spokesperson for the event, who adds:“A note of warning, however, you may need to extend your home at some time in the future.” There will be displays off uniforms, badges, patches, hats and helmets at the fair. Admission is two euro and no charge for children.St Enda’s Sports ComplexCONCERN for the future of St Enda’s Sports Complex has been voiced by Cllr Lilly Wallace. She recently told a meeting of Limerick City Council that the complex could well be forced to close before “the money comes through from the Regeneration Programme, to save it. “I have been told that St Enda’s management recently had a meeting with Brendan Kenny, ceo of the Regeneration Agencies and that things are not looking good for St Enda’s,” she said.Rising starsA selection of some of the country’s finest up and coming GAA footballers and hurlers gathered in Dublin this week for the 2009 Ulster Bank Rising Star Awards. Limerick man Seamus Hickey, representing University Limerick. Mr Hickey was the sole representative from Limerick to make the selection. The top students were presented with their award by GAA Director General Paraic Duffy at a reception held in Ulster Bank Group Centre in Dublin which saw 12 Counties represented with awards. The Ulster Bank Rising Stars are selected from the 5,000 registered players across 57 colleges. Sarah Dempsey, Head of Sponsorship and Corporate Responsibility, Ulster Bank said; “2009 once again saw a host of fantastic football and hurling skills displayed throughout the Higher Education Championships with a number of excellent team and individual performances as well as some brilliant games -we are looking forward to again next year.”Roads funding slashedTHE LACK of funding for the repair and maintenance of national and non national roads came to the fore at this month’s meeting of Limerick County Council.Councillors from every party protested against the cut of 30 per cent and unanimously expressed their disappointment at the move, which amounts to a 30 per cent. Cllr Kevin Sheahan observed: “the money already invested in roads may as well have been thrown away if the funds are not there to maintain them”His thoughts were echoed by Fine Gael’s cllr Liam Galvin, who said: “The public are wondering where their development levies are gone”, while Leo Walsh said taxes were being increased, but the people were getting nothing in return.Local authorities should come together to find means of sourcing funding to invest in roads, according to cllr Jerome Scanlan who said that the Dublin based government “do not understand the state Limerick roads are in” and cllr Tom Neville criticised the “lack of leadership which means we have to take responsibility for ourselves – we have to stand up and be counted on this issue.”A motion was passed to contact An Taoiseach with a view to reassessing the process of allocating funding for road works to local authorities. Email Previous articleLimerick LifestyleNext articleFree Beer admin
Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Mc Guinness “hasn’t considered” possible presidential poll bid WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – September 9, 2011 Google+ Pinterest Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Facebook Newsx Adverts Twitter The North’s Deputy First Minister says he hasn’t given any consideration to suggestion that he might contest the Presidential Election in the Republic.Derry based Martin McGuinness was speaking at the opening of the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Belfast this evening.The party’s new Ard Comhairle to be elected this weekend is expected to make a decision on a candidate.Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald has ruled herself out – with former Stormont Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew now considered a frontrunner if the party is to nominate a candidate.Martin McGuinness’s name has also been mentioned, but he says he hasn’t even thought about it……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/mcguinn7.mp3[/podcast] Previous articleNo resolution after initial Pobal – MFG meetingNext articleMichaela Harte murder trial could face one year delay News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Facebook
Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter By News Highland – September 19, 2018 Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleToyota could be an option for Kris Meeke in 2019Next articleWaiting List problems will worsen in winter – O’Rourke News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Google+ Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp An Post says Storm Ali has caused disruption to services in more than 60 post offices.Mail deliveries across parts of the North and North West had to be suspended during the height of the storm.An Post says it’s working to restore full services as soon as possible. Storm Ali: An Post say some services suspended in North West Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
Kuzma/iStock(BOSTON) — Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for federal crimes stemming from the massive “Varsity Blues” college entrance scam.Huffman also will have to pay a $30,000 fine, complete 250 hours of community service and serve one year of probation.She is due to self-report to a yet-to-be-determined Bureau of Prisons facility Oct. 25.Huffman, 56, learned her fate Friday and issued a statement shortly thereafter, accepting the judge’s decision.“I accept the court’s decision today without reservation,” she said in the statement. “I have always been prepared to accept whatever punishment Judge Talwani imposed. I broke the law. I have admitted that and I pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period.“I would like to apologize again to my daughter, my husband, my family and the educational community for my actions. And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.”“I have learned a lot over the last six months about my flaws as a person,” she added. “My goal now is to serve the sentence that the court has given me. I look forward to doing my community service hours and making a positive impact on my community. I also plan to continue making contributions wherever I can well after those service hours are completed. I can promise you that in the months and years to come that I will try and live a more honest life, serve as a better role model for my daughters and family and continue to contribute my time and energies wherever I am needed. My hope now is that my family, my friends and my community will forgive me for my actions.”Earlier this month, Huffman’s lawyers filed papers asking Talwani to not send the Oscar-nominated actress to prison, writing that “nothing about her history and characteristics require a prison sentence.”Huffman’s lawyers had asked Talwani to impose a one-year probation term, 250 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine. But federal prosecutors asked the judge to sentence Huffman to one month of incarceration, followed by 12 months of supervised release and a fine of $20,000.“She is remorseful — indeed, deeply ashamed — about what she did,” Huffman’s lawyers stated in court documents.On March 13, a federal indictment was unsealed with charges for 50 people, including Huffman and more than 30 other wealthy parents, in the largest college cheating scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.The indictment alleges the parents paid bribes to William “Rick” Singer, a college-entrance tutor guru whom prosecutors identified as the ringleader of the nationwide scam, to get their children into elite colleges, including Stanford, the University of Southern California, Princeton and Georgetown.Singer, 59, who prosecutors said collected $25 million in bribes during the years-long scam, pleaded guilty in March to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. He’s yet to be sentenced.Also indicted was actress Lori Loughlin — best known as Aunt Becky on the sitcom “Full House” — and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, who are fighting charges they paid Singer $500,000 to get their two daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella, into USC as recruits for the university’s crew team, despite the fact they’d never participated in the sport.Huffman pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of conspiring to commit mail fraud and honest service mail fraud and admitted that she paid Singer $15,000 to falsify her daughter Sophia’s SAT score.“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done. I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” Huffman tearfully said as she pleaded guilty in court on May 13.Thirteen other defendants also have agreed to plead guilty.Huffman’s lawyers presented Talwani with letters vouching for her character from the actress’ relatives, including her husband, actor William H. Macy, and former colleagues such as Eva Longoria, a fellow cast member on “Desperate Housewives.”Huffman and Macy later allegedly made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for their younger daughter, before deciding not to do so, according to court documents. Macy was not charged in the scam.“To be sure, Felicity’s relationship with her daughters exploded on March 12th and rebuilding that relationship will be a long process. But I also want you to know Felicity has raised two amazing young women,” Macy wrote in his letter to Talwani.“After her arrest Felicity found a wonderful family therapist and we’ve all been going (in various combinations) for the last few months,” Macy wrote. “There is much to be done, and some of the hurt and anger will take years to work through, but we are making progress.”In court documents filed last week, federal prosecutors asked that Huffman serve time in prison.“Huffman’s conduct was deliberate and manifestly criminal: It was wrong, she knew it was wrong, and she actively participated in manipulating her daughter’s guidance counselor, the testing services and the schools to which her daughter applied,” prosecutors wrote in court documents filed last Friday.Prosecutors, according to the documents, argued that Huffman should serve time behind bars and that “neither probation nor home confinement (in a large home in the Hollywood Hills with an infinity pool) would constitute meaningful punishment or deter others from committing similar crimes.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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