How will the French fare in the Heineken Cup?

first_imgAhead of this weekend’s Heineken Cup quarter-finals, Rugby World runs the rule over the French contenders… Ready Freddie? Michalak has been making headlines recently with his performances at ten for Toulon LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Bright spark: Clermont’s Napolioni Nalaga will be looking to make breaks like this against LeicesterClermontLeicester head to Clermont on Saturday with the statistics stacked against them. Not only do the Heineken Cup record books show that in 68 quarter-final encounters 51 have been won by the home side, but the Tigers travel to the toughest venue in Europe. The last time Clermont lost at the Stade Marcel-Michelin was in November 2009 (to Biarritz in the Top 14), and since then the men in yellow and blue have compiled a 74-match winning streak.Admittedly Clermont suffered a surprise 26-24 defeat away at Brive last week, but they were without Julien Bonnaire, Alexandre Lapandry, Julien Bardy, Jamie Cudmore, Vincent Debaty and Sitiveni Sivivatu. All are available for selection on Saturday, and all are likely to help Clermont make it 75 games on the bounce at the Michelin.On the move: will Toulouse be able to hit the ground running at Thomond Park against Munster?ToulouseOf the three French teams left in the tournament, Toulouse face the toughest task in travelling to Munster. Lying sixth in the Top 14 with only 11 victories from 23 matches, the four-times champions will be firm underdogs ahead of Saturday’s clash at Thomond Park. “It’s a major challenge,” admitted Toulouse coach Guy Noves this week. “We know it’s going to be hard to get back up (from the defeat to Toulon) but we’re going to try to do it.”center_img No one club has dominated the Top 14 this season, with the three French teams in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals all showing themselves fallible. Then again, they’ve also played some superb rugby at times and their opponents on Saturday will have to be at their best if they’re to progress to the semi-finals…ToulonThe reigning champions welcome Leinster to the Stade Mayol on Sunday, a week after their dramatic 32-28 victory over Toulouse in Marseille. Star of that show was Frederic Michalak, the veteran fly-half scoring 27 points including the second of Toulon’s two tries.The previous week Michalak – for whom the word ‘mercurial’ could have been invented – looked lively against Clermont and he has no doubt why he’s hit form at this late stage of the season. “I’m in good shape. I no longer have any niggles,” he says. “That’s allowed me to be at 100% and to play without apprehension.”The fact he’s been given a run in the No 10 shirt – a position in which, he says, he “feels at ease” – is no coincidence after 18 months playing for Toulon mostly at scrum-half. Nonetheless, it’s expected that Jonny Wilkinson, absent from the Toulouse game with a thigh strain, will return to the starting XV for the visit of Leinster.Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal is rare among his peers in French rugby in attaching as much importance to the Heineken Cup as to the Top 14, and though he would love to do the double this season, he sees this quarter-final as an opportunity to make a statement.“We want to confirm that we’re not European champions by chance,” Boudjellal told a local paper this week. “That we’re capable of dominating European rugby. I’m not saying we’re there but we want to show that Toulon have the dimensions to become a European giant.” Hardly a full-throated battle cry from the veteran coach, who perhaps has prioritised the Top 14 over the Heineken Cup in the final weeks of the season. Toulouse are by no means certain to qualify as one of the purported seven French teams for Europe’s showpiece competition next season. Their total of 58 points is only three more than ninth-placed Brive and with only two wins in their last seven league matches Noves knows that the remaining three Top 14 encounters are all must-win games.As for the Munster match, Noves admits that “to win over there would be a huge, huge achievement…(and) if we lose in putting in a good performance it will allow us to say that the European Cup was not our priority.”last_img read more

En París, un programa radial para anglicanos de habla francesa

first_img In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Press Release Service This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate Diocese of Nebraska New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Pittsburgh, PA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 center_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Collierville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Press Release Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Belleville, IL En París, un programa radial para anglicanos de habla francesa An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC [ooyala code=”M4bG1jZDrTtiga7wIlBX38_h7idP5oLX” player_id=”d4a5625b85af485eb1fff640076c5be6″][Episcopal News Service] La episcopal parisiense Laurence Moachon ayuda a resaltar el perfil de la Convocación de Iglesias Episcopales en Europa al hacer que el contenido de un programa radial de habla francesa llegue a los anglicanos de todo el mundo.Le Magazine Anglican comenzó a transmitirse, hace unos 18 meses, a través de la estación de Frequence Protestante. Debido a su popularidad, con frecuencia se transmite en un espacio de gran audiencia inmediatamente después del mediodía.Moachon, ex católica romana, ha sido miembro de la Catedral Americana en París durante los últimos 19 años. Como animadora del programa, dice que es importante comunicarse con la gente a través de la radio porque “necesitamos tener mayor visibilidad en Francia como episcopales y anglicanos, y tenemos muy poca cobertura en los medios de prensa. Es una buena oportunidad para que la gente llegue a conocernos”.Durante su espacio de 55 minutos, que se transmite una vez al mes y que se puede encontrar en la Internet, Moachon usualmente tiene un tema principal, un tema secundario y una actualización de noticias acerca de la Comunión Anglicana, la Iglesia Episcopal, la Diócesis de Europa de la Iglesia de Inglaterra y las tres iglesias anglicanas de París (la Catedral Americana, San Miguel [St. Michael’s] y San Jorge [St. George’s].Ocasionalmente, tiene invitados en el estudio, pero la mayor parte de las veces ella graba con antelación las entrevistas, “ya que la mayoría de ellos no se siente con la suficiente confianza para hablar francés en un programa en vivo”.Moachon produce casi todos los aspectos del programa, desde la preparación a la presentación, desde la investigación a la grabación. “Tengo un pequeño equipo para grabar las entrevistas, después tengo un programa para mezclar las voces con la música”, explicó.Aunque Moachon dijo ser  asesora de comunicaciones, no tenía ninguna experiencia previa en transmisiones radiales. Había entrenado a otros para hablar en público, pero cuando comenzó a transmitir, le dijo a ENS, “creía que mi voz era tan fea que necesitaba  entrenarme a mí misma”.Su audiencia incluye muchos anglicanos, protestantes y catolicorromanos. El programa comparte el tiempo de transmisión con Radio Notre Dame.“Estas personas son religiosas o están interesadas en la religión o en un crecimiento en su fe”, agregó. “Por consiguiente, no hay ninguna intención de convertir a nadie al anglicanismo, sino de ayudarles a conocernos mejor y también a encontrar una inspiración en lo que hacemos”.Si bien es difícil de determinar exactamente el número de radioescuchas [del programa], dijo Moachon, “los criterios del éxito es que la radio me deja continuar, aunque no se les da ningún dinero”. En junio, dijo, Le Magazine Anglican fue el segundo programa más descargado de todos los de la estación.Ella cree que las tres o cuatro piezas musicales que se tocan en cada transmisión, la mayoría de ellas [instrumental] anglicana y coral, ayudan a que el programa sea tan popular.“No es difícil de entender por qué tiene tantos seguidores”, dijo a ENS Pierre Whalon, obispo de la Convocación [de Iglesias Episcopales en Europa]. “La pasión de Laurence por su Iglesia y su fe se combinan con sus destrezas como comunicadora profesional para ofrecer un programa animado y atractivo. Ella constituye un ejemplo notable del creciente número de personas en Francia que encuentran un fe viva en la Iglesia Episcopal”.El francés es lengua oficial en 63 países, en las Naciones Unidas y en los Juegos Olímpicos, destacó Whalon. El número de francófonos en el mundo está creciendo y ahora incluye a más de 4 millones de anglicanos, afirmó él.Moachon señaló que la diócesis episcopal numéricamente más grande es Haití, que es de habla francesa.La Iglesia Episcopal es una iglesia mundial, añadió. “Necesitamos tener más instrumentos en francés, especialmente para la liturgia… Es importante que creamos una cultura anglicana en Francia”.Le Magazine Anglican encuentra sus orígenes en un anterior programa de radio sobre la Catedral Americana en París que producía el Rdo. Canónigo Bernard Vignot, sacerdote veterocatólico que dirigió el ministerio francófono de la catedral hasta que se jubiló. En 2011, Le Magazine Anglican  fue relanzado como un programa cultural.Cuando el primer programa comenzó, se llamaba Vía Media,  pero Moachon dijo que ella tenía conflicto con ese término “porque significa que nosotros no somos ‘ni una cosa ni otra’. En realidad somos diferentes. En verdad quiero que la gente vea nuestra Iglesia y piense que estamos haciendo algo diferente”.Su parte preferida del programa es el debate de ideas y el encontrarse con montones de personas interesantes, añadió.El programa más reciente, transmitido el 13 de julio, incluyó como historia principal un reportaje acerca de los anglicanos en la Riviera francesa y sobre una iglesia anglicana en Niza. Ella también incluyó información acerca de Cannes y el festival de cine, un ejemplo de cómo encuentra nuevos modos de ampliar el programa “y de hacerlo animadamente”. La música utilizada en el último programa incluyó el himno de la Comunión cantado para la coronación de la reina Isabel II en 1953, al coro de la Catedral Americana en París cantando “Señor Jesús, la luz del día se fue” [Abide With Me], y Emeli Sandé cantando el mismo himno para la apertura de los Juegos Olímpicos en 2012.Las partes más importantes del programa anterior fueron debates ecuménicos y aspectos de la entronización del 105º. Arzobispo de Cantórbery, catedrales británicas, Washington D.C. y la segunda investidura del presidente Barack Obama, el nuevo deán de la Catedral Americana en París y un festival de música anglicana.Moachon se sintió atraída por primera vez hacia la Iglesia Episcopal cuando asistía en 1993 a un oficio de Navidad en la Catedral Nacional de Washington, D.C. Percibió inmediatamente [que se establecía] una conexión, pero uno de los principales atractivos de la Iglesia Episcopal, agregó, es la diversidad del culto.Lleva muchísimo tiempo preparar y producir el programa radial cada mes, dice ella, pero ahora “lo veo como mi ministerio”.– Matthew Davies es redactor y reportero de Episcopal News Service. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Por Matthew DaviesPosted Jul 18, 2013 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Events Rector Washington, DClast_img read more

Permits will be easier for contractors in Orange County

first_img TAGSOrange CountyPermits Previous articleSecond Harvest facilitating donations to Hurricane Harvey victimsNext articleGasBuddy Reveals Top Money-Wasting Habits When Buying Gas Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Operations Coordinator for Meritage Homes Kelli Tremblay used to go through three cases of paper every week to meet the requirements for in-person permit submittals at Orange County Government.After the summer 2017 launch of the County’s Building Safety Department electronic plan submittal process, Tremblay describes her paper waste as nominal – and her time saving is substantial.“So far, Meritage Homes has submitted 76 electronic plans and we have already had one approved in just 12 days,” Tremblay said. “The online permitting process has significantly cut the time it takes to obtain a permit by 50 percent. We are so happy that the County is expanding their services because we handle about 650 permits per year in Orange County alone.”Orange County Building Safety Manager Alan Plante says that most licensed contractors submitting electronic plans for residential single-family permits will see their time reduced by at least one third for permitting approvals, with current approvals  times ranging from 21 to 24 days.Plante credits Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ trailblazing efforts in spearheading  the use of this new time-saving and streamlining initiative. In 2012, Mayor Jacobs sought to enhance customer service and transparency in development permitting by establishing a central permitting destination. The launch of “One-Stop Permitting” at Orange County provided permit applicants one central location to submit applications, ask questions and receive results on a limited number of development applications.“Orange County had more than 3,500 new homes permitted last year – a number that catapulted our 2016 building permit valuations to $2.5 billion dollars – that’s a 31 percent increase over the previous year,” Mayor Jacobs said. “In response to a strengthening construction industry and the need for permits, an electronic plan submittal makes great sense. It helps our citizens and customers save time, which in turn helps them save money. Electronic plan submittal is a wonderful complement to our existing ‘one-stop permitting’, and represents a great step forward in customer service.”Meritage Homes, M/I Homes and Lennar Homes offered to assist in the rollout and launch by being the test group to submit online and provide feedback. That way, the County was able to address some of the issues and work on increased efficiency.One of several of e-submittal advantages is that contractors who submit their plans electronically will not have to bear the time or cost of having them printed for submittal.Additionally, contractors will receive status reports electronically regarding their submittal throughout the approval process. Also, each division, including Public Works, Utilities, Health Department and Engineering, now works on plan submittals simultaneously rather than separately.“We received excellent feedback from our test group. They shared that the County’s electronic submittal process is one of the best they’ve worked with,” Plante said. “We look forward to expanding our services for e-plan submittals to include online application requests and permit issuance for all residential and commercial permits in spring 2018.”Contractors who participate in the e-plan submittals must be a registered FastTrack user and must have attended one of the Division’s Electronic Plans Submittal Training sessions. For more information, visit www.ocfl.net/FastTrack.The next schedules training session is Aug. 29, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greater Orlando Builders Association, 1953 Clayton Heritage Way in Maitland.For more information, contact the Division of Building Safety at [email protected] Caption:  Building Safety officials thank contractor test groups at a recent information session to launch the electronic plan submittals. [L- R]  Owner of Permits Permits Permits Daphne Clark; Division of Building Safety Administrator Aneta Duhigg; Division of Building Safety Manager Alan Plante; Steve Johnson, Production Manager and Kelly Tremblay, Operations Coordinator for Meritage Homes. Division of Building Safety Launches Convenient Electronic Plan SubmittalsFrom the Orange County Media Relations Department center_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

Benton Harbor, Mich., Civil Rights activist convicted by all-white jury

first_imgRev. Pinkney, right, at “Occupy the PGA” protest, May 2012.The Rev. Edward Pinkney was found guilty of five felony counts of forgery stemming from a recall campaign against Mayor James Hightower of Benton Harbor, Mich., earlier this year.The all-white jury in St. Joseph, Mich., deliberated for nine hours and delivered the verdict on Nov. 3. The sentencing date has been set for Dec. 15.Hightower was the subject of the recall campaign due to his refusal to support a local income tax measure designed to create employment for the people in Benton Harbor, located in Berrien County in the southwest region of the state. Hightower is often accused by residents of Benton Harbor of being more concerned about the well-being of Whirlpool Corp. and other business interests than the people he is sworn to protect and serve.During the five-day trial, not one witness said they saw Pinkney change any dates or signatures on the recall petitions. During the opening arguments on Oct. 27, Berrien County Prosecutor Mike Sepic told the jury that they would not hear anyone say that they had witnessed the defendant engaging in fraud.The prosecutor’s case was supposed to be based on circumstantial evidence. Nonetheless, the tenor of the questioning by the prosecutor seemed to suggest that the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO), the group Pinkney leads in Berrien County, was actually on trial for its uncompromising opposition to the role of Whirlpool Corp. and its supporters within the political establishment in Benton Harbor and its environs.Prosecution witnesses backed recallIn the testimony of eight witnesses called by the prosecution on the first day of the trial, all had supported the recall of Mayor Hightower. The witnesses said that they never saw Pinkney change any petitions.Prosecution witness Bridgett Gilmore told the court that she circulated the recall petitions for George E. Moon and had no contact with Pinkney during the process. While the prosecutor asked her about what appeared to be minor changes on the petitions she circulated, defense lawyer Tat Parrish pointed out that none of these pages in question were the ones which Pinkney was charged with altering.Gilmore noted that two types of ink were used on some of the signatures because the circulation process took place during the winter and a pen would freeze requiring the usage of another one. When Gilmore turned over the petitions to Moon, Pinkney was not present.“There were many people calling for Hightower’s recall,” she said.Another witness called by the prosecution, Majorie Carter, indicated that she received the recall petitions from the City Clerk’s office. Carter supported the recall because she believed that businesses should pay taxes to create jobs in Benton Harbor, a majority African-American city which suffers from extremely high unemployment.Carter said that she was a registered voter and had campaigned for candidates before. She noted that she had run for city commissioner in the past.“I collected signatures for the recall from my apartment complex for seniors,” she said. “One signer corrected a date on the petition.”Mable Louise Avant testified after being called to the stand by the prosecution. She said she had met Pinkney at a BANCO meeting.“I had been living in New York and when I returned and saw how Benton Harbor had gone down, something needed to be done,” Avant said.“People make mistakes,” she emphasized. “Rev. Pinkney had nothing to do with the mistakes. I turned over the petitions to Rev. Pinkney.”The petitions that Avant circulated were not the ones that Pinkney was accused of altering.Benton Harbor resident George E. Moon also took the stand for the prosecution, and indicated he had circulated petitions for the recall of Hightower. When asked by the prosecutor where he got the idea about recalling the mayor, Moon responded by saying: “My ideology is different than the mayor. People should be elected and not bought.”“I am an activist,” Moon declared. He said he had spoken out in favor of the recall in the community.Overall, more than 700 people signed the recall petitions, most of which were validated by the local election commission. A date was set for the recall election.Nonetheless, after Pinkney was indicted and placed under house arrest for several weeks, the recall election was cancelled by a local judge who raised questions about the signatures. Yet later, another judge certified the petitions and authorized the recall election to proceed.The local authorities in Berrien County challenged the election, which was scheduled for Nov. 4. The Michigan Court of Appeals then cancelled the recall election again.Hightower remains in office and was called as a prosecution witness during the first day of the trial.James Cornelius, a Benton Harbor resident who sponsored the recall campaign against Hightower, took the stand, saying that he got the petitions from Pinkney to circulate. “Hightower was not doing a good job,” Cornelius told the court.Many of the prosecution’s questions related to the meetings, ideology, membership and leadership of BANCO. During the course of the prosecution’s questioning of witnesses, numerous observers were ejected from the courtroom for various reasons.One activist who traveled from Detroit was told he had to leave because he was “smirking.” Another observer from Detroit was asked to leave because she shook her head in disbelief of the proceedings, which she felt presented no evidence to incriminate Pinkney.Rev. Pinkney to seek delay in sentencingAfter the announcement of the verdict, Pinkney indicated that he was disappointed with the decisions of the all-white jury. This is the second time within seven years that he has been convicted by a Berrien County jury.In 2007, Pinkney was found guilty of tampering with absentee ballots involving another recall campaign against two Benton Harbor city commissioners. He was sentenced to one year of house arrest and four years of probation.However, in December of 2007, while under house arrest, Pinkney was charged with threatening the life of a Berrien County judge after he published an article in the People’s Tribune newspaper quoting biblical scriptures. He was sentenced to 3-10 years for violating his probation.A national campaign involving the Michigan American Civil Liberties Union along with numerous community, academic and religious organizations resulted in a successful appeal that released Pinkney from a state prison after serving one year. He has continued to be a major critic of the authorities in Berrien County.In 2010, BANCO opposed the transferal of land from Jean Klock Park to a privately owned venture known as Harbor Shores Development. The park, which had been designated for free public usage in 1917, was turned into the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course on Lake Michigan.Two years later, in 2012, BANCO organized the “Occupy the PGA” to oppose the holding of the senior tournaments in Benton Harbor that year. Hundreds attended the march and rally, drawing the ire of the local business interests and county officials.On the most recent convictions for felony forgery, Pinkney said: “I was in shock more than anything else because I could not believe they could find me guilty with no evidence at all. They have proven the fact you don’t need evidence to send someone to prison.”Pinkney added: “Sometimes somebody has to take a bullet and I just took one. It was in the leg though, it wasn’t in the heart. I’ve got about 45 good days and then we are definitely going to request a delay in sentencing.”Prosecutor Mike Sepic said after the convictions that “each of those felony counts carries a 5-year maximum, but he has at least three prior felony convictions. That makes him a habitual offender, which turns those five-year maximums into a life maximum and actually elevates the guidelines that will be scored for him as well. I believe it will be either a lengthy jail sentence or prison sentence.”Supporters of Rev. Pinkney are outraged by the jury verdict. Many of them are committed to working for an appeal of the convictions.Legacy of racism and national oppressionBerrien County is notorious for its racism against African Americans. Police brutality, large-scale home foreclosures, high unemployment and the systematic forcing of people from the majority African-American city of Benton Harbor have been standard policies for years.In 2003, after the police chased an African-American motorcyclist, resulting in a crash and his death, the African-American community in Benton Harbor rose up in rebellion that lasted for several days.Although the then governor, Jennifer Granholm, pledged to provide assistance for the improvement of conditions in Benton Harbor, no action was taken other than the privatization of Jean Klock Park and the appointment of an emergency manager in 2010.Although Benton Harbor is ostensibly out from under emergency management, the city is subjected to the more powerful and predominantly white St. Joseph, where the county court system is based. The fact that an all-white jury was impaneled in such a racially sensitive case in an area with deep historical tensions, speaks volumes with regard to the lack of sensitivity existing among the county authorities and the corporate interests.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Police arrest 40 journalists on suspicion of Kurdish separatist links

first_img News News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Turkey Help by sharing this information Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit TurkeyEurope – Central Asia December 20, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police arrest 40 journalists on suspicion of Kurdish separatist links Update: One the night of 23 December, an Istanbul court ruled that the 35 journalists and media workers who were arrested in a series of raids three days earlier must remain in detention until their trial, for which no date has so far been set. They are accused of membership of the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK), an umbrella group allegedly linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).——– Update: Since this statement was released, the number of arrested journalists has raised up to about 40.——–Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the arrests of about 25 journalists in raidsthere were carried out early this morning under a continuing investigation into the Union ofKurdistan Communities (KCK), an umbrella group allegedly linked to the outlawed KurdistanWorkers Party (PKK). Most of the detained journalists work for pro-Kurdish media.“The Turkish police keep carrying out the same kind of operation against journalists – searchesthat flout the right to the confidentiality of sources, mass arrests and confiscation of computersand articles as evidence,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Kurdish issue will not be solvedby attempts to suppress dissident views in the name of combating terrorism. The authorities muststop trying to criminalize journalism, including politically committed journalism.”In raids carried out at around 7 a.m. in Istanbul, anti-terrorist police searched the offices of theDIHA and ETHA news agencies, the Özgür Gündem daily newspaper, the Demokratik Modernitemagazine and the Gün printing press. The home of Agence France-Presse photographerMustafa Özer was also searched. Similar raids were carried out in Ankara, Diyarbakir, Izmir, Vanand Adana.A total of around 25 journalists suspected of links to the KCK network were taken into custodyduring the raids, which were ordered by an Istanbul court as part of the KCK investigation. Initial reports indicated that the operation targeted not only pro-Kurdish media but alsomainstream media that occasionally work with them.Ilker Yasar, the editor of the left-wing daily Birgün, told Reporters Without Borders that Birgünreporter Zeynep Kuray and Birgün photographer Ömer Celik were among those detained.Cagdas Ulus, a reporter for the daily Vatan, has also reportedly been detained. “Even if thisround-up seems to be targeted above all at ANF and DIHA journalists, in practice it is affectingthe entire profession, Birgün publisher Meriç Senyüz told Reporters Without Borders.The detained journalists include DIHA Istanbul news editor Fatma Koçak, ETHA managing editorArzu Demir, Demokratik Modernite editorial board member Nahide Ermis, DIHA Diyarbakirbureau news editor Ramazan Tekgöz, Demokratik Modernite employee Berxwedan Yaruk,and the reporters Semiha Alankus, Sadik Topaloglu, Cagdas Kaplan, Zuhal Tekiner, KenanKirkaya and Evrim Kepenek. The AFP photographer, Özer, may also have been arrested.Under Turkish legislation, the detainees do not have the right to talk to a lawyer during the first 24hours and could remain in police custody for four days before being brought before a prosecutor.During a search of Demir’s home, the police reportedly took her mobile phone, notebooks, twolaptops, a computer hard disk, the memory card of an ETHA camera, the text of the secondedition of “The blood does not dry,” a book by detainee Sami Özbil, photos of Özbil and DVDs.In Van province, which was devastated by an earthquake last month, police also raided a tentbeing used by DIHA journalists whose office was badly damaged by the quake.center_img Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News April 28, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en TurkeyEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Girls Volleyball: La Canada Sweeps Surging Maranatha in Nonleague Contest Thursday

first_img Community News HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Signs That Your Ex May Still Want You BackHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Maranatha had won 9 of its last 10 matches and four in a row.Not that the Minutemen would ever want to lose, but a match sandwiched in between Olympic League contests would be less painful you might think.La Canada swept the visitors from Maranatha, 25-17, 28-26 and 25-20 in that nonleague match that comes between its sweep of Heritage Christian Tuesday and a home match with Cerritos Valley Christian next Tuesday at 6:15 when the Minutemen get back to defending their first-place status in the standings.On Thursday, though, Maranatha (10-3 overall, 2-0 in league) were led by senior outside hitter Mikaela Ashworth, who had 10 kills 9 digs and a block.Senior Tehya Topalian added 10 assists, 2 aces and 2 digs.Junior Hannah Beckler had 4 kills and a block, and junior Tiffany Godley had 4 kills and 12 digs for coach Eli Cuenca.“We had a hard time matching La Canada’s energy and we didn’t pass or serve well,” Tehya Topalian said. “This killed our opportunity to compete.” Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Sports Girls Volleyball: La Canada Sweeps Surging Maranatha in Nonleague Contest Thursday By BRIAN REED-BAIOTTO, Sports Editor Published on Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 11:40 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Top of the News center_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Karting venue opens in Limerick

first_imgTwitter Print Linkedin Facebook Email WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement A SLICK and ultra modern new split level indoor karting centre has opened this Monday next (June 21), adding yet another new dimension to the city’s social and entertainment scene. It is the first of its kind in the region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Investors spotted an ideal opportunity at the Delta Retail Park, on the Ballysimon Road, and are to create 14 jobs.Delta Karting is in the ownership of Ireland’s longest established indoor karting centres, Kylemore Karting, Dublin, and Formula Karting in Newry .Spokesperson Garret Smith, said: “We have already been inundated with CVs and we haven’t even started publicising the centre. It’s amazing how people find out that there are jobs available”. The two new indoor tracks, which feature flyovers and underpasses, occupy a large industrial unit in the Delta Retail Park, close to Fine Wines Party Store.Smith continued: “We’re lucky with our chosen site because we have had a lot of space to work with, and it’s shaping that this track will be the best indoor facility in the country”.Behind the project are two men have years of motor-sport experience, having represented Ireland in Europe. They are Stuart Cosgrave, the founder of Mondello Park Race Circuit, and Jim Feenan, a well known rally driver and motor enthusiast.The 200cc karts will reach speeds of up to 40mph, which is exhilarating for the driver.Also adding to the driver experience will be a Grand Prix format of practice, qualifying and race, as well as commentaries, video monitors in the pits and viewing areas and electronic leaderboards with driver lap times on both tracks, separate heated viewing lounges for each track, and trophies and certificates for race winners.The venue aims to attract people of all ages, as Smith explained: “We hope to attract corporate groups, children’s parties and special events. It should appeal to everyone as we have adult and junior kadet karts”. The venue also has viewing lounges which overlook both tracks and a cafe area. NewsLocal NewsKarting venue opens in LimerickBy admin – June 17, 2010 734 Previous articlePaddy clocks in for opening of Dockers MonumentNext articleRathkeale Hotel to close adminlast_img read more

Government reimburses Donegal County Council for reaching household charge targets

first_img Pinterest Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp News Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – May 20, 2013 Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Government reimburses Donegal County Council for reaching household charge targetscenter_img Google+ Just over 300 thousand euro, withheld from Donegal County Council in penalties for non-collection of the household charge is to be reimbursed by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.Mr Hogan had refused to pay out the full Local Government Fund allocation to a number of local authorities who failed to collect at least 65 per cent of the charge introduced last year.However, all city and county councils have now bridged the gap and a national compliance rate of 76 per cent was reached this week.Donegal County Council was the last over the line and has now reached a payment rate of almost 66 per cent.The local authority, having had the biggest non-payment rate, is getting the largest rebate, with €309,458 now being paid out. WhatsApp Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Previous articleDonegal Deputy wants Justice Minister to explain Wallace commentsNext article500k allocated for Donegal Roads under CIS scheme News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also read more

Neighborhoods seek historic designation

first_img Print Article Sponsored Content Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Latest Stories McLaney said the survey would be of the exteriors of the downtown businesses.“Essentially what the survey would determine is if enough of the historical fabric of the exterior of theses structures has been preserved to consider them of historical significance,” McLaney said. “What the Neighborhood Association decided Monday night was that the members would like for the survey to be extended to those residential areas for inclusion in the proposed historic district.”When the survey is completed and, if the areas were accepted for inclusion on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage, the Troy historic district would include the downtown area and the five-street residential area.“The Downtown Committee is just starting the initial part of the full survey,” McLaney said. “The committee will seek community involvement in the program. The survey will be of value in determining the best way to go about preserving the historical integrity of the area and encouraging economic development at the same time.” Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Neighborhoods seek historic designation Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… You Might Like Pumpkin art Mary Stoltze’s Pink Princess pumpkin is one of the entries in the City of Troy’s Have a Heart & Show… read morecenter_img By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage is an official listing of buildings, sites, structures, objects and districts worthy of preservation.Properties that are eligible must be 40 years or older, associated with events of state or local significance, with lives of persons of state or local significance and/or representative of a type, style or period of architecture and/or associated with Alabama’s history or prehistory.The designation is honorary and carries no restrictions or financial incentives. The Neighborhood Association that includes homeowners on College, Murphree, Walnut, Pine and China streets in Troy voted Monday night to join the efforts of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown Committee to expand the city’s historic district.College Street is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.John Phil McLaney, local historian and president of the Pike County Historical and Genealogical Society, said the meeting was held at The Emporium and more than half the members of the Neighborhood Association attended along with several new residents of the proposed historic district.“The purpose of the meeting was to determine if those residential areas wanted to be included in a new survey for the addition to the historical district,” McLaney said. “The Troy Downtown Committee has proposed a survey of the downtown business area to determine if that area could be included on the Alabama Register of Historic Places.” Email the author Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Secrets Revealedlast_img read more

At least 17 reported tornadoes hit Central US during severe weather outbreak

first_imgiStock(HENDERSON COUNTY, Ky.) — A major storm moving through the central U.S. brought at least 17 reported tornadoes to parts of the central U.S., eight in Iowa, three in Arkansas, one in Missouri, four in Illinois and one in Wisconsin.In Jonesboro, Arkansas, a violent tornado did damage in the town with six reported injuries. In total there have been at least 190 reports of severe weather in the last 24 hours from the Midwest to the South to the Ohio Valley. The same powerful storm system was responsible for a 90 mph wind gust in Henderson County, Kentucky.The storm also brought very heavy rain with widespread rainfall totals of 1 to just over 2 inches of rain from Iowa to Pennsylvania.Flash flooding was reported on roadways and surrounded parked cars in parts of the Cleveland metro area overnight. The system also is responsible for bringing snow from Colorado to Minnesota with 10 inches of new snow reported in western Nebraska.As we head into the last days of March and begin April, we see the severe weather begin to ramp up dramatically. The U.S. averages around 80 tornadoes during March with the greatest chances across the southern Gulf Coast.April averages 155 tornadoes through the U.S. with multiple hotspots including the southern Gulf, the central and southern Plains and parts of the Midwest. May, ultimately, is the peak time for severe weather in the U.S. with an average of 276 tornadoes.This morning, radar is showing heavy snow still falling in parts of Minnesota and then two distinct areas of rain and thunderstorms. One area stretches across the Great Lakes into the western Appalachians where locally heavy rain could cause more flash flooding this morning.The other area is a more pronounced squall line that is moving through the Tennessee Valley and parts of the Gulf Coast. There is still a tornado watch for parts of Tennessee and Alabama but the watch will expire shortly as the tornado threat is winding down.Behind the cold front, winds will be gusting up to 45 mph in spots and therefore wind advisories have been issued from northeast Kansas to Ohio for today.This storm will slide eastward today and we could see some strong thunderstorms moving into the western Appalachians and parts of the Great Lakes.The squall line in the south will fizzle out during the day and there is a possibility some more storms will fire up in parts of the mid-Atlantic and Pennsylvania, but the threat will be only marginal. Any storms that do develop today could have some gusty winds and hail.Unfortunately, a couple of disturbances will move in from the south and west by tomorrow and another quick moving storm system will bring the next severe threat to the south by Monday afternoon and evening. Heavy rain is expected from Kansas to the Gulf Coast with some strong to severe storms expected in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. Storms tomorrow could have damaging winds, large hail, and brief tornadoes.Locally, 1 to 2 inches of heavy rain could cause some flash flooding in parts of Arkansas as this storm moves through the region.By Tuesday, the threat will slide eastward bringing some heavy rain across parts of the southeast. The severe risk region will be from southern Alabama to southeast Georgia and parts of the Florida panhandle. Once again the threat will be damaging winds, large hail and brief tornadoes. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more