Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Print TAGSMary Lou McDonaldmaurice qionlivanNewspoliticsSinn Fein Facebook Linkedin WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick Artist Receives Arts Council Next Generation Award worth €20,000Next articleMIC Societies scoop four Board of Irish College Societies national awards Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Advertisement Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year NewsPoliticsMaurice Quinlivan appointed Chair of Enterprise, Trade and Employment CommitteeBy Staff Reporter – August 4, 2020 244 Sinn Fein plans for ‘all female’ election candidates are sexist and discriminatory, says male party member snubbed for election run RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sinn Fein TD Maurice Quinlivan.Pic. Emma Jervis/ Press 22LIMERICK TD Maurice Quinlivan has been as the new Chair of the Enterprise, Trade and Employment Committee by Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD.Teachta McDonald said the appointment is “reflective of the change that people voted for in February’s election” as this is the first time a Sinn Féin TD has held the role.The Sinn Féin President said, “Maurice brings an immense wealth of experience to this position and I have no doubt he will do an excellent job in his new role. “He has held elected office at local and national level for over a decade, represented Limerick with distinction, and has risen to the challenge of every position he has held. “The Enterprise, Trade and Employment Committee will play a very important role in providing vital oversight as we face the unprecedented challenges in trying to rebuild society in a way which delivers a fair recovery for all at a time of crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.“The committee needs to hold the government to account and ensure that we see a society that facilitates the growth of enterprise, while protecting the rights of workers.“I want to wish Maurice the very best in his new role.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Email Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Limerick on Covid watch list
Pinterest By News Highland – January 14, 2013 Previous articleGovernment reverses decision to halve spending on alarms for older peopleNext articleTax books, driving licences and insurance data stole from cars in Glenwood Park News Highland Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A pensioner living in her Pettigo home was thrown to the ground on Saturday night as robbers searched her home for money.The robbery took place at around 11 o clock on Saturday night.The 78-year-old is the second pensioner living along the border to be targeted in the past week.The news comes in the wake of the assault and robbery of a 96-year-old in Buncrana just over a week ago.Donegal South-West Deputy Thomas Pringle says it seems that there are gangs who are now purposely targeting vulnerable pensioners….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/pring1pm.mp3[/podcast] Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Facebook Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter WhatsApp News 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp 78-year-old targeted in Pettigo robbery
News UpdatesJustice Dipankar Dutta Sworn-In As Chief Justice Of Bombay High Court Nitish Kashyap28 April 2020 5:57 AMShare This – xJustice Dipankar Dutta was sworn-in as the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday at 5 pm by Bhagat Singh Koshyari, the Governor of Maharashtra in the presence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at Raj Bhavan. Following the new normal, which is social distancing, the oath taking ceremony took place in the presence of very few guests like the Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and few High…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginJustice Dipankar Dutta was sworn-in as the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday at 5 pm by Bhagat Singh Koshyari, the Governor of Maharashtra in the presence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at Raj Bhavan. Following the new normal, which is social distancing, the oath taking ceremony took place in the presence of very few guests like the Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and few High Court judges. All present were wearing masks. Justice Datta who is the 45th Chief Justice of Bombay High Court assumes office as Chief Justice BP Dharmadhikari retired on Tuesday. Due to the nationwide lockdown imposed for combating the pandemic of Covid-19, Justice Datta travelled from Kolkata to Mumbai by road starting April 25 covering a distance of more than 2200 km. On April 29, Supreme Court collegium recommended Justice Datta’s name to be appointed as Chief Justice of Bombay High Court along with two others appointed as Chief Justices of Orissa and Meghalaya. Justice Datta was appointed as Chief Justice on April 23. He was appointed as a permanent judge on June 22, 2006 and was presently the second-senior most judge at the Calcutta High Court. After completing his LLB from Calcutta University, he enrolled as an Advocate at the Bar Council of West Bengal in 1989.There were news reports that Justice Dutta traveled over 2000 kilometers by road from Kolkata to Mumbai with his family for taking charge, as rail and air transport services have been suspended due to lockdown.Watch Ceremony Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
“Of the five school districts on Tompkins County, one or two of them had zero reporting in the last reporting year,” he said. “So, pretty much everyone understands that’s probably underreporting.”DASA went into effect in New York in 2012 and was designed to protect students from harassment. It has many components to enforce zero-tolerance for discrimination, harassment and bullying. Schools are required to attend training seminars, make detailed incident reports and conduct an investigation in a timely manner.The task force recommended creating a survey for all district schools to gather data. Celia Clement, a retired school social worker and current consultant for an elementary school in the district, said it was important to get a real sense of the problem. She also highlighted a lack of communication on the school’s part about what parents can do about bullying. “Many school districts are not transparent about giving out information about DASA,” Clement said.Clement said each school district should have its own central website with information on bullying. Until then, she said stopbullying.gov is a starting point for education.Related: Lansing parents urge change in school district to curb bullyingEducation of teachers, families and students, she said, is an essential part of stopping bullying, but students are the people who can catch warning signs earliest.“They’re the first responders,” she said. “They need to know what to do.”Schools need to move away from acting in “crisis mode,” and prevent bullying from happening in the first place, Clement said. Schools also need a plan for bullying intervention, such as escalating consequences or restorative justice.MacLeod said addressing bullying should not be confined within school walls but should be a community-wide effort.Some ideas the public-focused group brainstormed include hosting an annual anti-bullying forum, a student leadership summit and a speaker series. The group also mused about how to best use media to broadcast anti-bullying messages.In Tompkins County, there are a handful of programs and campaigns that target bullying, such as Second Step Social-Emotional Learning, Greater Ithaca Activities Center programs, the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County workshops and the Be the One campaign.Ithaca College student Sophie Callister said her goal is to get other students involved. She said the task force was important to her because she felt the effects of bullying firsthand when she was younger.“I want kids to feel like there is somebody that is willing to help them and listen and that they feel safe every day,” she said. “I never really felt safe in school, and that’s why I didn’t want to go.”The task force will hold a fall summit, date to be determined, for a deeper dive into the issue.Featured image: Flickr photo. Becky Mehorter is an intern at the Ithaca Voice. She is a rising senior at Ithaca College with majors in journalism and Spanish. More by Becky Mehorter Tagged: bullying, Tompkins County Bullying Prevention Task Force TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Community members, educators, students, and youth advocates are stepping in to help curb bullying in local schools — a problem that affects 19% of students nationwide. The newly formed Tompkins County Bullying Prevention Task Force is bringing people together from across the community to understand and address the issue.The task force is planning a holistic approach to tackle bullying in local schools. Using a mix of informational campaigns, social media outreach and education, the task force said it hopes to address the issue through schools and the wider community.About 20 people attended a community launch meeting Saturday, June 15 at the Tompkins County Public Library. The focus was to present the work the task force had done since its creation in January, as well to listen to community input to guide further research and actions.More than 20% of high school students in New York reported being bullied in 2017. Bullying not only impacts students’ mental and academic wellbeing but extends to families as well. Beth Hogan, who is a parent in Lansing and task force member, said her child went through years of bullying and during that time, she didn’t know the extent of her options.“(The bullying) was very hurtful and it doesn’t go away, it never goes away,” she said. “It takes a village. It’s not just one person who can fix this. That’s been my reason for getting involved.”Members of the community gathered at the Tompkins County Public Library on June 15 to discuss ways to prevent bullying. (Becky Mehorter/The Ithaca Voice)So far, the task force examined the landscape by looking for policies, statistics and other information to better understand the scope of the problem. The group used the U.S. Department of Education’s definition of bullying as its basis, which classifies bullying as unwanted, aggressive and repeated behavior that involves a power imbalance.According to the National Youth Risk Behavior survey, 19% of high school students were bullied at school in 2017 and that number was 21.7% for New York State high school students. Though there was no information in this national survey for Tompkins County, district schools are required to disclose the number of incidents of bullying under Dignity for All Students Act. The group found that over the 2017–18 school year in Tompkins schools, there were 109 reports of discrimination, harassment and bullying and 20 incidents of cyberbullying.However, Scott MacLeod, co-founder of The Sophie Fund, cautioned that the numbers don’t show the whole scope of the issue. Your education news is made possible with support from: Becky Mehorter
iStock/Thinkstock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — While examining the invasive python population in Florida, researchers stumbled across the unexpected: a kind of hybrid super snake.A small number of the invasive pythons were found to be a crossbreed between two separate species, the Burmese and Indian pythons, and what’s more is that this hybrid snake has the potential to thrive in new environments, according to a new study conducted by scientists with the United States Geological Survey (USGS).“We found that out of 400 Burmese pythons investigated, 13 had mitochondrial genetic signatures from the Indian python, a separate species,” Margaret Hunter, a research geneticist at USGS who led the study, told ABC News.Researchers were analyzing the tail tissue from roughly 400 Burmese pythons captured between 2001 and 2012 across a wide area, from southwest Florida to the Everglades, when they made the discovery of the 13 hybrid snakes.“The new information in this study will help scientists and wildlife managers better understand these invasive predators’ capacity to adapt to new environments,” Hunter said of the hybrid pythons they discovered.As Burmese pythons mostly live in the wetlands and Indian pythons mostly live on higher ground, the researchers were faced with the possibility that these hybrid snakes could have the ability to live in various types of environments.“[The] hybrid snakes could potentially have the capability to adapt more readily to the novel environment in the U.S. to increase their population size or the habitats they live in,” Hunter said.“Hybrid vigor can potentially lead to a better ability to adapt to environmental stresses and changes,” Hunter said in the statement. “In an invasive population like the Burmese pythons in South Florida, this could result in a broader or more rapid distribution.”Scientists have been investigating Burmese python populations across Florida to identify whether any groups are genetically distinct, and to help management and conservation efforts.“Overall, the most concerning fact is that the Burmese python population is large and likely growing and that it is detrimental to the native animal populations,” said Hunter.She added that researchers are also trying to better understand how and when the snakes first invaded.“When invasive plants and animals are released,” Hunter said, “we don’t always know exactly what species has been released and subsequently what their impact will be in the new environment.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Temporal variations in ice sheet flow directly impact the internal structure within ice sheets through englacial deformation. Large‐scale changes in the vertical stratigraphy within ice sheets have been previously conducted on centennial to millennial timescales; however, intra‐annual changes in the morphology of internal layers have yet to be explored. Over a period of two years, we use autonomous phase‐sensitive radio‐echo sounding (ApRES) to track the daily displacement of internal layers on Store Glacier, West Greenland to millimeter accuracy. At a site located ∼30 km from the calving terminus, where the ice is ∼600m thick and flows at ∼700m a−1, we measure distinct seasonal variations in vertical velocities and vertical strain rates over a two‐year period. Prior to the melt season (March–June), we observe increasingly non‐linear englacial deformation with negative vertical strain rates (i.e. strain thinning) in the upper half of the ice column of ∼‐0.03a−1, whereas the ice below thickens under vertical strain reaching up to 0.16a−1. Early in the melt season (June–July), vertical thinning gradually ceases as the glacier increasingly thickens. During late summer to midwinter (August–February), vertical thickening occurs linearly throughout the entire ice column, with strain rates averaging 0.016a−1. We show that these complex variations are unrelated to topographic setting and localized basal slip, and hypothesize that this seasonality is driven by far‐field perturbations in the glacier’s force balance, in this case generated by variations in basal hydrology near the glacier’s terminus and propagated tens of kilometers upstream through longitudinal coupling.
For the past 20 years, the Spalding County has been without a University of Georgia Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) agent. Sweda filled that gap last December when she joined the local Extension staff.Wade Hutcheson, coordinator of the Spalding County Extension office, said the position was eliminated during a time period when the state was undergoing drastic budget cuts.“We lost the funding for the position on the state side and then, eventually, we lost the funding from the county budget,” he said.In an effort to reinstate funding for the FACS agent position in Spalding County, community leaders prepared a report that identified FACS-related needs in the county.“A health survey showed that Spalding County was one of the unhealthiest counties in the state. Some 22 percent of local residents live at or below the poverty line, unemployment is 1.6 percent higher than the state average, 36 percent of mortgages are underwater and 29 percent of the residents receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits,” Hutcheson said. “A FACS agent teaches individuals and families how to stretch limited food dollars; manage their debt; and understand their credit, saving and investing.”Spalding County’s biggest need was identified as health education, Hutcheson said. Almost one-third of the adult population is obese and over one-third of the population is at risk for foodborne illness. “As with several local initiatives over the years, community partners in Spalding County rallied to see the local FACS county agent position filled. Cindee is now on board and busy teaching cancer prevention cooking classes, several classes at the senior center and more,” Hutcheson said.A native of Chicago, Sweda holds a degree in home economics education from Eastern Illinois University. She joined UGA Extension as a 4-H program assistant in Rockdale County when her family moved to Georgia in 2003. In 2007, she became the FACS agent there. In 2013, she transferred to the Cobb County Extension office.“In Rockdale County, I was heavily involved with 4-H and I led a lot of senior citizen activities,” she said. “Moving to Cobb County was good because working in a large metropolitan county gave me a new and different perspective. I learned in Cobb County that I had to go where the people were instead of having the people come to me. And in Cobb County, not everyone knew about Extension, so I had to introduce people to UGA Extension and what we do.”In her new position, Sweda presented programs at the Griffin-Spalding County Library, the Salvation Army and the Spalding County Senior Center.At the senior center, she taught a six-week diabetes program and has an ongoing “Cooking With Cindee” class where she presents a nutrition lesson and food demonstration.She taught a “Cooking for a Lifetime” cancer prevention class at the Salvation Army.“The participants took home the message that routine, yearly screenings for cancer are important and services are available for those in need,” she said.Sweda also teaches classes at the local Extension office. She recently taught two canning classes on boiling-water canning and pressure canning that were well received. “We had a lot of experienced canners who wanted a refresher and others who were new to canning (take the classes),” she said. “Fruits, pickles, salsas, and jams and jellies can be prepared using the boiling-water process, but vegetables and other low-acid foods must be processed in a pressure canner.”Local businesses also benefit from Sweda’s employment as the new FACS agent. She can teach the state-required food safety classes for food service providers, and child development trainings that child care providers need. In Spalding County alone, there are 18 licensed child and family care facilities and 275 food service establishments. With Sweda teaching these classes locally, these food service managers and family and child care providers no longer have to travel outside the county to fulfill the state’s training requirements.Sweda is also available to present chronic disease management and health and wellness programs to employees of local businesses.Meeting needs across the county keeps Sweda busy. On June 1, she got some help thanks to the addition of an Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) assistant to the local Extension staff. EFNEP Program Assistant Chelsea Howell delivers programs geared toward evidence-based needs in Spalding County. A Spalding High School graduate, Howell is currently a student at Gordon State College.For more information about Spalding County FACS classes, call the Extension office at 770-465-4225 or visit extension.uga.edu/county-offices/spalding.
Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy (D) and Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) reported Wednesday that Vermont local governments are set to receive $896,432 for Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) – the federal payments to local governments that help compensate communities for nontaxable federal lands within their boundaries. Fifty-six towns and counties in Vermont will receive payments, ranging from $214 to $70,513. PILT payments nationally declined this year, but Vermont will see a 2 percent rise over last year and a four percent increase from two years ago. PILT payments can be used by communities in their budgets for things such as firefighting and emergency response or school or road improvements. Leahy, Sanders and Welch have long supported the compensatory payments to Vermont communities. Leahy is a senior member of the Subcommittee on the Interior and the Environment, which has jurisdiction over funding for the Interior Department and the PILT Program.The PILT formula is based on the number of acres of federal entitlement land within each county or jurisdiction and the population within that area. The lands include the Green Mountain National Forest and the National Park System, lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and land affected by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation water resource development projects, and others.The top recipients in Vermont are listed below:County Payment Total AcresCHITTENDEN TOWN $70,513 29,409WOODFORD TOWN $60,063 25,051RIPTON TOWN $53,230 22,201SUNDERLAND TOWN $52,471 21,884HANCOCK TOWN $46,244 19,287PERU TOWN $41,206 17,186WINHALL TOWN $37,912 15,812GRANVILLE TOWN $35,461 14,790BENNINGTON COUNTY $35,403 26,630MOUNT TABOR TOWN $31,922 25,117ROCHESTER TOWN $30,197 12,594TOTAL $896,432 410,454Source: Vermont congressional delegation. WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2010) –
A former president/CEO of the merged Winchester Community Federal Credit Union in Winchester, Va. will be sentenced in April 2016 after pleading guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to embezzling more than $1 million to pay credit card bills and buy real estate.Donna L. Jennings, 44, of Winchester admitted that she raided teller cash drawers, created fake loans, made unauthorized financial transactions, posted false entries in WCFCU’s accounting records and lied to NCUA examiners, according to court documents. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr