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Venezuela Today – Part 2: People power resists U.S. threats

first_imgThe following is Part 2 of an excerpted talk given March 21 at a Workers World Party meeting in New York City. The writer, the co-director of the International Action Center, was part of the March 9-18 delegation to Venezuela organized by the U.S. Peace Council.Venezuela’s conflict with imperialism seems to be entering a prolonged siege, where the masses’ ability to organize and develop domestic agricultural production will be tested.  The government’s response is to reach deeper for more radical measures and find those that draw new layers of the population into political life.Since I’m a gardener, I met with the Minister of Urban Agriculture, Mayerlin Arias, and her staff. Venezuela is the only country that has an entire government ministry focused on rapidly developing urban agriculture.Urban farm in central Caracas, bordering the Hilton HotelUrban agriculture to feed the peopleMicrogardens are producing 25 percent of Venezuela’s food needs this year, using backyards, rooftops, vacant lots and small greenhouses covered with plastic tarps. It is projected they will produce 50 percent of the people’s food needs for the next three years. Venezuela is near the equator; it has a warm climate and the ability to produce three or four crops a year. The challenge is that the population is 89 percent urban. In the past, the country imported more than two-thirds of its food. Agricultural production depended on imported seeds, feed and supplies from U.S. agribusiness corporations. Recent efforts aim to break free of relying on these imports.  The program of developing urban gardens has the ability to solve an immediate challenge. Thousands of small urban gardens are cutting out the wildly overpriced and corrupt underground market and the distribution networks of warehouses, supermarkets and shipping conglomerates — which are controlled by Venezuelan capitalists who are part of the anti-Maduro opposition and aligned with corporate U.S. They have used every trick to create continual shortages of essential goods.Food production in thousands of local gardens also reduces refrigeration, transportation, storage and packaging costs. Through a network of thousands of community councils, the Ministry of Urban Agriculture provides technical support, seeds, soil, basic tools; advice on composting and pests; and conducts educational programs and cooking programs for residents.Urban agricultural production is 100 percent organic and sustainable — as are larger farming efforts. But as the staff at the ministry explained, this level of production requires the latest scientific advances and specialized technical expertise.The Venezuelans are learning from Cuban, Vietnamese and Korean cadre who developed survival microfarming for their populations using small, diversified agricultural solutions while dealing with near-famine conditions created by U.S. wars and sanctions.Developing self-sufficiency in food productionPlans include planting gardens up to 1 acre on rooftops and in backyards and up to 3 acres in empty lots. The goal is to attain self-sufficiency in food production.We visited the crowded mountainside barrio of Catia in West Caracas, once one of the poorest favelas where 1.5 million people live. In one community grouping of about 200 families, there are extensive gardens, raised beds, tubing for drip irrigations, rain barrels, hoses, pumps and five large greenhouses.Animal protein has suffered the highest inflation-based price hikes. So a project has begun for families to raise rabbits. A community council member who heads the project explains that rabbits are easy to raise.  They eat vegetable scraps, provide high protein and reproduce quickly. The plan also includes providing milk-producing goats for families with children. Chickens will also be raised to produce eggs and animal protein. Fish farms are being developed. Already more than 260 large fish ponds provide protein and ingredients for fertilizer.We visited a downtown garden in front of a large apartment block where beets, peppers, herbs, tomatoes, black beans, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, melons, mangoes, lettuce, and other vegetables and fruit were grown.Breakfasts and lunches are served at schools and workplaces.  Teaching new, healthier eating habits, especially to youth, is another goal. One gardener told us: “We’ve gone from malnutrition to obesity with government food distribution programs. But now, especially for our children, we need to stress healthy eating.”Teaching every neighborhood how to produce basic foods empowers the population and mobilizes each community to participate in shared projects and basic decision-making. It gives people confidence that children’s food needs can be met.  Also, it’s essential in preparing the people to counter further sabotage by the U.S. Community councils = people powerBut there are many essential needs that can’t be met by backyard gardens. To counter these shortages, the Bolivarian government has established a distribution network that serves 6 million families by importing food, medicine and hygiene products.Compare this situation to that in the U.S:  Despite a well-developed infrastructure and enormous food surpluses, 41 million people go hungry every day, according to Move for Hunger.The government organization known as CLAP (Local Committees for Supply and Production) delivers boxes of essential supplies to community councils that service 6 million families — more than two-thirds of the population. Almost all poor, working and out-of-work families receive essential supplies of corn flour, cooking oil, beans, canned tuna, powdered milk, coffee, salt, sugar, shampoo, soap, and personal hygiene and paper products. Our young hosts in COSI (International Solidarity Committee) rely on these basic supplies. Keeping everything running is based on the collective determination of the local community councils. They make the decisions about community projects, gardens and distribution of CLAP boxes.We visited two of the larger barrios where there appeared to be 100 percent support for the revolutionary process. A big accomplishment of the early days of the Bolivarian Revolution was to break the forced isolation in these working-class suburbs. Districts that were once the worst shanty towns now have roads, sidewalks, storm drains, electricity, plumbing, stucco paint and new roofs on houses, medical clinics and schools.The district of Catia, home to 1.5 million people, was not even shown on  city maps before the Bolivarian Revolution. The city didn’t acknowledge its existence — and therefore provided no services like electricity or plumbing. Catia’s population did not vote and was not counted in political representation.We also visited the formerly poor historic January 23 neighborhood. Perched above it is the burial site of the late revolutionary leader and former president, Hugo Chávez, in a military museum.Direct democracy through communesThe community councils and communes stem from a revolutionary concept that is being applied in Venezuela as a way of life. The idea of direct democracy was first advanced in the 1871 Paris Commune and in the soviets (elected councils in the former Soviet Union). In Venezuela a community council is a self-organized group of about 200 families, which applies for government recognition. They are based in all poor and working-class communities.Direct government aid is distributed through the councils. People are elected to them, and eight to 10 community councils make up a commune. There are 500 communes, and unions, collectivos, militia units and women’s committees are also represented in the communes. The councils then elect commune representatives to the National Constituent Assembly.The councils and communes have created a functioning popular power base and network throughout the country, which can tackle immediate problems. They coordinate their efforts to find workable solutions to the shortages that the imperialists have created through internal sabotage in their effort to create chaos and confusion. Involving everyone in problem solving empowers the population and energizes the people to meet the historic challenges they face. People’s militias — armed groups from among the masses — function through these organs of popular power, in coordination with the Bolivarian National Armed Forces.Right to housing is a realityThe achievements in housing are impressive, especially compared with the situation in the U.S. where there is a permanent housing crisis.  The U.S. population is 10 times that of Venezuela’s, yet it has a total of only 1.2 million low-income housing units. Since 2016 the Maduro government has built 2.5 million new housing units throughout the country, which can accommodate almost one-third of the population. This housing construction was also a major jobs program.This is despite recent U.S. sanctions that have severely limited supplies of hundreds of essential parts used in modern housing construction.New housing complexes don’t just provide housing. They include schools, daycare centers, playgrounds, meeting spaces, medical clinics, bakeries, groceries, cafes and transportation. There are also community gardens and greenhouses.We met with the vice minister of peace. His department deals with creating social peace in urban neighborhoods. It had to do intensive work in 2017 at the peak of the street violence created by the opposition. As in many countries, including in Latin America and the U.S., gang violence, street crime and drugs can pull in alienated youth — unless there are community-based programs. The Venezuelan government is also building vertical gyms around the country. Each gym has space for 17 sporting activities, music, theater, dance and martial arts. There are also meeting rooms and health centers, and there is access to WIFI. Using hip hop, theater and all forms of culture, the Bolivarian government seeks to raise the level of social involvement.U.S. sanctions cut medicinesVenezuela is very proud of its doctors and medical technicians as well as  Cuban medical doctors, nurses and technicians.The sanctions first imposed by President Barack Obama in 2014 have made it difficult to obtain necessary pharmaceuticals and medical equipment.Sanctions have resulted in an 80 percent decline in imports of essential medicines. Even treatments for such common health problems as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, epilepsy and cancers are suddenly facing medicine shortages. The same is true of basic diagnostic tests. These medications, formerly imported at government expense, cannot be purchased due to cruel U.S. sanctions. This is a war on an entire people.Venezuela moves ahead, needs global solidarityVenezuela faces many other problems. The wild hyperinflation of 3,000 percent has made money useless for many transactions.  Yet the government is making advances for the people.  Transportation is now accessible to the masses. The metro is free.  So is gas for cars and buses. Electricity and water are free. Food distributed through the CLAP program and the community gardens are very low-cost — nearly free.The meetings with officials, community councils and neighborhood people confirmed that the revolutionary process is moving forward. Profound changes have been made through a revolutionary approach to meeting people’s needs.However, there is still an entrenched capitalist class firmly allied with U.S. imperialism. Meeting this deadly threat requires more radical, people-oriented solutions to address this very real problem.Venezuela needs material support from countries around the world. The essential aid that is arriving is a lifeline, helping to combat the cruel sanctions. Venezuela especially needs political solidarity from the world’s people to push back U.S. imperialism’s war plans. This is our responsibility.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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The enemies of press freedom to blame for journalists who disappear

first_img August 29, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 The enemies of press freedom to blame for journalists who disappear News As the world marks the 26th International Day of the Disappeared on 30 August, Reporters Without Borders has provided a grim reminder that nothing has been heard, sometimes for years, of scores of journalists, who have been kidnapped, arrested or simply kept “appointments” that turned out to be traps.“Whether carried out by agents of the state or local criminals bent on settling scores, the many disappearances of journalists highlights the fact that the enemies of press freedom have no hesitation in using the most cowardly and despicable methods to gag journalists. We restate our support for the families of the disappeared and we share the pain they suffer in the waiting and uncertainty about their fate”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“We urge the relevant authorities to systematically take these disappearances seriously and to open the badly-needed investigations to find these missing journalists and punish those responsible. It is moreover incredible that cases of ‘enforced disappearance’ implicating agents of the state or those acting with its support can still be going on around the world. We urge countries that have signed the International Convention for the Protection of Persons from Enforced Disappearance to ratify the law as quickly as possible so that it can be put into force”, it added.Mexico, where eight journalists have disappeared since the year 2000, is the country most affected by this plague. Mauricio Estrada Zamora, journalist on the regional daily La Opinión de Apatzingán, has been missing since 12 February 2008 in Michoacan state in the south-west of the country, an area notorious for crime and the illegal drugs trade. The management of his newspaper said that three weeks before he went missing he wrote an article that enraged an agent of the Federal Investigation Agency. Also in Michoacan, the editor of the weekly Ecos de la Cuenca, José Antonio García Apac, went missing on 20 November 2006 after he keeping an appointment after he received a phone call at 7.15pm. His son got a call from his father at 7.30pm which was interrupted by voices telling him to switch off his mobile phone and to identify himself. Nothing more has been heard of him since. A Reporters Without Borders’ delegation that visited Mexico in July 2009 met and talked to the families of these two journalists. .In January 2009, The International Press Freedom Mission to Sri Lanka condemned the “culture of impunity and indifference” surrounding the disappearances of journalists in the country. Soldiers arrested Subramaniam Ramachandran, correspondent for Tamil dailies Thinakural and Valampuri, close to a military camp, Kalikai Junction, in the north of Jaffna, in the north of the country on 15 February 2007. His family has heard nothing of him since then. He had been reporting on the illegal trade in sand, implicating a businessman and members of the military. The Jaffna office of the Human Rights Commission handled the case and it was referred to the military authorities, including the commander in chief for the Jaffna region. But as lawyer Mudiyapu Remedias explained, in this type of case “everyone is afraid of challenging the army, which denied any involvement”.Vadivel Nimalarajah, a sub-editor on the popular Tamil daily in Jaffna, Uthayan, which is highly critical of the government, has not been heard of since 17 November 2007 when, colleagues believe, he was abducted while cycling home after working overnight at the paper.In Iran, Pirouz Davani, editor of the newspaper Pirouz, has not been seen or heard of since he left his home one day at the end of August 1998. The authorities have never shown any sign of wanting to solve the case. Those behind his disappearance have thus been ensured complete impunity. The newspaper Kar-e-Karagar reported rumours of his “execution” in its 28 November 1998 edition. Journalist Akbar Ganji, working for Sobh-e-Emrouz, confirmed these rumours at the end of November 2000 and accused the former intelligence minister and current prosecutor general, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei, of involvement in the killing. No government officials have ever commented on this report. Davani’s family took their case to the UN Human Rights Commission in December 2002.In Gambia, “Chief” Ebrima Manneh, a journalist on the privately-owned The Daily Observer, has been missing since 7 July 2006, when he was arrested by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) for an unknown reason shortly after the closure of the African Union summit of heads of state and government which was held in the Gambian capital Banjul. The Gambian government has since then refused to reveal any information about his fate. Justice Minister, Marie Saine Firdaus, said on 6 April 2009 that the journalist had never been held in a Gambian prison. However, one week later, a police officer from Mile Two prison in Banjul, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he had seen the journalist for the last time inside the prison, in 2008, before he was taken away in the middle of the night by a police officer in plain clothes. “Chief” Ebrima Manneh has never been seen since.On the other side of the African continent, in Eritrea, scores of journalists have been arrested since September 2001 and most of them have disappeared into the country’s jails without their families knowing where they are. The authorities in the capital Asmara have remained completely silent about their fate.This list of disappeared journalists is far from exhaustive. Organisation center_img RSF_en Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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The Huntington Collection Celebrates 30th Anniversary

first_img More Cool Stuff Make a comment Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 25 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink Outside The Ordinary: 9 Gifts That Do All The Talking!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * One of Pasadena’s most cherished institutions is turning 30 this year, and the public is invited to share in the celebration … and the good work.Founded in 1984, The Huntington Collection is a unique resale shop of Huntington Memorial Hospital that sells merchandise through consignment and qualified donations. All Huntington Collection proceeds benefit Huntington Hospital Senior Care Network, a nationally recognized program that helps older and disabled adults and their families remain healthy and independent.“The Huntington Collection is a wonderful way for people to make a meaningful difference in the community while acquiring one-of-a-kind merchandise at really great prices,” says Betty MacInnes, founder of the Huntington Collection who remains a vital part of its operation. “Others can make a difference by donating items that will turn into dollars and support the great work of Senior Care Network.”The dollars of which MacInnes speaks are not insignificant. Earlier this year the Huntington Collection presented Huntington Hospital CEO Steve Ralph with a check in the amount of $230,000. It was the latest in a series of annual donations, which over the past three decades has surpassed $8 million.The Huntington Collection receives an extensive array of donated merchandise including clothing, china, crystal, jewelry, books, linens, kitchenware, toys, collectibles and decorative pieces. All are accepted and inspected under the trained eyes of volunteers and staff and then put out for sale if their condition is acceptable. In addition, The Huntington Collection accepts consignment items worth $250 or more after they have been appraised by qualified Huntington Collection appraisers. New merchandise is received every day.“We try to make it easy for donors by offering an all-inclusive service for the appraisal, removal and sale of personal property,” says MacInnes. “A Huntington Collection appraiser meets with the donor; assesses that a Price and Pack is needed; and arranges for the pricing, packing and removal of all items to The Huntington Collection where they will be sold as consignment or donation. This service has proven to be ideal for older adults moving to a retirement or convalescent home.”The Huntington Collection also offers month-end sales, usually held on the last Thursday or Saturday of each month, except holidays, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale features half price on all regular clothing plus featured sales on boutique clothing, linens, artwork and books. “Bag Sales” are also held three to four times a year where for $10 customers can fill a grocery bag to the brim with regular clothing and accessories. In addition, the Annex section of The Huntington Collection regularly features half price on all donated items including furniture, sofas, dining sets, armoires and rugs.None of this would be possible without MacInnes who created the shop in 1984 with the goal of supporting the hospital’s recently formed Senior Care Network. The Collection did not have a permanent home at the time; but MacInnes recruited volunteers to help run the sale and solicited donations of high-quality secondhand goods from the community, making the event a tremendous success.Soon after that initial sales event, and following The Huntington Collection’s move into a large space on Fair Oaks Avenue, MacInnes went to work filling the massive space with desirable items for purchase. In partnership with the Collection’s advisory committee — comprised of professionals from the retail, advertising and marketing industries, along with Collection volunteers — she led the store through decades of expansion.MacInnes now serves as the Collection’s assistant manager; and Linda Stephens, who has worked alongside MacInnes for 25 years, has taken on the role of managing the store. “Betty is so focused on the Collection’s success; this place is her lifeblood,” Stephens says. “She has the kind of toughness that gets a lot done; and, at the same time, she remains wonderfully compassionate and patient.”The Huntington Collection is located at 766 South Fair Oaks Avenue. It is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except Thursdays, when hours are from noon to 6:00 p.m. Further information may be obtained at www.thehuntingtoncollection.com.About Huntington HospitalHuntington Memorial Hospital, www.HuntingtonHospital.com, is a 625-bed not-for-profit hospital located in Pasadena, California. Huntington Hospital has been ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report in two specialties and was named among the top hospitals in California. The hospital is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HuntingtonMemorialHospital and on Twitter at @HuntingtonNews.center_img Design The Huntington Collection Celebrates 30th Anniversary Resale Shop Has Donated $8 Million to Huntington Hospital’s Senior Care Network; Founder Betty MacInnes Still Going Strong 30 Years Later From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, May 19, 2014 | 12:10 pm 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 Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribelast_img read more

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New marketing campaign to get more students into Limerick city centre

first_imgKaoany and Karin from Brazil soaking up the sunshine at the Riverfest village. Pic Sean Curtin True Media.A new marketing campaign, promoting Limerick city centre as the place for students to go, has been launched by the Marketing & Communications Department of Limerick City and County Council.Students will suffer serious bouts of FOMO if they don’t leave their college campuses and hop on a bus or walk into the city centre, as there is so much to see and do in the heart of Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The new campaign has been unveiled as more than 24,000 students start the new college year at Limerick’s third-level institutions of University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology, Mary Immaculate College, LIT Limerick School of Art and Design, Griffith College, Limerick College of Further Education and Central College Limerick.In addition, Limerick will be home to thousands of international students over the next 12 months as they enjoy their study time abroad.This year’s marketing campaign seeks to raise awareness amongst students about all there is to see and do in Limerick and encourage them to experience life off campus.Among the elements of the students marketing campaign 2019/ 2020 are:· A social media campaign targeting Limerick’s third level students including collaborations with UL, MIC, LIT/LSAD, and Griffith College· A Limerick Student City Map is available on Limerick.ie and will be distributed on campus, highlighting the top student hot spots and bites on a budget· A handy guide of Limerick’s Top 10 Insta Spots for those grid-worthy photos· Tailored digital content on Limerick.ie including a helpful transport guide ‘From Campus to City’· During Freshers’ weeks throughout September, Limerick.ie will be on campus with loads of giveaways, all the while raising awareness of Limerick and encouraging students to visit the city centre· Over the course of the college year, there will be a series of student giveaways on Limerick.ie’s social media channelsLaura Ryan, Head of Marketing & Communications with Limerick City and County Council said: “Over the past number of months we have carried out extensive research with students and the colleges to see what their needs are and we believe we have come up with an exciting campaign focused mainly on social media aimed at students in Limerick.”“Students have a unique energy and bring vibrancy to wherever they are.  We want to capitalise on this and add that joie de vivre to the heart of Limerick city centre. It is exciting times for students in Limerick with UL’s recent announcement that it is moving into Sarsfield Street.  This means all of Limerick’s third level colleges will have a presence in the city centre.”The overall campaign aims to increase traffic to the Learning in Limerick section on Limerick.ie as well as growing the number of students following and engaging with our social media accounts Facebook | Instagram | TwitterFor more information check out Limerick.ie and follow them on social media. Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Advertisement TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Print NewsCommunityEducationNew marketing campaign to get more students into Limerick city centreBy Staff Reporter – September 2, 2019 244 Linkedin Email TAGSCommunityeducationLimerick City and CountyNews WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Previous articleLocal landmarks Light Up Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness MonthNext articleOpinion: Ireland’s win over Wales should restore confidence Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 last_img read more

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No local authority-backed mortgages drawn down in Donegal

first_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Twitter By News Highland – November 13, 2018 WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Latest figures from the Department of Housing reveal that in Donegal, no local authority-backed mortgages have been drawn down, under the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme.Nationally, just 19 of the loans, aimed at helping people get on the property market have been drawn down between January and June of this year.The Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme was introduced to enable people obtain loans to purchase a home as long as they met a strict criteria and have been refused mortgages from banks multiple times.Figures from the Department of Housing show that between January and June this year, just 19 local authority-backed mortgages were drawn down, none of which were in Donegal.In September, Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle tabled a motion to the Housing Minister which revealed that during the fourth quarter of 2017, only 23 applications for the loan were submitted in Donegal, 8 of which were refused and only 12 recommended for approval.This has lead to criticism that the scheme is too restrictive.Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin told the Independent the scheme needed to be radically overhauled. Google+ Previous articleDeclan Devine back at the helm in DerryNext articleFears high parking charges impacting on cross-border shopping News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th No local authority-backed mortgages drawn down in Donegal Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

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Man in custody after Gardai carry out ammunition raid

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Gardai have confirmed that a number of rounds of ammunition were recovered during a search operation at a property in Annagry. Gardai in Milford along with members of the Garda Armed Response Unit carried out the raid yesterday afternoon.A 44-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession of ammunition.He is currently detained at Letterkenny Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 – Criminal Justice Act 1984.Investigations are continuing. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Man in custody after Gardai carry out ammunition raidcenter_img Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleOver 40 people awaiting admission to LUHNext articleUpdate: Man released without charge following armed raid News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook By News Highland – September 18, 2018 Twitter Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

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Wishnowsky Named Finalist for Ray Guy Award

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s Mitch Wishnowsky has become the first three-time finalist in the history of the Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter. Wishnowsky, who won the award in his first NCAA season in 2016, was a finalist last year. The other two finalists are Braden Mann of Texas A&M and James Smith of Cincinnati.The winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards in Atlanta on Thursday, Dec. 6. ESPN will televise the show live from the College Football Hall of Fame starting at 7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. MT).Utah has won three of the past four Ray Guy Awards, with Tom Hackett winning from 2014-15 before Wishnowsky’s win in 2016.  It is the first time that a school has had a finalist for the Ray Guy Award five straight seasons. Wishnowsky is Utah’s third Ray Guy Award finalist, joining Hackett and Louie Sakoda (2008).Wishnowsky leads the Pac-12 and ranks sixth in the nation in punt average (45.9). He has led Utah to a No. 2 Pac-12 and No. 15 national ranking in net punting (40.49). Wishnowsky has placed 18 punts inside the 20-yard line, including nine punts at or inside the 10-yard line, as well as 17 punts of 50+ yards.Wishnowsky was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week on October 15 (his fourth career Pac-12 player of the week award) and was the Ray Guy Punter of the Week on Sept. 6.A unanimous consensus All-American in 2016, Wishnowsky repeated as an All-American last year. He has a career 46.0 punt average, which ranks second among all active players. In his career, he has placed 68 punts inside the 20-yard line (42.5%) and has 59 punts of 50+ yards. Of his 160 career punts, he has just nine touchbacks. Tags: Mitch Wishnowsky/Ray Guy Award/Utah Utes Football Written by November 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Wishnowsky Named Finalist for Ray Guy Award Robert Lovelllast_img read more

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USS Fort McHenry Pays Visit to Bar, Montenegro

first_img View post tag: europe Authorities View post tag: Montenegro Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Fort McHenry Pays Visit to Bar, Montenegro View post tag: bar US Navy’s Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) and her crew arrived in Bar, Montenegro, for a scheduled port visit June 24.The port visit serves to enhance relations between the United States and Montenegro as the two nations work together to provide a stable, secure, and prosperous Europe.This is the first port of call for the Sailors and Marines after re-entering the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations and marks the beginning of the ship’s homeward journey after spending more than six months at sea.Fort McHenry, homeported in Mayport, Florida and deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group/24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.[mappress mapid=”16329″]Image: US Navy USS Fort McHenry Pays Visit to Bar, Montenegro June 25, 2015 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: USS Fort McHenry Share this article View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

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“OCHS Sports in the Seventies”

first_imgIt is available for purchase here –https://www.createspace.com/7436910. All sales benefit the Edythe T. Selvagn Memorial Scholarship Fund.This book will help you remember, among many others, the accomplishments of Glenn Darby, Diane Snow, Jim Minshull, Brad Bryant, Rich Benner, Bill Fisher, Mike Linahan, Lisa Foglio, Terry Tracey, Mark Andrews, Tim Taccarino, Dave Duncan, Joe Myers, Dave Andrews, Don Barton, Pop Rackley, Ford Palmer, Jim McKeon, Jim Bennett, Wendy Burman, Mark Impagliazzo and Mike Scythes.Plus, the Wolicki brothers, the McGinnis sisters, Ed & Kathy Paone, the Ginn brothers, the Huber family, the Farrell brothers, the Jones brothers, the Sannino brothers, the Gayle family, the Calise sisters, Dave & Leddy Slaughter and a handful of Vanderslices.And there are the coaches who guided them – including Fenton Carey, Mike Slaveski, Pat Dougherty, Jack Boyd, Phil Birnbaum, Ted Klepac, Fred Haack, Ed Woolley, Sue Tridico, Ralph Carson, Bud Rinck, Bob Young, Jim Harris, Wendy Nickles and Al Matthews.Those athletes and coaches, along with lots more, were all a big part of this exciting decade. You can look back with this book.The first book in the series – “OCHS Sports in the Sixties” – is also still available athttps://www.createspace.com/7127913.last_img read more

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Chuck Berry Posthumously Releases “Lady B. Goode,” Spiritual Follow-Up For “Johnny B. Goode”

first_imgFollowing the death of the rock icon Chuck Berry earlier this year, Berry’s family has slowly been releasing new music from the upcoming CHUCK album – due out June 9, 2017. CHUCK includes recordings from 1991 through 2014 and will mark the first release of new material since Berry’s 1979 Rock It , making it the first solo album Berry had worked on in over 38 years. Berry announced the new album on his 90th birthday on October 18th of last year. He dedicated it to his wife of 68 years who he called “Toddy.” In a statement, he said, “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”Following the release of “Big Boys,” “Wonderful Woman,” and Berry’s first-ever music video, today brings another new track off Berry’s upcoming posthumous record. This latest single, “Lady B. Goode,” is a spiritual sequel to Berry’s most iconic song, “Johnny B. Goode.” The original tune was ranked #7 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time and is the only rock and roll song included on 1977’s Voyager Golden Record, intended to represent life and culture on Earth to extraterrestrial beings. Today’s version, “Lady B. Goode,” notably features guitar work from three generations of the Berry family: Chuck, Charles Jr., and Charles III. Listen to the lastest Chuck Berry track below:CHUCK Track List:Wonderful WomanBig BoysYou Go To My Head3/4 Time (Enchiladas)Darlin’Lady B. GoodeShe Still Loves YouJamaica MoonDutchmanEyes Of Manlast_img read more

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