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Alabamians, Episcopalians battle it out over gumbo

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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Toni North and the Birmingham Soul Sisters won the 2018 Chef’s Choice Seafood Award at the 2018 Gumbo Gala, the biggest Episcopal event in Alabama. Photo: Sara Walker[Episcopal News Service] After Hurricane Katrina disrupted people’s lives across the Gulf Coast, inland cities welcomed the displaced and strangers offered shelter and services. For some evacuees to Birmingham, Alabama, the hospitality became permanent, and the influx led to a hugely successful Episcopal fundraising event celebrating the distinctive comfort food called gumbo.At least 3,000 partiers are expected May 4 for the Gumbo Gala, now in its 14th year as the largest Episcopal event in Alabama. The Gumbo Gala annually raises $100,000 for Episcopal Place, which provides 141 units of affordable housing and independent living in Birmingham for seniors and adults with disabilities.According to Episcopal Place’s history, a “mustard seed” started all this in the 1970s when an elderly Episcopalian wrote to then-Bishop Furman Stough about no longer being able to live by herself and having no place to go. The gumbo competition that started in the wake of Katrina today enables Episcopal Place to care for older adults with fixed or limited incomes who cannot afford rising apartment rents or maintain a home.The Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles vied for the Most Divine Gumbo trophy and the Spirit Award at the 2018 Gumbo Gala. Photo: Sara WalkerGet the dog!In August 2005 as Hurricane Katrina approached the Mississippi coast, Lynnes Thompson told his wife Linda, “Get the dog! We’re gone.” The storm destroyed their home as the couple headed to family in Birmingham, 350 miles northeast of New Orleans.Because Linda Thompson has chronic health issues, the couple needed somewhere stable near medical facilities, like Episcopal Place. Within a month, they and their dog moved in, as did three other couples from Katrina’s path.“For these survivors, initially it was about shelter and food. Then it was dealing with emotional and mental health issues,” recalled Episcopal Place social worker Shannon Atchenson. “One couple had lost a dog. There was some depression and anxiety. We wanted to give residents a sense of belonging because, when you’ve lost your home, that’s important.”Residents don’t have to pay for supportive services like transportation, food delivery and pet care; those are covered by donations to the Episcopal Church Foundation and volunteers. With need rising in the hurricane aftermath, Episcopal Place knew “we weren’t going to get support from the government for the Katrina people or for anyone,” Atchenson said.Meanwhile, as a way of settling in, Lynnes Thompson, a Baptist, began a nondenominational Bible study at Episcopal Place.“Episcopal Place has done more than their part for all of us,” said Lynnes Thompson, now 78. “It’s quite expensive to operate a place like this that’s so good.”Food prep at the 2018 Gumbo Gala, the biggest Episcopal event in Alabama. Photo: Sara WalkerRising water, changing directionA year before Katrina, Hurricane Ivan had flooded Episcopal Place. Staff sent out an SOS, and Amanda Ward, Episcopal Place’s activities and volunteer coordinator, recruited her classmate Matt Ennis to help. The power was out at his corporate job, so he didn’t mind wet vacuuming the flood water at Episcopal Place.Volunteering that day made him realize that he wanted to work closer with people in need. The next day Ennis quit his job. He was a volunteer supporting Ward’s fundraising efforts at Episcopal Place when Katrina hit.“Amanda and I had seen how a chili cook-off was a good business model because you charge people to cook and to eat,” said Ennis, a member of All Saints’ in Birmingham. “We had these new residents from Hurricane Katrina, so how about gumbo?”Despite running out of the main attraction, the first Gumbo Gala raised almost $10,000 for Episcopal Place, with jazz and a second line parade that celebrated the Gulf Coast evacuees. Over time, it created even more community pride as Episcopal Place residents competed with their own gumbos and felt supported by their Birmingham neighbors.Ennis married Ward in 2007, built a nonprofit fundraising firm and every year gathers their two kids and assorted relatives and friends to compete in the Gumbo Gala. His stinky secret to prize-winning gumbo is the rich seafood broth he prepares in advance with discarded fish scraps from a seafood market.“Call it a progressive mindset or a sense of social justice, but when Episcopalians get an opportunity like this to help, they just do it,” said Ennis.The Wednesday Morning Sinners team from All Saints’ Episcopal Church has competed in all 14 years of the Gumbo Gala, the biggest Episcopal event in Alabama. Photo: Sara WalkerEasy to rue/ruin the rouxEarly on, St. Luke’s and St. Mary’s were the church teams to beat in the quest for the Most Divine Gumbo, which is determined by the palate of Alabama Bishop Kee Sloan and two local priests. Church of the Ascension called its team the Gumbo Filers, a nod to filé, the powdered sassafras originally used by Native Americans that gives gumbo its flavor. One of the church’s members, Nancy Sharp, lives at Episcopal Place and competes on the team.The Gumbo Filers twice have won the first-place trophy (an engraved golden stockpot) behind the leadership of professional chef John Wilson, who first tasted gumbo while apprenticing in New Orleans.“It’s so hard to describe gumbo because it’s an entity unto itself,” he said. “You have to be in the South and taste a lot of gumbo to understand. Everyone makes it their own way and it’s all wildly different. It’s so complex that you need the first few spoonfuls to try to appreciate what’s going on.”Originally from Boston, Wilson maintains that the heart and soul of any decent gumbo is the roux (pronounced “rue”), a thickener of flour and fat that originated in French cooking. At least one Gumbo Filer will keep a constant eye on the roux. “It needs to be a deep dark color, like roasted chestnuts,” Wilson said. “If you can get it to that point without burning it, you are going to have a good gumbo.”To the roux, his team will add broth, meat (this year it’s smoked duck) and locally grown vegetables diced the day before. Their competition entry is 15 to 20 gallons, some of this and some of that, making a sum that is greater than its parts. For Wilson, the multiplying effect (more fish focused, less on loaves) reflects Episcopal outreach.“Gumbo is typical of what we do and who we are: We help people in need,” Wilson said. “Cooking is what I do, so that’s what I contribute.”The Rev. Katy Smith (center) volunteers at the 2018 Gumbo Gala, the biggest Episcopal event in Alabama. Photo: Sara WalkerThese pit crews tend fires, not change tiresCompetitive cooking for charity draws well in the South, especially in the months between college football seasons. While only the churches compete for the Most Divine Gumbo prize, the Gumbo Gala has divisions for professional chefs, amateur cooks and student teams.Wilson directs the culinary arts program at nearby Wallace State Community College, which sends a team of chefs-in-training to compete in the Gumbo Gala’s student competition. So will its rival, Jefferson State Community College.“I think we have an edge on them because I’ve won this a couple of times and know what the judges are looking for,” Wilson said. “It’s about layers of flavor and how you’ve put that together. The judges are pretty experienced professionals with good palates, and they can taste those layers.”Members of the Dodd Squad Gumbo Cooking Team, representing the Dodd Law Firm, compete in the 2018 Gumbo Gala, the biggest Episcopal event in Alabama. Photo: Sara WalkerThis year, 15 churches will compete in a field of 35 to 40 teams. All Saints’ Episcopal Church will send two teams: the Young Adults and the Wednesday Morning Sinners, a team of retired men who have competed in every Gumbo Gala, a 14-year streak. A newcomer in the professional division is Bright Star, in operation since 1907 as Alabama’s oldest restaurant (its seafood gumbo sells for $4.75 a cup and $6.75 a bowl).“Despite all of the spirited debates and hoopla of which gumbo is best, one thing is for sure: this delicious comfort food that calls Southerners back home is made up of many different ingredients that all arrive from many different places, much like Episcopal Place and the church,” said Jamie Whitehurst, director of development at Episcopal Place.“Each ingredient is wonderful on its own, and when they all come together to make gumbo, something magical happens. In that regard, we are proud Episcopalians who come from many backgrounds, with many ideas and understandings of God’s word. Gumbo Gala started 14 years ago with a mission, much like Episcopal Place. Mission begins with the breath of God, and it is through helping others that we experience his boundless love.”— Michelle Hiskey is an Atlanta-based freelance writer and member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. 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June 20, 2021 0

The Apopka news year in review: The Chamber names a new…

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSApopka Area Chamber of CommerceRobert AgrusaThe VOICE of Business Previous articleThe Apopka news year in review: 25-year veteran promoted to APD Deputy ChiefNext articleApopka’s biggest story of 2017: City Council advances New Errol to next stage Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Editor’s Note: This is the 11th in a series of 24 articles published by The Apopka Voice in 2017 that were among the most noteworthy. We will post all of them from December 26th and December 31st. Then on Monday, January 1st we will poll our readers and let them decide which is Apopka’s biggest story of 2017.Story #11: Robert Agrusa brings intensity, optimism, and politics to the Apopka Area Chamber of CommerceFirst Published October 10th, 2017By Reggie Connell/Managing Editor of The Apopka VoiceRobert Agrusa means business. The former Executive Director of BusinessForce in Orlando was recently named President of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce. Now he wants to make Apopka business a force in Central Florida.Agrusa was chosen after a comprehensive search that included nearly 200 applicants. And during the search, he quickly grew fond of the community.Robert Agrusa“The people I met during the interview process just made me love Apopka even more…every step of the way,” said Agrusa. I’m motivated to be here and ready to hit the ground running.”And the ground he sees is fertile and ready to flourish.“I knew that Apopka was the next big thing in Central Florida because of the land space that was available out here, and all of the opportunity. They’ve been preparing for the potential new growth – with our roadways and our water. We’re preparing for growth over the next 10 years.”Apopka is the second largest city in Central Florida – and it’s still growing. Agrusa looks at that population surge and sees economic development.“In 2010, the census had Apopka at 41,000 residents. As of last month, we were over 50,000. That’s nearly 10,000 people in just seven years. That is tremendous growth as we move forward. You’re seeing redevelopment in places like Winter Garden, Sanford, and Altamonte Springs, but those places are basically maxed out. This is the next opportunity – right here in Apopka.”In his role at BusinessForce, (the political action arm of the Orlando Economic Partnership), Agrusa represented thousands of businesses and their tens of thousands of employees and was directly responsible for advancing the business community’s agenda through public policy advocacy and supporting business-friendly candidates for Florida’s most significant regional PAC.Now as president of the chamber, Agrusa wants to ignite business in Apopka in a similar fashion – as a business leader and an advocate.“I was looking at another phase in my life where I could go and lead a community and move away from the political aspects of what I’ve been doing for the last several years. I’m very good at what I did there, but now I’m looking at how to give back to a community and be a champion of a community… and this opportunity came up.”Agrusa may be moving away from full-time politics, but that doesn’t mean he won’t fuse politics into his role with the chamber.“All politics are local. There are a lot of issues that we will need to be engaged in politically. And when I say politically I mean as an advocacy arm. So we will need to be a champion for our business community whether there are issues at the city, state or federal level. But if there are regulations or certain taxes that are burdening our businesses or certain things our businesses need, that’s what the chamber should be advocating for.”One of his first initiatives at the chamber will be to bring local legislators together for an event that gives the business community a voice to those elected officials that represent them before they begin their session in Tallahassee.It’s called a Legislative Preview, but it could be named a Legislative pre-emptive strike.“The idea is to talk to legislators before they go to session to say ‘here are the things we’re concerned with.’ Make sure the things you are voting for help the businesses and residents back home. Because if it doesn’t, you shouldn’t support it. A lot of times chambers forget to do things prior to a session, and then they get upset about decisions made… so this is being pro-active, and that’s what a chamber should do. I’m excited to lead this effort.”The event is October 17th from 8-9 AM at the Highland Manor. Senator Randolph Bracy, and Representatives Kamia Brown, Bob Cortes, and Jennifer Sullivan are scheduled to attend.Agrusa moved to Central Florida in 2011 to serve as the chief political liaison between Senator Andy Gardiner’s legislative office and his responsibilities as Florida Senate President Designate. In this role, Agrusa was immersed in Gardiner’s political, fundraising and campaign-related activities – including his 2014 re-election campaign and his state Political Action Committee – and built quality and key relationships between members of the business community, elected officials, and organizations from across the State of Florida.Now he brings those connections and relationships from the political sector that stretches from Orlando to Tallahassee, to Washington DC with him to Apopka.“That’s a great asset that I bring to the chamber. I have so many political ties not only to city, but county, our county mayor, and all of our state legislators and representatives. I have a great relationship with Rep. Val Demings. Also my relationship with the Florida and US Chamber of Commerce. In the past we haven’t been active with those organizations, and those are key components. They have much more leverage than we might have on the federal and state levels, but we can go in with them.”With growth comes growing pains. And this is an issue Agrusa sees in Apopka and wants to take it head-on.“We have a lot of great small businesses in Apopka. But the problem is some of these businesses who are outgrowing their size and becoming medium to large businesses, but they can’t stay here because they need more space. So we need to work with our public and private partners to try to figure out ways to utilize areas we currently haven’t and revitalize them so that they can be used for businesses and we don’t lose them to Ocoee or Winter Garden or some other community.He sees the UCF Apopka Business Incubator as a key element and a partner in managing growth and shepherding startup businesses in the community.“We want to work with the Incubator. They are going to be a big component for those businesses that are growing to make sure they have a home after they outgrow the Incubator. So I’m going to be working with our local and county governments so that we are addressing it.”Agrusa’s vision for the chamber has both a short and long-term strategy. It is a transition away from an event-based approach.“When I look at the chamber, it’s supposed to be the leading advocate for business in a community and to improve the quality of life for the residents because that’s also a key component as well. I feel like it should be a resource where all community groups can come together to work on solutions. The chamber should be that asset. Not only for a building, but everybody can collaborate, and we can work together. Whether it’s to solve affordable housing, transportation, growth, or educational issues. This is a place where we can talk and get together. That’s a chamber’s role. Less event-based and more visionary. Certainly, we’re going to do events, but our focus will be about what we are doing for our community. What are we giving back to our community? Everybody can do events, but that shouldn’t be the ultimate goal of a chamber of commerce.”Agrusa has been in Apopka less than a month, and he already sees into its future with optimism and enthusiasm.“These are amazing times. In five years, with all the projects happening in Apopka, I think you’ll see this place completely new. I’m looking forward to the challenge of being a big part of it.”last_img read more

June 19, 2021 0

Paramount Alma / Plasma Studio

first_img Houses “COPY” CopyHouses•Sexten, Italy 2012 photographs:  Hertha HurnausPhotographs:  Hertha HurnausCollaborators:Peter PichlerStructural Engeneering:Erlacher AndreasServices Engeering:EnergytechSecurity Management:Ralf PellegriniGeological Engeneering:Michael JesacherArchitect In Charge:Ulla Hell, Eva Castro, Holger KehneProject Architect:Peter PichlerCity:SextenCountry:ItalyMore SpecsLess SpecsText description provided by the architects. This project was conceived to fulfill a two-part problematic: (1) Residence Alma–a Tyrolean guest house with 6 holiday apartments from the 1960s adorned with a pitched roof–was due for a common circulation and service core, and (2) the project architect, Ulla Hell, was looking for a new home for her young family of five in the mountain community of Sesto, Alto Adige. The result: an under-utilized roof space gave way to an angular crown, connected to a ground floor reception space and architectural office by the host’s renovated spine. Having already made their mark on nearby Residence Königswarte with the addition of the Strata Hotel in 2007, Plasma Studio sought to follow a similar skin organization. A timber strip section in larch wood was borrowed from the neighbouring Strata and extruded along two paths. The first stretches across the site, picking up the topography on either end of the building and climbing to enclose a third storey balcony. Here, the edge skirts around the existing footprint, leaving corners exposed to acknowledge its presence.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – 20MMCultural / PatrimonialAccoyaAccoya® Wood at a Rescue House in Waddenzee, the Dutch SeaDoorsC.R. LaurenceBlumcraft Panic DevicesA second path draws the timber skin up from behind, folding around the chimney to return to the ground. Interstitial spaces between the exterior walls and wooden bands swell at ground level to offer sheltered outdoor living spaces. The design team employed parametric modelling software to optimize the density of these timber strips and their metal substrustructure, balancing budget, aesthetics, privacy and views. This approach allowed for flexibility throughout the design phase and output shop drawings for pre-fabricated elements at an efficient pace.The Alma addition departs, however, from the Strata in its approach to volume. The practical constraints of a multi- room hotel structure called for a regular distribution of modules along a connecting spine. The perceived volume was achieved through horizontal sections around free-flowing terrace spaces. With the Alma, we took advantage of a more flexible program to create unique spatial conditions. These interior volumes are rendered legible from the exterior by the timber strips–an honest depiction of the playful activity within.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausThe interior of this family home is characterized by 360-degree views. Perhaps the most spectacular of these being a view of the sky through an incision over the central stair. This opening delivers an immediate reading of exterior weather conditions, collecting precipitation and receiving direct sunlight.The main living spaces are split over two floors with first floor bedrooms off a skylit corridor, and an open plan kitchen, dining and family room encircling a fireplace on the second floor. By grouping functional elements in orthogonal cores, the surrounding space is liberated. The exterior walls of the main living spaces collapse inwards to catch light, views and varying degrees of enclosure.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausAll living spaces in the private residence have direct access to the outside through a series terraces or gardens. Its multiple access points include: a main entrance through an internal connection to the neighbouring house, a series of openings that follow the natural topography, and an external stair connecting the third floor terrace to the garden. Each inhabitant has come to find their own favourite route.Limited material and colour palettes give strength to the space, with splashes of colour in the children’s washroom. The otherwise white walls provide a backdrop for an ever-changing display of shadows from the pleated roof above.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausAs the extension sits within the steep topography, substructural elements were developed in reinforced concrete, while the superstructure was built from prefabricated cross laminated timber (CLT) insulated with wood fiber and sealed with black bitumen. The outer skin in larch wood strips on a galvanized steel structure was determined according to cost and aesthetics by the aforementioned parametric model. A consistently limited colour code was applied to the exterior, allowing the volume to dissolve into the surrounding hillside when viewed from afar.Through its use of form, materials and views, this newly completed addition flirts with its context at three scales. The first, and most immediate, with its host: as an addition to the Alma residence, it shares a newly renovated core, carrying the fractal geometry from the roof down to Plasma’s Italian office through the Alma’s cartesian skeleton. The second, with its neighbour: together the Strata and the Alma define the next generation of the family-owned hotel complex. And finally, with its terrain: the sculptural addition acts, not as a parasite, but as a mediator between the existing house and surrounding topography, extending from the landscape like a lichen.Save this picture!Third Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow less19 Dwellings on Viana Street / García Floquet ArquitectosSelected ProjectsA Peek Into Reiser + Umemoto’s Latest BookPublications Share Year:  Projects Architects: Plasma Studio Area Area of this architecture project Year:  Paramount Alma / Plasma Studio 2012 Area:  420 m² Area:  420 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Save this picture!© Hertha Hurnaus+ 15 Share Paramount Alma / Plasma StudioSave this projectSaveParamount Alma / Plasma Studio “COPY” Photographs Italy ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officePlasma StudioOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSextenHousesItalyPublished on August 08, 2013Cite: “Paramount Alma / Plasma Studio” 08 Aug 2013. 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June 17, 2021 0

Amnesty releases John Lennon CD

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Green Day, R.E.M, Christina Aguilera, U2, and Snow Patrol are among the best-selling artists who feature on a CD of songs written by John Lennon to benefit Amnesty International. The CD and downloads will be released globally on 12 June 2007 by Amnesty International and Warner Bros. Records, with all proceeds going towards Amnesty International’s human rights work, including the crisis in Darfur.The initiative is supported by Yoko Ono, who donated the rights to the entire John Lennon songbook to Amnesty International.The album is part of the human rights organisation’s Make Some Noise initiative, which uses music to inspire a new generation of activists to stand up for human rights. Advertisement Tagged with: Digital Recruitment / people Trading Jack Johnson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Postal Service and Regina Spektor have all recorded songs for the project, along with many other stars. There will be over 50 tracks available for download altogether.Music fans can get a taste of the album straight away by downloading R.E.M’s version of . R.E.M.’s drummer Bill Berry came back from retirement to record the group’s version of “#9 Dream”, marking the first time the four band members – Berry, vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills – have been in the studio together since 1997. Amnesty releases John Lennon CDcenter_img Howard Lake | 26 May 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

June 16, 2021 0

Two Afghan journalists arrested, news agency harassed

first_imgAccording to the press law, complaints against media and journalists must first be handled by the Commission for the Verification of Press Offences, which transfers them to the courts when appropriate. Neither parliament, not the vice-president nor the NDS has the right to directly summon, arrest or threaten journalists. No formal action has been taken against Pajhwok, whose damning report was extensively documented. July 9, 2020 Two Afghan journalists arrested, news agency harassed AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms CorruptionCovid19Internet Afghanistan’s biggest news agency, Pajhwok Afghan News, has meanwhile been harassed ever since 22 June, when it reported that 32 ventilators intended for Afghan coronavirus patients had been stolen and sold to Pakistan. Organisation AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms CorruptionCovid19Internet One of the journalists, Mahboboalah Hakimi of Radio Bayan (Word), has been arrested twice in the past eight days. He was first arrested on 1 July when NDS agents arrested him at his home in Qalat, the capital of the southern province of Zabol, for alleging insulting President Ashraf Ghani by calling him an “unbeliever” in a Facebook post. Receive email alerts After finishing the search, the NDS grabbed Mangol and took back to NDS headquarters in Khost, where they questioned him for two hours and then released him, saying his arrest had been a mistake. News Afghanistan is ranked 122nd out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Farough jan Mangol, the Reuters news agency’s correspondent in the southeastern city of Khost, was arrested on 1 July when NDS agents searched his and his brother’s home without a warrant. His brother, Seifollah Hayat, is the local representative of the Committee for the Safety of Journalists. When Danish Karokhel, Pajhwok’s director, was invited by the parliamentary commission for culture for what was described as a consultation, he was subjected to a full-blown interrogation in which health ministry representatives took part and the news agency was accused of acting “against national security.” Just before his arrest, he had nonetheless denied being the post’s author in a video, explaining that someone had hacked into his Facebook account. “We call on President Ashraf Ghani and Vice-President Amrullah Saleh to respect the press law they promised to implement,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Afghanistan desk. “The country’s authorities and security officials must respect this pledge and this law when taking action against ‘rumours and fake news.’ It is vital that the media should be able to do their work without impediment, in order to inform the public what is being done to combat corruption and any shortcomings.” RSF_en News to go further RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says The next day, Vice-President Amrullah Saleh accused Pajhwok of lying in a tweet: “NO ventilator is missing from the health ministry inventory in Kabul or the provinces. NOT ONE. Don’t fall into the trap of lies and dishonesty. When someone tells you the cat has stolen your nose, touch your nose first before chasing the cat, who is looking at you. Calm down.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrests of two journalists by Afghanistan’s National Department of Security (NDS) and the harassment to which the Pajhwok Afghan News agency has been subjected since covering the theft of ventilators intended for Afghanistan’s Covid-19 patients. News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” June 2, 2021 Find out more March 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information May 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Afghanistan News He appeared in another video two days later, this one recorded by the NDS. And this time he confessed to being responsible for the original video and apologized to the president. Shortly after being released yesterday, he said he had been tortured and forced to make a confession. He was arrested again when he went back to the local headquarters of the NDS this morning to collect his personal effects.last_img read more

June 12, 2021 0

Four years for robbery lookout and drug addict

first_imgA LIMERICKMAN who was twice caught with quantities of heroin in his possession and then, while on bail, acted as a lookout during the robbery of a city off- licence, has been sentenced to a total of four years in jail for all three offences. 27-year-old Ross Cantillon with addresses at Abbeyvale, Corbally; Castleview Apartments, Broad Street and formally of St Mary’s Park, Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up was before Limerick Circuit Court after he was arrested, charged and sent forward for trial on all matters earlier this year.  Cantillon, the court heard, acted as a lookout for another man during the robbery at Coasters off-licence at St John’s Square in early February of this year.  Judge Carroll Moran was told that the accused held the door of the off licence while a second man stole €360 from the till and a bottle of Bacardi rum. During the incident, Cantillon told his accomplice to “stab” the assistant during the robbery. He was also before the court on two counts of the possession of heroin to the value of over €2,200 in March and June of last year. Judge Carroll Moran said that Cantillon was the lessor of the two accused involved, but that he was “lucky” not to receive a five year prison sentence for the robbery. Previous convictions were read to the court, including one in January 2003 relating to a 12 year prison sentence imposed, the last five of which were suspended, for the possession and discharge of a Kalashnikov rifle and 22 rounds of ammunition in Moyross in a gang related incident. Details of the period of suspension could not be confirmed to the court so Cantillon, received the “benefit of the doubt” and the suspended part of the 2003 sentence was not imposed by the judge.In his sentencing Ross Cantillon, Judge Carroll Moran told the sitting of the Circuit Court that the accused was a heroin addict and thus effectively rendered homeless through his actions. The fact that Cantillon was on bail at the time of the Coasters robbery, meant he was “at law,” and thus a consecutive sentence was mandatory. For the two counts of possession of heroin for sale or supply, Cantillon received two sentences of two years to run concurrently and for the robbery charge, Judge Carroll Moran sentenced the accused to two years in prison to be served consecutively. Print Advertisement Facebook NewsLocal NewsFour years for robbery lookout and drug addictBy admin – August 3, 2010 1285 Twittercenter_img Previous articleTours group aims to put the fun back into travellingNext articleSean’s final shout for Tess admin Linkedin WhatsApp Emaillast_img read more

June 4, 2021 0

HSE has no idea how many employees are absent from work due to stress

first_img Pinterest HSE has no idea how many employees are absent from work due to stress Google+ Facebook Facebook By admin – December 19, 2015 WhatsApp Twitter Homepage BannerNews Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ A Councillor said he was shocked and disappointed to learn that the HSE has no idea how many of its employees are absent from work, sick, due to stress.Responding to Councillor Gerry Crawford, the HSE says it recognises the problem of stress on staff and has some initiatives in place to help but doesn’t have a database to record stress related sick leave.Councillor Crawford believed the number is high and says more should be done to address the issue:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleHSE urged to take over running of Aras Gweedore nursing homeNext articleKris Meeke will start 2016 in Monte and Sweden admin WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

May 27, 2021 0

Strabane families lives being made a misery by boy-racers

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest By News Highland – March 7, 2014 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A Strabane family say their lives are being made a misery by people cruising in cars in Strabane claiming the police or council have done little to address their concerns.They claim groups of people in their cars are congregating on Dock Street and in two adjacent car-parks.Its claimed, drag racing, screeching tyres and loud exhausts are disturbing residents into the early hours of each morning.Local home owner William says it is making his and his wife’s lives a misery:[podcast][/podcast]center_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleCalls made for Council to explain on-going problems at LYIT traffic lightsNext articleSion Mills residents to meet with commissioner over anaerobic digester today News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Strabane families lives being made a misery by boy-racers Google+ Newslast_img read more

May 27, 2021 0

Cllr Martin Harley expected to contest next General Election

first_img WhatsApp Twitter By News Highland – October 31, 2019 Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews Donegal County Councillor Martin Harley is expected to be nominated today to contest the next general election.The Fine Gael Councillor has served the Lifford/ Stranorlar Municipal District for the past 10 years, topping the poll in this year’s local election.With speculation mounting in recent days that Councillor Harley would be added to the party ticket, the party’s National Executive Council looks set to confirm this evening that he will be a running mate for Education Minister Joe McHugh.Councillor Harley says the prospect of running for the Dail is an exciting challenge:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Google+ Twittercenter_img Cllr Martin Harley expected to contest next General Election DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMinister urged to prioritise Rosses Community School extensionNext articleMan quizzed in Letterkenny over suspicion of arson at Garda Station News Highland Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty last_img read more

May 25, 2021 0

Death of Margaret Callaghan raised in Dail

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – December 6, 2019 AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Facebook The Dail has been told that until staffing issues in acute hospitals are tackled, tragedies such as the death of Margaret Callaghan in Letterkenny will happen again.Ms Callaghan waited 71 minutes for an ambulance, despite living less than 6 minutes from Letterkenny University Hospital.The inquest was told the ambulance that transferred Ms Callaghan to hospital had to come from Dungloe while two ambulances were parked at Letterkenny University Hospital, unable to transfer their patients into the care of medical staff.Speaking during Leader’s Questions, Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Colleary told Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty that Ms Callaghan’s death raises serious questions.Minister Doherty acknowledged ambulance turnaround times are below target, but said the HSE Winter Plan will help resolve the situation……….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.However, Deputy Colleary said the minister was disconnected from the real issue, and stressed his belief that the Winter Plan is not the answer……………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Death of Margaret Callaghan raised in Dail Twitter Twitter Previous articleAndy Lee says it was a good win for Jason QuigleyNext articleAlmost 15,200 ‘hidden’ children waiting for treatment in North West News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows You can listen to the full debate here -Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

May 25, 2021 0