Haitians march against rape

first_imgMothers Day in Haiti was celebrated this year on May 26. In response to the rape of two students at Quisqueya University a few days earlier, students and feminists turned the celebration of Mothers Day into a march from the university to the center of Port-au-Prince. A few thousand people marched against “Rape, and all forms of violence against women and impunity.” Women and men in roughly equal numbers participated in the demonstration.Students in Port-au-Prince condemn violence against women.The fact that some local commentators had blamed the young women for the attacks drew a number of sharp responses from the activists and militants who marched.“Absolutely nothing can justify rape. Girls are free to walk outside at any time they want, and they can dress as they want,” said Wilkenson Saint-Fleur, a student who joined the march. “The authorities must now uphold their responsibilities to the public they’ve sworn to protect; otherwise, people will take justice into their own hands, and we’ll fall into chaos,” he said. (AFP.com, May 26) Many of the placards carried in the march made the point: “Rape is a crime,” meaning there can be no justification for it — legally, politically or morally.  A number of marchers made the point that rape was being used more and more to repress the legitimate demands of women in Haitian society.One of the victims was a Quisqueya University student. The rector of the university, Jacky Lumarque, took part in the march and encouraged students to do likewise. He told the press, “Violence tends to install itself as a natural phenomenon, and society begins to cultivate a culture of tolerance vis-a-vis aggressions against women. We must say no.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

National Day of Mourning: The truth about the Pilgrims’ invasion and 400+ years of genocide that followed

first_imgThis article is based on lightly edited excerpts from a talk given at the Nov. 2 Workers World Party meeting in New York City. We meet on stolen Lenni-Lenape homelands — the Lenapehoking. Workers World Party looks forward to the day when all Indigenous nations’ land claims are paid in full — from the Wampanoag lands on the Cape to the Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area and from the Appalachians to the Rockies.November is National Native Heritage Month, and this November will mark the 50th National Day of Mourning. In 1970, an Aquinnah Wampanoag man, Wamsutta Frank James, who had been asked to speak at a fancy Commonwealth of Massachusetts banquet celebrating the 350th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims, was told by a representative of the Massachusetts Department of Commerce and Development that he wouldn’t be allowed to give his speech.UAINE sued the city of Plymouth over the 1997 arrests. Part of the settlement was the installing of this plaque.Wamsutta used one of the Pilgrims’ own history books as a basis for his talk — an account of their first year on Turtle Island. The book told of their opening his ancestors’ graves, stealing the Wampanoag villagers’ food supplies and selling his ancestors as slaves for 220 shillings each. What? The descendants of the Pilgrims didn’t want the truth?There is a reason the U.S. has a national holiday for Plymouth and not for Jamestown colony. Jamestown’s settler history is far too ugly and well-known. The ruling class cannot make the slave block something for school children to celebrate. And those first white settlers in Jamestown actually turned to cannibalism to survive.Myths about the Pilgrims exposedLet’s go over the general myths: The Pilgrims did not find empty lands here. Every square inch of this land is Indigenous. The Puritans did not come here seeking religious freedom. They had that in Holland. No, they came in a commercial venture to make themselves rich.One of the very first things the Pilgrims did when they arrived on Cape Cod was to rob Wampanoag graves at Corn Hill and steal as much of the Native villagers’ winter provisions of corn and beans as they were able to carry. And what did the Pilgrims bring to these shores with them? Pilgrim settlers introduced racism, jails, class society, capitalism, patriarchy, anti-lesbian and gay bigotry, and repression of two-spirits to this continent. They carried out deforestation and over-hunted the wildlife here, not for food, but for profits — beginning capitalism’s devastation of the environment and biosphere.And they did not even land at Plymouth Rock! That little rock was cleared from the land for farming and made into a monument to racism and oppression. National Day of Mourning demonstrators have buried it twice.The Mayflower ship was boarded in past demonstrations. One year protesters tore the Union Jack from its mast and replaced it with a flag that was flown over liberated Alcatraz Island [in San Francisco Bay, held by Indigenous people for 19 months from 1969 to 71]. The roots of Day of Mourning have always been firmly embedded in the soil of militant protest.About the only truth in the whole mythology is that the pitiful, filthy unbathed, grabbing Pilgrim thieves would not have survived their first several years on land which they arrogantly named “New England” without the aid of Wampanoag people. What the Wampanoags got in return for this help was genocide, theft of their lands and never-ending repression.First National Day of MourningBack in 1970, the organizers of the fancy state banquet told Wamsutta they would only let him speak if he agreed to deliver a speech that they would write. Instead, Wamsutta and hundreds of Indigenous people and their supporters gathered in Plymouth and observed the first National Day of Mourning. Only Indigenous people spoke at the Day of Mourning observance, and that is true to this day.Wamsutta and the United American Indians of New England continued this work of telling the truth about the Puritans. UAINE has returned to Plymouth every year since 1970 to demonstrate against the Pilgrim mythology, which is still taught in schools. It is even on the goddamn citizenship test.But the first actual “Thanksgiving” dinner was proclaimed in 1637 by Gov. John Winthrop to celebrate the safe return of men from Massachusetts colony who had gone to Mystic, [Conn.], to massacre over 700 Pequot women, children and men. They celebrated with the foods that Indigenous peoples grew and ate for thousands of years, foods familiar to you today as the traditional Native harvest feast dishes that they commodified for profits. The thieves never stopped taking.In the struggle in Plymouth in 1997, cops assaulted the Day of Mourning marchers when the march crossed the path of the annual Pilgrims’ procession. By the way, when the Pilgrim descendants recreate their landing, the rich men walk first, followed by their wives, then the servants come last carrying the bags.In 1997, police attacked the Native marchers, maced grandmothers and children, and arrested 25 people.  Court dates were split up to make it hard for supporters to travel repeatedly from Boston to Plymouth to testify as witnesses or to pack the courtrooms.Workers World Party responded to UAINE’s call to gear up for increased repression at the march in 1998. During that struggle, there was a surprising response from European tourists who threatened to boycott. The town of Plymouth then dropped all charges against those arrested, conceded that UAINE has the right to march every Day of Mourning without a permit and paid some small reparations.Stop attacks on Indian Child Welfare Act!You all saw the attacks at Standing Rock. Attacks on Native peoples always turn deadly. This administration is attacking the Indian Child Welfare Act, an important law meant to keep Native children with their families and their Native nations, as many are removed from their Native families and adopted out through far-right, white Christian adoption networks.Stealing children has a long history in this country. During the slave trade, children were torn from their mothers’ arms at auctions. Plymouth sold Native women and children into slavery. Since the end of the Indian Wars — those wars across the Great Plains to the Rockies to steal the vastness of the continent, leaving the survivors on reservations, some far from their homes — thousands of Native children have been stolen from the Lakota and Dakota Nations alone. This is an incredibly important struggle throughout Native nations and communities. It’s an open wound.Most of you remember that one of Trump’s first acts was to come down hard on the Standing Rock water protectors and go all-out in support of all fossil fuel extraction — damn the consequences to clean water and air and the lands! The Indian Wars have never ended; “manifest destiny” is the imperialists’ mantra to take over our Mother Earth.Native nations fight for sacred Bears EarsThen, to continue their assault on the lands, Trump’s Department of Interior head [Ryan] Zinke led the attack on Bears Ears, which are sacred ancestral lands to Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute, and Uintah and Ouray Ute Nations. These five nations united and won monument status for 1.3 million acres in Utah with unprecedented Indigenous oversight. Trump stripped control from these Native nations over uranium, oil and gas deposits and their own cultural heritage on their ancient ruins. Puebloan ancestral ruins in that area are thousands of years old. There are also ancient and unique dinosaur remains of scientific interest. This fight is not over yet!Zinke and the right-wing descendants of settlers in Utah rode [all-terrain vehicles] roughshod through those fragile environments during a political rally to demonstrate their disregard for the lands and waters, the people and the fragile life in the environment. They want uranium mining to start up again. When you mine uranium, you have in effect declared those lands a sacrifice zone. This is not about energy; they want to make more nuclear bombs.After the U.S. military bombed Japan, U.S. companies mined 30 million tons of uranium on the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners area of the Southwest. The Diné Nation still bears the brunt of the mining of radioactive uranium ore. There have long been clusters of birth defects and stillbirths in Diné children in the Shiprock, N.M., mining area.The National Institutes of Health reported in 1992 that over 320 types of congenital conditions had been detected in Indian Health Service hospital records from Shiprock. University of New Mexico researchers even found uranium in the blood of Diné infants. Some 85 percent of Diné households are affected.The imperialists wanted to ditch the nuclear treaties (more treaties to break, by the way), and they support Trump on this. The nuclear arms race began with Washington’s intention to conduct a first-strike attack against the USSR. The U.S. has more nuclear weapons than all other countries combined and surrounds the Korean peninsula with nuclear bombs. Trump has said he wanted to use them.The U.S. military even uses left-over depleted uranium. The U.S. military left parts of Iraq poisoned with DU to the extent that Iraqi women in Fallujah have been warned not to get pregnant because their babies are born without limbs. That war crime was uncovered and publicized in the Iraq War Crimes Tribunal in the 1990s organized by the International Action Center and our WWP comrades.States ban anti-pipeline protestsAs a consequence of the mighty struggles at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is now carrying oil — threatening spills into the nation’s largest supply of clean water — and the on-again struggle against the Keystone XL Pipeline, states have passed legislation criminalizing First Amendment rights to protest fossil fuel infrastructure.Also, North Dakota passed legislation to prevent Native people at Standing Rock, Fort Berthold, Spirit Lake, Turtle Mountain and Lake Traverse reservations from voting by requiring IDs with a street address. Most members of these Native nations have post office box addresses, which is not uncommon in many rural areas which lack residential postal delivery.Fighting ruling-class lies means raising awareness that Indigenous peoples are not dead and gone. We live among you, despite smallpox, genocide and constant warfare from coast to coast. Indigenous peoples have a vast heritage — even if you consider only Native-originated foodstuffs: Over half of the world’s foods by species and tonnage are native to this hemisphere and were created and grown for thousands of years before we were invaded.Native peoples are referred to when there is a hot struggle like Standing Rock, and even then it’s a hard fight to get media coverage. But we are forgotten in much of the progressive movement the rest of the time. The struggles to protect Mauna Kea in Hawai’i and to stop the Keystone XL pipeline are ongoing. Every single struggle in this country connects back to the genocide of Native nations.There are two long-running annual Indigenous events against the November holiday: the 50th National Day of Mourning at Plymouth and this year marks the 50th Unthanksgiving Indigenous Peoples’ Sunrise Ceremony at Alcatraz Island.Solidarity!U.S. history is full of lies meant to erase the Indigenous nations and millions of people who lived here for untold millennia before the European invasion. That’s why Workers World Party joins UAINE every year for National Day of Mourning at Plymouth.In solidarity with the Wampanoags, Narragansett, Massachusett and other colonized Indigenous Nations of the Cape region, we remember the words of Wamsutta: “We are not vanishing. We are not conquered. We are as strong as ever.”End Native erasure! Water is life!  Fight for Mother Earth!Tromblay is Huron nonstatus and of mixed Southeast Indigenous heritage.(Photo: Telesur)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

iPhone scammer on campus

first_imgReddIt Twitter Madelyn Steckbeckhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madelyn-steckbeck/ TCU Pets on Spring Break Linkedin Madelyn Steckbeckhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madelyn-steckbeck/ Madelyn Steckbeck TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook TCU’s Intro to Personal Finance class grows Alcohol and consent don’t mix Previous articleTarrant County Meals on Wheels leans on local support with budget cuts pendingNext articleTCU A Cappella groups take on semifinals in Los Angeles Madelyn Steckbeck RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Student on iPhone taken by Madelyn Steckbeck TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer Twitter Madelyn is a junior news and media studies major with a minor in Creative Writing. + posts Linkedin The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years ReddIt printAt least three TCU students – one in the fall semester and two this spring – have been scammed into buying iPhones, according to the TCU Police Department.However, because the students voluntarily worked with the scammer, police are not sure if those involved can be prosecuted. “The students are voluntarily doing this, and he is giving them money,” said TCU Police Detective Chris Pratt. “Basically, they are gifting the phones to him. Criminally, we are stuck in a corner.”The police department said a non-student – described as a smaller build, African-American male – approached the students on campus. They said he offered them cash in exchange for them to purchase iPhones with a “gift card.” The students used their personal electronic devices to enter their personal information online to sign up for the so-called gift card. Police said they actually applied for a credit card, Barclaycard, which does financing for Apple.Police said the students then accompanied the scammer in his vehicle to an Apple Store or an AT&T store. They bought one to three iPhones on the credit card and gave them to the scammer in exchange for a small amount of cash, according to police.One student received $400 from the scammer and 1,200 Apple points (which can be redeemed for Apple gift cards) for purchasing the phones at an Apple store, police said.Pratt said the students were later billed for the phones, which they said they thought were purchased with a gift card.Pratt also said the scam is technically not against the law. She thinks other students may have been scammed, but have yet to come forward.TCU junior Laine Lowry was scammed earlier this year. She advises students to not believe everything you hear and to be more aware of scams.“When you are approached by a stranger offering you up something, don’t take it because it’s most likely a scam,” Pratt said.If you have any information, contact the TCU Police Department at 817-257-8400. Madelyn Steckbeckhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madelyn-steckbeck/ Facebooklast_img read more

Society of Women Engineers help build Fort Worth home

first_imgBrandon Kitchin Nelson Mandela’s former prison guard visits campus to reflect on their unlikely friendship Linkedin Campus organizations to host ‘Black Panther’ screening, discussion printSome TCU students in the Society of Women Engineers put on their hard hats to join Fort Worth volunteers in building one man a new home.Elizabeth Torres, a junior mechanical engineering major and SWE vice president of external affairs, helped organize the group’s involvement with the event.“We really try to do a lot of outreach and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), but from time to time, we just do some other volunteer [events] together like Habitat for Humanity,” she said.Members of the Society of Women Engineers working on the house on East Morphy and Stewart in the Hillside neighborhood of Fort Worth. (Brandon Kitchin/TCU360)Through the Habitat building process, families are able to earn a house through sweat equity rather than paying a down payment on a mortgage. The term “sweat equity” refers to people working their payment off by laboring on their own home and neighbors’ homes as well as taking 250 hours of homeownership classes.Mark Rummel, a Trinity Habitat for Humanity volunteer coordinator, said this process helps families who need a home but couldn’t afford one.“It’s a hand up, not a hand down,” added Gary Baxter, a volunteer at the site. “We’re not giving them the house; they’re earning the house.”SWE volunteers worked on a home for Nikabou Nadjombe who came to America from Togo, a country in West Africa, almost four years ago.Nikabou Nadjombe, the future homeowner of the house SWE volunteered to work on. (Brandon Kitchin/TCU360)Giving back to the community is an important focus to the women of SWE.“Not many women get recognition for their part in the engineering community,” said Kara Lasater, a junior mechanical engineering major and SWE outreach coordinator. “It’s an honor to represent TCU and women in science through acts of service. I love being a part of an organization that represents a lesser known group of people and actively tries to improve the lives of others.”At the national level, The Society of Women Engineers is a non-profit and service organization that was founded in 1950. Currently, the organization has over 35,000 members at the collegiate and professional levels.This house is one of several being built in the Hillside and Morningside neighborhoods. Habitat plans to build at least 10 new homes there by the end of the year.The organization also plans to build at least the same number of houses in both the Como and Carver Heights neighborhoodsRummel said Habitat for Humanity plans to continue to build at this rate in each of these three communities for the next five to six years.TCU SWE has worked with Habitat for similar projects in the past. For them, it’s an annual outing.“It’s an amazing chance to tangibly give back to the surrounding community of Fort Worth,” Lasater said. “As an engineering student, I find working on a build as fascinating as it is fulfilling.”Nadjombe will have a new home by August, an accomplishment he will have earned with hard work and a helping hand from the community. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Brandon Kitchinhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brandon-kitchin/ Linkedin ReddIt ESPN’s ‘The Undefeated’ writer visits campus, talks media coverage on Nike, Kaepernick ad Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Brandon Kitchinhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brandon-kitchin/center_img Twitter Brandon Kitchinhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brandon-kitchin/ Memorial to commemorate MLK Jr. to come to downtown Fort Worth Brandon Kitchin is a junior Journalism major and TCU 360 line editor from Grand Prairie, Texas. If you ever get the chance to meet him, he is such a positive person that you might just have your day made. You can find him in the loudest section of the Amon G. Carter Stadium or on the field at halftime with “The Pride Of TCU,” the Horned Frog Marching Band. He plays bass drum for the TCU Drumline. Brandon Kitchinhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brandon-kitchin/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Previous articleMen’s Tennis Secures outright Big 12 ChampionshipNext articleFrog Life empowers a culture of wellness on campus Brandon Kitchin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Facebook + posts last_img read more

Neeley School hosts marketing competition for students across the country

first_img + posts Twitter Madison Goforthhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madison-goforth/ Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Madison Goforth is a Senior journalism major from Tyler, Texas. Linkedin Twitter Facebook Madison Goforthhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madison-goforth/ Student finds joy in volunteering for ‘miracle’ baseball league Madison Goforthhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madison-goforth/ The Leap: unique restaurants that take Frog Bucks Madison Goforthhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madison-goforth/ Army ROTC spends weekend practicing tactical missions Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Three-star D-End Izaih Filikitonga signs with TCU football for fall season Madison Goforth ReddIt Facebook Students listen to a keynote speaker at the arrival dinner. Previous articleCross country competes at Big 12 ChampionshipsNext articleHoroscope: October 30, 2017 Madison Goforth RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history printThe 3rd Annual PepsiCo MBA Invitational Business Case Competition hosted by the TCU Neeley School of Business is a competition made up of 32 MBA students from around the nation.Ed Riefenstahl, director of experiential learning within Neeley, said this competition is unique because the students don’t know who their team is until they arrive on campus.PepsiCo CompetitionVenngage Infographics“Participants have the opportunity to get real-life business experience,” he said. “They have to work with people they have never met to present a top-of-the-line innovative product to a panel of judges from a leading retailer in the country.Students arrived in the atrium of Rees-Jones Hall Friday evening for dinner and a keynote speaker. This was the first time the competitors met their teammates.Zach Ely, Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management participant, said this competition is unique from others.“It is super collaborative,” he said. “At Vanderbilt, you get used to the people you’re surrounded with and here I got to meet all different people from different schools.”The teams are presented with two new, innovative products: a beverage and chip case. The teams have exactly five hours to prepare for their presentation in front of the judges, PepsiCo executives.PepsiCo has a total of 22 national brands and six global brands. The global brands include Pepsi, Lays and Gatorade.Riefenstahl said all competitors are from prestigious schools around the country that PepsiCo is interested in recruiting from. For students, this opportunity could secure an internship with PepsiCo over the summer.Participating SchoolsVenngage Infographics“This is a differentiator for these students because they can show employers they have done something more to grow in their own personal development,” he said.Rooney said the president of Frito-Lay North America, Mr. Vivek Sankaran, spent Friday evening answering questions from students.“This was such a great weekend for everyone involved,” she said. “I think students will leave this thinking differently because of all the real-life situations and issues they experienced.”Austin Gilbertson, University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business participant, said the feeling after his team finished the presentation was excitement and relief.“We were doing high fives out in the lobby,” he said. “I think I was sweating through my shirt! It was awesome and so much fun.”There was an awards dinner Saturday evening at Joe T. Garcia’s, where the first, second and third place teams received checks for $7,000, $5,000 and $3,000.Hope Scott, Columbia Business School participant, said she had a lot more fun than she thought she would.“This has set the bar high for the case competitions that follow,” she said.last_img read more

Tarrant County Elections said results will not be delayed on election night

first_imgprintCOVID-19 is changing Election Day this year with new precautions and protocols at the polls, but it will not delay the election results.“You are going to have your results on election night,” said Heider Garcia, the Tarrant County Elections administrator. “By law we have to. There is no provision that says election offices can claim COVID-19 or too many voters to delay results.”The only ballots that will be counted late are absentee ballots and provisional overseas ballots, but Garcia said these are often very small amounts.Voters are concerned election results may be delayed due to an expected increase in absentee voting.“Part of our job is to be myth-busters,” Garcia said. “And a myth out there is that absentee gets added later and that’s actually not true. We don’t leave this office until we’ve posted every absentee ballot we’ve received up to and including Election Day.”Garcia said the best way for Tarrant County residents to follow the results of the election in real time is to go to the county’s website.“There is so much talk about misinformation and election interference – your best source for anything related to election is always your local elections office,” Garcia said.To allow residents to follow their own absentee ballot, Tarrant County created a tracking service last month. WHERE IS YOUR BALLOT? Check the status of your absentee ballot by visiting our upgraded Voter Lookup site at https://t.co/Kaiu7fAbPe. See the video below (subtitled version in English, Spanish and Vietnamese available at the youtube link):https://t.co/F7xP7b77Ha pic.twitter.com/8aUr97nHoj— Tarrant County Elections (@tarrantelection) September 28, 2020To follow the election results visit the Tarrant County Elections website, follow their Twitter @tarrantelection or contact the office at 817-831-8683.  Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Election Day results will not be delayed due to COVID-19, according to the Tarrant County elections office (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Twitter Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Cole DeLucahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cole-deluca/ TCU extends bus route and hours for Election Day TCU will not open as a polling location this year Previous articleWhat we’re reading: President Trump and First Lady test positive for COVID-19, voting rights groups file suit over Abbott’s executive orderNext articleGov. Abbott announces new limits to ballot drop-off sites Cole DeLuca RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebookcenter_img Tarrant County Elections administrator details Election Day during COVID-19 Cole DeLucahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cole-deluca/ ReddIt Cole DeLuca + posts Cole DeLucahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cole-deluca/ What we’re reading: Hurricane Delta could be updated to Category 4, Texas governor hints at bars reopening Cole DeLucahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cole-deluca/ Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Floodgates open

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Advertisement NewsLocal NewsFloodgates openBy admin – November 26, 2009 1025 Twitter Previous articleIBEC to formally withdraw from pay agreementNext articleNews briefs admincenter_img LIMERICK and Clare was put on full alert this week after the river Shannon burst its banks.With confirmation from the ESB that heightened water levels in Lough Derg are likely to cause increased flood levels downstream of Parteen, the mayor and city manager, have given an assurance that an emergency plan is in place for any eventuality.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Meantime families who were evacuated from Corbally to the Jury’s Inn are still uncertain when they will be able to return to their homes.“We’re trying to keep things as normal as possible for the children by sending them off to school,” said one resident. The father of three, one of 20 families evacuated from their homes on Monday, when the rising waters of the Shannon threatened their safety,  has no idea when they will be able to return.The families have a clear view from the hotel windows of the swollen river.“We hear there are fears of very high tides next week, so nobody knows how soon we will be able to go back, but meantime the hotel staff are terrific, even making school lunches for the children to take with them”.Another resident said that while she is “dying to get home,” feels fortunate compared to people in other parts of the country. “No water got into our homes but it was decided to evacuate as our houses in Riverbrook and those in Hampstead,  were deemed vulnerable. The seriousness of the situation hit home when the the Civil Defence arrived at 9pm and the families were taken out of Shannon Banks by police escort”.The consensus among the evacuated Corbally residents is that local councillor, Pascal Fitzgerald, should be nominated for a Person of the Year Award.“He did Trojan work – was working with the services day and night – he never went home”. Meanwhile Cllr Denis McCarthy is confident that although the water is rising in the Mill Road and the Red Path areas of Corbally, “the situation is holding and the area is well fortified by sandbags”.While the city’s other vulnerable locations of Clancy Strand, Sir Harry’s Mall and King’s Island have benefited from fortified walls and the installation of tide flex pipes, there is concern that high tides expected next week, combined with south-westerly winds and heavy rainfall, could pose the most serious challenge to-date.“We will be able to handle anything coming our way this week but next week poses a problem. If Parteen leaves water down the old channel from UL into the Shannon Banks, then we’d have a serious situation- Clare County Council will have to build a wall along the side of the river at Shannon Banks, as with global warming, the water levels will continue to rise,” commented Cllr John Gilligan.Deputy Jan O’Sullivan is calling for the construction of a protective barrier for the river side of Shannon Banks.Mayor Kevin Kiely said he has been given the strongest assurance from the city manager, Tom Mackey that he and his staff, have “everything in place, in terms of a plan to deal with any emergency that may arise”.The ESB has now confirmed  that with water levels in Lough Derg now at an all time high, the discharge of water from Parteen Weir is being increased, “The total rate of water discharge from Parteen is not expected to exceed the rate set on Monday, but it is expected to cause increased flood levels downstream of Parteen Weir by an estimated three inches, as it is discharging into an already flooded area.”The pedestrian walkways along the Canal are closed and members of the public are advised not to use them until further notice. Email Print WhatsApplast_img read more

London commemoration for famous Limerick exiles

first_imgEmail Print WhatsApp Advertisement Twitter NewsLocal NewsLondon commemoration for famous Limerick exilesBy Alan Jacques – October 27, 2015 1052 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook TAGSCatherine HayesKensal Green CemeterylimerickLimerick Association of LondonSean Og Hanley WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleNational recognition for Limerick Tippy Talk’ projectNext articleNot all Doon and gloom in County Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Catherine Hayesby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Catherine HayesTHE Limerick Association of London will hold a special commemoration ceremony to honour two famous Limerick people who are buried in Kensal Green cemetery on Sunday, November 1.The Association will firstly honour the legendary Limerick Gael Sean Og Hanley on the centenary of his death. A native of Kilfinane, he was a member of the Limerick senior hurling team of 1897 that captured Limericks’ first All-Ireland senior hurling title.Shortly after this victory, Sean Og emigrated to London where he died at the young age of 38 and was laid to rest in Kensal Green in 1915. The grave has been carefully restored and maintained under the watchful eye of the Limerick Association of London.A commemoration will also take place on November 1 at the graveside of Limerick opera singer Catherine Hayes. A native of Patrick Street, she achieved international fame with her magnificent soprano voice.One of the best-known singers of the nineteenth century, she performed for Kings and Queens, even giving a performance for Queen Victoria and 500 guests at Buckingham Palace. She made her debut as prima donna at the La Scala opera house in Milan in 1846, the first Irish woman to do so.She also lived in London and was buried in Kensal Green cemetery. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Man arrested for knocking woman off her bike

first_imgA 42 year old man has been arrested after a cyclist was knocked off her bike in Cowley. The 25 year old cyclist was struck by a brown Jaguar heading towards the city centre. The collision happened near the Hobgoblin pub on Cowley Road on Saturday February 11th at around 8pm.The driver failed to stop after the crash, and Thames Valley Police have arrested him on suspicion of driving while unfit through drink. He has been bailed until March 11th.The cyclist suffered cuts and bruising and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital as a precaution for possible back injuries.Georgina Brooke, of St Hilda’s, who was also knocked off her bike recently, told Cherwell that the problems cyclists have on Cowley road are due to a number of factors. “There are lots of traffic islands which are supposed to control the flow of traffic, but motorists try to overtake cyclists through these traffic control measures. There are also a number of pedestrian crossings of all types, as well as a lot of side streets. Also, pedestrians sometimes pose a hazard.”last_img read more

Park Cakes in management buy-out

first_imgOwn-label cake and dessert supplier Park Cakes has been acquired in a management buy-out from private-equity firm Vision Capital.In a statement confirming the deal, Park Cakes said the sale “would not affect its manufacturing sites or current workforce” but “allows chairman Gareth Voyle and the team behind Park Cakes growth to continue to build on the success of recent years”.Vision Capital  had owned the company, which manufactures products for retailers including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Lidl, since 2007.Park Cakes said its turnover stood at £160m, which it compared to the £110m it was generating in 2013. The company has two plants in Lancashire and employs 1,500 staff.Voyle added: “I would like to pay tribute to our highly skilled and loyal workforce, who remain at the heart of our commitment to grow our company in the years to come.”The financial details of the management buy-out were not disclosed, and a spokesperson for Park Cakes told British Baker the company would not be commenting further “as these are very early days” for the business under its new owners.last_img read more