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first_img Pinterest Previous articleBoost for residents of one Laois nursing home as Covid-proof visiting booth installedNext articleIn Pictures: Mountrath Christmas Market goes down a treat Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook Council Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 15th December 2020 Electric Picnic WhatsApp TAGSGarda Youth AwardsGirlTalkYouth Work Ireland Laois Facebook Pictured at their base in JFL House, Portlaoise are Elaine Boyle,Clive Davis and two of the GirlTalk group Annalee Dowling and Saoirse Culleton An Garda Síochána acknowledged over 180 young people who have made their community a better place to live today.30 Garda National Youth Awards for 2020 are being presented to over 180 outstanding young people throughout the country at a local presentation in their respective areas.Awards are been given to young people for doing such things as cleaning beaches, raising outstanding amounts of money for worthy causes and raising awareness on issues such as mental health.center_img Twitter And among them is a Laois group GirlTalk who were among seven winners in the Community Safety Award category.GirlTalk is a group of young women in Youth Work Ireland ranging in age from 15 to 20 years from all across Laois.The girls, which were represented by Annalee Dowling and Saoirse Culleton, were anxious to form a group that gave a safe space where girls from diverse backgrounds and minority status, such as young travellers, first generation Irish and members of LGBTI+ community, could have an empowering, supportive and encouraging space to develop skills, confidence and self-esteem whilst also having a safe space to discuss issues and topics relevant to their lives and times.Taking a proactive stance, the girls of the group ran in the women’s mini marathon and magnanimously donated some of their funds to other charities whom they felt need support.The group is currently working on a health and identity programme which will support themselves in their own self-development but will also reach out and empower other young women.All of the award winners are excellent examples of young people who give up their free time to help and support others.This is an especially strong message for all us at a time when we all individually and collectively across all age groups have to continue to work together to reduce the spread of Covid-19.This year, the Garda National Youth Award ceremony was postponed due to the coivd-19 pandemic.An Garda Síochána sought to still acknowledge all of the awards winners by hosting small local awards presentations and an online ceremony with the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, Acting Deputy Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, and football legend Mr Bernard Brogan.The online ceremony took place on October 29 which is being followed by local presentations over the next number of days.Speaking at the online ceremony, Commissioner Harris welcomed everyone, congratulated them on their achievements and explained how unfortunately plans to acknowledge their great work at a presentation in Port Laois could not take place this year.He said: “Obviously we would have all liked to gather as a community to celebrate your achievements but due to Covid-19 we are unable to do so.“We in An Garda Síochána still wanted to gather everyone just as a simply way of acknowledging the outstanding work that you have all done to make your community a better place to live.“The Garda National Youth Awards showcases the positive contribution you are all making in your communities. From An Garda Síochána’s point of view, the awards at national and divisional level are a great way for us to develop strong relationships with you and community groups in your area.“I hope that you are proud of your achievements. The work you are all doing in your local communities is fantastic and we in An Garda Síochána wanted to let you all know that you have our gratitude.“Since the pandemic began, young people have made an outstanding contribution to the countries efforts in stopping the spread of Covid-19 by doing things like making PPE and assisting those self-isolating.“I’m sure many of you are and your friends are some of this young people contributing and I again want to thank you for your efforts.”SEE ALSO – ELECTED: Laois County Board for 2021 confirmed following online convention Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Home News Community Laois group triumph at Garda National Youth Awards 2020 NewsCommunity Laois group triumph at Garda National Youth Awards 2020 Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

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first_imgCommunity groups in Donegal are being invited to apply for funding under the 2020 Community Enhancement Programme.The €2 million programme will provide grant funding for enhancing facilities available to communities, with a focus on community groups in disadvantaged areas.Councillor Martin McDermott, Chair of the Donegal Local Community Development Committee says this funding could go a long way in enabling groups continue the sterling work they have carried out during the Covid-19 pandemic:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/mmcderdgdfgdfrmott1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Previous articleSports Star committee holds 44th AGMNext article160M extra funding for third level education to be announced later News Highland Google+ Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn By News Highland – July 22, 2020 WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Funding available for groups under Community Enhancement Programme WhatsApp 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Facebook Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Pinterestlast_img read more

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first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) — For more than 30 years, McKenna Denson says she’s tried to get the Mormon Church to punish one of its top leaders for allegedly raping her in a secret room when she was a teenager training to be a missionary.But she says her decades-long attempt to get justice only led to her being blamed and shamed by officials of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and that the words of her attacker have continued to haunt her: “‘No one will believe you.’” A day after filing a federal lawsuit in Utah against the Mormon Church, Denson, 55, spoke publicly for the first time of her ordeal in 1984, when she says Joseph Bishop, a high-ranking official of the religious organization and the former president of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, took her into a secret room and raped her.“The movement to protect our children is absolutely vital in this case because if I had been taught early on it is not OK to be alone, one on one, with a priesthood leader, no matter how high up he is, I honestly believe this would not have happened,” Denson said during a news conference Thursday in Utah.Her attorney, Craig Vernon, said that while the statute of limitations has long expired to criminally prosecute Bishop, now 85, Denson hopes to hold him accountable by filing the civil suit against him and the Mormon Church, which allegedly covered up numerous sexual assaults by Bishop. “The reason McKenna filed this lawsuit is twofold: First she wants justice and second she wants policy change. Part of justice is having the sexual predator who raped her bear some accountability and responsibility for what has happened,” Vernon said.  The lawsuit asks the federal court to compel the Mormon Church to change its policy and require officials of the church to go to the police when members complain of being victims of crimes perpetrated by Church leaders.Denson is the second woman to accuse Bishop of sexual assault. Last month, the Mormon Church said it was investigating both complaints and vowed to “bring accountability” for what occurred.“Our hearts ache for all survivors of abuse, and the Church is committed to addressing incidents of abuse wherever they are found,” a spokesman for the Mormon Church said in a statement to ABC News today. “As this is now an active legal matter, we are unable to make further comment at this time. We are confident that the legal system will ensure a just result in this case.”Denson said she joined the Mormon Church as a teenager, after meeting a group of young members who inspired her.“It changed my life,” she said, adding that she was raised by an abusive stepfather. “I started taking the missionary lessons, and I loved the Gospel. I felt joy, I felt peace, I felt safe for the first time in my life.”At the age of 15, she enrolled in the Mormon Church’s Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Bishop was the president of the training center and Denson said he immediately singled her out for attention, asking her to give her testimony to the other missionary trainees and to lead prayers.“You have to understand that President Bishop made me feel special,” Denson said. “He told me I was special. He told me I was going to be amazing. I had never had anyone in the church that was so high-ranking ever pay attention to me. I loved it, I needed it, I was desperate for it.”She said he began calling her out of classes to come to his office and initially other female missionary students were also present as Bishop counseled them.“And then it became one on one,” she said. “So I was called out of class to visit with the MTC president in his office one on one. Those conversations were inappropriate and sexual in nature.”She said one day, Bishop invited her to go into his secret basement room at the Provo facility, a space he allegedly told her was where he went for prayer and “spiritual contemplation.”“So we went down the dark tunnel … where he unlocked the room, where he had a bed, a TV, a VCR and unlabeled VHS tapes,” she said, pausing to collect her emotions. “Joseph Bishop tore my blouse open, pulled my garments and pantyhose down” and allegedly raped her.She said she was eventually able to kick and fend him off.“When I was pulling up my pantyhose or trying to button up my blouse, or put myself together, he said to me, ‘No one will believe you. Look at you. Look at me,’” she said. “So when I left his secret room in the basement I went to my dorm and I laid down and I pretended I was sick.”She said she never told anyone about the attack until 1987 when she went to a bishop at the Mormon Church and he promised her he would investigate her complaint. But nothing ever happened, she said.“We’re taught in the Church, we don’t go to the police, we go to the bishop, we go to the state president,” Denson said. “Trusting that, and obeying that and believing that, that’s the reason why I didn’t go to the police all those years ago. It was never suggested to me that that would be appropriate. So I went through the church for three decades.”  She said that with the encouragement from friends, family and the #MeToo movement in which women began to speak up about being victims of sexual assault and harassment by powerful men, she decided to finally go to the police.In November 2017, she reported Bishop’s attack to the Brigham Young University Police Department. She also tracked down Bishop in Arizona, where she confronted him about the attack.In the conversation Denson recorded, Bishop said he couldn’t recall the assault, but confessed to other sexual attacks, Denson said. The recording was posted in December on the website MormonLeaks, a Church watchdog group.“The Church has great faith in the judicial system to determine the truth of these claims,” the Mormon Church said in a statement last month. “Nevertheless, the Church takes seriously its responsibility to hold its members accountable for their conduct with respect of the laws of God and man.”An attorney for Bishop did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgPhoto illustration of GDSNY CEO Michael Kirchmann, Klövern CEO Rutger Arnhult and 417 Park Avenue (Google Maps, iStock)Klövern AB and GDS Development Management are set to finance their latest acquisition by tapping an uncommon source of capital for New York real estate: the bond market in Klövern’s home nation of Sweden.The developers have secured a $100 million mortgage for the co-op building at 417 Park Avenue in Midtown East, according to property records filed Wednesday. The lender named on the document, Nordic Trustee & Agency AB, is acting as agent on behalf of Klövern’s bondholders in connection with $100 million in senior secured bonds, the document says.Klövern, a publicly traded company in Sweden, has not released any disclosures about new bond issuances. The company most recently issued an unsecured bond series last May, denominated in Swedish kronor, according to its website.Property records indicate that the 417 Park Avenue mortgage is the first New York senior mortgage ever issued by Nordic Trustee. Klövern and GDS did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The financing structure, in which a trust company provides a mortgage and issues securities to investors, appears broadly similar to CMBS loans as well as secured Israeli bond issuances, both of which are more common in New York.Klövern and GDS acquired the property for $184 million in February, buying out all 29 co-op unit owners, and are likely to take advantage of the Midtown East rezoning to build a larger office building. At the time of the acquisition, Klövern noted in a press release that it was “initially financed mainly with bank loans.”The 417 Park site marks Klövern’s fourth acquisition in New York, all of which have been in partnership with GDS. Two ongoing developments, at 1245 Broadway and 322-326 7th Avenue, are now expected to be completed one quarter later than planned given the coronavirus disruption, according to Klövern’s latest interim report. The start of construction on a third project, at 118 10th Avenue, has been pushed back from this quarter to next year.Klövern’s real estate portfolio is heavily concentrated in Sweden, with New York properties accounting for 8 percent of its property value and Copenhagen another 8 percent. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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first_img September 1, 2006 Regular News Judicial candidates must, however, be careful not to bind themselves with their answers Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Judicial candidates may respond to questions that cover such subjects as same-sex marriage, parental notification, and school vouchers, and whether the candidate agrees or disagrees with recent court decisions so long as the candidate clearly indicates that the answers do not constitute a promise that the candidate will rule a certain way in a case.That’s the advice the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee gave to judicial candidates August 7 in Opinion Number: 2006-18.The ethics panel also said candidates must clearly acknowledge the obligation to follow binding legal precedent anywhere it exists; cannot appear to endorse any other individual who is likely to stand for election or retention in any public office or any platform of a political party; and any commentary on past judicial decisions must be “analytical, informed, respectful, and dignified.”The advice was rendered in response to two recent questionnaires mailed to the state’s judicial candidates, one by the Florida Family Policy Council and the other by the Christian Coalition of Florida. The groups plan to use the responses in their respective voter’s guides. Both questionnaires seek a combination of personal and political information. (See story in the August 15 Bar News. )“To the extent the questionnaires seek comment on the Florida Constitution or published judicial decisions, we note that the Code of Judicial Conduct does not impose a blanket proscription on expressions of a general judicial philosophy, including ‘views on constitutional or statutory construction,’” the committee said. “The scope of such expression, however, should acknowledge the cardinal duty of a judge to follow the law whether the judge agrees with it or not. Apart from this we know of no ethical impediment to analytical, informed, respectful, and dignified comment on past decisions.”The opinion also noted that a judge or candidate “should rarely, if ever,” comment on a pending case.“The mere expression of an opinion does not necessarily mean the person giving the opinion has researched the issue exhaustively, or that the person would not be amenable to altering the opinion in the face of capable advocacy,” the committee said. “That is, expressing an opinion does not automatically indicate closed-mindedness.”The JEAC cautioned that the line between “announcing” and “promising” can be a thin one.“Despite the fact a judicial candidate’s pronouncements may be constitutionally protected speech and in compliance with ethical canons, the dispositive question is still whether the individual ‘beholder’s’ fear of partiality is reasonable, reasonableness being determined by a neutral and objective standard,” the committee said. The JEAC’s opinions are advisory, and conduct consistent with an opinion may be evidence of good faith, but the Judicial Qualifications Commission is not bound by the panel’s interpretive opinions. The full text of the opinion is available on the Supreme Court’s Web site at www.floridasupremecourt.org. Once there, click on “Clerk’s Office,” then “Opinion,” to find the JEAC link. Candidates may answer controversial questionscenter_img Candidates may answer controversial questionslast_img read more

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first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, shoots against the Chicago Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has passed Shaquille O’Neal for seventh place on the NBA’s career scoring list. James came into Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bulls with 28,573 points in 14 seasons with Cleveland and Miami.He needed 23 points to tie O’Neal and did that when he scored on a layup with 7:23 left in the game. James took sole possession of seventh place when he hit the first free throw after getting fouled on a 3-point attempt with 4:28 left.Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki is sixth with 30,181 points.,James came into Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bulls with 28,573 points in 14 seasons with Cleveland and Miami.He needed 23 points to tie O’Neal and did that when he scored on a layup with 7:23 left in the game. James took sole possession of seventh place when he hit the first free throw after getting fouled on a 3-point attempt with 4:28 left.Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki is sixth with 30,181 points.last_img read more

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first_img IN SPORT.ES Barcelona have announced the signing of Nikola Mirotic for their basketball, confirming the news first reported in SPORT on June 29.  OFICIAL: El Barça ficha a Nikola Mirotic Upd. at 13:38 CEST sport.es After the signings of Brandon Davies and Corey Higgins, plus the renewals of Thomas Hertel, Victor Claver and Ádam Hanga, plus the coach, Svetislav Pesic, Barça have now added a top-level signing: a modern interior with many points in his hands.  The Montenegrin-Spanish will sign for three years, until 2022, with an option for a fourth, and will be presented on Monday at the Palau Braugrana.  06/07/2019 Mirotic played for Real Madrid until 2014, when he moved to the NBA to sign for the Chicago Bulls. He has also played for  New Orleans Pelicans and Milwaukee Bucks. Barça’s recruitment this summer has provoked envy among their rivals, with Madrid’s Rudy Fernandez admitting “Barça are making some very strong signings.”last_img read more

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