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NRIs, PIOs don’t need to link bank a/c, PAN with Aadhaar

first_imgNRIs and PIOs are not required to link bank accounts and other services with Aadhaar, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) saidRead it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

Indian Premier League 2019 player auction to be held in Jaipur on December 18

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction date. The player auction will be held in Jaipur on December 18.The auction will be a one-day affair and there is also a change in venue with the event moving to the Jaipur from Bengaluru.At the player auction, 70 players — 50 Indians and 20 overseas — will be up grabs with eight teams left with a total purse of INR 145.25 crore.Ahead of the auction, teams announced their retentions last month, while releasing a few big names.There were quite a few surprises and a few obvious choices as the eight franchises confirmed the names of retained and released players for the 12th season of Indian Premier League. November 15 was the last date for the teams to submit the list of the retained players before the 2019 IPL auction.Steve Smith and David Warner were retained by Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively as both are set to return to cricketing normalcy. They missed out on the 11th edition of the cash-rich T20 league after their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in March this year.Among the players released, names like Yuvraj Singh (KXIP) and Gautam Gambhir (DD) stick out. Rajasthan Royals decided to let go of Jaydev Unadkat after paying a whopping INR 11.5 crore for his services earlier this year. Wriddhiman Saha, Carlos Brathwaite, Mohammed Shami, Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell – have also been released and will go under the hammer next month.(With inputs from PTI)advertisementAlso Read | Full list of retained players and purse remaining for each teamAlso Read | Steve Smith and David Warner retained but Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir releasedAlso watch –last_img read more

Collecte de fonds pour les victimes de louragan Katrina

first_imgLe chef Alon Shaya, de La Nouvelle-Orléans, partagera sa passion pour la cuisine louisianaise au cours de son séjour à Halifax afin de recueillir des fonds pour les victimes de l’ouragan Katrina. Une réception, avec musique acadienne, vente aux enchères par écrit et nourriture, aura lieu à l’hôtel Prince George le jeudi 22 septembre de 16 h à 18 h. Vous pouvez vous procurer des billets au coût de 25 $ en composant le 1-800-563-6368. Les revenus de la réception seront remis à la Croix-Rouge américaine afin de venir en aide aux victimes de l’ouragan Katrina. M. Shaya effectue cette visite en Nouvelle-Écosse dans le cadre d’un programme d’échange de chefs organisé par la Taste of Nova Scotia Society. Le chef Ray Bear d’Halifax s’est rendu à La Nouvelle-Orléans au début du mois d’août dans le cadre d’une mission commerciale et de l’échange de chefs. M. Shaya a décidé de profiter de cette visite pour aider les gens de la Louisiane. « Initialement, je devais visiter la Nouvelle-Écosse dans le cadre de l’échange de chefs, ce qui n’aurait peut-être pas eu lieu sans les événements de collecte de fonds, » a affirmé M. Shaya. « Je suis très honoré de représenter La Nouvelle-Orléans et j’espère bien y retourner avec un sentiment d’espoir. La ville a connu des moments très difficiles et je veux faire ce que je peux pour aider. » « Je suis très attristé par la destruction causée par l’ouragan, » a dit Chris d’Entremont, ministre de l’Agriculture et des Pêches et ministre des Affaires acadiennes. « En raison de nos liens étroits avec les gens de la Louisiane du point de vue historique et culturel, cette réception permet de réunir l’échange de chefs et le désir de nombreux Néo-Écossais d’aider nos voisins du sud. » « Cette réception est une occasion pour moi d’aider les gens de La Nouvelle-Orléans et de la Louisiane qui ont tout perdu, » a souligné M. Bear. « Je suis très fier d’avoir eu l’occasion de visiter La Nouvelle-Orléans le mois dernier, et je n’oublierai jamais le caractère et la vitalité de cette ville. » Un événement de collecte de fonds Po’Boy Power, qui a également lieu dans de nombreuses villes partout aux États-Unis, sera organisé dans le cadre du festival Grou Tyme sur le front de mer d’Halifax du 23 au 25 septembre. Le sandwich po’boy est un sandwich traditionnel de La Nouvelle-Orléans fait avec du pain français. Un certain nombre de chefs néo-écossais prépareront des sandwichs po’boy sous la tente du Grou Tyme au cours de cet événement d’une durée de trois jours. Le don demandé pour chaque sandwich po’boy est de 10 $, et tous les revenus serviront à aider les victimes de l’ouragan. M. Shaya sera le chef invité pendant le festival Grou Tyme, célébrant ainsi les liens entre la Nouvelle-Écosse et la Louisiane. Des chefs de la Nouvelle-Écosse offriront bénévolement leur temps et leurs aptitudes, tandis que les ingrédients nécessaires pour préparer les sandwichs seront offerts par des producteurs locaux. Les sandwichs po’boy seront offerts de 17 h à 20 h le vendredi 23 septembre, de 11 h à 20 h le samedi 24 septembre et de 11 h à 16 h le dimanche 25 septembre.last_img read more

Charm offensive Montrealers to choose a mayor on Sunday in era of

first_imgMONTREAL – While it is generally accepted that Montreal is experiencing a period of economic prosperity not seen in a generation, the city’s mayor appears to be having a tough time ensuring he’ll secure a second mandate.Opinion polls suggest incumbent Denis Coderre, 54, and relative newcomer Valerie Plante, 43, are in a statistical tie ahead of Sunday’s mayoral election in Canada’s second-largest city.Coderre, a former federal Liberal cabinet minister, boasts of 150 cranes in the sky representing $25 billion of investment; tens of thousands of new jobs; an unemployment rate virtually equal to Toronto’s; and record numbers of tourists.But that is somewhat offset by the image many people have of Coderre as an arrogant, strongman-type leader who makes hasty decisions.Plante, who became leader of Projet Montreal last December, has forced her opponents to admit she has run an excellent campaign and in the last few months has closed what was a massive gulf in the polls.“We say Coderre hasn’t smiled enough and hasn’t seemed happy in this campaign,” said Richard Bergeron, the founder of Plante’s party but who is now with Team Denis Coderre for Montreal.Patrick Cigana, who has been with Projet Montreal since its founding in 2004 and was its director general from 2011 to 2015, said campaigns are about hearts, not minds.“Honestly, I never believed that politics was about convincing (people) — it’s about seducing, almost,” he said. “You know, charming people.”Plante, he explained, has been able to connect with citizens and, no matter where she goes, people want to take photos with her.“We owe a lot to our leader and to the personality of our leader,” Cigana said.Coderre is known outside Montreal as the man who rejoiced and took responsibility for helping stop TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline project, which he said would have created an unsupportable risk to the province’s waterways.Canadians also know him as the man who dumped billions of litres of raw sewage into the same waterways in order to give time and space for repairs to the city’s underground infrastructure.Cigana said Projet Montreal can be compared to the left-leaning party of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.“I almost consider them like a sister party,” Cigana said. “We also like Mayor (Naheed) Nenshi of Calgary.”Russell Copeman, a former political opponent of Coderre and now a city councillor and borough mayor with the mayor’s team, said he is “mystified” the race is so close.“I think we’ve had trouble selling (our) message,” said Copeman, who will be named deputy mayor if Coderre wins Sunday. “My own view is that too many people thought this was going to be a cakewalk … potentially even within our own party.”Copeman rejects the characterization of Coderre as a egotist who doesn’t listen.“I understand his strong personality — some people can find it off-putting,” Copeman said. “But this urban mythology that he listens to no one and doesn’t adjust his point of view is just not true.”Earlier this week, Coderre defended himself against the accusations of arrogance.“Listen, to be arrogant is to be determined,” he said, adding it’s not easy running a city with a $5-billion budget and 28,000 employees. “Sometimes you have to have somebody who can take the heat and can make a difference.”Despite the personality issues, Coderre has brought tangible benefits to Montrealers since his election in 2013.He kept his promise to name an inspector general to oversee the awarding of city contracts and he reduced the percentage of the budget dedicated to salaries and benefits to 44 per cent from 51 per cent in his first mandate, saving millions.Coderre also fought and won more power for the city from the provincial government and has been able to bring federalists, Quebec sovereignists and former political foes into his team.But for all those successes, Coderre should know how unpredictable campaigns can be — because he almost lost to a virtual unknown last time around.Insiders in the city’s municipal circles say if the 2013 race had been just a few days longer, the city would have had its first female mayor: Melanie Joly, currently Canada’s heritage minister.“Try to imagine,” Bergeron said. “(Joly) knew nothing of municipal politics and had (virtually) no team. She was rising (in the polls) every two days. If the election campaign was 10 days longer she would have been mayor of Montreal.“An electoral campaign offers its own logic.”Projet Montreal has also brought benefits to Montrealers, particularly regarding its methods of redesigning sidewalks and alleyways to make room for flowers and other plants. The greening strategy used in the boroughs the party governs is being propagated across the island of Montreal.Plante has been accused of magical thinking, however, with regard to some of her campaign promises.Her estimate of $6 billion to build a proposed 29-stop subway line is described by Copeman as “magic wand time.”She wants the stops on her “pink line” to be named after women and members of minority communities who have contributed to the city.It’s easy to promise things — very easy,” Bergeron said. “It’s easy to make people dream — I did it three times,” he said of his unsuccessful mayoral runs with Projet.But Bergeron warned that while Montrealers want to dream, they need to recognize what it has taken to get where they are — and how easy it is for it to end.He described how Montreal went through a similar period from about 1987 to 1992 when there was a building spree of office complexes and skyscrapers.“And then nothing for 25 years,” Bergeron said.“When you are in a period of prosperity it creates the illusion of easiness — it’s so obvious to everyone how easy it is. It’s not. The conditions for prosperity have limits. It’s very hard to relaunch the economy and very easy to destroy it.”last_img read more

Spooked businesses shift headquarters out of Catalonia

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain – As separatists in Catalonia jockeyed Friday to elude court rulings and find ways to deliver on their promise to declare independence, business giants hit back with plans to relocate their headquarters elsewhere in Spain amid the increasing political uncertainty.Caixabank, Spain’s third lender in global assets, said Friday that it was moving from Barcelona to the eastern city of Valencia, “given the current situation in Catalonia.” It said it wants to remain in the eurozone and under the supervision of the European Central Bank — two things that would not happen if Catalonia did manage to secede.The region’s separatist government has vowed to use a pro-independence victory in a disputed referendum last weekend to go ahead with secession, while calling for Spain’s central government to accept a dialogue.But the government of Spain’s conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has rejected any negotiations unless the separatists drop their secession bid. Rajoy urged Puigdemont to cancel plans for declaring independence in order to avoid “greater evils.”“In order to dialogue, you must stay within the legal framework,” Spanish cabinet spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo told reporters Friday, blaming the secessionists for breaking Spain’s constitutional order.“Coexistence is broken” in Catalonia, he said, warning Catalans that a parliamentary declaration of independence “is not enough” and that the international community needs to recognize independent nations.No country has openly said it would support secession and the European Union says an independent Catalonia would be kicked out of the bloc and forced to stop using the common euro currency. The EU says Catalonia would have to apply to rejoin, a lengthy, uncertain process.The prospect of an exit has sent shivers among business heavyweights, including lender Banco Sabadell and energy giant Gas Natural, who were among the firms to greenlight relocations of their registered address.The companies are moving only their official address and so far that does not affect jobs or investments. It doesn’t, however, send a message of confidence in the government of Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont.Cava-maker Freixenet and Codorniu, two household names in the region’s famed sparkling wine, are also considering a move.Caixabank’s relocation was possible after central authorities approved a decree allowing executives to bypass shareholder approval for moving a company’s registered address.“It’s very sad what we are seeing,” Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said Friday. “This is the result of an irresponsible policy that is causing uneasiness in the business community.”The prospects for an independence declaration remained up in the air after a constitutional Court suspended a Catalan parliament session next week during which separatist lawmakers wanted to bring up the secession plan.Puigdemont is now set to address the regional parliament on Tuesday “to report on the current political situation” in Catalonia.Regional opposition parties said that Puigdemont will be grilled by lawmakers, without any vote expected. But a lawmaker with the far-left separatist CUP group said pro-independence parties were working on introducing a last-minute vote to declare independence.The Catalan government on Friday submitted to parliament the final results of the Oct. 1 disputed referendum.Spain’s central authorities have deemed the referendum illegal and a constitutional Court suspended it. But the Catalan government has declared a landslide victory for the ‘Yes’ despite the fact that only 43 per cent of the region’s 5.3 million eligible voters turned out amid strong police pressure to shut down the vote.The top Spanish official in Catalonia, Enric Millo, who is in charge of security, said Friday he regretted that hundreds of people were injured Sunday in the police crackdown on the vote — the first statement by a Spanish official lamenting the injuries.“I can only say sorry” for the injuries, Millo told Catalonia’s TV3 television.Yet he tempered the apology by saying the Catalan government was responsible for the situation by encouraging people to vote.Spain has defended police actions, saying there were firm and proportionate, but videos on Sunday saw police yanking people by their hair and kicking and hitting them. Catalan authorities say about 900 people were treated for injuries.In Madrid, Spain’s National Court unconditionally released two senior officers of Catalonia’s regional police force and the leaders of two pro-independence civic groups being investigated for sedition in connection with the referendum. The four are to be questioned again later.The case is linked to Sept. 20-21 demonstrations in Barcelona, when Spanish police arrested several Catalan officials and raided offices in a crackdown on referendum preparations.The four are Catalan police chief Josep Lluis Trapero, Catalan police Lt. Teresa Laplana, Jordi Sanchez, the head of the Catalan National Assembly, and Jordi Cuixart, president of separatist group Omnium Cultural.While Trapero and Sanchez were questioned, Laplana declined to testify for medical reasons and Cuixart refused to testify, saying he didn’t recognize the court’s capacity to question him for a crime he didn’t commit.Carles Campuzano, the spokesman for the Democratic Party of Catalonia, described the hearing Friday as an outrage.“It’s just another expression of the absolutely mistaken, authoritarian, repressive response by the (Spanish) state to the pacific, democratic and civic demand of Catalan society,” he told reporters.___Giles reported from Madrid. Frank Griffiths contributed from London.last_img read more

Peace Crossing Society introduced to Council

first_imgThe Society wants to engage its members and the surrounding community with the historical information or pieces of the area. The society’s short-term goal is to seek the District’s help with getting the Society fully functional. While in the long-term it’s looking at building/or moving into a larger space such as a museum or larger storage area as well as seeking out grants that can be beneficial.“We are going to look for a logo with a contest in the Taylor Times in March or April,” added Pohlmann. “We would like Taylor Council members to judge and select the Society’s logo based on the submissions received. The winner will be given a membership for the Society.”In the meantime, the NPHS will be seeking a name and members. TAYLOR, B.C. – Taylor Council was introduced to the Peace Crossing Historical Society at Monday’s meeting.The Society’s desire is to preserve and collect the history of Taylor and surrounding area’s in partnership with local historical centres.“We are excited to work with Taylor district council and the surrounding are centres,” added Pohlmann. “To further the understanding and knowledge of the history of the area, Council and pictures on the wall. Our objective is to collect stories, story forms, memories and DVD’s.”last_img read more


first_imgI’m dating a man I met through a dating site. He’s caring and loves me but I feel he is a miser. Whenever there is a discussion around money, he says, ‘money is not happiness’. I mostly end up paying bills each time. What should I do?D. Sikdar, Kolkata While money is not happiness, it is definitely the key that can open almost all doors of this challenging world. It provides a comfortable life and helps you feel more secure. If your man has an absolutely different vision of the world, then it is better not to waste your valuable time trying to prove otherwise. Many misers preach to their women that money has nothing in common with happiness. This way, they make an attempt to lower their ladies’ sights and impose their concept of happiness. If he is already depending on your wallet, it is a big warning sign. Don’t rush and don’t get carried away. Take time before you decide anything. Good luck! Also Read – Feel what you fear My girlfriend was cheating on me. I know the truth and she is very apologetic now. I love her a lot but don’t know what to do. Please tell me, should I forgive her? Manu Singh, New Delhi Please forgive her if your inner voice is prompting you to do so. Trust your guts. If you feel that letting her go will be the biggest mistake of your life, maybe it will be a wrong idea. If you feel that she is sincerely sorry and you believe that this was a one-time thing, maybe it’s worth trying to stay together to work out a solution. Breaking up with someone you still love is not necessarily the best option, especially if she still claims to love you. Give her a chance and love her even more. Best of luck! Also Read – Homecoming I am divorced. My parents are insisting on remarriage. I really don’t want to mess my life again. I’m 36+. How do I tell my parents to stop worrying? K. Jha, Noida Getting remarried doesn’t indicate ‘mess’. There are too many people around who are happily settled after a bad fallout in their life. It is most important to find a partner who matches your expectations. Someone who will understand your mind and help you overcome the agony of your past. As parents, they are not incorrect in expecting your happiness – but get married only when you think you are ready. I wish you the very best. There is someone in my life. But I’m not sure whether she is the one for me. How does one actually decide on the right partner? Name withheld You have to analyse your relationship. If the majority applies to you, keep her in your life. You’re happy when she’s around. Her absence leaves a void. You know each other’s families. If you’re familiar with her siblings and parents, you’re good to go. Secret relationships may be fun, but anything lasting means you’re joining the family. You are yourself. You are not afraid to tell her your secrets. You can be relaxed and comfortable as you are. You communicate. A healthy relationship is dependent upon communication. Being open, honest, and talk with each other without fear. There is little to no drama. If your relationship feeds off the daily drama, someone is going to crack and it will not last long. You have balance. Find that balance between having both your own lives and being a part of each other’s. You are learning. If you are not learning or growing, then maybe she isn’t the one. You have the same goals. If you both want the same things, share the same ideals and want the same results, you will find success together. She makes the effort to be around you. A one-sided relationship will never work. Both sides need to be interested for a relationship to flourish. You feel safe. If you are continually doubting your partner, seek safety elsewhere. The healthiest relationships are the ones where both feel at home. (Send your questions to read more

Ali Belhadj Calls for Opening MoroccoAlgeria Borders

By Dinah LakehalCasablanca – Sheikh Ali Belhadj, co-founder of the Front Islamique du Salut (FIS), called on Morocco and Algeria to work together to find a peaceful resolution for the Sahara conflict in an interview with Quds Press on June 5.In the same interview, Belhadj also called for the opening of the Morocco-Algeria border in order to “deepen ties between the two countries, given their religious, linguistic and historical links.” The former Islamist leader criticized Algeria for “using the Western Sahara issue for narrow political objectives, rather than in defense of just causes.”Belhadj also had criticism for both Morocco and the Polisario. He called on the Moroccan government to “admit its mistakes” and “fix them with courage,” while urging Polisario leaders to “think wisely and rationally away from external pressures.”“The demand for secession is not the most appropriate option,” Belhadj said. “The feeling of any party with grievances against its regime is no justification for demanding secession. Otherwise, in each Arab country, many would be required to secede.”Belhadj expounded upon his party’s views regarding the Sahara conflict in an interview with Yabiladi.“We believe that the King of Morocco and president of Algeria should agree to settle all matters that seriously affect political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries,” he said. “The solution to the Sahara issue lies with the leaders and not the people.”In the same interview, Belhadj explained his view that, although the FIS has no direct contact with Moroccan Islamist parties, religion unites them.“We share the desire to serve Islam yet we disregard the fact that our countries, our governments, our kings and our princes are divided,” Belhadj said.The former FIS leader, when asked to comment on the role of Morocco and Algeria’s different alliances in the Gulf and the Middle East, asserted that “the Gulf States support Morocco, while states that practice dictatorship in its most abject form support the Algerian stance.”Belhadj also spoke on the banning of his party in Algeria.“Any political party having strong social anchoring can be destroyed by an unjust verdict by an false system of justice.”Edited by Kelsey Fish read more

South Asian experts address lack of access to water sanitation at UNbacked

Despite significant strides made in recent years, almost one in five people in the region lack improved water sources, despite the face that many technically feasible and low-cost solutions exist.The 2nd International WASH (an acronym for water, sanitation and hygiene) Practitioners’ Marketplace and Fair, which is being co-organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), is under way in the Bangladeshi town of Cox’s Bazaar.Participants – including local and central Government officials, donors, civil society groups, academics and the private sector – will discuss, among other topics, integrated water resource management and community participation.“More needs to be done to raise awareness among policymakers and disseminate knowledge about the most effective practices from around the world, and this event will be a step in that direction,” said Yip Kioe Sheng, who heads ESCAP’s Poverty Reduction Section.The gathering is part of ESCAP’s Pro-poor Water and Sanitation in Small Towns project, which helps local governments provide access to water and sanitation to the urban poor. 11 November 2008Over 100 experts are gathering at a United Nations-backed meeting kicking off today in Bangladesh to address the problem of water in Asia, where half the people still have no access to adequate sanitation. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,695.49, down 94.46 points):Mart Resources, Inc. (TSX:MMT). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 30.77 per cent, to 4.5 cents on 15.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 68 cents, or 8.18 per cent, to $7.63 on 8.6 million shares. Encana Corp. says it expects to end the year with about 600 fewer employees than it started with after being forced to adjust to lower oil and gas prices. The drop amounts to a 19 per cent head count reduction, with half coming from layoffs that mostly took place during the summer.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 51 cents, or 11.49 per cent, to $3.93 on 8.1 million shares.OceanaGold Corp. (OGC). Miner. Up four cents, or 1.63 per cent, to $2.50 on 5.8 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down four cents, or 3.36 per cent, to $1.15 on 5.7 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down 17 cents, or 10.30 per cent, to $1.48 on 5.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Trinidad Drilling Ltd. (TSX:TDG). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 1.03 per cent, to $1.92 on 569,971 shares. Trinidad Drilling Ltd. has chopped its initial capital spending budget for 2016 to $30 million — 84 per cent less than what it’s spending this year — to reflect weak conditions in the oil and gas industry. The Calgary-based company says it’s primarily aiming to maintain its current operations, although it may be able to spend as much as $45 million if certain growth opportunities arise — still 76 per cent below 2015 levels. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 14, 2015 2:51 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Longterm antidepressant use linked to higher dementia risk

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The study found that urological anticholinergics were associated with 18 per cent increased risk of dementia, while antidepressants were associated with an 11 per cent increased risk.Nationally, 7.1 per cent of all people over the age of 65 suffer from the disease.Professor Clive Ballard, Professor of Age-Related Diseases at University of Exeter Medical School, said: “This is a very large and well conducted study demonstrating a clear association between the use of drugs with anticholinergic side-effects and the risk of dementia / cognitive decline.“The important thing is that even individual drugs which only have a very modest anticholinergic effects, when taken in combination with other drugs, can lead to a combined anticholinergic burden that may have a significant impact on cognition, highlighting the importance of care medication review.” Antidepressants, bladder drugs and Parkinson’s drugs were looked at in the study Credit:vasiliki Chris Fox, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at UEA’s Norwich Medical School and one of the authors, said the the study revealed a “potentially important risk”.“Doctors and patients should therefore be vigilant about using anticholinergic medications,” he said.“They need to consider the risk of long-term cognitive effects, as well as short-term effects associated with specific drugs when weighing up risks and benefits.”Anticholinergics work by blocking a key neurotransmitter called acetylocholine.Professor Fox said the medication may cause dementia by prompting a “inflammatory cascade” which then leads to deposits of tau and amyloid, known to be a factor in the disease. Meanwhile a dementia risk was also associated with the bladder drugs Tolterodine, Oxybutynin and Solifenacin, as well as the Parkinson’s drug Procyclidine.It is believed nearly 2,000,000 people in England are taking these and other similar drugs.No link was found between anticholinergics antihistamines and those prescribed for stomach cramps, dispelling previous fears. Anticholinergics, which have been available for more than 50 years, target a part of the nervous system affecting learning and memory, as well as the heart, eye, stomach mouth and bladder.While short-term side-effects such as confusion are well known, the new research is the first to examine the possible effects across a wide population and over a long period of time, as well as by medicine.Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Aston University studied approximately 27 million prescriptions from more than 324,000 NHS patients going back 20 years.The structure of the study means a causal link cannot be proved, however the researchers noted there was a greater incidence of dementia among patients prescribed more anticholinergic antidepressants and other medication. Hands holding pills  Antidepressants may significantly increase the risk of developing dementia, experts have warned.A major new study, published in the British Medical Journal, found a “robust link” between the degenerative disease and the medication, even when taken up to 20 years before a diagnosis.It suggests some patients with long-term exposure to the drugs could face a 30 per cent increased chance of dementia.Researchers warned there may be 20,000 people currently suffering from dementia as a result of taking the medication, part of a wider group called anticholinergics, which is also prescribed for patients with bladder conditions and Parkinson’s disease.The Government medicines safety regulator said it was scrutinising the new findings and last night leading medics called on colleagues to consider alternative prescriptions, although they cautioned patients not to abandon the drugs before consulting their doctor.The antidepressant medications most implicated by the study include Amitriptyline, Dosulepin and Paroxetine. read more

I saw fear in TDs eyes An oral history of how Ireland

first_img Source: Oireachtas TVAodhán Ó Ríordáin: “The hearings were not about if we should or shouldn’t legislate for the suicide clause or whatever, it was about how best to do it. To my mind, politically, it needed to be framed that way.”Rónán Mullen: “The one thing the government was not doing at any stage was listening.”Jerry Buttimer: “I think to say that government didn’t listen wouldn’t be the case. It was an opportunity for people to engage. Many people were clamouring to be involved… I thought it was a worthwhile exercise.”Lucinda Creighton: ”I would say that it is very clear from December onwards that the hearings were simply window dressing. It was to tick a box and present the image of consultation and listening to expert opinion, but that never really was the intention.”Jerry Buttimer: “Who would have thought you’d have a former Supreme Court judge in Catherine McGuinness (below) and William Binchy arguing in the Seanad chamber? That was the one thing I was very much in awe of.” Catherine McGuinness Source: Wanderley Massafelli/Photocall IrelandJoan Collins: ”I think the committee hearings were a useful exercise. What they didn’t do is bring in the women with fatal foetal abnormalities. I think that was a crucial part of the legislation. For those women now they are being forced to travel to Britain for abortions in terrible situations.”Fidelma Healy-Eames: “I think the hearings really informed me. The one thing that was really impressive was to have expertise at the level that was presented to us come in to the Oireachtas and to hear from all psychologists…“There was unanimity that if a woman was suicidal in pregnancy that an abortion wouldn’t save her life and that was the crunch piece in the whole picture for me.”The internal debate: “I saw fear in TDs’ eyes”As the government moved towards drafting the legislation political parties and intense and fraught internal debate about how they were going to vote. In Fine Gael there was much attention on the fate of Lucinda Creighton and others who appeared to be wavering on supporting the legislation while Fianna Fáil allowed a free vote after failing to find consensus.Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: “You could see very early on that an awful lot of people were nervous about it. You could see across the political parties that there were people who were nervous about it. Nervous about the type of representation they were getting, the type of pressure they were put under. It was probably the topic that politicians like talking about least, because there is no room for nuance.”Lucinda Creighton: “It was a hot topic of conversation, really from December onwards. I would have just general conversations, chats in the Dáil bar over a cup of coffee and I would have had some very prominent backbenchers say to me: ‘There’s no way I am gonna vote for this’.Fidelma Healy-Eames: ”There were three groups [in Fine Gael]. There was people who were happy with it, that wanted it, that were supporting the government’s position. Then there were people that were really betwixt and between and then there were those of us who finally lost the whip on this issue. I think myself that the Taoiseach made a fatal error on this one because he had a phenomenal opportunity in his hand to give those of us who wanted a free vote, a free vote. Fidelma Healy-Eames Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandJerry Buttimer: “I suppose many people in the Fine Gael parliamentary party and many people in the Fine Gael organisation were uncomfortable – they had a difficulty. At the beginning when I heard we were going to do something I was unsure, but in my own case – and I mean this genuinely – I reflected upon the hearings, I listened, I read, I consulted, and I wasn’t uncertain at the end because it was about bringing certainty, about codifying the law.”Lucinda Creighton: “I remember distinctly one particular backbencher saying: ‘If they want to do this by way of regulation, they can do it, but if they try to force us to go into the Dáil chamber and walk through the lobby or press a green button, I won’t do it, under any circumstances.’He actually turned into one of the harshest critics of me and my colleagues [who voted against the legislation]. So there was a huge amount of absolute and utter hypocrisy, frankly.”Áine Collins: “We didn’t want to tear the party apart and tear people apart. It would have been more challenging on all of us and everyone in chamber, and when you sign up to a party we know what we sign up for. If you don’t agree, you go independent.”John Halligan, independent TD: “The memories I have are fear amongst the government TDs. I saw fear in TDs’ eyes. I saw TDs who didn’t want to take part in the debate, would not go on the radio, would not go on the television, for fear of intimidation. They felt that they should shut their mouths on it. Is that the way we want to be as a TD?”A interview with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in February 2013:  Source: Video Power: ”We held several meetings about it. We did discuss it in-depth as a parliamentary party. People had different views. Obviously Micheál’s position was that he had thought we would reach a consensus on it.“So we had a number of meetings with a view to achieving that and seeing if that was possible. It then emerged that that wasn’t going to be possible and ultimately we had a free vote then.”Rónán Mullen: “I think the view that I and other TDs and senators took when we realised that we were not going to be in a majority… was that we have to our job as parliamentarians and fight the good fight and interrogate this and point to the absurdities, dangers, hypocrisies and ask questions and in some cases questions that weren’t even asked in the Dáíl… That’s parliament doing it’s job when even the end result is known.”The lobbying: “I got death threats from people”As the debate continued on the airwaves, in the media and across Irish public life, TDs and Senators were being lobbied intensively and many reported unsavoury incidents of being threatened and intimidated. Averil Power: “I got postcards and letter and things like that. In each case I wrote back to them… We get weird, odd letters all the time in this job. There were some offensive pieces of correspondence. I think it was the government members that were subjected to incredible abuse. People picketing outside their houses. I wasn’t subjected to any of that.”Jerry Buttimer: “I got lots of stuff, yeah. I got death threats from people. We got an email, one or two emails from people threatening to, basically because I was gay, kill me.” Source: www.thejournal.ieÁine Collins: “I found it difficult when walking into the office with people protesting outside door. It was my first experience of that being a new politician. It was a bit of challenge.”Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: “People came into my office and sat down with me and told me of their reservations and I didn’t mind. We discussed, we disagreed and they went on with themselves, and that’s perfectly reasonable. Other people were less polite about it. People said things to you or members of your family. But if you’re gonna do it, you don’t do it because it’s easy, you do it because it’s hard.”John Halligan: ”I was down in Waterford and some woman shook my hand and said she was not going to let go of my hand until I changed my mind while I was standing there. The manager had to throw her out.” Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandÁodhan Ó Riordáin: “I know one deputy in particular put her own daughter in the situation of the X case victim and said: “What would I do as a parent? Could I be absolutely sure in every single circumstance that I wouldn’t have wanted for my daughter what the X case victim was given the opportunity to do – to travel to England?” She came to the conclusions that No, she wouldn’t. So you could see them changing and you could see them talking to each other.”Averil Power: “Some members of the [Fianna Fáil] organisation wouldn’t have been happy with how I voted and would have said to me that it will cause me difficulties later, down the line.“I told them that on an issue like this I could only ever vote for what I thought was right. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself or sleep at night if I felt that I voted on an issue like abortion on the basis of what might be politically advantageous.” The Dáil debates: “They had to let everyone speak”The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill was introduced in the Dáil on 20 June 2013, kickstarting a marathon legislative process… Joan Collins: “The Dáil debates were quite dignified, it went on for so long… they had to let everybody speak…. I think it was right to let the debate go. It was right to let everybody have their say on what was obviously the biggest issue at the time. The biggest social issue anyway.”Rónán Mullen: “I thought there were very good moments. I thought Lucinda Creighton’s speech in the Dáil was particularly fine. There were some very fine contributions on the debate despite the limitations imposed on the process.” Source: Video Creighton: “I wrote it on the Sunday night and I just wrote it at home on my iPad. I just wanted to make the points. Second stage of a bill like that is an opportunity to make broader points, not just about the specifics of the legislation but also about the context and the broader issue.“I suppose there were just things that I wanted to get off my chest, that I wanted to put on the record that, you know, people like Enda Kenny didn’t want to deal with.”Averil Power: “I thought there were a lot of holes in her speech, particularly as a lawyer, not a lot of it stood up. She was bringing up High Court cases that overruled Supreme Court cases, a lot of the arguments didn’t stand up.“But I still respected the fact that ultimately she could only vote for whatever way [she felt] was right for whatever reasons. Whether I agree with those reasons or not, and I don’t think she should have lost her job over it.”The late-sitting: ‘I think 5am sessions are not a good idea’ After passing second stage and going to committee the Bill returned to the Dáil for a final debate and vote on 10 July with crowds gathering outside Leinster House and TDs preparing for a late night.  Source: AoifeBarryTJ/YouTubeÁodhan Ó Riordáin: “There was a sense of being cocooned inside of here because the huge presence outside from both sides. The pro-life demonstration was quite colourful and quite positive and non-threatening but there was another one which was quite threatening and quite ugly outside the front gates. They had all these posters of foetuses and that was quite distressing. That got a bit nasty towards the end and they’d recognise you and shout abuse at you.”Joan Collins: “It was just bedlam, it was madness. It was one thing that actually struck me, they had one group on one side of the gates and the other group on the other side. People were shouting things at each other and holy water was getting splashed on me and it was just incredible.”Rónán Mullen: “I remember on the night there were some of the pro choice advocates saying: ‘We are winning, you are losing’. That struck me as very revealing given what was at stake and given what the issues were.“I would have thought that if they were happy that the legislation had passed they should be at least mindful that as a result of that some people may lose their lives in the circumstances where they wouldn’t have had to… for people who were glad to see this pass cheering and chanting the potential death of other people – I was sorry about that.” Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandAodhán Ó Ríordáin: “I think 5am sessions are not a good idea.”Lucinda Creighton: “Sitting until 5am was unnecessary. It was to make a point, to sort of demonstrate how committed we are to freedom of speech. I thought it was unnecessary.“We were told that this legislation was urgent, had to be introduced in a panic and yet the regulations were only circulated the other day so the legislation is not being implemented.”Averil Power: “There was no need for the legislation to be rushed through like that. There was no reason why we couldn’t have sat four more days to finish it through. it seemed to be more about a political decision than anything else.Jerry Buttimer: ”I understand why the whip ordered the business the way he did. Here’s the deal, you had backbench TDs in some cases having protests at their offices twice a week for a number of months. I think a summer of continuing protests and lobbying would have served no purpose and I do believe it was right to get it done before the recess.”Lapgate: ‘There was an air of drunkenness in the chamber’As the Dáil sat until 5am and the bars in Leinster House remained open, there were more than a few TDs enjoying a drink and there was the infamous lapgate incident when Tom Barry pulled his Fine Gael colleague Áine Collins onto his lap in the Dáil chamber… Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: “It was a late night and it was an emotional time, we were there till 5am, some people walked around, some people went for coffee, you couldn’t leave the place because there could be a vote called at any time. Some of us got together, some of us had a chat, you know. It was a strange night.”Áine Collins: “That night I remember sitting down having tea and a Twix bar with Deputy [Simon] Coveney and he was having tea too. I’m not sure what the others were doing.”Lucinda Creighton: “Any late-night sitting there are people imbibing alcohol in the Dáil bar.” Source: Photocall IrelandJohn Halligan: “If you’re going to go in your car or for an interview with a journalist or if you were going on TV, would you fire down four or five pints? You wouldn’t. But here was a critical debate that would have far-reaching consequences for legislation in the country and people saw fit to go in and down as much drink as they wanted to drink.”Joan Collins:  “There was an air of drunkenness in the chamber, absolutely. I saw one particular person nearly falling down the steps of the chamber and obviously had a few drinks on them.”Lucinda Creighton: “I was up in a colleague’s office in Leinster House and I think I might have seen something on Twitter [about lapgate] and then they got the video up and we were all watching it – horrified. What do you say?Joan Collins: “I did see it. I was sitting watching it and saying: ‘What’s going on over there’. I thought it was outrageous, absolutely outrageous.” Source: SineadOCarrollTJ/YouTubeÁine Collins: ”You can’t change it, it happened and I would have preferred if it didn’t happen. I’m sure Deputy Barry would say the same but I can’t speak for him. He apologised, it was unfortunate timing and everything was just unfortunate but we have to move on from these decisions.”Jerry Buttimer: “I don’t think it was damaging but I think to be fair to the people involved none of them will have treated the matter lightly and it was an unfortunate incident.”Rónán Mullen: “I mean that was just a TD being idiotic. It always looks awful when politicians are under the influence and acting like that. I mean that’s not what the public expects from them, maybe it is what the public expects, but it’s not what the public wants. But I don’t think it’s what the public expects and I think it’s stupid to be having debates up to 5 o’clock in the morning.”Joan Collins: “I think it’s wrong to extend the Dáil to those times, there’s no point, there’s no need for it, you know.“I think it portrayed Ireland in a bad way, that went all over the world, discussing women’s reproductive rights and then you have a male just grabbing a woman… he has to live with that.” IN THE LATE morning of Tuesday, 30 July 2013 President Michael D Higgins signed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill into law.Though the actual implementation of the legislation remains ongoing Higgins’s signature brought to an end a tumultuous six months in Irish politics. In line with the landmark Supreme Court ruling in the X Case 21 years before, a year ago TDs and Senators legislated for abortion in circumstances where there is a threat to the life of a woman.It followed a contentious and fraught period that put parliamentarians front and centre of a debate that has divided Irish society for decades.In recent weeks, has spoken to a number of parliamentarians to look back at the events of a year ago. The following is an account, in their own words, of how the Oireachtas legislated for the X Case.Estimated reading time: 35 minutes (Note: Interviewees’ titles refer to their positions at the time)The Savita case: “It galvanised an awful lot of young women onto the streets”On the 14th November 2012, the Irish Times reported on the case of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian woman who had died on 28 October having reportedly been denied an abortion at Galway University Hospital. The facts of the case would not emerge for some time but the headline of the story – Woman ‘denied a termination’ dies in hospital’ – sparked nationwide outrage, protests and a vigil outside Leinster House as TDs debated it inside. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Labour TD: “The abortion issue was always there in the background. I suppose the Savita Halappanavar case brought it to the public’s mind but it was something we had been campaigning on for 20 years.”Fidelma Healy-Eames, Fine Gael senator: “I guess the Savita Halappanavar case drove it into the ether.” Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandLucinda Creighton, Fine Gael TD and Minister of State for European Affairs: “I mean obviously that put a huge focus on the issue. It’s kind of sad because that whole issue with her tragic death had nothing to do with this legislation.“Anybody who reads the facts, reads the reports into Savita’s death knows that this legislation does nothing to address the Savita Halappanavar case and so that was just jumping on a bandwagon and using really tragic circumstances to pursue a cause. I think that’s really unfortunate, it’s not the kind of politics that I’m interested in being part of.Joan Collins, United Left TD: ”I think the Savita case galvanised an awful lot of young women onto the streets which we hadn’t seen before. I think a lot of the young women thought that you could actually access an abortion over here. They didn’t realise you couldn’t until the whole issue came up, the tragic situation with Savita.”Áodhan Ó Riordáin: “I think the Savita case made our job easier because there was a real case of a real person, with a real name, and a real face, in an Irish hospital who had been a victim of the uncertainty in Irish law. I think the fact she was not Irish actually made it more poignant because she was somebody who was not Irish but was a victim of the uncertainty that can happen in these tragic circumstances.”Averil Power, Fianna Fáil senator: “It was dreadful that it took Savita’s death to finally have a mature conversation as a country, but I think that was the catalyst for it. In the immediate aftermath of her death, friends of mine rang me, particularly female friends of mine, and said: ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe this can happen in Ireland’. They were really shocked.” Source: government decision: “Enda Kenny did his u-turn in December… it was a fait accompli”Amid a national outcry over the Savita case, an expert group set up to examine a European court ruling that Ireland’s abortion laws were in breach of human rights reported to government.  On foot of this the coalition committed to legislating for the X Case ruling on 18 December 2012. Fidelma Healy-Eames: “The first line of our policy pre-election in 2011 was: ‘Fine Gael will not legislate for abortion’. It then went on to speak about setting up an expert group.Lucinda Creighton: ”Enda Kenny did his u-turn in December… One thing that both Enda Kenny and [his chief of staff] Mark Kennelly would have said is there are absolutely no circumstances under which we would agree to incorporate legislation for the X case. So the suicide element was not to be included and I was happy with that. I thought that clarified the situation.”Jerry Buttimer: “It’s a very important topic that has bedevilled Irish politics and Irish society. I think the Taoiseach was right – that it was about clarification and codifying the law.”Lucinda Creighton: “I had no difficulty in supporting the spirit of the legislation besides the suicide part, but then the Taoiseach went into a meeting with [Tánaiste] Eamon Gilmore. Obviously Eamon Gilmore said: ‘My leadership is under pressure and I need something’.“Enda Kenny said: ‘Okay, grand’ and changed his mind entirely and decided that Fine Gael would support legislation for the X case which is contrary to what we said we would do in opposition. So, once he came out and made that statement after they met then it was clear. That was that – a fait accompli.” Source: www.thejournal.ieRónán Mullen, independent senator: “A decision was taken, it was a political decision, it had to do with the Labour party, it had to do with Eamon Gilmore. He was probably pushing it under pressure from people who turned out not to have great support for him anyway.”Fidelma Healy-Eames: “I fully believe when I give a pledge it has to mean something, but I also accept that if new evidence comes along and if I change my mind as a result of that new evidence that should be allowed, but that should be explained to the people and the Taoiseach and James Reilly never did explain that to the people. They never changed policy at Fine Gael parliamentary party level.”Áodhan Ó Riordáin: “I was always very clear in my mind that the way we had to frame it was not on the substantive issue itself but on the constitutional imperative, because if you got into the substantive issue itself you’d lose the argument.“It was about the Supreme Court judgement, the two referenda in 1992 and 2002, it was about the European Court of Human Rights judgement. So regardless of what piece of legislation we are talking about we have to legislate.”Áine Collins, Fine Gael TD: “For me, we were in a situation where we had a Supreme Court ruling – which is the same as it being in the Constitution – and we had never put guidelines or regulations in place. For me, for women and as a woman and a mother myself, it was a very important issue.”The committee hearings: ‘The hearings were part of the government spin’As part of the drafting of the legislation, the Oireachtas Health and Children Committee, chaired by Jerry Buttimer, undertook three days of intensive hearings in January 2013 where it heard from doctors, legal experts and advocacy groups. Jerry Buttimer: “I made a decision that I would be the referee. I would be the man in the middle. I wasn’t going to get involved in arguing the case. My job was to allow people to speak, to present their cases and I suppose the committee were very much of the view that it was about hearing from expert witnesses, hearing testimony from cross-sections of people.”  Jerry Buttimer chairing the abortion hearings in the Seanad in January Rónán Mullen: “I was disappointed at the overall at the lack of principled engagement with the issues. Some politicians were good, very courteous about the issue. But other politicians just ran in the other direction and it was for fear you might say anything that might rock their world or their certainty.”Joan Collins: “I arrived at a decision to vote against the Bill because it wasn’t going far enough. It was something but it wasn’t enough. Even the suicide, the limits around women who are suicidal, that’s outrageous…“I mean it just didn’t go far enough and they were the areas that Labour had committed to deal with in the legislation. Obviously they were restrained by Fine Gael and what was going on there.”Áodhan Ó Riordáin: “There was an awful lot of posturing. I mean people who voted against it who were out campaigning for it and then weeks beforehand said it didn’t include fatal foetal abnormality so they couldn’t vote for it.“But sure it couldn’t include fatal foetal abnormality, it wouldn’t have been constitutional. That’s what the Attorney General said, that was the understanding from the constitution. The likes of the Socialist Party and the independents were voting against this thing.“I thought that was quite fake and quite grandstanding for grandstanding’s sake because they couldn’t actually bring themselves to vote for something that we had actually delivered. I thought that was quite pathetic.” Source: ThejournalThe bill passes the Dáil: “I remember getting upset in my own office’As the marathon legislative session moved into Thursday, 11 July, and the final stages of its passage through the Dáil, a junior minister lost their job and other TDs got emotional… Lucinda Creighton: “A lot of my colleagues had voted against the second stage. I didn’t because I felt it was important to go through the legislation and try and change it, try in vain to change it.“So I voted against an amendment at half nine in the evening, and then that was that. I went over to Enda Kenny afterwards and I shook his hand and I wished him the best of luck with his government and he asked me for my letter of resignation. That was that.“I was emotional, I was really tired, I’d had a mental six months and I was exhausted really at the whole thing and it was emotional. I was tired and I’ve been in Fine Gael since I was 18 you know that was kind of sad but I didn’t have any anxiety at all. I’d made up my mind.”Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: “I think once we got it through the Dáil we were happy enough. I remember when it was passed, and it was done, there was a kind of a ripple of small applause, but nothing jubilant. Source: SineadOCarrollTJ/YouTube“I remember when it was done going back to my office and getting upset actually in my own office. I think the Sunday Independent article, the strain it put on my family, the apologies I had to make to people close to me, the emotional rollercoaster that I had been through personally and then knowing that people around you who had campaigned for this for so long, and had been vilified for it.”Jerry Buttimer: “In hindsight, reflecting on it, my overriding emotion was relief. It was mentally and physically draining because there was a huge, high level of lobbying on one side in particular – the pro life side – and there was a sustained period where there was just this onslaught of advocacy by a group of people and that affected many people.“How it affected their campaigning, I have no idea. I suppose the bottom line is that government’s must legislate and that’s it, that’s the job of the government.” Aodhán Ó Ríordáin outside Leinster House after the Bill passed. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe bill moves to the Seanad: ‘I don’t like when emotion becomes part of the debate’After passing the Dáil and committee stage, the Bill moved to the Seanad where the language used by Fianna Fáil’s Jim Walsh caused controversy and Fidelma Healy-Eames was one of two Fine Gael senators to oppose the legislation… Rónán Mullen: “I think there was an awareness that this was a moment in time, this was a step, it was important to fight it, it was unjust legislation but it’s not the first piece of unjust legislation we’ve ever had in this country and it won’t be the last, it’s just a very important one.”Lucinda Creighton: “I certainly recall thinking that Jim Walsh’s contribution was not the most sensitive.” Source: Video Power: “I found it very hard to listen to a lot of that language. Other colleagues got upset about it. [Labour] Senator Marie Maloney got very upset after one of the senators had given a very graphic description and she got very upset because she’d lost a baby, she’d had a miscarriage. I felt that the way that some members approached the debate was disrespectful and it was deliberately offensive and I think it was designed to be offensive.”Read: ‘Disgusting and insensitive’: Fianna Fáil senators condemn… Fianna Fáil senatorsRónán Mullen: “I think what Senator Walsh was doing was exposing aspects of this debate that the government were unwilling to talk about.”Jerry Buttimer: “I thought they [Walsh’s comments] were out of place, I thought they were vile, I thought they were vitriolic, I thought they were sensational headline grabbing and they demeaned the chamber and it didn’t serve them well.”Rónán Mullen: “I don’t like when emotion becomes part of the debate, I think that can inhibit a debate and in some cases that can be used as a stick to beat other people who you may disagree with and I don’t like that.” Source: www.thejournal.ieFidelma Healy-Eames: “I remember there was some family in the gallery when I voted No and to be fair [Fine Gael senators] Martin Conway sat one side of me and Michael Mullins sat the other, and one of them had said to me: ‘Fidelma, remember now when you go to the top of that hill, when you push that button, you could be on your own.’“I was ready to be on my own and I was so blurred I could not see the screen, and I couldn’t tell if anybody else had voted with me. It’s almost like I went a little bit blank on it. I went around to Paul Bradford [a Fine Gael colleague who also voted No] and I said: ‘What did you do?’ So there were two us which makes it a bit easier.”Rónán Mullen: ”What we saw in the end was the outworking of a flawed Supreme Court judgement in the X case and it took whatever, 21 years, for that to kind of be given some kind of legislative effect and we’ll have to see what it actually leads to in practice. But it was a bad step.”Averil Power: “It was a difficult time and I found the debates difficult as well and at times emotional too but I suppose I came out of it having done what I thought was the right thing.”Looking back: ‘It was wicked’The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill passed its final stages in the Seanad on 23 July 2013 and was sent to the President. Michael D Higgins decided to convene the Council of State on the Bill before he eventually signed into law.  Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandNearly a year on, TDs and Senators take differing views on that period in their legislative careers and what it all meant… Áine Collins: “It feels like a lifetime ago, so much has happened since. I think it was taken as seriously as it should have been, it was a difficult issue, purely for the obvious reason of the emotion and all the challenges around it.”Rónán Mullen: “We’re disappointed that Ireland took this step, that our government led us to taking this step but I think people feel it’s a moment in time, it’s a particular phase in a debate that may in the long term go in a better direction in the western world.”Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: “I think both sides are now at a stage where they may come to a conclusion that we need to discuss the 8th Amendment because the pro-life side never envisaged that the 8th Amendment would lead to this. Of course the pro-choice side have a major difficulty with it.“So I think maybe we should have a maturity now in public discourse where we can talk about the abortion issue in a wider context and I look forward to that day.”Jerry Buttimer: “It’s hard to believe it’s 12 months on. The world hasn’t fallen down, we haven’t got an avalanche of people clamouring to come before the expert panel. We haven’t seen the floodgates open, the doomsday scenario hasn’t taken place and I would pose the question what has changed?” Source: www.thejournal.ieFidelma Healy-Eames: ”I was disappointed with the lack of tolerance because this is business, this is our business, we’re lawmakers, we legislated, we have to make decisions.“It’s not defining my whole life, my friendships are important to me as well, but I think it’s very important that people know each other’s value set and a value I put great credence on is the value of human life and the gift that it is. I also believe in being tolerant and I didn’t see that in some people.”John Halligan: “I think the whole episode wasn’t good for democracy. People think it was but it was overplayed in the Dáil, prolonged to suit the church and the pro-lifers, knowing that they had a majority and those of us in opposition had already said what we were going to say. We had said what we had to say and then all the amendments were just booted down the road without debate. It was wicked.”Joan Collins: “I genuinely believed that every family has been touched by a situation where their daughter or someone else they know has become pregnant and they have to take decisions. It’s not hidden under the carpet like it was 30 or 40 years ago. It’s out in the open much more so now. Families have to deal with it and deal with it in the best way they can.”Lucinda Creighton: ”Compromises in coalition are always essential, even though you mightn’t like them. I think compromises on issues of this sort cross a red line that I don’t believe is appropriate.“I don’t think Fine Gael should have compromised on its values and I don’t think that it should have reneged on its pre-election promise. So I’ve no regrets. I think I did the right thing, I’m pretty happy.”Interviews carried out individually between 25 June and 9 July by Hugh O’Connell and Michelle Hennessy. With thanks to Áine Collins, Jerry Buttimer, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Averil Power, Rónán Mullen, Fidelma Healy-Eames, John Halligan, Lucinda Creighton, and Joan Collins for their contributions. Ireland at the UN: We have ‘no solution’ for women who can’t afford to travel for an abortionRead: New abortion guidelines spark condemnation on all sides Source: www.thejournal.ieDecision time: “I’ve never really had a serious conversation with Enda”As the final text of the legislation moved closer TDs and Senators who were wavering on the issue faced decision time and much of the focus was on what Lucinda Creighton would do. But other parties had issues as well. Fidelma Healy-Eames: “I definitely had one very long telephone conversation with the Taoiseach… I didnt feel that the Taoiseach was listening really. I felt he was talking a lot. He kept going on about codifying the law… I just felt that he was closed. This was a decision long made. This was a red line issue for Labour.”Lucinda Creighton: “I just had a conversation with him [the Taoiseach] on the jet coming back from the European Council in June, the last one of the presidency. I told him that I wouldn’t be voting for the legislation under any circumstances.“He didn’t say a lot, he was rambling to be honest. He asked me what voices in my head wouldn’t allow me to vote for the legislation. I don’t know what he meant by that. He talked about women’s lives and codifying the law, as if we’re all out to end women’s lives. It was nonsense, it was absolute nonsense and none of it has been borne out. It didn’t frustrate me because I’ve seen it before. I’ve never really had a serious conversation with Enda, about anything.”last_img read more

NXT UK Highlights: Moustache Mountain headlines, WALTER debuts, Drake and Gibson

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Google+ Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Pinterest Twitter WWE uploaded this NXT UK highlight following yesterday’s episode on the WWE Network.last_img


first_img Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Dec 2014 – Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos had a Christmas delivery of boat loads of Haitian migrants trying to illegally enter the countries, further solidifying the notion that the two nations must partner to fend off the constant flow of Haitian illegals. In the TCI, the one vessel was intercepted thanks again to the detection of the coastal radar and the 65 Haitians were immediately processed and repatriated. There were 52 males and 13 females on the boat which was intercepted minutes to midnight on Christmas Day; captured roughly six miles off South Dock by the marine branch. Exactly a year before, there was a similar attempt to enter, though that interception was marred with the death of 17 Haitians who lost their lives, when the boat capsized. Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, christmas, haitians, illegal, south dock, turks and caicos Hurricane Hit Territories Labelled “Too Wealthy” for British Aidlast_img read more

Escondido couple escapes serious injury after tree falls on their home

first_img Posted: February 15, 2019 February 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Escondido couple escapes serious injury after tree falls on their home KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI)- An Escondido family escaped injury after a tree came crashing down into their home overnight. This happened at a home on Jesmond Drive around 3 this morning. A man and his pregnant wife were asleep when the tree tore through the roof of their bedroom.Both managed to get out safely. Fire crews were called-in to survey the damage.The tree destroyed an outside shed, and uprooted an electrical box. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Concord Reuse Project Suffers New Setback

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The city of Concord for the second time in two weeks has postponed a meeting of the city council to discuss the selection of a master developer for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California, after the apparent suicide of the city attorney who had been investigating allegations that one of the two competing firms improperly lobbied the city.The city first postponed the council’s discussion late last month after Catellus Development Corp. requested the city investigate its accusations that Lennar Urban had violated the negotiating agreement both finalists had signed. Catellus also asked why city staff failed to recommend a preferred master developer as expected.At the time of his death last week, city attorney Mark Coon was preparing a report on his investigation. It is not clear if Coon finished the report or when the city plans to release his findings, reported the Contra Costa Times.While the city council’s five council members have said Lennar did not lobby them, Concord Mayor Tim Grayson last month returned $12,600 in donations to his state Assembly campaign from companies or individuals linked to Lennar. Kofi Bonner, president of Lennar Urban, vigorously defended his firm’s conduct after Catellus’ accusations came out.The city council had been scheduled to meet Oct. 15 to discuss the selection of a master developer; the city has not yet rescheduled that meeting.The reuse plan for the 5,046-acre weapons station site calls for residential, commercial and office use clustered around the North Concord BART station with greenways and parks separating neighborhood villages. Almost 70 percent of the property would be open space and recreational facilities.————Image Sourcelast_img read more

Committee Weighs in on Air Force Criteria for Basing RPA Units

first_imgWhile praising the Air Force’s stationing process for new units and missions, the House Armed Services Committee lists the factors it believes the service should consider when making basing decisions for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) units, according to language in the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill.The Air Force should assess:the ability of a military installation and its associated or adjacent training areas to support the unit or mission;the capacity of a military installation to accommodate the unit or mission;the costs associated with the stationing, basing or laydown action; andencroachment and environmental considerations.“Further, the committee is supportive of basing criteria that leverage available Air Force infrastructure and existing quality of life and base support facilities, and pairs RPA units with related missions,” the committee states.More generally, the committee said it was supportive of the Air Force’s strategic basing process as it “provides a thorough, consistent and transparent process for basing decisions.”The committee approved the annual defense policy bill April 28. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Resident Concerned Over Taxes Town Debt Is Voting

first_imgTo the Residents of Wilmington,I urge all of you to vote on April 27th.I am voting for Suzanne Sullivan and Rob Fasulo to fill the two three-year Selectman (or Select Board) seats. This is a critical election for all Wilmington residents with three of the five positions open. The town needs Board members who possess strong leadership, critical decision-making and encourage transparency at every level of Town Hall. Rob and Suzanne check all those boxes for me.Excessive taxation of Wilmington residents is my personal hot-button. The website tracks tax history. From 2008 to 2018 our taxes increased by 75.4% to $7,941. Based on the answers given during the Candidates Night at (Free Cash), I was curious to see what our current Board of Selectman are paying in taxes, and I am disappointed to report that three of the four Board members are below the 2018 average single-family tax bill of $6,335.69. So, when your tax bill does not rise in proportion with the rest of the town, I see why you miss the point that taxes are too high. We need Board members who recognize that filling up the Free Cash coffers is not in the best interests of this town, especially when it is not being used to pay down the ever-rising $197.5M debt.If you know about the $84.9M debt that Wilmington owes the town workers retirement fund by 2040, and the additional $112.6M for Other Post-Employment Benefits “OPEB” then count yourself among the handful of people who realize that “over the next three decades an average family of four would have to pay more than $30,000 in taxes” according to the Massachusetts Municipal Association. Town Manager, Jeff Hull, feels that a $1M annual contribution is a generous allocation in our budget, even though our expenses for OPEB just increased $7.8M in one year. We need Board members who will fight for the town workers’ benefits and approve a budget that will give taxpayers a chance to meet the obligations that have been accumulating for decades.On April 27th I urge you all once again to vote for Suzanne Sullivan and Rob Fasulo.Geoffrey WoodLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: If You Want Change, Vote Fasulo & Sullivan For SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: New Resident Calls For Change, Supports Fasulo & Sullivan For SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Rob FasuloIn “Government”last_img read more

MacKenzie Bezos pledges to donate half her 36 billion fortune to charity

first_imgMackenzie Bezos has decided to give half of her fortune to charity.MacKenzie Bezos, the former wife of Inc Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, pledged on Tuesday to give half of her $36 billion fortune to charity, following a movement founded by billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates. Bezos, whose former husband is the world’s richest man, was one of 19 people on Tuesday to join the “Giving Pledge,” a campaign announced in 2010 by Berkshire Hathaway Inc’s Buffett and Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates. It calls for the super-rich to give away more than half their fortunes during their lifetimes or in their wills.WATCH: MacKenzie Bezos, former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, pledges to give half of her $36 billion Amazon fortune to charity via @ReutersTV— Reuters Business (@ReutersBiz) May 28, 2019 “In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share,” MacKenzie Bezos said in a statement dated Saturday. “My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care.”MacKenzie Bezos became the world’s third-richest woman, according to a Forbes Magazine, acquiring a 4% stake in Amazon worth about $36 billion when she and Jeff Bezos announced their divorce settlement on April 4.Jeff Bezos, whose net worth was estimated by Forbes at $131 billion this year, was quick to support his ex-wife’s new philanthropic endeavour.”MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud of her,” he said on Twitter. “Her letter is so beautiful. Go get ’em, MacKenzie.”Jeff Bezos, who tops the Forbes list of world billionaires, is not among the 204 wealthy “Giving Pledge” signatories from 23 countries who come from a wide range of fields, including finance, technology, healthcare and real estate development.Other Forbes top 10 billionaires who have not joined the “Giving Pledge” are Bernard Arnault, head of French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH (LVMH.PA); Mexican telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim; European fashion retail mogul Amancio Ortega and Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page.The pledge that signatories make is “a moral commitment to give, not a legal contract,” the campaign said on its website.last_img read more