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Journalists’ work hampered by abusive prosecutions and arrests

first_img Reporters Without Borders is relieved that Zied El Heni, the president of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT), was freed on September 16 after three days in detention, but regrets that bail was demanded for his release and calls for the withdrawal of all the charges against him.After being summoned before a judge in the Tunis district of Bab Bnet on 13 September, Heni was arrested for accusing the public prosecutor of fabricating evidence to justify Astrolab TV cameraman Mourad Meherzi’s arrest for filming an egg being thrown at culture minister Mehdi Mabrouk.Amid angry protests from his lawyers and a major police presence outside the court, Heni was transferred to Monarguia prison, where he remained in pre-trial detention until bail of 2,000 dinars (about 1,000 euros) was paid after being raised by contributions from members of the public outside the Ban Bnet court. His trial is due to start on 24 September.The charges against Heni stem from a live interview he gave to Nessma TV on 28 August, in which he displayed a copy of official report showing that, contrary to the public prosecutor’s claims, Meherzi refused to sign a document confessing to complicity with Nasreddine Shili, the filmmaker who threw the egg at the culture minister.The judge ordered Heni held on 13 September under article 128 of the criminal code. According to this article, a sentence of two years in prison and a fine of 120 dinars (60 euros) can be passed on “anyone who, in a public address, in the media or by other means of publicity, makes accusations against a public official or accuses him of illegal activities in connection with his work, without establishing the truth of these allegations.”“Placing Zied El Heni in pre-trial detention was completely unjustified and was done with the aim of silencing criticism of the proceedings against Mourad Meherzi,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There has been disturbing increase in prosecutions of journalists and public figures, and this just took the already considerable tension up another notch.”“As if by chance, the prosecutor responsible for the charges against Shili and Meherzi and the complaint against Heni has just been awarded a major promotion within the Court of Cassation, Tunisia’s highest court. His zeal has clearly been rewarded. Those who defend media freedom will inevitably see this as a provocation.”In a separate development, a complaint brought on behalf of the president against Express FM journalist Zouhair El Jiss in connection with a March interview with Lebanese political commentator Salam Zahran was finally withdrawn on the morning of 13 September. The president’s defamation suit against Zahran nonetheless still stands.Jiss was released after appearing before a judge on 13 September but a new judicial summons is still pending. Reporters Without Borders urges the judge to respond appropriately to the complaint’s withdrawal by dismissing all the proceedings against Jiss.The case constitutes yet another example of the way judicial procedure is abused when politicians and public figures want to intimidate journalists. Jiss is still facing charges under:- Article 128 of the criminal code (the one being used against Heni).- Article 86 of the telecommunications law, under which “knowingly causing prejudice to another person or disturbing their peace via the public telecommunications networks is punishable by imprisonment for one to two years and a fine of 100 to 1,000 dinars.”- Article 57 of Decree-Law No. 115 on media freedom, under which “any form of attack on the dignity of another person, term of contempt or insult not involving a specific allegation” is punishable by a fine of 500 to 1,000 dinars.“This prosecution of both Jiss and his guest, who made serious allegations against the president during the interview, is very similar to the prosecution of Meherzi, who is due to appear before a judge on 23 September,” Reporters Without Borders said. Reporters Without Borders reminds Tunisians that:- Freedom of information constitutes one of the foundations of a democracy.- The exclusive character of Tunisia’s press law must be accepted. Reference must be made its articles and its articles alone when trying media cases.- Articles in the criminal code or other laws that conflict with the articles of the new press law are no longer valid. This is established in article 79 of the press law, which repeals “all previous legal provisions that conflict with this law, from the date that it takes effect.”- The criminal code must be revised and amended in order to bring it into compliance with international standards.- As public figures, government officials must accept media coverage of the public events in which they take part, and must accept criticism.- Judges must act as guarantors of the judicial system’s independence and must heed international standards, especially as regards defamation, so that a balance can be found between the individual’s right to dignity and privacy on the one hand, and freedom of expression on the other, above all in connection with public figures and matters of public interest.Reporters Without Borders declares its support for the National Union of Tunisian Journalists, which has called for a strike by all the media on September 17 in protest against judicial harassment of journalists. TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF_en News Help by sharing this information News November 12, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disordercenter_img News to go further Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” September 17, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists’ work hampered by abusive prosecutions and arrests Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Follow the news on Tunisia News December 26, 2019 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Only at Descanso/The Rise Gala Raises $275,000 for Garden

first_imgGatherings Only at Descanso/The Rise Gala Raises $275,000 for Garden Annual benefit includes sneak preview of new Halloween event Article by Descanso Gardens | Photography by MARTHA BENEDICT Published on Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 1:21 pm Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Illuminated by the bewitching glow of thousands of carved jack o’ lanterns, more than 250 supporters of Descanso Gardens gathered Saturday night to raise about $275,000 for the botanic garden’s programs.Guests at “The Rise,” this year’s edition of the “Only at Descanso” benefit, got a sneak peek of the Halloween extravaganza “RISE of the Jack O’ Lanterns,” which opens to the public on Oct. 3 and runs through Nov. 2. They also got a look at the new Oak Woodland, Descanso’s first major garden addition in 30 years, which opens to the public Nov. 15.“This year’s benefit raised the most we have ever made,” said Juliann Rooke, Descanso chief operating officer. “This year our event sold out, and we had many friends old and new attending. Guests were so excited to see ‘The RISE’ – it’s an amazing event! And it was wonderful to see many new supporters at the benefit.”The evening began with cocktails in the Oak Woodland. Guests watched waterfowl cavort in the lake – and admired the spooky Halloween display in the window of the Boddy Lodge. Hope Tschopik Schneider, chair of the Descanso board of trustees, presided over the donation paddle raise. She announced that longtime Descanso benefactors Heather Sturt Haaga and Paul Haaga – who were out of town for the evening – were matching all $5,000 donations dollar for dollar. “Just like ‘Orange is the New Black,’ five is the new ten,” she joked, referencing the hit Netflix series.Once darkness fell, the crowd took a short stroll to the adjacent Rose Garden, where a red drape was pulled back to reveal the illuminated “RISE.” The exhibit includes more than 5,000 artist-carved jack o’ lanterns in a dizzying array of themes and styles: celebrity faces, dinosaur skeletons, a tribute to LA sports teams, TV and movie characters, nursery rhymes.Dinner followed on The Promenade, where the candle-lit tables made a glowing serpentine trail under the oaks. The round tables were draped in pewter-colored crinkled taffeta tablecloths and set with coppery orange chargers and violet-tinged wine glasses. Keeping with the bewitching theme, the tables were illuminated by ivory pillar candles set in russet-colored iron candelabras.The dinner, prepared by Patina Catering, kept the Halloween vibe going beginning with a salad of wild greens, crisp roots, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. The entrée was beef short ribs and beef medallions, served with heirloom pumpkin risotto and pancetta-wrapped asparagus.The dinner was capped off by handmade sweets to tempt any trick or treater’s palate: pumpkin pie with maple Chantilly, tiny candy bars and mini caramel apples.The evening ended with dancing in the Rose Pavilion and the invitation to take another stroll through “The RISE.” A cigar lounge drew guests who enjoyed a smoke and glass of port.The evening was coordinated by the 2014 benefit committee, including Elizabeth Gleason of San Marino, Gina Guerra and Hope Tschopik Schneider of La Cañada Flintridge; and Amy Lamb, Leah McCrary and Ann Murphy of Pasadena. The event was generously underwritten by Patina Restaurant Group, Typecraft Wood & Jones, Jacob Maarse Florists, Town & Country Event Rentals, and Z Valet & Shuttle Service.Funds raised at “Only at Descanso” will support programs and projects, from family friendly festivals and educational opportunities for school children to enriched horticultural displays and demonstration gardens to benefit the community.“The mission of the Gardens is to educate and inspire,” Rooke said. “The generosity of our benefactors who supported the gala help us to provide our community with experiences in the natural world.”About Descanso GardensEstablished as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, near the interchange of the 2 and 210 freeways. The Gardens are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily except Christmas Day. Parking is free. Admission fees are $9 for adults; $6 for seniors and students; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit www.descansogardens.org. Descanso Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDoes Giving Ultimatums In A Relationship Ever Work Out?HerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Subscribelast_img read more

From Covid to cork – bespoke and tailored to your taste

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash NO FEE PIC L-R Conor Duggan, Conor Mulligan, and Neil O Reilly pictured at the launch of Boxofwine.ie Ireland’s first “tailored to your taste” wine subscription company delivered nationwide.WHEN the hospitality sector was pounded by the pandemic, Conor Duggan, Neil O’Reilly & Conor Mulligan had to quickly turn their hands, expert noses for wine and entrepreneurial spirit to something else.The dynamic young entrepreneurs blended their combined 30 years working in the hospitality, bar and wine industry along with their passion for wine and Boxofwine.ie was born – Ireland’s first “tailored to your taste” wine subscription company, delivered nationwide.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Boxofwine.ie provides a bespoke wine offering, tailored to individual tastes and conveniently and safely delivered straight to your door in a beautifully presented box – the ultimate treat!NO FEE PIC 11/01/2021 Boxofwine.ie – Ireland’s first “tailored to your taste” wine subscription company delivered nationwide.The innovation that sets Boxofwine.ie apart is a quick online questionnaire and a clever algorithm which provides the experts and sommeliers at boxofwine.ie with a guideline on individual taste preferences.This allows them to curate a personalised box of three bottles of top quality, highly regarded wine each month, changing with each delivery but still remaining true to the customer’s taste.The convenient and clever concept is contactless and, for an introductory price of €49 per month, the unique approach will ensure that wine lovers are surprised with new wines each month, including a mix of old favourites and exciting newcomers.All wines they are sure to love.  The box also contains Boxofwine.ie tasting cards with intriguing information on vineyards, family run wine businesses, food pairing suggestions and flavours in the wine to identify.It is a great way to learn about a world of wines not available in supermarkets and local stores. Full-bodied or flinty, there is something inherently dignified and sophisticated about being a wine connoisseur.  Pleasurable lock-down learning if you will!The concept provides an element of surprise each month with new selections to enjoy.  It takes the experience of shopping for wine out of the mundane and into a more exciting space.Via the initial quiz and open dialogue inviting feedback each month, customers are guaranteed their newly discovered wines will be to their taste.  They become part of a wine tribe to trust.Managing Director Conor Duggan said: “Our aim is to create a brand new way of enjoying wine at home. We want to make the world of wine a less intimidating place, to expand your palate and to introduce fantastic, great value wine you won’t find in your local supermarket.“We are certain that once you take our wine quiz and receive your first contactless delivery, chosen specifically for you, you won’t be disappointed.” he said.Boxofwine.ie also features a gift shop with clever options such as the “Netflix and Chill” Box, “Rosé Bubbles” Box and they partner with local Irish suppliers Dalkey Handmade Soaps, Irish Sock Society and Skellig Chocolates.There are also gift cards available for the subscription service – the gift that keeps on giving!  All are beautifully presented and delivered nationwide.A perfect corporate gift or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, occasion or just to say thank you. See www.boxofwine.ie or find @boxofwine.ie on Facebook and Instagram. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSBox of WineKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Linkedin Printcenter_img LimerickNewsFrom Covid to cork – bespoke and tailored to your tasteBy Meghann Scully – January 11, 2021 143 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Advertisement Email Previous articleOn this day in 2020: Limerick claim pre season double in the Gaelic GroundsNext articleLimerick Post Show | Limerick Mental Health Meghann Scully Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener last_img read more

‘Be Safe, Drive Smart’ campaign offers tips to motorists

first_img Previous articleBioMed Realty Strengthens World-Class Platform with Promotions and Addition to its Senior Management TeamNext articleAbbott promises energy industry protection Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 Twitter Pinterest ‘Be Safe, Drive Smart’ campaign offers tips to motorists Facebook TxDOT logo AUSTIN The Texas Department of Transportation is reminding all drivers to take extra precautions when driving around trucks. Thousands of large trucks and tractor-trailers travel busy Texas highways every day. Weighing 20 times more than an average car, “big rigs” require more time to accelerate and decelerate and have large blind spots that other motorists need to be aware of to help avoid a potentially deadly crash. An 80,000-pound, loaded tractor-trailer going 65 mph can take as much as the length of a football field to come to a complete stop, which is why motorists should avoid driving too closely or swerving in front of a large truck, a news release said. Tractor-trailers and large trucks also have more and larger blind spots than passenger vehicles do. It’s important to try to stay out of these blind spots around the front, back and sides of trucks. A good rule of thumb for motorists to remember is that if they can’t see the truck driver in the truck’s side mirror, that truck driver can’t see them or their vehicle either. To help keep everyone safe on the road, TxDOT asks motorists to give trucks plenty of room and observe the following safety tips when driving around large trucks: Pass trucks safely by waiting until you can see both truck headlights in your rearview mirror before moving back into your lane. Pass a truck only when it’s legal and safe. Stay away from a truck’s “No Zones,” blind spot areas in which crashes are more likely to occur. No Zones include the blind spots along each side, the space up to 20 feet in front of the cab, and the area up to 200 feet behind the trailer. Maintain a safe following distance. Be sure you can see the driver in the truck’s side mirror. Never cross behind a truck that is backing up. Don’t squeeze between a truck and the curb. Trucks make wide right turns, and the driver may not see you. The release said “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while behind the wheel such as wearing a seat belt, driving the speed limit, never texting and driving and never driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Nov. 7, 2000, was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths on Texas roadways.center_img Twitter Pinterest Local News Facebook WhatsApp TAGS  last_img read more

Donegal Live Register total falls below 20,000

first_img WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal Live Register total falls below 20,000 Twitter Facebook Pinterest News The number on Live Register in Donegal has fallen below 20 thousand.The figures for August show 19,761 signing on a fall of 1,661 compared to August 2013.The significant year on year fall will be attributed by some to emigration and controversial schemes such as jobbridge while others will see it as an indication of an improving economy.As well as a year on year fall in those signing on, there was also a drop in the figure from month to month.The biggest fall in numbers signing on was in Letterkenny with 439 less on the register leaving the total now at 5,934.368 less people signed on in Inishowen with the total there now just short of 4,000.All other areas of the county recorded more modest falls.In terms of month on month figures, The Finn Valley and Ballyshannon areas where the only ones to record an increase in those signing on from July to August. Previous articleDisaffected farmers demanding changes to new CAP dealNext articleCliff Richard Sex abuse allegation ‘completely false’ News Highland Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Google+center_img By News Highland – September 5, 2014 Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powerslast_img read more

Gardai renew appeal over fatal crashes in Donegal

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – January 2, 2020 center_img Previous articleThieves target Aura Leisure Centre on Christmas DayNext articleRobbery at bookmaker’s premises in Derry News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Gardai renew appeal over fatal crashes in Donegal Facebook Google+ Gardai in Donegal have renewed their appeal for information over two fatal collisions which occurred during Christmas week. A man lost his life in a collision in the Lifford area on the 26th December while a woman died in an another crash in Kerrykeel the following day.Investigations are continuing into a fatal collision in the early hours of Thursday morning last at around 00.30am.The single vehicle crash happened at Gortgrannagh Lifford. The man who died in the collision was the sole occupant of the car.The car, a blue Vauxhall Vectra had been travelling from Porthall in the direction of Rossgier at the time.Gardai are appealing to anyone who may have been in that area around that time particularly anyone who has a dashcam and may be in a position to assist with the investigation to contact them at Letterkenny.Meanwhile Gardaí in Milford are investigating a fatal collision that happened in Drumfad, Kerrykeel on the Friday night last at around 11.40pm.A young woman lost her life in the collision. There was another occupant in the car and he sustained non life threatening injuries.The car was traveling North from Kerrykeel in the direction of Portsalon at the time.Anyone who was in the area at the time is being urged to contact Milford Gardai. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Lawyer: Financier Jeffrey Epstein allegedly had ‘improper sexual conduct’ with young women while in ‘jail’

first_imgStephanie Keith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Wealthy financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein continued to have visits from young women that allegedly resulted in sexual liaisons while he was in ‘jail’ in Florida, a lawyer for one of his accusers said Tuesday.Attorney Brad Edwards, who represents Epstein accuser Courtney Wild and several other alleged victims, claims that Epstein’s 13-month jail sentence — the result of a plea bargain with federal prosecutors in Florida — failed to prevent the money manager accused of sexually assaulting numerous underage girls from having “improper sexual contact” with young women.At a Tuesday press conference in New York, Edwards said that a recent newspaper article — citing a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy — described Epstein as a “model prisoner” during his jail term in West Palm Beach in 2008 after he pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution in a deal with federal prosecutors that was kept hidden Epstein’s alleged victims.Despite being a registered sex offender, Epstein was allowed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to participate in a work-release program that permitted him to spend up to 16 hours a day, six days a week at an office in West Palm Beach that housed his non-profit organization, the Florida Science Foundation.“Most of the time was spent in an office, a private office that was adjacent to his lawyer’s office all day every day,” Edwards contended at the press conference. “And what you’re going to learn is he was not sitting there conducting some scientific research for the betterment of the community, but he was having office visitors, some who were flown to him from New York and continuing to engage in similar conduct, literally while he was in ‘jail.’”Edwards said he does not know the exact ages of the visitors, but that he knows of none that were under the age of 18.“I do know that he was able to have visitors that were under the age of 21…,” Edwards said.He said he had interviewed one young woman who “personally visited” Epstein at his work-release office.“It was not for some business arrangement and it was for, if you’re in jail, improper sexual conduct,” said Edwards, who declined to identify the woman.Federal prosecutors have yet to comment on the allegations alleged by Edwards.Epstein, 66 — who at one time socialized with former President Bill Clinton, Great Britain’s Prince Andrew, and President Donald Trump — was arrested on July 6 for alleged sex trafficking of minor girls in Florida and New York. Some of the charges date back to the early 2000s.A team of law enforcement officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) took Epstein into custody at the Teterboro Airport in Bergen County, New Jersey, after he returned to the United States by private jet from France, sources told ABC News. Authorities also raided Epstein’s New York City mansion and seized evidence.Since his arrest, Epstein has been held in custody without bail. Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to keep him in jail as his case proceeds because they suspect he is a flight risk. Epstein’s attorneys argue that he is entitled to bail.Edwards’ client, Wild, and one other accuser, Annie Farmer, testified at Monday’s detention hearing in Manhattan federal court. Both women spoke in support of keeping Epstein locked up without bail.Farmer said she was 16 when Epstein had her sent to New Mexico where he was “inappropriate” with her. Wild told the judge she was 14 when Epstein sexually abused her in Palm Beach, Florida.Epstein appeared to watch them address the judge but his face showed no emotion.U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman said he will decide on Thursday whether to grant Epstein’s release or, as pre-trial services recommended, keep him jailed.During Tuesday’s news conference in New York, Wild read a statement asking other alleged victims to come forward.“If you have already made the decision to come forward, thank you. If you have not, the time is now,” Wild said. “To every victim out there I understand what you are going through. You may feel scared, or have feelings of shame and guilt, or feel alone. You may try to convince yourself that this was a long time ago and you have moved on. But you are not alone and this was not your fault.“If you are a victim of Jeffrey Epstein, then you know what I know, that he will never stop sexually abusing children until he is in jail,” Wild said. “We will not get justice unless you speak out.”Wild, identified in court documents as “Jane Doe 1,” sued the Department of Justice in 2008, alleging that a non-prosecution agreement reached with Epstein by federal prosecutors in South Florida was hatched in violation of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, which enumerates the rights afforded to victims in federal criminal cases, including the right “to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused.”In February of this year, U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra ruled in favor of Wild and other Epstein accusers, finding that the federal government failed to confer with the victims in advance of the deal. Marra is now considering the possible remedies for the violation, which could potentially include tearing up the non-prosecutions agreementCopyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Severe storms move through Southeast as heat wave begins in West

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Severe storms moved through the Plains and the Southeast Tuesday, with seven tornadoes touching down in Colorado and Minnesota.Winds gusted to 80 mph in Nebraska and 82 mph in Kansas, where semi-trucks were flipped over on I-70, blocking traffic on the interstate.Huge hail up to 5 inches in diameter was reported in Colorado, and 2 to 3 inches of rain fell in central Illinois, causing flash flooding in some areas. Flash flooding was also reported in the Minnesota’s Twin Cities, where a quick 1 to 3 inches of rain flooded streets.In the Carolinas and Tennessee, severe storms produced gusty winds near 60 mph, leading to damage near Nashville.On Wednesday the greatest severe storm threat continues into the Great Plains, from Kansas and Colorado into Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota, where huge hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes are possible.Summer HeatHouston reached 103 degrees Tuesday, marking the warmest temperature in the city since 2015. Some of the heat will break in the mid-South as the storms move in Wednesday afternoon, but a lot of the Gulf Coast from Houston to Tallahassee, Florida and even into Atlanta will continue to be dangerously hot and humid.Seven states from Texas to South Carolina are under a Heat Advisory Wednesday, with the heat index expected to reach near 110 degrees.The heat wave is just beginning in the West, where California, Nevada and Arizona are under heat warnings and advisories. Some areas in the Southwest could reach higher than 115 degrees.Even the usually cool San Francisco Bay area is under a Heat Advisory, with temperatures possibly reaching into the mid to upper 90s.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Oxford’s Layla Moran becomes first publicly pansexual MP

first_imgMoran met her girlfriend, Rosy Cobb, through their shared activities within the Liberal Democrats. Cobb was the Party’s Head of Press, before being suspended during the general election campaign for forging an email. Moran decided to make the relationship public following an approach by journalists. Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for OxfordWest and Abingdon, has revealed she identifies as pansexual, announcing she isin a “reallycommitted, loving, supportive, relationship” with another woman. Moran had previously only dated men, but during 2019 came to therealisation that she was pansexual, meaning that she is attracted to people irrespectiveof their sex or gender identity. Moran’s announcement makes her the first MP to openly identify aspansexual. She has acknowledged that “the reason I’m speaking out is because I want to proveit’s not a detriment. It’s a great thing.” Moran becomes not only the first openly pansexual MP, but the soleopenly LGBT+ Liberal Democrat MP in the new parliament. The reaction to her announcement has been broadly positive within the House of Commons, though there has been a lack of understanding of pansexuality on the part of some politicians. Moran said, “When I’ve spoken to people about it, the first thing they ask is, ‘So you’re gay then?’ ‘Well, I don’t know if that’s how I identify…’” The SNP has the highest proportion of LGBT+ representation of any party in the new parliament, standing at 21% of all their MPs, next to the Tories’ 5.5% and Labour’s 7.4%.center_img Though, according to Moran, Parliament is a “weird, backwardsplace,” she has looked to other female LGBT+ politicians, such as Ruth Davidsonand Justine Greening, as role models. Explaining her decision, Moran told PinkNews: “…as an MP I spend a lot of my time defending our community and talking about our community. I want people to know I am part of our community as well.” In December’s election, excluding Moran, 45 openly LGBT+ MPs were elected nationwide, the same result as in 2017. Of these 45, 20 were elected for the Conservatives, 15 for Labour, and 10 for the Scottish National Party. “The way Iwould have said it to people is, ‘Actually I’m probably bi,’ because that’s aterm they understand. But when I’ve looked at the definitions of whatI’m comfortable with – pan is more about the person, and less the gender. That,if I was going to force myself to have a label, that would be how I wouldidentify.” Moran’s announcement comes after she significantly increased her majority in the election to 8,943, up from 816 in 2017. Speculation is mounting that Moran will launch a bid for leader of the Liberal Democrats, after Jo Swinson, the previous leader, lost her seat last month.last_img read more

WEEKENDS “READERS FORUM”

first_img WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?FOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Monday?Todays READERS POLL question is:  Who do you feel is the most effective Vanderburgh County Council member ?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img