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Brecon Win Plate And Celebrate In Tractor ParadeAndy Powell is unquestionably a man of his word.Moments after his Brecon side emerged victorious to win the WRU National Plate at the Principality Stadium last Sunday, he said the team would tour the club’s town the very next day. But not in the way you would expect….The second year head coach said: “We’ve got a tractor and trailer going through Brecon tomorrow so we’ll have all the boys on the trailer, get ready for some photos tomorrow.”Indeed he tweeted on the day: The idea was the brainchild of Powell, who of course has had other unconventional escapades on the roads before, such as his famous golf buggy ride in 2010 after celebrating a win for Wales against Scotland, in 2010.The parade was led by a small gator buggy driven by club sponsor Gary Bowen who said: “I was asked to be the driver about two hours ago. This is the nearest thing we could find to a golf buggy.”Sharon Williams, stewardess at Brecon Rugby Club and Powell’s aunt, said: “I went to the game and it was magical. I can’t explain it I’ve been to watch Andy play over the years but to watch Brecon Rugby Club run out at the stadium has been an experience.”It was a momentous day for the club and the town, even the police got involved! Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news in the world of rugby. The side celebrated in their own distinctive way on Monday. In Style: Brecon did things their own way after their victory (Credit: Roshan Gurung) Given it was the teams first national title in the club’s 150-year history, you would have expected a more classic parade or party but no, Powell said it was going to be tractor and trailer, and that is exactly what it was as you can see below.
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Adair M. Saviola says: In the final weeks before the Nov. 8 general election preachers are facing the challenge of speaking a word of truth and reconciliation into the season’s heated rhetoric. Photo illustration: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] Preaching can be challenging at any time, but it is especially so during an election season and the remaining days of the 2016 U.S. presidential election are proving exceptionally fraught for some preachers.“There’s weightiness and a kind of heaviness that everyone is bringing to this time,” Diocese of Washington Bishop Mariann Budde said in an interview with Episcopal News Service.Many preachers want to address the election and its impact on society; many of their congregants want or expect them to do so, but others do not. Beyond navigating the thicket of regulations governing the political activities of nonprofit organizations, including churches, there is the often-asked question of whether political issues belong in the pulpit.Internal Revenue Service regulations prevent religious organizations from supporting or opposing any candidate, political party or political action committee. Some congregants still wonder if their priests will make such endorsements.The Very Rev. W. H. Mebane, interim dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, New York, explicitly tells his parishioners “I’m not going to do that in a sermon or in the announcement period.”But, Mebane, who recently supported San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest by preaching while wearing a replica of his jersey, is known for connecting the gospel to the events and concerns of society.“People accuse me all the time of preaching politics,” Mebane told Episcopal News Service. “My response is always I have never preached a political sermon in my life. I have preached the gospel of Jesus Christ, which can sound awfully political.”The Very Rev. W. H. Mebane, interim dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, New York, recently preached a sermon exploring San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest. Ohio friends John Lauro, left, and Scott Williams, right, came to hear him. Photo: St. Paul’s CathedralPreaching the gospel can mean talking about what attributes Christians ought to look for in their potential political leaders. Mebane’s list of traits is anchored in his self-proclaimed “manifesto” found in Matthew 25:35-36 of feeding the hungry, aiding the poor, caring for the sick and visiting prisoners.When you preach the gospel, said the Rev. Bill Brosend, professor of New Testament and preaching at the University of the South’s School of Theology, people will know where you stand on the political issues of the day.“If you think they don’t know how you voted in the last election, you are wrong,” he said. “Don’t pretend to a neutrality that doesn’t exist. You did vote for somebody and it probably comes out not just in your sermons but throughout your ministry”The challenge to the preacher is to find ways to articulate his or her motivations in a way that “invites conversation, allows for difference and encourages everyone to think about how their faith applies to the decisions they make about who to vote for,” he said.Budde would agree. Well-known in her diocese and beyond for her stands on issues such as racial justice and gun violence, Budde often preaches and writes about the political issues on her mind. However, that outspokenness can make preaching even more challenging.“Sometimes,” she said. “I just want to be counter type so that I can draw in other voices, and to not be completely dismissed as I open my mouth by the people I might be able to influence if I come at it from a different angle.“At some level, I’m pretty sure I disappoint somebody every day.”Budde, who in her role as bishop preaches to a different congregation nearly every Sunday, said she strives to strike a balance that is not “constantly condemning” the direction of this presidential election season, but that can also invite a conversation about “who are we as a nation” right now.To preach in this manner requires a relationship rooted in generosity between the preacher and her congregation, said the Rev. Pamela Dolan, rector of Church of the Good Shepherd in Town and Country, Missouri, west of St. Louis.Dolan said she hopes that any preacher’s listeners would practice a stance that she is working to cultivate in herself during this fraught political season. “To not assume I know another person’s motives, especially if I am tempted to ascribe negative motivations,” is how she describes it.“To take as a baseline that either I can assume that the person preaching wants the best for me and the congregation, or at the very least is not coming at it trying to be hurtful and divisive,” she added.The Rev. Emily Mellott, rector of Calvary Church in Lombard, Illinois, agreed that solid relationships allow for disagreements without divisions. With relationships based in ministry and love, political disagreements have a better chance of not bothering people because everyone trusts that the person with whom you disagree “is going to show up in the hospital with communion when you’re sick,” she said.That said, Mellott argued that “to preach the gospel and to preach the gospel in conversation with current events and with the experience that people in the church are having is absolutely political.” In her preaching, she is “talking about how the gospel engages with the news we read and see and hear.”For preachers, Oct. 9 was a case in point. The news that day was “completely consumed,” Brosend said, by the pending debate that night with Hillary Clinton and the video of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s demeaning comments about women. “To pretend that that wasn’t what everybody was talking about just before the prelude and what they’re going to talk about at coffee hour is craziness,” he said.Thus, the homiletical question, as Brosend often puts it, of “what does the holy spirit want the people of God to hear from these texts on this occasion?” took on many unexpected dimensions. The day’s Gospel (Luke 17:11-19) was the story about Jesus healing 10 lepers by sending them on their way to Jerusalem and telling them to show themselves to the priest there. Only one, a Samaritan, came back to thank Jesus.Brosend said he asked the question of which response was faithful; the response of the one or the nine? Perhaps, he suggested, both responses were faithful. The Samaritan returned to thank the one who healed him. And the nine Jewish lepers continued on to do what Jesus the rabbi had instructed them to do: go and show themselves to the priest.The biblical texts leave room for difference but not silence, Brosend said. “And to say we’re not supposed to take a stand, or I don’t want to jeopardize our nonprofit status or something like that is really avoiding the homiletical question in this season of our national life.”Yet, such preaching does bring its perils. In one of the more high-profile examples, the Rev. George Regas, retired rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, California, preached a sermon at All Saints just before the 2004 presidential election that the Internal Revenue Service initially said constituted intervention in the process. Regas imagined Jesus debating George W. Bush and John Kerry, and said people of faith could vote for either person. He also imagined Jesus telling Bush that the president’s doctrine of preemptive war was wrong and said that Bush-sponsored tax cuts “would break Jesus’ heart.”The IRS opened a two-year investigation into the parish that concluded in September 2007 without challenging the parish’s tax-exempt status and without a threatened audit ever taking place.As the election season careens to its Nov. 8 finish, preachers have a broader task than simply deciding what and how to preach. Budde said the assignment is this: “How to find a way for every voice to be heard, allow people to speak their own truth and then to allow the community to move forward in a way that is part of the reconciliation we need” both inside the faith community and in the wider world.Read more about itThe Episcopal Church’s Election Engagement Toolkit is here and the accompanying website is here.The Internal Revenue Service’s guide for election engagement activities, titled “Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations,” is here.The Pew Research Center for Religion & Public Life’s resource “Preaching Politics from the Pulpit” includes this question-and-answer section that unpacks the IRS rules.The Nonprofit Vote website includes more resources on what churches legally can and cannot do during election season.A 30-day cycle of prayer, called for by Forward Movement, began Oct. 6. The cycle includes weekly PDFs with prayers for each day. The entire cycle is available for download in a single PDF. The final prayer is for Nov. 9. The downloads, one in English and another in Spanish, are here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC October 17, 2016 at 9:38 pm Let us not confuse the false gospel of Dean Mebane with that of Jesus. Faith & Politics October 18, 2016 at 11:02 am “Preaching the gospel can mean talking about what attributes Christians ought to look for in their potential political leaders.” As a matter of civics, they are not our leaders; they are our representatives. Calling them our leaders implies that we work for them. Our representatives should work for us. As a religious matter we should probably put our faith in God rather than political idols made by humans anyway. Martha Neri says: Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Press Release Service Tags Dr. Erna Lund says: TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Joe Parrish says: October 20, 2016 at 2:17 pm To secure the Blessings of Liberty is expressed in the Preamble of the Constitution. So we in America know our Law seeks to know God. Liberty I believe is first used by Jesus in Luke 4″ give liberty to the captives and liberty to the bruised. Thus Liberty means the meeting of the Son of God. I know this can be debated but isn’t it a Miracle our Nation of Liberty and Freedom gives us the joy to seek the Lord? We must tell people God loves us and that Love as Paul expresses in Corinthians is not to be confused with any definition of love ever. Jesus’ Love for us. October 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm I would have an easier time believing my Church leadership and media’s claim to nonpartisanship, but alas, I have working eyes. Featured on the sidebar of this very website is an advertisement for a book – approved for sale in our official publishing organ even – entitled The Podium, the Pulpit, and the Republicans, by Frederick Stecker. This is the description:“The author examined political debates and speeches of both parties for their nuanced language and discovered to a statistically significant degree that Republicans employ authoritarian language (and stealth religious language) to convey judgment. Democrats, however, employ collaborative language (and nurturant language of forgiveness and love) …”Not only is that unscholarly, but it is willfully blind. That it gets any traction as a recommended book speaks volumes. Now, what was that about being nonpartisan? Featured Jobs & Calls Henry Parsley says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME October 26, 2016 at 6:46 pm Well said Adair. I just can’t understand how this interim Dean can reconcile himself with the Ordination vows of the Episcopal Church. The Bishop has not responded to this question that I asked him.This one of the greatest tragedies of the City of Buffalo. Donald Trump, The Rev. D F Lindstrom says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET October 18, 2016 at 6:28 pm With all due respect to my Episcopal communicants I do derive much of my spiritual,moral and ethical values from my Episcopal being–firstly as First generation daughter of Norwegian immigrant thus Lutheran and early on this Viking leadership melded with the dynamic Episcopal leadership of Dean John Patterson,Grace Cathedral Madison, Wisconsin… thus through these 60+ years in my dedicated Episcopalian life any question/concern relative to spirituality I must respond on this long-time inherent base … Now to the 21st Century, lo-and-behold Evangelism w/Bible-belt evangelists are proceeding here-and-wide literally… thus if you have as I/we(Seattle/Washington) bishop & dean w/clergy from the Bible belt then you don’t need any independent thinking just go to church every week faithfully regardless, and more often if you really want to gain/be perceived as a good Christian and thus having “credibility…” Yes this is a somewhat extended reply to both Grant Bakewell referring/describing the “politics” of Jesus…Please you/one must know that this has become corrupted through the years that “politics” is defined as power, authority, influence which Jesus had none of these in the temporaral definition… yes I prefer the use/reference of the Ministry of Jesus as he had none of these formal interrelationships… and secondly to Ronald Davin, please clarify re your reference to Kapernik who kneeled on the one/wrong knee… do you mean the other knee or both knees and to whom–the country or…? Indeed this is all reflective of the Critical Thinking for Clarity and greater understanding. There is such Hypocrisy blatant and rampant and in your face (media/TV/internet/newspapers) and thus we have both presidential candidates using this to the lowest/highest extremes–Clintons in an arrogant/self-righteous display regardless of his predatory sexual behaviors prior/during his presidency & Impeachment and now targeting Trump for his verbal use/abuse of women during his extensive business ventures(10-12yrs past). To be realistic all of us women who have been in the business workplace have been subjected to these kind of sexual encounters/assaults. So now are we to come forward to be interviewed, videotaped… or only if that particular man is running for a political office … Selfrightenousness/arrogance/false pride– all these violate our basic morality,ethics, spirituality. We need to Hold Strong to our Basic Spiritual Foundation midst all this turmoil. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI October 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm As I understand it and was taught , genuflectionis always on the right knee …. symbolizing ” I pledge Thee my liege Lord , etc. ” from the age of feudalism , GOD BEING THE ULTIMATE LORD . ….. I DO NOT THINK IT MAKES MUCH DIFFERENCE TO GOD WHICH KNEE . Richmond Parker October 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm Some of my acquaintances may not be preaching for a candidate in the pulpit, but their Facebook pages are openly saying they are putting signs for one of the candidates in the Rectory’s yard. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET PJCABBINESS says: Kenneth Knapp says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET October 19, 2016 at 9:06 am I think you meant that comment for Mr R. Davin. I kneel on whichever knee seems to be working best on any given day. Submit a Press Release Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York October 23, 2016 at 8:18 pm I categorically reject any political message from the pulpit, no matter how subtle. There are ample themes from the Gospel or Bible on which to base a sermon. I expect relief from political dialogue when I hear a sermon or homily. The ordained are entitled to their beliefs and I to mine but we ought not to influence the other especially from the pulpit. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ronald Davin says: Richmond Parker says: Kenneth Knapp says: Doug Desper says: F William Thewalt says: October 17, 2016 at 8:45 pm ” Righteousness exalts a nation , but sin is a reproach to any people . ” The General Confession in the 1928 Edition of THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER pretty much sums it up . The newer edition omits ” miserable sinners ” because there are no miserable sinners left …. Too many seem to be blatant sinners , bragging about their sins ! Richmond Parker Kenneth Knapp says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 October 18, 2016 at 9:48 am Good for you. I agree!!!! Rector Belleville, IL Rector Tampa, FL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing October 17, 2016 at 6:42 pm Vote your Conscience–morally, ethically–not by anybody else’s rules, platitudes… This highly contentious time is both challenging and demanding calling for a very personal choice. To paraphrase scripture, “what one sows, one will reap…” thus our warring, divided country has produced the “King of Capitalism” vs “Queen of Corruption!” Humanity and Humanitarian efforts have gone by the wayside devolving into Millions of refugees in the Middle East and still our country is in the midst of more military tactics/strategy of bombing with civilian “collateral damage” of vulnerable children and families. And Compassionate Action and Diplomacy are no longer part of any national political and governmental priorities/agenda. God Help Us All. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Martha Neri says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest October 26, 2016 at 8:50 pm The fact is this Interim Dean wore a pinback button When the first “Black Lives Matter” phrase was coined in 2014. He wore it on his vestments during services and Celebration of the Eucharist. Richmond Parker says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Shreveport, LA Stewart David Wigdor says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Knoxville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Election 2016, Rector Collierville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel October 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm Dear Mr K. Knapp This as a test of my memory, well over 60 years. I believe you kneel on your right knee to God and your left to a person or man made object. If this is so, shouldn’t the quislings be using their left knee. A moot point to be sure, but just curious. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS October 18, 2016 at 10:16 am To my more learned friends, is there a possibility that Colin Kaepernick is using the wrong knee in his protests, he should be on the other one ? Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA Comments (21) Dr. Erna Lund says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ronald Davin says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Karen Birr says: October 19, 2016 at 4:56 pm Regarding our election , I think altogether too many people forfeited their right to vote in the primaries because they did not enroll in either party … If all eligible voters had enrolled to vote in both the primaries and the general election , we probably would have better candidates ….. Richmond Parker The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Comments are closed. October 17, 2016 at 4:27 pm In my former parish, a woman asked if she could put literature from the Christian Coalition advising people how to vote in the church and pews. I told her absolutely not! I did not allow political literature in the church. I believe that Episcopalians have enough common sense to make their own decisions. I do not believe clergy should preach partisan sermons, have political stickers on their cars nor signs in their driveways. We should encourage them to vote, not how to vote. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL As election draws near, preachers feel the gospel’s challenge October 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm Were the great prophets being too political when they challenged the ruler’s immoral behavior or failure to help the poor? I might imagine Elijah having a word to say about a certain tape or Amos about an unjust tax plan or Isaiah about abuse of power for personal gain. Non-partisan of course. I realize that not every preacher is a prophet, or is meant to be. Thankfully, or Sunday morning might be more sparse than it already is. But we always need to make room for the prophetic voice, which seeks to speak holy truth to historical moments. And we need to make sure that there is occasion for matters like the current election to be discussed somewhere in our church life, inclusive of different viewpoints.Our public voice matters. “The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken, who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:8). Submit an Event Listing October 20, 2016 at 9:07 pm I think our claims to nonpartisanship are taken for tax reasons. In reality there isn’t much doubt that we believe all thing necessary to salvation are contained in the Democratic Party Platform. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 17, 2016 October 24, 2016 at 2:18 pm The politically charged sermons of the temporary rector at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo have driven scores of people from the parish. The Anglican legacy was always one of scripture, tradition and reason and welcomed diverse points of view. Sadly. that is no longer the case in Buffalo’s Cathedral.The once proud cardinal parish of the Diocese is a shadow of its former self and I fear there will be little left to entice members of the clergy to even consider the post of dean. Please keep St. Paul’s Buffalo in your prayers. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Richmond Parker says: Rector Bath, NC
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China’s Cyber Censorship Figures February 3, 2018 China must stop harassing foreign reporters Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese authorities to stop obstructing the work of foreign journalists after the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) released a report last week showing a sharp increase in harassment of its members. 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Of the 117 members who responded to the FCCC survey, 40% reported that conditions have worsened, as against 29% last year.“Harassing foreign journalists and then posing as a victim when they publish annoying reports will not help the Chinese government to improve its image,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “Such behaviour is all the more shocking because the regime does its best to exploit the freedom available to journalists in democratic countries in order to develop its propaganda network there.”Visa or accreditation denialUsing the threat of non-renewal of their press visas, the classic method of pressuring foreign reporters, is on the rise. Fifteen percent of the respondents said they had been threatened, three times as many as last year. Six percent said they had been directly threatened with expulsion, a percentage that has also tripled.The threat of expulsion hangs over every foreign correspondent and is sometimes carried out. Ursula Gauthier, a French journalist, was expelled at the end of 2015 because of an article that caused displeasure. The New York Times and Al Jazeera saw reporters expelled in 2012, the Toronto-based Globe and Mail in 2009.Denial of accreditation is also on the rise. Many leading international media outlets – including the BBC, Economist, Financial Times, Guardian, New York Times, Yomiuri Shimbun, Sankei Shimbun, Libération and Voice of America – were prevented from covering a Politburo Standing Committee meeting on the official grounds of “lack of room.” It seems to have been a punishment for criticizing President Xi Jinping in editorials.Forbidden areasRestrictions on freedom of movement have increased significantly. Three quarters of the respondents who went to the troubled Xinjiang region in China’s far west said the area in which they were allowed to move about had been reduced.Like the North Korean border area, it seems that this region is subject to “special restrictions.” When Globe and Mail reporter Nathan VanderKlippe went to Xinjiang last August, he was detained, questioned, followed to his hotel and his laptop was confiscated for 12 hours.But harassment is no longer limited to the special regions and officials all over China are now reluctant to let foreign journalists operate freely. “Police and other local authorities increasingly tried to claim that prior permission is required to report in their area,” Wall Street Journal reporter Josh Chin said.Threats and violenceTwo South Korean journalists were badly beaten by Chinese security officials while covering a visit by the South Korean president to Beijing. The incident was indicative of the lack of consideration that the regime shows towards the foreign media. It is no surprise that more than half of the FCCC’s respondents said they had been subjected to interference and harassment and 8% reported physical violence.A BBC News crew was accosted in Hunan in February 2017 by a group of men in civilian dress who refused to identify themselves. They manhandled the journalists and smashed their video equipment. Later, under the supervision of uniformed policemen and officials, the journalists were forced to sign a statement confessing to “behaviour causing a bad impact” and trying to conduct an /i>“illegal interview.”Shortly after Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo’s death in July, the authorities prevented the foreign media from entering the hospital to which he had been confined. Voice of America reporter Yibing Feng and his assistant, Ai Lun, were jostled by plainclothes police and their equipment was damaged.Pressure on sourcesForeign journalists are nowadays also discovering a more insidious form of pressure: harassment of their sources and those who provide logistic help. A quarter of the respondents said some of their contacts had been harassed, detained or summoned for interrogation.“When filming on remote location, locals were warned against talking to us and even told not to help us with places to eat or sleep,” BBC News reporter Kathy Long said. She added: “Several companies which offered us filming facilities of political pilgrimage sites subsequently withdrew their offers after government/local authority pressure to do so.”Even when there is no sign of officials, fewer and fewer Chinese agree to cooperate with the foreign media for fear of sanctions. AFP’s Beijing bureau chief, Patrick Baert, who first reported in China in 1997, said: “It is as hard as ever to contact the authorities and to find people who can talk, who are not afraid to talk.”China is ranked very near the bottom of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index (176th out of 180 countries). ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses PredatorsViolence News
NewsNew treats for the FVDIE wine tastingBy admin – September 15, 2011 551 Email Previous articleRapist bound to the peace for two yearsNext articleColour comfort and a chicken pie admin “WE are keen to show our new wines such as; Albarino, Picpoul de Pinet, Chateau Bauduc Blanc 2009, Mark Haisma Bourgogne Rouge and Emma Serjeant Bourgogne Blanc to name but a few”. Those are the treats that await guests of the FromVineyardsDirect next wine tasting at the Absolute Hotel later this month. Following the success of the From Vineyards Direct wine tasting in July at the Hunt Museum, Stuart and his crew are set to make a welcome return to the Treaty City where they have joined forces with Donnacha Hurley, GM at the Absolute Hotel to host the second of their wine tasting bonanzas.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Stuart says that “All of these guys hit the nail on the head with regard to price/quality ratio”.September 22 has been pencilled in and Stuart will bring with him a plethora of vinified delight.A few old favourites will join some new wines for the tasting session that will showcase the best of wines available direct from sourceAgain, the “twitterati” will be working feverishly behind the scenes and the final wines will been selected to adorn the venue of the stylish hotel.As the tail end of the Summer sizzles out, guests will get to try the house white wine from Gordon Ramsay’s that is set to surprise and delight many at under €11 a bottle.A stunning viognier and an equally surprising gewurztraminer from Domaine Jean Paul Schmitt will be part of the 20 plus wines on show. From the Italian vines, a soave and a surprise roero will also showcase.The array of “beauties” to sample will also include Commanderie Mazeyres 2001 from Pomerol or some for the rose table where guests can go from Bordeaux through Navarra, Gascony, The Oc and all the way to Provence while scenes from the River Abbey float by.Follow us on twitter, Stuart in FromVineyardsDirect (@FVDIE) Donnacha Hurley (@absoluteireland) and myself (@andrewcareylk) with details trending on #absolutewinetasting, or get more info in print or online here at the blog, at www.limerickpost.ie. or www.fromvineyardsdirect.ie Print Advertisement Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin
Facebook Google+ By News Highland – July 15, 2013 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal chiropractor to be sentenced for breaking into ex-girlfriend’s home and assaulting her Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Pinterest Previous articleBus Eireann confirms that Letterkenny to Dublin Route will be fully wheelchair accessibleNext article‘Heartless thieves’ target cars at two Letterkenny graveyards News Highland Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Watch: The Nine Til Noon Show LIVE Facebook Pinterest Twitter A Donegal chiropractor will be sentenced next week for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home and then dragging her back into the house and assaulting her.Helen McEvily (33) was at home after a night out when Kevin Ginty (46) climbed in through her sitting room window. She managed to leave the house and call the gardaí.Sergeant Martin Finnan told Deirdre Murphy SC, prosecuting that Ms McEvily was making her way to a neighbour’s house and was on the phone again to local gardaí when the line went dead. Ginty then wrapped his arm around her neck and dragged her back into the house.He put the woman at the bottom of the stairs and struck her head off the bottom step before dragging her up to her bedroom.The gardaí called her phone again but Ginty took it, impersonated a woman’s voice and told officers the victim was at a disco.Sgt Finnan said Ginty then left the house and she called the gardaí again. When officers arrived at Ms McEvily’s home, Ginty drove up to the house and was arrested for drink driving.Ms McEvily was left with bruising to her inner arm, upper and lower back and buttocks. There were also abrasions on her breast and chest area and scratches to her left ankle and sole of her left foot.Ginty of St Columbas Terrace, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty to burglary and assault at the woman’s home on April 4, 2010. He has one previous minor conviction as well as the drink driving offence at the woman’s home.Ms McEvily read her victim impact report in which she stated that a part of her did not survive that night.“I am not the same mother, I am not the same sister,” she said, adding that she has had to attend counselling. She said she has trouble sleeping at night and feels paranoid about any noise or movements.Ms McEvily said everything in her life now revolves around the fact that she was attacked.“I can barely remember what it is to have a normal life. It is easier to accept how my life is now rather than continuing to fight to try and get back to a person that no longer exists,” the woman continued.She said she has since moved house and has installed personal alarms in her new home.“This has incident has prevented me moving on with my life, to me I am no longer living, I survive,” Ms McEvily said.Sgt Finnan agreed with Gerard Clarke SC, defending that Ms McEvily took out a restraining order on Ginty to prevent him from going near her home or workplace and from contacting her in anyway.He accepted that Ginty has “operated under this restriction” and that his client is “under no illusion” that their relationship is over and he is no longer welcome in her house.Sgt Finnan accepted that the Ginty and Ms McEvily had been in an “on and off” sexual relationship since October 2007 and had sex two days before he broke into her home.He further accepted that Ms McEvily told another prosecuting garda, Detective Garda Martin Mannion, that when Ginty brought her into her bedroom, he lay down on the bed beside her, she screamed for help and he left.Mr Clarke told Mr Justice Paul Carney that his client came from a highly respected and well regarded family in Letterkenny.Mr Justice Carney remanded Ginty in custody and adjourned the case to next Monday for sentence News
Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook News Facebook Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleLongford confirm Verdon’s returnNext article‘May The 4th Be With You’ festival to take place in Donegal News Highland Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows New Loganiar CoDA to London Stansted gets underway By News Highland – February 27, 2019 Loganair’s new service between City of Derry Airport and London Stansted has commenced operations.The new operator was appointed following the collapse of FlyBMI.The route runs twice daily on a 49-seater jet aircraft with an early morning departure each day.A spokesperson for the airport says; maintaining frequent, convenient and competitively priced air services to and from London is vitally important and this route is vital for the economic development of the North West region. Pinterest Twitter Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan