Cruel and unusual punishment: Executions temporarily halted in Ohio

first_imgAnti-death penalty activists have been fighting for decades in an uphill battle to end the barbaric and racist practice of executions, but the movement has been making slow but steady progress. Last year Washington became the 20th state to ban executions. Polls show public support for the death penalty continues to decline, with more people than ever convinced it is applied unfairly. (Death Penalty Information Center)In the latest breakthrough, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine suspended all executions in the state Feb. 21. Previously on Jan. 25, the governor had postponed the Feb. 15 execution date of Warren Keith Henness to Sept. 16.Ohio had one of the highest rates of executions before 2014. However, there were problems with lethal injection — the preferred killing method that replaced the electric chair in most death penalty states. Witnesses observed the condemned experiencing severe pain. In 2009 the attempted execution of Romell Broom was botched; Broom survived and remains on death row. Ohio then introduced an untried killing formula combining midazolam and hydromorphone. The first victim, Dennis McGuire, was observed writhing in agony and gasping for air. For 3½ years there were no executions in Ohio. Then in 2017 a new drug combination was introduced, which still used midazolam. Two people were executed that year, and one — Robert Van Hook — in July 2018.An autopsy performed on Van Hook revealed that in his last hour of life his lungs filled up with fluid. Attorneys for Henness raised the “cruel and unusual punishment” argument. Federal Magistrate Judge Michael Merz agreed; he called the current protocol a combination of “waterboarding and a chemical fire.” (Youngstown Vindicator, March 3) His ruling prompted DeWine’s decision to halt executions, but only until some more “humane” method of killing is presented. Five other men set to be executed this year have not had their executions cancelled or postponed. Merz, a seasoned judge who came out of retirement, is not known for progressive rulings. Merz handed down rulings against both Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan and Keith Lamar, who were convicted of capital murder in connection with the 1993 Lucasville prison uprising. His decision reflects the fact that it has become politically harder for states to continue taking lives using the death penalty.Why now?Although some polls show a majority of people still support capital punishment in certain cases, that majority is shrinking. One factor is the irrefutable evidence of racist disparity in sentencing. As recently as last year, nearly half of all new death sentences were imposed on people of color. Other factors include the number of people on death row with mental disabilities and the risk of innocent people being executed, which was affirmed by the exoneration of 164 death row prisoners since 1976.In Ohio, those wrongfully convicted of capital murder include Hasan, Lamar (aka Bomani Shakur), George Skatzes, Nameer Mateen (aka James Were) and Jason Robb. All were falsely accused in the death of a guard, and some in the killing of prisoners, during the Lucasville rebellion. Lamar exhausted his appeals in December and was given an execution date of Nov. 16, 2023. Public meetings, held last year around the 25th anniversary of the rebellion, increased awareness that innocent people still face execution.In addition, recent scandals have exposed illegal conduct by several states in procuring the fatal drug cocktails. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, “States have used secrecy laws to conceal evidence of illegal or improper activity in obtaining lethal-injection drugs, including lying to pharmaceutical companies, contracting with suppliers that have histories of safety violations and swapping drugs with other states.” This has put states in conflict with Big Pharma and has resulted in several lawsuits.Because of these and other factors, executions dropped last year to a countrywide low of 54, continuing a recent trend. However, death penalty opponents will not rest. As Ben Turk, administrator for the Lucasville Amnesty website and Facebook page, told Workers World: “I support not only the suspension but also the immediate abolition of the death penalty, but I also caution against replacing it with life without the possibility of parole. “Greg Curry, one of the Lucasville survivors who narrowly escaped the death penalty (both in court and in extrajudicial efforts of retaliatory staff) is instead serving life without the possibility of parole. If that reform becomes the widespread replacement for the death penalty, this reform will actually lead to more innocent people dying in prison because they’ll have less access to legal redress. We must oppose death by incarceration as strongly as we oppose death by lethal injection.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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TV journalist hounded in France over Nagorno-Karabakh report

first_img News TF1 Headquarters (photo: AFP/Kenzo Tribouillard). Help by sharing this information to go further Organisation Liseron Boudoul, a staff reporter for the French TV channel TF1, began receiving hate messages on Facebook and Twitter, including such insults as “genocidal whore,” after TFI broadcast her report on its 8 p.m. news programme on 22 October. She was also subjected to pressure via a WhatsApp text from someone who had managed to get her personal phone number.TF1 was itself also targeted by systematic harassment on social media and in emails and phone calls.Two reporters for a leading French daily were also subjected to online threats from members of the Armenian community in France in early October in connection with their articles about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.“We firmly condemn the harassment to which Liseron Boudoul and TF1 have been subjected,” said Pavol Szalai, the Head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans Desk. “It is unacceptable for a journalist and a media outlet to be hounded in this way for covering a conflict, on the grounds that they placed themselves on a certain side of the front line.”Szalai added: “We also call on Franck Papazian, the co-chair of the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations in France, to unequivocally condemn this grave attack on freedom of the press.”In a Facebook comment, Papazian described Boudoul’s report as “similar to disinformation.” One of the comments that followed said: “It’s possible that with a few beheadings of senior TF1 personnel, they will think better and more clearly.”The day after Boudoul’s report was broadcast, members of the Armenian community demonstrated spontaneously outside TF1’s headquarters in Paris in protest against what they regarded as the TV channel’s biased coverage.A few days before Boudoul’s report, TF1 had broadcast two reports from the Armenian side of the front line. To defuse tension, TF1 finally removed Boudoul’s report from its website.France is ranked 34th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, while Armenia is ranked 61st and Azerbaijan is ranked 168th. FranceArmeniaAzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsInternetPhotoreportage News News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan RSF_en Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF sayscenter_img Receive email alerts October 27, 2020 TV journalist hounded in France over Nagorno-Karabakh report June 4, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the online attacks that a French TV reporter received from members of the Armenian community in France after just doing her job by covering the current fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region from the Azerbaijani side of the front line. FranceArmeniaAzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsInternetPhotoreportage News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Antennae Help Flies “Cruise” In Gusty Winds

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Science and Technology Antennae Help Flies “Cruise” In Gusty Winds Caltech researchers uncover a mechanism for how fruit flies regulate their flight speed, using both vision and wind-sensing information from their antennae. By JESSICA STOLLER-CONRAD Published on Friday, April 11, 2014 | 11:00 am Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Business News 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. More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. 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Each observation by the cameras is scaled according to flight speed, as if the animal was dribbling paint as it was flying; the longer the residence time, the larger the dot. Each trajectory is shown in a different color. The stars indicate when the flies were subjected to a brief gust of wind. These experiments revealed how the wind-sensing antennae stabilize the fly’s visual flight controller. Credit: Sawyer Fuller/CaltechDue to its well-studied genome and small size, the humble fruit fly has been used as a model to study hundreds of human health issues ranging from Alzheimer’s to obesity. However, Michael Dickinson, Esther M. and Abe M. Zarem Professor of Bioengineering at Caltech, is more interested in the flies themselves—and how such tiny insects are capable of something we humans can only dream of: autonomous flight. In a report on a recent study that combined bursts of air, digital video cameras, and a variety of software and sensors, Dickinson and his team explain a mechanism for the insect’s “cruise control” in flight—revealing a relationship between a fly’s vision and its wind-sensing antennae.The results were recently published in an early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Inspired by a previous experiment from the 1980s, Dickinson’s former graduate student Sawyer Fuller (PhD ’11) wanted to learn more about how fruit flies maintain their speed in flight. “In the old study, the researchers simulated natural wind for flies in a wind tunnel and found that flies maintain the same groundspeed—even in a steady wind,” Fuller says.Because the previous experiment had only examined the flies’ cruise control in gentle steady winds, Fuller decided to test the limits of the insect’s abilities by delivering powerful blasts of air from an air piston in a wind tunnel. The brief gusts—which reached about half a meter per second and moved through the tunnel at the speed of sound—were meant to probe how the fly copes if the wind is rapidly changing.The flies’ response to this dynamic stimulus was then tracked automatically by a set of five digital video cameras that recorded the fly’s position from five different perspectives. A host of computers then combined information from the cameras and instantly determined the fly’s trajectory and acceleration.To their surprise, the Caltech team found that the flies in their experiments, unlike those in the previous studies, accelerated when the wind was pushing them from behind and decelerated when flying into a headwind. In both cases the flies eventually recovered to maintain their original groundspeed, but the initial response was puzzling, Fuller says. “This response was basically the opposite of what the fly would need to do to maintain a consistent groundspeed in the wind,” he says.In the past, researchers assumed that flies—like humans and most other animals—used their vision to measure their speed in wind, accelerating and decelerating their flight based on the groundspeed their vision detected. But Fuller and his colleagues were also curious about the in-flight role of the fly’s wind-sensing organs: the antennae.Using the fly’s initial response to strong wind gusts as a marker, the researchers tested the response of each sensory mode individually. To investigate the role of wind sensation on the fly’s cruise control, they delivered strong gusts of wind to normal flies, as well as flies whose antennae had been removed. The flies without antenna still increased their speed in the same direction as the wind gust, but they only accelerated about half as much as the flies whose antennae were still intact. In addition, the flies without antennae were unable to maintain a constant speed, dramatically alternating between acceleration and deceleration. Together, these results suggested that the antennae were indeed providing wind information that was important for speed regulation.In order to test the response of the eyes separately from that of the antennae, Fuller and his colleagues projected an animation on the walls of the fly-tracking arena that would trick the eyes into thinking there was no speed increase, even though the antenna could feel the increased windspeed. When the researchers delivered strong headwinds to flies in this environment, the flies decelerated and were unable to recover to their original speed.“We know that vision is important for flying insects, and we know that flies have one of the fastest visual systems on the planet,” Dickinson says, “But this response showed us that as fast as their vision is, if they’re flying too fast or the wind is blowing them around too quickly, their visual system reaches its limit and the world starts getting blurry.” That is when the antennae kick in, he says.The results suggest that the antennae are responsible for quickly sensing changes in windspeed—and therefore are responsible for the fly’s initial deceleration in a headwind. The information received from the fly’s eyes—which is processed much more slowly than information from the wind sensors on the antenna—is responsible for helping the fly regain its cruising speed.“Sawyer’s study showed that the fly can take another sensor—this little tiny antenna, which doesn’t require nearly the amount of processing area within the brain as the eyes—and the fly is able to use that information to compensate for the fact that the information coming out of the eyes is a bit delayed,” Dickinson says. “It’s kind of a neat trick, using a cheap little sensor to compensate for the limitations of a big, heavy, expensive sensor.”Beyond learning more about the fly’s wind-sensing capabilities, Fuller says that this information will also help engineers design small flying robots—creating a sort of man-made fly. “Tiny flying robots will take a lot of inspiration from flies. Like flies, they will probably have to rely heavily on vision to regulate groundspeed,” he says.“A challenge here is that vision typically takes a lot of computation to get right, just like in flies, but it’s impossible to carry a powerful processor to do that quickly on a tiny robot. So they’ll instead carry tiny cameras and do the visual processing on a tiny processor, but it will just take longer. Our results suggest that little flying vehicles would also do well to have fast wind sensors to compensate for this delay.”The work was published in a study titled “Flying Drosophila stabilize their vision-based velocity controller by sensing wind with their antennae.” Other coauthors include former Caltech senior postdoc Andrew D. Straw, Martin Y. Peek (BS ’06), and Richard Murray, Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering at Caltech, who coadvised Fuller’s graduate work. The study was supported by the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies through funding from the U.S. Army Research Office and by a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

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Russia wants Navalny ally arrested abroad; Lithuania refuses

first_img WhatsApp FILE – This file photo released by Leonid Volkov’s Twitter account on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, shows Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny with his wife, Yulia, and friends in Germany before he returned to Moscow. Navalny flew back to Russia on Jan. 17 after recovering in Germany from a poisoning with a nerve agent that he blames on Russian authorities. A Moscow court on Wednesday, Feb. 10, ordered the arrest of Volkov, a Navalny ally who lives in Lithuania, but the government in Vilnius has rejected the demand. Twitter Local NewsWorld News Russia wants Navalny ally arrested abroad; Lithuania refuses Pinterest Twitter Facebookcenter_img TAGS  Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 10, 2021 Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleCOVID-19 Job Losses Put Women’s Financial Security At RiskNext articleoat021121 MSmith_C20210204.jpg Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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Proceed With Caution on HMDA Deregulation

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Protecting Homes From Disaster Next: Insights on FHA Loans in Commentary, Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Banks CFPB CRA Financial Institutions HMDA Lending loans Servicing 2019-07-03 Radhika Ojha Proposed changes to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) that would increase reporting exemptions on loan volume and other statistics present savings in cost and manpower hours for thousands of financial institutions.Recent estimates suggest that banks collectively spend $270 billion in compliance-related costs or 10% of net operating costs, and the cost could more than double by 2022.While everyone benefits from streamlined bureaucracy, this will be the third threshold change limiting the number of reporting institutions since the implementation of the 2015 HMDA Rule.With continuous watering down of these regulations, banks run the risk of unintentionally impeding the Community Reinvestment Act. We stand to lose sight of the core mission of HMDA: To identify and address discrimination and ensure that economic incentives are focused on where they are most needed. Detailed data on home lending organized by census tract over the past 30 years has made these goals attainable. If we do not proceed cautiously, HMDA itself may become ineffective in its mandate, as the trickle of data it produces would be inconsequential.Under the rule change proposed on May 2 by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), now up for public comment, coverage thresholds and partial exemptions would be affected. For coverage thresholds the CFPB is proposing the following:Increase the coverage threshold from 25 loans in the two preceding calendar years to either 50 or 100 for closed-end mortgage loans.Extend to Jan. 1, 2022, the current temporary threshold of 500 open-end lines of credit and thereafter permanently set the threshold limit at 200 in each of the preceding two calendar years.As for partial exemptions, the rule includes amendments to the data compilation requirements and addresses interpretive issues relating to partial exceptions such as reporting after a merger or acquisition.Under the current landscape of HMDA reporting, approximately 4,960 financial institutions are required to report closed-end mortgages and applications. Of those, 4,263 are depository institutions and approximately 697 are nondepository institutions. Of those required to report, approximately 3,300 or 67% are partially exempt, and of 333 financial institutions are required to report open-end lines of credit of which none are partially exempt.It’s important to consider the implications of the proposed threshold change.If the reporting threshold for closed-end changes from 25 to 50, approximately 745 depository institutions—or 17%—would be relieved of HMDA reporting requirements. In addition, approximately 300 out of an estimated 74,000 total census tracts would lose at least 20% of HMDA reportable data.Further, if the reporting threshold for closed-end loans changes from 25 to 100, approximately 1,682 depository institutions—or 39%—would be relieved of HMDA reporting requirements. In the end, around 1,100 out of an estimated 74,000 total census tracts would lose at least 20% of HMDA reportable data.Although these changes have a small impact on the total number of records being reported, continuing to increase the reporting thresholds could have implications on the usefulness and reliability of HMDA, such as:Less ability to use HMDA data to evaluate a depository institution’s performance under CRADecreased insight to analyze access of credit at a neighborhood level to support targeted programs in underserved communitiesImpact of redlining analysis and comparing to peersThe reduced overall usefulness of reported data and questions about the output of HMDA dataDeregulation of strict measures imposed after the 2008 financial crisis has helped banks and their customers boost the economy and increase confidence. But banks themselves should also recognize the benefit of continued reporting of HMDA statistics for the common good and the overall economy. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Proceed With Caution on HMDA Deregulation Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img July 3, 2019 10,359 Views About Author: Vincent Urbancic Home / Commentary / Proceed With Caution on HMDA Deregulation Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Vincent Urbancic is a Director of Risk and Compliance at Navigant’s banking, insurance, and capital markets practice in Washington, DC. Tagged with: Banks CFPB CRA Financial Institutions HMDA Lending loans Servicing Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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Unsafe To Look At Religious Or Philosophical Texts To Interpret Sec 23 Of Senior Citizens Act : Kerala HC (FB) [Read Judgment]

first_imgNews UpdatesUnsafe To Look At Religious Or Philosophical Texts To Interpret Sec 23 Of Senior Citizens Act : Kerala HC (FB) [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK26 Sep 2020 12:56 AMShare This – xWhether the traditional values and general moral policies could determine and expand the scope and ambit of a piece of legislation, to bring in consequences which even the law makers would not have contemplated or intended ?, a Full Bench of the Kerala High Court has expressed its doubt.The bench observed thus while considering a reference which involved interpretation of Section 23(1) of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWhether the traditional values and general moral policies could determine and expand the scope and ambit of a piece of legislation, to bring in consequences which even the law makers would not have contemplated or intended ?, a Full Bench of the Kerala High Court has expressed its doubt.The bench observed thus while considering a reference which involved interpretation of Section 23(1) of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. The court noticed that, to give an expansive interpretation, a single bench judgment had referred to the religious and philosophical texts to highlight the traditional value systems.We are of the opinion that in deciding the scope of Section 23(1), it would be unsafe to look at religious texts or philosophical treatises, Justice K. Vinod Chandran observed in the judgment he authored for the Full Bench.In Manju G.S. v. K.N.Gopi [2020 (1) KHC 10], Justice A. Muhamed Mustaque, had quoted verses from Kurma Purana, Manusmriti, Holy Quran and Holy Bible, to note that traditional norms and values of the Indian society emphasize on the duty of taking care of elders. Disagreeing with this approach, the Full Bench said:”That the children should look after their parents, as a principle or a value, require no validation from scriptures or philosophical sources. The Act attempts to provide a dignified existence to the elderly and in drawing the contours of the power conferred under Section 23(1) we have to necessarily be conscious of the inter-play of the rights of the senior citizen and that of the beneficiaries to a transaction; of those acquired on property as regulated by various statutes. The Preamble speaks of the Act as one to provide effective provisions for the maintenance and welfare of parents and senior citizens guaranteed and recognized under the Constitution. Though not specified it has a reference to Article 21 and 41 of the Constitution of India.”Overruling this judgment, the Full Bench held that the condition as required under Section 23(1) of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, for provision of basic amenities and basic physical needs to a senior citizen has to be expressly stated in the document of transfer, which transfer can only be one by way of gift or which partakes the character of gift or a similar gratuitous transfer.Though there is an element of morality in the legislation as such, that cannot be the sole reigning consideration in interpreting a provision in the statute which brings in drastic consequences as available in Section 23, totally extinguishing the rights of the transferee, the bench noted while referring to observations made on constitutional morality in Navtej Singh Johar vs. Union Of India [2018 (10) SCC 1]. The court referred to an old Madras High Court judgment in Balusu Gurulingaswami v. Balusu Ramalakshmamma in which it upheld the adoption of an only son and rejected the argument that there was absolute prohibition in such adoption as per smritis.Case no.: SUBHASHINI vs. DISTRICT COLLECTORCase name: WA.No.1460 OF 2015 Coram: Justices K.Vinod Chandran, VG Arun and TR Ravi Counsel: Advocates P.B.Krishnan and Parvathi Menon; Sr. GP P.NarayananClick here to Read/Download JudgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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IFD warns of springtime gorge safety hazards

first_imgYour Public Safety news is made possible with support from: ITHACA, N.Y. – The Ithaca Fire Department reminds the community to exercise caution if you are going hiking or exploring the area. It is one of the most dangerous times of year to be near our gorges. Tagged: community announcement, gorge safety, ithaca fire department Trails are extremely slick and unstable and will remain closed until they can be serviced and officially opened.Related: With warmer weather, Ithaca Fire Department reminds residents of gorge safety tipsThe local waterways are bitterly cold, can be deadly and should be avoided.Stay in safe, designated, open areas and hike with a partner. Always know where you are and carry a cell phone in case of an emergency.Featured image: Taughannock Falls on March 23, 2019. (Jacob Mroczek/The Ithaca Voice) This is a community announcement submitted by the Ithaca Fire Department. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit news releases, email [email protected] Community Announcements This article was submitted on behalf of a person or organization in Tompkins County. The Ithaca Voice posts community announcements to provide readers with information directly from local businesses and… More by Community Announcementslast_img read more

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Yellow wind warning issued for Donegal

first_img Facebook Yellow wind warning issued for Donegal By News Highland – May 23, 2020 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+center_img Windy and showery today with fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds, and gales near northwest coasts.A status yellow wind warning has been issued for Co. Donegal.Met Eireann’s forecasting gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour. The alert will run until 6 o’clock tonight.Overall cloudy with scattered heavy showers, and the risk of hail.More general rain will extend eastwards across the province this evening. Highest temperatures of 12 to 14 degrees Celsius. WhatsApp Previous articleGovernment working to try ease Covid restrictions for under-18sNext articleDiscussions ongoing about making quarantine mandatory News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Facebook Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Community Enhancement Programme open for applications last_img read more

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Things lost will be found, when the time is right

first_img You Might Like Is Riley really done with politics? Those of us who are over 50 years old have witnessed and been a part of one of the most… read more Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Why Daddy went to New Orleans, I don’t know. Back then, children weren’t a part of the business of their mamas and daddies.But Daddy went and brought me back a Saint Christopher medal – the saint that is supposed to look after, as daddy said, fools and children.My medal was shaped like a bell with its ding-a-ling hanging down. On one side, it had an engraving of St. Christopher carrying a walking stick in his hand and a baby on his shoulder. On the other side there was an engraving of St. Christopher walking in the woods. It was the prettiest thing I had ever seen. Sponsored Content Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Things lost will be found, when the time is right Daddy didn’t go many places.He didn’t buy many presents either.So, when he went off and brought me back a present, it was very special to me. Published 10:14 pm Friday, January 28, 2011 Book Nook to reopen I wore it every day because I needed protecting especially from Mama and all the switchings she gave me.In a few years, the St. Christopher was taken to make room for an opal necklace from a boy friend and then a class ring around my neck. But I always kept my treasured present in a special place but, in time it, was misplaced and lost.Several months ago, I found a tiny St. Christopher, about half the size of a dime, in my grandson’s junk drawer. It just appeared out of nowhere. In an attempt to shine it up, I dropped in down the drain in the kitchen sink. It was gone forever. I was troubled because I knew it had been placed there for me.Then, in the fall, several of us “girls” were on the way to Ohio and stopped at a roadside park in Kentucky. And, there, nearly completely buried in the ground, something caught my eye. I dug out a St. Christopher. It had been put there for me just as surely as that Mickey Mouse teacup appeared to me in April 1980. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… When my grandmother died in 1965, we, the grandchildren, were allowed to have one thing of hers. I chose the Mickey Mouse teacup that had been kept on a whatnot shelf high out of the reach of little hands. All of those “what-knots” had been packed safely away years before. But all of the looking then and over the next 15 years didn’t turn up the cup.Not until the morning my granddaddy died.On that day, the teacup appeared in a very conspicuous place. It had been put there just for me.Over the years, other things of great importance to me have just appeared out of nowhere. My son, the Doubting Thomas, admonishes me, “Mama, I don’t believe that God is hording up things and then doling them back out to you at specific times.”Well. As folks say, that was for me to know and for him to find out.For whatever reason, the other night, we were discussing the story of Bill Skeeto, the man who, many years ago, was hanged for a crime he didn’t commit. The story is that Skeeto was so tall that his dangling feet touched the ground so his executors had to dig a hole under his feet so he would hang.From that day forward, the hole cannot be filled as a constant reminder of the terrible wrong done to a good and just man.Thomas doubted the story. “Where’s any documentation?”A few days later, I came home to find a faded, yellowed newspaper on the kitchen table. I picked it up. It was dated 1976 and the story of interest was about the hanging of Bill Skeeto.“Where did this come from,” I asked Thomas.It seemed that he had gone to the house where I grew up and that is a remodeling work in progress. There on top of a worktable was the newspaper with the Bill Skeeto story face up.Thomas admitted that he had been in the house several times during the week and to that very place. If the newspaper had been there, he would have seen it.But not if it had been horded up all those years just waiting for the right time. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Friday the 13th brings long-time superstitions to the fore

first_imgWhen the calendar reads Friday the 13th, some people decide to pull the cover over their heads and stay in bed. Others exercise extreme caution while still others laugh in the face of superstition.Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13 and, when the fear is specific to Friday the 13th it’s called paraskevidekatriaphobia.So, today many people will be experiencing paraskevidekatriaphobia but few call it that. Instead, they’ll say they are just plain superstitious and Friday the 13th is foreboding enough for them to take every precaution that could lead to bad luck in their lives. Sponsored Content Latest Stories Skip Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell “Since then, it has been thought to be bad luck for three people to share a light from the same match,” Walter said.Not often do people share lights from matches these days, but it’s interesting how superstitions originate.Walter said “knock on wood,” isn’t exactly a superstition but, in a way, it is.If someone says “I haven’t had the flu in several years, ‘knock on wood’” and gives a couple of raps on wood, then that expression and that action will keep the flu at bay.“‘In Medieval times, wood was thought to contain friendly spirits so, to awaken the spirits, you had to ‘knock on the wood,’” Walter said. “Today, we ‘knock on wood’ to bring good fortune our way.”This Friday the 13th, people from all walks of life will turn around when a black cat crosses their paths. They will avoid stepping on cracks in the sidewalk and walking under ladders. Those who break mirrors will have seven years bad luck, as will those who open an umbrella inside a building.No “knocks on wood” or rubs of a rabbit’s foot will undo the bad luck that will be conjured up on Friday the 13th so keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Print Article “They would fly missions 12A and 12B and jump to mission 14 but they would not fly mission 13,” she said. “Many high-rise buildings and hotels don’t have floors numbered 13 because so many people associate the number 13 with bad luck.” Walter said an interesting superstition that is said to have originated during World War I is “three on a match.”“The superstition was that, if three soldiers lit their cigarettes from the same match, the man who was third on the match would be shot,” she said.The belief was that, when the first soldier lit his cigarette, the enemy would see the light.When the second soldier lit his cigarette, the enemy would take aim. When the third soldier lit his cigarette from the same match, the enemy would fire. 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Any bad luck that Walter might have experienced, she chalks up to something other than a black cat crossing her path.The more superstitious among us, however, will turn around and go in a different direction if a black cat crosses their path. If it’s not possible to turn back, a man can spit in his hat and turn it around and that will ward off the bad luck. “Cussing” the cat will also do the trick but most people don’t rely on that; they just turn around and go back.“In many places in Europe, white cats are thought to bring bad luck and black cats are thought to bring good luck,” Walter said. “During World War II, soldiers would go into the villages in hopes of finding a black cat to bring them good luck on the battlefield.” Walter said during WWII, many bomber crews wouldn’t fly the 13th mission. By The Penny Hoarderlast_img read more

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