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Earlier this evening the two men spoke for nearly an hour by phone, with both re-emphasising their opposing positions on the backstop. This would buy both sides several months more to resolve the border issue. Under terms drawn up during Theresa May’s government, transition would run until December 2020. Varadkar reiterated the EU position that the Withdrawal Agreement cannot be reopened and emphasised the importance of a legal guarantee to ensure no hard border and continued free trade on the island of Ireland. Separately, City A.M. understands Michael Gove, chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, will give parliament regular updates on the preparations for a no-deal Brexit, starting on the first day back on 3 September. LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks flanked by Youth Justice Board Adviser Roy Sefa-Attakora (R) during a round table on the criminal justice system at 10 Downing Street on August 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas – WPA Pool/Getty Images) A government source said Gove will speak as often as weekly thereafter, ensuring proper scrutiny of no-deal planning. In the four-page letter to European Council President Donald Tusk published tonight, Johnson insisted “the backstop cannot form part of an agreed Withdrawal Agreement”, yet signalled a willingness to find a way of avoiding a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. Share In the letter, Johnson called for a “legally binding commitment” not to place infrastructure, checks and controls at the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. The Prime Minister has made his first moves towards breaking the Brexit impasse, setting out his position in a letter to the head of the European Council ahead of this weekend’s G7 summit. But he also ruled out a border down the Irish Sea, saying the idea of “seeing Northern Ireland gradually detached from the UK economy” was “unacceptable.” More From Our Partners Matt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com James Booth and Catherine Neilan Monday 19 August 2019 11:07 pm According to a Downing Street spokesperson, Johnson said the Withdrawal Agreement in its current form would need to be altered as it would not get through the House of Commons. He acknowledged concerns about what would happen if an agreement on the border issue was not in place by the end of the transition period, and said the UK was willing to “look constructively and flexibly at what commitments might help” build confidence. Additionally, Johnson will meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin in early September for Brexit talks Johnson sets out plan to break Brexit backstop deadlock whatsapp whatsapp The PM proposed replacing the backstop with a commitment to put in place an alternative arrangement before the end of the transition period, saying it should be discussed as part of the future relationship. Read more: Number 10 rejects move to recall parliament Read more:Prime Minister ‘confident’ EU will shift on Brexit
Public Safety | Southeast | WildlifeMother, yearling brown bear euthanized in SitkaAugust 7, 2018 by Emily Kwong, KCAW-Sitka Share:The Alaska Department of Fish and Game killed a brown bear sow and her yearling after Sitka Police were unsuccessful in attempting to haze the bears with rubber bullets.Local biologists say the bears behaved “boldly” and posed a public safety risk.The brown bears were spotted by multiple residents digging through trash and pawing windows near Cedar Beach Road and Shotgun Alley.In consultation with the Sitka Police Department, the two nuisance bears were killed July 31 with high powered rifles by Fish and Game during an evening patrol.The bears became more active in daylight hours – treating garbage as a food source.Wildlife biologist Stephen Bethune said that’s the kind of behavior that poses a risk to humans.“People were putting their trash out correctly on the morning of trash pickup and the bears were coming out in the daytime, and hitting those trash cans before the garbage trucks got to them. Things just escalated really quickly,” he said.Sitka General Code states that all trash that’s a known bear attractant, like meat scraps and dirty diapers, must be put out after 4 a.m. on pickup day.Putting the two bears down was a tough decision, Bethune said, but he determined euthanization was a safer option than tranquilization and relocating the bears to another place.“The drugs take several minutes to take effect,” Bethune said. “You have a situation, potentially at night with a sow and a cub, and you dart one of them. Are you able to find them? It may take several days to be successful at that. In this situation, we just felt like there was too much of a public safety risk to take that step.”Bethune sees the potential for creative solutions, such as electric fences and storage sheds to surround garbage cans.But adopting a city-wide solution would take money.“There are other types of aftermarket garbage cans that are much more bear-resistant than what the city is currently using right now. It comes down to people’s priorities,” Bethune said. “Somebody has to pay for these upgrades. At this point, the bears are paying for it.”Share this story:
A1 reopens as Catterick explosion reported near army garrison’s Marne Barracks in North Yorkshire remains a mystery Show Comments ▼ Share Tags: NULL More From Our Partners ‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com whatsapp Lynsey Barber Saturday 29 November 2014 1:32 pm whatsapp A report of an explosion near Catterick army garrison causing the A1 in North Yorkshire to be closed by police for most of the day remains a mystery as the motorway reopend.A ten mile stretch of the road between junction 51 and junction 56 had been shut down by North Yorkshire police for most of the day after an explosion was heard in the early hours of this morning. The police said the motorway closure, stopping traffic in both directions and including both slip roads to Catterick, was a precautionary measure while they conducted an investigation.After extensive searches involving the police, experts from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, explosive detection dogs, National Police Air Service and military search personnel, no evidence of an explosion was found. The area is home to Britain’s largest army garrison with more than 13,000 army personnel and civilians in the area and the stretch of road shutdown is close to Marne Barracks.In North Yorkshire police’s latest update, it said:We appreciate that members of the public will ask why the road had to be shut for so long. In view of the location of the suspected explosion, the source of the information, the current threat to UK security and a report a few hours earlier of a vehicle seen in suspicious circumstances outside the barracks, we were not prepared to take any chances with people’s safety and had to carry out a very extensive and thorough investigation.Officers have worked throughout the night and day to identify and locate the driver of the vehicle and we are now satisfied that he was not connected to the reported explosion and we have now eliminated him from our enquiries. We thank the driver of the vehicle for his patience and cooperation. We have also ruled out any link to terrorism.I again extend our thanks to members of the public who were caught up in the congestion for their patience and understanding. Their safety was our prime concern.We may never find out what the source of the explosion was, however, following the search and investigation I am now satisfied that there is no threat to members of the public. A number of possibilities have been looked into, however, there is no information or evidence to say this reported explosion was a criminal or deliberate act.Police revealed the report of an explosion came from a source within Marne Barracks and said another eight members of the public came forward to say they heard an explosion too.While searching for signs of the explosion the army’s bomb disposal unit were called in after the discovery of “ageing detonators” near the perimeter fence of the barracks and the A1, however they were not the source of the explosion.The road was expected to reopen at around 3pm, however traffic was only allowed to return to the road at around 5.30pm.The A1 is the main route to and from Newcastle and Darlington further north. Football fans travelling south to see Newcastle United play West Ham in London today and Chelsea supporters heading north for the match against Sunderland have been affected by the delays.
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Home Lifestyle Entertainment Laois woman speaks about her life long love of music LifestyleEntertainment Twitter Pinterest Council Previous articleLaois Crime Prevention Officer on sheep attacks and responsible dog ownershipNext articleFr Paddy: Things are getting better – a much brighter tomorrow awaits Sarah Cullenhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSarah Cullen is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick. A Portlaoise native, she is happiest when tweeting and talking about dogs. Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSDCUMary Louise BoweMidweek PodcastMusicStradbally Facebook Facebook Laois woman speaks about her life long love of music Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months By Sarah Cullen – 1st May 2021 Electric Picnic Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Stradbally native Dr Mary Louise Bowe sat down with Paul Downey on last week’s LaoisToday Midweek Podcast to discuss her lifelong love of music, upping sticks and moving to New York, and the importance of music in education.Mary Louise is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Education in the School of Arts, Education and Movement in DCU.Music has played a huge role in Mary Louise’s life from a young age.“It’s like the spinal cord, treading through my life socially and personally and professionally, a lifelong endeavuor for sure,” she said.“That’s the beauty of music really isn’t it? The ubiquitous nature of it, you know it’s for everyone, it belongs to everyone.”Mary Louise credits her parents for her love and success in music.“My phenomenally committed, and visionary parents, Marie and Tom Bowe in Newtown Stradbally immersed us in music and dance. We were afforded absolutely every opportunity going.“This is at a time during the 80s before the likes of Laois School of Music was conceived when Dublin was this distant faraway place.”Mary Louise was involved in both traditional Irish and Classical music.“We were always dual players so for me personally, I was always involved in the classical world and traditional Irish music.“First Irish Trad music through the fiddle, some vamping on the piano, and classical music on the piano initially and then I switched from violin to the viola when I was 16.“I was always more immersed in classical music. My parents drove us up and down to Dublin to the Academy.“At the same time I was always involved in the local Comhaltas branches of Portarlington with Bob Gleeson and Raheen with Eilish Egan.“I was particularly involved in the Fleadhanna, reaching the pinnacle of our successes, both for under 12 and under 15 when we won the All Ireland Ceili band, with the likes of Joe Grant over in Raheen steering us all the way, so great memories, leaving an indelible footprint on my life.“I suppose my first musical memory was actually with a local fiddler, a beautiful lady called Molly Lawler, from Timahoe, and my first memory is actually in the living room in our house in Newtown.“I think we’ve the tapes or the cassettes, still with the screeches and scratches of us in the garage!”Mary Louise says her “world opened up” from playing music at the Royal Academy of Music from five to 22.For Mary Louise, the contrasting disciplines, Classical and Traditional, didn’t really collide until she met her husband.“They never really collided, or aligned until I met my husband, Martin, who’s a phenomenal box player from Brosna in Kerry in the heart of the Sliabh Luachra tradition.”Mary Louise believes her experiences playing when she was younger have influenced her teaching style.“It’s different now. In music education in Ireland today there’s a lot more openness and acceptance and a value of a diversity of musics and a real hunger and thirst out there for experimentation and fusion.“I think there’s a space now for all of those music genres so I’m very conscious of that when I’m teaching my own students and even with my own two daughters, to find their own path.”Mary Louise has been teaching since she was 15.“As soon as I had my teaching diplomas, and licentiates in viola and piano and the TTC, a diploma in traditional Irish music teaching, I was always at home teaching at the weekends.“I had a small music school in Stradbally with individual and group teaching, and I also taught in a beautiful community called Luggacurren up by the windy gap.“Coincidentally, it’s an area that my father’s family came from in Wolfhill, so it also had extra meaning for me.”Mary Louise also enjoyed great success with Music for Fun summer camps she set up in Portlaoise.“I had lots of support from the community as well, like the credit union, the Laois Arts office and the Dunamaise Arts Centre.“So, from there I was always very conscious of giving back to the community, even though that’s really a cliche expression.“While I was always performing, I was always drawn to the education side of things, hence I went on to study music and Irish in Trinity and did my H-dip to become an Irish and Music secondary school teacher, starting in Mount Temple Comprehensive School, moving on then to Our Ladies School in Templeogue, and then ending up then in Belvedere where I set up a windband and an orchestral program.“I’m huge believer and advocate for the transformative effects of schools and the role that schools and arts education should play in the lives of our kids, irrespective of their class or their geographic location.“I really don’t believe that music should be seen as this peripheral piece of fluff, an extra in the margins preserved for the excess.“I really do believe that the school has a duty of care, and should music should lie at the heart of the curriculum, as part of a holistic education so I was always kind of had a burning sense that I wanted to do something about that.“After five years in Belvedere and with support from principal Jerry Foley, Mary Louise wanted to study more to be a “better teacher and to learn more.”“I went off to New York to study a doctorate in music education. So I kind of ruptured the comforts, I had a permanent job I was 30 years of age, rupturing that takes a bit of courage because I was a real homebird.“My dissertation actually looked at post primary music education to look at the inequities that exist across schools across Ireland. I surveyed the entire cohort of post primary school principals and basically, I found in my research that one in four post primary principals didn’t opt for music, as opposed to primary schools.“I had a really great response rate of 59%, present, and I’m really passionate about that. That highlighted the inequities that exist amongst our schooling system.”When Mary Louise returned home from New York, she took her current position in DCU.“I’m very privileged now to be teaching those preparing to be primary school teachers and post primary teachers.”You can listen to the full interview with Dr Mary Louise Bowe on Soundcloud below or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. 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Special Shells Used to “Maximize Chaos” News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China SHARE By Namgung Min – 2010.11.26 8:59am Namgung Min RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News It has been reported that the artillery shells North Korea used in the attack on Yeonpyeong Island were of a special kind which can penetrate concrete. The South Korean military authorities have been examining around 20 unexploded shells from the attack, and a high official released the results of the first analysis yesterday, saying, “They have turned out to be a special kind of bomb which can penetrate concrete and maximize the resulting flames.” He explained further, “When this bomb explodes, it has the effect of both killing and destroying concrete facilities through intense heat and high pressure.” Intelligence authorities believe that North Korea has had this bomb in its arsenal since approximately 1985. The official said, “The artillery shells North Korea fired at Yeonpyeong Island resemble ‘ThermoBaric’ ones,” and added, “It seems that North Korea has used these special bombs in order to maximize chaos.”In a National Defense Committee of the National Assembly meeting on Wednesday, lawmaker Song Young Sung previously asserted that the shells she has seen used in CCTV video taken at the time of the attack were bunker busters. “Monitoring footage of bombs over Yeonpyeong Island, I am 100% convinced that they were bunker busters,” Song claimed, explaining that the double explosions she could see are a feature of such bombs. Facebook Twitter News
RelatedJamaica Fire Brigade Gets $136 Million For Capital Budget Jamaica Fire Brigade Gets $136 Million For Capital Budget ParliamentApril 12, 2009 RelatedJamaica Fire Brigade Gets $136 Million For Capital Budget RelatedJamaica Fire Brigade Gets $136 Million For Capital Budget FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Fire Brigade(JFB) is to receive $136 million this year, to deal with capital needs, such as repairs to fire stations and acquisition of equipment and protective gear.Of this amount, $26 million is to be used to rehabilitate vehicles; $45 million to acquire firefighting equipment; $60 million to repair fire stations; and $5 million to rehabilitate fire hydrants.The funds for fire stations have been prioritised to start construction at Port Maria, St. Mary and Barnett Street, St. James and the Brigade’s training school, as well as for the relocation of its headquarters.The administrative headquarters of the JFB is to be relocated to Hagley Park Road, Half-Way-Tree, Kingston, in July, from the International Seabed Authority (ISA) at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.The fire brigade had been searching for a new headquarters since it was informed by the National Land Agency(NLA) in 2004, that it should vacate the conference centre, which is a designated United Nations (UN) building and cannot be occupied by non-UN agencies.There are also plans to build a regional training academy at Twickenham Park, St. Catherine.Funds for the acquisition of firefighting equipment and gears will be used primarily to purchase standby generators, gas warning devices, breathing apparatus and protective jackets in fire prevention and fire fighting. Advertisements
JIS Heritage Team Visits St. Martins Primary In St. Mary CultureOctober 10, 2010 RelatedJIS Heritage Team Visits St. Martins Primary In St. Mary RelatedJIS Heritage Team Visits St. Martins Primary In St. Mary FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Port Antonio regional office of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) opened its Heritage activities, with a visit to Martins Primary School, St. Mary, on Thursday (October 7).Students participated in an audio visual presentation and an interactive question and answer session. The school was also presented with JIS publications for its library. The visit forms part of the Agency’s involvement in Heritage activities. Heritage Week will be observed October 10 – 18, under the theme ‘I believe in Jamaica.Our People, Our Land, Our Heritage’.Administrative Assistant at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Port Antonio Regional Office, Lorna Williams, presenting JIS publications to the Acting Principal of Martins Primary School, Beryl McLeod , at the school in St. Mary on Thursday (October 7), during the JIS school visit which forms part of the Agency’s involvement in Heritage activities.Speaking at the function, Acting Principal of the school, Beryl McLeod, lauded the Agency for its visit and for the informative presentations. She said it was “timely”, as it coincided with the school’s educational activities for the observance of Heritage Week.“I am happy that you could have come and share with us, as there are so many different things that the children need to know, especially when it comes from informative and resourceful persons such as the JIS team,” she added.Students of Martins Primary School, St. Mary, participating in a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) school visit on Thursday (October 7), which formed part of the Agency’s involvement in Heritage activities.She thanked the team for having chosen Martins Primary School, and said she looked forward to “another visit” soon.Grade five student Anhel Stampp said she found the visit interesting, and learned a lot about the Heroes. Jelanie Thomas, a Grade six student, thanked the JIS for a “worthwhile” visit.National Youth Service participant, Nicole Johnson (seated second left), who is attached to the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Port Antonio Regional Office, interacts with students of Martins Primary School, St. Mary on Thursday (October 7), during a JIS school visit. The visit forms part of the Agency’s involvement in Heritage activities. Heritage Week will be observed October 10 – 18, under the theme: I believe in Jamaica. Our People, Our land, Our Heritage.Other schools that will be visited during the Heritage activities in the region include St. Margaret’s Bay, Coopers Hill, Bellefield and Camberwell primary schools. RelatedJIS Heritage Team Visits St. Martins Primary In St. Mary Advertisements
Early Childhood Educators Honoured EducationApril 28, 2014Written by: Sharon Earle Early Childhood Educators HonouredJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedNew Infant School Opens in Marlie Hill Story HighlightsTwenty-seven early childhood educators in Westmoreland, with more than 1,300 cumulative years of service, have been honoured by the Early Childhood Commission.An awards luncheon in their honour was held at Sandals Whitehouse Resort in Culloden, Westmoreland, on April 25.Twenty-four Early Childhood Institutions were also recognised for attaining over 69 per cent compliance with standards set by the Commission, and 10 others for making the greatest progress. Photo: Sharon EarleThe top 10 early childhood educators from Westmoreland who were among those honoured by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) at an awards luncheon, held at Sandals Whitehouse Resort in Culloden, Westmoreland, on April 25. Seated (from left) are: Mrs. Paulette Jagdath, Mrs. Pearline Robinson, Mrs. Gloria Jordan, Mrs. Carmen Hibbert and Mrs. Lydia Savariau. In the back row are (from left): Mrs. Valeria Lawrence, Mrs. Jemeletha Allen, Mr. Cecil McLeod, Mrs. Candy May Goodin and Mrs. Lorna Tomlinson-Bernard. RelatedCambridge High Reaping Success of Transformational Leadership FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Twenty-seven early childhood educators in Westmoreland, with more than 1,300 cumulative years of service, have been honoured by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC).An awards luncheon in their honour was held at Sandals Whitehouse Resort in Culloden, Westmoreland, on April 25.The event, which was organized by the Early Childhood Commission, Region 4, forms part of the ECC’s 10th anniversary celebrations, with the teachers being lauded for their long and distinguished service in the field.Twenty-four Early Childhood Institutions were also recognised for attaining over 69 per cent compliance with standards set by the Commission, and 10 others for making the greatest progress.Mrs. Gloria Jordan of Hope Kinder and Basic School was the longest serving educator with more than 50 years. York Hill early childhood institution copped the Highest Standard award after attaining 76 per cent compliance.Sandals Foundation and the Rockhouse Foundation were also honoured for their contribution to the development of early childhood education in Jamaica, particularly in Westmoreland.In her address, Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Grace McLean, commended the EEC for its sterling contribution to repositioning and reforming the early childhood sector in Jamaica.She underscored the importance of early childhood education to the development of the child, noting that modern science has proven that a child will learn more in the first six years than for the rest of his or her life.“If we believe that Jamaican children are as bright, if not brighter than other children in the world, then it must be the system’s responsibility to harness this innate ability and to give our children a stable and solid start for primary level education,” Dr. McLean said.“As practitioners and educators we must redouble our efforts to ensure that early childhood is adequately served and treated as a priority within the education sector,” she added.The Ministry has identified early childhood education as its number one priority and has been seeking to put in place new policies to improve the sector.Dr. McLean said the Ministry is currently focussing on improving remuneration to early childhood teachers as well as addressing the nutritional needs of the children. RelatedYoung People Urged to Take Up Reparation Struggle Advertisements