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National Lottery Day is designed to thank those who have played the Lottery and raised £17 billion for good causes, and recognise those who have achieved so much with Lottery funding in their local communities.Today hundreds of organisations and projects across the UK will be opening their doors and holding special events to show people where their National Lottery money has been spent. Over 350 events are taking place, some at well known venues as well as volunteer and community groups using the day to raise awareness of their hard work and effort. The organisers hope that this will help the public learn more about where their Lottery money has gone, and raise awareness of all the achievements made possible by Lottery funding. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Today is National Lottery Day Howard Lake | 5 November 2005 | News 30 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Facebook Twitter Home Energy Growth Energy Explores Export Opportunities in Panama and Peru Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Growth Energy participated in a market development mission with the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association to explore export opportunities for U.S. ethanol in Panama and Peru. Alex Marquis, Logistics Manager of Marquis Energy, represented Growth Energy. The team joined a Department of Commerce Renewable Energy Trade Policy Mission while in Peru, and met with various energy policy experts from both public and private institutes.“The mission has been a great experience,” said Marquis. “The mission delegates met with a number of Peruvian government officials over the span of two days, and the access provided was impressive. Though more work and dialogue is needed to cultivate relationships with key Peruvian contacts, these discussions revealed that Peru’s burgeoning economy offers growth potential for American renewable energy groups,” Marquis added.“Exploratory trade missions like these allow the industry to identify new market opportunities across the globe and raise awareness of the benefits of renewable fuels. Ethanol can play a key role in improving the global environment and reducing the world’s dangerous dependence on fossil fuels,” stated Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy.Earlier this year, Growth Energy participated in trade missions to China, Korea and Japan. Plans are also being finalized for an exploratory market development mission to Southeast Asia in December 2014. Countries under consideration included the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.Source: Growth Energy Previous articleSunday OutlookNext articleUSDA Seeks Comments on Beef Checkoff Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Nov 9, 2014 Growth Energy Explores Export Opportunities in Panama and Peru
Nick Pauszekhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nick-pauszek/ ReddIt printTCU will welcome an award-winning author for a lecture on his latest book over religious phenomenon, Billy Graham.Dr. Grant Wacker is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Christian History at Duke Divinity School. He’s also a noted scholar and award-winning author, including the American Academy of Religion’s Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion.His lecture will cover his latest biography, “America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation.”Billy Graham rose to popularity in the 1940s as a Southern Baptist evangelist. Wacker’s book examines Graham’s life and his impact on society.Graham held many positions of power during his career including spiritual adviser to presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon.Graham had a radio show and the longest running religious show on television. His annual show, “The Billy Graham Crusades,” ran yearly from 1947 to 2005. Graham also used mailings, magazines and movies to reach as many people as possible.Graham has written over 30 books, with most of them becoming bestsellers.Wacker currently serves on the advisory board of the Christian Century and was the former president of the American Society of Church History.The lecture will be held in Beasley Hall, Room 205 on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7.p.m.. There will be a reception afterwards. ReddIt + posts Facebook Nick Pauszekhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nick-pauszek/ Fogelson Honors Forum speaker warns of dangers facing education system Homeowners upset with students parking in neighborhood Facebook Linkedin Nick Pauszek eCollege to be replaced with new online system TCU graduation weekend event guide Nick Pauszekhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nick-pauszek/ Nick is a junior journalism major from Dallas, TX. He is a reporter for TCU360 Nick Pauszekhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nick-pauszek/ Twitter Linkedin Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Previous articleVietnamese Student Association seeks to bring cultural diversity to campusNext articleCliburn in Sundance Square Nick Pauszek RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
News RSF_en BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Organisation MOROCCO – Blogger convicted The blogger Mohamed Dawas was sentenced to 19 months in prison and a fine of 20,000 dirhams by a court in the northern city of Tétouan on 22 September. During his arrest on 5 September on a trumped-up drug trafficking charge, Dawas was beaten and forced to sign a confession. When his trial began on 8 September, his lawyer, Abd Essadek Elbichtawui, told Reporters Without Borders his arrest was “purely political.” BAHRAIN – Al-Wasat banned from covering parliamentary elections Reporters Without Borders has learned that journalists working for the opposition newspaper Al-Wasat were prevented from covering the elections for just under half the seats in parliament that were held on 24 September. The relevant agency did not issue them with accreditation. In addition, the journalist Reem Khalifa was, for example, not allowed into a voting station in Sanabis, a district just to the northwest of Manama. Reporters Without Borders, which offers its sincere condolences to Wadhaf’s family, friend colleagues, urges the United Nations Human Rights Council to appoint a special rapporteur to investigate all the violations against the civilian population, including journalists, since the start of the protests.Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the surge in violence against journalists in Yemen since President Ali Abdallah Saleh’s return from Saudi Arabia on 23 September. The atrocities against the civilian population are on the increase.Security forces fired on the Sanaa homes of two journalists on 23 September – Rashida Al-Qiyali, who is also a writer, and Mujib Al-Hamidi, who works for the newspaper Al-Sahwa. As Abdul Salam Mohamed, a journalist with the Saba news agency, left his home on 23 September, he was fired on by a sniper who fortunately missed his target.The headquarters of the Union of Journalists came under fire on the evening of 23 September as government forces and pro-government militiamen (baltajiyas) tried to take control of Change Square. TV journalist Abdel Majid Al-Samawi was injured by sniper fire on the afternoon of the same day as he was leaving 60th Street, where government opponents had gathered. He was admitted to a hospital where doctors said his injury was not life-threatening.Access to the independent news website Yemen Nation was blocked on 25 September for the second time since the start of the protests. October 14, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information BahrainMiddle East – North Africa News SYRIA – Another journalist arrested Malak Al-Shanawany, a 25-year-old woman journalist and activist, was arrested on a Damascus street on 22 September. It was her third arrest since the start of the protests. The first time she was arrested, on 11 April, she was released four days later without any charges being brought against her. Officials also searched her home at the time, confiscating computers. The second time was on 9 May, when she was arrested on Arnous Street in Damascus after taking part in a demonstration. She was freed on bail and her name was added to a list of people getting a presidential pardon.Qais Abathili, an active netizen, was reportedly arrested on 25 September, while Nizar Al-Baba, another Internet activist, has been held since 21 September. This is the fifth time he has been detained since the start of the uprising.The following are still held:- Jehad Jamal, a blogger better known by the pen-name of “Milan,” who has been detained since 21 September – Nizar Adleh, a journalist working for many websites, who has been held since 6 September- Miraal Brourda, a writer and poet who contributes to many websites- Ahmed Bilal, a producer for Falesteen TV, who was arrested in the Damascus suburb of Mo’adamieh on 13 September- Amer Matar, a journalist with the daily Al-Hayat, who was arrested on 4 September- Omar Abdel Salam- Sami Al-Halabi- Hanadi Zahlout- The bloggers Rudy Othman and Asim Hamsho- Several cyber-citizens including Abd Qabani and Ammar Sa’ib- Manaf Zeitoun- Mohamed Tahan- Abd Al-Majid Tamer and Mahmoud Asem Al-Mohamed EGYPT The trial of policemen Mahmoud Salah Amin and Awad Ismail Souleiman for the June 2010 murder of the blogger Khaled Said resumed on 24 September. According to the forensic report accepted by the court, Said was beaten unconscious and was then suffocated. After beating him, the policemen allegedly stuffed a bag of drugs into his mouth, preventing him from breathing. The policemen had until now insisted that Said died of an overdose of drugs that he took at the time of his arrest. After presentation of the forensic report, the defence lawyers obtained an adjournment until 22 October so that they can review the line of defence.Reporters Without Borders hails the progress that has been made in the investigation and the trial but regrets that the media were barred from the courtroom during the 24 September hearing. A large demonstration in support of Said was held outside the courthouse. The 28-year-old Said’s murder outside an Alexandria Internet café on 6 June 2010 triggered an outcry in the Egyptian blogosphere.The authorities ordered the seizure of the latest issue of the weekly Sawt Al-Umma on 24 September on the grounds that it ignored reporting restrictions on former President Hosni Mubarak’s trial. Restrictions began being imposed on 15 August, when Judge Ahmed Rifaat banned TV cameras from filming the proceedings in order to protect the “general interest,” although they had been allowed to broadcast the first hearing.On 7 September, the judge banished all journalists from the courtroom, imposing a complete news blackout on the content of the trial. This was one day before Hossein Tantawi, the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, was due to testify. On 11 September, Judge Mustafa Hassan Abdullah banned the media and public from the court that is trying former senior officials for ordering men on camels to charge protesters last February. The press will not be allowed back until the verdict is announced, he ruled.Reporters Without Borders submitted a request to the attorney-general yesterday to be allowed to visit the blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad in Cairo’s Al-Marg prison Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out more YEMEN – Third journalist killed since start of protests Reporters Without Borders has learned that that Al-Hurra TV cameraman Hassan Al-Wadhaf died a few days after being hospitalized in a critical condition on 18 September as a result of a serious injury to the left eye. He received the injury while covering attacks by security forces and baltajiyas (militiamen) on demonstrators in Sanaa, in which 26 people were killed. Journalists who were with Wadhaf on 18 September said men in civilian dress deliberately fired rocket-propelled grenades at the crowd.Wadhaf is the third journalist to be killed since the start of the protests in Yemen. The first two were Jamal Al-Sharabi of Al-Masdar and Mohamed Yahia Al-Malayia of Al-Salam, who were killed on 18 March. Follow the news on Bahrain German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors News News Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest ISRAEL / Occupied Territories – Journalist freed, photographer injured Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday evening’s decision by an Israeli military court to release Al-Jazeera Kabul bureau chief Samer Allawi, who was arrested at Allenby Bridge on 9 August, as he was about to reenter Jordan from the West Bank after visiting members of his family in Sabastia, near Nablus.Interrogated at the Jalameh interrogation centre the day after his arrest, Allawi was accused of links with the armed wing of Hamas and endangering Israel’s security. The military court in Ofer had until now kept on extending his detention at weekly hearings. Reporters Without Borders wrote to the Israeli military authorities on 7 September demanding his release.Chris Huby, a French photographer working for the agency Le Desk, was injured by a tear-gas round while covering a Friday demonstration in Nabi Saleh, a village near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on 23 September (photos)Speaking from Ramallah general hospital, Huby told Reporters Without Borders: “The soldiers did not fire the tear-gas round in the air, they fired it level with the ground. It ricocheted twice before hitting my right leg.” He is due to be flown back to France soon. to go further March 17, 2021 Find out more September 27, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bloodbath in Yemen, violence throughout the region
Morrissey helping bridge the gap for Limerick’s young guns TAGSCorkEimear BrophyENGINELearning LimerickMayor Stephen KearyUNESCO ‘Special’ group of players enjoying all that is before them Email Limerick captain Hannon revelling in return to defensive role Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin “Justifiably they are favourites but that’s not going to deter us” – Kiely Facebook Advertisement Limerick reach All-Ireland Hurling Final after stunning comeback Previous articleTroy studios first clip takes flightNext articleLimerick tattoo convention arriving at the South Court this Saturday Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print NewsInternational seminar on lifelong learning held in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – March 21, 2018 830 Limerick leading in innovation, investment and development Mayor Stephen KearyAn international seminar on lifelong learning in Limerick has heard that a partnership approach is key to developing the area which can lead to significant benefits for all sectors of society.Day one of a unique two-day event hosted by Learning Limerick in partnership with Cork Learning City is taking place today in ENGINE Limerick.This dual-location seminar on Equitable and Inclusive Learning Regions is featuring international speakers as part of this year’s Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Representatives from Limerick’s partner learning cities of Cork, Bristol and Belfast were invited for a morning of information sharing, learning city updates and examples of good practice on promoting equitable and inclusive learning.Day two of the seminar will be held in Cork on Thursday 22 March 2018 with Cork Learning City, Learning Limerick, Belfast and Bristol sharing their experience on Global Goals and Local Actions.Speaking at the start of the two-day seminar in ENGINE in Limerick, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Stephen Keary said: “The Learning Limerick Steering Group has always been a partnership approach. It believes that there must be a co-ordinated effort to promote learning in all its forms. The Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival has shown that there are so many different facets to learning, and so many ways that people can get involved with learning other than being in the classroom.”The seminar offers a wonderful opportunity to explore partnership initiatives, with Limerick and other learning cities continuing their work as part of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities.In 2017, Limerick was selected as one of only 16 cities from around the globe to receive the UNESCO Learning City Award.Chair of Learning Limerick, Eimear Brophy said: “Learning Limerick and the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival are now on an international platform since receiving the UNESCO Learning City Award and we welcome the dialogue with Cork and Bristol and Belfast in developing new strategic partnerships. ”At a round table discussion, visiting presenters along with speakers from West Limerick Resources, Limerick Community Education Network (LCEN), Ballyhoura Development and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board shared examples on how community development organisations can help overcome challenges for individuals from urban or rural backgrounds in accessing education and training.These challenges are a focus for action, allowing the development of all of Limerick as a learning region. Mary Hamilton, an independent adult education specialist, outlined research on learning and the power of connections in developing opportunities for education and training and personal growth through a learning region for Limerick.More about business here.
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A 30 year-old man has appeared in court on a number of charges relating to an explosion under a vehicle in Letterkenny on November 22nd 2013.Mark Cassidy of Ballyderowen in Burnfoot appeared before Letterkenny District Court today.He faced charges of possessing explosives and the possession of explosives with intent to endanger life and propertyThe charges relate to an explosion under a vehicle parked outside a house in Manor View Park, Long Lane in Letterkenny on November 22, 2013.Damage was caused to the vehicle in the blast.The former soldier answered ‘no reply’ to the charges – there was no application for bail.Mr Cassidy was remanded in custody to appear again before the court via video link next Monday. Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Burnfoot man in court on Letterkenny explosive charges WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – May 21, 2015 Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleCampbell claims children as young as ten are involved in bonfire threats in CregganNext articlePolitical row erupts over the future of the Lisfannon Halting Site News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook
Top Stories[Sedition Case] SC Adjourns Journalist Vinod Dua’s Plea To Quash FIR On Request Of SG Tushar Mehta Radhika Roy20 July 2020 2:40 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court adjourned the plea seeking for the quashing of an FIR alleging the offence of sedition filed against Journalist Vinod Dua, at the request of Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, appearing on behalf of the Himachal Pradesh police. A Bench headed by Justice UU Lalit heard the matter. The SG had sought for an adjournment of “1 or 2 days”. However, the Bench, noting…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?LoginThe Supreme Court adjourned the plea seeking for the quashing of an FIR alleging the offence of sedition filed against Journalist Vinod Dua, at the request of Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, appearing on behalf of the Himachal Pradesh police. A Bench headed by Justice UU Lalit heard the matter. The SG had sought for an adjournment of “1 or 2 days”. However, the Bench, noting that another important matter had been listed for day after, adjourned the same to next Monday. On 7th July, the Supreme Court had directed the Himachal Pradesh police to file a status report in a sealed cover with requisite details within a week in the ongoing investigation against Dua on charges of sedition. The Bench had also taken note of the questionnaires which Dua was being made to answer by the authorities, and stated that the Dua was under no obligation to answer the same. The Bench had further orally observed that once the details of the investigation had been placed before the Court, and if the Court was satisfied with Dua’s contentions, the FIR would be quashed “straight away”. Today, the SG’s request for an adjournment was opposed by Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, appearing on behalf of Dua, who also brought forth the submission that Dua was still being subjected to multiple questionnaires. “This is not fair, my Lords. Questionnaire after Questionnaire is being sent to me. Further, if the Solicitor wants an Adjournment, I am seeking a stay. My Lords have stayed many matters. I don’t understand why this cannot be stayed, when all others are. What are they getting by keeping this Sword of Damocles hanging over me?” The Bench reiterated that Dua did not have to reply to any of the questionnaires, and the SG responded that no questionnaire had been sent by the police. Consequently, the matter will now be heard next Monday. Dua is facing FIRs from multiple states, with the most recent ones being filed in Maharashtra and West Bengal. An FIR had been registered against Dua in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, by local BJP leader Ajay Shyam, pursuant to which he had been summoned by the Shimla Police. On June 14, following Directions were passed by the Bench; “a) Pending further orders, the petitioner shall not be arrested in connection with the present crime; (b) However, the petitioner in terms of the offer made by him in his communication dated 12.06.2020, shall extend full cooperation through Video Conferencing or Online mode; and (c) The Himachal Pradesh Police shall be entitled to carry on the investigation including interrogation of the petitioner at his residence after giving him prior notice of 24 hours and complying with the Social Distancing norms prescribed during Covid-19 Pandemic.” The Bench had then refused to stay the investigation, despite fervent pleas by Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, who appeared for Dua. Singh had submitted that the FIR was a “harassment” as it was filed for airing views unpalatable to the government. “If what Dua said is sedition, then only two channels can function in the country”, he submitted. The summons by Shimla police came two days after the Delhi High Court stayed an FIR filed against Dua for allegedly spreading fake news through his YouTube show on communal violence in Delhi in February. The FIR filed in Shimla is also related to the show. Next Story
Existing Island Beach gear property as viewed from Ninth Street.The owners of Island Beach Gear at Ninth Street and Bay Avenue will go before the Ocean City Planning Board on Wednesday with a plan to expand by adding a second and third floor above parts of the existing retail store.The board will consider a site plan that proposes additions that would turn the existing 10,489 square foot store into one with a total floor area of 18,820 square feet.The store sits at the foot of the Ninth Street Bridge at Ocean City’s gateway and sells chairs and other beach, pool and patio gear, often displaying its colorful wares at curbside. It has been in business for a little less than a decade at the site of a former pharmacy.Site map of the proposed Island Beach Gear property at Ninth Street and Bay Avenue in Ocean City, NJ.In a public meeting at 6 p.m. May 13 at City Hall, the board will consider a site plan that requires variances for parking spaces, a truck berth and signs.Though the new plan proposes 47 parking spots (eight more than exist now), 54 are required. One truck berth is required, but the plan proposes none. A maximum of three signs are permitted, and the plan proposes four.If approved, the new structure would include 8,461 square feet of storage space, and 10,359 square feet of retail space. The property is part of the Drive-In Business (DB) Zone.Beverley Gill owns Island Beach Gear. Her family also owns Tackle Direct, a fishing tackle business in Egg Harbor Township, and is redeveloping a marina on the bay at 10th Street. Architect’s drawing of proposed new Island Beach Gear as viewed from Ninth Street.