UAF makes effort to combat failures in sexual assault cases

first_imgEducation | Interior | Public Safety | Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence | University of AlaskaUAF makes effort to combat failures in sexual assault casesFebruary 25, 2016 by Robert Hannon, KUAC Share:UAF is one of a few Land, Sea and Space Grant universities in the U.S. (Creative Commons photo by Jimmy Emerson)It’s been more than four months since the University of Alaska Fairbanks announced it failed to follow its own procedures in disciplining students accused of sexual assault. At the time, an independent review of the UA system was ordered.UAF said it now has transparent procedures and software in place to prevent similar lapses, but the review is delayed.Last week UAF student and sexual assault survivor Amy Cross testified before University Board of Regents. She applauded UAF’s efforts to be more responsive to assault victims and raise awareness about campus sexual assaults. But she said more could be done, even in times of financial hardships.“As you consider the budget, I ask that you remember that Title IX is not just a trending topic,” Cross said. “Sexual harassment, assault and stalking are serious problems that will not be resolved unless we can change our rape-supportive culture.”UAF Vice Chancellor Mike Sfraga said the school has new tracking software installed that flags any reports of Title IX violations. And all procedures have been reviewed and toughened.“The bottom line is we have this triangle of checks and balances,” said Sfraga. “It ensures that practices and policies and procedures are being followed the way the Board of Regents mandates us to, the way the law mandates us to. It’s just completely tracked.”Sfraga says based on the review, administrators decided to reverse an earlier decision to hire a temporary outside professional for the critical Dean of Students position and have hired internally.Laura McCollough, former Director of Residence Life has been tapped for the post.Meanwhile, an independent review of UAF’s lapses has seen delays. Roberta Graham, a representative for the University Statewide System said she hopes an executive summary will now be available at the end of March.Share this story:last_img read more

University president faces no-confidence vote

first_imgInterior | Juneau | Recent NewsUniversity president faces no-confidence voteFebruary 4, 2017 by Associated Press Share:University of Alaska president Jim Johnsen, August, 2016. (Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)University of Alaska’s president is facing a no-confidence vote related to a decision to headquarter the school of education at the Juneau campus instead of Fairbanks.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Fairbanks Faculty Senate is expected to take up the issue Monday.Proposed resolutions find no confidence in President Jim Johnsen and put forward ways to keep faculty more involved in decision-making.Initial plans were to consolidate the education program in Fairbanks.Plans changed to the University of Alaska Southeast after Juneau lawmakers lobbied and the city committed to a $1 million donation.The Board of Regents approved the move in December.Faculty Senate President Orion Lawlor said the goal is to send a message and encourage the president and board to include faculty in making decisions.Editor’s Note: The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported the UAF Faculty Senate drafted two resolutions. The first resolution voices disapproval over the decision to house the school of education at UAS. The second raises broad concerns with President Johnsen’s leadership and his decisions on a University of Alaska cost-savings initiative called Strategic Pathways. Share this story:last_img read more

Representing himself, Strawn’s questions to jury panel veer off topic

first_imgCrime & Courts | JuneauRepresenting himself, Strawn’s questions to jury panel veer off topicOctober 4, 2017 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Jury selection is going slowly in the current homicide trial in Juneau Superior Court.Christopher Strawn is being retried for the 2015 death of Brandon Cook at the Kodzoff Acres Trailer Park.Strawn, who is not a professional attorney, is representing himself and it has had a noticeable effect.Some of his questions posed to individual members of the first jury panel have veered off topic. Strawn has a professional attorney as stand-by counsel, but he still needs basic trial procedures explained to him.The prosecutor in the case on Tuesday morning asked prospective jurors about whether they knew the difference between circumstantial and direct evidence, whether they could use corroborating evidence to determine the existence of missing items — such as a firearm, and whether they could still find someone guilty of a crime if a motive is unknown.Both Strawn and the prosecutor can excuse or dismiss prospective jurors for perceived bias or a relationship with one of the witnesses.They can also dismiss prospective jurors later at their own discretion.A second panel of prospective jurors is scheduled to be questioned Wednesday.Strawn’s previous jury trial ended in a mistrial last February.Share this story:last_img read more

Drug makers stand firm on TV ad for opioid-induced constipation

first_img Related: Ed Silverman Two drug makers are ignoring a demand from Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin to yank a television ad that he believes is a “shameful attempt” to exploit the opioid crisis.The dispute arose last week when Shumlin released an open letter to Daiichi Sankyo and AstraZeneca after they ran an ad during the Super Bowl. The ad promoted awareness of opioid-induced constipation, a condition that can occur when someone is taking opioid painkillers. Massachusetts drops funding for opioid prescribing program as crisis rages [email protected] He also noted that a one-minute Super Bowl ad cost a reported $10 million — or more precisely, $5 million for each 30-second spot — and wants the drug makers to, instead, divert some of their promotional dollars toward prevention and treatment programs.The ad, by the way, did not mention a particular medicine. But AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo market Movantik, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in September 2014 to treat opioid-induced constipation. The ad, however, directs viewers to a web site about the condition, where consumers can click on a button that directs them to the Movantik web site.advertisement About the Author Reprints PharmalotDrug makers stand firm on TV ad for opioid-induced constipation “He’s way off base,” Richard Meyer, an industry consultant who writes The World of DTC Marketing blog, told us. “If he is so concerned about addiction, he needs to tighten the prescribing parameters and make it tougher for patients to become addicted.”But another marketing expert disagreed.“I suppose he, like many other state governors, is faced with increasing Medicaid costs and other expenditures related to opioid addiction,” said John Mack, who publishes Pharma Marketing News. “So, I don’t think he is the misguided one.” Tags drug adsopioidspolicySuper Bowlcenter_img Related: Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin wants a TV ad for opioid-induced constipation to be pulled, but two drug firms aren’t budging. Andy Duback/AP In the shadow of an opioid crisis, Super Bowl ad spotlights chronic pain patients By Ed Silverman Feb. 17, 2016 Reprints As far as Shumlin is concerned, the ad is “poorly timed,” given the “irrational exuberance” with which opioids are sometimes prescribed. “Now is the time to change that, not attempt to further normalize long-term opiate use by advertising a drug to help people take even more opiates during the most watched sporting event of the year,” he wrote the companies.advertisement @Pharmalot Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. So what will the drug makers do?A Daiichi Sankyo spokeswoman sent us a statement saying the drug maker acknowledges that opioid abuse is a “very serious public health” issue in the United States, but did not mention the possibility of pulling the ad. Instead, she wrote us that the company — along with AstraZeneca and five advocacy groups that also sponsored the ad — is “committed to raising awareness” about the condition.In a letter to Shumlin, AstraZeneca wrote that “we believe our message encourages a clinically important conversation about OIC between patients and their doctors, which may also facilitate a broader discussion about safe and appropriate opioid use. While these discussions are separate and distinct, both are important for patients and their families.”Their responses, however, did not mention pulling the ads or using advertising funds as Shumlin suggested.A spokesman for the governor wrote us that “the governor stands by his letter. At a time when the entire country is battling an opiate and heroin epidemic, the last thing we need is for drug companies to take advantage of that crisis to boost their bottom line.”Shumlin was not the only public official to take offense to the ad. As STAT previously reported, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough tweeted this to the companies after seeing the ad:“Next year, how about fewer ads that fuel opioid addiction and more on access to treatment?”One pharmaceutical marketer, however, believes that Shumlin is misguided, because the TV ad does not promote opioid use, but does attempt to address a legitimate condition.last_img read more

Just don’t do it: Compression tights fail to curb runners’ muscle fatigue

first_imgThe result? The compression tights were a bust.They didn’t cut down on muscle fatigue or help runners keep up a fast pace for a longer stretch of time. (The researchers do say it’s possible the tights might help in ways that can’t be measured.) The results were presented Thursday at the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting.advertisement Jetting off for a jog in snug-fitting compression tights won’t help a runner go farther or faster, according to a new study that’s not doing any favors for its sponsor, Nike.The sports gear giant — which offers compression tights in every color of the rainbow — funded the study, which was conducted by sports medicine researchers at Ohio State University. It was meant to test a long-standing theory that compression tights tamp down on muscle vibrations during exercise and, in turn, reduce fatigue.Researchers had 20 participants run on a treadmill for 30 minutes on two different days, sporting compression tights during one session and roomier running clothes in the other. The treadmill was equipped with sensors that could measure the force of each step hitting the ground and the force pushing the foot back up, and track how that changed over time. Researchers tested participants’ leg strength and jump height before and after each run to get an idea of how much wear and tear the workout exerted on their muscles.advertisement @meggophone Please enter a valid email address. By Megan Thielking June 1, 2017 Reprints Related: Privacy Policy Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. HealthJust don’t do it: Compression tights fail to curb runners’ muscle fatigue It’s all good: Any exercise cuts risk of death, study finds center_img [email protected] Leave this field empty if you’re human: Compression tights are popular among runners, but don’t seem to actually help curb fatigue. APStock Megan Thielking About the Author Reprints It’s relatively rare to see an industry-sponsored study turn up negative results — and even more uncommon for those results to be published and trumpeted in a press release.Nutrition research, in particular, has been plagued by the problem of industry-sponsored studies turning up results favorable to industry.There was the study that hyped canola oil as a way to cut down on belly fat — sponsored by the Canola Council of Canada. The paper that claimed spaghetti could help people stay skinny — sponsored by the pasta professionals over at Barilla. And how about the research finding that chocolate can boost your attention span — sponsored by Hershey. The list goes on.Nutrition scientist Marion Nestle has looked at dozens of those industry-funded studies. Nearly all have reported results favorable to their sponsors, she said.Publication bias — the increased likelihood that a paper will be published if the results are positive — affects scientific studies across the board, but it seems to be a particularly thorny problem for industry-sponsored research.“Overall, the vast majority of studies that are published are ‘positive,’ but industry funded ones are even more likely to be positive,” said Lisa Bero, a health outcomes researcher who has studied the issue at the University of Sydney.But the Nike-sponsored research doesn’t fall into that bucket. The company seems to have stuck to its motto: Just do it. And then, just publish it. Even if the research runs the risk of harming sales. Tags nutritionresearchwellness News Editorlast_img read more

Florida State Senator Kathleen Passidomo tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgCOVID-19 restrictions likely kept kids out of swim class, putting them at risk June 9, 2021 Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: Covid-19 AdvertisementShe said her illness would not stand in the way of the work planned for the upcoming week. Senator Passidomo represents District 28 in the Florida State Senate, which includes Collier County, Hendry County, and parts of Lee County. Japan to ease COVID restrictions as country prepares for 2020 Olympics June 17, 2021center_img COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Florida State Senator Kathleen Passidomo has tested positive for COVID-19. Senator Passidomo issued a statement that said she took a COVID-19 test in anticipation of the upcoming committee hearings and other meetings in Tallahassee this week. After taking the test on January 7, she learned Sunday morning that she was positive for the coronavirus. The senator said she will not attend the hearings and meetings in person this week.“I am fortunate to experience only mild, cold-like symptoms, and I plan to participate in all meetings this week by phone,” Senator Passidomo said. Advertisement Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+ June 15, 2021 Health Matters: Managing the Stress of COVID-19 June 7, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentslast_img read more

Death reported at Fort Myers Oil Company

first_imgAdvertisement WATCH: Fort Myers lotto looter on the run with stacks of scratchers June 16, 2021 FORT MYERS, Fla. — At least one person died at the Edison Oil Company in Fort Myers Friday, according to the Fort Myers Police Department.Officers were called to the business off of Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard by Fleamasters.There was an incident between two employees of the oil company and a traffic crash. The death does not appear to be intentional or suspicious. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementAdditional information regarding the scene is unclear. FMPD surrounds home after shooting June 12, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Death investigationFort MyersFort Myers Police Departmentcenter_img Man killed during shooting at Central Avenue June 12, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement Thief scoops up tip jar at Fort Myers ice cream shop June 16, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentslast_img read more

New faces, departures and a crazy count – reflections on the 2019 Local Elections

first_img Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Twitter Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Sunday, May 24, 2020Next articleHigh praise for three of Laois football’s greatest servants Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Pinterest WhatsApp By Steven Miller – 24th May 2020 Facebook Twitter New faces, departures and a crazy count – reflections on the 2019 Local Elections   News center_img LaoisToday coverageIt was our pleasure to cover this year’s Local Elections, the first election since LaoisToday was set up in February 2017.We received massive feedback on our extensive coverage over the weekend, in particular the Live Blog which proved incredibly popular.Traffic levels to the site and our app went through the roof and  to record levels on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and we’re proud to have led the way with the most in depth coverage going right back a number of months.Until the next one …SEE ALSO – Check out all of the 2019 Local Election coverage on LaoisToday A year on, we look back at the drama of last year’s Local Elections in Laois. This piece originally appeared on LaoisToday on the Sunday after all 19 seats were filled on Laois County Council. At 10.30pm on Monday evening last in a warehouse in Kea Lew Business Park in Portlaoise the last three seats on Laois County Council were finally filled, bringing an end to a three-day process of tallying, sorting, counting and re-counting that had got underway just after 9am on Saturday morning across town in St Mary’s Hall.It was a marathon saga that entailed three excruciatingly long days but it ended with an absolute bang – six elections in the space of an hour, each one of them greeted more raucously than the last.The announcements all weekend had been joyously celebrated but things went up a notch when Mary Sweeney and her gang belted out the Skies Oer Ballyroan at half 8 on Monday following her fifth straight election in Portlaoise. Ben Brennan’s huge support base, who’d waited around patiently and with good humour all weekend, got their moment next at the same time as his new colleague Aisling Moran, retaining the seat in Graiguecullen-Portarlington previously held by her father John for Fine Gael since 1991.Then it was the turn of Thomasina Connell for the final seat in Portlaoise – again for Fine Gael – before the triple whammy in the gripping Borris-Mountmellick battle of 25-year-old Conor Bergin, Durrow’s Oliver Clooney and outgoing Cathaoirleach John King. Clooney’s crowd even cracked open the champagne. For the candidates – winners and losers – their families, the Count Centre staff, Returning Officer Donal Brennan, the Gardai, Bosco Ramsbottom and his catering team and the working media, it brought the curtain down on an intense weekend. Dramatic and enjoyable as it was, there was nobody sorry to see the back of the place.Yet an Election Count is a unique experience for so many reasons. The setting couldn’t be any more unglamorous if it tried. Bare concrete floors, a cavernous big building, various sections separated by sheets of plywood and most people surviving on bars of chocolate, bottles of mineral and tea or coffee out of paper cups.For those consumed in it, they’re in a bubble for those couple of days, almost oblivious to what else is going on in the world. Those not at it get a snapshot of the drama through social media but you only get a full sense of it all by being there.It’s a place where all walks of life come together, all backgrounds, religions and ages. And it’s somewhere you’ll witness every human emotion in the rawest form: excitement, nerves, tension, disappointment, pride, joy, anger, bitterness, sadness and everything in between. By the end of it all, 19 county councillors, across three different areas had been elected to serve the people of Laois for the next five years.Here we look back on some of the many various talking points.Thomasina Connell with her group of supporters following her election on Monday nightFour new faces and changes in every areaA couple of weeks ago, a senior council official observed that there’s a turnover of a third of councillors at each election. Yet with 18 councillors returning and the one retiring one being replaced by his daughter on the ticket, the potential for change looked minimal in Laois heading into this year’s campaign.When the council does resume next Friday, however, there will be four new faces and changes in each of the three areas.Aisling Moran did win the seat for Fine Gael in Graiguecullen-Portarlington while Fine Gael also shook things up in Portlaoise with Thomasina Connell displacing Fianna Fail’s Pauline Madigan who had been in the seat for the past year having been co-opted following the death of Jerry Lodge.But it was in the Borris-Mountmellick area where we witnessed the biggest change with first-time candidates Conor Bergin (Fine Gael) and Ollie Clooney (Independent) dislodging David Goodwin (Fine Gael) and Brendan Phelan (Independent).Aisling Moran won the seat held by her father John since 1991Falling turnout Nationally, turnout was 49.7%, down almost 3% on what it was in 2014 continuing an overall trend of decline.That decline was even more pronounced in Laois where turnout was 47.1%, down from 51% five years ago. It’s the fourth election in a row in Laois where turnout is down having been 59.58% in 2004 and 54.33% in 2009.In Graigue-Port turnout was 50.41% (down from 55.27% in 2014) in Borris-Mountmellick it was 58.4% (down from 61.36% in 2014) and in Portlaoise it was 47.54% (down from 51% in 2014).The count itselfThe election count itself was an incredibly slow process with Laois not announcing a first count until after 7pm on Sunday – the last county to do so.In 2014, the first count was after 11pm on Saturday and was completed in the early hours of Monday. On this occasion it took almost 24 hours longer than it did five years ago.There was a delay of a couple of hours sorting the votes in St Mary’s on Saturday which delayed the count actually starting but Laois was way behind neighbouring counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Kildare and Offaly.Longford, however, was the last to finish their count – not doing so until Tuesday evening.Catherine Fitzgerald (Fianna Fail) and Mary Sweeney (Fine Gael) have been council colleagues in the Portlaoise area since 1999 – they’re pictured here with two of Catherine’s grandchildrenFemale candidates increase againFive of the 19 Laois county councillors are women, an increase on the three elected in 2014 and the four that saw out the last council term.Mary Sweeney (Fine Gael) and Catherine Fitzgerald (Fianna Fail) were both first elected in the Portlaoise area in 1999 while Caroline Dwane-Stanley (Sinn Fein) was first elected in 2014 in Portlaoise having been co-opted in 2011. Pauline Madigan (Fianna Fail) spent the last 12 months as a councillor and while she lost her seat, it was taken by Fine Gael’s Thomasina Connell.Fine Gael also added another female in the Graigue-Port area where Aisling Moran was elected.It all means that female representation is at a record high in Laois County Council at 26% and outside of the cities, only Cavan, Kildare, Louth, Meath and Wicklow have a greater percentage.Dun Laoighaire-Rathdown have 48% female representation while at the other end of the scale, Longford and Mayo have just 7%.At general election level, political parties are required to have women make up 30% of their candidates, or lose half of the state-funding they receive.Of the total 949 councillors elected across Ireland, just under 22% were women.The Women’s Council of Ireland said “it is very disappointing that in 2019, we still have not broken the critical mark of 30% women’s representation at local level”.Naeem Iqbal, a Pakistani native pictured here with his family, challenged for the final seat in the Portlaoise“While a record number of 566 women contested the elections, up from 440 in 2014, they only made up 29% of all of the candidates,” Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s Council said.“As was the case with the general elections, a gender quota for local elections is a necessity if we are serious about achieving gender equality,” she added.You can read a full breakdown of the female percentage across the country here. End of two political dynasties The afore-mentioned battle in Borris-Mountmellick witnessed two major casualties with Rathdowney’s Brendan Phelan (Independent) and Rosenallis’s David Goodwin (Fine Gael) both losing their seats.It both cases, it ends a long-standing family tradition. Goodwin was first elected in 1974 while his father William was a councillor for over 20 years before that. Brendan Phelan’s seat also has massive family ties. He was co-opted to that seat following the election of his brother Kieran to the Senate in 2002 but retained it at the three elections following it prior to this year.Kieran had first been elected in 1991 while their father Pat was a councillor for many years too. Phelan split with Fianna Fail prior to the last election and he spoke about that following the loss of his seat on Monday.But while the Goodwin and Phelan families are down now, it’s not the first time they’ve been in this situation. Pat Phelan lost his seat in 1985 before Kieran won it six years later, the same election David Goodwin lost his seat only to be re-elected in 1999.David Goodwin at this year’s Election Count in Portlaoise with former councillor Larry Kavanagh and his Fine Gael colleague Willie Aird.Brendan Phelan at the count centre with his brothers Laurence and Fintan and Margaret CordialIf either families are to turn to the next generation, Brendan Phelan’s son Brian and David Goodwin’s son Bill could be in the mix down the line. Both were present at tallies and count throughout the weekend and while both have young families now, it wouldn’t be overly surprising to see one or both of them enter the fray at some stage.What now for Fianna Fáil?Was this a good or bad election for Fianna Fail? Yes, they lost that Jerry Lodge seat in Portlaoise but that was always going to be a battle to hold on to, particularly after the way the cumann in Portlaoise went to war with itself over the co-option of Pauline Madigan.Their overall vote only dropped marginally from 2014 (32.8% to 32%) but they go back into the council with only six seats, one less than what they went out with and the lowest-ever representation in their history.The number of seats decreased the last time but Fianna Fail have gone from 14 seats in 1999 to 11 in 2004, eight in 2009, seven in 2014 and now just six.Catherine Fitzgerald with her Fianna Fail council colleagues Paddy Bracken, John Joe Fennelly and Paschal McEvoy. Picture: Julie Anne MillerIt was a case of their strong sitting councillors getting stronger on this occasion. Padraig Fleming topped the poll in Graiguecullen-Portarlington, John Joe Fennelly was elected on the first count in Portlaoise and Paddy Bracken took the first seat in Borris-Mountmellick.All three of those increased their vote substantially, as did Paschal McEvoy, Catherine Fitzgerald and Seamus McDonald.But Pauline Madigan and Donal Kelly never seriously challenged for the last seat in Portlaoise and Deirdre O’Connell-Hopkins in Portarlington and former GAA President Liam O’Neill and the Clonaslee-based Declan Good in Borris-Mountmellick were never in the mix either.Madigan is on the FF ticket for the next General Election with TD Sean Fleming and while Fleming has plenty of years left in him yet, there is nobody standing up as an heir apparent. Former TD and Junior Minister John Moloney put himself forward to go for convention last year and though he later withdrew, he is still very visible on the local political scene.Pauline Madigan and her family at the Count Centre in PortlaoiseBy the time the next Local Elections come around in 2024, their sitting councillors will have an average of almost 25 years service each. The party do have a number of active young members – like chairman Joe Dunne, secretary Thomas Foy and PRO William Delaney and the could be primed to go forward in the coming elections.Changing face of Fine GaelFine Gael find themselves in the opposite position that Fianna Fail are in, seeing their vote fall but their candidates increase.They are now the main party in the council with seven seats – three of whom are new faces.Aisling Moran (Graigue-Port), Thomasina Connell (Portlaoise) and Conor Bergin (Borris-Mountmellick) are new with John Moran and David Goodwin making way. Willie Aird, with a fourth poll-topping display in a row, Tom Mulhall, John King and Mary Sweeney also consolidated.Vivienne Phelan and Fergal Conroy were probably disappointed with their performances but Bergin is arguably the biggest success story of the election, the 25-year-old, who works in Charlie Flanagan’s office, returning a massive vote in his first election.Minister Charlie Flanagan with Portlaoise-based councillor Thomasina ConnellIt now looks as if Flanagan’s local Fine Gael team is as strong as it has been in a long time. Thomasina Connell was a General Election candidate in 2016 and now has a council seat. She will fancy a shot at a Dail seat again too while Bergin and Moran can’t be discounted either.Like Sean Fleming, Flanagan may not be going anywhere just yet but the party’s options are increasing and there could be a queue forming behind him.Problems for Sinn Fein?Sinn Fein did better in Laois than around the country and held onto the two seats comfortably with Aidan Mullins elected on the first count in Graiguecullen-Portarlington and Caroline Dwane-Stanley again taking the third seat in Portlaoise as she did five years ago.Lorna Holohan-Garry polled strongly in Borris-Mountmellick without ever challenging for a seat, just as Rhoda Dooley-Brogan did in 2014. With a bit extra, they wouldn’t be far off challenging for a seat there.Caroline Dwane-Stanley and her husband, Brian Stanley, TDBut with the swing against the party at the moment – and Local Elections regularly being a good barometer for a General if it’s held within two years – their Dail seat in Laois-Offaly could be under pressure.The party has totally collapsed in Offaly following the departure of Carol Nolan – losing all three of their council seats and seeing their vote collapse from 17.4% to 4.6%.And the loss of Aidan Mullins’ stronghold in Portarlington to the new Kildare South constituency will be felt too.Conversely, they’re now strong in Kildare South – with Ballybrittas native Patricia Ryan, who narrowly missed out in the last General Election, winning a seat in Monasterevin in these Locals.Labour gains The Labour party ran two candidates on this occasion in Laois, down from three in 2014.But with Noel Tuohy massively growing his vote in Portlaoise to be easily returned and Eoin Barry putting in a huge campaign in Graigue-Port only to lose out to Aisling Moran for the final seat, they grew vote from 4.7% to 5.6%.Noel Tuohy (Labour) celebrates his election once again in PortlaoiseBarry pulled in votes from across his district but finished 138 first preferences behind Moran – to have a chance of winning that seat he needed to be well out in front on the first count, given that Moran got over 250 transfers from Phelan to be elected.Barry could be Labour’s name on the General Election ticket and as a young candidate, the increased profile would leave him in a stronger position to challenge in 2024.Missed opportunity for Greens?The Green Party were the big winners of the Local Elections nationally but didn’t even have a candidate in Laois.Emo’s Sinead Moore ran for the party in the 2016 General Election in Laois when she got 1,541 first preferences but living in Dublin, she ran unsuccessfully for Aontu in the Locals in Fingal.With Pippa Hackett elected in the Edenderry area in Offaly, and set to run in the next General Election, it was perhaps a missed opportunity not to run someone on this side of the border, particularly in Portlaoise.Looking to 2024?Given the nature of elections, there was multiple family members knocking around the Count Centre over the weekend and it was almost a running joke for someone to suggest to a son, daughter, niece or nephew of a councillor that “they’ll be next”.But with so many of the current councillors with such experience and some of them hinting that this will be their last term, there could be more gaps in 2024 than there was this time.The losing candidates with ambitions of going again don’t need to look too far for a reminder that it often takes a couple of efforts to get across the line. Paschal McEvoy and Aidan Mullins were both defeated in 2009 but elected in 2014 while John King didn’t make in 1999 or 2004 but was successful in 2009 and again in 2014 and on this occasion.In this game, perseverance can often pay off. TAGS2019 Local Elections RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp Home Politics Local Elections New faces, departures and a crazy count – reflections on the 2019… PoliticsLocal ElectionsNewslast_img read more

Dine and Discover at Brett Street Café

first_imgDine and Discover at Brett Street Café Tweed Shire CouncilCoordinator Community Care Jo Watters and barista Jasmine McCabe at Brett Street Cafe promoting Dine and Discover vouchers.Discover what great value it is to dine at Brett Street Cafe which is now part of the NSW Government’s Dine and Discover voucher program.Located in the plaza of the Tweed Heads Civic and Cultural Centre, the cafe is among a growing list of Tweed businesses registering to be part of the program.From cafes and restaurants, clubs and pubs, to activities and adventure providers, the program offers NSW residents who apply through Service NSW, 2 X $25 Dine NSW vouchers and 2 X $25 Discover NSW vouchers.Brett Street Cafe manager Allan Gibson is offering a special combo – 2 wraps, 2 coffees and 2 small cookies for a $25 Dine NSW voucher. This combo would normally cost $32 and will be offered up until the end of June, when the voucher program ends.Council’s Coordinator Community Care Joanne Watters said Brett Street Cafe was developing into a safe community hub where people can enjoy great, well-priced food in a relaxed atmosphere.“The Dine and Discover voucher scheme covers the entire cafe menu for those dining in,” Ms Watters said.“People can also talk to Allan about using the vouchers towards special functions such as high teas in our outdoor area.”Ms Watters said the voucher scheme was a win-win for both diners and the community with money raised being re-invested into community care programs run by Council.Brett Street Cafe is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 2 pm. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:atmosphere, café, community, council, Discovery, food, Gibson, Government, local council, money, NSW, Service NSW, Tweed Heads, Tweed Shirelast_img read more

William Lee Knous Award To Be Presented At CU Law School

first_img Published: Sept. 12, 2000 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail CU Law School Alumnus James E. Scarboro of Boulder, class of 1970, has been named the 2000 recipient of The William Lee Knous Award, which is presented annually to a distinguished graduate of the law school. The award will be presented to Scarboro on Saturday, Sept. 16, during the annual CU-Boulder School of Law fall festivities. The award was established in memory of former governor, federal judge, statesman and alumnus William Lee Knous.Scarboro graduated third in the 1970 law school class and clerked for former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White. He worked for the Denver firm Davis, Graham and Stubbs before teaching on the CU law faculty from 1973 to 1978 as an associate professor. Since 1984 he has been with the firm Arnold and Porter in Denver, where he is now senior litigator in the Denver office specializing in civil litigation. He has been active in numerous professional and service organizations including the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar association, Invest in Kids Inc., the Colorado Music Festival and CU’s Law Alumni Board of Directors. Activities Saturday will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a discussion in the Lindsley Memorial Courtroom on “Current Topics in Legal Ethics.” The discussion is a Continuing Legal Education program providing two ethics credits. At 11:15 a.m. the Knous Award will be presented, followed by a catered picnic on the west lawn. After lunch, participants can attend the CU-Washington football game at Folsom Field. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m. There is no charge for the law school events, however, a limited number of football tickets have been reserved at $40 each for reunion-year class members. For more information, contact Alice Madden, director of Alumni Relations, at 303-492-3124 or [email protected]last_img read more