Warm welcome for Church of Ireland bishop

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook Reactions from members of both sides of Eighth Amendment Referendum Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email NewsWarm welcome for Church of Ireland bishopBy John Keogh – February 13, 2015 1519 TAGSArchbishop Dermot CliffordArchbishop Kieran O’ReillyBishop Brendan LeahyBishop Kenneth KearonLimerick Diocese Muintearas Íosa begins celebration of milestone year Twittercenter_img Previous articleLimerick hot favorites for Valentines clashNext articleDell Limerick supports Daffodil Day | Limerick Post Newswrite John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Half of Limerick parents feel overwhelmed Bishop Kenneth Arthur Kearon, Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert, Aghadoe and Emly at St Mary’s Cathedral.Pic: Gareth Williams / Press 22Bishop Kenneth Arthur Kearon, Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert, Aghadoe and Emly at St Mary’s Cathedral.Pic: Gareth Williams / Press 22THE recent enthronement of Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick Rt Revd Kenneth Kearon had “a great sense of a city again gathering in Christ”, Catholic Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said.Welcoming Bishop Kearon’s formal enthronement at St Mary’s Cathedral, Bishop Leahy said it was a privilege to be at such a symbolic and hopeful ceremony.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There was a great sense of togetherness in Christian faith at St Mary’s Cathedral for Bishop Kearon’s formal enthronement. It was a service laced with symbolism, with hope and with public commitment before God and his people but, at the same time, the new bishop acknowledged the challenges that lie ahead in society today, challenges for the family and personal identity,” said Bishop Leahy.“There was very much a message also that we must go out and engage with the world, working especially for reconciliation at all levels and that is a message for all Christian faiths. The service reflected well the type of person that Bishop Kearon is.”Bishop Leahy described Bishop Kearon as “a very kind man, full of energy and enthusiasm, not least for ecumenism, and Limerick will be all the better for his presence here”, and wished him and his wife and daughters “a happy time here”.Elsewhere, Bishop Leahy also said that he “looks forward to continuing a close working relationship with Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly” following his recent formal installation as Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.The ordination sees Archbishop O’Reilly become the Metropolitan Archbishop of the ecclesiastical province of Cashel, which includes the diocese of Limerick.Bishop Leahy also expressed his gratitude to his predecessor, Archbishop Dermot Clifford for his support over the years. Bishop Brendan Leahy urges Limerick people to make use of this “extra special Easter” Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy says Popes visit will be unique celebration of faith and family Advertisement COVID-19 volunteerism is a glimpse of what the future can be for church and community last_img read more

Deadly explosion in Austin kills teen, injures woman

first_imgABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) — A teenager was killed and a woman gravely injured in an explosion in Austin, Texas, Monday morning.Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services reported the explosion on its verified Twitter account, saying the blast occurred at around 6:44 a.m. local time in the northeast section of the city.ABC affiliate KVUE reported that a male teenager who has not been publicly identified was reported dead on the scene and a woman in her 40s was transported to a nearby hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.The FBI told ABC News that it is responding to the reported explosion and assisting Austin police, who are the lead agency handling the situation. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has sent staff from its Houston branch to the scene.The explosion took place at a single-family home, according to KVUE.KVUE also reports that investigators are looking to determine if this explosion may be connected to another deadly explosion in Austin that happened on March 2.This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Vectren And CenterPoint Energy Announce Merger Of Companies

first_imgEarly this morning, CenterPoint Energy and Vectren Corporation announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement, to form a leading energy delivery, infrastructure and services company serving more than 7 million customers across the United States.CenterPoint Energy is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than 5 million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CenterPoint has nearly 8,000 employees.I want to ensure you and all customers that this agreement will have no impact on you or your energy service while this transaction progresses toward closing, and we will continue to reliably and safely serve our 1.2 million gas and electric customers now and well into the future as the newly combined company moves forward.Today’s news marks the next chapter for Vectren and its subsidiary companies. CenterPoint is the right partner because they demonstrate the values and commitment to customers and communities long demonstrated by Vectren. Together, we will be a stronger, more competitive company that will be well-positioned to continue to provide value for all of our stakeholders in the years to come.CenterPoint is committed to all of Vectren’s stakeholders as evidenced by the terms of this agreement:• The combined company’s natural gas utilities operations will be headquartered in Evansville, Ind., where Vectren utility operations are currently based today; the combined utility will serve ~4.5 million natural gas customers in eight states.• Indiana electric operations will remain headquartered in Evansville; CenterPoint will establish a chief business officer for Vectren’s electric business, who will directly report to CenterPoint’s CEO and spearhead southwestern Indiana’s electric grid modernization and generation transition initiatives recently underway.• In addition to utility field employees, CenterPoint Energy will retain key operational activities in support of the utilities in Evansville.• The Vectren Foundation will remain based in Evansville, and employee volunteerism and grants will continue within the communities we serve. In fact, CenterPoint will fund the Foundation at an additional $3 million per year over the next five years (once the transaction is closed).• Vectren and CenterPoint have made significant commitments to employees to preserve opportunities as the integration process gets underway.The transaction must be approved by several federal regulatory agencies, and Vectren’s shareholders and other customary closing conditions must be satisfied before the parties can close. The parties will also make regulatory filings in Indiana and Ohio. This process will take several months and the parties are targeting closing the transaction by the first quarter of 2019.As you can imagine, we are actively communicating with a number of stakeholders, and our focus is very much on the customers we serve and our employees who help deliver that service. We pledge to continue to keep you updated as this integration process moves forward. Today is the beginning of a bright future for the evolution of our company, and we are optimistic about becoming part of the CenterPoint Energy family.Regards,Carl ChapmanChairman, President and CEOVectren Corporation Customers to expect same level of safe and reliable servicecenter_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Cornish firm spruces up shop chain

first_imgCornish bakery Rowe’s is refitting and rebranding its 16-strong chain of shops. The stores will get new fixtures and fittings, and signage will change from WC Rowe to the simpler ’Rowe’s’.Marketing manager Paul Pearce said the move was part of the company’s plans to grow the retail side of its business.Rowe’s has already built up a successful supply arm, manufacturing fresh and frozen products for supermarkets, cafés and food-to-go outlets. Around 70% is supplied to multiple retailers and wholesale, with the rest sold within its own shops. The store openings mark the next stage of its expansion.New shops – based on its flagship store in Falmouth – will be opened over the next 12 to 18 months. Pearce said Rowe’s would expand its coffee offering – an increasingly important part of sales – but would not lose its core traditional craft bakery business.The company has recently expanded into a new format – Pasty Heaven – which focuses on savoury products. Rowe’s supplies frozen, part-baked goods to the outlets.last_img read more

Macarons & More opens first shop

first_imgNorfolk-based Macarons & More is launching its first retail outlet at the end of February, British Baker can reveal.The wholesale and online bakery business, set up by Tim Kinnaird, 2010 runner-up of BBC Two’s MasterChef, will be opening the doors of its first dedicated shop located in the Royal Arcade shopping centre on Gentleman’s Walk in Norwich next month.The 300sq ft site will consist of a retail premises, which will sell a selection of the company’s macarons, as well as patisserie and an extended cake range, which has been developed by the firm over the last 18 months.Products will be made from Macaron & More’s production site on Thetford Rd Business Park in Watton, as well as on-site in a dedicated kitchen located above the premises.Kinnaird, who revealed exclusively to British Baker last January about launching a retail site, said: “For me it’s the most perfect spot. It has an art nouveau-style and is home to a number of high-end shopping businesses, and I wanted to get the best possible site in terms of footfall and people, to ensure overheads were managable.“The website business is doing really well and we could just carry on doing that. In December, we more than doubled sales year-on-year. But we cannot host everything we want to make online purely for postage reasons, so for the last couple of years we have sold the products at markets and we know they sell well.”He added that around £60,000 has been invested in total in the shop, as well as new equipment, including a depositor which was purchased in order for Macarons & More to enable consistent-sized products and keep up with demand. As a result of the new shop, Macarons & More is expanding its current three-member strong workforce, with the addition of a new assistant pastry chef and Hannah Doncaster, owner of Honeysuckle Cakes in Norwich and a former pastry chef at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant Claridge’s, who will manage the retail site.Kinnaird explained that the new shop could lead to further site openings in the future: “The most important thing is to get this site off the ground and get ourselves set up, as I would like to see us established on Norwich high street in the forseeable future. I’m confident it’s going to go well and I think it’s a model that would work in other places.”To watch British Baker’s Valentine’s-inspired macaron masterclass with Tim Kinnaird of Macarons & More, click here.last_img read more

Patchogue Man Killed in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 73-year-old Patchogue man was killed in a two-vehicle crash early Wednesday morning.Suffolk County police said Anthony Baldassarre was driving his Toyota westbound on Vehslage Street when his car collided with a northbound Chevrolet pickup truck at the corner of North Ocean Avenue in North Patchogue shortly after 5 a.m.The victim was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead.The other driver, 22-year-old Christopher Young of Bay Shore, was taken to the same hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Fifth Squad detectives impounded both vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash to call them at 631-854-8552.last_img read more

Environmental watchdog breached rules, court says

first_imgNewsRegional Environmental watchdog breached rules, court says by: – November 30, 2011 The Palisadoes, a protected area in Jamaica where an environmental watchdog group approved improvement and expansion construction projects. (Credit:Zadie Neufville/ IPS)KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday November 29, 2011 (By Zadie Neufville) – When Jamaica’s environmental watchdog group approved road expansion and coastal improvement works inside the Palisadoes Port Royal Protected Area without consulting the public, environmentalists took them to court and won.Lobbying group the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) sought a judicial review of the National Environment and Planning Agency’s (NEPA) decision to permit the construction of a four-lane highway within the Ramsar Wetlands – 13,000 hectares of cays, reefs and mangroves.At risk, they contended, were more than 300 species of plants and animals, including six native species of cacti.The project, slowed by International Monetary Fund (IMF) budget restrictions, also included boardwalk construction and coastal improvement work along a 2.5 kilometre section of the 14-kilometre roadway that links Jamaica’s capital to the historic city of Port Royal.This work required the removal of centuries-old sand dunes inside the Palisadoes/ Port Royal Wetlands, which scientists say are critical to the environmental and structural integrity of the tombolo.JET charged that NEPA and the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) board had breached local environmental laws when it approved the project without consulting the public on major changes to its original design.The NRCA Act makes it a necessity for the public to be consulted on all developments requiring environmental permits and licences. The NRCA is lawfully responsible for approval, while NEPA issues such permits and licenses.The court victory was bittersweet, however, as NEPA, the agency charged with protecting the environment, also claims absolution. In the Oct. 13 ruling, Supreme Court Judge Jennifer Straw wrote that while the Agency breached the legal standard for public consultation, NEPA and NRCA had upheld their responsibility to protect the environment by issuing adequate permits and licences.In handing down her opinion, Straw noted that NEPA “fell woefully short and breached the legal standard of consultation and the legitimate expectation that all the relevant environmental information would be disclosed to the public before approval was given”.She continued, “The defendants did not breach their statutory duty in failing to require an environmental permit as conditions were attached to a previous beach licence granted in relation to the sand dunes.”NEPA’s CEO Peter Knight celebrated the ruling as a vindication of the agency’s commitment to its duties. The agency has repeatedly been accused of failing to adhere to its mandate to protect the environment and for overlooking its legal duties under pressure from government and investors.“The court rulings, as we understand them, did not challenge our processes, but rather, they concluded that we did not adhere to the processes,” Knight told IPS in a written response. He pointed out that the agency would appeal the ruling in relation to the public consultation.Environmentalists pointed out, however, that Straw’s ruling highlights a system in which large investors and power players can and do pressure governments and watchdog agencies like NEPA into approving environmentally unsound projects.“Failure to meet public consultation requirements is a symptom of a much greater problem: the general lack of transparency in development decision-making,” said Wendy Lee, executive director of the Northern Jamaica Conservation Association (NJCA).This problem “is compounded by a failure to adhere to sustainable land use policies, physical plans where they exist and parish development orders”, she added.Work to elevate the Palisadoes Road began in August 2010 to “protect the airport and infrastructure inside the Kingston Harbour”, Transport and Works Minister Michael Henry said then.In recent years, extreme weather events such as Hurricanes Ivan in 2004 and Dean in 2007 have inundated sections, forcing closure of the airport and marooning Port Royal.But the minister failed to reveal significant new additions to a project that had been approved in 2008. Both the National Works Agency (NWA), which is responsible for the 65-million-dollar project, and NEPA resisted calls for renewed consultations.Here, Straw sided with the environmentalists.“Since the new design would include the removal of the mangroves on the harbour side, as a result of the proposed rock revetment on the harbour side, there should have been disclosure and adequate time given for the consideration of this activity,” she wrote.And although the public consultation did take place, JET’s executive director Diana McCaulay told the local media, “I think it is hard for any reasonable person to say that a public meeting that takes place after permits have been granted and after work has started is a reasonable way to proceed.”This is the second time that environmentalists have challenged NEPA/NRCA’s public consultation process and won.In May 2006, Justice Brian Sykes ruled that NEPA and the NRCA had breached the public consultation process when it failed to consider critical information, including a marine ecology report that had been missing from an environmental impact study.NJCA, JET and other environmentalists had sought judicial review of the decision to grant a permit for the construction of phase one of the 1,918-room Bahia Principe Hotel in Runaway Bay.Relaying his decision to rescind the permit, Sykes noted, “The difficulty for me was that it was known to both NEPA and NRCA that the (environmental impact assessment) was incomplete. How can you consult without giving the public full, complete and accurate information?”Having been ‘vindicated’ by this latest ruling, Knight said that NEPA, which he said is driven by acts, regulations, policies, standards and guidelines, is working to improve its performance through increased “efficiency and effectiveness”.“From a policy perspective we are in process to finalise a number of policies,” he said. “In the short-term we have taken steps to implement changes, which are already positively impacting our capacity. These include the reconfiguration of elements of the organisation structure.”But even as environmentalists savour their win, there is fear that Jamaican authorities may have lost the meanings of protected and preserved.“Even when the public consultation process is ostensibly followed, damaging projects still go ahead despite strong objections from the public and environmental experts, and the damage is usually irreversible,” said Lee. 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At least 29 killed in Kenyan landslide

first_imgHeavy rains trigger landslides and flashfloods recently in east African countries. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday said at least 29 people were killed in landslides caused by severe weather in West Pokot County, Kenya. EPA Seven children were among the deadrecovered so far, officials said. Countries throughout east Africa havebeen affected by the downpours in recent weeks. Interior Minister Fred Matiang’iconfirmed that rescue operations were “ongoing,” adding that “harsh weatherconditions” were hampering a full assessment of the damage. The country’s meteorologicaldepartment issued a warning of heavy rains on Nov. 18, telling people in“landslide-prone” areas to be on “high alert.” KENYA – At least 29 people were killedin Kenya as heavy rains triggered a landslide in West Pokot County, PresidentUhuru Kenyatta said on Saturday.      Landslides and flash floods havekilled people in Ethiopia and Tanzania while hundreds of thousands have beendisplaced in Somalia by the heavy rains.(BBC)last_img read more

Facebook Class-Action Suit is Just a Speed Bump

first_imgFacebook is negotiating a settlement to a class-action lawsuit filed by members who objected to the social network using their likenesses to pitch products in ads called sponsored stories. Given the importance of these ads to Facebook’s business, what impact will the case have on the company?Most marketers know that you are more likely to respond to a recommendation from a friend than a pitch from an advertiser. Facebook sponsored stories are fertile ground to exploit this tendency.Sponsored stories are product ads that show pictures of your friends who have “liked” the product. Far and away, they have been the most effective form of advertising on Facebook. In the second quarter, Facebook users were more than twice as likely to click on sponsored stories compared to traditional display ads.But a suit filed in federal court in California last year argues that state law requires compensation for people whose likenesses are used in ads. Friday, a judge rejected a settlement agreement that would have split $20 million among charities that protect consumer rights. (Facebook had argued that paying the plaintiffs directly would not be worthwhile, as the amount of damages that would go to each of the 70 million individuals affected would be miniscule.) In rejecting the settlement, the judge raised concerns about the percentage of the settlement and legal fees going to the law firms that brought the case.The two sides are continuing to work toward an acceptable settlement, according to published reports.It’s unclear what impact such a settlement would have on Facebook’s bottom line. Last week we reported on a test program in which people were shown ads regardless of whether or not their friends had liked the brand behind the ad. We’ve asked Facebook for comment and will update when we get a response, but in the past the company has declined to comment on pending litigation.Small Speed Bump For FacebookSponsored stories have been the most effective of all the campaigns run by social media advertising firm Compass Labs, said the company’s CEO, Dilip Venkatachari. He expects that any settlement would include provisions to make it easier for Facebook users to opt out of having their image included in sponsored stories. However, he does not expect such a settlement to have a big impact on Facebook’s revenue or its advertising programs.“This could have a revenue impact,” Venkatachari said. “However, given how much data users publicly share on Facebook, we don’t foresee many users opting out of sponsored stories, so we don’t think the impact will be too severe.”Facebook members “want friends and family to know what articles they are reading, what music they are listening to,” Venkatachari said. “For example, I now know how often friends of mine go running and the distance. All this information is extremely valuable to advertisers, and . . . this opens up an extremely compelling revenue stream for the social network that could alleviate any potential negative impact from sponsored story opt-outs.” dave copeland Tags:#advertising#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Why I’ll Buy An iPhone 5 (& Mark Zuckerberg Will, Too)

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts jon mitchell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting I always wanted a Swiss Army knife when I was a kid. A Swiss Army knife packed everything a boy needed into a sleek, pocket-sized frame. In high school, the desire for a Swiss Army knife gave way to longing for a mythical gizmo my friends called The Device: a mobile computer that did everything. A few years later, I had it in my pocket. The iPhone is my Swiss Army knife, and a brand-new one was announced today. Here’s why I’m itching to get my hands on it.At one of its classic, exclusive press events Wednesday, Apple introduced the iPhone 5. It has a taller screen with five rows of icons, a thinner case and a metal back. The CPU and graphics are twice as fast, the display has more accurate colors, the cameras are better, the wireless radios are faster. It looks perfect for me — a more rugged Swiss Army knife with room for additional tools.This will be my second iPhone. In fact, not counting the Samsung Galaxy Nexus test unit I’ve been checking out, it will be my second smartphone, period. I’ve used the iPhone 4 since the week it became available in June 2010. My home button went bad a few months ago, and Apple replaced my phone with an identical copy, but that doesn’t count. It’s the same phone, and I’ve kept its tools extra sharp.I love Google. Even as an iOS person, I use Google to handle my email, calendars and maps (until iOS 6 comes out), and I like it that way. But I’m never going to rely on the cloud. I don’t even rely on iCloud. I need a device that runs the best native software in existence to do everything I do digitally, and it has to do so quickly and smoothly all day long, whether I’m online or not. The iPhone is the only one for me.Mobile Computing In The Real WorldEvery week, I run into a scenario in which every computer at my disposal fails me – except the iPhone. On Tuesday, I was at TechCrunch Disrupt to cover Mark Zuckerberg’s first interview since Facebook went public. I should have learned my lesson at Google I/O, but I didn’t; the only computer worth bringing to a tech convention is an iPhone. I should have left the rest at the office.There weren’t any seats left when I arrived an hour and a half early, so I sat on the floor behind all the camera tripods, next to a trash can. As I prepared my Mac apps, I used the iPhone to take photos and laugh with my Twitter people.I was content to type on my laptop, even after standing people blocked my view of the screen – but then the Wi-Fi went dead, and there were no Ethernet ports around. So I stood up and pulled out the iPhone.Byword is a smart enough app that I could thumb-type like crazy and be sure everything would be legible. I entitled my note “Zuckerborg” (on purpose), pre-typed a few headers, and then I watched the show and tapped along with my thumbs.Zuck’s posture was as ridiculous as ever, moreso because of how Mike Arrington dwarfed him on stage. But he nailed the interview. And to my delight, much of it was about the iPhone.“Mobile is what matters in the long term,” Zuckerberg said. He admitted that Facebook’s decision two years ago to base its mobile strategy on HTML5 was a mistake. Facebook needed native mobile apps, so it turned the ship around and built them. Now that Facebook has a real iPhone app, the number of Newsfeed stories read by its users on the iPhone has doubled.“Now we are a mobile company,” Zuckerberg told the audience. Facebook bought Instagram, one of the most beloved iPhone-first apps ever, because he wanted to keep that app and its team as a close partner, he said. Instagram is an iPhone-built, quintessential smartphone experience, and Facebook wants that in its DNA.Arrington poked Zuckerberg repeatedly about a rumored Facebook phone, and Zuck repeatedly denied it existed. “It’s so clearly the wrong strategy for us,” he said. Everybody is building a phone, Zuckerberg pointed out, and Facebook is “going the opposite direction,” building a network that lives everywhere. Arrington kept asking anyway, and Zuckerberg kept saying no, Facebook is not building a phone.Of course, Steve Jobs said the same thing before 2007. But a Facebook phone wouldn’t be a Swiss Army knife like the iPhone, and Zuckerberg has clearly decided that Facebook needs to be a blade on that device.“I basically live on my mobile device,” Zuckerberg said at the end. He wrote the founder’s letter for Facebook’s S–1 filing on his phone. That’s a pretty cool Swiss Army knife story.So now that Apple’s updated Swiss Army knife is out, I’ll be getting one. The iPhone is my personal computer. It’s with me when I need it. It works when all the bigger ones fail. If a given tool doesn’t work for me, I can swap it out for a different one, thanks to the intrepid army of iOS developers. A new row of icons on the iPhone 5 will bring me the same joy my eight-year-old self felt when he beheld a gleaming, red pocket knife.center_img Tags:#Apple#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more