New facility where Fort Worth residents can dine, drink and workout to open soon

first_imgSierra Tuthill printThe people of Fort Worth can expect a new area where they can get fit, dine and have fun at The Trailhead.The Cassco Development Company came up with the idea of having a hub for locals to gather and access the trails. This is usually referred to as a trailhead, so Cassco decided to establish The Trailhead, according to marketing director Angelica Plasencia.The new facility, located on Clearfork Main Street about 2 miles down the trail from Woodshed Smokehouse, is a 13,000-square-foot building that has three different uses.The first use is Mellow Johnny’s bike shop. The shop will offer bike sales, a full-service shop and bike rentals. It will serve a variety of customers.“It’s not just for the avid cyclists, it’s for a range of cycling enthusiasts to people who have never been on a bike before,” Plasencia said.The building will also include the Press Cafe. Local chef Felipe Armada, who owns Taverna and Pacific Table in Fort Worth, will operate the cafe.“Press Cafe is going to match that health and wellness theme that the Trailhead is aiming for,” Plasencia said.Press Cafe will be an urban restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menu items will include juices, coffees, fresh salads, sandwiches and other health-conscious entrees for dinner.Weekday nights and weekends, Press Cafe will have a full-service, rooftop bar that will serve local beers, wines and mixed drinks.“I think it’s great because we are super active and into fitness, but at the same time we are really social and love to eat,” TCU junior Christen Lockett said.Mellow Johnny’s bike shop will host its grand opening on Oct. 3, and Press Cafe and the rooftop bar will open later this fall. Who’s your (Frog) Daddy? Fort Worth moms host The Best Friend Bazaar Linkedin Facebook Previous articleVideo: Patterson talks Tuaua arrest at presserNext articleLive Blog: SGA Meeting 9/22 Sierra Tuthill RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Sierra Tuthill Twitter Linkedin Creepy clown sighting reported to Fort Worth police, no clowns foundcenter_img + posts Sierra Tuthill Sierra Tuthill Facebook Child abuse prevention month aims to raise awareness and create change Twitter ReddIt Sierra Tuthill Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Sierra Tuthill is a junior journalism major and film, television & digital media minor. She is the staff writer for Sierra is the co-captain of the TCU Showgirls and loves country music, diet coke and the TCU Horned Frogs! Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature last_img read more

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Rising violence against journalists a cause for concern as climate polarizes

first_imgThe three visitors spent two hours on the premises searching computer files for the original recordings of Parra’s programmes, meanwhile preventing the station from broadcasting. The mayor made his intentions clear when he said later: “I have to silence them one way or another.” Goye, a member of the Front for Victory (FpV) party, has a reputation for clashing with the news media in Río Negro province. Three weeks earlier, he did the same thing to another station, Radio KMFM. On that occasion his representatives, armed with a warrant signed by Carlos Cuellar, visited the Radio KMFM studios twice, carrying out searches and seizing recordings of programmes by Santiago Rey, who also runs the online news portal Agencia de Noticias de Bariloche (ANB). Goye previously took legal action against ANB for “psychological distress” after the publication of an article criticizing the way the city council managed advertising billboards. Letters were also sent to Mensajero Digital and El Cordillerano, who had reprinted the article. The mayor recently lost an appeal against the province’s biggest newspaper, Río Negro, which published a story by the journalist Daniel Marzal on 16 June this year questioning his financial practices. His attacker, identified as Nicolás Ayuso, was immediately arrested by the police and sacked by his employer. The attack followed an altercation a few minutes earlier between a group of protesters and C5N staff. Finally, Argentina still has one journalist in prison — Néstor Pasquini who was jailed six years ago in Cordoba province and has been the victim of all-out judicial persecution. An open letter sent by Reporters Without Borders to the federal justice ministry has as yet had no response. Fedorischak, who works as a photographer for the newspaper Primera Edición and as a commentator for the TV station Misiones Cuatro, was taking pictures from the top of a gate outside the police station when three police offers came over and pulled him down. He was dragged along the ground for about 15 metres then into the station where several officers beat him and tried to suffocate him. His life was threatened and he was forced to strip and hand over his photographic equipment. A complaint was made against Fedorischak for verbally assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. For his part, he filed a complaint about his treatment at the hands of the officers. Unfortunately such violence is not confined to this province. Attacks on journalists took place during a day of demonstrations against the President Cristina Kirchner’s government on 8 November, the most dramatic and shocking of which involved Néstor Dib from the TV station Canal 5 Noticias (C5N), who was struck from behind while he was live on air: The journalist received no prior notice from the judge. “It was a clear breach of freedom of information and meant to intimidate us because we had been critical of the mayor’s administration. Such an unannounced search of a news organization is unheard of.” ArgentinaAmericas Reporters Without Borders notes with concern and regret that there has been an upsurge in assaults on journalists and breaches of freedom of information in Argentina, in its provinces especially. This has occurred against the backdrop of growing polarization in the media in the run-up to 7 December, the deadline for the Clarín media group, which is in dispute with the federal government, to appeal against the country’s new law on Audiovisual Communication Services (SCA). Reporters Without Borders, which supports the law in principle, will return to the issue before that date. “At the end of last year, Argentina had a pretty good track record in freedom of information and journalists’ safety compared with many other countries in the region,” the press freedom organization said. “However, safety has deteriorated this year, particularly in the provinces, thanks to the failure of the public authorities to take action against all-too-frequent assaults carried out by local elected officials.“Such impunity must end, as must attacks on journalists from national news organizations who are associated with the editorial line taken by their employers as a result of growing polarization. It is the responsibility of those on all sides of the political spectrum and the justice authorities to work together on behalf of constitutional freedoms, including the freedom to report the news and hold peaceful debate.” In the city of Bariloche in Rio Negro province, just as the station Radio Horizonte (AM 94.5) was about to start a news broadcast at 9 a.m. on 23 November, the journalist Marcelo Parra saw three people enter the studio. They were a court official, a lawyer and a police officer and had been sent by the city’s mayor, Omar Goye. “They arrived with a search warrant signed by judge Jorge Serra to carry out a precautionary seizure of our archives,” Parra told Reporters Without Borders.“They wanted to see if they could find anything prejudicial to Omar Goye that might enable them to launch legal proceedings against us.” On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia December 4, 2019 Find out more News November 30, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rising violence against journalists a cause for concern as climate polarizes July 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Argentina Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Station closes after threats on airThree days earlier, on 20 November, the journalist Javier Rivarola, a commentator on the station FM Radio 21 was insulted and threatened on air by the member of parliament and FpV leader Ruben Contreras. The politician telephoned the station in mid-programme and accused the journalist of “inciting violence” and accused him of being responsible for an act of vandalism carried out at his home by a group of neighbours angry at water shortages in the town. The MP said: “You are all sons of whores. You are the son of a whore. This will not go on. What would you do if something happened at your house tomorrow? You just wait …” The journalist reported the MP for making criminal threats. Contreras played down the incident and said he would make a public apology. In the town of Aristobulo del Valle in the northeastern province of Misiones, Daniel Polaczinski, the owner of Radio U was forced to close the station and take time off from journalism after receiving threats from the chairman of the town council, Luis David Kochen. The journalist had reported a car accident involving the councillor, who appeared to be intoxicated. He got out of his car and threatened the other driver with a machete.“Kochen has a reputation for violence,” Polaczinski told Reporters Without Borders. “But I started to come under pressure after I broadcast the story of a road rage incident in which he was involved. He went to hit a guy with a machete. We broadcast the story, then I started getting abusive and threatening text messages on my cell phone, although I didn’t think they were important.” The threats intensified, and on 18 November the journalist received the following text: “You will be killed unless you drop the story about the accident.” Most of the messages were anonymous but were identified as coming from Kochen’s cell phone. Polaczinski immediately went to the police and lodged a complaint about the threats. On the same day, Kochen visited him at his home. “He asked me to withdraw the complaint, which would damage him politically, but I didn’t do it,” Polaczinski added. An investigation is under way but meanwhile the journalist and father of two fears for his family and has closed the radio, which he has owned for six years. These cases are the latest in a long list of recent attacks on journalists and media outlets. Also in Misiones province, the journalist Mario Fedorischak was assaulted by the local police on 10 November as he covered the arrival of a group of prisoners at a police station. Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Organisation News Help by sharing this information November 19, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News ArgentinaAmericas to go further Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

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Highland Radio News special budget reaction report

first_img WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleCar used in Speenogue robbery found at BurnfootNext articleTwo jobs saved in Letterkenny following AVIVA deal News Highland Pinterest Discussions in the Dail and elsewhere today have been dominated by Budget 2013, with opposition parties criticising the harsh measures in it, and the government countering that they had no choice.Donal Kavanagh has this special report…………[podcast][/podcast] Twittercenter_img News Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Highland Radio News special budget reaction report By News Highland – December 6, 2012 Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

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Voting for Donegal Youth Council gets underway today

first_img Previous articleCharity drive from Malin to Cape Town in aid of Donegal Hospice beginsNext articleGAA – Donegal And Antrim To Clash In Ulster 2011 News Highland Google+ Voting to elect the fifth term of the Donegal Youth Council gets underway today, with 12,000 12-18 year-old’s heading to the polls.56 candidates will fight it out, with 36 to be elected by next Friday.With an increased number of 12-15 year olds putting their names forward, this years Youth Councillors are expected to be the youngest ever.Youth Council Co-ordinator Kellie Gallgher wants everybody to get the opportunity to vote:[podcast][/podcast] Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ Newscenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Voting for Donegal Youth Council gets underway today By News Highland – October 8, 2010 Pinterest Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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The Legality Of FIRs Filed U/s 188 IPC During Lockdown: What Is The Legal Ammunition Of The Police To Control COVID 19

first_imgColumnsThe Legality Of FIRs Filed U/s 188 IPC During Lockdown: What Is The Legal Ammunition Of The Police To Control COVID 19 Aishwarya Pratap Singh20 April 2020 9:23 PMShare This – xIt is often the case that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. The global pandemic called COVID 19 which has taken almost the entire world in its grip in one such extraordinary time for the entire world including our nation, which certainly calls for extraordinary measures. It is a testing time for every individual, especially those who are leading the fight against…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?LoginIt is often the case that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. The global pandemic called COVID 19 which has taken almost the entire world in its grip in one such extraordinary time for the entire world including our nation, which certainly calls for extraordinary measures. It is a testing time for every individual, especially those who are leading the fight against corona, the corona warriors like the doctors, medical staff, police, healthcare workers, Asha, Anganwadi, other self-help group workers who are working as foot soldiers in this fight against corona. The issue pertaining to the legality of FIRs lodged u/s 188 IPC has cropped up due to the recent PIL filled in the Hon’ble Apex Court seeking the quashing of all the FIRs u/s 188 IPC due to a procedural irregularity. The PIL has been filed mainly on the ground that under the provisions of S. 195 of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 as well as many judgments of the Hon’ble Apex Court and Hon’ble High Courts, no FIR can be registered u/s 188 IPC. The petitioner has submitted that S. 188 of the IPC must be read with S. 195 of the CrPC, which mandates that only a Magistrate can take cognizance of an offence under Section 188 IPC, and that too on a complaint submitted by a public servant. The Relevant Legal Provisions in the Era of Pandemic THE EPIDEMIC DISEASES ACT, 1897 ACT NO. 3 OF 1897 is a colonial era legislation which is an Act to provide for the better prevention of the spread of dangerous epidemic diseases. Section 2 of the Act provides that when at any time the State Government is satisfied that the entire State or any part thereof is visited by, or threatened with, an outbreak of any dangerous epidemic disease, then if it thinks that the ordinary provisions of the law for the time being in force are insufficient for the purpose, may take, or require or empower any person to take, such measures and, by public notice, prescribe such temporary regulations to be observed by the public or by any person or class of persons as it shall deem necessary to prevent the outbreak of such disease or the spread thereof, and may determine in what manner and by whom any expenses incurred shall be defrayed. Section 3 of the Act provides that any person disobeying any regulation or order made under this Act shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860). It is clear that the Act is not self-sufficient as the penal section of the Act makes the violation punishable under S. 188 of the IPC, and the Act also does not provide the procedure for cognizance of the offence. S. 195 of the CrPC provides that no Court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under Sections (172 to 188) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 except on the complaint in writing of the public servant concerned or some other public servant to whom he is administratively subordinate. From the perusal of the above is clear and that the provision is mandatory and directs that if any offence punishable under sections (172 to 188) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 are committed then no Court shall take cognizance unless a complaint in writing has been filed by the concerned public servant. The Hon’ble Apex Court in C Muniappan V. State of TN (2010) 9 SCC 567 has held that the provisions of S. 195 CrPC are mandatory and that non-compliance of it would vitiate the prosecution and all other consequential orders. It has been further held in this case that the Court cannot assume cognizance of the case without such complaint, and that in the absence of such complaint the trial and conviction will be void ab initio being without jurisdiction. It is clear from the analysis of the above provision and the judicial pronouncement that in the absence of complaint for an offence under Section 188 of the IPC all the other consequential orders will be vitiated. What is the Way Out? The question that arises is that what would be the fate of the FIRs that have been registered all over the country u/s 188 IPC especially during the period of lockdown. The cases can be broadly divided into two categories, which are as under: Cases in which FIR has been registered under S.188 IPC and also under certain other sections like: S 269 IPC ( Negligent act are likely to spread infection or disease dangerous to life); S. 270 IPC (Malignant act likely to spread infection of disease danger­ous to life); S. 271 IPC ( Disobedience to quarantine rule); Cases in which FIR has been registered only under S. 188 IPC So far as the first category of cases are concerned, the police can omit the offence under S. 188 IPC during investigation, prior to filing the charge sheet in the competent Court, and the charge sheet can be filed under the remaining sections, if they are made out. It is a well settled law that the courts are not bound to take cognizance of all the offences under which the charge sheet has been filed by the police, and have to apply their judicial mind and take cognizance of the offences made out. Further S. 195 of the CrPC enacts a bar on the taking of cognizance of the offences specified and not the registration of FIRs, and so the Courts are not bound to take cognizance u/s 188 IPC if a charge sheet has been filed by the police. However, so far as the second category of cases are concerned where FIR has been registered only u/s 188 IPC, the police is left with no option but to drop the cases and file a fresh complaint in the competent Court. But a practical difficulty before the administrative authorities is the fact that when most of the Courts have been shut during the lockdown how will the law be set in motion if there is any violation punishable u/s S. 3 THE EPIDEMIC DISEASES ACT, 1897 read with S. 188 of the IPC during lockdown?Views Are Personal Only. (written by Aishwarya Pratap Singh, Addl. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Kanpur Nagar) Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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“Has Become A Trend Now”: SC Stays Disciplinary Proceedings Against Madhya Pradesh District Judge On Account Of Sexual Harassment Allegations

first_imgTop Stories”Has Become A Trend Now”: SC Stays Disciplinary Proceedings Against Madhya Pradesh District Judge On Account Of Sexual Harassment Allegations Sanya Talwar4 Sep 2020 2:27 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice & also stayed disciplinary proceedings against a Senior District Judge from Madhya Pradesh on account of sexual harassment charges levelled against him by a woman judicial officer in 2018.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun while issuing notice on the petition remarked that filing complaints…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 on Friday issued notice & also stayed disciplinary proceedings against a Senior District Judge from Madhya Pradesh on account of sexual harassment charges levelled against him by a woman judicial officer in 2018.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun while issuing notice on the petition remarked that filing complaints against judges had become a “trend” and that it was a deplorable practice.Senior Advocate R Balasubramanium appearing on behalf of the district judge, pointed out that the judge against whom alleged allegations were made actually had an unblemished service of 32 years and that he was about to considered for his elevation to the High Court. “What happened is so unfortunate. Then suddenly, the complaint surfaced in 2018, he is set to retire this year and is having to undergo embarrassment” he added.At this juncture, CJI SA Bobde remarked:CJI : “This is such a regular phenomena in our system now. When something is on the verge of happening, all kinds of things start. People remember what a bad person he is. What to do? This has become a trend now. It has become a practice now.”The plea has been filed through Advocate on Record Sachin Sharma by a senior Madhya Pradesh district judge seeking quashing of sexual harassment charges levelled against him by a woman judicial officer had filed the complaint of sexual harassment before the Gender Sensitisation Internal Complaint Committee against the judge in March 2018.It contends that the report which has come forth finds no mandate in law as a conciliation had been reached between the parties in terms of the Sexual Harassment At Workplace Act, 2013. “there is no power vested with the GSICC to conduct the inquiry in the present case once a conciliation application is submitted by the complainant and the GSICC has recorded a categorical finding that the allegations are not proved and that it would be just and proper to close the enquiry. The GSICC has also no power to form its own opinion once the allegations are not proved. The dismissal of Conciliation application and submission of final report, by the GSICC itself both are simply void in view of Secs 10, 11 and 13 (2) of the Act of 2013 read with Rules made thereunder especially Rule 7 thereof.In light of this, the principal district judge was transferred pending the disciplinary proceedings against him,” the petition reads.The averments stipulate that the allegations levelled against the judge were made at a time when the petitioner was about to be considered for elevation,”All these actions have been done at a time when the petitioner is in the zone of consideration for being considered for elevation. The action has apparently been kept pending for last more than two years by ordering one enquiry after the other by different agencies with a view to keep the ‘pot boiling’ in order to harm the career prospects of the petitioner and eschew him from consideration for extraneous reasons. Otherwise there is no explicable reason as to why as many as four enquiries were conducted by different agencies at different points of time finally culminating into a fifth enquiry viz., disciplinary enquiry”The plea goes on to question the procedure adopted by the Enquiry officer and states that it was thoroughly devoid of principles of Natural Justice,”Most importantly, the petitioner was not even examined as a witness and or given any opportunity to present himself to vindicate his stand leave alone cross-examining the complaint and two other witnesses whose statements were recorded by the Enquiry Officer. The Ld District Judge took ex-parte statement of three witnesses behind the back of the Petitioner, who is another District Judge of equivalent status and position as the Enquiry Officer herself, against all canons of principles of natural justice and submitted a report dated 20.03.2018 by collecting evidence/documents seriously indicting the petitioner without authority of law,” plea submits.The report submitted by the Gender Sensitisation and Internal Complaints Committee called for further disciplinary actions against him, which was challenged by the district judge in the Supreme Court earlier. However, in June, the bench had asked the district judge to first move the High Court with a writ petition. After the High Court refused to give any relief to him, a fresh petition was moved in the top court again.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Cowboy landlords cheating students

first_imgSarah McWhinney names the winners and losers in tenancy deposit disputes… Edd Southerden was in his second year and living out along the Cowley road when he went down to his basement one night to find himself wading around in three inches of raw sewage. “We didn’t realise what it was at first,” he said. “It had filtered through the bricks so all the particles had been left outside. It wasn’t so much poo as poo-juice!” Further investigation revealed that the sewage pipe in his house had become blocked over two years previously, leaving waste accumulating until it forced its way back into the house in a flood of mouldering effluent. Amazing as it seems, stories like this are far from rare in Oxford. Our landlords were recently branded the second worst in the country and the Student Union declares itself regularly deluged with complaints relating to substandard housing and unscrupulous property practice. Most relate to the ongoing problem of reclaiming housing deposits, which are often pocketed by crooked landlords in an attempt to make quick profits. “It seems to be all tactics,” said Nigel Simkin, Vice President of Mansfield JCR, who spent the summer trying to reclaim over £400 of deposit money for each of his housemates and eventually had to resort to the threats of a solicitor. “Students are the worst hit, as we don’t have jobs and can’t afford to lose such substantial amounts. Landlords know that most students can’t afford to take legal action, which leaves them able to take advantage.” Adam Thoday of Homefinders Letting Agents was quick to refute such a claim, calling the suggestion that landlords deliberately withheld deposits “grossly unfair.” “Deposits are categorically not a profit-making part of the contract”, he emphasised. “There are a few cowboy landlords out there, but then there are anywhere.” But are landlords really to blame? Perhaps not. Kate Davenport, of University of Oxford Administration and Accommodation Services, suggested that the delay in returning deposits and the seemingly unjustified costs often seemed to stem from letting agents rather than landlords themselves. But Adam Thoday contradicted her, pointing out that as regulated bodies, letting agents are often a safer option than landlords operating on a freelance basis. “Landlords tend to be after quicker profits,” he said. “As part of the National Approved Letting Service and the National Association of Estate Agents letting agents are bound by the rules, unlike landlords.” Rosie Buckland, OUSU VP (Welfare), blamed the problem on the lack of an independent third party to regulate the exchange of money throughout tenancy deals. “Unlike many university cities, we don’t have an accreditation scheme, which leaves students vulnerable to dodgy landlords,” she told Cherwell. OUSU are attempting to free students from this situation with plans to institute a housing bank – a website where students can search the database for landlords and letting agents and read the accounts of previous tenants. “This will free tenants from the landlord spin,” said Buckland. Edd Southerton and his housemates blamed the University for their predicament. “Colleges owe a responsibility of care to their students which they utterly fail to fulfil,” said Edd. Asked whether he had found the University Accommodation Offices helpful, he replied, “Not really – most of our information was got through the Citizens Advice Bureau.” Premiere, who deal with the Cowley Road area, expressed surprise at the ranking, saying, “We do a good job and most of our tenants are happy.”ARCHIVE: 0th Week MT2003last_img read more

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Commentary: George H.W. Bush And History’s Strange Pivot

first_imgCommentary: George H.W. Bush And History’s Strange PivotDecember 5, 2018  By John INDIANAPOLIS – A lifetime ago, it seems, I talked with conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. about President George H. W. Bush’s political travails.Buckley came to Indiana to deliver a speech at a time when Bush’s presidency was unraveling. The resolution of the first Persian Gulf War had left Bush with stratospheric public approval ratings – 90 percent in some polls.John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.comNever again would Americans express such complete agreement about a president.Then it all started to come undone.It wasn’t Democrats but his fellow Republicans who undid Bush.They were unhappy about a tax increase Bush supported. He had pledged not to raise taxes while campaigning, but – concerned about galloping deficits – he changed his mind. The members of his own party reacted with rage.On a trip to Washington, D.C., I’d talked with the then rising bad boy of conservative politics, Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-Georgia, who led the charge against Bush. Gingrich described with a wicked glee how he’d taken Bush’s legs out from under him.“We reminded him not to take us for granted,” Gingrich smirked.I asked Buckley why Republicans had turned with such fury on one of their own.Buckley was well-positioned to answer. He was the intellectual godfather of modern conservatism and had moved through life on courses parallel to Bush.They were about the same age. They both were Yalies, sons of privilege and World War II veterans. Both served in the intelligence community. Both were leaders in the effort to turn America away from the New Deal and move the nation rightward.Buckley being Buckley, he talked at length and with a rhetorical flourish about how the gulf between the president and his party had widened. But then he got to the nub of the matter.“He is conservative,” Buckley said of Bush, “but he is not a conservative.”On such strange points history pivots.George H.W. Bush’s presidency was perhaps the last moment in our history when Americans could achieve something resembling consensus. The dissolution of his term in office anticipated the dissension that would come to dominate the nation.He struggled with questions of authenticity. He labored in the shadow of Ronald Reagan, his predecessor in the White House, a figure who projected both a sense of bluff, even oblivious assurance and an aura of easy approachability. Bush suffered by comparison.There was irony in this.Bush was what Reagan only had pretended to be on the screen – a genuine war hero and a crack athlete, the captain of his college baseball team. And, whereas the Gipper in real life was a distant figure who remained unknown and unknowable to his children, his supposed friends and his supporters – to everyone, it seemed, but his second wife – Bush possessed the gift of true friendship and endeared himself to both allies and opponents.Because Reagan embodied a sense of lost strength, candidate Bush struggled to prove his toughness, to battle what critics at the time referred to as the “wimp factor.” (One cartoonist often depicted Bush carrying a purse.)Once in office, though, it wasn’t Bush’s aggressiveness but his restraint that merits respect. Perhaps because he had been a real war hero, he didn’t have to prove his bravery by proxy.He resisted both Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s attempt to conquer neighboring Kuwait and uninformed political pressure urging him to invade Iraq and overthrow Saddam in response. Bush knew large-scale land wars in the Middle East were easier to start than to end, wisdom his son failed to acquire.Bush also was unimpressed with the magical realism embraced by the true believers of supply-side economics – “voodoo economics,” he called it. Thus, he pushed for the tax increase that helped lose him the White House but set the stage for the surpluses and prosperity of the 1990s.In short, he was a president who tried to do what presidents should do – hold the country together, even when it was trying to fly apart, and protect it, even from itself.Neither Buckley nor I knew in that conversation a lifetime ago the price George H.W. Bush would pay for trying to do that.Or that, in crucial ways, when they said farewell to his presidency, many Americans also would be saying farewell to each other.May he rest in peace.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.This article was posted by the City-County Observer without opinion, bias or editing.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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In Short

first_img== EC looks at ABF plan ==The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into a plan by Associated British Foods (ABF) to buy parts of the Dutch yeast producer GB Ingredients. In a statement, EC Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said the Commission “must make sure” that the transaction would not affect the quality or price of yeast products in southern Europe.== Rimini Expo 2009 ==The International Exhibition of Artisan Gelato, Confectionery & Bakery Production will be back at Rimini Expo Centre from January 17 to 21 2009. The exhibition – which has run for 30 years – will showcase artisan confectionery, pastry, ice-cream and bakery. Next year, it will also have a dedicated coffee area for the first time. More information is available at [].== Brussels conference ==CAOBISCO, the Association representing the chocolate, biscuit and confectionery industries of Europe, is holding a one-day event on May 27 in Brussels. It will consider the challenges the industry faces as European Union legislators focus on diet and lifestyle issues. Contact Paula Byrne on +32 2 539 1800 or email [email protected]== Symphony in plastic ==Hertfordshire-based Symphony Environmental, which supplies degradable plastics, has signed a deal with South African company Albany Bakeries to supply it with biodegradable plastic packaging for all of its bakery products.== O’Briens expands ==O’Briens has opened a café in Glasgow shopping centre Silverburn – its 43rd outlet in Scotland. The café is one of three scheduled to open in Scotland this spring.last_img read more

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Press release: Spaghetti Junction on a plate! Award-winning chef celebrates iconic structure

first_imgMichelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell has created a mouth-watering dish based entirely on the ingredients which get from plot to plate at his Birmingham restaurant via the well-known structure.The special dish, called ‘Truffled A38’, comprises celeriac, Maris Piper potatoes, double cream, fresh parsley, Berkswell cheese, garnished with truffle and seasoned with salt and ground ginger.Glynn, affectionately known as the ‘Yummy Brummie’, created the dish specially for Highways England to mark the 50th anniversary of work starting to build the road, officially named Gravelly Hill Interchange.View a video of Glynn creating the dish.He and Highways England also aim to raise the profile of the 2018 Year of Engineering campaign designed to encourage more young people into the industry.Glynn said: Celeriac – Quartered Maris piper potato – 1 large, peeled and washed Double cream – 300ml Fresh parsley – 1 tablespoon chopped Berkswell Cheese – 30g grated Truffle Salt and ground ginger to season Glynn first started cooking at the age of 14. his first food related memory was cooking baked beans on toast with curry powder, a testament to his desire to experiment with different flavour combinations on leaving school, he joined the Metropole Hotel at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) where he would catch the No 966 bus to get to the venue he started working as an apprentice and worked for six years in various departments accolades include obtaining Birmingham’s first Michelin Star for Jessica’s in 2005. Purnell’s has held a Michelin Star every year since 2009. By bringing young people face to face with engineering experiences and role models, the Year of Engineering campaign aims to showcase the creativity and innovation of engineering careers and widen the pool of young people from all backgrounds who are willing to consider the profession, diversifying a workforce that is 91% male and 94% white.Highways England’s emergency planning officer Frank Bird is responsible for managing traffic flows around the structure and has done so for the past 14 years. He was the lucky recipient when it came to tasting the dish.Frank said: it is the interchange of the M6, A38, A38 (M) connecting Birmingham and the M6 work started to build the road in 1968 some of the columns elevating the structure reach some 80ft Spaghetti Junction continues to hold international acclaim having formed the backdrop for filming for Ready Player One with some scenes filmed underneath the structure the towering concrete columns, some reaching to 80 feet high, formed the ideal backdrop to the film, which was in cinemas earlier this year for the filming, special templates featuring graffiti were stuck to the concrete structures and various props added into the set, including cars and tyres, with a ‘camp’ constructed for the new film the film crew took considerable effort to protect the structure and ensure nothing was damaged during filming Using a vegetable spiralizer, prepare the celeriac and potato into vegetable “spaghetti”. Put the cream into a large sauté pan and reduce by half, add the celeriac and potatoand cook over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes until al dente, add the cheese and stir into incorporate. Add the parsley and season with salt and ground ginger. Using a pasta fork twist the vegetable spaghetti and place into a serving dish, spoonthe creamy sauce over the top. Finish by grating fresh truffle over the top. About Glynn Purnell It was a tremendous honour to be asked by Highways England to create a special dish as a tribute to Spaghetti Junction. I also took it very seriously as it means an incredible amount to me as a proud Brummie. I use the road at least four to six times a day and for me it is more about traffic, it is symbolic of Brummies and their sense of humour which comes across in the name of the road. I’m proud to have a restaurant in Birmingham and Spaghetti Junction is an essential part of helping to get daily produce here to the restaurant from places across the country such as Cornwall. My children always chuckle when I mention Spaghetti Junction to them because they imagine it is like a piece of spaghetti, a drawing on a piece of paper. But it’s important that they think about the world around them and how things are built and constructed. It is great that the Year of Engineering is calling on youngsters to think about a career in the sector because without engineering we wouldn’t have the road and it is a crucial part of helping people to access the wonderful city of Birmingham. There will always people that poke fun and criticise it, but for me, the road does more good than bad and I think we’d be lost without it. Any young people inspired to explore a career in engineering are encouraged to visit the Year of Engineering website which has further information.The recipe for Truffled A38 Spaghetti Junction in numbers Method: It was a real earthy dish and it certainly showcased the variety that comes into the kitchen through Spaghetti Junction every day. It tasted delicious and it is a privilege to have someone like Glynn Purnell recognising the significance of the road and its role in serving the people of Birmingham and beyond. The Year of Engineering is crucial in helping to get the budding engineers of tomorrow thinking about the world around them and the 50th anniversary of work starting to build Spaghetti Junction is testament to what can be achieved by talented engineers. General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

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