Bishop Leahy pays tribute to ‘inspirational’ Dara

first_imgLinkedin Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleLedwidge – on 100th anniversary of his death Editor Print TAGSDara FitzpatrickLimerick Bishop Brendan Leahy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Limerick Papal Mass NewsCommunityLocal NewsBishop Leahy pays tribute to ‘inspirational’ DaraBy Editor – March 17, 2017 643 Dara FitzpatrickThe sense of heroism and mission displayed by St. Patrick is still very much evident in the acts of Irish Coast Guard pilot Dara Fitzpatrick and many others who sacrifice much, Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy stated today.In the now traditional St. Patrick’s Day Mass by the Bishop of Limerick for members past and present of the Defence Forces and their families in the city, Bishop Leahy said we cannot but think today of someone like Dara Fitzpatrick who dedicated her life to others so fearlessly.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Linking the selfless kindness of St. Patrick to that of Dara Fitzpatrick, her colleagues, the defence forces and many others, Bishop Leahy said that the heroic pilot was an inspiring example for all of us.“I was struck by her comments in the Rescue 117 documentary she featured in, which was played back on Wednesday’s news on RTE. She said ‘there’s no way in the world we would do anything else in life’. Dara had a strong sense of ‘giving’ to others. A pilgrim on life’s journey, like all of us, she seemed to be a person who got up each day thinking of helping others.“I even noted over recent days a video on the online Catholic channel iCatholic about the importance of finding the balance with alcohol. She participated in that video to promote responsible use of alcohol. She spoke of how she had far too great a responsibility to her job to ever allow a drink on any night get in the way of work the following day. Saving lives was her priority and she lived that out to the end. Certainly, an inspiring example for us all on this St. Patrick’s Day.”Bishop Leahy said that on the national feast day, it was important to be grateful for the reminder of the Christian story at the heart of our culture.“Let’s be grateful for all those, like Dara, whose generous spirit reminds us of the measure of love: to love without measure.“Let’s acknowledge the sacrificial love witnessed also in the Defence Forces who, at times, spend a long time away from their loved ones, often in war zones in the Middle East and Africa. Here in Limerick you have been deployed to help with flood relief in the past. You share in that sense of giving and the rest of us are truly grateful.  Perhaps you don’t always explicitly think of it but there is always a risk involved in your mission, and that risk has a name. It’s called being ready to lay down our lives. There’s a heroism in that.“Surely, St. Patrick would recognise in you and in people like Dara Fitzpatrick the measureless measure of love being lived out so quietly but effectively day by day across this island.  Yes, it’s good to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together here this morning. Remembering the great foundation story of St. Patrick and the great continuing stories of modern day heroes brings so much inspiration to us all.” Advertisement 1,000 students conferred at Mary Immaculate College Limerick flags at half mast for fallen heroes of Rescue 116 Facebook Emaillast_img read more

Daily Dirt: Parkway Closed, PA Fracking Waste, Feel Good Fly Fishing

first_imgYour daily outdoor news bulletin for October 7, the day Arnold Schwarzenegger became Governator of California in 2003:Blue Ridge Parkway Closed……but only a small section, and probably not for the reason you are thinking. No, the continuing government shutdown has not closed the Blue Ridge Parkway. Apparently, nature took care of it all on her own. The BRP is currently closed from Milepost 393 at Brevard Road to Milepost 389 at Hendersonville Road. This section is located outside of Asheville, North Carolina, is closed due to a road failure at the bridge that takes the BRP over I-26. Parkway officials say the road is undercut and that there was already a plan in place to do some minor repairs. The work is being done by the Federal Highway Administration – considered essential personnel – and is not shutdown related. Officials say they hope to have the repairs down in a couple of weeks. If you drive or ride the parkway on a regular basis, take note. This is another structural blow to the iconic parkway, having suffered a giant crack earlier in the year, and lingering budget cuts due to sequestration.Click here to see a map of the closure and the available detours.Radioactive Fracking Waste Found in PA CreekAlong with having a hilarious name, Blacklick Creek in western Pennsylvania has had a fairly long history of water quality issues. Located about an hour outside of Pittsburgh, and about an hour from some of PA’s most storied of storied trout streams, Blacklick Creek has undergone almost two decades of steady stream improvement efforts to counteract the effects of acid mine drainage. The creek was finally showing signs of life in 2011, with eight confirmed species of fish discovered. Well, we can now probably toss that out the window. A new study has found extremely high levels of radium in the creek, a naturally occurring isotope that is 3 million times more radioactive than uranium. The problem area is adjacent to and 200 yards downstream of the Josephine Brine Treatment Facility, which processes wastewater from fracking operations. The levels were so high, they exceeded the “U.S. management standards that would classify those sediments as toxic solid waste and require they be transported to a radioactive waste disposal facility.” YIKES. The facility even reduced the levels of radioactive materials in the fracking ‘liquid’ by up to 90 percent.THIS IS THE STUFF THEY ARE PUMPING INTO THE GROUND WHERE YOU LIVE.A Little Feel Good Fly Fishing NewsWith all the bad news flying around the Blue Ridge, sometimes it’s nice to highlight some of the good things that are going on. The Orvis fly fishing blog features one such story out of Atlanta, Georgia, although they toot their own horn a bit – and why not? They did partner with and hook the organization up with gear. The organization is Finding Inspiration Sharing Hope (FISH), and was founded in Atlanta in 2006 by Malik Wilder. Wilder’s father taught him to fish at a young age, and used fishing as a way to instill life lessons like patience, respect, and work ethic. Now, Wilder is trying to pass those lessons on to children from around Atlanta who may not have had access to fishing before. The program focuses on lessons that help both on the water, and in the classroom: respect, teamwork, safety, preparation, etc. It sounds like a great program.For more information on FISH, inc., check out their website.last_img read more

Mrs. Lauragene (Cutter) Filsell

first_imgMrs. Lauragene (Cutter) Filsell, age 74, of Versailles, Indiana, entered this life on January 29, 1942, in Milan, Indiana, the daughter of the late, Clarence Robert and Aldean Irene (Cleeter) Cutter. She was raised in Fairview, Indiana and later moved to Abingdon, Virginia where she attended high school through her junior year. Lauragene moved back to Switzerland County, Indiana where she was a 1960 graduate of Vevay High School. She earned her Bachelors in education in 1964 from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. Lauragene was united in marriage on July 10, 1965 in Evansville, Indiana to the late, Donald Ray Wittmer and to this union arrived two daughters, Laura and Laurene to bless their home. She earned her Masters degree in education in 1966 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Lauragene was later united in marriage on September 22, 1984 at the Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana, to the late, Bruce Edward Filsell. Lauragene and Bruce shared nearly 31 years of marriage together until he passed away on February 22, 2015. Lauragene was a former Teacher for the Lawrenceburg High School in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and for South Ripley High School where she taught English and Spanish, retiring in 1971. Lauragene was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church in Versailles, Indiana. She resided the past 50 years in the Versailles community. Lauragene enjoyed spending time with her grandsons and will be remembered for her love of sewing, cooking and working crossword puzzles. Lauragene passed away at 7:50 am, Friday, July 15, 2016, at the Waters of Batesville in Batesville, Indiana.Lauragene will be dearly missed by her daughters: Laura Freese and her husband: Paul of Batesville, IN and Laurene Wittmer of North Vernon, IN; her grandsons: Justin Wittmer and Levi and Eli Freese; her step-grandsons: Eric and Kyle Freese; her brothers: Arlen Cutter of Fairview, IN, Denzil Cutter of Fairview, IN and Dean Cutter of Versailles, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: Clarence Robert Cutter, died October 30, 1981 and Aldean Irene (Cleeter) Cutter, died March 10, 2004; her 1st husband: Donald Ray Wittmer, died July 16, 2005 and her 2nd husband, Bruce Edward Filsell, died February 22, 2015.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Rev. Dick Burcham, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Central excise slaps Rs 1.15 cr service tax notice on Yuvraj

first_imgCentral excise department has slapped a notice on cricketer Yuvraj Singh of Kings XI Punjab franchise seeking payment of service tax to the tune of Rs 1.15 crore raised on his income from two seasons of IPL and endorsements.Yuvraj’s tax consultant, while refuting the claims of tax authorities, put the onus on IPL franchise KPH Dream, which owns Kings XI Punjab, for the payment of service tax for availing the cricketer’s services in promotional activities during the IPL matches.”We have served notice on Yuvraj Singh asking him to pay service tax amounting to Rs 1.15 crore on money he earned from two IPL seasons and doing endorsements,” a senior official of the Central excise department, Chandigarh region, said.Serving the notice by including the income of Yuvraj under ‘Business Auxiliary Services’ head, the department has assessed the service tax amounting to Rs 96.44 lakh from playing two seasons of IPL and Rs 19.53 lakh from participating in TV show Dus Ka Dum and engaging in promotional activities for two agencies – Cornerstone Sports and Rhiti Sports.Central excise department has calculated an income of Rs 8.51 crore from IPL matches, Rs 99.99 lakh from winning Dus Ka Dum show last year and Rs 65.30 lakh from promotional activities for two agencies, as per the notice.The department had already served notices on three other IPL players VRV Singh, Sunny Sohal and Uday Kaul, asking them to pay tax of Rs 11.33 lakh, Rs 4.79 lakh and Rs 4.53 lakh, respectively.The decision to demand tax from cricket players follows the non-disclosure of break-up of earnings by them from IPL matches.advertisement”Players were asked to give the break-up of their earnings from cricket matches and endorsements but they failed to provide us separate figures. Therefore, we have been forced to levy tax on their income, whether it is match fee earned by players from IPL-1 and IPL-II season, after assessing their income on individual basis,” the official said.Terming as unjustified the notice served by tax authorities, Yuvraj’s tax consultant Raman Aggarwal said that the cricketer could not be held responsible for paying service tax for IPL matches.”It was IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab which asked Yuvraj to participate in promotional activities and it was part of the agreement signed between both the parties. The department should ask Kings XI Punjab for payment of service tax,” he said.He said he would be filing a reply to the notice within 10-15 days.Aggarwal asserted that since playing cricket was the core activity for a player while endorsements and promotional activities were incidental or ancillary, there could not be any segregation of money which a player earned from IPL event.He said that according to an agreement between player and franchise, if a player could not participate in promotional activities then his 10 per cent of total fee could be retained by the franchise. “At the most, tax can be calculated on 10 per cent of income rather than on the whole income.”On tax calculated on participating in Dus Ka Dum, Aggarwal said that the department could not hold the money which Yuvraj won from the show as service and, therefore, it can not levy service tax on it.He further said that the two firms were agents of Yuvraj for which he engaged in promotional activities. “Therefore, agents or companies will be paying service tax on it,” he said.In February, the department had asked these players details regarding total payment and a break-up of the money received for playing cricket matches and sponsorships.It also demanded copy of agreements signed by players with their franchise owner, total payment received from franchise owner, service tax registration number, if obtained, details of service tax of paid, copies of service tax returns, if filed, and complete books of accounts and balance sheet.last_img read more

Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna start Olympics campaign with win

first_imgIndia’s Mahesh Bhupath i and Rohan Bopanna started their Olympics campaign with a win against Max Mirnyi and Alexander Bury in the first round of men’s doubles at the Wimbledon here Monday.Bhupathi and Bopanna won 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7) and 8-6 in a match that lasted two hours and 26 minutes.Meanwhile, Indian Davis Cupper Vishnu Vardhan’s dream outing in the Olympics men’s singles was short-lived as he went down in straight sets to Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic in the first round.Vardhan, who was lucky to get a slot in the men’s singles event at the eleventh hour as German Phillip Kohlschreiber pulled out due to a hamstring injury, lost 3-6, 2-6 in 72 minutes.The 304th-ranked Indian, whose strong point is his serve, was broken thrice in the first set and it was no different in the second. Before Vardhan could get the hang of it, he was down 1-4 and the World No.76 Slovenian walked through to the second round.Vardhan was hardly in the match and he committed far too many unforced errors.The 25-year-old will now partner Leander Paes in the men’s doubles and the Indian pair takes on the Dutch duo of Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer later in the day.last_img read more

10 months agoBrighton boss Hughton delighted with Arsenal draw

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton delighted with Arsenal drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton says they deserved their 1-1 draw with Arsenal.Jurgen Locadia cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener on the south coast, and Albion finished the game strongly, going close on a number of occasions against Unai Emery’s side.Hughton said, “After a difficult start, going 1-0 down against a very good team on the ball, we showed great character to get back into the game.“If there was a team that was going to score in the second half, I felt it was going to be us.“They had more possession because that’s the way they play, but I thought we were a bigger threat to score and Solly [March] probably had the best chance of the game.“But remember these are a team, up until recently, that had gone on a very long run of winning games. You can’t underestimate the quality they’ve got — a draw will always be a very good result.” last_img read more

NAFTA deal possible by end of March says Canadian envoy MacNaughton

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s ambassador to the United States said Monday he believes NAFTA negotiators can reach an agreement in principle by the end of March.The upbeat assessment from envoy David MacNaughton comes in the face of the continuing threat from U.S. President Donald Trump to blow up the deal, which hangs over the final eight weeks in the current negotiating schedule.MacNaughton refused to speculate on whether Trump is likely to pull out of NAFTA, but he said enough progress has been made on the “wiring and plumbing” of the agreement that all three countries can iron out their differences on the more substantial issues in the next two months.“I would love to see a deal done,” the envoy said after an event in Ottawa with his U.S. counterpart, Kelly Craft. “We’ve made tremendous progress on some of the less spectacular things.”Craft said little about the substance of the negotiations in her appearance with MacNaughton during a staged question-and-answer session at a conference on North American energy. But the two ambassadors did laud their close co-operation and the ties of friendship between Canada and the U.S.Craft dropped a broad hint that she doesn’t find her president’s rhetoric helpful.“When President Trump asked me to consider serving as U.S. ambassador to Canada, he promised that this would be very interesting and very, very important,” she said.“I don’t really need him to continually say ‘tear up NAFTA’ to keep it interesting. A little bit of boring would have been just fine with me.”MacNaughton said the time has come to leave political rhetoric behind and find a workable agreement in principle that officials can hammer out later.“There are still four or five sticking points,” he said.“I think we roll up our sleeves and work hard on them we can at least get to the point where we’ve got an understanding, whether it be an agreement in principle or whatever it is, which we then allow technical people to work on.”Two more rounds of negotiations are set to take place before presidential elections in Mexico and the U.S. congressional midterms, which observers fear could prove disruptive.The lingering doubt is bad for the U.S. economy and business in general, MacNaughton said.“The uncertainty causes people to sit on their wallets rather than make investments,” he said. “I’d hate to see that stalled because of the uncertainty around NAFTA.”Substantial differences remain on autos, a sunset clause and an investor-dispute resolution mechanism, while U.S. demands for greater market access to Canada’s protected dairy industry also loom large.The NAFTA renegotiation survived its sixth round of talks in Montreal, with the U.S. dialing down some of its negative rhetoric, including its imminent threats of withdrawal.U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer said he was unsatisfied with Canadian proposals on autos and characterized a Canadian complaint to the World Trade Organization as a “massive attack” against the U.S. trading system. But he said enough progress was made in Montreal to continue the talks.Craft said the U.S. wants to see greater energy co-operation between Canada, Mexico and the United States reflected in an updated NAFTA.“The United States wants NAFTA modernization to strengthen the North American energy revolution and promote North American energy security and self-sufficiency,” said Craft.“A separate energy chapter must add value not duplicate obligations found in other chapters.”Craft did not elaborate and left the event without speaking to reporters afterwards.last_img read more

Free Movies in the Park is back for 2018

first_imgThank you to all our sponsors.Presenting Sponsors:Shell CanadaFort St. John Co-operative AssociationSupporting Sponsors:Home Of The Whopper FSJD&T DisposalsHome2 Suites by Hilton Fort St JohnEagle Vision Video Productions Ltd.Pioneer Sanitary Solutions100.1 Moose FM Shell Canada and the Fort St. John Co-operative Association present Movies in the Park all summer long. Once again this year FREE Movies in the Park will happen each month starting with the event Friday, June 15 at Centennial Park.The first two movies that will be shown are Captain Underpants and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The movies will start at 7:00 p.m. on June 15. On top of the movies, there will be food and of course popcorn being sold by the Northern Dance Theatre Society.You can also join us on July 13 and August 24 for two more FREE movies each night. The movies for those months will be announced closer to each date.last_img read more

BC Secondary Schools receive their annual Report Card

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The annual Report Card on B.C’s Secondary Schools was released by the Fraser Institute, a tool that Secondary Schools academic performances can be compared.Based on seven academic indicators using student results from annual provincewide exams, grade-to-grade transition rates, and graduation rates, this Report ranks 251 public and independent secondary schools.Of the top 53 schools in the ranking (seven were tied for 47th) 24 are public schools and 29 are independent schools. Located in 26 different cities and towns across the province, including Revelstoke, Summerland, Agassiz, Hope, and Duncan. “All too often, we hear excuses that public schools can’t compete with independent schools because of the communities and students that they serve, but that’s just not true—every school can improve and strive to rank higher than the year before,” said Angela MacLeod, a Fraser Institute senior policy analyst.These are the rankings for schools in the North and South Peace Region;106/251 – Dawson Creek215/251 – Fort Nelson244/251 – Fort St. John246/251 – ChetwyndThis year, 36 schools showed statistically significant declines in performance over the past four years, and 33 showed statistically significant improvement.“This Report Card proves that improvement is possible in every corner of the province, in every type of school serving every type of student,” MacLeod said.Notably, of the top 10 fastest-improving schools—regardless of rank—seven are located outside the Greater Vancouver Area in Agassiz, Chilliwack, Invermere, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Terrace and 100 Mile House. In fact, none are in the City of Vancouver.For the complete results on all ranked schools, and to easily compare the performance of different schools; CLICK HERElast_img read more