Irish Ship to Gaza’s review and report

first_imgPrint NewsLocal NewsIrish Ship to Gaza’s review and report    By admin – December 14, 2011 833 Previous articleFloor space cap to push out small businessesNext articleBusiness news bites admin Facebook Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Twitter Email “THE hijacking of the MV Saoirse and the siege of Gaza” is the title of a meeting taking place on Tuesday 20, 8pm in Absolute Hotel at Sir Harry’s Mall. The meeting will hear from Zoe Lawlor when she refers back to the events that began on Friday November 4 when the Freedom Waves to Gaza flotilla was surrounded by up to 20 vessels from the Israeli navy. The flotilla was then attacked. These Freedom Waves ships, the Tahrir from Canada and Ireland’s Saoirse, were in international waters when the intervention occurred and roughly 40 nautical miles from the port of Gaza.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The two ships were hijacked with violence and the 27 crew and passengers – including 14 Irish citizens – were then taken against their will to Israel where they were held in prison for a week before being ‘deported’,” reports Zoe Lawlor. A language teacher in UL, Ms Lawlor was one of the human rights activists on board the Saoirse.At this meeting, some of the Irish citizens who participated in the Freedom Waves flotilla will talk about their experience.They will explain why they attempted to breach the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza aboard the MV Saoirse. Speakers on Tuesday 20 include former Munster, Leinster and Ireland rugby player Trevor Hogan, People Before Profit Cllr for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Hugh Lewis, local Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign member Zoe Lawlor.Admission is free and the website for background information is www.irishshiptogaza.org.last_img read more

School Nutrition expands meal program

first_img School Nutrition expands meal program Pinterest TAGS  Previous articleIsy’s Fine Jewelry wins downtown decorating contestNext articleCovid-19 Vaccine for Christmas Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Pinterest Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – December 24, 2020 center_img Facebook Facebook EducationECISDLocal News WhatsApp WhatsApp To reach an estimated 13,000 remote learners, the Ector County ISD School Nutrition Department plans to expand its meal delivery service Jan. 4.  Brandon Reyes, the department director, said they have been using volunteers to deliver a week’s worth of meals for remote and hybrid learners. “We’re starting to see that we have an increase in families requesting and that kind of exceeded our volunteer capability,” Reyes said. At its Dec. 15 meeting, the ECISD Board of Trustees approved a contract with Texas To Go, LLC for an estimated cost of $125,000 to deliver meals. The funder listed in supplemental agenda material is the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Currently, Reyes said the school nutrition department is serving about 113 families, which is roughly 277 children and just under 4,000 meals per week. He added that were looking to onboard 39 additional families adding about 90 children. “So that will increase our meals to about 5,100 meals. … The USDA has those flexibilities that they extended for this school year. With that, we’re able to do this and so we just think it will be important because there are a ton of kids out there that we just haven’t reached,” Reyes said. “We want to do everything we can to at least offer them the opportunity to take the meals.” Each child between the ages of 1 and 18 will get seven breakfast and seven lunch meals each delivery. “It’s an amazing thing, so our participation is limited to those who are interested. The big idea is that we get the word out to the families so that they’re aware of our program and then we onboard them so there’s a little bit of a process to that. It’s actually pretty easy, but once we do that then they’re set up they’ll (receive) the contactless delivery” on a certain day of the week, Reyes said. He added that it’s “super beneficial.” “We’re a universal free feeding district. These meals aren’t (just) for those who are considered economically disadvantaged. This is available to all … We do see that there is some hesitation with some families not wanting to participate because they feel maybe they don’t want to take meals from those who they consider really need it, maybe more … than them. That’s never the case with us because … this is our bread and butter. We have a ton of inventory. We … have enough food on hand to be able to serve them as the volume increases.” Reyes said volunteers will still be used to deliver meals. “Our volunteers have been wonderful in that they’ve chosen to volunteer because they want to help and they’ll absolutely be able to help as often as they would like,” Reyes said. “We’re not going to restrict that at all. We’re basically going to expand our partnership so that as we increase in families, we’ll better be able to serve them on a daily basis. They’ve been pivotal to our program this semester so we absolutely welcome them to continue doing the great work that they do.” Renee Earls, president/CEO of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, said in a text message that they have eight to nine employees who volunteer weekly. “Many of our events have been cancelled due to COVID, so we’ve had some time to dedicate to this service. I’m glad ECISD is expanding the program to reach more students,” Earls stated. School Nutrition offers daily curbside sites and Friday evening curbside, but Reyes said they are still not reaching enough families. “So we’re trying to do more. It just, unfortunately, takes a little bit of additional time to get it set up. Ideally, we would have liked to set this up much, much sooner. But so many factors came into play. We had to make sure that USDA was going to keep the flexibilities for the rest of the school year. That’s the biggest driver because if they would have stopped the flexibilities half way through the school year, then we would have started something that we would have had to have stopped. It makes it much more difficult, so we just needed to make sure there was some certainty so that we could make the moves we needed to,” Reyes said. He said the department had planned to provide meals over Christmas break as it did for Thanksgiving. A full week’s worth of meals were provided Dec. 17 and will be again Dec. 27, the department’s Twitter account says for children between 1 and 18. “Once again, it’s a testament to our team and their dedication to the needs of the community. When we say needs of the community; it’s those of all ranges. Those making zero dollars a year to $100,000 a year. It does not matter. We’re here to help feed whoever would like to be fed between the ages of 1 and 18, so we’re going to do our part. We hope people take advantage of it. It’s a wonderful thing,” Reyes said. The food families get is the same as they would get at school and includes heating instructions.last_img read more

Vote that could extend Putin’s rule culminates as Russians get cash payments

first_imgRussians with children received cash payments on Wednesday on the final day of a vote on constitutional changes that could allow Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036.State exit polls have suggested the changes will be backed by over two thirds of voters, who have been encouraged to vote with prize draws offering flats and an ad campaign highlighting other amendments designed to appeal to the populace.One amendment guarantees inflation-linked pensions; another says marriage is a union between a man and a woman. One-off payments of 10,000 roubles ($141) were distributed to those with children at Putin’s order as people headed to polling stations on the last day of the vote, held over seven days to try to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.”I voted for the amendments to the constitution,” Moscow resident Mikhail Volkov said. “We need radical changes and I’m for them.”Others voted for the changes with less enthusiasm.”I didn’t read about the amendments if I’m honest,” another voter, Lyudmila, said. “What’s the point of voting if they’ve already decided for you. It’s like that in our country – read something and vote. I voted.” Putin, a 67-year-old former KGB officer who has ruled Russia for more than two decades as president or prime minister, made no mention of how the changes could affect his own career in an eve-of-vote speech on Tuesday.The amendments would allow him to run for another two six-year, back-to-back stints if he wishes after his current term expires in 2024.Putin has said he has yet to decide on his future. Critics say they are sure he will run again, but some analysts say he may want to keep his options open to avoid becoming a lame duck.At 60 percent, according to the Levada pollster, his approval rating remains high but well down on its peak of nearly 90 percent.With Russia reporting thousands of new COVID-19 cases each day, opponents have been unable to stage protests but have mocked the vote online, sharing photographs of polling stations in apartment stairwells, courtyards and the boot of a car.The opposition Communist Party, which has advised supporters to vote “no” to the changes, has complained of irregularities at two Moscow polling stations, where it said the number of those registered to vote at home was 10 times higher than normal.Investigators said on Tuesday they were looking into a journalist’s allegations he had been assaulted by two policemen at a polling station.Putin has said he wants a clean vote, something election officials have pledged to deliver.Golos, a non-governmental organisation that monitors elections, has said it is already clear it will not be able to confirm the outcome of the vote as legitimate.Topics :last_img read more