Wedding bells for Limerick couples as Ireland says Yes

first_imgNewsWedding bells for Limerick couples as Ireland says YesBy John Keogh – May 28, 2015 1322 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSfeaturedlimerickmarriage equality referendumYes Equality Limerick Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live “I feel like the whole world is a different place” AS LIMERICK said yes on Saturday, one local woman decided to mark the momentous occasion by popping the question to her girlfriend of six years at the Limerick count centre.Billie (41), who doesn’t use a surname, proposed to partner Kate Stoica (26) just seconds after official tallies confirmed that the marriage equality referendum was passed.Billie told the Limerick Post: “I’ve had the ring for four years. We had talked before about who was going to ask who and we had discussed having a civil partnership, but we decided against it because it’s not the same as marriage.“I was trying to think of a romantic way to propose and I felt that it needed to be something that Kate would never be able to forget. I figured if it was a yes vote then it would be something that nobody would forget.”She chose to propose against the backdrop of the Bruno Mars song ‘Just The Way You Are’ because it’s “a song we sing to each other in the car”.“I was a complete wreck. I just sat and tallied all day. When the final box was tallied my friend put on the music and I pulled Kate aside but I had no idea that there would be all those people there. I thought there would be press but I figured we might just be in the Limerick Post, I never thought it would go as big.“It’s weird looking back at the videos and seeing all those people around us, but at the time all I could see was Kate. It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I was so nervous, I totally forgot the speech I had prepared in my head, but Kate said yes so that’s all that matters,” Billie explained.Billie, who hails from Scotland, says the couple are awaiting the introduction of legislation allowing marriages between same sex couples before they set a date, however she hopes they will wed “as soon as possible”.She continued: “It’s amazing that we’re now thinking about what kind of wedding we’ll have; I’ve never been in a position in my life where I could do that. I have always dreamed that one day I would get married, except for me it was to a woman and I’d be wearing a suit.“I’ve decided I’m going to wear a kilt suit in the family tartan. My sister died recently and my mother died ten years ago, so I’ll be carrying my family with me in my tartan colours.”Billie concluded: “I feel like the whole world is a different place, not just for me but for everyone. Ireland said yes, Limerick said yes, and Kate said yes. For me that was the most important yes of the day.” What they said: Dave Cuddihy, Yes Equality Limerick“At present there is such a feeling of pride, acceptance and gratitude amongst the LGBT community not just in Limerick but across Ireland. The passing of the referendum means so many things to us, for some it means they can finally marry their long term partners and avail of the constitutional protections which were not there for us before, for others it simple means acceptance. The Irish public have let us know that they believe their gay friends and family to be equal in our little country which has taken pride of place on the worldwide stage over the past week.”Cllr Cian Prendiville (AAA)“The campaign and result show that the ideas and conservative grip of the religious Right and the church has been broken and are trailing behind the main body of public opinion. The battle by the LGBTQ community must continue to sweep away all forms of discrimination including the ban on gay men giving blood and the right of schools to sack gay teachers.”Cllr Maurice Quinlivan (SF)“The large ‘Yes’ vote of 24,789, or 64.15 per cent across Limerick City is very welcome. This campaign energised and brought a whole new generation of young people onto the electoral register and into politics and voting for the first time. We need to keep them engaged. This results shows that change is possible. Another notable aspect of the campaign was the huge desire among many of our diaspora for the right to vote. It underlines the case that our emigrants should no longer be denied a voice in our democracy and mechanisms must be found to include them.”Michael Barron, Belong To “We’ve changed forever what it means to grow up LGBT in Ireland. The Irish people, via the ballot box, have today given each and every gay child and young person in Ireland – and across the world – a strong and powerful message that they are loved, they are cared for, and don’t need to change who they are. A new generation has spoken. This is a generation with open, kind hearts, a generosity of spirit and a great capacity to love. They have gone to the polls in their thousands and are responsible for this historic victory for their gay brothers and sisters.”Cllr Lisa Marie Sheehy (SF)“I was proud to see rural areas say yes , extending equal rights to same sex couples. It is clear we have made history. The people of our county and country have sent a clear message to our LGBT people in Ireland and across the world that we stand together as equal citizens where LGBT rights are no longer on the back burner in our society but are equal.”Frances Fitzgerald, Justice Minister I am very conscious that many couples will want to get married as soon as possible. I am working to make that happen. The Marriage Bill, which is currently being drafted, will enable same sex couples to get married in the same way as opposite sex couples. My intention is to seek Government approval for the Marriage Bill 2015 in June with the aim of introducing the Bill into the Oireachtas immediately thereafter so that the legislation can be enacted before the summer recess. Linkedin Advertisement Email Twitter John James Hickey, the First Irish member of the Board of the Federation Gay Games and his fiance Shaun Moriarty of Limerick Pride. Pictured at the polling station in Ballina-Killaloe, Co Tipperary. The couple are getting married on July 1 2016.Pic: Marie McCallan/Press 22by Kathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE historic marriage equality referendum on Friday was backed by 64 per cent of voters in Limerick city and 55 in the county.Turnout was high across the 300 polling booths across Limerick, with 63.3 per cent of those eligible to vote in the city, and 58.5 per cent in the county, casting their ballots.A number of Limerick couples are already planning their big days following the announcement of the referendum result on Saturday. Previous articleCounty Limerick projects in dire need of fundingNext article“Thousands” spent on Moyross house that’s set for demolition John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Yes result “fantastic and humbling”JOHN James Hickey and Shaun Moriarty, who live in Ballina Co Tipperary, got engaged last year and plan to get married next summer.John James says the couple are “very, very happy” with Saturday’s referendum result as they are now planning a marriage as opposed to a civil partnership.“Obviously we’re absolutely delighted with the result. It means we can finally get down to wedding planning properly – and it means I now can’t avoid any conversations about wedding planning, which Shaunie has accused me of over the past year. It’s also fantastic and very humbling to have 1.2 million people endorse your relationship and your right to marry.“We had our venue provisionally booked since last year so we have been planning for it already but this makes it an awful lot easier. We’ll be able to do it all in the one place and there won’t be a mad dash to the venue from the registry office. And of course we’ll now have constitutional protection,” he told the Limerick Post.Both John James and Shaun have been heavily involved in the local LGBT community and the campaign for equal marriage rights for same sex couples; the pair canvassed on behalf of the Yes Equality movement in Limerick and Ballina-Killaloe.John James was also the coordinator of Limerick’s bid to host the 2018 Gay Games, in which Limerick reached the final three potential host cities alongside London and Paris.John James added: “We’ve been out on the doors for the last couple of months canvassing. Our lives had been on hold for the last six months or so really. This referendum was going to decide for us whether or not we were going to be able to stay in Ireland to get married, and now we can and that means an awful lot.“It’s still feeling a bit surreal; we weren’t sure how to feel when it was passed. We were living in trepidation for so long thinking about the possibilities if it didn’t pass. We hadn’t really allowed ourselves to hope that it would pass.”last_img read more

Visiting professor lectures on dignity of animals

first_imgFr. Denis Edwards, a professorial fellow in theology at Australian Catholic University, examined Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato si’, during a lecture Monday evening at Geddes Hall. In his talk, Edwards focused on the value the encyclical places on nonhuman creatures.In the past, Edwards said, it was largely believed that there should be “no ethical commitment to animals because they are there for human use.” Edwards said the encyclical contradicts this, since it places an inherent value on the life of an animal.“We must recognize that they have intrinsic value,” Edwards said. “They have value before God, their creator. They give glory to God by being what they are.”As a result, this makes our overconsumption of animals morally wrong, Edwards said.“Because of our human actions, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence nor convey their message to us,” he saidIn order to prevent further extinctions, Edwards said, we must stop viewing animals as solely a resource for humans to exploit.“See other creatures as having their own God-given meaning and value, and so as demanding respect, protection and love from human beings,” Edwards said.Further, Edwards said we should respect animal life because the natural world, which nonhuman creatures are a part of, can reveal God.“We are called to find God in all things, to be open to discover the divine presence in all the creatures we encounter,” Edwards said.Since every creature is a part of the natural world, every unique creature is vitally important to the appearance of God in the natural world, and must be treated as such.“The manifestation of God in the natural world requires a multitude of diverse creatures. … Divine goodness necessarily transcends the limit of any one creature, and the diversity represents the fullness of God,” Edwards said.Edwards explored the idea presented in the encyclical that both human and nonhuman creatures combine to form what the encyclical calls a “sublime communion.” In this context, Edwards said sublime refers to “what is totally beyond us, to what is full of mystery, to what is incomprehensible.”Because of this, Edwards said, the sublime communion supports the idea that “the mystery of Christ is at work in a hidden manner in the natural world.”As mysterious as this work is, it must relate to the coexistence and harmony of both humans and nonhumans in the natural world, he said.“This is the basis of our conviction that, as part of the universe, called into being by one father, all of us are linked by unseen bonds and together form a kind of universal family, a sublime communion which fills us with a sacred, affectionate and humble respect,” he said. Tags: Denis Edwards, laudato si’last_img read more

Uruguay: Cyber Security Best Practices

first_imgBy Dialogo October 01, 2012 Representatives of 18 nations gathered July 10-13, 2012, in Montevideo to coordinate and exchange cyber-security policies and best practices. The workshop was conducted by the Cyber Crime Working Group of the Organization of American States (OAS), the U.S. Departments of Justice and State, and the Uruguayan Agency for Electronic Government. All Spanish-speaking OAS members and Brazil took part. Participants from the public and private sectors and civil society broke into three simultaneous workshops to discuss incident response techniques, collaboration on cyber issues, and securing critical infrastructure and industrial control systems from cyber threats. At week’s end, the working group prepared a report that stated that fraud, money laundering, intellectual property and narcotrafficking are all related to the flow of information on the Web. Sources: www.oas.org/cyber, www.lr21.com.uylast_img read more

Hicksville Man Charged With Manslaughter in Fatal Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 58-year-old woman was killed when an alleged speeder crashed his vehicle into hers in her hometown of East Meadow on Monday night, Nassau County police said.Justin M. Daley, 28, of Hicksville, was allegedly speeding in his 2003 Nissan Sentra heading eastbound on Hempstead Turnpike when he rear-ended the victim’s Honda at 11:40 p.m., police said.The victim, Ming Deng, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead shortly later.Daley continued driving east on Hempstead Turnpike and eventually came to rest east of Conti Square Boulevard, where he was arrested at the scene and taken to an area hospital. He was being treated for a leg injury, police said.Homicide Squad detectives impounded both vehicles and are continuing the investigation.Daley was charged with second-degree manslaughter, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. He will be arraigned as soon as medically possible, police said.last_img read more

Indonesia calls for strengthened multilateral institutions as UN turns 75

first_imgIn recent years, multilateral institutions have faced more challenges to their authority as more and more countries begin to favor self-serving policies and look inward at the expense of global multilateral collaboration.The stakes are even higher as concerted global action seems more necessary than ever, as the current COVID-19 crisis illustrates.“Countries increasingly have higher expectations [for] the UN to strengthen collective global leadership and deliver concrete results. Yet, multilateral institutions are increasingly struggling to respond, leading to weakening trust in multilateralism,” Retno said, according to a circulated transcript.“We cannot allow this to persist. Without multilateralism, ‘the mighty takes all’ will prevail,” she said during the meeting. Read also: S.Korea’s Moon proposes regional initiative to battle COVID-19, engage N.KoreaWhile existing multilateral platforms such as the World Health Organization (WHO) have had their limits and shortcomings exposed, observers have also noted that uncoordinated, unilateral actions are unlikely to be able to address the global repercussions of the pandemic.Retno said the UN system must now deliver more than rhetoric and that its programs going forward must be meaningful and impactful.“In addressing the pandemic for the short term, facilitating access to affordable medication and vaccines for all is crucial. The UN must also synergize with other international institutions to accelerate global economic recovery,” she said.In the longer term, the UN should then work toward building global economic resilience and strengthening the global health system.The call to strengthen the multilateral order was not only raised by the Indonesian foreign minister, but the majority of world leaders who took part in the virtual assembly.In his remarks, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the world had a surplus of multilateral challenges and a deficit of multilateral solutions.“In an interconnected world, we need a networked multilateralism, in which the United Nations family, international financial institutions, regional organizations, trading blocs and others work together more closely and more effectively,” Guterres said.According to a global online survey collated by the UN, the majority of respondents are asking the international community to prioritize universal access to health care to recover better from the pandemic. Just over 1 million people globally have taken part in the ongoing survey as of Tuesday.Monday’s meeting also saw the adoption of a declaration in commemoration of the UN anniversary, which sets out an action-oriented global commitment to promote peace and build stronger trust among nations, advance an inclusive sustainable development, promote adherence to international law and human rights values, including women’s empowerment, financing for development and digital cooperation.The meeting was held as part of the UNGA’s High-Level Week that is to be held until Oct. 2.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is expected to deliver a prerecorded address during the UNGA’s general debate session early on Wednesday in Jakarta.Because of COVID-19, this year’s UN meetings are being held in a hybrid arrangement, where only representatives of countries based in the United States participate in physical meetings at the UN headquarters. Other delegates, including world leaders, will attend the meetings virtually.However, the event itself appears to have been snubbed by US President Donald Trump, as the mercurial leader was replaced by acting deputy US ambassador to the UN, Cherith Norman Chalet, to deliver remarks as the first speaker of the event.Read also: Trump lashes China as UN warns against ‘Cold War'”The United Nations has for too long been resistant to meaningful reform, too often lacking in transparency, and too vulnerable to the agenda of autocratic regimes and dictatorships,” Chalet said, as quoted by Reuters.The US under Trump has been one of the countries that have challenged the multilateral order, having pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement and terminated its membership of the WHO, among other things. On the other end of the spectrum, China has led a charm offensive championing global collaboration, despite largely Western concerns about its antiliberal bent.Chinese President Xi Jinping has given an assurance that his country will continue to follow the multilateral path and actively engage in reforming and developing the global governance system.“[China] will firmly uphold the UN-centered international system, firmly uphold the international order underpinned by international law, and firmly defend the UN’s central role in international affairs,” Xi said in his remarks published on the Chinese foreign ministry’s website.Topics : Indonesia’s top diplomat has raised concerns about diminishing faith in the multilateral order, as the United Nations commemorates 75 years since its founding in a largely virtual ceremony convening world leaders.Overshadowed by the far-reaching impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, which has redefined ways people and nations work and interact with one another, global leaders kicked off the annual summitry of the UN General Assembly this week with a commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary.At the High-Level Meeting of the UNGA held on Monday, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the anniversary had become a test for the organization to “enhance its relevance and manage the world’s expectations”.last_img read more

NFL trade rumors: Antonio Brown nixed trade to Bills, report says

first_imgThe Steelers have reportedly been planning to deal Brown by the end of the week, but the Post-Gazette said there is now no deadline for a deal to be worked out. The Steelers and Bills apparently were making progress on a trade for Antonio Brown Thursday, but he nixed the deal, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.News of a trade caused a stir Thursday night, with Brown himself jumping into the debate. After NFL Network tweeted that “The Steelers are closing in on a deal to send star WR Antonio Brown to the Buffalo Bills,” Brown tweeted, “Fake news.” Bills general manager Brandon Beane later told ESPN that Buffalo inquired about the All-Pro wideout, but talks between the two teams “ultimately didn’t make sense for either side,” and the team has “moved on.”But the Post-Gazette reported a source said the “deal fell apart because Antonio Brown nixed going to Buffalo.” Related News Antonio Brown instantly denies reported trade to Bills: ‘Fake news’ MMQB reported Friday there are “very few options left” for Pittsburgh to trade Brown. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection requested a trade last month after missing the Steelers’ final week of practice and sitting out the regular-season finale against the Bengals amid an alleged feud with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.The 30-year-old Brown had 1,297 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns last season.last_img read more