When Nancy Hochschild heard the sound of a package sliding across concrete last year, she thought FedEx was delivering to her St. Paul home. It was the opposite. She looked out a window to see a man stealing a just-delivered box from her door step. Hochschild grabbed her cellphone and quickly snapped photos of the thief as he left. She then posted them to every neighborhood St. Paul Facebook group she could think of. The man was eventually caught. The experience made Hochschild consider: What if there was a central Facebook page where people in St. Paul could share information about crime? Hochschild, who grew up listening to the police scanner, created the Saint Paul Police and Fire Calls Followers group on Facebook one year ago. She and others post, in real time, what they’re hearing on the scanner. Following calls on the police scanner has long been a hobby for some. Using social media to share what they hear has become more common in recent years. And experts wonder if … [Read more...] about St. Paul police-scanner Facebook group aims for safety — but is it changing crime perceptions?
Associated Press Published 4:52 p.m. UTC May 26, 2018 Dublin – Abortion rights activists proclaimed victory for Irish women Saturday as referendum results indicated voters in largely Roman Catholic Ireland overwhelmingly backed repealing a 1983 constitutional ban on abortions. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, speaking Saturday after exit polls suggested voters chose to liberalize Ireland’s strict abortion laws by a margin of more than two to one, called the result the culmination of a “quiet revolution.” “The people have spoken,” said Varadkar, a medical doctor who campaigned for repeal in Friday’s historic referendum. “The people have said that we want a modern constitution for a modern country, that we trust women and we respect them to make the right decision and the right choices about their health care.” Varadkar said the large margin of victory will give his government a greater mandate when drafting abortion … [Read more...] about Signs of big win for Ireland abortion rights groups
PUBLISHED: 15:38 26 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 26 May 2018 Sophie Wyllie Maggie Wheeler and Wendy Alcock conducting a survey for the Friends of Waterloo Park. Picture: Steve Morphew Archant Volunteers are hoping to bring more sporting opportunities, children’s activities and live music to a popular city park. Steve Morphew, Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The new Friends of Waterloo Park group will bring together residents who will work with Norwich City Council, which owns and maintains the park off Angel Road in Norwich, as well as other organisations including Britania Enterprise group. Some of the entrants to the Friends of Waterloo Park photo competition in Norwich. Picture: Sent in by STEVE MORPHEW Steve Morphew, Norfolk County Council member for Catton Grove in Norwich, said: “Parks are important for recreation and makes places look nice. These green spaces are the lungs of the city. They give us flora and fauna. “When you are in the park it feels … [Read more...] about New volunteer friends group promises to enhance and protect popular park
A Portland business that claims its reputation nosedived after it turned away an LGBTQ customer based on orders from Holy Rosary Church filed a $2.3 million lawsuit this week against the church. Ambridge Event Center rented out a large space at 1333 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to the public for conventions, weddings and other parties, according to the lawsuit. The business leased the space from the building’s owner, Holy Rosary Church, and was under “strict orders” laid out in a “morals clause” to turn away business from the gay and lesbian community, the suit states. In February 2015, the Ambridge Event Center followed the church’s orders by telling an African American LGBTQ support group, the PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, that it couldn't rent out the space for the group’s annual party, according to the suit and media coverage at the time. After a spate of bad press, Ambridge Event Center claims that government agencies and businesses … [Read more...] about Business says its reputation tanked after shunning LGBTQ group, sues for $2.3m
May 27, 2018 by ieyenews Leave a Comment 0 0 From Newsmax A leading anti-abortion group said Saturday that Ireland’s historic abortion referendum has resulted in a “tragedy of historic proportions” in a statement that all but admits defeat, as two exit polls predict an overwhelming victory for those seeking to overturn the country’s strict ban on terminations. Official counting for Friday’s referendum on whether or not to liberalize Ireland’s abortion laws was still under way, and results are not expected until Saturday afternoon. But John McGuirk, spokesman for the Save the 8th group — which refers to the eighth amendment in the constitution which effectively bans terminations — told Irish television Saturday morning that many Irish citizens will not recognize the country they are waking up in. “You can still passionately believe that the decision of the people is wrong, as I happen to do, and accept it,” said McGuirk. … [Read more...] about Ireland: Anti-Abortion Group Calls Vote Result ‘a Tragedy’