first_imgCHARLES CITY — An Iowa City man arrested last month after a high speed chase in Floyd County has pleaded not guilty to charges.The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department says they tried to pull over a speeding vehicle on the evening of February 1st in the 2600 block of State Highway 14, with the vehicle speeding away, with the pursuit reaching speeds of over 100 miles per hour. The pursuit ended when the vehicle went into a ditch in the 2100 block of 210th Street.55-year-old Wayne Watson was charged with eluding, second-offense OWI, driving while revoked, speeding, having an open container and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway.Watson has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His trial is scheduled to start on April 18th.last_img

first_img…in 1 dayIn order to better monitor the development of infrastructure within the prerequisite policy framework, the Central Planning and Housing Authority (CH&PA) introduced rangers to execute that function and they have since reported over 40 violations in one day.Senior Development Planner, Fayola Azore, related that law enforcement for the Housing Authority has been a challenge and the introduction of rangers will aid significantly in combatting that challenge.“We recently hired a number of rangers that will aid in our enforcement and theyCH&PA Chief Executive Officer Lelon Saulwill be out there going around seeing things that are going up and bringing that information back to us. I think in one day we saw about 40 violations in one community and we are now better able to track those activities so that’s one of the measure that we put in place as enforcement,” Azore informed.She added that the violations were discovered in a recently opened housing settlement along the East Bank of the Demerara but failed to pinpoint the exact location. However, Azore indicated that there are systems in place to address the violations and that they work extensively with violating developers before any legal actions are taken.“We have a system where we would speak to the offenders, they are given a specific period to make those corrective measures and after that we would take action whether legal action or serving the contravention notice so we do have a system in place to deal with that,” she explained.Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of the Housing Authority, Lelon Saul noted that the rangers were recruited to identify violations as it relates to planning and development.“We have recruited rangers and basically the rangers are out there to identify any violations so that we can address the whole issue of planning and development, the chaotic situation out there and there are several issues they will be addressing from illegal construction to dumping of waste, blocking of roadways and drains and so on. I want the public to be aware of the rangers outside there, they are agents of the CH&PA and they have the rights to enforce the regulations,” he said.Currently, there are four rangers on staff at the CH&PA. Additionally, Saul indicated that he sees no reason to raise that number because he is positive citizens would adhere to the specifications.“We hope that there would not be a need to increase because people would get the message and we all would be good citizens and comply with the regulations. If there is the need for us to increase the number of rangers, it means that we have wayward citizens in our communities and I trust that we don’t come to that,” Saul opined.Non-toleranceWhile delivering remarks at an outreach session with local democratic organs in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Saul authoritatively informed that, the CH&PA would not be tolerating any violations as it relates to the development of public open spaces.“You go around Georgetown, all sorts of developmental activities you’re seeing and there’s no such permission and I want to refer to the development of that public open space between South Ruimveldt Gardens and Park; we will not tolerate that,” he noted.“We observed that there was some construction going on there and I know for sure that the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission would have intervened and stopped that construction. We were not certain, we were not able to obtain information on that the agency or person persons that would have sanctioned that activity the construction of some form of building on that piece of land,” Saul added.The CEO also informed of another incident in Section K, Campbellville along the Lamaha Conservancy, adding that it will not be tolerated. He noted that there is a developmental project currently being implemented without the relevant permission granted.He further explained that according to the building regulations, no building activity is permitted within 200 meters of the canal’s embankment. He related that is the very reason they are aggressively moving to have the squatters along the Lamaha Conservancy removed.“Our public open spaces must be preserved and vital watershed areas ought not to be compromised by human activities. Perhaps the aforementioned is as a result of overlapping and conflicting policies and regulations that govern various agencies that have responsibility for development,” he said.“Hence, we have planning by interpretation, planning by precedent, planning by who have influence, planning by corruption among others. This is undesirous and the Central Authority is currently working with other agencies to address this issue,” Saul added.last_img read more

first_imgPope FrancisPope Francis’ special message to the Irish people on ‘cherishing life, accepting death’ welcomed by Archbishop Kieran O’ReillyPope Francis has sent a special message (see below) to the people of Ireland to mark the celebration of ‘Day for Life’ Sunday today.Day for Life is celebrated each year by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, and in England & Wales, and is dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage, and in every condition. The theme for this year is Cherishing Life, Accepting Death. Printed copies of the bishops’ Day for Life pastoral message Cherishing Life, Accepting Death will be read at Masses across Donegal and Ireland today.The text of the pastoral is available in English (see below), and in the Irish and Polish languages on www.catholicbishops.ie.Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, welcomed this special message from the Pope saying, “A defining theme of the ministry of Pope Francis is his wish for society to redouble its efforts to support people on the margins, as these are the most vulnerable.“This theme is not just motivated by a sociological concern, it also applies to vulnerable stages of the human life cycle, especially to the unborn child and to care of our elderly. Today, as we celebrate our Day for Life message Cherishing Life, Accepting Death, we are honoured that the Holy Father has expressed his prayerful support to us here in Ireland as we highlight the importance of loving life at all times, and to accept the inevitability of death.” This is the Message from Pope Francis to the Irish people for Day for Life Sunday 4 October 2015: Cherishing Life, Accepting DeathThe Holy Father Francis sends prayerful good wishes on the occasion of the Day for Life in Ireland. His Holiness recalls the life and teachings of Saint Francis of Assisi, which show so beautifully how all life is the gift of God, who is “the protector, our guardian and defender” (Laudes Dei altissimi). Let us imitate God in protecting, guarding and defending all human life, in particular, the weakest and most vulnerable: the sick, the old, the unborn, the poor and the marginalized. The Holy Father prays that this Day dedicated to life in Ireland will lead to a renewed recognition that the right to life is the foundation of integral human development and the measure of a truly compassionate society.Archbishop Charles John BrownApostolic Nuncio in Ireland· Text of Day for Life pastoral message for 4 October 2015: Cherishing Life, Accepting Death “How great a lie … to make people think that lives affected by grave illness are not worth living!” – Pope FrancisKathleen, a much-loved grandmother, collapsed at home one Saturday morning and was rushed to hospital. Early signs pointed towards a stroke. The doctors talked about the next twenty-four hours being critical; it seemed like Kathleen might not even survive. The priest was called and Kathleen received the anointing of the sick. Doctors were talking about brain damage and whether interventions might be possible. Suddenly the family was faced with big questions. What would Kathleen have wanted and how could the Church help guide any decisions? How do we accept death when it comes and cherish life while we can?There have been remarkable medical and technological advances so that the chronically ill can receive life-saving treatments. We can be truly thankful for such advances. And yet at some time or other we will all die. These same advances have led to more complex decision-making about appropriate treatment for those who are gravely ill.At the end of life, there are two thoughts that can help guide us all. The first is that we love life. Every person is loved by God and every life is a precious gift never to be destroyed or neglected. It is wrong to hasten or bring about death. God will call us in his own good time.The second is that we accept death. This means there is no obligation to pursue medical treatment when it no longer serves its purpose – that is when treatment is having no effect or indeed harming the patient.We need to prepare to face life-threatening crises. Ideally these difficult and important decisions need to be faced with others – our spouse, our siblings, our extended family members. The family, after all, should be the privileged place where mutual support and understanding occurs.Sometimes difficult decisions need to be made and the views of family and experts should be taken into account. In such situations these two basic questions can guide our decisions:– is this decision loving life?– is this decision accepting the inevitability of death?Depending on the situation we should seek ways to answer yes to both, as life itself is a gift from God, and death but the gateway to new life with Him.· About end of life care, and Day for LifeIf you wish to explore the invitation to ‘Cherish Life and Accept death’ in greater depth, please read End of Life Care: Ethical and Pastoral Issues which was published by Bishops’ Committee for Bioethics in 2002. It can be accessed at http://www.catholicbishops.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/End-of-Life-Care-Ethical-and-Pastoral-Issues-2002.pdf. A special web feature on Day for Life 2015 Cherishing Life, Accepting Death is now available and includes:– reflections from Pope Francis on care for the elderly and on cherishing life– an interview with Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick– video resources on cherishing life and accepting death– Day for Life prayers and reflections– principles from Catholic teaching on end of life decisionsPOPE FRANCIS SENDS SPECIAL MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF IRELAND was last modified: October 4th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Catholicsdonegalmessage to IrelandPope Francistextlast_img read more