There are a lot of hours in the day, make the most of them.

Starting on Monday the 18th, I will be planning my days better. Every summer I try this and lets say, it doesn’t necessarily go to plan. The main aim is to make more of the hours in a day and to waste as few hours as possible. The main things that I’ll be trying to do more is reading and writing along with physical activity. A plan of mine is to wake up and do some exercises. Throughout the day I’ll be trying to note observations, thoughts and ideas so that come the evening/night time I can then do some reading and after that I can write up a paragraph or two summarising the day, thoughts, ideas, the book I would be reading and so on.

Of course, one cannot plan for the unknown or occasional lazy moment that creeps in but I think it shall be fun.

Wish me luck.

Marriage Equality Referendum 2015

On the 22nd of May this year, the citizens of this Republic will be asked to vote ‘YES or ‘NO’ in a marriage referendum. They will be asked if “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex”.

I, as a citizen of this republic and who is also a gay man will be asking my family, friends and others to vote YES on May the 22nd.

I ask those from Ireland who read this to really think about what this referendum means for all generations, for those whom have endured oppression for decades, for those currently living their life as teenagers or adults and for those beginning their life in Ireland, be it from infancy or immigration. It is about time this republic leads by actions and not wait for the rest of the world. We must treat all citizens equally.

What a bloody mess….

Today, we now see a great divide in the world. In Europe we have the occupation of Crimea by Russia and a “civil” war in Ukraine. We have the collapse of Yemen with Iran and Saudi Arabia engaging in a proxy war. 5 years of civil war in Syria has seen the death of over 200,000 people, including nearly 11,000 children and nearly 7,000 women. The rise of ISIS has seen the deaths of thousands as militia from Syria, Turkey, Iraq, the Kurds, the Iraqi Army, Jordan, and west try to contain ISIS.

Due to this, we see the deaths of thousands of innocent people in these conflict zones. Trapped refugees, lack of food and the lack of action will only see the number dead rise and those in trouble will increase.

What we need to do is to start engaging in more balanced negotiations. The favouring of one side at whatever cost has never helped (Palestine and Israel) but prolonged the conflict and increased the possibility of it spreading.

To sum up, keep the west out of the middle east and Africa (militarily).

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News Headlines.

Ireland

  • Two Brothers aged 9 have been killed after stabbing incident in Charleville, Co.Cork. A third body was also found, 16kms south. 
  • Prison Officers have announced work stoppages for two prisons later this month.
  • Labour TD has stated that campaigner Philomena Lee deserves and apology from the state. 
  • Talks between Greyhound Recycling Company and SIPTU have adjourned at the Labour Relations Commission.
  • Bishop objects to LGBT centre grant on moral grounds. 

International Headlines

  • NATO leaders agree Russia should face more sanctions for its actions in eastern Ukraine. 
  • Women found beheaded in London back garden. 
  • UK to arm Kurds fighting in Northern Iraq
  • The death toll from the ebola virus has risen to more than 1,900 – WHO.
  • Suicide kills 1 in every 40 seconds – WHO. 
  • Oklahoma, medical failures to blame for botched execution. 
  • Columbia University Senior to Carry Dorm Mattress Around Campus in Call for Rapist’s Expulsion.
  • Fast Food workers in the United States to hold national strike for $15 wage. 
  • Comedian Joan Rivers dies aged 81. 
  • More than 35 people have been killed in heavy monsoon rain in Pakistan. 
  • Protesters camp outside the parliament in Pakistan.  
  • South Korean soldiers face murder charge after bullying claim. 
  • Lesotho Prime Minister forced into hiding after claims of an attempted military coup on Saturday.
  • Rare outbreak of Dengue fever in Tokyo.  
  • 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Peru.
  • Caribbean storm Cristobal strengthens.
  • UN calls for the release of Fijian peacekeepers held by Syrian Rebels.
  • Asteroid 2014 RC to pass earth by 25,000 miles this Sunday.  

 

Soucres: Irish Times, The Journal, CNN, BBC, The Guardian and Time. 

 

News headlines from around the world…

News headlines from around the world.

Africa

  • Senegal closes border closure with Guinea.
  • A woman who was gang-raped and burned in her house tells a DR Congo war crimes trial she saw an army colonel give the orders.
  • 33 people dead and 41 injured after two tourist buses collide in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

Middle-East

  • Syrian conflict death toll has risen above 191,000 according to the UN.
  • 18 suspected informants killed by Hamas.
  • Israel kills top Hamas commanders.

Asia

  • General Prayuth Chan-ocha named Prime Minister of Thailand
  • 20 Malaysian passengers arrived back in Kuala Lumpur as Malaysia observed a national day of mourning.

Europe

  • Davutoglu named Turkeys new Prime Minister.
  • Russian convoy crosses border into Ukraine without Permission.
  • Moroccan authorities raid camp of migrants waiting to cross into Spain.

Latin America

  • US court rules Argentinian debt plan illegal.

US and Canada

  • Fed chair Janet Yellen cautious in speech.
Militarized Police, Ferguson, Missouri.

This Weeks news headlines so far…

HEADLINES FROM AROUND WORLD FOR THE PAST 7 DAYS. 

 

  • America and its deep racial divides continue to spill out onto the streets of Ferguson as Police and protesters continue to clash after the shooting dead of Michael Brown (18).
  • The United States Attorney General, Eric Holder is visiting Ferguson today. Updates of his visit can be found on the Guardian Website. (http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2014/aug/20/michael-brown-attorney-general-ferguson-protests)
  • Germany set to arm Kurdish troops. 
  • Israel and Hamas return to armed conflict as 10 days of calm end. 
  • US react strongly to the news that American journalist James Foley has been murdered by ISIS. 
  • Russia close four McDonald’s for sanitary reason but most believe its part of the new sanctions war between Russia and the west.
  • Another possible Ebola case in California, USA. 
  • 85 Nigerian hostages, who were held by Boko Haram have been rescued by Chadian troops. 
  • Heavy rains causing Landslides, kill 27 in Japan. 
  • Iceland’s Bardabunga volcano rumbles. 
  • Wiki leaks, Julian Assange has said he will leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, ‘soon’. 
  • 35 people found in Container at a London Dock, one adult male declared Dead at the scene. 
  • Iraq retakes Mosul Dam. 
  • Brazilian presidential candidate, Eduardo Campos killed in Plane Crash. 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

– Listen to ‘Democracy Now!’ which is doing a live segment from the streets of Ferguson. http://www.democracynow.org/2014/8/20/stream

– Newshour (BBC) podcast 

All available on the app ‘tunein Radio’ for IOS and Android. 

by Jonathan Myers