A man hunger strike against the property tax

THIS 44-YEAR-OLD MAN says he has lost over a stone in weight after a week on hunger strike to oppose the property tax.

Tony Rochford, who lives in Trim in Co Meath, says he began the strike last week as he had “no other form of protest, craft organizers no way to show my anger”.

Rochford says he bought his house in October 2008 for €480,000 – without reason to think that his business doing household marble installations would be at risk.

Only a few weeks later, however, work dried up – with Rochford saying on YouTube he had been “wiped out” within months. He believes his home is now worth €260,000 – around half of the amount he paid to buy and decorate the home.

“At this stage I can’t pay my full mortgage. I’m on a moratorium. I have been on a moratorium for a few years,” he says in the video.

In his video – published to YouTube last week – Rochford admits to having “hit the bottle pretty hard” around Christmas 2010, as his financial problems became more intense.

Because he subsequently sought treatment for his alcohol problems, he says, the price of his life assurance – which is necessary for his mortgage – has tripled.

“I can’t deal with my problems and now the government is just loading it on,” he said, discussing his plans to start a hunger strike.

Though he has not posted a video update since his first video, Rochford has posted comments to the video outlining the weight he has lost the start Asian college of knowledge management.

His most recent update, posted this morning, said he had lost 16 lbs in his eight days without food and that he was planning a protest outside the Four Courts in Dublin next Monday morning.

In another comment, he wrote: “I will more than likely die in vain, but it’s not because I stopped fighting”.

“I was on the streets in 1985 in London, and I’m fecked if I’m going back on them again,” he says in the video. “I’ll die in my house before my sheriff comes through the door.”

TheJournal.ie has this evening tried to contact Rochford, but contact had not been returned by the time of publication.

The school of new national standard

National standards are benchmarks in reading, writing and maths which primary and intermediate students are measured against.

Education Minister Hekia Parata released the data on Tuesday and it shows more children are achieving national standards but performance is declining as students get older nuskin.

The data for 2012 shows "small but incremental" improvements across the board, with reading achievement up 1.2 per cent to 77.4 per cent of students reaching the national standard.

Maths achievement is up 1.4 per cent to 73.6 per cent, and writing is up two per cent to 70 per cent.

Teacher unions opposed national standards when they were introduced two years ago and the Principals' Federation says it's "outrageous and completely misleading" to assert there are measurable gains.

"The national standards are so imprecise that every school in the country makes their own judgment about what they think they mean and how to measure them," federation president Philip Harding said.

"The variability from one school to another is huge."

NZ First's education spokeswoman, Tracey Martin, nu skin hk says the data should come with a warning label for parents saying "completely useless".

She says the Ministry of Education has admitted testing was flawed and adjusted marks downwards without telling schools.

"That means there will be inconsistencies in the data," she said.

The Green's co-leader, Metiria Turei, says the data is neither national nor standard nuskin group.

"It was completely irresponsible to release it and make a big statement attributing meaning to it," she said.

Ms Turei says parents have told her national standards reports are meaningless.

Coney the LRA killed more than 10 people

The guerrilla group led by Joseph Kony, whose global notoriety was increased by the Invisible Children internet video, is also blamed for the abduction of between 60,000 and 100,000 children and the displacement of 2.5 million people.

Ban said in a report on Central Africa that the office of High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay had researched the death toll as part of a study on the impact of the LRA since 1987, which is due out soon.

"The report finds that the LRA is responsible for more than 100,000 deaths and that between 60,000 and 100,000 children are believed to have been abducted" by the LRA, Ban said.

Kony, a former church altar boy, originally launched an uprising against the Ugandan government in the 1980s. His group has since staged attacks in several countries.

He is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and is believed to be hiding in jungles on the border between Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. But conflict in the region has brought an international hunt for Kony to a near standstill.

While the intensity of the guerrilla attacks has eased, Ban said "suspected LRA attacks continued to be reported in remote border areas" of the Central African Republic and DR Congo.

His report said the LRA was blamed in 2012 for about 212 attacks that left 45 dead, while another 220 people were abducted, a quarter of them children. The guerrillas are accused of using their hostages as sex slaves and porters.

The UN report said more suspected attacks had been reported in 2013, with additional casualties and abductions, but it did not give a figure.

The Kony2012 internet video produced by the Invisible Children activist group has been viewed almost 100 million times since March last year.

The child's education opportunity

The children the most remember birthdays and children's day. The child is still small, human nature like "accept" is more obvious. However, the child will grow up, parents can take advantage of the child "accept" when teaching children learn to "thank you", to "pay", to "sensitive love", understand the responsibility, the truth in life hk gift and premium.

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The child is still small, adults will certainly try to love. When their children receive gifts and care, must educate their children, no matter who expressed thanks to "for their care and love". Each family has a small gift, not expensive. To educate the children know the gifts are love, not the gift itself is expensive or not. Let the children understand what is love itself is a kind of happiness.

Also please parents educate their children to be "grateful heart": you at the festival to eat the cake is others arose at midnight to morning Hawking; your new dress costumes and relatives send is textile workers hard to make the holiday; happy is the teacher, aunt, father, mother care for the...... Let the children know all the basic necessities of life, is to get help from others, should thank everyone around you. Let the children know: his life got a lot of people to help, thank everybody. Learn to thank the child, his mentality is balanced, be positive in life, not a little frustration about the world hk gift premium fair.

Two, to cultivate children's sense of responsibility

Generally speaking, give presents to the children of his elders, adults are from the heart to care for a child. Also to the children "influence character by environment" of education, which is "old Salesian filial piety" love for children, adults. So please tell the child: "do you still small, we all care about you love you, bless you, to your future big old, your relatives, friends, and you have children of your own, you have to give presents to you and your family child, to learn how to express your love. Love is young, the responsibility hk.premiumngifts.com."

Three, cultivate children's ability of living

The holiday you are certainly no exception, will also send gifts to friends and relatives of the child. When you go to buy gifts, gifts of time, and children can go to buy. Let the children help to choose, let the children go to the checkout, exercise capacity of children's lives. When gift let the presence of children, to cultivate children's etiquette knowledge. At the same time, let the children know, "human" is not one-way, also want to pay their love and care, they will give you love and care. Too egoistic person, there are no friends. Life consists of IQ, but happy life needs more sufficient EQ, which they lack a not happy hk gift and premium.

Against sexual abuse

Meeting with Monsignor Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, the head of the Vatican department that disciplines predator priests, the Pope asked him to "act with determination in cases of sexual abuse," the Vatican said in a statement on Friday cheap bedroom furniture.

It was the first official word on the issue from the Pope, who was elected on March 13 to succeed Benedict XVI, whose papacy was marred by relentless paedophilia scandals with tens of thousands of victims over several decades.

The statement noted that the policy followed "the line established" by Benedict XVI, who was the first pope to apologise to victims and called for zero tolerance against sexual abuse by priests.

The Argentine Pope asked for "stepped-up measures to protect minors and help those who were subjected to such violence in the past".

Also in line with his predecessor, Francis reminded the heads of national Catholic churches around the world that they had committed to formulating and implementing directives for addressing the problem - including turning abusers over to local law enforcement company registration samoa.

Mueller's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published in May 2011 a document ordering bishops to turn in members of the clergy suspected of paedophilia and to prevent them from working in settings involving minors.

It gave the bishops' conferences (national churches) one year to come up with guidelines on combating the crimes and cooperating with police Pambassador.

As of September 2012, three-quarters of the national churches had complied, according to Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the Vatican "prosecutor" in sex abuse cases.

The scourge of abusive priests burst into the spotlight more than a decade ago with a cascade of scandals rocking the church worldwide, from Ireland to the United States, from Australia to Benedict's native Germany.

The Vatican says it continues to receive around 600 claims against abusive priests every year, many of them dating back to the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Sexual abuse by priests has often been coupled with cover-ups by their superiors, typically by transferring them to other parishes Claire Hsu.

In Latin America, Francis's home region, the most notorious scandal concerned the Mexican founder of the conservative Legionnaires of Christ congregation, Marcial Maciel, who was accused of sexually abusing children before he died in 2008.

SNAP, a vocal support group for victims, reacted immediately to Friday's statement, demanding that the pope match words with actions Shipping Forwarder.

"We can't confuse words with actions," said the Survivors' Network for those Abused by Priests.

"Kids won't be helped by a 'continuation' of the tiny symbolic gestures taken by Pope Benedict," it said. "Kids will be helped by decisive changes. Thus far, Pope Francis hasn't even discussed, much less adopted, even a single reform."

SNAP, which has asked the International Criminal Court to prosecute Benedict XVI for crimes against humanity, has demanded that the church publish the names of predator priests on the internet.


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