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Ivory Coast Votes for Parliament, President Seeks Majority

first_imgIvory Coast residents voted yesterday in a parliamentary election that the President hopes will maintain his strong majority despite challenges from the opposition.Voting for the more than 1,300 candidates for 255 seats was slow Sunday, while security was high.President Alassane Ouattara’s ruling coalition promises growth, hoping to seal its majority. The opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), however, is participating in the vote in hopes of a more diversified parliament despite boycotting politics since 2011 after fighting saw its founder, ex-President LaurentGbagbo, and others jailed. The party is putting up more than 180 candidates.Violence after the 2010 elections killed more than 3,000 people when Gbagbo refused to accept defeat to Ouattara.Gbagbo’s fringe opposition is boycotting elections. Gbagbo remains on trial at The Hague.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DDTV VIDEO: WATCH AS SHERIFF TURNED AWAY FROM EVICTION – DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS TO BACK MOVES HERE

first_imgTHIS is the video which has caused “great excitement” amongst anti-austerity campaigners in Co Donegal – a deputy sheriff turning back on a planned eviction in Co Laois.Now campaigners here are planning to adopt similar measures to prevent evictions in this county.The video shows how housing activists and an independent TD prevented an attempted eviction of a man from his home in Laois. A collection of housing groups and the People Before Profit TD Joan Collins were in Mountrath to prevent the deputy sheriff, accompanied by the gardaí, from evicting a man from his home, arguing that their actions were not constitutional.Lee Wellstead, 47, was facing eviction from his home having lost in his battle against Ulster Bank in the Commercial Court, the Laois Nationalist reported.He had bought the three-bedroom property on four acres of land in Knockanina – near Mountrath and Castletown – in 2003 for €80,000 and then acquired a top loan on the mortgage of €30,000. Having failed to keep up with repayments, the bank pursued him and was granted a repossession order last year, the paper reports.Collins said she heard about Wellstead’s story and travelled to Laois with the other groups to help him defend his home.In the video entitled ‘Constitution Halts Sheriff’ Ben Gilroy from Freedom from All Debt argues with the deputy sheriff, Pat Dunne, that it is unconstitutional for him to attempt to evict Wellstead from his home.  DDTV VIDEO: WATCH AS SHERIFF TURNED AWAY FROM EVICTION – DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS TO BACK MOVES HERE was last modified: February 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV VIDEO: WATCH AS SHERIFF TURNED AWAY FROM EVICTION – DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS TO BACK MOVES HERElast_img read more

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DDTV: HEARTBREAK AS SEVEN PILOT WHALES BURIED ON BALLYNESS BAY

first_imgThere has been widespread sadness expressed as seven of the Pilot Whales that became beached at Ballyness Bay, Falcarragh yesterday morning were buried on the beach this morning. The seven Pilot Whales were buried at the location they became beached, despite the valiant rescue efforts from marine experts and locals yesterday.Gardaí have now cordoned off the location where the Pilot Whales have been buried.The scene today at Ballyness Bay is a stark contrast to yesterday.Hundreds of people packed the beach to help with the rescue efforts in any way they could. Today, only a handful of people are on the beach as the five remaining Whales are being left to die.The Whales who were re-floated at one point yesterday became beached again late yesterday evening.The decision was then made by marine experts that the best thing to do was to let the Whales die of natural causes.The five remaining Whales are still alive but are slowly dying on the beach.Two diggers used to bury the seven Whales earlier this morning, have remained on location and are waiting for the other five Whales to die, and they will also be buried on the beach.Locals believe that one of the Whales successfully returned to sea, but sadly 12 Whales will now die on Ballyness Bay.  DDTV: HEARTBREAK AS SEVEN PILOT WHALES BURIED ON BALLYNESS BAY was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Ballyness BaybeachedburiedDDDTVFalcarraghnewsStrandedwhaleslast_img read more