A mother has said the Irish Government has done nothing to help her to discover the circumstances surrounding her daughter’s tragic death.The late Joyce Campbell who was killed in Ethiopia.Aid worker Joyce Campbell died when she was involved in a tragic car crash in Ethiopia in 2005. An inquest into Ms Campbell’s death was adjourned for the 11th time yesterday at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court.Coroner John Cannon said that Ethiopian police were not co-operating with Interpol, who had been instructed to investigate the death.However, solicitor for the Campbell family, Frank Dorrian, said dialogue was ongoing, and the case was adjourned until November 6th next.Speaking after the latest court appearance, Irene Campbell said her family were not pleased at all at how the Irish Government had acted.“Here we are nine years and 11 adjournments later and we still do not know the circumstances of Joyce’s death. We are not at all satisfied with the Irish Government’s role into the investigation into what happened,” she said.Ms Campbell, from Meenmore, Dungloe, had just celebrated her 25th birthday when she died while working for the Vincentian Lay Missioners.She was only in Ethiopia for three weeks as part of a four month stay when the tragedy happened.Two other Irishmen in the car were also injured in the crash in Welyta, about nine hours north of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on August 8th.She was a graduate of Development, Health and Disaster Management and she also had a Masters in Humanitarian Assistance.The dead woman’s father Paddy died two years ago, still not knowing what had happened to his youngest child.Mrs Campbell revealed she did not even have a death certificate for her daughter but just a piece of paper from the Ethiopian authorities.She said she does not believe there was anything suspicious about the manner of her daughter’s death.“I accept it was an accident. I’m told a herd of goats came out onto the road and Joyce died as a result of her injuries when the land cruiser in which she was traveling crashed,” she said.However, the family have been left with several unanswered questions about their daughter’s death.Two other Irish aid workers in the vehicle have given completely conflicting reports about Joyce’s death.One of the men has said she died instantly while another claims she was put into a truck and driven to hospital and did not die until 18 hours later.Both of these men had later to receive surgery for injuries they sustained in the horrific crash.Mrs Campbell said the only assistance given to them by the Irish Government was a request by then Minister For Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern.“All this did however was to instruct two priests connected to the Vincentian Lay Missioners to look into Joyce’s death.“They lived six hours from the scene and this has done nothing to further our case or to get any more answers.“What we need are full statements from the Ethiopian police, the driver of the land cruiser and all connected to the case but we have nothing at the moment.“The Irish Government can put the pressure on these authorities but that is simply not being done for whatever reason,” she added.Irene added that her daughter was a “good person” who wanted to help others.“She knew she was privileged – she had a good education and she came from a good background.“She was very grounded and she was just a good person. She just wanted to help others,” she said.DONEGAL MUM SAYS IRISH GOVERNMENT HAS DONE NOTHING TO EXPLAIN HER DAUGHTER’S DEATH was last modified: September 5th, 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:aid workercar crashdeathdungloeETHIOPIAJoyce Campbell
OK, so Stephen Curry didn’t get the NBA three-peat that he and his Golden State Warriors so craved. And we’re not sure anything can truly ease the sting of a Finals downfall.But Curry’s summer perhaps became at least a little brighter with the news that he has a prime-time TV hit on his hands.“Holey Moley,” a supersized mini-golf competition executive produced for ABC by Curry and his Unanimous Media company, has racked up solid ratings since its debut airing last week. In fact, the numbers …
Here is a link to Part 2 of this blog series: Site Work Begins for a Pretty Good House in Maine. RELATED ARTICLES The Pretty Good HouseThe Pretty Good House, Part 2Martin’s Pretty Good House ManifestoThe Pretty Good House: A Better Building Standard?Regional Variations on the ‘Pretty Good House’Is the Pretty Good House the Next Big Thing?Is the Pretty Good House the Next Big Thing? Part 2Green Building for Beginners So, we needed a plan, starting with the design. We had a pretty good idea of what attributes we wanted the house to include:Everything on a single level. We are in our 60s and, so far, in good shape, but one never knows when climbing stairs could become a challenge.An envelope that is highly energy-efficient.Materials that are very low maintenance.An open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area.Southern exposure. BY STEPHEN SHEEHY Site Work Begins for a Pretty Good House in MaineAt a Pretty Good House in Maine, Siding and Septic Framed Walls and Air Barrier Membranes for a Pretty Good House The lay of the landWe met with Jesse, Jamie, and Tom to stake out the house and garage. We plan to place the house at the edge of a field of several acres to take advantage of a view to the south and downhill to some fields and a small pond. We need to selectively clear some trees both to enhance the view and to derive a heating energy benefit from solar gain through large windows on the south side of the house. The house is set back far enough from the tree line that we’ll be able to use photovoltaic panels on the roof if we choose that option.The basic footprint is 60 feet by 28 feet, with a bump-out for the living room of 10 feet by 18 feet, for a total of 1,860 square feet. Of course the interior dimensions will be smaller. If we use 12-inch-thick walls, we’ll lose almost 200 square feet to framing.Once we staked it out, the house looked enormous! We had extended discussions about how to level the grade and we moved the footprint around a bit to take advantage of the topography. The land slopes several feet from the front to back of the house site. We need to ensure that we have positive drainage away from the house in all directions. Fortunately, we have enough land available that we can shape the surface without too much trouble and we can avoid creating any steep slopes that might need retaining walls. It looks like the garage will be encroaching on part of our asparagus patch, so we will see if it is possible to transplant the crowns in the middle of the growing season.Next steps for the site include getting a driveway permit from the Maine Department of Transportation, since we will enter from a state road; getting a septic system design; deciding where the well should go; and arranging for the excavator to look the site over and see if he has any concerns.At the same time, we’re still refining the interior layout and considering siding options. Why we chose the Pretty Good House approachThere are lots of organizations which can certify a house as meeting certain standards for efficiency. LEED, Energy Star, and Passivhaus all have developed systems for assessing how well a structure meets the organization’s standards. These certification systems have aided in the development of technologies and construction processes as well as the creation of new products.But certification comes at a significant financial cost, because someone needs to be paid to certify that the claimed efficiencies have been realized in the finished product. In addition, it may be necessary to spend money to meet the standard, even though some expenses may not make financial sense. On the other hand, why not use some of the concepts developed by the certifying organizations that have proven to be beneficial?I first read about the concept of the Pretty Good House here on Green Building Advisor. In a nutshell, what I think it means is that we can try to find the sweet spot between cost and benefit when addressing efficiency and assessing the tradeoffs necessary when planning a house that we want to live in.The other concept we are trying to employ comes from Sarah Susanka. Her concept is simple enough: Focus on quality, not quantity, and recognize that good design can help make a smallish home work better than a big one.With the two concepts in mind, we started our initial design planning. I had heard of Jesse Thompson, an architect in Portland. I emailed Jesse and we arranged a meeting in early February. Both of us liked Jesse and it seemed like a good fit, so we had an architect. We were on our way!We have already settled on a builder: Tom Greenleaf from Jefferson, Maine. Tom built our addition in 2005-06 and has done work for us over the years. He’s a good builder and, most importantly, we work well together.We met several times with Jesse and with Jamie, another architect at Kaplan Thompson. Over the course of the meetings, we refined the scope and worked out the building footprint and, for the most part, the floor plan. We had already decided on a single level, accessible house with no basement, large garage, lots of south-facing glass, designed for maximum efficiency and minimum upkeep.At Jesse’s suggestion, we paid a visit to Maine Green Building Supply to look at windows. I’d read a lot about triple-pane windows made in Europe. We looked at Intus windows and were quite impressed at the robust construction and the very impressive performance numbers.In early June, we met with Jesse, Jamie, and Tom to look at where the design was and get Tom’s input. The next step was to start looking at prices for major items like windows and doors and siding materials. Stephen Sheehy is the author of a construction blog documenting the process of building a Pretty Good House in rural Maine. Over the next several weeks, GBA will publish a serialized and slightly condensed version of Sheehy’s reports. Power to the siteYesterday, we met with Jeremy, our electrician, to look over the site and start thinking about bringing power to the house site. The house is a few hundred feet from the road, across a field. Power poles would look awful, so we’re going underground. We discussed installing several conduits for power, cable TV, phone, etc.The first job is for me is to contact Central Maine Power and set up a new account. I did that this morning. As usual when dealing with people from Maine, it was a painless experience. We have a new account and Jeremy will work with CMP to establish the service, locate the meter, etc.We plan to include a stand-by generator for when (not if) the power goes out. We have one now and it makes long power outages tolerable for us and the occasional neighbor who needs to get warm, eat a hot meal, or take a shower.Jeremy suggested that we might be able to locate the generator and the electric meter out by the road, well away from the house. The generator is noisy, so that sounds like an option worth considering. After adding a big addition to our already too big house in 2006 (what were we thinking?), we have decided to downsize and build a new, much smaller, highly efficient single-floor house for the two of us.We live on 43 acres in rural Maine, in a town called Alna about an hour northeast of Portland. We love the land and love our house as well. But at almost 4,000 square feet for the two of us, keeping our house cleaned and maintained and heated and so on has become a bigger burden that we need at this point in our lives.We went back and forth about selling and moving somewhere else, but kept talking about how much we love the land, with the rolling fields, gardens, ponds, and forest. We have friends and neighbors we’d hate to leave.So, around the beginning of 2014, we made the decision to build a new house on the land, just up the hill a few hundred yards.Of course, we also considered renovating, but we’d still end up with too much house. I even thought of demolishing the little-used 200+ year-old front part, but we couldn’t make that concept work, since we’d need to add on a first-floor bedroom and bath once we knocked down the front section.
The Central Bureau of Investigation has approached the office of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla for sanction to prosecute three sitting Trinamool Congress MPs and one former parliamentarian in the Narada sting operation case, said the agency on Thursday.A CBI official said the approval has been sought with respect to MPs Saugata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh and Prasun Banerjee, besides former MP Suvendu Adhikari. Mr. Adhikari is currently the Transport Minister in the State government.Mr. Roy, 73, is an MP from Dum Dum, while Mr. Ghosh, 59, represents the Barasat constituency. Mr. Banerjee, 64, is an MP from Howrah.The agency has been recording statements of witnesses and accused persons in the case, which was registered following a High Court directive in March 2017 to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the allegations. In all, 12 political leaders and an IPS officer were named.The case pertains to a sting operation alleging showing politicians and bureaucrats accepting money from a journalist posing as a representative of a Chennai-based company. In its FIR, the CBI has alleged that sting operation shows Mr. Roy, Mr. Ghosh and Mr. Adhikari accepting ₹5 lakh each from the person posing as representative while Mr. Banerjee could be seen receiving ₹4 lakh for helping in a business venture.On Wednesday, the CBI had examined TMC MP K.D. Singh and Mathew Samuel, editor of Narada News. The agency is preparing to file a chargesheet in the case soon. The maximum sentence for the crimes ranges from five to seven years of imprisonment. (With PTI inputs)
Left-arm pacer Isuru Udana recorded the first hat-trick of the Champions League Twenty20 as Wayamba Elevens crushed Central District by 75 runs in their last league match of the Twenty20 tournament, here today.Already out of the semifinal contention, it was a consolation win for the Sri Lankan side, who haven’t won even a single match so far.Wayamba put up a modest total of 144 for six and then bundled out the Kiwi side for a paltry 70, riding on Udana’s spectacular hat-trick that came in the third over of the Central innings.Udana removed Brad Patton (1), Mathew Sincliar (0) and George Worker (0) in his second over to trigger a batting collapse.Udana first dimissed Patton caught behind in the fourth ball and Sinclair was stumped down the leg side off a wide delivery.The left-arm paceman then bowled Worker to trigger wild celebrations.The New Zealanders never recovered from the deadly setback and could not even bat for the quota of 20 overs, as they were skittled out in only 15.3 overs.Spinner Ajantha Mendis (3/14) was also successful as Kiwi side cut a sorry figure, heading home without any win.Bevan Griggs (19) was the highest scorer for the CentralDistrict as only four batsman reached the double digit mark.Earlier, the Sri Lankan batsmen also struggled but smallcontributions from from most of the players helped them set a modest target.Mahela Jayawardene (20) and Mahela Udawatte (23) steadied the Lankan innings after the early fall of Jeevantha Julatanga (6).Skipper Jehan Mubarak was top scorer for Wayamaba with a 26-ball 31.advertisementShalika Karunanayake (15) and Shalika Karunanayake (12) put up a useful unbeaten 31-run stand for the seventh wicket to take their side close to 150-run mark.
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