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Donegal scientologist involved in opening of new Dublin HQ

first_imgA Donegal woman who is one of the leaders of the Church of Scientology in Ireland which has members such as Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta has been involved in the opening of the new Scientology center in Dublin this weekend. Zabrina Collins, originally from Quigley’s Point and a daughter of miscarriage of justice victim Frank Shortt, is a prominent member of the church.According to the Irish Independent, she ‘glowered’ at the press.  Pete Griffiths, with whom Collins had been involved in a disagreement with following his departure from the church, stood on the other side of Merrion Square watching on as the ribbon was cut. Zabrina Shortt CollinsGriffiths claims that after leaving the Church of Scientology, he was harassed by members of the church, and Collins accused him of “openly and viciously” slandering the church and being “an avid hate campaigner against Scientologists” and of “hate mongering” against the church.Many of the attendees refused to speak to journalists (whom Scientologists refer to as ‘merchants of chaos’) about the opening of their new headquarters.Following the release of BBC journalist Louis Theroux’s blockbuster ‘My Scientology Movie’, much speculation has been cast on what goes on within the church, including allegations of harassment and in some cases, physical abuse.Scientology, founded by sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard, focuses on the possibility of reincarnation and spirituality. However, testimonies from former members of the church have likened it more to a ‘cult’ than a religion. Donegal scientologist involved in opening of new Dublin HQ was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more

South Africa’s top women gather

first_imgThe first Annual Top Women Conference is under way at Emperor’s Palace in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg. The two-day conference, taking place today and tomorrow, brings together some of the most powerful and well-known women from various industries.Among the speakers are the executive director of UN Women and the former deputy president of South Africa, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; Thuli Madonsela, the public protector of South Africa; and Susan Shabangu, the minister of women in the presidency.The conference is hosted by Topco Media and it recognises outstanding leadership, inspiration, vision, and innovation in South African organisations.Welcome to the @Dept_of_Women @TopWomenConf 2016 . We cannot wait to welcome keynote speaker @phumzileunwomen— Top Women Conference (@TopWomenConf) August 17, 2016“It will not be another talk shop, motivational workshop, or death-by-PowerPoint presentation event,” reads the Top Women website. “The conference aims to bring together decision makers and thought leaders who are serious about delivering results.”Karla Fletcher, director of Topco, spoke about the debate on 50/50 gender parity by 2030. “What we have noted is that whether it is debated or not, the point is it is not going away and you can choose to positively affect and gain from this process, or alternatively be left behind. We need people who are going to push the gender agenda,” she said.The speakersMlambo-Ngcuka was sworn into the UN in 2013. She has been devoted to human rights, equality and social justice throughout her career.“Not only has she worked in government, civil society and within the private sector, she is also driving the gender equality agenda, an area where progress is being made, but too slowly,” said Fletcher.Before taking up her position at the UN, Mlambo-Ngcuka served as the deputy president of South Africa, minister of minerals and energy, and deputy minister in the department of trade and industry.She started off as a teacher and has her PhD in education and technology from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.Madonsela has been the public protector since October 2009 following a unanimous vote in parliament. She is the first woman to hold the position. Her term ends in October 2016.“Since Advocate Madonsela took office, the public protector as a constitutional institution has tackled tough questions and has received unprecedented national and international recognition,” reads her profile on the website of the Office of the Public Protector, “which has included her being recognised by Time magazine as one of the world’s most influential people in 2014.”The main job of her office is to investigate abuses of power and maladministration of state affairs, mediate administrative disputes, and advise on possible solutions through recommendations and reports.Shabangu has been the minister of women since 2014. She has a long history in the liberation struggle, and was a member of the group of women who revived the Federation of South African Women during the late 1970s.“She was also a member of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) National Women’s Sub-Committee, working with women’s issues and representing the TGWU at national level,” reads her profile on the ministry website.Shabangu was previously the deputy minister of minerals and energy and the deputy minister of safety and security.Other speakers at the conference include businesswomen such as Jenna Clifford, Wendy Appelbaum and Khanyisile Kweyama.See the Top Women Conference website for more information.SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

The ups and downs of this winter in GIF form

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This winter has been everything from warm, cold, beautiful, dreary, to just plain strange in every way. To look at it so far, we take a recap of the winter in an equally odd way.via GIPHYFirst of all, a quick lesson in computers. A GIF ( as seen above) is an electronic image file type, standing for Graphics Interchange Format. (Fun fact: The GIF acronym pronunciation is currently in a heated debate across the internet. Its creator pronounces it “jif” while many talking heads on the interwebs say it should be pronounced “gif” because of the g standing for graphics. It’s a silly debate.) GIFs are unique in that they support animation without audio, making it easy to share small video clips. In this blog, we’re looking at our reactions from each week of weather with entertaining pieces of media brought to us in GIF form.Let’s take a look at the historical weather information for each week since November 27, 2016. We are using information from the Ohio University Airport as compiled by Weather Underground, the nearest location to the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal corporate office in Columbus. Temperatures are noted in Fahrenheit. Actual temps are first with deviation from average noted as plus or minus degrees. Example: +3° Max Dev Avg means the maximum temperature recorded on the day noted was 3 degrees warmer than the historical average. Weekly differences from the week before are noted as Max and Min Week Chng.Yes, far too much work was put into this blog post. Enjoy.Sunday, November 27, 2016 Max Temperature: 48°F Max Deviation From Average: +3° Min Temperautre: 27°F Min Deviation From Average: -3°“Alright, It looks like business as usual for this time of year.”via GIPHYDecember 4, 2016 Max Temp: 41°F Max Dev Avg: -1° Max Week Chng: -7° Min Temp: 33°F Min Dev Avg: +4 Min Week Chng: +6°“Just on the edge of too cold for it to be warm and too warm for it to be freezing.”via GIPHYDecember 11, 2016 Max Temp: 35°F Max Dev Avg: +5° Max Week Chng: -6° Min Temp: 24°F Min Dev Avg: +3° Min Week Chng: -9°“The chill starts to set in.”via GIPHYDecember 18, 2016 Max Temp: 33°F Max Dev Avg: -3° Max Week Chng: -2° Min Temp: 19°F Min Dev Avg: -4° Min Week Chng: -5°“Looks like winter is here to stay, folks!”via GIPHYDecember 25, 2016 Max Temp: 46°F Max Dev Avg: +12° Max Week Chng: +13° Min Temp: 35°F Min Dev Avg: +14° Min Week Chng: +16°“I spoke too soon. Is that sweat?”via GIPHYJanuary 1, 2017 Max Temp: 46°F Max Dev Avg: +10° Max Week Chng: None Min Temp: 28°F Min Dev Avg: +5° Min Week Chng: -7°“What a great start to the new year!”via GIPHYJanuary 8, 2017 Max Temp: 17°F Max Dev Avg: -18° Max Week Chng: -29° Min Temp: 7°F Min Dev Avg: -14° Min Week Chng: -21°“Then out of nowhere, it hits you like a wall.”via GIPHYJanuary 15, 2017 Max Temp: 35°F Max Dev Avg: +3° Max Week Chng: +18° Min Temp: 28°F Min Dev Avg: +11° Min Week Chng: +21°“Alright, we’ve been expecting this winter. Might as well get used to it.”via GIPHYJanuary 22, 2017 Max Temp: 63°F Max Dev Avg: +31° Max Week Chng: +28° Min Temp: 44°F Min Dev Avg: +27° Min Week Chng: +16°“I guess I spoke too soon again. Are people wearing shorts?”via GIPHYJanuary 29, 2017 Max Temp: 33°F Max Dev Avg: -1° Max Week Chng: -30° Min Temp: 27°F Min Dev Avg: +8° Min Week Chng: -17°“Temperatures sink lower once again. Can’t say I’m surprised.”via GIPHYFebruary 5, 2017 Max Temp: 48°F Max Dev Avg: +11° Max Week Chng: +15° Min Temp: 30°F Min Dev Avg: +8° Min Week Chng: +3°“Wait, it’s warm again!? Hot dog!”via GIPHYFebruary 12, 2017 Max Temp: 57°F Max Dev Avg: +19° Max Week Chng: +9° Min Temp: 34°F Min Dev Avg: 11° Min Week Chng: +4°“And they said winter would be hard as a dairy farmer in Ohio.”via GIPHYFebruary 19, 2017 Max Temp: 57°F Max Dev Avg: +18° Max Week Chng: 0 Min Temp: 39°F Min Dev Avg: +15° Min Week Chng: +5°“Not sure what the future holds. But right now isn’t too bad.”via GIPHYlast_img read more