27 Sep

Heck – we even made the BBC News!

first_imgbbc.co.uk 17 April 2013New Zealand’s parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so. Lawmakers approved the bill, amending the 1955 marriage act, despite opposition from Christian lobby groups. The bill was passed with a wide majority, with 77 votes in favour and 44 against. Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated outside parliament after the bill was passed, calling it a milestone for equality. People watching from the public gallery and some lawmakers immediately broke into song, singing the New Zealand love song “Pokarekare Ana”, AP news agency reported. Some opinion polls have suggested that about two-thirds of New Zealanders support the reform, although others polls suggest the public are more divided. Parliamentarians were allowed a conscience vote, and, crucially, the reform had the backing of both the Prime Minister John Key and leader of the opposition David Shearer, the BBC’s Phil Mercer in Sydney reports. Celebrations have been held in pubs and clubs in the capital Wellington, our correspondent adds. Same-sex civil unions have been legal in New Zealand since 2005. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worldlast_img read more

Read More
29 Dec


first_imgDetails of a major rebuilding plan for Letterkenny General Hospital will be unveiled tomorrow.The hospital during the flooding. Copyright Donegal Daily.Up to 70% of the hospital footprint was covered in water when the Co Donegal hospital was flooded in July following torrential rain.Details of the major rebuilding plan will be revealed by the hospital’s general manager Sean Murphy. It is believed the rebuild and recovery plan could cost in the region of €20 million.A team of civil engineers have been appointed to carry out an investigation into how the flooding happened.The engineers’ investigation is understood to centre around a culvert close to the hospital which is understood to have overflowed during the torrential downpour.At the height of the flooding disaster, a team of 500 volunteers rushed to the hospital to help with the clean-up. The recently-opened Accident and Emergency Department, which cost €22 million, was seriously damaged and forced to close.Patients were redirected to both Sligo General Hospital and Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry for a number of weeks.A new temporary A&E has since opened to walk-in patients.Hospital manager Sean Murphy will unveil the rebuild plans to the public meeting tomorrow in the Mount Errigal Hotel.        DETAILS OF HOSPITAL REBUILD TO BE UNVEILED TOMORROW was last modified: September 16th, 2013 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:Letterkenny General Hospitalmanager Sean Murphyrebuildlast_img read more

Read More