Irish Life posts operating loss

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Svenska Spel launches new online platform for retail agents

first_img Svenska Spel launches new online platform for retail agents Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Topics: Sports betting 23rd October 2019 | By contenteditor Swedish operator Svenska Spel has rolled out a new online gaming platform that will enable retailers to offer certain sports betting games and services over the internet. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Swedish operator Svenska Spel has rolled out a new online gaming platform that will enable retailers to offer certain sports betting games and services over the internet.The platform will run through the operator’s Svenska Spel Sport & Casino subsidiary, with retailers able to offer games to players across Sweden.Retailers will initially be able to offer the Stryktipset, Europatipset, Topptipset, Bomben and Powerplay football betting games on the new platform.Svenka Spel will add a new, dedicated customer section to its website for the new service, with each agent to have their own dedicated page through which they can target consumers.“Finally, the agents can get access to all the benefits of online sales and services and thus get a huge customer base to work with,” Svenska Spel project manager Mathias Johansson said. “We are creating a full multi-channel offering, where you can buy a game from any store, no matter where you are in the country.”The new online service will be connected support self-service betting terminals that were rolled out across Svenska Spel’s retail partner estate earlier this year.Svenska Spel’s chief executive, Patrik Hofbauer recently declared his backing for plans to introduce a ban on select sports betting markets in Sweden in order to help clamp down on match fixing. Plans include a ban on betting markets that can be influenced by a single player in a match, such as corners and yellow and red cards.Last week, Svenska Spel also launched Verisec’s Freja eID technology across both its Svenska Spel Tur and at Svenska Spel Sport & Casino platforms as part of an effort to enhance its customer identification processes. Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

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Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgLafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ.zw)  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileLafarge Cement Zimbabwe manufactures and distributes cement and allied products for the building industry. Formerly known as Circle Cement, the company is a subsidiary of the Lafarge Group. The cement product range includes Portland composite cement which is the cement used in beams, foundations and load-bearing structures; Supaset, used by concrete brick makers and homebuilders; Masonry cement, used for general construction work such as screed flooring, brick and mortar and plastering mortar. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe also sells a range of allied products which include washed sand, 6-mm stones, 20-millitre stones and crusher run. Specialised products include Agricultural lime, Colorbrite and Snolime, pre-sanded Cemwash and Impermo. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Rak Unity Petroleum Company Plc (RAKUNT.ng) 2014 Abridged Report

first_imgRak Unity Petroleum Company Plc (RAKUNT.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Rak Unity Petroleum Company Plc (RAKUNT.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Rak Unity Petroleum Company Plc (RAKUNT.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Rak Unity Petroleum Company Plc (RAKUNT.ng)  2014 abridged results.Company ProfileRak Unity Petroleum Company Plc sells and distributes a range of petroleum products in Nigeria and has business interests in storing oil, gas and kerosene. The company’s Bulk division sells petroleum products in bulk which includes premium motor spirits, automotive gas oil, dual purpose kerosene and lubricants. The Retail division sells petroleum products through a network of retail outlets in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. The Dump division sells petroleum products through dumpsites at customers’ premises. Lubricants are marketed in partnership with an international lube manufacturer. Rak Unity Petroleum Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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The “Anker Gardens“ of Bielefeld / Kresings Architektur

first_imgArchDaily “COPY” Germany Projects CopyAbout this officeKresings ArchitekturOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingBielefeldGermanyPublished on July 14, 2017Cite: “The “Anker Gardens“ of Bielefeld / Kresings Architektur” 14 Jul 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – FocusGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ Fabric/WashiPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WoodParklex International S.L.Wood Finishes in Landaburu BordaSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetallicsTrimoFire Resistant Panel – Trimoterm FTVSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Northlight 40-90°SinksAcquabellaSink – LeviCurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalWoodBlumer LehmannData Processing for Wood ProjectsPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – EvokeChairs / StoolsBassamFellowsSpindle Chair and StoolMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream The “Anker Gardens“ of Bielefeld / Kresings ArchitekturSave this projectSaveThe “Anker Gardens“ of Bielefeld / Kresings Architektur Save this picture!© Roman Mensing+ 25 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/874179/the-anker-gardens-of-bielefeld-kresings-architektur Clipboard “COPY” CopyHousing•Bielefeld, Germany 2017 Area:  14200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project The “Anker Gardens“ of Bielefeld / Kresings Architektur Year:  Photographs Architects: Kresings Architektur Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/874179/the-anker-gardens-of-bielefeld-kresings-architektur Clipboard Housing Photographs:  Roman MensingProject Staff:André Pannenbäcker, Dorit Haase, Jan Tölle, Tilo Pfeifer, Thomas VögeClient:Bautra GmbHArchitect In Charge:Kilian KresingCity:BielefeldCountry:GermanyMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Roman MensingRecommended ProductsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaText description provided by the architects. The new residential quarter right in the middle of downtown Bielefeld recognizes the potential of history, conveying this potential into the present. The large-scale industrial architecture of the area of the former incorporation “Anker Werke AG“, a company specialized in the production of sewing ma- chines and cash registers, has been kept up, with this area having been transformed into a new urban quarter by means of some minor changes.Save this picture!© Roman Mensing
Additional incisions made at the corners of the perimeter block development break up the existing structures, thus creating an interior zone filled with light and loaded with new contents. At the same time, the staggered positioning of the entrances leaves the sense of comfort of the garden unaffected and sustains the original character of the industrial scale. This approach has resulted in the creation of a revegetated interior space which – by means of its design – serves both as a community garden and as an area allowing barrier-free surmounting of the rising terrain.Save this picture!© Roman Mensing
Apart from the use for commercial purposes in the southern part of the ground floor, the ensemble of buildings first and foremost provides space for 102 apartments that are full of personality. The struc- tural design of the previous factory buildings has been maintained throughout, and the heritage-pro- tected front of the main building, alongside with the bridge, has been restored in a careful manner.Save this picture!© Roman MensingSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Roman MensingThis has led to the creation of spacious living areas flooded with light, and thanks to their high ceil- ings and their picture windows, these areas have a loft-like character of extraordinary kind. The pro- jecting penthouse apartments, which are built onto the existing structure, constitute a quite particular highlight. With their bronze-colored metal cladding systems and the deliberate cantilevers positioned at the incisions, they clearly reflect and underline the conceptual idea of an inner-city ensemble that carries on the history of Bielefeld, making this history lively and perceptible. Save this picture!© Roman MensingProject gallerySee allShow lessThis Drone Video Captures the Mesmerizing Geometries of The World’s Most Vertical CityVideosFortaleza Photography Museum / Marcus Novais ArquiteturaSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Ravensberger Str. 12 / Rohrteichstr. 19, 33602 Bielefeld ,GermanyLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Sharelast_img read more

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Voluntary Sector Unions

 72 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Voluntary Sector Unions Fundraisers in a variety of charities and voluntary groups are members of trade unions. Two of the most popular voluntary sector unions are T&G ACTS and MSF. T&G ACTS represents workers throughout the social economy. The union is there to defend and enhance job security, pay and conditions of work.Fundraisers in a variety of charities and voluntary groups are members of trade unions. Two of the most popular voluntary sector unions are T&G ACTS and MSF. T&G ACTS represents workers throughout the social economy. The union is there to defend and enhance job security, pay and conditions of work. T&G ACTS also strives with social economy organisations to advance common aims for social justice. MSF says that it is formally recognised in more leading voluntary organisations than any other staff representative body. It is the only union that gives free membership to volunteers who work alongside employed staff. Howard Lake | 19 January 1999 | News Advertisement read more

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Boschini addresses racial ‘ignorance’ at TCU

first_imgGarrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Twitter Garrett Podell Previous articleFirst Look: New concert hall plans for School of MusicNext articleReview: Daniel Day-Lewis’ Phantom Thread falls flat Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier printA student who sent a video on Snapchat mocking black students who were dancing at last semester’s midnight pancake breakfast has been disciplined.Because of privacy laws, university officials didn’t identify the student.“The student is involved in educational sanctions, and we don’t talk in terms of punishment, but in development,” TCU Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Kathy Cavins-Tull said. “The student will engage in activities that will help develop a broader understanding of culture and in living in a community.” Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook Chancellor Boschini sent out an email to TCU students and faculty in response to travel ban. Twitter + posts Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/center_img Linkedin Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Linkedin ReddIt Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution This photo has been edited to protect the identity of those in the photo.The snap of a group of black students dancing at the event included the caption, “Why did the African tribal troup take over late night at the Bluu?”Junior psychology major Sam Luke was one of the students pictured, wearing the red sweatshirt. He said the post made him question TCU’s core values.“Seeing the state our country is in right now, it’s so divided, and we all pride ourselves on being Horned Frogs together, but the way it was worded made me question the values we have here at TCU,” Luke said. “We talk about inclusiveness, but the university has a lot to work on in that regard.”TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini said he met with the student who made the post.“It’s hard, but I think what you have to do is remember to take a deep breath, take a step back, and try not to always react in anger to everything because some people are just ignorant, and that’s what I think this person was,” Boschini said. “I also like to remind everybody that it’s just one person doing this, and the person who did this actually was very, very remorseful about it and felt very, very bad about it after it was pointed out to her. It doesn’t excuse what she did, but it does help a little bit in my opinion.”Luke said part of the reason the snap upset him was because he was born in South Sudan.“It really struck a nerve with me because it’s just ignorant and two, there’s just different African communities on campus at TCU,” Luke said. “It’s hurtful to group us together because there are a lot of different groups on campus and no African songs were being played. There was hip-hop music and the Frog Camp songs, all mainstream stuff.”Boschini said college administrators across the country are more aware of students using social media to convey racially charged messages.“I’d say nationally and locally it’s tense everywhere, maybe tense is too strong, there’s a heightened awareness about it, and I think that’s actually good,” Boschini said.Last month, the University of Alabama expelled a student after she posted videos on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in which she was used of a racial slur. Wake Forest announced that a student is no longer enrolled after posting a video referring to her residential adviser with a racial slur.Some have suggested that Alabama officials overstepped and violated the student’s First Amendment rights. While not commenting specifically on that case, Boschini said he falls “more on the side of free speech.”“Everybody should have the right to say what they want until it reaches hate speech,” Boschini said. “Then when it reaches hate speech, we’re happy to discipline people, kick them off campus. We’ve done that in the past, and I think our record shows that we will not tolerate that.”Yet, TCU has faced incidents like this before.“It’s not the first time something like this has happened, which is why it was even more hurtful, especially after all the diversity committees and things like that have been set in place for minorities here,” junior communications major Maia Gunn said.Two years ago, there was a Yik Yak incident regarding a pool party hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi, a predominantly African-American fraternity.“They were throwing a pool party and they were called monkeys on Yik Yak, which was unfortunate,” junior strategic communication major Jon Villalobos said.Both Luke and Gunn also brought up that event when thinking back on previous social media posts similar to the one that occurred at the midnight pancake breakfast.“Yik Yak used to be a really big forum where people would be exposed to racism at TCU,” Gunn said. “There’s always little comments being made about when a group of minority students are together.”Boschini said most of the instances could be categorized as ignorance.“I think most of what we find is ignorance and stupidity, people not thinking before they speak and a lot of times if you get the groups of people, whatever the groups are, it’s really a lot more difficult to tell you something face to face than it is on the Internet,” Boschini said. “That helps, and I think it makes us realize we have a lot more in common than not.”He said the topic this snap invokes is not one easily dealt with.“Just in general that none of these issues are easy, and I think everybody needs to make a real concerted effort to work on them and to have a good heart about them,” Boschini said. “Now, does that mean some people don’t have a good heart about this, absolutely, I recognize that, and those are the kind of people we don’t want part of our community.”last_img read more

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County’s financial picture drawn

first_img Pinterest Ector County commissioners today will consult department heads about the 2021-22 budget and make long-range plans for the brightening post-pandemic age.Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Gardner said Monday that increased economic activity this spring and possibly for the rest of fiscal 2020-21 may mean there will be money for employees’ raises and infrastructure improvements next year.Gardner said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s early April denial of the City of Odessa’s bid to snag some of the county’s revenues from its new rural sales tax had bolstered his optimism. “Things will always be tight,” he said.“Mainly, we will have everybody get their costs together and see what we’re looking at. My property valuation is up 8 percent, so even if we don’t raise the tax rate at all, we will still have an increase. The sales tax is going along pretty well and my thought is that next year’s economy will be pretty good.”The commissioners budgeted for $12 million in sales tax revenues for the fiscal year that began last Oct. 1 after collecting $17.5 million during 2019-20, but they have said recently that the total may end up exceeding $14 million this year.The county’s current property tax rate is 36.9 cents per $100 in valuation.In other business in the 10 a.m. meeting at the 1010 E. Eighth St. administration building, the court will hear Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Gene Powell’s report on a TxDOT survey of Loop 338 and its road construction plans in the county.The court will also:>> Hear a presentation by Ector County Utility District President Tommy Ervin, who cut the ribbon May 20 on a desalination system at 5016 Johnson Road, in West Odessa that will remove pollutants from oilfield water.>> Consider appointing Precinct 3 Commissioner Don Stringer to the airport board that sets policy for Odessa-Schleymeyer Field operations.>> Consider a contract for the Austin law firm of Bickerstaff, Heath, Delgado and Acosta to start the process of political redistricting based on last year’s Census.>> Discuss extending the county health department’s contract with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso to Aug. 31, 2023.>> Consider a ground lease contract between the airport and the Patterson Rosedale Highway Co. of Bakersfield, Calif.>> Discuss contracts for the county clerk’s office with the Tyler Technologies Eagle Division of Plano for software services and Kofile Technologies of Dallas for the digitization of documents.>> Hear Human Resources Director Donna James’ proposal to hold a service awards luncheon that was postponed in February.>> Consider hiring a temporary clerical and data entry employee for James’s office. Local News Facebook Twitter By Odessa American – May 24, 2021 WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter County’s financial picture drawn Gardner says employees may get a raise in 2021-22 Facebook Previous articleDAILY OIL PRICE: May 24, 2021Next articleCOLLEGE SOFTBALL: Odessa College ready to make return to national tournament Odessa Americanlast_img read more

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Delhi Riots- Delhi High Court Grants Bail To Two Men After Doubting Eye Witness’s Testimony In Murder, Conspiracy Case

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi Riots- Delhi High Court Grants Bail To Two Men After Doubting Eye Witness’s Testimony In Murder, Conspiracy Case Nupur Thapliyal11 April 2021 8:37 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Friday granted bail to two men namely Pradeep Rai and Aman Kashyap facing trial of murder and conspiracy in connection with a Delhi Riots case that broke out in Northeast Delhi last year after doubting the testimony of eye witness who alleged to have seen the incident happening at a place situated away from his house.A single judge bench comprising of Justice Suresh…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court on Friday granted bail to two men namely Pradeep Rai and Aman Kashyap facing trial of murder and conspiracy in connection with a Delhi Riots case that broke out in Northeast Delhi last year after doubting the testimony of eye witness who alleged to have seen the incident happening at a place situated away from his house.A single judge bench comprising of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait observed thus:”In the prima facie opinion of this Court, it is possible that the eye witness, who in the present case is resident of Gali No.8, might have seen the incident taking place in Gali No.10, which is close to his place but how he could see the present incident, which has taken place in Gali No.3, and away from Gali No.10 and Gali No.8, is doubtful.”The two men were seeking bail in FIR 87/2020 wherein Pradeep Rai was accused of offences under Sections 302, 147, 148, 149, 379, 427, 436, 120B and 34 of IPC and Aman Kashyap for the offences under Sections 147, 148, 149, 302, 120B and 34 of IPC.It was the case of the petitioners that one Shashi Kant was the eye witness in multiple FIRs all registered at Policr Station Dayalpur in connection with the incident dated 25.02.2020 which took place in Gali No.10 as well as in the present FIR related to an incident which took place in Gali No.3. The petitioners while terming Shashi Kant as being a “planted witness” submitted that the distance between between Gali No.10 and Gali No. 3 was around 500-700 meters, thereby making it impossible for him to witness the alleged incident.In view of the said submission, the Court vide order dated 24th March asked the Special Public Prosecutor Amit Mahajan to ascertain how the said witness was eye-witness in the incidents which took place at Gali No.10 as well as in Gali No.3.A supplementary status report was then filed dated 7th April wherein it was specifically stated that the distance between Gali No.10 and Gali No.3 was about 350 meters.Observing that the Court is of the prima facie opinion that it was not possible for the eye witness to see the present incident which took place in Gali No.3 and away from Gali No.10 and Gali No.8, the Court opined it to be as doubtful.”In the opinion of this Court, the veracity of the allegations alleged shall be tested at trial. However, keeping in view that petitioner is in judicial custody since 02.04.2020 and trial of the case shall take substantial time, without commenting on merit of the case, this court is of the opinion that the petitioners deserve bail.” The Court observed.The Court granted bail to the two subject to furnishing of personal bond in the sum of Rs.20,000/- each with one surety each in the like amount.Click Here To Download OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Barbara Bush: An appreciation

first_imgTom Pennington/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The first time I had a formal interview with Barbara Bush she was the “second lady” and her husband was running for president. I had accepted an assignment from Seventeen Magazine to query the wives of the two major candidates and it had all been arranged through Mrs. Bush’s staff.But when I arrived at the (somewhat intimidating) vice president’s mansion Barbara Bush exclaimed, “Seventeen! Why are we doing this interview? They can’t vote!” After that somewhat rocky start, we had a lively conversation where I was treated to her ready humor.That humor is part of the reason America came to love Barbara Bush. Soon after he left the White House I was interviewing President Bush about something and he marveled with a hint of surprise in his voice, “The whole country loves Bar!”That’s because everyone thought they knew her. There was none of that fake politician foolishness about her. On several occasions she told me bluntly that I needed to do something about my hair. She either said what she believed or kept her mouth shut.One thing she believed passionately was that she could make a difference in the lives of people who couldn’t read. And she was right. The Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation now conducts 160 programs in 12 states and it has been highly successful in improving the reading skills of adults and bringing disadvantaged preschoolers up to par with their more privileged peers.Barbara Bush herself attended hundreds and hundreds of events aimed at boosting literacy because, as she said, you can’t achieve the American dream if you can’t read and write.That was another passionate belief — in the dream and the promise that this country offers to its citizens. Her devotion to our American values of tolerance and inclusion and her willingness to act on them came second only to devotion to family.When her son George was running for president, I conducted the first joint interview with Barbara and Laura Bush. Laura was understandably slightly nervous about this conversation with her formidable mother-in-law (the family calls her The Enforcer) but she needn’t have been.Anytime I asked about anything controversial the elder Mrs. Bush jumped in: “Don’t answer that Laura, it will only get you in trouble. If anyone gets in trouble today it should be me.” The whole extended Bush brood could count on her protection.And America saw that — saw her love of children and country, and especially of her husband, saw her no-nonsense looks, heard her funny, feisty and frank comments and understood that she was teaching us how to live.In the end, she also taught us how to die. By telling us on Sunday that she would opt for “comfort care” rather than more medical intervention she set yet another example. Instead of leaving this earth hooked up to machines while doctors poked and prodded to extract one more breath, she went in her own home surrounded by the family she devoted her life to, holding the hand of the man she had loved for 75 years.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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