first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Yale Law School Files Amicus Brief in ‘Stripping Off’ Mortgage Case Headed to U.S. Supreme Court Chapter 7 bankruptcy Connecticut stripping off mortgages U.S. Supreme Court Underwater Mortgages 2015-03-23 Brian Honea Related Articles About Author: Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Yale Law School Files Amicus Brief in ‘Stripping Off’ Mortgage Case Headed to U.S. Supreme Court Yale Law School’s Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation Clinic and the Connecticut Fair Housing Center (CFHC) have filed an Amicus Brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the respondents in a case to decide whether underwater homeowners in Chapter 7 bankruptcy can legally eliminate the liability on second mortgages, a process known as “stripping off,” according to an announcement on Yale Law School’s website.Yale’s Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic, which provides legal assistance to individuals who cannot afford private counsel, and the CFCH, which represents homeowners in foreclosure litigation and counsels about 1,800 homeowners per year, filed the brief on behalf of David Caulkett and Edelmiro Toldeo-Cardona, two Florida homeowners in bankruptcy who had their second mortgages with Bank of America extinguished by a bankruptcy judge following the housing crisis of 2008 based on the fact that they were underwater – they owed way more than their houses were worth.When Bank of America appealed the bankruptcy judge’s rulings, both cases were both decided in favor of the homeowners by the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in May 2014. Bank of America appealed the decision by the appellate court, and the U.S. Supreme Court agreed in November to hear the cases.The SCOTUS blog describes the issue in the case of Bank of America v. Caulkett as “Whether, under Section 506(d) of the Bankruptcy Code, which provides that ‘[t]o the extent that a lien secures a claim against the debtor that is not an allowed secured claim, such lien is void,’ a Chapter 7 debtor may ‘strip off’ a junior mortgage lien in its entirety when the outstanding debt owed to a senior lienholder exceeds the current value of the collateral.”In the brief, Yale’s clinic and the CFHC contend that investors holding second mortgages, which are often large banks, often obstruct arrangements that would be beneficial to homeowners and first mortgage holders, and that homeowners would be able to stay in their homes if they were allowed to strip off second mortgages that had no value.According to the Yale clinic, the bankruptcy code allocates the debtor’s assets by prioritizing certain secured loans, and it allows financially-burdened borrowers to get a fresh start. Functionally, underwater second mortgages are no different from unsecured debt, such as credit card debt.”In the aftermath of the housing crisis, fully underwater second mortgage holders have often been able to use their hostage power to destroy workouts that would be beneficial for first mortgage lenders, homeowners, and surrounding communities,” said Alexa Milton, a Yale law student intern in the Clinic. “The Bankruptcy Code is designed to prevent exactly this kind of collective action problem.”The students at Yale Law School contend that second mortgages do effectively promote homeownership the way first mortgages do, and therefore the “American dream” of homeownership is not undermined by removing unwarranted protection for underwater second mortgages.”Second mortgages really play a peripheral role in a healthy housing market,” said Beezly Kiernan, another law student intern in the clinic. “In fact, piggyback second mortgages contributed to an unhealthy housing market—as well as the financial crisis and subsequent recession—in the mid-2000s.”The Yale Law School has a particular interest in the Caulkett case because Hartford, Connecticut, is the most underwater city in the United States with a 56 percent negative equity rate. Connecticut also includes three other cities in the top 100 in the nation in negative equity rate, including New Haven, where Yale is located.Arguments in the case of Bank of America v. Caulkett are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 24, in the nation’s highest court. The Supreme Court is expected to make a decision in June, according to the press release. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Chapter 7 bankruptcy Connecticut stripping off mortgages U.S. Supreme Court Underwater Mortgages Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Fannie Mae: Economic Growth Slows in Q1; Economy Still Expected to ‘Drag Housing Upward’ Next: Ocwen Refutes RMBS Investors’ Claims in Letter to Trustees Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! 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first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Census Bureau: Optimistic Outlook for Economy US Census Bureau Data 2017-09-13 Joey Pizzolato Previous: Wells Fargo CEO Looks Toward the Future Next: Freddie Mac Updates Servicing Guidelines in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, News Subscribe The U.S. Census Bureau announced new comprehensive data for dates ranging between 2015 and 2016, which shows improvements in income, poverty and health insurance coverage.Median household income increased by 3.2 percent, from $57,230 to $59,039. 2016 marks the second year in a row that the median household income in the U.S. increased. According John Ydstie of National Public Radio, “that’s the highest median income ever recorded, but the Census Bureau cautions that a big change in its survey in 2014 makes historic comparisons very difficult. We’re essentially back to about the same levels as 2007, just before the Great Recession.”Real median income for family households sat at $75062, an increase of 2.7 percent from the 2015 medium. Nonfamily household’s medium income was $35,761, which was an increase of 4.5 percent.The official poverty rate dropped 0.8 percentage points, from 12.7 percent in 2016, or 40.6 million people in poverty, which is 2.5 million people fewer than in 2015. This is also the second year in a row the poverty rate reduced. The report does note, however, that the poverty rate in 2016 is not much different than the poverty rate in 2007 (12.5 percent), right before the Great Recession.Those covered by health insurance also rose year-over-year, which is another indication of a strengthening economy. In 2015, the number of Americans without health insurance for the full calendar year was 29.0 million—a year later that number fell to 28.1 million.The report also breaks down median incomes, earnings, poverty, by region, race, sex, ethnicity, and age. To access the full breath of the Census Bureau’s report, you can go directly to the agencies website, here. Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: US Census Bureau Data Census Bureau: Optimistic Outlook for Economy September 13, 2017 1,167 Views Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Joey Pizzolatolast_img read more

first_imgSubscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: GSE Reform Impact on Communities Next: How Many Interest Rate Hikes Inbound in 2018? Share Save February 20, 2018 2,000 Views Home / Daily Dose / Home Values: On the Rise  Print This Post Entry-level Home Great Recession Home Values HOUSING Housing Market Outlook Survey Zillow 2018-02-20 Radhika Ojha Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home Values: On the Rise The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Tagged with: Entry-level Home Great Recession Home Values HOUSING Housing Market Outlook Survey Zillow Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The housing market has been growing at a consistent pace, but it will take another five years for it to emerge from the shadow of the Great Recession, according to experts surveyed by Zillow in its Home Price Expectations Survey.The quarterly survey of more than 100 economists and real estate experts across the U.S. asked them to offer their expectations for growth in the U.S. Zillow Home Value Index over the next five years, as well as offer their opinion on a series of supplemental questions related to the housing market.The survey found that according to the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index home values grew at an average annual pace of 3.6 percent between 1987 and 1999. If home values had continued to grow at the same pace year-after-year, the median U.S. home would have been worth $214,500 at the end of 2017. However, as of December 2017, the median U.S. home was valued at $206,300 despite six years of an average annual home value growth of 5.3 percent during the recovery period after the Great Recession.According to the survey panelists home values were expected to climb 4.8 percent in 2018, with annual appreciation slowing to 3.7 percent in 2019, and 2.7 percent by 2021, before accelerating to 2.8 percent annual growth by 2022. Though the most pessimistic of them said they expected only 1.6 percent annual growth in the market, most respondents surveyed said that they expected the average annual growth rate at 3.4 percent over the next five years.When asked how the recent passage of the new tax law impacted their overall outlook for U.S. home values over the next five years, 41 percent of panelists said their outlook was more pessimistic, compared to 31 percent who said their outlook was more optimistic.The panelists said they expected bottom-third, entry-level home values to grow 6 percent in 2018, down from 8.5 percent annual growth currently but still double the expected pace of top-third annual home value growth, which is expected to be 3 percent in 2018, the survey found. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market August 13, 2019 2,113 Views Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Previous: New York Fed Gives Unfavorable Review of Housing Sector Next: Hurricane Barry’s $300M Cost to Insurers Loan Non-Performing Re-performing 2019-08-13 Seth Welborn Tagged with: Loan Non-Performing Re-performing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fannie Mae Launches 13th Re-Performing Loan Sale The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborncenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Fannie Mae Launches 13th Re-Performing Loan Sale Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Fannie Mae recently began marketing its thirteenth sale of re-performing loans, or mortgages that were previously delinquent but are performing again because payments on the mortgages have become current with or without the use of a loan modification, as part of the company’s effort to reduce the size of its retained mortgage portfolio. The sale consists of approximately 29,600 loans, having an unpaid principal balance of approximately $5.1 billion and marketed with Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. as advisor. Pools are available for purchase by qualified bidders. Interested bidders can register here.The sale is being offered in six pools, all serviced by Mr. Cooper:Pool 1 is approximately $755.9 million in UPBPool 2 is approximately $1.5 billion in UPBPool 3 is approximately $1.1 billion in UPBPool 4 is approximately $ 586.9 million in UPBPool 5 is approximately $552.2 million in UPBPool 6 is approximately $679.9 million in UPB.Earlier this year, Fannie Mae announced the results of its twelfth reperforming loan sale transaction. The sale was originally announced on June 13 and included the sale of approximately 16,500 loans totaling $2.6 billion in unpaid principal balance (UPB), divided into four pools, marketed with Citigroup Global Markets Inc. as advisor. The winning bidders of the four pools for the transaction were DLJ Mortgage Capital, Inc. (Credit Suisse) for Pools 1 & 2, Goldman Sachs Mortgage Company (Goldman Sachs) for Pool 3, and 510 Model I, LLC (400 Capital Management) for Pool 4. The transaction is expected to close on August 27, 2019.Before this, Fannie Mae announced the winner of its fifteenth non-performing loan sale, which included 4,300 loans totaling $770.13 million in unpaid principal balance (UPB), divided among four pools. The winning bidders of the four pools for the transaction, expected to close on July 23, 2019, were Igloo Series IV Trust (Balbec Capital, LP) for Pool 1, MFRA Trust 2015-1 (MFA) for Pool 2, Elkhorn Depositor LLC (Roosevelt Mortgage Company, LLC) for Pool 3, and VRMTG ACQ, LLC (VWH Capital Management, LP) for Pool 4.Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s NPL sales are part of the FHFA’s three strategic goals as conservator of the Enterprises, including maintaining foreclosure prevention activities and credit availability, reducing taxpayer risk, and building a new single-family securitization infrastructure, the Unified Mortgage Backed Security. Subscribelast_img read more

first_img Related Articles About Author: Seth Welborn Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Addressing Hispanic Homeownership Next: Fannie Mae Examines Economic and Housing Trends Serious delinquency rates have declined while originations have remained conservative with 1.4 million in Q1 2019, according to a new report from TransUnion. The report found that where there is growth, it is coming from the Gen Z demographic who are 18 years or older.The Q2 2019 TransUnion Industry Insights Report states that Approximately 14 million Gen Z consumers (44% of this group) were carrying a balance as of Q2 2019, up from 11 million in Q2 2018. Additionally, the number of Gen Z consumers who were credit eligible (18 years or older) increased by 4.5 million in the last year, rising to 31.5 million in Q2 2019. Over the next three years, it is anticipated that another 13 million Gen Z consumers will become credit eligible.“Both the newest and oldest members of the credit-eligible Gen Z generation are beginning to enter the credit market for the very first time,” said Matt Komos, vice president of research and consulting at TransUnion. “The rapid growth in Gen Z credit activity is occurring despite many of these individuals having grown up during the Great Recession. Though the recession itself lasted less than two years, its impact was felt for several years afterward. As we see more members of this group come of age, we naturally expect continued growth in credit activity by Gen Z, which we will monitor closely to compare to the behaviors of previous generations.”Just 319,000 of Gen Z carries a mortgage, compared to 68,368,000 of all generations. Despite the low base, mortgages had the largest year-over-year growth rate spike with Gen Z consumers (112%). Gen Z also saw significant year-over-year gains in other credit products, including auto loans (42%), credit cards (41%), and personal loans (45%). Credit cards are the most popular product among Gen Z at 7,746,000 customers as of Q2 2019, followed by auto loans at 4,376,000 carrying a balance. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago credit Gen Z loans mortgage 2019-08-14 Seth Welborn Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago August 14, 2019 1,284 Views Gen Z Home Loans Catching Up Home / Daily Dose / Gen Z Home Loans Catching Up The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Tagged with: credit Gen Z loans mortgage Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

first_img Previous: National Lender and Servicer Announces Executive Changes Next: The Week Ahead: Measuring Delinquencies and Foreclosures Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago October 4, 2019 3,003 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the September issue of DS News.There are many business reasons to focus attention on diversity and inclusion. Two news items this summer about the changing demographics of today’s housing market illustrate the need. The first, from The Wall Street Journal, was a report that Hispanic Americans are experiencing the largest homeownership gains of any ethnic group in the U.S. This represents “a turnaround for the population hardest hit by the housing bust that could help buoy the market for years,” according to the Journal. Yet, the very same edition also contained a troubling story about the homeownership rate for African-Americans, which is hitting its lowest level on record according to census data.The reasons for this divergence in homeownership are complex and involve issues of history and culture, as well as economics. Understanding the forces in play in the real estate market and how the specific experiences of individual consumers impact their decisions to engage in, or avoid the market, are increasingly important factors in the success of brokers, developers, lenders, and insurers. Knowing that these forces and factors exist is the baseline objective of a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) initiative.  Aside from the business imperative, taking D&I into account is the right thing to do. American workplaces, neighborhoods, and even families are becoming more diverse as people of different backgrounds and ethnicities come together to live and work side by side. In order to get along and thrive in such an environment with people who have an infinite number of individual experiences, it is important to exercise respect and understanding. It is proven that workplace cultures that foster diversity and inclusion are in turn more innovative, more resilient, and more competitive.According to research from the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., “Companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians.” Companies in the bottom quartile in these dimensions are statistically less likely to achieve above-average returns, the research says. In terms of talent and recruitment, a D&I orientation not only expands the universe of possible employees to hire, but it also helps companies attract and keep top talent who are drawn to workplaces with a variety of people.   When it comes to decision-making and innovation, an organization with a diversity of informed views can identify anomalies, opportunities, and potential errors of thinking as well as develop solutions and alternatives more quickly and efficiently than groups of people who share the same assumptions and perspectives. Organizations are smarter and more responsive to customers and employees when they have more people contributing their ideas and knowledge.  The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) provides resources to help mortgage and real estate finance professionals lean in to D&I. They offer a list of tactics and themes rather than prescriptions because, as MBA says, “There is no single right way to develop your D&I program.” Many sources show that leadership is an indispensable ingredient to D&I success. Building a workplace environment where everyone can contribute begins with a commitment from the top to achieving specific goals through a variety of programs. Demonstrating that D&I is a priority in the C-Suite sends a strong message to the rest of the company that diversity is of strategic importance. The progress is often slow and incremental but that’s because meaningful diversity cannot be realized through a memo or by just checking the box. Companies and their leaders must be committed to truly making diversity a part of their culture.One way leadership can commit to D&I is to join the efforts of their peers. For example, PwC has created the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge. The pledge has been signed by more than 750 business leaders across various industries. By signing the pledge, organizations have committed themselves to a set of actions designed to cultivate a trusting environment where all ideas and employees are welcomed.Partnering with private or public organizations to access underserved communities and provide help with down payment assistance programs, consumer education, and financial literacy resources can also be key. For customer satisfaction, by committing to diversity, organizations can better align themselves with their customers’ perspectives and expectations. This will help boost your and your customers’ knowledge and raise your profile in new markets. This is especially important for companies in the real estate space where 44% of the largest generation of potential homebuyers—millennials—are minorities. Additionally, millennials are increasingly making consumer-driven decisions based on the values and commitment to D&I of the organization they are choosing to be a part of. One of the keys to entering these new markets is having employees that reflect these communities.  However, implementing D&I efforts is often easier said than done. While verbal commitment is extremely important for morale, steps must be taken to ensure the success of these initiatives. From the people we know to the things we watch on television, we’re continuously using our experiences to draw conclusions about the world around us. However, these snap assessments can lead to biases. And those biases can affect the success of a company’s D&I efforts. For example, a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that job applicants with white names needed to send about 10 resumes to get one callback; those with African-American names needed to send around 15 resumes to get one callback.  If a company is inadvertently limiting its applicant pool, efforts to diversify will be stifled. But biases aren’t always conscious or intentional. According to the Harvard Business Review, “Most of us believe that we are ethical and unbiased. We imagine we’re good decision-makers, able to objectively size up a job candidate or a venture deal and reach a fair and rational conclusion that’s in our, and our organization’s, best interests. However, more than two decades of research confirms that, in reality, most of us fall woefully short of our inflated self-perception.” Recruiting diverse talent is important but it’s not enough on its own. Companies need to cultivate talent through a pipeline approach that supports the people they hire with mentors and promotion opportunities throughout their careers. Companies can offer opportunities to connect with seasoned executives to share skills and insights in order to develop the next generation of professionals, while also spreading knowledge throughout the organization.  The real estate market is changing quickly and frankly, our industry has not always kept pace. But we are learning fast. One thing we’ve discovered is that diversity and inclusion don’t just mean programs focused on race, gender, or sexual orientation. It includes thoughtful accommodations to individual needs such as work schedule flexibility and giving back to the community together.  For instance, as part of our commitment to making Radian a diverse and inclusive company, we have enhanced our programs and policies aimed at providing flexibility for our people to strike the right work/life balance while continuing to meet the needs of our clients. These programs include paid paternal leave providing up to two weeks to assist and support parents or balance other family matters; a floating holiday for employees to use when their religious practices do not match the company holiday schedule; flexible work hours; telecommuting opportunities; and a flexible professional dress code.Companies must also be committed to building a culture of health and community by supporting employees’ volunteer pursuits. Providing employees with a variety of opportunities to serve the community including donation drives and volunteer events, is a great way to share D&I efforts with the communities in which your employees work and live. Additionally, it provides opportunities for employees to connect with their colleagues on a human, common level outside their day-to-day responsibilities.While all these programs and services are achievable for many organizations, every company is different with its own challenges and its own path to D&I. It’s important to grow D&I efforts in a responsible and organic way. Because we’re talking about a business enterprise, setting a measurable goal allows you to focus efforts and resources as well as assess your progress and make timely course corrections. D&I goals should be aligned with your company goals because the demographics of your market are rapidly changing and your business success is riding on your ability to understand your customers better and anticipate their needs.   And creating an enduring D&I culture requires steady sustained education about the reasons why change is necessary and why it has benefits for everyone. When people understand the rationale and the goal they will be better able to take ownership of the program and help educate others.  Diversity matters, especially in an industry such as mortgage finance that is deeply connected to peoples’ aspirations and expectations of a good life. When we do our job well we help make the American Dream a reality for millions of people. But to do the best job possible we need to know who those people are, what obstacles stand in their way, and what powers are within our control to make their dreams real. The good news is that, increasingly, the people that are making the American Dream a reality, are us. Share 1Save Home / Daily Dose / The Diversity Imperative About Author: Anita Scott As Chief Human Resources Officer for Radian, Anita Scott is responsible for all humanresources management. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the global financial services industryand is a member of Radian’s Corporate Citizenship Program Committee. 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first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago November Jobs Report a ‘Significant Surprise’ Previous: GSEs Appoint Common Securitization Solutions Head Next: GSEs Move Closer to Public Offering Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago December 6, 2019 1,191 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. About Author: Mike Albanese Home / Daily Dose / November Jobs Report a ‘Significant Surprise’ The U.S. economy added 266,000 jobs in November, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 3.5%. “It’s a significant surprise because economists were ready to go with the idea that payroll growth was slowing down because the job market had gotten tight,” said Stephen Stanley, Chief Economist at Amherst Pierpont in an interview with Bloomberg. “The whole tenor has changed in terms of job growth. We’re back at steady-as-she-goes at a robust pace.”Bloomberg reported the jobs report is the best since January and topped all estimates, with its latest survey projecting 180,000 jobs to be added. It was also the first month General Motors Co. workers returned after a 40-day strike, adding 41,300 jobs to automaker payrolls. “Overall, this positive report should provide no reason for the Federal Reserve to move away from a ‘hold’ stance towards future rate cuts,” said Doug Duncan, Chief Economist, Fannie Mae. November’s unemployment rate of 3.5% matched the lowest since 1969. The unemployment rate of 3.2% for both men and women over the age of 20 was unchanged from the month prior. The African-American unemployment rate held steady at 5.5% and the Hispanic unemployment rate was also unchanged at 4.2%. Additionally, average hourly earnings for all employees rose by 7 cents in November to $28.29. Wages have grown by 3.1% year-over-year. Duncan said the one piece of “lackluster news” was that residential construction posted a small decline in November. The Bureau reported that the employment of residential specialty trade contractors fell 2.3% from October. He noted that the “hopes for an acceleration of housing supply growth will be disappointed.”Odeta Jushi, First American Deputy Chief Economist, said the outlook for consumer economic strength remains strong as 70% of the U.S. economic growth is driven by consumer spending.“Today’s numbers point to a more competitive housing market next year. …Housing is the most durable consumer good we’ll ever buy and surging house-buying power fuels greater potential demand in a supply-constrained market,” Kushi said. “There’s no evidence that these dynamics will change in 2020.”center_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Economic Growth Economy Jobless claims 2019-12-06 Mike Albanese Tagged with: Economic Growth Economy Jobless claims Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Newslast_img read more

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The mortgage fraud case against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort has been dismissed, according to Law360. Manhattan, New York Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Wiley threw out the indictment on Wednesday morning, which charged Manafort with residential mortgage fraud, attempted residential mortgage fraud, scheme to defraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records, Law360 reports.Manafort had pled not guilty to the charges in June, and in September, his attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case, which accuses him of plotting and executing a mortgage fraud in New York “to illegally obtain millions of dollars,” according to prosecutors.His lawyers argued that the indictment was “politically charged” and an “improper attempt at successive prosecutions”“This is politics at its worst, and while we expect that Mr. Manafort’s rights ultimately will be vindicated in this case, he should not be further punished in the interim through pre-trial detention on Rikers Island,” Manafort’s attorney, Todd Blanche of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP wrote in the May letter, in which he also previewed his double jeopardy defense.A spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said an appeal would be forthcoming.”We will appeal today’s decision and will continue working to ensure that Mr. Manafort is held accountable for the criminal conduct against the people of New York that is alleged in the indictment,” Manhattan DA spokesman Danny Frost said.Manafort is currently serving a 7½ year federal prison term for two separate convictions: in Washington, D.C., for obstruction and unsanctioned lobbying work, and in Virginia for bank and tax fraud.In a written order, Judge Wiley said in order to qualify for an exception to New York’s “relatively broad statutory protection against double jeopardy,” prosecutors needed to show that each offense contains a different element, and that the statutory provisions defining the offense are designed to prevent “very different kinds of harm or evil.”While the government has shown the federal and state charges contain different elements, Judge Wiley said their aims are too similar to warrant an exception to the protection against double jeopardy. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago December 18, 2019 3,650 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago 2019-12-18 Seth Welborncenter_img Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Court Dismisses Manafort Mortgage Fraud Case Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Court Dismisses Manafort Mortgage Fraud Case Previous: Wolters Kluwer Gains Industry Recognition Next: ‘Confidence and Stability’ Coming to Housing Market Subscribelast_img read more

first_img 2020-09-03 Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share 2Save Forty of the nation’s top 50 metro areas have reported a decline in housing supply since February, according to new data released by Redfin. Among the most dramatic examples of metros witnessing an evaporating housing inventory are San Antonio, which found its number of homes for sale down 21% year-over-year in July—back in February, the Texas city recorded a 1% uptick in available homes for sale—and Baltimore, which also saw a 21% year-over-year declines. Three metros—Frederick, Maryland; Newark, New Jersey; and Chicago—each saw 20% decreases from one year earlier. However, some of the more densely populated and pricier areas are seeing more homes on the market, most notably the San Francisco metro area with a 51% year-over-year spike in July after having dropped 2% in February. Other notable increases were found in New York City (up 13%) and San Jose (up 7%). Nationwide, the fierce competition among buyers has driven up home prices, which climbed 8% year over year to a record high of about $323,000 in July. Redfin agent Dan Borowy said he’s seeing this play out in the Baltimore area.“Buyers are willing to pay more for a house than I’ve ever seen—I’m talking $30,000 to $50,000 over the listing price, compared with maybe $5,000 or $10,000 over before the pandemic,” he said. “They’re desperate because homes are flying off the market so quickly. I’m selling all of the homes I’m listing within three days.”Redfin attributed the overall sharp decline in inventory to record-low mortgage rates encouraging a new wave of homebuyers coming into a market where supply is nowhere near the level of demand. And rising home prices has not bothered would-be buyers.Further exacerbating inventory woes is the growing trend of homeowners who are staying longer in their residences, with no eagerness to relocate. And complicating matters is the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has sparked an increase in relocations—mostly away from expensive coastal markets to more affordable inland areas.  Still, this is not an abrupt development, with Redfin acknowledging a lack of significant new home construction in the years following the 2008 financial meltdown. But that situation might be changing: Residential construction projects in the U.S. in July were up by 23.4% compared to the previous year while building permits rose by 9.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.5 million. “Builders got burned big time during the housing bubble, but they’re finally starting to climb out of the hole as homebuyer demand rebounds, which is a good sign for U.S. housing supply,” said Redfin Lead Economist Taylor Marr. “What remains to be seen is whether lumber producers, which are facing slowdowns due to the pandemic, will be able to keep up.”  Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago September 3, 2020 1,401 Views About Author: Phil Hall Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show,” co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire.  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Despite Protections Mass Evictions Are Predicted Next: Servicers Prepare for COVID-19 Aftermath Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Nationwide Housing Shortage Intensifies The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Nationwide Housing Shortage Intensifieslast_img read more

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / New Challenges for Self-Employed Borrowers The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Homeowners of Color Benefiting Less From Forbearance Programs Next: Industry Leaders Discuss GSE Privatization Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Beginning December 14 it will be a little more difficult for self-employed borrowers to secure a Fannie Mae-backed mortgage loan.As of mid-month, the GSE will require self-employed loan applicants to provide their most recent three months of business bank statements, which will need to back up submitted profit and loss statements. Fannie Mae previously required just two months’ worth of statements. And, some predict that lenders’ tightening credit requirements could further frustrate self-employed homeowning hopefuls.The vulnerability of small businesses in the time of the COVID-19 health crisis has industry pundits pondering the implications of increasing borrowing restrictions on the self-employed.Jeff Lazerson, a mortgage broker writing for mortgagegrader.com—and a contributor to The Sun—writes in his column that “tying three recent bank statements to the entire year-to-date P & L can easily become a nightmare for borrowers and underwriters.””If you own 25% or more of any business entity, corporation, LLC and the like, you are self-employed, even if you are a W-2 employee of your corporation,”  Lazerson explained. “Or if you have Schedule C income on your 1040 tax returns (independent contractors, for example), you also are self-employed.”Tim Rood, Head of Industry Relations for SitusAMC and an expert in the subject matter at issue, said he finds it difficult to blame any lender or guarantor for requesting an extra bank statement “to determine the capacity and creditworthiness of a self-employed borrower in the face of literally hundreds of thousands of business closures during COVID.”He adds that “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are arguably the best credit risk managers in the business and they see unambiguous stress in the self-employed market, and are taking modest precautions.””The bigger challenge for self-employed borrowers,” he said, “is that the extraordinary demand for mortgages has exhausted the capacity in the lending industry so any loan that requires any extra effort or stresses the judgment of an underwriter—like self-employed borrowers—is put on the back burner until there’s more capacity in the system.”And then there is the issue of tightening credit requirements.”Fannie guidance allows underwriters to dig deeper for things like updated business plans, cash flow analyses, and month-to-month trending analyses to help rule the business owner in,” wrote The Sun columnist Jeff Lazerson. “Discretion and doubt can also make lenders just say no. Lenders have a clear memory of being second-guessed in days gone past and required to buy back what lenders believed to be responsibly underwritten mortgages.”And to make matters trickier for these borrowers, the extra time and underwriting costs that accompany the above have motivated Fannie and other lenders to raise FICO credit requirements.”Some lenders added self-employment charges in the form of points,” Lazerson noted, underscoring his point. “One lender is requiring a 780 middle FICO score along with a warning of a much longer underwriter line. Another lender won’t take you in if you are not an existing self-employed client.”For the self-employed, borrowing has long had its challenges. As Rood puts it, they’ve “been getting the Heisman from originators every since Dodd-Frank was passed and the Qualified Mortgage rule was implemented. There was simply too much ambiguity and risk with originating mortgages for self-employed borrowers for lenders to take the business risk.”He said an amended QM rule slated to go into effect within the next year “should eliminate many of the regulatory risks from underwriting self-employed borrowers.”Lazerson’s column goes on to analyze the questions brought up by all of this: What about Fair Lending? Can lenders stick self-employed borrowers with tighter underwriting standards or pricing adjustments? What about other forms of discrimination like disparate impact? Why not give marginal, self-employed borrowers a break? (And you can read his assessment here.)He concludes, “COVID is nobody’s fault. Self-employed borrowers are a huge economic cog. They deserve a hand, not a shove. Fannie should put the welcome mat out for marginally qualified borrowers during this pandemic.”  Print This Post Related Articles About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. 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first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Garden State Considers Program to Mitigate High Foreclosure Rates Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Affordable Housing Foreclosure Legislation New Jersey The New Jersey legislature is considering a bill designed to reduce foreclosures while providing new assistance to municipalities seeking to rehabilitate vacant properties.The bill (A-5130/S3244), titled the “New Jersey Foreclosure Prevention Act,” would create the New Jersey Residential Foreclosure Prevention Program within the state’s Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA). The bill would enable the HMFA to purchase eligible properties and mortgages assets from their institutional lenders in order to create new affordable homes.The bill also gives the HMFA the ability to allocate grants to nonprofits, municipalities, and other governmental agencies to purchase eligible properties for redevelopment into nonprofit or affordable housing or to provide foreclosure and mediation assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure.Funding for these programs would come from a new $350 fee collected from purchasers of foreclosed properties at a sheriff’s sale. The bill was approved on January 7 by the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is being taken up today by the full Assembly. A vote is scheduled for the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee on January 14.According to the bill’s text, “During each month from April 2020 through August 2020, the number of New Jersey households that deferred or did not pay their mortgages exceeded 160,000.” Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, D-Essex, co-author of the bill, said the bill to mitigate loss and stave off foreclosures from this wave of pandemic-impacted housing crises.“New Jersey’s foreclosure rate is still the highest in the nation, and we are fearful that this situation will be dramatically exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Jasey in an interview with the radio station WKXW-FM. “Foreclosed properties fall into disrepair and adversely impact neighborhoods and pose a threat to safety and health.”According to data published by RealtyTrac, New Jersey had a foreclosure rate in November of one in every 11,096 residential properties. ATTOM Data Solutions determined New Jersey had the nation’s highest foreclosure rate in 2019, but in the third quarter of 2020 the state ranked fourth in the nation for foreclosures. Last month, the Federal Housing Finance Agency reported that nearly half (44%) of the nonperforming loans sold by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the first half of the year came from New Jersey, New York, and Florida. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Garden State Considers Program to Mitigate High Foreclosure Rates Affordable Housing Foreclosure Legislation New Jersey 2021-01-11 Phil Hall Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show,” co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img About Author: Phil Hall Subscribe Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, News Previous: What Will Housing Trends Look Like After COVID-19 Vaccines? Next: How Are Mortgage Delinquency Rates Changing? January 11, 2021 1,624 Views last_img read more

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago 2021-04-01 Christina Hughes Babb in D&I, Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Related Articles Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily HUD’s Fair Housing Month Theme: ‘More Than Just Words’ April 1, 2021 1,105 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today recognized Fair Housing Month. The Fair Housing Act was enacted 53 years ago.HUD said its 2021 theme, “Fair Housing: More Than Just Words,” reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advancing equity in housing and the importance of increasing public awareness of everyone’s right to fair housing.”Fair Housing Month is a time to recommit to our nation’s obligation to ensure that everyone has equal access to safe, affordable housing,” HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said in a public address. “Unfortunately, housing discrimination still exists, from individuals and families being denied a place to call home because of the color of their skin or where they come from, to landlords refusing to allow persons with disabilities to keep assistance animals, to individuals being denied a place to live because of who they love. In this moment of unprecedented crisis, fair housing is more important than ever. 53 years after the Fair Housing Act was signed, our journey to justice in housing continues.”HUD annually hosts activities related to fair housing during the month of April. Last year’s Fair Housing Month, for example, focused on sexual harassment in housing.In the past year, HUD and its Fair Housing Assistance Program partner agencies received more than 7,700 complaints alleging discrimination based on one or more of the Fair Housing Act’s seven protected classes: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, and disability. During that period, the categories with the highest number of complaints were disability and race, respectively, according to a press release from HUD, which said it also received complaints that alleged lending discrimination as well as numerous complaints from women who faced unfair treatment, including sexual harassment.”Although the Fair Housing Act became law in 1968, we still have major challenges ahead of us,” said Jeanine Worden, HUD’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.“This April, on the 53rd anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, HUD is renewing its commitment to level the playing field so every person has the same opportunity to live where they choose and benefit from all of the opportunities this nation offers.”Fudge’s full remarks are featured in the video below:  Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / D&I / HUD’s Fair Housing Month Theme: ‘More Than Just Words’  Print This Post Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: How Federal Actions Helped Keep Americans in Their Homes Next: Courts Find CDC Lacked Authority in Nationwide Moratorium on Evictions Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – September 19, 2011 Dana Rosemary Scallon is poised to make a late entry into the Presidential race.The former MEP and past Presidential candidate has said the announcement of her candidacy is imminent.Mrs Scallon is planning to make a press conference today or tomorrow at which she will make clear her intentions.It’s also understood that Mrs Scallon has been in touch with Fianna Fail party chiefs to seek support for her candidacy. Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny center_img Dana poised to enter Presidential race WhatsApp NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Twitter Previous articleDonegal Mountain Rescue Team search for missing woman on Sliabh LeagueNext articleTwenty-four Garda stations to close in Donegal? News Highland Pinterest News Pinterestlast_img read more

first_img Pinterest NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook Facebook Twitter Google+ Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Google+ Pinterest Newsx Adverts Twitter 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today center_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – April 21, 2012 Udaras appoint new CEO Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Previous articleArrest warrant issued for rape accusedNext articleSome homes will have ‘flat’ water rate imposed News Highland WhatsApp Udaras na Gaeltachta has approved the appouintment of a new Chief Executive.Last evening, the Board of Údarás confirmed that Steve Ó Cúláin will take over the top job, subject to completion of contractual arrangements.He’s been with an t-Udaras since 1980, and is currently employed as Planning and Policy Manager.Glencolmcille Udaras Chairperson Liam O’Cuinnegain says following confirmation that Udaras na Gaeltachta is keeping its job creation and economic remit, it’s been a good week for the agency……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/locsat.mp3[/podcast] Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApplast_img read more

first_img Twitter O’Cuiv to address FF agriculture meeting as council backs CAP motion Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fianna Fail is hosting a public meeting in Glenties tomorrow night on the Common Agriculture Policy and the challenges facing the agriculture sector in Donegal and across the North West.Representatives from all the major farming organisations will be in attendance, with Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív the guest speaker.The party wants the government to ensure that Ireland’s funding under CAP is not cut and to introduce a fairer distribution of the CAP budget to address the needs of smaller farmers.Donegal County Council supported a motion to that affect this week moved by Fianna Fail Councillor Seamus O’Domhnaill – he welcomed the local authority’s support………….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/seamam.mp3[/podcast]The meeting takes place at the Highlands Hotel in Glenties at 8.00pm tomorrow night. Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Newscenter_img Facebook Google+ By News Highland – November 28, 2012 Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+ Previous articleRoad funding cuts will mean more costs in the long term – GallagherNext articleCarnagarve campaigners heading back to Stormont News Highland Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

first_img Google+ WhatsApp By admin – July 8, 2015 GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Dail told GSOC must introduce new communication protocols Previous articleDACC to meet with Department of Health to discuss Breast Cancer ServiceNext articleSinn Fein says “Fairer Recovery” campaign is more than just electioneering admin Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Twitter Homepage BannerNews The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission is coming under pressure to establish a protocol whereby a person under investigation is told they have no case to answer if that is the case.Fianna Fail’s Justice Spokesperson raised the issue in the Dail last evening, following the tragic death of Sgt Michael Galvin.Sgt Galvin shot himself at Ballyshannon Garda Station on May 28, less than a week after he was questioned under caution by officers from GSOC. It later transpired he had been totally cleared five days earlier, but had not been informed of that fact.A Supreme Court judge is to conduct an official inquiry into how the Garda Ombudsman investigated a garda sergeant.Fianna Fail’s Justice Spokesperson Niall Collins told the Dail GSOC should change the way it handles cases………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/collinsgsoc.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Responding the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said she would prefer not to comment until after the inquiry being carried out by Mr Justice Frank Clarke has been completed………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/fitzgsoc.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebookcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

first_img Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton By admin – July 9, 2016 Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest WhatsApp There will be no second EU referendum for the UK following last month’s vote to leave Europe.The British government has officially responded to a petition saying the decision of the people ‘must be respected’.The online document attracted more than 4-million signatures in the days following the BREXIT vote.In Northern Ireland, 5,634 signed the petition in Foyle, 3,193 in Fermanagh South Tyrone, 3,153 in East Derry and 2,979 in West Tyrone.Meanwhile, the leader of the SDLP says the north’s economy is experiencing a very real shock following the Brexit vote.Colum Eastwood says he has already seen anecdotal evidence that foreign investment is starting to freeze up.The Foyle MLA says the SDLP will use every parliamentary and legal option to stop the North being dragged out of the EU against its wishes, and is calling on the Taoiseach and the Irish government to back that stance.On speculation that border checkpoints may return, Mr Eastwood doesn’t believesuch a policy would be enforceable…………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/eastwood10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. British government rejects Brexit petition as Eastwood says border is “unenforceable” Twitter Previous articleHouston on the mark as Harps win againNext articleDonegal Live Register figures continue to fall admin center_img Homepage BannerNews Google+ Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Facebook GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath last_img read more

first_img GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Facebook Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week WhatsApp Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Homepage BannerNews Men appear in court after dangerous driving arrests over rally weekend Pinterest Previous articleDerry Chamber to meet with University of Ulster to press for the safeguarding of MageeNext articleOver 200 repossessions cases before the court in Letterkenny today admin Twittercenter_img Pinterest Facebook A number of young men have appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with motoring offences over the rally weekend.The men were arrested for a range of offences over the weekend.All those who appeared before the court were handed down fines ranging from €350 to €500.Speaking to Highland Radio News, Garda Traffic Inspector, Michael Harrison says arrests were significantly up:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/mharr530.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH By admin – June 22, 2015 Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

first_imgNews By News Highland – December 19, 2009 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota WhatsApp Google+ Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Twitter Twitter Motorists urged to exercise caution as icy conditions set incenter_img Previous articleJudge claims his sentencing powers are outdatedNext articleMan knocked down in Letterkenny News Highland Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Gardai are asking motorists to exercise extreme caution with icy conditions reported across the county.As of 8pm on Saturday icy stretches were being reported on the roads most notably in the Drumkeen area.Temperatures are expected to drop to -3 degrees with the risk of some sleet and snow.It is understood Donegal County Council has been gritting roads, a list of routes is available here: http://tinyurl.com/councilgritting Pinterest Pinterest 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Reportlast_img read more

first_img Twitter Twitter Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Previous article2 million pounds confirmed for new pedestrian bridge in StrabaneNext articleJason Quigley guaranteed a bronze with another win at the Elite World Championships News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+center_img Homes evacuated in Derry due to a security alert Google+ Facebook News Facebook HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week A number of houses have been evacuated in Derry due to a security alert.Charlotte Street, in the Bogside area, remains closed after a suspicious object was thrown at a police vehicle last night.Barrack Street and the Lecky flyover which were earlier closed off have now reopened.There has been strong condemnation of the inciedent.Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has said those responsible for the alert have nothing to offer the people of the city but misery. PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released By News Highland – October 23, 2013 last_img read more

first_imgNewsx Adverts Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Derry, Sligo and Ennis will find out today which of them are to be the venue for next year’s all-Ireland Fleadh.The traditional music festival attracts up to three hundred thousand visitors.Derry was a late confirmation on the shortlist after the Ulster Council withdrew its support following two bomb explosions in the city last week.The subsequently bowed to public pressure and reversed their decision. Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img D-day for North west Fleadh bid 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – January 28, 2012 Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleOrganisers of Bloody Sunday march say time for protest is not overNext articleDeputy Joe McHugh says there is no guarantee over Carn hospital News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

first_img Previous articleConcern for jobs as 17 Gweedore workers are put on 3 day weekNext articleShock at sudden death of golf professional Connor Mallon News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Twitter Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img By News Highland – March 15, 2012 News Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Manhunt underway for escaped Donegal prisoner Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry A major search is underway for a Donegal man who escaped from Loughan Prison in County Cavan.25 year-old Martin McDermott from Raphoe  was serving a seven-year sentence for the manslaughter of Leitrim Garda Gary McLoughlin.He was reported missing from the prison on Thursday evening.McDermott was sentenced in July 2011.He had led gardaí on a high-speed chase reaching speeds of up to 180 kilometers an hour , which ended when he crashed into a patrol car, killing Garda McLoughlin.The circumstances surrounding McDermott’s escape are not known. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Google+last_img read more

first_imgNews Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Twitter Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp WhatsApp Public meeting to boost community alert network in Donegal By News Highland – March 19, 2014 Twittercenter_img The Chair of the Donegal Joint Policing Committee Cllr Noel McBride is urging anyone with an interest in setting up a community alert and text alert scheme in their area to come along to a public meeting next week.The event is being held in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny on Monday, 24 March, at 8pm.In attendance will be Chief Superintendant Terri Mc Ginn, Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Paul Wallace and Vanessa Clarke from Muintir na Tire.There are currently over 30 registered community alert groups in Donegal and Cllr Noel Mc Bride believes that we need to strengthen this network of community alert groups……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/mcbridemeeting.mp3[/podcast] Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Pinterest Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleDerry councillor seeks immediate PSNI action on “bus lane” videoNext articleCuttliffe to contest council elections as a community candidate News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

first_img Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest News Aircraft in Irish skies were targeted by potentially deadly lasers 170 times in the last 18 months.The Irish Aviation Authority says that its received reports from pilots of 158 such strikes in 2013.In March of last year, a laser beam was shone at a plane coming in to land at Donegal Airport.And Just last week an Air Corp helicopter transferring a critically ill baby from Letterkenny to a Dublin hospital was hit by a laser beam.The beams can be a distraction and hinder the vision of pilots.The beams can be a distraction and hinder the vision of pilots as Eilis Barrett is Operations Manager at Donegal Airport pointed out at the time of the Donegal Airport incident:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/lazer.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Twitter Twittercenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleFour minute mile is broken in LetterkennyNext articleCalls for new Education Minister to defer junior cert reform News Highland By News Highland – July 14, 2014 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal case leads to warning of the dangers of pointing lasers at aircraft Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

first_img Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Google+ Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleNew evidence may shed light on Maureen Mc Ginley’s post mortem fractures – FamilyNext articleDonegal Live brand to be exported to Glasgow News Highland Harte wants landlord details to be given to councils and gardai Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Newsx Adverts A Donegal councillor says the list of homeowners compiled to facilitate the Non Principal Private Residence charge should be made available to local authorities.Cllr Jimmy Harte says te information would be useful to councils who need to contact the owners of rented out properties, particularily when anti social behaviour is taking place in these properties.Cllr Harte is to move a motion at Monday’s County Council meeting in Lifford seeking to have this raised with the Department of Environment and Local Government.He believes the list could help efforts to improve estates in Donegal and further afield………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/harte1pm1.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire By News Highland – September 24, 2010 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterestlast_img read more

first_imgNews Pinterest Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – August 22, 2013 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp It’s been confirmed that the long awaited Daffodil Centre will open on the 9th of next month, but at Letterkenny Shopping Centre rather than Letterkenny General Hospital.The centre at the hospital was nearing completion when flooding at the end of July caused massive disruption to services.Kathleen O’Mara of the Irish Cancer Society has now confirmed that an alternative location has now been found, and for the first time ever, a daffodil centre will operate in a shopping centre……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/kath1pm.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twittercenter_img Twitter Previous articleDerry man remanded in custody after going ‘on a rampage’Next articleWest Donegal activist says Irish language will be wiped out if Government does not step in News Highland Daffodil Centre will open now in Letterkenny Shopping Centre Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesMumbai Court Grants Bail To Indonesians Who Were Arrested For Allegedly Attempting To Spread COVID19 Despite Testing Negative For The Virus [Read Order] Karan Tripathi10 May 2020 10:59 PMShare This – xOn Friday, a Mumbai Court granted bail to 10 citizens of Indonesia, who were arrested by Mumbai Police for allegedly causing threat to the health of the community by intentionally flouting the lockdown rules. These persons, all Muslims, upon returning to Mumbai from Delhi on March 08, were quarantined by the police and were also tested for COVID19. Despite all of them…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?LoginOn Friday, a Mumbai Court granted bail to 10 citizens of Indonesia, who were arrested by Mumbai Police for allegedly causing threat to the health of the community by intentionally flouting the lockdown rules. These persons, all Muslims, upon returning to Mumbai from Delhi on March 08, were quarantined by the police and were also tested for COVID19. Despite all of them testing negative for coronavirus, the police arrested them for offences under Sections 188, 269, 270, 304 (2) and 307 of IPC r/w Sections 3 and 4 of Epidemic Disease Act, r/w Section 21 of Maharashtra Covid­19 Rules 2020 r/w Section 14 (B) of Foreigners Act r/w Section 51 of National Disaster Management Act 2005. Arguing against the bail, the police submitted that the applicants, despite knowing the situation, have defied the statutory order resulting into apprehension to the life of community members. It was further argued by the police that the applicants have violated the terms of visa and there is every likelihood of fleeing from the course of justice if released on bail. While going through the status report filed by the police, the court observed that there is no material to show that applicants had any mens rea to commit the alleged offence. The court observed that: All the applicants have tested negative for COVID19. Hence, there is no propriety in contending that they are responsible for spreading the infectious Covid­19. While highlighting the the status report filed by the police nowhere shows that the applicants have actually contributed to the spread of the infectious disease, and that they entered India on a Carlos passport and visa, the court noted that the allegations under Sections 304 (2) and 307 of IPC prima facie are not attracted to the present matter. Therefore, in light of exceeding strength of prisoners in jail which makes inmates vulnerable to catching the COVID19 infection, the court granted bail to all of the 10 applicants.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgColumns[Column] Writs Before Commercial Divisions In High Courts, A Conundrum, Writes Justice Abdul Quddhose Justice Abdul Quddhose23 July 2020 4:56 AMShare This – xThe object of the Commercial Courts Act, 2015 is to improve India’s image as an attractive investment destination. The ease of doing Business index is assessed by the World Bank based on 10 parameters and “Contract enforcement “is one of them. India is known for its judicial delays and backlogs. In order to erase that image and to encourage foreign investments, the Commercial Courts…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 object of the Commercial Courts Act, 2015 is to improve India’s image as an attractive investment destination. The ease of doing Business index is assessed by the World Bank based on 10 parameters and “Contract enforcement “is one of them. India is known for its judicial delays and backlogs. In order to erase that image and to encourage foreign investments, the Commercial Courts Act came to be enacted. The Act envisages early disposal of Commercial disputes involving a particular specified value as notified by the State. The State is a stake holder in major infrastructural projects. There may arise many contractual commercial disputes where State is a party. The legal recourse that are normally available to an aggrieved party in those commercial disputes where State is a party is to invoke both Public Law and Private law remedies. Public law remedies are initiated through Writ Petitions under Article 226 of the Constitution. Whenever the State acts arbitrarily, irrationally or without authority under law, writs under Article 226 of the constitution are maintainable. Under the Commercial Courts Act, the criteria to be satisfied for approaching either the Commercial Court in the Districts or the Commercial division in a High Court is that the dispute must be a Commercial dispute as defined under the Act and the value of the commercial dispute should satisfy the Specified value criteria as notified by the State in consultation with the High Court. We can cite innumerable instances involving commercial contracts where state is a stake holder when parties take recourse to writ remedies for violating the constitutional principles. If writs are totally excluded from the purview of the Commercial Courts Act, the object of the Commercial Courts Act for early disposal of Commercial disputes to a great extent will be defeated. There will be two parallel proceedings, one for public law remedy before the regular writ courts having no timelines and the other for private law remedy before the Commercial Division of the High Court or the Commercial Courts as the case may be having strict timelines for disposal. If this is allowed to happen, the very purpose of the Act to resolve all commercial disputes expeditiously will get defeated. But under the Commercial Courts Act due to certain provisions contained therein there is always a doubt as to whether Writs involving a Commercial dispute can be filed before a Commercial division of the High Court. Section 17 of the Commercial Courts Act has added to the confusion with regard to the applicability of Writs before the Commercial divisions of the High Courts. Section 17 of the Act requires collection and disclosure of data by Commercial Courts, Commercial Divisions and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts with regard to Suits, applications, appeals or writ petitions filed before the respective Commercial Courts. The rules framed by the Central Government in 2018 pursuant to Section 17 of the Act adds to the uncertainty as the rules require statistical data of matters which includes Writ Petitions before the Commercial courts to be published in the High court Website. Explanation (b) to Section 2(c) which defines a Commercial dispute also makes it clear that a Commercial dispute shall not cease to be a commercial dispute merely because one of the contracting parties is the State or any of its agencies or instrumentalities, or a private body carrying out public functions. The need for such an explanation is also puzzling and it raises doubts as to whether the Commercial Division in a High Court is a Standalone specialized Court empowered to hear Writs involving Commercial disputes as well. Section 7 of the Act which deals with jurisdiction of Commercial Divisions in High Courts enables the filing of suits and applications involving a commercial dispute of a specified value. The word “Application” has not been defined under the Act . Whether Application can be construed to include Writs considering the object of the Act is a moot question which is yet to be interpreted by the Constitutional Courts. As of now there is no judicial precedent as to why statistics regarding filing of Writs before Commercial Divisions is called for under Section 17 of the Act. The law makers have also not clarified till date the necessity for including Writs for statistical purposes under the Commercial Courts Act. It is well settled that a) The jurisdiction of the High Court under Article 226 of the constitution is equitable and discretionary. b) The power under Article 226 can be exercised by the High Court” to prevent injustice wherever found”. c) Writ jurisdiction cannot be excluded by a statute. High courts day in and day out exercises its power under Article 226 of the Constitution against the State involving a Commercial disputes. If Commercial divisions of the High Courts are barred from entertaining Writ Petitions of commercial nature involving the State, it may lead to multiplicity of proceedings which may defeat the very object of the Act which is to resolve commercial disputes expeditiously. The Law Commissions report number 253 recommended the constitution of Commercial Courts to Central Government which led to the passage of the Commercial Courts Act, 2015. In Paragraphs 3.24.5(b) and 3.24.7 of its report, it has recommended that in addition to the jurisdiction vested with the Commercial Appellate Division, writ petitions challenging the order of a Tribunal in a commercial dispute shall also be heard by the Commercial Appellate Division. The Commission has however clarified that not all writ petitions under Article 226 and/or 227 which relate in some manner to a commercial dispute should automatically be referred to the Commercial Appellate division. After observing that a public interest litigation may on some occasions, refer to a commercial agreement, the Commission felt that such a dispute should not automatically be placed before the Commercial Appellate Division since the issues involved are likely to be wider and may require different considerations. Nevertheless, the Commission left it open to the Chief Justice of the concerned High Court to place such public interest litigation and other writ petitions which may involve commercial disputes to an extent to be heard and decided by the Commercial Appellate division. The Law Commissions recommendations further adds to the ambiguity as to whether writs can be filed before the Commercial divisions of High courts. In the interest of improving the ease of doing business index for India, this ambiguity with regard to applicability of Writs before Commercial Division of High Court has to be clarified sooner than later either through judicial interpretation of Constitutional Courts or by the Law makers themselves at the earliest.Views are personal only.(Author is a Judge at Madras High Court) Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgNews Updates[School Fees During Covid 19] Orissa HC Directs Mediation Between Private Schools & Parents [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 Sep 2020 10:32 PMShare This – xIn the matter relating to charging of fees by private educational institutions, the Orissa High Court recently ordered the School & Mass Education Department of the State to convene a meeting between all the stakeholders to arrive at an amicable settlement. The Division Bench comprised of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice KR Mohapatra has asked the State government to convene…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?LoginIn the matter relating to charging of fees by private educational institutions, the Orissa High Court recently ordered the School & Mass Education Department of the State to convene a meeting between all the stakeholders to arrive at an amicable settlement. The Division Bench comprised of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice KR Mohapatra has asked the State government to convene a meeting of the representatives of the Private Un-Aided and Aided Educational Institutions and representatives of the parents and teachers’ association. For this purpose, the Court has ordered that five representatives from the Confederation of Odisha Public Schools, five representatives from parents and five representatives of teachers’ (nominated by Odisha Private Schools Teachers Association) shall participate in such deliberations. The meeting is aimed to provide a platform to the stakeholders to discuss the long-standing demand of parents to grant waiver of a portion of fees, especially fee on certain heads, like Development, Uniform, Conveyance, etc., due to the ongoing pandemic COVID-19. “The Secretary, School & Mass Education Department shall make an endeavour in the proposed meeting whether the private educational institutions can be persuaded for waiver of a portion of fees payable by the students or accept part of the fees by deferring remaining part or whether any other kind of consensus can be arrived at on such terms that may be agreed upon between the parties, in view of the ongoing pandemic COVID-19 and also examine whether any unreasonable and excessive fees is being demanded by any of the private educational institutions on unreasonable head such as development fee, uniform charges, conveyance charges, or other charges of the like nature,” the order states. A Report of the deliberations has to be presented before the Court by September 14. Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgNews Updates[Mumbai Coastal Road Project]” Will Consider Prayers On October 7″: SC Adjourns Plea Seeking Stay On Reclamation Work Of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Sanya Talwar30 Sep 2020 11:04 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday briefly took up for hearing, the plea seeking a stay on the ongoing reclamation work of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) coastal road project.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun stated that the bench will take up the matter at length on October 7, 2020, adding that the bench will take the…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 Supreme Court on Wednesday briefly took up for hearing, the plea seeking a stay on the ongoing reclamation work of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) coastal road project.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun stated that the bench will take up the matter at length on October 7, 2020, adding that the bench will take the petitioner(s) prayers into consideration.Senior Advocate Shyam Divan appeared for Applicant(s) Conservation Action Trust (CAT) and Shweta Wagh, founder of Collective for Spatial Alternatives and submitted that in terms of the order of December 17, top court had restrained them from developing it for the time being and that they hadn’t confined themselves to below the road at all.”Environmental clearance is all about precautionary principle and the High Court has held so. Your lordships have to look at this from the lens of whether it is required or not,” added Divan.He added that the BMC had now filed an additional affidavit which stipulates that the reclamation work area had now been increased to 38.45 hectares. “It is bad enough that they don’t have an environmental clearance for this and this is now enhanced below the carriageway, which was earlier 20 hectares,” said Divan.The CJI then said that the bench did not have a copy of the additional Affidavit filed by the BMC.At this juncture, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for one of the Contractors told the Court that the entire argument of mandate of Environmental clearance for a road was unfounded.In light of this, the Court listed the case on October 7, stating that on that date, the case will be the only matter listed on the board.On February 25, the CJI led bench had refused to stay the reclamation work on submissions by Divan wherein he had asserted that the ongoing reclamation work being done by the authorities surpassed the earlier order of the Supreme Court in order dated 17th December 2019 which had, in effect insinuated a curb on carrying out any development work. The Court had instead sought response from the stakeholders on the plea.Pointing to a Google map which earmarked the coastline surrounding the roadwork’s area, Divan had then contended that the authorities had been frantically carrying out activities without paying much heed to the coastal ecology.While claiming that extending the area required for carrying out works was in contravention of the Supreme Court’s orders, Divan argued that rapid reclamation was causing irreversible damage to the environment.At this juncture, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi & Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had interjected and stated that no such contravention of the orders of the Supreme Court was taking place.”Do they expect us to carry out development in the road works by standing at sea?” said Rohatgi, denying the claims of the Applicant.In July Last year, the Bombay High Court had quashed the Coastal Regulation clearances granted to the coastal road project on account of numerous irregularities, which had been overlooked by the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority.Subsequently, admitting an appeal of the Municipal Corporation, the Supreme Court had stayed the Bombay High Court Judgment on 17th December 2019 and allowed the Authorities to reclaim the land and build the road in the designated area.While doing so, it had however disallowed carrying out any other development work until further orders and had listed the matter on 8th April 2020.Subscribe 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

first_imgNews UpdatesSlapping Complainant By Police Isn’t Due Discharge Of His Official Duty; Not Entitled To Protection Under S. 197 CrPC: Kerala HC [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay17 Oct 2020 1:43 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court on Wednesday (14th October) observed that in order to get the protection under Section 197 of Cr.P.C., the act constituting the offence should be so connected with the official duty or should be an act which is inseparable from such duty.In the present case, the Bench of Justice N. Anil Kumar was hearing a Criminal Revision Petition filed under Section 397 r/w Section 401…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 Kerala High Court on Wednesday (14th October) observed that in order to get the protection under Section 197 of Cr.P.C., the act constituting the offence should be so connected with the official duty or should be an act which is inseparable from such duty.In the present case, the Bench of Justice N. Anil Kumar was hearing a Criminal Revision Petition filed under Section 397 r/w Section 401 of CrPC seeking to set aside the order dated 22.9.2005 in C.C.No.266/2005 on the file of the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court-II, Pathanamthitta whereby the learned Magistrate had taken cognizance of the offences punishable under Sections 323 and 341 of the IPC against the revision petitioner/accused (a policeman).Under Section 197 of CrPC, no court can take cognizance of criminal charges against a public servant, unless the previous sanction has been received from a competent authority to prosecute such a public servant. This safeguard is meant to help the Government Servants perform their duties honestly without fear of malicious prosecution.Background of the CaseThe prosecution case, in brief, is that on 15.3.2005, the complainant was summoned by the police to appear before the police station alleging that the complainant assaulted one Mohanan.It is further alleged that, when he reached the police station he was called inside the closed room of the accused (the revisionist/petitioner herein) and he slapped him on his cheeks.The complainant went to the hospital and later filed the complaint. Consequent to the summons, the accused entered appearance on 16.2.2006 and he was enlarged on bail.According to the counsel for the revisionist, the occurrence, in this case, would not have happened if no notice was issued to the complainant under Section 160 of the Cr.P.C. in connection with an enquiry in a petition matter.Therefore, it was contended that the act was done in his official capacity or purported to be performed by the accused.On the other hand, the Public Prosecutor submitted that the action of the accused in assaulting the complainant was not in due discharge of his official duty and hence no sanction under Section 197 of the Cr.P.C. is required.Court’s AnalysisThe Court observed, when the act and the official duty are so interrelated that it would be difficult to separate them, it can be reasonably postulated that the act was done in the performance of official duty though possibly in excess of the needs and requirements of the situation.In this context, the Court opined,”The conduct of summoning the complainant to the police station and torturing him at the police station had no relation to the discharge of the official duties of the police. While the case of the complainant is an assault on him by the accused at the police station, sanction for prosecution was wholly unnecessary. The act complained of was not an act connected with the discharge of official duty.” (emphasis supplied)The Court also said that the protection granted under Section 197 of CrPC cannot be extended in respect of an accusation which tends to show that the act had absolutely no nexus with his official duties.Importantly, the Court said,”It is not part of the duty of the accused, actual or purported, to assault, abuse or wrongfully restrain the complainant in connection with a petition matter. It is not part of his official duty to commit a criminal offence and never can be.” (emphasis supplied)Therefore, the Court came to the conclusion that the accused was not entitled to get the protection under Section 197 of the Cr.P.C.Lastly, the Court said,”The trial court has taken cognizance of the complaint and proceeded with the complaint in accordance with the law. No interference in revision is warranted. Hence the revision is liable to be dismissed.”In the result, the criminal revision petition was dismissed. The trial court was directed to proceed with the trial of the case and decide the same on merits untrammelled by the observations contained in this order.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgForeign/International’Sex Offender’ ID Card Requirement Unconstitutional, Holds Louisiana Supreme Court [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK21 Oct 2020 6:20 AMShare This – xThe Louisiana Supreme Court has struck down the statutory requirement of making persons convicted of sex offenses carry an identification card branded with the words “SEX OFFENDER’.While upholding the Trial Court ruling, the Court (2:1 majority) held that this requirement constitutes compelled speech and does not survive a First Amendment strict scrutiny analysis and therefore…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 Louisiana Supreme Court has struck down the statutory requirement of making persons convicted of sex offenses carry an identification card branded with the words “SEX OFFENDER’.While upholding the Trial Court ruling, the Court (2:1 majority) held that this requirement constitutes compelled speech and does not survive a First Amendment strict scrutiny analysis and therefore unconstitutional.As per the state regulations, a person convicted of a sex offense has to obtain a special identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections which shall contain a restriction code declaring that the holder is a sex offender. This special identification card will include the words “sex offender” in all capital letters which are orange in color. This special identification card is supposed to be carried on the person at all times by the holders. Failure to register and notify as a sex offender is an offence.Tazin Ardell Hill, a person who was convicted for sex offences, was being prosecuted for altering his official identification card to conceal his designation as a registered sex offender. He pleaded not guilty and filed a motion to quash the prosecution on the ground that the rules mandating such requirements are unconstitutional. Allowing his motion, the District Court held that the requirement that the offender have “sex offender” written on his official state identification is not the least restrictive way to further the State’s legitimate interest of notifying law enforcement. In Appeal, the Supreme Court considered the issue whether branded identification card requirement is determining whether this obligation amounts to government speech or compelled speech. Referring to various judgments, the court held that the obligation imposed is a compelled speech and should pass strict scrutiny. Justice Genovese said: “While the state certainly has a compelling interest in protecting the public and enabling law enforcement to identify a person as a sex offender, Louisiana has not adopted the least restrictive means of doing so. A symbol, code, or a letter designation would inform law enforcement that they are dealing with a sex offender and thereby reduce the unnecessary disclosure to others during everyday tasks. The sex offender registry and notification is available to those who have a need to seek out that information, while also not unnecessarily requiring disclosing that information to others via a branded identification. As Louisiana has not used the least restrictive means of advancing its otherwise compelling interest, the branded identification requirement is unconstitutional.”Justice Weimer,  in his concurring opinion, noted that, the state offered no evidence proving that the branded identification card effectively alleviates any harm that might be inflicted on the public, or that it is the least restrictive means of furthering its stated interest.Justice Craig, in his dissenting opinion, observed that the requirement is not First Amendment protected speech. “The speaker is the government: the words are stamped by a governmental agency on a government-issued identification card in accordance with a government enacted statute. This is the embodiment of government speech.. No reasonable observer, when looking at the identification card, will conclude the defendant chose to promote his status as a convicted sex offender by voluntarily procuring and personalizing a state-issued identification card to declare that information for the world.”, the judge said.Case name: STATE OF LOUISIANA vs. TAZIN ARDELL HILLClick here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more

first_imgTop StoriesBreaking: Controversial Section 118A Of Kerala Police Act Will Not Be Implemented: CM Pinarayi Vijayan LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK23 Nov 2020 12:36 AMShare This – xThe Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, has announced that his Government will not implement the controversial provision— Section 118A of Kerala Police Act, 2011 in its present form. Delete [Breaking] Controversial Section 118A of Kerala Police Act Will Not Be Implemented: @CMOKerala @vijayanpinarayi— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) November 23, 2020 The Minister clarified that…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 Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, has announced that his Government will not implement the controversial provision— Section 118A of Kerala Police Act, 2011 in its present form. Delete [Breaking] Controversial Section 118A of Kerala Police Act Will Not Be Implemented: @CMOKerala @vijayanpinarayi— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) November 23, 2020 The Minister clarified that the provision was introduced to address the unwarranted harassment faced by individuals, especially women and transgender community, on social media. However, since the provision, inserted by way of an Ordinance, was met with massive criticism, a fresh decision thereof will be taken after a proper discussion in the State Assembly. “The government decided to bring amendment to Kerala Police Act ( 118 A) in order to curb the false allegations made through social media and otherwise which essentially questions the liberty and constitutional dignity of persons.There are many complaints from different corners of the society against this defamatory, false and sleazy propaganda. The attacks are made against women and transgenders without any basis and this has created considerable protests in the Society. The same even have affected the families and victims are even led to suicide. Even media owners requested to have some law against such attacks. That was the context for bringing such an amendment. When the amendment was notified, there are varied kinds responses from the society. Doubts were raised by those who are supporting the left democratic government and those who are standing for protection of democracy. Hence it is decided not to implement this notification. Appropriate actions will be taken only after a detailed discussion in the assembly, after hearing all the parties.It is requested that people who are engaged in making false allegations, be restrained and cautious form making such allegations which are not in tune with the personal Liberty and humanity,” a press note issued by the Chief Minister states.The cognizable and bailable offence of intimidation, defamation, or insulting of any person through social media, was inserted in the Kerala Police Act, 2011 by way of an ordinance on Saturday. The move was met with massive criticism from various quarters and was labelled as threat to free speech. “Section 118A is an attempt to resurrect the same approach to regulation of free speech that had been declared to be unconstitutional by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Shreya Singhal. Many of the expressions used in Section 118A are only cosmetically different from the expressions which were already considered and rejected as vague in Shreya Singhal,” a petition filed against the provision before the Kerala High Court stated. The provision was challenged as ultra vires the Constitution by MP and former Minister NK Premachandran, former Minister and RSP Leaders Shibu Baby John and AA Azeez and Kerala State BJP President K Surendran. UDF, BJP Leaders Move Kerala High Court Challenging Constitutional Validity Of Newly Inserted S. 118A Of Kerala Police Act The provision was also said to be an attempt to circumvent the Shreya Singhal judgment, whereby the Supreme Court had held that Section 118(d) of Kerala Police Act (a similar provision) violated right to free speech under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India. In Shreya Singhal judgment, the Supreme Court had held that Section 118(d) violated Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India. The offence of ‘causing annoyance in an indecent manner’ suffers from the same type of vagueness and overbreadth, the court had observed while striking down this provision as unconstitutional. The court had, however, rejected the challenge against the provision on the ground of legislative incompetence. The penalty created for causing annoyance in an indecent manner in pith and substance would fall within Entry 1 List III which speaks of criminal law and would thus be within the competence of the State Legislature in any case, it had said. The Kerala cabinet had however made a recommendation to the Governor last month, to introduce Section 118A, so as to ameliorate the concerns about the increasing incidents of crimes perpetrated through social media. “The existing laws are found to be insufficient to deal with such crimes, especially after the Supreme Court struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act and Section 118(d) of Kerala Police Act,” it had said earlier. 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first_imgNews UpdatesFIR Doesn’t Disclose Any Act Of Violence; Protests Happened All Over The Country: Madras High Court Quashes FIR Against CAA-NRC Protesters Sparsh Upadhyay24 Nov 2020 9:13 PMShare This – xWhile observing that the Petitioners had conducted peaceful demonstration/protest against the Amendment of CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) and NRC (National Register Citizenship), the Madras High Court recently quashed the FIR filed against two CAA-NRC Protesters.The Bench of Justice J. Nisha Banu was hearing the petitions of Henri Tiphagne & Saathik Ali, who prayed before the Court to…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?LoginWhile observing that the Petitioners had conducted peaceful demonstration/protest against the Amendment of CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) and NRC (National Register Citizenship), the Madras High Court recently quashed the FIR filed against two CAA-NRC Protesters.The Bench of Justice J. Nisha Banu was hearing the petitions of Henri Tiphagne & Saathik Ali, who prayed before the Court to call for the entire records pertaining to the impugned First Information Report in Crime Number. 4 of 2020, and to quash the same as against the petitioners.The Court delivered two different orders with similar findings and observed,”Though, there are prima facie materials to justify the registration of the First Information Report, I am of the view that its continuance is not warranted. This is because no untoward incident had taken place.”Case against themThe gist of the First Information Report was that on 04.01.2020, the petitioners along with others had conducted a demonstration against the Amendment of CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) and NRC (National Register Citizenship).The case of the respondent was that the petitioners by their acts had committed public nuisance. They had also caused interference with the free flow of general traffic.Court’s ObservationsThe High Court, in its order, remarked,”The Country had witnessed protests all over by different sections of people against the said amendments. Since the protest was peaceful and even the First Information Report does not disclose any act of violence or happening of the untoward incident, I am of the view that the continued prosecution is not warranted. Quashing the same will secure the ends of justice.”Hence, the First Information Report impugned in the petition stood quashed. The Criminal Original Petition stood allowed.The Court also clarified that the benefit of the Court’s order will enure not only for the petitioner but also the non-petitioning accused.Case titile – Saathik Ali v. The State and another [Crl.O.P(MD) No.12438 of 2020 and Crl.M.P(MD) No.5629 of 2020]Henri Tiphagne v. The State and another [Crl.O.P(MD) No.12448 of 2020 and Crl.M.P(MD) No.5652 of 2020]Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesSex On The Alleged False Promise Of Marriage: “Both Grown-Up Adults; Putting Entire Blame On Boy Would Be Stretching Too Far” HP HC Grants Bail To Man Sparsh Upadhyay27 Nov 2020 11:01 PMShare This – xThe Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday (25th November) granted bail to a man who allegedly impersonated with a Hindu name, despite the fact that he was a Muslim, and subsequently established sexual relations with a woman “on promise to marry her and later on resiling from the same.”The Bench of Justice Anoop Chitkara arrested the petitioner in FIR registered under Sections 376, 506,…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 Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday (25th November) granted bail to a man who allegedly impersonated with a Hindu name, despite the fact that he was a Muslim, and subsequently established sexual relations with a woman “on promise to marry her and later on resiling from the same.”The Bench of Justice Anoop Chitkara arrested the petitioner in FIR registered under Sections 376, 506, 419, 201 read with Section 34 of Indian Penal Code, 1860, (IPC), in Woman Police Station, Una, District Una, Himachal Pradesh.Case against the PetitionerThe allegations against the petitioner are that he revealed his name as Vicky Sharma to the Woman, who was in fact a Muslim and his real name was Abdul Rehman.Allegedly, concealing his identity, the petitioner Abdul Rehman @ Vicky Sharma kept on alluring her and showed her bright future.The victim stated that she fell in his trap and he promised to marry her and under such pretext, committed coitus with her on numerous occasions.The alleged victim had handed over a sum of `1,20,000/- to Abdul Rehman. Apart from that the victim also handed over him a sum of `10,000/-, `5,000/- and `50,000/-.On coming to know his reality (through a friend), the alleged victim was stunned. To verify the suspicion, she visited the home of Abdul Rehman at Talwara and told everything to his family members.The family members of Abdul Rehman and his sisters refused to pursue her marriage with Abdul Rehman on the ground that she belongs to Scheduled Caste community.In the meanwhile, Abdul Rehman, reached home and hurled filthy abuses on her. He dragged her inside the room and beat her mercilessly.After great efforts, she rescued herself from the clutches of Abdul Rehman and he warned her that in case she dared to visit his home, he would throw acid on her.Court’s OrderThe Court, in its order observed,”The victim is aged 21 years. She was pursuing the course after passing 10+2. In the complaint, there is absolute silence about the petitioner involving her family and her parents to pursue the marriage proposal. Instead of the petitioner on her own visited the home of the accused.”The Court further noted,”So far as the allegations of the victim handing over the money to purchase a car is concerned, the victim does not tell the source from which she obtained such a huge amount and it was not her case that she was a working girl. Both the boy and the girl were grown-up adults at the time when for the first time, they established coitus. They knew what they were doing. At this stage, for the purpose of bail, to put the entire blame on the boy would be stretching too far.”Regarding the petitioner’s concealing the identity and alluring the victim, the Court said that this fact “needs to be established during the trial and further incarceration of the petitioner would cause injustice merely on these uncorroborated allegations.”Lastly, the Court said that an analysis of entire evidence does not justify further incarceration of the accused, nor is going to achieve any significant purpose.Without commenting on the merits of the case, the stage of the investigation and the period of incarceration already undergone, the Court said that it “would make out a case for bail”.As a bail condition, the petitioner has been directed that:-* He shall neither stare, stalk, make any gestures, remarks, call, contact, message the victim, either physically, or through phone call or any other social media, nor roam around the victim’s home. The petitioner shall not contact the victim.* The petitioner shall surrender all firearms along with ammunitions if any, along with the arms license to the concerned authority within 30 days from today. However, subject to the provisions of the Indian Arms Act, 1959, the petitioner shall be entitled to renew and take it back, in case of acquittal in this case.It may be noted that while granting bail to a 21-year-old man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Thursday (12th November) remarked,”Given the conduct of the victim of her voluntarily leaving her home under the pretext of fetching water from the water source and fact that the accused is also unmarried, the possibility of romantic love going wrong is there”.The Bench of Justice Anoop Chitkara was hearing a regular bail plea of a 21-year-old accused who alleged that the family of the girl forced her to lodge a false complaint to break their love affair.Case title – Abdul Rehman v. 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first_imgNews Updates’Bums Are Private Body Part As Far As We Indians Are Concerned’: POCSO Court Holds 22-Yr-Old Guilty Of Sexual Assault LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK19 Feb 2021 9:24 AMShare This – xA Special POCSO Court in Mumbai has held that the posterior (buttocks) of a woman is also her ‘private part’ and a person who touches the same shall be liable for the offence of sexual assault. The Court of Additional Sessions Judge MA Baraliya held, “The term private part is to be interpreted into the context what is meant by it in our society. Google might not be interpreting bums…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?LoginA Special POCSO Court in Mumbai has held that the posterior (buttocks) of a woman is also her ‘private part’ and a person who touches the same shall be liable for the offence of sexual assault. The Court of Additional Sessions Judge MA Baraliya held, “The term private part is to be interpreted into the context what is meant by it in our society. Google might not be interpreting bums as private part as submitted by the ld. Advocate for the accused, but it is not acceptable interpretation as far as we Indians are concerned.” The Court was dealing with a criminal case filed by the father of a 10-years old girl, who had complained that a boy touched her bum while she was going towards the temple. Background It was the prosecution’s case that the victim and her friend were going towards the Temple when a boy wearing a black T-shirt, from a group of four boys sitting nearby, approached her and touched her private part. It was alleged that after this incident, all the boys started laughing and the victim rushed back to her home. It was claimed that the victim narrated the incident to her mother, who in turn called the victim’s father and told him that somebody had teased his daughter. Subsequently, the father rushed to home and took the victim to the spot where she pointed out the boy wearing black T-shirt. Thereafter, a FIR was lodged for commission of offences punishable under Sections 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 354A (sexual harassment) of IPC and under Section 10 (sexual assault) of the POCSO Act, and the22 -years old accused was apprehended the next day, allegedly wearing the same black T-shirt. Arguments The defence had denied all allegations and said that the accused had been falsely implicated in the case. The accused raised the following issues before the Court: Investigating Officer has failed to record the statement of eye witness, particularly the friend with whom the victim was going to the Temple. There was no attempt on the part of the Investigating Officer to record the statement of any of the friends of the accused who were with him. Test Identification Parade was not followed to prove that the accused was the same boy who touched the victim. Bum is not a private part as alleged by the victim.According to the victim’s father, he received a call of his wife who said that somebody had teased his daughter. There is much difference between “teasing” and “touching”. Findings Intention of committing sexual assault At the outset, the Court rejected the accused’ submissions that bum is not a private part. It held that the word private part has to interpreted in Indian context. It said, “Accused had touched her bums, the private part, obviously with the intention to sexually assault upon her…Accused by touching or patting on her, bums, has committed the act with full knowledge and intention to outrage her modesty and to assault her sexually.” In this context, the Court referred to the definition of ‘Sexual assault’ under Section 7 of the POCSO Act. the provision states: “Whoever, with sexual intent touches the vagina, penis, anus or breast of the child or makes the child touch the vagina, penis, anus or breast of such person or any other person, or does any other act with sexual intent which involves physical contact without penetration is said to commit sexual assault.” In the case at hand, the Bench noted that the accused had not touched either vagina, breast or anus of the girl, but had touched her bums. “The touching, as stated under Section 7 of the POCSO Act, 2012, if, is to the other organs, those categorized, then it must be with the sexual intention. So obviously touching bum of the girl cannot be said to be without sexual intention,” the Bench said. It added that the subsequent conduct of the accused and his friends, who were laughing at the victim, is also indicative of their state of mind. It said, “Past conduct of accused laughing at her and then touching her manifests that it was all with sexual intention, to grab the chance. Sexual intention is the state of mind, may not necessarily to be proved by direct evidence, such intention is to be inferred from the attending circumstances of the case.” The Bench also referred to the case of Kanwarpal Singh Gill (famously known as butt slapping case), whereby the then Director General of Police was convicted for slapping on the posterior of the prosecutrix, an IAS Officer, by the trial court. The said conviction was also confirmed by the Supreme Court in appeal. Drawing same analogy in the case at hand, the Bench said, “As the victim was child 10 years old on the date of incident, provision of POCSO Act attracts for the similar kind of his act touching the posterior of the victim. Thus the prosecution has succeeded in proving that the accused has committed the said act with sexual intention and outraged her modesty.” Touching bum is not mere teasing The Court rejected the accused’ contention that the alleged case was a mere teasing incident. It held, “The victim in her language said to her parents and before the police that accused had touched her private part. At the relevant time, she was hardly 10 years old. So she in her language expressed her ordeal. So there cannot be any confusion that she was not only teased but had been touched inappropriately by the accused.” So far as reference to the phone conversation between the victim’s parents is concerned, where her mother said that somebody had “teased” their daughter, the Court said, “The conduct of the father in rushing home immediately having received call itself shows that something more has happened with his daughter than teasing. It was telephonic conversation,so it is but natural that wife instead giving details,on phone, simply said that, their daughter had been teased. Avoiding to give details on phone does not mean that daughter was teased only without touching.” Victim cannot be made to pay cost of infirmities in investigation The accused had attempted to discredit the prosecution case by stating that (i) neither his friends nor the victim’s friend were examined (ii) there was no conclusive proof that he was the boy who touched victim’s bums. The Court held that non-examination of other eye-witnesses will not be fatal to the case. So far as the victim’s friend is concerned, the Court observed, “very few people like to involve in such incident even though incident has been seen by them. So merely for the reason that there are no eye witnesses to the incident and that the friend who was with the prosecutrix has not been examined, cannot be the reason to discard and disregard the testimony of the victim girl.” Inasmuch as the accused’ friends are concerned, the Court said, “it is not the case that none of the four boys teased the victim nor touched her inappropriately. One of the boy had certainly touched her inappropriately. The question is then who is the said boy. Had the said boy was other than the accused, accused must have come before the Court with certain name of his friend who was with him on the date of incident and responsible for touching inappropriately to victim.” Lastly, the Court said that it is satisfied that it is the accused who touched the victim inappropriately. It noted, “According to victim, the said particular boy was wearing black T-shirt. Victim has pointed the particular boy to her father wearing black T-shirt. It is a matter of record that the police didn’t recover the said black T-shirt from the accused to confirm his identity. To me, it is the set back in the investigation of the police and innocent victim is not supposed to pay its cost. As the accused was apprehended on the very next day and was shown to the victim’s father, accused is also seen in the same black T-shirt which he was wearing on the date of incident, so to me, the identity of the accused being the same boy has been established beyond reasonable doubt.” In view of the above, the accused was convicted for the offences of sexual assault and outraging modesty of a woman under relevant provisions of POCSO Act and IPC, and was sentenced to suffer rigorous imprisonment for five years. Case Title: State of Maharashtra v. Sahar Ali Shaikh Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesOlive Ridley Sea Turtles: “Install Transponders In Fishing Vehicles, Nesting Beach Be Fenced”: Orissa HC Issues Directions To State Govt. & UOI Sparsh Upadhyay17 March 2021 2:03 AMShare This – xIn view of the suggestions given by a three-member Panel, the Orissa High Court on Monday (15th March) directed the State Government and Union of India, inter alia, that Transponders in all Fishing vehicles be installed and nesting beach be fenced in order to save Olive Ridley sea turtles. The Bench of Chief Justice Dr. S. Muralidhar and Chief Justice B. P….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?LoginIn view of the suggestions given by a three-member Panel, the Orissa High Court on Monday (15th March) directed the State Government and Union of India, inter alia, that Transponders in all Fishing vehicles be installed and nesting beach be fenced in order to save Olive Ridley sea turtles. The Bench of Chief Justice Dr. S. Muralidhar and Chief Justice B. P. Routray issued several directions while hearing suo-moto PIL [In Re: Olive Ridley Turtles] which was registered, taking into cognizance the Down to Earth Magazine’s report (dated 04th February) based on the death of around 800 Olive Ridley sea turtles. Death Of 800 Olive Ridley Sea Turtles In Odisha: Orissa High Court Registers Suo Moto PIL On Friday (26th February), the Court had formed a three-member Panel, inter alia, to hold consultations with stakeholders and to suggest what steps need to be immediately taken- in the short term, in the medium term and the long term- to ensure that the earlier directions issued by the Court are complied with and that the protection of the Olive Ridley turtles during the nesting season is ensured. Further, taking into account the report and suggestions submitted by the Committee, the Court directed that the following measures should be immediately put in place by the State: The prohibition of fishing activities by trawlers in the area of Devi River Mouth (Keluni Muhan to NewDevi Nasi Island North) should be strictly enforced, with the help of the three marine police stations within the jurisdiction of Gahirmatha marine sanctuary, viz., Talachua, Tantiapal and Jamboo. The Coast Guard to enforce the ban stringently in association with Forest and Environment Department. The Union of India will also co-operate in this effort. No-fishing zones should be clearly demarcated. The nesting beach at Gahirmatha should be fenced up at the landward side at the end of the beach with temporary wire mesh over a length of 3 kilometers to protect the nesting olive riddles, eggs, and hatchings from predators like feral dogs, wild pigs, jackals, and hyenas. The existing temporary fencing at GogharkudaPurunabandha beach be strengthened likewise. The boundary of Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary with its geo-coordinates should be uploaded in GSP systems of all fishing boats by the F&ARD Department in order that their movement in the sea can be clearly recorded. The State Government will initiate a discussion with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on the feasibility of installing transponders in all mechanized fishing vessels and trawlers to enable their being tracked in the sea. The Union of India will extend its cooperation in this matter. The court has directed that a report on the implementation of the above measures be placed before the Court by the State Government by the next date. Further, the Committee informed the Court that the financial assistance of Rs.7,500/- given to the fishermen affected by the ban is too meager an amount and thus, a suggestion was put forth that fishing community affected by the ban should itself be engaged in the conservation work as well as in MGNREGA work during the ban period. Welcoming this suggestion, the Court directed that the State Government to submit its response to this suggestion on the next date. Lastly, the Union of India through the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India were added as an Opposite Party and the Assistant Solicitor General of India for Union of India was directed to get instructions in the matter. The matter has been posted for further hearing on 29th April, 2021. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more

first_imgTop StoriesNew SC Lawyers Chamber Be Used As COVID Facility : Advocate Suggests To SCBA, SCAORA LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK24 April 2021 7:59 AMShare This – xSupreme Court Advocate Shobha Gupta has written to the Supreme Court Bar Association and the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association suggesting that the new SC lawyers chamber at Appu Ghar, which is at present vacant, be offered to the concerned government(Centre or State) for being used as a COVID treatment facility.”The situation is extremely worrying and terrifying. The least we can do is to give for society whatever little we can within our capacity. It is a hard reality that there is acute shortage of beds in the City. Sir(s), as you (both) are aware, we have a huge building meant for lawyers chambers lying vacant. Fortunately there are no furniture as the chambers are yet to be occupied by the bar members. I would request you to please discuss with the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India and the Hon’ble Judges of the Chamber Committee to work out the possibility to offer our new lawyers chamber building at Appu Ghar, New Delhi, temporarily for few months to the concerned govt. (be it State or Central) to be used for bed facility and ICU facility and as well as to house the doctors attending Covid patients. We as a bar of the highest court of the country shall lead from the front. We luckily have a completely vacant building which certainly can be used to save many lives”, she said in her letter. Advertisement She also suggested that an an online help desk, where the members of SCBA and SCAORA and other members of bar can take charge of the information and coordination center in small small teams and shifts by collating information, by establishing links with various hospitals/ medical shops/ suppliers of oxygen and medicines/ police/ SDM Office, etc”We can request the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India or the Hon’ble Judge incharge of the SC dispensary or Medical Facilities Committee for their cooperation. This would help our members to get the necessary and timely help on one phone call in place of we all make calls after calls to coordinate and find solution. The team shall be available on call, whatsapp, email, etc. We shall simultaneously put all the information updated from time to time on a dedicated portal or link on our regular website”. Advertisement The Gujarat High Court has allowed the HC auditorium to be used as a COVID care centre.Full text of letter :”Dated: 24.04.2021To, (I) The President,SCBA, Supreme Court of India,New Delhi-110001.(II) The President,SCAORA, Supreme Court of India,New Delhi-110001.Sub.: Urgent Letter.Dear Sir,Hope this letter of mine finds you both in best of your health and all your near and dear ones are keeping good. Sir(s), as we all know these are testing times for all of us. Every minute is offering some bad news. The whole nation is as if sitting on a tsunami. SCBA and SCAORA are doing exceptionally good job as our representative body under able leadership of you both as the elected Head of the our Bar. This is extraordinary situation which demands extraordinary measures. Last year same time I made a request through my article (Extraordinary Situations Demands Extraordinary Initiatives From Legal Community (livelaw.in)) and as well as by direct letter to the SCBA that we as the bar and the judicial system also have a role to play towards the society in these extraordinary circumstances. State alone would not be able to meet all the requirements. Sir(s), like all us, you both also must be getting numerous calls for requirement of bed for Covid patients even from our bar members. Almost every second house in the city has a Covid patient now. Similarly, plasma, remdesivir, oxygen are three things which are on high demand.Advertisement Advertisement The situation is extremely worrying and terrifying. The least we can do is to give for society whatever little we can within our capacity. It is a hard reality that there is acute shortage of beds in the City. Sir(s), as you (both) are aware, we have a huge building meant for lawyers chambers lying vacant. Fortunately there are no furniture as the chambers are yet to be occupied by the bar members. I would request you to please discuss with the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India and the Hon’ble Judges of the Chamber Committee to work out the possibility to offer our new lawyers chamber building at Appu Ghar, New Delhi, temporarily for few months to the concerned govt. (be it State or Central) to be used for bed facility and ICU facility and as well as to house the doctors attending Covid patients. We as a bar of the highest court of the country shall lead from the front. We luckily have a completely vacant building which certainly can be used to save many lives. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Similarly, I would request you to set up an online help desk, where the members of SCBA and SCAORA and other members of bar can take charge of the information and coordination center in small small teams and shifts by collating information, by establishing links with various hospitals/ medical shops/ suppliers of oxygen and medicines/ police/ SDM Office, etc. We can request the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India or the Hon’ble Judge incharge of the SC dispensary or Medical Facilities Committee for their cooperation. This would help our members to get the necessary and timely help on one phone call in place of we all make calls after calls to coordinate and find solution. The team shall be available on call, whatsapp, email, etc. We shall simultaneously put all the information updated from time to time on a dedicated portal or link on our regular website. I am sure, you would take up this letter of mine with exceptional urgency and would positively act in the direction to offer the chambers’ building to be used as a make shift hospital for the Covid patients and to set up a help desk. Each life is important. Let us all contribute the maximum we can for the society. Let us save as many we can. I pray for good health of all. Please be safe.Thanking you.Yours Faithfully,(ADV. SHOBHA GUPTA)Copy to:1. Hon’ble the Chief Justice of India, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi-110001″TagsSCBA #SCAORA COVID 19 Subscribe 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

first_imgNews UpdatesProducer Anurag Augustus Moves Kerala High Court To Cancel Screenwriter Jinu V Abraham’s Copyright Over Script For Film Kaduva Lydia Suzanne Thomas28 April 2021 1:49 AMShare This – xPoster Credit: AsianetThe petition may be one of the first moved before the High Court following the abolition of the IPAB after the Tribunals Reforms (Rationalization and Conditions of Service) Ordinance, 2021.The Kerala High Court on Tuesday took up a petition seeking the cancellation of screenwriter Jinu Vargheese Abraham’s copyright in the script of Kaduva. The matter was taken up for hearing yesterday by a bench of Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas. The petition may be one of the first moved before the High Court following the abolition of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board after the Tribunals Reforms (Rationalization and Conditions of Service) Ordinance, 2021 which vests the power of rectification of register in the High Court. The petitioner Anurag Augustus alleges that the script for the film was written by Jinu while he was on a contract of personal service for Augustus. Therefore, he was the first owner of the copyright in the literary work, Augustus claims. Among other reliefs, Augustus prays for a quash on the certificate of registration so far it grants copyright of the Script to Jinu. The plea, filed by Advocate Santhosh Mathew, narrates that the script in question was written after Jinu along with his cousin, Associate Director Mathew Thomas approached Augustus seeking to raise funds for a prospective storyline regarding the life and legal battles of a planter named Jose Kuruvinakunnel (Kaduvakunnel Kuruvachan) of Pala in Kottayam District. In his petition, Augustus asserts that he liked the story and paid Jinu an advance of Rs 5 lakh (out of a total sum of Rs 10 Lakh) to develop a script. Additional expenses that arose in the development of the script were also met by Augustus, the petition states. In the final stages of the production of the script, Thomas agreed to direct the proposed film titled ‘Kaduvakunnel Kuruvachan’ with actor Suresh Gopi as the title character. The name of the film was also registered with the Kerala Film Chamber, Augustus avers in his petition. Teasers were released and press events arranged at Augustus’ expense, the plea states. Following these events, Augustua alleges that Jinu engaged in foul play, making arrangements with another producer to shoot the film as Kaduva, which would be directed by Shaji Kailas and star actor Prithviraj. The petition reads, “It is submitted that, in the meanwhile, the 4h” Respondent made some foul play in collusion with another producer… by suppressing the fact that the script had already been assigned/transferred/sold to the Petitioner. This was done without the knowledge or consent of the Petitioner.” Augustus also challenges Jinu’s copyright claim over the title and character name kaduvakunnel Kuruvachan, and contends that the title of a movie or literary work are not copyrightable. Therefore the 4th Respondent (Jinu) cannot claim any exclusivity over the character name and title Kaduvakunnel Kuruvachan, Augustus’ petition states. In addition to the prayer for quash, Augustus’ petition seeks these reliefs, A direction to the Registrar of Copyright to correct the register of copyright by substituting Jinu’s name with that of the Augustus as owner of copyright in Kaduvakunnel Kuruvachan; A declaration that Jinu does not hold any exclusive right over the title or character named Kaduvakunnel Kuruvachan since the same Is not an original literary work In the interim, Augustus seeks a stay on the operation of the certificate of registration In favour of Jinu and also pleads that the his assignees or he are allowed to make use of the Title and character by name Kaduvakkunel Kuruvachan in a movie without any obstruction from the Jinu or his assignees. He also seeks a direction to the Registrar of Copyright to produce a copy of the script before the Court. CASE: Anurag Augustus v. Registrar of Copyright and Ors.COUNSEL: Advocate Santhosh Mathew for Anurag Augustus. Assistant Solicitor General P Vijayakumar for the Registrar of Copyright and state respondents. Advocate Benoy Kadavan represented screenwriter Jinu Vargheese.TagsIntellectual Property Appellate Board Kaduvakunnel Kuruvachan Kaduva #Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas Copyright Act Registration of Copyright Kerala High Court News Kerala High Court Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgTop StoriesBREAKING : Supreme Court Allows UP Panchayat Elections Counting To Take Place Tomorrow With COVID Safeguards Radhika Roy30 April 2021 11:47 PMShare This – xAfter a special sitting held on Saturday, the Supreme Court refused to defer the counting of the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat elections, scheduled to take place tomorrow, amid concerns about spread of COVID infection.A division bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and Hrishikesh Roy allowed the counting to take place tomorrow based on the “solemn assurances” given by the Uttar Pradesh State Election Commission that sufficient safeguards have been taken to ensure that COVID protocol is followed at counting centres.”We reject the request for deferring the counting by recording the submissions of the SEC that all protocols will be observed in letter and spirit”, the bench said in the order.Senior Advocate Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the State Election Commission, told the bench that a Class 1 Officer of the state government will be assigned to monitor each of the 800 counting centres and will be held accountable for the counting centres. Also, senior IAS officers of the rank of Principal Secretary will be assigned to each district to oversee the adherence of COVID protocol.Bhati also told the bench that CCTV centres are installed in all counting centres, and that the footages will be preserved.The bench was also told that strict curfew will be imposed in areas that will be identified by the concerned authorities in and around counting centres to ensure that only authorised representatives will be able to visit counting centres.The SEC also told the bench that victory rallies by political parties will not be permitted throughout the state of UP. Candidates or their agents can enter the counting centres only if they have an RT-PCR negative result or certificate of having taken two doses of COVID vaccination.The bench recorded the assurances given by the State Election Commission.The bench was hearing a special leave petition challenging an order of the Allahabad High Court, passed on April 7, refusing to defer the local body elections and also a writ petition seeking to defer the counting tomorrow.Advocate Shoeb Alam, appearing for the petitioners, submitted that the counting-centres can turn out to be “beds of infections”. The bench was also told that several teachers, who have been assigned counting duty, have expressed apprehensions about performing the duty amid the COVID surge. Alam also told the bench that many teachers who attended the election duty have later succumbed to COVID, and the Allahabad High Court has taken cognizance of the same.The bench said that it was not inclined to interfere with the counting process in the light of the assurances given by the State Election Commission that necessary measures will be taken to apply COVID guidelines. Court-Room Exchange During the hearing, the Bench asked State Election Commission as to the steps that have been taken by them in this regard. ASG Bhati appearing for SEC and the State of UP submitted that the they have circulated a compendium of orders that have been passed by the SEC. The elections are completely over, with the last phase on 29th April. Bench inquired if stock of the day to day situation is being taken and assessment of the current situation being done considering It’s an evolving, dynamic situation ASG explained the Court about the tiers of the Panchayat Elections, and took Court through the data for polling and counting for the elections, including the total number of seats, places with nomination has been filed, and uncontested seats. Counting is required only for some 2 lakh seats. ASG further said that two orders have been passed on 29th April, completely in sync and in line with the guidelines of the EC for Assembly Elections which are slated to start on 2nd May. She also reiterates the guidelines such as wearing of masks and social distancing. In response to the Court’s query as to temperature is being checked at entry points and and the instructions regarding sanitisation, ASG Bhati informed that not only temperature, the SPO2 is also being checked with an oximeter check. She further added that its already mandated under the Disaster Management Act that crowds should not gather. The area will be sanitised, tables will be kept at distances, and whoever has symptoms will not be allowed. Steps have also been taken to ensure that maximum gap will be there. In response to Court’s observation regarding the need to o stagger the seats., ASG said thag they will stagger the timing as to which Gram Panchayat will be counted. The Bench asked ASG if the counting was necessary or if it could be deferred. “Where is that guideline ? This is the first step to be taken. You have to first assess the position. You have to take the decision at the macro level as to whether you have to take it right now or you can defer. Is it necessary to do the counting or you can defer ?” Bench asked ASG submitted that the State has taken the decision to go ahead with the counting. It’s a tightrope walk between the devil and the deep sea, and State has decided these decisions are best taken at the grassroots level. There is a Constitutional mandate to conduct the elections according the timeline. Further she added that Senior-level officers have been placed at these 829 centres to guide, supervise all the functions. ” How you ensure to do that, you will have to tell us that. There has to be uniform application. ” Bench said. Bench asked ASG to respond to three aspects, as to whether the decision to go ahead has been taken, the staggering counting, and if mind has been applied so that after two weeks situation is under control, with healthcare facilities. “The situation is grave everywhere. UP is no exception. Have you taken the decision to go ahead despite all ? ” Bench asked “A considered, well applied decision has been taken.” ASG responded. She stated that an affidavit will have to be placed to show all the measures taken. “I am asking this question to myself whether we should proceed with the counting today. Whether the administrative, medical healthcare facilities will be burdened.” Bench observed This decision has been taken after speaking to medical professionals and all. Bench expressed its apprehension that a situation will come up where the State will tell them that at that moment, things were not under control, as what happens at the counting centres is that tensions build up. ASG informed the Court that Counting is on Sunday because there is curfew in UP, and the State is confident that they we will be able to control. She clarified that counting will not take place in one day. In response to ASG’s submission that an affidavit will be placed by them, the Court asked what the point of meeting on Monday is if the counting will start on Sunday. “To satisfy your Lordships that counting is taking place properly.” ASG responded. Bench noting that the curfew is only for tomorrow, asked how the situation will be managed on Monday and Tuesday when there is no curfew. On being informed that there is curfew till Tuesday 7AM, the Court suggested that it be extended. “We are taking day to day decisions. It’s not a bureaucratic setup with sluggish decisions.We are ready to take in all feedback. We are not taking this petition as an adversarial stand.” ASG said. Advocate Alam submitted that the entire process should be deferred before the entire situation is over, as has been done in Maharashtra, where they have deferred the entire process. “Maharashtra situation is different. There are Councils and Corporations. Seats are vacated because of Court’s order.” Bench said. Alam responded to the Court’s observation and stated that Maharashtra recognised the situation and deferred it. The panchayat elections are different from Assembly, as 60 crore ballot papers are there along with 13 lakh candidates. For every person voting, there are four ballot papers handed over to every voter, making total ballot paper count reach 60 crores. Alam stated that in the previous circumstances where panchayat elections had taken place, its been seen that it’s not possible to reduce the number of days. He apprised the Court that there a report on the hundreds of teachers who have died in the process. In response to Court’s query regarding number of teachers who will be present, Alam stated that per candidate, there are two agents who are permitted to be resent, but teachers are not the only ones, and there is also revenue staff, making total tally reach to lakhs. Alam further said that, Allahabad High Court had taken cognisance of that, a protocol was given and nothing was followed. Alam stated that everyone is facing the present calamity and these election centres beinb a bed of infection, nobody should be sent there. These elections can be deferred by 2-3 months, as today is not the time. “We have to consider today’s position, you keep telling us about the past. Situation is different today. Don’t go to the past. We are not interested. We want to understand that there should be clarity on the fact that all these things have been considered by the authority.” Bench said. “You are in the position to solve it, to minimise the loss of life. Property and funds are not important. It is life which is the most important. If there is anything to be supplemented, then we will put it to the State. What has happened in the past, we can’t do anything. We can only prevent this from happening in the future. ” the Bench further observed. Bench then asked Bhati how the staff will be accommodated at the counting centres, ASG submitted that the counting will happen in shift of 8 hours each and new officers will come in. After every shift, sanitisation will take place. If it’s more than 75, then it will not happen. ASG also informed the Court that there will not be more than 75 government officials preset, excluding the security official. “You have to reduce the number.You should have given one hypothetical situation. 75, you say, every centre will have 75 people handling the papers. How can candidates and representatives enter then.” Bench asked ASG responded saying that the number exceeds 75, a broadcast system will be put in place. There are 25000 security officials who have been put at the perimeter to monitor the situation. Bench asked Bhati how will the situation of the teachers will be handled, considering there a representation from the teachers’ association, and 700 teachers have died. ASG stated she is unable respond to that because there are inquiries in place. However there are of other States where no election activities are happening, but numbers are surging, like Delhi ASG added that the teachers are on the jobs where they have been assigned. The entire process is in place. The counting procedure, we haven’t faced any lacunae. Alam then pointed out a representation has been made by an association of teachers, addressing it to the CM, saying that these are all the teachers who died dispensing their duty during the State panchayat elections. ASG informed the Court that the High Court had taken cognisance of passed an order on 27th April, and an enquiry as directed is still going on. “If an inquiry is being conducted, it will take time. In the midst of this, you are congregating teachers from all parts of the State. The number of people they met in between will travelling.” Adv Alam submitted. Alam further added that these are rural areas where spread is humongous. There is saliva which is used in the ballot numbers. To stall the process for a few weeks only, it can be deferred for a short while. The SEC should on its own come forward and take this decision, even if just one life is saved. Alam the pointed out two aspects in relation to ASG Bhati’s submissions regarding precautions that’d be taken: A negative RTPCR takes 2-3 days to come. This is an either/or. If a person is infected and he’s not showing symptoms, what will happen then ? Oximeter Test, how will that help ? Many dont have a lower SPO2. There are also people who don’t have fever, but are strong carriers of the infection. What will happen then ? Adv. Nikhil Majithia for an Applicant submitted that the ground realities are very different from what has been stated. Bench observed that is aware that the number will not be 75, will be a lot more and it does not even include staff. Advocate Majithia appearing for UP State Employees Joint Council submitted that they had requested that only the counting be deferred, pointing out there is incredible loss of life and spread of infection. Also, they had said that we will not be participating, taking this in mind. He added that the State is duty bound to consider their representations as roughly two lakh State employees are participating. “They will be working in shifts, they will not congregate in one place at one time.” Bench said. Adv. Ram Kishor Singh Yadav submitted that Panchayat elections were scheduled in the month of December 2020, and the government has delayed for five months in the name of reservation. Next 10-15 days will not make a huge difference, till the situation improves. Yadav submits that antigen tests are not available and RTPCR reports take days to come. While Curfew has been going on for the last 2-3 weeks, this is only for market purposes and it doesn’t say that there will be no transportation. Advocate Alam submitted that there have to be some officials who have to take liability and responsibility in case things are not followed. ASG submitted that rapid antigen counters will be available at the centres, and there will not be more than 150 officials and not more than 15-20 candidates at every counting table. “We are aware of the responsibility and not shirking from it. We are ensuring gloves and all equipment is available.” ASG said. She added that while now they have made rapid antigen counters available and with these counters, it will be possible for every person to get tested before entering. ASG further said that in the present situation, the choice is between the devil and deep sea. The experts are saying that the surge is ahead of us with all 21,000 frontline workers who have been employed. This is something the Court may consider and allow counting process to continue. Bench asked ASG to get instructions regarding supervision of the 800 centres, you are saying, from an officer who should be of level of Joint Secretary. ASG submitted that she had been informed that Senior officials have been deputed in each district. They will oversee the adherence of COVID protocol. And these will be IAS officers of Principal Secretary level. “Not just observer, they must be accountable in case anything goes wrong. You will have to notify immediately on your website.” Bench said. ASG submitted that there is a Class 1 gazetted officer, and they can pass an order saying that they will be fully responsible for COVID guidelines and CCTV cameras are also present. Edited by Srishti Ojha TagsSupreme Court Uttar Pradesh COVID19 Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesThere Shouldn’t Be A Situation Where Administration Is Caught Unawares Of Deterioration Of Situation & COVID Patients Are Deprived Of Medical Attention: AP HC Sparsh Upadhyay30 April 2021 5:52 AMShare This – xDealing with a PIL related to the COVID management in the State of Andhra Pradesh, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday (April 28) directed the State Government, “Let there be not a situation where the administration is caught unawares in the event of deterioration of the situation and patients are deprived of getting medical attention and treatment.” The Bench of Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami and Justice C. Praveen Kumar also asked the Government to continuously monitor the situation and prepare a road map for the future so that the authorities can effectively deal with the situation even if the number of infected cases continue to rise. State’s and Petitioners’ submission Pursuant to the Court’s last order, the State Government filed a comprehensive affidavit with regard to the steps taken by the State to deal with the present COVID-19 pandemic and it was submitted that presently, there was no shortage of hospital beds and a dearth of oxygen. However, the counsel for the petitioners stated that they have heard in various cases, admissions are denied in hospitals and in many cases, hospitals are demanding money and those who are unable to meet such demand, are denied admission. It was also submitted by the counsel appearing for the State that no specific instances were brought to their notice but since statements are made by the learned counsel for the petitioners, they would certainly look into this aspect of the matter and take the necessary steps. It was also submitted that appropriate directions would be given to all the hospitals not to refuse admission to any patient if beds are available and that it will be made clear that strictest action in accordance with the law would be taken if any such incident is found. Further, the Court directed the State to prominently display in each and every notified COVID hospital the name of the Nodal officer as well as his telephone number so that any patient/attendant, in case of facing any difficulty in the hospital, can easily approach such Nodal Officer and seek remedial measures. When the State submitted that flying squads have been set up to inspect the hospitals frequently, the Court asked for a Memo, by the next date, indicating number of such inspections in the hospitals by the flying squads and their observations in the hospitals. Regarding the delay in receiving testing results, the Court said, “This is an area which the State must look into with promptitude as the delayed reporting may have adverse consequences and are likely to contribute to further infections because of the contact of infected people with others. All possible steps should be taken without compromising the integrity of the sample and the process involved in such testing so that test results can be given as early as possible.” The Court also noted that in spite of the notification dated 23rd April 2021 which provides that COVID Care Centres shall render services to those patients who cannot maintain home isolation, one Nagaraju of Ajit Singh Nagar, Vijayawada, was denied admission. To this, the Court said, “It would be necessary for the State to look into the matter because it may not be an isolated incident of this kind. We also note the submission that because of such refusals many COVID Care Centres are not full.” On the next date, the State has been directed to apprise the Court with regard to the case of the said Nagaraju. Now, the matter has been posted for consideration again on 04th May 2021. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsAndhra Pradesh High Court COVID Management COVID -19 Shortage Of Oxygen oxygen beds Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Suo Motu COVID Case: Live Updates Radhika Roy9 May 2021 10:40 PMShare This – xSupreme Court Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, L. Nageswara Rao and S. Ravindra Bhat has resumed the hearing the suo moto case pertaining to COVID-19 related issues. Live Updates 9 May 2021 11:26 PMSupreme Court adjourns the matter to Thursday on account of the Control Room server being down. Justice Bhat informed the Counsels present that in the meanwhile they would go through the Centre’s affidavit which was filed yesterday. 9 May 2021 11:08 PMThere is a connectivity error and the Bench is not visible. Many Counsels are unable to join the proceedings due to the room being locked.Connectivity issues continue. The Bench has still not been able to rejoin the proceedings. 9 May 2021 10:41 PMSG: Justice Chandrachud and Justice Rao are frozen. Justice Bhat: I hope we’re not frozen. SG: The screen is frozen. 9 May 2021 10:41 PMBench has assembled. Justice Chandrachud: Mr. SG, we got your Affidavit late in the night and my brothers got it in the morning.SG: I apologise. Justice Chandrachud: For me it was easier, I read the Indian Express and they had it before us. >Load MoreTags#Supreme Court #Suo Motu #COVID #Vaccination Policy #Oxygen Supply #Justice DY Chandrachud #SG Tushar Mehta Subscribe 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

first_imgNews UpdatesPlea In Kerala High Court Seeks Details Of Number Of Vaccines Supplied To Vaccine Centers Across The State Lydia Suzanne Thomas11 May 2021 3:42 AMShare This – xImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesThe Kerala High Court took up a petition seeking the publication of data on the number of vaccines supplied to different vaccine centers in Kerala. A Division Bench of Justices Raja Vijayaraghavan and MR Anitha considered that matter today over ZOOM, ordering it to be posted on Friday for further hearing. After hearing the petitioner’s submissions, Justice Vijayaraghavan orally remarked, “they (the state government) are trying their level best. With the available resources they are doing their level best and they are improving it upon..Suo motu Devan (Division Bench of Justices Devan Ramachandran and Dr Kauser Edappagath) has taken up, Supreme Court is also considering the matter on Thursday…I’ll post it on Friday within which time Mr Sohan (the State Attorney) will come up with something”In the order, the Bench however proceeded to direct the posting of the case after a week.”We do not find any reason warranting issuance of any directions at this stage. Post after a week,” the Order reads In Court today, the petitioner’s counsel Advocate R Leela referred to instances of overcrowding at vaccine centers and averred that the same could be averted if there was data relating to the number of vaccines supplied to each vaccine center. Since the State Attorney was not present during the initial part of the hearing, Advocate K Rajkumar for the Central Government submitted that the State was allowing vaccinations only through the COWIN Portal so as to prevent overcrowding. Apart from this, the aspect of vaccine supplies was being considered by the Supreme Court in its suo motu case. Referring to the suo motu case registered to check overcrowding, taken up by another Division Bench of the Court, Advocate Rajkumar averred that everything was taken care of.Also read – When Will Kerala Get Its Share Of Vaccines? Kerala High Court Asks Centre At this juncture, Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan shared his screen, displaying the dashboard on the COWIN portal. “All that she says is – if there are so many vaccines in Kerala, why can’t you just show what is the supply … That is what she is trying to say. For instance in Ernakulam, you say there are 103 sites, 91 government sites, 12 pvt sites. Total doses is 9,03,604. We have some 3.4 crore people out here. All that she says is, where is it being supplied, …To show that on the dashboard is not a that much of a big deal (in Malayalam)” Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan continued, “Every person including me wants to know how much doses you have, when are the doses going to come and how you are going to vaccinate all these people..At least they should show that we have been allotted out of the 50% government share we have been allotted, …so people will understand how it is being sent to various places”Advocate Leela then prayed that the accurate number of vaccines in each vaccine center be published, to which the Court responded saying that the State Government would be better placed to give information in this respect. The Court therefore sought the State Attorney’s response. Around ten minutes later, State Attorney KV Sohan joined the hearing. The State Attorney submitted that the fuss around registrations for vaccines lasted only two days and that people could register to book their vaccination slots. Advocate Leela then proceeded to seek data on the number of doses being sent to each district, government and private vaccine sites, primary health centers etc. She continued, seeking that the portal show that persons allotted a particular number series would alone be administered the vaccine on a particular day. Hearing these submissions, Justice Vijayaraghavan said, “they are trying their level best. With the available resources they are doing their level best and they are improving it upon..Suo motu Devan (Division Bench of Justices Devan Ramachandran and Dr Kauser Edappagath) has taken up, Supreme Court is also considering the matter on Thursday…I’ll post it on Friday within which time Mr Sohan will come up with something” The State Attorney added to this, saying, “If the petitioner hears the daily briefing of CM…” Justice Vijayaraghavan stated, “I can’t ask her to go and hear, though I would like to, I can’t ask her to do that!” The State Attorney explained that he made this submission only because the State was functioning transparently, providing all necessary information. “We are functioning in a very transparent manner and we are giving every data, every day we are doing it”, the State Attorney said. After this exchange, the Court directed that the matter be posted on Friday.The petition filed by Prabhakaran TP through Advocate R Leela avers that the “absence of details guaranteeing the supply and availability of vaccine to fulfil the schedule of vaccination announced is creating chaos and confusion”It reads,”The act of the 1st Respondent (Central Government) in not publishing in public domain the matters relating to the production as well as vaccine quantity intended to be imported and also the calendar relating to the supply of vaccine is the blatant violation of the duty of the State towards the subjects.”Prabhakaran’s plea hence prays for the publication of the vaccine schedule, the number of vaccines available in the open market, and directions to the State of Kerala to announce a weekly-supply calendar of vaccines in all Health Centres, Covid Vaccine Centers and Private Hospitals to reduce chaos and curb spot registrations.Click here to download the orderTagsPIL COVID -19 vaccination drive Overcrowding Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan Justice MR Anitha #COWIN Kerala High Court Next Storylast_img read more

first_img Tagged: events, exhibits, ithaca, photography, we are ithaca The videos are uploaded to the project website and will also be part of an installation at the History Center.The project, “We Are Ithaca: A Celebration in Portraits” officially got started in September 2017. Over the course of a few months, there were 28 pop-up portrait sessions held in locations around Ithaca that were easily accessible. Now, the photos are visible online, in a banner on the Ithaca Commons, in a book and documentary, and were featured in a gallery at the Community School of Music and Arts.The project will also be celebrated at an event Thursday on the Commons. (Details below.)Wishna said it was truly a community portrait project, with a core team of about a dozen people. Behind the scenes at each photo session, there were four to six people helping with set up and organization. Beyond the photo sessions, the team behind the project has helped create a book, documentary, plan events and hang banners.The tagline of the project is “to celebrate our uniqueness and diversity through portraits and stories.” If people take anything from the project, Wishna said she would like people to see how alike everyone is.“We are a lot more alike than we know,” Wishna said. “I really wish, especially in America right now, that we could all recognize that and be a lot kinder to one another.”The project will also be celebrated Thursday on the Ithaca Commons during the CFCU Summer Concert Series with a performance by Fall Creek Brass Band. The first 50 people at the event will receive a free We Are Ithaca poster featuring all of the portraits. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.The “We Are Ithaca” documentary directed by local filmmaker Becky Lane will be featured later in August.Every portrait taken is now available in book format and every portrait is published in it. The book is available here online or at Ithacamade in the Dewitt Mall. Learn more about the project at the website, weareithaca.org.Featured image: Passersby walk past the We Are Ithaca banner on the Ithaca Commons on Monday. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice) ITHACA, N.Y. — Through more than 1,200 portraits, local project “We Are Ithaca” has captured a snapshot of Ithaca’s rich community. The photographs and videos that have resulted from the project give a small window into the lives of hundreds of Ithaca residents.“We wanted to celebrate the town, the community, the citizens through portraits,” Robyn Wishna, project director and photographer, said. “It’s sort of an egalitarian photo project because nobody is more important than another and everybody’s going to be seen — this is a bad pun — but in the same light.”A look at the crew behind We Are Ithaca. (Provided by Robyn Wishna)It’s easy to get lost in the hundreds of portraits that were taken. About half the people photographed stood as they were, but others brought along items that represent a bit of who they are. They held items like instruments, pictures of loved ones, sports gear, art, plants, books, and all sorts of interesting items, even chickens.The full-length photographs were set up simply with bright light and a white background, letting the personalities being captured in that moment shine through.The average portrait session took a couple minutes at most. The only direction people got for the photo was where to stand.“I didn’t direct people. I didn’t tell people how to stand or what to do or to smile,” Wishna said. “I just let them be how they wanted to be.”(Provided by Robyn Wishna)After the photograph, people were invited to share something on video if they wanted and about a quarter to a third of the participants did so. Wishna said she didn’t have an initial plan for the videos, but said it was an opportunity to have all of these people on record expressing themselves. Some talked about their lives, others shared poetry or songs.“The other piece of the project is it being a snapshot of Ithaca at this point in time,” Wishna said. Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: Kelsey O’Connor Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connorlast_img read more

first_img Pinterest Facebook Previous article18 people waiting on a bed at LUHNext articleFormal funding offer made for €15 million North West Greenway News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – October 2, 2017 Driving test delays in Donegal raised in Seanad Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest The issue of delays in driving test appointments in Donegal has been raised in the Seanad.In Buncrana, provisional licence holders are reportedly waiting up to 22 weeks before being able to take their test.Councillor Nicholas Crossan has emphasised the importance of holding a drivers license for young people, particularly in rural areas like Donegal and credits a decrease in the number of driving testers in the North West for the delay.Councillor Crossan says he has been assured by Senator Victor Boyhan who raised the issue in the Seanad that it will be brought before Minister Shane Ross:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/crossan1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Homepage BannerNews Harps come back to win in Waterford Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

first_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty 12 year old & teens arrested after ‘orchestrated’ rioting in Derry WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Facebook Twitter A 12-year-old boy and two 17-year-old youths have been arrested following what’s been described as ‘orchestrated’ rioting in Derry.Police were responding to reports of a suspect device outside a polling station in the Moss Park area of the city last night.When attending the scene, five petrol bombs were thrown at officers.The PSNI have since recovered six petrol bombs from the area, along with 20 paint bombs and two crates of empty bottles.All three arrested are in police custody this morning. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Previous articleSchool-children go on strike in Letterkenny over climate actionNext articleNational Slow Day down gets underway this morning News Highland Homepage BannerNews Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – May 24, 2019 Pinterest Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter By News Highland – November 9, 2019 Google+ Flood relief works for Finn Valley a welcome step – Harley WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Google+ Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img Pinterest Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Donegal County Council is asking An Bord Pleanala to approve plans for the dredging of the River Finn.The proposed plans will see the removal of silt, gravel and boulders in Ballybofey and Stranorlar for flood relief works along the river.The works will also include the removal of trees and vegetation along the banks of the river and the installation of two storm manholes in Stranorlar.Local Councillor Martin Harley says this is a welcome step in the right direction in the long awaited flood relief works for the Finn Valley:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/harleyweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleLetterkenny Business Awards Winners AnnouncedNext articleCall for County Council to investigate suspected pollution on Braade beach News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

first_img Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday March 26th By News Highland – March 26, 2019 Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday March 26th:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/26news.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Previous articleJim Ferry avoids being jailed for contempt of court againNext articleDonegal fisherman commences hunger strike outside Leinster House News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNewsPlayback Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Pinterest House sales down in Donegal according to MyHome.ie News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Over 23-thousand houses were sold across the country in the first six months of the year.Dublin saw the most sales at almost 7,500, an increase of 11% on the same period last year.The MyHome.ie analysis of the property price register shows that Cork came in second, followed by Kildare, Galway and Meath.Sales fell in six counties, with Donegal registering 568 homes sold. That’s down 14.5%, the third sharpest fall behind Longford and Sligo. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleMc Elduff hopes new evidence will shed light on Arkinson disappearanceNext articleMacNiallais stars as Donegal win New York title News Highland Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Twitter Google+ By News Highland – September 11, 2017 last_img read more

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Gardai renew appeal for information on Letterkenny assaults Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Gardaí in Letterkenny have renewed their appeal for information about two serious assaults in Letterkenny just before Christmas, one of which involved a man receiving apparent stab wounds.Gardai say the incidents were unrelated, but they believe both may have inviolved the same assailants.Gardai say both assaults happened in the vicinity of the Church Lane and Castle Street, between 3:30am and 5am on the morning of Saturday December 22nd.A man in his 20s and a man in his 30s received serious but non-life threatening injuries in two separate incidents and each was taken to Hospital. One of the men had apparent stab wound injuries.Gardai want to speak to anyone with information about the incidents, particularly who witnessed the assault or saw anyone in distress in the vicinity of Church Lane, Castle Street, College Road, St Eunan’s College or the entrance to Hawthorn Heights.Motorists or taxi drivers in the area who may have dash camera footage are also being urged to contact Gardaí in Letterkenny on 074-91-67100, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Google+ Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleGAA Programme – Look Ahead to 2019Next articleIrish Water’s €12m Donegal investment project to be complete by end of 2019 News Highland Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook By News Highland – January 3, 2019 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

first_imgA further 5 people with Covid-19 have died here, bringing the death toll to 1,695.Latest Department of Health figures show 19 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed.It means there have been 25,231 confirmed cases since the outbreak began in late February.No new coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded by Northern Ireland’s health service again, for the fourth day in a row. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday June 10thNext articleFace masks up for discussion at latest NPHET meeting News Highland Facebook Pinterest Google+center_img By News Highland – June 10, 2020 Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp A further 5 people with Covid-19 have died Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

first_img Pinterest The Donegal Vintners Association is warning that there must be reduction in the social distancing guidelines from two metres to one for pubs to be viable when they eventually reopen. The World Health Organisation has advised that keeping your distance one metre apart from another is sufficient going forward however Ireland is, for now, to continue with the two metre guideline.Alice Lynch Chairperson of the Donegal Vintners Branch says that won’t be feasible and to give pubs any chance of surviving there must be a change.Ms. Lynch is hopeful though that that change could come by August:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/aliclkjlkjlkje10am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ Facebook By News Highland – May 27, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Previous articleWatch Donegal boss Declan Bonner on the DL DebateNext articleHave your say on plans to improve traffic flow in Letterkenny News Highland Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Donegal vintners warn two metres ‘isn’t feasible’ for pubs Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

first_img New Garda powers considered Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – August 28, 2020 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Cabinet is meeting today to consider increased enforcement powers for Gardai to shutdown house parties and pubs that aren’t complying with public health guidelines.The proposed new legislation is part of further measures to tackle the spread of Covid-19 announced last week and is expected to be approved by Ministers today.As part of the proposals, it would be an offence to organise or attend a gathering of more than 6 people in a private house. Twitter Homepage BannerNews Previous articleSecond national lockdown not being considered “as things stand”Next articlePublicans want Government to announce financial package today News Highland center_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

first_img Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – July 3, 2019 Facebook Google+ Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Gardai have confirmed that a warrant has been issued from the Central Criminal Court to arrest and charge a person with the murder of Denis Donaldson.Mr Donaldson was shot dead at a remote cottage on the outskirts of Glenties in April 2006. He was 55. The former Sinn Fein worker had been living there since being exposed as an MI5 agent the previous year.The judge adjourned the inquest into his death until September 23rd, 2020, to allow sufficient time to consider the proceedings.This is the 22nd adjournment in the case.Speaking outside Letterkenny court this afternoon, Family solicitor Ciaran Shiels says the family are being realistic with today’s developments:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/ciaransdfgdfgdfgdhiels3pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleBrexit, Climate Change & Sectarianism expected to dominate MacGillNext articleShaun Doherty signs for Finn Harps News Highland WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Gardai plan to charge a suspect with Dennis Donaldson’s murder Pinterest Facebook Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Pinterest A fourth body, believed to be that of a young child, has been found by police investigating a fire than killed three people in Co. Fermanagh earlier this week.The body of a woman and two children were discovered at a house in Derrylin on Tuesday.A 27 year man is being questioned on suspicion of murder as officers believe the blaze was started deliberately. The man had been hospitalised after his arrest, but police have confirmed he is now in their custody. Facebook Twitter By News Highland – March 1, 2018 center_img Previous articleInstitute and Ardstraw included in UEFA disaster fundNext articleMcCarthy could be fit for pre-season News Highland Pinterest Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Fourth body found at scene of Fermanagh fire tragedy Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

first_img Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Pinterest Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – June 4, 2019 AudioHomepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Festival goers had a narrow escape from injury after a weekend collision in Ballyshannon. The single vehicle crash happened in the town centre on Sunday night around 11pm during the Rory Gallagher Festival.Gardai had been alerted to the car acting suspiciously in Bundoran prior to the crash and efforts had been made to clear people from the street before the car hit barriers.Two people were subsequently arrested at the scene.Sgt Eunan Walsh says the swift response from Gardai potentially saved lives:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/ballyshannon1pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Previous articleCocaine, cannabis & drugs paraphernalia seized in Letterkenny drug bustsNext articleHeffernan and Gillick to launch Patsy McGonagle’s book News Highland Festival goers have narrow escape from injury in Ballyshannon Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – November 1, 2018 Donegal service station officially opens today creating 60 new jobs Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ The new Donegal Town plaza service station has officially opened today, creating 60 new jobs for the area. The complex, which is located at Drumlonagher on the outskirts of the town, includes Supermacs, Papa Johns with a drive-thru facility, a shop and fuel services.Mayor of Donegal Town Pauric Kennedy has described the new service station as a major boost for the community and a sign that people are very keen to invest in Donegal:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/pauricsghjghjghjghjupermacs.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Pinterest Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleGAA Programme – Glenfin on the Ulster glory trailNext article18 Donegal land parcels currently owned by vulture funds News Highland last_img read more

first_img Facebook Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Previous articleLightning strikes: Thousands without power in DonegalNext articleLittle Angels to hold meeting over summer programme decision News Highland Google+ Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The HSE in Donegal is encouraging patients to use a new online way to talk to their clinicians. Attend Anywhere is a web based video conferencing tool to provide video consultations to patient’s/service users through virtual clinics known as ‘waiting rooms’.The HSE says that it’s a simple, safe, easy to use and reliable technology for both patients and clinicians.The system has been designed and tested specifically for use in clinical settings.Rona McLaughlin, HSE Donegal Physiotherapy Manager says while it’s working well, it’s certainly not a replacement for face to face consultations:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/RonaHSsdfsdfsdfsE1pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. HSE in Donegal encouraging patients to use ‘Attend Anywhere’ By News Highland – June 26, 2020 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleAnother Bronze for Donegal competitors at World Tug of War ChampionshipsNext articleThree attacked in Clon Daragh area of Derry, PSNI investigating News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Gardai in Donegal are investigating after the body of a 37-year-old man was found in a drain overnight.The discovery was made at Cloghore on the main Ballyshannon to Beleek Road at around 11pm last night.His body remains at the scene which is being preserved for examination.Gardai say a post-mortem will determine the course of their investigation. Gardai investigating after body of man found overnight By News Highland – February 23, 2020 Twittercenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Google+ Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA last_img read more

first_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Breaking: Crash between bus & car on Letterkenny-Derry Road Previous articleThunder warning issued for Donegal until 11pm tonightNext articleDevers and Timlin on target as Harps beat Galway News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Emergency services are currently at the scene of crash on the main Letterkenny to Derry road. The collision between a bus and a car happened just before 4pm this afternoon close to Magherabeg School in Manorcunningham.Gardai say one person is thought to have been hurt in the crash though their injuries are understood to be non-life threatening.Motorists are being advised to approach the area with caution and to expect delays.There are no further details at this stage. Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Homepage BannerNewscenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further WhatsApp Pinterest By News Highland – June 8, 2018 Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows last_img read more

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “The portfolio includes your participation in clubs and activities and your community service,” Brown said. “Judges determined which portfolios were the best and I was excited to be in the top five.As one of the Top Ten, Brown was quizzed about something that she would not want to repeat.“That was not an easy question,” she said. “But I said that I would want to repeat everything that I have done. Even though some of the things that I have done were not necessarily good choices, they still have made me the person that I am today.”Brown is a freshman at Troy University and is enrolled in the premed program. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and the Freshmen Forum.Although she is busy on the college scene, she will continue to budget her time so that she can fulfill her duties as Miss Pike County.“I’m looking forward to continuing to representing Pike County at activities and events as Miss Pike County,” she said. “It’s already been a lot of fun and a great experience.” Print Article Few, if any, of the 47 contestants in the Miss National Peanut Festival Pageant had a larger cheering section than Miss Pike County Rachel Brown.She had the entire Troy University Alpha Gamma Delta sorority pulling for her and their cheers filled the Dothan Civic Center on Friday night, Oct. 17, as she competed for the title of Miss National Peanut Festival at the annual pageant.“It was very exciting to have my sorority sisters and my family and other friends cheering for me,” Brown said. “Competing in the National Peanut Festival Pageant was a great experience and a lot of fun.” Miss Pike County named Scholastic Winner at ‘Peanut’ Book Nook to reopen Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Skip Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, October 21, 2008 Sponsored Content Latest Stories “It was an honor to be named the Scholastic Winner and it was very exciting,” Brown said. “The winner is chosen by their GPA and ACT scores. So, it was a real honor.”The contestants began their quest for the title on Thursday and had three days of “hard work” leading up to the awarding of the title on Saturday night.“We didn’t get a lot of sleep for three days and we stayed busy all the time,” Brown said. “As part of the competition, we were required to write an essay on how we would have a peanut roundup and promote peanuts.”The contestants were also judged on verbal communication, evening gown and portfolio. By The Penny Hoarder The pageant began on Oct. 16, and ended on Saturday night, Oct. 18, with the Top Ten competing for the coveted title.Brown was among them.She was named to the Top Ten and was in the Top Five portfolio finalists and last, but certainly not least, Brown represented Pike County as the Scholastic Winner in the 2008 Miss National Peanut Festival Pageant. You Might Like Sharing favorite recipes Shelby Brown has a treasured cookbook. And, she confesses, it’s one she’s had for a while. “I think it’s from… read morelast_img read more

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip Sponsored Content You Might Like Bulldogs power past Warriors On a night where there is much to celebrate already, the Pike County Bulldogs gave their fans, both young and… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits In personnel action, the board:• Approved Monica E. Law as a Rodeo and Equestrian Club volunteer.• Approved the hiring of Sarah Toney as CNP worker at Goshen Elementary School.• Approved the hiring of Melissa Davis for Pike County High School registrar position.• Approved the hiring of Edward Robinson as welding instructor at Troy/Pike Regional Center for Technology.The board approved the request from Elizabeth Grubbs to attend the Minority Leadership Conference in Orange Beach on Nov. 5. All expenses will be paid by the Alabama Education Association.The board also approved a request for Mrs. Belcher and Mr. Stinger and six students to attend the Alabama State Department of Education Career Tech Joint Leadership Development Council in Montgomery on Sept. 27 and 28. Expenses will be paid by using the Perkins funds and funds from HOSA.Approval was given for Brook Terry to attend an equipment workshop in Mississippi Sept. 29 and 30. Expenses will be paid by the Child Nutrition Program.The board also approved a resolution for the FY 2011 Foundation Program.and a contract with East Central Mental Health with a proration stipulation. Latest Stories Email the author Published 9:57 pm Monday, September 13, 2010 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen The Monday budget hearing was the second state-required hearing. The first was held on Sept. 13. Following the Monday hearing, the board of education approved the school budget for FY 2011 at its September regular meeting.The budget included $13,171,203 in state funding, $5,497,487 in federal funding, $4,817,203 in local funding and $25,000 in funding from other sources.The budget reflected an increase of 8 percent in federal funding and a reduction in state funding of 6 percent. Local funding dropped 2 percent. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sixty-six percent of the budget will be directed toward instructional service and support. Ten percent will be dedicated to operations maintenance and 16 percent to auxiliary services.Although Bazzell said he is “comfortable” with the $2.7 million general fund reserves, he said he does not anticipate growing the reserves in face of possible proration.Federal dollars have made it possible for the school system “to do a lot” and also to put funds aside for a rainy day.“And, we have had our share of rainy days over the last three years,” Bazzell said. By Jaine Treadwell The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… The Pike County Board of Education approved the annual school budget Monday for FY 2011 with anticipated revenue of $23,510,713.Dr. Mark Bazzell, Pike County superintendent of education, said the budget reflects an increase in federal dollars due to Stimulus Package funding and also includes federal dollars in the $2.7 million school system’s general fund reserves.“These dollars will disappear at the end of FY 2011,” Bazzell said. “However, I feel confident going into FY 2011 with the budget that we have presented.” Print Article PCBOE approves budgetlast_img read more

first_img Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Glayre’s square also includes a church and a city hall, school and children at play with a heart as the background.“Small towns are the heart of Alabama,” Glayre said.Phillips said that quilt making was common in America during the late 18th century and most quilts were made of left over scraps or worn clothing as bedcovering.“Quilt making continues to be popular today, often as decorative art, rather than to keep feet warm at night,” Phillips said. “To celebrate the art of quilting, the AREA sponsors an annual quilt competition and each year the theme is different. This year’s theme was ‘Small Town Alabama’ in recognition of the contributions that small towns make to the state — everything from entertainment to the economy.” Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, September 7, 2011 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell Skip Print Article Quilters are invited to submit a 12-inch quilt square for judging that highlights the theme for the year. The quilt squares can be the old fashioned, hand stitched kind or embroidered, appliquéd or machine stitched.“How the square is done depends solely on the quilter,” Phillips said. “Quilting a single square makes it easier for more people to participate and, when the winners are selected, the squares are put together and quilted. Each winner will receive a plaque with a photograph of the quilt. The quilt is then displayed at each of the AREA cooperatives.The 2011 AREA quilt will be on display at South Alabama Electric Cooperative October 24 through 28.The 2011 AREA “Small Town Alabama” quilt is traveling to all AREA cooperatives and will be on display at South Alabama Electric Cooperative Oct. 24-28.The quilt will be on permanent display at the Alabama Rural Heritage Center in Thomaston. By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories You Might Like A healthy activity Minnie McLoud was one of about 250 seniors who took advantage of the free screenings and health checks offered at… read more Lauer is the winner from the South Alabama Electric Cooperative area and Glayre from the Pea River Cooperative (Ozark) area.After deciding to retire to the South, Lauer and her husband, John, moved to Brundidge from Pennsylvania three years ago.“When I first thought about the theme for the competition, Small Town Alabama, what came to mind about small town Alabama was its churches,” Lauer said. “My square is of an old-style church with white clapboards. There’s a road beside it and the words, ‘Faith, Family, Friends.’ That’s what small town Alabama is to me.” Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Two women with ties to Pike County have been named winners in the Alabama Rural Electric Association’s annual quilt competition.Melodie Lauer of Brundidge and Carol Glayre, a member of the Pioneer Quilters at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama, were among the 25 Alabama quilters who were honored for their contributions to the art and for their outstanding craftsmanship.Chellie Phillips, South Alabama Electric Cooperative members’ services coordinator, said the annual competition attracts a large number of entries from North Alabama to the Gulf Coast and a winner is selected from each of the Alabama Rural Electric Association areas. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Local women win in regional quilt competition Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daylast_img read more

first_img Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… You Might Like Dale County sheriff to speak at Brundidge Rotary Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson will be the guest speaker at the Brundidge Rotary Club Wednesday and the public is… read more “The Pettway women told about how hard life was when they were growing up in Gee’s Bend,” said Kari Barley, Pioneer museum director. “There was no way there for them to make money except by selling their quilts. They were selling the quilts for one or two dollars apiece until their quilts were recognized as art.“That changed the way of life in Gee’s Bend. The quilters then had a way to make a living.”The Gee’s Bend Quilters are known throughout the country for their “art.” Their quilts that once sold for a few dollars are now bringing hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Sponsored Content Email the authorcenter_img Published 11:29 pm Tuesday, March 5, 2013 “The Pettways brought several quilts to show,” Barley said. “One that was very special was made from shirts worn by post office workers. The Gee’s Bend Quilters made a quilt for President Obama and they brought a picture of it to show.”Mary Ann Pettway’s quits are distinctive in that she uses very tiny scraps of cloth for the center of her quilts.“She uses pieces of cloth that others would throw away,” Barley said.“Some of the pieces are no bigger than a thumbnail. She uses those tiny pieces of material for the center and builds her quilts from there.” The quilters brought along the young people to demonstrate that quilting is an art for all ages.“One of the children was quilting for the first time,” Barley said. “They did a good job and seemed to really be enjoying it.The emphasis on quilts is heightened by the Pioneer Museum of Alabama’s biennial “Pieces of History Quilt Show” that is underway through March 31.“On Saturday, we will have another special event that focuses on quilting,” Barley said. “Sherry Burkhalter, who is an authority on quilt patterns and quilt history, will be here for presentations, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.She will talk about the history of quilting and identify quilt patterns. She will also identify patterns and determine the age of quilts brought to the presentations. By The Penny Hoarder Gee’s Bend quilters ‘show and tell’ Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article Quilters from Gee’s Bend, an isolated hamlet on the Alabama River, captivated their audience at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama on Saturday.Mary Ann Pettway, chair of the Gee’s Bend Quilt Collective, and China Pettway shared the story of Gee’s Bend and how it was transformed from a place of dire poverty to a place of possibilities.They brought along grandchildren and nieces and nephews to help with their quilting demonstrations.last_img read more

first_img Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoarder Published 11:00 pm Monday, March 11, 2013 Ready, set, go! By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits You Might Like Locked out Photo by Jaine Treadwell Landfill, town in limbo The gates of the Brundidge Landfill on the southbound lane of U.S…. read more People take run at the start of the one mile fun run as part of the Brittany and Shepard Pugh Memorial 5k in Troy on Saturday.Troy Junior Women’s League Memorial Run tops $8,000The Brittany Shepard Pugh Memorial 5K Run and Shep Sprint Saturday raised $8,000 for the Troy Junior Women’s League scholarship program and community service projects.Kristy Jones, event co-chair, said more than 160 runners participated in the 5K run and another 100 participated in the One-Mile, Fun-Run and the Shep Sprint.The awards of stained glass Angel Awards by Adams Glass Studio in Troy are presented to the overall runners in the male and female divisions. The winners of the 2nd Annual Brittany Shepard Pugh 5K Run were Cornelia Sanders, overall female finisher, and Daphne Coppage, second. The overall male winner was Kellson Jeffrey with Jonathan Cellon, second. Nicholas Dulaney won the youth award. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The memorial run was the second annual for the Troy Junior Women’s League and was held in memory of Brittany Shepard Pugh and her son, Shep.“Brittany was an active member of the Troy Junior Women’s League,’ Jones said. “Through her willingness to serve others in all areas of her life, she epitomized our club theme, which is ‘To do for the world more than the world does for you.’“We have chosen to remember Brittany and her giving spirit by naming this fundraiser after her and Shep.” Print Article Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Jones said that the TJWL members are excited and pleased with the number of participants and the amount of money raised for the League’s projects.“We thank everyone who made the Brittany Shepard Pugh Memorial 5K Run and Shep Sprint a great success.”Jones said the funds raised from the 5K are used, primarily to fund the TJWL’s scholarship program, which has been renamed the Brittany Shepard Pugh Memorial Scholarship.“In the past, we awarded one scholarship each year but, because the 5K was such a success last year, we were able to award two $1,500 scholarships,” Jones said. “Some of the money will be used to build the scholarship fund so that there will be always be funds available.” The Brittany Shepard Pugh Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating female senior at a school(s) in Pike County who will attend a college or university within the state. The scholarship award is based on an essay, academics, leadership and community service.The TJWL supports many charitable organizations in Troy and Pike County including the Miracle Field project.“This year, we probably will transition our support to the Miracle Field Playground,” Jones said. “The TJWL also supports that Child Advocacy Center, the Troy Public Library and Sav-A-Life. We have a canned food drive for a local food bank and are buddies at Miracle Field ballgames. We meet at the beginning of each year and discuss what organizations and projects we will support during the year. Community service is what we do.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Skiplast_img read more

first_imgLatest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Other featured speakers for the workshop will include Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder, Alabama Extension specialist and professor in the Department of Human and Family Studies at Auburn University, and Dr. Robert Tufts, an attorney, Alabama Extension specialist and professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.Brown said each workshop will be capped off with a discussion about planning assistance, further educational topics and future programming.Pre-registration is required so that meal arrangements can be made and materials prepared. For more information, contact the Pike County Extension office at 566-0985. Workshop offers tips to farmers You Might Like Adviser: Market returning to normal volatility Recent drops in the stock market, including a 326-point plunge in the Dow Jones on Monday, are likely a return… read more Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… With interest in farm succession planning on the steady rise, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold a series of workshops in February to provide farm families with tools to better ensure that these operations are passed successfully from one generation to the next, said Grant Lyons, Pike County Extension coordinator.The workshop for the southeast region will be Thursday at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland beginning with registration at 5:15 p.m. Dinner will follow.“There is much interest in this topic and this should be a great opportunity for anyone interested in farm succession planning,” Lyons said. “Anyone interested in learning about the critical factors for success associated with transferring a farming operation across generations is encouraged to attend.”The workshops will help families assess the feasibility of two-generation farming operations and how to develop the communication and human relationship skills essential for success, Lyons said. Print Articlecenter_img Published 11:00 pm Monday, February 3, 2014 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skip Families will also be advised about the most effective ways to transfer ownership and management responsibilities and to divide business income.“The training will also identify the factors most essential for securing a business arrangement that serves both generations,” Lyons said. The workshops will give families an overview of the farm business transfer process and the key factors they need to discuss before they proceed with planning.Dr. Paul Brown, Alabama Extension associate director, will be one of the featured speakers at the workshops.“The workshops will explore a four-stage transfer process where ownership, management and income are transferred from one generation to the next using a series of business arrangements,” Brown said. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Email the author Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… You Might Like Read-in shares works of African-American writers Dallas Wiley reads with and to Troy University student Tina Deridder during the fifth-annual African-American Read-In held this week at… read more By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell “Each of these Books for Babies is carefully selected based on the interests of the babies,” Colvin said. “We talked with the parents and chose books that they, and we, thought would be of interest to their babies as they begin to really enjoy books.”Colvin said that “I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love” by Nancy Tillman was selected for Ellen Anne because her grandmother and great-grandparents have a Brundidge connection to the author.“Nancy Tillman is the daughter of Susie Hastey of Brundidge and she has other family members in Brundidge and Pike County,” Colvin said. “Ella Nicole likes to spend time outside and really enjoys playing with her dog, Annie. So, we chose ‘Taking a Bath with a Dog’ by Scott Menchin. We hope, though, it doesn’t inspire her to take a bath with Annie.” Sponsored Content Junior Women’s League donates books to honor babies Published 9:14 pm Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Skip Books open the world to all children and that’s the reason the Troy Junior Women’s League and the Troy Public Library are strong supporters of literacy among young children.“A child is never too young to be read to,” Colvin said. “The earlier children are exposed to books and to reading, the more likely they are to be readers. And reading is an open door to the world and all that it has to offer.”A bookplate will be placed inside each of the books donated in honor of Ellen Anne Pugh, Ella Nicole Blair, Christopher Steward Thomas II, and Austin Grant Wise.“When these babies get old enough the come to the library and pick out books for themselves, they will see a book with their name inside,” Colvin said. “That will make them feel very special. And, they are very special.” Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Christopher likes animals and also likes being outside.“And, he laughs a lot and even giggles,” Colvin said. “The book we selected for him is “You Were the First” by Patricia MacLachlan because it’s about a little boy who discovers so many wonderful things in his world in such a delightful way. We think Christopher will be that little boy.”“Off We Go!” by Will Hillenbrand is the book that the library staff chose for Austin Grant Wise.“Austin will soon be a year old and he already loves books and for his parents to read to him,” Colvin said. “If he continues to enjoy books so much, he will be off and going into a world of fun and adventure.” The Troy Junior Women’s League honored the babies born to League members during the calendar year 2013 Wednesday by donating books in their names to the Troy Public Library.Ellen Anne Pugh, the daughter of Dax and Holly Pugh; Ella Nicole Blair, the daughter of Jonathan and Megan Blair; Christopher Stewart Thomas II, the son of Stewart and Katie Thomas; and Austin Grant Wise, the son of Blake and Amanda Wise were presented books that where selected especially for each of them.Children’s librarian Teresa Colvin said the Troy Junior Women’s League has been donating books in honor of babies born to members for 20 years or more. Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Skip Print Article Published 9:49 pm Monday, March 10, 2014 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like On your marks, get set, go! Brittany Shepard Pugh Memorial 5k a success (PHOTOS, LIST OF WINNERS) MESSENGER PHOTOS/ MONA MOORE Saturday’s Brittany Shepard Pugh Memorial 5K and Shep Sprint had its largest turnout to date. Event… read more By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The old grist mill in Shellhorn still stands by the “Crybaby Bridge,” where legend says a young girl died when she fell from the bridge and drowned. Residents in the Shellhorn community say their area is rich with history and tradition.MESSENGER PHOTOS | JAINE TREADWELLThis week’s dart landed on Shellhorn Road in Pike County. DART: Shellhorn filled with history, legends and lore Life in the village of Shellhorn long centered about the mill. Some think the name Shellhorn is a corruption of “shell corn.” In addition to shelling corn, the mill also served to saw lumber, to make shingles, to operate a cotton gin and to grind mixed feeds for animals. The mill was older than the community that surrounds it. The Belser family owned the mill for 65 years. There were mills at four different spots around the millpond.Pat Bennett, whose dad owned the brick store just up the road from the mill, remembers the time that a sudden storm came up and rained and rained, cats and dogs. The water kept rising and rising until her dad’s store was standing in five feet of water.“The water outside was so deep that my dad’s car actually floated from one side of the store to the other,” Bennett said. “After the rain stopped, we were all down at the store helping my dad clean up what we could. I was working over behind the candy counter and a snake’s head came up, and I left so he could have all the candy he wanted.”In its early days, the mill bridge was a wooded bridge, like so many others in the rural south. Tales were told of hobos building fires under the bridge, of gypsies setting up camp in the shelter of the bridge and a bandit or two finding refuge in its shadows.But the one story of note although, perhaps, only folklore, is of a little, pigtailed girl who was riding her tricycle across the rickety, bumpy wood bridge.“The way the story was told to me was the little girl was riding across the bridge on a tricycle and a horse and buggy came by in a fast trot,” said Tiffany Griggs. “Maybe the horse and buggy scared the little girl or maybe it pushed her off the bridge. I don’t know that. But, the little girl fell off her tricycle and into the millpond and drowned.”Griggs said that wasn’t the end of the story. According to the legend, whenever the train comes through Troy late at night and the whistle blows and the wind is blowing in the right direction, the little girl’s sad crying is carried on the wind.MESSENGER PHOTO | JAINE TREADWELL Latest Stories Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Book Nook to reopenlast_img read more

first_img By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Book Nook to reopen “In the fall, the artists come back to visit the schools and conduct classes for the teachers who participated in the workshop. This workshop has far reaching benefits for the teachers and their students.”The Celebration of Contemporary Art in Alabama exhibition in August will feature some of the most outstanding contemporary artists in the state under one roof.“The exhibit offers the public the opportunity to view the artwork of Alabama’s contemporary artists and it is also an opportunity for these artists to exhibit their work collectively,” Pritchett said. “Alabama artists have few opportunities to exhibit their work as a body of artists. We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to the public and to these outstanding Alabama artists.”Pritchett said the Alabama State Council on the Arts has been supportive of the programs of the Johnson Center for the Arts since it opened in 2008. “ASCA has played a huge role in the success of the Johnson Center,” she said. “We are appreciative of ASCA’s past and continued support of our programs.”Lawrence Bowden, president of the Brundidge Historical Society, said his organization is also appreciative of the longtime support it has received from ASCA.“The first grant we received from ASCA supported our idea for a folklife play in Brundidge,” Bowden said. “The November production of  “Come Home, It’s Suppertime,” closed out our 13th year. ASCA grants have supported our Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival for nine years and we absolutely could not offer the quality of storytelling festival that we do without ASCA.”Bowden said the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival features four nationally acclaimed storytellers each year.“You won’t go to any festival that has more gifted storytellers than our storytelling committee brings to Pike County each year,” he said. “The grants that we receive from ASCA make it possible for us to bring in these master storytellers for our audiences and for storytelling concerts for students in the county, city and private schools.”Bowden said ASCA has supported other storytelling events of the BHS.“If it were not for ASCA, the arts opportunities would be extremely limited and probably almost non-existent in small communities like Brundidge,” he said. “We owe ASCA a great debt of gratitude.”Arts programs, assisted by Council grants, have a track record of enhancing community development, education, cultural tourism and overall quality of life in virtually all regions of the state.The Council makes grants to non-profit organizations, schools, universities, cities, and a wide range of community groups. ASCA funds are matched by contributions from businesses, individuals, local government and earned income by the grantee.Vaughan Morrissette, Council chair, said Alabama is fortunate to have so many programs that support and enhance education for students and improve the quality of life for all citizens. A vibrant arts environment helps to draw new industry and investment to Alabama, she said.The Alabama State Council on the Arts is the official state arts agency of Alabama. The staff of the Council, directed by Al Head, administers the grants programs and provides technical assistance in arts planning and programming. The Council receives its support through an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Troy University’s Theater and Dance Department received $1,900 in grant funding for its dance residency/performance outreach program.Vicki Pritchett, executive director of the Johnson Center for the Arts, an arm of the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, said both grants make it possible for the arts center to offer programs that would be difficult to offer otherwise.“The ArtBridges Teacher Workshop is offered to teachers throughout the county each summer,” Pritchett said. “The workshop features accomplished artists and facilitators who give instructions and present demonstrations on various ways to integrate art into all areas of the curriculum. By Blood Sugar Blaster Email the author Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 3:00 am Saturday, December 13, 2014 Local art organizations receive funds Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like Exhibition: Students display culminating artwork Robert Sanders admires one of the 11 works of art on exhibit during Thursday’s Senior Thesis art show in Malone… read more The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) awarded 117 grants totaling $339,050 at its Council meeting in Montgomery on December 4. This round of grants will support arts in education, folk art, community, literature, performing, and visual arts programs throughout the year 2015.Three Pike County arts groups benefited from the awards with the amount totaling $11,300. The Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center received grants for the amount of $3,000 for its ArtBridges teacher summer workshop and $4,200 for the Celebration of Contemporary Art in Alabama exhibition.The Brundidge Historical Society received $2,200 for the annual Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival, a folklife event. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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first_img You Might Like Banks School inducts new members into National Junior honor society (photos) Submitted photoThe Banks School held a ceremony on April 10 to induct 17 new members into the Banks chapter of… read more This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Skip Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “But today’s younger generations do love and appreciate our older Americans. They just don’t always know how to express those feelings,” she said.Terry said her grandfather, Charlie Terry, age 96, has always been a strong and steady influence in her life and in his own quiet way.“And, it was not just what he said that influenced me,” she said. “I watched what he did. I watched how he lived, how he spoke to people, how he treated people. My granddaddy is good person. The best way to raise children is not to tell them what to do and how to act, it’s to show them. There are no better examples of how to live our lives than our grandparents.”Terry said she was happy to be back in Troy and the response that she received from the hundreds of senior adults was a blessing. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not hard to be a hero in your own hometown. Not if you’re Tonya Terry, that is.Tonya Terry, WSFA news anchor, came home to Troy Friday to speak at Mayfest 2015, an event of Older Americans Month, hosted by the South Central Alabama Development Commission Area Agency on Aging. About 800 senior adults from Pike and adjoining counties gathered at the Sportsplex for a day of fun, fellowship, informational opportunities and inspiration.Much of the inspiration came from Terry who spoke with an open heart about the influence that senior adults have had and continue to have on her life. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content “They seemed genuinely happy to see me,” she said. “Their smiles and their hugs were so special. It was not even late in the day and I’d already had a good day, thanks to them. “Our seniors are the salt of the earth. They are such sweet people. They have lived long enough to be wise and are still young enough to enjoy and appreciate life. I love and appreciate all of our older Americans.”Mayfest was a fulfilled day that included the recognition of elected officials and the senior centers and managers.Entertainment was by the Troy Nutrition Center Senior Choir, the American Legion Dancers and a special rendition of the National Anthem by Shelia Jackson.The senior adults participated in a hat contest and a talent show.Jeanne Barnes, Pike County EMA director, presented an informative talk on weather preparedness.Shelia Deveridge, Troy Nutrition Center director, said senior adults from Pike, Bullock, Butler, Crenshaw, Lowndes and Macon counties participated in the 2015 Mayfest.“We are fortunate to have the Sportsplex where we can host Mayfest each year,” Deveridge said. “We enjoy having seniors from other counties come to Troy for a day of fellowship. Mayfest was very successful again this year. We all had a wonderful time and will begin now looking forward to Mayfest 2016.” Published 3:00 am Saturday, May 16, 2015 By Secrets Revealed By Jaine Treadwell Mayfest: a celebration for older Americans Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Terry said, as a young child, she learned to be respectful of others through the actions of the senior adults in her life.“Times may have changed but we must never stop being respectful of one another,” she said. “Even when we don’t believe the same things or live in the same neighborhood or go to the same churches or have other things in common, we must be respectful of other human beings.”Terry said the things that are seen on television and in the movies or heard on the radio or in the music sometimes devalue human relationships.Messenger Photo/Jaine TreadwellAbout 800 senior adults from Pike County and neighboring counties gathered at the Sportsplex for a day of fun and fellowship during Mayfest on Friday, May 15. 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first_img Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like SAFETY FIRST MESSENGER PHOTO/COURTNEY PATTERSONShane Chance with the Goshen Fire Department teaches students the proper way to stop, drop and roll. Stop,… read more MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELLPike County High School Choral Director Roy Hoobler and choral several students concluded the program with “Lean on Me” which was encouragement to the students to be there for those who are victims of bullying.The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated Pike County High School as a focus school for teaching tolerance.Sharon Sullivan, PCHS counselor, said being selected as a focus school is an honor and is also validation that PCHS is working diligently to teach and model tolerance. As a focus school, PCHS participates in the Mix It Up at Lunch Model School program whichembraces respect and inclusiveness as core values. At PCHS, they “mix it up” all year long, Sullivan said. Email the author Wentland said bullying is mean and hateful but almost as bad is standing back and not taking up for those who are being bullied.“If you just stand back and do nothing, you are bullying, just in a different way,” she said.The students said what all students want, whether they admit it or not, is to fit in.“And, if you don’t fit in with the styles or the places people go or the things they do, then you are probably going to get bullied,” Grissette said. “I used to get bullied but I learned not to let it bother me. I stand up for myself and that makes a difference.”The students said it’s important to get involved when bullying is going on and speak up and stand up for the victims.“Social media is responsible for a lot of the bullying that is going on because you can say hurtful things without anyone knowing who you are or why those things are being said,” Wentland said. “There’s no reason to hurt anyone because they are different from you in any way. What we can do to help stop bullying is to stand up and speak up. That’s the right thing to do.”The program ended with choral director Roy Hoobler and several students leading, “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, which, the students said, could be the theme song for students who are willing to “mix it up” every day. Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 4:00 am Wednesday, October 28, 2015 PCHS students ‘Mix It Up’ at lunchcenter_img Sponsored Content PCHS continued its commitment to teaching and practicing tolerance Tuesday by participating, once again, in the Mix It Up Model School Lunch Day with a program in the school cafeteria.The program included a dramatization and a sing-along.Tori Wentland, Jalin Wheeler, Morgan Grissette and Brianna Foster presented a short skirt that highlighted the need for and importance of tolerance. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “You don’t ever know what someone is going through and how what you say or do may affect them,” Wheeler said. “Words can hurt you and they are hurting a lot young people these days. A lot of students worry about the way they look and what they wear. Some students aren’t making good grades and they want to be successful but feel like they are not. A lot of students are unhappy inside.”And, it’s these students who are “unhappy inside” that are bullied the most.The students said that bullying is going on in all schools and their school is not immune.“Students are bullied in a lot of ways,” Foster said. “Sometimes they are called names and mean things are said about them. Even things are told on them that aren’t true. Bullying is anything that is said or done to make a person feel bad about themselves.” By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

first_img “And, some of our veteran cast members are taking on new roles this spring and we are looking forward to seeing them portray different characters. We are having a good time at practice and are anxious for opening night.”Tickets for “Come Home, It’s Suppertime” are the best ticket in town, Bray said.“We are keeping our ticket price at $25 and that includes the pre-show entertainment, a full country supper with dessert and our original folklife play,” Bray said. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Performers are practicing for Alabama’s Official Folklife Play. Pictured: Miss Thelma (Mary Bray) gives Olin (Brady Singleton) a much-deserved switchin. The other Young’uns are Abby Porter, Kylie Redmon, Audra Law, Emma Strickland and Avery Kinson.The Brundidge Historical Society will present the spring season of Alabama’s Official Folklife Play, “Come Home, It’s Suppertime” April 7 and 8 and 13 and 14 at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge.Mernette Bray, play committee chair, said the folklife play is traditionally held the first two weeks in April and the first two weeks in November.“This year, the second weekend in April is Easter weekend so we will not have a performance on the second Saturday,” Bray said. “We are excited about the spring season and are welcoming several new cast members to the stage. New members always bring a different perspective to the play. Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen “If you haven’t been to the We Piddle Around Theater, please come. If you have been, you’re welcome back.”Tickets for the spring production of “Come Home, It’s Suppertime” are available by calling 334-344-9427 or 685-5524. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 3:00 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are…center_img By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell “The mission of the Brundidge Historical Society is to preserve and promote the physical and cultural heritage of our community. We don’t know of a better way to do that than to tell the stories of the people who lived them while sitting around the supper table.“We take great pride in our theater; it’s unique. Storyteller Andy Offutt Irwin said the We Piddle Around Theater is what the Cracker Barrel tries to be. I don’t think we could get a better compliment than that. Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits You Might Like Jail committee seeks comp data, feasibility study While the Pike County Commission awaits authorization to levy a sales tax to fund construction of a new jail, the… read more Email the author ‘Come Home’ play returns to stage Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Secret Service arrested a government contractor on an outstanding attempted murder warrant issued in Maryland when he showed up for work at a White House checkpoint on Tuesday, according to authorities.The suspect, Martese Edwards, worked as a contractor for the National Security Council out of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, according to an NSC official. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building is located next to the White House’s West Wing and houses offices for a large number of White House staff.“Yesterday evening Secret Service was notified that a warrant was issued for a contractor,” the NSC official said in a statement Tuesday. “This morning the contractor attempted to access the complex. Secret Service apprehended the individual and turned him over to the appropriate authorities.”Prince George’s County, Maryland, police confirmed that Edwards was arrested on a warrant connected to a May 3 shooting in the county in which one person was wounded. An investigation was conducted which identified Edwards as a suspect and the warrant was issued on May 17.The Secret Service said in a statement that Edwards was showing up for work when he was “promptly” taken into custody.“On June 4, 2018, the U.S. Secret Service was notified by the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) that Martese Edwards was the subject of a warrant issued out of Prince Georges County, MD,” the USSS said in the statement. “On June 5, 2018, Edwards was promptly arrested by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers at a checkpoint outside of the White House complex when he was reporting to work as a contractor. Edwards was transported to MPD Second District for processing.”It remains unclear when the warrant was issued into the Criminal Justice Information System, the FBI database used by the USSS, or if he’d accessed the grounds in the interim.The Secret Service says they were notified on June 4. Edwards was arrested on June 5.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump’s call Friday for Russia to re-enter the G7 four years after the country was kicked out from the group of countries over its annexation of Crimea has resulted in a fierce backlash from foreign policy critics on both sides of the aisle.“Why are we having a meeting without Russia being in the meeting?” Trump asked reporters before his departure for the summit in Charlevoix, Canada. “And I would recommend – it’s up to them. But Russia should be in the meeting, should be a part of it.”The comments followed a string of tweets from the president railing against Canada, France and other European allies for what the president has described as an imbalanced trade relationship. The tweets were in part a response to criticism from French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday who said the president’s recent moves pulling the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal and implementing new trade tariffs have isolated the U.S. on the world stage.Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., soon issued a scathing statement against the president’s Russia comments, saying Vladimir Putin has only continued “assaulting democratic institutions all over the world” since the invasion of Crimea.“The President has inexplicably shown our adversaries the deference and esteem that should be reserved for our closest allies,” McCain said in a written statement. “Those nations that share our values and have sacrificed alongside us for decades are being treated with contempt. This is the antithesis of so-called ‘principled realism’ and a sure path to diminishing America’s leadership in the world.”Rep. Eliot Engel, the Democratic ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, suggested Trump’s invitation to Russia fits into a broader pattern of the president cozying up to President Vladimir Putin.“The United States helped establish and lead the G7 in pursuit of a peaceful and prosperous world,” Engel, D-N.Y., said in a statement. “While the other G7 democracies continue to uphold those values, President Trump has isolated the United States, weakened American influence, and alienated our closest allies. So it’s hardly a surprise he’s now looking to the leader he seems to admire most: Vladimir Putin.”Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, another frequent critic of the president on foreign policy, also tweeted, “No, Russia should not be added to the G-7.” A senior U.K. government source also pushed back with an official reaction Friday afternoon following the president’s arrival in Canada, invoking the recent poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal that the U.S. and British officials officially blamed Moscow for earlier this year.“We should remind ourselves why the G8 became the G7 – it was after Russia illegally annexed Crimea,” the official said. “Since then we have seen malign activity from Russia in a whole variety of ways, including on the streets of Salisbury in the UK. Before any conversations can take place about Russia rejoining, it needs to change its approach.”President Trump contended, though, that he has been Russia’s “worst nightmare” when it comes to increased sanctions and international pressure and that it would be more productive for Russia to be involved in the meetings between the countries.“You know, whether you like it or not – and it may not be politically correct – but we have a world to run,” Trump said. “And in the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russia out. They should let Russia come back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”Russia was suspended from the G-8 in March 2014 a week after Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. In a statement at the time the countries, which include the U.S., France, Canada, Germany, Italy, the U.K. and Japan, condemned Russia’s actions as “illegal” and in “contravention of international law.”A former U.S. official during the Obama Administration said the effort to eject Russia was “a decision that President Obama helped drive and that was hammered out on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit.”U.S. policy still does not recognize Russia’s referendum taking control of Crimea and continues to identify the territory as “a part of Ukraine.”Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer joined in the pile-on of criticism saying, “readmitting Russia to the G7 would reward Vladimir Putin for actions the U.S. and his allies have condemned, and would clearly be contrary to America’s interests.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(ZACATECAS, Mexic) — It’s hard for his mother to believe that 16 years to the day after she arrived with her firstborn son in the United States, he would be killed in the country they had both left behind.Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco, 19, was kidnapped and killed May 18 in Zacatecas, Mexico, his mother said. Just weeks before, on April 24, he had been escorted by officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the border at Laredo, Texas, after living in Iowa for nearly his entire life.“I wanted opportunities for him, for him to study here so that he could be somebody,” she told ABC News in Spanish of her reasons for bringing him to the United States at the age of 3 on May 18, 2002.Instead, he was buried thousands of miles away by his grandparents. His mother, who requested anonymity for fear that she could be targeted because of her own immigration status, said she was unable to attend his funeral.Now, she said his three siblings — all U.S. citizens — are left only with their memories of the teenager who wanted to be a mechanic, played soccer with his friends and hoped to raise his 1-year-old son with his girlfriend.‘This time, no one was able to share’“He was happy, he was easygoing, he brought a lot of smiles,” his mother said. “I always thought I would see him again, and with this news, there’s so much pain. It’s very difficult. I can’t believe it and I don’t want to accept it.”A “celebration of life” service was held for Pacheco Sunday at Trinity Las Américas United Methodist Church in Des Moines. Rev. Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz led the service, which was attended by about 20 people, he said, but few were able to speak through their grief.“People were devastated,” Alfaro-Santiz told ABC News of Pacheco’s widely reported death. “Usually, when we have memorial services — we call them celebrations of life, so people can celebrate the good times and remember the good times they have shared with their loved ones and keep a memory of something they did together — people usually talk and share some things. This time, no one was able to share.”“They were crying, they were sobbing,” he added. “We have some scripture readings and we usually also have friends and family do the readings, but of the three readings, I ended up doing two because people weren’t able to read.”‘Voluntary departure’Pacheco had been in Mexico only three weeks when his mother said he was kidnapped and killed. He grew up in Des Moines with his mother and siblings, and had been granted permission to stay in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), in May 2015, according to ICE.An Obama-era program, DACA allows some undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children — also known as Dreamers — to live and work. The program is in jeopardy as the courts decide whether President Donald Trump’s plans to end it are legal.In a statement, ICE said Pacheco’s DACA status had been terminated after he was convicted of three misdemeanors. Court records show he was convicted on marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession charges as well as traffic violations.“Manuel Antonio Cano-Pacheco, 19, from Mexico, was an illegal alien who was returned to Mexico on April 24, 2018, under escort by deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),” Shawn Neudauer, an ICE public affairs officer, said in a statement. “Cano-Pacheco illegally entered the U.S. with his parents on an unknown date. In May 2015, he was granted DACA status and employment authorization. In April 2017, ICE officers arrested Cano-Pacheco at the Polk County (Iowa) Jail following his conviction on a misdemeanor drug charge. About this same time, Cano-Pacheco was also convicted on a separate misdemeanor charge in Polk County.“ICE issued Cano-Pacheco a notice to appear before a federal immigration judge. Based on his criminal convictions, his DACA status was terminated making him amenable to deportation. After posting an immigration bond, he was released from ICE custody pending an immigration court hearing. While awaiting his immigration hearing, Cano-Pacheco was convicted in Iowa of two more misdemeanors, including for driving under the influence. On April 10, 2018, Cano-Pacheco requested and was granted voluntary departure, ‘under safeguards,’ by a federal immigration judge. He returned to Mexico at the border in Laredo, Texas under ICE escort April 24,” Neudauer said in the statement.‘He was desperate’He was detained Sept. 27, 2017, his mother said, and time in the detention center was hard on him, a sentiment echoed by Alfaro-Santiz, the pastor.“After he was detained in September, the detention conditions were very hard,” Alfaro-Santiz said. “That’s a problem that’s very prevalent, and there is not much light on that. But he was desperate and he ended up signing his paper requesting to be deported in April, even though his mom asked him not to do it because she knew all of the dangers of going back to Mexico, to Zacatecas.”“I think he didn’t want to be in jail anymore, to be closed off. He was desperate,” his mother said. “But I also think his lawyer told him to sign that.”Pacheco’s lawyer, Joseph Lopez-Wilson, told ABC News that “Pacheco confirmed in open court that he wanted to leave.”When Trump announced he planned to end DACA, his mother said, Pacheco was worried, as was she. Her family had told her how Zacatecas in north-central Mexico had grown to be one of the most violent places in the country.Two municipalities in Zacatecas, including Fresnillo, where Pacheco was living, made it onto the list of the country’s 20 deadliest cities, according to the Citizens’ Council on Public Security and Criminal Justice, a Mexican nonprofit that tracks such drug-related violence.The group also found that Zacatecas had the highest rate of kidnappings last year: 14.97 for every 100,000 residents, 15 times the average of the rest of the country.“He was worried that they were going to take all of this away from him, that he didn’t want to go to Mexico, these types of things,” his mother said. “I didn’t want him to be there, because I had spoken to my family, and they didn’t want him to be there either, because it’s very ugly there now.”‘He was an example to them’At first, Pacheco had seemed content, she said, meeting his grandparents and aunts and uncles. He was trying to make the best of it despite thinking it was unfair.Then, on May 18, as she left her job at a restaurant, she called her son for their usual chat, but he didn’t answer.“I wanted to call him to ask if he was OK, if he was getting used to it there. I called him every day,” she said. “It was a Friday. I came home at night and called him, and he didn’t answer. My family didn’t answer either, because they were out looking for him.”“On Saturday, they told me they had found him — but he was already dead,” she said.His mother said Pacheco’s brothers and sisters are struggling to accept that “they are not going to see him again.”“He was a good brother. When my husband was no longer here, he took them to school, he picked them up from school,” his mother said. “He was a good boy. He was an example to them.“They loved him very much,” she added.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgABCNews.com(MCALLEN, Texas) — Border Patrol agents have faced a “huge challenge” over the past two weeks as the Trump administration vowed to separate families who crossed the southwest border illegally and then reversed course, according to Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.Asked whether he believes it was a mistake to separate families, McAleenan responded: “I’m saying a better system would allow us to keep families together. So we need to overcome court rulings and the current status of the law that don’t allow us to do that effectively.”But, McAleenan said, the “current dialogue” tied to illegal immigration misses the larger issue: There’s a crisis of violence in Central America that has propelled a “surge of families and children” trying to sneak into the United States through Southern Texas in particular.“It’s not about what’s happening at the border,” McAleenan told ABC News after meeting with border officials in McAllen, Texas. “It’s about what’s happening to these families that led them to make the decision in Central America to try [and get to the United States]. They’re in the hands of Mexican cartels, dangerous organizations, and then the dangers of the crossing. That piece has lost focus in the current dialogue.”Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new “zero tolerance” policy in which every adult caught crossing the border illegally would be referred for prosecution. Because children can’t accompany their parents through the judicial system, that meant children were being separated from their families.Images showing migrants sitting and sleeping behind chain-link fencing inside CBP facilities, along with heart-wrenching stories of separation, prompted a national outcry. CBP operates what McAleenan described as “very temporary” holding facilities, where migrants are detained while they’re identified, questioned and processed.On Wednesday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order telling federal officials to keep migrant families together, even after they’re transferred from CBP’s temporary holding facilities to the custody of Health and Human Services housing or ICE.In light of the executive order, CBP has – at least for now – stopped referring family members for prosecution.“The main guidepost is the welfare of the child,” while also enforcing the law, McAleenan said.CBP plays a key role in making sure that the nearly 2,000 children who are now in HHS custody are able to be reunited with their families.“It’s very important at the outset that we process them carefully, and capture their file in our electronic systems … so that if they have a parent, even if it’s a short period of time during the stay in our facility, they can be connected and reunited with their parents,” the commissioner said. “We have that front-end process to ensure that the data is sound so that our partners at ICE and HHS know who the parents are and how they’re related.”Nevertheless, men, women and unaccompanied minors are still separated inside CBP facilities.“What we have to do is we have to protect them,” McAleenan said. “We can’t have certain groups of people with others – adult males with teenage girls.”On Monday morning, ABC News visited CBP’s central processing center in McAllen, where about 1,300 migrants are currently being held.McAleenan suggested CBP is working with the resources it has.“This is the funding we have,” he said. “It’s a safe facility. You can actually see what’s happening through the transparent fencing.”McAleenan disputed many of the reports alleging inhumane treatment, including reports that children would be taken from parents while the parents were showering or while at court.“We have a careful script for our agents, there’s a tear sheet that’s handed to each parent, and then intent was to make it very clear what’s happening,” according to McAleenan. “These stories of subterfuge, of people telling false narratives to get people to relax, that wasn’t happening to my knowledge.”While touring the McAllen facility on Thursday, ABC News saw no crying children – some children were watching cartoons on a large TV. In fact, the large warehouse-like facility was relatively quiet, and the only constant sound was the rustling of Mylar blankets that detainees used for warmth as they rested on large pads.When children do cry in the facilities, “it’s really tough,” McAleenan said. “Seeing the families and children, and what they go through to get here. They’re putting themselves in the hands of the most violent criminal organizations in the Western hemisphere.”He said he hopes the current “spotlight” on border issues “focuses attention” on what’s happening in Central America and “can be changed into a national conversation that helps us fix this [immigration-related] problem.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(BARABOO, Wis.) — A Wisconsin school district and local police are investigating a photo of a group of mostly white high school boys giving what appears to be the Nazi salute after it drew strong backlash on social media.The image of students in the Baraboo School District was posted on the @GoBaraboo parody account on Sunday.The tweet has since been taken down, but police and school officials promised to investigate. The photo in question is from last spring, according to District Superintendent Lori Mueller.“The school district is investigating this situation and is working with parents, staff and local authorities,” Mueller said in a statement to students and parents. “If the gesture is what it appears to be, the district will pursue any and all available and appropriate actions, including legal, to address the issue.”In a separate tweet posted on Monday, Mueller wrote, “The photo posted under the hashtag is not reflective of the educational values and beliefs of the School District of Baraboo.”Baraboo police also tweeted that they are assisting the district’s investigation since being made aware of a “controversial photo of a group of high school students.”The photo drew widespread disapproval, including from Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland.“This is why every single day we work hard to educate. We need to explain what is the danger of hateful ideology rising. Auschwitz with its gas chambers was at the very end of the long process of normalizing and accommodating hatred,” the Auschwitz Memorial tweeted.Not all the students in the photo participated in the gesture. Jordan Blue, a student in the top right of the photo whose arms remain at his sides, said in a statement that the photo was taken as students gathered at the Sauk County Courthouse for professional prom photos and that he “couldn’t leave the photo as it was taken within five seconds.”“The photographer told us to raise our hands kind of in a way, and I knew at that point that some my classmates are very immature,” he said in a separate interview. “So didn’t want to do that, and I saw what was happening and I felt so upset.”Jonathan Schieber, a senior who appears in the photo, told ABC News there was no discussion of any racist aspect to the photo when it was taken. It was only after the photo garnered social media attention over the weekend that he started to hear about it.Schieber, who is black, was singled out due to his race, though he had both arms at his side in the photo.“Somebody had made a meme or something, saying, ‘We even got the black kid to throw it up,’” Schieber told ABC News. “I couldn’t go nowhere without people being like, ‘Are you that kid from the picture?’ Everybody was sharing it, talking about racial profiling. I went to school on Monday and people were trying to take pictures with me — you’re going viral, all that stuff.”“I left school because I was not having it,” he added.Wheel Memories posted thumbnails of several photos from the shoot on its website in the spring, including the one in question. The photos have since been removed and the agency wrote on its site in a message that it blames “jerks” and online negativity.“It is too bad that there are those in society who can and do take the time to be jerks; knowingly and willingly to be jerks! The internet can be a wonderful tool but for some there is an overwhelming urge to destroy. The destruction may not be physical but instead it can be bullying that is intellectual or emotional,” the photo agency wrote on its website.“To anyone that was hurt I sincerely apologize,” the agency said. “To those who have harmed them, we as society often ignore them I have chosen not to do that. YOU ARE JERKS! Grow up! Be kind, Be gentle, Be civil!”ABC News has reached out to several other students in the photo who were identified through social media.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgtzahiV/iStock(NEW YORK) — New York City police officers are coming under fire after a “troubling” video surfaced showing them ripping a baby from the arms of a mother who had waited at a social services office for four hours seeking help, police and the woman’s relatives said.Jazmine Headley, 23, was arrested on charges of resisting arrest, committing an act in a manner injurious to a child, criminal trespass and obstruction of governmental administration, according to the NYPD.A judge also issued a restraining order against her barring her from coming near her baby.Headley was booked into the Rikers Island jail pending a court hearing on Thursday.“The video, obviously, is disturbing. It’s very disturbing to me,” Commissioner James O’Neill of the New York Police Department said Monday afternoon. “I’m a dad. I have two kids. But being a cop is a really difficult job.”O’Neill said an investigation of the incident has been launched by the NYPD and Steven Banks, commissioner of the city Human Resources Administration.“We’re trying to get as much video as we can,” O’Neill said. “We’ve got to see what led up to the incident. What were the actions of the people from HRA? What were the actions of our police officers?“We do get called to HRA facilities now and again,” he said. “We have to figure out the protocols and work with HRA to figure out a better way to do things.”Headley’s mother, who witnessed the arrest, claims city Human Resources Administration security guards and police officers were in the wrong and responsible for letting the incident escalate into pandemonium.“I was devastated to see something like that happen to my daughter and grandson,” Headley’s mother, Jacqueline Jenkins, told ABC New York station WABC-TV.The office was crowded and there were no seats available when she and her Headley arrived, Jenkins said. She said her daughter sat on the floor with her 1-year-old son, Damone, to keep him calm.Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former New York City police captain, said at a news conference Monday outside the social services office that the “horrific” incident should have never happened.“We are better than the images we witnessed over the weekend,” Adams, a former New York City police captain, said. “This should be a place where families come to regain their dignity and respect instead of having it ripped from them.”He demanded a full investigation by the NYPD and that all charges be immediately dropped against Headley.“Something’s terribly wrong when the most well-trained police department can’t resolve a dispute with a mother and child without looking like the President’s southern border strategy. We must do better,” Adams said, referring to the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from parents caught illegally crossing the border.City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said in a tweet that the video as heartbreaking and “hard to watch.”“This is unacceptable, appalling …,” he wrote. “I’d like to understand what transpired and how these officers or the NYPD justifies this.”NYPD officials said in a statement that they were called to the city Human Resources Administration office in Brooklyn just before 1 p.m. on Friday.“The NYPD was called after office staff and HRA peace officers made unsuccessful attempts to remove this individual from the facility due to her disorderly conduct towards others, and for obstructing a hallway,” police said in a statement.Lisa Schreibersdorf, executive director of Brooklyn Defender Services, said her office has assigned an attorney to represent Headley. She said the woman went to the social services office to determine why daycare vouchers for her child were suddenly cut off.She said Headley took a day off from her job as a security guard in hopes or resolving the daycare problems. She said Headley had been waiting at the office for four hours before the police were called on her.“When people come to this office, they are here because they are in crisis,” Schreibersdorf said. “Instead, they escalated the situation by bringing the police department in.”Both Adams and Schreibersdorf said the incident could have been avoided had officials at the office just went and found a chair for Headley or spoke to her calmly.Jenkins said the HRA guards told her daughter she could not sit on the floor because she was blocking a hallway. When she refused to stand, a supervisor called the police, she said.A cellphone video taken by Nyasia Ferguson, one of several taken by people who were also waiting at the office, shows at least three NYPD officers, including a sergeant, on top of Headley, who refused to let her child go.“They’re hurting my son! They’re hurting my son!” Headley is heard screaming in the video.One officer appeared to grab Damone and yank hard several times in an attempt to remove him from Headley’s arms. A crowd of people gathered around the officers yelling for them to stop and attempting to explain that Headley had not been bothering anyone.At one point, an officer is seen in the video pulling out a stun gun and appearing to point it at the crowd, ordering people to step back. The officer also appeared to point the stun gun at Headley, but it was never deployed, the video shows.“I was just disgusted and scared,” Ferguson told WABC. “I thought the cops [are] supposed to help you — they just straight up came and attacked the lady.”Police were eventually able to wrest the baby away and place Headley under arrest. The city Administration for Child Protective Services was initially called in to take custody of the child, who was later turned over to Jenkins.The NYPD called the incident “troubling” and said the encounter was “under review.” The statement said the review will include all available video that captured the incident.The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office was also conducting an investigation of the incident. A spokesperson for the district attorney said prosecutors do not plan to proceed with the charges against Headley.Headly was being held on an unrelated warrant from Mercer County, New Jersey, Schreibersdorf said.The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said it was reaching out to New Jersey authorities on behalf of Headley “to expedite her release.”Police officials said the HRA guards were the ones who initially took Headly to the floor when she refused to leave.“NYPD officers then attempted to place her under arrest. She refused to comply with officers’ orders, and was then taken into custody,” according to the NYPD statement.Police said no one was hurt in the confrontation.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,tzahiV/iStock(NEW YORK) — New York City police officers are coming under fire after a “troubling” video surfaced showing them ripping a baby from the arms of a mother who had waited at a social services office for four hours seeking help, police and the woman’s relatives said.Jazmine Headley, 23, was arrested on charges of resisting arrest, committing an act in a manner injurious to a child, criminal trespass and obstruction of governmental administration, according to the NYPD.A judge also issued a restraining order against her barring her from coming near her baby.Headley was booked into the Rikers Island jail pending a court hearing on Thursday.“The video, obviously, is disturbing. It’s very disturbing to me,” Commissioner James O’Neill of the New York Police Department said Monday afternoon. “I’m a dad. I have two kids. But being a cop is a really difficult job.”O’Neill said an investigation of the incident has been launched by the NYPD and Steven Banks, commissioner of the city Human Resources Administration.“We’re trying to get as much video as we can,” O’Neill said. “We’ve got to see what led up to the incident. What were the actions of the people from HRA? What were the actions of our police officers?“We do get called to HRA facilities now and again,” he said. “We have to figure out the protocols and work with HRA to figure out a better way to do things.”Headley’s mother, who witnessed the arrest, claims city Human Resources Administration security guards and police officers were in the wrong and responsible for letting the incident escalate into pandemonium.“I was devastated to see something like that happen to my daughter and grandson,” Headley’s mother, Jacqueline Jenkins, told ABC New York station WABC-TV.The office was crowded and there were no seats available when she and her Headley arrived, Jenkins said. She said her daughter sat on the floor with her 1-year-old son, Damone, to keep him calm.Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former New York City police captain, said at a news conference Monday outside the social services office that the “horrific” incident should have never happened.“We are better than the images we witnessed over the weekend,” Adams, a former New York City police captain, said. “This should be a place where families come to regain their dignity and respect instead of having it ripped from them.”He demanded a full investigation by the NYPD and that all charges be immediately dropped against Headley.“Something’s terribly wrong when the most well-trained police department can’t resolve a dispute with a mother and child without looking like the President’s southern border strategy. We must do better,” Adams said, referring to the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from parents caught illegally crossing the border.City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said in a tweet that the video as heartbreaking and “hard to watch.”“This is unacceptable, appalling …,” he wrote. “I’d like to understand what transpired and how these officers or the NYPD justifies this.”NYPD officials said in a statement that they were called to the city Human Resources Administration office in Brooklyn just before 1 p.m. on Friday.“The NYPD was called after office staff and HRA peace officers made unsuccessful attempts to remove this individual from the facility due to her disorderly conduct towards others, and for obstructing a hallway,” police said in a statement.Lisa Schreibersdorf, executive director of Brooklyn Defender Services, said her office has assigned an attorney to represent Headley. She said the woman went to the social services office to determine why daycare vouchers for her child were suddenly cut off.She said Headley took a day off from her job as a security guard in hopes or resolving the daycare problems. She said Headley had been waiting at the office for four hours before the police were called on her.“When people come to this office, they are here because they are in crisis,” Schreibersdorf said. “Instead, they escalated the situation by bringing the police department in.”Both Adams and Schreibersdorf said the incident could have been avoided had officials at the office just went and found a chair for Headley or spoke to her calmly.Jenkins said the HRA guards told her daughter she could not sit on the floor because she was blocking a hallway. When she refused to stand, a supervisor called the police, she said.A cellphone video taken by Nyasia Ferguson, one of several taken by people who were also waiting at the office, shows at least three NYPD officers, including a sergeant, on top of Headley, who refused to let her child go.“They’re hurting my son! They’re hurting my son!” Headley is heard screaming in the video.One officer appeared to grab Damone and yank hard several times in an attempt to remove him from Headley’s arms. A crowd of people gathered around the officers yelling for them to stop and attempting to explain that Headley had not been bothering anyone.At one point, an officer is seen in the video pulling out a stun gun and appearing to point it at the crowd, ordering people to step back. The officer also appeared to point the stun gun at Headley, but it was never deployed, the video shows.“I was just disgusted and scared,” Ferguson told WABC. “I thought the cops [are] supposed to help you — they just straight up came and attacked the lady.”Police were eventually able to wrest the baby away and place Headley under arrest. The city Administration for Child Protective Services was initially called in to take custody of the child, who was later turned over to Jenkins.The NYPD called the incident “troubling” and said the encounter was “under review.” The statement said the review will include all available video that captured the incident.The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office was also conducting an investigation of the incident. A spokesperson for the district attorney said prosecutors do not plan to proceed with the charges against Headley.Headly was being held on an unrelated warrant from Mercer County, New Jersey, Schreibersdorf said.The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said it was reaching out to New Jersey authorities on behalf of Headley “to expedite her release.”Police officials said the HRA guards were the ones who initially took Headly to the floor when she refused to leave.“NYPD officers then attempted to place her under arrest. She refused to comply with officers’ orders, and was then taken into custody,” according to the NYPD statement.Police said no one was hurt in the confrontation.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(EL PASO, Texas) — Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol officials made a concerted effort Friday to explain the circumstances surrounding the death of a 7-year-old girl in government custody after she and her father were apprehended attempting to cross the southern border into New Mexico.Since The Washington Post first reported on the girl’s case Thursday, five days after she died from dehydration and cardiac arrest, Democrats have called for an investigation and the ACLU has criticized how migrants apprehended on the border are treated once arrested.While defending how the case was handled, saying the girl received all the medical attention available despite a 90-minute delay after the father alerted agents she was sick, DHS officials said Friday the department’s Office of Inspector General would investigate the girl’s death.According to the DHS officials on a conference call with reporters, the girl was traveling from Guatemala with her father as part of a group of 163 people, including 50 children who were without parents or guardians. When they were apprehended in a remote desert area near the New Mexico border around 9 p.m. on Dec. 6, officials said, the girl was assessed to be in good health — but it would only be a matter of hours before the young girl’s health took a serious turn.Four border patrol agents apprehended the group of over 160 migrants and there were no medical staff on the scene, according to officials.“Our agents are almost always outnumbered in the middle of the night, that’s the work that we do,” said a CBP official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, in describing the nature of apprehending large groups like this one, which officials said wasn’t unusual.According to officials, Border Patrol has 1,300 has emergency medical personnel on staff. Several thousand U.S. military troops have been deployed to the border since November, and are scheduled to stay through January.Around 5 a.m., when the girl got on a bus with her father to a nearby base, he alerted agents she was throwing up and sick. Agents called ahead to Lordsburg Border Patrol Station about 95 miles away, where the bus was headed, officials said, so paramedics could meet them when they arrived. By the time they arrived around 6:30 a.m., the young girl’s father told agents she wasn’t breathing, officials said.“There wasn’t a whole lot more the agents could do in this situation” besides call ahead to alert medical staff, a CBP official said Friday when explaining the details of the night.Paramedics determined she had a 105.9-degree fever and she was airlifted to a children’s hospital in El Paso, Texas, where she went into cardiac arrest. While at the hospital, the young girl suffered brain swelling and liver failure. She was breathing by a machine before she died, according to CBP and DHS officials.She died at the hospital less than 24 hours later, DHS said.In an interview Friday morning on Fox News, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the girl’s death was “heart-wrenching” and an example of the dangerous trek to cross into the U.S. through its Southwest border.“We gave immediate care, we’ll continue to look into the situation, but again, I cannot stress enough how dangerous this journey is when migrants choose to come here illegally,” Nielsen said.What happened with the girl, whose name has not been released, adds to a growing concern about a number of deaths related to substandard healthcare provided in border facilities.Cynthia Pompa, an advocacy manager for the ACLU Border Rights Center, said the girl’s death shed a light on “inhumane conditions” at CBP facilities.“Lack of accountability, and a culture of cruelty within CBP have exacerbated policies that lead to migrant deaths. In 2017, migrant deaths increased even as the number of border crossings dramatically decreased,” Pompa said.“When the Trump administration pushes for the militarization of the border, including more border wall construction, they are driving people fleeing violence into the deadliest desert regions. The fact that it took a week for this to come to light shows the need for transparency for CBP. We call for a rigorous investigation into how this tragedy happened and serious reforms to prevent future deaths,” she said.U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which didn’t publicly alert the press of the girl’s death through regular channels, is currently reviewing their “notification and disclosure policy,” according to officials from the DHS and CBP, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.On Thursday, ABC News reported on the death of 52-year-old Gerardo Cruz, a father of six who died after 25 days in CBP custody, where his cellmate said he was throwing up blood.Cruz died in March, 25 days after he was first detained, 18 days after he arrived at a detention center in San Diego, and 17 days after first seeking medical attention.And in August, a mother filed suit against a detention center because of the death of her toddler, who died from a respiratory infection more than two months after her and her mother were detained.According to a claim filed by Yazmin Juarez, whose young daughter was named Mariee, the little girl contracted the sickness in the immigration detention facility.Human Rights Watch, which reviewed the 52 publicly available death reports of the 81 detainees who have died in detention since 2010, determined in June that almost half of those deaths were linked to substandard care.Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat from Texas who recently garnered popularity when he ran to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, called for a “complete investigation and the results shared with Congress and the public” on Thursday, after reports came out about the girl’s death.He was joined by other prominent Democrats, including former presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.“There are no words to capture the horror of a seven-year-old girl dying of dehydration in U.S. custody. What’s happening at our borders is a humanitarian crisis,” Clinton tweeted Friday morning.Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, who serves as ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, said Nielsen would face questions on the matter in a hearing scheduled for next Thursday.The committee “will be demanding immediate answers to this tragedy,” Nadler said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,iStock/Thinkstock(EL PASO, Texas) — Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol officials made a concerted effort Friday to explain the circumstances surrounding the death of a 7-year-old girl in government custody after she and her father were apprehended attempting to cross the southern border into New Mexico.Since The Washington Post first reported on the girl’s case Thursday, five days after she died from dehydration and cardiac arrest, Democrats have called for an investigation and the ACLU has criticized how migrants apprehended on the border are treated once arrested.While defending how the case was handled, saying the girl received all the medical attention available despite a 90-minute delay after the father alerted agents she was sick, DHS officials said Friday the department’s Office of Inspector General would investigate the girl’s death.According to the DHS officials on a conference call with reporters, the girl was traveling from Guatemala with her father as part of a group of 163 people, including 50 children who were without parents or guardians. When they were apprehended in a remote desert area near the New Mexico border around 9 p.m. on Dec. 6, officials said, the girl was assessed to be in good health — but it would only be a matter of hours before the young girl’s health took a serious turn.Four border patrol agents apprehended the group of over 160 migrants and there were no medical staff on the scene, according to officials.“Our agents are almost always outnumbered in the middle of the night, that’s the work that we do,” said a CBP official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, in describing the nature of apprehending large groups like this one, which officials said wasn’t unusual.According to officials, Border Patrol has 1,300 has emergency medical personnel on staff. Several thousand U.S. military troops have been deployed to the border since November, and are scheduled to stay through January.Around 5 a.m., when the girl got on a bus with her father to a nearby base, he alerted agents she was throwing up and sick. Agents called ahead to Lordsburg Border Patrol Station about 95 miles away, where the bus was headed, officials said, so paramedics could meet them when they arrived. By the time they arrived around 6:30 a.m., the young girl’s father told agents she wasn’t breathing, officials said.“There wasn’t a whole lot more the agents could do in this situation” besides call ahead to alert medical staff, a CBP official said Friday when explaining the details of the night.Paramedics determined she had a 105.9-degree fever and she was airlifted to a children’s hospital in El Paso, Texas, where she went into cardiac arrest. While at the hospital, the young girl suffered brain swelling and liver failure. She was breathing by a machine before she died, according to CBP and DHS officials.She died at the hospital less than 24 hours later, DHS said.In an interview Friday morning on Fox News, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the girl’s death was “heart-wrenching” and an example of the dangerous trek to cross into the U.S. through its Southwest border.“We gave immediate care, we’ll continue to look into the situation, but again, I cannot stress enough how dangerous this journey is when migrants choose to come here illegally,” Nielsen said.What happened with the girl, whose name has not been released, adds to a growing concern about a number of deaths related to substandard healthcare provided in border facilities.Cynthia Pompa, an advocacy manager for the ACLU Border Rights Center, said the girl’s death shed a light on “inhumane conditions” at CBP facilities.“Lack of accountability, and a culture of cruelty within CBP have exacerbated policies that lead to migrant deaths. In 2017, migrant deaths increased even as the number of border crossings dramatically decreased,” Pompa said.“When the Trump administration pushes for the militarization of the border, including more border wall construction, they are driving people fleeing violence into the deadliest desert regions. The fact that it took a week for this to come to light shows the need for transparency for CBP. We call for a rigorous investigation into how this tragedy happened and serious reforms to prevent future deaths,” she said.U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which didn’t publicly alert the press of the girl’s death through regular channels, is currently reviewing their “notification and disclosure policy,” according to officials from the DHS and CBP, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.On Thursday, ABC News reported on the death of 52-year-old Gerardo Cruz, a father of six who died after 25 days in CBP custody, where his cellmate said he was throwing up blood.Cruz died in March, 25 days after he was first detained, 18 days after he arrived at a detention center in San Diego, and 17 days after first seeking medical attention.And in August, a mother filed suit against a detention center because of the death of her toddler, who died from a respiratory infection more than two months after her and her mother were detained.According to a claim filed by Yazmin Juarez, whose young daughter was named Mariee, the little girl contracted the sickness in the immigration detention facility.Human Rights Watch, which reviewed the 52 publicly available death reports of the 81 detainees who have died in detention since 2010, determined in June that almost half of those deaths were linked to substandard care.Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat from Texas who recently garnered popularity when he ran to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, called for a “complete investigation and the results shared with Congress and the public” on Thursday, after reports came out about the girl’s death.He was joined by other prominent Democrats, including former presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.“There are no words to capture the horror of a seven-year-old girl dying of dehydration in U.S. custody. What’s happening at our borders is a humanitarian crisis,” Clinton tweeted Friday morning.Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, who serves as ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, said Nielsen would face questions on the matter in a hearing scheduled for next Thursday.The committee “will be demanding immediate answers to this tragedy,” Nadler said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgDNY59/iStock(NEW YORK) — Former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden avoided jail time on Tuesday after pleading guilty to groping a longtime family friend in New York.Frieden, who is also the former New York City health comissioner, turned himself in to police in August 2018 after the woman reported that he had grabbed her butt without her permission inside his Brooklyn apartment, court documents said.Frieden admitted details of the October 2017 incident to Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Edwin Novillo. Frieden was facing up to a year in jail for misdemeanor forcible touching, third-degree sexual abuse and second-degree harassment charges, prosecutors said.A representative for Frieden declined to comment on the case. Frieden’s defense attorney, Laura Brevetti, also declined to comment outside of court.Frieden, 58, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and had all of the criminal charges dropped. Novillo sentenced Frieden to a conditional discharge that will be dismissed and sealed in a year so long as he does not get arrested during that time frame.Novillo also ordered Frieden to avoid contact with his family friend for a year.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgWTVD(RALIEGH, N.C.) — In 1952, two deputies in Wake County, North Carolina, hung Lynn Council, an African American man, from a tree when he wouldn’t confess to a robbery, according to ABC Raleigh station WTVD.On Thursday, the current Wake County sheriff, Gerald Baker, apologized to Council in person and took down a photograph of the man who was the Wake County Sheriff at the time of the attack.“They took me down to the woods to kill me,” Council, who is now 86, told reporters as the two men sat together. “That’s what they took me down there for, but things didn’t happen that way.”“Jesus took over,” Council added.Baker said, “On behalf of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, I want to apologize to you for what happened to you by members of this office.”“I cannot change what they did and its effect on your life and this county,” Baker said, “but we’re here to let you know that this office is here to serve and protect each and every person that resides in this county.”Researchers estimate that between at least 100 people, and perhaps as many as 300, were lynched in North Carolina between 1882 and 1968, according to The News & Observer newspaper, which analyzed the state’s history of lynchings along with other newspapers.“I ask for your forgiveness of this office,” Baker said. “We’re here and we’re sorry that that happened to you from persons employed at this office.”Baker also presented Council with a key to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.“You can come sit and spend the day with me, help me make some decisions,” the sheriff said.“You are officially and permanently a part of this office,” Baker told Council, before the two shook hands and embraced.“I appreciate everything,” Council replied.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgKarma Allen/ABC News(NEW YORK) — At least 17 people were injured in a crash near New York City’s Lincoln Tunnel on Wednesday when a sanitation truck lost control and veered off a highway overpass.There were two people inside of the Union City Department of Public Works truck when it crashed through a guardrail and landed onto the westbound lanes of Route 495 in Union City, New Jersey, the main conduit out of the Lincoln Tunnel, authorities said.Occupants of three vehicles on local streets and at least five people on a bus behind the crash were also checked out for various injuries. At least three of the victims were in critical condition, but the nature of their injuries weren’t immediately clear.The accident shut down outbound traffic from the tunnel — a move that could severely impact July 4th travel. The Port Authority Bus Terminal was also shut down because buses cannot get out of the city.Commuters were strongly encouraged to use the Holland Tunnel as an alternate route.This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgYsleta Independent School District(EL PASO, TX) —  A superintendent of a Texas school district was suspended after police and witnesses say he head-butted another superintendent while drunk at a Whataburger.Xavier De La Torre, superintendent of El Paso’s Ysleta Independent School District, will lose three days of pay following the altercation, according to a statement from the school district on Thursday.Police said they were called to the fast-food chain in San Antonio around 12:55 a.m. on June 13 about a fight.De La Torre allegedly sparked the altercation by making fun of fellow superintendent José Espinoza’s clothes, asking him, “Where are you coming from? Soccer practice?” according to a police report.Espinoza, who is the superintendent of the Socorro Independent School District which covers three cities in Texas, then asked De La Torre to repeat the question, at which point De La Torre did so and head-butted him in the face, the report said.Espinoza responded by punching De La Torre in the face as a “means of self defense,” according to the report.An off-duty police officer and a witness told authorities they saw De La Torre first head-butt Espinoza.Officers later observed that De La Torre appeared to be drunk, noting his odor and slurred speech.No criminal charges were filed and De La Torre was taken back to his hotel by an officer.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Temperatures are plummeting across the Plains Tuesday morning and even fell to a bone-chilling 7 degrees in Chicago, breaking the city’s daily record low. Fifteen states from Tennessee to Maine are under winter storm warnings or winter weather advisories Tuesday morning.On Tuesday morning, the wind chill, or what it feels like, is expected to reach -2 degrees in Minneapolis, -12 degrees in Des Moines, and even 7 degrees in Memphis, Tennessee and 11 in Dallas. The arctic air then invades the East Coast Tuesday night, and daily record low temperatures are expected Wednesday morning in the Northeast and the Southeast. The wind chill is forecast to reach 4 degrees in Boston, 12 degrees in New York City, 21 degrees in Atlanta and 18 in Birmingham, Alabama. Ahead of this arctic cold front, a quick-moving storm brought a blanket of snow to the Midwest, turning interstates to ice rinks and sending cars spinning out of control.One plane in Chicago even slid off the runway due to icy conditions while landing at O’Hare International Airport Monday morning, American Airlines said. No one was hurt, according to the airline. “As soon as we landed, we could start feeling something a little off there and we tried to do a little turn and that’s when we started going sideways,” passenger Shaun Steele told ABC Chicago station WLS-TV.Chicago saw a daily record of 3.4 inches of snow on Monday. Now for this season, Chicago has seen over 8 inches of snow, making it the snowiest start to winter since 1884.Severe weather caused more than 1,800 flight cancellations Monday, and the threat isn’t over. Over 200 flights are already cancelled for Tuesday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgCourtesy of Sandy Arnold(MONT BELVIEU, Texas) — A Texas teen in the midst of a conflict with his high school over the length of his dreadlocks has received waves of support and a generous scholarship gift from celebrities.Deandre Arnold, a senior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas, faced in-school suspension and possibly being banned from his graduation walk ceremony because the length of his dreadlocks violates his school’s policy.Arnold appeared on “The Ellen Show” and discussed the issue with his school over his hair length.“Every day I went to school I would be in dress code, but the thing with them is if [my hair] was let down I would be out of dress code,” Deandre told Ellen DeGeneres. “[The hair] can’t be in your face, past your ears or touching your collar.”“Are there girls in your school? Do the girls have long hair?” DeGeneres asked.“There’s plenty of girls with long hair at my school,” said Deandre, who later added his hair is important culturally as part of his dad’s Trinidadian roots.“That’s what I don’t understand, I just personally think you should be able to wear your hair however you want,” DeGeneres said. “I don’t think it’s fair.”Deandre told DeGeneres he wants to go to college and become a veterinarian because “I’ve always loved animals, everything about animals … their sense of loyalty, their companionship, you can’t get that anywhere else.”In a surprise move, DeGeneres, who also made a plea for the school to change its policy, brought singer Alicia Keys onstage.“I am super proud of you for standing up for what you know is right,” Keys told the teen.She then presented him a $20,000 check to be applied to college from Shutterfly because “you’re a special person and you’re destined for such greatness.”Deandre’s mother, Sandy Arnold, told ABC News that in December, the school told her Deandre’s hair has to be in dress code.“The only way it could be in dress code, I would have to cut it,” she said — the issue being the length of the dreadlocks.Until he cuts his hair, Deandre was given the option of an in-school suspension (ISS), which typically means the student is removed from the classroom but remains on campus to continue schoolwork or attends an alternative school, his mother said. Either option would allow Deandre to graduate in a few months, but he wouldn’t be able to walk with his peers during graduation, Arnold said.Deandre has been home from school for weeks now as Sandy said it isn’t fair that he go to ISS when he did nothing wrong.Deandre’s cousin, 16-year-old Kaden Bradford, attends the same school and has been told he cannot return to school unless he cuts his dreadlocks as well, his mother, Cindy Bradford, told ABC News.Many across social media lent their support to Deandre and voiced their criticism of the school’s dress code.For many black Twitter users, the school policy was not just about hair length but what they felt was discriminatory practice against natural black hair.Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee of Texas wrote a series of tweets condemning the school’s policy: “As a senior member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, I am appalled to hear that #DeAndreArnold, a senior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas, is being prevented from attending classes, walking in his high school graduation ceremony due to a racially-biased dress code mandate.”Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins also tweeted his support for the high schooler, saying, “Never cut your locks Deandre Arnold.”In response to the backlash, the school’s superintendent, Greg Poole, tweeted about the academic success of its black students.“[Barbers Hills] has received scrutiny regarding our high level of expectations on all things & dress code. Yet our African American students beat the state average on passing STAR by 22% & our overall passing scores are the highest in the state. Sounds like high expectations work!” the tweet read.Many pushed back on that tweet calling it tone deaf, and some perceived it as biased.Bernice King, the daughter of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted in response, “Deandre’s locks do not reflect ‘lowness’ or a deviation from what should be a ‘high expectation’ at a school trying to reflect the Beloved Community.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Aiming for excellenceOn 1 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article At last there is evidence that money spent on good development programmes formanagers will boost a company’s financial performance, says Karen CharlesworthAbout 10 years ago, British managers were accused of lagging behind their overseascompetitors in training and development opportunities, and there was solidevidence that most executives had received no formal training.The Institute of Management has been keeping a close eye on this sorry state ofaffairs, and we’ve noticed that things have, indeed, changed for the better.We’ve discovered an improvement in the quality and quantity of management since thosedark days of the past. And our latest research, Achieving ManagementExcellence, shows that training enhances financial performance when undertakenin a consistent and systematic way.We’ve found there’s been a major increase in training since the mid-1990s (when thelast major survey was conducted). And the latest research – in January thisyear, among 500 human resources managers and 500 non-HR managers – showed thatthe average amount of training for each manager is now six-and-a-half days ayear in both large and smaller organisations. We also noted an important shiftfrom informal to formal methods of development, with two out of five nowreporting an emphasis on the latter.Formal methods include opportunities to pursue external formal qualifications,attending external open/public courses, in-company training to develop skillslacking in the individual manager, in-company training to developorganisation-specific skills and attendance at outside seminars andconferences.There has also been a growth in the use of informal methods – especially in smallerestablishments – such as planned on-the-job development, coaching, mentoring,job shadowing, in-company job rotation and external secondment.We’ve been very encouraged to find growing recognition of the value of a planned andco-ordinated approach to training in Britain’s companies. Over half (51 percent) now have a written statement of management development – up from 43 percent in 1996 – and this approach is showing results.Our research team looked at 223 companies who had taken part in both the 1996 and2000 surveys. In those cases, organisations that reported a centralisedmanagement development strategy, and whose managers undertook more formal thaninformal training, also reported increases in benchmarked financial turnovercompared with others in their sector. For example, 61 per cent of those whogave a high priority to management development reported an increase infinancial turnover during the past three years, compared with only 47 per centwho gave it a lower priority.Demand for management skills is clearly growing. The IM research suggests a move awayfrom fast-tracking small groups of managers towards ways of developing strongmanagement skills across broader levels and layers of the workplace. Whiletechnical “hard” skills such as financial management remain important, the mostsought-after are those focused on bringing out the best in people and teams.The qualities now most in demand are those that have been called “soft”, but whichare increasingly the hardest to deliver – namely leadership, people management,customer focus and team working.Interestingly, the survey also found that one competency – the ability to exploit thepotential of the Internet and e-commerce – is expected to rise rapidly as amuch-in-demand talent in the near future and we shall be monitoringdevelopments.Karen Charlesworth is research manager at the Institute of Management. The reportAchieving Management Excellence – A survey of UK management development at themillennium, by Dr Chris Mabey and Professor Andrew Thomson of the OpenUniversity Business School (OUBS) costs £25 for IM members and £50 fornon-members from the IM public affairs department. Tel 020-7421 2704, e-mail [email protected] www.inst-mgt.org.uk last_img read more

first_imgWeighting incentive for NHS staffOn 13 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Thehigh cost of living in Edinburgh has led the local hospital trust to campaignfor a “weighting” scheme in a bid to attract staff. The proposal isincluded in a paper the Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust has produced totackle the severe skills shortages the trust has faced in recent months.Unemployment is just above 2 per cent in Edinburgh and living costs havesoared. AlanPenman, acting director of HR with the trust, explained, “We are lookingat weighting as one of a number of potential options in helping to appoint staff.”We also feel that, while the return of the nurses’home may not be planned, there is increasing pressure to assist staff withliving accommodation in Edinburgh where housing costs have risen substantiallyin recent years.” Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

first_img Comments are closed. Allegations of institutional racismhave been raised in an audit of HR practices in aid agencies. The results haveshocked the sector and sparked moves to address the issues raisedWe are now quite usedto seeing organisations labelled institutionally racist. The police, the Army –it seems that most of the upright pillars of society are riddled with it. But surelynot aid agencies? The brave people who go out to help the wounded and dig outpeople from the rubble of earthquakes?Sadly, it seems thateven they are not immune, as a report published last month has shown. Thefirst-ever audit of HR practice in the sector, Ahead of the Field, looks at howseven agencies have implemented a code of best practice in HR management.Central to the processwas consultation with staff. When the agencies piloting the code asked fieldstaff whether their HR policies were effective, efficient, fair andtransparent, the answer came back “no”. And for many it was thedifference between the treatment and opportunities offered to expatriate andlocally recruited staff that was at issue.The report puts itdelicately, saying, “With its traditions of voluntarism and inheritancefrom colonial or missionary institutions, as well as the diverse stakeholderenvironments within which it operates, the aid sector is not immune fromprejudice or institutional racism.”Let us be clear. This isnot another Stephen Lawrence racism case but the rather more routine story ofdifferent treatment meted out to staff recruited back home in the UK comparedwith so-called “national staff” – the people recruited locally.The surveys andconsultations carried out by agencies throw up concerns about differences intraining opportunities, salaries, job opportunities and the use of appraisalsystems. One comment in the report brings the issue right down to brass tacks:”Staff [in Nairobi and Kigali] felt that the statement, ‘The organisationdoes not care equally about national and international staff’ was generallytrue.”The notion that theycould be considered guilty of institutional racism strikes at the heart of whataid agencies stand for. Many organisations have long-cherished statements ofprinciple that enshrine equal treatment for all, regardless of race, creed,colour or gender. They stand up for the rights of the disenfranchised anddisempowered.Ivan Scott, directorof the International Health Exchange, a small agency that specialises inrecruiting and training health staff to work in developing countries, isunhappy with the racism label. “I think that’s a strong way of putting itand a lot of people in this sector would be offended by that,” he says.”It is a very difficult issue.”The Ahead of the Fieldreport does not overplay this finding and in fairness it is only a small partof a report that focuses on a much wider range of HR issues such as health andsafety, training and support and general good management. Nevertheless, it isan important point and one that many in the aid world feel uncomfortablediscussing.Martin Bell MP, theformer BBC journalist and now independent politician, urged the aid agenciesnot to buck the issue when he addressed the report’s launch conference on 23March in London.”One issue thattroubles me is the difference in duty of care as it applies to your expatriatestaff and your local staff,” he said. “Sometimes there is nothing youcan do, and I am thinking here of March 1999 in Kosovo when agencies left theirlocal staff to their fate. But more broadly we have to think of the wholefamily of aid workers and not just the people we bring in. We have to think ofthe local staff who risk their lives just as much.”The report points outthat different living standards account for some of the difference in salaries– supporting a family in a developing country just does not compare to the costof supporting a family in the UK. But the agencies found some common prejudicesand fears which, it says, need to be addressed.Members of the publicwho donate money want to see their own nationals delivering the aid, forexample. Governments which fund the majority of aid work are also perceived towant one of their expatriates in charge. There is a fear of corruption if hostcountry staff are recruited to senior positions.Other issues arisefrom the nature of the agencies, such as faith-based groups who only recruitpeople from specific religions, some from gender issues in developing countrieswhere certain professions are only open to men. There may also be skills gapsamong host country staff.Scott says, “Thisis a tough business to break into and even tougher for people from poorercountries. In some ways the sacrifices they have to make are even bigger thanfor Europeans and they have fewer choices.”It is a questionof trying to get a balance between good equal opportunities – being inclusiveand seeking to develop your staff from whatever source you can get them andplanning your workforce – and finding the supply of workers you need in a toughmarketplace.”Scott feels that manyagencies have begun to address the issue and the evidence from the pilotagencies – of which IHE is one – backs him up. The British Red Cross has begunto sponsor delegates from developing countries through its training programme.Tearfund is also addressing differences in the way it treats its staff (seebelow).Bobby Lambert,director of another of the pilot agencies, engineering specialist RedR, is alsolooking to the wider recruitment pool. Many European countries are nowexperiencing shortages of specialist professionals prepared to work in disasterareas, yet agencies need all the skilled staff they can get.”Our approach isthat we will recruit on merit and deploy according to need,” he says.”RedR engineers from the Democratic Republic of Congo are now working inKosovo, for example, while an Indian earthquake engineer is now working in ElSalvador. You do run into glitches, such as donor countries looking to fundtheir own nationals. But if there are people capable of working in other areasof the world we are keen to have them.”The seven agenciesinvolved in Ahead of the Field – the British Red Cross, Concern Worldwide,Health Unlimited, International Health Exchange, Missionary Aviation FellowshipEurope, RedR and Tearfund – are all pledged to an ongoing cycle of action plansand audit. Oxfam is about to finish its own audit soon and another 13organisations are members of the Independent People in Aid charity whichdesigned the code of practice. Each of them will be under scrutiny to see howthey perform in future.Tearfund rethinkWhen Tearfund askedits staff about its HR policies with a questionnaire sent out to more than 100staff, very few of the national staff responded. That was possibly the firstindication that something was wrong.”We redesignedthe questionnaire and began to get the responses,” says internationaldirector Ian Wallace. What they found was enough to prompt a major rethink tobegin to address inequalities.”We had donequite a lot of recruiting in recent years of quite senior staff overseas to actas regional advisers,” he says. “But they were coming under differentcontractual terms from the people we recruit here. These people felt, quiterightly, they were not being cared for as well as staff recruited in the UK.”It was not simply amatter of putting everyone on the same salary and that being that, he says.”It has been a difficult issue to address. How do our terms and conditionsrelate to the local environment and the local market? “We have saidnationals and aid workers should be on identical terms and conditions but thatwe need to find a way to relate the UK-equivalent to their overseas equivalent.We are working on that at the moment.”Another problem areaswas the degree to which information about Tearfund as an organisation filtereddown to national staff. “That was probably a more important issue and alsoone we are working on.”The third issue wastraining. While expat staff might be flown out to a training course with theirexpenses covered, the same was not true for national staff. Tearfund hasstipulated that future disaster response budgets must include provision forthem too. By Daloni Carlisle-Pesic,a journalist who was working for the British Red Cross during the time of itsaudit The enemy withinOn 10 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Raising skill levels across a workforce of 20,000 people became the ambitionof Sheffield City Council after it escaped financial disaster in themid-1990s.  Guy Sheppard reports on ahighly-praised runner-upEstablishing uniform standards of service poses special problems for anorganisation running everything from libraries and schools to street cleaningand old people’s homes. At Sheffield City Council, the responsibility for achieving this was givento its corporate training consultancy three years ago. Barbara Duckworth, head of the 20-strong CTC, says training had never beentied to the central aims of the organisation before and, because there was nosystematic way of measuring standards and performance, there was no feeling ofcorporate identity. “The aim has been to provide better services for the people ofSheffield by raising the skill levels of the people who deliver those services.”What we are trying to do is make each individual’s performance fit inwith a council that delivers services in a certain way. We are trying to putcorporate standards across the whole organisation,” she says. Last year, the council achieved Investors in People accreditation at thefirst attempt, and senior management is now preparing for reassessment inDecember. Andrew Forrest, learning and development director at the Industrial Society,who chairs the TD2001 judging panel, says IIP was a remarkable achievement fora council that would probably have been one of the worst in the country when itsuffered a budget crisis in the mid-1990s. He says training has played a fundamental part in the change. “Thewhole senior team is really enthused about developing people and they are allplaying their part in doing that.” One example of this was the way responsibility for IIP accreditation washandled by the social services director rather than someone from personnel.”It’s not just for trainers to do training, it’s for everybody,” saysForrest. “The role model that the top people are giving is very important.”Forrest was impressed with the way the objectives of the five-strongexecutive management team were translated into a development plan for theentire 20,000-strong workforce. “Coaching people were using four or fivekey priorities over and over again in their training. If an organisation sortsout its priorities, that gives the cue for training specialists to deliver theright training.” In the case of Sheffield, the priorities include a systematic process ofsetting targets for all areas of its services, a uniform system of appraisalfor all employees, and a clear process of financial delegation. As part of the Government’s Best Value modernisation agenda for the publicsector, Sheffield is required to publish an annual plan setting out its currentperformance levels. It also has to show how these can be improved in thefuture. Mike Campbell, director of the policy research institute at LeedsMetropolitan University and one of the TD 2001 judges, was impressed at the waythis was being tied in with training. “IIP accreditation and theapplication for this award are in line with its clear-minded approach to bestvalue,” he says. “The city council has taken this agenda veryseriously indeed.” Each of the council’s directorates has a small training team of its own to dealwith specialist training and development needs. This allows the CTC toconcentrate on providing guidance to line managers in developing employeeskills and promoting the use of national occupational standards whenidentifying training needs. It has also been responsible for organising360-degree assessment of senior managers by up to a dozen of their colleagues. “We analyse and feed back the results and then the managers work outwhat they need to do,” says Duckworth. Over the next two years, the programme will be rolled out to all middlemanagers. One way a culture of improvement permeates throughout the organisation isthrough workforce development planning, which has recently been devolved toline managers. The CTC drew up a guidance manual to help the managers fulfilthis responsibility without straying from the core objectives of the council. Another way of spreading the message is through annual roadshows, whichevery employee is encouraged to attend. Annual opinion surveys are used to find out from employees whether they feeltheir needs are being met and whether their managers are effective. Theresponses have been encouraging, particularly in the way management isproviding employees with helpful feedback on their work performance. Between 1996and 2000, the managers’ rating in this area rose from minus 38 to plus 42. Forrest says there are plenty of examples of how the CTC has adopted animaginative approach to specific training needs. Under the Government’s NewDeal programme for unemployed school leavers, a group of city centre”ambassadors” was created earlier this year to provide shoppers withinformation and ensure bylaws are kept. Each ambassador undergoes a six-weektraining programme. Forrest says there is a danger that people on New Deal programmes lack pridein their work because the scheme tends to be for people who have not done verywell in their careers so far. “Sheffield seems to have used New Deal to give fresh heart to theseyoungsters,” he says. Another example was the professional qualification that is being establishedfor the council’s 35 education welfare officers who are responsible for dealingwith truancy among school pupils. Team leader Davida Howard says that becauseof the specialist nature of their work, there is no professional qualificationfor them to aim at. “But we wanted to raise their morale and professionalstatus.” Thanks to the CTC, a Local Vocational Qualification is now being piloted,which addresses the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for the job. For Forrest, one of the most striking ways that training is now integratedthroughout the organisation is through an annual awards ceremony attended bythe Lord Mayor. This year’s winners include a primary school lunchtimeassistant who has trained to provide classroom help for children with specialneeds. “It was rewarding precisely the sort of jobs that often getoverlooked,” says Forrest. “It is a sign that development of peopleruns right through the organisation. “It’s a very powerful message that you may be in quite a humble job butby golly you matter to us.” Sheffield starsOn 1 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Management under the microscopeOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Weak leadership skills are undermining national success, saygovernment-backed experts. Now its time for you to have your sayHow bad (or good) is British management? Are we short of business leaders?Does it matter? These are just three of the questions behind a consultationpaper produced by the Council for Excellence in Management and Leadership. The council was appointed by the Secretaries of State for Education andEmployment and for Trade and Industry in April 2000, amid government concernsthat the UK’s poor productivity performance was linked to weak management andleadership across both the public and private sectors. Meeting the Need outlines CEML’s findings to date and suggests somesolutions. These include the use of two tools developed by working partymembers: the Business Improvement Tool for Entrepreneurs to help SMEs and aLeadership Development Best Practice Guide for larger organisations. While it does not provide definitive answers, the consultation paper seeksprimarily to put on the agenda the issue of the quality and quantity ofleadership and management skills in the UK and to generate a proper debate.”I hope people will write to us, as a number have already,” says thecouncil’s chairman, Sir Anthony Cleaver. “What we need is genuine debateand some new ideas.” CEML will present its recommendations for “meetingthe need” in April 2002. Room for improvement Few would disagree with Sir Anthony’s premise. “It seems to me thatBritish management is the same as British industry in general. I think the bestis as good as anywhere in the world, but there’s a lot that could be improved.That’s the basis on which we’ve set out,” he says. Sir Anthony, who is chairman of AEA Technology plc, also highlights thegreater need for management and leadership skills due to changes in typicalcompany structures over the past 10 to 15 years. “We’ve got flatterstructures now and far broader lines of reporting. It means that what onehistorically saw as leadership skills required by one or two people at the topof the company are required by a lot of people much lower down. That’shopefully something that our work can help with.” Consultation Chris Pierce, professional standards executive at the Institute of Directorsand author of The Effective Director: the Essential Guide to Director and BoardDevelopment, says, “We welcome the consultation document and think thereare still shortages in the quality and quantity of people with management andparticularly leadership skills.” The IoD has taken a very positive line on director development – CEML’s Biteresource could be incorporated into its future development programmes – and nowoperates a scheme for people to become chartered directors. Requirementsinclude 30 hours of mandatory continuous professional development each year. Pierce points out that management and leadership is not just a UK problem,but a global issue. The IoD has for the past year been providing training inleadership and corporate governance to senior managers and directors in Japan. “It’s a surprise to most people that the Japanese are coming to us forhelp. Although we’ve a long way to go in terms of improving leadership, we’reregarded globally as world class and other countries are coming to us to learnfrom us,” says Pierce. All the more reason for the UK to look at its ownperformance, perhaps. But how do we define what is needed? There is a problem in identifying what the key management and leadershipskills are, according to Ruth Spellman, chief executive of Investors in People.”It’s a question of being analytical and pinpointing those things whichmake successful managers and leaders, then deciding how we go about givingpeople a chance to develop those attributes,” she says. “The issue is similar to when we started IIP – trying to get someconsistent approach and then being able to measure the impact so that people cansee there’s something in it for them. Then we need to provide some sort of helpfor people to get there. Some of the ideas the CEML report has come up with arereally good ones.” Spellman supports the use of the Business Improvement Tool for Entrepreneursto help SME managers develop themselves and their businesses. It is aquestionnaire, designed for use as part of entrepreneurs’ normal interactionwith their professional advisers, which prompts them to consider their businessand their role within it. Sarah Anderson, chief executive of Mayday Group and leader of CEML’s SMEworking group, explains, “We spent a lot of time talking to people who runsmall businesses to put together the questions on the management and leadershipskills needed. “We were very keen not to impose a large-company or government solutionon SMEs, and the first issue was to stimulate demand rather than stimulatesupply,” she says. “If a bank manager, accountant, lawyer or Business Link contact couldask a series of questions to a person who thinks they don’t need anydevelopment and at the end of it have them think, ‘Well perhaps I do – if Iknew more about that maybe my profit would increase or my staff turnover wouldgo down’, that would stimulate demand for ‘What do we do next?’ It’s a meanstowards satisfying a need that entrepreneurs feel able to participate in,”says Anderson. Government agenda Her group is now talking to organisations such as the Law Society, Instituteof Chartered Accountants and other small-business lobbying associations to seehow they could fit in. Seeing how the scheme could be funded is the next step,before determining how to supply what is required in a co-ordinated way. “It brings on the government agenda the much wider issue of workforcedevelopment, which is a real issue for SMEs. I see it as essential to getentrepreneur buy-in to learning and development,” says Anderson. “Ifwe can get that, a lot of issues about workforce development will follow onmuch more easily.” The same is true in larger organisations, says Spellman. She wants to seeCEML’s leadership development best practice guide give big-company leadersopportunities to learn how to take people with them. “If you get leadersof the company to recognise they’ve got learning needs, then you can go furtherdown and look at the development needs of everyone and get much more skilldevelopment going on, so the whole organisation benefits,” she says. Spellman also picks up Sir Anthony’s point that management and leadership isnot just for the few. “Because the whole middle tier of management hasgone, you’re increasingly leaving it up to the team leader or the person who’smaking the decision on the desk to take the whole job in their own hands,”she adds. Most people who find themselves in management roles have had little or noformal training for the role. “There are people who go straight into undergraduate studies or do MBAsearly in their lives, but that only accounts for about a third of those who gointo management and leadership,” says Professor John Burgoyne, from theUniversity of Lancaster’s Management School and policy research consultant toCEML. “One of our findings is that two-thirds of people who end up inmanagement and leadership do so as a form of second or ‘shadow’ career – likethe engineer who’s an engineer for the first part of his career and then getsinvolved in project management. “There’s a case for saying that management and leadership needs to bemuch more pushed through continuous professional development. Many people slideinto management in mid-career and the education system isn’t geared to supportpeople who have learning needs arising from that situation. The need for aninfrastructure that supports CPD is part of the longer-term picture.” Also part of the long-term aim is to adapt the practices of business schoolsand other parts of the education system to shape the next generation ofmanagers and leaders. Shorter term, however, Burgoyne believes that the bestpractice guide will help companies benchmark themselves and reduce the”long tail” of organisations that do not have in place the 10 broadprinciples the guide contains. Mutual benchmarking The Leadership Development Best Practice Guide is to be launched at the DTIconference centre in Westminster on 18 September. CEML is building a network ofusers to provide opportunities for mutual benchmarking and sharing experiencesand resources and invites readers of Training Magazine to get involved. Ultimately, CEML hopes to find ways of making it easier for individuals tounderstand what is available and where they can go to enhance particularskills. Ideally, this would be an online facility which signposts employees andemployers. “Whether we can do any more than outline the form it may take and talkto the sort of people who might provide it I doubt, in the time we’ve gotavailable,” says Sir Anthony. “But part of our role is to point out opportunities and try and findindividuals who can take them forward. We’ve got our work cut out to be readyby next April.” Join the debateTo receive copies of the consultation paper or to respond, write to CEML,211 Piccadilly, London W1V 9LD or telephone 020-7830 9780. See also the CEMLwebsite: www.managementandleadershipcouncil.orgTo register interest in the benchmarking project e-mail [email protected] Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Ahead of the gameOn 11 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. ManchesterUnited is not alone in failing to line up a replacement for its glorious leaderSir Alex Ferguson. As Nic Paton reports, the pressing issue of successionplanning is far too often ignored by HR – so now is the time to take steps to abrighter futureAcouple of years ago leadership development specialist Jeremy Webster was calledto an engineering and electrical firm to advise on succession planning. Sittingdown with the key board members, it quickly became clear the company faced amajor problem.”Some70 per cent of its senior management were at the top end of the age group andsoon to be retiring. They suddenly realised they did not have anyone to replacethem, and they had to do something about it, and quickly,” he says.Tocompound the problem, the organisation was operating in a male-dominatedenvironment and in a sector where few graduates were coming on to the market,says Webster, a partner at training and development consultancy MaST International.Thismay be an extreme example of what can go wrong when an organisation leavessuccession planning until the eleventh hour, but it is by no means unusual.With population demographics on both sides of the Atlantic starting to changeas the baby boomers of the 1960s approach retirement age, succession planningis an issue businesses need to address urgently. AsBill Byham, chairman and CEO of Development Dimensions International, puts it:”We estimate 50 per cent of senior jobs within some organisations will beopen in the next five years. Within the US government, we are looking at 50 percent within three years and 75 per cent within five years. For older companiesor established ones it is going to be pretty similar.”Successionplanning is not solely about how you replace the Jack Welchs, Richard Bransonsor Sir Alex Fergusons of this world. It can mean simply how you ensure yourmarketing department does not take its eye off the ball when the directorleaves in two years. At this level, the constant downsizing of middlemanagement and the shifting psychology of the workplace – with the end of thejob for life and an increasingly fluid, mobile talent pool of people – hasexacerbated matters.Noone organisation will follow the same pattern or have the same needs when itcomes to succession planning. But, broadly speaking, getting it right involvesfollowing five key steps.1Work out where you are goingTraditionally,HR directors used to have a ‘people map’ of their organisation. It was reasonablystable and there was a pipeline of people moving up the organisation that were,metaphorically, tagged to slot into a particular role at a future date, saysIan Tinsley, senior director at Hay Group UK.Now,though, not only do people move around much more, but also the business mightsuddenly decide to buy a rival or agree a joint venture or partnership. Thebusiness environment is much more dynamic and fast moving, and so that muchharder to plan ahead for.”Youhave to have as clear an understanding about what is the name of the game overthe next two to three years. What does the strategy say? What are you hoping toachieve? Have you got the core competencies to achieve that and have you gotthe pool of people who will help meet those evolving needs?” he asks.Muchof the debate in HR over the past few years has been how to ensure HRprofessionals become more strategic and business-oriented in their outlook andensure they are not simply sitting to one side of the business. This is nevermore the case than in succession planning.Forthe HR professional, the trick, then, is to get beyond the humdrum, day-to-dayproblems of the business, argues Webster. “HR is so busy looking at theimmediate problem that future problems are diminished until they become immediateproblems,” he says.2Decide what skills you need to deliver on future goalsUnderstandingwhere you are going requires an awareness of what you need to get there. One ofthe first elements of this, argues HR consultancy Mercer Human Resource Consulting,is adopting a definition of leadership. Thisshould be a definition of the sort of leadership currently in place at theorganisation, what is best suited to it and what is needed in the future.Partand parcel with this is the need to work out the critical business roles withinthe organisation, and make an assessment of the key talent. These might be topperformers or high flyers at the organisation, but they might also simplymanagers further down the scale that are doing a good job, argues Phil Probert,managing consultant for people and organisational change practice at PAConsulting.Ifemployees are being exposed to uninspiring or demotivating managers, it makessense that, if you want to bring talent to the surface in your organisation,that is where you need to focus. It is not so much the 5-10 per cent of highflyers you should be worried about, but the other 95 per cent, he suggests.”Ifyou find you have got pockets of excellence and pockets of disillusion, thenthat is when you have got to focus on what it is that is happening and what isdriving behaviour, and aim to reinforce the good and manage out the bad,”he says.”Itis like a football team,” adds MaST’s Webster. “If the people in itdo not have the right skills, they do not play. But the whole thing has to begeared to where the business is going, not where it is now. It is about tryingto develop people so that the business benefits.”Trainingand development will normally be at the centre of this process. ITN, forinstance, underwent a significant rethink of its training and developmentprocesses last year in which succession planning was a central element. Itlaunched a talent spotting exercise among its 1,000 or so staff that includedexpanding the trainee scheme, focused on the company’s secondment scheme andtook a close look at its systems for mentoring.Along hard look at your managers is also important, as it is they who must bringthe right people on board. Managers tend to fall into two groups,talent-finders and talent-avoiders, says independent recruitment consultantJames Simpson.Talent-findersmake recruitment a priority, allocate time in their diaries to it, makethemselves available and do not ‘lose’ candidates because of delays. They arenever afraid to hire someone who will challenge everyone in their organisation,they are persuasive and enthuse employees and reach decisions effectively andmake offers that are accepted.Conversely,talent-avoiders tend to be suspicious of the people coming up beneath them,reschedule and delay interviews, avoid people who are too young,over-qualified, too expensive or could challenge others in the team, includingthem. 3Work out how to measure your current skills against those you will need in thefutureAccurateassessment of the skills within your organisation is needed if successionplanning is not to be a waste of time. The methods organisations will use willinevitably vary, but will normally centre on measuring an individual’scompetencies and performance, both past and predicted.Accordingto DDI’s Byham, who is also the co-author of Grow Your Own Leaders, it isimportant to look at four main elements: job challenges, organisationalknowledge, competency to do the job and ‘derailers’. Derailers, he argues, arethings that cause executives to fail, perhaps a certain management style or apsychological block, even something in their history or personal or familymake-up.”Competenciesare often not up to date and aimed at how the organisation is now rather thanwhat the organisation is going to be in five or 10 years’ time,” he says.Mostorganisations will use a variety of assessment tools, such as assessmentcentres, tests, interviews, performance appraisal processes and accelerationcentres. But it is critical that behaviour is followed up and checked, as fewerthan 10 per cent of organisations do this, says Byham.SunMicrosystems, for instance, uses a ‘leadership skill profile’ to define thepeople and business management skills of its executives. It also uses360-degree appraisal, performance reviews, leadership training and educationand leadership conferences.Therapidly changing dynamic of the workplace means any system for measuring talenthas to work that much more quickly, adds Byham.Firmsneed to develop a wide pool of talent – ideally a porous one – which they candraw upon. “People can enter the pool at different times in their careers.It is for the people who would benefit the most from rapid development,” heexplains.Candidatesneed to be given fast-track assignments, such as opening new plants, running adivision, launching a product or overseeing a downsizing initiative. 4Address gapsDespitemany CEOs spending a lot of time worrying about whether they have the rightpeople, both for the present and the future, the greatest challenge for the HRdirector can be getting succession planning on the board agenda, making it apriority and keeping it there.”Thereneeds to be a strong HR person who can get this on the agenda. Someone who hasthe weight to have this kind of debate with colleagues in the senior managementteam is critical. Life goes on, people forget about it,” argues HayGroup’s Tinsley.Aprofessional development strategy that targets key talent should be put inplace, suggests Mercer Human Resource Consulting. A strong retention programmeshould complement this.Oneof the biggest mistakes in succession planning, and perhaps one of the mostcommon, is for an executive to seek a replacement rather than a successor. Itis no doubt human nature for an executive to want someone who will simply takethe business forward in his own image, but it may not be the best course forthe business.Ahigh-profile, long-serving boss can also eventually become his own worst enemy.The longer, for instance, that veteran retailer Ken Morrison remains at thehelm of supermarket chain Morrison – even if the firm is one of the most solidperformers in the FTSE – the louder the mutters become from the City. Therecent death of his deputy John Dowd has not helped matters. “Whena senior manager leaves the stock can go down by 10 per cent. But, conversely,GE can lose three top executives and see its stock go up because it has animage of having a deep pool of good people,” says Byham.Anothercommon error includes trying to keep it in the family. Passing it to a childmust make proper business sense, not just be sentimentally attractive. Asuccession panel can often be a useful solution in this sort of situation.Andonce at the top, one of the hardest things is knowing when it is right to go.Bill Gates’ decision in January 2000 to hand day-to-day power at Microsoft overto Steve Ballmer, who became CEO while he became ‘chief software architect’,was all the more remarkable as a result.5Maintain skillsSuccessionplanning needs to be an ongoing process, not a one-off reaction to a panic,stresses Caroline Dunk, chairman of consultancy CDA. It is also important tomake sure that, having been groomed for the top, key talent is not simplyheadhunted.”Successionplanning is an area that is consistently done badly. It has been handled as astandalone process, a one-off by the board that has no link into other HR orcompetency processes. Often it is not integrated, accurate or strategic,”she says.Dunkcites the example of an internet service provider she worked with that hadsplit its annual appraisal from its development planning process. Anotherclient, a food company, literally had no strategic thinkers on board. Moreoptimistically, within the UK at least, most large organisations have by nowrecognised the need for diagnosing the needs and competencies of theiremployees, and the value of coaching and mentoring, argues Fiona Sellers,director of HR consultancy Courtenay, Insome areas, succession planning has even moved out of the workplace. She citesthe example of a high-flying City worker whose firm recently spent £40,000 onassessing and managing his lifestyle – at work and home – to help him, forinstance, relax and carve out time for creative thinking.”Successionplanning is a process that needs to be regularly updated, perhaps even everymonth. Most organisations will panic and do succession planning behind closeddoors – it’s white smoke coming out of the chimney,” adds CDA’s Dunk.”Youneed to have a clear set of succession criteria for the process – all jobsabove a certain level will be solved by this process, or a certain number ofmoves a year. You need very clear criteria from the beginning.” last_img read more

first_imgIt is the duty of the employer to make reasonable adjustments to theworkplace in order that a disabled person can be successfully employed. Failureto do so can result in a claim for discrimination. The problem lies indetermining what is a reasonable adjustment, and it is here that the OHprofessional can make a contribution, By Joan Lewis and Linda Goldman Employment tribunals are increasingly occupied with disabilitydiscrimination cases. The question of whether a person is disabled is one offact, which, if not conceded by the employer, must be determined by thetribunal hearing the case. As employers become more aware of the various facets of disability, thecurrent trend in litigation is for employees to claim there were no reasonableadjustments that could have enabled them to carry out their work. The purpose of legislation is to ensure that the disadvantages engendered byphysical and mental conditions affecting the ability of persons to performnormal day-to-day activities are ameliorated by a range of adjustments. The keyword covering the lengths to which employers need to go is ‘reasonable’. Equality Effective adjustments will go some way to ensuring equality of opportunityfor the disabled element of the workforce. A couple of thousand years ago, Aristotle thought that equality consisted ofthe same treatment of similar persons, whereas these days it is thought to beeither the same treatment of dissimilar persons or that there is no such thingas dissimilarity. By the 18th century, it was recognised in Great Britain that the communityat large had an equal right to the protection of government. The American Declaration of Independence reflects the responsibility ofgovernment to ensure equality of opportunity. “We hold these truths to beself-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by theircreator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty andthe pursuit of happiness.” Thomas Jefferson, 4 July 1776. Legalities The legal concept of equality of opportunity in the workplace for disabledpeople has been a long time coming, particularly for the mentally disabled and thosesuffering from chronic illness or deteriorating conditions. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995, defines ‘disability’ and ‘disabledperson’ in terms that are now familiar to the occupational health profession. It states: “A person has a disability if he has a physical or mentalimpairment that has a substantial and long-term effect on his ability to carryout normal day-to-day activities.” A disabled person, with nice legallogic, means a person who has a disability. In broad terms, the DDA prohibits discrimination against job applicants andemployees. Discrimination takes place if, without justification, a disabledperson is treated less favourably than someone who is not disabled. Inparticular, it is discriminatory to fail to comply with the duty imposed bySection 6 of the Act – the duty to make reasonable adjustments. Failure to comply with a Section 6 duty can be justified if, and only if,the reason for the failure is both material to the circumstances of theparticular case, and substantial. Thus, there is a close relationship betweenless favourable treatment and failure to make reasonable adjustments. Recognising the disability Schedule 1 of the DDA relates to mental and physical impairments affecting normalday-to-day activities. Any mental impairment must be a clinicallywell-recognised illness. Whether the condition is mental or physical, theimpairment affecting various aspects of normal life including mobility,dexterity and concentration must be substantial. Employers should bear in mind that painful physical conditions can affectconcentration. The fact that a person suffers from a clinically well-recognisedillness is not sufficient for that condition to amount to a disability. Manymedical certificates use words such as ‘depression’ or ‘anxiety’, which aresufficient to amount to a condition that could be a disability, but the globaleffect on the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities must beconsidered as well as the duration of the impairment. When in doubt about advising on a case, the Code of Practice to the Act isessential reading. It is worthwhile noting that it takes a broad approach,giving some consideration to the effect adjustments may have on co-workers. The purpose of the legislation is to encourage employers to create aworkplace environment that is suitable for the disabled employee, not toencourage litigation. Thus, it is useful to obtain expert advice in the makingof reasonable adjustments rather than to obtain expert evidence for a latercourt case. Reasonable adjustments Once an employee has shown that he or she is disabled within the meaning ofthe Act, it will be necessary for the employer to make reasonable adjustmentsto accommodate that employee’s needs. A person who is dismissed for mereabsence from work pursuant to a disability may not have had the benefit of areasonable adjustment that could have resulted in the ability to attend for orotherwise carry out some form of work. This principle also applies to the ability to attend a disciplinary hearing.It was recently noted, in Andreou v Lord Chancellor’s Department, 2002, IRLR728, CA – a race discrimination case – that the mere fact a person is certifiednot well enough to attend work “does not automatically entail that thatperson is not fit enough to attend a tribunal hearing”. The employee did not provide any of the specific information requested bythe tribunal to support her contention that she was not fit to attend thehearing of her race discrimination case. The tribunal was therefore unable todraw the inference that the nature of her illness was serious enough to warrantan adjournment of the hearing. This is an approach that could be adopted where an employer is intent uponcarrying out disciplinary proceedings in cases of potential disabilitydiscrimination. The breadth of a reasonable adjustment is considerable. Recently, a localauthority was held to have discriminated against a disabled healthcare workeron long-term sick leave when it did not consider a completely different sort ofwork, including flexible clerical duties unrelated to the work she was employedto do. Some conditions for which reasonable adjustments can be made with theassistance of OH advice include dyslexia, blindness (particularly partialsight) and psychiatric disorders exacerbated by workplace stress. The employer needs to know the extent of the condition and whether it iscompounded by any other related condition, such as impaired concentrationbecause of pain, so as to take a reasonable approach to making adjustments. Linda Goldman is a barrister at 7 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn. She is headof training and education for ACT Associates & Virtual Personnel. JoanLewis is the senior consultant and director of ACT Associates and VirtualPersonnel, employment law and advisory service consultancies and licensed bythe General Council of the Bar in employment matters under BarDirect. Case roundupMcNicol v Balfour Beatty Rail Maintenance Ltd, 2002, IRLR 711, CAThis is one of a group of cases where the persons claimingphysical disability were unable to show any organic cause for their symptoms,which were diagnosed as being the effect of psychological overlay. This was notdeemed to be a disability within the meaning of the Act.There was no evidence before the employment tribunal, whosedecision was upheld, that there was any organic or physical pathologyunderlying the applicant’s symptoms. No evidence was adduced by the applicantthat his back pain “was the result of, or consisted of, a clinicallywell-recognised mental illness … ‘impairment’ may result from an illness orit may consist of an illness”.The applicant is required to show the nature of his or herimpairment. Both parties must adduce relevant medical evidence from which areasonable inference should (or should not) be drawn that the applicant”can fairly be described as having a physical or mental impairment”.The tribunal was entitled to reach the decision that the applicant was notdisabled within the meaning of the Act on the evidence before it.Mowat-Brown v University ofSurrey, 2002, IRLR 235, EATThe applicant suffered from multiple sclerosis. This can be aprogressive condition. In the guidance on matters to be taken into account indetermining questions relating to the definition of disability, a person with aprogressive condition will be treated as having a disability “from themoment any impairment resulting from that condition first has some effect onhis or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”.The effect need not be continuous and need not be substantial.The medical evidence in this case was that the applicant was not disabled byhis condition, having suffered no symptoms since the initial diagnosis threeyears previously. He was not likely to suffer any substantial effect in thefuture and was not within the remit of the Act.The tribunal was entitled to find that he was not disabled andthat it was not “more likely than not that in the future the conditionwould have a substantial effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-dayactivities”.Vicary v BritishTelecommunications plc, 1999, IRLR 680, EATThe tribunal noted that the applicant suffered an upper limbdisorder that rendered her unable to perform normal day-to-day activitiesincluding cooking and carrying shopping, but relied on the evidence of therespondent’s occupational health physician that these effects were not‘substantial’ within the meaning of the Act.The doctor cited her experience in having attended DDA seminarsto support the quality of her evidence. That was irrelevant. It is not for awitness to determine whether the effects are ‘substantial’, although thewitness can explain the criteria on which his or her opinion is based.Morgan v Staffordshire University,2002, IRLR 190The Court of Appeal set out a useful list of criteria indisability cases, reflecting the fact that the occasional use of termscontained within the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), such asanxiety, stress and depression, do not amount to proof of a mental impairmentwithin the meaning of the Act. These terms may be descriptive rather thandiagnostic. The onus is on the claimant to prove, on the balance ofprobabilities, that there is an impairment.The parties should identify the impairment or why the allegedimpairment is denied.A medical report should cover diagnosis of a clinicallywell-recognised illness or the result of such an illness.The medical report should cover “…the presence orabsence of symptoms identified in the ICD diagnostic guidelines”.A full consultant psychiatrist’s report is not needed in everycase. A GP report may be sufficient, provided that it is couched in terms tosatisfy the requirements of the Act.If impairment is to be disputed, expert evidence may be needed(see De Keyser v Wilson, 2001, IRLR 324, EAT).If failure to make adjustments is in issue, medical evidenceshould cover the full chronology of the illness, including whether the illness couldhave manifested itself during the course of employment.”The dangers of the tribunal forming a view on ‘mentalimpairment’ from the way the claimant gives evidence on the day cannot beoverstated. Aside from the risk of undetected or suspected play-acting by theclaimant at the date of the hearing itself … the presence of the impairmentwill need to be proved or disproved. Tribunal members will need to remindthemselves that few mental illnesses are such that their symptoms are obviousall the time and that they have no training or … expertise, in the detectionof real or simulated psychiatric disorders”.Andreou v Lord Chancellor’sDepartment, 2002, IRLR 728, CA Per Arden LJ”Stress and anxiety are generic terms covering a range ofsymptoms differing widely in their severity … [the party suffering from astress-related condition] should expect to provide details of the symptoms, thecauses, severity and so on, or to explain why those details cannot be suppliedto the tribunal”. Comments are closed. Adjusting to disabilityOn 1 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. What’s with the long, arduous multi-stage recruitment processes that seem to be increasingly common place these days? When chatting to job seekers I find that a 6 stage (or more) recruitment process that may incorporate psychometric testing, multiple technical tests, cultural evaluations, competency based screening (to name a few), is nothing out of the ordinary and I can’t help but wonder if it’s necessary?Has the length, rigorousness or even quirkiness of a company’s recruitment process become a marketing tool to tell the world that what lies beyond this extensive screening must be worth all the work and effort put in?I believe that in this day and age we should be striving to create efficiencies, thus not being on-board with what seems to me to be an in-efficient waste of time. The only thing I believe you can be certain of after a 6-8 stage process is just how keen the candidate is on the position/company given the willingness to stick around for that long. I don’t believe that you will gain any more of an in-sight into their suitability to the position, over a well put together 2 stage interview process where the questioning is intelligent, relevant to the role and type of person you are looking to hire, which may or may not include a specific skills based test. Specific preparation is key! Previous Article Next Article Read full article center_img Why the long……….process?Shared from missc on 9 Dec 2014 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.last_img read more

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags In November, Lou Conforti, the mall REIT’s chief executive officer, had said filing for bankruptcy was off the table.ADVERTISEMENTBut a month later, the mall had a setback. It sought to convert about $260 million in unsecured bonds to $175 million of preferred equity, but was unable to after it failed to reach an agreement with debt holders.Washington Prime reported that its rent collections fell to 52 percent in the second quarter of 2020, although by the third quarter, collections had risen to 87 percent.Two of the Ohio-based REIT’s competitors, CBL & Associates Properties and Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, filed for bankruptcy last year.Malls have struggled during the pandemic as shoppers have stayed either because they felt safer shopping online or because indoor shopping was suspended to stop the spread of the coronavirus.[Bloomberg News] — Georgia Kromrei bankruptcymallsREITScenter_img Washington Prime Group CEO Louis Conforti (Twitter, iStock)A major mall owner is preparing for bankruptcy after it failed to make an interest payment on its debt.Washington Prime Group, a real estate investment trust which owns more than 100 malls, has been negotiating with its lender to reduce its debt — but the talks are not going well, Bloomberg News reported. The mall owner has said Covid-19 could impair its ability to repay debt going forward or threaten its ability to stay afloat.Read moreMall owners CBL properties and PREIT file for bankruptcyMall owners team up with dead celebrity dealmaker but can they rescue moribund retailersInside the retail apocalypse Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

first_imgStudies of plants growing in tundra regions have tended to concentrate either upon whole plant communities or upon the physiology and metabolism of above- or below-ground plant organs considered separately. It is suggested here that detailed physiological studies, especially of the fixation and conservation of energy, can be integrated within the framework of the life cycle of the whole plant. When combined with information on reproductive biology and population dynamics, the construction of a long term framework is possible within which short term processes involving individual plant organs can be interpreted. Tundra plants are particularly amenable to this treatment. Clear innate markers of annual growth (caused by marked seasonality in climate) and slow decomposition rates result in the preservation of records of the past history of individual plants and the populations of which they were partlast_img read more

first_imgAn improved technique for concentrating heavy metals onto the surface of tungsten wires, prior to analysis by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry, is reported. Ultraclean methods and materials, described here, have enabled improvements in detection limits to be realised. With the new procedure, detection limits of 0.01 ng Cd kg−1, 0.47 ng Cu kg−1, 0.22 ng Pb kg−1 and 0.24 ng Zn kg−1 are obtained. These are low enough to allow analysis of ancient and modern. Antarctic snow, except perhaps for cadmium. A comparison with samples injected directly into the graphite furnace shows good agreement, confirming that the method is suitable for the simple polar snow matrix.last_img read more

first_imgReindeer were introduced 70 years ago to the Stromness Bay area on the subantarctic island of South Georgia, and the herd is still surviving. Two glaciers confine the herd, and movements are restricted even within the area due to a rugged topography. The Husvik herd has recently expanded its range within this area, and today approximately 88% of the vegetated area is affected by grazing. The grazing effects are described, and the value of the introduction as a natural experiment is discussed.last_img read more

first_imgThe occurrence of PMSEs with time of day shows a semi-diurnal variation with minima at 8 and 20 h LT. PMSE layers observed for more than 30 min show an average rate of descent of 2 km h−1. These characteristics suggest the influence of tidal winds. When the observed steady wind and diurnal and semi-diurnal tides at EISCAT are added, the overall magnitude shows a time-variation which matches the occurrence of PMSEs, and the observed rate of descent, approximately 2 km h−1. Atmospheric gravity waves also contribute to the velocity of the neutral wind. When the wave reinforces the background wind, the PMSEs are stronger and descend more rapidly, but when the wave-related velocity opposes the background wind the PMSE is weaker and it descends more slowly.last_img read more

first_imgThe effectiveness of ERS 1 scatterometer data as a tool for studying the wind fields of Antarctic mesocyclones is analyzed by using 1 year’s observations of these systems derived from satellite imagery encompassing the Antarctic Peninsula and Bellingshausen and Weddell Seas. It is shown that the scatterometer processing scheme utilized can affect the resultant wind fields, particularly the accuracy of the external forecast winds used for “meteorological ambiguity removal.” Very few of the mesocyclones (9%) were “captured” by the scatterometer data because (1) ∼60% of the vortices did not form over the open ocean (25% of those that did were included in the scatterometer data) and (2) the narrow scatterometer swath results in a poor temporal resolution that is less than ideal for observing small-sized, short-lived Antarctic mesocyclones over the Southern Ocean. Close agreement between the derived wind fields and those predicted by a simple model suggests that a mesocyclone may be considered as a vorticity anomaly superimposed on a uniform flow. Most systems had a surface circulation, varying from a slight deviation from the geostrophic flow to a closed circulation; however, 25% of mesocyclones did not exhibit a surface circulation. Four case studies are used to illustrate the different types of observed circulation. Derived maximum cyclonic relative vorticity values (those most negative in the southern hemisphere) varied between −100 and −400×10−6 s−1, an order of magnitude lower than that calculated for an Arctic mesocyclone. The scatterometer wind field data represent an important new tool for studying Antarctic mesocyclones but need to be used in conjunction with sensors having a higher frequency of coverage to allow multitemporal analyses of such systems throughout their development.last_img read more

first_imgThe diving behaviour of Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella) pups on Bird Island, South Georgia (54°S, 38°W), was examined during February-April 1996 using capillary-tube depth gauges (CDGs) and time-depth recorders (TDRs). CDGs were deployed on 6 female and 10 male pups aged 65-101 days. Depths measured by CDGs were within 10% of maximum depths recorded by TDRs. Maximum dive depths averaged 13.8 m and ranged from 4.2 to 28.1 m. Body length alone accounted for 66% of the total variation in maximum dive depth. TDRs were deployed on one female and two male pups aged 89-101 days. In total, 4858 dives were recorded during 173 h at sea. The average dive depth and duration was 4.2 m and 20 s, respectively. Pups made a total of 34 trips and each spent 50% of its time at sea. Not all trips included dives; however, when diving took place trips lasted, on average, 6.8 h and contained 214 dives, most of which took place during daylight. Dives were made at a frequency of 30/h and the vertical distance dived was 124 m · h-1. The number of dives, percentage of time spent submerged, percentage of time spent diving, dive frequency, and dive rate were positively correlated with trip duration. These results show that Antarctic fur seal pups develop diving skills at an early age, and by the time they are close to being weaned they have the diving ability to exploit prey similar to those taken by adults.last_img read more

first_imgMass mortality of echinoids is well documented, and has potentially profound effects on benthic communities. However, no study to date has quantitatively investigated how regular, predictable events such as winter storms might lead to large mortality events in pivotal echinoid species. Hydrodynamic disturbances can be major drivers of crucial biological processes in benthic communities. For echinoid populations in particular, wave action in shallow waters generated by high winds (winter storms) can cause displacement, damage and even death to individuals. However, evidence for displacement-mediated mortality is scant in the literature, in part because it is so difficult to demonstrate in exposed environments where echinoids are frequently found. In this study, we examined mortality in a sheltered subtidal population of the European purple sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus over a 3-year period, and examined the role that dislodgement by wave action or predation might play in these mortality patterns. Because our study population has been in decline for the past three decades, we considered it important to evaluate its current status in addition to assessing the contribution that adult mortality makes to that decline. We sampled twice per month, using the density of freshly dead echinoid material to assess the extent of adult mortality. The Irish Meteorological Service provided our estimates of wind speed data. We compared historical and recent data on P. lividus size frequency data to investigate change the population structure (Poor recruitment would be caused by failure to spawn over a prolonged period). Our data suggest ongoing declines in this population, and support the theory that the decline of the P. lividus population of Lough Hyne is a result of persistent recruitment failure linked to repeated cool maximum sea surface temperatures. Although we found peaks of P. lividus mortality were coincident with spikes in wind speed, mortality was low, and seems unlikely to have contributed significantly to the dramatic decline in P. lividus in the past three decades.last_img read more

first_imgThe white-chinned petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis is a medium-sized procellariiform with a circumpolar subAntarctic breeding distribution. Feeding during both day and night, and often competing aggressively for bait, offal and discards, it has the highest incidental mortality rate of any seabird in Southern Ocean longline fisheries. Although still abundant, the limited census data suggest rapid population declines. Using geolocators, the movements of 10 white-chinned petrels from South Georgia were tracked for 226–664 days, which in combination with previous satellite-tracking provided the first comprehensive description of migration routes and year-round distribution of this species from any site. All birds migrated to Patagonian Shelf and shelf-break waters, concentrating in highly productive areas east of the River Plate estuary and to a lesser extent on the open shelf off central Argentina. Two birds traveled initially to the southern Patagonian Shelf but then moved in mid-winter to the Humboldt Current (Chile), before returning directly to South Georgia. One bird adopted this strategy in two winters, and was consistent in timing of return migration to South Georgia, but not of arrival off Chile. Despite the distance (>2000 km), birds returned to feeding sites on the Patagonian Shelf for all pre-laying exodus, and most incubation, trips. In contrast, most chick-rearing trips were to the local shelf, central Scotia Sea or South Orkney Islands, on average only 610 km from the colony. The distribution of white-chinned petrels overlapped with several major fisheries, many of which are known or suspected to have high rates of seabird bycatch. Until this issue is addressed, the status of the white-chinned petrel population at South Georgia should be viewed with considerable concern.last_img read more

first_imgIce cores provide information about past climate and environmental conditions on timescales from decades to hundreds of millennia, and direct records of the composition of the atmosphere. As such, they are cornerstones of global change research. For example, ice cores play a central role in showing how closely climate and greenhouse gas concentrations were linked in the past, and in demonstrating that very abrupt climate switches can occur. With the completion of major projects in Greenland and Antarctica over the last 15 years, the international ice coring community is planning for the next several decades. The costs and scope of future work create the need for coordinated international collaboration. Developing this international collaboration is the charge of IPICS, the International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences, a planning group currently composed of ice core scientists, engineers, and drillers from 18 nations.last_img read more

first_imgThe fish species Notothenia angustata inhabits temperate waters (10 °C), yet retains physiological traits that show it once existed at sub-zero temperatures. We determined the free-ranging activity, heart rate and metabolism of N. angustata and compared it with Notothenia coriiceps, an ecologically and morphologically congeneric cousin that still inhabits sub-zero waters. Firstly, the association between heart rate (fH) and oxygen consumption (MO2) was first determined in the laboratory. The fish were then released into their respective environments and fH recorded by a miniature archival electronic tag, from which the metabolic rate of the free-ranging fish was extrapolated. Free-ranging activity of wild fish was monitored throughout the study using implanted acoustic tags and a static hydrophone array. Results showed that the difference in standard metabolic rate (SMR) between N. angustata and N. coriiceps fitted the Arrhenius model for inter-species thermal sensitivity in fish (Q10 = 1.76). However, the inter-species disparity in total metabolic rate (TMR) was far greater. This was attributable to N. angustata swimming at higher speeds and covering a 5-fold greater area over 24 h compared with N. coriiceps. As a result, activity (and associated feeding) comprised a far larger portion of TMR in N. angustata (27.9%) than for N. coriiceps (5.7%). We conclude that the increased time spent swimming by N. angustata was presumably to forage for food to acquire sufficient energy to fuel its elevated SMR. This resulted in a much greater inter-species difference in TMR than may be predicted by the disparity in environmental temperature.last_img read more

first_imgStudies from temperate and tropical regions have shown that variability in the distribution of benthos exists at different spatial scales. There are very few similar studies from polar systems, the shallows of which represent some of the most intensely disturbed habitats on the planet. Variability in the abundances of the five most common macrofauna was examined at three spatial scales, metres, tens of metres and hundreds of metres, in the shallows (5-25 m depth) of Adelaide Island, West Antarctic Peninsula. Whilst significant community change occurs along a depth gradient at the study sites, not all of the common species studied showed clear depth-related patterns of distribution. Furthermore, although abundance patterns varied between the organisms, consistent depth-related trends in the spatial scale contributing most to the variability were observed for four of the five species. For four species the relative importance of large-scale variability (between sites) decreased from 5 to 25 in depth, whilst small-scale variability (between replicates) increased along the depth gradient. Variation between sites is probably largely driven by ice disturbance, which becomes less frequent with depth. Conversely, small-scale patchiness is promoted by biological interactions, which become relatively more influential as community complexity and species richness increase along the depth gradient.last_img read more

first_imgWe assessed the available morphological evidence to see if this corroborates the paraphyly in the Parachela (Tardigrada) as suggested by recent molecular data. We reconcile molecular phylogenetics with alpha morphology, focusing on claw and apophysis for the insertion of the stylet muscles (AISM). We combine molecular and morphological evidence to define six new taxa within the Parachela Schuster et al 1980. These include two new families of Isohypsibiidae fam. nov. and Ramazzottidae fam. nov. along with four new superfamilies of Eohypsibioidea superfam. nov., Hypsibioidea superfam. nov., Isohypsibioidea superfam. nov., and Macrobiotoidea superfam. nov.last_img read more

first_imgThis study provides a mechanistic explanation of why the Holton-Tan (HT) effect, a phenomenon in which the strength of northern stratospheric winter polar vortex synchronizes with the equatorial quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO), was disrupted in the middle to late winters of 1978–1997. In line with recent reassessments of the HT effect, we find that an easterly QBO in the lower stratosphere leads to the formation of a midlatitude wave guide that enhances both the upward propagating planetary waves from the troposphere into the lower stratosphere (~35–50°N, 30–200 hPa) and the northward wave propagation in the upper to middle stratosphere (~35–60°N, 20–5 hPa). This enhanced poleward refraction of planetary waves results in a more disturbed polar vortex, causing the HT effect. The weakening of the HT effect in 1978–1997 was associated with a broader and strengthened polar vortex in November to January. The divergence of wave activity generated by eddies growing within the vortex provided the momentum source and allowed wave activity to propagate meridionally away from the vortex; this interfered with the QBO modulation of planetary wave propagation and led to a weakening of the HT effect during this period. The stronger than average polar vortex in 1978–1997 was associated with a vertically coherent cooling signature over northeastern Asia in the stratosphere. We suggest that a change of stratospheric circulation and/or a change of the stratosphere-troposphere coupling were the main causes for the disrupted HT effect in 1978–1997.last_img read more

first_imgTerrestrial cyanobacteria are very diverse and widely distributed in Antarctica, where they can form macroscopically visible biofilms on the surfaces of soils and rocks, and on benthic surfaces in fresh waters. We recently isolated several terrestrial cyanobacteria from soils collected on Signy Island, South Orkney Islands, Antarctica. Among them, we found a novel species of Nodosilinea, named here as Nodosilinea signiensis sp. nov. This new species is morphologically and genetically distinct from other described species. Morphological examination indicated that the new species is differentiated from others in the genus by cell size, cell shape, filament attenuation, sheath morphology and granulation. 16S rDNA phylogenetic analyses clearly confirmed that N. signiensis belongs to the genus Nodosilinea, but that it is genetically distinct from other known species of Nodosilinea. The D1–D1´ helix of the 16S–23S ITS region of the new species was also different from previously described Nodosilinea species. This is the first detailed characterization of a member of the genus Nodosilinea from Antarctica as well as being a newly described species.last_img read more

first_img Robert Lovell Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  The Bees gave up two runs in the top of the 11th and had their comeback fall short in the bottom half as they lost 3-2 to Reno at Smith’s Ballpark.Jose Fernandez homered for Salt Lake, which was denied a three-game sweep.The Bees host Fresno to begin the final regular-season series tonight. Tags: Baseball/PCL/Salt Lake Bees August 31, 2018 /Sports News – Local Bees Lose To Reno In 11 Inningslast_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Blackhawks have parted ways with Joel Quenneville, the second-winningest head coach in the franchise’s history.In a press release Tuesday morning, the team announced that it has relieved Quenneville of his coaching duties and named Jeremy Colliton as its next head coach. At 33 years old, Colliton is now the youngest head coach in the NHL.“This was an extremely difficult decision, given our respect for Joel and all that he has brought to the Chicago Blackhawks organization the last 10 years,” Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough said in a statement.Quenneville, 60, came on board as the Blackhawks’ head coach in 2008. Since then, the team has posted a record of 452-249-96 in 797 games. Under his leadership, Chicago has made it to the playoffs nine times and has won three Stanley Cups — in 2010, 2013 and 2015. With a record of 76-52, Quenneville holds the best playoff record in the team’s history.“His leadership during three Stanley Cup championships speaks for itself and there is no way to adequately express what he has meant to this organization,” McDonough said. “He will always be a significant member of the Blackhawks family.”But last season, the Blackhawks failed to advance to the playoffs for the first time in a decade, with a record of 33-39-10, which put them in last place in the Western Conference’s Central Division. The team’s slump appears to be continuing this year as they hold the second-worst record in the division at 6-6-3.“[A]s we look to a future history not yet defined, we believe the change we made today, will provide the Chicago Blackhawks a critical element in achieving our goals of Championships in the future, including this season,” Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz said in a statement.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund November 6, 2018 /Sports News – National Chicago Blackhawks fire head coach Joel Quennevillecenter_img Written bylast_img read more