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Shannon Group Plc heralds new beginning for region

By on June 4, 2021

first_imgPrint Twitter Previous articleEuroMillions winning ticket sold in IrelandNext articleSharma appeals €100m planning refusal Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsShannon Group Plc heralds new beginning for regionBy Staff Reporter – September 20, 2014 679 Advertisement Emailcenter_img “The establishment of Ireland’s newest commercial semi-state company, The Shannon Group plc, is the beginning of a new direction for Shannon and the wider Atlantic Corridor area,” the Presidents of Ennis, Galway, Limerick and Shannon Chambers stated in response to its official establishment by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe on Friday, 5 September 2014.“While much has been written and said about the gains achieved to date at Shannon Airport since it was made independent, the real significance of the new corporate entity can only now be gleaned as its four pillars – Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Enterprises Limited, Shannon Heritage and the International Aviation Services Centre (ISAC) –  gain the legislative ability to frame and sanction their strategic and operational directions.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “As highlighted in the recently released quarterly National Household Survey, the growing skew between the Dublin east coast area and the West of Ireland, which is pointing to an obvious lack of focus on balanced regional development in the country, needs to be addressed. The Shannon Group, with its remit for airport development, industry, tourism and property, can become the catalyst for better and stronger regional development and initiate much-needed change in how national economic activity is spread.“The Shannon Group starts out on a strong footing. Early gains and achievements in delivering increased air access and an air of certainty at Shannon Airport have instilled a confidence in the local and regional communities  – the general public, industry and tourism sectors – and similar early gains in the Group’s other operational areas will serve to qualify the overall benefits of the combined assets of the Group.“The official establishment of the Shannon Group now gives the board and management team clarity of purpose and a combined focus. We look forward to seeing the positive dividends that will emanate from their sphere of influence along the entire Atlantic corridor,” the Presidents concluded. Facebook Linkedin WhatsApplast_img read more

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Bank of America Directs Relief to Hardest Hit Areas

By on May 31, 2021

first_img  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago 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! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. May 31, 2016 989 Views Bank of America is nearly two-thirds of the way toward fulfilling its obligation under its 2014 RMBS settlement in which it agreed to pay $7 billion in consumer relief as part of a $16.65 billion settlement with the government and six states.In his fifth report on Bank of America’s progress toward fulfilling its settlement obligation, Professor Eric D. Green, Independent Monitor of the settlement, reported that he had conditionally approved approximately $295 million in consumer relief for Q4 2015. This brings Bank of America’s approved credit up to $4.44 billion, about 63 percent of the $7 billion the bank is required to pay under the terms of the settlement.The majority of the $295 million the bank provided in Q4 was for modifications to an additional 5,172 loans ($244 million, or 83 percent). About $46 million of the relief went to new loans extended to 4,496 low- and moderate first-time homebuyers, borrowers in Hardest Hit Areas, or borrowers deposed by foreclosures or short sales. Approximately $4.76 million of the relief went toward facilitating affordable housing, according to the Monitor’s report.Green stated that more than half of the relief provided by Bank of America so far has gone to those defined as Hardest Hit Areas by HUD, or the areas disproportionately affected by the foreclosure crisis. The relief provided by the bank has resulted in loan modifications in every state and the District of Columbia, or 47,117 census blocks total, according to the Monitor. The settlement has also financed 5,000 rental housing units so far, 68 percent of which are for HUD-designated Critical Needs Family Housing.“Most importantly, the data indicate that modifications for first lien principal reductions—the largest piece of intended consumer relief—are having their intended effect,” Green said. “The average principal reduction is 50.5 percent, the average loan-to-value ratio has been drastically reduced from 178 percent to 75 percent, the average interest rate has been more than cut in half from 5.42 percent to 2.11 percent, and critically, the average monthly payment has been reduced by $604 a month—nearly 38 percent. This directly and materially assists homeowners struggling to afford to stay in their homes.”Having paid nearly two-thirds of the consumer relief obligation, Bank of America is on pace to fulfill its consumer relief requirement well before the August 2018 deadline.On August 20, 2014, Bank of America settled with the Department of Justice and six states for a record $16.65 billion to resolve claims that the bank as well as its Countrywide, Merrill Lynch, and First Franklin divisions packaged and sold toxic mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations in the years leading up to the financial crisis.Under the settlement agreement, Bank of America agreed to pay $9.16 billion directly to federal agencies and six states; $7 billion in consumer relief, which may include first-lien principal forgiveness or forbearance, second-lien extinguishment, and community reinvestment and neighborhood stabilization; and $490 million for the payment of consumer tax liability as a result of consumer relief.For the monitor’s latest report, click here.For more information on the settlement, or to view an interactive map to see what types of relief are going where, click here. Home / Daily Dose / Bank of America Directs Relief to Hardest Hit Areas Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Brian Honea Related Articles Share Save Previous: Congressional Grants to Aid More Struggling Borrowers Next: Existing-Home Sales Defy Unfavorable Oddscenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago 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 The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Tagged with: Bank of America Consumer relief RMBS Settlements Bank of America Directs Relief to Hardest Hit Areas Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Bank of America Consumer relief RMBS Settlements 2016-05-31 Brian Honea Subscribelast_img read more

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Bombay HC Disposes PIL For Ration Benefits To Tribals After State Undertook To Ensure That No Member Is Left Without Food & Basic Necessities

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first_imgNews UpdatesBombay HC Disposes PIL For Ration Benefits To Tribals After State Undertook To Ensure That No Member Is Left Without Food & Basic Necessities LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK17 May 2020 12:30 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Friday disposed of a PIL based on the undertaking mad by the State Government to provide the benefits of the various public distribution schemes to the tribals in the State of Maharashtra. A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice AA Sayed took note of the circular dated 27th April 2020 issued by the Ms. Manisha Verma, Principal…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 Bombay High Court on Friday disposed of a PIL based on the undertaking mad by the State Government to provide the benefits of the various public distribution schemes to the tribals in the State of Maharashtra. A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice AA Sayed took note of the circular dated 27th April 2020 issued by the Ms. Manisha Verma, Principal Secretary, Tribal Development Department whereby the directions are given to all the collectors in the State to make available food grains and other essential food to the tribals including lactating mothers and children and all other measures regarding rations cards as mentioned in the said circular.In the PIL, the Petitioner, social activist Mr. Vivek Pandit(founder of Shramajivi Sanghatana), had primarily prayed for necessary directions to the State Government to provide for ration / food supplies to the Adivasis / Tribals from the 16 sensitive project areas, from the Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Nashik, Dhule, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Bhandara, Gondia, Nagpur, Yavatmal, Melghat (Amravati) and Kinvat (project Aurangabad) Districts in Maharashtra.Mr. Vaibhav Bhure, Advocate for the Petitioner submitted that the various measures that the respondents proposed to undertake and implement but on the ground level it has been seen that the members of the tribal community are not deriving the benefits of either the Public Distribution System or the other welfare measures that have been devised to ensure that such members do enjoy the right guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution. Mr. Bhure further submitted that issuance of ration cards has been delayed because the authorities have been asking for various documentary evidence which the members of the tribal community are not in a position to furnish at the moment and thus keeping the process of issuance of ration cards in abeyance, the respondents may be directed to ensure that food grains and other essential items do reach the members for their sustenance.The High Court took the notice of the affidavit dated 13th May 2020 filed by the Tribal Development Department and the Circular dated 27th April 2020 and in its order stated, ” We had enquired of Mr. Samant, learned Assistant Govt. Pleader, whether he is prepared to make a statement before us that food grains and other essential items, in terms of the various welfare schemes, are reaching the members of the tribal community. Responding thereto, he has answered in the affirmative.”The Court observed, ” We have no doubt in our mind that the testing times notwithstanding, the respondents would leave no stone unturned to reach out to the members of the tribal community, who are marginalized people, and to ensure that not a single member is left without food and the basic necessities in these dark hours. After all, one must not forget that Article 21 is the most fundamental of all Fundamental Rights enshrined in Part III of the Constitution.” They further stated, “We hope and trust that the statement of Mr. Samant, which is in the nature of an undertaking, would be honoured by the respondents in the right perspective.”Click here to download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

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Timely Disposal Of Mercy Petitions: SC Issues Notice On Plea seeking Formulation of Guidelines, Seeks Centre’s Response

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first_imgTop StoriesTimely Disposal Of Mercy Petitions: SC Issues Notice On Plea seeking Formulation of Guidelines, Seeks Centre’s Response Sanya Talwar27 May 2020 1:13 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice in a plea seeking directions to the Government for framing guidelines on timely disposal of Mercy Petitions.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, AS Bopanna & Hrishikesh Roy sought response from the Ministry of home Affairs and granted 4 weeks time to file reply.CJI: “Format is not necessary. Only thing we felt important was time limit and even…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 issued notice in a plea seeking directions to the Government for framing guidelines on timely disposal of Mercy Petitions.A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, AS Bopanna & Hrishikesh Roy sought response from the Ministry of home Affairs and granted 4 weeks time to file reply.CJI: “Format is not necessary. Only thing we felt important was time limit and even for that we can’t direct the President. Only Thing we may consider is, directing the MHA (Ministry of Home Affair) on Time Limit for placing Before president”Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared for the Respondent(s) and sought time to file reply which was granted by the bench.The bench was hearing a plea filed by Advocate Kamal Gupta on behalf of Shiv Kumar Tripathi seeking issuance of appropriate directions for framing specific procedure, rules and guidelines for disposing the mercy petitions within a time bound period.The Plea contended,”Rights guaranteed under Article 14 & 21 of the Constitution of India are being violated of the convicts as well as the victims due to lack of framing of proper procedure, rules and guidelines in disposal of the mercy petitions of the convicts. Since there is no specified written procedure, rules and guidelines for disposing off the mercy petitions within a time bound manner, the same is resulting in arbitrariness and discrimination in disposal of the mercy petitions…. also leads to undue delay in disposal”Apropos this, the petitioner contended that it is pertinent that comprehensive guidelines for disposing the mercy petitions within a time bound period are immediately framed and implemented.The petitioner averred that since the power bestowed on the President for grant of pardon or mercy is an “extraordinary power”, it must be exercised with great care and caution and that “principles of natural justice be exercised uniformly in each and every case”Further to this, petitioner highlighted that the “apprehension of misuse and abuse of power” effects administration of justice. In light of this, petitioner drew a corollary between the International jurisdictions of USA & England which he contends have “already framed the rules for purpose of filing a mercy petitions” .Petitioner also emphasised that there is no currently no written procedure for dealing with mercy petitions in practice but in practice, he or his relative may submit a mercy petition in writing to the President, which is then scrutinised by the MHA. Following this, the petition is disposed off under Article 72 of the Constitution of India and the State/UT gives their opinion regarding the pardoning. For the submission of this opinion, the petitioner adds that there is  has not specified time period.Click Here To Download PetitionNext Storylast_img read more

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Agitation Before Commissioner’s Office Against Mass Transfer Order ‘Similar Activity’ As Strike: Madras HC Upholds Punishment Of Stoppage Of Increment Of Cops [Read Order]

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first_imgNews UpdatesAgitation Before Commissioner’s Office Against Mass Transfer Order ‘Similar Activity’ As Strike: Madras HC Upholds Punishment Of Stoppage Of Increment Of Cops [Read Order] Mehal Jain15 Sep 2020 9:56 PMShare This – xThe Madras High Court has ruled that the conduct of the police personnel in holding a demonstration before the Office of the Police Commissioner, raising slogans against the higher officials, delivering interviews to the media, in demanding for immediate relieving of an entire transfer order is an activity similar to strike.The petitioner before Justice R. M. T. Teekaa Raman, while he was…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 Madras High Court has ruled that the conduct of the police personnel in holding a demonstration before the Office of the Police Commissioner, raising slogans against the higher officials, delivering interviews to the media, in demanding for immediate relieving of an entire transfer order is an activity similar to strike.The petitioner before Justice R. M. T. Teekaa Raman, while he was working as Police Constable in Coimbatore Corporation, was said to have agitated against the Commissioner of Police in the campus of the Commissioner Officer, in connection with the mass transfer order. While issuing relieving orders as per serial number, initially 132 members were relieved and remaining others were allotted other works namely to produce the accused before the Criminal Court and to engage the armed reserve for law and order panthobasth and escort for VIP visit. The Commissioner of Police announced that the second part of the transfer list will be released in one or two days. Aggrieved from the said announcement, the petitioner along with 28 Police personnel assembled together and agitated before the Office of the Commissioner and the said fact was reported in the News Papers and some of the participants of the agitation had given interviews to the press and the same was reported in print Media.Accordingly, summons were issued to the 28 persons and after obtaining necessary orders from the Administration side, disciplinary proceedings were initiated, and the petitioner was awarded punishment of stoppage of increment with cumulative effect for three years. Subsequently, in appeal, the Commissioner of Police had reduced the punishment from stoppage of increment for three years with cumulative effect to stoppage of increment for two years with cumulative effect.The bench appreciated that Rule 25 of the Tamil Nadu Police Subordinate Police Officers conduct Rules lays down that No police officer shall engage himself in strike on incitements there to on in “similar activities”.The bench noted that in Administrative law, transfer order and relieving order are two different things, and that depending upon the administrative exigency the relieving order will come into force on a later date and the same is not per se arbitrary. “In the instance case, the Deputy Commissioner of Police has effected the order of transfer and has given instructions to the concerned Officers to relieve from serial Nos.1 to 134 on the same day and taking note of the service of the armed reserve police is required for production of under trial prisoners in the Court for trial as required under the Code of Civil Procedure and for extension of remand order, production of accused before the concerned Judicial Magistrate or Sessions Judge and for deployment of the Armed Reserved Police in sensitive communal areas in Coimbatore and for deployment of the police personnels to maintain law and order and bandobasth and also taking note of the escort for VIPs as segregate upto in the serial No.132 to be relieved on the same day. Remaining balance persons to be relieved after few days on arrival of the transferred candidates from other Districts to Coimbatore District”, narrated the Single Judge, adding that aggrieved over such an action, the petitioner has alleged to commit the charge.The bench observed that as per the proved charges, the petitioner assembled in the ground of the Commissioner of Police Office in Coimbatore and formed themselves as a group by shouting slogans against the Commissioner of Police and created ruckus in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police and Commissioner of Police in the same complex and rhoered the higher officials and demanded for immediate relieving of the entire transfer order. While assembling and shouting against the Commissioner of Police and the Deputy Commissioner of Police, they went marching in the playground and delivered interviews to the press and media, levelling baseless allegation against the Uniformed Police Officials without material by casting colour on the orders of the Commissioner. The Court found that the action of the petitioner and other persons involved falls under “Similar Activities” as mentioned in the Rule 25.Taking into consideration of the act of the delinquencies, which, per the Court, squarely fell under Rules 3 and 25 of the Tamil Nadu Police Subordinate Police Officers conduct Rules, the bench expressed that the Disciplinary Authority had rightly inflicted punishment of stoppage of increment for three years with cumulative effect. “However, it appears that the Appellate Authority/Commissioner of Police, being an Office with gentleman attitude, has taken lenient view that on the ground that the petitioner rendered only short service and that was first instance, that the proved misconduct, falls under similar activities as modified and reduced the quantum of punishment, I find that the order passed by the Commissioner of Police is soft in nature”, said the bench.The bench declared that the punishment cannot be termed as excessive and the same was in consonance with the proved charges and hence, there was no illegality or infirmity in the impugned order.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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‘Don’t See A Reason Why A Person Above 18 Can’t Choose His Religion; There’s A Reason Why The Word ‘Propagate’ Is There In Constitution’ :Supreme Court

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first_imgTop Stories’Don’t See A Reason Why A Person Above 18 Can’t Choose His Religion; There’s A Reason Why The Word ‘Propagate’ Is There In Constitution’ :Supreme Court Radhika Roy8 April 2021 11:03 PMShare This – x”I don’t see a reason as to why any person above 18 cannot choose his religion. There is a reason why the word “propagate” is there in the Constitution”, observed Supreme Court judge Justice Rohinton Faliman Nariman on Friday.The oral observation was made when a bench headed by him was hearing a PIL filed by Ashwini Upadhyaya seeking to control black magic, superstition & mass…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?Login”I don’t see a reason as to why any person above 18 cannot choose his religion. There is a reason why the word “propagate” is there in the Constitution”, observed Supreme Court judge Justice Rohinton Faliman Nariman on Friday.The oral observation was made when a bench headed by him was hearing a PIL filed by Ashwini Upadhyaya seeking to control black magic, superstition & mass religious conversion of SC/STs through intimidation, threats & gifts.Observing that the PIL was nothing but a  “publicity interest litigation”, which was of a “harmful kind”, the bench warned the petitioner that heavy costs will be imposed if the matter was pressed.Following that, the petitioner withdrew the petition.The plea alleged that incidents of forceful religious conversion by “carrot and stick”, use of black magic, etc., are reported every week throughout the country. According to the petitioner, the victims of such forceful conversions were often socially and economically under privileged people, particularly belonging to the SC-ST. Therefore, it was contended that it not only offended Articles 14, 21, 25 of the Constitution, but was also against the principles of secularism, which is integral part of basic structure of Constitution. It was additionally alleged that the Government has failed to take any concrete action against these menaces of the society. 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

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Marine dredging firm NMDC gets merger offer from NPCC shareholders

By on May 7, 2021

first_imgThe proposed merger of NMDC and NPCC is expected to create a major integrated oil and gas and marine services contractor in the Middle East and North Africa NPCC shareholders issue merger offer to NMDC. (Credit: aymane jdidi from Pixabay) National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC), a UAE-based marine engineer, said that it has received an offer to be merged with the National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), a construction engineering company.The offer has been made by General Holding Corporation (Senaat), which is a part of the Abu Dhabi government-owned ADQ, and other shareholders, which hold a minority stake in NPCC.The offer gives an implied equity value of AED1.1bn ($299.5m) to NMDC.NMDC is engaged in providing dredging, land reclamation, and marine civil construction services. The company operates in the Middle East region, serving industries such as energy, environment, and seaborne trade and tourismOn the other hand, NPCC is an engineering, procurement, and construction firm that offers complete EPC solutions to offshore and onshore oil and gas sector.NMDC and NPCC merger to create a major oil and gas and marine services contractorAccording to ADQ, the proposed merger of the two firms is expected to create a major integrated oil and gas and marine services contractor in the Middle East and North Africa, catering to the regional and also South Asian markets.ADQ chief investment officer Khalifa Al Suwaidi said: “As one of the largest pan-regional EPC [engineering, procurement and construction] players, this transaction will create a larger, more diversified and financially flexible national champion.”The proposal calls for NMDC to issue a convertible instrument to Senaat and other minority shareholders of NPCC, which will be convertible into 575,000,000 ordinary shares in the merged entity after the closing of the deal. This represents 69.7% of the issued share capital of the combined entity after conversion.The price at which the convertible instrument will convert into NMDC shares is AED4.4 ($1.2) per share.Should a deal take place, then it will be subject to shareholders’ approvals and receipt of the standard regulatory approvals, and is expected to be closed by the end of this year.NMDC’s board will look into the deal proposed by the NPCC shareholders before coming up with any recommendation to the company’s shareholders.last_img read more

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Colleges back proposal to include PPHs in College Contribution Scheme

By on May 3, 2021

first_imgThe motion notes differences in the studentexperience which could be due to discrepanciesin endowment between colleges, including:“sports facilities, travel grants, hardship funds,libraries, student mental health support, musicand drama facilities, accommodation costs andvacation residence, and food prices.” St Catz, New, Somerville, and Merton haveall passed the proposal, while Corpus, Anne’s,Brasenose, Exeter, Magdalen, Keble, HarrisManchester, Regent’s Park, St Benets, Trinity,and Pembroke have the motion tabled for their8th week JCR meetings. “This commitment is not being adhered to ifthe very poorest institutions are being excludedfrom a scheme to give poorer colleges access tofunds to improve the student experience.” “The message to the University from the undergraduate body is clear: maintaining PPH exclusion from access to desperately-needed financial assistance that is available to institutions many times richer than our own is not only unjust, contrary to the rationale and the sentiment behind the establishment of the CCS as a means to redress vast inter-college financial discrepancies that have genuinely detrimental consequences for students at poorer institutions, but it is also fundamentally unpopular throughout Oxford, even to those completely unaffected by this current state of affairs. The motion calls attention to how their exclusion from the CCS “prevents PPHs from expanding independent access efforts, expanding and refurbishing student accommodation, and ensuring a basic level of student experience in line with the rest of the University. The CCS seeks to help poorer colleges, but ignores the poorest of all.” A group of colleges are passing a motion to mandate JCR presidents to lobby their governing bodies to include PPHs in the College Contribution Scheme. The College Contribution Scheme (CCS) is a mechanism designed for richer Oxford colleges to contribute to poorer colleges’ maintenance and costs. Currently PPHs are not included in the scheme, despite being typically poorer than other colleges. Merton President, Emily Clark, told Cherwell: “I am proud to say that Merton JCR voted unanimously to support the reduction of inequalities across student experiences at PPHs and at established colleges. We wish this campaign thebest of luck going forward.” Robinson added: “With Oxford’s collected JCRs and the SU officially on side, we are as best placed as we could be to give PPHs much- needed and transformative funding; regardless of the eventual outcome, this discussion simply would not have happened without their willing- ness to help, and for that I am beyond grateful on behalf of Regent’s and of PPHs generally for the support that we have been given. center_img This follows the SU passing a motion earlier this month which mandated the SU President to lobby for the scheme to be expanded. The motion was proposed by President of Regent’s Park College (a PPH), William Robinson. “During the admissions process there is no way of expressing a negative preference for a college or PPH, and so the University assures applicants that their experience will be comparable at whatever college they end up at. PPHs have a limited ability to change thesituation for themselves; in order to change thescheme one requires a seat at the Conference ofColleges, which PPHs do not have. Rick Trainor,the Chair of the Conference of Colleges, haspreviously declined to comment on the issueas negotiations are still ongoing. The structureof the new Scheme is set to be announced nextterm. Speaking to Cherwell, Robinson said: “It isincredibly heartening to see the sheer numberof students across Oxford who, despite havingno vested interest in including PPHs in the CCS,recognise the injustice and irrationality of ourcurrent exclusion. Mansfield have also supported PPHs being able to access the fund but haven’t passed the specific motion. “My hope is that this has not all been in vain,and it is now for the University to respond tothis turning tide.”last_img read more

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Commentary: A Profession Worth Respecting When Done Well

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first_imgGov. Eric Holcomb discusses the plans for improvement that DCS will undergo.Photo by Brynna Sentel, TheStatehouseFile.com Commentary: A Profession Worth Respecting When Done WellJuly 6, 2020  Posted by: jlkrull59By John KrullTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb wisely tapped the brakes just before the July 4 holiday weekend on the state’s plans to reopen during the raging coronavirus pandemic. John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.com“More than recognizing it, we have to accept the fact that this virus is on the prowl, and it’s moving, even within our borders,” Holcomb said in announcing the slowdown. “And we are living on virus time.”Originally, Indiana was supposed to loosen things up considerably on July 4 and move to Stage 5 of a planned reopening. Bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues could have started doing more business.Instead, the state will continue operating on a restricted basis.Holcomb called the move Stage 4.5 – to suggest that Indiana still was moving forward, just a little more slowly and cautiously.Skeptics pounced on that bit of branding to say that, even when he was doing the right thing, Holcomb had to play politics.Well, yeah.And that’s all right.One thing we all should hope comes out of this current crisis is a renewed appreciation for the skills that comprise strong political leadership.Among America’s defining myths is a belief that is egalitarian in spirit. It is an article of faith that asserts that, because everyone has – or should have – equal rights and opportunities, everyone is equal, as if human beings were interchangeable parts in the complicated machinery of self-government.For much of our history, we articulated this notion by saying that, in America, any boy could grow up to be president.Now, as our understanding of liberty and its blessings has expanded to meet the promises offered by our founding documents, we say, in America, anyone can grow up to be president.That’s not true, of course.Even as we seem to be tearing down some walls that kept a high political office in this nation as a preserve reserved for white males alone, many barricades still exist. The chances that, particularly in this era of free-flowing and dark money, a candidate at even a statewide level who does not have access to both abundant sums of cash and quality education can achieve success are between none and nonexistent.Such barriers are not just.But some others are.Because the fact is that not just anyone can be a successful political leader. To be a good governor or a good legislator or – certainly – a good president requires a rare set of skills.We’re seeing that now.One of the arguments Donald Trump and his partisans advanced for making him the president was that he would run government “like a business.”That idea was flawed in several ways, not the least of which involved the question of whether Trump ever was a good businessman. His track record – multiple bankruptcies and a long history of litigation – suggests the answer would be no.But the more fundamental problem with that argument is that government isn’t, never has been and shouldn’t be a business.For instance, the government’s primary purpose isn’t to turn a profit for its shareholders and stakeholders, but instead to protect and advance the interests of the citizens it serves.All the citizens.That means, among other things, that government can’t – or shouldn’t – disregard the concerns of any group of citizens on a consistent basis. It isn’t – or shouldn’t be – allowed to write people off.Businesses don’t have to operate that way. Businesspeople can decide that it isn’t cost-effective to serve one portion of their market and shut down operations designed to provide that service.This is not to disparage businesspeople.It takes great skill to be a good business leader.But it also takes great skill to be a good political leader.And they aren’t the same skills.We tend to venerate the successful business leader while disparaging the good politician.But we shouldn’t.These past few years should give fresh appreciation for the skills – for conciliation, for balancing disparate interests, for keeping everyone at the table, for finessing difficult situations, for leading while serving – a successful politician must-have.So, yes, Gov. Eric Holcomb played politics in announcing a delay in Indiana’s reopening.Good for him.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Confrontation With Congressman Bucshon

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first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Confrontation With Congressman BucshonBy Richard Moss, MDCandidate for Congress, Republican Party, 8TH Congressional DistrictI have given some thought to the events that occurred last Saturday and after reflecting, I have decided that in the name of good governance it was best to share it.The Vanderburgh County GOP through Chairman Wayne Parke kindly invited me to speak at their monthly Saturday morning breakfast meeting before fellow Republicans regarding my campaign for Congress to represent Indiana’s 8th district.In this venue, other candidates were permitted to introduce themselves briefly. There were two scheduled speakers, given roughly 10—15 minutes, which included Mike Duckworth, who is seeking the office of Vanderburgh County Commissioner, and myself. Mike went first, then me.Congressman Larry Bucshon and his wife were present in the audience. I assumed someone notified them of my presence and was glad they decided to come.I delivered my speech, introducing myself, my background as a Cancer Surgeon, local investor and businessman, columnist, author, and devoted husband of nearly 30 years, and father of four highly accomplished children. My oldest child, Arielle, is a Fulbright Scholar, fluent in Arabic who spent a year in Morocco after graduating from IU. She is an artist and musician and plays the violin, piano, and saxophone. She was drum major for the Jasper Marching Band for two years. She currently performs with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and will be going to Medical School next year. Noah was number 2 in tennis for the state while playing for Jasper High School as a senior. He plays a mean jazz saxophone and recently graduated from IU with a degree in business management. Last June, he and I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa together. He is involved with a start-up company in Jasper. Adina and Isaiah are in the 9th and 8th grades, play the saxophone and violin and will be going to Indianapolis next week to compete at state. They are in “honors” level classes in school and getting A’s.During my speech, I explained that my purpose for running was to provide a choice for Republicans in the primary. I stated that the Republican Party at the national level was a broken party cut off from its base, a party that refused to fight for the causes, values, and policies of the grassroots conservatives that help them win elections. I stated I was concerned that many conservatives would sit out coming elections because nowhere did they see their policies being represented and advanced. And that as a result, Republicans would suffer reversals that would be damaging to the party and, more importantly, to the country.I mentioned that the Republican Congress just passed a budget with a $trillion deficit, worse than every year under Obama other than the first year, 2009, the recession year. The Republicans had now managed to position the Democrats as the party of fiscal discipline.I stated that the Republicans were also busily negotiating an Amnesty Bill that would have upped the number from 690, 000 DACA recipients eligible for work permits to 1.8 million on a pathway to citizenship, a Democrat priority, not a Republican. The Republicans were now to the left of Obama on amnesty. At this time, Congressman Bucshon interrupted me and accused me of lying. He said that it was Trump’s doing. “Someone has to call you out when you lie,” he said to me.Some people in the audience were quite taken aback by his behavior and comments.I presented a choice for the audience and Republican voters throughout the district. I explained that if they believed that the current Republican Party and Congress reflected their beliefs and values – they had their party and their Congressman. If they, on the other hand, were deeply frustrated by the Republican Party and did not feel that they represented their interests, they should consider me.I mentioned also that based on two articles published by Tom Langhorne of the Evansville Courier Press I was concerned that, like Evan Bayh before him, Congressman Bucshon had chosen to move this family to Washington DC, which I criticized. I felt that a representative should live, work, and raise his family in the community he represented.I brought up Congressman Bucshon’s liberal voting record. Heritage Action, a conservative think-tank, rated him at 52% conservative, an F. I mentioned that the House Republican average was 68% and that Marlin Stutzman a former Indiana Congressman was 86%, and that if he had such numbers I wouldn’t be opposing him. But I could not accept a 52% ranking.After my presentation, Congressman Bucshon stood up, walked towards me, and angrily ordered me to “Come here,” as if I were a subordinate. Quite frankly, I looked at him as if he were daft. He obviously doesn’t know me. He then got into my face, inches away and began poking his finger in my chest, red-faced and angry. He threatened to defame me and stain my character and reputation over alleged domestic abuse allegations from 25 years ago, the same story that was published 2 years ago in the last election cycle, two weeks before the primary, in the Evansville Courier Press. I told him it was an old story and addressed already by my wife in the Evansville Courier Press and City-County Observer. Beyond that, I’m still married to my wife, we have four wonderful children, the incident was based on a misunderstanding and, in any event, was 25 years old.He angrily said to me, “You attack my family and now I will attack yours.”I replied that I had never attacked his family; I only mentioned that he had moved his family to DC, based on two articles written by Tom Langhorne. He continued acting aggressively towards me until others present stepped in and separated us.Congressman Bucshon’s behavior demonstrates him to be belligerent and intemperate, and unable to abide the normal back and forth exchange of a campaign. He appears incapable of tolerating a candidate who challenges him, points out differences, and provides a choice for the voters.In conclusion, Congressman Bucshon physically and verbally accosted me in front of several witnesses at the Vanderburgh County GOP breakfast and showed himself to be vindictive, rude, and a classic bully. I find his behavior unacceptable.Finally, let me add that Congressman Larry Bucshon misread me. I will not be bullied by him or anyone. Nor will I be intimidated by such schoolyard antics.I will continue to press the issues that are important to the people of Indiana’s 8th district. I also pledge that if elected, I will continue to live, work, and raise my family in Indiana’s 8th Congressional District.Sincerely,Richard Moss MDPosted Below Are Links that Was Referenced Article:http://archive.courierpress.com/news/politics/elections/local/bucshons-setting-down-roots-in-dc-395620dd-dc20-44f3-e053-0100007f6193-389385301.htmlhttps://www.courierpress.com/story/news/2017/10/07/bucshon-lives-washington-and-evansville/741862001/WIFE OF 8TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE RESPONDS TO COURIER AND PRESS ARTICLEhttps://city-countyobserver.com/170869-2/FOOTNOTE: City-County Observer posted Dr. Richard Moss statement without editing or bias.  Its been alleged that the speech given by the 8th Congressional District candidate Dr. Richard Moss at last Saturdays Vanderburgh County Republican Party breakfast was video in its entirety?last_img read more

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