Congresswoman Demings visits with overseas troops

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! TAGS10th CongressionalAfghanistanCongresswoman Val DemingsIraq Previous articleGood Catch: Stopping Strokes Before They OccurNext articleOn Peace Officers Memorial Day, we honor the responders of last resort Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Joins bipartisan group in her first trip to Afghanistan and IraqCongresswoman Val Demings, Florida’s 10th Congressional District, joined a group of bipartisan Congresswomen that visited troops in Afghanistan and Iraq this past week. The purpose of the trip was to conduct oversight of U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq with a focus on the contribution, efforts, and concerns of women in the United States Armed Forces and local women.“This was my first trip to Afghanistan and Iraq, and it was such an honor to meet with our female troops and commanders, and see firsthand the difference they are making in Afghanistan and Iraq all while protecting our homeland,” said Congresswoman Val Demings.Congresswoman Demings was able to deliver Mother’s Day cards to female service members that were made by students from Congressional District 10.“We just wanted to show them how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make to serve us, not just on Mother’s Day, but every day.”During the mission, the Congresswomen met with US female service members, toured local businesses, participated in roundtables with Afghan Female Police and Soldiers, met with Iraqi women leaders, and humanitarian leaders.“I’m encouraged by the work being done through USAID to enhance and further the lives of women in Afghanistan and Iraq. We must continue to invest in these important programs, that help to enrich the lives of families and give them hope for the future.”Congresswoman Demings joined Congresswoman Martha Roby, Congresswoman Susan Davis, Congresswoman Ilena Ros-Lehtinen, and Congresswomen Susan Brooks, as well as members of the House Armed Services Committee. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Como Loft / JMA

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Loft Projects Como Loft / JMA Text description provided by the architects. When an old monastery located around the city of Como, Italy, was being remodelled and converted into a residential complex, two adjacent units have been connected to form this duplex apartment. The shape of the original units is clearly enhanced by the different pitched ceiling direction as well as by their different heights. The main idea was to keep the shell intact, maintaining the entire length of the unit open and invading the space minimally.Save this picture!Recommended ProductsStonesFranken-SchotterFlooring and Wall Tiles – Dietfurt LimestoneWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Prexury®DoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewThe result is the insertion of an enclosed box on one side containing a small bedroom and two bathrooms, which leaves to an open space the main functions of the home. The main entry is a very small foyer which creates a sense of compression before entering the main gallery, where the living spaces, kitchen, dining and living, are separated from the master bedroom by a lacquered block. In the drop between the two different ceilings, a video projector is inserted to play images on the wall above the kitchen. Save this picture!To allow the maximum projection surface, the upper kitchen cabinets are hidden behind the wall and slide down with a motorized system. The other characteristic element in the main space is the staircase, which is an assembled steel beam with open treads made by a cantilever steel plate covered in wood. Canadian maple has been carefully selected for the hardwood floors, and since maple wood isn’t stable with radiant floor heating, the floor planks were custom built with 2.5mm Canadian maple top and back layers on a particle board. The 20cm width of the floor planks modulate the position of all the elements, from the walls to the millwork. The floor planks also runs up the master suite wall, which is lit by an upper light cove.Save this picture!All perimeter walls and ceilings hide an additional layer of thermal insulation and the bathrooms are equipped with radiant panels in the ceiling. The walls adjacent to other units have been covered with a led layer to give additional acoustical insulation. Glacier white Corian is used for counter tops and sinks in the kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms, for the bath-tub, showers and parts of the bathroom walls. The house is fully automated and is managed by a server located in the studio on the second level. Everything has been custom designed, including the entire kitchen, bathroom sinks, beds, dining table, desks and bath-tub.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessMecanoo’s Master Plan for ShenzhenArticlesJH House / Bernardes + JacobsenArticlesProject locationAddress:Milan, ItalyLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Como Loft / JMASave this projectSaveComo Loft / JMA Save this picture!+ 28 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyLoft, Apartment Interiors•Milan, Italy Year:  Architects: JMA Year Completion year of this architecture project Italy “COPY” “COPY” CopyAbout this officeJMAOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingLoftInterior DesignResidential InteriorsApartment InteriorsDabasInteriorsWoodMilan3D ModelingItalyPublished on May 24, 2009Cite: “Como Loft / JMA” 24 May 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorDining tablesB&B ItaliaDining Table – BullSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Atrium Longlight / RidgelightLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteCompositesPure + FreeFormTechnical Guide – Creating a Seamless Interior and Exterior Material TransitionEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedWire MeshCarl Stahl DecorCableGreen Wall System – FAÇADESCAPE™More products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Como阁楼 / JMA是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2008last_img read more

Women’s basketball falls to Indiana in WNIT semifinals

first_imgFacebook Benton McDonald Twitter ReddIt Courtesy: TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Benton McDonald + posts Previous articlePanhellenic women plan service trip to Nepal next yearNext articleThe Skiff: March 29, 2018 Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Benton McDonald World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Benton McDonald Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increasescenter_img Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Linkedin Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Benton McDonald Facebook Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams TAGSBig 12postseasonRaegan Pebley printTCU women’s basketball’s season ended Wednesday with a loss to Indiana, 71-58.The team’s run in the WNIT ended against the Hoosiers who shot a strong 52.9 percent from the field, including a 63 percent rate in the second half that ultimately sunk the Horned Frogs.“Indiana deserves a lot of credit,” TCU head coach Raegan Pebley said. “This was a great atmosphere.”The Horned Frogs, who were averaging more than 80 points and had shot over 50 percent from the field in every WNIT game, scored just 58 points on 35 percent shooting.TCU center Jordan Moore, who was averaging 17 points in the tournament and had missed just five shots coming into the night, had six points on a 3-12 shooting night.“I think we were just a little fatigued,” Pebley said. “We really tried to push but it just felt like we were playing uphill all game.”TCU led for just 1:31 of the game’s 40 minutes and never led in the second half.It was the Horned Frogs’ third road game in the last six days, all three falling in different states, (New Mexico, South Dakota and Indiana).“I think the road games caught up to us,” Pebley said. “Not finishing layups, missing free throws, not pushing the tempo like we can.”Despite the loss, this season will go down as one of the best in program history and certainly the best of the team’s six seasons in the Big 12. The 23 wins are the most since 2007-08 and the run to the WNIT semifinals was the deepest in program history.The team will lose just two players, senior guards Toree Thompson and Sydney Coleman and welcome back a roster filled with experience. Their entire starting lineup from the four WNIT victories – Lauren Heard, Jayde Woods, Kianna Ray, Adeola Akomolafe and Jordan Moore – will return along with leading scorer Amy Okonkwo and point guard Amber Ramirez.The Horned Frogs will also welcome four new incoming first-years including Yo’Myris Morris, the no.2 ranked forward in Arkansas. You can read more about the incoming recruits here. The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive yearslast_img read more

Court imposes prison sentences for newspaper report on school essay that mocked imaginary president

first_img June 8, 2021 Find out more News June 26, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court imposes prison sentences for newspaper report on school essay that mocked imaginary president Help by sharing this information RSF helps coordinate support for French journalist kidnapped in Mali Reporters Without Borders voiced disappointment at the prison sentences imposed today on five journalists and a school teacher on charges of insulting President Amadou Toumani Touré, either directly or as accomplices, in connection with a school essay about an imaginary president’s mistress.The sentences passed on four of the journalists were suspended. The other journalist received a prison term that matched the time he had already been detained. Only the school teacher, who got a longer jail term, was not freed at the end of today’s trial.“The outcome of this trial was extremely disappointing, even if it resulted in the immediate release of all the journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The court saw fit to punish a crime of lese-majesté worthy of another age, while at the same time finding an apparent solution to the crisis.”The organisation added: “This case has damaged relations between the government and media, and has rendered a disservice to press freedom activists by setting a sad example to authoritarian governments, which will able to argue that even democracies impose jail terms on journalists who supposedly attack the president.”Seydina Oumar Diarra, also known as “SOD,” the Info-Matin reporter and author of the offending report, who was arrested on 14 June with school teacher Bassirou Kassim Minta, was sentenced to 13 days in prison, the number of days he had spent in pre-trial detention. Minta got two months.Info-Matin editor Sambi Touré, who was arrested on 20 June like the other four journalists, got an eight-month suspended sentence. The other three editors – Ibrahima Fall of Le Républicain, Alexis Kalambry of Les Echos and Hamèye Cissé of Le Scorpion – who reprinted the original SOD article in a show of solidarity, got three-month suspended sentences.Minta, the teacher, was also fined 100,000 FCFA (150 euros) and was told he was banned from teaching. The other five defendants were each fined 200,000 FCFA (300 euros). The court barred the public from attending the trial on the grounds that it was a “sex case.”The state prosecutor’s grounds for arrested the six defendants was SOD’s article, headlined “Lycée Nanaïssa Santara: the president’s mistress.” Originally published in Info-Martin on 1 June and later reprinted in the other newspapers, it was about the humorous essay subject that Minta gave his final-year literature students – the story of a “female student and economic prostitute” who became pregnant by a fictitious president and fought for her child to be recognised. French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali RSF_en MaliAfrica May 5, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Mali Reporters Without Borders voiced disappointment at the prison sentences imposed today on five journalists and a school teacher on charges of insulting President Amadou Toumani Touré, either directly or as accomplices, in connection with a school essay about an imaginary president’s mistress. Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. MaliAfrica Organisation to go further May 17, 2021 Find out more News News Newslast_img read more

Public Invited to Info Meetings on Process to Update General Plan

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Government Public Invited to Info Meetings on Process to Update General Plan From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | 11:59 am Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Herbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img More Cool Stuff Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Pasadena Before and AfterThe public is invited to two information meetings in June to learn about the process for updating the City’s draft General Plan Land Use and Mobility Elements, the direction given to staff by the City Council and the overall environmental review process.The meetings scheduled in June will be held at:• 9:00 a.m., Saturday, June 15, at Pasadena City College’s Circadian Room, Building CC, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Park in Lot 3 off South Hill Avenue.• 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 27, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church’s Gamble Lounge, 585 E. Colorado Blvd. Free parking is available on the north side of East Union Street.City staff will provide the same in-depth presentation at both meetings, including information about the direction given by the City Council to study changes to the General Plan; what an environmental impact report (EIR) typically includes; information on how a General Plan EIR is different from other EIRs, and future opportunities for public comment and participation during the EIR process.Although the June meetings are not part of the formal EIR process, staff will retain public input on any initial comments about the subjects that the EIR should study.One of the first phases will be for staff to prepare an environmental “Initial Study” document. This Initial Study will provide preliminary environmental analysis, give initial findings on the potential level of environmental impact and indicate which subjects require additional study.In the future, the City will host environmental scoping meetings to allow the community to review and provide feedback. Throughout the process, staff will continue to meet with the public to present progress, share analysis and receive public comment.To view the proposed changes to the General Plan Land Use and Mobility Elements, or for more information on the General Plan Community Information Meetings, visit, call (626) 744-7310, or email [email protected] more information about the City of Pasadena, go to Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Tournament of Roses Announces New Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * People Tournament of Roses Announces New Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 4:08 pm Top of the News HerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty14 Effortless Looks That Make Men StareHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRub This All Over Your Body And He’s Guaranteed To Swoon Over YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img David EadsTournament of Roses Executive Vice President and Chair of the Executive Search Committee, Lance Tibbet announced the hire of David Eads as the new Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Currently, Eads is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and will be officially joining the Tournament of Roses team in February, 2017.Eads has held senior executive roles at the LA Chamber since 2000, and reports directly to CEO Gary L. Toebben. Currently he oversees Finance & Budget Management, Corporate Relations, Membership, Communications, Special Events, and the Chamber Foundation. He manages 12 direct reports, 70 staff members, and an annual budget of $15M for one of the largest chambers in the country.Retiring William B. Flinn, the Association’s current Executive Director/CEO, has been a part of the Tournament of Roses for 36 years. “Bill has been an invaluable asset to the Association and Community. His years of dedication and knowledge have established and reinforced countless relationships and will be an indelible part of our organization,” said Tibbet.Eads has attended every Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game since 2000 when he moved to Los Angeles from Wichita, Kansas, where he grew up. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of the Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau for ten years and developed the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.Eads also brought the live CBS national broadcasts of the “Miss USA” and “Miss Teen USA” Pageants to Wichita from 1990 to 1995 and consulted annually thereafter with the international host committee for Miss Universe Organization that produces the live Fox television broadcast.Eads earned his MBA and BA in Business Administration and Marketing at Wichita State University, and is certified as a Chamber Executive by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives based in Washington, D.C.This national search was managed by Berkhemer Clayton Retained Executive Search in Los Angeles, with a five-member team led by Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, president and co-founder.“We are confident that David, due to his many talents and attributes, coupled with outstanding leadership qualities, will be a tremendous asset to the Tournament of Roses organization and will be a great fit with our volunteer-driven, staff-supported Association.” added Tibbet, “We are pleased to welcome David to the Tournament family.”About the Tournament of RosesThe Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts America’s New Year Celebration® with the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual and a variety of accompanying events. 935 volunteer members of the association will drive the success of 128th Rose Parade themed “Echoes of Success,” on Monday, January 2, 2017, followed by the 103rd Rose Bowl Game. For more information, visit Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube and visit our blog at More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business Newslast_img read more

Mayor seeks clergy push for ordinance

first_img Facebook Mayor seeks clergy push for ordinance Sprawls says Joven’s remarks about his wife are not true 1 of 2 Pinterest Twitter Facebook Odessa City Councilman Tom Sprawls on Wednesday said he was “disappointed” that Mayor Javier Joven made disparaging and false remarks about his spouse during a recent Zoom meeting where the mayor urged local clergy to pressure Sprawls and other council members into passing an ordinance that would make Odessa a sanctuary city for the unborn.Joven made his plea to local clergy during a Zoom meeting on May 17. During the meeting Joven claimed that Sprawls’ wife was pressuring him to not support the proposed ordinance.“We’re one vote away from passing it,” Joven said. “The one vote I have been waiting for has basically said. ‘I’m not going to vote.’ His wife doesn’t want; will not allow him to vote yes – and that is Sprawls,” Joven said.Sprawls, who did not participate in the Zoom meeting, but did review a video of the Zoom on Wednesday, denied Joven’s allegations.“I’m disappointed that he brought my family into my (political) position,” Sprawls said. “Maybe if I was a president or governor that would be acceptable, but it was not necessary at this level. But I’m not upset. This is politics and comes with the territory. It’s part of what he’s doing.”During the Zoom meeting, Joven asked local clergy to submit a joint letter to council and mobilize their congregations to lobby council members, especially Sprawls, to pass the abortion ordinance.“I think a concerted effort by our community to bring it to the council and ask the council to put in on the agenda for them to consider, and give us a clear indication where the council publicly stands – either for or against,” Joven said.Joven acknowledged that four council members – Mari Willis, Steve Thompson, Detra White and Sprawls have already indicated that they won’t vote for the ordinance. Joven and council members Denise Swanner and Mark Matta have voiced support.The Mayor, who questioned the Christian faith of the four council members who opposed the ordinance, also claimed that Sprawls has indicated to him that he wants to support the ordinance but that his wife opposes the ordinance.Later during the Zoom meeting, Joven again claimed Sprawls won’t support the ordinance because he’s afraid of raising his wife’s ire.“Sprawls is the swing vote, and he is dragging his heels because he would have to answer to his spouse and will not do that” Joven said.Sprawls denied Joven’s claims about his wife during a series of phone interviews.“I don’t know where the hell that came from,” Sprawls said. “I don’t remember ever talking to the Mayor about my wife. My wife has never spoken to him.“I’ve never spoken to him about this issue.”Sprawls was incensed that Joven and his supporters continue to question the faith of some council members.“I’m very disappointed in what I’ve read and heard about questioning our salvation and relationship with God,” Sprawls said. “If we’re going to judge people’s Christianity, I would refer to Matthew 7, 1-2: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way, you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.“So, who’s judging here? I have a very firm relationship with God.”Sprawls said although he personally is opposed to abortion, the issue is more complicated than some people want to make it.“Nobody wants to see babies murdered,” Sprawls said. “It’s easy to say what you’d do. But until you get faced with that situation, it becomes a more difficult situation.”Councilman Steve Thompson said this week that he remains opposed to adopting an abortion ordinance. He says the issue is a federal issue and not a local issue.Thompson pointed out that other Texas communities that have passed the abortion ordinance have faced lawsuits – a cost Odessa can’t afford.“I haven’t changed my opinion,” said Thompson, who pointed out that Lubbock, which recently adopted the ordinance is now facing multiple lawsuits.Joven has repeatedly claimed since taking office that abortions are taking place in Odessa, but has not provided any evidence of that. Local health officials have said that legal abortions have not occurred in Odessa in over a decade.The Mayor repeated his claims during his Zoom meeting with clergy.“The community has come and asked me about looking into sanctuary cities for the unborn; for the reason that they (abortions) are being conducted in the City of Odessa in a private manner,” Joven said.Joven said he is reluctant to place the abortion issue before council for a vote anytime soon because he knows it will face certain defeat. In January, Joven asked council to consider the ordinance during a work session and White, Willis, Sprawls and Thompson stated they would not support it. Joven said at the time he would bring the issue back to council at a later date.Joven, during the Zoom, said some council members are voicing opposition to the ordinance “because they think I’m trying to push this on them.”“I’m telling them, ‘this is not my agenda. This is something God has tasked me with and I will see it through.”The Mayor said pursuing a public vote is a last resort. An election would cost taxpayers more than $100,000 to hold, Joven said. It would also take about one year to schedule, he added.“A campaign is a lot of work, it’s hard work,” said Joven, who noted it would take at least 7,000 signatures to get the ordinance issue on the ballot.Joven said if the issue would be on a future ballot, “the pro-choice movement would go to task.”“If the community doesn’t turn out, the other side can and will,” Joven said. “Losing this in a public forum would be a huge setback for our area. And then I have a split council that would turn around and say, “see, I told you so.”Joven, during the Zoom, said his efforts are also being thwarted by city administrators and staff.“We have a very, very liberal bureaucratic staff here in the city of Odessa,” Joven said.Sprawls said it’s ironic that Joven, Matta and Swanner are opposed to holding a public vote for the abortion ordinance, but are lobbying the council to hold a public vote to decide whether to renovate the city’s aging water plant.“Sometimes what they say and do doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Sprawls said.Sprawls said he would still be in favor of a public vote on the abortion ordinance. But he would not vote in favor of an ordinance.“It would be an ordinance chasing a problem we don’t have,” Sprawls said. “We don’t need that.”Joven has also made other comments about his peers on council and city staff.After being elected in December, Joven blamed the city’s Director of Communications Devin Sanchez for not alerting the public that he, Swanner and Matta were being sworn into office. After being informed that Sanchez was not at work because her father had died, he still questioned her professionalism and insisted she was intentionally trying to cast him in a negative light.He has also accused city administers and staff of trying to undermine him as mayor.According to the city council’s own code of conduct ordinances, “The professional and personal conduct of council members while exercising their office must be above reproach and avoid any sense or appearance of impropriety.“Council members shall refrain from abusive conduct, or verbal attacks upon the character or motives of other council members, council appointees, boards, and committees, the staff or public.”Joven also complained about the Odessa American during the Zoom call claiming that the publication was trying to rush him into placing the ordinance on the agenda because it would be defeated 4-3. WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest By Federico Martinez – May 26, 2021 Twitter GovernmentCity of Odessa WhatsApp Previous articleWonder Girls summer camp scheduledNext articleSCHOLAR ATHLETES: Permian’s Augesen writing her own success story Federico Martinezlast_img read more

Supreme Court Weekly Round Up [April 19 to April 25, 2021]

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Weekly Round Up [April 19 to April 25, 2021] Nupur Thapliyal25 April 2021 8:46 AMShare This – xJUDGMENTS THIS WEEK1. ‘Ad-Hoc Judges Not An Alternative To Regular Appointments’ : Supreme Court Passes Guidelines On Appointment Of Ad-Hoc Judges In HCs Under Article 224ATitle : Lok Prahari through its General Secretary V N Shukla IAS (Retd) vs Union of India and othersCitation : LL 2021 SC 225A bench comprising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Surya Kant…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?LoginJUDGMENTS THIS WEEK1. ‘Ad-Hoc Judges Not An Alternative To Regular Appointments’ : Supreme Court Passes Guidelines On Appointment Of Ad-Hoc Judges In HCs Under Article 224ATitle : Lok Prahari through its General Secretary V N Shukla IAS (Retd) vs Union of India and othersCitation : LL 2021 SC 225A bench comprising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Surya Kant this week passed a slew of guidelines regarding the appointment of ad-hoc judges in High Courts under Article 224A of the Constitution.The bench passed the judgment in the case Lok Prahari vs Union of India. Lok Prahari, an NGO, had approached the Top Court through a PIL filed under Article 32 seeking the invocation of Article 224A to tackle the problem of mounting case arrears in High Courts.While agreeing that the discretion of the High Court Chief Justice cannot be curtailed, the bench said that certain general guidelines are needed so that the power under Article 224A is exercised in a transparent manner. The Supreme Court has laid down 5 trigger points which can activate the process under Article 224A.The Trigger Point cannot be singular and there can be more than one eventuality where the it arises –a.If the vacancies are more than 20% of the sanctioned strength.b.The cases in a particular category are pending for over five years.c.More than 10% of the backlog of pending cases are over five years old.d.The percentage of the rate of disposal is lower than the institution of the cases either in a particular subject matter or generally in the Court.e. Even if there are not many old cases pending, but depending on the jurisdiction, a situation of mounting arrears is likely to arise if the rate of disposal is consistently lower than the rate of filing over a period of a year or more.Read Also: ‘If Vacancies Are More Than 20% Sanctioned Strength’ : Supreme Court Lays Down 5 Trigger Points To Appoint Ad-Hoc Judges In High Courts2. Consent Of Parties Cannot Obviate Duty Of Court To Indicate Its Reasons For Granting Or Refusing Bail: Supreme CourtCase: Ramesh Bhavan Rathod vs. Vishanbhai Hirabhai Makwana Makwana (Koli)Citation: LL 2021 SC 221The bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah observed that consent of parties cannot obviate the duty of the High Court to indicate its reasons why it has either granted or refuse bail.The observation came while setting aside the orders of the High Court of Gujarat granting bail, under Section 439 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, to six murder accused who were arrested for their alleged involvement in five homicidal deaths. In the order granting bail, the High Court recorded that ‘Learned Advocates appearing on behalf of the respective parties do not press for further reasoned order’.”The grant of bail is a matter which implicates the liberty of the accused, the interest of the State and the victims of crime in the proper administration of criminal justice. It is a well-settled principle that in determining as to whether bail should be granted, the High Court, or for that matter, the Sessions Court deciding an application under Section 439 of the CrPC would not launch upon a detailed evaluation of the facts on merits since a criminal trial is still to take place. These observations while adjudicating upon bail would also not be binding on the outcome of the trial. But the Court granting bail cannot obviate its duty to apply a judicial mind and to record reasons, brief as they may be, for the purpose of deciding whether or not to grant bail. The consent of parties cannot obviate the duty of the High Court to indicate its reasons why it has either granted or refused bail.” the Bench observed.3. Indian Parties Can Choose A Foreign Seat For Arbitration: Supreme CourtCase: PASL Wind Solutions Private Limited Vs. GE Power Conversion India Private Limited [CA 1647 OF 2021]Citation :LL 2021 SC 226A three judge bench headed by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman this week held that parties to a contract who are Indian nationals or Companies incorporated in India can choose a forum for arbitration outside India.The bench was considering the question whether two companies incorporated in India can choose a forum for arbitration outside India in the case PASL Wind Solutions Private Limited v. GE Power Conversion India Private Limited.4. Mandamus Cannot Be Issued For Setting Up An Adjudicatory Body Or Tribunal: Supreme CourtCase: John Paily vs. State of Kerala [WPC 428/2021]Citation: LL 2021 SC 227Bench comprising of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah observed this week that a mandamus cannot be issued by this Court for setting up an adjudicatory body or tribunal.The court observed thus while dismissing a writ petition filed by John Paily and others who sought a direction to set up an independent Tribunal comprising of retired High Court judges who can look into the claims of each parish Church to determine which faction/denomination must have control over each such Church. They also sought a direction to the said Tribunal to hand over the management of concerned Church to the denomination constituting majority, or in the alternative, to partition all disputed Churches and their properties equitably.”Entry 11A of the Concurrent List of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution deals with, inter alia, “constitution and organization of all courts, except the Supreme Court and the High Courts”. Having due regard to the provisions of Articles 245 and 246 of the Constitution, no such mandamus can be issued by this Court. Nor can a direction be issued by this Court to the legislature of a State to enact a law.” the bench observed.5. GST – Provisional Attachment Power ‘Draconian’; Not Intended To Authorize Commissioners To Make Preemptive Strikes On Assessee’s Property: Supreme CourtCase: Radha Krishan Industries vs State of Himachal Pradesh [CA 1155 of 2021]Citation: LL 2021 SC 222Bench comprising of Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah held that the power of provisional attachment under GST laws must be strictly construed, being a draconian power, and that the same should be exercised only on the basis of tangible material.The power to order a provisional attachment of the property of the taxable person including a bank account is draconian in nature and the conditions which are prescribed by the statute for a valid exercise of the power must be strictly fulfilled, the Supreme Court observed while interpreting Section 83 of the Himachal Pradesh Goods and Service Tax Act.The bench held that the exercise of the power for ordering a provisional attachment must be preceded by the formation of an opinion by the Commissioner that it is necessary so to do for the purpose of protecting the interest of the government revenue. Before ordering a provisional attachment the Commissioner must form an opinion on the basis of tangible material that the assessee is likely to defeat the demand, if any, and that therefore, it is necessary so to do for the purpose of protecting the interest of the government revenue.Moreover it was held that the formation of an opinion by the Commissioner under Section 83(1) must be based on tangible material bearing on the necessity of ordering a provisional attachment for the purpose of protecting the interest of the government revenue.IMPORTANT APEX COURT UPDATES1. Supreme Court Takes Suo Moto Cognizance Of COVID IssuesThe Supreme Court this week took suo moto cognizance on issues related to oxygen supply, drug supply, vaccine policy in relation to COVID19 pandemic.A bench comprising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat took this suo moto action in the case “In Re : Distribution of Essential Supplies and Services During Pandemic” after noting that at least seven High Courts have been considering matters related to supply of oxygen, medicines, hospital services etc., to COVID-19 patients.Taking suo moto cognizance of issues related to distribution of essential supplies and services during the pandemic, the Supreme Court has issued notice to Centre, State Governments, Union Territories and the parties who have approached the High Courts to show-cause why uniform orders not be passed by the Supreme Court in COVID-19 related issues.The Court had appointed Senior Advocate Harish Salve as an amicus curiae until he recused later.Read Also: Show Cause Why Uniform Orders Not Be Passed By Supreme Court In COVID Related Issues : SC Issues Notice To Centre, States, UTs & Parties Before HCs2. “I Don’t Want The Case To Be Heard Under a Shadow”: Amicus Curiae Harish Salve Recuses From COVID19 Suo Moto Case In Supreme CourtSenior Advocate Harish Salve recused himself this week as the Amicus Curiae in the suo moto case taken up by the Supreme Court on issues related to oxygen supply, drug supply, vaccine policy in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.”I don’t want the case to be heard under a shadow that I was appointed because of my school friendship with the CJI. I did not know our bar was divided between advocates who appear for industries and against it. I don’t want aspersions to be cast”, stated Salve.Furthermore, he stated “Today, we have lost the narrative when cases used to be fought gracefully”. To this, the CJI responded that he was pained to hear the same and that though they were not happy to read what Senior Counsels had written, but everyone had their own opinion.3. Vedanta Seeks Supreme Court Permission To Reopen Sterlite Plant For Oxygen Production; Centre SupportsCopper manufacturer Vedanta Ltd has moved an urgent application before the Supreme Court seeking permission to re-open its plant in Tamil Nadu – which has been closed for violations of environmental laws – saying that it wanted to help the country with free production of medical oxygen for COVID patients.Senior Advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Vedanta, mentioned the matter before Chief Justice of India SA Bobde earlier this week.The Central Government supported the request of Vedanta. Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta said that the country is in dire need of oxygen.Read Also: ‘Just Because There Is A Problem With Vedanta, You Won’t Manufacture Oxygen And Let People Die?’ Supreme Court Asks Tamil Nadu Govt4. Plea In Supreme Court Seeks Independent Inquiry Into The Tragic Nashik Oxygen Leak Case, Which Claimed 24 LivesA PIL has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking an independent judicial enquiry into the tragic Nashik oxygen leak case, that consumed the lives of about 24 patients this week.The petition has been filed by a Mumbai based NGO, Save Them India Foundation through Advocate Vishal Tiwari.At least 24 patients on life support died after a leak in the main medical oxygen tank disrupted the supply of the gas at Dr. Zakir Hussain Hospital in Maharashtra’s Nashik on Wednesday.Initial inquiry by the State attribute the leak to a valve malfunction and a high-level inquiry has been ordered to ascertain if there was any negligence on part of the hospital administration. 5. Supreme Court Stays Allahabad High Court Order Which Imposed Lockdown In 5 UP CitiesThe Supreme Court this week stayed the Allahabad High Court judgment which directed the Uttar Pradesh Government to impose lockdown in five cities of Prayagraj, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi and Gorakhpur till April 26 in view of the COVID19 pandemic.A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde stayed the operation of the judgment after hearing the arguments of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. The Solicitor General had made an urgent mention of the petition before the CJI today morning and requested for hearing of the matter today itself. Agreeing with this request, the CJI-led bench heard the SG after the listed matters were over.Appearing for the UP Government, the SG submitted that the blanket lockdown in 5 cities by a judicial order will create immense administrative difficulties. He assured that the UP Government was doing the needful to contian the COVID-19 situation. The Supreme Court has posted the matter after two weeks. It has sought a report from the UP Government on the steps taken by it in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Court also appointed Senior Advocate PS Narasimha as an amicus curiae to assist it in the matter. 6. Supreme Court Forms Committee To Ascertain Quality & Quantity Of Yamuna River Water Released By Haryana To DelhiThe Supreme Court this week appointed a committee to conduct local inspection with regard to the quality and quantity of water released by the state of Haryana at Balla (upstream of the Yamuna river in Delhi), the level of the Wazirabad bank and whether the Delhi government is diverting the water to the Water Treatment Plants at Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla before the water reaches the Wazirabad bank.The bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian was hearing a writ petition by the Delhi Jal Board seeking appropriate directions to the state of Haryana over discharge of untreated pollutants, in view of the increased concentration of ammonia in the river water of Yamuna. It has been prayed that the Court ensure that enough water is supplied to the NCT of Delhi, at a level of 674.503 feet, in pursuance of the Supreme Court decision in the 1996 case of Delhi Water Supply, to ensure that the high concentration of ammonia in the water is diluted.7. Supreme Court Forms Committee To Study Feasibility Of Under Grounding Of Over Head Power Lines To Protect Great Indian BustardThe Supreme Court earlier this week passed directions regarding the under-grounding of over head electric lines in Rajasthan and Gujarat in order to protect Great Indian Bustard from extinction.A High Level Committee has been constituted to examine the feasibility of under-grounding of over-head power lines.The Supreme Court ordered that the recommendations of the committee shall be implemented by power-generators and other stake-holders. A bench comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian passed the order in the case M K Ranjith Singh and others v. Union of India.8. Supreme Court Hands Over Gokarna Mahabaleshwar Temple Management To Committee Headed By Former SC Judge Justice BN SrikrishnaThe Supreme Court this week handed over the management of Gokarna Mahabaleshwar temple to an oversight committee headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice BN Srikrishna. The Court passed the interim order in an appeal filed challenging Karnataka High Court’s judgment of 2018 which quashed the Government’s order handing over management of Mahabaleshwar temple at Gokarna to Ramchandrapura Math.A three-judge Bench of CJI Bobde, Justice Bopanna and Justice Ramasubramanian said that in modification of all the interim orders passed by the Supreme Court earlier, the Gokarna Mahabaleshwar temple shall function under the oversight committee headed by Justice BN Srikrishna.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

HSE gets tough

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. The HSE has finally taken off the gloves, and promises to come down hard oncompanies ignoring health and safety. And that includes stress. HeatherFalconer explains why firms that follow its guidance needn’t fret too muchFor the best part of this year, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) hasbeen threatening to toughen up on employers who fail to tackle work-relatedstress. In August, it silenced doubters in convincing style. Not even a monthafter publishing its long-awaited draft management standards on stress, the HSEserved three enforcement notices on major employers for failing to controllevels of stress among workers. West Dorset General Hospitals NHS Trust was given until Christmas toundertake a stress risk assessment. Failure to do so will constitute a criminaloffence. Improvement notices were also issued to two employers in the educationsector, according to an HSE spokesperson. The HSE seized the moment to warn that no employer is immune from the newregime. “A duty exists for all employers to undertake an adequate riskassessment of stress,” a spokesman said. “This is a wake-up call not only for these but for all employers,”says Richard Yeomans, an employment lawyer with Manches. “It is no longeran option to take the ostrich approach – the time has come to beproactive,” he adds. The evidence suggests there is plenty to keep employers busy. A 2003 surveyof 220 organisations by Personnel Today and IRS Employment Review showed onlyhalf of those questioned had carried out risk assessments for stress, whilehits on the HSE’s stress web pages have trebled (from 1,000 to 3,000 everymonth) since the management standards were published. While the HSE pilots and refines its standards, which it says are forguidance only, it is already using them to arm inspectors with a framework forforcing employers to fulfil their existing legal obligations. “The management standards are designed to help employers meet theirexisting legal duties by providing some clarity on what it is reasonable forthem to do,” says an HSE spokesman. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a duty on employers to ensure,”so far as is reasonably practicable”, the health, safety and welfareat work of all employees. Risk assessments, compulsory under the Management ofHealth and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, require employers to weigh up thelikelihood of identifiable ‘hazards’ in the workplace causing harm, and to putin place ‘reasonably practicable’ measures to prevent these problems arising. This might be a fairly straightforward process for big machines or noxiouschemicals, but for stress it is far from scientific. The HSE has providedlimited guidance on its website on what kind of potential hazards employersshould look for. This is where the stress management standards come in, becauseeach positive outcome in the standards has its mirror image in the hazardssection of the risk assessment guidance. The HSE admits this guidance is “developmental” and “willneed to be refined following evaluation of the [management standards] pilotstudy”. Whatever the shortcomings of its policy, however, the HSE is ramming homethe message that the best way to tackle stress is to take a best practiceapproach, based on modern management tenets such as communication, consultationand empowerment. It is a very different message to the one passed down from theCourt of Appeal in relation to personal injury cases. Given the relentless roll-call of six-figure stress awards in recent years(see page 44), employers could be forgiven for having focused on this area ofthe law when it comes to stress. The Court of Appeal’s 2002 ruling inSutherland v Hatton was warmly welcomed for setting out clear limits onemployers’ common law liability. The Court of Appeal stated that “without a real risk that the employerought reasonably to have foreseen and properly to have averted, there can be noliability.” Whether the employer should have foreseen the danger posed by levels ofstress, depended on the particular characteristics and weaknesses of theemployee in question and the demands placed on them, it added. And the signs ofpotential illness, including alerts from the employee, must be “plainenough for a reasonable employer to realise he should do something aboutit”. The Court of Appeal suggested employers offering confidential counsellingschemes, linked to appropriate medical and other advice, would rarely be foundin breach of their common law duty – clearly a much less onerous one than thatimposed by the HSE. The recent case of Marshall Specialist Vehicles Ltd v Osborne confirmed thatthe requirements for establishing liability set out in Sutherland also apply toconstructive dismissal cases. Employees can bring claims on the grounds theemployer has breached its duties, either expressed or implied, under the employmentcontract so seriously (in legal terms, a “fundamental” or”repudiatory” breach) that it entitles the employee to walk outimmediately, claiming full notice pay. Such cases will also invariably includea claim for unfair dismissal. Discrimination legislation, with its uncapped compensation and oftensizeable injury to feelings awards, may also get a look in if, for example, thestress has been caused by sexually or racially-motivated harassment, or if ithas provoked a medically-recognised illness such as clinical depression, andthe employer has not tried to make reasonable adjustments to get the employeeback to work. In one way, then, the HSE could be doing employers a favour by forcing theminto ferreting out and tackling stress head on. At least it will help to removethe fear of expensive claims from damaged individuals, by ensuring employersare fulfilling their various common law and contractual duties. Yeomans adds: “The theme through all of this is that the benefit ofmonitoring and tackling stress, even if you don’t follow the managementstandards strictly, is that you will be better placed to stop stress gettingout of hand and resulting in these kind of claims. It is by no means all doomand gloom.” Previous Article Next Article HSE gets toughOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Animation theatre

first_imgHorseheadFaulty Optic Theatre Co.11 NovemberPegasus TheatrePeople would go miles for a theatrical horse once,” an elderly blue puppet sadly remarks in Faulty Optic’s latest production, Horsehead. Fortunately we only had to go as far as the Pegasus Theatre for this particular nag – an uncanny experience it was too, from the first gradual realisation, on entering the intimate space, that the narrator Daniel Padden was sitting approximately four feet away and staring at the audience through binoculars. Aa strange start to a strange play about the opportune love that blossoms between a horse fanatic permanently dressed as a pair of hind legs and a crippled dancer blessed with hair very like a mane, who together strive for “theatrical horse perfection”, melded together as one pantomime being.It soon appears, however, that the back and the front of the horse were sundered long ago, leaving the former hind legs (a fragile little man with gimlet eyes and a gaunt mouth) sickeningin a sanatorium, daydreaming of his former glory. Rreduced to half a being he can only replay over and over his old musical recordings: like them he has become obsolete. Aas he imagines the dying horse head, which he abandoned in a wasteland, and remorsefully remarks, “Ddid anyone, Ii wonder, ever find her?”, a butcher’s van trundles past in the background, visible only to the audience (one of many moments when you’re unsure whether to laugh or be horrified). Then one night the vengeful spectre of the nag returns to the hospital to claim his legs as punishment.A story about loss, grief, and the various ways of being broken, this is a characteristically haunting tale from the Faulty Optic crew (Liz Wwalker and Gavin Glover), who work with puppets, mechanisms and live projection, and the writer Edward Carey. Iit is a partnership that was destined to be: Ccarey’s previous characters include “an old man who lives in a leather armchair which is more significant than him,” while Faulty Optic have been known to meet their doom being “sucked into oblivion down the back of the sofa”. The unsettling real-life sentiment that “there are so many broken things in the world” is here written large in a character who suffers not just from a broken heart and a guilty conscience, but also “equine herpes virus, pneumonia and phantom limb dementia”. Wwhat makes his situation even more poignant is the fantastically creepy realisation of the sanatorium. Ppadden’s soundtrack, pre-recorded or created live, uses church bells, creaking, the whistling of the wind and operatic muzak to emphasise the eerie emptiness of the ward. Wwalker and Glover have finely tuned the movements of the melancholy patient and the beady-eyed nurse, emphasising the awkward dodder of the one and the brisk annoyance of the other. Aapparently, this patient is so neglected he’s even fed meals of pebbles.This delightfully idiosyncratic side of the production recalls Lynch’s Eeraserhead– in particular a moment when the bed-bound puppet tries to call the nurse because someone is noisily digging a grave under his hospital bed, which is making him nervous. Aand where else can you see a beetle-infested horse skull described as a “mouldy pile of love”? also harks back to the film animation of Jan Ssvankmejer and the Quay Brothers, even more so because the entire production is conducted in semi-darkness.When I spoke to Glover, he observed that there are few contemporary puppet companies in Eengland who are pushing the boundaries of live film and sound in the way Faulty Optic do, although there are younger groups working in London (“though they’re not as dark as us” he added with pride). Aalthough Hhorsehead might seem saturated with nostalgia in terms of subject matter (the parting shot is “I watched the old horses being dismantled…”), the fresh voice that Faulty Optic bring to this makes it truly worth seeing. Aand the beetle-infestation scene is worth the entrance fee alone.ARCHIVE: 6th week MT 2005last_img read more