Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 2013-05-03 DSNews May 3, 2013 633 Views Previous: McCalla Raymer Completes Acquisition of Prommis Assets Next: Payrolls Up 165k in April; Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.5% About Author: DSNews Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Featured / DSNews Webcast: Friday 5/3/2013 Print This Post DSNews Webcast: Friday 5/3/2013 Related Articles Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Featured, Media, Webcasts Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe
About Author: Brian Honea The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save 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. Vacancy rates among single-family rental securitizations remained relatively flat month-over-month despite a general trend of a rising number of lease expirations, according to data reported by Morningstar Credit Ratings in its June 2015 Single-Family Research: Performance Summary Covering All Morningstar Rated Securitizations released Monday.The Morningstar data found that delinquency rates rose slightly across all transactions even though the number of tenants late on their rent payments remained low. The transaction with the highest number of tenants with delinquent payments (out of the 17 single-borrower, single-family rental securitizations covered in the report) was ARP 2014-SFR1 (American Residential Properties), which increased from 2.3 percent in April to 2.4 percent in May. The vacancy rate on the ARP transaction dropped from 8.0 percent in April to 7.3 percent in May and is way down from its peak of 10.0 percent reached in February.However, whereas the ARP transaction was the only one out of 17 securitizations that reported a delinquency rate of 1 percent of higher in April, the number increased to six out of 17 securitizations with a delinquency rate above the 1 percent level in May.The ARP 2014-SFR 1 and SBY 2014-1 (Silver Bay Realty) reported an elevated number of month-to-month (MTM) leases compared to the other 15 securitizations, according to Morningstar. The ARP and SBY transactions reported 10.8 percent and 7.4 percent of properties with MTM leases in May, respectively (down from 11.0 percent and 8.4 percent in April), but still remained higher than other single-family securitizations, which generally reported MTM shares of lower than 5 percent.”Not surprisingly, these two securitizations report higher retention rates for their MTM leases,” the report said. “MTM tenants are usually subject to a monthly fee, which may encourage MTM tenants to eventually sign full-time leases.”Overall, monthly retention rates remained in the mid-70s to low-80s range, according to Morningstar.”Vacancy rates generally remain low, cash flows remain sufficient to cover bond obligations, and the asset class mostly shows performance in line with its recent history,” Morningstar said in the report.Click here to see the complete Single-Family Rental Research: Performance Summary Covering All Morningstar-Rated Securitizations for June 2015. Morningstar Credit Ratings Single-Family Rental Securitizations 2015-06-29 Brian Honea Subscribe Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Morningstar Credit Ratings Single-Family Rental Securitizations June 29, 2015 1,279 Views Previous: Counsel’s Corner: Redemption Period Has Benefits For All Parties In a Foreclosure Next: GSEs Combine for Q1 Net Income of $2.4 Billion SFR Vacancy Rate Stays Flat While Delinquency Rate Rises Slightly Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / SFR Vacancy Rate Stays Flat While Delinquency Rate Rises Slightly in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago
Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Kristina Brewer Kristina Brewer is the Editorial Assistant of Publications for the Five Star Institute, including DS News and MReport magazine. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas (UNT), where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in rhetoric and writing and a minor in global marketing. During this time, she served as Director of Philanthropy in the national women’s fraternity Zeta Tau Alpha, of which she is an alumna. Her passion for philanthropy continued after university when she was an intern at Keep Denton Beautiful, a local partner of Keep America Beautiful, where she drove membership, organized events, and led social media campaigns. Brewer honed her writing at the North Texas Daily, UNT’s student-run newspaper where she wrote about faculty, mentorship, and student life. Brewer also previously worked at Optimus Business Plans where she helped start-ups create funding proposals, risk assessments, and management plans. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market 2018-07-04 Kristina Brewer Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Legal League 100 Fall Summit—Sneak Preview Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Legal League 100, the premier professional association of financial services law firms in the United States, has released a promotional video advertising “The Rules of Engagement,” the theme of this year’s Legal League 100 Fall Servicer Summit. This event is occurring during the 15th annual Five Star Conference and Expo on Monday, September 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT.Open to all Legal League 100 members, associate members, and mortgage servicing professionals, the semi-annual Servicer Summit is the setting for the nation’s elite financial services law firms to discuss default policies, procedures, and emerging issues with leading mortgage servicing executives. With more than 100 member law firms spanning nearly 50 states and an organic, firm-driven leadership structure, the Legal League 100 aims to drive progress in the mortgage servicing industry.Check out the promotional video below, and learn more about the summit here.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Debt Practices and the Downward Poverty Spiral Next: As Summer Heat Rises, So Do REO Sales Legal League 100 Fall Summit—Sneak Preview July 4, 2018 1,179 Views
Home / Commentary / Save the Proof: Mailing Pre-Foreclosure Notices Rich Haber is Managing Partner of McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC’s mortgage servicing litigation practice in New York and New Jersey. Haber has over 20 years’ experience handling mortgage foreclosures, bankruptcy actions, evictions, and related litigation. Haber has litigated thousands of contested foreclosures and title-related matters, and he regularly defends mortgage servicers from claims brought under state consumer fraud laws and federal statutes including FDCPA, TILA, RESPA, FCRA, and TCPA. February 25, 2019 3,219 Views Tagged with: 90-day past due Foreclosure mailing proof Pre-foreclosure notice Statute of limitations The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Save the Proof: Mailing Pre-Foreclosure Notices Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Home Prices and the “Bifurcated Market” Next: Ravi Singh to Head Auction.com’s Tech Organization Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Brian P. Scibetta is Partner at McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC. His practice focuses on complex foreclosure and commercial litigation in New York and New Jersey, with an emphasis on appellate practice in both state and federal court. Scibetta also has experience in title disputes and post-foreclosure litigation. In particular, he has successfully litigated numerous matters in which the statute of limitations to foreclose has been the central issue. He prefers a creative approach to litigation, centered on problem-solving and finding a way to amicably resolve even the most challenging of disputes. in Commentary, Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News 90-day past due Foreclosure mailing proof Pre-foreclosure notice Statute of limitations 2019-02-25 Radhika Ojha Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe One area of foreclosure law that continues to develop in New York relates to proof of mailing of required pre-foreclosure notices. There are generally two notices that must be sent prior to foreclosure; the 30-day breach notice contractually required by most mortgages, and the 90-day statutory notice required by RPAPL § 1304. Because the 30-day requirement is contractual and thus governed by whatever language exists in any given mortgage instrument, there is not a lot of case law specifically addressing these notices. However, the little that does exist suggests that the standard is comparable to the demonstration required for proving that the 90-day statutory notices were mailed. Service of the 90-day notice is considered a “condition precedent” to the commencement of foreclosure, and the burden lies with the foreclosing plaintiff to establish that the condition has been satisfied. See, e.g., CitiMortgage, Inc. v. Pappas, 147 A.D.3d 900 (2d Dept. 2017). What it takes to meet this burden is not consistent among the trial courts throughout New York and may vary depending on the county in which the property sits. To prove the mailing, there is no requirement of a “particular set of business records,” so long as the records offered are admissible under the business records exception to hearsay rule. The mailing “may be proved by any number of documents meeting the requirements of the business records exception to hearsay rule.” HSBC Bank USA, N.A. v. Ozcan, 154 A.D.3d 822 (2d Dept. 2017). Generally, an “affidavit of service” is required, made by someone with personal familiarity with the servicer’s mailing practices and procedures. See Pappas, supra; Bank of Am., N.A. v. Wheatley, 158 A.D.3d 736 (2d Dept. 2018).There are two paths to making the showing: 1) actual proof of mailing from the USPS; or 2) proof of an office practice or procedure designed to ensure notices are properly addressed and mailed. Wells Fargo Bank N.A. v. Mandrin, 160 A.D.3d 1014 (2d Dept. 2018); U.S. Bank N.A. v. Henderson, 2018 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 49999 (2d Dept. 2018). The former is far cleaner, though you must have both first class and certified proofs of mailings, as to each notice delivered to each address. In many instances, proof of each specific mailing is not available. The latter is also difficult to prove, as there is very little guidance regarding what specifically is required to demonstrate proof of an office practice or procedure. Certain cases also seem to tie in this requirement with whether the affiant has personal knowledge of the mailing and/or the affiant’s personal familiarity with the mailing practices. See Henderson, supra.; U.S. Bank N.A. v. Richards, 155 A.D.3d 522 (1st Dept. 2017); Nationstar Mortg. LLC v. Cogen, 159 A.D.3d 428 (1st Dept. 2018); See TD Bank, N.A. v. Leroy, 121 A.D.3d 1256 (3d Dept. 2014). Successful litigants often prevail with a combination of actual proof from the USPS, internal business records corroborating the mailing, and testimony as to the office practice and procedure. See Ozcan, supra; Nationstar Motg. LLC v. LaPorte, 162 A.D.3d 784 (2d Dept. 2018); CitiMortgage, Inc. v. Wallach. Conclusory and unsubstantiated statements that the notice was mailed are insufficient. See Wells Fargo Bank N.A. v. Toral, 2018 NY Slip Op 31659(U) (Sup. Ct. Suffolk Cty. July 19, 2018).Failing to strictly comply can lead to dismissal of the case, even if the borrower does not contest (i.e., courts often raise the issue on their own). A dismissal late in the case for failure to prove strict compliance can have disastrous consequences–especially if the statute of limitations threatens a potential restart. The most successful mitigation against this possibility is the use of the best possible mailing proofs and continued affiant training on mailing practices and procedures. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brian Scibetta Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Rich Haber
Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post Fannie Mae Reperforming Loan Sale: Open for Bids Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News A day after announcing the winners of its fifteenth non-performing loan sale, Fannie Mae has announced the beginning of its twelfth sale of reperforming loans as part of the company’s ongoing effort to reduce the size of its retained mortgage portfolio. According to the GSE, sale consists of approximately 16,600 loans, having an unpaid principal balance of approximately $2.6 billion. Fannie Mae recently announced the winner of its fifteenth non-performing loan sale, which included 4,300 loans totaling $770.13 million in unpaid principal balance (UPB), divided among four pools. The winning bidders of the four pools for the transaction, expected to close on July 23, 2019, were Igloo Series IV Trust (Balbec Capital, LP) for Pool 1, MFRA Trust 2015-1 (MFA) for Pool 2, Elkhorn Depositor LLC (Roosevelt Mortgage Company, LLC) for Pool 3, and VRMTG ACQ, LLC (VWH Capital Management, LP) for Pool 4. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae’s NPL sales are part of the FHFA’s three strategic goals as conservator of the Enterprises, including maintaining foreclosure prevention activities and credit availability, reducing taxpayer risk, and building a new single-family securitization infrastructure, the Unified Mortgage Backed Security.Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac marked the completion of their Single Security Initiative with the launch of the UMBS on June 3.“UMBS is the result of close collaboration with FHFA, Freddie Mac, Common Securitization Solutions, and hundreds of housing finance stakeholders and we congratulate all involved on this achievement,” said Renee Schultz, SVP, Capital Markets, Fannie Mae in a statement. “We remain focused on ensuring that all market participants continue to make a smooth transition to UMBS and maintaining a highly liquid housing finance market.”The terms of Fannie Mae’s reperforming loan sale require the buyer to offer loss mitigation options designed to be sustainable to any borrower who may re-default within five years following the closing of the reperforming loan sale. In addition, buyers must report on loss mitigation outcomes.Bids for the sale, marketed in collaboration with Citigroup Global Markets, Inc, are due on July 11, 2019. Qualified bidders can register here. Fannie Mae Reperforming Loans 2019-06-13 Seth Welborn Home / Daily Dose / Fannie Mae Reperforming Loan Sale: Open for Bids Subscribe June 13, 2019 2,977 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Previous: Ability to Close Remotely Now Available Next: Two Bills Approved to Reform, Reauthorize NFIP Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Tagged with: Fannie Mae Reperforming Loans Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago
Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago February 12, 2021 1,014 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The ongoing impacts of forbearance and foreclosure moratoriums Evolving needs of default customers (government loans vs conventional loans) How are servicers thinking of staffing requirements? (human vs. digital capacity) Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago This week, Thursday, February 18, at 1 p.m. CST, DS News and Sourcepoint presents a complimentary webinar entitled, “Next Steps in Mortgage Servicing.”A panel of industry experts including Michael Keaton, Chief Servicing Officer, Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing; Steve Schachter, EVP, Market Leader, Sourcepoint; Sundara Sukavanam, President & Chief Digital Officer, Firstsource Solutions; and Courtney Thompson, SVP, Default Mortgage Servicing, Flagstar Bank will discuss the following sub-topics: Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Mortgage Servicing in Coming Months Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Registration is complimentary when you sign up here.Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead: 2021-02-12 Christina Hughes Babb The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) via HUD Exchange presents Racial Equity Basics: An Actionable Plan Forward, Tuesday, February 16 at 10 a.m. ESTFLAIA Private Debt Forum, Thursday, February 18 at 10 a.m. ESTNAR Existing Home Sales Report, Friday, February 19 Previous: Data Suggests Post-Forbearance Foreclosure Surge Is Unlikely Next: Even With Record-Low Rates, Most Metros Aren’t Affordable Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Home / Daily Dose / The Week Ahead: Mortgage Servicing in Coming Months Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb
Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2021-05-05 Christina Hughes Babb What is Motivating Distressed-Property Investors? Home / Daily Dose / What is Motivating Distressed-Property Investors? Subscribe Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago 25 days ago 838 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago A significant portion of investors who purchased homes in foreclosure this year refurbished the property and rented it back to the occupant, preventing eviction, according to a report from a large online distressed-real-estate auctioneer.The majority of investors who have purchased a distressed property during the first quarter of 2021 via the online marketplace Auction.com have rehabbed and resold it to owner-occupants, Auction reports in its Q1 2021 Buyer Insights Report.”Rehabbing and reselling to owner-occupants was the primary investing strategy for 57% of buyers,” Auction reported. “Meanwhile, 38% of buyers said their primary investing strategy involved acquiring investment property as rentals. Among those rental investors, 62% said that they have rented back to current occupants of occupied homes.”Most of the investors who responded to Auction’s survey were small-scale—87% had purchased five or fewer investment homes in 2020. The majority, 78%, purchased properties that were within their own metro. Of the renter-occupied properties that went into foreclosure, 62% bought at auction were re-rented to the existing occupants.“A transparent and democratized distressed-property marketplace attracts a diverse set of mostly local real estate investors who are committed to doing good in the communities where they invest,” said Jason Allnutt, Auction.com CEO. “Not surprisingly, these local buyers are the best option for responsibly returning distressed properties to retail buyers and renters. Sixty-two percent of our buyers report they have successfully avoided an eviction by keeping the occupants in the homes as renters.”Auction reports 40% of the respondents said they believe their local market is overvalued with a correction possible, but 74% think home prices will continue to rise by at least 3% in 2021.Almost all, 93%, buyers expect their 2021 acquisitions to increase or remain the same compared to their 2020 acquisitions. Creating that new source of income and building wealth ranked as the top investing motivations for most buyers, Auction reported, but a combined 13% of buyers said “improving homes and neighborhoods or investing back into the community” was their top motivation for investing. in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Previous: Brian Montgomery & Colleagues Launch Gate House Strategies Next: The Sky’s the Limit With SFR Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago
News Strabane’s first pedestrian bridge gets go ahead after cash boost Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published By News Highland – August 8, 2012 Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter Google+ Google+ NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Plans for Strabane’s first pedestrian bridge looks to be back on following an £873,000 cash boost from Stormont’s Regional Development Department.Minister Danny Kennedy announced this morning that Strabane had been successful in securing the money from the Active Travel Demonstration Fund.The move has been warmly welcomed and almost certainly guarantees that the long-talked about project will now go ahead.Local SDLP Cllr Patsy Kelly says the bridge is not a waste of money, despite what some people might say….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/pats1pm.mp3[/podcast] Previous articleCouncil expects to raise €4 million this year from holiday home taxNext articleDonegal islands receive over €100,000 from Government in funding News Highland Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp
Google+ Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota The search in County Monaghan for the body of one of the disappeared who’s been missing for 37 years continues today.The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains has confirmed a 10 to 12 week search for the body of Tyrone teenager Columba McVeigh is underway at the site near Emyvale.19-year-old Columba Mc Veigh from Donaghmore was abducted and murdered by the IRA in 1975.A previous dig at Bragan Bog got underway last April following new information received by the Commission.However, it ended without success in May.This operation is in the same area, and is being described as an extension of the earlier search. Preparatory work was done yesterday at the site, with the expectation that a dig will begin today.It is anticipated that the latest operation will last for approximately 10 to 12 weeks, depending on weather conditions.The teenager’s mother, Vera McVeigh, who campaigned tirelessly for the return of his body, died five years ago, aged 82.So far, the Commission has found the bodies of nine of the sixteen so-called ‘Disappeared’. Search of body of Tyrone teenager to resume in Monaghan today Twitter By News Highland – September 18, 2012 Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also News 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Pinterest Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Twitter Facebook Previous articlePublic urged to pay Household Charge to avoid Council funding cutsNext articleUp to 50 events planned for Social Inclusion Week in Donegal News Highland WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme
Newsx Adverts Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released By News Highland – March 1, 2012 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Previous articleFive Donegal schools to be included in prefab replacement programmeNext articleRossnowlagh Hotel goes to auction today in Dublin News Highland Pipe bomb found in Derry Police in Derry are appealing for information after it emerged this morning that a pipe bomb was made safe in the city yesterday.Police were called to a green space near McGill Court yesterday afternoon, after a member of the public reported seeing a piece of copper piping.Army technical officers examined it, and declared it a viable device.It’s been taken away for further examination. Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Google+ HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week
PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Pinterest A 21-year-old man is due to appear in court in Derry City this morning, charged with false imprisonment, kidnapping and assault.It is understood the charges are in connection with an assault on a 19-year-old woman at Eskaheen View, in Derry, over the weekend.At around 5 o’clock on Saturday evening, she was put into a van which was driven towards Newbuildings.Police stopped the van a few minutes later and the woman was freed.Her injuries were not life-threatening. Twitter Google+ News Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers By News Highland – July 30, 2012 Facebook Man due in court on Derry woman kidnapping charges Twitter Google+ HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Previous articleCouncillor calls on Phil Hogan to resign over expenses billNext articleCan’t Pay Won’t Pay to protest at Donegal County Council meeting News Highland Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry
PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch is receiving treatment in Cork University Hospital this morning after she collapsed while visiting a hospital in Donegal yesterday.The Minister was visiting Letterkenny General Hospital when she took ill.She was admitted to intensive care in yesterday and then transferred to Cork by air ambulance- for further tests and treatment.Last night, the Minister’s condition was described as comfortable. Pinterest Facebook News Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week By News Highland – August 1, 2013 Twitter Minister Kathleen Lynchs condition now described as comfortable Google+ Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Previous articleHead of AIB says Minister Perry didn’t get any special treatmentNext articleMan jailed for two years for sexually abusing young boy in Ballyshannon in 60s and 70s News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic
Twitter Man in court accused of depriving Donegal investors Google+ Newsx Adverts Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – December 15, 2011 It’s been claimed in Donegal Circuit Court that a 50 year old man accused of depriving investors of €177,000 headed a company called Pear Shaped Resources.The court was told the company was set up in January 2004 in the British Virgin Islands and the share capital was in US dollars.Thomas Elvin denies 26 charges of operating as an illegal investor on a variety of dates between 2003 and 2005 and of deceiving people of their cash during the same period at a number of locations in Donegal town, Ballybofey and Cloghan.Prosecutor Patricia McLaughlin told a jury of six men and six women that there were two nominee directors of Pear Shaped Resources but effectively it was run by Elvin who had power of attorney. A Florida-based associate, Larry Marsella, worked for Pear Shaped.The prosecution said there were seven victims of a series of actions by Elvin and there would be evidence from six of them. The seventh, Elizabeth Duncan, was dead.Ms McLaughlin said none of the invested money was returned.The jury was told that the prosecution claimed Elvin, of Meencargagh, Ballybofey, operated as an investor without authorisation.The prosecution claims Elvin operated through Irish companies Countrywide Ltd and Countrywide Provident , and through Pear Shaped Resources.Ms McLaughlin said investigating gardai were able to identify that between €80,000 and €100,000 of the €177,000 was sent to Larry Marsella in Florida. He invested it in a company called ForEx, a high-risk investment firm where there could be substantial gains but the risk was huge. Half of the money was lost there.When the charges were read to him Elvin said clearly to each before Judge John O’Hagan: “Definitely not guilty.”The trial continues. Previous articleEircom says every effort is being made to return phone servicesNext articleFires, snow and struggling businesses impact on council budget 2012 News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Pinterest
WhatsApp HSE says flood report will be complete in the coming weeks Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest The HSE says its report on the flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital is in the final stages of due process, and will be completed in the coming weeks.Once HSE Estates has completed the report in the coming weeks it will be sent to the Saolta Group which commissioned the document.According to the HSE, the report will then be given to the Letterkenny General Hospital Rebuild Steering Group, and published shortly thereafter.Earlier this week, Donegal Councillor Dessie Shiels claimed the delay in publishing the HSE report was linked to the recent completion of a planners’ report which found there was pre-existing knowkedge of the flood risk. Google+ Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleDonegal Investment Group publishes its 2015 financial resultsNext articleMc Conalogue says DEIS scheme should be expanded following ESRI assessment admin Pinterest Twitter Homepage BannerNews By admin – April 9, 2015 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter
Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – February 3, 2012 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp News Google+ Facebook Twitter Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Previous article31-year old Derryman given three years probation for sexual groomingNext articleRory Gallagher Festival named one of Ireland’s best News Highland Twitter A courthouse earmarked for closure by the Court Service had a £120,000 refurbishment less than a year ago.A councillor said the money spent on Strabane Court to upgrade security, refurbish holding cells and redecorate “defies logic”, given that it is one of the five courts whose economic viability is currently under consideration.Security upgrades costing £100,000, refurbishment of holding cells costing £18,000 and £5,000 redecorating costs were incurred in the renovation.Strabane district councillor Karina Carlin, who is also a solicitor, said the spend “beggars belief”….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/karina.mp3[/podcast] Strabane Courthouse facing closure despite £120,000 facelift
Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleThousands attending Donegal Tuesday in Galway todayNext articleBA sign deal with Loganair to provide Donegal – London link News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook The number of Irish MEPs looks set to be reduced from 12 to 11, following a vote today by the Constitutional Affairs Committee in Europe, to reduce the number of Irish MEP seats.A total of 15 seats are to be cut from member states to comply with the Lisbon Treaty.Northwest MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher says it’s bad news for Ireland, as it will make it harder for our voice to be heard in Europe.The Donegal-based MEP is calling on his colleagues in the Irish Government to veto the reduction in MEP numbers, at least until after the next European elections in 2014….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/cope530.mp3[/podcast] Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Number of Irish MEP’s to be cut from 12 to 11 Pinterest Twitter Google+ Pinterest News 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook By News Highland – February 19, 2013 WhatsApp Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry
Twitter Homepage BannerNews Man accused of terrorism charges cleared to come to Donegal on holiday North Belfast dissident republican Dee Fennell – who is currently awaiting trial on terrorist charges – has had his bail conditions changed to allow him to holiday in Donegal.The 34-year old, from Torrens Avenue, made an application to Belfast Crown Court to amend his bail conditions this week.Dee Fennell is due to stand trial later this year accused of encouraging acts of terrorism, inviting support for the IRA and addressing a meeting to encourage support for the IRA.All three offences are dated April 5, 2015 and all fall under the Terrorism Act 2000.He has denied all three charges.During his application, Judge Gordon Kerr QC was told the Crown was opposed to the variation by a prosecution barrister who said that whilst awaiting trial on terrorist offences, Fennell “has been arrested, questioned and reported” on suspicion of murder and membership of a proscribed organisation.Telling the court that his client “has not been charged with the murder”, Fennell’s solicitor Peter Corrigan asked for the bail variation to allow him to go to Donegal on holiday for a week.Judge Kerr granted the variation and ordered that Fennell report to the Garda in Donegal twice this week, and also asked that both the house number and phone number of the cottage where Fennell is staying be provided to police. Previous articleStephen Kenny full of praise for his players as Dundalk bow out of Champions League qualifyingNext articleAnger as engine is damaged on Strabane Community Rescue Service boat admin 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ By admin – August 24, 2016 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
News Updates”Inhuman & Callous”; Bombay HC Directs Payment Of Wages To Gardeners As CIDCO Makes Them Work During Lockdown Without Pay & Protective Gear [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap13 May 2020 9:20 PMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Wednesday sharply rebuked the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra for making gardeners working for them for several years, work during the lockdown without pay and without protective gear despite an award by the Industrial Tribunal against them in 2018 effectively making gardeners permanent employees. Justice SJ Kathawalla heard the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Wednesday sharply rebuked the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra for making gardeners working for them for several years, work during the lockdown without pay and without protective gear despite an award by the Industrial Tribunal against them in 2018 effectively making gardeners permanent employees. Justice SJ Kathawalla heard the writ petition filed by Maharashtra Kamgar Sanghatana on behalf of its members/workmen, who since the last several years are working as Gardeners or ‘Malis’ for CIDCO. Court called CIDCO’s treatment of the workmen (gardeners) “inhuman and callous” and directed payment of unpaid wages from January until April 2020. Moreover, Justice Kathawalla directed CIDCO to continue to pay earned wages to the workmen before the 5th of every month. Senior Advocate Sanjay Singhvi along with Advocate Karishma Rao appeared on behalf of the petitioner and Advocate GS Hegde with Advocate PM Bhansali for CIDCO. Prior to 2012, the concerned workmen, continuously worked for several years as ‘Malis’ i.e. Gardeners for CIDCO. Since CIDCO continued to treat them as contract workers, on December 1, 2012, a plea for relief was made before the Industrial Tribunal, Thane, regarding permanency of the concerned workmen. On January 13, 2017, the Award was passed stating that the concerned workmen be absorbed as permanent employees in CIDCO and be extended all benefits of permanency with effect from December 1, 2012. CIDCO challenged the said Award before the High Court, which was dismissed by an order dated January 31, 2020, stating that the Award passed, calls for no interference. Singhvi argued that since the orders are admittedly not stayed, CIDCO was bound to absorb the concerned workmen as permanent employees and also extend all benefits of permanency to them w.e.f December 1, 2012. However, despite Court orders being in their favour and despite them having continued to work during the pandemic Covid-19, CIDCO compelled the concerned workmen to survive on charity of ration provided by NGOs and social workers, he said. On the other hand, CIDCO’s counsel Hegde took instructions and submitted that in February, 2020 itself, his client had sent the relevant papers to their Advocate in New Delhi with a request to file a Special Leave Petition challenging the High Court’s order. However, the Advocate at New Delhi has, due to the current pandemic not taken any steps till date, Hegde said. Furthermore, Hegde told the Court that some payments were made by CIDCO on April 30, 2020 to the concerned workmen for the month of January and “instructions” have been issued by CIDCO to the Contractor to pay the concerned workmen upto April, 2020. Moreover, CIDCO has handed over/is in the process of handing over the concerned gardens to Panvel Municipal Corporation, thus it is the PMC who will have to pay the concerned workmen, Hegde argued. Justice Kathawalla observed- “None of the submissions advanced by Advocate Hegde on behalf of CIDCO justify the inhuman and callous conduct of non-payment of the earned wages since January, 2020, to the concerned workers. Making the concerned workmen work even during the pandemic and thereafter not paying them their earned wages for months, thereby compelling them to extend their hands before NGOs and social workers for ration to feed themselves and the members of their families, is certainly a very inhuman act on the part of CIDCO, which deserves severe condemnation. Even at this stage, CIDCO is not willing to make a statement that CIDCO will make payment to the concerned workmen but is only willing to make a statement that CIDCO will direct the Contractor to make payment to the concerned workmen. Since the next excuse could be that despite being directed by CIDCO, the Contractor has failed to pay the concerned workmen, for which CIDCO cannot be held responsible, I am not willing to accept the statement of CIDCO.” Moreover, the Court addressed the grievance of the concerned workmen that they are not provided ID Cards, face masks, hand gloves, etc. because of which, they are finding it difficult to reach their place of work and are exposed to the rigors of the deadly virus. Justice Kathawalla allowed the petition. Court directed CIDCO to pay the concerned workmen their unpaid earned wages upto April, 2020 and on or before May 18, 2020 issue essential service ID Cards to the concerned workmen along with face masks, hand gloves, sanitizers / soap, if not provided so far, and replace/replenish the same from time to time. Finally, CIDCO shall file an affidavit within two weeks and the next date of hearing is June 1.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story
News UpdatesCalcutta HC Imposes Rs. 50K Cost On Advocate For “Taking Advantage Of Virtual Platform” In Filing Successive Bail Application[Read Order] Mehal Jain23 Jun 2020 4:40 AMShare This – xThe Calcutta High Court on Monday imposed costs of Rs.50,000/- upon an advocate-on-record for filing a second bail application despite the fact that an earlier application for bail in connection with the same offence and the same police station case number was directed to be listed before the Court after resumption of normalcy in its functioning. “It is an alarming and shocking state…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 Calcutta High Court on Monday imposed costs of Rs.50,000/- upon an advocate-on-record for filing a second bail application despite the fact that an earlier application for bail in connection with the same offence and the same police station case number was directed to be listed before the Court after resumption of normalcy in its functioning. “It is an alarming and shocking state of affairs that the member of the bar taking advantage of the matter being taken on a virtual platform filed the application for bail when being alive of the fact that an earlier application for bail in connection with the same offence and the same police station case number was directed to be listed before this Court after resumption of normalcy in its functioning”, observed the division bench sternly. The court further pulled up the advocate for taking a lame excuse that because of non-issuance of a certificate of receiving the application, several applications were posted on the e-mail of the Registrar General and the present application is one of such instances. He prayed for withdrawal of the instant application, but the bench instead rejected the bail plea. “The learned advocate appearing for the petitioner in the present application in fact, appeared in the said application as well and, therefore, was alive of the said order having passed by the Co-ordinate Bench. Despite having aware of such fact, the present bail application has again been filed taking advantage of the limited functioning of the Court and complete vigil over the filing, as the applications are being received through e-mail and the verification has been compromised to the great extent because of the difficulty in normal functioning of the Court due to COVID-19”, reprimanded the bench. The Court refused to entertain the submission of the advocate for the State that the said advocate is in a habit of filing the successive application even when the earlier applications are either disposed of or directed to be listed after normalcy is restored in the functioning of the Court. “We do not delve to go deep to such aspect in absence of any cogent and corroborative evidence”, said the bench. “We are shocked to find that despite having aware of the earlier order, the same advocate-on-record has filed the instant application taking advantage of the disruption of the normal functioning of the Court. The present application bereft of any statement concerning the earlier application for bail as indicated above and the order passed therein rather there is a categorical statement that no prior application has been filed before this Court which would be evident from paragraph 1 thereof”, the Court expressed its displeasure. Employing strict terms, the bench observed that “The member of the bar has not only the onerous duty to his client but have more responsible duty towards the Court. He cannot take the Court for a ride nor any attempt in this behalf can be compromised by the Bench. Such brazen attempt on the part of the member of the bar would not only tarnish the image of the judiciary but would also percolate wrong signal to the litigants as well as the society”. The Court directed the sum of Rs. 50,000 to be deposited with the State Legal Services Authorities within a month from date, failing which the State Legal Services Authorities shall proceed to recover the said amount by initiating a proceeding treating the same as debt under the Bengal Public Demands Recovery Act, 1913.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story
News UpdatesBombay HC Fines APMC Rs.25,000 For Misrepresenting Facts Regarding Shifting Bakra Mandi From Residential Area [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap26 Jun 2020 5:50 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Wednesday imposed a cost of Rs.25,000 on the Agriculture Produce Market Committee for misrepresenting facts regarding shifting of a Bakra Mandi (goat market) from a residential area in Wathoda to Kalamna market yard. Division bench of Justice RK Deshpande and Justice Amit Borkar of the Nagpur bench were hearing a PIL filed by aggrieved residents of the Wathoda…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 Wednesday imposed a cost of Rs.25,000 on the Agriculture Produce Market Committee for misrepresenting facts regarding shifting of a Bakra Mandi (goat market) from a residential area in Wathoda to Kalamna market yard. Division bench of Justice RK Deshpande and Justice Amit Borkar of the Nagpur bench were hearing a PIL filed by aggrieved residents of the Wathoda area who challenged the order passed by the Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Nagpur, establishing the Bakra Mandi at Wathoda on May 4, 2020 allowing establishment of Bakra Mandi at Wathoda. In the previous hearing, on May 26, APMC supported the cause of the petitioner residents and was anxious to get the order passed by the Deputy Municipal Commissioner establishing the Bakra Mandi at Wathoda, set aside. Court noted- “In the absence of any claim for time to establish Bakra Mandi in Kalamna Market Yard, we carried an impression that all the infrastructural facilities for such a market are ready and the market can be made functional immediately.” Thus, the PIL was disposed of by the Court permitting the APMC to establish Bakra Mandi and upon such creation of Bakra Mandi, order dated May 4 passed by the Deputy Municipal Commissioner shall stand recalled. However, in yesterday’s hearing, a complaint was made before the Court that neither the APMC has created the Bakra Mandi nor the NMC has shifted Bakra Mandi from Wathoda to Kalamna. APMC’s counsel submitted that for creation of all the infrastructural facilities in the area of the at least four weeks time is required. Calling it an excuse, Court said- “We are unable to understand such a stand in the light of what transpired before us on 26.05.2020 and we were made to carry an impression that the APMC is prepared to establish the Bakra Mandi immediately or at least within a period of eight days and thus we find it to be total mis-representation on the part of the APMC. We therefore, direct the APMC to deposit costs of Rs. 25,000 within a period of one week from today for misrepresenting the Court.”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. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News UpdatesGujarat HC Launches E-Filing Facility, Exclusive Physical Filing Counters & More [Read Press Note] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK15 Aug 2020 3:02 AMShare This – xThe Gujarat High Court has launched 5 exclusive counters for Physical Filing of cases that will function from 11.00 am to 02.00 pm on all working days. These counters, set up at Gate No. 2 of the High Court premises, are earmarked as follows: Counter 1— All Single Judge and Division Bench Bail matters including regular, temporary, anticipatory bail and parole,…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 Gujarat High Court has launched 5 exclusive counters for Physical Filing of cases that will function from 11.00 am to 02.00 pm on all working days. These counters, set up at Gate No. 2 of the High Court premises, are earmarked as follows: Counter 1— All Single Judge and Division Bench Bail matters including regular, temporary, anticipatory bail and parole, furloughCounter 2— All Single Judge and Division Bench Criminal Matters other than Bail matters specified for Counter 1Counter 3— All Division Bench Civil MattersCounter 4— All Special Civil Applications and matters under Article 227 of the Constitution (Single Judge)Counter 5— All other Civil Matters (Single Judge) It is intimated that payment of Court Fees and filing of affidavit by the Petitioners will be optional for now. However, the same will have to be furnished once the normal working of the High Court is restored. So far as health and safety norms for physical filings are concerned, the High Court has instructed: The pleadings/ documents should be delivered in a sealed envelope with the filing Advocate’s details and case type clearly written on the envelope;The envelopes delivered will be kept untouched and unprocessed for at least 24 hours and thereafter it will be forwarded to the concerned section for filing in the CIS;All Officers and members of the Staff dealing with these case files must wear masks and gloves;Only those Advocates or registered clerks who have to deliver the case files will be allowed to enter. Inter alia, the High Court has launched two e-services— (i) e-Filing of cases and (ii) Email My Case Status. E-Filing The e-Filing for High Court will be available at https://efiling.ecourts.gov.in/ from today onwards. The same will be accepted for the following case types: Criminal Miscellaneous Application Special Criminal Application Writ Petition PIL Admiralty Suit First Appeal Tax Appeal Letters Patent Appeal It is intimated that the Advocates shall receive “instant SMS updates” of the progress of the case up to its Registration from the e-Filing portal automatically. Further, the facility of email filing of these case types will be continued till August 21, 2020 only. Email My Case Status Under this facility, advocates and the litigants or anyone from the public or organizations like Government Departments etc. can get the status of the High Court cases automatically in the email address of their choice, after necessary online registration of their request This first of its kind facility would enable anyone, who otherwise is always able to search the status of the case on the website, to get the automatic updates of the case in his/her email box directly. As per a Circular issued in this behalf, “EmailMyCaseStatus Service by High Court of Gujarat will effectively serve as a virtual Case Status Inquiry Counter or a Case Status eCounter; with added functionality of getting even the future updates of the cases of interest to everyone and anyone.” The procedure for availing this service may be accessed in the Circular attached in this report. The High Court has launched an “e-book digest” of Important Judgments delivered during Covid-19 pandemic. It contains important judgments delivered by the benches from March 24, 2020 to August 14, 2020. Click Here To Press Note Read Press Note Next Story
Top Stories[Breaking] SC Declines Prayer To Allow NEET Exam Centres Abroad; Allows Petitioners To Approach State Authorities For Relaxation Of Quarantine Radhika Roy & Sanya Talwar24 Aug 2020 3:03 AMShare This – xThe bench also allowed students to approach state authorities seeking relaxation of the quarantine period.The Supreme Court on Monday declined a plea to allow online exam centres for students in foreign countries to appear in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2020 for admission to medical courses.However, in order to make the travel of students easier, a bench comprising Justices Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta & S. Ravindra Bhat asked the Central Government to arrange the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday declined a plea to allow online exam centres for students in foreign countries to appear in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2020 for admission to medical courses.However, in order to make the travel of students easier, a bench comprising Justices Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta & S. Ravindra Bhat asked the Central Government to arrange the candidates’ travel from abroad via Vande Bharat mission flights.The bench also refused to waive off the condition of quarantine for such students and said that the quarantine was mandatory in the interest of public health.”The Petitioner requested for relaxation of 14 days quarantine. We are afraid such a direction cannot be given as it would endanger public health”, the bench observed.However, the bench allowed the students to approach the State authorities to seek a relaxation of the quarantine period.The top court was considering a Special Leave Petition filed by Abdul Azeez, the General Secretary of Kerala Muslim Culture Centre, challenging a judgment of the High Court of Kerala which rejected the prayer to set up exam centres in middle eastern countries.Advocate Harees Beeran, appearing for the petitioners, submitted that while the National Testing Agency is conducting Joint Entrance Examination via online mode, it is conducting NEET via physical mode, which is discriminatory. NTA has set up centres for JEE in Dubai, Muscat, Riyadh, Doha etc, he submitted.Also, 60% of the students are appearing in both JEE and NEET. JEE is being held online on September 6. So, the students who give JEE will not be able to appear for NEET physical exam in India on September 13, if they have to undergo the mandatory quarantine period after returning, explained the counsel.However, the bench expressed disinclination to accept this plea.”We need to take care of public health too. There is enough time, it’s on 13th(September). Ask them to come now, so that 14 days quarantine can be over”, Justice Rao told Beeran.On August 22, the MCI had filed its response stating that the plea for overseas examination centres for NEET 2020 should be dismissed as the students have the option to come to India under the “Vande Bharat Mission”. It has also submitted that postponement of the examination any further shall be a “drastic deviation” from the academic schedule which may affect the subsequent academic years of the students.On August 14, the top court had told petitioner(s) seeking allocation of Test Centres for NEET Examination in foreign countries that Vande Bharat flights for return to India are being made available amid pandemic.The Bench had quoted National Testing Agency’s (NTA) counter affidavit before the Supreme Court, intimating that it is not possible to have overseas examination centres for NEET 2020 because the examination is conducted in “paper book format”.To this, Advocate Haris Beeran had submitted that it was very difficult to get tickets for students during the pandemic period.Thus, the bench had asked the Medical Council of India to submit the responseStanding by the decision of Kerala High Court, the NTA has submitted,”the manner as to how examinations have to be conducted is a policy decision and, is, purely within the domain of the examining body viz., MCI and whether centres for conducting such examination should be provided in foreign countries, is in the province of MCI, to decide. MCI has taken its decision and, there is nothing on record which shows that the said decision of MCI is arbitrary or illegal.”NTA informed the court that it had duly consulted with the MCI regarding the students’ demand for overseas test centers. However, the MCI has clarified that as the examination is conducted through Multiple Choice Questions in paper book format given to all candidates and, uniformity has to be maintained for all candidates, therefore, NEET (UG) examination should not be conducted in online mode for candidates abroad.Highlighting the practical difficulty in fulfilling the students’ demands, the affidavit states,”examination cannot be conducted in abroad cities due to the fact, as already stated, NEET (UG) has to be conducted in single shift at the same time, on the same day to maintain uniformity and, further, the questions papers and other exam materials are to be transported from NTA headquarters to a large number of examination centres in various cities, which would require meticulous planning for safe and secured delivery of the same at the examination centres on time.”The plea filed by Advocates Haris Beeran and Pallavi Pratap submitted that there are 4000 students registered for NEET-UG from Qatar and the Middle-East, and that there exist procedural difficulties in getting affidavits attested from the Embassy of India in Qatar and sending it to India for filing of the same due to the pandemic.In wake of the lockdown imposed to contain the virus, students have tried to register themselves for repatriation under the Vande Bharat Mission introduced by the Government of India, however, none of them managed to get seats in the said flights.”It is primarily because the VBM flights are mainly intended to repatriate the people who are in distress, migrant labourers, people who are in a medical emergency, as also students stranded in various universities abroad.”Recently the Supreme Court dismissed a PIL seeking the postponement of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), scheduled to be held in September 2020.Justice Arun Mishra, presiding the bench, said that the postponement of the exams will put the ‘career of the students in peril’.”Life should move on even in COVID-19 times. Can we just stop exams? We should move on’, Justice Arun Mishra said while dismissing the petitions.” Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News Updates[GST] Cash Included In Definition Of ‘Things’, Can Be Seized In GST Search: MP HC [Read Judgment] Mehal Jain19 Sep 2020 1:28 AMShare This – xThe Madhya Pradesh High Court recently ruled that section 67(2) of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 empowers the competent officer to seize not only goods, documents or books or things, but also cash / money as the same is included within the meaning of the term “things” appearing in Section 67(2).Section 67, on the Power of inspection, search and seizure, in its…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 Madhya Pradesh High Court recently ruled that section 67(2) of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 empowers the competent officer to seize not only goods, documents or books or things, but also cash / money as the same is included within the meaning of the term “things” appearing in Section 67(2).Section 67, on the Power of inspection, search and seizure, in its sub-section(2) provides that where the proper officer, not below the rank of Joint Commissioner, has reasons to believe that any goods liable to confiscation or any documents or books or things, which in his opinion shall be useful for or relevant to any proceedings under the Act, are secreted in any place, he may authorise any other officer of central tax to search and seize or may himself search and seize such goods, documents or books or things.Justices S. C. Shukla and Shailendra Sharma explain that the word “things”, keeping in view its dictionary meaning, includes cash / money and it is a well settled preposition of law that in interpreting a statute the court must adopt that construction which suppresses the mischief and advances the remedy. “This is a rule laid down in Heydon’s case, also known as the rule of purposive construction or mischief rule”, said the bench.The petitioner before the Court was the wife of the Proprietor of a firm in the business of Confectionery and Pan Masala items. The petitioner had urged that a search operation was carried out by the Senior Intelligence Officer, DGGSTI, Indore at their business premises as well as residential premises and a Panchnama was drawn on 31/05/2020. The plea was filed seeking an order to the respondent-officers to release the cash amounting to Rs.66,43,130/- seized from the residential premises of the petitioner and her husband.”This Court has carefully gone through Section 67 of the CGST Act, 2017 and the expression used in sub-section (2) of Section 67 is “confiscation of any documents or books or things, which in proper officer’s opinion shall be useful for or relevant to any proceedings under this Act, are secreted in any place”. Thereafter, sub-section (2) has two provisos and first proviso relates to goods and the second proviso refers to documents or books or things so seized shall be retained”, said the bench.The core issue before the Court was that whether expression “things” covers within its meaning the cash or not. In the opinion of the Court, the CGST Act, 2017 has to be seen as a whole and the definition clauses are the keys to unlock the intent and purpose of the various sections and expressions used therein, where the said provisions are put to implementation. “Section 2(17) defines “business” and Section 2(31) defines “consideration”. In the considered opinion of this Court a conjoint reading of Section 2(17), 2(31), 2(75) and 67(2) makes it clear that money can also be seized by authorised officer”, opined the bench.The bench held that the word “things” in Section 67(2) of the CGST Act, 2017 is to be given wide meaning and as per Black’s Law Dictionary, any subject matter of ownership within the spear of proprietary or valuable right, would come under the definition of ” thing”. Similarly, in the Wharton’s Law Lexicon, the word “thing” has been defined and it includes “money”. “It is a cardinal principle of interpretation of statute that unreasonable and inconvenient results are to be avoided, artificially and anomaly to be avoided and most importantly a statute is to be given interpretation which suppresses the mischief and advances the remedy”, said the bench.Therefore, keeping in view the aforesaid interpretation of the word “thing”, the bench concluded that money has to be included and it cannot be excluded as prayed by the petitioner from Section 67(2). The bench noted that the present case is at the stage of search and seizure- a search has been carried out and proceedings are going on. Resultantly, keeping in view the totality of the circumstances of the case, the material available in the case diary and also keeping in view Section 67(2) of the CGST Act, 2017, the Court was of the opinion that the authorities have rightly seized the amount from the husband of the petitioner and unless and until the investigation is carried out and the matter is finally adjudicated, the question of releasing the amount does not arise.Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News UpdatesPlea Seeking SOPs For Restaurants And Hotels In Light Of COVID19, Delhi HC Asks Petitioner To First Move The Appropriate Authority [Read Order] Karan Tripathi20 Oct 2020 8:50 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has given the liberty to move a representation before an appropriate authority in a plea seeking Standard Operating Procedures for hotels and restaurants in Delhi. The Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad has directed the appropriate authority, which in the present case would be the Delhi Government, to reply to the representation moved…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?LoginDelhi High Court has given the liberty to move a representation before an appropriate authority in a plea seeking Standard Operating Procedures for hotels and restaurants in Delhi. The Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad has directed the appropriate authority, which in the present case would be the Delhi Government, to reply to the representation moved by the Petitioner within 3 weeks of receiving it. The court has further directed the Delhi Government to consider the suggestions listed by the Petitioner in his plea while considering the representation. Moved by Indian Law Watch, the petition sought directions to be issued to the Delhi Government and the Delhi Disaster Management Authority to formulate a standard operating procedures for hotels and restaurants, keeping in mind the COVID-19 infection. While perusing the petition, the court noticed that the Petitioner has approached this court directly for relief without first making a suggestion as made in the present petition, to the concerned Respondents. Therefore, while allowing the Petitioner to withdraw the petition, the court noted the following: ‘In view of the submission made hereinabove, the present petition is disposed of with liberty granted to the petitioner to make a substantive representation to the respondents No.1 to 3 within one week from today. The said representation shall be considered by the respondents No.1 to 3 and the same shall be replied to within three weeks from the date of receipt. The suggestions made by the petitioner in the representation shall be carefully considered by the respondents No.1 to 3 before responding.’ The court further noted that if the grievance of the Petitioner still survives, it shall be entitled to seek appropriate legal recourse. Petitioner organisation in this case was represented by Mr Saurabh Chadha and Ms Jyoti Srivastava.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. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Top StoriesLawyer Seeks Initiation Of Criminal Contempt Against DIG Of CBI For Alleged Physical Assault On Public Prosecutor Sanya Talwar30 Oct 2020 9:37 AMShare This – xA representation to the Delhi government’s standing counsel, Mr Rahul Mehra has been made by an Advocate seeking his consent for initiating criminal contempt proceedings against CBI Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Raghavendra Vatsa, who allegedly punched a public prosecutor in his face.Advocate Amit Sahni has made the representation invoking section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 in…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA representation to the Delhi government’s standing counsel, Mr Rahul Mehra has been made by an Advocate seeking his consent for initiating criminal contempt proceedings against CBI Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Raghavendra Vatsa, who allegedly punched a public prosecutor in his face.Advocate Amit Sahni has made the representation invoking section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 in order to initiate proceedings against the CBI official stating that he has caused deliberate obstruction on the administration of justice.”That the brief fact of the matter are that various news reports mentioned that a CBI prosecutor has told a Delhi court that he was punched and strangulated by a DIG rank officer of the investigate agency inside the CBI headquarters, allegedly over a delay in framing of charges against Rajendra Kumar, former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The said Rajendra Kumar is facing trial in a corruption case pending before Special Judge, CBI, Rouse Avenue Court, New delhi,” says Sahni outlining the issue.Further, it is stated in the Representation that “it goes without saying” that political compulsions cannot license and CBI officer to abuse is power in such a manner to the extent of causing beatings/strangulating an Advocate/public Prosecutor of the premier agency for not accelerating the framing of charges before the Special CBI Court.in this backdrop, it is highlighted that the sole motive of the turn of events was to expedite framing of charges in a particular proceedings and the same requires intervention of the Court.Calling it a crystal clear case of the accused causing obstruction on the administration of justice, Sahni has sought the initiation of contempt proceedings against the DIG.Additionally, Sahni has also written to the Bar Council of India Chairman to take appropriate action against the official for the physical attack upon the Public Prosecutor, CBI.Click Here To Download Representation To Standing CounselClick Here To Download Representation To BCINext Story
News UpdatesKarnataka High Court Extends Interim Relief To PG Doctors Till Nov 30 Mustafa Plumber25 Nov 2020 6:10 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has again extended till November 30, the interim relief granted earlier directing state government not to insist the appellants before the court (281 PG Doctors) should join their respective places for purpose of carrying out compulsory Urban service in terms of section 4 of the Karnataka Compulsory Training Service By Candidates Completed Medical…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 Karnataka High Court has again extended till November 30, the interim relief granted earlier directing state government not to insist the appellants before the court (281 PG Doctors) should join their respective places for purpose of carrying out compulsory Urban service in terms of section 4 of the Karnataka Compulsory Training Service By Candidates Completed Medical Courses Act 2012(KCS Act). A division bench of Justice B V Nagarathna and Justice N S Sanjay Gowda extended the relief after Additional Government Advocate appearing on behalf of Additional Advocate General once again sought time to make submissions in the matter. The doctors have challenged the compulsory One year Urban service rule for Postgraduate Doctors who had taken admission through Management and NRI quota. The doctors are also challenging an order dated August 30, 2019, by which the court had upheld the constitutional validity of section 4 of the KCS Act. The appellants have claimed that they have no issue serving under the Disaster Management Act, dehors the KCS act. The bench had earlier raised a preliminary objection to the maintainability of the appeal holding that as per the Karnataka Compulsory Training Service By Candidates Completed Medical Courses Act 2012, a candidate includes all students belonging to all quota. It had said “What is so superior to the management quota that you cannot do service for one year in the state. The service you will do is not for gratis, they will pay you.” Advocate Akkamahadevi Hiremath, appearing for the appellants had argued that when they had taken admission in the private colleges, the Act was stayed by an order passed by the court. Moreover, the brochures issued by the private colleges also did not mention this rule of doing the compulsory service for students admitted under the management quota or NRI student’s. She even mentioned that the students have paid lakhs and crores of rupees for their education and since they have not received any benefit from the state government the dictum of ‘quid pro quo’ would not be applicable in their case.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. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News UpdatesSuspicion, However Strong Cannot Take The Place Of Proof: Supreme Court Upholds Acquittal Of Murder Accused LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK20 Feb 2021 11:10 PMShare This – xSuspicion, however strong cannot take the place of proof, the Supreme court reiterated while upholding the acquittal in a murder case.In this case, the prosecution case was that the accused had murdered the deceased by applying electric shock to him after administering some poisonous substances to him. The Trial Court acquitted the accused and later the High Court upheld the acquittal.In…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?LoginSuspicion, however strong cannot take the place of proof, the Supreme court reiterated while upholding the acquittal in a murder case.In this case, the prosecution case was that the accused had murdered the deceased by applying electric shock to him after administering some poisonous substances to him. The Trial Court acquitted the accused and later the High Court upheld the acquittal.In appeal, the bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Hemant Gupta, referring to the evidence on record, observed there is a strong possibility that the deceased, who was as per the opinion of the doctor who performed the autopsy, intoxicated with alcohol, might have accidentally touched a live electrical wire, may be while he was asleep. “It is well settled by a plethora of judicial pronouncement of this Court that suspicion, however strong cannot take the place of proof. An accused is presumed to be innocent unless proved guilty beyond reasonable doubt.”, the court observed.The court added that, before a case against an accused can be said to be fully established on circumstantial evidence, the circumstances from which the conclusion of guilt is to be drawn must fully be established and the facts so established should be consistent only with the hypothesis of guilt of the accused. There has to be a chain of evidence so complete, as not to leave any reasonable doubt for any conclusion consistent with the innocence of the accused and must show that in all human probability, the act must have been done by the Accused, it said. Referring to Shanti Devi v. State of Rajasthan (2012) 12 SCC 158, the bench reiterated the following principles for conviction of the accused based on circumstantial evidenceThe circumstances from which an inference of guilt is sought to be proved must be cogently or firmly established.The circumstances should be of a definite tendency unerringly pointing towards the guilt of the accused. The circumstances taken cumulatively must form a chain so complete that there is no escape from the conclusion that within all human probability, the crime was committed by the accused and none else. The circumstantial evidence in order to sustain conviction must be complete and incapable of explanation of any other hypothesis than that of the guilt of the accused and such evidence should not only be consistent with the guilt of the accused but should be inconsistent with his innocence”The Prosecution miserably failed to establish the guilt of the Accused Respondents. The Trial Court rightly acquitted the Accused Respondents. There is no infirmity in the judgment of the Trial Court, that calls for interference… An appeal against acquittal has always been on an altogether different pedestal from an appeal against conviction. In an appeal against acquittal, where the presumption of innocence in favour of the accused is reinforced, the appellate court would interfere with the order of acquittal only when there is perversity. In this case, it cannot be said that the reasons given by the High Court to reverse the conviction of the accused are flimsy, untenable or bordering on perverse appreciation of evidence”, the bench said while dismissing the appeal. CASE: State of Odisha vs. Banabihari Mohapatra [Special Leave Petition (Crl.) No.1156/2021]CORAM: Justices Indira Banerjee and Hemant GuptaCITATION: LL 2021 SC 103Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Top StoriesTandav Row- Supreme Court To Hear Plea For Anticipatory Bail By Amazon Prime’s Commercial Head Aparna Purohit Tomorrow LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK2 March 2021 7:51 AMShare This – xA Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan to hear tomorrow a plea filed by Amazon Prime’s Commercial Head, Aparna Purohit challenging the Allahabad High Court Judgment denying pre-arrest bail to her in the criminal cases registered connection with TANDAV Movie. Allahabad High Court on 25th February denied Pre-arrest bail to Commercial Head of Amazon Prime Video, Aparna…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan to hear tomorrow a plea filed by Amazon Prime’s Commercial Head, Aparna Purohit challenging the Allahabad High Court Judgment denying pre-arrest bail to her in the criminal cases registered connection with TANDAV Movie. Allahabad High Court on 25th February denied Pre-arrest bail to Commercial Head of Amazon Prime Video, Aparna Purohit, in the ongoing investigation against the web series ‘Tandav’.She has been booked for alleged commission of offences under Sections 66 (Computer-related offences), 66F (Punishment for cyber terrorism) and 67 (Transmitting obscene material) IT Act, 2008 (as amended) apart from Sections 153-A (Promoting enmity between different groups), 295 (Defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion), 505(1)(b) (Public mischief), 505(2) (Statements promoting hatred between classes), 469 (Forgery for purpose of harming reputation) of IPC.With regard to the application of Section 295-A I.P.C. the Court has noted that the scenes show that the scenes have been made, intentionally using the names of Hindu Gods and sage to convey an insidious message.In reference to the charge under Section 153-A(b) I.P.C., the Court has noted that the offence is fully made out since the act of the applicant is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different religious, social and communal groups and would affect public peace and tranquility.Further, the Court has also noted that the contents of the dialogues in the above-noted scenes would show that the offences under Sections 505(1)(b) I.P.C. and 505(2) I.P.C. are fully made out.Underlining that an attempt has been made to widen the gap between the higher castes and the scheduled castes in the aforesaid scenes and that her fundamental right of life and liberty cannot be protected by grant of anticipatory bail, the Court has remarked,”The sentiments of majority community have been hurt by display of the characters of their faith in disrespectful manner and on the other hand…the applicant had not been vigilant and has acted irresponsibly making her open to criminal prosecution in permitting streaming of a movie which is against the fundamental rights of the majority of citizens of this country.”Lastly, the Court said that the conduct of the applicant shows that she has scant respect for the law of the land and her conduct further disentitles her to any relief from this Court, since co-operation with the investigation is a necessary condition for grant of anticipatory bail.Prosecution CaseAs per the Prosecution’s case, the content of Tandav Series is affecting the image of the police of the State of Uttar Pradesh adversely. The Following points have been averred by the Prosecution: -In a Dial 100 police vehicle, two actors are shown traveling with open doors in a police uniform, consuming liquor, and hurling abuses.After witnessing part-1 of the movie, it is seen that the Hindu Gods and Goddesses have been depicted in a bad light with the intention of inciting communal sentiments.The post of Prime Minister has been depicted in a manner which will adversely affect the democratic system of the country.Caste and community-related utterances have been made deliberately so that it may affect the public peace.Utterances have been made against the State police, public administration and the constitutional posts so that the element of hate is developed between the communities and there are scenes that show disrespect for the scheduled castes.On account of the scenes and dialogues in the movie, the social harmony and public peace is being adversely affected.All this has been deliberately done to make the web series controversial and gain publicity for the purpose of commercial gain.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News Updates”Such Petitions Are Filed For Cheap Publicity” – Bombay High Court Pulls Up Petitioner Over Plea Seeking Probe Against Param Bir Singh And Anil Deshmukh Sharmeen Hakim30 March 2021 1:44 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday observed that prima facie the petition filed by practising advocate Dr Jaishri Laxmanrao Patil seeking a CBI inquiry into allegations of corruption against State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and others are done for “cheap publicity.” “Prima facie we are of the opinion that such petitions are filed for cheap publicity,” Justice SS Shinde, heading…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 Tuesday observed that prima facie the petition filed by practising advocate Dr Jaishri Laxmanrao Patil seeking a CBI inquiry into allegations of corruption against State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and others are done for “cheap publicity.” “Prima facie we are of the opinion that such petitions are filed for cheap publicity,” Justice SS Shinde, heading the division bench said while hearing the plea. The bench came down heavily on Patil the moment the hearing began, citing a shoddily drafted petition. “You say you are a doctorate in criminology but please show us a single paragraph drafted by you. Your entire petition is based on extracting paragraphs from a letter,” the bench observed. The court added that the contents of Patil’s petition were primarily based on the letter former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh has written to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, making serious allegations of corruption against the State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. “What is your contribution[ to the petition]? What are your original pleadings? What is your locus?” the bench asked the petitioner. Justice Shinde then asked why was the extraordinary jurisdiction of the Court invoked, to which Patil responded that she had not invoked the court’s extraordinary jurisdiction, only to realise her folly a couple of seconds later. Regarding her locus, Patil said she had first approached the police with a complaint but no action was taken. Moreover, she was an intervenor when Singh approached the Supreme Court. The court then asked Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni the status of Patil’s complaint. “The complaint is pending, but it’s a very shoddily drafted petition. Even the font size is different. I want to read a few Supreme Court judgements on this aspect.” The bench sought to know if other petitions are pending on the same issue, to which the AG informed the court that a division bench led by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta will hear Param Bir Singh’s PIL tomorrow. “There are other petitions, as well,” the AG submitted. The bench then suggested that the AG may apply for clubbing of the other pending writ petitions to avoid contradictory orders and posted the matter for hearing, on Thursday. Background Patil approached the Bombay High Court on March 23, seeking an investigation into Param Bir Singh’s letter by CBI, ED or any other independent agency. She has said that the investigation should also be conducted against Param Bir Singh, as well, considering he was the Mumbai Police Commissioner for a year but failed to bring such a heinous crime forward. Two other similar petitions are pending for an independent probe into the corruption and extortion allegation. One of them, a Pune based activist has sought an FIR And court-monitored probe against Maharashtra’s Chief Minister, Home Minister and Param Bir Singh.Next Story
News UpdatesMehbooba Mufti’s Plea For Issuance Of Passport- “Take Decision Uninfluenced By Single Bench Observations”: J&K High Court [DB] To Passport Authority Sparsh Upadhyay9 April 2021 10:57 PMShare This – xThe Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday (09th April) disposed of former Chief Minister of J&K & Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti’s appeal directed against Single Bench ruling, dismissing her writ petition seeking directions to concerned authorities to issue a passport to her. The bench of Justice Javed Iqbal Wani and Justice Tashi Rabstan, however,…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 Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday (09th April) disposed of former Chief Minister of J&K & Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti’s appeal directed against Single Bench ruling, dismissing her writ petition seeking directions to concerned authorities to issue a passport to her. The bench of Justice Javed Iqbal Wani and Justice Tashi Rabstan, however, gave her the liberty to approach the appropriate authority for remedy available regarding her passport application.Mehbooba Mufti’s (@MehboobaMufti) Plea For Issuance Of Passport: Jammu and Kashmir High Court [DB] disposes of her appeal against Single Bench ruling. Liberty has been given to Mufti to approach the appropriate authority for remedy. pic.twitter.com/1nJL6752Ne— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) April 10, 2021 Single bench order It may be noted that on Monday (29th March), the High Court had dismissed Mufti’s plea seeking issuance of passport to her. Noting that the Court’s scope in the matter of grant or otherwise of passport (in favor of an individual) was very limited, the Bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey had observed, “The Court could only direct the concerned authorities to expeditiously consider the case of an individual in the light of the mandate of the scheme of law governing the subject.” Facts in brief It was contended that Mufti had submitted an application for issuance of a passport in her favour before respondent No.4 i.e., the Passport Officer, Regional Passport Office, Srinagar. However, despite a lapse of several months, the request of the appellant was not acceded to by the aforesaid passport authority, which forced the appellant to file a writ petition before the Single Bench, which was however, dismissed. Challenging the same, she filed an appeal before the Division Bench questioning order impugned dated 29th of March, 2021 on the strength of the grounds taken therein. Court’s order The senior counsel representing Mufti submitted before the Court that he would feel satisfied in case the appeal was, disposed of, by giving her the liberty to approach the appropriate authority to avail the proper remedy under the Scheme and further, direction e given to authorities to not get influenced by the Single Bench ruling. In view of the stand taken by learned counsel for the parties and with their consensus, the Court disposed of the appeal by providing her the liberty to approach the appropriate authority to avail the proper remedy available to her under the Scheme. The Court also directed, “On receipt of the appeal, the authority concerned shall consider and decide the same on its merits, strictly under rules, regulations and the provisions of the Act, that too un-influenced by the observations made in the judgment impugned dated 29th of March, 2021. Needless to state that this Court has not expressed any opinion on the merits of the case.” Case title – Mehbooba Mufti v. Union of India and Others [LPA No.50/2021 CM No.2017/2021 Caveat No.494/2021] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News UpdatesTrial Judge Refers To Sanskrit Shloka, Jagjit Singh Ghazal While Awarding Sentence; Patna HC Says Judge Needs Training Nupur Thapliyal13 April 2021 11:31 PMShare This – xObserving that a Trial Court Judge referred to Sanskrit shloka and ghazals of Late Jagjit Singh while awarding sentence to a man convicted under the POCSO Act, the Patna High Court observed that the trial judge “needs special training at the Judicial Academy.”The High Court set aside the sentence observing that the evidence brought out in the trial did not disclose the commission of…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?LoginObserving that a Trial Court Judge referred to Sanskrit shloka and ghazals of Late Jagjit Singh while awarding sentence to a man convicted under the POCSO Act, the Patna High Court observed that the trial judge “needs special training at the Judicial Academy.”The High Court set aside the sentence observing that the evidence brought out in the trial did not disclose the commission of any offence.A single judge bench of Justice Birendra Kumar observed that a trial judge, having the power to award a death sentence, must have correct knowledge of legal principles and zeal while exercising “the most onerous responsibility of taking decision on the life and liberty of person”.”Lack of knowledge of legal principles leads to miscarriage of justice and unnecessary harassment to the parties to the litigation. Bias and prejudices, conjectures and surmises and personal views contrary to the material on the record have no place in the court of law.” observed the Court.At this juncture, the Court also was of the view that the trial court judgment and the present judgment must be forwarded to the Director of Bihar Judicial Academy for ensuring “proper academic training to judicial officers for making them conversant with correct legal proposition.” In view of this, the Court ordered thus:”Hon’ble the Chief Justice may deem it proper that the trial Judge who has passed the impugned judgment needs special training at the Judicial Academy. Hence let a copy of this judgment along with trial court judgment be placed before Hon’ble the Chief Justice for needful. The learned trial Judge has referred to against the appellant. A trial Judge especially a Judge having power to award death sentence must have correct knowledge of legal principles and zeal to its proper application while exercising the most onerous responsibility of taking decision on the life and liberty of person before him.”The observation came in an appeal made by one Deepak Mahto who was convicted and sentenced to ten years rigorous imprisonment under Section 18 of the POCSO Act by the trial judge.According to the prosecution, the appellant had entered into the house of the prosecutrix, a 13 year old girl, and had allegedly forcefully established sexual relationship with her. He was later apprehended by the family and handed over to the police.During the trial, the prosecutrix in her sec. 164 CrPC statement stated that he had not ravished her rather attempted to commit rape, but he could not succeed.It was therefore the case of the appellant that none of the prosecution witnesses had supported any allegation against the appellant, hence the case was of “no evidence”, but the trial Judge misunderstood the legal principles and relied upon the statement recorded under sec. 154 and 164 Cr.P.C. for concluding that the prosecution has proved the charge against the appellant beyond reasonable doubt.After examining the evidence on record, the High Court observed that the commission of offence was not proved against the appellant. The prosecutrix, in her deposition before the trial court, had not disclosed what offence was committed against her.The High Court while observing that the statements under sec. 154, 161 or 164 Cr.P.C. can be used only for corroboration and contradictions, the Court went ahead to observe thus:”The impugned judgment reveals that the learned trial Court has accepted, the statements of the prosecutrix made prior to her examination as a prosecution witness as substantive evidence. As such, the impugned judgment suffers from non- application of correct principle of law while appreciating the evidence during a criminal trial.”While setting aside the said sentence passed by the trial judge, the Court observed thus:”The learned trial Judge has referred to Sanskrit shloka and gajals of Late Jagjit Singh while awarding the sentence against the appellant. A trial Judge especially a Judge having power to award death sentence must have correct knowledge of legal principles and zeal to its proper application while exercising the most onerous responsibility of taking decision on the life and liberty of person before him. Lack of knowledge of legal principles leads to miscarriage of justice and unnecessary harassment to the parties to the litigation. Bias and prejudices, conjectures and surmises and personal views contrary to the material on the record have no place in the court of law.”Noting that the trial judge needs special training at the judicial academy, Justice Kumar also opined that a copy of the present judgment along with trial court judgment be placed before Hon’ble the Chief Justice for the needful.Title: Deepak Mahto v. State of BiharClick Here To Download JudgementSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News Updates3D Glasses For 3D Movies Should Be Supplied Free Of Cost If Necessary For Better Viewing, Kerala State Consumer Commission Holds Lydia Suzanne Thomas19 April 2021 4:16 AMShare This – xThe Kerala State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ruled that 3D glasses necessary for watching 3D movies in theatres should be made available free of cost.A Bench of President, Justice K Surendra Mohan, Judicial Member TSP Moosath and Expert Members Ranjit R, Beena Kumari and Radhakrishnan KR that allowing theatre owners to extract charges for the rent of 3D Glasses…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ruled that 3D glasses necessary for watching 3D movies in theatres should be made available free of cost.A Bench of President, Justice K Surendra Mohan, Judicial Member TSP Moosath and Expert Members Ranjit R, Beena Kumari and Radhakrishnan KR that allowing theatre owners to extract charges for the rent of 3D Glasses ‘at their whims and fancies’ would only give room for exploitation of consumers. In its Order dated April 9, the Commission underscores that supplying 3D glasses free of cost is imperative, if they are necessary to improve a viewer’s experience. The Bench said, “If 3D glasses are necessary for the better viewing of the 3D movie, it is imperative that the said glasses are supplied free of cost for the use of the viewers. The Commission was hearing an appeal from a 2016 order of the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Thiruvananthapuram. A lawyer, an Advocate Ravi Krishnan had gone to one Remya theatre to watch 3D film, ‘Gravity’, when he noticed that a Rs 30 fee was being collected as rent for 3D glasses, in addition to the Rs. 50 charged on the movie ticket. Though Krishnan requested that he be charged only Rs 50 since he already had 3D glasses with him, the theatre employees insisted on his paying an additional charge of Rs 30 for the 3D glasses as well. Aggrieved, Krishnan approached the District Consumer Forum, contending that the Theatre’s charge of an additional Rs 30 for the 3D glasses amounted to a restrictive trade practice. Remya Theatre’s proprietor asserted that no instance of anyone requesting to view the film without purchasing the spectacles was brought to their notice. Finding his complaint well-founded, the District Forum stated that the theatre may levy an additional charge for renting 3D glasses after giving prior notice and for those people who require the same. Faulting the District Forum order on this count, Krishnan argued that if the theatre was allowed to charge additional fee for the 3D glasses to customers who did not require it, this would enable the theatre to continue with the restrictive trade practice without hindrance. In the meanwhile, the proprietor of Remya Theatre challenged the District Forum order in so far as it ordered the theatre to pay Krishnan a compensation of Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 5,000 as punitive damages, in addition to costs of Rs. 2,000 to Krishnan. While the finding that the compensation and punitive damages granted by the District Forum are justified and reasonable, there was no justification in allowing the theatre to publish a notice charging the sum from consumers who required the glasses, the State Consumer Commission held. “However, the direction of the District Forum that charges for use of the 3D glasses could be extracted from customers who require the glasses and that too after publishing a notice is without any justification, as contended by the complainant. Any such permission to extract additional charges would not be in the interests of the rights of the consumers whose stakes in such matters are very low.” The Commission, while vacating the District Forum’s order, held that the District Forum had rightly found that the 3D glasses provided by Remya Theatre were not of high quality or value. Therefore, extracting an amount of Rs. 30 as rent for such spectacles could only be termed as excessive exploitation. “In the process, the opposite party would have extracted a tidy sum of money, without providing any consequential benefit to the consumer who has availed the use thereof.”, the Commission pointed out. Additionally, the charge for 3D glasses was an infraction of the rights of the consumers, the Commission ruled. On these terms, the proprietor’s appeal was dismissed and the District Forum’s Order was vacated. CASE: The Proprietor, Remya Theatre v. Adv. Ravi Krishnan). COUNSEL: The complainant, Advocate Ravi Krishnan, appeared in-person. Advocate CS Rajmohan represented for the proprietor of the theatre complex.Click here to download the orderNext Story
News UpdatesHOD, Director Of Hospital Ought To Know Nature Of Sickness And Treatment Of Patient: Delhi High Court Nupur Thapliyal9 May 2021 10:06 PMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has held that in the medical field, Head of Department and the Director of a medical institution ought to know the nature of sickness and treatment of the patient keeping in view the welfare of the patient.The observation came from a division bench comprising of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh while dealing with a letter patent appeal filed by one Mehraz Bano who was apprehending that certain confidential information with regard to the medical treatment and the sickness of her minor son undergoing treatment in IHBAS could be shared with persons other than the doctors who were treating him.The appellant assailed a single judge bench order dated 28 April wherein Justice Pratibha Singh had disposed of the mother’s application on the assurance given by Advocate Tushar Sannu, appearing on behalf of IHBAS that apart from the team of treating doctors, consisting of the Head of the Department and the Director, no one else is permitted to access the record of the patient.Before the division bench, it was submitted on behalf of the appellant that as per sec. 5 and 23 of the Mental Health Care Act, 2017 (Right to Confidentiality) and also the Judgment in K.S.Puttaswamy (Retd.) vs. Union of India & Ors.,(2017) 10 SCC 1, the information with regards to medical treatment taken by the patient and the sickness from which the patient is suffering from, should not be shared with anyone else except the doctors of IHBAS who were treating the patient.Analysing the aforesaid submission, the division bench observed thus:”As is clear from a reading of the above provision that an exception has been carved out in the Act itself so that proper care and treatment could be provided to the person with mental illness. In our view also, it ought to be kept in mind that the Head of the Department and the Director of IHBAS ought to know the nature of sickness and the treatment of the patient. This is for the welfare of the patient. It ought to be kept in mind that to ensure whether the treatment is going on in correct direction or not, it has to be monitored by the Head of the Department and the Director of the IHBAS.”Noting that such a consultation of a doctor with HOD or Director in the medical field “is not just for nothing”, the bench went ahead to observe thus:”On the contrary, such consultation may prove helpful in giving treatment of the patient. It is like in the case of lawyer’s argument; whenever, main lawyer is arguing the case, he/she is always taking assistance from the other junior lawyers associated with him/her and vice versa.”Agreeing with the single judge bench order, the Court directed the Director and HOD of IHBAS that the information about the sickness of the patient and the nature of the treatment being undertaken by the patient, shall not be shared with any third party.Click Here To Read OrderTags#Delhi High Court Hod of medical institutions Directors of Medical Institution Right to confidentiality Privacy of paitents Chief Justice DN Patel Justice Jasmeet Singh Next Story
WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Facebook Pinterest Minister Simon Coveney says the date of a border poll should be decided by people in Northern Ireland rather than any head of state.It comes after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he doesn’t believe there will be a vote on Irish unity for a very long time.Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney says that’s not something for political leaders to decide alone………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/copveney7.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Border Poll a matter for people, not politicians – Coveney Harps come back to win in Waterford RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – April 21, 2021 Previous article401 new Covid 19 cases, 31 in DonegalNext articleRescue on Errigal after climber suffers fall News Highland FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th
By News Highland – January 23, 2019 Google+ Pinterest Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Warning that border checks could happen elsewhere Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty The Taoiseach has warned there is a “risk” border checks could be operated in France or the Netherlands instead of in Ireland if there’s a no deal Brexit.In a private meeting with opposition parties last night, Leo Varadkar said the EU could move control of any border away from Ireland and onto the continent.It would remove the need for a hard border with the North but mean Ireland is treated as one bloc along with the UK.Sources at the meeting told the Irish Examiner that should be “avoided at all costs”.Yesterday, an EU spokesperson said a hard Irish border would be needed in the event of a no-deal scenario. Pinterest Facebook Google+ Previous article1,000 bottles donated for Run Donegal Women’s 5KNext articleConcern that some businesses are not ‘Brexit ready’ News Highland Homepage BannerNews Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp
Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic First Fortnight Festival takes place in Letterkenny in New Year Twitter Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Homepage BannerNews Google+ The First Fortnight Festival will take place in Letterkenny in the New Year.The Mental Health Arts and Culture Festival utilises arts and culture to challenge mental health stigma while supporting vulnerable people through creative therapies.The First Fortnight Festival will be launched on January 8th at 8pm at An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny.On the night speakers will include, artists from the exhibition, event leaders, representatives from mental health services and a special guest TBC.Patrick Nwaorkorie, HSE Mental Health Engagement Lead, CHO 1 is encouraging people from all walks of life to attend, to hear from the speakers and see the beautiful and thought provoking pieces of art that often communicate more than words are capable of.Attendees will also hear perspectives on mental health as well as some words from the organisers of the other events in Letterkenny and wider Donegal.People are advised that all events are free of charge but you must register online. Previous articleLeader funding approved for two projects in DonegalNext articleDUP blamed for holding up Stormont compromise deal News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – December 20, 2019 Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp
RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook A Donegal County Councillor is calling on the local authority to end the process of buying houses on the private market, and instead concentrate on building homes.Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig was speaking at this week’s meeting of the Glenties Municipal District, at which members were told that 10 properties had been bought in recent months, with 23 acquisitions in progress.Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig says the council shouldn’t be dependent on the private sector:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/michousing1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Council urged to end process of buying houses on private market By News Highland – September 18, 2019 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleIndustrial action by school secretaries scheduled for FridayNext articleDonegal youth councillors support HPV vaccination programme News Highland Twitter WhatsApp
Google+ Facebook Man due in court over shooting incident in Glenties By News Highland – February 24, 2020 Facebook Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Previous articleBoy (11) dies after being knocked down near BuncranaNext articleHeavy snow causes major travel disruption in Donegal News Highland A man in his early 20s arrested after shots were fired at Gardaí in Glenties over the weekend is due in court later this morning.Two other men arrested in connection with the attack in the early hours of Saturday morning have been released without charge.Officers who came to investigate reports of shots being fired at Mill Road after midnight on Friday discovered a man there armed with a rifle.Then they were fired on — with the gunfire causing damage to a patrol car.A man in his twenties was arrested by armed officers.They seized a rifle, ammunition and a hunting knife.Then in a follow-up search at a house on Glenties Main Street, two other men in their twenties and forties were arrested.They were released without charge on Sunday, but the first man arrested is due before Donegal District Court later this morning. Google+ Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
Pinterest Previous articleDáil to stop business to applaud healthcare workersNext articleIrish Blood Transfusion Service urging people to donate blood News Highland FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – March 26, 2020 Students at Letterkenny Institute of Technology have been told they will have no written exams at the end of this college year.The move comes after the government announced an extension of the closure of schools and colleges until April 19 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.The closure announcement means that the LYIT will remain closed to students until April 19.President Paul Hannigan says a number of alternative measures are currently being explored:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/hannsdfsdfsdigan1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Google+ Pinterest Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th LYIT rule out written exams for end of academic year
Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ By News Highland – October 19, 2020 Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Previous articleRoyal Mail urged to put contingency plans in place for DerryNext articleAn Post to allow free postage to and from nursing homes News Highland Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th New nationwide Covid restrictions announced this evening New nationwide COVID restrictions will be announced by the government this evening.Cabinet Ministers are expected to sign off on a plan that will merge aspects of level four and five of the current roadmap.Meetings continued through the day yesterday assessing what the impact of enhanced restrictions will be on the country.Inside government buildings they have been calculating how many people are likely to lose their jobs because of measures that will see most non-essential retail close.Details of a second ban on evictions to last the duration of these restrictions were also being worked on.The government is unlikely to accept the NPHET recommendation of level five for six weeks – instead implementing a level four plus for three or four weeks.But a review at the end of that time means in practice it could be longer.The government is examining social bubbles that would allow people to visit close family, provide care or check in with lonely and vulnerable people.It’s likely pubs and restaurants will move to takeaway only with further travel restrictions also being considered.Schools are expected to stay open with the importance of education being stressed this weekend along with needed supports for mental health and the risk of a further increase in domestic violence rates caused by another lockdown.Ministers have also been discussing how to keep non-COVID healthcare functioning.This morning a team of senior Ministers will meet again to finalise their opinion before presenting a plan to the full cabinet.The full system of further restrictions will then be announced this evening. Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp
Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleCalls on HSE to issue directive for voluntary groups on Covid-19Next articleInvestigation continuing into suspected arson attack in Castlederg News Highland WhatsApp Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Homepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – March 9, 2020 Letterkenny Gardai report high number of weekend offences Gardai in Letterkenny say that a new mobility app is helping them in detecting offences locally.They have also confirmed that a significant number of different offences happened in the town over the course of the weekend.Letterkenny Roads Policing Unit detected a number of offences over the weekend including one driver testing positive for cocaine.With the help of the new mobility app they detected a vehicle that has had no tax for two and a half years and no valid nct. This vehicle was also not insured.The mobility app also helped in the detection of a driver who was driving whilst disqualified and they now face charges of driving without a driving licence and no insurance.On Friday night, Gardai in Letterkenny arrested one person for drink driving and another for driving under the influence of drugsCourt appearances will follow in all these cases. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook
Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows More seating sought for ‘hilly’ Letterkenny Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest Twitter Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest By News Highland – September 16, 2020 Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Previous articleNew Covid-19 safety checks to take place at schoolsNext articleIrish Water comes under fire over no plans for south Inishowen News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp It’s been suggested that businesses and families in and around Letterkenny could sponsor more seating around the town. There’s been a big increase in the number of people out walking in recent months and it’s thought that more benches at various locations would be beneficial to the community.De Valera Road and the Neil T. Blaney route have been highlighted as areas which are in need of extra seating.Donegal County Council has agreed to examine the idea further.Local Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh says the big success of roundabout sponsorship in Letterkenny proves that this would be a worthwhile initiative:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/jimmyseats.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
WhatsApp Previous articlePeople’s behaviour is why Donegal is on Level 4, says GPNext articlePayment concerns as thousands of jobs to go in Donegal tonight News Highland Twitter Surgery cancellations at LUH as Covid escalation plan implemented By News Highland – October 15, 2020 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA The General Manager of Letterkenny University Hospital says they are seeing a steady increase of Covid patients at the hospital and measures are being taken to ensure that ICU is adequately staffed and operational. Escalation plans have been implemented at the hospital and in order to sustain that, staff will be have to be sourced from other departments.This means some elective surgery at the hospital is being deferred.Latest data shows that there are currently 16 people with Covid-19 being treated at Letterkenny University Hospital – two of them being treated in ICU.Manager Shaun Murphy spoke on today’s Nine Til Noon Show:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/murphyhospital1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications
Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Gardai in Donegal seized a total of 8 cars over the weekend.The cars were seized during an operation as part of Road Policing at the Clonmany Festival.The vehicles were seized for road traffic offences including no insurance, NCT or tax. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – August 14, 2017 Pinterest Twitter Previous articleTwo men arrested in Omagh in connection with suspected terrorism offencesNext articleThe Countdown is on to the Gartan Swim Challenge this Saturday News Highland WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Gardai seize number of cars during operation at Clonmany Festival Google+ Twitter Google+
iStock/Thinkstock(CLINTON, Mo.) — A Clinton, Missouri, police officer who was gunned down Tuesday night had returned to that department after another officer there died in the line of duty last year, authorities said Wednesday.Two other police officers were injured but survived the Tuesday night shooting in Clinton, about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City.The officers were shot at about 9:30 p.m. when they entered a home after receiving a 911 call in which two women were screaming in the background, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.After responding, the officers were fired at from inside the home and chose to go inside to “apprehend the suspect,” police said. The officers were struck by gunfire inside, with one dying on the scene.By 12:30 a.m., authorities said, officers had entered the residence and found the suspect — 37-year-old James Waters — dead.Officials were still investigating whether the suspect was shot by police or killed himself, Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said. No one else was injured.“We’re still piecing everything together,” Lowe said. “We’re way early in the investigation.”The two injured officers are being treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.The officer killed Tuesday was identified as 30-year-old Christopher Ryan Morton.Morton’s death was seven months to the day after a fellow Clinton police officer, Gary Michael, was shot dead, ABC Kansas City affiliate KMBC-TV reported.Michael was killed after pulling over a driver for a traffic violation in August, KMBC reported.Morton had worked for the Clinton Police Department before Michael’s death and returned to the department after he had died, Lowe said.“It’s hard to put into words what you go through when you have an officer killed in the line of duty, and then to have it happen to a department after a short period of time; that’s hard to wrap your head around,” Lowe said. “I do know the Clinton Police Department is a well-respected police department — not only in this area but around this area — and they’re going to forge on. They’ll need help along the way. We’re all saddened by this tragic event.”Ian McCarthy has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Michael. He has pleaded not guilty.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) — Authorities are investigating after a 7-year-old boy drowned in a pool at a water park in Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon.Local ABC affiliate WRTV reported the accident happened at about 2:30 p.m. at Indy Island Aquatic Center. The boy was underwater in the 6-foot-deep pool for 60 to 90 seconds, fire officials said.Witnesses said the boy may have suffered a medical emergency that caused him to go underwater, WRTV reported.“It may have been a medical issue that occurred prior to the boy going under the water or while he was in the water that caused him to go under,” Indiana Fire Department Battalion Chief Rita Reith told WRTV.There were five lifeguards and two supervisors on duty at the time of the accident, officials said. One lifeguard did pull the boy out of the pool and start CPR.“From what we understand, there was another child near him that tried to bring him up and out of the pool for help,” Reith said, adding that they “could not do that and yelled for help.”The boy was taken by ambulance to Riley Hospital for Children and later died.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Bernalillo County Sheriffs Department(BERNALILLO, N.M.) — Police in New Mexico are hunting for an inmate charged with attempted murder after they accidentally drove him to downtown Albuquerque and dropped him off for release.The Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, released a statement early Sunday asking for the public’s help in relocating Duwin Perez-Cordova.Perez-Cordova, 27, was charged with eight crimes in December 2017, many of which are violent, including attempted murder, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, shooting at an occupied building, aggravated battery, receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, trafficking controlled substances, racketeering and conspiracy.He had been held in custody until Sunday, when an MDC official mistakenly drove to 4th Street and Roma Avenue, just two blocks from an elementary school, and dropped off the suspect. He was last seen in that area, according to officials.The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department has been notified, the detention center said, and Perez-Cordova is now wanted on an active felony warrant for escape from custody.Prison officials had no explanation for the release, saying they were focused on detaining him first.“An internal investigation by MDC officials is underway to determine how this happened, but the current focus is apprehending Perez-Cordova,” Metropolitan Detention Center said in a statement.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
tfoxfoto/Thinkstock(BEEKMANTOWN, N.Y.) — Two people were killed when their helicopter hit a set of power lines and exploded in flames in far northern New York on Tuesday afternoon. Miraculously, two other men in the helicopter who jumped to the ground managed to survive.The accident took place at about 4:16 p.m. in Beekmantown, New York, which is about 30 minutes south of the Canadian border.Video showed the helicopter engulfed in flames and falling from power lines.According to the Plattsburgh Press Republican, all four men in the helicopter jumped to the ground. Two of the men were taken to the hospital, treated and released.It is not clear what caused the accident, but Catalyst Aviation, which owned the aircraft, provides equipment and personnel for power-line inspections.“The helicopter at the time of the incident was working on the power lines or the structure that supports them, and at some point something catastrophic happened that caused the aircraft to crash; that’s not been determined yet what really the cause was,” Clinton County Emergency Manager Eric Day told Burlington, Vermont, ABC News affiliate WVNY-TV.The accident took place near a large field and no one was injured on the ground.“I saw something off in the distance kind of smoking, [and] thought maybe it was a transformer that had blown up or something, but as I kept coming up on it I saw bigger flames and as I got closer I could tell it was something else but you could see people down in the field doing CPR and the victims and everything,” eyewitness Heather Porter told WVNY.The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
D-Keine/iStock(ENNIS, Texas) — A body discovered in a creek bed Monday may be a Texas mother who mysteriously vanished over two weeks ago, police said.Emily Wade, 38, who lives with her mother and 7-year-old daughter, was last seen leaving her home on Jan. 5, her mother said, according to police in the town of Ennis.On Monday morning, search volunteers found a woman’s dead body in a creek bed, Ennis police said, adding that the body matches the description of Wade.The creek bed was known to be flooding on the night Wade went missing, police said.Last week, as the search for Wade intensified, Ennis Police Lt. Mike Hopson told ABC News there was no indication of foul play, and he didn’t think Wade ran away.The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office will make an identification and determine cause of death, police said.Wade’s car hasn’t been found, police told ABC Dallas affiliate WFAA.“The Ennis Police Department would like to share our appreciation for all of the volunteers and assisting agencies that have spent countless hours over the past two weeks searching for Emily Wade,” the police department said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Emily Wade.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — More rain is on the way for the West Coast after weekend storms caused flash flooding and mudslides in Southern California, wiping out roadways.The large storm brought heavy rain, high winds and very heavy mountain snow to California on Saturday. A series of storms is set to bring further impacts to the region over the next few days.Multiple systems will bring more rounds of unsettled weather to the western U.S. through Tuesday.Winter storm warnings, watches and advisories, as well as flood and wind alerts, are in effect for much of the western U.S. through the next few days.Another system will slide south and east toward California on Sunday and bring multiple rounds of rain to the California coastline. However, rain will become more widespread by Monday as the storm comes ashore and heavy rain will fall once again in Southern California.About 1 to 2 inches more rain will fall along the Southern California coastline through Tuesday, with the majority of that coming in Monday’s storm. Locally, 7 to 10 feet of snow accumulation is expected in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Snow will also move into the southern Cascades and northern Rockies, with 1 to 2 feet of fresh snow expected locally.Even though the additional rain won’t be as heavy as Saturday, the precipitation in Southern California is saturated, and additional flash flooding, mudslides and debris flow will be expected over the next couple of days.The rainy weather on Saturday caused flooding in Malibu, where an excavator was rescued after a sinkhole that developed on Yerba Buena Road swallowed the heavy machinery, making the street impassable north of Yellow Hill, according to ABC Los Angeles Station KABC-TV.xFlooding also occurred on the Los Angeles River in Glendale, with raging waters flowing down the Pacific Coast Highway, as did damaging winds, with gusts of up to 76 mph measured at Point Conception.Members of the San Bernandino County Sheriff’s Office had to rescue an elderly man trapped in his car as water rushed around him in the Yucca Valley, video posted to the sheriff’s office Instagram shows. The man was experiencing hypothermia but was otherwise OK, authorities said.At Mammoth Mountain, nearly 18 inches of fresh snow fell, and a possible tornado was reported in Acton.The rain came at a particularly intense rate, with 0.23 inches of rain in 10 minutes reported in Beverly Hills, 0.31 inches of rain in Malibu in just five minutes, and a half an inch of rain in five minutes in Santa Barbara.Farther north, colder air and snow will be moving into the Northwest as well. There is a possibility of some lowland snow in Seattle from Sunday night into Monday morning. Even though accumulations will be light, it could make for a problematic morning commute. That storm will also move inland on Monday, however, it is expected to be less intense than the previous two storms.Mild weather expanding in MidwestA major warm up is underway in the Midwest after the region dealt with a brutal cold blast early this week. Lone Rock, Wisconsin, which was minus 39 on Thursday, reached 41 degrees on Saturday. That is an 80-degree warm up in 57 hours.Mild air will keep expanding throughout the central U.S. Sunday, with temperatures reaching nearly 40 degrees in Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. Temperatures will reach almost 70 from Oklahoma City to Little Rock, Arkansas — nearly 20 degrees above average. Temperatures are in the low 60s to mid-50s from St. Louis to Roanoke, Virginia, about 10 to 15 degrees above average.Some of this mild air will slide east on Monday, with another mild day from Oklahoma City to Detroit. Chicago will start the day in the 40s, but the passing of a cold front will bring the temperature back down into the 30s, which is seasonable for this time of the year.When the milder air reaches the East Coast it will be accompanied by a mix of clouds and sun for the major Northeast cities. The latest forecast guidance shows temperatures will be approaching the 60s by Tuesday, with sun and clouds from Washington, D.C., to Boston.The combination of sunshine and temperatures nearly 20 degrees above average is relatively atypical in this region of the country in February. Additionally, it will likely be the nicest and most comfortable weather this region has seen in months.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection(LOS ANGELES) — A joint drug bust between Australian and U.S. authorities in mid-January resulted in a record 1.7 tons of methamphetamine being seized at Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.Customs and Border Protection announced the seizure of the three containers on Thursday, which were intended to be shipped to Australia before being searched on Jan. 11. The containers were filled with speakers “artfully” stuffed with the drugs.In addition to the 3,810 pounds of meth, the shipment also contained 55.9 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin. Australian officials said the total street value of the haul was $1.29 billion.“There’s no question that the criminal organization behind this scheme has been dealt a significant blow,” Joseph Macias, special agent-in-charge for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, said in a statement. “Along with our law enforcement partners here and around the world, we continue in a day-to-day battle against the blight of methamphetamine that continues to devastate our communities. Through a collaborative effort — pooling our information, resources and expertise — we are keeping this dangerous contraband from reaching our streets and potentially saving lives.”The bust was the largest amount of methamphetamine ever seized in the United States, according to police.Authorities said six people have been arrested in the scheme — two Americans and four Australians. The Americans were identified by Australian police as a 52-year-old man and 46-year-old woman living in Woodstock, Victoria.Australian Federal Police evidently found the seizure to be worthy of memorializing via pun. They asked commenters on their Facebook page to, “Help us celebrate and post your best ice puns below.”The bust is the third major seizure announced by U.S. authorities in a matter of weeks.CBP announced the largest-ever fentanyl bust on Jan. 31. Authorities seized 254 pounds of fentanyl, a powerful opioid, worth about $3.5 million at the Nogales Port of Entry in Arizona.Just two days later, the Maricopa, Arizona, County Sheriff’s Office announced they had seized 3,500 pounds of marijuana and over 220 pounds of meth near Gila Bend when two trucks swerved around a border patrol check and tried to elude authorities in a desert chase. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The first mob boss murder in New York in 30 years may have nothing to do with the mob, multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News.“We believe we have the shooter in custody,” said NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea at a press conference on Saturday where he named 24-year-old Anthony Comello as a suspect accused of the shooting death of Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali.Comello, of Staten Island, with residences elsewhere, has not been formally arrested, but was taken into custody by police and the FBI’s organized crime squad in Brick, New Jersey. The police have secured an arrest warrant and the Staten Island District Attorney’s Office will be working on extraditing Comello to face the charges.Comello has had “multiple discussions” with detectives since he was taken into custody 12 hours ago.The alleged gunman made conflicting statements to police on Saturday, which has changed the motive to the fatal shooting.Officials initially believed the killing was related to Cali’s alleged mob ties.Sources now believe the suspect was dating one of the reputed mob boss’ female relatives and at some point Cali told the suspect to stop seeing her — sparking a conflict.Comello has retained an attorney and the police’s questioning seized, Shea said.Cali, who was allegedly the Gambino family boss, was gunned down in front of his Staten Island home on Wednesday night, reigniting focus on the mob for the first time in years.Cali’s killing was captured on grainy surveillance video, which shows the suspect drive up to the home in a blue pickup truck, come to a stop, then suddenly reverse. The pickup truck then crashes into Cali’s parked Cadillac SUV, multiple police sources told ABC News.The force of the impact knocked the license plates off the SUV, sources added.Cali then came outside and talked to the shooter, police sources said. The two men shook hands, and then Cali turned his back to put the license plate inside the SUV.Police are still investigating whether the accident in front of Cali’s house that preceded the shooting was a “ploy” to lure Cali outside.That’s when the man pulled out a 9mm handgun and fired six bullets into Cali, police officials said.Detectives discovered a fingerprint on Cali’s SUV and the suspect was tracked by his phone, sources said.Shea confirmed forensic teams recovered fingerprints from Cali’s SUV.The pickup truck eyewitnesses saw at the scene was with him when cops and FBI agents found him, sources said.A witness told police he saw an individual run toward the driver’s side of the blue pickup truck while simultaneously keeping one hand near his waistband, a source told ABC News.Comello, according to Shea, has “crossed paths with the NYPD in limited circumstances” through his driving record. “On the day of the incident his car received a parking summons,” Shea said.The gun believed to have been using in the killing has not been found.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
TriggerPhoto/iStock(NEW YORK) — A Florida woman pulled a small alligator out of her pants during a traffic stop Monday morning, authorities said.The unidentified woman showed an officer the reptile when asked, “Do you have anything else?” She also had 41 three-striped turtles in her vehicle, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called to the scene and has taken over the investigation.A spokesperson for the state agency did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Tuesday morning.Florida is home to more than a million gators, and the animals are protected under state law. It is illegal to kill, injure, capture or posses alligators without a permit.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Facebook/Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department(LOS ANGELES) — Authorities are searching for a missing Colorado woman who vanished during a visit to California.Police said Jennifer Michelle Lorber, 30, disappeared after arriving in Los Angeles from Colorado on Thursday. Officers said they found her rental car near the Pacific Coast Highway around 1 a.m. Sunday, but there was no sign of her.Witnesses said they saw her at a motel not far from where the car was found. Her family said she suffers from depression and last had contact with her around 11 p.m. Thursday.“Lorber suffers from depression and her family is concerned for her wellbeing,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “Any information please contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, Missing Person Detail.”The department described Lorber as 5 feet, 1 inch tall, about 100 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes.Anyone with information is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
WFTS (CLEARWATER, Fla.) — A Lightning struck at a Florida beach on Sunday, leaving eight people injured, police said.The victims were struck at Clearwater Beach near Tampa on Sunday afternoon, according to the Clearwater Police Department.The department said one person was hit by the strike directly and rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Another person was treated for burns and three others were hospitalized as a precaution.At least three others were injured, but refused treatment at the scene. Lightning was also blamed for at least three fires in the area on Saturday.The Clearwater Fire and Rescue said it’s common for people to stay on the beach to watch the storms pass, but it’s dangerous.“Beachgoers should take cover and go to a safe place when lightning and thunder are present. As a reminder, Clearwater Fire and Rescue uses the phrase: when you hear the roar, go indoor,” the fire department told ABC affiliate WFTS-TV.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock(NEW YORK) — A submarine in the Pacific Ocean was found with over 12,000 pounds of cocaine worth over $165 million dollars, officials said.The vessel was intercepted by officials with the U.S. Coast Guard, who arrested four suspected drug smugglers, the Coast Guard said in a statement announcing the apprehension.Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant, along with members of the Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team, launched two small boats to board the 40-foot self-propelled semi-submersible ship on Sept. 5.Officials recovered 1,100 pounds of cocaine which was offloaded to the Valiant during operations, the Coast Guard said. The remaining cocaine could not be safely extracted because the submarine was unstable.“There are no words to describe the feeling Valiant crew is experiencing right now,” said Cmdr. Matthew Waldron, the ship’s commanding officer, in the statement.The drug bust is one of several the U.S. Coast Guard has made this month.The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca offloaded more than 12,000 pounds of cocaine on Sept. 20 in Miami.Two other Coast Guard vessels, the Tahoma and the Midgett, were responsible for seizing over 9,000 pounds of the drug earlier this month.“These down range counter-drug operations are a vital component to the Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security’s mission and our national security,” commander of the Seneca, John Christensen, said in a statement.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC News(DENVER, Colorado) — As the trial of a Colorado man accused of killing his fiancee came to a close, prosecutors Monday described the case as a “deliberate, premeditated, cold and cruel murder.”Patrick Frazee is accused of attacking his fiancee Kelsey Berreth with a baseball bat at her Woodland Park, Colorado, home on Nov. 22, 2018 — which was Thanksgiving — while the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee, sat in a playpen in a back room.Prosecutors allege Frazee then put Berreth’s body in a black plastic tote and burned it on his property.His defense attorneys, who did not call any witnesses, stress that a body and a murder weapon have never been recovered.‘Only one person knows why’In closing arguments on Monday, prosecutors said Frazee knew Berreth, 29, was dead because he never attempted to contact her after Nov. 25, 2018.Prosecutor Beth Reid also reminded the jury that Frazee was captured on a neighbor’s surveillance camera outside Berreth’s condo at the same time he claimed he was 40 miles away tending to his cattle.Reid showed the jury security camera photos that captured Frazee’s red pickup truck driving in Woodland Park on Thanksgiving with a large black tote box in the back.“Her beaten and battered body is in that box, which he keeps on the back of the truck while he eats Thanksgiving dinner,” said Reid.Reid told jurors that they did not need to agree on Frazee’s alleged motive in order to convict him of murder.“The reality is,” Reid told the jurors, “only one person knows why.”Ex-girlfriend takes the standFrazee’s ex-girlfriend Krystal Lee was a star witness for the prosecution, and testified that Frazee called her to come to Berreth’s house to clean up the bloody aftermath.Lee told jurors that Frazee admitted to tying a blindfold around Berreth’s head and asked her to guess the scent of candles before beating her to death with a baseball bat.“I saw blood all over the floor and blood all over the wall,” she testified. “There was blood on the front of the stove and the dishwasher, and on the floor there were bloody footprints.”Lee, who has admitted to disposing of Berreth’s phone, has pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence. Records showed Berreth’s phone traveled with Lee’s phone to Idaho where Lee says she destroyed it. She is awaiting sentencing once Frazee’s case concludes.Notes to an inmateLast Friday, an inmate testified that Frazee recently asked him to use his connections to a prison gang to kill several witnesses in the case, including Lee.The inmate says he and Frazee were in jail together from Sept. 26 to Oct. 12, 2019.“He would pass me notes if his information was too sensitive,” the inmate said, claiming Frazee told him he’d take care of him financially when he got out.In court, a state investigator read from a number of those notes, which were written on paper towels and napkins. The notes, the investigator testified, contained hit lists, along with detailed instructions on where to find the witnesses. The list included Lee, her parents and her ex-husband.“They all need to disappear, unseen until 11/22 after the trial,” said a note, which the investigator testified appeared to be in Frazee’s handwriting. “I’d really like to see Krystal with a bullet in her head.”‘Patrick Frazee is not guilty’Defense attorney Adam Steigerwald questioned the credibility of Lee and the evidence, saying in his closing argument Monday, “This case has been built on a foundation it cannot support. Patrick Frazee is not guilty.”Steigerwald argued that the case against Frazee is circumstantial and based on a story “made up” by Lee, adding she didn’t cooperate with investigators until the district attorney agreed to a deal to not prosecute her for more serious crimes.“There is not one word from Krystal Lee until she has a signature on the dotted line,” Steigerwald said. “There is nothing she talked about that is believable.”Steigerwald also pointed out that neither Frazee nor Lee’s DNA were detected anywhere in Berreth’s condo, despite the prosecution theory that her condo was where Frazee killed Berreth and where Lee cleaned up the aftermath.Steigerwald also attacked evidence provided by a neighbor’s security camera, saying it did not show Frazee going onto Berreth’s home — or coming out — carrying a baseball bat or a tote. In addition, Steigerwald said none of Berreth’s neighbors heard or saw anything suspicious on Thanksgiving, which Steigerwald called an unlikely day to plan a murder.“Is there a day of the year when people are less likely to be alone? To be missed? To speak to your family than Thanksgiving Day?” Steigerwald asked the jury.Frazee was arrested in December 2018 on charges including first-degree murder. Judge Scott Sells told the jury they can also consider finding Frazee guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
rpbirdman/iStockBy ELLA TORRES, ABC News(BLACKSBURG, Va.) — Americans won’t be the only ones emerging from their isolation this summer; so too will millions of insects that have been underAmericans won’t be the only ones emerging from their isolation this summer; so too will millions of insects that have been underground for nearly two decades.A species of cicadas will buzz around in southwest Virginia, parts of North Carolina and West Virginia for the first time in 17 years, with as many as 1.5 million cicadas emerging per acre, according to entomologists at Virginia Tech.“Communities and farms with large numbers of cicadas emerging at once may have a substantial noise issue,” Eric Day, an entomologist in Virginia Tech’s Department of Entomology, said in a statement. “Hopefully, any annoyance at the disturbance is tempered by just how infrequent — and amazing — this event is.”The cicadas that will emerge are part of the Brood IX species. They have spent most of their lives living in the soil and feeding on tree boots underground.The transition from “nymphs” to mature adults living outdoors is synchronized based on the year and temperature of the soil. The timing of the cycle, which can be either 13 years or 17 years, remains a mystery to scientists.Research suggests that the length of the brood cycle could be attributed to avoiding predators because when the cicadas emerge, the amount of biomass they provide could serve as a food source for potential predators. Because of this, one theory is that they evolve to avoid synching up with predator cycles.The cicadas are not harmful to humans and do not pose a danger to plants through feeding. The cicadas, however, can cause damage to plants through their egg-laying habits.Adult female cicadas implant their eggs onto branches or vines, causing them to either split and wither in a process called “flagging.” If it happens too many times, the plants can have their growth stunted or be killed altogether.The noises that cicadas produce are mating calls from the males who are attempting to attract females. It could be an annoyance to some, considering it is described as an “alien-like wail,” according to Virginia Tech.Most cicadas only have four to six weeks of activity before they die.“This insect is really fascinating, and if you don’t have fruit trees or grapevines to protect, you can enjoy this phenomenon while it lasts,” Doug Pfeiffer, a professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Entomology, said.A separate species of cicadas emerge every year. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MATT GUTMAN and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles County has more cases of coronavirus than any other county in the U.S. as of Wednesday morning.LA has over 88,500 residents diagnosed with COVID-19, followed by 87,700 cases in Cook County, Illinois, and 64,000 cases in Queens in New York City.For comparison, the entire state of Florida has 109,000 cases as of Wednesday morning — even with its highest one-day increase of 5,500.LA County has about 10 million residents while Florida’s population stands at roughly 21.4 million.In LA County’s fight against the virus, Los Angeles International Airport is implementing thermal camera technology and city officials are bringing mobile testing to about 25,000 people at 15 Los Angeles public housing developments.LA County is continuing to reopen by phases. Among the open facilities are: bars, wineries, public pools, beaches and piers, day camps, gyms and museums.Concert venues, nightclubs, youth sports leagues and movie theaters are among the businesses still closed.On Monday, the director of LA County’s Department of Public Health, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, revealed that she’s received death threats due to the pandemic.Ferrer said she was holding a COVID-19 briefing on Facebook Live in May “when someone very casually suggested that I should be shot.”“I didn’t immediately see the message, but my husband did, my children did, and so did my colleagues,” Ferrer said in a statement.“One reason I handle these briefings myself is to shield the extraordinary team at L.A. County Public Health from these attacks which have been going on, via emails, public postings, and letters — since March,” she continued. “It is deeply worrisome to imagine that our hardworking infectious disease physicians, nurses, epidemiologists and environmental health specialists or any of our other team members would have to face this level of hatred.”“Our job and our calling is to keep as many people as safe as possible during this pandemic,” Ferrer said. “While frustration boils over in our communities as people are done with this virus, this virus is not done with us.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
batuhan toker/iStockBy MATTHEW FUHRMAN and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Temperatures in one part of Los Angeles County surged to 121 degrees Sunday, the highest reading ever recorded in that county, as the West Coast grapples with a dangerous heat wave.The National Weather Service said the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Woodland Hills recorded a temperature of 121 degrees, two degrees higher than the previous record set in 2006.California, Nevada and Arizona are in the midst of an excessive heat watch during Labor Day weekend, and the weather is causing air quality issues and strains on power lines.“The temperature at Woodland Hills may yet go up additionally, and many other records around the region will be broken today,” the NWS said in its report.In August, California’s heat and thunderstorms led to widespread wildfires that affected several parts of the state.Several wildfires have erupted this weekend and trapped some residents who live near the woodland areas.Environmentalists have warned that climate change will make these heat waves longer and more severe.Elsewhere in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday issued an emergency proclamation for the counties of Fresno, Madera and Mariposa due to the Creek Fire; for San Bernardino County due to the El Dorado Fire; and for San Diego County due to the Valley Fire.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Kuzma/iStockBy JAMES HILL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A federal magistrate judge overseeing the only active civil lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell and the estate of sex-offender Jeffery Epstein has ordered a temporary hold on the case until Maxwell’s criminal case is complete, finding that Maxwell’s right to a fair trial outweighed the alleged victim’s pursuit of a timely resolution of her claims.“Should discovery in the civil action proceed, Maxwell would be forced to decide whether to defend herself by making pretrial disclosures and giving deposition testimony … or to invoke her 5th Amendment privilege against self- incrimination,” wrote U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman in her order this week. “This legitimate concern, made more real and immediate by the active posture of [the] criminal case, militates in favor of a stay.”Federal prosecutors had asked Freeman earlier this month to halt proceedings in the lawsuit, which was filed in January by an alleged child sex-abuse victim against Maxwell and Epstein’s estate. Prosecutors told the judge that there is a “significant risk” that proceeding with the case “would adversely affect the ongoing criminal prosecution against Maxwell.”In a letter from Audrey Strauss, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, prosecutors asserted that there is a “factual overlap between the civil and criminal cases” that could result in premature disclosure of evidence and testimony from witnesses who may be called upon in both cases.“Such witnesses may be forced to testify about any efforts to assist the criminal investigation and prosecution, and may thereby expose facts about the investigation … and could potentially expose witnesses and/or their families to harassment,” the government’s letter states. “Moreover, permitting any discovery to proceed in this lawsuit would enable Maxwell to seek a preview of trial testimony in the criminal case, and would afford her with a broader array of discovery than she is entitled to in the criminal case.”The civil lawsuit, filed under the pseudonym Jane Doe, contains allegations that are substantially similar to those contained in the criminal indictment against Maxwell, who allegedly groomed three minor girls to be abused by Epstein between 1994 and 1997 and, in some instances, participated in the abuse herself, according to prosecutors. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has denied the allegations in the civil suit.In its letter to the court, the government declined to address speculation Maxwell’s attorneys have raised in court filings that Doe is one of the alleged victims identified in the criminal case. Doe’s attorneys have declined to comment on the apparent parallels to the criminal case.By advocating for a stay in the civil case, the government found itself, in this instance, aligned with Maxwell and the co-executors of Epstein’s estate, who had been arguing for months that the case should be placed on hold while criminal investigations of Epstein’s alleged co-conspirators remain open.“Absent a stay, Ms. Maxwell will be forced to choose between her constitutional right to remain silent and her active and vigorous participation in defending against and refuting [Doe’s] false claims in this case,” wrote Maxwell’s lawyer, Laura Menninger, in a letter to the court earlier this month.Doe’s lawyers had opposed those efforts, arguing in court filings that a stay would “simply delay long overdue justice.”“[Doe] is seeking to hold defendant Maxwell accountable for the heinous and sick sexual acts she committed against [her] over the course of several years while [she] was just a child,” wrote her lawyer, Robert Glassman of Panish, Shea & Boyle, LLP in a letter to the court. “[She] is best served by pressing forward with her claims — not waiting even longer for justice.”Of more than 30 women who brought legal claims against Epstein’s estate following his death last year, Doe was the only accuser who had declined to voluntarily put her lawsuit on hold to pursue an alternative resolution via the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Fund, a non-adversarial program established by the estate that began evaluating claims in June.Doe alleges in her complaint that she was first approached at age 13 by Epstein and Maxwell in 1994 at a summer camp at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and that a months-long grooming process by Epstein and Maxwell continued after she returned home to Florida.Doe, now 40, alleges that the sexual abuse by Epstein escalated over the next few years as Epstein and Maxwell asserted control over her life. She claims she was sexually abused at Epstein’s homes in Florida, New York and his ranch in New Mexico, and that she would often travel to those locations with Epstein and Maxwell on one of Epstein’s private jets.“Epstein’s system of abuse was facilitated in large part by his co-conspirator and accomplice, Maxwell, who helped supply him with a steady stream of young and vulnerable girls,” the complaint said. “During Doe’s time in New York, Maxwell also regularly facilitated Epstein’s abuse of Doe and was frequently present when it occurred.”Maxwell formally requested a stay in Doe’s case last month, arguing that Doe had failed to articulate a “cogent reason” for wanting to press ahead with her lawsuit while the criminal case is ongoing and while Doe can choose to present her claims to the estate’s compensation fund.“If it is money she seeks, she can pursue it in the claims program,” Menninger wrote in a letter to the court last week. “If it is ‘justice’ she seeks, the criminal case will resolve those issues one way or the other.”Doe’s lawyers countered that a stay of the case would deprive her and the public with an opportunity to learn long-hidden information about Epstein’s alleged criminal sex-trafficking operation, and Maxwell’s alleged role in it.“The continuation of this last remaining civil avenue can furnish the public with critical information as to defendant Maxwell’s well-known criminal enterprise, how it was operated and all those involved. A stay of the civil proceedings would provide what defendant Maxwell has sought for years — concealing her heinous acts from public view,” Glassman wrote to the court last month.Judge Freeman was unpersuaded, determining that the public interest is best served by “protecting the integrity of criminal proceedings.”“Overall, and despite [Doe’s] assertion that a stay would work to her disadvantage, this Court finds that any generalized prejudice that she would suffer as the result of a stay is not sufficient to counterbalance the other factors that the Court should consider, which all heavily favor a stay,” Freeman wrote.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBy ALLIE YANG, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Less than 24 hours after Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the FDA, Operation Warp Speed’s chief operating officer Gen. Gus Perna said the second vaccine to be approved in the U.S. is being packed and loaded and will be ready to be administered to patients Sunday.Perna said Saturday that amid snowstorms and the holiday shipping rush, 2.9 million doses of the previously-approved Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered over the last week across the country, to every state.He expects in the coming week, with both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines going out for distribution, there will be 7.9 million doses delivered across 3,700-plus locations, including hospitals, doctor offices and pharmacies.In addition to private companies like Pfizer, Moderna, FedEx and UPS, the OWS collaboration includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and the Department of Defense.Perna says he feels “confident” about their goal of processing 20 million vaccines by the end of December and finishing distribution across the U.S. by the first week of January.Perna also addressed allegations that vaccine doses were cut, explaining he took complete personal responsibility in approving a larger number of vaccines that were actually releasable, in part because of the FDA’s rigorous checks for safety, as well as a non-stop production line from manufacturing to processing to distribution.He said he has spoken to governors from several states to personally apologize for the error.“At the end of the day, this is all about enabling the governors and the states to ensure that their people receive the vaccine in a fair and equitable process — and that when they receive it, they can have confidence that the vaccine is safe and ready to be administered in their arms,” Perna said.On Friday, a board of independent advisers overwhelmingly voted to recommend the Moderna vaccine for people over the age of 18. Shortly after, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the vaccine, triggering the shipping of 5.9 million doses.The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are similar in several ways, including using messenger RNA technology, and both have been shown to be more than 94% effective in protecting against COVID-19 across race, gender and underlying medical conditions.Side effects for both vaccines have been shown to be mild and temporary, including symptoms of pain at the injection site, headache, fever, fatigue, chills and muscle and joint pain.The two vaccines have subtle differences, but it will be ultimately unlikely Americans will be able to choose which shot they get as it will depend on which is available in their area.The two differ in part because Moderna’s vaccine can be kept in a conventional freezer at minus 4 degrees, while Pfizer’s requires a special freezer to maintain a minus 94 degree environment.While they both have two-dose timelines, Moderna’s is slightly longer at a 28-day schedule between shots, and Pfizer’s is 21 days.The companies’ vaccines are also authorized for slightly different age groups. Pfizer’s vaccine is authorized for people 16 years old and up, while Moderna’s authorization request includes people 18 and older.A third vaccine also is on the horizon. Johnson & Johnson was expected by early January to know whether its vaccine was effective. If that vaccine comes online as well, that “will help us accelerate even faster coverage of that population,” Moncef Slaoui, Trump’s top science adviser in the vaccine effort, told CNBC.ABC News’ Erin Schumaker contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Statement by President @CyrilRamaphosa on the passing of Minister Jackson MthembuIt is with deep sorrow and shock that we announce that Minister in The Presidency, Jackson Mthembu passed away earlier today from COVID-related complications. https://t.co/iQ5AysAtNZ pic.twitter.com/dS6K6Olkhu— Presidency | South Africa (@PresidencyZA) January 21, 2021 Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER, EMILY SHAPIRO and ROSA SANCHEZ, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 97 million people worldwide and killed over 2 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:Jan 21, 12:27 pmUnited aims to have voluntary testing at all of its hubs by FebruaryUnited Airlines, which reported a $7.1 billion net loss for 2020 in an earnings call Thursday, said it expected to have voluntary COVID-19 testing available at all of its hubs by February.The airline said it is also working with local governments to classify its employees as essential workers for vaccinations, “both for their safety and the safety of [its] customers.”The carrier said it expects 2021 capacity to be down at least 51% versus the first quarter of 2019. United said following vaccine distribution, business demand will take 18 to 24 months to recover. Executives said they expect the “inflection point” in travel recovery to occur in the second half of 2021, but it could happen sooner depending on the pace of vaccine distribution.Jan 21, 12:02 pmEli Lilly drug may help prevent infections at nursing homesThe pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly released new data showing that a laboratory-made protein delivered by infusion may help prevent infections at nursing homes. A phase 3 trial found that nursing home residents who got the monoclonal antibody drug were 80% less likely to develop symptomatic COVID-19 compared to nursing home residents who got a placebo infusion. Among all the study participants (including residents and staff), those who got the drug were 57% less likely to develop symptomatic COVID-19.The Eli Lilly drug, called bamlanivimab, has FDA emergency authorization to treat people already sick with COVID-19 who might need to be hospitalized. The company says it will work with regulators to potentially expand this authorization to include nursing home residents and staff to help prevent outbreaks.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that those who’ve had monoclonal antibody treatment wait 90 days until getting a COVID-19 vaccine.Jan 21, 11:23 amCalifornia sees decline in cases, hospitalizationsIn hard-hit California, the daily number of new cases fell below 20,000 on Wednesday, and the number of patients in hospitals is also on the decline, California’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Mark Ghaly, told “GMA3: What You Need To Know.”Ghaly said he attributes the progress “to the ongoing work of Californians to pay attention to the virus. After what was a hard Thanksgiving holiday, I think the regional stay-at-home order that the governor put in place made a difference over the winter holidays … we’re starting to see that pay off now.”“Almost to the day, three weeks after putting [stay-at-home orders] into place in some of the hardest hit areas, we started to see the numbers come down,” he said.The state’s stay-at-home orders are enacted when a region’s ICU capacity falls below 15%. Stay-at-home orders are currently in effect in three of the state’s five regions: Southern California, the Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley.Vaccinations are also ramping up.“The governor gave us a million-vaccine challenge over 10 days that ended last week,” Ghaly said. “And we saw a radical increase going from about 40,000-47,000 vaccines given in a day at the beginning of that challenge to over 110,000 vaccines given a day across the state.”California leads with the U.S. in cases with over 3 million people diagnosed.Jan 21, 10:36 amGlastonbury Festival canceled for 2nd year running due to pandemicGlastonbury Festival, the largest greenfield music festival in the world, has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic.“With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us,” the festival’s organizers, Michael and Emily Eavis, said in a statement Thursday. “In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down.”The world-famous event typically takes place over the course of five days on the organizers’ dairy farm in the village of Pilton in southwest England, with star-studded lineups that attract around 200,000 attendees each year. Last year’s festival, the 50th anniversary with Paul McCartney due to headline, was also canceled because of the pandemic.“As with last year, we would like to offer all those who secured a ticket in October 2019 the opportunity to roll their £50 deposit over to next year, and guarantee the chance to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2022,” the organizers said. “We are very appreciative of the faith and trust placed in us by those of you with deposits, and we are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022!”Jan 21, 10:00 amSouth African government minister dies from COVID-19South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Thursday that one of the ministers in his cabinet has died from COVID-19.Jackson Mthembu, minister in the presidency, died earlier Thursday from complications related to the disease, according to Ramaphosa. He was 62.“Minister Mthembu was an exemplary leader, an activist and life-long champion of freedom and democracy,” Ramaphosa said in a statement. “He was a much-loved and greatly respected colleague and comrade, whose passing leaves our nation at a loss.” Mthembu played a prominent role in South Africa’s COVID-19 response and was often the public face during press briefings. He had announced via Twitter on Jan. 11 that he tested positive for COVID-19.Since the start of the pandemic, South Africa has confirmed more than 1.3 million cases of COVID-19, including at least 38,854 deaths. The country has the highest tally of confirmed cases in Africa, accounting for 41% of the continent’s diagnosed infections, according to the latest data from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Jan 21, 9:12 amUS withdrawal from the WHO ‘was very disconcerting to everybody,’ Fauci saysDr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on the coronavirus pandemic, said rejoining the World Health Organization was “very important” and that the country’s withdrawal from the United Nations agency “was very disconcerting to everybody.”“It’s going to be really very important. When you’re dealing with global pandemic, you have to have an international connectivity, and for us to not be in the WHO was very disconcerting to everybody, all the member countries including the health officials here in the United States,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC News’ Michael Strahan in an interview Thursday on Good Morning America.Earlier Thursday, Fauci announced via video link to the WHO’s executive board in Geneva that the United States will remain a member, will fulfil its financial obligations to the organization and will stop reducing its staff there.Fauci also told the board that U.S. President Joe Biden will issue a directive Thursday that shows the country’s intent to join the COVAX Facility, a global initiative to ensure rapid and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all countries regardless of income.The announcement came just hours after Biden, who was sworn-in Wednesday, signed an executive order reversing former President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the WHO. Trump had accused the organization of failing to correctly respond to the coronavirus pandemic and of allegedly giving too much power to China.“The official announcement that we are rejoining, we’re going to live up to our financial commitments and a whole bunch of other things, it was really a very good day. I mean, the response I’m getting from my colleagues all over the world is really very refreshing,” Fauci said on GMA.Fauci, who is Biden’s chief medical adviser on the coronavirus pandemic, said he will meet with the president later Thursday to brief him on the U.S. outbreak and the vaccine situation.“The president has made this his top priority,” he said. “His goal is to get 100 million people vaccinated within the first 100 days of his presidency. I mean, I feel fairly confident that that’s going to be not only that but maybe even better.”Fauci said the contractual agreements the U.S. has made to procure COVID-19 vaccines will help meet that goal, along with new initiatives to open community vaccination centers and make the vaccines available in pharmacies. He said Biden may also use the Defense Production Act “wherever he needs it.” The 1950 wartime law requires private companies to prioritize any product orders from the federal government over others.“As he says, he’s going to do everything that he needs to do to make sure we have a successful roll out of the vaccines, get it into peoples arms and get as many people vaccinated as we possibly can,” Fauci said. “I think we can look forward to having more companies supplying vaccines in addition to the two now that are doing it, namely Moderna and Pfizer.”Fauci said an RNA virus like the novel coronavirus can be expected to mutate but some of the new strains that have emerged are “concerning” and must be followed “very, very carefully.”“There are some concerning variants, there’s one in the U.K. and we have that right now in the United States. It appears to be transmitted more efficiently, it doesn’t appear to be more virulent,” he said. “We’re looking very carefully to make sure that our vaccines that we’re distributing and putting into peoples arms [are] going to continue to protect against those variants.”Jan 21, 9:09 am900,000 Americans filed for unemployment insurance last weekSome 900,000 workers in the United States lost their jobs and filed for unemployment insurance last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday. This is a decrease of 26,000 jobless claims compared to the previous week. The Department of Labor said Thursday that nearly 16 million people were still claiming some form of unemployment benefits through all government programs as of the week ending Jan. 2. During the same week last year, that figure was 2.2 million. The coronavirus pandemic as well as measures to curb the virus’ spread have gutted the U.S. labor market. Before the pandemic hit, in February 2020, the national unemployment rate was at a half-century low of 3.5%. As of last month, the unemployment rate was 6.7%.Jan 21, 7:33 amCDC projects up to 508K virus deaths in US by mid-FebruaryThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now projects that the country will have recorded up to 508,000 COVID-19 deaths by mid-February.The CDC on Wednesday published its latest national ensemble forecast, which predicts that 17,000 to 29,300 new fatalities from COVID-19 will likely be reported in the week ending Feb. 13. A total of 465,000 to 508,000 deaths from the disease are projected to be reported nationwide by this date.Last week’s national ensemble forecast predicted there would be a total of 440,000 to 477,000 COVID-19 deaths reported nationwide by Feb. 6.Jan 21, 4:40 amFauci announces US will remain member of WHOThe United States will remain a member of the World Health Organization.Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, made the announcement during a WHO executive board meeting Thursday morning.“I am honored to announce the United States will remain a member of the World health Organization,” he said.The news came hours after President Joe Biden signed an executive order reversing former President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the United Nations agency.Trump previously moved to withdraw the country from the WHO, accusing the organization of failing to correctly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and of allegedly giving too much power to China.Now, under Biden, the U.S. will stop reducing staff at the WHO, and will pay its financial obligations to it, Fauci said at the WHO meeting.Fauci also said that Biden Thursday will order the U.S. to support projects to deploy COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics to people in need around the world.Jan 21, 4:09 amUS reports over 178,000 new casesThere were 178,255 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Wednesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily case count is far less than the country’s all-time high of 298,031 newly confirmed infections on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 4,231 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered nationwide on Wednesday, just under the peak of 4,462 new deaths on Jan. 12, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the holiday weekend and earlier holidays.A total of 24,438,720 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 406,147 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4, then reaching 200,000 on Nov. 27 before nearing 300,000 on Jan. 2.Jan 21, 12:44 amNew CDC director extends eviction ban until end of MarchRochelle Walensky, the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who began her role after President Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday, released a statement saying she is extending the eviction ban due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.“As a protective public health measure, I will extend the current order temporarily halting residential evictions until at least March 31, 2021,” she said in the statement. “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a historic threat to our nation’s health. It has also triggered a housing affordability crisis that disproportionately affects some communities.”She said that as cases continue to rise, it’s important to “keep people in their homes and out of congregate settings — like shelters — where COVID-19 can take an even stronger foothold.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER, IVAN PEREIRA and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 104.4 million people worldwide and killed over 2.27 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:Feb 04, 7:25 amCOVAX unveils plan to distribute over 330 million vaccine doses to poorer nationsThe COVAX Facility has announced its plan to distribute more than 330 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to developing nations in the first half of 2021.In an interim distribution forecast published Wednesday, the vaccine-sharing facility said distribution would cover an average of 3.3% of total populations of 145 countries taking part in the first rounds. The allocation includes 336 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine — 240 million manufactured by the Serum Institute of India plus 96 million made by AstraZeneca — as well as 1.2 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.The COVAX Facility, which is coordinated by the World Health Organization, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, noted that the plan is “non-binding and may be subject to change,” with allocations and distributions subject to a number of caveats, including WHO emergency-use approval for vaccines and countries’ readiness.“We will soon be able to start delivering life-saving vaccines globally, an outcome we know is essential if we are to have any chance of being able to beat this pandemic,” Seth Berkley, chief executive of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, said at a press conference Wednesday.Feb 04, 6:18 amUS death toll from COVID-19 tops 450,000An additional 3,912 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered in the United States on Wednesday, bringing the country’s cumulative total over the 450,000 mark, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Wednesday’s tally is still less than the country’s all-time high of 4,466 new deaths on Jan. 12, Johns Hopkins data shows.There were also 121,469 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed nationwide on Wednesday, down from a peak of 300,282 newly confirmed infections on Jan. 2, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend last month.A total of 26,557,031 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 450,805 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4, then reaching 200,000 on Nov. 27 before topping 300,000 on Jan. 2.So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use — one developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, and another developed by American biotechnology company Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. More than 33 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Megan Varner/Getty ImagesBY: MARLENE LENTHANG, ABC NEWS(ATLANTA) — While authorities are still investigating the motive behind Tuesday’s shooting spree at three Atlanta-area spas that left eight people dead, including six Asian women, some advocates say the violence is inextricably linked to a history of racism and misogyny against Asian women.Suspect Robert Aaron Long, 21, told investigators that he blames the businesses he targeted for providing an outlet for his addiction to sex, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office said, yet officials believe there were multiple motivators for the attack.However, advocates who spoke with ABC News say attacks against Asian Americans, in particular, Asian American women, is rooted in an ugly side of American history.“This is racially motivated sexual violence against women,” Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, told ABC News.“The reason they died wasn’t just because they were women, even though that’s what the killer says it is. They were murdered because they were Asian American women,” Choimorrow said. “You cannot separate that.”The Asian women who lost their lives in the shooting were Daoyou Feng, 44; Xiaojie Tan, 49; Delaina Hyun Jung Grant, 51; Suncha Kim, 69; Soon Chung Park, 74; and Yong A. Yue, 63. Two other people, Paul Andre Michels, 54; and Ashley Yaun, 33; were also fatally shot.Long has been charged with eight counts of murder in the attack, but has not been charged with a hate crime. Officials are still trying to piece together a motive.Still, Choimorrow pointed to harmful stereotypes that objectify and depict Asian women as what she described as “hypersexualized,” “meek” and “submissive.”“That really comes from America’s long history of how they have categorized Asian American women as commodity,” she said. “All the way back to 1875 with the Page Act, where they banned Chinese women from coming to the U.S. — really because they didn’t want the Chinese population to grow.”Legalized discriminationThe Page Act of 1875, “ostensibly barred the importation of women” from Asian countries, “for purposes of prostitution,” according to language in a 2011 congressional bill expressing regret for passing discriminatory laws against Chinese immigrants in America.The 2011 bill also referenced the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which banned Chinese laborers from entering the United States and was the first federal law that excluded a single group of people on the basis of race, according to congressional documentation.Discriminatory exclusion laws against Chinese immigrants were repealed in 1943, according to the Department of State Office of the Historian’s website.American imperialism and pop cultureRacism against Asian Americans continued despite the end of discriminatory legislation.The United States’ imperial military presence in the Asia Pacific also played a role in stigmatizing Asians when American soldiers went abroad during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Philippine-American War.And degrading depictions of Asian women are “pervasive” in pop culture, Dr. Melissa Borja, an assistant professor of Asian/Pacific Islander American studies at the University of Michigan, told ABC News.“This depiction of Asian women as seductive, immoral, hypersexual … is in our popular culture in movies like ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and the musical ‘South Pacific’,” Borja said.She said the Atlanta shooting is part of a “long-standing trend of violence” against Asian American women this year and amid a spate of anti-Asian hate crimes fueled, in part, by the racist rhetoric surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.Former President Donald Trump, had repeatedly referred to COVID-19 as the “China virus,” among other offensive terms, during his presidency — speech that helped stoke anti-Asian sentiment, some critics have said. Despite his comments, last March Trump condemned xenophobic attacks against Asians and tweeted: “It is very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States…The spreading of the Virus is NOT their fault in any way, shape, or form.”The Stop AAPI Hate coalition received nearly 3,800 hate incidents from March 19 to Feb. 28 of this year.Among those reports, 68% of the victims were women — meaning women were targeted 2.3 times more than men.Borja conducted research with the University of Michigan’s Virulent Hate Project which analyzed more than 1,100 incidents of anti-Asian news media reports and found 61% of victims were Asian women.“Asian American women were already dealing with the brunt of racist attacks in the past year, and they were already suffering,” Borja said. “Asian American women are feeling the rage in this moment, in the fear that they now have about their own safety, their own ability to go to work, walk down the street, go get groceries, go about their daily lives.”Women of color in labor jobs, such as the victims who worked at the spa, are even more vulnerable because even amid the pandemic and rising hate incidents, they have to leave the safety of their homes to work.Red Canary Song, a New York-based coalition of Asian advocates for massage parlor workers and sex workers, said Asians who work in these spaces are made “invisible” by gender and work.“The women who were killed faced specific racialized gendered violence for being Asian women and massage workers … they were subjected to sexualized violence stemming from the hatred of sex workers, Asian women, working class people, and immigrants,” the group said in a statement.Borja said the attack and today’s data are just “the tip of the iceberg in the range of incidents of hate.”She said there’s a lack of resources to document hate incidents against Asians, mistrust surrounding reporting incidents to law enforcement, a lack of cultural understanding around hate crimes, and language barriers. Stop AAPI Hate says it led the effort to improve data collection by allowing anyone across the nation to report anti-Asian hate incidents, without sharing it with law enforcement.Advocates are calling for conversations to unravel harmful stereotypes, for more ways to safely report hate crimes against Asians, for schools to educate youth on the nation’s Asian American history, and for legislation to address systemic issues at play.For now the Asian American community is grieving the lives lost in the shooting with the hope for a better tomorrow.“I want to tell all Asian women out there who are really struggling with thinking, ‘I know this is not about me, it’s about the eight victims,’ know that it’s okay to feel (for) both,” Choimorrow said “It’s okay to feel so scared because that feels so close to home.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
kali9/iStockBy Rosa Sanchez and Morgan Winsor, ABC News(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — One person was killed and five others, including a 4-year-old child, were injured in a shooting at a park in Alabama’s largest city on Sunday evening as families gathered for Easter, police said.The shooting occurred at around 7 p.m. local time in Birmingham’s Patton Park, where hundreds of people were enjoying the warm weather on Easter Sunday. There was an altercation among a group of men in the park that led to “several shots” being fired, Sgt. Rod Mauldin of the Birmingham Police Department said at a press conference.A 32-year-old woman, who was an innocent bystander, was shot dead inside a car. The five other people who were shot — ages 4, 15, 16, 17 and 21 — were transported to hospitals in stable condition, according to Mauldin.There were no suspects in custody as of Sunday night. Police are urging anyone with information on the deadly shooting to come forward.“This park was full of people, full of families and we know people saw things today,” Mauldin told reporters.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Stephen Maturen/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — If Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, is found guilty in the killing of George Floyd, it could set a new precedent for policing, said Benjamin Crump, a civil rights attorney representing the families of Floyd and Daunte Wright.“The outcome that we pray for and Derek Chauvin is for him to be held criminally liable for killing George Floyd, because we believe that could be a precedent,” Crump told ABC’s “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz on Sunday. “Finally making America live up to its promise of liberty and justice for all. That means all of us — Black people, Hispanic people, Native people — all of us.“And I am tired of — as many Black people are — tired of hearing when they kill unarmed Black people. I mean, from the local level all the way to the president of the United States they say, ‘It is tragic that Daunte Wright was killed but looting is unacceptable,’” said Crump, who also represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Breonna Taylor.“What I want the president and everybody to add to that line, Martha, is killing unarmed Black people is unacceptable,” he continued. “We have to send that message to the police, because the crux of the matter is this: I was born Black and I am going to die Black, but police do not kill me because I am Black.”Crump added that congressional action is necessary as the country looks to address the problem of violence toward non-white Americans by police.“We need to get the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act passed to change the culture and the behavior of policing in America, especially as it relates to marginalized minorities — and especially Black people. Because when a Black person is stopped for a traffic violation, it should not end up in a death sentence,” he said.Outside the Chauvin trial, Crump — speaking on behalf of the Wright family — said earlier this week that Kim Potter, the former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer who resigned after she said she accidentally pulled out her Taser instead of her gun in an interaction with Wright, saw Wright as “expendable.”Looking ahead to the verdict in Chauvin’s trail, Raddatz asked, “If he is found not guilty — as the nation braces for that verdict — what would you say to the people of Minneapolis?”Crump said the country cannot continue to tolerate excessive violence.“I would say, once again the American legal system has broken our heart and we cannot condone this excessive use of force, America. We cannot condone this inhumanity, America. We cannot condone this evil that we saw on that video with Derek Chauvin, when he kept his knee on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds. And we have to finally have this racial reckoning, America, because if we don’t, then people are gonna continue to have these emotional protests,” he said.In a separate panel on Sunday, following Crump’s interview, ABC News Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams and Channa Lloyd, a civil rights attorney and managing partner at the Cochran Firm, agreed it is highly unlikely Chauvin will be acquitted.“I think those of us who have been watching this case closely, who have been watching all the expert testimony, watched the video, watched the opening statement, et cetera, would be stunned if there was an all-out acquittal where you find 12 jurors who say that he was not guilty,” Abrams said.“In this case the prosecution has set out a very tight case, they have covered a lot of the bases, they were very thorough,” Lloyd said. “I don’t feel the defense brought up experts that were able to combat the information that was given by the state’s experts, and in this case I do not feel we’re going to see an acquittal.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Going the distanceOn 1 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. DellaMarian, now public fundraising manager for Traidcraft, had no choice but toreach for the phone to secure her qualificationsFundraisingis my third career, and having the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Diploma hashelped enormously. It has already helped me gain two promotions, but living asI do deep in the country I couldn’t have achieved it without distance learning– and the help of a really good tutor.Iwork for Traidcraft, which is an organisation dedicated to alleviating povertyin the Third World by helping producers to sell their products for a fair pricein international markets. We sell goods direct to the public by mail order andthrough a network of fair traders. We also raise funds from the public for ourcharitable work. This is mainly through direct mail appeals, telemarketing,inserts and major donor development. This aspect of our activities is the jobof my department.SeniorpositionIstarted here three years ago as the fundraiser in a small department justbefore completing my CIM Diploma. After a year, I was promoted to publicfundraising manager, then a middle management position.Ayear later, a decision was taken to grow public fundraising considerably and myjob was upgraded to a senior position, in effect head of public fundraising.Ialready had many years’ business and marketing expertise – I ran my owncatering business for 16 years and then managed a cookery book publishingbusiness. WhenI decided to take the course, I was working in the Lake District, and thenearest university was a two to three hour drive each way. Distance learningwas the only option.Ihad decided I needed a good qualification to move up the promotional ladder. Iwanted to understand a lot more about business and marketing in its modern formis at the core. Twenty years ago, it just meant sales and promotion. Now it isa strategic approach to business management.TheCIM Diploma involves a three-year course split into the Certificate inMarketing, the Advanced Certificate, which is degree level, and finally thePostgraduate Diploma in Marketing which is accredited as 60 per cent of amasters degree.Myfirst year of distance learning proved a disaster – the tutor just wasn’tqualified. As it happens, I could have had an exemption for the first year, butI had wanted to give myself as broad an immersion as possible. I did get myfirst-year certificate, but I knew I needed a change of tutor if I was going tosucceed at the more advanced levels.Life-saverItwas just before my exams that I discovered Tactics – it saved my life. I spenta Sunday morning on the phone to Tactics’ principal, Angela Hutton, the daybefore my first year exams, and realised that the service they were offeringwas superb.Angelaknows her subject backwards, is very direct and always hits the nail on thehead, so no time is wasted. She is also a hands-on practitioner, withday-to-day involvement in the business world as a consultant. She pushed me,motivated me and answered my questions so that I had the knowledge and skills Ineeded.Thecourse is not an easy option. I tend to be methodical and conscientious, andfound I needed more than the six hours a week that is recommended.Tacticsprovides the study materials for each module (four for each level). Although Ibought additional textbooks for the first couple of modules, I soon realisedthat the material provided by Tactics was sufficient.Hintsand tipsThework consisted of assignments at the end of each chapter, including questionsfrom previous exam papers. One very good thing about Tactics was that from thestart, you are given hints and tips on how to approach the exams. This was allbacked up with telephone support from a tutor to whom you have unlimited access– providing you can get hold of them. They were very good at returning calls,although there could be difficulties in co-ordinating return calls duringworking hours. If you are busy working to deadlines or in meetings, it can bedifficult to fit them in. I understand the system has improved now, with mosttutor contact in the evenings, when students need it, and increased use ofe-mail.Idid most of my studying in the evenings and weekends – for those three years,my life revolved around it. But it was worth the effort. The Diploma is verybroad – it covers all areas of marketing. For example the second year includedwriting and using income and expenditure reports and balance sheets. It coversareas like new product development, pricing, communications and distribution,writing a strategic marketing plan, risk minimisation and identifying anorganisation’s weaknesses.Marketingis at the core of a business (or it should be!) and that is as true of thecharity sector as it is in the commercial business world. Having the diploma hashelped enormously in giving me a distinct advantage.Verdict:Tutor is a lifelineWithany distance learning course, the quality of the tutor is vital. However goodthe teaching materials are, if the tutor is poor, you are unlikely to succeed,because the course provides the framework and the tutor puts the flesh on it.She or he has to be knowledgeable and experienced, of course, but they have tobe able to impart that knowledge over the phone, and at the same time pick upon the student’s needs.Withoutthe interaction with other students in a class, the student is reliant on thetutor as a lifeline and Tactics understands this. My own success was to a largeextent related to the support I got from Tactics. CIMDiploma distance learning course delivered by Tactics, Garrard House, 2-6Holmesdale Road, Bromley, Kent BR2 9LZ Tel: 020-8313 9317
Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article What constitutes a fundamental breach?On 7 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today This week’s case roundupEuro-Die (UK) v (1) Skidmore, (2) Genesis Diesinking, IDS Brief, 655 EAT• Skidmore started employment with Genesis in June 1986. On Friday 9 January1998 he was told Genesis would cease trading with immediate effect but he couldwork for Euro-Die, which would be continuing the business from the followingMonday. Skidmore asked Genesis for confirmation that his continuity ofemployment would be protected and resigned after Genesis failed to provide thatassurance. He claimed constructive dismissal against Genesis and Euro-Die. The tribunalheld there was a transfer for Tupe purposes and as the transfer was the reasonfor Skidmore’s “dismissal” it was unfair and liability for thispassed to Euro-Die.Euro-Die appealed and argued that it was not liable for Genesis’ failure toprovide the assurance as it occurred before the transfer, when there was nocontract between it and Skidmore. Further, that that failure was not seriousenough to amount to a fundamental breach of contract. The EAT dismissed the appeal and held that the information requested bySkidmore was crucial and the timing of his request critical. Failure to providethe assurance was a fundamental breach of the implied term of trust ofconfidence, entitling Skidmore to resign, and Euro-Die was responsible forGenesis’ actions before the transfer.Care needed when investigating complaintsSmith v Zeneca (Agrochemicals), unreported, February 2000, EAT• Smith was employed under a one-year fixed-term contract and had beensubjected to a number of incidents of sexual harassment from her line manager.She complained about him and gave evidence at the subsequent disciplinaryhearings. When her contract expired it was not renewed and Smith brought adiscrimination claim. At the hearing she raised a new claim alleging thehandling of her complaint constituted further harassment. She alleged that thequestions asked of her had been unnecessary and inappropriate. The tribunal held that it had no jurisdiction to consider the new claim, onthe basis that it had not been disclosed earlier. Smith appealed. The EAT heldshe should have raised her new allegations before the hearing to enable thefirm to prepare its case. The balance of injustice lay against the hearing ofthe new allegation and Smith’s appeal was unsuccessful.
Q and A: asylum seekers and refugeesOn 9 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. There is a lot of confusion surrounding asylum seekers and refugees. Personnel Today addresses the key questionsQ: How is an asylum-seekerdefined? A: An asylum-seeker is a person who hasfled from his or her home country and is seeking refugee status in anothercountry. Q: What is meant by refugee? A: For an asylum-seeker to gainrefugee status they must: – Be outside their country of origin or outside the country where they usuallylive, and be at genuine risk and in fear of serious harm – Prove their own government does not want to or is failing to protect themfrom harm – Prove that their fear is linked to their civil, political or social status.For example, they are being persecuted by the state because they are affiliatedto an opposition political party or because they are of different ethnic origin– Need and deserve protection. Q: How many asylum-seekers enterthe UK? A: There were 77,040 applicationsreceived last year. This is an increase of over 5,000 on 1999. Nearly 6,000, (5,815), applications forasylum were received in March 2001. The March figure, the last to be published,is 5 per cent up on February’s figure of 5,520. Q: How many asylum-seekers aregranted refugee status in this country? A: Last year, 10,185 asylum-seekerswere given refugee status – 10 per cent of the 110,065 asylum decisionsmade. In 1999 only 7,815 refugee statues were granted from 33,720 decisions made, or33 per cent. In March of this year, 1,700 people were recognised as refugees, up from 1,205in February. Q: Where do UK asylum-seekerscome from? A: The most common nationality foran asylum-seeker in the UK last year was Iraqi, with 7,080 applicants. This wasfollowed by Sir Lankan with 6,040. Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iran supplied the UK with 5,695, 5,230 and5,170 asylum-seekers respectively in 2000. In March 2001 the most applicants for asylum came from Afghanistan, with680. Somalia was second with 470 applicants for asylum. Q: What do immigrant workerscontribute to the UK’s economy? A: In a Home Office report publishedthis year, immigrants put £2.5bn back into the economy, 10 per cent more moneythan British-born residents do. Thereport also claims that immigrant workers do not take jobs away from Britishpeople, they fill gaps. Q: How skilled are the UK’srefugees? A: More than a third of refugeesquestioned by the Home Office in 1995 held a degree, postgraduate orprofessional qualification. More than 90per cent could speak two languages, while 65 per cent spoke at least threelanguages. Q: What are the regulationsgoverning employing asylum-seekers in the UK? A: Under the Asylum and ImmigrationAct of 1996, it is a criminal offence for employers to take on employees whoseimmigration status prevents them from working in this country. Employers areliable for fines up to £5,000.
Latin americaOn 1 May 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article When multinationals entered the Latin American region a decade ago, the biggest challenge was to find capable staff. Today the problem of how to attract, motivate and retain high-impact performers is beginning to surface.In Latin America, as in the US, Canada and Europe, total remuneration packages start with base salary but also typically include long and short-term incentive pay and benefits. In countries with a strong flow of foreign investments such as Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Chile, a fair salary has to be topped up by a package of other rewards, incentives and working conditions.Surprisingly, one of the key motivators is cars, followed by bonuses. To attract top-level talent in Brazil for example, companies need to provide executives and managers with a luxury car, as well as a defined benefit retirement plan.But expectations and cultural values regarding total remuneration packages can differ significantly from country to country in the Latin region. “In Argentina where the economic situation is very unstable,” says Luis Perez Van Morlegan from Argentinean-based HR consultancy Bertoni & Asociados/H Neumann International, “many good executives are looking for work but obviously the top performers are employed and not always willing to leave unless another company offers them a substantial hiring bonus. One of the best methods of attraction is a bonus because it is linked to the performance of the employee within the company. It represents a percentage of the annual remuneration which is the equivalent to two to five times the wages.”Long-term incentives such as stock option programmes were implemented in a growing number of companies in the region, especially in the fast expanding hi-tech and telecommunication sectors. “In Mexico,” explains Hugo Oliveri, a consultant based at the Mexican offices of professional services firm Watson Wyatt, “stock options are becoming a very strong tool to retain highly skilled performers. They represent 25% of the basic salary. Bonuses are given in 80% of companies, which represents 20% of the basic salary.”A survey carried out by Watson Wyatt in Puerto Rico indicates that despite the high unemployment rate of approximately 11 per cent, base salary increases range from 4.5 per cent to 4.8 per cent each year. And yet, over 50 per cent of those companies surveyed are experiencing difficulties in attracting and retaining critical skills and talent.“To tackle this problem,” explains US-based HR consultant Douglas H. Hachenburg, “companies have to incorporate pay-for-performance with large opportunities for high performers. A strong recruitment strategy is also important to select the most qualified individual. Finally, improving employee communication in areas such as benefits is also crucial. Bonuses are paid at all levels, with more senior positions eligible for substantial payments, although not as high as in the US. Cars are one of the most attractive and frequent management perquisites in the country.”For many companies in the region, variable pay continues to play an important role in linking rewards to performance. Programmes that have increased in utilisation since 1998 are: individual performance incentives, team/small group incentives, spot recognition awards and retention bonuses.But there are also three non-financial incentives that have a strong impact in attracting highly skilled workers in the region – job stability, training and promotion.However, as work-life balance issues are important in Latin America, benefits that recognise family commitments go down well with employees too. Anna Maria Gonzalez, for example, HR manager of fmcg company Sara Lee in the Dominican Republic, says management at Sara Lee in the Latin region has focused on its employees’ number one priority – their families.“Dominican companies are following US examples by including family members in fringe benefits, such as life and health insurance, club memberships and so on. But we are also going the extra mile to look after employees by recognising home commitments. Help is given through organising summer camps, Christmas parties and picnics for staff and family members. At Christmas we also give out food baskets for the family,” says Gonzalez. “And this is a great way to hold on to staff.”Many companies in the region also provide free lunches and vitamins for employees, especially in areas where malnutrition is a problem. Related posts:No related photos.
Previous Article Next Article Directive set to restrict temporary workersOn 3 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The current draft of the EU Agency Workers Directive would act as adeterrent to employers and force many temps to take up permanent jobs that theydon’t really want, it is claimed. A draft directive has been passed by the European Parliament and was duebefore the EU council of ministers today. However, a study of temporary and permanent administrative staff shows thattemps generally work short contracts through choice and don’t want permanentjobs. The survey of 1,800 staff shows that 80 per cent choose to work as tempsbecause of the flexibility it offers, while 53 per cent enjoy the variety ofroles. The current draft of the directive means that agency staff must have equalconditions to permanent staff from the first day of employment. Steve Carter, managing director at Office Team, who carried out theresearch, said he feared the draft could decimate the temporary jobs market. “We understand the motivations behind the directive and support anyinitiative that improves working conditions. However, the guidelines threatento act as a deterrent to employers, which could restrict the job market fortemps,” he said. Letter to Tony BlairThe Engineering Employers Federationand a number of major companies including IBM, M.W. Kellogg Limited, Siemensand Smiths Group Plc, have written to the Prime Minister outlining theirconcerns over the draft agency workers directive.To view a copy of this letter go to www.personneltoday.com/pt_news/news_daily_det.asp?liArticleID=16342 Related posts:No related photos.
Comments are closed. EAT gets shirty with JobcentreOn 1 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today A legal ruling that decided a man working for Jobcentre Plus had beentreated less favourably because he was required to wear a collar and tie towork has been overturned after an appeal. An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that the case must be heardagain before another tribunal in Manchester, although the case could eventuallyend up at the Court of Appeal. The original verdict last year backed Matthew Thompson’s claim that he wasbeing unfairly treated on the grounds of his sex because higher standards ofdress were expected of male staff. This cleared the way for a further 6,950 other male job centre staff tolodge similar complaints. However, the appeal has now put the outcome of the case – Work and Pensionsv Thompson, EAT/0254/03 – back in the balance by deciding the first tribunaldid not ask the right question. Michael Ball, employment partner at law firm Halliwell Landau, said adefinitive outcome could be some way off. “The EAT said that the questionthe employment tribunal should have asked was whether, applying contemporarystandards of conventional dresswear, the level of smartness required by staffcould only be achieved by men if they wore a collar and tie.” The next hearing of the case, which will be heard within the next sixmonths, must consider if men can achieve an appropriate level of smartnesswithout wearing a collar and tie. “The issue is not resolved by asking whether the requirement for acollar an tie meant a higher level of smartness was required of men than women.It’s whether an equivalent level of smartness could only be achieved in thecase of men by making them wear a collar and tie,” Ball explained. “The tribunal had not made any findings that specifically determinedthe correct question. It could go on for a while yet.” Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Informed in Five: “Hardball”On 30 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Hardball – FiveKiller Strategies for Trouncing the Competition by George Stalk, Jr, andRob Lachenauer. Harvard Business Review, April 2004. ThemesThe mostsuccessful companies of the moment – Toyota, Dell and Walmart – play‘hardball’, meaning that they have a single minded focus on pursuing competitiveadvantage and its benefits, such as leading market share, great margins, rapidgrowth, and all the intangibles that go with being in command. ‘Softball’players in contrast are in trouble – most airlines, the US auto industry, therecording industry – because they have gone soft and the discourse is around‘squishy issues’: leadership, corporate culture, customer care, knowledgemanagement, talent management, employee empowerment, and the like. Thehardball manifesto is about focusing relentlessly on competitive advantage andstriving for ‘extreme’ competitive advantage, for example Walmart’sexploitation of its core business of Logistics or Toyota’s production system. Businessesshould avoid attacking competitors directly to avoid confrontation; an exampleis the way Southwest Airlines avoided the airports used by much bigger rivals. You shouldexploit people’s will to win and avoid complacency, greediness, laziness,indifference, bureaucracy, hierarchy and other sins, and foster a sense of urgency.However,businesses should stay within the law and ‘know the caution zone’.Messages The keyhardball strategies are:● Devastateyou rivals’ profit sanctuaries ● Plagiarisewith pride – think Ryan Air and Southwest Airlines● Deceivethe competition● Raisecompetitors’ costswww.hbr.org/Informed in five is a service fromthe Personnel Today HRDirectors Club to keep you on top of what’s in the top business journals. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article
International newsOn 25 May 2004 in Personnel Today This week’s International newsUS suds giant pampers loyal staff with free holidays US household products giant Procter & Gamble is rewarding virtually allof its 90,000 employees with two free days off. The makers of Pampers nappiesand Clairol haircare products said it will provide the one-off benefit to allof its staff worldwide, giving them the choice of taking time off or the cashequivalent. Each year the company gives special awards of 50 shares of stock to2,000 employees. This year, it will increase that number to 3,000 employees.Chairman and chief executive Alan Lafley announced the benefits last week.”We’ve never before offered a company performance award such as this, butyou’ve earned it,” he said. UK bucks trend as EU pay rises slow down The rate of pay increases across the EU fell between 2002 and 2003, althoughthe UK bucked the trend, according to a report from the European Foundation forthe Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. In the EU and Norway averagecollectively agreed pay increases were 3.1 per cent in 2003, down from 3.5 percent the previous year. The UK collectively agreed pay increases of 3.2 percent on average in 2003, up from 3 per cent the previous year – higher than theaverage increases in other large EU countries such as Germany (2.5 per cent)and Italy (2.2 per cent). www.eiro.eurofound.eu.int/2004/03/update/tn0403103u.htmlAccidents will happen – especially in Estonia While the UK’s record on serious accidents at work is getting worse, thefactories, building sites and offices of some eastern European countriesjoining the EU are becoming safer – except in Estonia. According to statisticalagency Eurostat, assuming serious accidents per 1,000 workers in 1998 are ratedat 100, the UK’s index for 2001 rose to 110, (although it fell to 92 for fatalaccidents). By contrast, some major improvements were made in Hungary, (whoseindex fell to 86 for serious accidents in 2001), and in Poland (78), Lithuania(85), Slovakia (84), and the Czech Republic (91). However, some worryingproblems were identified in Estonia, (up to 132), Cyprus (112) and Latvia(116). Protests grow as US catches anti-offshoring bug Trade unions in Europe have long been attacking moves by employers tooffshore work to lower-cost countries, and now similar grassroots initiativesare under way in the US, writes Mark Childs. An article in national dailynewspaper USA Today said corporate stock purchases, coffee-shop planningmeetings and picket lines are some of the tactics workers are using tocapitalise on the anti-offshoring sentiment. A group in Minnesota has formed anetwork of 1,000 people to contact federal and state legislators aboutoffshoring issues, and plans to boycott a company which has outsourced jobsabroad. Other tactics include buying stock in companies that outsource in a bidto influence board meetings. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
KKR’s Henry Kravis (Getty, iStock)KKR is ramping up its bet on industrial real estate.The investment firm closed on the acquisition of 9.7 million square feet of industrial properties in seven markets for about $835 million, according to a release.In total, there are about 100 properties in Atlanta; Baltimore, MD; Chicago; Central and South Florida; Central Pennsylvania; and Dallas.KKR will acquire the portfolio from High Street Logistics Properties, bringing the firm’s total industrial portfolio to about 30 million square feet. Rumors of the sale were initially reported earlier this month.CBRE National Partners represented High Street in the transaction.KKR made the investment through its Real Estate Partners Americas Fund II. Since launching a real estate platform in 2011, the firm has increased its real estate assets under management to $14 billion.ADVERTISEMENTInstitutional investors have been pouring money into industrial real estate as demand for e-commerce has been ramping up due to the pandemic. Earlier this month, Stockbridge Capital Group and a partner announced a warehouse deal valued at about $2 billion, marking one of the biggest commercial transactions this year.Industrial property values are up about 8 percent from before the pandemic, compared to a 8 percent drop for all real estate property types, according to a research firm Green Street.Contact Keith Larsen Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* TagsCommercial Real EstateIndustrial Real Estate Message* Share via Shortlink Email Address*
Tags Share via Shortlink (iStock)In November, voters in Arizona, New Jersey, Montana and South Dakota approved recreational cannabis use in their states.Those votes have opened the door for the sort of land rushes seen in other states that have legalized marijuana, with cannabis companies searching for retail and commercial space, according to the Wall Street Journal.It can be tough for pot purveyors seeking space to operate: Their choices are often limited by strict regulations on cannabis sales and cultivation, and landlords may hesitate to work with them because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.For those companies, that means paying a premium to rent or buy. Anthony Coniglio’s company NewLake Capital Partners Inc. owns 19 properties in eight states leased to cannabis businesses.“It’s like holding the winning lottery ticket,” Coniglio said, regarding landlords who are willing to rent to those tenants.Massachusetts-based Curaleaf Holdings, which operates retail stores in 23 states, currently sells medical marijuana in New Jersey, which recently legalized cannabis but has not yet finalized a framework for distribution. The company bought its second dispensary in the state last year and reportedly paid about twice as much as the property would cost for other uses.“People know they can charge cannabis an absurd amount,” said Patrik Jonsson, Curaleaf’s regional president for the northeast. “It’s the new norm.” [WSJ] — Dennis Lynch cannabisCommercial Real Estate Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink
Full Name* Tags Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Liz Krueger (Getty)After years of failed attempts, New York lawmakers have hashed out a deal to legalize recreational marijuana.Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers reached an agreement on the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act, which would allow people who are 21 and older to purchase marijuana and grow the plant in their homes, Gothamist reported. It will create an Office of Cannabis Management to implement state regulations, and the bill also has provisions to divert funds to education and drug treatment.The bill is expected to be approved sometime this week, per the report.Legalizing pot will bring in some serious green for the state: The move is expected to raise $350 million in taxes annually while creating 30,000 to 60,000 jobs, according to the governor’s office. A state sales tax on marijuana would be 9 percent. Local sales tax would be 4 percent, of which a quarter goes to counties and the rest goes to cities, towns and villages.While a regulatory framework hasn’t been finalized, legal weed could also help retail landlords fill their empty storefronts. There will be some kind of licensing program allowing for retail facilities that sell marijuana and CBD products.While many retailers saw their sales plummet during the pandemic, marijuana product sales remained steady in those states where it was already legalized.Sen. Liz Krueger, one of the bill’s sponsors, told Gothamist in a statement that her goal has been to “end the racially disparate enforcement of marijuana prohibition that has taken such a toll on communities of color” across the state, and to use the economic windfall of legalization to help heal those communities.“When this bill becomes law, New York will be poised to implement a nation-leading model for what marijuana legalization can look like,” she said. [Gothamist] — Akiko MatsudaRead moreRetail sales are bleak, unless you’re selling potJackpot: Cannabis REIT has $120M in capital to lend to operatorsSeeing green: Land rush is on in latest states to legalize cannabis Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Contact Akiko Matsuda Message* Share via Shortlink Andrew CuomocannabismarijuanaRetail Real Estate
Share via Shortlink BrazilCoronavirus Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Tesla’s Gigafactory (Tesla)Everything is bigger in Texas so it’s no surprise the Dallas area is leading the way in industrial construction.About 28 million square feet of warehouses and distribution centers across 81 projects in Dallas-Fort Worth are scheduled to be completed by year-end, according to a report from CommercialSearch, a CRE listings company. That puts the state’s third most-populous city far ahead in the recently published ranking, which tracked the top 20 markets with the most amount of industrial space set to be delivered.In total, about 342 million square feet of industrial development is expected to be delivered across the U.S. this year, a remarkable 24 percent increase from last year, the report found. And also not surprisingly, Amazon has a part to play.ADVERTISEMENTThe Everything Store will lease 8 of the 10 largest projects on the list, the report found. That’s including a 4 million-square-foot logistics center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which is tied with Tesla’s Gigafactory as the largest industrial project set for completion.Phoenix was second with 18.4 million square feet of industrial space and Chicago, always a powerhouse in the category, was third with nearly 17 million square feet.And Southern California’s Inland Empire, another industrial stronghold, was a close fourth with 16.3 million square feet. That metro region around Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties has 104 individual projects set to be delivered, more than any other market in the nation.In New Jersey, developers will complete just under 8 million square feet of industrial space this year.The pandemic has boosted the need for e-commerce space, leading to a spike in industrial development and overall activity. Investors are eager to get in on the action. But big investors have had their eye on the sector for some time.Blackstone Group has built up its industrial portfolio over the last several years from just 9 percent of its total holdings to 27 percent.Tesla’s Gigafactory project, in Austin, Texas, meanwhile, accounts for 40 percent of the 10.3 million square feet of industrial space scheduled for completion in the city this year. Amazon also has a 3.8 million-square-foot facility under construction outside Austin.Propelled by those two projects, Austin’s total expected deliveries is a five-fold increase over 2020, the most drastic of any major market. Dallas’ expected total, by comparison, would be just 2 percent above its amount last year.
We review theoretical and numerical studies of VLF triggered emissions generated by manmade signals propagating in the whistler mode in the magnetosphere. Instead of listing all the past studies on the subject we select some of those works which give important ideas and the theoretical basis for future studies. The main purpose of the paper is to clarify what problems remain unresolved and to make suggestions for future studies. We first describe the phenomenon of VLF triggered emissions and give a brief review of experiments and observations. We then summarize the basic physics of VLF wave-particle interactions, which is indispensable for an understanding of the triggering mechanisms. We review important ideas and theories, as well as numerical models so far employed, summarize the present understanding of the phenomenon and consider briefly those problems which need further study. Especially, we focus our attention on numerical simulations whose capabilities in nonlinear physics are increasing with the increasing power of supercomputers.
The Byers Group, exposed on Byers Peninsula, western Livingston Island, Antarctica, comprises a mudstone dominated sequence at least 1 km thick which accumulated in a marginal fore-arc environment. The basal, 105 m thick Anchorage Formation consists of radiolarian mudstones and tuff-rich interbeds of Kimmeridgian-Tithonian age; it correlates with Upper Jurassic organic-rich mudstone units throughout the proto-South Atlantic region. The succeeding 244 m thick Devils Point Formation marks the first major pulse of coarse volcaniclastic material into the basin. It is in turn followed by the extensive President Beaches Formation, comprising several hundred metres of finely laminated mudstones with at least two major sandstone intercalations. Molluscan and dinoflagellate cyst taxa indicate a Berriasian age and comparatively nearshore depositional environment for this unit. An unconformity of late Berriasian or early Valanginian age separates the three lowest formations from the Chester Cone Formation. The fine-grained Sealer Hill Member at the base of the latter is dated as Valanginian, and grades up into several hundred metres of pebbly sandstones and pebble-granule conglomerates. These mark the second major volcaniclastic pulse and may be of Hauterivian or even younger age. Definition of this major new group will facilitate more precise Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous stratigraphical correlations within the southern South America-Scotia arc-Antarctic Peninsula region. It will also aid our understanding of the critical palaeogeographical transition in the northern Antarctic Peninsula from anoxic basin to active magmatic arc.
The structure of the cardiac foramen ovale from eight genera of pinnipeds was studied using the scanning electron microscope. Specimens were obtained from fetuses or neonates of the Californian sea lion (Zalophus californianus), Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella), walrus (Obenus rosmarus), grey seal (Halichoerus gryphus), ringed seal (Phoca hispida), bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus), Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddelli), and crabeater seal (Lobodon carcinophagus). In each species, the structure that permits oxygenated blood from the placenta flowing in the caudal vena cava to pass directly into the left side of the heart, the foramen ovale, when viewed from the terminal part of the caudal vena cava had the appearance of the entrance to a short tunnel. A thin fold of tissue, the developed remains of the septum primum, projected from the caudal edge of the foramen ovale into the lumen of the left atrium. It constituted about 75% of the inner surface of the tunnel, and was generally unfenestrated. The wall of the interatrial septum contributed the “floor.” The distal end of the tunnel was straight-edged. In most cases the septum primum was long enough to cover the foramen ovale. The siting of pulmonary veins in the roof of the left atrium appeared to be such that drainage from them after birth would press the septum primum over the foramen opening, thereby functionally closing it. Collapses of the tunnel was seen in all the neonatal seals, and in the 1-month-old neonate the fold of tissue was anchored to the interatrial septum along the surface of the crista dividens, which lay in the left atrium. Cellular protrusions and thread formation may play a role in the closure of the foramen ovale.
Historical observations of the large-scale flow and frontal structure of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current in the Scotia Sea region were combined with the wind-induced surface Ekman transport to produce a composite flow field. This was used with a Lagrangian model to investigate transport of Antarctic krill. Particle displacements from known krill spawning areas that result from surface Ekman drift, a composite large-scale flow, and the combination of the two were calculated. Surface Ekman drift alone only transports particles a few kilometres over the 150-day krill larval development time. The large-scale composite flow moves particles several hundreds of kilometres over the same time, suggesting this is the primary transport mechanism. An important contribution of the surface Ekman drift on particles released along the continental shelf break west of the Antarctic Peninsula is moving them north-northeast into the high-speed core of the southern Antarctic Circumpolar Current Front, which then transports the particles to South Georgia in about 140–160 days. Similar particle displacement calculations using surface flow fields obtained from the Fine Resolution Antarctic Model do not show overall transport from the Antarctic Peninsula to South Georgia due to the inaccurate position of the southern Antarctic Circumpolar Current Front in the simulated circulation fields. The particle transit times obtained with the composite large-scale flow field are consistent with regional abundances of larval krill developmental stages collected in the Scotia Sea. These results strongly suggest that krill populations west of the Antarctic Peninsula provide the source for the krill populations found around South Georgia.
Central to understanding krill population dynamics is knowledge of their population structure. To examine this we used length-frequency distributions from 142 wk of sampling (n = 23996 krill) of 3 predator species breeding at South Georgia and 12 wk of sampling (n = 10252 krill) from scientific nets from the same area over the summers of 1991-1997. In comparing the 5 years for which both predator and net samples were available, despite differing selectivities and spatio-temporal circumscriptions, both predators and nets were sampling the same overall krill population. Greatest similarity resulted from comparing net samples with samples from Antarctic fur seals and macaroni penguins combined; least temporal variation occurred in predator samples from late summer (March). From the 7 yr predator time series, within-year variation was greatest in 1991 and 1994, both years of low krill biomass at South Georgia. In both of these years large krill dominated during December but were completely replaced by small krill by February. The mean length of the March krill population showed a regular increase from 1991 to 1993, fell to a minimum in 1994 and thereafter increased steadily to 1997. Using these data in conjunction with putative size/age-group cohorts in the length-frequency distribution, we suggest that years of high mean krill length reflect failure of small krill to recruit into the population, producing a period of low krill biomass in the following year. Similar recruitment failure in the same years was evident in krill populations in the Antarctic Peninsula region to the south, indicating large-scale events. This supports suggestions of periodic fluctuations in krill production and recruitment which may relate directly to physical phenomena such as cycles in the distribution and extent of sea ice.
A recent study identified a fungal isolate from the Antarctic leafy liverwort Cephaloziella varians as the ericoid mycorrhizal associate Rhizoscyphus ericae. However, nothing is known about the wider Antarctic distribution of R. ericae in C. varians, and inoculation experiments confirming the ability of the fungus to form coils in the liverwort are lacking. Using direct isolation and baiting with Vaccinium macrocarpon seedlings, fungi were isolated from C. varians sampled from eight sites across a 1875-km transect through sub- and maritime Antarctica. The ability of an isolate to form coils in aseptically grown C. varians was also tested. Fungi with 98–99% sequence identity to R. ericae internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region and partial large subunit ribosomal (r)DNA sequences were frequently isolated from C. varians at all sites sampled. The EF4/Fung5 primer set did not amplify small subunit rDNA from three of five R. ericae isolates, probably accounting for the reported absence of the fungus from C. varians in a previous study. Rhizoscyphus ericae was found to colonize aseptically-grown C. varians intracellularly, forming hyphal coils. This study shows that the association between R. ericae and C. varians is apparently widespread in Antarctica, and confirms that R. ericae is at least in part responsible for the formation of the coils observed in rhizoids of field-collected C. varians.
We measured egg hatching tunes and stage specific naupliar development tinges of the key calanoid copepods Calanus helgolandicus and C. finmarchicus in response to temperature, food quantity and food type. Calanus helgolandicus development times decreased with increasing temperature and when fed Isochrysis galbana (4.4 mu m ESD) rather than Prorocentrum micans (29.5 mu m ESD). Nauplii needed higher food carbon concentration to develop past the fast feeding stage (N3) when fed 1. galbana compared with P micans. At low food carbon concentrations nauplii developed more slowly past N3 than at more saturated levels. The survival of nauplii fed P. micans increased with temperature, but starved nauplii survival decreased at higher temperatures. We parameterized a temperature-dependent model of development for both species which fitted the observed stage durations under non-limiting food extremely well and demonstrated that C. finmarchicus develops faster than C. helgolandicus. Further data are needed to clarify the effect of food-temperature interactions on development rates.
Literature reports that body size can be associated with latitudinal distribution, for instance larger animals inhabit higher latitudes and colder habitats. This rule can be applied for species and populations within a species. The potential influence of body size on non-breeding distribution and habitat use at the intra-population level was investigated for southern giant petrels Macronectes giganteus (Gmelin) from Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands. The non-breeding distribution of 23 individuals was tracked, and total body length, culmen length, wing length, wing load and body mass were measured. Positions of core areas were used to estimate the latitudinal distribution of each individual. Smaller individuals were found to be associated more with lower latitudes, where warmer conditions and more coastal and productive waters prevail, whereas large males were associated more with higher latitudes, with colder conditions near sea ice caps, presumably feeding on carrion or preying on penguins. This association reflects a latitudinal gradient, with smaller individuals positioning themselves towards the north, and larger individuals towards the south. In this case, body size, individual distribution and habitat use were found to be associated, highlighting the importance of studying potential effects of individual body size on the ecology of seabirds.
Substorms are a highly variable process, which can occur as an isolated event or as part of a sequence of multiple substorms (compound substorms). In this study we identify how the low energy population of the ring current and subsequent energization varies for isolated substorms compared to the first substorm of a compound event. Using observations of H+ and O+ ions (1 eV to 50 keV) from the Helium Oxygen Proton Electron instrument onboard Van Allen Probe A, we determine the energy content of the ring current in L‐MLT space. We observe that the ring current energy content is significantly enhanced during compound substorms as compared to isolated substorms by ~ 20‐30%. Furthermore, we observe a significantly larger magnitude of energization (by ~ 40‐50%) following the onset of compound substorms relative to isolated substorms. Analysis suggests that the differences predominantly arise due to a sustained enhancement in dayside driving associated with compound substorms compared to isolated substorms. The strong solar wind driving prior to onset results in important differences in the time history of the magnetosphere, generating significantly different ring current conditions and responses to substorms. The observations reveal information about the substorm injected population and the transport of the plasma in the inner magnetosphere.
This paper reviews our current understanding of auroral features that appear poleward of the main auroral oval within the polar cap, especially those that are known as Sun-aligned arcs, transpolar arcs, or theta auroras. They tend to appear predominantly during periods of quiet geomagnetic activity or northwards directed interplanetary magnetic field (IMF). We also introduce polar rain aurora which has been considered as a phenomenon on open field lines. We describe the morphology of such auroras, their development and dynamics in response to solar wind-magnetosphere coupling processes, and the models that have been developed to explain them.
The Tibetan Plateau, also termed ‘the Third Pole’ harbors the largest number of high-altitude lakes in the world. Due to the presence of extreme conditions such as low temperature and oligotrophy, the lakes of the Tibetan Plateau share environmental features in common with lakes in the polar regions. However, the extent to which these environments are analogous, or indeed whether they harbor similar microbial communities or a high level of endemic species is poorly understood. Here we compared high-throughput 16S rRNA gene sequencing data from the lakes of the three different regions in order to characterize their taxonomic diversity, the community composition and biogeography. Our results showed despite the similarity in environmental conditions, the spatial distribution of the bacterial communities was distinct with only 3.1% of all operational taxonomic units (OTUs) being present in all three regions (although these OTUs did account for a considerable proportion of the total sequences, 36.4%). Sequences belonging to Burkholderiales and Actinomycetales dominated the shared OTUs across all three regions. Scale dependent distance decay patterns provided evidence of dispersal limitation. Climatic variables and dispersal limitation were apparently both important in controlling the spatial distribution of bacterial communities across regions. This work expands our understanding of the diversity and biogeography of lake bacterial communities across the Tibetan Plateau and provides insights into how they compare to those of the Antarctic and Arctic.
Tags: AFCA Coaches Poll/Eastern Washington/Landon Stice/Montana/Northern Colorado Bears/South Dakota/STATS FCS/UC Davis/Weber State Football September 17, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football Moves Up In Rankings; Landon Stice Named Conference Player of the Week FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Monday, Weber State football moved up in the FCS national rankings.They were voted as the #7 team in the land in the STATS FCS poll and are ranked eighth in the AFCA Coaches Poll.The Wildcats, after a 27-10 rout of South Dakota, posted eight sacks and three turnovers in the win over the Coyotes.Weber State is one of four teams representing the Big Sky Conference to be ranked. Additionally, Eastern Washington is ranked sixth, Montana is #19 in the land in the polls and UC Davis checks in at #21 this week.The Wildcats return to the gridiron Saturday at Stewart Stadium as they host the Northern Colorado Bears of Greeley, Colo. at 6:00 p.m.Also, Wildcats senior linebacker Landon Stice, a Stansbury High School product out of Stansbury Park, Utah, won Big Sky Conference defensive player of the week honors for his contributions in Saturday’s win.Stice returned a fumble 28 yards for a touchdown, posted six tackles, recorded half a sack, half a tackle for a loss, an interception and a quarterback hurry in the Wildcats’ win.Stice is also tied for first place in the Big Sky Conference with two interceptions on the young season and is sixth in the conference in tackles, averaging 8.3 stops per game. Written by Brad James
Written by October 12, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 10/12 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFootball2-A SouthSALINA, Utah-Peydon Wood came up with a clutch interception to stymie a potential North Sevier game-winning drive in the closing moments and the South Sevier Rams downed North Sevier 24-20 Friday, securing the #5 playoff spot in 2-A South play in the regular season finale for both squads.Tyson Chisholm (34 car, 156 yards, TD) led the Rams, especially in the second half when the offense relied heavily upon his strength at tailback to keep the Wolves’ defense on the field.Wood also hauled in 3 receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown for South Sevier with Tracen Winkel (5 of 12, 124 yards, TD) making numerous clutch plays in the passing game for the Rams.In defeat, Marshall Okerlund (16 of 28, 225 yards 3 TD’s/2INT’s) was solid for the Wolves, as was Landan Gale (4 rec, 110 yards, TD) for North Sevier.Please check midutahradio.com during this upcoming week often for the latest information on playoff schedules, dates and times. We will do our best to keep you informed.BEAVER, Utah-Kaleb Barney threw a 27-yard touchdown pass, via a trick play, to Ryker Albrecht, and ran for a 55-yard touchdown run as the Beaver Beavers routed Enterprise 28-10 Friday in 2-A South football action. Albrecht also ran for a touchdown for the Beavers, as did EJ Allred in the rout.3-A SouthRICHFIELD, Utah-Emmitt Hafen threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Winters and the Richfield Wildcats doubled up Manti 14-7 Friday in 3-A South football action. Gavin Brown added a 9-yard touchdown run for the Wildcats. In defeat, Mason Thompson had a 2-yard touchdown run for the Templars.MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Easton Wright threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Juab Wasps got past North Sanpete 36-29 in 3-A South football action Friday. Bodee Blackett caught one of Wright’s touchdown passes and had touchdown runs of 30 and 60 yards in the win for Juab. In defeat, Chance Clawson threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Bowles and added a pair of touchdown runs. Brock Justesen added a 2-yard touchdown run in the loss for the Hawks.2-A NorthDELTA, Utah-Jake Jackson had three touchdown runs and the Delta Rabbits doubled up ALA 42-21 in 2-A North football action Friday. Austin Topham threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score for Delta while Trey Brough added a 35-yard scoring run in the rout for the Rabbits.FILLMORE, Utah-Brooks Myers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Millard Eagles pounded Gunnison 42-6 Friday in 2-A North football action. Austin Burratson had touchdown runs of 25 and 2 yards in the win for the Eagles as well.1-A SouthKANAB, Utah-Codey Hanson’s 9-yard touchdown run lifted Parowan to a 27-21 win over Kanab in overtime Friday in 1-A South football action. Kayden McDonald had a 34-yard touchdown run, Marcus Fox threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Carter Jackman and Cody Stubbs returned an interception 27 yards for a score in defeat for the Cowboys.MILFORD, Utah-Bryson Barnes tossed three touchdown passes and added a 5-yard touchdown run as the Milford Tigers outgunned Monticello 32-26 in 1-A South football action Friday. Bret Beebe added an 11-yard touchdown run in the win for Milford.VolleyballRegion 20ORDERVILLE, Utah-The Valley Buffaloes smacked Bryce Valley 3-0 in Region 20 volleyball action Friday. The Buffaloes prevailed 25-5, 25-11 and 25-20 to earn the sweep of the Mustangs. Brad James Tags: Landan Gale/Marshall Okerlund/North Sevier/Peydon Wood/South Sevier/Tyson Chisholm
Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailVolleyballRegion 14LINDON, Utah-Tuesday, the Delta Rabbits routed the Maeser Prep Lions 3-0 in Region 14 volleyball action. The Rabbits took wins of 25-9, 25-8 and 25-15 on the evening.NEPHI, Utah-The Union Cougars came up with a 15-10 win in the decisive fifth set to outlast the Juab Wasps 3-2 in Region 14 volleyball action Tuesday. The Wasps took 28-26 and 25-17 wins in the second and third sets, only to see the Cougars win the next two sets for the win.Region 15MANTI, Utah-The North Sanpete Hawks dismantled Manti 3-0 Tuesday in Region 15 volleyball action. The Hawks earned wins of 25-16, 25-11 and 25-14 to net the sweep.Region 17SANDY, Utah-The Wateford Ravens earned a 15-7 win in the fifth set to prevail against Wasatch Academy 3-2 in Region 17 volleyball action Tuesday. The Tigers prevailed 25-21 and 25-13 in the second and fourth sets, respectively.Region 18GUNNISON, Utah-The Gunnison Bulldogs smacked Beaver 3-1 Tuesday in Region 18 volleyball action. The Bulldogs prevailed 25-17, 26-24 and 25-21 in the clinching fourth set. Beaver won the third set 25-19 in the loss.SALINA, Utah-The North Sevier Wolves swept Parowan 3-0 in Region 18 volleyball action Tuesday. The Wolves prevailed 25-20, 25-18 and 25-23 to earn the sweep.ENTERPRISE, Utah-Ronnie Robinson’s 21 kills led the Enterprise Wolves to a 3-0 sweep of Millard Tuesday in Region 18 volleyball action. Tags: Volleyball October 16, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 10/16 Brad James
Tags: Big Sky Conference/Brekkott Chapman/Dee Events Center/Delaware State/Eastern Washington/Jerrick Harding/Jesse Hunt/Weber State Men’s Basketball Written by December 27, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Men’s Basketball Commences Big Sky Season At Eastern Washington FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCHENEY, Wash.-Saturday, Weber State men’s basketball commences its Big Sky Conference portion of the season with a road trip to Cheney, Wash. to face the Eastern Washington Eagles.The Wildcats are 6-5 on the season and are coming off an 83-69 win over Delaware State December 22 at the Dee Events Center.Junior guard Jerrick Harding scored 36 points in the win over the Hornets, netting him Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors.The Wildcats score 81.5 points per game and surrender 73.8 points per contest.Harding averages a team-best 21.2 points per game with senior forward Brekkott Chapman posting 11.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for Weber State.The Eagles come into this game at 2-9 and are outscored by 13 points per game (78.5-65.5).Senior forward Jesse Hunt averages 15.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for the Eagles.Weber State has dominated the series as the Wildcats are 48-22 all-time against Eastern Washington, including a 17-16 record at Cheney. Brad James
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUEPhiladelphia 3, Tampa Bay 2NY Mets 9, Baltimore 7Rochester 5, Minnesota 2Albuquerque 7, Colorado 3Washington 5, NY Yankees 3Milwaukee 10, Toronto 5Omaha 3, Kansas City 2St. Louis 6, Memphis 3Houston 12, Pittsburgh 9Chi Cubs 3, Boston 2Chi White Sox 6, Arizona 3Oakland 5, San Francisco 4LA Dodgers 8, LA Angels 7San Diego 8, Seattle 0AMERICAN LEAGUECleveland 10, Texas 1NATIONAL LEAGUEAtlanta 8, Cincinnati 5Miami at St. Louis 1:05 p.m., canceledNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONOrlando 119, Philadelphia 98Memphis 115, Oklahoma City 103Utah 125, Phoenix 922OT Portland 148, Brooklyn 144NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEPittsburgh 5, NY Rangers 2New Jersey 3, Buffalo 1Toronto 7, Florida 5Tampa Bay 5, Boston 4Dallas 5, Winnipeg 2Nashville 1, Minnesota 0St. Louis 3, Vegas 1L.A. Kings 3, Calgary 0Detroit 3 San Jose 2Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. March 26, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/25/19 Written by Beau Lund
October 15, 2019 /Sports News – Local USU Basketball’s Sam Merrill Named To Jerry West Award Watch List FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Tuesday, Utah State men’s basketball senior guard Sam Merrill was named to the Jerry West Award watch list. This award annually honors the top shooting guard in Division I men’s basketball.Of the 20 candidates for the award, Merrill, a sharpshooter out of Bountiful High School, is the only representative of a Utah university.Merrill is the reigning Mountain West Conference player of the year and Mountain West Conference tournament MVP.His 20.9 points per game paced the Aggies en route to both Mountain West regular season and conference tournament titles for Utah State.He had team highs in points (731) and assists (147) as he averaged 4.2 assists per gameLast season, Merrill earned third-team All-American honors from Stadium, honorable mention All-American honors from The Associated Press and first-team All-Mountain West and first-team all-District 17 honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.Merrill spent part of his off-season participating in the CP3 Elite Guard Camp as one of only 15 collegiate point guards invited to the camp hosted by current NBA player, Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder.Merrill and his Aggies teammates commence the season October 30 as they host NAIA foe College of Idaho in an exhibition game. Their first game against a fellow Division I opponent is a home game against Montana State November 5 Brad James Written by Tags: All-American/Chris Paul/Jerry West Award watch list/Sam Merrill/USU Men’s Basketball
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-Saturday, Utah State football (4-2, 3-0 in Mountain West Conference play) visits Falcon Stadium to battle the traditional power Air Force (5-2, 3-1 in Mountain West play) as the two jockey for position in the Mountain Division.Air Force is calling for both Falcons and Aggies fans to wear white as the academy is celebrating a “White Out For Aurora” in honor of Aurora, the deceased official live falcon mascot that had served in this capacity for 23 years.The Aggies are 33-18 (.647) all-time as a Mountain West Conference member and 14-11 (.560) on the road.Utah State ranks 43rd nationally (32.7 points per game) in scoring offense.Junior receiver Savon Scarver has also assisted with the Aggies’ special teams as he leads the nation in kickoff return average at 43.4 yards per return.Junior signal-caller Jordan Love completes 59.6 percent of his passes (133-223) for 1,506 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions.Senior tailback Gerold Bright (83 car, 445 yards, 4 TD’s) averages 5.4 yards per carry and junior back Jaylen Warren (62 car, 408 yards, 4 TD’s) averages 6.6 yards per tote, as he is just behind Utah senior back Zack Moss nationally, ranking him 16th in the country.Graduate student receiver Siaosi Mariner (26 rec, 403 yards, 2 TD’s) and sophomore wide-out Deven Thompkins (18 rec, 257 yards, 3 TD’s) are the Aggies’ leaders in the receiving department.Senior kicker Domink Eberle has made 11 of 13 field goal attempts and has made all 23 of his PAT’s on the season. Eberle is only two points short of breaking the Aggies’ all-time scoring record, set by tailback Robert Turbin (308 points, 2007-2011).Defensively, the Aggies rank 44th nationally (23 points per game) in scoring defense.Junior linebacker David Woodward ranks second nationally in tackles (13.7 per game) and forced fumbles (4).Woodward is also tied for the team lead in sacks (2) with senior defensive end Tipa Galeai, graduate student defensive end Jacoby Wildman and junior defensive end Nick Heninger.Junior safety Shaq Bond has two interceptions to lead the Aggies.Air Force comes into Saturday’s game having won three out of their last four games, including a 56-26 rout of Hawaii at Honolulu last Saturday.The productive Falcons score 37.4 points per game, ranking them 18th nationally. As is always the case at the academy, the running offense rules the roost.The Falcons have run for 2,132 yards, the most in the nation. Their 304.6 yards per game on the ground is second nationally and their 5.3 yards per carry ranks 19th nationally.Junior quarterback Donald Hammond III completes 50.8 percent of his passes (31-61) for 677 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions for Air Force.Hammond has also run for 258 yards and a team-best eight rushing scores for the Falcons.Junior tailback Kadin Remsberg (89 car, 531 yards, 5 TD’s) is the Falcons’ top tailback. Senior fullback Taven Birdow (103 car, 462 yards, 4 TD’s) and sophomore fullback Timothy Jackson (59 car, 358 yards, 4 TD’s) have also been solid for Air Force.Senior receiver Geraud Sanders (20 rec, 479 yards, 4 TD’s) and fellow senior wide-out Benjamin Waters (9 rec, 292 yards, 2 TD’s) are the Falcons’ leading receivers when Air Force does decide to pass.Senior specialist Jake Koehnke has made all seven of his field goal attempts and 28 of his 32 PAT’s for the Falcons.The Air Force defense gives up 24 points per game, tied for 49th nationally with Louisiana Tech and USC.Junior inside linebacker Demonte Meeks and junior defensive tackle Jordan Jackson have 2.5 sacks apiece for Air Force.Sophomore defensive back Milton Bugg III leads the Falcons with three interceptions. Senior inside linebacker Kyle Johnson and senior defensive lineman Mosese Fifita have two forced fumbles apiece for the Falcons to lead the squad in that category.This is the 8th all-time meeting in the series, with the Falcons leading the Aggies 4-3 all-time. October 21, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Visits Air Force Academy Saturday Night Tags: Air Force football/Utah State Football Written by Brad James
October 30, 2019 /Sports News – National Baker Mayfield ‘frustrated’ by losing, has tense exchange with reporter FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield abruptly ended a media session on Wednesday after a reporter asked him about the team’s sense of urgency in last week’s loss to the New England Patriots.Discussing the team’s final possession of the first half of that game, Mayfield told Tony Grossi, a reporter for 850 WKNR, an ESPN Radio affiliate in Cleveland to “Stop saying ‘but.’ I just told you the clock was running and we had a penalty.”“You want to give them the ball back? No. You don’t play, you don’t know it. That’s just plain and simple.”When asked if he was pleased with the drive, Mayfield got agitated, saying “Was I happy with the drive? No, we didn’t score points. The dumbest question you could ask. What? Jesus, Tony.”Minutes later, Mayfield tweeted about the situation. “Don’t call it emotional when it’s convenient and passion when it fits. I care about winning, so yeah I’m frustrated.”“If I was to act like it’s okay to lose, then y’all would say I’ve gotten complacent. My sense of urgency is at an all time high,” Mayfield said. “And if I offend anybody along the way…that’s too bad.”The Browns have disappointed to start the season, winning just two of their first seven games. That after the team was a trendy pick to win the AFC North division. Mayfield, meanwhile, has been at the center of those struggles, having thrown the most interceptions of any quarterback this season. Cleveland faces the Denver Broncos on the road this Sunday. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written by
January 31, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/31 Brad James Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballRegion 12RICHFIELD, Utah-Joshua Thalman posted 18 points on 7-12 from the field as the Richfield Wildcats smacked San Juan 62-47 in Region 12 boys basketball action Friday. The proficient Wildcats shot 58.5 percent (24-41) from the field in the win as they improved to 13-4 and 6-1 in Region 12 play. Morgan Albrecht added 13 points and 6 rebounds on 5-6 from the field for the Wildcats in the win.Randall Flavel netted 16 points and 8 rebounds on 7-8 from the field in the loss for the Broncos, who fell to 12-6 and 3-4 in Region 12 play.The Wildcats return to action Saturday at 4:30 pm for a home game against Grand. The Broncos are staying in Sevier County overnight and will play at South Sevier Saturday at 4:30 pm.MONROE, Utah-Brandt Williams amassed 28 points and 14 rebounds and the South Sevier Rams gashed Grand 64-48 Friday in Region 12 boys basketball action. Milo Birdwell’s 12 points and 7 rebounds led the Red Devils in defeat.Region 14MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Derek Smith posted 36 points, including six 3-pointers, as the Delta Rabbits drilled North Sanpete 79-47 in Region 14 boys basketball action Friday. Dallon Steadman and Robert Olson had 9 points apiece in the loss for the Hawks.ROOSEVELT, Utah-Brendan Allred stepped up with 15 points and the Juab Wasps edged Union 53-52 Friday in Region 14 boys basketball action. Keaston Young had 19 points in defeat for the Cougars.Region 16DUCHESNE, Utah-Janzen Keisel led the way with 18 points and the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs bested Duchesne 58-47 in Region 16 boys basketball action Friday. Gavin Davis netted a game-high 20 points for the Eagles in the loss.MONTICELLO, Utah-Burke Mickelsen netted 28 points as the North Sevier Wolves routed Monticello 64-45 Friday in Region 16 boys basketball action. Cedar English and Devin Hatch had 13 points apiece in the loss for the Buckaroos.Region 18FILLMORE, Utah-Sam Marshall posted 19 points as the Millard Eagles humbled Enterprise 61-46 in Region 18 boys basketball action Friday. CJ Drake had 13 points for the Wolves in defeat.KANAB, Utah-Sam Orton amassed 18 points and the Kanab Cowboys downed Parowan 46-40 Friday in Region 18 boys basketball action. Max Topham’s game-high 19 points paced the Rams in the loss.Region 20JUNCTION Utah-Quade Gleave’s 12 points led the way as the Piute Thunderbirds stonewalled Milford 44-37 in Region 20 boys basketball action Friday. Heston Sullivan had 14 points for the Tigers in defeat.PANGUITCH, Utah-Ryker Hatch had 14 points as the Panguitch Bobcats stymied Valley 45-38 Friday in Region 20 boys basketball action. Braden Heaton had 12 points to pace the Buffaloes in the loss.Bob Kirk InvitationalCUMBERLAND, Md.-Richard Isaacs Jr. led the way with 16 points and 5 assists as the Wasatch Academy Tigers fell 61-58 to the St. Benedicts (N.J.) Gray Bees in overtime Friday at the Bob Kirk Invitational.Girls BasketballRegion 12MOAB, Utah-The South Sevier Rams routed Grand 76-25 Friday in Region 12 girls basketball action.Region 16DUCHESNE, Utah-Oakley Butler posted 21 points and the Duchesne Eagles routed Gunnison Valley 51-33 Friday in Region 16 girls basketball action. Rian Christiansen had 9 points in the loss for the Bulldogs.Non-RegionMT. PLEASANT, Utah-Nataly Dunka netted 14 points and the Wasatch Academy Tigers gashed Beaver 45-39 in non-region girls basketball action Friday. Avery Brown posted 24 points for the Beavers in defeat. Tags: Richfield basketball/San Juan basketball
Written by Tags: St. John’s Men’s Basketball/UVU Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailQUEENS, N.Y.-Per news released Wednesday morning, Utah Valley men’s basketball is to visit St. John’s of the Big East Conference Saturday afternoon at Queens, N.Y.The Wolverines (5-5, 3-0 in WAC play) face a St. John’s squad (8-7, 3-6 in Big East play) coming off of a 74-70 win over Connecticut Monday.UVU scores 77.8 points per game, ranking the Wolverines 78th nationally in scoring offense.Defensively, UVU surrenders 76.6 points per game. This ranks the Wolverines 293rd nationally in scoring defense.Senior guard Jamison Overton is the Wolverines’ leading scorer, averaging 18.9 points per game and he is tied for the team lead in steals (11) with junior guard Trey Woodbury.Redshirt sophomore center Fardaws Aimaq (17.5 points per game, a national-best 15.1 rebounds per game, a team-best 19 blocks per game), Woodbury (15.4 points per game, a team-best 41 assists) and graduate student forward Evan Cole (11.9 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per contest) also score in double figures on-average for the Wolverines.The Wolverines are coached by head coach Mark Madsen, who is 16-24 (.400) in his second season leading the program.St. John’s scores 78.7 points per game, tying the Red Storm for 63rd nationally in scoring offense with Akron.Defensively, the Red Storm surrenders 77.9 points per game, ranking St. John’s 308th nationally in scoring defense.St. John’s statistical leader is sophomore guard/forward Julian Champagnie. He leads the Red Storm in scoring (20 points per game), rebounding (7.2 boards per game) and blocked shots (16).The only other Red Storm standout to score in double figures on-average is junior guard Greg Williams Jr. (10.9 points per game).St. John’s is led in assists (69) and steals (37) by freshman guard Posh Alexander.The Red Storm is coached by Nolan Richardson disciple Mike Anderson, who is 25-22 (.532) in his second season leading the program.Anderson is 394-222 (.640) as a Division I head coach. This includes stints at Alabama-Birmingham (2002-2006), Missouri (2006-2011) and Arkansas (2011-2019) ahead of his time with the Red Storm.Saturday’s meeting is historic as it commemorates the first time the Red Storm and Wolverines have met on the hardwood. January 20, 2021 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball To Play St. John’s Saturday Brad James