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Npower to sell power to the Grid

first_img Show Comments ▼ Npower to sell power to the Grid Wednesday 12 January 2011 8:48 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Herald Energy company Npower plans to step in to support the National Grid during times of high energy demand by using its customers to help power the network. Around 50 industrial sites in the UK are already paid by the Grid to offer their stand-by generators for national use when the network is stressed, most recently during the snow in December, which led to record energy usage and put a strain on services. But Npower hopes to pay customers who have back-up generators to add up to 600 megawatts to the network, the equivalent of a medium-sized power station. “The National Grid is hoping to supply more energy from renewable sources like wind, which is unpredictable, especially in periods of high demand. The nature of the grid, especially as overall demand increases, makes it important for companies like us to step in,” Npower industrial and commercial market director David Cockshott told City A.M. The National Grid declined to comment yesterday. KCS-content center_img whatsapp Tags: NULL whatsapp Share More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comlast_img read more

Hymn writing competition will mark centennial of Church in Wales

first_imgHymn writing competition will mark centennial of Church in Wales Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Anglican Communion News Service] A hymn writing competition has been launched to help mark the centennial of the Church in Wales, which will be celebrated across all its dioceses next year.The Diocese of St. Davids is inviting entries to find a new liturgical hymn to celebrate the 100th anniversary and that of the Church in Wales in 2020.Communications officer David Hammond-Williams said: “Hymns are an integral part of church liturgy, so this is a natural choice to try and help people engage with the celebrations. We have a big tradition of singing in Wales and the hope is that this might help us leave a musical legacy for the future.”Read the entire article here. Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC By Rachel FarmerPosted Dec 13, 2019 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Press Release Service Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Smithfield, NC Submit an Event Listing Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Shreveport, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Calls Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Rector Columbus, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Liturgy & Music The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Press Release Tags Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, ILlast_img read more

As diocese’s lobbyist, Iowa priest invites Episcopalians to speak their…

first_imgAs diocese’s lobbyist, Iowa priest invites Episcopalians to speak their faith to lawmakers Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing Iowa state Sen. Rob Hogg talks about pending legislation in a meeting with the Rev. Wendy Abrahamson, right of Hogg, and her group of “Episcopalians on the Hill” on March 3, 2020. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Des Moines, Iowa] Should The Episcopal Church be involved in politics? Spend some time with the Rev. Wendy Abrahamson in the halls of Iowa government and she might convince you the answer is yes, when she’s not busy persuading state lawmakers to listen to the church.In addition to her primary calling as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Grinnell, Iowa, Abrahamson is a registered lobbyist – unpaid, nonpartisan and candidly Christian.This is her fourth year advocating, on behalf of the Diocese of Iowa and Bishop Alan Scarfe, for and against legislation that intersects with policies approved by The Episcopal Church’s General Convention and the Iowa Diocesan Convention. “Lobbyist” may strike some as an unusual label for a priest, but that is the state’s term for the 653 people registered to do what Abrahamson does. She embraces the label.The Rev. Wendy Abrahamson, rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Grinnell, Iowa, is an unpaid lobbyist for the Diocese of Iowa, so she is registered to enter the diocese’s position on pending state legislation. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service“In the United States, the distribution of good things is often regulated by legislation,” Abrahamson said. While congregations do good work alleviating the symptoms of inequality through ministries like soup kitchens and clothing drives, she said, “I think legislation is one way to get at the source of some of the problems. That’s why I think it matters that the church is there.”The church was there at the state Capitol in Des Moines on March 3, when Abrahamson brought together more than a dozen Episcopalians for an afternoon event dubbed “Episcopalians on the Hill,” the diocese’s third annual lobbying day. Participants, some wearing clergy collars, came to meet with lawmakers and to learn how constituents like them can amplify their voices in representative government.Being a registered lobbyist primarily allows Abrahamson to update the state’s lobbyist database with the Diocese of Iowa’s official positions on certain bills, but Episcopalians in the state don’t need to be lobbyists to talk to their elected officials. They just need to show up and ask.Some brought deep experience in the legislative process. The Rev. Jeanie Smith, a deacon at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in West Des Moines, once worked in Washington, D.C., as a congressional lobbyist on behalf of an airport trade association. And the Rev. Marc Haack, a deacon at Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City, recently joined Abrahamson on Iowa’s list of registered lobbyists, drawing on his experience 18 years ago when he lobbied for Iowa school administrators.No experience is necessary, however. Abigail Livingood, a parishioner at St. Timothy’s, said she had visited the Capitol before but never for something like this. Even so, she had nominally more experience than the Rev. Stephen Benitz, priest-in-charge at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Mason City.“I’ve never been in the building,” Benitz said.Even Abrahamson admitted she’s “still learning the ropes,” and there are so many bills to follow. Through her deliberations with Scarfe, they have narrowed their focus to a handful of core areas that reflect the diocese’s priorities: gun safety, immigration, the environment, economic equality, LGBTQ rights and mental health care. Abrahamson sometimes reaches out to The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations in Washington for further clarification of the church’s policy positions.“She doesn’t lobby her own opinion,” Scarfe, who had joined the group at the Capitol, told Episcopal News Service during a break. “She lobbies issues that we know there is some track record” of Episcopal engagement on.Like Abrahamson, Scarfe readily justifies the church’s political advocacy, which he says is a calling made plain in Episcopalians’ Baptismal Covenant – to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself,” and to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.”“You cannot be a person of justice and of truth and uphold the dignity of every human being without engaging yourself at some point in the political life of the human race,” Scarfe said. “That’s where the struggle, the collective struggle, happens.”He also underscored that Christian advocacy is not partisan, and Episcopalians from both major parties have represented Iowans at the Capitol. He credited Maggie Tinsman, a Republican who served as a state senator until 2007, with encouraging the diocese to become more active in the legislative process. Tinsman, a past deputy to The Episcopal Church’s General Convention, was particularly supportive of legislation curbing human trafficking.Iowa’s Capitol in Des Moines. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceToday, Iowa has a Republican governor, and Republicans control both houses of the part-time Iowa Legislature, whose session starts in January and lasts about three months. The number of Episcopalians in office remains small, and all are Democrats, as far as Scarfe and Abrahamson are aware. Three of those Democrats made time for the Episcopalians on the Hill as they gathered for introductions and an orientation in a meeting room on the Capitol’s third floor.State Sen. Rob Hogg sat on Abrahamson’s right at the oval conference table. A legislator since 2003, Hogg represents Cedar Rapids and worships at Christ Episcopal Church.Hogg joked of being “old and jaded” after nearly two decades in the Legislature. What he appreciates most from constituents is their sincerity in making personal appeals.“I like people to just kind of come and tell me, ‘Why do you care about the issue?’” he said. Begin to develop relationships with your lawmakers, he said, even those who aren’t likely to vote your way. “You might be disappointed, but you might not be. You might be able to make a difference.”Rep. Ross Wilburn echoed Hogg’s advice. “I personally like to hear stories, if folks are willing to share, and know how [legislation] touches you,” he said.Wilburn is one of Iowa’s newest legislators, having won a special election last year. A former Iowa City mayor, he now lives in Ames, where he attends St. John’s by the Campus Episcopal Church, near Iowa State University.They were joined later by Rep. Bob Kressig, who has represented Cedar Falls since 2005. He attends St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.“You know what I love about that church? They love everybody that comes there,” he said.The lawmakers detailed some of the bills that were expected to come before the House and Senate that day, and they gave their visitors additional suggestions for making a difference: Connect with other organizations doing similar work. Even if a bill fails to make it out of a committee, the measure could pop up in a different form later in the session, so don’t give up on it. Find ways to reach lawmakers who appear to be on the fence about pending legislation because it may not be as effective to try persuading those who have taken firmer positions.Abrahamson added it is important to thank lawmakers, regardless of their parties or policy positions, for the work they do on the people’s behalf.“One of the things that I care about is that you all know that we pray for you,” Abrahamson said. “I hope that this ministry will express our collective thanks.”State Rep. Bob Kressig, center, speaks March 3 to the group of Episcopalians visiting the Iowa Capitol, while state Sen. Rob Hogg, left, and state Rep. Ross Wilburn, right, listen. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceAfter about an hour, the three lawmakers prepared to return to their legislative work, and Scarfe sent them off by saying two prayers, one for the lawmakers and another for those they serve.Abrahamson and her group remained in the room for about another half-hour to discuss their strategy. With a long list of bills worth discussing, Abrahamson highlighted three for the Episcopalians to emphasize. The diocese was advocating defeat of two bills: one that would prevent local governments from regulating shooting ranges and another that would increase administrative hurdles for recipients of public assistance. The third bill, supported by the diocese, would create a voluntary certification system for hotels that have trained employees in preventing human trafficking.Livingood said her daughter works for an organization called Truckers Against Trafficking, and Abrahamson encouraged her to mention that personal connection when talking with lawmakers.After the orientation meeting, the group walked down the hall to doors that opened into the gallery overlooking the Senate floor. Abrahamson invited the Episcopalians to sit briefly and witness the legislative process in action, including a vote to allow Iowans with gun permits to take their guns onto school grounds.Abrahamson told ENS she rarely preaches on political topics at St. Paul’s in Grinnell, home of Grinnell College – a “liberal bubble in a liberal college town,” she said – but once or twice a week, she visits the Capitol to catch up on legislation and meet with lawmakers.Lawmakers don’t have offices at the Capitol, so they meet with constituents in the rotunda, out in the open. Constituents “have a lot of access here in Iowa,” Abrahamson said. To speak with a senator or representative, a citizen need only fill out a yellow slip the size of an index card, submit it for delivery to the lawmaker and wait to see if the lawmaker has time.The Iowa Senate is seen from the gallery above. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceThe Episcopalians at the Capitol had hoped to spend the rest of the afternoon filling out those yellow slips and meeting with lawmakers, but they were dealt a double dose of disappointment: The House had recessed so its members weren’t available to meet with constituents, and the senators voted to break for meetings with their party caucuses while the Episcopal group was sitting in the gallery.Even so, the “ministry of presence” matters too, Abrahamson said, and this would not be the only opportunity for her and the other Episcopalians to make contact with lawmakers.Abrahamson, Scarfe and the others gathered afterward at a nearby restaurant called Tasty Tacos – its slogan: “Nada Es Imposible.” Over chips, tacos and burritos, they made plans to follow up with lawmakers by email or, in some cases, in person.The Rev. Wendy Abrahamson, center, talks about the day’s activities with the Rev. Jeanie Smith, left, at Tasty Tacos, a restaurant near the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceAbrahamson asked for feedback on the lobbying day, and the response was decidedly positive despite not being able to meet with more lawmakers this time. Several of the Episcopalians said they appreciated receiving insight into the process from the three lawmakers who spoke to the group early in the afternoon. One suggested possibly partnering with other Christian denominations for a joint lobbying day.Another suggestion was to expand Abrahamson’s communications, possibly to include an email list. To this point, her primary communication platform has been a Facebook group that is approaching 400 members.Abrahamson said she hopes to build on the diocese’s ongoing engagement with legislators, especially now that Haack, the Iowa City deacon, has signed on as the diocese’s second registered lobbyist.Benitz said he plans to share what he’s learned with his congregation back in Mason City, letting his parishioners know ways they can get involved, and he came away from this experience particularly inspired to engage with lawmakers who disagree with him on certain issues. He thanked Abrahamson for inviting him and the others to the Capitol with her.“It’s wonderful just to have an opportunity to go there and experience it and to be there with a guide,” Benitz said.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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War against Syria defines today’s imperialism

first_imgJoe MchahwarThe war against Syria is not just another imperialist adventure. It is not just some pirate ships leaving the port to plunder another nation for a little while. The war against Syria is the defining war in this period of imperialism.The war against Syria is a war led by the U.S., CIA, imperialist proxies and their so-called allies. In some ways the war against Syria has been decades in the making. The imperialist powers have a long history of facilitating and empowering the most reactionary, supremacist ideologies and organizations in the region.Simultaneously the imperialist powers began the arduous process of redrawing the Middle East and Northern Africa on the basis of a secret Sykes-Picot 2.0. [The original Sykes-Picot was a secret 1916 agreement between Great Britain and France (the Russian Empire also agreed to it) that defined mutually agreed spheres of influence and control in Southwestern Asia.] Its aim was to destabilize independent states and halt any force from gaining any semblance of independence. The war against Syria would be impossible without the destruction of Iraq, the continued occupation of Afghanistan and the total devastation of Libya.Many people contend that the goal of this war is so-called regime change.This phrase creates an illusion of one set of interests leaving a state and another set entering. This could not be further from the truth — and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The aim of imperialism in Syria is the complete liquidation of the Syrian state and Syrian society.After Syrians won their independence from French colonialists [in 1946], they built a pluralistic state on the basis of self-determination and anti-Zionism. If the imperialists have their cake and eat it in Syria, we are looking at the prospect of a global war between the United States and Russia, which will not back down from its support for Syrian self- determination. We are also looking at a situation where most colonized countries are at risk of complete Balkanization [breakup of a region into smaller, often hostile units].Despite Trump’s empty promises, he has no power or intent to step back the U.S. role in Syria. There is no turning back for imperialism in Syria.Thousands of mercenaries, heavy weapons and toxic reactionary ideologies have been funneled into Syria. This is not something you turn on or off like a switch when you come into office. This is something that Syrians are actively resisting; it is up to us to support their resistance by any means necessary.Allow me to be absolutely clear about an important facet of this conflict: The U.S. is not fighting the Islamic State group or al-Qaida in Syria. Supposedly imperialists have been fighting a 15-year war on terrorism; yet this terrorism has become a thousand times stronger, a thousand times more fierce. In many ways these reactionary terrorist groups are direct proxies of the imperialist powers.The imperialists might not have the ability to dictate every action, but they have consistently given their proxies material support and continue to share their aims across the entire region.We must be vigilant of more than just U.S. escalations in Syria. Turkey, NATO’s Middle Eastern nuclear weapons base, has played a large role in the war against Syria. Turkey is tottering down a path of civil war on its own streets while simultaneously furthering its imperial ambitions in Syria and Iraq. It is almost a certainty that Turkey will be utilized to expand the NATO role in Syria, widening the scope of the war.Self-determination for Syrians comes above all else right now. Attacks on the Syrian state and their military allies from the Western anti-war movement accomplish nothing progressive. On the contrary, they support the argument for a stronger role for U.S. imperialism.The cause of Syrian self-determination now extends past the borders of Syria into Europe. Millions of Syrians have been forced into Europe and are living in genocidal conditions among other peoples from the Middle East and Africa. Trump’s victory and the rising ultraright pose an existential threat to Syrians in their homeland and in the streets of Europe.Workers World Party and our allies have always been strong proponents self-determination. We must continue to build and organize around this principle while also consciously challenging the propaganda war being waged against Syria. It is imperative that everyone get organizations and struggles they know involved in the new Hands Off Syria Coalition.The nature of the war against Syria mirrors many imperialist methods of oppression in the West, and these ties can actively be made. Just like the pigs are out here on these streets everyday lynching people of color, reactionary death squads in Syria are committing genocide against Kurds, Christians, Druze, Shia and Sunnis who will not submit! Standing Rock and the movement against war in Syria need to actively build together. Both are fighting a struggle for self-determination against the same enemy!A country that oppresses others will never be free. The only road to peace: U.S. out of the Middle East!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Hitch your wagon to Limerick and you will never regret it

first_imgNewsEducationHitch your wagon to Limerick and you will never regret itBy Staff Reporter – September 13, 2018 1926 Print Advertisement Previous articleJazz benefit for Shannon Rowing ClubNext articleBeyond the neon runes Staff Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSeducationInterviewLimerick City and County Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of Limerick Institute of Technology.Picture Sean Curtin True Media.Limerick Institute of Technology President Vincent Cunnane talks about passion, pride and the secret sauce of education to Andrew Carey.STANDING in front of 1,700 new entrants to the Limerick Institute of Technology is what Vincent Cunnane describes as the best job in the world.After five sessions addressing the new intake of students in the Millennium Theatre on the Moylish Campus, there might be a slight crackle in the Donegal man’s voice, but there is no sign of any waiver in the passion he has for Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The last of the CAO offers have been dispatched and students are now coming to terms with the courses they will be studying for the next three to four years.Addressing this year’s new entrants, Professor Cunnane asked those who set foot on the campus for the first time to give him just two years and the rest will follow.“I feel I have the best job in the world. I have just welcomed these new students on to the campus and we have had five induction sessions for students across a broad variety of sectors.“I am asking them to give me two years of their lives because, as we are in the IOT (Internet of Things) sector, in two years we can give them a level six qualification and I tell them that will change their lives.“Most of the students are enrolled for level eight programmes but we can offer them an alternative if it gets too much for them, there’s an embedded level six programme as well.“That’s the way to go, continuous professional development, access for those who will benefit from it, new apprenticeship opportunities for those who have different skills.”Championing Limerick and working to enhance the positivity of the city and the region is something that comes as second nature to the LIT President.Having seen times go from boom to bust, the Donegal native who has made Limerick his home, says that “the future is exceptionally bright for the city and the region”“I suppose as a former chief executive of Shannon Development, it is lovely for me to see the different parts of the region pulling together again.“The local authorities in Tipperary, Limerick, and Clare coming together and recognising that they have something more than an individual county standing on its own is a significant factor. It means that together we can present this region as the most dynamic, fastest-growing part of the country where we can cater for you, your career, your spouse, your children and your future.”Often credited with being one of the main reasons companies, both foreign and domestic, chose Limerick, the development of a third level education sector that ensures the emergence of a continuous supply of talented graduates remains a key objective for LIT.“What makes Limerick attractive now is that if you hitch your wagon to Limerick, you will never regret that decision.“You hitch your wagon and we will deliver for you because we know where we are going.“We know that the city centre needs improvement and we know what needs to happen and we have a plan for that, so we know what we are about.“We have reorientated ourselves towards the river and addressed the social problems,” he added.The LIT President said that the way the institution has embedded itself into Limerick society has been far more fundamental than it is in other cities.“We are part of a society and we are bringing 25,000 students into a city that has 100,000 people.“Along with our partners in the Shannon Consortium, we want to provide opportunities for all who can benefit from third level education and we want to open up those opportunities for them.”To support this, LIT looks at itself as an access institution. In that way, we get an equitable society and that way we make sure that everyone gets an opportunity to advance.“We are having an impact not only on the talent supply but in research and development, innovation and enterprise and all of that is happening here”.He believes that LIT is also having an impact on the social structure of Limerick, as well as its cultural structure.“We are changing the facade of Limerick and it is all positive. LIT, it could be said, is one of the partners at the heart of that change. Think of what LSAD (Limerick School of Art and Design) is bringing to the arts and culture of this city.“I could go on and on because there is a positive story at every twist and turn.“The ability of Limerick people to have a conversation, the ability for others to listen and the ability for action to be taken make up the secret sauce.“This is apparent in the eight new honours degree programmes and a number of new apprenticeships where overall new entrant student numbers have risen in LIT in what is a falling market.“Student numbers in the country are down but we have seen a year-on-year increase as we continue to develop new options. These have been guided by industry groups because we place a lot of effort and credit to our industry, business and cultural interaction as they are identifying gaps for us in the market.“That is one of the key things we do in stakeholder engagement and through that, we learn what we could be doing better as well as other courses that we could be developing.”center_img WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Limerick on Covid watch list Email Linkedin Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past yearlast_img read more

Court Finds in Favor of MERS

first_img Related Articles Tagged with: MERS MERSCORP Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save The string of legal victories for Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS) continued on Monday with the announcement from parent company MERSCORP Holdings that a court in Dallas, Texas, had ruled in MERS’ favor recognizing the company’s right as beneficiary to notice of a lawsuit under both the U.S. and Texas Constitutions.In the case of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. v. Summit Residential Services, Summit Residential Services acquired an interest in a property following an HOA foreclosure sale, and in 2002, the property was encumbered by a deed of trust granted by the borrower to MERS. Summit filed suit seeking clear title to the property, and in the suit it named only the original lender identified in the MERS deed of trust.MERS was not provided with notice of the action, nor was it named in the action. Summary judgment was granted to Summit which extinguished the MERS lien in April 2014, and MERS promptly filed its own lawsuit seeking to reinstate its lien. In its suit, MERS contended that it could not be deprived of its protected property without an opportunity to be heard under due process guaranteed by both the U.S. and Texas Constitutions.The Dallas County District Court, 101st Judicial District, agreed with MERS and entered a Final Judgment vacating Summit’s judgment and reinstating MERS’ lien on the property.“This judgment confirms that MERS is a necessary party to any lawsuit affecting property interests when MERS is the mortgagee or beneficiary of record. As such, MERS has a constitutionally protected right entitling MERS to notice of the lawsuit,” said MERSCORP Holdings VP for Corporate Communications, Janis Smith. “MERS will vigorously defend its constitutional and statutory right to notice.”MERS won a number of court decisions just since the second half of 2015 in cases that challenged its right to act as mortgagee. In late September, MERS won decisions in Montana, Georgia, New York, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Texas. In January, MERS won its first decision of 2016 in the New Hampshire State Supreme Court. MERS MERSCORP Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems 2016-02-08 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: OCC Recaps Proposals for Regulatory Relief Next: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 2/9/2016 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago February 8, 2016 2,559 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Newscenter_img About Author: Brian Honea Court Finds in Favor of MERS The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Court Finds in Favor of MERS Sign up for DS News Daily 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. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

‘Trial Court Also Passed Equally Well Reasoned Order’ : Supreme Court Issues Notice On Thwaha Fasal’s Plea Challenging Bail Cancellation In UAPA Case

first_imgTop Stories’Trial Court Also Passed Equally Well Reasoned Order’ : Supreme Court Issues Notice On Thwaha Fasal’s Plea Challenging Bail Cancellation In UAPA Case LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 April 2021 12:52 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice on the special leave petition filed by Kerala youth Thwaha Fasal, booked under the UAPA for alleged Maoist links, challenging the Kerala High Court’s judgment which set aside the bail granted to him by the trial court.A bench comprising Justices Navin Sinha and Ajay Rastogi issued notice returnable within three weeks after hearing Senior Advocate V…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 Friday issued notice on the special leave petition filed by Kerala youth Thwaha Fasal, booked under the UAPA for alleged Maoist links, challenging the Kerala High Court’s judgment which set aside the bail granted to him by the trial court.A bench comprising Justices Navin Sinha and Ajay Rastogi issued notice returnable within three weeks after hearing Senior Advocate V Giri, who appeared for Thwaha Fasal.During the brief admission hearing, the bench orally remarked that the “trial court has also passed an equally well reasoned order”.The bench also noted that the High Court has not cancelled the bail of the first accused in the case, Allan Shuhaib.”What prima facie impresses us to issue notice is that first accused has been granted bail and the trial court has passed a detailed order”, Justice Navin Sinha orally said. Therefore, the matter requires to be heard in detail, the judge added.Senior Advocate Giri submitted before the bench that the petitioner was a student of journalism, who was in custody since November 1, 2019 till he was granted bail by the Special NIA court in September last year. After the High Court set aside the trial court’s order in Janaury, he surrendered.Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing for the National Investigation Agency, submitted that the first accused in the case was granted bail only on medical grounds.”That order is also wrong. I have advised them to challenge it too”, the ASG said.Arguments in the Special Leave PetiitonIn the special leave petition filed in the Supreme Court, Fasal has stated that the High Court failed to note that “mere possession of Maoist literature is not a criminal offence”.”Mere possession of documents of banned organization along with other books of current political and social issues, to the most, only indicating a learning process from the side of the petitioner especially he was a journalism student”, the plea states.It is stated that in addition to the books published by CPI(Maoists), articles and pamphlets on various topics ranging from, books by Rosa Luxumberg, articles on the demolished Maradu apartment buildings, were also confiscated from him. The 25-year old points out that none of the materials allegedly seized from him are neither banned nor exhorting or supporting terrorism. It was on January 4 that a division bench comprising Justices A Hariprasad and K Haripal set aside the Special NIA Court’s order which granted bail to Thwaha Fasal and co-accused Allan Shuhaib. The Special Court, in its order delivered in September last year, had observed that no prima facie case was made out against the accused so as to attract Section 43D(5) of the Unwalful Activities Prevention Act as regards grant of bail. The Special Court observed that the case materials, at the most, suggested that the accused had Maoist leanings but had not indulged in any overt violence or incitement to violence.The HC observed that the trial court went into a “thread-bare analysis” of the documents on record as if in a trial’ and observed that the documents seized from the accused were “highly inflammable and volatile”.Though the High Court set aside the Special Court’s order, it allowed co-accused Allan Shuhaib to continue on bail, having regard to his young age and special medical conditions related to mental depression. As regards Fasal, the Court noted that the materials seized from him were more serious. The HC also placed special emphasis on the allegation that Fasal had uttered pro-Maoist slogans at the time of his arrest, which the Court termed “blameworthy”.The High Court had also observed that the documents seized from the accused were “highly inflammable and volatile”.In the special leave petition, it is argued that the trial court had only undertaken a preliminary exercise to examine if a prima facie case was made out to bar the grant of bail under Section 43D(5) of the UAPA. In fact, it is the High Court, the petitioner contends, which went into a detailed re-appreciation of the materials on record to substitute the views of the Special Court.Further, it is argued that the High Court was not justified in observing that the principle “bail is the rule, jail is the exception” is not applicable in UAPA cases. The petitioner refers to the recent Supreme Court judgment in Union of India v. K.A. Najeeb, where bail was granted in a UAPA case taking note of prolonged detention, to argue that the High Court’s approach was erroneous.The petition highlights that even the National Investigation Agency(NIA) has no case that the accused is a member of Maoist organization, as Section 20 of UAPA was dropped from the chargesheet. Reference is made to the Supreme Court precedents such as Arup Bhuyan to state that mere passive membership in a banned organization, without any overt violent activities, cannot be regarded as an offence.The petitioner also challenges the High Court’s findings that seizure of banners seeking independence of Jammu and Kashmir reflected secessionist ideology of the accused. It is said that the banners were made in the context of the abrogation of the special status of J&K under Article 370″It is submitted that the contents of the banner and documents were not illegal rather justifiable to excise right of dissent to government policy in democratic way without resorting violence”, the SLP says.”The Special Court order reflected humanist compassion and a sense of reality.The Special Court was able to understood that the accused as two young man who may have flirted with extremist ideas out oftheir disenchantment at the failure of the existing system to remedy social injustice”, the petition drawn by Advocates CC Anopp and PS Syamkuttan and filed through Judy James AoR stated.Also, referring to Balwant Singh case, it is argued that mere raising of slogans of banned organizations, without any overt criminal act, cannot be an offence.Fasal, along with law student Allan Shuhaib, were arrested by Kerala Police in November 2019, for alleged links with Maoist groups. Later, the case was taken over by the NIA.In September last year, nearly ten months after custody, the NIA Court granted them bail observing that the National Investigation Agency failed to establish a prima facie case under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), 1967, against the accused.The NIA Court observed that the notices, pamphlets, banners, etc., seized from the accused related to “burning social and political issues” such as calling for implementation of Gadgil Committee report for the protection of western ghats, condemnation of encounter killings of Maoists, protests against police atrocities, abrogation of J&K special status, etc. The programmes and activities projected by the prosecution were public protests related to current issues, the court noted.”Right to protest is a constitutionally guaranteed right. It is well settled that “Government established by law” has to be distinguished from persons for the time being engaged in carrying on the administration. A protest against policies and decisions of the government, even if it is wrong a wrong cause, cannot be termed as sedition or an intentional act to support cession or secession”, the NIA court had observed.The NIA Court further noted the mere possession of books on Communist ideology, Maoism, class struggle, etc., does not prove anything adverse against the accused.Though the High Court reversed the finding of the Special Court that no prima facie case under UAPA existed, it allowed Allan Shuhaib to continue on bail, having regard to his young age, special medical condition. The High Court placed particular emphasis on the allegation that Thwaha had uttered pro-Maoist slogans, which it court termed “blameworthy”.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Assistant Professor – History (Early American Revolutionary War Era) – (FAC001496)

first_imgThe Department of History at the University of Houston invitesapplications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in EarlyAmerican /Revolutionary War era history. Although all researchareas will be seriously considered, candidates who have researchinterests that intersect with Atlantic, colonial, imperial, andNative American history are especially encouraged to apply.Teaching responsibilities include the U.S. survey, and appropriateupper division and graduate courses in colonial Americanhistory.The department particularly seeks a candidate with at least fiveyears full-time experience teaching introductory survey courses inAmerican history to a large racially and ethnically diverse studentbody. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have multiple years ofexperience mentoring graduate students and administering a graduateprogram in History. Finally, experience with online teaching is aplus. The standard teaching load is two courses per semester.The successful candidate will join a strong cohort of Americanistsdedicated to excellence in teaching and scholarship in such areasincluding environmental, and urban development, borderlands, raceand ethnicity, gender, women and family, political, war, revolutionand diplomacy, and health, medicine and technology.Candidates should have completed the Ph.D. by July 2021, and shouldhave a professional dedication to teaching and executing an activeresearch agenda. We welcome candidates whose experience inteaching, research and service has prepared them to contribute toour commitment to diversity and excellence. Contributing todepartmental programs, service and governance are expected.Complete applications should include a letter of introduction, CV,a writing sample, and the names and contact information for threereferences. Please direct all inquiries to Dr. Sarah Fishman [email protected] . Applicantsare to apply at the faculty employment link by October 28th. The Universityof Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/ AffirmativeAction employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversitywithin its community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the Universityprohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexualorientation, gender identity or gender expression.Qualifications :Candidates should have completed their Ph.D. in History by July2021.Notes to Applicant: Offical transcripts are required for afaculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of thefinal candidate. All positions at the University of Houston aresecurity sensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

Dysfunction And Infighting Cripple Labor Agency

first_img ‘This Is Like When Yugoslavia Broke Up.’By IAN KULLGREN and ANDREW HANNAIt’s hardly new for politicians to wrangle over the National Labor Relations Board. This time, though, partisan warfare has penetrated the agency itself.A federal agency that regulates labor unions is engaged in something close to civil war as political appointees, career bureaucrats and its inspector general battle one another.The agency is the National Labor Relations Board, created in 1935 to promote collective bargaining and adjudicate disputes between businesses and workers. An independent agency insulated — in theory — from partisan politics, the NLRB under President Donald Trump is consumed to the point of paralysis by fights over personnel policies, ethics rules and legal decisions that stem from ancient political disagreements over the proper balance of power between employers and workers.The in-fighting is bad news for workers who seek the NLRB’s help to organize unions and increase corporate accountability for labor law violations — and also, paradoxically, bad news for employers who want to fight unionization and limit corporate liability by reversing pro-labor rulings issued under the Obama NLRB.“This is like when Yugoslavia broke up,” said one employment lobbyist who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “You’re fighting over things that happened 10,000 years ago — you killed my ancestor so I’m going to kill you.”At the center of the controversy, which has pitted civil servants against political appointees, conservatives against liberals and, on occasion, conservatives against other conservatives, are Peter Robb, the NLRB’s bare-knuckled general counsel, and board member William Emanuel, a controversial Trump appointee with deep ties to business.Robb outraged the NLRB’s career staff in January by proposing a restructuring that would demote regional directors, whom the business lobby considers too pro-union. That prompted revolt from the NLRB’s employee unions. “Peter Robb is considering measures to ‘streamline’ the NLRB that will only make it harder to remedy federal labor law violations,” read a flyer that three New York union locals distributed at an event Robb attended in February.Nearly 400 NLRB employees followed up March 15 in a letter sent to members of Congress that said Robb’s changes “strike us as unlikely to generate cost savings for the agency. What they do seem likely to achieve is the frustration of our efforts to provide members of the public with high quality, thorough investigation.”The second and more elaborate NLRB controversy concerns Emanuel’s decision not to recuse himself in December from Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, a pro-business ruling in which the NLRB’s inspector general later concluded Emanuel had a conflict of interest. After the inspector general issued his report, the NLRB vacated the ruling.The two storylines crossed this month when Robb issued a legal opinion that said he “does not agree with the conclusions reached in the IG report,” and accused three NLRB members of breaking the law. Robb faulted the members — including the Republican chairman — for vacating Hy-Brand without consulting Emanuel, and urged the board to reinstate Hy-Brand. It’s highly unusual for an NLRB general counsel to criticize the board’s judgment so harshly. The White House, signaling apparent agreement with Robb, replaced NLRB Chairman Marvin Kaplan last week with the just-confirmed board member John Ring. (Kaplan will remain as board member.)Meanwhile, the NLRB’s inspector general, David Berry, is investigating a second NLRB member, Mark Pearce, who is one of the board’s two Democrats. (By law, two of the NLRB’s five board members are chosen by whichever party does not occupy the White House.) Berry is following on a complaint filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a conservative nonprofit, based on a Wall Street Journal editorial that accused Pearce of alerting in advance attendees at an American Bar Association meeting in Puerto Rico that Hy-Brand would be vacated. Pearce did not answer a request for comment.Berry, in turn, stands accused by the National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation, the legal arm of the anti-union National Right To Work Committee, of disclosing confidential board deliberations improperly in his report on Emanuel, and in a follow-up report issued one month later. The right-to-work group asked an umbrella group, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, to investigate. Berry did not answer a request for comment.“It’s sort of like ‘Game of Thrones,’” said Roger King, a friend of Emanuel’s and senior labor and employment counsel for the HR Policy Association.Or maybe three-dimensional chess. The National Right to Work Committee is a natural ally to Emanuel, but, remarkably, it’s come to regard Emanuel as a problem that must not be replicated in future NLRB nominations, lest pro-labor Democrats gain an upper hand through additional recusals.In its March newsletter, the group revealed that the Trump administration ignored its advice “not to choose … another management attorney who would have to recuse himself or herself potentially from vast numbers of cases involving clients of the attorney’s former employer.” That advice, the newsletter complained, “went unheeded” when Trump nominated Ring, a partner at the management-side law firm Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, “whose client list is even longer than Littler Mendelson’s.” The Senate confirmed Ring last week.“For the next year and a half,” warned National Right To Work Committee vice president Matthew Leen in the newsletter, “two of the three NLRB members who aren’t profoundly biased in favor of forced unionism may have to recuse themselves from multiple cases.”In effect, Leen was saying that the Trump administration was so blatantly anti-labor that it may be unable to fulfill its anti-labor objectives.It’s hardly new for politicians to wrangle over the NLRB. In 2012, the board made headlines when President Barack Obama tested the limits of his executive power by bypassing Congress and granting three recess appointments to the NLRB even though the Senate was technically in session. Obama ended up losing in the Supreme Court.This time, though, partisan warfare has penetrated the agency itself.General counsel Robb sent senior agency staffers reeling after he announced in a Jan. 11 conference call that he wanted to consolidate the agency’s 26 field offices into larger “districts” overseen by officials hand-picked by him. Under Robb’s plan, regional directors would lose their classification as members of the Senior Executive Service — the civil service’s highest rank — and be replaced by a new layer of officials who’d be answerable to Robb.The title “general counsel” makes Robb sound like a lawyer for NLRB management, but in fact, it’s arguably the agency’s most powerful position. The NLRB general counsel is the agency’s gatekeeper, a sort of prosecutor who brings cases before the board. The vast majority of NLRB cases are processed at the NLRB’s 26 field offices and never reach the board. The field offices are staffed by career officials who don’t typically agree with the pro-management outlook of Robb, to whom they report.In a letter to Robb shortly after the January conference call, the regional directors called his proposed changes “very major” and complained that they hadn’t “heard an explanation of the benefits to be gained.” They also warned that enacting such changes might prompt senior directors and managers to retire en masse — a clear shot across the bow.In reply, another official from the general counsel’s office proposed by email additional restrictions on the decision-making power of regional officials, such as requiring all cases go through headquarters for initial review.Robb declined to comment for this story and, according to a source familiar with his thinking, is upset that the controversy spilled into public view.Marshall Babson, a former Democrat appointee to the NLRB, said that Robb’s proposed changes risk making the NLRB less efficient. “If you’re talking about injecting another level of review, that could slow things down,” he said.Jennifer Abruzzo, who was acting general counsel before Robb, agreed. “I think that’s a mistake,” she said. “I think the regional directors know what they’re doing.”Shifting rationales for the changes have intensified the career staff’s suspicions about Robb’s motives. At the March ABA meeting in Puerto Rico, Robb’s deputy John Kyle said they were intended to bring the agency in line with the White House’s proposed 9 percent budget cut for the agency. But the $1.3 trillion spending bill signed into law last month by President Donald Trump, H.R. 1625 (115), rejected that cut and maintained funding at current levels.“It certainly undercuts the general counsel’s rationale for restructuring,” said Karen Cook, president of the NLRB Professional Association. “He will try to move forward with his plan, though, on the basis that he expects a severe cut to the 2019 budget.“The budget picture grew more complex Tuesday when the White House budget office alerted NLRB that the agency should spend only $264 million of the $274 million it received in the spending bill, a 3.6 percent reduction. Such a rescission, were it to become permanent, would require congressional approval under the 1974 Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act.“I am unaware of a single instance in the past wherein the White House or OMB subjected the NLRB to the budget rescission process,” said Marshall Babson, a former board member.Fevered though the Robb Revolt is, it hasn’t yet engulfed members of the board itself. The same can’t be said about the controversy surrounding Emanuel and his participation in the December Hy-Brand decision.Hy-Brand narrowed the circumstances under which a business could be classified as a so-called joint employer, jointly liable for labor violations committed by its contractors or franchisees. It reversed an earlier ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries, a 2016 decision by the Obama NLRB that broadened the circumstances under which a business could be classified a joint employer. Fast-food chains like McDonald’s were outraged by Browning-Ferris because it put them on the hook for maltreatment of employees over whom they didn’t necessarily maintain direct control.Story Continued BelowHy-Brand was rushed out along with several other pro-management decisions shortly before a Republican NLRB member’s term was about to end in December, leaving the board deadlocked, 2-2. The overturning of Browning-Ferristook many by surprise, because Hy-Brand wasn’t a case that had much to do with the joint-employer issue.“It was a rush to judgment,” said Wilma Liebman, a Democratic board member under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama.One week after the Hy-Brand ruling, congressional Democrats accused the NLRB of loading the dice by allowing Emanuel to participate. Emanuel’s former law firm, Littler Mendelson, had represented a party in Browning-Ferris, noted a Dec. 21 letter to Emanuel from Senate HELP Committee ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), House Education and the Workforce Committee ranking member Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and others. In the letter, the six Democrats posed several questions to Emanuel about his participation in Hy-Brand.In his response, first reported by ProPublica, Emanuel said he wasn’t aware at the time of the ruling that his firm had been involved in Browning-Ferris, noting Littler’s very long client list. Unfortunately for Emanuel, he’d already noted his firm’s participation in Browning-Ferris on a questionnaire submitted during his confirmation hearing. Emanuel scrambled to revise his response, but the damage was done, and inspector general Berry opened an investigation. The first report, issued Feb. 9, was scathing, finding “a serious and flagrant problem and/or deficiency in the board’s administration of its deliberative process.” Emanuel, Berry concluded, should have recused himself from the decision to overturn the Obama-era standard.The NLRB’s other three board members, including Trump-nominated chairman Marvin Kaplan, were persuaded by Berry’s reasoning and vacated Hy-Brand, waiting to act until after Emanuel departed for the ABA conference in Puerto Rico. Emanuel was stunned when a fellow attendee pulled up the ruling on a cellphone, according to a source who was present at the conference.“You should have seen the look on his face,” this person said. “He had no knowledge of it in advance. He was totally floored.”Emanuel, who declined to comment for this story, hired Zuckerman Spaeder, a prominent white-collar law firm that previously represented former International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.Emanuel’s defenders insist he did nothing wrong because his firm wasn’t directly involved in Hy-Brand. Zuckerman Spaeder Chairman Dwight Bostwick argued in a letter to Berry that he’d evaluated Emanuel under an unusually strict standard that “has the potential to bedevil and frustrate this agency for years to come” and “‘weaponize’ the ethics rules for purposes of improperly excluding presidential appointees from doing the jobs they were sworn to do.”Bostwick also wrote that one month after the Hy-Brand decision, the NLRB’s designated ethics official told Emanuel that she didn’t believe Emanuel should have been required to recuse himself in that case. According to the letter, Emanuel asked for that opinion in writing, but the request was denied at the OIG’s request.Emanuel’s allies have cried foul, noting that former Democratic NLRB member Craig Becker participated in cases involving local chapters of the Service Employees International Union despite having previously been counsel to SEIU. In that instance, Berry raised no red flags. Becker declined to comment on the record.The conflict-of-interest charge is “based on a house of cards and not a very strong one at that,” said King, the attorney with the HR Policy Association. “We see a long-term game plan to destabilize and undermine the NLRB.”In his second inspector general report on Emanuel, issued March 20, Berry concluded that Emanuel violated the Trump administration’s ethics pledge, which states: “I will not for a period for two years from the date of my appointment participate in any particular matter involving specific parties that is directly and substantially related to my former employer or former clients.” But in his letter to Berry, Bostwick said he “respectfully disagree[d] … with the determination the member Emanuel violated his presidential ethics pledge.”Berry acquitted Emanuel of the most serious charge: lying to Congress about whether he was aware of a possible conflict of interest. But that did little to cool Congress’ fury. After Berry issued the report, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) called on Emanuel to resign, saying he “no longer has the credibility” to serve.CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story misstated a proposed reduction to the NLRB budget. Also, an earlier version of this story misstated the new NLRB Chairman’s first name and the name of the HR Policy Association. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Missing out on the latest scoops? Sign up for POLITICO Playbook and get the latest news, every morning — in your inbox.last_img read more

Southern Professional Hockey League’s Louisiana IceGators Suspend Operations For 2016-2017 Season

first_imgThe Louisiana IceGators’ General Manager Louis Dumont has announced that the team will suspend operations for the 2016-2017 season.because  of Arena renovations will begin at the end of this month at the Cajundome and will run through the end of November,” stated GM Louis Dumont. “Available dates during the month of December are also limited. With the Southern Professional Hockey League’s 2016-2017 season beginning in October a feasible schedule is simply not available at this time.”Dumont also added, “Countless hours have been spent between myself, the owners, IceGators staff and Cajundome management looking at different scenarios on how we can make this season happen. At this time suspending operations for this season is the best route to take.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more