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PSNI Chief Constable pays tribute to Ronan Kerr

first_img Twitter 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton News Facebook Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – April 3, 2011 The killing of Constable Ronan Kerr has been condemned by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Justice Minister Alan Shatter, as well as by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.In a statement, the Commissioner said the members of An Garda Síochána stand together with their colleagues in the Police Service of Northern Ireland. The uniforms may be woven from different cloth, he said, but the police on this island are bound together by a shared resolve and determination to bring those responsible for this crime to justice.In a press conference this morning,  the Chief Constable of the PSNI, Matt Baggott said Constable Kerr’s family were so proud of his achievements………….[podcast][/podcast] Facebook WhatsApp PSNI Chief Constable pays tribute to Ronan Kerrcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Previous articlePSNI step up investigation into murder of Constable Ronan Kerr in OmaghNext articleCondemnation of armed robbery at Derry bookmakers News Highland last_img read more

Gary Donnelly charged with committing offence under terrorism legislation

first_img Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – August 20, 2010 A leading member of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement has been charged with committing an offence under terrorism legislation.39-year-old Gary Donnelly of Sackville Court in Derry, appeared at Derry Magistrates’ Court, on Friday.The charge relates to three pipe bomb attacks in September 2009.Gary Donnelly is accused of having a mobile phone in circumstances that lead to the reasonable suspicion that its possession was in connection with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.During the hearing, a detective constable told the court that the charge against the defendant related to claims of responsibility by the Real IRA on 11 September 2009.He said the claims were about “two pipe bomb attacks and a punishment shooting” on that date.The detective constable said the defendant was charged with the offence as a result of statements made by freelance journalist, Eamonn MacDermott, who received claim of responsibility and on the basis of extensive telephone inquiries.Applying for bail, defence solicitor Paddy McGurk, said that one month after the pipe bombs and shooting incident, the police contacted Mr MacDermott and took a statement from him.Mr McGurk said Mr MacDermott told the police that the person who made the phone call of responsibility was not Mr Donnelly.He added that Mr MacDermott was again interviewed by the police yesterday.During his interview, Mr MacDermott’s phone was seized.Judge McElholm said before he made a decision on whether to remand Mr Donnelly in custody or release him on bail, he wanted to know if notes of Mr MacDermott’s interview with the police were available.The hearing was adjourned until that has been established. WhatsApp WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Previous article30 jobs to go at Oatfield LetterkennyNext articleWhale watching at Lough Swilly tomorrow News Highland Google+center_img Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gary Donnelly charged with committing offence under terrorism legislation Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th News 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+last_img read more

Bar Council Of Delhi Opposes Centre’s Proposal To Decriminalize Dishonour Of Cheques Under Sec 138 NI Act, Other Economic Offences

first_imgNews UpdatesBar Council Of Delhi Opposes Centre’s Proposal To Decriminalize Dishonour Of Cheques Under Sec 138 NI Act, Other Economic Offences LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK13 Jun 2020 1:46 AMShare This – xThe Bar Council of Delhi has opposed the Central Government’s decision to decriminalize minor economic offences, stating that the same will cause rampant “institutional damage”. In a letter address to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Setharaman, Co-chairman of the Council, Sanjay Rathi, has said that the proposal to decriminalize 39 provisions contained in 19 different Acts…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 Bar Council of Delhi has opposed the Central Government’s decision to decriminalize minor economic offences, stating that the same will cause rampant “institutional damage”. In a letter address to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Setharaman, Co-chairman of the Council, Sanjay Rathi, has said that the proposal to decriminalize 39 provisions contained in 19 different Acts relating to payments and security, “Would for sure result in encouraging the minds of perpetrators to defraud and cheat innocent persons and there would be absolutely no fear in the minds of people.” The Government has proposed to decriminalize inter-alia, Section 138, Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, which as per the Council will certainly unburden the courts by reducing pendency of cases of dishonor of cheque however, it will also defeat the ultimate purpose behind its enactment. “The fear of criminal litigation & imprisonment is one of the most vital and paramount precipitating factor for not only making timely payments of the cheques but for the judicial system as a whole,” the letter reads. The Council further said, “On one hand the government has recently inserted certain Section 143A & 148 to make the N I Act more effective and powerful in providing redressal to the complainants with the further objective to strengthen the use of cheques and distinct them from other negotiable instruments. While, on the other hand, taking measures to decriminalize and dilute the said Act is itself self-contradictory and unwarranted by the government. …By decriminalizing such minor economic offences especially Section 138, all these sections would become nugatory, render toothless and the very purpose of enacting these Sections/Acts would be ultimately defeated.” In view thereof the Council has urged the Government to refrain from making any such changes in the NI Act which “blows” the sanctity of cheques, the banking sector, the businesses and the common man who treat the cheques as a guaranteed payment. The Council has stated that while certain measures are necessary to boost the economic growth post lockdown, but decriminalizing these offences will certainly erode public confidence and legal security in the judicial system. It has also stressed that in case the Government proposes to amend or enact any law, it is crucial that statutory bodies like the Bar Council of Delhi are consulted, to obtain expert opinion from experienced Bar members. The Union Ministry of Finance had on Wednesday invited comments from all stakeholders on its proposal to decriminalize several economic offences, viz. the following: Section 12, Insurance Act, 1938. Section 29, SARFAESI Act, 2002.Section 16(7), 32(1),PFRDA Act, 2013.Section 58B, RBI Act, 1934.Section 26(1),26(4), Payment and Settlement Systems Act,2007 .Section 56(1), NABARD Act, 1981.Section 49, NHB Act, 1987.Section 42, State Financial Corporations Act.1951.Section 23, Credit Information Companies (Regulation) Act, 2005Section 23, Factoring Regulation Act, 2011Section 37, Actuaries Act, 2006.Section 36AD(2), 46, Banking Regulation Act, 1949Section 30, General Insurance Business (Nationalization) Act, 1972.Section 40, LIC Act, 1956.Section 21, Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Act, 2019.Section 76, Chit funds Act, 1982.Section 47, DICGC Act, 1961.Section 138, Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.Section 4 &5, Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978. 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

Hattie Flowers voted Brundidge’s woman in history

first_imgLatest Stories Hattie Flowers voted Brundidge’s woman in history Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Secrets Revealed Sponsored Content “I started working at the Troy hospital in housekeeping but I wanted to look after people so I took a home class in nursing. That way I could be a non-licensed practical nurse,” she said. “But before I finished the home class, I got transferred to nursing.”Flowers worked at the hospital from 1969 until 1984 when she retired.“That’s when I started staying with people in their homes and I really enjoyed that,” she said. “I worked for some real good people. I still do.”When Flowers is not caring for someone, she is working at her church, County Line Baptist Church in Brundidge.“My church is my life,” she said. “It keeps me going.”Flowers is president of the missionary society, a counselor for the matron department, vice president of one usher board and president of another and vice president of another missionary circle. She also helps with the nursery department and attends the Baptist State Convention.Outside of church, she is involved in community activities and events, including the annual Peanut Butter Festival where her fried apple tarts are hot items and her turnips and cornbread sell like hotcakes.“I look forward to the Peanut Butter Festival every year because I get to see so many people and talk with them,” she said. “I feel like a real part of Brundidge and that makes me so happy. I’m very blessed. I know that. I sure do.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopencenter_img Published 10:50 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2012 By Jaine Treadwell Hattie Flowers was honored by the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library in Brundidge as its 2012 Woman in History.Jean Carroll, librarian, said there have been many women who have made significant contributions to the Brundidge community and the award is one way that the library chose to honor their service.“Brundidge has had and continues to have women who make important contributions to our community,” Carroll said. “We offered the community the opportunity to cast votes for the woman they thought has made significant contributions to the town and its people. Hattie Flowers received the most votes and we are proud to honor her.” Print Article Next UpCarroll said Flowers, age 90, has been a caretaker for many people in the community for decades.“Hattie has been a sitter and a caretaker for numerous people,” Carroll said. “She has a gentle and caring spirit and has been a blessing to those she cared for as well as their families. She worked at the hospital in Troy for many years. She is very loved in her church and is a wonderful matriarch to her family.”Flowers is also a genealogical reference for many because she knows almost every family in Brundidge and “who begat whom.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… You Might Like Barrow pleads to burglary Forgoing a jury trial set for Tuesday at 9 a.m., Christopher L. Barrow, 34, of Abbeville, entered a blind guilty… read more “If you want to know about somebody in Brundidge or their ancestors, ask Hattie,” Carroll said, laughing. “She knows everybody.”Flowers’ favorite pasttime is fishing and she can often be found on the riverbank with her grandchildren but sometimes she likes to fish alone. That’s quiet time for her to reflect on her life that has been so richly blessed.“I know that I’ve been blessed to have known so many wonderful people and to be a part of so many good things,” Flowers said. “When Ms. Carroll surprised me with this award, I didn’t know if I deserved it. I kept asking myself, ‘Do I deserve the good things that people said about me?’ I hope that I do. I don’t want to disappoint anybody. But I’m thankful that people think of me in a good way.”Flowers said that she has always enjoyed caring for others.last_img read more

Photo evidence, other documents related to ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett’s criminal investigation released

first_imgCook County State Attorneys Office(CHICAGO) — Nearly a week after a Cook County judge issued an order lifting the seal on files and documents related to the criminal prosecution of Jussie Smollett, the Cook County State’s Attorney Office released on Friday evening more than 2,000 pages of documents related to the case.The documents include never-before-seen evidence photos, as well as text messages and emails that shed light on how the office worked with Smollett’s attorney to handle the dismissal of Smollett’s criminal case.“In a continuing effort to provide transparency into the operations of this office, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx has authorized the one-time disclosure of certain materials the public is not normally able to obtain in criminal or civil cases,” a statement from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said.“These documents include, among other things, the work product of her senior felony trial staff, settlement communications and documents which are exempt from Freedom of Information requests,” the statement continued.Friday’s release is the result of an FOIA request and a motion made by news organizations, including ABC News, to unseal the records.Prosecutors and Smollett’s attorney discuss a dealThe first of those communications is a handwritten document dated March 14, 2019, the same day that Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report in a Cook County courtroom.Police say Smollett fabricated a street attack on himself on Jan. 29, 2019, after which he told authorities that he was attacked by two men who shouted homophobic slurs at him, wrapped a noose around his neck and poured an unknown substance on him, authorities said. He also claimed that a week earlier, on Jan. 22, he had received a threatening letter in the mail on the set of “Empire.”On the handwritten document, Assistant State’s Attorney Risa Lanier wrote about an offer to Smollett for 15 hours of community service, $10,000 bond for restitution and, following completion of community service, a “nolle pros” of the case with expungement. Nolle pros is a formal notice of abandonment by a plaintiff or prosecutor of all or part of a suit or action.The same document also indicates that on March 22, 2019, Lanier spoke with Smollett’s attorney, Patricia Brown Holmes, regarding the disposition of the matter. The following morning, after many conversations, Holmes told Lanier over text message that Smollett would complete 15 or more hours of community service with Rainbow PUSH Coalition that weekend and agree to release his bond to the city of Chicago.Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats, the prosecutor handling the case after Foxx’s recusal, confirmed with Lanier over text that “the defendant and PUSH know…that they shouldn’t be publicizing this.” The case was scheduled to be advanced to a judge on March 26, 2019.After Smollett traveled to Chicago to complete the community service and just a day before an emergency hearing was held to dismiss all charges against Smollett, Lanier and Holmes haggled over language announcing the deal to ensure that it did not indicate his community service was the result of a deal between attorneys in exchange for dismissal of charges because of a concern it would indicate guilt.Holmes first sent Lanier proposed language that included: “The public is also reminded that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty, and that the State has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”Lanier wrote in an email to Magats and Tandra Simonton, Foxx’s spokeswoman, that she did not agree with this specific language. Magats agreed, writing: “This could be construed as the defendant being able to buy his way out of the case because he is a good guy.”She later told Holmes it was “unlikely” she would use the language. Lanier and Holmes ultimately agreed on a statement for the court that Lanier believed didn’t “indicate [Jussie had] done anything at [sic] the request of the state.”Following the dismissal of charges, Holmes expressed displeasure that Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson and then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel appeared on television “saying that Jussie is guilty and that he participated in a hoax.”“If you want to say you’re innocent of a situation then you take your day in court,” Johnson said in March. “I would never — if someone falsely accused me — I would never hide behind a brokered deal. Period.”Holmes was also unhappy that Magats reportedly issued a statement indicating Smollett’s bond was forfeited because of deferred prosecution and vowed “to respond,” saying “it is totally not fair and a violation of his rights.”The Chicago Police Department wasn’t notified until shortly before the emergency hearing dismissing all charges against Smollett. According to an email from Lanier to Holmes, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office’s goal was “to keep the information as contained as possible.”The reasoning to withhold the information from the Chicago Police Department, according to a text written by Foxx, was in part to ensure bad information was not given out. “Demonstrates why short notice is better,” she wrote to a colleague after she says Johnson called her for an explanation of the dismissal of charges.The State’s Attorney ‘did not have a conflict of interest’ but recused herself anywayThe documents released by her office also shed light on Foxx’s displeasure that she was advised to “recuse herself” from the case based on non-factual rumors that she was related to Smollett.In a text message, Foxx wrote: “I thought it was dumb but acquiesced. It’s actually just racist.”According to a statement released by her office, “attorneys within the office advised against using the term “recusal” in this context, given that there was no actual conflict of interest. Those communications were not escalated to the State’s Attorney herself.”Foxx added in a statement: “This has been a unique case from the very beginning, where the victim became the suspect during the investigation. Allegations of a vicious homophobic and racially motivated attack shook our city and the nation with understandable anger and fear. I did not have a conflict of interest in this case; only a sincere desire to serve the community.”“I spoke with Mr. Smollett’s family and others while he was still considered to be the victim of a hate crime in an effort to streamline the case and alleviate any concerns about the integrity of the investigation. False rumors circulated that I was related or somehow connected to the Smollett family, so I removed myself from all aspects of the investigation and prosecution and delegated my authority and responsibility to my First Assistant so as to avoid even the perception of a conflict. I regret that my attempts to this end created confusion outside the office.”Evidence was made public as well as new info on the timelineThe released files also include never-before-seen evidence photographs of the white clothesline rope allegedly placed around Smollett’s neck in the attack and the Yucatero hot sauce bottle allegedly used by the brothers to pour bleach on Smollett. In addition, surveillance images of the Osundairo brothers in taxis and fleeing the area where the alleged attack happened were also shared for the first time.New information on the criminal investigation and a more detailed timeline were also revealed in the documents, including numerous search warrants for multiple social media accounts and content, internet usage, cell phones, computers, a safe deposit box and physical persons.Returns from one search warrant, for example, reveal that Smollett had approximately 20 phone calls between himself and Olabinjo Onsundairo from Jan. 14-30, 2019. On Jan. 29, the day of the alleged attack, at 12:29 a.m., Olabinjo Osundairo called Smollett about 19 minutes after Smollett’s plane landed in Chicago and just minutes before Olabinjo Osundairo ordered the Uber to set off for the crime scene. The two exchanged phone calls again later on that day and then again the day after.Another search warrant document reveals that Chicago Police found several stamps that appeared to match the style of the stamp used on the hate letter sent to Smollett on the set of “Empire.” Police also found an “Empire” TV show script that says “Bola” Osundairo was a stand-in actor on the show on that same date.Additional search warrant documents reveal for the first time that Olabinjo Osundairo told police that Smollett had informed the brothers that his manager would be present to help plan the attack. But Osundairo told police the manager was actually not present when the day came to plan the attack.According to the documents, Ambibola “Abel” Osundairo also told Chicago Police he got cold feet shortly before the attack when he observed a vehicle in the area and was nervous someone might believe the attack was real “and call the police or shoot him.” The documents also state he said he considered not carrying out the attack “but decided to carry it out as he was already there.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

Louisville park shooter was homeless, has history of mental illness

first_imgLMDCBy ROSA SANCHEZ, ABC News(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Darkness was a part of Steven Nelson Lopez’s life long before last weekend, when he allegedly opened fire into a crowd of protesters in Louisville, Kentucky’s Jefferson Square Park.The 23-year-old was raised by his grandparents in what some describe as a “rough” part of town. He was diagnosed with ADHD, but Lopez’s grandfather, Michael Arnett, believes he’s schizophrenic.About four and a half months ago, Arnett told ABC News his grandson packed his bags and went to live at the park.Lopez’s grandfather said he’s “exhausted” and “mentally strained” by his grandson’s actions, and it pains him to know it all stemmed from a “mental health issue” that should have been treated.Organizers of the protests said on Facebook he caused trouble at the daily gatherings. Police said he was arrested twice in the past month for assembly-type offenses.Jeff Gill, who runs a homeless outreach program and has known Lopez for years, said he was taking medicine for schizophrenia and ran out. He believes the lack of medication turned him erratic.On June 27, Lopez was seen looking dazed at the Louisville park, wearing baggy shorts, no shirt and loose hair. Gill checked up on him that day and knew something was off.“He had his shirt tied around his arm and a pained look on his face and he kept mumbling, ‘It’s broken,’” Gill said of Lopez.He spent most of the day hovering around the protesters and at one point, caused a group of men to get angry and “beat him up,” Gill said.It was then that he was asked by security to leave the park, but moments later he emerged wearing a new set of clothes, a ponytail, a mask and carrying a gun that he took from an armed protester, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department. That’s when he allegedly opened fire, killing Tyler Gerth, 27.“He wasn’t aiming for Tyler,” Gill said. “I’m not justifying anything that Mr. Lopez did. It was horrendous, a tragedy, it could’ve been prevented. But his mindset on that day was one of chaos, and all he felt was anger, and all he saw in that park were guns.”On the day of the shooting, the American Freedom Fighters, an armed nationalist group, had threatened to show up at the park, saying on social media that they had the LMPD’s support. The American Freedom Fighters never materialized, but protesters were walking around the park openly armed, carrying large guns and even wearing bulletproof vests.“LMPD personnel did reach out to organizers of this group planning to counter-protest this weekend to get information for our planning purposes, but in no way did LMPD express support for any disruptive actions being taken by this group or any other. We support everyone’s right to free speech and expression. Our role is to make sure that takes place in as safe an environment as possible,” the LMPD said in a statement to ABC News.In a video of the shooting captured by Louisville local Maxwell Mitchell and shared with ABC News, men holding guns can be seen running from Lopez as he opens fire, while others form a barrier around the two victims as police apprehended the shooter.One week before the shooting, police arrested Lopez, along with various protesters, for assembling at the park, and took their guns. In a statement, the police department confirmed that the gun they confiscated from Lopez is still in their possession, and is not the one he allegedly used in the shooting that killed Gerth.Still, many are wondering how Lopez was able to purchase a firearm in the first place, when he was homeless and had a history of mental health issues.“Many of the homeless have weapons,” Gill said, speaking of those who sleep on the streets rather than in institutionalized shelters.Gill has seen cases like Lopez’s before, which is why his work is so crucial to him and his community.“My main focus is helping those in homelessness, but what leads to homelessness is often addiction and mental health,” he said.Lopez pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and nine counts of wanton endangerment. His next court date is set for July 8.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

… in brief

first_img Previous Article Next Article … in briefOn 13 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Thisweek’s news in brief.Artthe best stimulantEmployersshould put modern art up in offices to stimulate their employees instead ofproviding coffee machines, according to a new study by InsideSpace. Twice asmany people find good, original artwork more likely to stimulate them thancaffeine, with 98 per cent of the 250 employees questioned wanted some form ofart in their office. www.insidespace.comJobcuts save £82mBritannicAssurance has announced it is to make 2,000 staff redundant as a result of thefirm’s decision to cut its direct sales force. The company aims to save £82mthrough the job cuts, which will be completed by the end of the next financialyear. legislationTheCBI has urged the Government to abandon proposals giving new parents a right towork part time. The CBI, responding to the Government’s Work and Parents GreenPaper, said flexible working practises should be encouraged to help parentsbalance work and family responsibilities rather than the introduction oflegislation. out of policyLow-paidworking parents are being excluded from family friendly employment policies,according to research by the Economic and Social Research Council. Middle-classemployees are more likely to enjoy career break, assisted childcare and timefor family matters. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Nationals player Daniel Hudson faces criticism for missing playoff game for daughter’s birth

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailfstop123/iStock(NEW YORK) — A Major League Baseball star found himself in the middle of a parenting and family values debate after skipping a crucial playoff game to be present for his daughter’s birth. Washington Nationals star Daniel Hudson was in a hospital room in Arizona when his team beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 in the first game of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) Friday night. The 32-year-old player’s wife had just given birth to their third child, a daughter they named Millie. Hudson quickly found himself in a controversy by simply making the decision to be with his family as they welcomed their newest member.“I knew I was going to go no matter what,” Hudson said Saturday, according to ESPN. “I didn’t know that this was a new thing, to have a playoff paternity leave list. I had no idea.”“I was like, ‘I can’t be the only person to have a baby in the middle of the postseason,’ and for it to blow up like it did, man, it’s kind of crazy,” he added. “But I didn’t really give much thought about not going. My family is top priority for me.”Some people criticized Hudson on social media for missing such an important game, including one former baseball official who tweeted, “Only excuse would be a problem with the birth or health of baby or mother. If all is well, he needs to get to St. Louis. Inexcusable. Will it matter?”xOther were quick to dispute that a game was more important than a life-changing personal moment.“So, you’re saying his wife should be able to handle childbirth, alone, without her husband there, but his team of 40 guys can’t handle one playoff baseball game? In 2019, this is really what you’re saying? Some lady must be lucky to have you!,” a Twitter user in response.xHudson, who joined the Nationals this summer, said he had the team’s full support to attend his daughter’s birth. He used the phrase “life comes at you fast” to describe facing criticisms for choosing family over his career.“I went from not having a job on March 21 to this huge national conversation on family values going into the playoffs,” he said, according to ESPN. “Life comes at you fast, man. I don’t know how that happened and how I became the face for whatever conversation was going on. Everybody’s got their opinions, man, and I really value my family and my family time.”Hudson’s paternity leave was short-lived anyways. He was activated off the paternity list before game two of the series on Saturday and helped the Nationals notch a 3-1 win.Hudson’s decision to take at least some time away from his professional life to be with his newborn daughter and wife earned praise from Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, husband of Serena Williams and vocal advocate for paternity leave.Ohanian posted on Instagram that he is “buying [Hudson’s] jersey right now.” Ohanian was very public about the fact that he took 16 weeks of paternity leave when daughter Olympia was born in 2017 and has since encouraged other dads, especially ones in high-profile positions, to take leave to in order to set an example.“Use me as air cover. I took my full 16 weeks,” he told “Good Morning America” earlier this year. “I wanted people to see that you could care deeply about your industry, have a tremendous passion for the work that you do but also still be able to say that you care deeply about your family and want to take this time.”In the U.S., only 16% of civilian workers have access to paid family leave and 88% have access to unpaid family leave, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The U.S. is the only advanced industrialized nation without a guarantee of paid leave for new parents, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.The median length of paternity leave for dads in the U.S. is one week, according to Pew Research Center data.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. View this post on Instagram Boss moves by Daniel Hudson missing Game 1 of the #NLCS for #paternityleave to be there for the birth of his daughter. I’m buying his jersey right now.A post shared by Alexis Ohanian Sr. (@alexisohanian) on Oct 13, 2019 at 9:07pm PDT October 14, 2019 /Sports News – National Nationals player Daniel Hudson faces criticism for missing playoff game for daughter’s birth Beau Lundlast_img read more

Housing is a top issue for voters

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Housing is a top issue for voters previous nextHousing MarketHousing is a top issue for votersGeneral Election 2015: Research shows housing is high on voters’ list of concerns as campaign begins.PROPERTYdrum31st March 20150540 Views One of the most closely contested General Elections for decades is now formally under way, with the NHS, economy, immigration, welfare and jobs all high on the political agenda.But housing is also a major concern for many voters and could prove a key electoral battleground for the various political parties, according to pollster Ipsos Mori.Ipsos Mori’s latest Issues Index reveals that 14 per cent of voters currently rank housing as among the most important issues facing the country, up from 5 per cent in 2010, as more people struggle to afford to buy their own home in light of higher property prices and a general housing shortage.The Conservative party, which has reformed the planning system and introduced various Government initiatives including its flagship Help to Buy scheme since coming to power in 2010, has vowed to boost the level of discounted starter homes available for first-time buyers under the age of 40 if re-elected in May.Writing in PROPERTYdrum magazine, Brandon Lewis (left), the Housing and Planning Minister, said, “We’ve supported the aspirations of hard-working people. Help to Buy is enabling homeowners to purchase with a fraction of the deposit they would normally require, and leading developers say they are building more homes as a result.“Years of the last Government’s top-down housing targets had pitted communities against developers and built nothing but resentment. We radically reformed the planning system to put local people back in control. The result? Support for new house building rose sharply.”Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), is among those senior property experts delighted to see the Conservative party “place housing on an equal footing with health and education”. However, he still believes that far too few new build homes are being proposed “when we need to be building 240,000 new homes every year”.Labour has vowed to develop 200,000 new homes per year by 2020 to help alleviate the housing shortage should it win the election. The party also want to introduce a mansion tax for homes worth £2 million-plus, along with greater rent controls and longer tenancy agreements, among a host of other housing-related measures.Writing in The Negotiator magazine, Emma Reynolds (right), the Shadow Minister for Housing, commented, “Labour is committed to tackling the housing shortage and we have set out a comprehensive plan to get at least 200,000 homes built a year by 2020. Under our plan, we want to see all local communities take responsibility for their own future and plan for the homes local people need. A Labour Government will make it compulsory for every local authority to have a plan which sets out how it intends to meet local housing needs.”Elsewhere, in spite of weaker support, the Liberal Democrats will be hoping to win enough seats to see it return to Government as part of a Coalition, in the event of another hung parliament. They hope that their ambitious plans to deliver 300,000 new homes per year and introduce higher council tax bands will help to woo voters.General Election help to buy housing shortage first-time buyers March 31, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Ocean City’s Website Gets New Look, User-Friendly Features

first_imgA screenshot gives a glimpse of the new design of the city’s website. By MADDY VITALEResidents and visitors of Ocean City may have gone on the city’s website a number of times over the years to find out about public meetings, read the Mayor’s Corner, learn about projects and even buy beach tags.But just like many things in life, after time, a bit of sprucing up, some revamping and improvements were needed.And that is exactly what the city is in the process of doing to the website. Some major changes can already be seen by visiting the site at of the noticeable changes start with the overall look. Drone footage showcases why residents and visitors alike enjoy the resort. A view of the city’s skyline with miles of beaches, the Boardwalk, water tower, and amusements highlight what makes Ocean City a vacation and year-round destination.Ocean City’s 2021 beach tags are available online with just a few clicks.Tabs at the top of the homepage offer a plethora of information at a person’s fingertips. Users may click on an array of links, including ones specifically for residents, visitors and businesses that provide information especially geared to them.Then underneath, there is a tab for the Mayor’s Corner to read his latest messages to the community. A Project Updates tab gives viewers a list and status of a variety of key projects in the city.Flood Smart offers important information for home and business owners about flood insurance, floodplain information and how to protect their properties.There are also links to buy beach tags online.An “Alert Me” tab allows people to sign up for emergency alerts and other notifications. A COVID-19 link offers the latest statistics in the community of the virus.A section for news provides the latest city presentations, videos, news releases, trash pickup schedules and more. Below those tabs are community events and meeting dates and agendas for City Council and other city boards and commissions.The website provides information on the Boardwalk and other city attractions.Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen said of the improvements: “The city website is now using an upgraded platform from the same vendor we have used since 2011.”He noted, however, that the website is not yet finished.“We’re still in the process of updating content and making revisions to make the site as useful and user-friendly as possible,” he added.While Bergen emphasized that the upgrades to the website are still underway, he did not give a timeframe for when the new website will be completed.“When the transition is complete, we’ll share information with the public on how best to get the most out of the site,” he said.Information on the city’s beaches is another feature offered by the revamped website.last_img read more