Rolls-Royce shares: what would I do now?

first_imgRolls-Royce shares: what would I do now? I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! 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The engineering giant’s stock then continued to trend lower as rumours began to surface about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.At the beginning of October, the organisation unveiled its turnaround plan. A multi-billion pound cash call was announced, which eliminated any immediate concerns about the group’s solvency.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Since then, the stock has surged in value. In the seven days after the cash call was announced, Rolls-Royce shares more than doubled in value.Following this performance, I think there could be more to come from the engineering giant. While the company’s near-term outlook is far from certain, its valuable intellectual property isn’t going to vanish overnight. Intellectual propertyI reckon this is where the real value lies. Rolls-Royce is one of the two primary producers of jet engines in the world. It’s also a leading producer of marine power systems and, more importantly, nuclear power systems. Its leadership in the latter arena could pay big dividends in the decades ahead and boost Rolls-Royce shares in the bargain. Proponents of nuclear power have long been campaigning for the government to back a series of so-called Small Modular Reactor (SMR) power stations around the UK. These are cheaper and easier to build than larger nuclear power stations.There’s now talk that Westminster may be ready to splash out £2bn on these schemes. Rolls-Royce could be a key player in the development of these projects. It will also remain a key player in the aerospace market. Management’s £5bn rescue plan has guaranteed the company’s future and should restore confidence in the group among customers. Speculation that the company could merge with fellow UK engineering champion BAE Systems has also resurfaced in recent weeks.A deal between the two companies would make a lot of sense as the cost benefits and synergies achieved by combining two of the largest aerospace and engineering companies in the country could be significant.A merger may also help these two businesses win customers on the international stage thanks to their size, economies of scale and global brand recognition. The outlook for Rolls-Royce sharesAs such, I think Rolls-Royce shares could be worth holding for the long term. The company is facing some significant near-term headwinds, but investors should look past these problems and focus on the long term.Its engineering prowess in the aerospace market is second to none, and government backing of SMR power stations would provide a profits windfall for the group.Now that the company has reinforced its balance sheet, it can focus on its long-term ambitions, rather than near-term liquidity problems.  Image source: Getty Images Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’!last_img read more

John Land Apopka Community Trust – Open for Business

first_img Reply Previous articleApopka Police and Firefighters Win Orlando Magic Basketball TournamentNext articleGlo Smith to Speak at NORWF in April Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The John Land Apopka Community Trust was founded to serve greater ApopkaThe John Land Apopka Community Trust has been around for more than 3 years, but its existence and purpose have been shrouded in mystery and rumor.  While the Trust is one of the most talked about organizations in Apopka, little is actually known about it.When was it formed?  Why was it formed?  What has it accomplished?  Who is in charge?  What is the connection with the City of Apopka?The Apopka Voice recently met with the Secretary of the Trust, David Rankin, in an attempt to learn the answers to these questions and more.The Trust is not a “trust.”  It is a not for profit corporation and was formed on February 8, 2013.  The original name was “Apopka Community Trust, Inc.”According to Rankin, the Trust was conceived by Mayor John Land in response to numerous requests for the City to fund various activities.  While worthwhile, it was sometimes hard to justify spending City funds. Mayor Land saw that other communities had established community trusts that were being used for these purposes.Two examples are the Mount Dora Community Trust and the Leesburg Partnership.During its first year of operation the Trust collected about $50,000 in donations while the Board of the Trust looked for worthwhile activities to support.In April 2014 the Trust received a huge boost when the Apopka City Council, by unanimous vote, agreed to donate $200,000 in honor of Mayor Land’s service to Apopka.  The Board decided to change its name and effective May 15, 2015 became known as the “John Land Apopka Community Trust, Inc.”The first significant project it funded was the $47,000 purchase of rings and jackets for the 2014 Apopka High School State Championship Football Team in April 2015.In August 2015 it contributed $1,500 to the Apopka Little League and another $1,500 to the Orange County 4H Association.  The 4H funds were used to help send five Apopka High School students to national livestock competitions in Kentucky and Pennsylvania.In September 2015 the Trust agreed to contribute up to $20,000 to the City of Apopka to help with the design and construction of two statues of Mayor John Land.In December of 2015 it donated $2,000 to help fund a banquet for the Apopka High School Bowling Team to celebrate their third-in-a-row State Championship.“The John Land Apopka Community Trust is open for business,” said David Rankin. “We are accepting and reviewing funding applications.  We are soliciting donations so that we can fulfill our mission.”According to Rankin, anyone wanting to apply for funding can do so on the Trust’s website.To date, the Trust’s primary fundraising has been on a project-by-project basis.  Funds were raised from more than 25  individuals and organizations for the football team rings and jackets.  Currently it is “selling” bricks to provide funding for the statues of Mayor Land.  More on that project here.The Trust is  Public Charity and is subject to Section 501(c)3 of the IRS code.  While it works closely with The City of Apopka and other governmental entities it operates independently of those entities, and is governed by a Board of Directors. Mama Mia Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 These type of “trusts” or “not for profits” are very useful. A nearby example is the Leesburg Partnership. That organization is what runs the Leesburg Bikefest each year, not the City of Leesburg. All of the monies derived from beer sales, vendor location rentals and so on are run through the partnership. The John Land Trust has been very useful for the functions that Mr Rankin has listed in the responses here. The Anatomy of Fear Michael Heaton Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter April 4, 2016 at 10:28 pm Please enter your comment! April 6, 2016 at 8:05 pm Reply center_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate After visiting the websites of both Mount Dora and Leesburg’s community trusts, I am disappointed in the lack of information on the Apopka website. I have a difficult time donating to an organization with as little transparency as the John Land Community Trust. Please enter your name here Chris Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 3 COMMENTS I would be in favor of having Bret Michaels in concert in Apopka! The thought gets me excited! JLT can fund it, ha ha! I would not complain, at all! Could sell some sizable tickets to put money back into the pot. Leesburg Bikefest has him scheduled to appear on April 23. If they can get him, so can we. XOXO’s !!!!!! April 5, 2016 at 11:25 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Free Albert Woodfox now!

first_img“I thought that my cause, then and now, was noble. They might bend me a little bit, they may cause me a lot of pain, they may even take my life, but they will never be able to break me.” — Albert Woodfox ­( case)More than four decades ago, three young Black men — Robert King, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox — joined the Black Panther Party while confined at the infamous Angola prison. The largest prison in the U.S., it is an 18,000-acre former slave plantation in rural Louisiana. They led and participated in nonviolent hunger and work strikes to expose the segregation, corruption and horrific abuse at the prison, which was considered the bloodiest prison in the South.Some reforms were won. But for their efforts these three men were framed for the murder of a guard. There was no physical evidence tying them to the death. The main witness against them was rewarded with cigarettes, a television, birthday cakes and a pardon. They were thrown into 6-by-9-foot solitary cells with no books, no papers and no human contact for 23 hours a day. Whenever they were let out of their cells, their ankles, wrists and waists were shackled.The conviction of Albert Woodfox has been overturned three times. Yet the state of Louisiana has appealed and kept Woodfox in his tiny cell all this time.Robert King was released in 2001, after the case against him was overturned. When Herman Wallace was diagnosed with cancer, he was released just three short days before his death in October 2013.King has fought to free the other two members of the Angola 3. He submitted a statement to a Feb. 25 U.S. Senate hearing on solitary confinement, co-authored by still-imprisoned Albert Woodfox. King wrote:“Solitary confinement is terrifying, especially if you are innocent of the charges that put you there. It evokes a lot of emotion. It was a nightmare. My soul still cries from all I witnessed and endured. It mourns continuously. Through the course of my confinement I saw men so desperate that they ripped prison doors apart and both starved and mutilated themselves.” ( went on to relay the many protests by national and international organizations against the U.S. use of long-term solitary confinement.King quoted the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Méndez, who stated that “keeping Albert Woodfox in solitary confinement for more than four decades clearly amounts to torture and it should be lifted immediately.” He also quoted Amnesty International, which points out that solitary confinement “contravenes the U.N. Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners,” along with many other international standards. ( cited a July 2013 statement by members of the U.S. Congress calling on the Justice Department to investigate “the egregious and extensive use of solitary confinement and other troubling detention practices in various Louisiana prison facilities.”The Louisiana Department of Corrections “has engaged in a pattern or practice of violations of the U.S. Constitution and federal law in its use of such confinement and detention practices,” the congressional group’s statement reads.More than 10 years ago the Angola 3 filed a lawsuit against the state of Louisiana for its solitary confinement practices. That suit is slated to go to trial this June.The website describes ways to help the campaign to force the release of Albert Woodfox and end long-term solitary confinement across the U.S. Free Albert Woodfox now!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pauli Murray, gender-nonconforming civil rights, women’s rights activist

first_imgPauli Murray mural by Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life Project, located at 1101 West Chapel Hill St., Durham, N.C.Civil Rights and women’s rights activist Pauli Murray was the brilliant theorist who laid the intellectual foundation for some of the most important Civil Rights victories of the 20th century.Born in 1910 in Baltimore and raised in Durham, N.C., by her maternal grandparents, she went on to become the first African American to earn a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from Yale Law School in 1965.Long before that, however, Murray had made her mark on history. In 1940, she refused to leave her seat in the whites-only section of a Virginia bus and was arrested for violating segregation laws. In 1944, graduating as valedictorian of her Howard University law class, she argued in her senior thesis — to public derision — that the 1896 “separate-but-equal” segregationist Supreme Court ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson should, could and would be overturned.The late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, while chief counsel for the NAACP, called Murray’s 1951 book, “States’ Laws on Race and Color,” the “bible” of the Civil Rights Movement. ( Murray’s skill went beyond merely compiling existing laws. In 1954 Marshall actually used Murray’s senior law school thesis as the blueprint for his argument before the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education, leading to the historic 1954 victory overturning “separate-but-equal” segregation in public education.In the 1960s, Murray began to argue that the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, in the Fourteenth Amendment, should be applied to cases of sex discrimination in the same way it was applied to racial discrimination. She coined the term “Jane Crow” in a 1965 essay to describe the sexist and racist discrimination she experienced. (Salon, Feb. 18, 2015, Murray went on to become one of the co-founders of the National Organization for Women in 1966.In 1967 Murray co-wrote a brief in White v. Crook that ultimately struck down the constitutionality of the all-white, all-male jury system in the South. Gardenia White of Lowndes County, Ala., was the lead plaintiff in the case.The case was initially filed to put Black people on the jury rolls in Alabama and then expanded to challenge a law that kept all women from serving on Alabama juries. Jury selection had become a movement focus because all-white juries were acquitting white supremacists in the murders of Civil Rights workers in Lowndes County.The White v. Crook decision in 1971 not only brought an end to the systematic legal exclusion of Blacks from jury service. It also became the first U.S. case in which “a federal court relied on [equal protection in] the 14th Amendment to declare a state law unconstitutional because of sex discrimination.” (Dr. Susan Mallon Ross, “Dialogic Rhetoric,” Bader Ginsburg, currently sitting on the Supreme Court, named Murray as one of the co-authors of her 1971 brief in Reed v. Reed, even though Murray had not actually helped write the brief. Ginsburg argued and won that case, which marked the first time the U.S. Supreme Court applied the Equal Protection Clause to a federal case of sex discrimination. Ginsburg wanted it on the record that Murray had laid the groundwork for the historic ruling.Murray was also a groundbreaker in her personal life within the movement. She was a gender-nonconforming person who “favored a masculine-of-center gender performance during her 20s and 30s” and changed her name from Anna Pauline to be more gender neutral. She was open with friends, family and other Civil Rights leaders about her “passionate, romantic partnerships and friendships with women.” Her past participation with the Communist Party USA left her open to Red Scare harassment.In 1977 Murray became the first African-American woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest and continued trailblazing until her death in 1985. Her childhood home in Durham is now a National Historic Landmark of the U.S. Park Service.A loving tribute by local activists on “The Bulls of Durham” blog sums up her life of action against racism and sexism: “Pauli Murray had an incurable case of can’t-stop-won’t-stop.” ( thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Executive Coach Tony Mulkern Explains How To Keep Firms Healthy

first_img Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Tony-Mulkers-University-Club-Pasadena. Photo by Don PtashneJames Harwood (l) and Tony Mulkers (r). Photo by Don PtashneOn February 28, the University Club of Pasadena had the second installment of its monthly Business Growth Workshop series. Executive Coach Tony Mulkern from Mulkern Associates offered an intriguing presentation entitled, “Keeping Yourself And Your Firm Healthy After Success.” Organized by club members James Harwood of Total HR Management and Ken Keller of STAR Business Consulting, the Business Growth Workshop morning series is attended by Pasadena business owners and entrepreneurs looking for insight into how to achieve ongoing success.In his multi-media presentation, Tony Mulkern reveals a key gap often missed as entrepreneurs transition into successful business owners. The challenge is the same beliefs that allow entrepreneurs to succeed can end up undermining them once they’ve succeeded. Such a business irony must be addressed by reconfiguring the traits that made the entrepreneur successful in the first place and making them fit into the context of an ongoing firm.Through fluid communication that includes acting out the voices and the moods of the story being presented, Tony Mulkern’s presentation skills are impressive. Illuminating the paradoxes between the entrepreneur’s perspective and the CEO’s perspective, Tony Mulkern reveals how an Executive Coach can be of service during such transitions. If the core beliefs of an entrepreneur like confidence and control are carried to the extreme, such beliefs can undo exactly what they created in the first place.When faced with the prospect of having to change in order to maintain the health of their growing company, many entrepreneurs balk. A powerful insight that generated a strong response University Club Business Growth Workshop from the participants was when Tony Mulkern explained that “The person who is driven is not driving.” By falling into the sinkhole of always being driven, an entrepreneur fails to step back and allow his business to succeed beyond the dominating force of his presence.Becoming a compelling staple of Pasadena in 2014, the monthly Business Growth Workshops at the University Club are a valuable resource for business owners. As the obstacle course of success becomes harder to navigate in the early 21st century, such a resource reveals the diversity of support Pasadena can offer to business owners. By revealing a subtle gap between the perspectives of entrepreneurs and ongoing business owners, Tony Mulkern’s presentation provided true value. Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Community News HerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Company News Briefs Executive Coach Tony Mulkern Explains How To Keep Firms Healthy At The University Club Of Pasadena’s Business Growth Workshop Published on Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 10:58 am Business News More Cool Stuff Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

ClosingCorp Introduces SmartEngine

first_img in Featured, Headlines, News Tagged with: Bob Jennings SaaS SmartEngine ClosingCorp Introduces SmartEngine The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago ClosingCorp, a provider of residential real estate closing cost data and technology for the mortgage and real estate services industries, announced the release of SmartEngine, an advanced rate management solution that enables title organizations to collect and manage their specific rate and fee data. With this solution, title companies can centralize data processing and connect their rate and fee data to any third-party system, including title production systems, websites and ClosingCorp’s SmartFees, and SmartCalc products to reliably exchange information to produce estimates.“SmartEngine provides title companies and lenders of all sizes a streamlined solution that can optimize the closing cost quoting process and effectively leverage rate/fee,” said Bob Jennings, CEO of ClosingCorp.SmartEngine enables companies to centralize disparate, often outdated rate management tasks, including the administration of tables, templates or other systems, and optimize the overall closing process. The software as a service (SaaS) solution was designed specifically for underwriters and title companies seeking to create and manage special lender pricing, as well as standard rates for lender use nationwide. This advanced rate and fee management solution also enables lenders to connect to their service providers and reliably exchange information real-time—improving speed, accuracy, and compliance with regulations, as well as their own internal processes.“We are committed to investing in and developing a best-in-class suite of products and services for our clients,” said Jennings. Home / Featured / ClosingCorp Introduces SmartEngine The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles About Author: Staff Writer Bob Jennings SaaS SmartEngine 2017-06-14 Staff Writer  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily June 14, 2017 1,435 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: NMSA Sets Sights on Solving Vacant and Abandoned Property Issues Next: NTC’s Dave LaRose Contributes to MISMO’s New Business Glossary Subscribelast_img read more

[COVID19] ‘We Were Lulled Into A False Sense Of Security To Be Hit By Tsunami Of Infections Now’ : Madras High Court

first_imgTop Stories[COVID19] ‘We Were Lulled Into A False Sense Of Security To Be Hit By Tsunami Of Infections Now’ : Madras High Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK26 April 2021 6:14 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court on Monday said that had authorities had made proper plans and taken measures during last one year, the present ‘tsunami of COVID19 infections could have been avoided.”You had all of last year to plan and take a decision. If it had been done, we would not be in this situation…. We were lulled into a false sense of security only to be hit by this tsunami of infection now”, Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee orally remarked.Advertisement The Chief Justice made this remarks after winding up a nearly day long hearing in a suo moto case taken by the High Court to monitor the various steps taken by the Tamil Nadu Government to deal with the second wave of COVID19 pandemic.Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee of Madras High Court says that if authorities had made proper plans and taken measures during last one year, the ‘tsunami of infection” could have been avoided.’We were lulled into a false sense of security’, the Chief Justice says.#COVID19— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) April 26, 2021Advertisement The bench, also comprising Justice Senthil Ramamoorthy, recorded a general sense of satisfaction regarding the steps taken by the State Government, in relation to availability of oxygen beds, supply of medicines, oxygen etc.The bench said that the status report submitted by Advocate General Vijay Narayan painted an “acceptable picture” in relation to the hospital beds. However, pointing out the upward trend of daily COVID cases, the bench cautioned the state against any complacency.Advertisement Advertisement “It appears from both the figures submitted by the state and submission made by several persons, though the number of beds are just about adequate at the moment, considering that numbers added even at the present rate, the figures would double in less than 10 days. So, more beds, more oxygen and more ventialtors may be necessary with greater supply of medicines”, the bench noted in the order.”As of now situation does not appear to be completely out of control thought there are some horror stories available on media and anecdotal stories on social media. However continued vigil must be maintained, and the matter must be dealt with sternly by appropriate personnel who are empowered to taken on-spot critical decisions”, the bench added.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement The bench took on record the State’s submission that it has written to the Central Government objecting to the diversion of oxygen allocation meant for Tamil Nadu to the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The Advocate General said that though the cases in such states were less, they were being allocated more oxygen. The Assistant Solicitor General told the bench that the matter will be examined by the Central Government.The bench also took note of the submission of the Advocate General that only less than 25% of COVID infected person need hospital care, and less than 15% affected persons require oxygen beds. However, all patients rush to hospitals demanding admission out of panic. The Advocate General also said that there was a scramble for Remdesivir drug, although it is not meant to be used by everyone indiscriminately. In this backdrop, the bench directed the State Government to spread mass awareness among people about the ‘dos and don’ts’ in relation to COVID treatment, through print and electronic media.”Remdesivir is not a magic drug”, CJ Banerjee observed during the hearing.The Court also took on record the AG’s submission that the Government is supplying Remdesivir drug through a state counter at Kilpauk in Chennai to those persons who approach with necessary documents such as RT PCR results, scan report of lungs etc. In reference to the complains of black-marketing of essential drugs, the Court directed that prices of the drugs, what is charged for admission into a private hospital, oxygen, and vaccination should be monitored and controlled by the state government.The bench also suggested that the State Government should consider imposing a lockdown on May 1 and 2, with adequate advance notice, to avoid crowds on the day of declaration of elections results. The bench said that vehicle movement only in relation to counting be allowed on the counting day, May 2. VIP culture to be shunnedThe Court expressed concerns at the prevalence of ‘VIP’ culture in relation to availing test results, hospital admissions etc.”It would also do well for the State and the UT to completely eschew the VIP culture and ensure that facilities are available to citizens without consideration of status or the like”, the bench said.The Court also stressed that there should be no wastage of vaccines. Earlier in the day, while considering another case, the bench had pulled up the Election Commission of India for allowing election rallies during COVID pandemic.A visibly upset Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee told the Election Commission’s counsel “Your institution is singularly responsible for the second wave of COVID-19”.The Chief Justice went to the extent of orally saying “Your officers should be booked on murder charges probably”.The Chief Justice observed that the Commission had failed to enforce COVID norms regarding wearing of facemasks, use of sanitizers and maintaining social distancing during election campaigning, despite court orders.”Were you on another planet when the election rallies were held?”, Chief Justice asked the ECI counsel.The Court warned that it will stop the counting scheduled on May 2 if the ECI does not put in place a blueprint of a plan to ensure following of COVID19 protocol on the counting day.”Public health is of paramount importance and it is distressing that constitutional authorities have to be reminded in such regard. It is only when a citizen survives that he’ll be able to enjoy the rights that a democratic republic guarantees”, the Chief Justice added.”The situation now is of survival and protection. Everything else comes next”, the Chief Justice said.The bench, also comprising Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, directed the Election Commission of India and the Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer to hold consultations with the Health Secretary and come up with a plan on following COVID-19 protocol on the counting day.The bench directed that the blueprint must be placed on record before it on April 30. Tags#Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee Justice Senthilumar Ramamoorthy COVID19 Second Wave Tamil Nadu Government 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

West Spencer Street will soon be repaved

first_imgPaving will not begin on the 300 block until South Aurora Street reopens to accommodate detoured traffic (it has been closed for sidewalk construction since June). The city expects a start date of about Aug. 15 for paving the 300 block, according to a notice issued by the Streets and Facilities Department. In the interim, traffic will be allowed on the milled surface. Devon Magliozzi Featured image: The 300 block of West Spencer Street. (Devon Magliozzi/Ithaca Voice) The 300 block of Spencer was not initially included in work plans for the summer, according to city chief of staff Dan Cogan, because NYSEG expects to replace gas lines under the surface within the next couple of years. Rather than having NYSEG tear up pristine asphalt, the city planned to hold off on repairs until after the utility work was finished. When NYSEG replaces the gas lines under Spencer they’ll be responsible for restoring the street surface to the condition they find it in. In the meantime, drivers and cyclists can look forward to a smoother ride. Related: Interactive Pothole Map: Residents report roughest roads in Ithaca Tagged: department of public works, potholes, road work, spencer road, streets and facilities department The work will proceed in stages to minimize traffic impacts, though drivers should expect some delays. Each block will remain open during milling, with traffic flaggers on-site to maintain safety. Immediately after milling is complete, the 200 block will be briefly closed for repaving. “Numerous potholes on Spencer Street, at least 20, probably more. Some deep at one end of road. Surprised to see so many potholes on such a well-traveled street by many cars. It feels like a New York State Park Road very bumpy instead of a normal Road. The deepest holes maybe as much as 6 inches deep,” one person wrote in a complaint submitted last February. In light of complaints, the city has added the 300 block of West Spencer Street to the summer paving schedule, along with planned work on the 200 block. Spencer will be milled and paved from Stone Quarry to Cayuga, with work scheduled to begin at the end of this week and to conclude by Aug. 30. Residents’ consistent complaints, however, forced a change of heart. Given that work was already planned for the 200 block, Cogan said it made sense to move forward with milling and paving the 300 block at the same time. He said the project will also offer an opportunity for crews to address drainage issues and, possibly, to add a speed control device to slow cars coming down from Stone Quarry Road. While the work may make for a temporarily rough ride, complaints submitted to the city’s pothole request portal (obtained by The Ithaca Voice via a Freedom of Information Law Request) suggest that’s nothing new for this stretch of road. ITHACA, N.Y. — The stretch of West Spencer Street between Stone Quarry and the Elmira Road traffic circle is riddled with potholes, and residents have let the City of Ithaca know it. In the first six months of 2019, the street was the subject of more formal pothole requests than any other in the city, and the neighborhood’s e-mail list has regularly featured comments on the subject directed to city representatives and employees. “Flat tire on one of many potholes on street down from stone quarry. Now getting tire fixed at store. No way to not miss,” read another comment submitted in February, and, “There is an almost continuous rut of potholes on the western lane of the road (northbound travel lane). Cars are moving to travel on the other side of the road, which is causing issues with oncoming traffic,” read one from April. Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzilast_img read more

Fossil members of the diatom genus Proboscia

first_imgFive fossil species of Rhizosolenia are known only from the distal parts of the valve. The resemblance of these tubular structures to the proboscis of the modern genus Proboscia Sundström, together with the possession of spinulae and a longitudinal slit, suggests that these species should be transferred to Proboscia. The five new combinations made are P. cretacea (Cretaceous to Paleocene), P. interposita (Oligocene), P. praebarboi (Miocene), P. barboi (Miocene to Quaternary), and P. curvirostris (Quaternary). Records of “Rhizosolenia alata” from the fossil record appear to be erroneous. On the basis of these and modern species, the description of the genus is augmented.last_img read more

Indiana Bishops suspend all Catholic Masses

first_img Twitter Facebook (Photo supplied/Saint Pius X Catholic Church) Concerns over the coronavirus pandemic have led the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to suspend all public Catholic Mass services until further notice.In a letter to the faith community, which you can read here, Bishop Kevin Rhoades says encourages worshipers to watch Mass on television or via online methods until the situation improves.“Like many other dioceses throughout our country and world, I have made the difficult decision, along with the other bishops of Indiana, to suspend the celebration of public Masses in our diocese due to the escalation of the virus and to help prevent its spread,” Rhoades writes.“In this time of ‘social isolation,’ let us not be isolated in our hearts from thosewho need our love, care and compassion. I am very edified by so many of our faithfulwho are bringing food to the elderly and staying in contact with those who may feellonely, anxious, or depressed during this time. Thank you to all who are doing corporaland spiritual works of mercy in this Lenten season and offering assistance to those inneed during this pandemic.” Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Indiana Bishops suspend all Catholic Masses Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest By Darrin Wright – March 17, 2020 2 449 Previous articlePresident Trump attacks Governor Whitmer onlineNext articleThe ups and downs of the coronavirus stock market, made personal Darrin Wrightlast_img read more