The reformed Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) will ensure that pay better reflects the actual work being done by criminal defence advocates and that advocates are being fairly remunerated for work in more complex cases.The changes will bring the scheme in line with modern practices, taking into account the fact that more and more evidence is submitted electronically.The process of determining fees will be simplified so that advocates can better understand how they will be paid for their work before they take on a case.The new scheme is part of ongoing reforms to deliver a modern and effective justice system, whilst ensuring that legal aid is available in cases where it is most needed.A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: The government previously consulted on the fee proposals and has taken on feedback from professionals to help shape the scheme.Significant changes have been made to the original proposals to ensure that the vital contribution of junior barristers and solicitor advocates is better recognised in the new scheme.The changes will come into effect on 1 April 2018 and will keep spend on fees at the current level, so that the reforms come at no additional cost to the tax payer.NotesThe AGFS consultation response can be found on GOV.UK. These changes will create a simpler and more modern pay system for defence advocates in legal aid-funded criminal cases. We have listened to the views of legal professionals to ensure that advocates will be paid in a way that better reflects the reality of the work they do.
Harvard men’s basketball head coach Tommy Amaker has been selected for induction into the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame, adding to the growing list of honors he has received this offseason. The ceremony will be held Sept. 24 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., as part of “An Evening with the Legends of the Game” event.In six seasons at Harvard, Amaker has reinvented the Crimson into an Ivy League power with a national presence. Under his guidance Harvard has experienced an unprecedented run of success, highlighted by back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances and three straight Ivy League championships. Harvard has also posted four consecutive 20-win seasons and is 112-66 (.639) overall with Amaker on the sidelines, 54-30 (.642) in Ivy League play.During the 2010-11 season, Harvard won its first Ivy crown, going 23-6 and 12-2 in the Ancient Eight, and followed that performance by winning a program best 26 games during the 2011-12 campaign en route to the program’s first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1946. The Crimson also earned the first national ranking in program history that season, reaching as high as No. 22 in the AP Poll and No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.In 2012-13 the Crimson captured its third straight Ivy title with a 20-10 overall record and an 11-3 conference mark. Harvard then upset No. 3 seed New Mexico in the NCAA tournament to advance to the Round of 32, marking the first postseason win in program history. Following the season Amaker was named the Clarence “Big House” Gaines College Basketball Coach of the Year Award, presented to the top minority basketball coach in NCAA Division I, the NABC District 13 Coach of the Year and was honored with the Harvard Foundation’s Leadership Award for Outstanding Leadership in Harvard Athletics and Excellence in Fostering Character, Integrity, and Intercultural Cooperation in College Athletics.Amaker’s student-athletes have been rewarded with many individual accolades as well, including 16 All-Ivy League honors, a pair of Ivy League Rookie of the Year awards, and one Ivy League Player of the Year nod. This last year’s squad was no exception, as four Crimson were named to the all-conference teams while freshman Siyani Chambers, the Ancient Eight’s Rookie of the Year, became the first freshman in conference history to be named to the first team.A native of Falls Church, Va., Amaker starred at W.T. Woodson High School before heading off to Duke where he would lead the Blue Devils to four NCAA tournament appearances and win the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation’s top defensive player. Amaker is already a member of the W.T. Woodson Hall of Fame, the Duke Sports Hall of Fame, and this summer was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.Amaker will be joined at the event by his former coach at Duke and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski, who will accept the Nell and John Wooden Leadership in Coaching Award. Other honorees include another former Blue Devil in Grant Hill, Phil Chenier and Paul “Red” Jenkins. Morgan Wootten, Kevin Grevey, Mike Brey and Danny Ferry are also expected to be in attendance.To purchase tickets to the event or learn more, visit “An Evening with the Legends” website.A portion of the proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C., and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.
Notre Dame alumna Haley Scott DeMaria, who made an inspirational comeback from critical injuries sustained in a 1992 bus accident involving the Irish swimming team, will deliver the 2012 Commencement address, University spokesman Dennis Brown told The Observer. DeMaria will also receive an honorary degree at the May 20 ceremony, to take place in Notre Dame Stadium. In a release, University President Fr. John Jenkins said he believes DeMaria’s address will provide an appropriate message for those graduating. “The courage, perseverance and faith Haley has demonstrated over the past 20 years have been remarkable and are a shining example for us all,” he said. “She has spoken to scores of groups across the country of the many challenges she faced in recovering from injuries suffered in the accident, always with a focus on God’s grace and the love and support she received from her family, friends and Notre Dame.” “I’m sure that her words will be as inspirational to our graduates as they have been to so many others.” Former United States Secretary of Defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency Robert Gates delivered last year’s commencement address. DeMaria suffered a broken back and was paralyzed after a team bus returning from a meet against Northwestern slid off the Indiana Toll Road during a snowstorm Jan. 24, 1992. Freshmen Meghan Beeler and Colleen Hipp died in the accident. Most of the other passengers on board suffered injuries, with DeMaria the most seriously hurt. Doctors told DeMaria she likely would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. A week after the accident, she regained feeling in her legs. DeMaria was standing and walking within a month. DeMaria returned to take classes in the spring of 1992, and began swimming in the fall. On Oct. 29, 1993, she completed her comeback, swimming the 50-yard freestyle – and winning her heat. DeMaria has said she is honored to share the story of her incredible comeback. “It is moving, gratifying and inspiring to speak to people about my recovery,” she has said. “It is a gift to pass along hope.” DeMaria has received several notable honors for her amazing comeback, including the Spirit of Notre Dame Award, Honda Award for Inspiration and Gene Autry Courage in Sport Award. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Women’s Leadership Conference in 1994 and a fellow of the Institute for International Sport. DeMaria is also the first vice president for the Notre Dame Monogram Club and will begin her two-year service as president starting in 2013. DeMaria graduated in 1995, and now lives in Annapolis, Md., with her husband, 1995 alum Jamie DeMaria, and two sons. She has shared her story in a book and has plans for a movie. Contact Sam Stryker at [email protected]
Warmer weather lures black vultures north where they are killing calves The federally protected black vulture is most common in South America but as temperatures rise the vulture has extended its range, first into the southeastern U.S. and now into Midwestern states like Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. Farmers in those states are reporting the loss of newborn livestock as black vultures swoop down and peck calves to death. Lambs, goats, foals and other small animals have also been victimized. Black vultures and the much more common turkey vultures play a critical role in our ecosystem, cleaning up dead carcasses. But black vultures attack young, live animals, sometimes during the birthing process and farmers and ranchers are grappling with ways to protect vulnerable livestock. Black vultures are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Vultures can be shot but only with a permit and proof of damage is required to get the permit. Virginia Music Festivals Unite at SummitBound by a goal to make Virginia’s music festival scene even better, members of Virginia-based live music production companies gathered in a two-day summit to examine ways to strengthen Virginia’s music festival landscape. Representatives from fan favorite festivals like Devils Backbone Hoopla, Bonnaroo, Front Porch Fest, Rooster Walk, Red Wing Roots Music Festival, FloydFest and others were present. Virginia has become a premier destination for live music fans and the group is committed to maintaining and improving the festival experience in the Commonwealth. Top Climate Official at National Park Service Resigns In 2011, Archaeologist Marcy Rockman became the first person ever appointed to study climate change’s impact on cultural resources in National Parks. That year, a republican controlled Congress cut her budget by 70 percent, ensuring that her program remained a party of one. Rockman was responsible for studying the effects of climate change on archeological sites, cultural landscapes and historic buildings. Her job was part of the National Park Service’s Climate Change Response Program, which was created to better understand the effects of climate change on National Park Service owned sites and resources. On Twitter, Rockman stated that she resigned after “a series of pressures from the NPS that required me to spend ever more time & energy fighting for the right to exist & perform basic tasks.” Rockman also cited gender inequality and harassment as an additional reason for leaving the National Park Service.
“The U.S. Forest Service is excited to partner with Foothills Conservancy on this newest acquisition,” said Nicholas Larson, North Carolina Forest Service district ranger. “Chestnut Mountain will be a great addition to the Forest, with easy access to Lenoir. We are working with both the Blue Ridge Horseman’s Association and Northwestern N.C. Mountain Bike Alliance to improve and add to the existing trail system.” The Find Your Virtual Park page on NPS.gov provides resources that feature the sights and sounds of parks, games, videos, webcams and kid-friendly activities. The National Park Foundation offers a series of virtual escapes as well as suggestions for home-based park experiences. Photo of Pisgah National Forest, Blue Ridge Mountains from Getty Images National Parks Week begins Saturday Earth logs its second-warmest March on record From April 18- April 26, the U.S. will celebrate National Park Week. Due to the disruption of COVID-19, this year’s celebrations are going digital. While holed up at home, you can still journey to national parks through a variety of online activities including virtual tours, scavenger hunts, trivia contests and junior ranger programs. On March 7, the U.S. Forest Service purchased a former inholding in Pisgah National Forest from Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, the organization said in a press release. The 96-acre property located off U.S Highway 321 in Caldwell County, between Lenoir and Blowing Rock, creates opportunity to extend trails in the Boone Fork recreation area near Mulberry Creek and Blowing Rock. Mother Earth may be taking a much-needed breather right now, but the globe continues to warm. Following the warmest January ever recorded and the second-warmest February, the planet has now logged its second-hottest March on record, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday. NOAA warns that models are already suggesting that 2020 could be the warmest year on record. “It does look like there’s a better-than-half probability that we will finish the year warmest on record,” Deke Arndt, chief of the monitoring branch at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, said in a news briefing.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Cheeburger Cheeburger (Photo: www.cheeburger.com)A bite of a cheeseburger will probably never feel this gratifying.Popular Farmingdale burger joint, Cheeburger Cheeburger, is looking to help Superstorm Sandy victims get back on their feet by donating a portion of its sales Thursday to the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund, officials said.The benefit will run from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and only includes the Farmingdale location.The restaurant will donate 20 percent of each check from the day’s receipts to the recovery fund.“There are too many Nassau residents who are still suffering from the impact of Hurricane Sandy,” Nassau County Executive Mangano said in a statement urging residents to help out storm victims by grabbing some grub at the restaurant Thursday.The fund was created by the county last November to assist residents affected by the historic hurricane, which struck on Oct. 29.“Priority is given to those applicants who are not entitled to reimbursement from FEMA, do not have homeowners or flood insurance and are not receiving assistance from other government relief programs,” the county said of the relief fund.
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Fringe financial services is the label sometimes applied to payday lending and its close cousins, like installment lending and auto-title lending—services that provide quick cash to credit-strapped borrowers. It’s a euphemism, sure, but one that seems to aptly convey the dubiousness of the activity and the location of the customer outside the mainstream of American life.And yet the fringe has gotten awfully large. The typical payday-lending customer, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts, is a white woman age 25 to 44. Payday lenders serve more than 19 million American households—nearly one in six—according to the Community Financial Services Association of America, the industry’s trade group. And even that’s only a fraction of those who could become customers any day now. The group’s CEO, Dennis Shaul, told Congress in February that as many as 76 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, without the resources to cover unexpected expenses. Or, as an online lender called Elevate Credit, which offers small loans that often have triple-digit annualized interest rates, put it in a recent financial filing, “Decades-long macroeconomic trends and the recent financial crisis have resulted in a growing ‘New Middle Class’ with little to no savings, urgent credit needs and limited options.”Payday lending works like this: In exchange for a small loan—the average amount borrowed is about $350—a customer agrees to pay a single flat fee, typically in the vicinity of $15 per $100 borrowed. For a two-week loan, that can equate to an annualized rate of almost 400 percent. The entire amount—the fee plus the sum that was borrowed—is generally due all at once, at the end of the term. (Borrowers give the lender access to their bank account when they take out the loan.) But because many borrowers can’t pay it all back at once, they roll the loan into a new one, and end up in what the industry’s many critics call a debt trap, with gargantuan fees piling up. As Mehrsa Baradaran, an associate professor at the University of Georgia’s law school, puts it in her new book, How the Other Half Banks, “One of the great ironies in modern America is that the less money you have, the more you pay to use it.” continue reading »
continue reading » On the heels of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is the latest regulation to address the perceived imbalance in power that exists between companies and consumers when it comes to data management.CCPA is considered to be the most comprehensive data protection law in U.S. history. The act applies to any business that collects data from residents of California, not just those companies headquartered there. CCPA goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020, but there is still time to be better prepared for its enforcement, which will begin around July 2020.While California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s proposed regulations give businesses some additional guidance, many impacted companies — including financial institutions — lack a sense of the full requirements for compliance. Nevertheless, experts predict the act could serve as a “quantum leap” with respect to privacy, data management, and consumer empowerment, and may ultimately roll outward into federal or other states’ laws, as covered in the box below.At a high level, CCPA will give California residents the right to: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
After partnership with Jadranka Group, As part of his tourism studies, Bernays entered into his first partnership with the county-level tourist board.Partnerski sporazum između Bernaysa i Turističke zajednice Zagrebačke županije dogovorili su direktorica Turističke zajednice mr. sc. Ružica Rašperić i dr. sc. Damir Jugo, dekan Bernaysa. „Thanks to the newly signed partnership, students have the opportunity to be directly involved in the daily activities of the tourist board, which includes nine cities, two municipalities and one tourist area. During the internship, students will learn about the work and specifics of various jobs within the organization and will have the opportunity, under the mentorship of renowned tourism experts, to participate in the design and implementation of various projects and services aimed at contributing to tourism development in Zagreb County.. “, Said mr. sc. Ruzica Rasperic.Bernays ima jedan od najmodernijih sustava odabira i pohađanja stručne prakse te izuzetno snažan naglasak stavlja upravo na stjecanje praktičnog znanja i iskustava tijekom studiranja. U prilog važnosti stjecanja praktičnog iskustva govori i podaci da će studenti preddiplomskog studija „Menadžment i marketing turističke destinacije“ provoditi maksimalnih 180 sati na terenskoj nastave te 210 sati na stručnoj praksi. „Bernays is the only one in Croatia to have a study related to the management and marketing of a tourist destination and the only one in the region to provide its students with a narrower specialization through the modules Tourist Destination Branding, Destination Policy and Tourist Guidance and Interpretation in Destinations. That is why I am very pleased that the Zagreb County Tourist Board is one of the first communities that, in cooperation with Bernays, decided to create experts for tourism of the future and develop their destination in accordance with new trends, and with the driving force and energy of innovation and creativity of our student and professional team. “, Added Dr. sc. Damir Jugo.Related news: MODEL OF DUAL EDUCATION IN TOURISM: LOŠINJ JADRANKA GROUP BECAME A BERNAYS PARTNER IN THE TOURISM SECTOR
Central Lombok regency in West Nusa Tenggara is set to require female Muslim civil servants to wear the niqab, as some of them have been seen not wearing masks — one of the health protocols imposed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Regent Moh Suhaili Fadhil Thohir announced the plan during a regular Friday gymnastics event in the regent’s office yard on June 19, which was recorded in a video that has since become the subject of public discussion.“I said it spontaneously because during the Friday event, some refused to wear a mask for fear of running out of oxygen. But considering the current situation, we need protection,” he said on Wednesday. Suhaili said the requirement for Muslims to wear the niqab had nothing to do with radicalism as it was simply an effort to prevent virus transmission among civil servants, who he said should set an example to the wider community in Central Lombok.“It’s also fashion. They could match their hijab to the color of the veil. It has nothing to do with radicalism, or over-fanaticism,” Suhaili said as quoted by kompas.com, adding that the requirement would start as soon as next Friday.The civil servants, however, are not required to wear a head-to-toe veil that also cloaks the body, but a niqab covering only the nose and mouth.Suhaili also said the requirement was not forceful and that there would be no regulation needed to enforce it. “There are no sanctions, only a pleasant and healthy movement.”Lombok Tengah civil servant Yayuh had mixed feelings about the niqab requirement. Although it can be a learning process to wear proper Muslim clothing, Yayuh feared it might create a contrast with the gymnastic clothes they wore.“We usually wear tight pants for the Friday event. If outsiders see it, it might be a bit inappropriate,” Yayuh said, adding that it might be expensive to have that kind of niqab.As of Thursday, West Nusa Tenggara had recorded 1,260 COVID-19 cases, 63 of which have turned fatal. Lombok Tengah has recorded at least 114 cases, with four deaths. (syk)Topics :
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 30, 2015 First Lady Frances Wolf, Governor’s Residence, Press Release, PSA, Results Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf announced today that the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg will host its first ever National Night Out event on next Tuesday, August 4. The event will run from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.“National Night Out is a tremendous opportunity for the residence to serve as an open, community space,” said the Governor and First Lady. “We are thankful to the Pennsylvania State Police and Capitol Police for being a part of this important event to improve the relationships between law enforcement and community members. We hope many Pennsylvanians will be able to attend.”Pennsylvania State Police and the Capitol Police Department will be on hand to greet visitors and speak with families and members of the community. Kids and community members will also have the opportunity to see a Pennsylvania State Police patrol car up-close, along with giveaways and resources from law enforcement and community organizations.The Residence will serve light refreshments and will be open for tours of the house and its gardens.The Governor’s Residence is located at 2035 North Front Street in Harrisburg. Parking is available along 2nd Street and in the private lot at the corner of 2nd and Maclay Streets. Guests should enter the Residence grounds through the 2nd Street gates. No large bags, totes or purses will be permitted, and some security measures will be in place.National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community relationships in order to build safer, better neighborhoods. It was started by the National Association of Town Watch, which is headquartered in Wynnewood, Montgomery County, in 1981. It is held annually on the first Tuesday of August in more than 16,000 communities across the country, according to the National Association of Town Watch.For more information on the Governor’s Residence, visit http://residence.pa.gov. For other National Night Out events in your area, visit http://natw.org.# # # Governor’s Residence to Host First National Night Out Event
36 Louisa Street Highgate Hill Qld 4101. Picture: Realestate.com.auTHESE three Queensland cottages are as pretty as a picture and are priced to meet all levels of the market. 43 Mary Street, Mount Lofty Qld 4350. Picture: Realestate.com.auAgent Amy Makim of Webster Cavanagh Toowoomba City was marketing it as a “delightful storybook cottage”, with the owners looking for offers over $339,000. 36 Louisa Street Highgate Hill Qld 4101. Picture: Realestate.com.auIn Brisbane’s Highgate Hill, a suburb that’s in the catchment zone for the highly sought after Brisbane State High School, a three bedroom home at 36 Louisa Street has been earmarked for auction. 49 William Street Jandowae QLD 4410. Picture: Realestate.com.au“Enjoy a cuppa on the veranda of this quaint cottage while taking in the quiet surroundings and lovely garden.”The cottage is on a 1,454sq m fenced block and had a double car carport, with inspections by appointment with the agent. 43 Mary Street, Mount Lofty Qld 4350. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe cottage is on a 496sq m block and overlooks “the sweetest little church”, according to Ms Makim. 49 William Street Jandowae QLD 4410. Picture: Realestate.com.auAgent Donna Cook of Ray White Rural in Dalby was marketing it as a “charming country cottage” with a modern kitchen and electric stove, combined lounge and dining room, built-ins in both bedrooms and a fully renovated bathroom. 36 Louisa Street Highgate Hill Qld 4101. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe cottage last sold for $775,000 in November 2015 according to CoreLogic records, when it was marketed as being in the BSHS catchment as one of its main features. 36 Louisa Street Highgate Hill Qld 4101. Picture: Realestate.com.auAgent John Kalaja of Harcourts Proactive Results West End has taken it back to market this week, highlighting the fact that it was a highset cottage “set in an enclave of character homes”.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago36 Louisa Street Highgate Hill Qld 4101. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe home, which is set to go to auction at 1pm on Saturday April 22, has the added bonus of being “legal height downstairs with excellent access to the back yard and back deck”. It is open for inspection from 12.30 to 1pm Saturday April 1. 43 Mary Street, Mount Lofty Qld 4350. Picture: Realestate.com.au“You could have the best of both worlds. Morning walk, fresh croissants from the bakery and the Sunday morning paper under the jacarandas or lime tree, on a lazy Sunday morning.”The home is open for inspection this weekend from 1.30 to 2.15pm on Saturday and from noon to 12.30pm on Sunday. 43 Mary Street, Mount Lofty Qld 4350. Picture: Realestate.com.auOver an hour and half way at 43 Mary Street, Mount Lofty – eight minutes from the Toowoomba CBD – another classic cottage has come on the market. 49 William Street Jandowae QLD 4410. Picture: Realestate.com.auA further hour and a half inland from Toowoomba is one of the most affordable cottages on the market in Queensland today – a two bedroom property at 49 William Street, Jandowae.Priced at $165,000, the cottage even has its own fully fenced outdoor spa. 43 Mary Street, Mount Lofty Qld 4350. Picture: Realestate.com.au“Prepare to fall madly in love with this divine cottage that looks just like it’s emerged from the pages of a delightful storybook. It’s swoon-worthy character features, such as white picket fences, pretty gardens, polished timber floors, high ceilings and box window will have your heart skipping a beat.” 49 William Street Jandowae QLD 4410. Picture: Realestate.com.au
Sweden’s high earners opting out of the second-pillar ITP pension system are seeing their pension savings eroded by high charges levied by providers, according to pensions administration organisation Collectum.Private salaried employees with a monthly salary of SEK47,200 (€5,374) or more – known as ‘tiotaggare’ (high-earners) – have since 1990 been allowed to opt out of ITP2 for earnings above the social security ceiling and set up their own defined contribution (DC) plan instead, known as Alternative ITP.Tomas Carlsson, pensions expert at Collectum, said: “Many people who have made a choice to leave the ITP plan for a tiotaggar solution have been promised the moon.“But they may be disappointed because it requires a hefty return to compensate for the high charges.” The ITP system of occupational pension provision for white-collar workers was switched to DC from defined benefit (DB) in 2007.The new DC part is now called ITP1, run by Collectum, and applies to people born in 1979 or later.People born in 1978 or before are still covered by the DB scheme, now known as ITP2.Of a total of 115,000 high-earners eligible for the ITP plan, 65,000 have opted for their own occupational pension plan, usually going through an insurance broker to arrange this, according to Collectum.Figures from consultancy Aon Hewitt show that high earners who have left an ITP plan at age 40 may end up with SEK1.3m less in pension assets when they reach 65 compared with someone who stayed in ITP.Andreas Lauritzen, chief executive at Aon Hewitt in Sweden, said the problem was that many of these plans were set up on an individual basis, and so have high levels of manager charges and broker commissions.He said this difference was particularly marked when they were compared with DC plans in other countries, as well as with ITP1 and the blue-collar SAF-LO DC plans in Sweden. “These high charges significantly reduce the expected pension payable from these DC plans, and may mean the pension from DC is less than what they would have obtained from the DB plan in ITP2, or if they had invested contributions in the funds offered through Collectum in ITP1,” Lauritzen said.He said Swedish employees facing the decision about whether to stay in the DB ITP2 plan or move to an Alternative ITP DC plan might lack the required information to decide whether DB was better for them.“The key issue is that commission-based advisers will only generally advise on which DC funds to choose,” he said.For more on ITP pension charges, see the November issue of IPE magazine
NZ Herald 19 Sep 2011Schools are being accused of going too far in what they teach children about sex. Children as young as 12 are being taught about oral sex and told it’s acceptable to play with a girl’s private parts as long as “she’s okay with it”. In other cases, 14-year-old girls are being taught how to put condoms on plastic penises, and one female teacher imitated the noises she made during orgasm to her class of 15-year-olds. The often-graphic nature of today’s sex education lessons is considered perfectly acceptable, and necessary, by some parents, but many others are shocked and say it has gone too far. One concerned father, who did not want to be identified, phoned Newstalk ZB to say he had taken his 12-year-old son out of a sex education class at his all-boy school after he came home upset about what had happened during one of the lessons. It included a question-and-answer session that focused on, “I have learned that my girlfriend has a thing called a clitoris. I really want to play with it. Is that okay?” The answer was: “Yes, if you ask her and she’s okay with it.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10752723Too much ‘grubby stuff’, so dad steps inNZ Herald 19 Sep 2011The father of a 12-year-old boy is questioning why his son has been taught “all the grubby stuff” about sex, but none of the basics, such as how a baby is made.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10752721
SPLA-N rebels plan to disrupt elections in SudanThe Sudanese army has refuted claims that rebels have ambushed a bus carrying voting materials days before the electionsArmy spokesman Colonel Al-Sawarmy Khaled Saad told AFP he had no information on the ambush.Eralier reports said that Rebels in Sudan’s South Kordofan said Sunday they had captured a lorry carrying ballot boxes to polling stations for nationwide elections due next week, vowing to disrupt voting in the conflict-hit region.The Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North “ambushed and captured a vehicle loaded fully with ballot boxes” on Saturday on the road linking the state capital Kadugli with the town of Dilling, spokesman Arnu Lodi said.The SPLA-N will press its “military campaign plan” to stop elections in South Kordofan, Lodi said in the statement, warning civilians to avoid military sites “because they are legitimate targets”.Last month the SPLA-N announced its campaign to disrupt presidential and legislative elections slated for April 13.Sudan’s mainstream opposition is boycotting the elections, which are widely expected to extend the rule of President Omar al-Bashir, 71.The SPLA-N has said the armed campaign intends to integrate “the various means of struggle, armed uprising and civil disobedience, to work together to stop the elections”.The group is boycotting the elections but several signatories have denied the SPLA-N’s campaign to disrupt the elections is Sudan Call’s armed wing.Representatives for Sudan Call had been due to meet members of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in Addis Ababa at the end of March to discuss a national dialogue promised by Bashir last January.The dialogue was supposed to address Sudan’s problems and end the insurgencies in Blue Nile, South Kordofan and the western region of DarfurThe battle against SPLA-N rebels Bashir’s government has been battling the SPLA-N in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states since 2011.The NCP did not attend and said the pre-dialogue meeting would take place after voting.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his “disappointment” at the meeting’s failure.Sudan Call sharply criticised the NCP in a statement on Sunday, urging Sudanese to “escalate resistance to the fake elections,” but did not say whether they would attend talks after the vote.Violence has risen over the past month in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, and the government said last week fighting since the beginning of March alone had displaced at least 20,000.Despite this, Defence Minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein said on Friday the army “will not allow the rebels to impede elections”.And Bashir has pledged to bring peace to conflict-stricken states, either by force or through talks.Bashir, a career soldier, came to power in a 1989 coup and has been indicted by the International Criminal Court over alleged war crimes in the western region of Darfur, where he is battling a separate insurgency.
Share Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Pfizer blocks its products from use in lethal injections by: The Independent – May 13, 2016 95 Views no discussions (The Independent) The American death penalty is dying a death.On Friday, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced that it would not longer permit its products to be used in lethal injections – a move that shut off the final remaining source of approved chemicals.Campaigners against the death penalty said the move by Pfizer.The decision means that unless a state has stockpiled supplies of lethal compounds, authorities will have to seek illicit sources or else adopt a different method of execution, such as the electric chair, firing squad or gas chamber.“This is great news,” Maya Foa of the London-based Reprieve, told The Independent. “This means that all FDA-approved suppliers have said they do not want their medicines being used for executions. They’re saying ‘we don’t want you do to this anyymore’.”The decision by the pharmaceutical giant was first revealed by the New York Times. In a statement, the company said: “Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve and strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment.”Pfizer said it would restrict the sale to selected wholesalers of seven products that could be used in executions. The distributors must certify that they will not resell the drugs to corrections departments and will be closely monitored. Share Sharing is caring! Tweet