Shoppers hit as oil surges on Gulf fears

first_img KCS-content Monday 7 March 2011 9:41 pm Tags: NULL More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com Shoppers hit as oil surges on Gulf fears Sharecenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.com whatsapp HIGH STREET confidence faces a double battering, with the spiralling conflict in Libya pushing oil prices higher and new figures suggesting a 0.4 per cent like-for-like sales slump in February.Oil prices hit fresh highs again yesterday, coming after reports that fighting in Libya had closed the oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Brega. Brent crude spot prices in London gained more than two per cent to peak at $118.50 a barrel, close to highs last seen in September 2008, before slipping back to $115.04. US crude hit a 28-month high.Ministers from countries in the Opec oil cartel are holding talks about increasing production to help cool the runaway rise in fuel prices. The instability also helped pull the price of copper to its steepest one-day decline in four months.Nato began round-the-clock air surveillance of Libya yesterday as people on the ground reported further airstrikes by pro-Gaddafi forces.The military alliance is considering options including a no-fly-zone and helping to enforce the UN-mandated arms embargo, the US ambassador to NATO confirmed, in a move to pile pressure on Gaddafi’s regime to halt the ongoing violence.Six Gulf nations including Saudi Arabia called for the UN to impose a no-fly-zone yesterday, demanding in a statement that the organisation “take[s] all necessary measures to protect civilians”. Foreign secretary William Hague confirmed that the UK and other UN members were working “on a contingency basis” on a UN resolution that would allow a no-fly-zone. Defence ministers are due to consider the options at a meeting in Brussels on Thursday.Hague also told Parliament yesterday that a “serious misunderstanding of their role” caused the detention of MI6 officers and SAS soldiers by Libyan rebels, and that he would take full responsibility for the mission. Meanwhile, the British Retail Council said sales on the high street fell 0.4 per cent in February compared to last year, while total sales growth rose just 1.1 per cent compared with a 4.2 per cent year-on-year rise in January. “Other than the negative figures last April, caused by the annual movement of Easter, this February’s total sales growth is the poorest since May 2009,” said the BRC’s Stephen Robertson. whatsapp Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Brooklyn tenants demand: ‘Kill the bill!’

first_imgBrooklyn, N.Y., Feb. 25 — Motivated by groups including the Crown Heights Tenants, unionized construction workers and civil rights activists, a working-class rally today in Brooklyn’s mostly West Indian neighborhood of Crown Heights demanded that the block-wide/long, publicly owned Bedford-Union Armory become affordable housing with services for the people.New York City politicians have been talking to luxury developer BFC Partners, a Donald Trump supporter, about gentrifying the armory. BFC hires non-union construction workers.“BFC has got to go!” demanded a leader in Construction and General Building Laborers’ Local 79, speaking on behalf of the union. Referring to the nearby campus of the City University of New York, Medgar Evers College, he said Civil Rights leader “Medgar Evers wouldn’t stand for this!”Evelyn, a tenant leader from nearby Ebbets Field Housing, also spoke. Her huge housing complex — formerly home field of the Brooklyn Dodgers before they left for Los Angeles in 1958 — once had 600 tenants. Now the complex has lost 160 tenants to unfair displacement. The threat of eviction today is mainly directed against immigrant tenants.Soon the armory rally became a march in the streets to the office of missing City Council member Laurie Cumbo. Since Cumbo holds the single vote that can cancel the rezoning bill for the Bedford-Union Armory and stop the developers from getting it, the Brooklyn marchers repeatedly chanted, “Kill the bill!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Release the evidence and arrest killers of Breonna Taylor!

first_imgSept. 28 – Protests erupted around the U.S. on Sept. 23 when the announcement first came down that no police officer would be charged in the murder of Breonna Taylor. She had been shot to death in her bed in Louisville, Ky., on March 13.  These protests took place in the thousands over multiple days in both Louisville and New York City. In New York, an interstate and a bridge between Brooklyn and Manhattan were both shut down.Outraged by grand jury ruling, protesters shut down I-64 in Louisville on Sept. 24.In Louisville, demonstrators defied curfews and risked arrest as local police and the National Guard attempted to intimidate them with tear gas and swinging batons.  Among those arrested were state Rep. Attica Scott (D), the only Black woman state legislator in Kentucky, who is facing one felony count for “rioting” and two misdemeanor charges.  Other protests took place in large and small cities, including Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, Denver, Nashville, Oakland, Boston, Detroit, Eugene, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, and elsewhere.  Athletes and coaches expressed anger and frustration in the National Basketball Association and Women’s NBA playoff bubbles. All the teams in the WNBA have devoted their playoffs to Breonna Taylor.The University of Louisville men’s basketball team led a protest on Sept. 25 in Louisville.  The main political themes of these demonstrations, besides “Arrest the killers of Breonna Taylor,” were also “Abolish the police!” and “Defund the police!”   The murder of Taylor has generated a national outcry demanding police accountability for the murders of Black and Brown women, men and children and in defense of Black Lives Matter.  More than six months after the heinous March 13 murder of Taylor – a 26-year-old African American emergency medical technician – by three white Louisville, Ky., police officers, a secret grand jury on Sept. 23 charged only one of those officers with three counts of “wanton endangerment.” And this was after four months of supposed investigation. What does this mean exactly? It means that Officer Brett Hankison was charged only with endangering others, when bullets he sprayed into Taylor’s apartment traveled into a neighboring unit, threatening the lives of three neighbors, who are white. Not one single charge was filed against the other two cops. Hankison is now out on $15,000 bail.Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) made the announcement, explaining that the three cops were justified in shooting multiple rounds – six of which hit Taylor as she was sleeping – in “self-defense.”  Taylor’s partner, Kenneth Walker, shot at the cops when they broke down Taylor’s door with a battering ram. Cameron’s claims that Walker wounded one of the cops turned out to be false based on a recent ballistics report. (courier-journal.com, Sept. 27)They were carrying out a “no-knock” search warrant during an ill-advised drug bust. Walker stated that the cops never announced who they were, as he tried to defend Taylor and himself.  Rep. Scott proposed a statewide law to negate the “no-knock” warrant, which was recently passed. She was recently arrested.The fact that not one cop was charged with murder, not even manslaughter, for taking the life of this young Black woman, is but another tragic but important reason why the Black Lives Matter struggle deserves broad classwide solidarity. It took the public lynching of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 to help bring national and international awareness to Taylor’s murder, which had happened more than two months earlier.  Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump commented following the ruling:  “This is outrageous and offensive! If Brett Hankison’s behavior was wanton endangerment to people in neighboring apartments, then it should have been wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor’s apartment, too. In fact, it should have been ruled wanton murder.” (Washington Post, Sept. 23)Family demands ‘open the books’The family of Breonna Taylor, including her mother, Tamika Palmer, and Walker were present at a Sept. 25 press conference in Louisville, along with family attornies Crump and Lonita Baker.  The lawyers and family are demanding that the secretive grand jury reveal the entire transcript to the world that led to their shocking ruling.  They are also calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed to present evidence on behalf of Taylor before a grand jury.  Crump commented, “What did Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron present to the grand jury? Did he present any evidence on Breonna Taylor’s behalf? Or did he make a unilateral decision to put his thumb on the scales of justice to help try to exonerate and justify the killing of Breonna Taylor by these police officers? And in doing so, make sure that Breonna Taylor’s family never got their day in court.“Release the transcript so we can have transparency.  And if you did everything you could do on Breonna’s behalf, you shouldn’t have any problems whatsoever, Daniel Cameron, to release the transcript to see you fought for all of Kentucky’s citizens.”  (ABC News, Sept. 25)In a written statement read by Taylor’s aunt, Bianca Austin, Tamika Palmer stated that Cameron “had the power to do the right thing. He had the power to start the healing of this city.  [He] helped me realize … it will always be us against them.  That we are never safe when it comes to them.” She went on to say that she has “no faith in the legal system, in the police, in the laws that are not made to protect us Black and Brown people.” Palmer said Cameron “alone didn’t fail her,” and that her daughter was also failed by “the judge who signed the search warrant … the terrorist who broke down her door … [and] the system as a whole.” One of the grand jurors has filed a motion on Sept. 28. The motion demands that the recordings of the grand jury proceedings be released to the public. It states that the jurors were not given proper instructions to include the option of indicting Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove for firing the bullets that killed Taylor.  The juror also asks to speak publicly on this matter.  Police and capitalism are intertwinedPalmer’s statement rings so true, not only with the individuals responsible for her daughter’s senseless death but the whole rigged, bigoted system of oppression.  Abuses by the police, the courts, the prisons and the laws targeting Black and Brown people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland and countless others are not isolated instances. These institutions reflect bigoted, irreconcilable differences when it comes to race and class. Under capitalism – a particular form of society that divides people into haves and have nots, the ruling class and the multinational working class – the lives of Black, Brown and Indigenous people are devalued by a repressive state apparatus resting on the centuries-old foundation of white supremacy.How else can it be explained that a Louisville cop can be held accountable for destroying walls, but not for taking the life of a human being? Or that a 17-year-old neofascist, Kyle Rittenhouse, can shoot to death two anti-racists in Kenosha, Wis., while the police look the other way – but a 12-year-old Black child, Tamir Rice, can be fatally shot on the spot by police in Cleveland for playing with a BB gun?  The police, the U.S. Border Patrol and other agencies exist to keep social order –  that is, to use any repressive means to protect the private property of the bosses stolen from the collective wealth and labor of the global working class. This order is why it is so difficult to get justice for the victims of police violence. The laws provide immunity for the police, who act as an armed agent of the bosses against the workers.  The clarion call to abolish the police, not just as individuals but as a militarized oppressive force that is diametrically opposed to the interests of the workers and oppressed, will continue to grow louder. The fact that not one cop was charged with murder or even manslaughter for taking the life of this young Black woman is but another tragic but important example of why the Black Lives Matter struggle deserves broad classwide solidarity. It took the public lynching of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 to help bring national and international awareness to Taylor’s murder, which had happened more than two months earlier.  In the end, the only way to abolish the police is to abolish the system that has sustained this force since the days of U.S. slavery. And that system is capitalism – a system that prioritizes profits and private property before meeting the basic human needs of the workers, who need jobs, housing, health care, education and much more. Only a socialist revolution can ultimately win these demands – not an election, that does not change class relations.  Waging a global, classwide struggle to help empower the working class through workers’ assemblies, workers’ defense committees against right-wing fascists and other sustained, organized formations will win real justice for the Breonna Taylors and George Floyds of the world.    FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

American Dairy Association Indiana Hosts 29th Annual Ice Cream Social

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News American Dairy Association Indiana Hosts 29th Annual Ice Cream Social SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 16, 2018 American Dairy Association Indiana Hosts 29th Annual Ice Cream Social American Dairy Association Indiana Hosts 29th Annual Ice Cream SocialTo celebrate National Ice Cream Month, the American Dairy Association Indiana hosted their 29th annual ice cream social at Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis this past Friday. ADAI’s Director of Communications, Jenni Browning, gave HAT the inside scoop on why everyone should be celebrating with sundaes.“Indiana’s number two in ice cream production here in the state. So, it just helps us bring people down together to enjoy ice cream and bring little bit of awareness to the dairy industry,” said Browning.Browning also shared the importance of promoting the dairy industry, especially in today’s current climate.“Obviously the dairy industry is a struggling right now. Dairy farmers are having a tough time, so I think part of what we do for our goal, and for a check off really does bring the dairy farmer’s story to life. So, to bring it to help educate the public, and also to the media to talk about dairy farming, to talk about what they do every single day on the farm, and also about the nutrition and high-quality dairy foods.”Not only is the ADAI raising awareness for a wonderful industry, but also a great cause as all proceeds from the Ice Cream Social benefitted Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBS). Whitney Smith, Director of Corporate Giving and Marketing for Big Brothers Big Sisters, told Hoosier Ag Today how the partnership came to be.“Typically, the American Dairy Association chooses a youth-serving nonprofit in the city, so they approached us last year, and we said ‘absolutely, we’d love to benefit from this’,” said Smith.ADAI raised a total $8,000 on Friday which will provide additional mentoring relationships for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana.For more information regarding Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana or the American Dairy Association Indiana, visit the links below.https://www.bebigforkids.org/https://winnersdrinkmilk.com/ Facebook Twitter Previous articlePurdue Extension helping Indiana farmers reach new heights with UAV demonstrationsNext articleIndiana Farmer Watching Developments in Trade War and Preparing for Early Harvest Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Freddie Mac: Housing Market Weak But Stabilizing

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac: Housing Market Weak But Stabilizing Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: FHFA Approves Merger Application for Federal Home Loan Banks of Des Moines, Seattle Next: Mortgage Default Risk Index Hits Highest Level in Two Years Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Scott Morgan Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. Subscribe Freddie Mac’s latest Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) report finds the U.S.  housing market weak but stabilizing at year’s end. The index, released Tuesday, shows that 70 markets are inching upwards, including San Jose and Pittsburgh, which have finally joined the forward momentum.The national MiMi value stands at 74.5, which is up 0.12 percent from September to October and up 0.42 percent over the past three months. Year-over-year, the national housing market has improved 4.48 percent.While still well short of the all-time MiMi high of 122.5, reached in June 2006, the national index is markedly better than it was in September 2011, when the housing market was at 60.3.”When we look at the stability of the housing market we’ve seen a modest 0.5 percent improvement since the beginning of the year in the national index,” said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Housing markets continue to heal across the country with those hardest hit showing the biggest improvement.”The most improved metro areas month-over-month were Kansas City, Memphis, and Atlanta, each up more than 3 percent. Charlotte and Denver—which also improved more than 12 percent year-over-year—were close behind. Year-over-year, Las Vegas improved by nearly 24 percent, while Chicago, Miami, and Riverside, California, each improved more than 12 percent.Statewise, Colorado, Kentucky, Idaho, Maryland, and North Carolina led month-to-month improvement, each growing by a least 1 percent. Year-over-year Nevada grew 18.95 percent), while Illinois, Florida, Rhode Island, and Colorado each grew by around 10 percent.According to the index, 13 states, plus the District of Columbia, have MiMi values in a stable range (above 80). North Dakota (95.9) the District of Columbia (94.1), Montana (91.2), Wyoming (91.0), and Hawaii (89.2) made up the top five. Eight of the 50 metro areas Freddie tracks, all west of the Mississipi, have MiMi values in a stable range: San Antonio (89.9), Austin (87.0), Houston (85.3), Los Angeles (84.4), and Salt Lake City (83.1) made up the top five.According to Nothaft, the news is encouraging, but hardly a cause for champagne just yet.”Low mortgage rates have helped, but we also need better household income growth,” he said. “The employment picture needs to improve more to strengthen wage growth. The good news is we’re slowly starting to see this happen in areas like Denver, San Jose, Nashville, and Pittsburgh.”Freddie also is seeing better purchase application activity on a monthly basis in these areas, he said. December 24, 2014 1,085 Views  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Freddie Mac: Housing Market Weak But Stabilizing The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Freddie Mac Housing Market Multi-Indicator Market Index Freddie Mac Housing Market Multi-Indicator Market Index 2014-12-24 Scott Morganlast_img read more

‘A Jurisdiction Of Suspicion’: Kerala High Court Lays Down Guidelines For Detention Under Preventive Detention Laws

first_imgNews Updates’A Jurisdiction Of Suspicion’: Kerala High Court Lays Down Guidelines For Detention Under Preventive Detention Laws Lydia Suzanne Thomas26 April 2021 7:15 AMShare This – x”…if there is a breach of any such provision, the rule of law requires that the detenu must be set at liberty, however wicked or mischievous he may be.”In a detailed judgment, the Kerala High Court recently prescribed safeguards against arbitrary and unjustified invasion of personal liberty in cases of preventive detention. The judgment, pronounced by a Division Bench of Justices AK Jayasankaran Nambiar and Gopinath P, stresses, “…if the detaining authority wants to preventively detain a smuggler, it can certainly do so, but only in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and the law, and if there is a breach of any such provision, the rule of law requires that the detenu must be set at liberty, however wicked or mischievous he may be.” The Bench interpreted the safeguards against preventive detention provided in the constitution when confronted with three habeas corpus petitions challenging detentions under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act (COFEPOSA). Explaining how the procedural safeguards against preventive detention prescribed by the Constitution were to be interpreted by the High Court in matters relating to preventive detention, the bench remarks, “It is therefore that when an application for a writ of Habeas corpus is filed before us, we feel duty bound to satisfy ourselves that all the safeguards provided by the law have been scrupulously observed, and the citizen is not deprived of his personal liberty otherwise than in accordance with law. While considering such applications, our courts do not follow strict rules of pleading, and often relax the rigour of the evidentiary rules governing burden of proof. The detaining authority, on the other hand, is called upon to place all materials before the court to show that the detention is legal and in conformity with the mandatory provisions of the law authorizing such detention.” Safeguarding liberty against preventive detention law’s jurisdiction of suspicion – How the Court interprets Clauses 4 to 7 of Article 22 At the outset of its judgment, the Bench emphasises that the Constitution has conceded the power of preventive detention under Article 22 of the Constitution. However, Clauses 4 to 7 of the Article provide procedural safeguards against arbitrary and unjustified invasion of personal liberty, it is pointed out. The Court therefore, reads from Clause 4 to highlight that preventive detention law cannot authorise the detention of a person for a period longer than 3 months unless an Advisory Board constituted finds sufficient cause for detention over this period. Another situation drawn by the Court is where the statute concerned expressly provides for a prolonged detention without obtaining the opinion of the Advisory Board. The ‘barest minimum’ safeguard- communicating the grounds of detention to the detenu Describing the communication of the grounds of detention to the detenu as ‘the barest minimum safeguard before detention’, the Court underscores the duty cast upon a detaining authority by Article 22(5) to communicate the grounds of detention to the detenu so as to allow him to make representation against the order. The COFEPOSA mandates communicating the grounds within five days, or fifteen days in ‘exceptional’ circumstances. Laying emphasis on the content of the communication, the judgment urges that the purpose of the communication is to allow the detenu to make representation against the detaining order. The judgment reckons the following as necessary for a communication for preventive detention – The grounds of detention must be furnished in their entiretyAll relevant material relied upon such as documents and statements must be communicated since they form part of the ‘grounds of detention’The detaining authority’s train of thought, starting with the consideration of the offence(s), the opinion that the detenu ought to be detained, the reasons for the opinion The Court explains that the right to be supplied copies of relevant documents flows as a corollary to the right to make a representation against the detention. “If the grounds of detention, as above, were not furnished to the detenu within the time permitted under the law, the continued detention of the detenu would be illegal and void”, the Court says in this respect. Relying on the Supreme Court’s dictum in Amratlal Prajivandas, the Court points out that the gravity and nature of the detenu’s act can be understood only after the detaining authority applies his mind. This application of mind is evidenced by the reasons furnished, the Court goes on to say. “That though ordinarily one act may not be held sufficient to sustain an order of detention, one act may sustain an order of detention if the act is of such a nature as to indicate that it is an organized act or manifestation of organized activity. The gravity and nature of the act is also relevant and the test is whether the act is such that it gives rise to an inference that the person would continue to indulge in similar prejudicial activity. That inference by the detaining authority can be arrived at only after an application of mind as to the nature of the act, which exercise must be apparent from the reasons furnished by him for his decision.” The ‘subjective satisfaction’ of the detaining authority cannot be absolute – has to be backed by reasons and is amenable to judicial reveiew On the question of subjective satisfaction, the judgment reads, “While the statute may express the confidence of the legislature in an authority entrusted with the power to detain a citizen, the principles integral to the rule of law that inform the exercise of judicial review recognise that the subjective satisfaction of the detaining authority cannot be absolute.” Again, while noting that a detaining authority was required to record satisfaction of reasons available to detain a person, the Court lays stress on the reasons that have to be furnished in support of the ‘satisfaction’ so as to legitimise the detention order. “The detaining authority cannot merely state that he is satisfied that the person is required to be detained; he must go further and state the reasons why he came to be so satisfied on the basis of the material available and scrutinized by him. The supply of reasons is what clothes his ‘subjective satisfaction’ with the legitimacy that is required of action designed to deprive a person of his/her fundamental right to personal liberty. In its absence, the detenu does not get an effective right of representation against the detention, or an opportunity to show that there were no valid reasons to support the same”, the Bench elaborates. As an offshoot of this, the Bench holds that the subjective satisfaction of the detaining authority was amenable to judicial review in a habeas corpus petition. When not based on relevant material or not based on reason, the detention order can be set aside, the Court stated. For this the Court would ascertain the existence of relevant material, whether such material was considered, and reasons for subjective satisfaction, and compliance with safeguards against detention. “This (judicial review) is not to say that the court would substitute its opinion for that of the detaining authority or objectively assess the material considered by the said authority. The court would only ascertain as to whether any relevant material existed, on the basis of which the detaining authority could have arrived at his subjective satisfaction through a proper application of mind to the said material”, the Court states. The effect of delay on the detention order An unexplained delay at any stage, the Court explains, vitiates the detention order and entitles a detenu to immediate release. The delays at any stage, be it at the time the detention order is passed, executed or even when the detenu’s representations against the order is presented and considered, would vitiate the detention order. It is therefore for the authority concerned to explain the delay, if any, in disposing the representation, the judgment emphasizes. In that process, it is not enough to say that the delay was very short, the Court states. The test is not the duration of delay, but how it is explained by the authority concerned that is of importance, it was added. At this juncture, the Court inserted a rider stating that a detenu could not use ‘delay’ to challenge the detention order when he/she contributed to the delay by evading arrest. How is a representation against preventive detention is to be made Laying emphasis upon the proposition that the constitutional right to make a representation under Article 22 (5) guarantees the constitutional right to a proper consideration of the representation. The detaining authority, the appropriate government as well as the advisory board are to independently consider the representation of the detenu, the Court said. Distinguishing how the government and the advisory board was to consider any representation against a detention order the Court posited, Government considers whether the detention order is in conformity with the power under the law. The board, considers the representation and the case of the detenu to examine whether there is sufficient cause for the detention. “In that sense, the consideration by the board is an additional safeguard and not a substitute for consideration of the representation by the Government,” the Court explained. Following a discussion of the principles, the Court applied these to the facts of the habeas corpus pleas before it. The lead case was dismissed with the Court holding that the detenu’s act contributed to delay in executing the detention order. The other two connected petitions were allowed on the ground that sufficient reasons for the detention were not provided. Prior to closing its pronouncement, the Court recordS its appreciation to the counsel for their assistance. CASE: Wahida Ashraf v. Union of India and allied cases COUNSEL: Advocate P.A. Augustian, Advocate M.Ajay for the petitioners, Central Government Counsel Jaishankar V. Nair, Suvin R. Menon, Daya Sindhu Sreehari, Government Pleader K.A. Anas, Advocate S. Manu for the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence Click here to download the judgmentTagsCOFEPOSA Preventive Detention Law Justice AK Jayasankaran Nambiar Justice P Gopinath Next Storylast_img read more

IPD investigator honored with J. Diann Sams African American History Month award

first_img Your government news is made possible with support from: Devon Magliozzi center_img Barksdale’s time at IPD has been shaped by a commitment to ending child abuse, sexual abuse and human trafficking as a juvenile and sex crimes investigator, her nominators said. She has worked with the Enough Abuse Campaign to end child sexual abuse and has trained law enforcement personnel from other departments about human trafficking prevention and enforcement. She has worked to support community members and fellow officers as a critical incident negotiator and by establishing a peer support team within IPD.Beyond IPD, Barksdale has lent time and expertise to organizations throughout Ithaca, including the Human Services Coalition, the Community Foundation, the Advocacy Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Southside Community Center, and she currently serves as president of the board at Loaves & Fishes. She has approached social issues with an entrepreneurial spirit, too, as the former proprietor of the Diaspora Gallery and Sustainable Passion.Accepting the award Wednesday, Barksdale expressed her deep gratitude and spoke candidly of both the joys and challenges of forging a path for black women in local law enforcement.“There were times when it was not easy being alone in that building,” she said of her early years at IPD, adding, “What I know though is that I was not alone in this community.”Barksdale cited Diann Sams as a source of support during difficult times. She said she would head to Sams’ office at the Southside Community Center when she had doubts about her chosen career path.“She really made me remember that I had a responsibility, and it really gave me strength at times when it was really hard in this department,” Barksdale said.The J. Diann Sams award joins a growing collection for Barksdale, whose efforts in law enforcement, advocacy and business have received many accolades over the years. Yet Barksdale was working for the good of the community long before the community took notice, according to the award committee. “She has been a long distance runner even when she had no company.”Featured image: Christine Barksdale accepts the J. Diann Sams award from Common Council. (Devon Magliozzi/Ithaca Voice) ITHACA, N.Y – Christine Barksdale’s list of contributions to the Ithaca community is long and varied. As a senior investigator with the Ithaca Police Department, volunteer, and entrepreneur,  Barksdale has worked to address some of the community’s toughest issues, from sexual abuse to human trafficking.Barksdale received the J. Diann Sams African American History Month Recognition Award from Ithaca Common Council on Wednesday in recognition of her service to the community. The J. Diann Sams award is given annually to honor the legacy of the three-term alderwoman who “was an advocate for the underrepresented and underserved,” according to a statement from the award committee.Barksdale began her career in law enforcement with the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office in 1995, and she was the first black woman hired as a corrections officer. She soon joined IPD as the department’s first, and only, black woman police officer. Already a pathbreaker, she continued to climb the ranks, becoming the first woman promoted to senior investigator within the Ithaca Police Department.Christine Barksdale, center, speaks during the Citizens Police Academy in 2015. (File photo from IPD)In addition to praising Barksdale’s role as a pioneer in local law enforcement, the city resolution honoring her says she “has used her career in law enforcement to build bridges with the community.”She started a citizens police academy to educate community members about police work, participated in community policing initiatives, advised youth in the Police Explorers unit, and facilitated dialogues between teens and officers.Related: Do community events, such as the Ithaca police community BBQ, actually make a difference? Tagged: African American History Month, Christine Barksdale, ithaca police department, J. Diann Sams, loaves and fishes 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

Firefighter pilots on California peak rescue amid wildfire: ‘There was really nowhere to run, nowhere to go’

first_imgABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Two firefighter pilots who rescued three people and their dogs off a California peak told ABC News the fire roaring toward the ridge would likely have killed the stranded group within minutes.The pilots had been making water drops on the Woolsey fire in Southern California, when their radio crackled with an urgent request to make their way to Castro Peak near Malibu. A number of people and pets were stranded there, they were told.The Los Angeles Fire Department released a video Monday that pilots Dave Nordquist and Joel Smith had taken Nov. 9 as they conducted the rescue mission.The Woolsey fire, which started Nov. 8 near Simi Valley in Ventura County, quickly spread to Los Angeles County — at one point torching the equivalent of 80 football fields a minute.The fire, which has been blamed for the deaths of at least three people, is currently 98 percent contained, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.Nordquist, a 38-year veteran with the LAFD, told ABC News on Wednesday that he and Smith, a nearly 10-year veteran, were in the middle of dropping water on the the wildfire when a helicopter coordinator reached out to them, asking what their rescue capabilities were. Because the pair didn’t have a rescue team, they would be forced to land their multi-ton helicopter on that peak.When he and Smith reached the area, Nordquist said he saw lots of smoke as well as some people and dogs on a mountain peak. Nordquist said the blaze was moving in the direction of the peak where the people were located — and the entire area was engulfed in smoke.“We saw that they were inside of a paved area that was fenced in. … We first tried to land in the area but it just didn’t, it wasn’t working for us so we took the next best thing and landed outside of it,” Nordquist said.After Nordquist landed the helicopter, Smith jumped out.“Given the rate of [fire] spread that we saw — and the best judgment call that I could make — we probably had another five minutes to get the people out before it burned over the top,” Smith told ABC News on Wednesday. “There was really nowhere to run, nowhere to go for these people.”When Smith reached a woman and her dog, he said she appeared a bit confused and in shock, seeing a pilot and helicopter landing near them.“I don’t think they realized how close the fire was to be honest with you. … I said, ‘We need, we need to go now. The fire’s here. Is there anybody else up here?’ And she said, ‘There’s two other gentlemen and there’s another dog,’” Smith said.Smith said that after some gentle nudging – and with the helicopter now low on fuel — he was able to get the trio and their two dogs — including a terrified English mastiff — moving in the direction of the helicopter.“I [just said] ‘Come with me. … Your ride’s leaving and we gotta go right now,’” he said. For a few seconds, the mastiff refused to budge. They had to shove him aboard.The two pilots said Wednesday that they’d heard reports that the fire had burned over the mountain peak almost 10 minutes after they’d left.The two never got the names of their passengers; they simple dropped them off and headed back to fight the fire.“God bless that we were in the right place at the right time,” Smith said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Buenas noticias: Hispanic homeownership soars

first_img Message* Share via Shortlink Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Hispanics account for more than half of U.S. homeownership growth in the past decade despite making up only 18 percent of the population. An estimated 48 to 49 percent of Hispanic households owned their homes in 2020, up from 47.5 percent in 2019.That number has grown for six straight years and the trend is expected to continue. Between 2020 and 2040, according to a forecast by the Urban Institute, 70 percent of new homeowner households will be Hispanic.In fact, projections show all future homeownership growth will come from minorities. Black homeownership also rose last year, to 45 percent, up from 42 percent in 2019.Among the areas seeing the greatest growth in Hispanic homeowners are Houston, Dallas, Orlando, Seattle and Fresno. Hispanic Americans tend to be younger and have less student debt than other groups, including non-Hispanic whites.The median property value of homes purchased by Latinos with a mortgage in 2020 was $265,000, according to the report. For all ethnicities it was $313,000. The discrepancy stems in part from a 29 percent difference in median household income between whites and non-white Hispanics.The report also found Hispanic buyers’ closing costs were $599 more than white buyers paid for conventional mortgages and $1,410 higher for Federal Housing Administration mortgages, in part because their median down payment was 3.5 percent versus 10 percent for the general population. FHA loans require lower down payments but are more expensive.Contact Sasha Jones Full Name* Hispanics account for more than half of U.S. homeownership growth in the past decade despite making up only 18 percent of the population. (iStock)Hispanic homeownership had its biggest annual increase last year in two decades.As buyers — younger ones in particular — flooded the market in 2020, the number of Hispanic-homeowner households grew by more than 700,000 to nearly 9 million, according to Census data compiled by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. The Wall Street Journal first reported the analysis, which was released Wednesday.Read moreSurvey finds huge pay gap between white and Black realtorsHispanic buyers prop up U.S. housing marketRacial inequality in homeownership across US is sharpest in New York: report Housing MarketMortgagesResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Walk-off hit nips Cougars again in Golden State, 2-1

first_imgMay 3, 2018 /Sports News – Local Walk-off hit nips Cougars again in Golden State, 2-1 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMORAGA, Calif. (May 3, 2018)—Another frustrating walk-off hit led to a 2-1 defeat of BYU baseball on Thursday as it fell to Saint Mary’s College in a pitchers’ duel.Gael pinch hitter Ryan Novis singled to centerfield with two aboard in the ninth inning to break a 1-1 deadlock. Last Tuesday, the Cougars lost a 1-0 game from a walk-off double at Cal.Both teams got super pitching, but in the end it was Gael reliever Ty Madrigal earning his second win of the year in two innings of relief.  SMC, now 27-18 and 11-8 in the West Coast Conference, got a dozen strikeouts from Kevin Milam in seven innings from a hard slider, hard curve and swing-and-miss change up paired with a low 90s fastball.BYU starter Jordan Wood matched Milam’s four-hit outing, but went eight innings. However, his reliever Blake Inouye (1-5) was tagged with the loss. Among the key Cougar defensive plays was a 6-4-3 double play to end the sixth inning.The Cougars took a 1-0 advantage off an unearned run in the first inning and held that lead until the eighth when Jackson Thoreson’s seemingly routine fly ball sailed over the centerfield fence to knot the score.The initial lead came when BYU’s Brennon Anderson led off the first inning with a double to right centerfield in the first inning and advanced to third on a fielding error. A high-bouncing groundout by Brock Hale to third scored Anderson, but did not allow SMC to turn a double play.​BYU missed on a couple other scoring opportunities in the fourth and seventh innings. In the fourth frame, Nate Favero and David Clawson drew walks before Daniel Scheemann’s two out single to load the bases, but Milam fanned his ninth victim.In the seventh, Schneemann and Mitch McIntyre both singled to put two Cougars on with two out, but Milam recorded his 12th strikeout.The Cougars, now 19-21 overall and 8-11 in WCC, play the second of a three-game series on Friday afternoon against the Gaels.​​ Written by Tags: Baseball/BYU Cougars/WCC Robert Lovelllast_img read more