Gold prices fall almost $100 in a week! Is it time for investors to sell up?

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The values of all these assets have taken an almighty whack in recent days.Bullion prices were recently sailing along at seven-year highs, a shade off $1,690 per ounce. What a difference a week makes though. Gold is now desperately clinging onto the critical $1,600 marker and is down again in Tuesday business.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…The tragic coronavirus outbreak of course drove yellow metal prices to those fresh significant peaks last week. And the threat of a global pandemic remains elevated given the recent spike in overall infection rates. So what exactly has gone wrong?Not done yet!Well gold’s recent troubles have been twofold. Firstly, as my Foolish colleague Kirsteen Mackay points out, that shocking price decline has been caused in large part by many institutional investors liquidating their holdings in order to meet margin calls.Secondly, gold’s drop has been fuelled by signs that global governments are becoming more proactive in trying to contain the COVID-19 spread. This has, in turn, damaged demand for flight-to-safety assets.So has gold’s race been run, then? Not in the slightest, at least in my opinion. It’s clearly too early to say whether programmes to address the virus will prove effective. The infection rate continues to climb in the meantime. The number of corporate profit warnings continues to climb. And some forecasts on the probable impact of the spread have become truly scary.It’s also worth remembering that gold recovered strongly following the margin calls that prompted massive selling during the 2008/09 financial crisis. Indeed, the yellow metal strode steadily higher until finally reaching record peaks of $1,920 per ounce in the autumn of 2011.Get gold stocksThe direct threat posed by the coronavirus isn’t the only reason why gold could rise of course. A likely loosening of global central bank policy would boost metal demand as a hedge against inflation too. Fears over Brexit, US-China trade wars, recession and political turmoil in Europe should also support safe-haven demand.It’s always a good idea to have access to gold. I’d argue that buying shares in gold producers is a greater way to have exposure. This investment method allows individuals the benefit of riding a rising metal price as well as getting hold of some really chunky dividends. Polymetal and Centamin are best-in-class on this front, both offering forward yields north of 5%.Another good idea would be to buy shares in an exchange-traded fund (ETF) backed by a basket of gold producers. Mining is unpredictable, difficult, and often disappointing business, as Fresnillo’s results today underlined. It said pre-tax profits tanked 63% in 2019 because of lower gold and silver production. So having exposure to a cluster of gold producers rather than just one or two clearly spreads out the risk for investors. Royston Wild | Tuesday, 3rd March, 2020 Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Fresnillo. 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.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Royston Wild Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Gold prices fall almost $100 in a week! 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One of Central Florida’s ‘hottest bands’ performs this weekend in Apopka…

first_img The name of my band is Omilasa we are a latinafro cuban fusion band. 3 percussion keyboard bassist 3 singers .we would love to get the opportunity to perform. TAGS2021Apopka AmphitheaterArtistsCity of ApopkaDatesDetailsentertainmenteventsFamily-FriendlyFreeKing’s CountryMusicNOLA BrassOutdoor ConcertSaturday Sounds Concert Series Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleSJRWMD’s offers $20k in grants for school water projects; accepting applications June 1–Sept. 10 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From the City of ApopkaThe City of Apopka continues their free, family-friendly concert this weekend for two more weekends this month, with special musical guest NOLA Brass. The City began this series at the beginning of the new year, with concerts every weekend by artists such as Eugene Snowden, Are Friends Electric, the Tanner Keegan Band, Will N’ Ray, and Midnight Mayhem.The Saturday Sounds concert events are running every Saturday night from 5pm – 7pm, through the end of this month, May 29, 2021. These concerts are held at the Apopka Amphitheater located at 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway, Apopka 32712.May 22 with NOLA BrassNOLA Brass performing May 22, 2021 at Saturday Sounds in ApopkaNOLA Brass Band is one of Central Florida’s hottest live acts. What started as a pickup band covering a last minute Mardi Gras gig, soon began delivering a horn-driven tour de force, serving the region and beyond. Their music is rooted in their appreciation for New Orleans brass band music, but also includes jazz and other stylings.May 29 with King’s CountyKing’s CountryKing’s County is from Orlando, FL and performs high-energy party rock that guarantees to shake the foundation mixing artists from the 70’s to today’s new music. Along with strong cover material, King’s County delivers hard hitting original rock music.Picnic baskets and coolers are permitted and encouraged, though there will be a limited number of vendors available as well. Seating will be social distanced in both the Amphitheater and the lawn area. In the Amphitheater, every other row will be blocked off, with two seats between groups. The lawn area is divided into squares with red lines to indicate where seating is unavailable.For artist information and updates about this concert series visit the City of Apopka Events page. If you would like to be a vendor at one or more of the concerts, please contact Carolyn at [email protected] or 407-703-1784. 2 COMMENTS The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Ithier jr May 20, 2021 at 6:08 am NOLA Brass performing May 22, 2021 at Saturday Sounds event in Apopka Reply May 20, 2021 at 12:04 pm Reply Denise Connell LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply That would be great! We report on the news and stories of Apopka as an independent news organization, so it would be best for you to contact the City of Apopka who hosts these and other events, and let them know you’re interested and available. I’m not sure on the criteria they use in their selection process, but I’m sure they would be happy to have options to consider. Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

IFC delegates plan to expand impact of Guy Stringer Bursary Fund

first_img  95 total views,  7 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 19 October 2006 | News Delegates to the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) have discussed how to transform the Guy String Bursary Fund, which pays for fundraisers from the developing world to attend the IFC, into a much larger and better funded operation.The fund has brought 25 fundraisers from countries as diverse as Peru, Ghana, India and the Ukraine to IFC since its inception in 2002. But fundraising until now has been ad hoc from a closed network of speakers and regular attendees, said Simon Collings, CEO of the Resource Alliance, which stages the IFC.“We believe the Guy Stringer Fund has huge potential to develop as a means by which fundraisers in Europe and North America help the increasing numbers of fundraisers in the developing world who want to increase their skills and professionalisation.“We don’t want the Fund just to be about bringing people here to the IFC in Holland. We want the Fund to enable people to access training and education throughout the world.”The Resource Alliance will be running a series of focus groups and workshops in the new year – chaired by Richard Radcliffe of Smee and Ford – to test various new ideas, which will include several put forward by delegates to this year’s IFC.Delegates attending the ‘Creative Laboratory’ masterclass – presented by Jon Duschinsky of French agency Resources Non-Profit and Target Direct’s Nick Thomas – were asked to develop their own strategies, which Simon Collings judged in an X-factor style contest.Proposals devised by four separate groups of delegates included: Advertisement In fact, the result of these deliberations was the creation of the Fundraisers’ Fund in 2008. Running a ‘Rising Stars’ campaigning message to focus on the beneficiaries of the Fund and how they will benefitRaising project funding to make sessions available through new media to fundraisers in their home countriesA membership scheme in which members could mentor and/or visit fundraisers and join a members’ discussion forumSponsorship and mentoring of individual fundraisers by major donors and corporates, especially fundraising agencies and suppliersAdoption of the Fund by umbrella organisations such as the Institute of Fundraising (UK) or Association of Fundraising Professionals (UK) as part of their CSR programmeFace-to-face fundraisers at the IFC itselfAdding an extra amount to the IFC registration fee with an opt-out box for those who don’t wish to contributeA major corporate sponsor over a five-year period.Vanessa Byrne of Australian fundraising agency Pareto, who made one of the four group presentations, says:“There is an analogy here with the Oxfam message that if you give a man a fish he will eat for a day but if you give him a rod he will eat for life. The Guy Stringer Bursary Fund is the equivalent of giving fundraisers from the developing world a fundraising fishing rod.“Fundraisers are passionate and the Guy Stringer Bursary Fund is a opportunity to share their passion.”In response to the four presentations, Simon Collings said:“I am struck by the passion and interest in supporting developing world fundraisers. That’s incredibly encouraging that fundraisers here think this is a motivating proposition.“We have already been considering several of the ideas made to us by convention delegates, especially the idea of packaging and distributing through the web. Bringing people together for meetings is crucial but we could reach more people if we leveraged new technology.“We have also talked about a campaign that focuses on the beneficiary; and we will be testing what potential there is to get people involved in mentoring.“All in all, we have an excellent set of proposals that we can take to our focus groups next year.”The 26th International Fundraising Congress ran in Holland from the 17-20 October. It was attended by 912 delegates from 344 organisations throughout 55 countries.Anyone wishing to contribute to the Guy Stringer Bursary Fund should contact Nathalie Harvier at the Resource Alliance.center_img Tagged with: Funding International Fundraising Congress Resource Alliance  96 total views,  8 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis IFC delegates plan to expand impact of Guy Stringer Bursary Fund About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Limerick man charged over incident in which man lost leg

first_imgProceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Advertisement TAGSfeatured Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Facebook Email WhatsApp by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A 26-year-old Limerick man has been charged with dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to two pensioners, one of whom lost his leg, following a hit and run incident outside a Pitch and Putt course in Parteen last year.Having been previously charged with two counts of burglary at Kilmore and Doonas, Co Clare on September 25, 2014, Michael Sheehan of Cliona Park, Moyross, Limerick returned to Limerick District Court on Tuesday to face 11 new charges arising out of the incident in Parteen Village on the same date.Judge Marian O’Leary was told that  when he was charged with dangerous driving causing seriously bodily harm to Eric Ryan (79) and Liam Barry (77) on September 25, 2014, he replied; “I’m sorry, that was an accident” .Detective Garda Ronan O’Reilly said Sheehan made no reply to the other 10 charges which include six counts of dangerous driving between Clonlara and Parteen village on the same date.He is also charged with failing to give appropriate information, failing to remain at the scene, and failing to report an accident as well as failing to provide a blood or urine sample  at Mayorstone Garda Station, all on the same date.Defence solicitor John Devane said his client was “extremely frustrated at the slow pace of the case” as he has been in custody for more than three and a half months.Judge O’Leary remanded him in custody for a week to appear again via video link. NewsLimerick man charged over incident in which man lost legBy Staff Reporter – February 4, 2015 534 Previous articleIAG commitments do little to allay Limerick’s business concernsNext articleUL is one of world’s ‘greenest’ universities Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Print No vaccines in Limerick yet Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Twitter Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April First Irish death from Coronavirus last_img read more

Man due in court on Strand Road attack charges

first_img Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp Newsx Adverts By News Highland – January 12, 2011 A 22-year-old man has been charged in connection with a dissident republican bomb attack on Strand Road police station in Derry last August.The man is charged with causing an explosion, possessing explosives with intent to endanger life, hijacking, false imprisonment and having a gun.He is also accused of membership of a proscribed organisation.The accused is to appear before Derry Magistrates Court today.A number of businesses were destroyed when a 200lb bomb exploded outside the PSNI station.A taxi driver had his vehicle hijacked and was forced to drive the bomb to the station.The area had been cleared when the bomb exploded.However, a police officer, who was standing close to the cordon, was blown off his feet by the blast. Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson center_img Facebook Man due in court on Strand Road attack charges Previous articleLetterkenny Town Council to source its own salt supplyNext articleThree due in court in connection to Michaela McAreavey murder News Highland Facebook Twitter Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

Expeditious Trial Of Section 138 NI Act Cases : Supreme Court Seeks High Courts’ Responses To Amici Curiae Report

first_imgTop StoriesExpeditious Trial Of Section 138 NI Act Cases : Supreme Court Seeks High Courts’ Responses To Amici Curiae Report LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK27 Oct 2020 3:08 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday sought the responses of all High Courts to the preliminary report submitted by Amici Curiae with suggestions for expeditious trial of cheque bounce cases under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.A bench comprising Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and Justice L Nageswara Rao passed the order in the suo moto case In Re Expeditious Trial of Cases…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday sought the responses of all High Courts to the preliminary report submitted by Amici Curiae with suggestions for expeditious trial of cheque bounce cases under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.A bench comprising Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and Justice L Nageswara Rao passed the order in the suo moto case In Re Expeditious Trial of Cases Under Section 138 of the N.I Act.The Court also sought the responses of State Police Chiefs of all states regarding measures, including coercive steps, to ensure the appearance of accused in cheque dishonour cases.”Major hitch is the service of summons”, the CJI remarked.Senior Advocate Siddharth Luthra, one of the amicus curiae appointed by the top court, told the bench that a preliminary report was submitted on October 11. He added that only three High Courts – the HCs of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Sikkim- have responded to the report.Advocate K Paremeshwar, another amicus curiae appointed in the case, submitted the report was sent to Registrar Generals of all High Courts and the Standing Counsels of all State Governments.Advocate Guarav Agarwal, appearing for the National Legal Services Authority, submitted that the NALSA has framed a draft scheme of mediation in Section 138 case. Since there is a strict time frame given by the statute for service of notice, filing of complaint etc, mediation may not be possible in a short time, he added.Senior Advocate Luthra submitted that mediation may not be possible at a pre-litigation stage, as the Act provides a strict timeline to file the complaint.  So the mediation scheme has to be recalibrated, he suggested.At the end, the bench passed the following order :”There is on record a preliminary report by the amici curiae dated 11.10.2020. We are informed that response to the preliminary report  has been filed only by the High Courts of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Sikkim. Other HCs have not given their responses. Issues are very vital and require the views and future participation of the High Courts in the matter. We therefore direct that the High Courts to file their response on the preliminary report by the next hearing of the case”.Further, the Court also asked the High Courts to give their response to the draft scheme formulated by the NALSA.”The DGPs of various states may give specific suggestions in response to the reprot, particularly with reference to the service of summons and coercive processes on the accused”, the order stated further.The matter will be listed after four weeks.It was on March 7 this year that the bench of CJI Bobde and Justice L Nageswara Rao registered the suo moto case to devise methods for expeditious trial of Section 138 NI Act cases.”A matter which is supposed to be disposed of summarily by the trial court in six months, it took seven years for this case to be disposed of at the trial court level. A dispute of such nature has remained pending for 15 years in various courts, taking judicial time and space up till this Court”, the SC had observed then.The Court had then made the following suggestions/observationsNon Execution of ProcessDespite service of summons issued through aforesaid mediums, the problem of non-execution of further process persists. While summon may be issued through aforementioned modes, bailable warrants and non-bailable warrants are to be executed through police as per Section 72 of Cr.P.C. Many a time, police as serving agency, does not give heed to the process issued in private complaints. Courts also remain ambivalent of this fact, requiring the complainant to pay unjustified process fee, repeatedly and avoid to take action against negligent police officers. The coercive methods to secure the presence of accused viz. attachment indicated in Section 82 and 83 Cr.P.C., are seldom resortedWe find that there is a need to evolve a system of service/execution of process issued by the court and ensuring the presence of the accused, with the concerted efforts of all the stakeholders like Complainant, Police and Banks.Role of Banks “Banks, being an important stakeholders in cases of this nature, it is their responsibility to provide requisite details and facilitate an expeditious trial mandated by law. An information sharing mechanism may be developed where the banks share all the requisite details available of the accused, who is the account holder, with the complainant and the police for the purpose of execution of process. This may include a requirement to print relevant information, viz the 6 email id, registered mobile number and permanent address of the account holder, on the cheque or dishonour memo informing the holder about the dishonour. The Reserve Bank of India, being the regulatory body may also evolve guidelines for banks to facilitate requisite information for the trial of these cases and such other matters as may be required. A separate software-based mechanism may be developed to track and ensure the service of process on the accused in cases relating to an offence under Section 138 of N.I. Act”.Misuse of Cheques”It is equally important that cheques are not allowed to be misused giving cause to frivolous litigation. The Reserve Bank of India may consider developing a new proforma of cheques so as to include the purpose of payment, along with other informations mentioned above to facilitate adjudication of real issues”.A mechanism to ensure the presence of the accused even by way of coercive measure, “A mechanism may be developed to ensure the presence of the accused even by way of coercive measure, if required, taking effect from Section 83 of Cr.P.C. which allows attachment of property, including movable property. A similar co-ordinated effort may be evolved to recover interim compensation under Section 143A of the N.I. Act as well as fine or compensation to be recovered as per Section 421 of Cr.P.C. The Bank may facilitate mechanism for transferring requisite funds from the bank account of the accused to the account of the holder in due course, as may be directed by the Court”.Pre Litigation Settlement “With ever growing institution of N.I. cases, there is a need of developing a mechanism for pre-litigation settlement in these cases. The Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 provides for a statutory mechanism for disposal of case by Lok Adalat at pre-litigation stage under Sections 19 and 20 of the Act. Further, Section 21 of the Act, recognises an award passed by Lok Adalats as a decree of a civil court and gives it a finality.An Award passed at the pre-litigation stage or pre-cognizance stage shall have an effect of a civil decree. The National Legal Services Authority, being the responsible Authority in this regard, may evolve a scheme for settlement of dispute relating to cheque bounce at pre-litigation i.e. before filing of the private complaint. This measure of prelitigation ADR process can go a long way in settling the cases before they come to Court, thereby reducing docket burden”. Decriminalisation of Cheque cases (small amounts) “In Meters and Instruments Private Limited (supra), this Court had also observed the nature of offence under Section 138 primarily relates to a civil wrong. While 9 criminalising of dishonour of cheques took place in the year 1988 taking into account the magnitude of economic transactions today, decriminalisation of dishonours of cheque of a small amount may also be considered, leaving it to be dealt with under civil jurisdiction”.Read the report submitted by amici curiae hereNext Storylast_img read more

‘BCI Creating Entry Barriers For Disabled Lawyers’: Says Blind AIBE Candidate; Seeks Proper Implementation Of 2018 PwD Guidelines

first_imgTop Stories’BCI Creating Entry Barriers For Disabled Lawyers’: Says Blind AIBE Candidate; Seeks Proper Implementation Of 2018 PwD Guidelines LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK7 Jan 2021 10:49 PMShare This – x”The Bar Council of India, being the primary regulator of the legal profession in the country, has been creating barriers to the entry of disabled lawyers at the very beginning of their careers,” said a blind law graduate, claiming that the Council refused to provide him reasonable accommodations owing to his permanent physical disability, for appearing in the upcoming All India…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”The Bar Council of India, being the primary regulator of the legal profession in the country, has been creating barriers to the entry of disabled lawyers at the very beginning of their careers,” said a blind law graduate, claiming that the Council refused to provide him reasonable accommodations owing to his permanent physical disability, for appearing in the upcoming All India Bar Examination on January 24. As per the Government of India “Guidelines for conducting written examination for persons with benchmark disabilities 2018”: The facility of Scribe/Reader/Lab Assistant should be allowed to any person with benchmark disability as defined under section 2(r) of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, i.e. not less than 40% of a specified disability, and has limitation in writing including that of speed if so desired by him/her;The candidate should have the discretion of opting for his own scribe/reader/lab assistant or request the Examination Body for the same;In case the candidate is allowed to bring his own scribe, the qualification of the scribe should be “one step below” the qualification of the candidate taking examination;Compensatory time of not be less than 20 minutes per hour of examination should be allowed for persons who are allowed the use of scribe/reader/lab assistant;As far as possible, the examining body should also provide reading material in Braille or E-Text or on computers having suitable screen reading software for open hook examination. Inter alia, these policies should have a certain level of flexibility, to accommodate the specific needs on a case-to-case basis. In this backdrop, the aggrieved law graduate in this case, owing to his disability, had urged the Council to (i) grant him approval for bringing a scribe for writing his examination, (ii) provide him extra time of 20 minutes per hour to write the examination, and (iii) permit him to carry a laptop, since AIBE is an open book exam. To his utter shock and surprise however, the authority initially denied him the permission to carry a laptop for an open book examination, despite the explicit stipulation in the 2018 Guidelines and further, stalled the other two requests for bringing a scribe and availing extra time. “It will be decided at the releasing date of the admit card,” the Council said in repos one to the candidate’s request. On a subsequent perusal by the candidate, the Council permitted him to carry a laptop, without internet facility. It also permitted him to bring a scribe, who should be “just 12th qualified not earlier than 2019.” “The Bar Council’s requirement of a scribe not qualified more than 12th pass shows its regressive mindset towards the equal right of disabled candidates to appear in the exam,” the candidate said while emphasizing that the only restriction with respect to a scribe as per the 2018 guidelines is that the scribe should be “one-step down in qualification” from the candidate appearing the exam.On pointing this out to the authorities, he said, no response is forthcoming till date. Furthermore, he insisted that whereas the 2018 Guidelines prescribes 20 minutes per hour compensatory time for persons with disabilities, the BCI has “self-invented” a percentage bracket of at least 50% certified disability, for claiming compensatory time. “In times of the pandemic, where the systems have been ruptured and lives disturbed, the Bar Council is only making it more difficult for the disabled candidates by its stubbornness, rigidity, and an ableist attitude. As a cherry on the top, the Council does not have a functional system to resolve the candidates’ grievances; where emails are never replied to, and calls never picked up,” the aggrieved student said.He claimed that this is a long standing problem, which can be resolved only after a clear policy for the benefit of physically disabled candidates is laid down. He further hoped that the Council will establish a dedicated Help Desk, for similarly situated candidates to raise their grievance.Rahul Bajaj, a blind lawyer who gave the AIBE in 2017, said that he faced similar challenges in obtaining the legally guaranteed accommodations when he gave the exam.”The stipulation that the scribe must be no more than a 12th pass student in 2019 or after betrays a profound inability to accept the capabilities of the disabled and strikes at the heart of their freedom to choose a scribe. When I asked them to allow me to use a laptop with a screen reader, the pushback initially was that they had been told that “the computer can tell you all the answers”. Such ignorance would be laughable if it weren’t adversely affecting the lives of many.These arbitrarily created stipulations are a product of ableit minds and deny a level playing field to lawyers with disabilities. What could be more disquieting than the body responsible for regulating the legal profession in this country acting in brazen disregard of the existing legal framework?” he lamented.”This episode also shows how so many still view reasonable accommodations, not as legally guaranteed rights, but as a favour to be doled out as per their wishes.”Rahul said.[Note: The office of Bar Council of India was unavailable for comments, at the time of writing this report.]Next Storylast_img read more

Tacoma Police officer who hit at least one pedestrian with patrol car placed on administrative leave

first_imgJasonDoiy/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(TACOMA, Wash.) — A Tacoma Police Department officer who struck at least one pedestrian with his patrol car while trying to clear a crowded scene has been placed on administrative leave.Officers responded to the intersection of South 9th Street and Pacific Avenue in Tacoma around 6 p.m. Saturday night after receiving “numerous reports” of an incident that was occurring there, according to a police press release.When authorities arrived, there were several vehicles and about 100 people blocking the intersection, police said, but did not provide additional details on the incident. According to ABC Seattle affiliate KOMO, the crowd was watching a “street sideshow.”Officers then began clearing the intersection, but during the operation, police said people surrounded a police vehicle as the officer was stopped in the street. The officer, “fearing for his safety,” then tried to back up but was unable to do so due to the crowd, police said. He then hit at least one pedestrian while trying to escape, police said.“While trying to extricate himself from an unsafe position, the officer drove forward striking one individual and may have impacted others,” the press release states.A witness wrote on Twitter that the officer was in pursuit of a driver doing burnouts nearby. Video shared by that same witness appeared to show the back tires of a police SUV moving forward running over the victim as the crowd screamed in horror.Another video posted to the social media site appeared to show the SUV driving into a crowd of people, knocking several over before running over the victim.The officer then “stopped at a point of safety and called for medical aid,” according to police. The victim was transported to an area hospital.Puyallup Police Capt. Dan Pashon, who is part of the team investigating the incident, told KOMO that two people were transported to the hospital. One victim has been released, and the other remained in the hospital as of Saturday evening, KOMO reported.Additional information about the victims and their conditions was not immediately available.The officer has been with the department for nearly 30 years and was placed on paid administrative leave Saturday evening “immediately following the incident,” per department policy, Tacoma Police Department Public Information Officer Wendy Haddow said in a statement.The incident has been turned over to the Pierce County Force Investigation Team, which will conduct an independent review, police said.Tacoma Police interim Chief Mike Ake said in a statement that he is “concerned” that the department is “experiencing another use of deadly force incident.”“I send my thoughts to anyone who was injured in tonight’s event, and am committed to our Department’s full cooperation in the independent investigation and to assess the actions of the department’s response during the incident.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Brooklyn Heights condo is borough’s priciest deal signed last week

first_imgA unit at a Brooklyn Heights condo was the priciest deal last week. (One Clinton)After several strong weeks, Brooklyn’s luxury market dipped a bit in the final week of February. The category is defined as properties asking $2 million or higher. A Brooklyn Heights condo was the priciest unit of the week.Just 18 contracts were signed with a total sales volume of $46.2 million, according to Compass’ weekly luxury market report. The average asking price was $2.6 million. The total was a decrease from the previous three weeks, each of which had at least 20 deals and a total sales volume above $65 million.Condos dominated when it came to contracts signed for the week ending Feb. 28, another key difference. Eleven of those units went into contract with an average asking price of $2.6 million, and an average square footage of 1,840. Seven townhouse deals were inked, asking an average of $2.4 million and an average square footage of 2,833.The priciest deal of the week was also for a condo, and a new development at that: A three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom unit at One Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights went into contract with a final asking price of $3.8 million. The nearly 2,200-square-foot property overlooks Clinton Street, and comes with expansive views of Manhattan and New York Harbor.Coming in a close second was a Park Slope townhouse at 20 Polhemus Place. The 3,000-square-foot single-family home has five bedrooms and three bathrooms, along with three wood-burning fireplaces and plenty of outdoor space. It was last listed for $3.7 million.Once again, townhouses were the better deal on a price-per-square-foot basis, asking $875 versus $1,462 for condos.Contact Amy Plitt brooklynLuxury Real EstateResidential Real Estate Tags Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Full Name* Email Address* Message*last_img read more

Taylor’s double-double helps Utah St. beat Utah Valley 65-46

first_img Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah (AP) — Quinn Taylor had 10 points and 15 rebounds to help Utah State cruise past Utah Valley 65-46 on Friday night to remain undefeated.Sam Merrill added 14 points and five assists for Utah State (4-0), which shot just 25 of 69 (36 percent) and missed 18 3-pointers, but outrebounded Utah Valley 50-37.TJ Washington scored 14 points and Conner Toolson had 11 to lead Utah Valley (1-3). The duo made 10 of the Wolverines’ 17 field goals.Utah State built a 32-20 halftime advantage. Wyatt Lowell made a 3 and Washington consecutive layups during an 8-0 surge to pull Utah Valley to 40-33 with 13 minutes left but they didn’t get closer. Merrill scored six of the next seven points on a 3-pointer and three free throws to help the Aggies pull away.It was the second of four games in the MGM Main Event tournament. The Aggies continue the tournament in Las Vegas on Monday against Saint Mary’s. Tags: MGM Main Event Tournament/Quinn Taylor/Utah State Aggies Basketball/UVU Wolverines Basketball November 16, 2018 /Sports News – Local Taylor’s double-double helps Utah St. beat Utah Valley 65-46 Written bylast_img read more