East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) 2007 Annual Report

first_imgEast African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2007 annual report.For more information about East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: East African Breweries Limited (EABL.tz)  2007 annual report.Company ProfileEast African Breweries Limited produces and distributes a range of beer and spirit brands and non-alcoholic beverages. Popular brands include Tusker Malt Lager, Tusker Lite, Guinness, Pilsner, White Cap Lager, Allsopps Lager, Balozi Lager, Senator Lager, Bell Lager, Serengeti Premium Lager, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Kenya Cane, Chrome Vodka and Ciroc. East African Breweries has operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan; and exports alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to Rwanda, Burundi and the Great Lakes region. Subsidiary companies include Kenya Breweries Limited, Uganda Breweries Limited, East African Breweries (Mauritius) Limited, International Distillers Uganda Limited and East African Maltings (Kenya) Limited. Established in 1922, the group has its headquarters in Ruaraka, near the capital of Nairobi. East African Breweries Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) 2020 Annual Report

first_imgSimbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2020 annual report.For more information about Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw)  2020 annual report.Company ProfileSimbisa Brands Limited is the largest fast-food restaurant operator in Zimbabwe and owns, operates and franchises a selection of well-known Quick Service Restaurant brands. These include Pizza Inn and Chicken Inn, and Nandos and Steers of South Africa. Simbisa Brands Limited has an extensive footprint in Africa, with outlets in Zimbabwe and 10 African countries including Kenya, Ghana, Mauritius, Botswana, DRC, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zambia. The fast-food restaurant group is a spin-off from Innscor Africa, a ZSE-listed manufacturing group in Zimbabwe. Simbisa Brands Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Episcopal climate-talks delegation plans to continue church’s advocacy

first_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Press Release Service Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID By ENS StaffPosted Nov 3, 2017 mike geibel says: Episcopal climate-talks delegation plans to continue church’s advocacy ‘It’s important for the church to be there,’ Presiding Bishop says Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL Advocacy Peace & Justice, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Events November 4, 2017 at 2:22 pm The above comment is a straw man. Since we have limited means and time to attend meetings we are stuck with fossil fuel machines to get us there. All churches are facing declining membership (maybe different than declining attendance–the Southern Baptist Convention, a conservative group, has been losing members for the past decade) in the West. Churches should not be measured on membership but on how they are acting as the body of Christ in the world. God loves the poor as stated in many Biblical passages. we are called to be good stewards of the world. Climate change is a threat to our existence, and to a great extent to the poor. I applaud the church’s involvement in this effort and should be advocating for the plight of the poor. November 5, 2017 at 12:42 pm the required fields are filled in. mike geibel says: November 6, 2017 at 10:14 am Ken/MikeThanks for trying to inject science and pragmatism into the climate change/global warming debate. I spent my working life in the chemical plants and refineries and I am dedicated to science and engineering. Global warming is real and there are definitely scientific, technical, economic and development issues to be resolved however the injection of ideology and partisanship has warped and eliminated any discussion that should start with science and pragmatism. The issues can not be resolved with emotion. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 1:58 Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL November 3, 2017 at 2:57 pm Interesting that the Episcopal Church is flying 11 people to Bonn for a global warming COP. A plane flight from New York to Frankfurt is equivalent to driving an SUV about 6000 miles according to one of the carbon calculators on the internet.Perhaps the Presiding Bishop should start thinking more about the declining church attendance than attending a COP, and also ask why he should be burning fossil fuels for a European trip to attend a conference whose goal is to reduce carbon emissions. Submit a Press Release Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET [Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians from across the church are heading to Bonn, Germany, for the 23rd United Nations climate change conference, where they hope to continue the advocacy begun at the past two gatherings.Officially known as the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Nov. 6-17 conference is an annual intergovernmental meeting to focus on global dialogue and action around the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Fiji is presiding over COP23 in Bonn with the support of the German government. More information on COP23 can be found here.Previous meetings have produced the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and the 2015 Paris Agreement, which serve as the basis for standards on climate action and carbon emission reductions.Appointed by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to represent him, the 11-member COP23 delegation will share Episcopal Church resolutions on climate change and information about the church and its ministries centered on eco-justice. Led by Diocese California Bishop Marc Andrus, the delegation will offer a spiritual presence through daily interfaith prayer and worship and will encourage active churchwide engagement by Episcopalians through virtual participation and social media.“Our goals are to build on the work done at previous conferences by urging member states to implement the Paris Agreement and pay particular attention to developing nations and the poor,” said the Rev. Canon Charles Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop for ministry beyond the Episcopal Church, in a press release.Robertson said the delegation also hopes to “network within the accredited and public zones of the conference to spread the word about what the Episcopal Church is doing on climate issues.”In addition, the delegation hopes its efforts will “raise awareness across the Episcopal Church of the importance of engaging on climate change as Christians,” according to Robertson, and “digitally engage Episcopalians in that work.”This event marks the third Episcopal delegation to attend a COP meeting. A delegation attended COP21 in Paris in 2015, advocating for an agreement aligning with General Convention resolutions related to climate change. In 2016, a delegation traveled to Marrakesh, Morocco, for COP22, which focused on implementing the Paris Agreement and birthed the “We’re Still In [the Paris Agreement]” movement.The Paris Agreement, which went into effect Nov. 4, 2016, calls on the countries of the world to limit carbon emissions, which will require a decrease in dependence on fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy sources; and for developed countries, those responsible for the majority of emissions both historically and today, to commit to $100 billion in development aid annually by 2020 to developing countries.The agreement, which is a legally binding agreement, established specific actions and targets for reducing greenhouse gases emissions, mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change, and financing mitigation and adaptation efforts in developing countries. Signatory countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius and to make strong efforts to keep the rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.The Bonn meeting takes place against the backdrop of President Donald Trump’s oft-repeated promise to fulfill his campaign vow to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement and curb the country’s commitment to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. According to the agreement’s rule, the United States cannot actually withdraw until 2020.He claimed in his initial June 1 announcement that the pact was bad for the U.S. economy but said he might be open to renegotiating its terms to be more “pro-American.” That conditional approach has continued. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Comments are closed. Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Comments (6) center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK John Miller says: David Horwath says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Ken Thomas says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest David Horwath says: Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Belleville, IL Trump has called human-caused climate change a “hoax” and the concept of global warming a Chinese plot.The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012The New York Times reported Nov. 2 that the Trump administration will promote coal, natural gas and nuclear energy as an answer to climate change at a presentation in Bonn. The administration on Nov. 3 allowed release of the United States’ National Climate Assessment, which is required by law, even though its conclusions state that human action causes climate change, the Washington Post said.How to join the delegation’s participationFollow the delegation via its website, via Twitter (#EpiscopalClimate @EpiscoClimate) and on Facebook.Pray for climate action.Share parish or faith community activities on climate action here.Send prayer requests, personal poems or prayers for consideration at the interfaith service in Bonn here.Check out these resources offered as by the church’s Office of Government Relations.DelegationThe delegation brings together a range of environmental, liturgical and churchwide experience in its representation of the presiding bishop.The members of the Episcopal Church delegation with accredited observer status are the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California; Jack Cobb, domestic and environmental policy adviser, Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations; and Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church representative to the United Nations.Observer status allows each of these team members the ability to brief U.N. representatives on General Convention climate resolutions and to attend a variety of meetings in the official zone. Additionally, Andrus has been invited to address the inaugural U.N. meeting of the “We’re Still In [the Paris Agreement]” movement.Other team members tasked with monitoring U.N. negotiations and networking:Sheila Andrus, ecological entomologist and science manager based in the Episcopal Diocese of CaliforniaThe Rev. Andrew Barnett, associate for music and worship at the Washington National Cathedral and environmental scholarMichael Coffey, an atmospheric scientist and professor at the University of the South, SewaneeNathan Empsall, Episcopal Church Global Partnerships/U.N. intern and communications specialist, and Yale Divinity School seminarianPerry Hodgkins Jones, writer and member of the Episcopal Church Advisory Council on the Stewardship of CreationThe Rev. Melanie Mullen, Episcopal Church director for reconciliation, justice and creation careTom Poynor, Episcopal Church chaplain, University of California-Berkeley and scholar in theology and the arts, Diocese of CaliforniaBill Slocumb, director of Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers and member of the Episcopal CommunicatorsFor more information, contact Lynnaia Main at [email protected] Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Associate Rector Columbus, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel November 4, 2017 at 3:55 pm It is my hope that open minds will prevail at this convention. There has never been an open discussion regarding “climate change or global warming”. There have never been any REAL debates covering this politically charged topic. Not one scientific debate has ever occurred and only false faked corrupted have been used to sway the public opinion toward this false hypocrisy. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Environment & Climate Change November 5, 2017 at 12:38 pm The Episcopal Church has not been anointed with the authority to speak for or to bind American Taxpayers to the Paris Accord’s crippling $100 billion “penalty payments” to China, India and other countries. The declining membership means Episcopalians are now less than 1% of the USA population, and it is rather presumptuous for the leadership to pretend they speak for the Nation or even for all Episcopalians or Christians. The billions in U.S. taxpayer money should be used to develop clean energy alternatives in the U.S., and to share that technology with other nations. I think most of us, liberal and conservative, agree that clean, renewable energy sources improve air and water quality, reduce pollution, and promote our national security, but the Paris Accord will destroy jobs and divert the funding needed to underwrite technological progress to clean energy within our own borders. Even an electric car is not “green” if its batteries are charged by carbon based power plants or auxiliary combustion engines.A President does not have the unilateral power to bind the Country and American taxpayers to the payment of billions of taxpayer money to other countries. The Constitution requires treaties to be ratified by Congress, and calling it an “accord” rather than a “treaty” is an attempt to circumvent the Constitutional process that is a core element of a representative democracy. Addressing climate change should not be a partisan or a religious debate—the conversation should center on science and non-partisan issues of national security and the continued economic and environmental health of the Nation. Realistic solutions require input from industry, science and governments, but not input by religious institutions whose leadership focuses upon demonizing the President or other opponents who may believe the Paris Accord as currently structured is fatally flawed. Slogans like “eco-justice” and “environmental racism” are emotionalized pseudo-terminology used to justify a political agenda—the terms find no residence in the dictionary and are polarizing in that these terms reflect a “blame America” guilt-based ideology for every social and global problem. Linked into the Article is the “Genesis Covenant” (2009-C070) asking all churches and Episcopalians to voluntarily reduce their own carbon footprints by 50%. The resolution has been a quiet failure. After 8 years, the Church has not been able to achieve the 50% reduction target in its own Churches and congregations, so how realistic is it to expect entire countries to do the same in four years? The Genesis Covenant and some of the other TEC resolutions are well-intentioned, but end up being unrealistic expressions when the goals are not fiscally or technologically achievable. There are States and countries where existing solar and wind generated power is weather-impractical, and environmentalists within the Church oppose hydro-electric power plants as an alternative, clean energy source. Demonizing capitalism and oppressive monetary penalties will only lower the standard of living of Americans and make poor countries even poorer, and it will not mitigate climate change. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Donnelly and Johanns Letter Urges Change of Course at EPA

first_img By Andy Eubank – Jun 4, 2014 Previous articleConsider Variety of Factors Before Deciding to Replant CropsNext articleLivestock Producers Reminded of Livestock Forage Disaster Program Availability Andy Eubank SHARE Donnelly and Johanns Letter Urges Change of Course at EPA Facebook Twitter SHARE Sen. Joe DonnellyIn a bipartisan effort, Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Mike Johanns (R-NE) sent a letter Wednesday to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting more information on the EPA’s plans to improve the approval process for new biofuels and to reconsider agency actions that have created significant uncertainty in the marketplace.Donnelly and Johanns wrote, “In recent months, EPA’s actions have increased the risk of investing in the renewable fuels industry by creating uncertainty in the marketplace, which has put investment dollars in jeopardy and slowed the deployment of domestic renewable fuels. We urge you to change course.”For new biofuels to qualify under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), EPA has to review the new technologies to make sure they meet certain requirements.For years, delays with EPA’s petition process have slowed the development of new biofuels.  In March 2014, the agency announced plans to improve the process. The Senators are pleased EPA is acknowledging the problems with the length of its reviews, but unfortunately, the agency has also announced it will stop processing non-priority applications and suggested that new applicants consider delaying applications until after EPA’s review process is completely updated. This is yet another agency action that will slow the deployment of new biofuels, so Donnelly and Johanns requested more information from the EPA detailing the agency’s plan to improve the petition process.The Senators urged the EPA to reassess its efforts, writing, “The United States is leading the transition away from oil to renewable transportation fuels. We cannot afford to cede this leadership role and slow our own progress at such a critical time for the sector. We urge you to reconsider the agency’s approach on both the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligation targets and pathway approval changes.”To see a copy of the signed letter, click here. Source: Senator Donnelly release Facebook Twitter Home Energy Donnelly and Johanns Letter Urges Change of Course at EPAlast_img read more

City Council to Colorado Boulevard Development

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News The Pasadena City Council is set to deliberate Monday on a recommendation by the Department of Planning and Community Development to restart the review process on a proposal to build a new 112,205-square-foot, five-story medical office and retail building at 550-566 E. Colorado Blvd. in the Pasadena Playhouse District.The Planning Department is recommending that the call for review of the Design Commission’s approval of the application for Consolidated Design Review for the project be remanded to the Design Commission.The application for the project, called the Crown City Medical Plaza, was submitted by The Charles Company, whose co-founder and co-managing partner, Arman Gabaee, was arrested by FBI agents in May 2018 on federal bribery charges.The charges against Gabaee had nothing to do with the Pasadena project. Instead, Gabaee was charged with paying monthly bribes to a Los Angeles County employee for six years, and offering to buy the employee a $1.1 million home in Santa Rosa, in exchange for the developer obtaining a $45 million county lease, according to the FBI.Gabaee, if convicted as charged, would face a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.According to an Agenda Report by the Pasadena Planning and Community Development Department, the project’s application for Consolidated Design Review was approved by the Design Commission on July 10, 2018, subject to 13 conditions for approval. On July 19, 2018, City Councilmember Andy Wilson initiated a request to call the Design Commission’s decision for City Council review.The City Council, on July 23, 2018, voted to call the Design Commission’s decision for review. On that same date, the Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association submitted an appeal application to the City Council, citing several concerns with the DC’s decision. The appeal was subsequently terminated as a result of City Council’s call for review.More recently, the applicant told Planning Department staff that they plan to substantially modify the approved design to accommodate a hotel use for the proposed building.Because of this, the Department said the Design Commission should be allowed more time to review the revised design when an application is formally submitted. When the review process for the revised design is completed, the City Council would have another opportunity to call the Design Commission’s decision for review if necessary.The 0.85-acre property where the project is planned to be built is currently being used as a large surface-area parking lot. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 8 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Make a comment top box 3 City Council to Colorado Boulevard Development By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Monday, March 9, 2020 | 4:33 pm Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Whistleblower Attempts to Revive RMBS Suit Against Wells Fargo

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Whistleblower Attempts to Revive RMBS Suit Against Wells Fargo Whistleblower Attempts to Revive RMBS Suit Against Wells Fargo Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Lawsuits Mortgage-Backed Securities Wells Fargo Previous: Share of SFR Built-for-Rent Homes Remains Low Next: Freddie Mac’s Credit Risk Transfer Continues With Last Offering of 2015 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago November 23, 2015 1,320 Views About Author: Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland.  Print This Post Elizabeth Jacobson, a former subprime loan officer from Wells Fargo Bank, has attempted to revive her whistleblower suit against the bank in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.Jacobson, who originally filed her suit in 2012, claims that Wells Fargo knowingly packaged and sold toxic mortgage-backed securities to investors and that those securities did not qualify for a tax exemption under law. Wells Fargo claims the securities qualify as real estate mortgage investment conduits, which made them eligible for both city and state tax exemptions in New York. The law states that nearly all mortgages in a securities bundle must be qualified mortgages—defined by a lower court as being secured by real property.The lawsuit, filed by Jacobson on behalf of both the city and the state of New York, claims that Wells Fargo engaged in the scheme to gain the both city and state tax exemptions by falsely qualifying the mortgage-backed securities as REMICs. Jacobson claims the tax exemptions saved the bank more than $1 billion.Jacobson’s attorney, Geoffrey Bestor, told the three-judge panel in the Second Circuit Court that the Wells Fargo loans in the securities bundle fit the IRS’s definition of “defective obligations.” Under that definition, a) the borrower reasonably expected to default on the loan, b) the borrower committed fraud with the loan, c) the mortgage isn’t secured by real property, or d) the loan doesn’t conform to RMBS investors’ usual representations and warranties. Based on that definition, Bestor told the judges that a “defective obligation” cannot be defined as a qualified mortgage.Wells Fargo attorney Daniel Rapport contended that the law requires only an interest in real probably and does not require the REMICs to be perfect.Jacobson also made an attempt to have her case remanded to state court, making an appeal to the Second Circuit Court to reverse the district court’s decision that denied her bid to remand. Jacobson contended that there is no federal cause of action in her case; although New York uses a federal standard to determine if some companies qualify for state tax exemptions, Jacobson claimed in her appeal that this is irrelevant. Wells Fargo’s attorney, Rapport, countered that the case is an issue of federal law and that the Supreme Court has said the U.S. Supreme Court has said the federal courts should decide a certain category of cases.The panel of judges reserved a decision on Jacobson’s appeal. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Lawsuits Mortgage-Backed Securities Wells Fargo 2015-11-23 Brian Honealast_img read more

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect charged with federal hate crimes

first_imgBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — The man accused of killing 11 Jews in an anti-Semitic attack at a Pittsburgh synagogue was charged in a 44-count indictment that includes federal hate crimes.Suspect Robert Bowers, 46, “made statements indicating his desire to ‘kill Jews’” in the shooting attack on Saturday, the Department of Justice said in its indictment Wednesday.The charges include 11 counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death and 11 counts of use and discharge of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence.“Hatred and violence on the basis of religion can have no place in our society,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement accompanying the indictment. “Every American has the right to attend their house of worship in safety.”Grieving family, friends and neighbors of the 11 people gunned down at the Tree of Life synagogue meanwhile continued Wednesday with a series of funerals. Friends and family will gather at separate funerals to remember Joyce Fienberg, 75, Irving Younger, 69, and Melvin Wax, 88, who were among the 11 worshippers gunned down at the Tree of Life synagogue Saturday. Fienberg, a former research specialist, is survived by her two sons and grandchildren. Her husband, “internationally acclaimed statistician” Stephen Fienberg, died in 2016.“My mother-in-law was one of the kindest humans I’ve ever met,” her daughter-in-law, Marnie Fienberg, told ABC News.Irving Younger, a former small-business owner and youth baseball coach, was a regular volunteer and worshipper at the synagogue, where he would come early and stay late, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.“I wouldn’t be surprised if he saw this gunman walk into the room where the services were and his first thought was, ‘Can I help this stranger get settled?’ Until he saw what the stranger was doing — because that’s the kind of thought that he would have,” said Schachter, the former congregation president.Younger was also “the most wonderful dad and grandpa,”neighbor Tina Prizner told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.“He talked about his daughter and his grandson, always, and he never had an unkind word to say about anybody,” Prizner said. President Donald Trump and the first lady, joined by the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump, visited the synagogue Tuesday afternoon.The president placed stones, as part of Jewish tradition, and white roses on the Stars of David set up in a makeshift memorial for those killed.Rabbi Jeffrey Myers — who escaped the gunfire Saturday — greeted the president outside the Tree of Life as protesters gathered nearby.Thousands of people from different faiths, apparently united in anger, marched toward the synagogue.“Words have meaning!” some neighbors screamed toward the president’s envoy.After visiting the synagogue, the president and first lady went to a hospital where they met police officers who were wounded in the attack and medical staff.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Oxford’s elite: privately educated

first_imgSenior positions within the University are dominated by privately-schooled pupils, a Cherwell investigation has revealed.About 60% of JCR Presidents, 70% Society Presidents and 80% elected Union members are from private school backgrounds.The inequality is most obvious in The Oxford Union. Out of this term’s twenty-two students elected to the secretaries committee and the standing committee, eighteen were privately educated, with only four attending a state secondary school.The privately educated Union’s President, Stuart Cullen, reacted to the news, saying, “I believe the problem arises from the fact that with several notable exceptions, the opportunities to debate in state schools remain severely limited in comparison to those available to privately-educated children.”These figures do not help the Union’s elitist reputation though, and has left some to feeling alienated from the private school-heavy committees.Cullen is looking to tackle the issue this term, with a series of outreach programs aimed at attracting those without the opportunity at school, to participate in debates at the Union.“This term I’ve invited two hundred state school pupils from forty different schools to attend Union debates, receive debating workshops from our world champions, and access information from OUSU.“We are also running a debate in third week on the motion “This House believes that Private Schools are bad for the education system” which I hope might raise the profile of the issue.”There are, however, those who claim that there is pressure in elections to use their private school contacts to win votes. One anonymous source said, “When I ran for the Union, I was encouraged by members of my slate to make use of the number of Oxford undergrads from my old school and to contact them for votes. It was implied that the old school network was an important source of votes.” Last year 55% of those admitted to the University came from state maintained school with less than 45% coming from independent schools. The fact that, nationally, only 6.5% of schoolchildren are privately educated still causes concern for many.Once at the University, the survey reveals that the social make-up becomes even more blurred, as the minority of privately educated students go on to take the majority of senior positions.According to Cherwell’s figures, fourteen out of twenty-four JCR presidents went to private schools, while nineteen out of twenty-eight students who lead political clubs or edit newspapers have a private school background.The majority of JCR Presidents insisted that students’ schooling played no part in their achieving their positions at Oxford. Others noted the inclusiveness of elections within college and said they felt no secondary education divide, unlike in some societies.Emma Hall, a state-schooled modern languages student said that, “in applying for a JCR presidential position, I wouldn’t feel disadvantaged having come from a state school.”She did, however, express doubts over whether this would be the case in society elections. “It seems that coming from a private school means that you are more likely to know people in societies, such as the Union.”One ex-officer, who asked to remain anonymous, commented that they could see private school pupils having an advantage in elections. “Elections where an image of leadership skills, i.e. impressive public speaking abilities, are required, often favour candidates from private schools”Society Presidents, Vice-Presidents and other senior positions, such as newspaper editors, remain dominated by those whose parents paid for a secondary school education.“Perhaps having previously held a position of responsibility at school might make students feel more confident about putting themselves forward for committee positions in Oxford, but I don’t think it’s necessary,” said privately educated Emily Baxter, President of the Oxford University Liberal Democrats.“Oxford has such a fantastic range of societies to get involved in that there are plenty of leadership opportunities for any student who wants to give it a go,” she said.Ayo Ajanaku, privately educated ex-Labour Club President, commented that, “the only scenario in which background may play a significant role is in organisations that quite frankly do not even pretend to seek a broad appeal and such groups are in the minority despite the impression that some people give.”A spokesperson for the University explained that Oxford would not play any role in University elections, no matter how large the inequalities.A spokesperson said, “Students are democratically elected by their peers to hold titles such as that of JCR President. It is not for the University to determine how students vote for such positions.”last_img read more


first_imgBRYAN FOX TO WRITE RESTAURANT, CONCERT AND MOVIE REVIEWS FOR CITY COUNTY OBSERVERStarting later this week well known free lance writer BRYAN FOX  shall be publishing articles of the entertainment nature.  He shall be writing Restaurant, Concert and Movie reviews for the City County Observer.Bryan Fox. has lived in the Newburgh area for most of his life. He graduated from Castle High School and from USI with a major in political science and a minor in economics.He enjoys reading, debating, and writing about political issues.  He publishes a blogwww.moviesorpolitics.blogspot.com where he does review s about current movies.  As a new Entertainment writer for the City County Observer we expect Bryan to bring a new and exciting twist to the overall content of the CCO.Bryan states ” he look forward to giving readers his input on local issues and sharing information that will be beneficial to the community. I hope you will enjoy reading my articles and that you will find them informative to your daily lives. Evansville/Vanderburgh and Warrick County area are a great place to live and my goals are to provide you with news that you’ll enjoy reading and with information that will be useful to you”. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Blue Sky and Lower Tides Return to O.C. on Monday

first_imgHuge surf generated by days of northeast winds and by distant Hurricane Joaquin is hitting the coastline of Ocean City on Monday. Even on Monday, the bay approaches the top of the bulkhead at 11th Street in Ocean City during high tide. But while the flood waters stretched beyond West Avenue over the weekend, 11th Street was dry on Monday.High tide passed on Monday afternoon without any significant street flooding, and it appears that Ocean City has finally weathered four-day northeast gale that eroded beaches and left many roads underwater during the highest tides in two years.The sun returned, the wind faded and the temperature reached a seasonal 65 degrees on Monday afternoon in Ocean City.The forecast calls for more sun on Tuesday with a high of 69 degrees and a north wind that will fade to just 5 to 10 mph by the end of the day.Ocean City was in a weather pattern that generated extremely strong northeast winds for about two weeks, intensifying between Thursday and Sunday.A wind gauge at the top of the beach at 59th Street in Ocean City shows gusts that peaked between noon and midnight Saturday, Oct. 3.In one stretch from noon to midnight Saturday, the sustained winds never dipped below 40 mph and gusts not below 50 mph at 59th Street in Ocean City. The high tides were exceptional but so were the low tides, with the water never truly draining from the back bays.On Monday, the bay was still high but not near the levels of the previous four days.With the wind turning a bit from the northeast to the north, wave heights increased through the morning hours on Monday, likely assisted by swell from distant Hurricane Joaquin, which is spinning toward the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.The surf should continue to improve with lighter north winds on Tuesday and possible shift to the west on Wednesday.Blue sky returns to Ocean City for the first time in a week.last_img read more