U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) 2018 Annual Report

first_imgU.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng)  2018 annual report.Company ProfileUAC of Nigeria Plc is an investment holding company in Nigeria with diverse business interests in the food and beverages, real estate, paint and logistics sectors. The company also has business interests in the Ivory Coast. UAC of Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range of food items, livestock feed, bottled water, fruit juices and ice-creams as well as a range of paint and other home deco products. Well-known brands in its product portfolio include Gala sausage rolls, Funtime coconut chips, Supreme ice-cream, Swan natural spring water, Gossy spring water, Grand soya oil and cereals, Vital feeds, Binggo dog food, Dulux and Sandtex paint. UAC of Nigeria also offers logistics and supply chain management services which includes warehousing, transport and redistribution services. The company also manages a pension funds administration service. UAC of Nigeria invests in pharmaceutical outlets; operates a chain of Mr Bigg restaurants; owns and operates Golden Tulip Hotel in Lagos; and is involved in the development, sale and management of commercial and residential properties in Nigeria. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. UAC of Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Government demands closure of far-right website but fails to probe threats to journalists

first_img Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns Redwatch, an extremist group with links to the Polish far-right, has threatened Polish journalists because of their anti-fascist views. Reporters Without Borders takes the threats seriously and has alerted the justice minister to the danger of their being translated into acts of violence. to go further RSF_en Organisation PolandEurope – Central Asia News PolandEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Poland May 10, 2021 Find out more With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland News Receive email alerts Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News The Polish government called on US authorities on 28 May to shut down the far-right Internet website Redwatch, which is run from the United States, a government spokesman said yesterday. The move follows a 24 May appeal by Reporters Without Borders to Polish justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro to investigate far-right Polish groups such as “Blood and Honour” that are publicised by Redwatch. A Polish prosecutor looking into “Blood and Honour” had said it was impossible to identify its militants in Poland because the site is hosted in the US. Since January, the Redwatch-Poland site has carried a list of what it calls “enemy” journalists working for left and far-left groups, with their names, addresses and phtos.A journalist of the daily Trybuna, is the latest addition to the list, bringing the number of threatened journalists to 16.——–26 May 2006Justice minister warned about danger posed by threats on neo-fascist websiteReporters Without Borders wrote to Polish justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro today to alert him to serious threats being made against Polish journalists by Redwatch, an extreme right-wing group that advocates violence. Redwatch-Poland (www.redwatch.info/sites/redwatch.htm) has posted a list of 15 left-wing and far-left journalists and directly threatened them with reprisals for their anti-fascist views.Redwatch is an international organisation that has its headquarters in Britain. Its website encourages its members to attack human rights activists, politicians, journalists and students by posting their names, photographs and addresses.A human rights activist who was No. 2 on the list of “enemies” on the Redwatch-Poland site narrowly escaped a murder attempt on a Warsaw street on 16 May. His assailants hit him, used a pepper spray on him and stabbed him before making off. The knife came within a few centimetres of his heart. The Polish site is an offshoot of the website of another Polish neo-fascist organisation, Blood and Honour (www.bhpoland.org/strona/pl).The prosecutor handling the case, Elzbieta Janicka, told Reporters Without Borders that the investigation into the Redwatch-Poland site’s content was blocked because it was hosted on a server in the United States. She said the office of the Warsaw public prosecutor had requested information from the relevant US authorities but she did not know if the request had reached the right people. Asked if the police were checking on Polish fascist organisations, she simply said, “enquiries are continuing.”Reporters Without Borders sent the justice minister the list of the 15 threatened journalists, who prefer not to be identified again for security reasons. The press freedom organisation said it took the threats very seriously as they are often followed by action, and it voiced astonishment about the vagueness of the prosecutor in charge of the case.It urged the minister to do everything possible to ensure that those responsible are identified and brought to trial and that the threat posed by far-right groups based in Poland is taken seriously by everyone concerned, including the prosecutor. Redwatch-Poland and the other Polish neo-fascist group to which it is linked, Blood and Honour, have views similar to those of such groups as Youth of Great Poland, which belongs to the League of Polish Families (LPR), a member of the ruling coalition.Redwatch-Poland targets the left-wing and far-left media and those that defend gay rights. The 15 named journalists work for the following media: the www.indymedia.pl website, the monthly Pracownicza Demokracja, the magazine Nigdy Wiecej, the www.gaylife.pl website, the monthly Dzi, the Polish edition of the French monthly Le Monde Diplomatique, the magazine Krytyka Polityczna, the monthly Nowy Robotnik, the daily Dziennik Zachodni, the news website www.innastrona.pl, the quarterly magazine Zadra, Radio Koszalin and the www.lbc.z.pl website.Some of the targeted journalists told Reporters Without Borders they were sceptical about the efforts being made by the police to find those responsible for the threats, pointing out that they had not been contacted by anyone involved in the investigation. Help by sharing this information January 28, 2021 Find out more May 29, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government demands closure of far-right website but fails to probe threats to journalists June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Free speech defender assaulted in parliament as more gag laws are voted

first_img Follow the news on Venezuela June 15, 2020 Find out more New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Receive email alerts RSF_en VenezuelaAmericas to go further January 13, 2021 Find out more News News Organisation center_img News VenezuelaAmericas Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders calls on President Hugo Chávez to publicly condemn the physical attack on Carlos Correa, the head of the NGO Espacio Público, that took place yesterday at the entrance to the National Assembly.The attack comes amid a government campaign to discredit those who defend human rights and civil liberties and as the executive submits a series of repressive bills for parliamentary approval before the current legislature, which has no opposition representatives, expires on 5 January.Correa had gone to the national assembly on the behalf of the Freedom of Expression Alliance – an NGO coalition that includes the Press and Society Institute (IPYS) – to lobby against the new versions of the Social Responsibility in Radio, TV and Electronic Media Law (Resortemec) and the Organic Law on Telecommunications (Lotel). These two laws, which reinforce media control and censorship, were adopted on first reading on 15 December after the proposed creation of a single Internet access point was dropped.Correa was being interviewed by journalists about the reason for his visit to the National Assembly when a thrown object hit him full in the face, causing a large swelling, and death threats were made. Parliamentary security officers looked on without intervening. Espacio Público lawyer Mariana Belalba was forced to erase the photos she took of the attack.It took place during the vote on first reading of the Law on the Protection of Political Sovereignty, which will enable the government to have much closer control over the activities of Venezuelan and international NGOs.The Freedom of Expression Alliance is planning to organize a conference on 20 December. Reporters Without Borders holds the authorities responsible for the physical safety of its participants. The government has disgracefully branded them as enemies of the state. Photo: Mercedes de Freitas_______13.12.10 – Vaguely worded bill will tighten controls on broadcast media, extend them to InternetAn amendment to the Radio and TV Social Responsibility Law (Ley Resorte) – submitted to parliament on 9 December and due to be adopted this week at the president’s insistence – will increase the severity of the penalties for offending broadcast media and make them applicable to online media as well.President Hugo Chávez has asked the outgoing parliament, which he controls, to rush adoption of the amendment as he already has with a proposed international cooperation law. The incoming parliament, elected on 26 September but not due to begin sitting until 5 January, will include opposition parties. As such, it would be better able to debate the pros and cons of these bills. Is it because he totally dominates the current parliament that Chávez wants these bills passed at all cost before Christmas? Everything suggests that he is trying to defy the electorate’s will in this way. The original version of the Ley Resorte already encourages media self-censorship by defining offences in a very general and convoluted manner that is open to all kinds of interpretation. The new version develops this flaw to the point of caricature. It would, for example, ban use of radio, TV or Internet to transmit messages that “could incite crimes against the president” or “could constitute a media manipulation aimed at stirring up unrest or disturbing public order.” It would also ban messages that “could be contrary to the nation’s security” or “designed to defy the legitimately installed authorities.” Such a level of vagueness would pervert any possibility of fair judicial implementation.The penalties are also much harsher in the new version. The first two offences mentioned above (inciting a crime against the president and media manipulation) would be punishable by a fine of up to 10 per cent of the broadcaster’s or Internet service provider’s gross annual income or a 72-hour suspension (which could be permanent for repeat offenders). The fine for a broadcaster (or ISP) that refuses to cede space for educational or cultural messages is increased from 1 to 2 per cent of the gross annual income and now also applies to refusing to carry the national anthem.A fine of 3 to 4 per cent of gross annual revenue will be payable by broadcasters and online media that transmit content of a violent nature at the wrong time of day. Instead of 7am-7pm, the hours for content fit for any age group would henceforth be 6am-9pm, while the timetable for content suitable for “supervised” age groups would run from 9pm to midnight.The official goal of protecting minors is praiseworthy in principle but these restrictions are excessive for radio and TV broadcasters and would appear to be impossible to implement on websites. According to article 212 of the law’s amended version, “the state will create an interconnection or access point for Internet Service Providers with the aim of regulating traffic within or into Venezuela in order to more effectively use the country’s networks because of the sector’s strategic nature.”Does this “access point” mean the introduction of a state monopoly of Internet access and regulation? Will ISPs be obliged to provide information about activities that are subject to regulation? In other words, will such a mechanism open the way to Internet content filtering at the expense of online freedom of information?This amendment’s intentions are being questioned all the more because President Chávez is posed to ask parliament today to grant him the power to govern by decree, without going through the legislature, in order to be able to deal with a humanitarian crisis resulting from the recent heavy rains.It is essential that this emergency power should be strictly limited to the current crisis and should stop when the new parliament is installed. If it does not, it would constitute a flagrant violation of the separation of powers. Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela August 25, 2020 Find out more December 17, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Free speech defender assaulted in parliament as more gag laws are voted News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves liveslast_img read more

65th Anniversary of the Publication of Dianetics Celebrated at Pasadena Church of Scientology

first_img 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday This week marks the anniversary of the publication of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health by L. Ron Hubbard. Released May 9, 1950, the past six decades have seen the popularity of this best-selling self-help book continue to grow. Dianetics is now available in 165 nations in 50 languages, more than 21 million copies have been sold, and it has appeared on 116 bestseller lists, making it a publishing phenomenon.Dianetics is also the book that sparked the movement that ultimately led to the founding of the Scientology religion, the only major religion to emerge in the 20th century.Scientology Churches and Missions around the world will hold events commemorating the Dianetics anniversary this week. Attendees will hear news of the application of Dianetics technology, its international popularity, and its grassroots expansion from New York to Nairobi, Boston to Bulawayo and Kansas City to Kaohsiung.In an essay titled “My Philosophy,” Mr. Hubbard wrote, “The first principle of my own philosophy is that wisdom is meant for anyone who wishes to reach for it. It is the servant of the commoner and king alike and should never be regarded with awe.”True to this principle, in Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health Mr. Hubbard states: “This volume has made no effort to use resounding or thunderous phrases, frowning polysyllables or professorial detachment. When one is delivering answers which are simple, he need not make the communication any more difficult than is necessary to convey the ideas.”L. Ron Hubbard went on to document his research into the spirit, mind and life in 18 Basic books, thousands of other written materials and nearly 2,500 recorded lectures—the Scripture of Scientology. To keep pace with the demand for these materials and make them available in every corner of the globe, all book and lecture CD production has been established in-house—the entire line from inception to distribution: printing, foiling, embossing, laminating, CD replication, packaging and shipping. Occupying massive new headquarters, the Church’s publishing arms, New Era Publications in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Bridge Publications, Inc. in Los Angeles, are now the world’s largest all-digital, print-on-demand facilities capable of producing 500,000 books and 925,000 CDs per week.Millions of people have begun the adventure described by L. Ron Hubbard in the first chapter of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health: “You are beginning an adventure. Treat it as an adventure. And may you never be the same again.”For more information on Dianetics, visit the Dianetics website at www.Dianetics.org. For an interactive audiovisual overview of the life and works of L. Ron Hubbard visit www.LRonHubbard.org. Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Community News Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Faith & Religion News 65th Anniversary of the Publication of Dianetics Celebrated at Pasadena Church of Scientology From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, May 8, 2015 | 10:59 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Ollie has a nose for trouble

first_imgOllie the Sniffer Dog at work in Shannon Airport.Picture Brendan GleesonOllie the Sniffer Dog at work in Shannon Airport.Picture: Brendan Gleeson Ollie the spaniel is a familiar figure to frequent travellers in and out of Shannon Airport as he follows his nose to help stop illegal substances reaching Ireland’s streets. This week Kathy Masterson meets Ollie and his handler Adrian to find out more about their work and the life of a sniffer dog. WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print WHEN I meet Ollie, the Shannon Airport drug detection dog, he is lounging in his bed enjoying some down time before the arrival of the next flight.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A five-year-old springer spaniel (his birthday is Halloween, so I’m told), Ollie has sniffed out 22.5 kgs of drugs so far this year, with a value of €310,000.He has been trained to detect the scent of cannabis herb, cannabis resin, heroin, cocaine and amphetamines.A second springer spaniel, Harvey, is trained to search for tobacco and cash, as he can detect the scent of the ink used on bank notes.So far in 2015, Harvey has assisted in the seizure of more than 300,000 cigarettes at the airport, valued at approximately €147,000.Ollie and his handler Adrian McMahon’s work mainly involves screening passengers, luggage, cargo and aircraft at Shannon Airport; they also cover the post office and search ships arriving into Foynes.I ask Adrian what the training process for a drug detection dog involves.“Every dog is different, but on average they do about six months of intensive training. After that the handler is introduced to the dog and you do about two months training with the dog and building a relationship with the dog.”For Ollie, his work is a series of games that end in a fun reward – his beloved tennis ball. When Ollie ‘knocks’ on a bag, that is when he pats it with his paw and lies down, he can enjoy a game of fetch with Adrian.“A search dog is no good unless he’s willing to retrieve a ball; we call that the drive for a ball. Ollie has it; he would fetch a ball all day until he’s burnt out. The dogs are trained by a company in the UK. As with all search dogs, the training is repetitive. First they’re introduced into a room and there will be a scent of drugs on a ball, so the dog will have to find the ball to get used to finding the scent. Then the ball is removed and the scent is put in the room, when he indicates he’s found the scent, he gets the ball.“We also do Continuous Training (CT) on a daily basis to keep the dog up to speed. If he was working every day and not getting his reward it would turn him off and he’d lose interest. If he doesn’t genuinely knock on a bag, we have a bag that has a scent of drugs so he can knock on that and get his reward,” explains Adrian.“I have to walk him, feed him, look after him – it’s just like having another child. He needs a lot of exercise, he could go all day.”I ask if Ollie is like any other pet dog when he is not working.“Not totally. You can’t just play with him like a normal dog. I play with him when he detects drugs and he knocks on a bag. If I just let the kids play with him he won’t associate the reward of the ball with the finding of drugs.”While Adrian and Ollie prepare to welcome the next group of passengers, Joe Connolly, higher executive officer of customs in Shannon, tells me a bit more about the work of his department.“Our biggest find this year was about four and a half kilos of cocaine, so that was quite a significant seizure. On a pro rata basis, we carry out the same amount of seizures, if not more, than Dublin Airport. Although they only work at the airport, we work at the post office and in Foynes Estuary, where you would get about 700 vessels a year, a lot of them from high-risk countries.”High-risk regions in terms of drug smuggling include West Africa, South and Central America, and the southern states of the USA such as Florida, Joe tells me.“Every day is different, and one phone call could change your week. That’s part of the attraction of it. You could be doing the airport in the morning, Foynes in the afternoon and the post office at night. There is no routine, but we do have a plan and we try to stick to that to make sure we’re hitting everywhere,” reveals Joe.“We find illegal cigarettes more so than drugs. People tend to distance themselves from drugs, they prefer to post them rather than carry them in themselves.”Joe reveals that finding drugs in the post is a common occurrence, and the team have also uncovered some more unusual items, including one of the largest rhino horn finds in Europe when eight rhino horns were seized at the airport.“Once a sheepskin came in the post from China, it was covered in maggots. We had to hand that over to the Department of Agriculture to be destroyed,” added Adrian.The busy mid-morning flight from Stansted arrives and soon the passport control and baggage areas become a hive of activity.As the passengers line up to have their passports checked, Ollie springs into action – no doubt with his mind on his tennis ball.A few dog lovers on the plane smile and admire the spaniel, while a couple of others look a little nervous.Ollie’s tail is wagging furiously as he walks up and down the queue of passengers, sniffing each person and their hand luggage, and it’s clear he enjoys his work.I had been secretly hoping to witness a major drugs seizure and bag myself a scoop, but to my disappointment, there is nothing among this group of passengers that sparks Ollie’s interest.When the last person is screened, Joe, posing as a passenger, joins the line carrying a sports holdall containing what the customs team refer to as ‘a soak’ – a facecloth soaked in the scent of cannabis.Ollie catches the scent straightaway; he pats the bag with his paw and lies still on the ground in front of Joe. Finally he gets his ball!“We get the passengers to line up in single file. Ollie will run past all the passengers to screen them and if he knocks on someone’s bag we will take them aside to search them and search their bag. If drugs are found, then we will pass it on to the Gardaí and that person will be cautioned, arrested and prosecuted. We’re not delaying the passengers at all; they’re waiting to go through immigration anyway so it’s a great opportunity to screen people with the dog.” reveals Adrian.Joe added: “Back in October we found a man who had ten to 12 deals of cocaine on him. He was arrested and that case is before the courts at the moment. The dog will pick up on small amounts for personal consumption, such as a couple of grams. Why people try and bring it in with them I’ll never know.“We also get people trying to bring in bigger quantities; a lot of those people would be in very poor circumstances. They might owe a debt and their family has been threatened, but our job is just to detect the drugs. It’s up to the courts then to prosecute them and to decide if there are any mitigating circumstances.“Sometimes if drugs are detected in one country we will control them through, so we could get a call from Germany or somewhere to say they’ve detected drugs, but they will let them go through. One of our aims is to get the product and the second is to get a prosecution.”Next we hurry to the cargo area behind the scenes where baggage handlers are unloading luggage from the aircraft onto the conveyor belt that takes the bags upstairs to the waiting passengers.Ollie runs up and down the conveyor belt having a good sniff of each bag. But once again I’m disappointed as all of the bags are clear.The holdall is produced again; Ollie pounces on it and lies flat, and gets to play with his ball once more.“It’s like telling a child ‘I promise I’ll give you a bag of sweets if you do this,’” says Adrian, “I’ll have a bit of a play with him now and that’s his fun time, that’s what it’s all about.”Ollie could continue to work for another three years or so, if he stays at his current form.When their careers are over, the Revenue’s sniffer dogs will retire as pets; they will usually live out the rest of their days at home with their handlers.According to Adrian, the relationship between dog and handler is hugely important.“You have to be able to read the dog. Sometimes the drugs could be vacuum packed, and he only gets a hint of a scent so he doesn’t knock on it because he isn’t sure, but I’ll know by the way he looks back at me that he’s caught a slight scent.”For Adrian, becoming a customs dog handler has fulfilled a childhood dream of working with animals, he also enjoys the unpredictable nature of the job.“I always wanted to work with animals; when I was younger I used to help out on my uncle’s farm, and then I used to spend my summers working for a vet.“We never know what’s going to happen each day or what people we’re going to meet. You get great job satisfaction when you see someone being whisked away in a squad car and you know that that’s another drug courier being taken away.”  Twitter Advertisement Linkedin Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleGAA – Limerick well represented on Inter Provincial squadsNext articleThe ‘poet-barbarian’ of Broadford John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsOllie has a nose for troubleBy John Keogh – December 3, 2015 1507 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSfeaturedfoyneslimerickRevenue and CustomsShannon airport RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Maxine Waters Opposes Proposal to Alter Fair Housing Act

first_img About Author: Mike Albanese Tagged with: Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing Act House Financial Services Committee Housing Discrimination Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing Act House Financial Services Committee Housing Discrimination 2019-11-25 Mike Albanese The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Maxine Waters Opposes Proposal to Alter Fair Housing Act Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Rep. Maxine Waters, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, opposes the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposed changes to the disparate impact standard of the Fair Housing Act. Waters said in a letter to HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson that the proposal would make it harder for victims of housing discrimination to get justice. The disparate impact standard holds people accountable for discriminatory impacts of their actions, regardless of whether the discrimination was intentional. “Without the disparate impact standard, a plaintiff would essentially have to prove malicious intent as plain as a ‘No Blacks Allowed’ sign in order to get relief,” Democratic lawmakers wrote in a letter to HUD. “Once a plaintiff proves that a challenged practice or policy has a discriminatory effect, the current standard allows defendants to respond to such a suit by providing legitimate business justifications for their policies and practices.” Waters wrote in her letter that although 31,202 people reported Fair Housing violations in 2018, many more go unreported. The National Fair Housing Alliance estimates that 4 million acts of housing discrimination occur each year. A 2008 survey of 10,000 adults in the nation’s 20 largest cities found that 1 in 4 people, or 68 million, believe they have been treated differently during their home search, Waters added. The Chairwoman said HUD’s proposed rule would weaken the standard by raising the burden of proof on plaintiffs and victims of housing discrimination, while making it easier for defendants to deflect allegations, disincentivizing the collection of demographic data that help have proactive strategies around fair housing, and creating safe harbors that make challenging algorthmic bias difficult. “We remind you that HUD’s mission includes building ‘inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination,’” the lawmakers wrote. “HUD’s ability to carry out this mission will be seriously compromised if it moves forward with this proposed rule, and this is no time to weaken our enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.”The Committee said the in 2018 the African-American homeownership rate was the lowest it had been since before the Fair Housing Act was passed. A 2019 study also found that African-American and Latin borrowers are paying $765 million more in annual interest compared to other borrowers. center_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Maxine Waters Opposes Proposal to Alter Fair Housing Act The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago November 25, 2019 1,971 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Where Smaller Mortgage Servicers Dominate Next: Could a Vacancy Tax Help Los Angeles’ Affordability Crisis? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Clarification sought on Western Trust care home closure plans

first_imgNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By News Highland – May 1, 2013 Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Clarification sought on Western Trust care home closure planscenter_img Google+ Previous articleTributes paid to Ardara man who drowned in DublinNext articleSmoky coal ban in effect in Letterkenny as carbon tax pushes up prices elsewhere News Highland WhatsApp Google+ The Western Health Trust is proposing to close all its residential care homes.The homes under threat are Rectory Field and Willow Street, both in Derry, Thackeray Place in Limavady and Greenfield Home in Strabane.There are 130 places overall but only 73 men and women live in the homes.The health minister, Edwin Poots, announced in February that over 50% of residential homes would close under government plans.Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan says it’s a worrying time for elderly residents, their families and care home workers:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/markh830.mp3[/podcast] Facebook WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

New IBEC Northwest President calls on council to prioritise economic development

first_img Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Homepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest Previous articlePart of Altnagelvin hospital evacuated after smoke discoveredNext articleBonnar exits World Masters News Highland The new IBEC North West President says Donegal County Council’s should do everything in its power to prioritise local economic development.Ian Ireland was elected for a two-year term at IBEC’s North West AGM this week.IBEC says that Commercial rates hit SMEs hardest as they generally represent the third biggest outlay for small businesses, after Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – November 27, 2014 center_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest WhatsApp New IBEC Northwest President calls on council to prioritise economic development Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry last_img read more

Plea In SC Seeks Direction To Avoid Coercive Action Against Trivial Offences For Violation Of Lockdown [Read Application]

first_imgTop StoriesPlea In SC Seeks Direction To Avoid Coercive Action Against Trivial Offences For Violation Of Lockdown [Read Application] Radhika Roy20 April 2020 9:07 AMShare This – xAn Intervention Application has been filed in a bid to portray to the Supreme Court of India that thousands of arrests have been taking place for trivial offences, which is causing a burden on the police as well as the judicial system during the period of the national lockdown imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The IA has been filed in Writ Petition which prays for…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?LoginAn Intervention Application has been filed in a bid to portray to the Supreme Court of India that thousands of arrests have been taking place for trivial offences, which is causing a burden on the police as well as the judicial system during the period of the national lockdown imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The IA has been filed in Writ Petition which prays for the quashing of FIRs registered under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code as well as other trivial offences which have surfaced during, and/or as a result of the violation of the national lockdown. The Petition, filed by Centre for Accountability and Systemic Change (CASC), attempted to bring to the notice of the court that thousands of illegal FIRs had been registered during the lockdown. The IA, filed by Advocate Sachin Mittal on behalf of Dr. Vikram Singh, Chairman of CASC seeks to portray the unnecessary burden on the courts and the police officers as a consequence of the illegal arrests. The IA states that due to the ambiguous definition of “lockdown”, the role of the police has gained importance for the maintenance of law and order. While arrest is inevitable in cases of heinous crimes and serious offences, which includes “systemic and organized violation of lockdown by certain groups”, trivial offences needs to be exempted. The IA goes on to elaborate the two kinds of trivial offences: “…the first kind where only complaint is permissible, and the second kind which are acted through FIR”. It is submitted in the IA that no FIR should be lodged and no arrests should be made in any trivial offence in the name of the violation of lockdown. The IA also alludes to excessive police force being used which, in some instances, has led to the loss of lives. It further states that the arrests will only increase the burden on the administrative authorities such as police and other public services. “That any arrest will only increase the burden of police, as it will have to deal with keeping the accused in lock-up, bail formalities, producing the accused before the Magistrate and other related things. Along with the doctors, the police and all public services are the frontline, and they should not be burdened with tasks, which are futile and a waste of time and resource”. The IA also brings up the issue of high risk of transmission of COVID-19 to the prison inmates and refers to the Suo Motu Writ Petition (Civil) 1/2020 which held the same. Therefore, congregation of people inside the police lock-up or jail “drastically increases the chances of spreading of the COVID-19 infection and thereby defeating the very objective of the lockdown”. While stating that the Petitioner is in no manner suggesting a violation of the lockdown, the IA submits that “the lockdown as a concept is not sacrosanct and is subject to different relaxations”. For instance, the State of UP sent 250 buses to bring back students who had been stranded in Kota, Rajasthan. “For all such violations, no warning or action is taken against the State government under Art. 256 of the Constitution. Then how can police FIR, Arrest and brutality be allowed against the common people for trivial violations of lockdown”. The Petitioner concludes by asserting that the imposition of lockdown should allow for relaxations in the matter of arrests and that people who do not have any mens rea should not be labelled as criminal. “The zeal of arresting violators for innocuous offences will do more harm than any good”. In light of the above, in order to combat unjustified excesses of the police and to prevent any burden on public authorities, the IA prays for no coercive action to be taken for trivial offences for violation of lockdown. Click Here To Download Application[Read Application] Next Storylast_img read more

Multiple people killed, several injured after fiery highway pileup

first_imgMattGush/iStock(LAKEWOOD, Colo.) — Multiple people died and at least 10 others were injured in a fiery crash on a Colorado highway that involved at least 15 cars and semi trucks.Officials did not specify the number of people killed, but said there were “multiple fatalities” in the Thursday crash and subsequent fire on Interstate 70 in Lakewood, Colorado, about 8 miles west of Denver. One firefighter was among the people taken to a local hospital when debris, possibly a tire, exploded.The accident occurred at around 4:30 p.m. when a semitrailer slammed into several stopped cars at a high rate of speed during a traffic jam, police said. The driver of that semi survived.“I-70 eastbound traffic was at a standstill or close to a standstill because of a crash way up ahead. … The semi was eastbound and ended up colliding with the stopped cars,” Lakewood Police Department agent Ty Countryman said Thursday night. “We’re almost four or five hours into this and our crash investigation has really yet to begin — given the magnitude of the size of this crash.”Authorities avoided giving firm numbers at a press conference on Thursday evening because rescue workers were still working to put out hot spots on the scene.“The back of my truck lifted up and shoved me forward, and I was hitting other cars,” Brian Dickey, who was caught up in the accident, told Denver ABC affiliate KMGH-TV. “When I came to a stop I look in my rearview mirror and all I saw was a bunch of flames. And I jumped out of the vehicle as fast as I could. There was so much fire at the time that I couldn’t even really approach any of the other vehicles to see if there was any other survivors or what.”Countryman said the accident could end up being one of the worst in the city’s history.“This is looking to be one of the worst accidents we’ve had here in Lakewood,” Countryman said.Authorities said at least 12 cars and three tractor trailers were involved, but Countryman said those figures could change by Friday morning as investigators start “pulling things apart.”“It’s very hard to tell, given the fire that happened when the crash took place,” Countryman said. “It is true carnage there as far as the debris, what’s left of cars and trucks, along with the cargoes that were in the semis and things like that.”Countryman said one semi was carrying wood, another was carrying gravel and the third may have been hauling mattresses. The truck carrying wood appears to be the “one that drove into it all,” he said.Investigators say they are looking at social video from the scene that captured footage of a semi speeding past stopped cars just seconds before the collision. The highway was closed in both directions after the accident and drivers were urged to avoid the area.No charges had been filed against any of the drivers as of late Thursday evening.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more