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Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Local NewsBusinessUS News Facebook TAGS Facebook Election of Democratic chair portends change at post office WASHINGTON (AP) — A former labor leader and Obama administration official was elected Tuesday to serve as chair of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, marking the first step in a potential shakeup under President Joe Biden. Ron Bloom replaced a former Republican National Committee chair, Robert “Mike” Duncan, who remains on the governing board as critics call for firing embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, and changing the board to increase racial and gender diversity and create a Democratic majority. All six current board members are men. DeJoy, a prominent Republican fundraiser and supporter of former President Donald Trump, has come under heavy criticism for changes he made before the election that led to widespread delivery delays and other problems recently. The Postal Service also dealt with a dismal on-time performance during the holidays because of a crush of mail and packages that was exacerbated by the pandemic. Bloom said Tuesday he looks forward to working with the board, DeJoy and others on a 10-year plan that will “revitalize” the Postal Service, an independent agency with roots to the 18th century. “It will require both ourselves and our stakeholders to come together, openly face our challenges, make necessary choices and do what is right for this great organization and our country,” said Bloom, who worked with the Obama administration on the automobile industry bailout and was a longtime official with the United Steelworkers Union. He also has advised the National Association of Letter Carriers on postal issues. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., a New Jersey Democrat, wants Biden to fire the entire Postal Service Board of Governors for what he called dereliction of duty. Only the board can fire the postmaster general, a protection put in place to insulate the independent agency from politics. While Biden cannot fire DeJoy, the president can use appointments to reshape the board that hires and fires the postmaster general. If he fills three current vacancies, then Democrats would have a majority on the nine-member panel. The six who currently comprise the board are Trump appointees. Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union, said Biden needs to fill the vacancies with choices that reflect greater diversity and fewer links to “the world of finance and banks.” “It is imperative that the Biden administration fill these openings promptly so that we can right this ship that has gone off course,” he said. The Postal Service is coming out of a chaotic stretch that included the delivery of tens of millions of mail-in ballots followed by a record holiday volume of more than 1.1 billion letters and packages during the pandemic. DeJoy offered an apology during the meeting while acknowledging a confluence of events — record volume, a workforce depleted by COVID-19 and quarantines, capacity limits on trucking and commercial flights, and several winter storms. By the time Christmas arrived, more than a third of first-class mail was late even though DeJoy said Tuesday that “we threw everything we had at it.” He declined to disparage weary workers while promising to make overdue improvements. “For too many years, postal employees have been asked to do more with less, forced to employ antiquated systems, utilize outmoded equipment and drive outdated vehicles,” DeJoy said. All of that mail helped the Postal Service improve its quarterly financial performance, officials said Tuesday. All told, there was a 25% growth in holiday package shipping but the gains were partially offset by overtime and other costs associated with dealing with the volume. Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said the pandemic has given postal carriers an opportunity to shine. “Letter carriers have helped tens of millions of Americans shelter safely at home and even vote from home. Perhaps never in its 245 years has the public post office been more indispensable,” he said. ——— Sharp reported from Portland, Maine. Previous articleAunt Jemima brand gets a new name: Pearl Milling CompanyNext articleHigh Achievers Digital AIM Web Support
News Updates’It Would Be Impossible To Deal With Infection On Track’ : J&K HC Directs Shrine Board, Govt To ‘Urgently Decide’ On Amarnath Yatra 2020 [Read Order] Mehal Jain16 July 2020 12:48 AMShare This – xThe J & K HC on Tuesday required the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board and the UT government to urgently take all decisions regarding the conduct of the Amarnath Yatra, in compliance of the top court’s decision of July 13, taking into consideration all the relevant issues as also the several concerns.A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjay Dhar specified that the…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 J & K HC on Tuesday required the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board and the UT government to urgently take all decisions regarding the conduct of the Amarnath Yatra, in compliance of the top court’s decision of July 13, taking into consideration all the relevant issues as also the several concerns.A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjay Dhar specified that the decision shall ensure compliance of all healthcare protocols, Standard Operating Protocols notified by the Central Government as well as by the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, guided by the principles laid down by the Supreme Court of India that the right to health of every person has to be placed at the highest pedestal. Besides, any such decision taken must address the concerns of the health of the security personnel, healthcare personnel, priests, the Yatris and of the officials who would be involved in the arrangements and conduct of the Yatra as also the residents of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. At the same time, the Board is directed to ensure consideration of the welfare and support of all persons, especially the members of the communities, particularly the Bakkarwal community, who provide the porterage/ pithoos, palkis; mules and horses and who provide services on the Yatra.The bench observed that movement on the Yatra track, even without the pandemic, situation is a challenge at any point of time, even for the able bodied and the healthy. It appeared to the court that it would be impossible to deal with infection on the track.”Movement on the Yatra track even without the pandemic situation is a challenge at any point of time. It challenges even the able bodied and the healthy. It appears that it would be impossible to deal with infection on the track. The respondents have themselves explained the difficulties which the mortalities on the route would provide”, the bench observed.The Supreme Court had earlier refused to entertain a petition seeking to stop the Yatra, observing that it the local administration was better equipped to take a decision on the same. In as much as it was urged before the High Court that the Supreme Court had last month permitted the Jagannath Yatra in Orissa, the division bench opined that it must be cognizant of the stark difference in the two Yatras. Whereas the Yatra at Puri is in the heart of a main city, the Shri Amarnathji Yatra is over extremely difficult terrain, undertaken on a rough and narrow hilly track at extremely high altitudes. “The orders of the Supreme Court manifest that though the Lord Jagannath Yatra was permitted, however members of the public were not allowed to participate and declaration of strict curfew in the town was directed. This Yatra was a single day event. As against this, the Shri Amarnathji Yatra envisages continuous visits by yatris from allover the country to the Anantnag District over a period of time. The other pressures on account of security, fragility of the facilities, vulnerabilities on account of geographical and topography features did not arise in Odisha”, noted the High Court. Besides, the bench observed that the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has itself elaborately explained the several limitations on the existing medical system to cope with the pressure which the conduct of the Yatra would impose on the available facilities. “Even if adequate facilities could be created, the Government has expressed the huge challenge posed for isolation of the suspected COVID-19 patients as well as those found infected on the route of Yatra. Not only isolation facilities but also diagnostic facilities would be required to be set up all along the route”, the bench said. The attention of the bench was drawn to the threat to the health and lives of the defence forces, security personnel and police on account of exposure to the reasonable possibility of COVID-19 infected persons who may join the Yatra, perhaps unaware that they are infected as they remain asymptomatic. The Court also was alive to the fact that the elevation and lack of space along the Yatra route would compel close contact of those detailed on security duties with Yatris from different parts of the country, exposing all of them to the grave possibility of COVID 19 infection. The status report of the government on record showed that no significant medical facilities are available in District Anantnag at any point of time- “Certainly, the District does not have the capacity to deal with the added pressures on account of the deluge of yatris from different parts of the country” The status report dated 10th July, 2020, has clearly stated in para 12 that the situation in the Union Territory is grim and the annual Yatra requires to be curtailed both in number and duration in the interest of justice, safety of human lives and healthcare of the human life at large. “In para-6 of the status report, the respondents have disclosed that the camping facilities, which were being used for accommodating the yatris earlier especially at the entry point, are being used as quarantine centres. So clearly, the respondents do not have any residential facilities for the yatris and certainly no facilities for quarantining the yatris who have mandatorily to be quarantined in terms of disclosure made in para-6 of the status report”, the Court noted in the order. The bench further noted from the status report that the Government of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir has issued orders restricting movements in the red zones; that temples, other religious places and spiritual centers are still not allowed to open, and that even the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine at Katra is not open to the pilgrims. Besides, various yatras in different parts of India on account of Covid-19 have been suspended, including even the Kaweriya Mela/Yatra, and the Sh. Jagar Nath Puri Yatra held once in 12 years, which was curtailed and held under curfew in the city. Still, the bench acknowledged that the apex court had held that the issue must be left within the competence of the local administration. “We are bound by the parameters of the jurisdiction laid down by the Supreme Court”, asserted the bench. It took notice that an order dated 22nd April, 2020 passed by the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board cancelling the Yatra which was subsequently recalled- “It appears that the Yatra was cancelled because there were 77 hot spots/ red zones in Kashmir along with the route through which the yatra passes”. The bench was alive to the fact that even as per the status report of July 20 also, the matter of making arrangements has not moved so much. “According to the petitioner, the “Pratham Pujan” to invoke the blessings of Lord Shiva is undertaken by the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board every year at Chandanwari,Pahalgam, South Kashmir. However, on account of the pandemic, this year it was performed on the 5th June, 2020 at Jammu by the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board. This Pujan marks the commencement of the Yatra. We are informed that keeping in view the difficulties posed this year on account of the pandemic the Pujan was not performed at its usual place and the Yatra has still not commenced”, recorded the bench. Noting that the decisions regarding the conduct of Yatra are being taken by the Shri Amarnath Shrine board, which is chaired by the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of J&K, the HC required that copies of the application before it; the Status Report dated 10th July, and this order along with all other relevant material are immediately placed before the Board for its consideration. “Consideration would also need to be accorded to the welfare of the animals (mules, horses, ponies etc.) involved in the Yatra and measures needed for the same”, said the bench. The J & K HC clarified that in case the decision taken is contrary to the parameters laid down by the Supreme Court in the judgment dated 13th July, it shall be open to the applicant to invoke the appropriate remedy in accordance with law. The Shri Amarnathji Yatra for the year 2020 was scheduled to begin on the 23rd June (Skandshasthi) and to continue till 3rd August (Shravan Purnima).Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Story
News Updates”A Blot To Cultural Conscience Of This State”: ISIS War Zone Operative Sentenced To Life Imprisonment By NIA Court Kochi [Read Judgemnt] Akshita Saxena28 Sep 2020 9:25 PMShare This – xA Special NIA Court at Ernakulam on Monday convicted ISIS terrorist Subahani Haja Mohideen and sentenced him to life imprisonment, in connection with the ISIS Omar Al-Hindi module case. Mohideen, a 35-yr-old resident of Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu was arrested by the NIA in October 2016, subsequent to seizure of incriminating materials from his residence, including…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?LoginA Special NIA Court at Ernakulam on Monday convicted ISIS terrorist Subahani Haja Mohideen and sentenced him to life imprisonment, in connection with the ISIS Omar Al-Hindi module case. Mohideen, a 35-yr-old resident of Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu was arrested by the NIA in October 2016, subsequent to seizure of incriminating materials from his residence, including material indicating his links with the proscribed terrorist organization ISIS.”The act of the convict is a blot on the cultural conscience of this State. It is also a blow to its pride as one of the most progressive societies in the nation. It is a painful realisation that youthful people are indoctrinated by such extremist ideologies and they are even prepared to renounce the eternal tie with their mother country, seemingly on their wishful thought that they could embrace their own paradise in that attempt”.said Special Judge P. Krishna Kumar in his Judgemnt. Holding that the prosecution had proved its case “beyond reasonable doubt”, Special Judge P. Krishna Kumar sentenced him to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs. 2,10,000 for the following offences: Under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 Section 20: Punishment for being member of terrorist gang or organisation Section 38: Offence relating to membership of a terrorist organisation Section 39: Offence relating to support given to a terrorist organisation Under IPC Section 125: Waging war against India Section 120B: Criminal Conspiracy The Court has largely relied on the testimony of JS Mohamed Kamal, co-accused turned approver in this case. Allegedly, Mohideen had confessed to Kamal that he had migrated to/ joined ISIS and was fighting for it in the battle field of Mosul. Whereas Kamal’s testimony was vehemently disputed by the Defence, the Court recorded its satisfaction over his statements. The Court acknowledged that extra judicial confessions made to an approver are ordinarily a “weakest piece of evidence”. However, it held that the same may be relied upon if there are “undeniable corroborative evidence of sterling quality”. In the case at hand, the Court noted that none of the aspects brought out in the cross examination of the approver was capable of challenging the intrinsic worth of the evidence. “When considering the impact of these matters on his version in chief examination, I find no material which is sufficient to discredit the witness. First of all, the witness never deviated from his previous version recorded by the learned Magistrate under section 164 of Cr.PC. He was questioned by the NIA soon after the arrest of the accused and the defence side did not elicit any contradiction in his version. Significantly, most part of the version he has spoken to is supported by electronic evidence or other proved circumstances,” the Bench observed. On 3rd October, 2016, searches were conducted at Mohideen’s house in Tamil Nadu, which led to seizure of incriminating material indicating his travel to the ‘theatre of conflict’ in West Asia. Forensic examination of the clothes used by him during his stay with the Islamic State and the forensic medical examination of his body established that he was in the war zone in Iraq. It was also established that after returning to India in September 2015, he had attempted to procure explosive chemicals, based on instructions from his handlers in the Islamic State, to carry out terrorist attacks in India. Investigation also revealed that Moideen had exited India from Chennai and reached Turkey on 8th April, 2015. He had then illegally crossed over to Iraq through land border and joined the Islamic State using kunya name Abu Jasmine Al-Hindi. After undergoing religious and arms training with ISIS/ Daish in Iraq, he was deployed with ISIS’ military formation Umar lbnu Khatab Khatiba. Moideen was also associated with Pakistani national Mohammed Usman Ghani, who is now incarcerated in France, for his involvement in 13/11 Paris attacks of 2015.”The insolent boldness shown by the convict to plan meticulously his journey to ISIS and to execute it with perfection, his temerity to come back to India without being caught by any authorities and his commitment to pursue the offensive objects he cherished, make this court very cautions and to be society centric, while fixing the quantum of punishment. It being the sovereign function, rather the solemn duty, of a criminal court to adequately insulate the society from the menace of terrorism and the aggravated forms of crimes, individual interest of the convict cannot be given undue privilege. Thus, a message of deterrence, as well as a solid measure for the safety of the society, has to be infused into the sentence”, said the CourtClick Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment] Next Story
Jones Energy is an independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the development and acquisition of oil and natural gas properties in the Anadarko basin of Oklahoma and Texas Jones Energy completes of Merger with Revolution Resources. (Credit: Akshay93 from Pixabay.) Jones Energy II announced that it has completed its previously announced merger with Revolution II WI Holding Company, LLC (“Revolution”), an affiliate of Mountain Capital Partners, LP, for aggregate consideration of $201,500,000. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Jones Energy stockholders will receive approximately $14.0624 in cash for each share of Jones Energy Class A common stock, each unit of Jones Energy Holdings II, LLC or each Jones Energy restricted stock unit they own, as applicable, without any interest, less any required withholding taxes. The final consideration of approximately $14.0624 per share reflects the inclusion of all of the Company’s outstanding equity securities entitled to receive the merger consideration as of the closing date and replaces the previously estimated per share price of approximately $14.11. Following the closing, the Company is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Revolution.In order to receive the merger consideration to which stockholders are entitled, stockholders will need to complete, execute and deliver a letter of transmittal and certain other documents to the exchange agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC. An information statement about the merger, the letter of transmittal and the other required documents will be mailed to stockholders on or about January 14, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact the Information Agent, D.F. King, at [email protected] or 800-864-1460 (Toll-Free).Evercore Group LLC and TD Securities served as financial advisors to Jones Energy, and Baker Botts L.L.P served as its legal counsel. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel for Revolution. Source: Company Press Release
Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! The FEI hosted a stakeholder consultation session on March 24th to review comprehensive draft Return To Competition protocols. These measures are aimed at, in the short term, minimizing the risks associated with the restart of FEI competitions in mainland Europe on 12 April 2021 and, in the long term, increasing biosecurity knowledge, skills and awareness among all FEI stakeholders in order to prevent a recurrence of the devastating EHV-1 outbreak.The proposed Return To Competition protocols, a number of which are already covered in the FEI Veterinary Regulations or FEI General Regulations, were presented by FEI Veterinary Director Göran Åkerström and generated valuable input from stakeholders. FEI Legal Director Mikael Rentsch discussed the legal provisions for enhanced FEI jurisdiction in the event of a disease outbreak at an FEI Event.Areas covered in the draft requirements include biosecurity plans and mitigation plans for outbreaks of infectious disease for all FEI Events; mandatory advance PCR testing (for certain designated events only) and temperature monitoring; enhanced Examination on Arrival external to the event stabling area for all horses; athlete self-certification for the health status of their horses; stabling (including isolation stables and restrictions on access); minimising nose-to-nose contact between horses; control of dogs; and the importance of basic hygiene.The proposals, which received broad consensus from the group, cover pre-event, the duration of the event and post-event.The topic of vaccinations was discussed and the FEI Veterinary Director advised that there are no vaccines which are effective against the neurological form of the virus that has caused the current outbreak. Vaccinated horses have still become sick and, in addition, there are currently very limited supplies of EHV vaccines available in Europe.In a brief opening address, FEI President Ingmar De Vos reiterated that there will be a full and thorough investigation into the circumstances of the outbreak and that the findings will be published. “Our goal is to learn from this and not to point fingers”, he said. He also thanked participants and the wider community for the incredible team and individual efforts to contain the outbreak.He stressed the need for continuing to work together. “The measures we put in place – both short-term and long-term – and especially how effective they are, will depend on our ability as a community to collaborate, to agree to the same set of principles and to fully endorse and implement them in each of our respective areas of responsibility.“This outbreak in Europe has been devastating. But everyone in this virtual room has shown great solidarity so far, and I am confident today will be another milestone in our collective effort to overcome this, to learn from it and to make us stronger for the future.”Stakeholders who joined the two-hour online session included Athlete Representatives Pedro Veniss (Jumping) and Beatriz Ferrer Salat (Dressage), Eleonora Ottaviani (International Jumping Riders Club), Klaus Roeser (International Dressage Riders Club), Peter Bollen (Equestrian Organisers), Dominique Megret (Jumping Owners Club), Quentin Simonet and Ulf Helgstrand (European Equestrian Federation), together with international grooms Heidi Mulari (Steve Guerdat) and Kirsty Pascoe (Jérôme Guery), and FEI Events Stable Manager Patrick Borg.FEI Veterinary Committee Chair Jenny Hall was also part of the meeting, alongside the Chairs of the FEI Technical Committees – Stephan Ellenbruch (Jumping), Frank Kemperman (Dressage), David O’Connor (Eventing), Karoly Fugli (Driving), Christian Lozano (Endurance), Pavla Krauspe (Vaulting) and Amanda Bond (Para Dressage). FEI Headquarters was represented by the Discipline Directors, IT, Veterinary, Legal and Communications Departments.At the conclusion of the meeting, FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez outlined next steps, advising the group that feedback from the stakeholder consultation session will now be incorporated into the draft proposals. The proposed measures, which were discussed by the FEI Veterinary Committee yesterday, will be further reviewed at tomorrow’s FEI Veterinary Epidemiology Working Group meeting before being finalised and presented to the FEI Board for approval. Bylaws for some of the temporary measures will need to be put in place, and rules for the long-term requirements.The community will be advised of the new requirements before the end of March in order to allow sufficient time for implementation.Visit the FEI’s new How-To Biosecurity section here. 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‘My worry is that in the future students who aren’t willing to take on huge amounts of debt will be put off studying at top universities, even if they are bright enough to go.’Cusworth added, ‘I hope that the government will really work to get the message out to prospective applicants that they won’t have to pay the new higher fees up-front and that, for many people, the monthly repayments will be lower under the new system than what is currently the case’, and explained that she would be working to ensure that no one was put off applying to Oxford because of the higher headline fee.Hill’s comments came as David Willetts’ latest plans for introducing a functioning market in higher education were outlined in a government White Paper, called Students at the Heart of the System. The plans include encouraging universities to bid for places by reserving 20,000 places for courses with fees below £7,500 and allowing universities to offer unlimited places for students with AAB or above, whatever their total student quota.Willetts claims his policy will put “students in the driving seat” and “put power … in the hands of students”. According to the Higher Education Minister, these new procedures are “just the start”.However, these attempts to impose market forces on the University system are unlikely to change student numbers at Oxford. A spokesperson for the University said, “The University has no plans to increase undergraduate numbers. The tutorial and collegiate systems place a natural limit on student numbers.”NUS President Aaron Porter argued that the changes would expose students to “the potential chaos of the market and yet there are still no concrete proposals for how quality, accountability and access will be improved.”Cusworth commented, ‘I think because of Oxford’s traditions and approach to academic study some of the more market orientated proposals in the White Paper won’t work in the Oxford context.’However, she added, ‘I think it’s important we don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, and I welcome Willetts’ focus on ensuring teaching is valued and always of a high quality.’ Oxford’s Professor of Poetry, Geoffrey Hill, slammed the government’s higher education reforms in front of a packed Sheldonian Theatre last week.At the ancient Encaenia Ceremony, during which the University of Oxford awards honorary degrees and pays tribute to its benefactors, Professor Hill disparaged proposals which he said would turn students into ‘consumers and punters’.He described his own experiences of coming to Oxford from a working class family, with neither of his parents having been to university. Hill also outlined his fears that the level of scholarships and grants which had made attending university possible for him would not be available under the new funding arrangements.He added, ‘If even one University comes to consider their students as consumers and punters, the future of education in this country is bleak.’Outgoing President of the Oxford Student Union David Barclay commended Professor Hill’s speech, saying, ‘As the representative of Oxford students I applaud Professor Hill for his inspiring and vitally important speech today.‘At one of the University’s most public occasions it was crucial to acknowledge the damage being done to Higher Education by a Government policy in total freefall.‘Like Professor Hill I find it extremely offensive to suggest that students are consumers. We are members of our University community and our rights and power come from that status, not from the size of our wallets and the level of our debts.’Professor Hill’s speech comes just weeks after Oxford academics voted overwhelmingly for the No Confidence motion in Universities Minister David Willetts. The Philosophy department of Kings College London has also passed a similar motion, and one is due before Cambridge academics this month.OUSU’s incoming Vice President for Access and Academic Affairs, Hannah Cusworth, also expressed her support for Professor Hill’s speech. She commented, ‘I think it’s important that universities aren’t just presented to people as solely institutions that improve somebody’s job prospects and that people should choose which university they apply to on the basis on how much it costs.
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