Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited (PIM.mu) Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgPlastic Industry Mauritius Limited (PIM.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Paper & Packaging sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited (PIM.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited (PIM.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited (PIM.mu)  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfilePlastic Industry Mauritius Limited is a company headquartered in Ebene, Mauritius and engages in the manufacturing of plastic products for domestic and industrial purposes destined for local and regional markets. Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited designs products for distribution in the including industry, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food processing and households sectors. Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Iraqi refugee becomes Anglican priest in Canada

first_imgIraqi refugee becomes Anglican priest in Canada Rector Tampa, FL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate Diocese of Nebraska Tags An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Refugees Migration & Resettlement Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT [Anglican Communion News Service] The Rev, Ayoob Shawkat Adwar, a priest formerly in the Chaldean Catholic Church, was received as an Anglican priest at a ceremony in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, last month.The event was a “small but significant piece of history,” says Archdeacon Stephen Rowe, rector of the Anglican Parish of the Church of the Epiphany in Surrey, since Adwar is thought to be the first Chaldean priest in history to have become a member of the Anglican clergy.Full article. 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC center_img Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Anglican Communion, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Press Release Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Albany, NY Rector Martinsville, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Events Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA Posted Apr 25, 2017 Cathedral Dean Boise, IDlast_img read more

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Richard Anderson trial delayed

first_img Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here No new trial date scheduled, plea negotiation conference set for April 12thIt’s been almost a year since Richard Anderson’s Dodge Ram pickup crashed into a Toyota driven by Michael Falcon and still, the legal outcome is unknown.Anderson, the former City Administrator for Apopka, was scheduled to stand trial between March 27th and April 9th. However, his trial date was continued by Lake County Circuit Court Judge Lawrence J. Semento in the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court for Lake County due to an overflow of cases.Richard Anderson“The judge’s trial calendar for the two-week trial term beginning March 27th was full,” said Assistant State Attorney Emily Curington who is prosecuting Anderson’s case. “Neither the State nor the defense filed a motion for continuance.”No new trial date has been set, but Anderson does have a monthly plea negotiation conference scheduled for April 12th at 1:30PM in Judge Semento’s chambers.Anderson was most recently a Lobbyist/Consultant for the City of Apopka until the City Council voted to terminate his contract on June 1st of 2016.On April 5th, 2016 Anderson was involved in a head-on collision on SR 46 in Lake County according to the Florida Highway Patrol. A Dodge Ram pickup he owned crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a Toyota driven by Michael Falcon.  Falcon was seriously injured and airlifted to the Orlando Regional Medical Center. Falcon later filed a lawsuit against Anderson on April 19th, 2016 for the collision, and the Florida Highway Patrol issued an arrest warrant for Anderson on May 31st, 2016. Anderson turned himself into the Seminole County Jail the same day and bonded out.Anderson is charged with multiple counts including leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, reckless driving with serious bodily injury, and reckless driving with property damage. All of the charges are third-degree felonies. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSRichard Anderson Previous articleApopka’s Joel Berry II leads North Carolina to National ChampionshipNext articleBible Bee Game Show – New season begins tonight Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

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Regulations Tend to Rise No Matter Who is President

first_img Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 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. Tagged with: Dodd-Frank Federal Regulations Financial Industry President of the United States While the perception among Republicans is that the financial industry, and the country in general, has been overregulated since the financial crisis under President Barack Obama, especially with the passage of Dodd-Frank in 2010, a recent study indicates that federal regulations have generally soared over the last half century regardless of the president’s political party.Republicans have made some traction in the attempt to roll back Dodd-Frank in the last couple of months. Those in the GOP ranks hope that a Republican will be elected president so he can deregulate what they believe is an overregulated financial industry and an overregulated country in general.The data presented by Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute, however, shows that over the last 50 or so years, federal regulations have spiked whether a Democrat or Republican is in office, with two exceptions: Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.Murray points out there as an initial spike in regulations during the JFK years and another one during the Carter Administration due to the increased number of pages in the Federal Code of Regulations. But then there was another spike during the Nixon years that saw the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.”After the Carter years, the slope of the trendline was shallowest in the Reagan and Clinton administrations (with the Clinton result concentrated in his second term, when a Republican House imposed a moratorium on some new regulations),” Murray said. “The increase during the Obama years remained on the same slope as the one during George W. Bush’s years. And if you’re thinking about the Democrats’ most egregious regulatory excess, Dodd-Frank in 2010, recall that Sarbanes-Oxley passed in 2002, when Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate.”Murray said that while presidents do not bear a lot of the blame for not reducing regulation, at the same time, he said electing a Republican president has not helped. The one exception to that was Reagan, who decreased real per capita discretionary domestic spending despite inflation being low the first few years of his administration. Discretionary spending also decreased during the eight years that Bill Clinton was in office.Obama wasted a “huge amount of money” on TARP and other “failed stimulus programs” during his first term, the first few years of the recession, according to Murray. But domestic spending under Obama returned to the trend established from 1952 to 2008 by 2012.Murray said this was not to say the increases in spending and regulation are acceptable; he says they are in fact “traces of a metastasis in federal power that in my view has gutted the American project.””Nor is any of this intended to say that presidential elections don’t make any difference,” Murray said. “But amidst the wringing of Republican hands about the awful things that will happen if (Hillary) Clinton is elected, a little historical perspective may lower their blood pressure just a bit. And they might want to reflect on what Trump’s rhetoric portends for both trendlines in a Trump presidency.” Home / Daily Dose / Regulations Tend to Rise No Matter Who is President Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Previous: Servicers, Pay Attention to Supreme Court’s Ruling Next: HUD: Changes are Coming to Delinquent Loan Sales in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Dodd-Frank Federal Regulations Financial Industry President of the United States 2016-05-16 Brian Honea The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago May 16, 2016 1,233 Views About Author: Brian Honea Regulations Tend to Rise No Matter Who is Presidentlast_img read more

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California Mortgage Company Looks to Improve Customers’ Efficiency, Reduce Risks

first_img About Author: Mike Albanese in Featured, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago May 17, 2019 875 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe California Mortgage Company Looks to Improve Customers’ Efficiency, Reduce Risks Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: mortgage mortgage companies  Print This Post 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. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Featured / California Mortgage Company Looks to Improve Customers’ Efficiency, Reduce Risks The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago mortgage mortgage companies 2019-05-17 Mike Albanese The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Previous: WFG Releases DecisionPoint Next: Promontory Fulfillment Services Integrates with ComplianceEase Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago The California-based First American Mortgage Solutions, LLC, part of the First American family of companies, announced the launch of its RegsData Compliance Suite, a comprehensive and flexible loan-level solution for managing compliance risk earlier in the mortgage application, increasing efficiency, while reducing risk and costs.Built for mortgage lenders and servicers, investors, auditors, due diligence and quality control providers, RegsData Compliance Suite delivers bundled compliance reports or individual tests as application program interfaces (APIs) for easy integration at any point along the loan lifecycle. It incorporates First American Mortgage Solutions’ automated regulatory compliance product, formerly known as PredProtect, and features:RegsData Report – Runs numerous federal, state and local jurisdictional compliance checks for QM, TRID, HOEPA and other compliance tests on loans in real-time and alerts users to any potential violations so corrections can be made promptly.RegsData APIs – All component parts of the RegsData Report can be pulled using APIs through the First American Mortgage Solutions’ Digital Gateway to meet custom integration needs.Third Party Review and Monitoring – Comprehensive counterparty oversight and management with 24/7 monitoring of watchlists and licenses.“RegsData Suite is flexible and can be customized to fit the varied needs of our customers, including how it is consumed, the features it offers and its ability to manage workflow. Our extensive critical regulatory tests, which are independently certified by outside legal counsel at state and local levels, empower our customers to manage compliance risk with confidence,” said Kevin Wall, President of First American Mortgage Solutions. First American Mortgage Solutions, a part of the First American family of companies, provides solutions for residential lenders and servicers covering the entire loan spectrum, including complete products, microservices and API.First American Mortgage Solutions, together with First American’s broader capabilities, serves as a single source for title and settlement, home equity, data and analytics, fraud and verification, regulatory compliance, valuation and collateral risk, post-closing and default services. More Sign up for DS News Daily last_img read more

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Donegal Volunteer Centre to launch new initiative today

first_img Google+ News Facebook Donegal Volunteer Centre to launch new initiative today Donegal Volunteer Centre will today launch a new initiative aimed at supporting the emergency services, civil defence, community groups and voluntary committees.The Donegal Volunteer Corps is the brainchild of Donegal Volunteer Centre, and is being launched this morning as part of National Volunteer Week.The launch will be performed by Presidential Candidate Mary Davies.Gearoid O’Maonaigh is head of the Donegal Volunteer Centre, he’s been outlining how this new initiative will work…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/volun830.mp3[/podcast] LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest Facebook Previous articleCouncil meets to consider backing Dana’s Aras bidNext articleMan threatened to burn neighbours home because he had too many dogs News Highland By News Highland – September 27, 2011 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Google+ Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

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[Breaking] “Right To Choose A Partner Of Choice A Fundamental Right”: Allahabad High Court Says The Judgments Which Held “Conversion For The Purpose Of Marriage Only” Not Good Law

first_imgTop Stories[Breaking] “Right To Choose A Partner Of Choice A Fundamental Right”: Allahabad High Court Says The Judgments Which Held “Conversion For The Purpose Of Marriage Only” Not Good Law Sparsh Upadhyay23 Nov 2020 9:41 AMShare This – xIn an important ruling, the Allahabad High Court recently (11th November) specifically observed that “Right to live with a person of his/her choice irrespective of religion professed by them, is intrinsic to right to life and personal liberty.”Importantly, the Bench of Justice Pankaj Naqvi and Justice Vivek Agarwal remarked,”We fail to understand that if the law permits two persons even of…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?LoginIn an important ruling, the Allahabad High Court recently (11th November) specifically observed that “Right to live with a person of his/her choice irrespective of religion professed by them, is intrinsic to right to life and personal liberty.”Importantly, the Bench of Justice Pankaj Naqvi and Justice Vivek Agarwal remarked,”We fail to understand that if the law permits two persons even of the same sex to live together peacefully then neither any individual nor a family nor even the state can have an objection to the relationship of two major individuals who out of their own free will are living together.”While observing that the Judgment in Priyanshi @ Km. Shamren and others v. State of U.P. and Another [Writ C No. 14288 of 2020] followed the Judgment in Smt Noor Jahan Begum @ Anjali Mishra and Another vs. State of U.P. and others. [Writ C No. 57068 of 2014], the Court observed,”None of these judgments dealt with the issue of life and liberty of two matured individuals in choosing a partner or their right to freedom of choice as to with whom they would like to live.””We hold the judgments in Noor Jahan and Priyanshi as not laying good law,” the Court further ruled. The Background of the CaseA Writ Petition was filed, seeking a direction for the respondent, not to arrest the petitioners (Salamat Ansari & 3 Others), with a further prayer for quashing the impugned F.I.R. under Sections 363, 366, 352, 506 I.P.C. and Section 7/8 POCSO Act, Police Station- Vishnupura, District Kushi Nagar.Salamat Ansari (Husband) and Priyanka Kharwar @ Alia (Wife) along with two others moved the High Court seeking quashing of FIR (lodged by the father of petitioner no. 4/Priyanka Kharwar @ Alia) under Sections 363, 366, 352, 506 IPC and Section 7/8 POCSO Act.They argued that the couple (Salamat Ansari & Priyanka Kharwar @ Alia) is of the age of majority, competent to contract a marriage, performed Nikah on 19.08.2019 as per muslim rites and rituals, after Priyanka Kharwar renounced her Hindu identity and embraced Islam.It was further submitted that the couple has been living together as husband and wife since last one year peacefully and happily.It was finally submitted that the FIR lodged by the father of petitioner no. 4/Priyanka Kharwar @ Alia was prompted by malice and mischief only with a view to bring an end to martial ties, no offences are made out, FIR be quashed.Arguments of the StateThe AGA and the counsel for the informant vehemently opposed the submissions on the premise that conversion per se for contracting a marriage is prohibited, said marriage has no sanctity in law, thus this Court should not exercise its extra-ordinary jurisdiction in favour of such a couple.To drive home their point, they relied on the judgments in Noor Jahan and Priyanshi.Court’s observation regarding the age of PriyankaThe Court observed that Priyanka Kharwar @ Alia’s age is not in dispute as she is reported to be around 21 years, and so, petitioner nos. 1 to 3 cannot be made accused of committing an offence under Section 363 IPC 3 or 366 IPC as victim on her own left her home in order to live with Salamat Ansari.Similarly, the Court held that once Priyanka Kharwar @ Alia is found not to be a juvenile, the offence under Seciton 7/8 POCSO Act is also not made out.Further, the Court said that allegations relating to an offence under Section 352, 506 IPC qua petitioner no. 2 and 3 prima facie, in view of above background, appear to be exaggerated and malafidely motivated.Court’s observations regarding their marriageThe Court, in its order, made some significant observations. The Court said,”We do not see Priyanka Kharwar and Salamat as Hindu and Muslim, rather as two grown-up individuals who out of their own free will and choice are living together peacefully and happily over a year. The Courts and the Constitutional Courts, in particular, are enjoined to uphold life and liberty of an individual guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.”Further, the Court noted,”Right to live with a person of his/her choice irrespective of religion professed by them is intrinsic to right to life and personal liberty. Interference in a personal relationship, would constitute a serious encroachment into the right to freedom of choice of the two individuals.”Notably, the Court remarked,”Decision of an individual who is of the age of majority, to live with an individual of his/her choice is strictly a right of an individual and when this right is infringed it would constitute a breach of his/her fundamental right to life and personal liberty as it includes right to freedom of choice, to choose a partner and right to live with dignity as enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution of India.”Relying on the apex court’s ruling in the Case of Shafin Jahan v. Asokan K.M (2018) 16 SCC 368, the Court said that “the Apex Court has consistently respected the liberty of an individual who has attained the age of majority.”The Court also reiterated the Apex Court’s ruling in many cases that the Right to choose a partner irrespective of caste, creed or religion, is inhered under right to life and personal liberty, an integral part of the Fundamental Right under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.Court’s observation regarding the Cases of Noor Jahan and PriyanshiIn September 2020, in the case of Priyanshi, The single Bench referred to a 2014 judgment in Noor Jahan Begum @ Anjali Mishra & Anr. v. State of U.P. & Ors., in which it was observed that conversion just for the purpose of marriage is unacceptable.In Noor Jahan Begum, the Allahabad High Court had dismissed a batch of Writ Petitions which were filed praying for protection as a married couple as they had tied the knot after the girls got their religion converted from Hindu to Islam and then performed the Nikah. The issue considered in the said case was “Whether conversion of religion of a Hindu girl at the instance of a Muslim boy, without any knowledge of Islam or faith and belief in Islam and merely for the purpose of Marriage (Nikah) is valid?”The High Court in the instant matter, took into account the facts of the case of Noor Jahan (supra), who, along with her alleged husband approached had approached the Court in the year 2014, for claiming protection as it was alleged that she had embraced Islam after renouncing her Hindu identity to contract a Nikah with her Muslim husband.Importantly, there were four more petitions filed by married couples, wherein the identity of a lady in each case was analogous to that of Noor Jahan.In that case, the ladies in question could not authenticate their alleged conversion as they were unable to show the knowledge regarding the basic tenets of Islam, and so the Court held that the alleged marriage was illegal as it was performed after a conversion which could not be justified in law.To this, the High Court said,”Once the alleged conversion was under cloud, the Constitutional Court was obliged to ascertain the wish and desire of the girls as they were above the age of 18 years. To disregard the choice of a person who is of the age of the majority would not only be antithetic to the freedom of choice of a grown up individual but would also be a threat to the concept of unity in diversity.”Consequently, the Court held that the Judgments in Noor Jahan and Priyanshi as not laying good law.Final order of the CourtThe Court, in its order said,”Before parting we wish to reiterate that we are quashing the FIR primarily on the ground that no offences are made out, as discussed above, as also the fact that two grown-up individuals are before us, living together for over a year of their own free will and choice.”Further, the Court said that the ultimate contention on behalf of the informant was that he be afforded visiting rights to meet his daughter.To this, the Court said,”Once petitioner no. 4 has attained majority, then it is her choice, as to whom she would like to meet. We, however, expect the daughter to extend all due courtesy and respect to her family.”In view of the above discussion, the writ petition succeeded and was allowed.The F.I.R. dated 25.08.2019 registered as Case Crime No. 14 0199 of 2019, under Sections 363, 366, 352, 506 IPC and Section 7/8 POCSO Act, Police Station- Vishunpura, District Kushi Nagar as well as all consequential proceedings were thereby quashed.It may be noted that a lawyer has approached the Supreme Court against the High Court judgment in Priyanshi case and the challenge is pending.Click Here To Downlaod Judgment[Read Judgment]Next Storylast_img read more

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Donegal County Council recognised for hosting Irish Open

first_img Donegal County Council recognised for hosting Irish Open Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Facebook Donegal County Council scooped the Outstanding Initiative through the Municipal Districts award at this year’s Excellence in Local Government Awards which were held last night in Dublin.The award recognises the outstanding work done by Donegal County Council and especially the councillors and staff in the Inishowen Municipal District during the hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in July 2018.The Excellence in Local Government Awards are hosted by Chambers Ireland and are held each year to showcase best practice in local government, recognising the skills, hard work, innovation and enthusiasm within local government that can often go unrecognised.“This is a wonderful endorsement for the councillors and staff of Donegal County Council and in particular the Inishowen Municipal District” says Cllr Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council. “The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was a wonderful opportunity to showcase this stunning location to a global audience of almost half a billion people and the event itself surpassed all expectations”.The tournament has held in July 2018 at Ballyliffin Golf Club less than twelve months after one of the most devastating flooding events ever to strike the North West region causing approximately €15 million worth of infrastructural damage across the Inishowen Peninsula.“While the hosting of an event of this calibre is a mammoth task in ordinary circumstances, it was even more remarkable when you consider the challenge that faced our staff in dealing with the devastation following the unprecedented flooding event in August 2017,” says Cllr. Martin McDermott, Chair of Inishowen Municipal District.“We had a situation where roads and bridges were actually washed away and were new infrastructure had to be designed and constructed in a very short space of time. However, our team surpassed all expectations resulting in a record number of over 90,000 people visiting Ballyliffin over the five days of the tournament in 2018 enjoying what was one of the most memorable tournaments”.Cathaoirleach Cllr. Crossan adds “the work that was put in by our own local Roads Service led by Seamus Hopkins and Eamonn Mahon under the direction of Director of Service John McLaughlin and Senior Engineer Brendan O’Donnell cannot be over emphasised. This is local government at its best and shows the value of working collaboratively at a very local municipal district level. The support and co-operation we received from everyone in the community including the Gardaí and all the emergency services was second to none and contributed in a very positive way to the success of the tournament.”In total sixteen awards were presented last night in the Excellence in Local Government Awards and Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said it was an honour for Chambers Ireland to host the Awards as well as a pleasure to highlight the work being done at a local level. WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – November 29, 2019 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleSpeed can kill! – Donegal GardaiNext articleGardai operating zero tolerance policy at Letterkenny junior disco News Highland Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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Cleveland kidnapping survivors on journey from captivity to helping others

first_imgHeidi Gutman/ABC(NEW YORK) — On May 6, 2013, the city of Cleveland witnessed a miracle when Amanda Berry called 911 from a neighbor’s phone. “I’ve been kidnapped and been missing for 10 years. I’m here. I’m free now,” Berry, now 33, told the 911 operator. Berry, along with Gina DeJesus, now 29, and Michelle Knight, now 38, had been held captive for more than nine years by Ariel Castro. Castro kidnapped each of the women between 2002 and 2004.For years, the women endured unimaginable abuse, as they were chained, starved and tortured by Castro. The three women never gave up hope, and since their escape they have worked to help and heal others. Berry and DeJesus shared new details of their years of horror and how they’ve triumphed over their trauma in new interviews with ABC’s 20/20. Watch the full story on “20/20” Friday, Jan. 3, at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. April 21, 2003: Amanda Berry is abductedJust a day before her 17th birthday, Amanda Berry got up and got ready for work. “I almost called off of work that day because the next day was my birthday. You know, what if? What if I would’ve called off that day?” Berry said. While walking home from work, a vehicle started to follow Berry down the street, and the man inside asked her if she needed a ride home. The man, Ariel Castro, was an elementary school bus driver and the father of Berry’s friend and classmate from middle school.“He’s like, ‘Well she’s at my house. Would you like to go see her?’” Castro said of his daughter, who lived in another neighborhood with her mother, Castro’s ex-wife. “I said, ‘Yeah, sure,’” Berry said. After they entered the white, two-story house on Seymour Avenue, Castro told Berry that his daughter might be taking a bath, she said. “So he said, ‘We’ll just wait,’” Berry said. “So he started showing me around the house. And I never got back out.” Castro took Berry upstairs and showed her something strange: a mystery woman sleeping in a bedroom in front of a television set. She later learned that the woman was Michelle Knight, who was abducted by Castro at 21 and had been held by him for almost a year. Berry’s memories of what happened next are still raw. “He took me to the next bedroom, and it was just really dark in there, and he didn’t turn on the lights, and there was a little, like, a little room off of the bigger bedroom, kind of a big closet,” Berry said. “And he took me in there, and he told me to pull down my pants. And from there I knew, like, this was not going to be good.” She became Castro’s second prisoner. “He took me to the basement and he taped my wrists and he taped my ankles and he put on a belt around my ankles over the tape,” Berry said. “He put a helmet over my head, and he said, ‘Just be quiet and don’t make any noise. And I’ll take you home.’” Berry said Castro chained her to a pole, shut off the lights and left her in the dark with a television on. “I just started screaming and crying… ‘Somebody please help me,’ you know. And nobody, nobody came,” she said. “I was so scared that I was going to die. I didn’t think that I was going to ever make it home.” April 24, 2003: Day 4 of Amanda Berry’s captivityAs news of her abduction made headlines, Berry watched her mother and sister on the TV in the basement. “That kept me going. And I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to make it home to you. As long as you fight, I’m going to fight,’” Berry said. On the fourth day of her abduction, April 24, 2003, Berry said Castro moved her to an upstairs bedroom and chained her to a radiator. “It was really hard, you know, because in the beginning, the chain was around my stomach,” Berry said. “Going to sleep at night, you know, if you wanted to toss on to your back, you couldn’t do that, you would have to take the whole chain and move it to the front of your stomach so that you’re not laying on the big lock on your back.” One week after Amanda Berry’s abduction, Castro calls her familyBerry was missing for a week when her family received a late-night call from Castro, who taunted them using Berry’s cellphone. “He called and said, ‘I have Mandy,’ which, nobody called her Mandy but [people] who knew her,” said Beth Serrano, Berry’s sister. “’She wants to be with me.’” In 2003, the FBI was just starting to develop technology that could track a cellphone’s location if it was turned on. With that information, they were able to narrow down that her phone had been used within a 30 to 40 block area. “We spent about a week, around the clock, in that area, hoping that this phone would be used again,” FBI agent Tim Kolonik said. But Castro never used Berry’s phone again. “That was the last we heard of anything,” Serrano said.Meanwhile, Berry’s dark and filthy room at Castro’s house was about the size of a closet. “The mattress was old and nasty, and it was just disgusting. And we had the bucket to use the bathroom, and that smelled horrible,” Berry said. Once a day, Berry said, Castro gave her a bag of chips or crackers or other food to eat. But everything, including her weekly shower, came at a price.“I mean, he tried to act nice, but he’s like, ‘Well, maybe you need to go take a shower,’ and I had to take a shower with him,” Berry said. Berry said she had to “numb” herself to cope with the sexual abuse. “You, like, put your mind somewhere else so that you’re not there. You know, you’re not in that room with him,” Berry said. In her diary, Berry used a code to record how many times he raped her each day. “I would always write these numbers at the top of the pages, because I felt like, you know, one day maybe authorities will get to read it. And he’ll be punished for what he did,” Berry said. “There was plenty of times when I just never knew,” Berry said, adding that she thought, “Why is he keeping me here?” “I didn’t know if one day we were gonna be murdered or he wanted more girls in the house,” Berry said. “Like, what was he going to do to us.” Almost a year after Berry became his prisoner, Castro went on the prowl again just five blocks away from the street where he kidnapped Berry. April 2, 2004: Gina DeJesus is abductedGina DeJesus, then 14 years old, was close friends with Castro’s daughter, Arlene. Castro was also friends with DeJesus’ dad. On the day she was kidnapped, DeJesus and Arlene were heading home from school when they went their separate ways. As DeJesus continued her journey home, a maroon vehicle pulled up on the curb with Arlene’s father at the wheel. “He asks me… ‘You seen my daughter?’ I said, ‘Yeah, she’s right around the corner,’ and he was like, ‘Can you help me find her?’ And I said, ‘Sure,’” DeJesus said. But instead, Castro drove Gina to his house, where he asked her for help moving a stereo. Once inside, DeJesus was unnerved by his bizarre behavior, she said. “He was, like, fixing his eyebrows and, like, trimming his mustache and, like, cutting his nose hairs,” DeJesus said. “He’s like, starts like, to, like, touch me and stuff, and then I’m like, ‘What are you doing? You could go to jail.’ He just switches up like, ‘Well, OK, we’re going to, you’re going to go home now.’ He said, ‘But you can’t go through the same door you came in,’” she recalled.Castro led DeJesus to his basement, where she said he grabbed her and chained her up. “He didn’t make it tight enough, so I threw it over, and then I tried to run, but he sat on my back,” DeJesus said. “And then I just start kicking him. I kicked him and I bruised him really bad.” As Castro overpowered her, DeJesus screamed for help, but the radio in his basement and the radio in the living room were too loud, DeJesus said. “He, would take my hair and like, put it in his mouth. … I don’t know why he did it but it was gross,” she said. DeJesus said the first time Castro raped her was on May 7, 2004. Though she remembers the exact date, DeJesus said she was not comfortable discussing the details of what happened. Life in captivityAt first, DeJesus was Castro’s new favorite. “He seems to treat me better than the other girls. I have the nicer room,” DeJesus said.Berry said the slight gestures of favoritism made the girls feel jealous: “It was just simple things, but when you don’t have anything, you’re like, ‘Well, why don’t I have that? I want that.’” She said that at first, Castro took special care to keep the girls divided and did not permit them to talk. “He was always there watching every move, it was like he knew everything, every move that we did,” DeJesus said. The girls were occasionally allowed out of their rooms to do chores, but had to obey stringent rules.“We had to use, like, a tiny drop of, dish soap to wash like a full sink of dishes,” Berry said. “We had to put the pan in the center on the stove,” DeJesus added. “It couldn’t be a little to the left, a little to the right,” Berry said. To fill the empty hours, Berry kept a diary in notebooks, on napkins and even on fast food bags. The black-and-white television was their only window to the outside world.March 2006: Amanda Berry’s mom dies while she’s in captivityBerry said she would watch the Montel Williams Show featuring psychic Sylvia Browne, desperately wishing her mother would appear on the program so “[Browne] could tell my mom that I was alive and that I’m OK,” she said. In 2004, Berry’s mother Louwana Miller, went on the show. Browne told her, “I’m sorry … she’s not alive.” “I just broke down crying because I couldn’t believe she said that,” Berry said. “And then my mom broke down crying, so that hurt even worse.”Miller never got to see her daughter freed. She died of heart failure three years after Berry disappeared. “I think that was the hardest part of being in there. Like, she was always fighting. And she was never gonna give up on me,” Berry said. “For her to get sick and I couldn’t be there with her … I couldn’t help her when she was sick.” Christmas 2006: Amanda Berry Gives BirthBerry realized she might be pregnant on her 20th birthday. “I was terrified. How? I mean, I barely eat,” Berry said, “and I’m chained to a wall, and I have a bucket for a bathroom.” She gave birth to Jocelyn on Christmas in 2006. “This is his kid, you know. How do I feel about that? And she resembled him a lot, and I would look at her, and I just felt, like, she’s mine. She’s mine,” Berry said. DeJesus said that having the little girl there with them was a welcome distraction. “It was fun because I can get away from the situation,” DeJesus said. “When I was playing with Jocelyn, Jocelyn made me forget everything.”Jocelyn saw the chains on her mother, which Berry said Castro instructed her to call “bracelets.” “She was about 2, almost 3 years old, and he finally took the chains off of me. And that was because of Jocelyn,” Berry said. As Jocelyn grew older, Castro allowed her freedoms that Berry, DeJesus and Knight were not given. Though she was locked in with the three of them whenever Castro left the house, Jocelyn occasionally was allowed to go outside in the backyard, to the park or to Sunday services with her father. Castro’s love for Jocelyn seemed to turn him into a different man with her. “She loved him, and he loved her,” Berry said. “I was nervous, like, would he touch her? Would he ever think about touching her because, you know, he had his problems?” May 6, 2013: EscapeThe women finally made their escape after more than nine years in captivity. “Jocelyn goes downstairs, and then she runs back up, and she says, ‘I don’t find Daddy. Daddy’s nowhere around,’” DeJesus said. “My heart immediately started pounding,” Berry said. “I’m like, ‘Should I chance it? If I’m going to do it, I need to do it now.’” For the first time in 10 years, Berry said she found her bedroom door unlocked without Castro around. Downstairs, the front door was open but wired with an alarm. Beyond it, the storm door was padlocked shut, but Berry was still able to squeeze out an arm. DeJesus said she thought Berry had been caught by Castro and talked Knight out of running to Berry. Berry said someone passing by outside saw her, but did not intervene. That’s when neighbor Charles Ramsey showed up.“He kind of, like, started like trying to pull on the door, but he couldn’t get it open either,” Berry said. “And so he, like, kind of kicks it, and he’s like, ‘There you go. Finish kicking it out, and you can get out.’”Once Berry was out, she called for Jocelyn to crawl through the door. The two of them found a neighbor with a phone to call 911. Police arrived and rescued DeJesus and Knight. “I was terrified, and just because there’s people on the street doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t hurt me. I was so terrified,” Berry said. “I still don’t know why he left that day with the door unlocked. I will never know.” DeJesus remembered it took her “a while to come out” of her room because she didn’t believe the police were really there. “I thought maybe they were people in costumes ‘cause I was shocked,” she said. She wasn’t the only one. “When I was telling [first responders] my name, they looked like they’d seen a ghost or something,” DeJesus said. “Like their face completely dropped.” Where Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus are todayOn Aug. 1, 2013, Castro was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to 937 counts of kidnapping and rape. On Sept. 3, 2013, he was found dead in his prison cell. He had killed himself. By then, Castro’s house had already been demolished. It is now a garden. Two years later, DeJesus and Berry graduated from high school. DeJesus got to have the quinceañera she never had and wore a dazzling white dress. Berry and DeJesus together wrote their memoir, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, with Washington Post journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, which was released in April 2015. Berry now works with a local news station covering missing children and adults in the Cleveland area. “That’s the most important thing that I’m doing right now,” Berry said. “I just want to make the world a better place.”Berry is also raising Jocelyn, who’s now 13 and thriving. “Jocelyn is more special than I could even use words to describe. I always describe her as wise beyond her years,” said Jocelyn’s former teacher Erin Hennessey. In 2018, DeJesus founded The Cleveland Family Center for Missing Children and Adults to “work with the families to help them navigate the media, to help to go to the police station,” DeJesus said. “When she disappeared, we really struggled as a family to get help for anything and Gina really feels no family should have to ever endure that kind of pain while they’re looking for a family member,” said Sylvia Colon, DeJesus’ cousin and the center’s co-founder. Most amazingly, DeJesus’ foundation is located on the same street where she was held captive for nine long years. “I just want to change the neighborhood. I want to turn it to, like, positive and I want to give back,” she said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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