UK regulation reaches crucial tipping point

first_img UK regulation reaches crucial tipping point whatsapp KCS-content THE future of the European Union (EU), and the economic prospects of member states, continues to be the subject of intense scrutiny. Even a Royal engagement has not pushed the crisis headlines off the front pages.European countries are not alone in facing fiscal adjustments in the wake of the financial crisis. Ensuring these changes are smoothly managed is a crucial challenge for leaders.The City of London Corporation has forged strong ties in Europe to ensure the UK financial services industry is well represented in such debates.Indeed, I will be visiting Budapest later this week alongside Lord Mayor Michael Bear to flag up key issues ahead of Hungary’s EU Presidency.The European Parliament will shortly begin considering proposals on over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories. This will be followed by amendments to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, the Capital Requirements Directive and the Market Abuse Directive. As Europe accounts for more than half of all global OTC derivatives activity, the outcome of these measures will have a significant impact on the EU economy. Consistency will be crucial across these measures, but the European Commission also needs to work with its US counterparts to ensure that our competitive position is not damaged.The need to engage hard, fast and early with EU stakeholders was demonstrated by the legislative process around the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive.This began with a draft, preceded by minimal consultation and unaccompanied by impact assessments. The early proposals would have damaged key markets and restricted access to capital and to a wide range of investment products. We have now reached a much more acceptable compromise – but only after 18 months of hard work and intensive dialogue.Global problems require global solutions. But it is not just wider reforms that matter when it comes down to day-to-day business. The way domestic regulators interpret and act upon such agreements is an equally important factor in determining how competitive we are in international markets.We are approaching a tipping point. During my recent visit to the US, companies expressed reservations over investing in the UK due to an overly aggressive approach to regulation. It is vital that we replace this negative perception with a positive one – that the UK is open to business, and home to a stable regime for regulation and taxation.Without this, the City will find it increasingly difficult to attract and retain international investment in the future.And equally important is the new business we risk missing out on if decision makers choose to plant or expand operations elsewhere.Stuart Fraser is policy chairman at the City of London Corporation by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodaySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.com Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp Monday 22 November 2010 5:57 am Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) 2009 Abridged Report

first_imgMauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2009 abridged results.For more information about Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu)  2009 abridged results.Company ProfileMauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited is a leading insurance company headquartered in Mauritius that provides insurance products and services for private individuals, SMEs, and corporates in Mauritius, where services such as property insurance against damage to building and other structures, machinery equipment, motor insurance; liability insurance, including employers, family, product, professional indemnity, public, directors and officers liability, accident and health insurance are offered. Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

The Royal Mail share price is still climbing. Is it too late to buy?

first_img Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Getty Images Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. See all posts by Alan Oscroft Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Royal Mail Group (LSE: RMG) is one of the top stock market success stories of the pandemic. Since the wider stock market crash kicked off in February 2020, the Royal Mail share price has more than trebled. That includes its latest boost, with news the company is poised to enter the FTSE 100.Even if we just look at the share price so far in 2021, we see a 75% climb. It really looks like the firm has won back the hearts of investors. But is it too late to profit from the resurgence?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Well, looking at share prices over short periods can be deceptive. And I find it sobering to think that Royal Mail shares are still lower than at their peak in 2018. Oh, and they’re still below an early post-flotation high in January 2014 too.What makes the recent gains look so good is the truly woeful performance of the Royal Mail share price from 2018 to the depths of 2020. From high to low, the shares shed a whopping 80% of their value. It came as the company struggled with increasing competition, and industrial relations with its highly unionised workforce. Still, the shift towards parcels as the key profit generator is turning things round.Profits doubledFor the year to 28 March, revenue climbed by 17%, and adjusted operating profit soared by 116%. Cashflow was stronger too, up 37%. And that’s helped address one my my least favourite aspects of any company’s accounts, debt.RM’s net debt fell from just over £1.1bn at March 2020, to £457m. That’s well below the year’s operating profit, and of no concern to me at all. Incidentally, since the day of the results, the Royal Mail share price is up 13%, so the figures went down well.Chief executive Simon Thompson pointed out that it was a year of “remarkable change” at Royal Mail, and he’s certainly right there. He added: “We have learnt that we can deliver results and change at lightning pace when we are united by a common purpose.”And when a pandemic drops an increase in business in your laps. We mustn’t forget that part.Royal Mail share price valuationWhat are the risks of buying now? How much of this year’s bumper results was down to truly fundamental improvements? And how much was a one-off due to the pandemic? There are clearly contributions from both. And I do think we’re looking at positive long-term change here. But, at this point, I can’t quantify the answers.Crucial to any decision, what has happened to the Royal Mail share price valuation? On today’s share price, the latest figures give us a trailing P/E of approximately 9.5. That sounds cheap, but what about dividends? Well, the outlook seems promising. Royal Mail is paying a one-off 10p final dividend for 2020-21, and has 20p per share marked down for 2021-22. That’s a yield of approximately 3.4%, and not a bad start.Despite this apparently attractive valuation, I’m going to hold off. The competition is still there and growing, and Royal Mail is lagging a little in technology. I feel we could still see a volatile Royal Mail share price over the next few years.center_img The Royal Mail share price is still climbing. Is it too late to buy? Alan Oscroft | Wednesday, 26th May, 2021 | More on: RMG FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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Vermont Episcopal Bishop Thomas Ely announces plan to retire

first_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Events An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit an Event Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Martinsville, VA 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 People Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls The Right Rev. Thomas C. Ely, bishop of the Diocese of Vermont, announced his retirement.[The Episcopal Church in Vermont — Burlington, Vermont] The Right Reverend Thomas C. Ely, tenth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, recently announced his intention to retire and resign his ministry, no later than September 30, 2019. He has agreed to remain in his position until a successor is chosen and is in place.Ely, 65, was consecrated as bishop of the Vermont diocese in 2001, having previously served as a priest in the Diocese of Connecticut for 20 years. In a message to the people of the Diocese of Vermont, Ely said that by the time of his retirement he will have served in the priesthood for nearly 39 years.“There are other interests and ministries to which I am feeling called to devote my time and energy while my health and stamina are still good,” Ely said, “including family, community theatre, various justice ministries and a bit more golf.”During his episcopate, Ely has been a leader both within the diocese and throughout the wider Episcopal Church on such controversial issues as marriage equality, the ordination of LGBT clergy, increased gun safety and racial justice. He is also a leading voice on matters of environmental and economic justice.As part of his global outreach, Ely serves on the board of Cristosal, a nongovernmental agency based in El Salvador that works to advance human rights in Central America. Additionally, he is a co-founder of the Vermont chapter of Kids4Peace, a grassroots interfaith youth movement dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in Jerusalem and divided societies around the world. More locally, Ely is a leading advocate for the Vermont Ecumenical Council and Vermont Interfaith Action.Ely has been instrumental in the stewardship and revitalization of Rock Point, a 130-acre property in Burlington, owned by the Vermont diocese, known for its natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere. Each year, nearly 10,000 people visit Rock Point, and Ely is overseeing a $1.7 million partnership campaign aimed at improving facilities, strengthening leadership and expanding public access.Ely said that he and his wife, Ann, will take up residence in their house in Newfane, Vermont, upon his retirement. In the meantime, he says, “I plan to use these months ahead to continue encouraging full and passionate engagement in our local mission approaches, and I plan to continue my efforts related to a sustainable Rock Point and all that means to our life as the Episcopal Church in Vermont.”Ely’s message to the people of the diocese can be found at this link.About the Episcopal Church in VermontThe Episcopal Church in Vermont comprises 45 congregations across the Green Mountain State that share in the mission to pray the prayer of Christ, to learn the mind of Christ, and to do the deeds of Christ. The congregations live into this mission through ministries of Formation, Liberation, Communication, Connection and Celebration. The Episcopal Church in Vermont is a member of the worldwide Anglican communion. Learn more. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group center_img Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Job Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Press Release Service Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Tampa, FL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Vermont Episcopal Bishop Thomas Ely announces plan to retire Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Albany, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET House of Bishops, Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Posted Dec 6, 2017 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest last_img read more

Reporters Without Borders in Kiev : « The time for promises is over ! »

first_img Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV read in ukrainianOn the eve of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko’s visit to France, the Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders went to Kiev to discuss the state of press freedom in the country with Ukrainian leaders. Ukraine made a spectacular improvement in Reporters Without Borders’ 2005 press freedom index, going up from 138th position in 2004 to 112th this year mainly because of the abolition of censorship since the “orange revolution”. Elsewhere the arrest of the perpetrators of the murder of journalist Géorgiy Gongadze – the case which marked the beginning of the end of the Leonid Kuchma regime – took Ukraine off the list of “predators of press freedom” drawn up each year by Reporters Without Borders.Unfortunately, this good news was marred by several cases that tarnished the image of the new regime on the international scene. One example was the assault on journalist Natalia Vlassova of Kanal 34 television on 4 October in Dnipropetrovsk in the east of the country after she exposed corruption within local political parties. The editor and owner of the independent weekly Oberih was also attacked. He had received a death threat on 14 May 2005 for exposing embezzlement of funds within the municipal finance department in Pereyaslav-Khmelnytski, south of Kiev. Another example of this deteriorating situation was the groundless arrest of Volodymyr Lutiev, editor of the weekly Yevpatoriskaya Nedelia, in Sebastopol on 30 June this year, for criticising a controversial election. He hungered for 47 days, protesting against his arrest, and he is still in jail. Two journalists on the weekly Vhoru, photographer Maxim Soloviev and reporter Natalia Kozarenko, were attacked and their equipment seized while they were reporting on a racketeering case in Kherson in the country’s south.To this already too long list of harassment and assault, we now have to add what has become known as the “The case of the escapades of Andriy Yushchenko”. While Paparazzi was about to splash on its front pages a photo of the president’s son accompanied by a young woman in a compromising position, a car belonging to the bi-weekly’s editor Walid Harfouch, was partly destroyed with a Molotov cocktail and he received a number of threats. He now has permanent protection from the police who evidently take the threats very seriously. All these episodes point to a deteriorating climate, despite the fact that the “orange revolution” gave rise to great hopes for the country. Should we have to remind President Viktor Yushchenko that he promised to make press freedom of “priority of his mandate”.Legislative elections next March will be a decisive step in the consolidation of Ukraine’s democracy. The media must be allowed to work freely and the authorities must take responsibility for ensuring this. Unfortunately, a ban slapped on journalists preventing them from commenting on the various candidates’ election programmes does not auger well for media coverage of this crucial event. RSF_en Help by sharing this information Organisation Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Receive email alerts March 26, 2021 Find out more Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media UkraineEurope – Central Asia February 26, 2021 Find out more On the eve of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko’s visit to France, the Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders went to Kiev to discuss the state of press freedom in the country with Ukrainian leaders. “The time for promises is over. What we need now is action,” said Robert Ménard.read in ukrainian center_img News November 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders in Kiev : « The time for promises is over ! » Journalists must feel free and able to work in complete safety. After several euphoric months, the climate in Ukraine is darkening. It is for the European authorities and for French leaders who are about to receive President Viktor Yushchenko to remind him of all his promises. As the European Court of Human Rights has just condemned Ukraine for “failing to protect the life of the husband of Mrs Gongadze” and of “failing to investigate the case in a coherent and effective manner”, it is essential that those who instigated this sordid killing should be found and brought to justice. It will be a real test of the effective willingness of the Kiev authorities to finally turn the page on impunity.The time for promises is over. What we need now is action, commitments, and legal action against those who threaten the press and journalists. Ukraine’s future in Europe depends on it. News Follow the news on Ukraine News UkraineEurope – Central Asia News to go further September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

US — #WeeklyAddress November 20 – 26: Trial commences for journalist facing up to 60 years in prison

first_img Follow the news on United States Organisation News United StatesAmericas November 27, 2017 US — #WeeklyAddress November 20 – 26: Trial commences for journalist facing up to 60 years in prison Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News United StatesAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News News Receive email alerts RSF_en Help by sharing this information June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more Trial begins for photojournalist arrested during Inauguration protests On Monday, November 20, freelance photojournalist Alexei Wood began his trial for multiple felonies after he was arrested during events that took place on January 20 in Washington, DC. He was arrested along with a number of other journalists and protesters, in a police kettle while covering groups protesting the inauguration of President Trump. Woods potentially faces up to 60 years in prison if found guilty of his charges, which include rioting, conspiracy to riot, inciting others to riot, and property destruction. In her opening statements to the court on Monday, Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff claimed “You don’t personally have to be the one who breaks the window to be guilty of rioting.” Aaron Cantu, a New Mexico-based journalist who was also arrested while documenting protests during President Trump’s inauguration, started his trial in October. Cantu could face 70 years in prison. FCC announces plans to repeal Net Neutrality The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its plans to repeal federal regulations commonly known as Net Neutrality on Tuesday, November 21. Net Neutrality ensures that the government and Internet service providers treat all data equally, and prohibits discrimination based on specific websites and online users. FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced that the FCC plans to vote on the repeal on December 14. Critics of the repeal worry that the lack of regulations would allow internet service providers to reroute people to the sites and search engines they own, having enormous consequences on the free flow of information and the plurality of voices online. One notable critic includes Julian Assange, who tweeted at President Trump on Tuesday, urging him to reconsider repealing the law. His tweets claimed that his “opponents control most internet companies” and the lack of net neutrality could cause the President’s tweets to lag behind CNN’s tweets. DOJ sues AT&T to prevent merger with Time Warner On Monday, November 20, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against AT&T, DirectTV, and Time Warner, claiming their planned merger would violate antitrust laws. DOJ officials told reporters that the lawsuit was filed due to concerns that the merger would stifle competition and lead to higher costs for American consumers. Reports have circulated speculating that the DOJ’s opposition to the AT&T-Time Warner merger could be politically motivated, due to the President’s dislike of CNN, which is owned by Time Warner. During a press conference on Monday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson vowed to fight the lawsuit and stated “We cannot and we will not be party to any agreement that would give even the perception of compromising the first amendment protection of the press. So any agreement that results in us forfeiting control of CNN, whether directly, or indirectly, is a nonstarter.” On Tuesday, President Trump commented on the merger, stating that its success “is not good for the country.” The Trump administration and the DOJ have both denied political motives behind opposition of the merger, yet Trump tweeted insults at both CNN and CNN International on Saturday November 25, accusing the network of misrepresenting the US internationally and spreading “fake news.”Trump bars White House press pool at Mar-A-Lago meetingsDuring his five-day trip to his Mar-A-Lago golf resort in West Palm Beach, Florida from November 21 to 26, President Trump held a number of meetings, for which he denied access to the White House press pool. Ahead of his visit, the president tweeted that he would be holding “meetings and working the phones from the Winter White House in Florida (Mar-A-Lago),” but neither he nor his aides disclosed who the president was golfing with or which meetings were being held. Additionally, the press were not invited into the golf club, and were kept across the street where they were unable to see and interact with the president. The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year.For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of November 20 – 26: April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

ORMC administers its first COVID-19 vaccines

first_img ORMC administers its first COVID-19 vaccines Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – December 22, 2020 TAGS  Odessa Regional Medical Center received 400 doses of the Moderna vaccine on Monday and began administering the vaccine to healthcare workers at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, a press release detailed. ORMC’s first vaccine was given to Denise Mourning, who works as a nurse practitioner in ORMC’s dedicated COVID and critical care unit. All employee vaccinations were voluntarily received. More than 70 employees are scheduled to receive their vaccination Tuesday and several more are registered to receive it in the upcoming days. “To be able to take this step feels like a piece of what we all need to do to make our world safe again, to get back to the life where we can see each other’s faces,” Rohith Saravanan, M.D., chief medical officer at Odessa Regional Medical Center, said in the press release. Local News WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Previous articleA Gift That Keeps On Giving—To The EnvironmentNext article5 consejos para celebrar virtualmente la temporada festiva Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Sinn Fein leadership in Derry reportedly asked to stand aside

first_img Previous articleFurther drop in PUP claims in DonegalNext articleMcConalogue confident vaccination target can be met News Highland Google+ Facebook Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Sinn Fein leadership in Derry reportedly asked to stand aside WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The entire leadership of Sinn Fein in Derry has reportedly been asked to stand aside.Multiple sources within the party are said to have confirmed that a number of individuals in the Derry Comhairle Ceantair were stood aside last week after a long investigation into the local group regarding election performance and governance.The Irish Examiner alleges the investigation focused heavily on elections.In the most recent local elections for Derry City and Strabane District council, the party lost five seats and its position as the largest party.While then-MP Elisha McCallion lost the Foyle seat to the SDLP’s Colum Eastwood.Ms McCallion, who was later appointed to the Seanad, then stood down after it emerged she had received a £10,000 in a Stormont Covid-19 grant for which she was ineligible. Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter By News Highland – April 28, 2021 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+last_img read more

California announces moratorium on death penalty, halting more than 700 executions

first_imgtxking/iStock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a moratorium on the death penalty Wednesday, halting more than 700 executions in the state.The executive order grants a reprieve to 737 inmates on the country’s largest death row and halts the use of the death penalty in the state, according to the governor’s office.“I do not believe that a civilized society can claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people,” Newsom said in prepared remarks on Wednesday. “In short, the death penalty is inconsistent with our bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian.”The move is especially controversial considering that California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have repealed the death penalty in 2016.Newsom, who signaled that he wanted to move on the issue when he first took office, cited high costs, racial inequities and lack of deterrent as key reasons behind the decision.“It has discriminated against defendants who are mentally ill, black and brown, or can’t afford expensive legal representation,” Newsom said. “It has provided no public safety benefit or value as a deterrent.“But most of all, the death penalty is absolute. Irreversible and irreparable in the event of human error,” he added, noting that the state had spent $5 billion since 1978 to keep inmates on death row.Newsom, a Democrat, said he is not issuing commutations for the convicted. California’s last execution was in 2006, under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.The executive order will also close the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison, which has never been used, and withdraws California’s lethal injection protocol.Sharon Sellitto, a victim’s advocate whose brother, Paul Cosner, is believed by authorities to be a murder victim of serial killers Charles Ng and Leonard Lake, told ABC she is “heartbroken” by the governor’s decision.“He’s not the judge, not the jury and was not at the trial,” Sellitto told ABC News in a phone interview Tuesday evening. “He should be concerned with the victims, not the perpetrators.”Sellitto said she received a phone call Tuesday night from the Department of Corrections Office of Victims Survivors Rights and Services giving her a heads-up about the governor’s announcement and providing her with a contact in his office if she wished to speak to anyone further about his decision.“Awful, just awful,” she said. “Nobody should use the word ‘justice’ in my presence again.”Mike Semanchik, managing attorney for the California Innocence Project — which works to exonerate inmates on death row — cheered the move.“Conservative estimates suggest 4 percent of people on death row are innocent. That conservative estimate means 29 of the 737 people are awaiting execution for a crime they did not commit,” Semanchik tweeted Wednesday. “Thank you, Gavin Newsom, for eliminating the risk of executing the innocent!”“It has been my dream for many years that we would end the human rights violation known as the death penalty in California,” Justin Brooks, director of the California Innocence Project and a professor at California Western School of Law, said. “It is certain that as long as there is the death penalty there is the risk of executing innocent people. I am proud of our new Governor for taking this bold step.”Kim Kardashian West, who has championed criminal justice reform and successfully lobbied President Donald Trump to commute a Tennessee woman’s life sentence, said she was “very supportive” of the governor’s decision.Criminal justice experts said Newsom’s decision will most likely be challenged in court.The Association of Deputy District Attorneys, which represents about 1,000 deputy district attorneys in Los Angeles County, called the decision “hasty and ill-considered.”“The voters of the State of California support the death penalty,” Association President Michele Hanisee said in a statement Tuesday amid rumors about the governor’s decision. “Governor Newsom, who supported the failed initiative to end the death penalty in 2006, is usurping the express will of California voters and substituting his personal preferences via this hasty and ill-considered moratorium on the death penalty.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Briefing

first_imgBriefingOn 1 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article A round-up of news from the professional journalsHeart disease link Hormonal irregularities, possibly sparked by stress, may be linked to heartdisease in young women. Research published by the US National Heart, Lung andBlood Institute shows that women under 50 are more than twice as likely to dieafter a heart attack than men of the same age. Nursing Times, 12 February Nurses attacked Five nurses at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital needed emergencytreatment after being attacked by a patient. Hospital staff were left injuredand shaken when a patient with a kidney disorder became aggressive. Nursing Times, 11 February Digital hearing aids Digital hearing aids are to be made available on theNHS as part of a £94m government programme to improve services for the deaf andhard of hearing. The hearing aids have already been issued to 20 NHS sites andnow the scheme will be extended throughout the NHS. From April 2003, almost athird of NHS audiology departments will be providing digital hearing aids.Nursing Times, 2 February Whiplash training A training pack for A&E staff in spotting and treating whiplash injuryhas been issued by the British Association for A&E Medicine. Sponsored bythe Association of British Insurers, it is avail-able free of charge to A&Edepartments. Whiplash injuries cost insurers an estimated £700m a year Nursing Standard, 11 February Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more