Print Cllr Elisa O’Donovan and representatives from Limerick disability groups on O’Connell Street for the access audit. LIMERICK people have only a few days left to submit observations on the O’Connell Street revitalisation project, with an observation deadline of Friday September 6. The call for greater engagement follows an accessibility audit Cllr O’Donovan carried out this week on the re-development of Limerick’s premier street – O’Connell Street. The Social Democrats Councillor facilitated several disability groups on a ‘walk and talk’ of the proposals for the street. “We had many people with disabilities and organisations join us on the day. Representatives where there from Headway, the Irish Wheelchair Association, NCBI and the Disability Federation of Ireland” said O’Donovan.Many of the groups were disappointed with the current plans. “People with disabilities are concerned with the proposed shared space between vehicles and pedestrians. They also are seeking more information on colour contrast of the kerbing, moving bollards, street clutter and access to public toilets” she said. Cllr Elisa O’Donovan is urging people with disabilities, their carers and all Limerick Citizens to submit their observations online at mypoint.limerick.ie/enSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Email Advertisement Linkedin LimerickNewsO’Donovan calls for engagement on O’Connell Street redevelopment plansBy Alan Jacques – August 27, 2019 304 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSCllr Elisa O’DonovanlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilO’Connell Street DevelopmentSocial Democrats Previous articleOver 3,400 students graduate from University of Limerick at conferring ceremoniesNext articleShowstopping arias and stars for Griselda Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
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News UpdatesNo Responsibility Or Duty To Run Administration; Can’t Issue Mandamus To Shift Mobile Tower To Another Place: Uttarakhand High Court Sparsh Upadhyay16 Jan 2021 2:06 AMShare This – xWhile refusing to issue mandamus to the respondents for shifting the Mobile Tower to another place, the Uttarakhand High Court on Friday (15th January) said that it is neither the responsibility, nor the duty of the Court to run the administration The Bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Manoj Kumar Tiwari was hearing the plea filed by one Samay Sharma who moved…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?LoginWhile refusing to issue mandamus to the respondents for shifting the Mobile Tower to another place, the Uttarakhand High Court on Friday (15th January) said that it is neither the responsibility, nor the duty of the Court to run the administration The Bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Manoj Kumar Tiwari was hearing the plea filed by one Samay Sharma who moved the court aggrieved with the fact that the Indus Towers Ltd. (respondent no. 5) was given the permission to erect a Mobile Tower in Aaganwadi Campus, Shivlok Colony, Ramnagar, Raipur, Dehradun. The petitioner’s Counsel submitted before the Court the Mobile Tower may adversely affect, not only the children, who will be attending the Aaganwadi Campus, but also others, who resides in the residential area of the colony. Thus, it was prayed that State of Uttarakhand, District Magistrate, Dehradun, Dehradun Smart City Limited, Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority and Nagar Nigam, Dehradun should be directed to move the Mobile Tower to some other place. Court’s observations This Court asked the counsel for the petitioner, if there is any bar, in the law, which prevents a Mobile Tower from being erected and which have been permitted by the respondents to be erected? To this query, the counsel frankly conceded that there is no bar in the law. In this backdrop, the Court said, “It is neither the responsibility, nor the duty of this Court to run the administration. Where a Mobile Tower should be erected is a decision that needs to be taken by the respondents themselves. Therefore, no mandamus can be issued to the 3 respondents for shifting the Mobile Tower to another place.” However, the Court gave liberty to the petitioner to file a representation before the respondents and directed them to decide the representation, after giving an opportunity of hearing to the petitioner, and after hearing all his grievances with regard to the erection of the Tower. The Court also directed the Respondents to pass a reasoned order thereafter. “Such exercise shall be carried out by the said respondents within three weeks, after receiving of the representation to be filed by the petitioner,” said the Court. With the above direction, the writ petition was disposed of. Case title – Samay Sharma v. State of Uttarakhand and others [Writ Petition (PIL) No. 14 Of 2021] Click Here To Download JudgmentRead JudgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Heidi Gutman/Walt Disney Television(STOCKTON, Calif.) — For Falaviena Palefau, being able to buy her 12-year-old daughter new shoes for her birthday was a present for both of them.Normally, when the date rolled around, Palefau said she’d deflect her daughter’s birthday wishes, telling the girl they could ask her grandparents for money or save up for a while to get it. But this time was different.The unemployed mom is one of 125 people getting $500 a month — no strings attached — in a privately-funded experimental guaranteed income program in Stockton, California, a city of more than 300,000, where 1-in-4 residents lives in poverty.Guaranteed income programs, which are similar to universal basic income programs such as the one espoused by Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang but limited in scope, are seen as a potential solution to addressing economic inequality and injustice.“Universal basic income is an income support mechanism typically intended to reach all (or a very large portion of the population) with no (or minimal) conditions,” according to a scholarly article on the International Monetary Fund’s website. The idea is that by giving money to people who need it, they’ll be able spend it and improve their lives in the moment in situations that may not be covered by traditional benefit programs.“Though the existing benefits systems target people’s most essential needs, unconditional cash meets people’s most urgent needs,” the discussion paper on the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration says. “Sometimes people require more than food, housing, and medical insurance – they need a new car battery to get to work the next day, or they need cash to pay an unanticipated bill that might otherwise trigger a downward spiral.”For Palefau, 30, her priorities were utility bills and debts she’d accrued. Another was getting her driver’s license, something she kept “putting off to the side because there’s more important things.”She also noticed that the guaranteed income, dispensed via ATM card halfway through the month, really helped at the end of the month, when her food stamps often ran out and she and her two children might have to visit a local food bank.“Being able to provide for my kids … for me, that’s a really big deal,” Palefau told ABC News.So were her daughter’s shoes.“She asked to get a pair of shoes that she wanted for some time now,” Palefau said, referring to her daughter. “It felt so good to give her the money and go get it.”Stacia Martin-West, an assistant professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee, is one of the co-principal investigators involved in the Stockton program. She said most people were using the money for food and bills.Five months into the program, which began in February, the data showed that food — about 40% of the total — was the biggest expenditure. Next was sales and merchandise at 24%, though Martin-West noted that some of that figure probably includes food spending since Walmart is one of the area’s largest food stores. Rounding out the top three spending areas was utility bills, at 11%. “A lot of folks think that they know how lower- and moderate-income people spend money,” Martin-West said, but this data shows that they “make smart and rational decisions like we all do.”Amy Castro Baker, Martin-West’s co-principal investigator and an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, said social researchers have long known that biases against the spending habits of lower income individuals are unjustified.“People who are living on the margins of the economy tend to be the savviest budgeters because they have to stretch their money the farthest,” Castro Baker told ABC News.Recipients for the Stockton experiment were randomly chosen from a neighborhood where the median income was at or below the city’s median of $46,033.The concept of a universal basic income was thrust into the national conversation during the course of the Democratic primaries as Yang made it a centerpiece of his campaign.His program — the Freedom Dividend — would pay all Americans over the age of 18 $1,000 a month “no questions asked.” Yang says the program would be funded by “consolidating some welfare programs and implementing a Value Added Tax of 10 percent” on the production of goods and services. Yang is paying 10 families and three individuals $1,000 per month for a year as part of a case study.“I think that Andrew has absolutely vaulted this to a much bigger platform than it had before,” said Annie Lowrey, a journalist and the author of the book “Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World.”Opponents of UBI or guaranteed income programs often cite cost and efficiency, arguing that those who are not in the lowest subset of earners would not need the subsidy, according to a scholarly article published on the International Monetary Fund’s website.SEED’s website counters that the payments as “a hand up, rather than a hand out.” “SEED seeks to empower its recipients financially and to prove to supporters and skeptics alike that poverty results from a lack of cash, not character,” the group’s discussion paper says.Support for universal basic income varies among countries.A recent Gallup-Northeastern University survey found that 43% of Americans support a universal basic income program, though that pales in comparison to the 75% of Canadian adults and 77% of adults in the United Kingdom who support similar measures. The age group with the highest level of support in the U.S. was respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 years old.“Gaps in support for UBI among the three countries surveyed may be due to the tradition of more robust social safety nets in the U.K. and Canada than in the U.S.,” the survey said.Lowrey said that while she “would be surprised” if the U.S. ever adopted “a true” UBI, which would mean “giving literally everybody cash unconditionally and permanently,” she said that more politicians and economists are discussing “more cash-based policies” to address economic inequalities.She pointed to proposals like Sen. Kamala Harris’ LIFT the Middle Class Act, a tax credit to middle-class and working families, or suggestions to eliminate work requirements tied to the Earned Income Tax Credit as examples of policies that are similar philosophically to guaranteed income.Lowrey told ABC News it seems “really likely” that “UBI-like” programs will be “part of the policy conversation going forward.”“What you are seeing in Stockton is that this model that seems really radical is in fact quite viable and maybe even reasonable to do,” Lowrey said.Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs said his residents have been extremely supportive of the program.He added that “every day we get emails, tweets, Instagram messages” from people asking to be included in the program. “It’s just heartbreaking.”Tubbs said he’s been advising city officials in Chicago and Newark, as part of their respective basic income task forces, and believes programs offering guaranteed income would work elsewhere — if governments step in to support them.“Philanthropy can’t be policy,” he told ABC News, adding that for it to work at scale, “it has to be done at a statewide or national level.”The Stockton program is slated for 18 months, ending in July 2020.Palefau said she hopes she’ll be able to use excess money from future months to make restitution payments in a decade-old incident, and to help her get closer to her goal of either working at, or running her own daycare.In the meantime, she said she’s enjoying being able to buy food and pay bills with less worry.“It was stressful” before the program started, she said. “It’s been a lot of weight off my shoulders.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. 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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On a day full of upsets the 13th-seeded Harvard men’s basketball team seemed destined to knock off fourth-seeded North Carolina Thursday night, but Wesley Saunders 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark as the Tar Heels held off for a 67-65 victory.Saunders led all scorers and set a Harvard record for points in a tournament game with 26. The senior finished 8-of-14 from the floor, 2-of-3 from 3 and 8-of-9 from the line, and added four rebounds, five assists and two steals.Siyani Chambers contributed 13 points and three assists, while Steve Moundou-Missi and Kenyatta Smith added six apiece.North Carolina (25-11) controlled the paint for much of the game, outscoring Harvard (22-8) 36-22 down low and holding a 35-26 advantage on the glass. Marcus Paige scored 12 points and dished out six assists to pace the Tar Heel offense and Justin Jackson chipped in 14 points.With the win, North Carolina advances to the NCAA tournament third round where it will meet the winner of Thursday’s match-up between fifth-seeded Arkansas and 12th-seeded Wofford. The game will be played Saturday with the tip off time yet to be announced.The Harvard men’s basketball team held the lead with 1:15 to play and looked destined for a third-straight victory in the NCAA tournament’s second round, but in a day full of upsets Harvard could not.To read full coverage of the game, visit Harvard Athletics website.
There are two small black-and-white headshots of a young woman with a large afro, one dated 1969, one 1970, topped by these lines:Wanted by the FBIInterstate Flight — Murder, Kidnaping [sic]Angela Yvonne DavisThe infamous poster from 1970 is one of the artifacts on view at “Angela Davis: Freed by the People,” a new exhibition at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Curated from Davis’ archive, the exhibition showcases the complex and storied activist, author, and scholar beyond the headlines that defined her rise to fame as an icon of the Black Power movement in the late 1960s.“We’re trying to show our visitors the side of Angela Davis that might be more familiar, but also the more personal and intimate side of her,” said Elizabeth Hinton, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and associate professor of history and African and African American studies, who organized the exhibition with a committee of Radcliffe specialists. “She is a complicated figure who at a very young age was thrust into a number of struggles, and we also want to set her political commitments in a larger context,” that includes her upbringing and academic work as a feminist philosopher and educator.Photos by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute,The exhibition is on display at the Lia and William Poorvu Gallery in the Schlesinger Library, and it includes items from Davis’ early life in Birmingham, Ala.; her arrest and trial over her role in a deadly 1970 prisoner escape from a California courthouse; a world tour of socialist and communist countries that put Davis on the global stage; her extensive catalog of written work; and her contemporary activism on prison abolition and the rights of incarcerated people.“Equality, freedom, challenging confinement, critiquing the justice system, emphasizing the importance of intersectionality — Angela Davis was always way ahead of the curve,” said Hinton.,“One of the exciting things about exhibiting the Angela Davis materials is that it gives visitors to the Poorvu gallery a taste of the kinds of research that they and others will be able to do in the next years and decades and generations,” said Jane Kamensky, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University and Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Radcliffe.At 26 and having been fired as a UCLA philosophy professor due to her radical political activism, Davis became a famous face of the Black Freedom struggle when guns registered in her name were used in a hostage-taking and shootout at the Marin County Courthouse in San Rafael, Calif., that left three suspects and a Superior Court judge dead. She was charged as an accomplice to conspiracy, kidnapping, and homicide. After two months as a fugitive, FBI agents arrested her in New York City. She spent more than a year in prison before being acquitted by an all-white jury in 1972.Davis remained an active member of the Communist Party of the United States of America until 1991 and ran for vice president twice on the party ticket in the 1980s. In 1997, she co-founded Critical Resistance with Rose Braz, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, and other activists to dismantle prison systems. She also taught in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies programs at UC Santa Cruz for 15 years before retiring as a distinguished professor emerita in 2008.,The title of the exhibition comes from a pamphlet published by the National United Committee to Free Angela Davis in 1972. The gray booklet, in which is printed the trial’s closing statement by Davis’ lawyer Leo Branton, features an illustrated portrait of Davis. The pamphlet is the lead artifact in the exhibition.“Davis’ own political commitments and philosophical foresight has made her work and life history translate very clearly to the issues at the center of national and international struggles today,” said Hinton. “We are asking visitors to think about the ways in which these struggles have changed and evolved, and the ways in which they’ve also remained the same.”“People might come away from the exhibition with an appreciation of Davis’ work, and they might come away from it with hard questions,” said Kamensky. “As a research library, we acquire and preserve these collections to deliver to scholars and other storytellers, and we will find new answers and ask new questions from the materials that are on those walls and in the rich and large collection of the Davis papers.”,In addition to the FBI wanted poster, the exhibition displays personal items like Davis’ prison letters and a manuscript of her 1974 autobiography with handwritten notes from Toni Morrison, then her editor at Random House. The artifacts depict the spectrum of responses people had to Davis, from the international support she received during her months in prison to the hateful messages and negative press coverage about her work and politics.“Our key criterion is always significance, and there are many ways for materials to answer that question. It could be significant by being incredibly densely documented, or it could belong to a highly placed individual who has made change,” said Kamensky. “The papers of Angela Davis fulfill both of those criteria. The collection is very rich, and she’s been a significant force in American life. So, whatever one thinks of her politics, and I think many people who come to the gallery or research the collections will have varying opinions on that, we hope that always the work of study, of exhibition, of inquiry, and of research in our reading room is to submit our opinions to the hard assay of documentary materials and fact.”Besides artifacts from Davis’ life, the exhibition also includes material detailing the contemporary work of prison abolitionists and the wide reach of the social justice movements that Davis championed throughout her life.,“We hope that this exhibition is inspiring for people, both to carry on Davis’ good and difficult work, but also to understand more about the holdings of the library,” said Meg Rotzel, arts program manager at Radcliffe, who designed the exhibition with gallery coordinator Joe Zane. “The archive of the Schlesinger Library is open to the public, which is a very unique thing, and we want people to think of this space and its collections as resources for their own work.”“The aim of the exhibition is to try to use Davis’ life as a starting point to think about larger issues of inequality, and I think that is how Davis always saw herself,” said Hinton. “Even though the jury technically acquitted her [in 1972], it was the global movement that emerged in the context of her trial that the National United Committee to Free Angela Davis and Davis herself would want to emphasize. Her causes were the causes of the people.”“Angela Davis: Freed by the People” is on view at the Schlesinger Library through March 9, 2020. Related Famed activist talks about art and community; mass incarceration; and what we talk about when we talk about race Angela Davis looks back People everywhere are on the move With help from Hutchins Center, Schlesinger Library acquires papers of scholar-activist Angela Davis Harvard hears from activist Angela Davis on immigration at screening co-sponsored by DACA seminar A radical archive arrives at Harvard The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.
By Dialogo March 29, 2013 The Brazilian Army will soon create a new military command in the country’s vast Amazon region. The Comando Militar do Norte (CMN) will cover 1.7 million square kilometers. A March 7 decree signed by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff gives the Army’s ground forces commander, Gen. Enzo Peri, authority to establish the new command. The CMN aims to increase the army’s presence in the three states of Maranhão, Pará and Amapá, which border Suriname and French Guiana to the north. The CMN, to be headquartered in Belém, will improve conditions for planning, managing and carrying out defense and security activities under the responsibility of ground forces in the region, according to a government press release. Three existing Army units in the area – the 8th Military Region, the 8th Army Division and the 23rd Jungle Infantry Brigade, with headquarters in the cities of Belém and Marabá, will now answer to the new command. “In the military field, this geographic region presents peculiarities that influence the preparation and deployment of troops due to the extensive area of action and the diversity of threats,” said an army spokesman. “In the western Amazon, we constantly carry out actions against cross-border offenses such as drug trafficking, smuggling and environmental crimes, which demand more focus on surveillance of land borders.” In the eastern Amazon, on the other hand, troops are deployed to ensure law and order, with emphasis on protecting strategic infrastructure and fighting the illegal exploitation of natural resources. “Such diversity indicates the need for a division of territorial responsibility within the Amazon Military Command, which will allow for better preparation and, consequently, more efficient command and control activities,” the Army said. Eight military commands CMN is the Army’s eighth Brazilian Military Command. The other seven units are the commands of the South (CMS), Southeast (CMSE), East (CML), West (CMO), Northeast (CMNE), Amazon (CMA) and Plateau (CMP). Brazil’s Ministry of Defense says the establishment of the CMN fulfills the guidelines of the National Defense Strategy, which calls for an increased military presence in the Amazon and in border areas. “Brazil will be vigilant in the unconditional reaffirmation of its sovereignty over the Brazilian Amazon,” the document states. The CMN will be responsible for safeguarding 1,890 kilometers of border territory. It will coordinate its operations with the major commands of the Brazilian Navy (4th Naval District) and Air Force (1st Regional Air Command), both located in Belém. It was very felicitous the creation of CMN, but in order to really work, it should incorporate the 10th Military Region (10Âª RegiÃ£o Militar) and create a brigade at the cities of Teresina or SÃ£o LuÃs.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Salvatore Scimecca, 55, (Right) and Elise Sandberg, 34, (Left) were arrested for several armed robberies at local nail salons across Long Island. Suffolk County police Wednesday arrested a man and a woman for nearly a dozen armed nail salon robberies across Long Island, police said.Authorities charged 55-year-old Salvatore Scimecca and 34-year-old Elise Sandberg, both of Islip Terrace, each with four counts of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree attempted robbery. Nassau County police is also expected to charge the pair for similar armed robberies in the county, authorities said—though a Nassau police spokesman said he had no information on potential charges.The pair, according to police, targeted five nail salons in Suffolk and five in Nassau from Dec. 13 to Dec. 30, police said.The armed robberies apparently started on Dec. 13 in Islip with the pair allegedly hitting two area nail salons—Nail Tek on Islip Avenue and Diamond Star Nail Inc. on Main Street—in less than an hour, police said.Scimecca is also accused of walking into another Islip Terrace nail salon, Charming Orchid Nail and Spa, with a handgun two days later, but didn’t walk away with any cash, police said. But, 15 minutes later, he allegedly robbed Queen Mary Nails in East Islip, police said.Nearly two weeks later, on Dec. 31, Nail Plaza in Copiague became the latest victim of the armed robbery spree, police said.On Tuesday, Nassau County police released a statement saying at least three similar incidents—two in Valley Stream and one in New Hyde Park—were connected. Suffolk police said two other robberies occurred in Franklin Square and Wantagh.Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer of Suffolk police’s Third Squad said Sandberg told investigators that Scimecca is her “uncle” but they didn’t appear to be related.As for why nail salons were being targeted, he said: “It’s cash business, they probably felt that there was not as much video surveillance [that] some other type” of business would have.Beyrer noted that Scimecca also has family in Nassau County and it was likely that he was allegedly targeting areas “he was familiar with.”Police are not looking into any additional suspects, and the case is now closed, Beyrer said.The investigation included Suffolk County police Third Squad detectives, the Nassau County Robbery Squad and the Nassau County Police Bureau of Special Operations.Scimeca was also charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument.The pair will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.
“It just does something to you. It just makes you feel better. No one should be alone on Christmas,” he said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Bandera Family held its 30th annual Christmas dinner Wednesday and fed thousands people across the Southern Tier. Moriarty says he’s grateful for the dinner and the company Bandera gave him. Those who came were treated to music, warm food and desserts. Bill Bandera says he is amazed with how his family Christmas dinner impacts many people after 30 years. One attendee, John Moriarty, says he went because he did not have family around to celebrate. But he says he found a way to enjoy the holiday with people he never met before. “It’s great,” he said. “It gives people some places to go, meet other people.” “I’m at a loss for words,” Bandera said. “It’s hard to describe. 30 is really special to me for some reason. I don’t know why, but every year has its high moments.”