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first_img whatsapp Share DAVID WORMSLEYCITIGROUPADRIAN CARTWRIGHTCLIFFORD CHANCEBANKING rainmaker David Wormsley, widely known in the City as “The Worm”, is leading Citigroup as joint global co-ordinator and bookrunner on the Glencore listing.As chairman of UK investment banking at Citi he has been at the heart of several high-profile deals, including a key role in the sale of airport operator BAA to his client Ferrovial for £10.1bn amid fierce competition.He recently came under fire from former friend Guy Hands over the sale of British music group EMI to the private equity tycoon’s Terra Firma vehicle. Hands lost a multibillion-dollar lawsuit last year after he tried to claim Wormsley tricking him into buying EMI.Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse also acted as joint global co-ordinator and bookrunners on the Glencore deal.Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BNP Paribas will act as joint bookrunners. Barclays Capital, Société Générale and UBS will be co-bookrunners. Liberum Capital is also involved. On the legal side, Adrian Cartwright is leading City law firm Clifford Chance as the adviser to the banks on the Glencore IPO. A partner at the firm since 2002, he has recently advised AZ Electronics on its $900m (£550m) IPO; and Volkswagen on its £3.9bn rights issue. He joined the firm from Linklaters in 1999. A Linklaters team led by partners Charlie Jacobs and Patrick Sheil represented Glencore. Jacobs has been at the firm since 1990, while Sheil joined from US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson in 1995.Finsbury was Glencore’s chosen PR firm, with a team led by Guy Lamming. Thursday 14 April 2011 9:13 pm Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrapcenter_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailNews SharperGrab A Tissue Before You See Richard Simmons At 72News SharperMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesTaco RelishOnly People With An IQ Of 130 Can Name These ItemsTaco RelishDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaGloriousaCouple Had Their Home Demolished Because Of ThisGloriousaZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming Nearby Scottsdale (Take a Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search Ads MEET THE ADVISERS KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Irish bookies set for crisis talks over tax hike

first_imgFinance Regions: UK & Ireland Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: OTB and Betting Shops Industry still hopes to force government into U-turn over doubling of gambling tax Ireland’s gambling industry will meet for crisis talks on Friday after the government confirmed the gambling tax rate would be doubled in January.The council of the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) will assemble later this week, with representatives from Paddy Power Betfair, Ladbrokes and Boylesports and the independent sector among those who will discuss how the industry can pressure the government to reverse its decision to raise the tax from 1% to 2% of turnover.Action such as strikes and picketing has been suggested by some, with the IBA estimating that 1,500 jobs will be lost and hundreds of independent companies will go out of business.Paddy Power Betfair’s share price fell by as much as 7% in the aftermath of Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe’s Budget announcement on the rise in the point-of-consumption turnover tax, which the government hopes will raise €50m. That figure has been branded a “fantasy” by the IBA.Speaking to iGamingBusiness.com, Sharon Byrne, the chair of the IBA, said “people are desperate,” with fears that the country’s independent sector will be “wiped out”. She added the move is a “tragedy” for the 200 remaining small shops in Ireland that survived the recession but are now rendered “unviable”.She added: “Already since the Budget measures were announced, I have spoken to a number of small independent bookmakers, some of whom have been in business for more than 40 years, who now believe they have no option but to let their staff go and close their doors.“It is extremely disappointing that the Government conceded to this demand by politicians who never engaged with the industry or understood the profound effect a turnover tax can have on so many jobs.“As an industry we will continue to search for a way to address this regressive tax on jobs and businesses.”There is hope for the industry, with the Irish Government having reversed a rise in gambling tax back in 2006 after just a month when the effects of the decision became apparent.Byrne believes the Finance Minister should have followed the conclusions of last year’s Department of Finance report, which advocated a gross profit tax used in many other countries.The IBA said in a statement: “The instigators of this retrograde step have failed to either consult with or understand our industry and have shown complete disregard for the holistic nature of this issue by not factoring in the new costs and reducing revenue in the form of declining PRSI, VAT and ultimately turnover tax associated with these  closures.“It also ignores the revenue that will be lost to black market operators who will now thrive in areas where licensed bookmakers have to close.”The current tax rate, which was introduced in 2015, is on top of standard business charges. Irish gambling companies are unable to recover VAT on purchases, while turnover is impacted by the ban on FOBTs in betting shops.The Government plans to use the tax hike to increase funding for problem gambling treatment and the racing industry.Horse Racing Ireland welcomed the Budget announcement, suggesting the betting industry was exaggerating its impact.“The tax rate has been the same for the last ten years but there has still been a reduction in the number of betting shops,” HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh said. “I think that has been a consequence of the competitive pressures the betting industry faces as opposed to anything to do with taxation or picture charges.“The rate is a lower rate of tax than applies in other jurisdictions. Upwards of 85% of turnover in the country is generated by three multinational companies, so that’s a feature of the market as well.” Email Address Irish bookies set for crisis talks over tax hike AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 10th October 2018 | By contenteditor Topics: Financelast_img read more


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Omega Diagnostics: Is it a buy after its almost 35% rise today?

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Omega Diagnostics: Is it a buy after its almost 35% rise today? Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Manika Premsingh 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. Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.center_img See all posts by Manika Premsingh 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. It’s a big day for Covid-19 test kits’ provider, Omega Diagnostics (LSE: ODX). The AIM-listed share’s price is up almost 35% as I write, after the Financial Times reported its selection as one of the British manufacturers of rapid Covid-19 tests by the UK government. A coronavirus star stockThis is hardly the first such occurrence for it in the last one year, however. The medical diagnostics provider saw a sharp upturn in its share price fortunes in 2020 as the pandemic struck. Even though the stock price has been more subdued in the past few months compared to the highs it saw in October last year, it’s still significantly elevated compared to its pre-2020 levels. For instance, at its present levels of 93p, ODX’s share price is almost 7 times the levels it was at two years ago. 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…It’s easy to see why investors are tempted by it. The company hasn’t confirmed its selection yet, but if the news were true, that would ensure a bump-up in its revenue pipeline. And good financials are good news for share prices, more often than not. But that’s all in the future. Omega Diagnostics’ performance is uncertainWhen I buy stocks, I like to look at the company’s past performance as well. That is indicative of whether or not the share price is likely to be stable or growing or not. In the case of Omega Diagnostics, I don’t get any such sense of security looking at its financials. Inconsistency in both its revenues and earnings over the past few years makes me uncomfortable. Even if we look at the numbers for the six months up to 30 September 2020, its revenue declined and it also showed a loss. Better days in store for ODXThis could be the turning point for ODX and investors who buy it now may end up with superb gains over time.There are indeed positive developments underway for ODX. The most obvious of them of course is the production of Covid-19 testing kits. But even otherwise, it noted in its previous financial update that sales in October and November 2020 were expected to improve from the year before. It also reported headway in its food intolerance business. Notably, it has received regulatory approval from China and expects significant growth opportunities in the country. It’s optimistic about the potential demand for its product in the US market as well. The takeawayBut so far, there’s little to hold on to when making share price predictions. In fact, it’s possible that once the pandemic is behind us, the hype behind coronavirus-related stocks also subsides. I’m inclined to keep ODX on my watch-list. Even though prices across stocks have run up a lot in the market rally, I think there are some pretty strong stocks that are still trading at relatively low prices. This makes ODX less attractive by comparison, the good news notwithstanding.  Manika Premsingh | Monday, 8th February, 2021 | More on: ODX 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. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. 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3 economic ‘recovery’ stocks I’d buy today

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares With countries increasing the production and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, the number of new Covid-19 cases has fallen substantially in many parts of the world. Meanwhile the US government just passed a $1.9trn stimulus package that could help the American economy reach full employment faster.Given the stimulus and falling Covid-19 new cases, many economists expect substantial economic growth. As a result, I’d buy the stocks of three companies at their current share price: JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.B), and Visa (NYSE: V).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…A leading US bankIf the US economy strengthens, I reckon leading US bank JPMorgan Chase could benefit from more loan growth and potentially fewer loan losses. Although interest rates are low right now, I think JPMorgan Chase will likely benefit from interest rate normalisation in the future as the economy improves too. Given JPMorgan Chase’s strength, it’s a stock I’d buy at the current price.If JPMorgan Chase makes more money, the potential for capital returns through dividends and share repurchases likely increases. Presently, the bank pays a quarterly dividend of $0.90 per share, which is a yield of around 2.3% at current prices. With more earnings, JPMorgan Chase could raise its dividend in the future. JPMorgan Chase could have potential downside if the bank doesn’t make good loans or if its earnings don’t meet expectations. Many financial bank shares have historically declined during recessions and financial crises, and JPMorgan Chase could be one of them.Warren Buffett’s companyAnother stock I’d buy at the current price as another economic recovery play is Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. I reckon Berkshire Hathaway will benefit from the eventual interest rate normalisation through its ownership of leading insurer GEICO and from a recovering US economy through its ownership of railroads.Lately, Berkshire Hathaway has repurchased a lot of stock. In 2020, for example, Berkshire Hathaway bought back $24.7bn and there could be more on the way. Buffett said in his annual letter, “Berkshire has repurchased more shares since year-end and is likely to further reduce its share count in the future”. Given Buffett’s past track record of buying stocks, I view his buybacks of Berkshire Hathaway is a positive sign for the stock in the future.With that said, Berkshire Hathaway shares could decline if the economy doesn’t do well.VisaVisa benefits from the US stimulus package and a recovering global economy in multiple ways. With the $1,400 stimulus checks for US citizens, many people will likely spend that extra money through Visa credit cards and thus give Visa incremental sales. Given a substantial percentage of consumer spending is now digital, Visa can also benefit from the rise of e-commerce too. If the global economy strengthens, digital spending could increase and Visa will likely benefit through credit card transaction fees.Although it has a wide moat given the network effects of having so many users and merchants that use or accept Visa, Visa could have potential downside from future fintech competitors. With a forward price-to-earnings ratio of nearly 31, I think Visa will need to continue to show strong results to do well. Jay Yao has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Berkshire Hathaway (B shares) and Visa and recommends the following options: short January 2023 $200 puts on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares) and long January 2023 $200 calls on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares). 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. 3 economic ‘recovery’ stocks I’d buy today Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Jay Yaocenter_img 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. 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Bishops consider response to Lambeth decision not to invite same-sex…

first_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Lambeth Conference, Diocese of New York Bishop Assistant Mary Glasspool, center, speaks to the House of Bishops March 14 with New York Bishop Andrew Dietsche, right, and New York Bishop Suffragan Allen Shin at her side. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Hendersonville, North Carolina] The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops spent time on March 14 in both open and closed sessions considering how to respond to the decision to exclude same-sex spouses from the 2020 Lambeth Conference of bishops.“We are not avoiding it. We are being prayerful, thoughtful, strategic about what is the loving action for us,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry told Episcopal News Service after the closed session ended. “We, as a house, are now thinking and considering what are the creative possibilities and loving ways that we can bear witness to the Way of Love that we are committed to as the way of following Jesus.”Diocese of New York Bishop Assistant Mary Glasspool addressed the house in open session to begin the day, with New York Bishop Andrew Dietsche and New York Bishop Suffragan Allen Shin at her side. She is The Episcopal Church’s only actively serving bishop who has a same-sex spouse. Glasspool asked for her colleagues’ continued support, while also urging them to listen to their spouses and to consider what it would mean if “we are not at the table to bear witness” to the love of Christ that “lives and bears fruit in the lives of married LGBT people.”Before he closed the house, Curry asked the bishops to enter “the vision that Mary [Glasspool] has invited us into” with two questions that she had just posed to them: How will they continue to be a “hospitable house” and welcome new bishops with same-sex spouses? And, what is the best and most creative way to bear witness to God’s love and justice at Lambeth?He invoked theologian Paul Tillich’s idea that there is a “creative and saving possibility in every situation.”Curry asked the bishops to consider how to employ Tillich’s concept in finding ways to “witness to the communion that we love and that we are a part of, and on behalf of our sisters and brothers whom we love. What are those creative and saving possibilities that reflect the Way of Love, even though it is hard?”Curry suggested that they consider forming a small group of bishops and spouses to generate some ideas before the house’s Sept. 17-20 meeting. The bishops and spouses will meet together in September. Spouses do not normally attend the spring meeting.Diocese of New York Bishop Assistant Mary Glasspool, front row right, joins in a group photo of all the women bishops and bishops-elect who are present for the March 12-15 meeting at Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceGlasspool was elected bishop suffragan of Los Angeles on Dec. 4, 2009, and was consecrated on May 15, 2010, along with Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce who was elected by the same convention. At the time, she was the 17th woman to be elected a bishop in The Episcopal Church, and still is the first openly lesbian bishop in the Anglican Communion. She is married to Becki Sander, her partner of more than 30 years. She has been bishop assistant in the Diocese of New York since April 2016.Glasspool spoke to the bishops for about 15 minutes, recounting how “within hours” of her election then-Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams issued a statement that was interpreted as a call to the diocesan standing committees of The Episcopal Church and its bishops with jurisdiction to withhold their consent to Glasspool’s ordination and consecration. (Canon III.11.3, beginning on page 164 here, requires such consent after all bishop elections.)Two years ago, Williams, who retired from Canterbury in 2012, was in New York for Holy Week and was invited to be part of the traditional clergy Renewal of Vows service on Holy Tuesday at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Glasspool said she was anxious about encountering him, and she did in the crowded sacristy. Williams, according to Glasspool, said, “Bishop Mary, we got off to a rocky start, and I’m sorry. I hope you will forgive me and we can begin anew.”“I stammered out, ‘Of course. I understand. Thank you.’ For me, this brief exchange was the holiest of gifts, a true balm in Gilead,” Glasspool said.She also recounted a gathering, sponsored by Trinity Wall Street in September 2018 to give current Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby the opportunity to promote Lambeth, during which he went “out of his way to engage and befriend” her wife. Glasspool said that the archbishop and Sander had a “friendly and lengthy conversation” about their shared “passion for social work.” Welby, Glasspool said, gave Sander his card with his personal email address, and invited her to be in touch.Thus, she said, she was shocked by a letter from Welby on Dec. 4, 2018, telling her that Sander was not invited to Lambeth. Sander was “shocked, hurt and enraged.” They each replied by letter to Welby, and she said, they had hoped that news about Welby’s decision would not become public until this House of Bishops meeting.However, on Feb. 15, Anglican Communion Secretary General Josiah Idowu-Fearon wrote in an Anglican Communion News Service blog that “it would be inappropriate for same-sex spouses to be invited to the conference.” He said the Anglican Communion defines marriage as “the lifelong union of a man and a woman,” as codified in Resolution 1.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference.In the midst of the publicity that the blog generated, it “became startlingly clear that this was a political issue” that went beyond her and Sander, and the two other affected couples, Glasspool said.Diocese of Maine Bishop-elect Thomas BrownThe Rev. Thomas Brown is due to be ordained and consecrated on June 22 as the next bishop of the Diocese of Maine. He is married to the Rev. Thomas Mousin. The diocese elected Brown on Feb. 9. The consent process is underway.The only other active bishop in the Anglican Communion to whom Welby’s decision is known to apply is Diocese of Toronto Bishop Suffragan Kevin Robertson. He married Mohan Sharma, his partner of nearly 10 years, on Dec. 28, 2018.Diocese of Toronto Bishop Suffragan Kevin RobertsonRobertson recently told ENS that Welby informed him in person in early February that Sharma would not be invited. Robertson and Sharma are the parents of two young children.It is possible that Episcopal Church dioceses will elect bishops with same-sex spouses between now and the July 23, 2020, beginning of the Lambeth Conference.Glasspool asked her colleagues in the house to consider that “spouses are autonomous people – they are not simply extensions of the bishops to whom they are married” and ought to be able to make their own decisions about Lambeth. Glasspool said she hoped that the House of Bishops would not try to speak for them but instead would “listen to their voices, individually, and to whatever degree they can speak collectively, as a group.”“Second, I really believe that it is better to be at the table when you’re on the menu,” she said. “How will people come to see and know the love of Christ as it lives and bears fruit in the lives of married LGBT people if we are not at the table to bear witness to that love?”As Glasspool began to make a third point, her voice caught. “I want my own life to be centered in the life, ministry, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and I dare say you do, too. It is so easy, and at times very tempting, for me at least, to be drawn away from that center. So I’m asking for your help to stay centered,” she said. “I’m keenly aware that the Way of Love is also the Way of the Cross. You all know this, too. The sacrificial aspect of Jesus’ love for us is also the most precious, and for that, and for all of you, I am eternally grateful.”The House of Bishops is overwhelmingly a married house. Of 160 bishops who are active, full- or part-time, in a diocese or institution, only 16 are single, according to Bishop Todd Ousley, who oversees the church’s Office of Pastoral Development.The bishops gave Glasspool a prolonged standing ovation. Before the closed session began, Curry told her that “the spirit of God that was upon Martin [Luther] King [Jr.] is upon you now.”The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council on Feb. 24 asked the bishops and their spouses, and the House of Bishops collectively, “to prayerfully and carefully consider her/his/their response, choices and actions” in the light of what it calls the “troubling circumstances” of the decision to exclude same-sex spouses from the Lambeth Conference. Council unanimously approved a resolution that said it found the decision “inconsistent” with the positions of The Episcopal Church and with multiple statements of Anglican Communion entities that have urged the church to listen to the experiences LGBTQ persons.An outward and visible sign of support by some bishopsDiocese of Idaho Bishop Brian Thom says he decided to attach a photo of Diocese of New York Bishop Assistant Mary Glasspool and her wife Becki Sander to his name badge as an “expression of love” for them and for all of the bishops’ spouses. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceFrom the beginning of the meeting, Diocese of Idaho Bishop Brian Thom has worn a photo of Glasspool and Sander on his name badge. It is an “expression of love” for them and appreciation for all bishops’ spouses, he told ENS.Thom said other bishops have asked him about the photo that hangs below his name badge. Some have asked him for one to wear as well, while “others have observed them and thanked me for them,” but not asked for a copy, he said.He told ENS that he downloaded the photo from the web and did not tell Glasspool beforehand what he was doing. As it happened, she was the first person he encountered when he first wore his name badge. She responded with a big hug, he said, and then took a photo of it to send to Sander.“I know how much my spouse contributes to my ministry, makes it possible,” Thom said of his wife, Ardele. “It’s hard for me to imagine an invitation that does not include both partners.“Every bishop here would say that they could not do what they do without their spouses in some way.”Thom said, “The Anglican Communion is working out its conflict on the back of persons not responsible for the conflict.”About the meeting’s agendaThe House of Bishops is meeting March 12-15 at Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center outside Hendersonville, North Carolina.The gathering is the group’s annual spring meeting. The bishops normally meet each spring and fall of non-General Convention years.They will close their time at Kanuga with a business meeting the afternoon of March 15.Other ENS coverage is here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. Rector Martinsville, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Submit an Event Listing Rector Collierville, TN Press Release Service Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS House of Bishops Spring 2019, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Same-Sex Marriage Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Events The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Mar 14, 2019 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA center_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI House of Bishops, Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Press Release In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Belleville, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Bishops consider response to Lambeth decision not to invite same-sex spouses to 2020 gathering Bishop Mary Glasspool tells of her ‘shock’ at learning that her wife cannot attend gathering of Anglican Communion bishops Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Job Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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WW commentary The monuments of racism continue to fall

first_imgOn June 27, Trump signed a reactionary executive order saying that states and cities could lose their federal funding for failing to protect monuments and statues from being either defaced or pulled down.Protest against statue of racist Andrew Jackson, Washington D.C.The order was a reaction to countrywide protests against police brutality and white supremacy ignited by the police lynching of George Floyd, which included a wave of Confederate and other white supremacist statues being toppled.The order states that “anarchists and left-wing extremists have sought to advance a fringe ideology that paints the United States of America as fundamentally unjust and have sought to impose that ideology on Americans through violence and mob intimidation.” The order also says that a conviction of “willful injury of federal property can result to upwards of 10 years in prison.”Trump was more set on signing this order to preserve the racist legacy of slavery than on dealing with the worse U.S. spike so far in cases of the coronavirus — especially severe new cases for those previously diagnosed as asymptomatic and under the age of 34.No wonder Trump has been referred to on more than one occasion as the “Last Confederate President.”On June 28, Trump retweeted a video showing a small pro-Trump demonstration at a retirement community in Florida. A Trump supporter could clearly be heard yelling “White Power!” at anti-racist counterprotesters. (npr.org, June 28)Trump’s tweed said in part: “Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall.”  Trump’s tweet was removed almost immediately, but not before news commentators asked White House officials if they were “embarrassed” by the posting.Neither the White House spokespeople or Trump apologized or even distanced themselves from the vilely racist tweet.These developments are connected to the current double pandemic in the U.S. — systemic racism, especially in the forms of police terror and white supremacy on the one hand, and the coronavirus pandemic on the other hand. The White House is dealing with both in the most callous and despicable way.Broad issues sustaining the rebellionWhile sustained protests are pushing forward a national debate in city councils and even Congress on “defund” and “abolish” the police, the debate over statues with a white supremacist heritage has also become a main focus for activists around the country.Confederate statues have been taken down either by activists or by official edict in many cities, mainly in the South, from New Orleans to Richmond, Va., to Durham and Raleigh, N.C., but also in the North.What prompted the signing of Trump’s recent executive order was an attempt by protesters on June 22 to take down the deeply offensive statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, directly across from the White House.Jackson was not only a slaveowner but also signed into law the Indian Removal Act of 1830 that militarily forced many Indigenous nations off their rightful lands. This genocidal expulsion of Native peoples was ordered so that white settlers could seize vast stretches of land in the South and West and expand highly profitable cotton cultivation using enslaved, unwaged Black workers.Four activists have already been charged in the June 22 attempt to remove the Jackson statue, now surrounded by a large fence. Protests continue in Lafayette Square, demanding the racist statue be brought down or removed.Along with Jackson, activists have also targeted monuments honoring other slave-owning presidents, such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.Recently, Princeton University removed President Woodrow Wilson’s name from its School of Public and International Affairs building due to his racist policies toward Black people, including discouraging Black students from attending the university. Wilson ordered a White House special screening of the hideous 1915 pro-slavery film, “The Birth of a Nation.” This movie, which was nothing more than recruitment propaganda for the Ku Klux Klan, was the first film ever shown at the White House.In a June 28 weekend session, the Mississippi legislature voted to remove the Confederacy’s “Stars and Bars” battle emblem from the state flag — after 126 years of it being flown. The University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”) took down the state flag on its campus in 2017 because of sustained student protest. That has continued against a Confederate monument still standing on the grounds — a rallying point for white supremacist violence for decades.NASCAR and the nooseFollowing the overthrow of the radical period after the Civil War known as Black Reconstruction, thousands of Black people were lynched by white supremacists — including police — especially in the South.Since the rebellion began in late May, three African-American men have been found dead with nooses around their necks in various parts of the U.S.  The names of the three African Americans are Robert Fuller, Malcolm Harsch and Dominique Alexander.  There have been no arrests related to any of these deaths.On June 24 the FBI ruled that the noose found hanging in a garage stall assigned to race car driver Bubba Wallace would not be classified as a hate crime. Wallace is the only Black driver on the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing circuit. He had demanded that NASCAR ban the Confederate flag from being brought into the stands by fans or flown on the grounds during races.After carrying out this offensive tradition for 72 years, NASCAR officially banned the flag. But soon afterward the noose was found, targeting Wallace. Racists proclaimed the noose a “hoax” on Twitter and accused Wallace of planting it.  In reaction to the FBI ruling, Wallace stated that he did not “overact” to the noose in light of what was going on in the country following the murder of George Floyd.  (ESPN, June 25)Noteworthy in terms of ongoing white supremacist violence is the fact that, on June 28 in Louisville, Ky. – where police shot and killed a protester on June 2 — someone shot into a crowd of protesters, killing one of those demanding the arrest of the three white police officers who were responsible for the March murder of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor. The Black EMT health provider was shot eight times as she slept. 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Rima Al-Hakim briefly detained

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Commissioner candidates go head to head

first_imgHome Local News Government Commissioner candidates go head to head Simmons has been in office for about 20 years and in that time, Tate said the county, in his opinion, hasn’t progressed. But Simmons said he’s helped Ector County became a stable government with minimal debt and good cash reserves while minimizing the tax burden to the public.BALANCING THE BUDGETWhile in recent years the county has not been able to pass a balanced budget, Simmons said just because they set a deficit budget doesn’t mean they expect to spend more money than they bring in.“Any prudent businessman has to have a balanced budget with their business and if not, the bank will take it back … our county does not have a balanced budget at this time, so that’s unacceptable,” Tate said.Simmons said counties are not required to pass a balanced budget, although he has pushed for that several times, but the consensus of the court is, in order to get a balanced budget they would either have to exceed the rollback rate of tax increase or eliminate even more positions than what they did this year.For Fiscal Year 2018 the commissioners court raised the tax rate and cut about 15 positions from non-mandatory departments like the Senior Citizens Center, Ector County Library, veterans services and the health department, but still came up short on passing a balanced budget.“Fortunately government doesn’t have layoffs very often, but I think in the middle of a recession it was prudent to re-prioritize and say, hey, some of these areas are not a priority when you consider do you have sheriff deputies or jailers as opposed to having a different position,” Simmons said.County employees faced another year without a raise, but the commissioners’ court worked to offset some of that with a cost of living allowance.“I think the county judge and myself were the only two in the county that said we don’t need it, we’re not gonna take it,” Simmons said. But Simmons did approve it as part of the budget in order for the rest of the employees to get it, he added.It was not a permanent salary increase. It was a one-time, 2.5 percent cost of living allowance allotted to all county employees except judges.Tate also raised issues about the transparency of the county’s budget. Simmons said every year they meet with every department and elected official and go through every line, every expense, and the budget meetings are open to the public. For those who cannot attend the meetings, the court records them and puts them up online, he added.The proposed budget is also an open record and, once approved, the final budget is posted online, as well.“I don’t know how much more transparent we could get because we already do everything out in public anyway and it’s line by line,” Simmons said. “I think a lot of times, since he (Tate) has a city council background I think he’s thinking in terms of what he knows from there, but that’s not the way we do it at all. And he’s never been to one of our budget meetings so he doesn’t really know that, but yeah, ours is definitely the most open and transparent of all the taxing entities because we’re doing it ourselves and not waiting for a finance officer to bring us our budget.”Tate said while the meetings are transparent, for those who get on the website and look at the budget, it’s not transparent at all.“It’s very difficult to read and you almost have to have a CPA degree to navigate through and that needs to be more clear for the taxpayer to be able to see that,” he said.BIASED BIDDINGTate also questioned the court’s bidding process, saying he’s heard accounts of biased bidding.“There are local companies that would like to bid on our health benefits and insurance and they feel like they could save the county upwards to $1 million per year and give the county employees better benefits at a lower cost and I feel that those qualified bidders need to have adequate time and the same resources to make a bid as the ones who have been here that have been getting these contracts over and over,” Tate said.Simmons said he fought very hard two different years in a row to get the company that Tate is talking about in to make a bid. There was some hesitancy the second time, he said, because typically the county goes three years before re-bidding that service, but the individuals were confident they could save the county money so they pushed for the county to re-bid.“Both times, despite what they thought they could do, they were still not the low bid,” Simmons said.The bids are open records and anyone who would like to see what each company offered is welcome to do so, he said. Simmons chairs the Health Insurance Committee, which is a six-person committee, comprised of two commissioners and representatives from the HR department, purchasing department and auditor’s office, who help make that decision.“It was a unanimous decision that the company we went with was the lower cost than the local company,” Simmons said.TRAFFIC SAFETYA busy intersection that’s been flagged as a concern in Precinct 2 is an area of contention between the candidates.Both candidates agree that multiple accidents have occurred at 56th Street and Loop 338. Photos of those accidents have been circulating on social media with victims or friends of victims giving their accounts of the dangers presented at the busy intersection.“Anytime that public lives are being injured and lost, anybody in a government position locally needs to get involved and help fix that and address that problem,” Tate said.Simmons said the intersection has always been dangerous, but with the Compass Academy Charter School near there, traffic has increased with the school opening this year and highlighted the issue even more. Simmons said the county has been working with TxDOT since learning of the school planning to locate in that area.TxDOT was initially expected to begin work on the project at the end of 2019, but Simmons said he is excited and glad they were able to move their timeline up a little bit.And Tate is taking credit for it.“Since I’ve been pushing it, now it’s got moved up to this summer. That’s odd, don’t you think?” Tate said.Simmons said the county will expand 56th Street to a four-lane road this summer, but TxDOT won’t get started until around September and probably start tearing up roads in January 2019.Simmons said he believes the project being bumped up during an election cycle is just a coincidence.“I mean, obviously TxDOT does pay attention to public input and I think the more people — because we had multiple people in Ponderosa call and complain and we would pass those on to TxDOT,” he said. “But the more they raise the concern, the more attention (TxDOT) pays to it.”Simmons also said TxDOT is a huge organization that has trouble spots like this all over the state so even when the issue is raised that it’s a major concern, they still have to put the project in their system and wait for crews to become available.INCUMBENT CONCERNSTate also said he wants to clarify potential conflicts of interest and get rid of them, adding that no employee should ever be seeking his own separate financial good from taxpayer dollars because it’s unethical and unacceptable.“I think that a commissioner that’s getting paid needs to be there and not have another full-time job. It seems that the commissioner just shows up for a meeting and I think that is not the correct way to run a government. It looks like they’re doing it for the wrong reasons,” Tate said.When asked to clarify any conflicts of interest Simmons has, Tate refused, saying he would release that information himself “later.”Simmons said he is not the only commissioner who has an additional source of income and serving as a county commissioner is not his primary source of income and he doesn’t view having another source of income as a conflict. Simmons is president of Security Bank.“I’m not out there trying to boost my pay because it’s not my primary income, but at the same time, I feel like I’m doing as good of a job as the rest of the commissioners so I shouldn’t be penalized just because I have another source of income,” Simmons said.A conflict of interest, he said, would be if he worked for a vendor that does work with the county.In all of his years in banking, there was only one year the bank he worked with wound up doing a loan and during the bidding process Simmons said he left the room while the commissioners opened the bids and voted on them.“So there is opportunity for conflict, but it’s not based on drawing a salary or anything,” he said.Tate also accused Simmons of not being a full-time commissioner because of Simmons’ position at the bank.“That position (as county commissioner) is paid a very high salary and I think it deserves a full-time commissioner,” Tate said.Owner of America’s Wholesale Furniture, Tate said he has been able to step away from his business because he has a whole team of people that run the business for him including a manager and a CFO.Simmons said he puts just as much effort into being a commissioner as he does his job at the bank. He takes phone calls throughout the days, negotiates with vendors, answers emails, takes phone calls at night when constituents are off work, has constituents pop into the bank to discuss county business and goes to meet up with people if needed during his regular work day.“Just being down there in that office isn’t magic,” Simmons said.“I used to tell people, you know, if you hire somebody to mow your yard, you want somebody who’s going to do the best job, not somebody who’s gonna be there the longest doing it. To me, there’s where I’m at. I’ve gotten to the point where I can take care of the county’s business and take care of it in a well, capable manner. But I’m not just sitting in an office waiting for something to do. I think that’s the key.”Simmons said his phone is listed in the phone book and the commissioners’ administrative assistant and receptionist know to give constituents his cell phone number or let him know when someone is trying to get a hold of him.Another jab Tate took at Simmons was the fact that Simmons has held the office for about 20 years, saying he believes term limits makes for better government.“Politics is the only career that experience and longevity is a negative. Any other business would obviously want a more experienced person that already knows the ropes and already knows how to get things done,” Simmons said.2018 Election Facts Texas Fried ChickenSummer Spaghetti SaladHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersPowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay Incumbent Greg Simmons, left; challenger Brandon Tate. WhatsApp Pinterest Brandon Tate, candidate for Ector County Commissioner Precinct 2. Twitter Last day to register to vote: Monday.First day of early voting: Feb. 20.Last day of early voting: March 2.Election Day: March 6. 1 of 3 Incumbent Greg Simmons, left; challenger Brandon Tate. Greg Simmons, candidate for Ector County Commissioner Precinct 2. Just The Facts By admin – February 4, 2018 center_img Pinterest Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Local NewsGovernment Commissioner candidates go head to head Twitter Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Ector County Budget FY 2017 – 2018The race is on for the Ector County Commissioner Precinct 2 seat as incumbent Greg Simmons and former city councilmember Brandon Tate go back and forth on issues — real or perceived — the county faces.Results of the March 6 primary will determine who will take the seat since Simmons and Tate, both Republicans, are the only candidates who filed.Tate, who served on the Odessa City Council from 2001 to 2006 before terming out, has been raising issues about the county’s budget, public safety at a dangerous intersection and the precinct’s current leadership.“I want Odessa to be a place where our kids will come back to and we are not moving forward,” Tate said. “Our property taxes have gone up and there’s nothing to show for it. If you look at our roads, they’re falling apart. If you look at our county buildings, they’re falling apart. Our county employees haven’t had raises in two years. They’re being neglected. I think employee morale is down and for us to attract the youth back to this area, we’re gonna have to make some changes and improve Ector County.” Facebook What: Ector County Commissioner Precinct 2.How long: Four-year term.Salary: $54,249.Auto Allowance: $5,400.Fringe Benefits: $26,289. WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleCOMMUNITY CALENDAR: Week of Feb. 04, 2018Next articleRegistration deadline to vote is Monday admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more


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City of Odessa fights release of new Long complaint

first_img Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Local NewsGovernment City of Odessa fights release of new Long complaint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest Facebook Twitter Home Local News Government City of Odessa fights release of new Long complaintcenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest By admin – March 11, 2018 Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Soon after City Attorney Larry Long announced his resignation amid a sexual harassment controversy, another one of his employees filed a new complaint that alleged unequal pay based on gender. Now the city is fighting to keep records about that case secret at the public’s expense.The employee who filed the latest complaint was Todd Stephens, a senior assistant attorney, and he alleges pay discrimination based on his salary and the salaries of female attorneys. Investigators in the previous sexual harassment case had noted problems with Long’s behavior toward women who worked for him — including touching them and calling them pet names — and found that his differing treatment of staff contributed to a “hostile and intimidating environment.”The latest investigation remains ongoing about three months after the complaint and more than a week after Long’s departure. But Mayor David Turner acknowledged a pay issue exists.“We’re going to have to reevaluate the pay,” Turner said, adding that a disparity might have resulted from reasons such as performance or difficulty filling a position because of the economy. “I don’t see any discrimination from the limited part I’ve seen.”Stephens declined to comment.An outside attorney for the city, Cal Hendrick, sought to withhold the records in a letter to the Texas Attorney General on March 2. But Hendrick inadvertently named Stephens in a letter to the Odessa American, before asking the OA to destroy it. The OA declined.Hendrick also offered a summary of the case and acknowledged the AG is likely to order the release of information. It raised immediate questions about why the city is not releasing the information voluntarily.“Off the record, you will discover, when the AG releases its report, that it involves a claim of disparate treatment—a male city atty claims he was treated differently, based on his salary, compared to female city attys. It is under investigation.” Hendrick wrote.The OA did not agree to an off the record conversation with Hendrick and declined to keep this description secret.His effort to keep records about the case secret is the latest in a series of attempts to withhold public records related to Long. In the most recent cases, the result was the delay of their release. And one outcome is that the public costs of resolving the sexual harassment complaint remain unclear.On behalf of the city, Hendrick fought the release of records about a settlement the city reached with Long’s legal assistant who had filed the sexual harassment complaint in the summer. She had accused Long of sexually harassing her in ways including touching her hair against her will and staring at her — behavior the HR department noted was similar to another sexual harassment case in 2007 that resulted in an unpaid suspension.The settlement stemmed from a complaint the legal assistant filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.The City Council never disciplined Long, but ultimately allowed him to resign at the end of February in part so he could receive better retirement benefits. Long’s last day was Feb. 28, following a retirement party the week prior in the City Council chambers that records show cost about $200.Even though the AG ordered the city to release the settlement records on March 6, the city still hasn’t done so. City attorneys referred the matter to Hendrick but said he was out of town and wouldn’t release the records until this week.The new Interim City Attorney Gary Landers, who took charge on March 1, said he started a review of the way the city handles requests for public records with a goal of greater transparency. Landers was hired through an outside firm that the city is paying about $25,000 a month while the City Council seeks a permanent replacement for Long.By Jan. 16, the city disclosed it had paid $23,300 for Hendrick’s work related to the sexual harassment complaint.After the sexual harassment complaint was filed on July 12, it took the city less than two weeks to investigate the case and produce a report that included a recommendation of greater discipline for Long than the month-long suspension given in the 2007 case.It’s now been about 12 weeks since Stephens filed the complaint alleging pay discrimination.But Turner and Interim City Manager Michael Marrero said the city did not delay the investigation or a resolution to the complaint because of Long’s pending departure at the end of February.Marrero said the City Council was informed promptly, per protocol, and that outside counsel hired by the city is still investigating the complaint. He said the city’s personnel committee, which includes District 3 Councilwoman Barbara Graff and District 5 Councilman Filiberto Gonzales, had discussed the complaint.Turner, who attends the committee meetings in a nonvoting capacity, said they had not discussed this case in detail as the investigation continues. There have been no additional sexual harassment complaints against Long since the most recent case, Turner said.Turnover in the human resources department may have contributed to the length of the investigation, Marrero said. An HR director resigned late last year, months after her predecessor did the same, and the current HR Director Darrell Wells was named to his post a little more than a month ago.“We take all of these things seriously,” Marrero said. Larry Long, Odessa city attorney. 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Tamil Nadu CPI(M) Moves SC Against Denial Of Statutory Reservation To SC/ST/OBC in UG-PG Medical Seats In All-India Quota Under NEET

first_imgTop StoriesTamil Nadu CPI(M) Moves SC Against Denial Of Statutory Reservation To SC/ST/OBC in UG-PG Medical Seats In All-India Quota Under NEET Mehal Jain2 Jun 2020 5:00 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has been moved in a writ petition by the Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s Tamil Nadu wing against denial of statutory reservation for the OBCs i.e.Backward Classes (BC) and Most Backward Classes (MBC) and the SC and ST in Undergraduate and Post Graduate Medical Seats of the All India Quota under NEET. The reservation has its backing in the state legislation ‘The Tamil…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has been moved in a writ petition by the Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s Tamil Nadu wing against denial of statutory reservation for the OBCs i.e.Backward Classes (BC) and Most Backward Classes (MBC) and the SC and ST in Undergraduate and Post Graduate Medical Seats of the All India Quota under NEET. The reservation has its backing in the state legislation ‘The Tamil Nadu Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions and of Appointments or Posts in the Services under the State) Act,1993’, and that similar enactments are in force in other states too. It is contented in the Petition, to be argued by Senior Advocate P. V. Surendranath, that providing professional education for marginalised people is very much essential not only for empowering such sections of society but also for democratisation of the entire society and gradual eradication of caste oppression, discrimination and casteism. It will also provide an opportunity for talented students belonging to these backward classes who are notable to secure competitive marks because of historic reasons of prolonged subjugation and their economic and social circumstances. “The Union of India and statutory bodies like Medical Council, Dental Council etc. have grossly failed to provide the statutory reservations for Other Backward Classes (OBC) andanomaly in granting reservation to SC-ST students in admissions to the Undergraduate and Post Graduate medical courses in medical & dental colleges in Tamil Nadu in the category of ‘state surrendered seats to the All India Quota’ in Government and private medical colleges other than the Central Government institutions”, alleges the Petition drafted and filed through Advocates Subhash Chandran KR & Biju P Raman. It is explained that the ‘All India Quota’ seats are contributed by States surrendering seats in the Government and private medical and dental colleges as per the MCI & DCI regulations. As per the applicable MCI & DCI regulations, 15% seats are surrendered by State Government and private colleges in undergraduate and diploma courses and 50% seats are surrendered to the All India Quota in postgraduate courses both in private and government colleges. It is further averred that the “Regulations on Graduate Medical Education” were introduced in the year 1997 for the admissions to Undergraduate medical courses. “Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations” was introduced in the year 2000 for the admissions to medical PG courses. As per these Regulations the reservation of seats in medical colleges or institutions for respective categories shall be as per applicable laws prevailing in States/Union Territories where the medical college is physically situated. “Unfortunately, even after the introduction of above said rules, regulations and landmark rulings of the Courts, the statutory reservation has not been provided to the Other Backward Classes (OBC) and SC-ST students in the All India Quota (AIQ) seats for undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses throughout the country in the past academic years”, the petitioner-organisation laments. It states that Medical and Dental colleges under the Central Government follow the Central Educational Institutions Reservation in Admissions Act, 2006 and provide 27% reservations to the OBCs. But the Medical & Dental Counselling Committees are not applying State’s laws on reservations to these State surrendered seats to the All India quota in respective States. The plea is filed, praying for the following relief- i) Direction to the Ministries of Health and Family Welfare, HRD, Social Justice and Empowerment, the Medical Council of India and the National Board of Examinations to follow and apply The Tamil Nadu Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Reservation ofSeats in Educational Institutions and of appointments or posts in the Services under the State) Act,1993 granting 50% reservations for OBC (Backward Classes & Most Backward Classes) and18% reservations for Scheduled Caste and1% reservation for Scheduled Tribe for filling up ‘State surrendered seats in All India Quota seats’ (other than in the Central institutions) in the State of Tamil Nadu in Undergraduate & Postgraduate medical & dental Courses for the academic year 2020-21 and continue to do so for the coming academic years accordingly. ii) Direct the Respondents herein to produce the records pertaining to the Result of NEET-PG, 2020 published on 09.05.2020 by the National Board of examinations relating to the filling up of the All India Quota. iii) Direct the Respondents herein to set aside/modify/revise the NEET-PG 2020 so published relating to the filling up of the State surrendered seats to All India Quota by providing reservation to OBCs, SC-STs as per the 1993 Act.Next Storylast_img read more