With elections one year away, Office of Government Relations prepares…

first_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls With elections one year away, Office of Government Relations prepares to launch civic engagement initiatives Submit a Job Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Martinsville, VA Tags Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations is preparing for a contentious election season. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] Nov. 3 marked the one-year countdown to the U.S. presidential and congressional elections, and The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations is gearing up for a year that’s expected to see even more vitriol in public discourse than the rancorous 2016 election brought. And as debates over the church’s role in politics have intensified, so have OGR’s efforts to facilitate civil, respectful discussions about political issues across partisan boundaries.The Office of Government Relations, based in Washington, D.C., directly across the street from the Capitol and the Supreme Court, exists to advocate for policy positions based on General Convention and Executive Council resolutions. It also educates and engages Episcopalians on those policy positions through the Episcopal Public Policy Network, which sends out action alerts for those looking for opportunities to get involved.Over the past few years, OGR has been busy in the halls of Congress representing the church’s positions on a wide variety of specific issues, from refugee resettlement to drilling in the Arctic to gerrymandering to gun control and many more. As the election approaches, it’s focusing on ways that people can engage with these issues in a productive way, cast informed votes and ensure fair representation in Congress.In addition to its usual advocacy work, OGR is “kicking off a civic engagement initiative that we’re breaking down into three parts,” said Alan Yarborough, OGR’s church relations officer.The first part focuses on the 2020 Census, which will take place in the spring. The Episcopal Church is an official partner of the Census, which means OGR is working directly with the U.S. Census Bureau “to encourage people to take the census because we want the count to be as accurate as possible,” Yarborough told Episcopal News Service.Census data is used to determine how government funds and services are distributed, so an accurate census count is necessary to ensure fair representation in government.“The U.S. Census has profound impacts on not just our electoral system, but also how over 100 federal programs, and many other state and local initiatives, allocate funding and other resources to best serve the population,” Yarborough explained. And frequently, the groups needing those resources most are the hardest to count.“Evidence shows that faith-based communities often have some of the closest connections to communities that are hard to count,” Yarborough said, which is why the Census Bureau is working with The Episcopal Church and other religious groups to spread the word. Within the next few weeks, OGR will start releasing an educational series on the census, explaining why it’s important and how it will work.The second part is election engagement, which has long been a component of OGR’s work. This includes resources like the Vote Faithfully Toolkit, a guide for congregations that covers registering voters, getting voters to the polls and advocating for voting rights. It’s not a primer on specific issues or candidates, and OGR emphasizes that it is an entirely nonpartisan endeavor. The IRS prohibits churches and other nonprofit organizations from campaigning for or against particular candidates. However, churches are allowed to involve their members in advocating for policies they support, and to help them get registered to vote.“The U.S. election is a chance to participate in our democratic process to elect officials that reflect the values we want our society to hold,” Yarborough told ENS.The toolkit also offers liturgical resources that can be incorporated into a service to remind people of the moral importance of voting and allow for prayerful consideration of the topics at hand. The 2020 version of the Vote Faithfully Toolkit will also be released within the next few weeks, Yarborough said.The third part is a new and expanded multi-week curriculum on civil discourse. Last year, recognizing how difficult it has become to have a political discussion in good faith with someone who holds different views, OGR developed a five-week group workshop that creates a framework for productive dialogue. Grounded in prayer and Scripture, the curriculum establishes an environment of mutual respect and guides participants through political discussions in ways that foster learning and understanding, rather than the kind of divisive, emotional arguments that have become more common.“Civil discourse is a key component of our engagement in 2020. We want to equip Episcopalians, and all people, to be able to engage across political differences, especially with our fellow parishioners and community members,” Yarborough said. “We hope that the civil discourse curriculum can help Episcopalians to listen, to be aware of how their own messages are heard, and to allow us all to enrich our own thinking about different political perspectives and policy proposals.”In OGR’s dealings with politicians, the response to its civil discourse efforts has been encouraging.“The Office of Government Relations is well placed in the church to help us to speak across political difference,” the Rev. C.K. Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop for ministry beyond The Episcopal Church, told ENS. “In our meetings with legislators and policymakers in Washington, we have heard and seen the need for civil discourse. And we know that need extends across the country where many of our parishes and communities are already engaged in this crucial work.”The new civil discourse curriculum will be an expanded version of last year’s, plus a few advanced sections, such as a training for facilitators. There will also be a video version and an online platform that allows individuals to take the course on their own, rather than as part of a parish group.Although part of the idea behind the civil discourse curriculum is that it’s a framework that people of all political persuasions can unite behind, there has been some pushback on the concept of “civility” itself. On social media, some Episcopalians have reacted negatively, arguing that calls for civility are not an effective way to respond to an administration and political movement that embrace lies and white supremacist ideology and make threats of civil war.Yarborough says he understands that view but draws a distinction between civil discourse and the mere idea of civility.“We focus on civil discourse because it is useful when we are already in – or want to be in – conversation with our neighbors. It doesn’t apply in all circumstances, and it doesn’t mean we stop advocating for justice in all the ways we can. Civil discourse is a tool, and like any tool, it’s appropriate for certain applications. It’s not a prescription for solving any and every disagreement or injustice, but it is useful for leveraging our diversity in thought, perspective and identity to give us the best shot at solving problems in our society.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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On This Day: The March to the Sea

first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 On This Day in History: September 1st, 1864Atlanta falls to Union forces From The History ChannelOn this day in 1864, Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman lays siege to Atlanta, Georgia, a critical Confederate hub, shelling civilians and cutting off supply lines. The Confederates retreated, destroying the city’s munitions as they went. On November 15 of that year, Sherman’s troops burned much of the city before continuing their march through the South. Sherman’s Atlanta campaign was one of the most decisive victories of the Civil War.William Sherman, born May 8, 1820, in Lancaster, Ohio, attended West Point and served in the army before becoming a banker and then president of a military school in Louisiana. When the Civil War broke out in 1861 after 11 Southern slave states seceded from the Union, Sherman joined the Union Army and eventually commanded large numbers of troops, under General Ulysses S. Grant, at the battles of Shiloh (1862), Vicksburg (1863) and Chattanooga (1863). In the spring of 1864, Sherman became supreme commander of the armies in the West and was ordered by Grant to take the city of Atlanta, then a key military supply center and railroad hub for the Confederates.Sherman’s Atlanta campaign began on May 4, 1864, and in the first few months his troops engaged in several fierce battles with Confederate soldiers on the outskirts of the city, including the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, which the Union forces lost. However, on September 1, Sherman’s men successfully captured Atlanta and continued to defend it through mid-November against Confederate forces led by John Hood. Before he set off on his famous March to the Sea on November 15, Sherman ordered that Atlanta’s military resources, including munitions factories, clothing mills and railway yards, be burned. The fire got out of control and left Atlanta in ruins.Sherman and 60,000 of his soldiers then headed toward Savannah, Georgia, destroying everything in their path that could help the Confederates. They captured Savannah and completed their March to the Sea on December 23, 1864. The Civil War ended on April 9, 1865, when the Confederate commander in chief, Robert E. Lee, surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia.After the war, Sherman succeeded Grant as commander in chief of the U.S. Army, serving from 1869 to 1883. Sherman, who is credited with the phrase “war is hell,” died February 14, 1891, in New York City. The city of Atlanta swiftly recovered from the war and became the capital of Georgia in 1868, first on a temporary basis and then permanently by popular vote in 1877.For more information on this day in history, go here. TAGSCivil WarThe HIstory Channel Previous articleTropical Storm Hermine headed towards FloridaNext articleWhat You Need to Know about Food Allergies Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom center_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 343 256 010 008 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Rupeni Caucau’s wonder try for Toulouse against Brive

first_imgWednesday Mar 16, 2011 Rupeni Caucau’s wonder try for Toulouse against Brive Rupeni Caucau scored Toulouse’s only try as they narrowly beat Brive 23-22 in the French Top 14 a few days ago. As with most of his career, the try he scored was anything but regulation.Toulouse extended their lead at the top of the table despite being made to work hard against a Brive side that battled valiantly, with Alexis Palisson scoring their only try, while Mathieu Belie and Julien Caminati kicked the rest of their points.Frederic Michalak did the kicking for Toulouse, scoring all the points bar Caucau’s try, including a late penalty that effectively gave them the win, pushing Brive back into the relegation zone.It feels like every time something is posted about him, the Fijian’s weight, form, and fitness leading up to the World Cup is brought up. It’s difficult to avoid though, as he is without a doubt one of the most exciting backs to play the game in the last ten years.It looks as though he still has the magic touch too, as he somehow managed to get through a few defenders, holding the ball up in the air with one hand (in wet conditions) to score an important try for the French league leaders.A short interview is included in the video too, with the man himself discussing the try. :: Related Posts :: Rupeni Caucau scores his first try for Toulouse Time: 01:46ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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On the picket line

first_imgFlight attendants unite:  ‘No concessions’ Three unions, representing 80% of all U.S. flight attendants, issued a joint open letter July 3 addressed to their members and the airline industry: “Concessions cannot and will not resolve the crisis in the industry. We are putting management on notice: Don’t even think about it.” Initiated by the Association of Flight Attendants-Communication Workers (AFA-CWA), led by President Sara Nelson, cosigners included the Association of Professional Flight Attendants and the Transport Workers Union.Noting that passenger demand is now only about 20% of what it was a year ago, due to the worldwide pandemic and the economic depression, which have drastically cut business and social travel. The statement asserts: “Our wages, health care benefits, work rules and job protections are not the problem in this industry. The problem is one of demand, which will only be resolved when the flying public feels safe to travel.”The letter concludes: “We must not let management set up a false choice of pitting our careers against our contracts. …  Cutting wages and work rules will not bring our jobs back.  …  [W]e stand united in our opposition to concessions. Flight Attendants must not be allowed to bear the burden of the aviation crisis.Nurses in motion from coast to coastNational Nurses United held a memorial in front of the Capitol on July 21 honoring the more than 160 nurses who have lost their lives from COVID-19. They are demanding essential personal protective equipment and regulatory protection for frontline nurses and other health care workers.Previously on March 6, 1,600 registered nurses at Mission Hospital, the largest health care center in Western North Carolina, petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to form an NNU unit in the country’s second-least unionized state. The nurses want to raise hospital staffing levels to lower nurse-to-patient ratios. This is believed to be one of the largest union campaigns in the country today. (Portside, July 15)NNU proudly announced on July 16 that the registered nurses at St. Mary’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz., voted overwhelmingly to approve their first contract with the NNU. This is a first for RNs in the state. The three-year contract includes safe patient care protections during COVID-19, with a voice for nurses about PPE, optimal patient handling, lift equipment and communicable disease issues; a Professional Practice Committee to meet monthly about optimal patient care and nursing practice; and at least 8 hours rest between shifts.The July 10 Payday Report cites nurses on strike in areas with a major surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations, including Riverside, Calif., Houston and Joliet, Ill., to name a few. The newsletter has recorded over 900 labor strikes since March.To create jobs, Missouri labor joins fight for MedicaidSeeking to create 16,000 jobs in Missouri, a coalition of organized labor, businesses, patient advocates and faith leaders is supporting the “Yes on 2” ballot initiative, which would expand Medicaid in the state. Already nearly 300 organizations, including the Missouri AFL-CIO and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, have transcended party politics, racial lines, the rural-urban split and other usually divisive barriers.“Our partners recognize the urgency of Medicaid expansion to protect frontline health care jobs, help keep endangered rural hospitals open, boost our state’s economy and generate additional jobs during our ongoing economic crisis,” campaign manager A.J. Bockelman told the July 23 Labor Tribune.Researchers at Washington University report the expansion will save the state more than $1 billion annually by 2026, with tax dollars coming back from Washington and cutting state costs. An independent study by economic analysts projected job growth will happen at nearly 80% outside the health care industry and Missouri’s big cities. Average personal income would grow by $1.1 billion annually — with an extra $500 on average for each Missouri household.Hire Oregon workers for renewable energy projects there!Why are Oregon renewable energy projects, which get state tax subsidies, going to out-of-state contractors? Oregon Building Trades Council Executive Secretary Robert Camarillo is organizing to end that. If fossil fuel developers have to sign a Project Labor Agreement, he wants the same rules to apply to renewable energy projects: mandating in-state hiring, paying prevailing wage and instituting apprenticeship training programs. Camarillo set up an ad hoc task force with staff and leaders of five building trade unions that meets weekly. They are making videos in which Eastern Oregon residents and union members talk about why they want that work. Stay tuned.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Journalist still held in Azerbaijan, three months after kidnap in Georgia

first_img News AzerbaijanGeorgiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentExiled mediaPredatorsImprisoned June 4, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts RSF also reiterates its condemnation of Azerbaijan’s persecution of independent journalists like Mukhtarli, who was living in exile in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, when kidnapped on 29 May. According to officials at the prison where Mukhtarli is detained, he is in the best of health despite being diabetic. But his lawyers and wife say he has lost 21 kilos since his abduction, has high blood pressure and was denied access to medicine for a long time. He has been refused family visits several times and, despite everything, a court in Baku has just extended his provisional detention until 30 October. “Afgan Mukhtarli’s detention is a disgrace for both Azerbaijan and Georgia,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Not only is no one able to explain how it began, but now it is being extended in defiance of the most elementary humanitarian principles.” “We again appeal to the Azerbaijani authorities to free this journalist at once and to drop the trumped-up charges brought against him. And the Georgian authorities must shed all possible light on how he came to be abducted.” An investigative journalist and activist, Mukhtarli had been living in exile in Georgia since 2015. He was grabbed near his Tbilisi home on the evening of 29 May, bundled into a car, tied up and beaten. He says his abductors wore Georgian criminal police uniforms. The next day his family learned that he was in the custody of the Azerbaijani border police. According to the Azerbaijani government’s account, Mukhtarli was arrested near the border with 10,000 euros in his pockets. He is charged with contraband, crossing the border illegally and refusing to comply with instructions from the police. He rejects all the charges. In Georgia, an investigation into Mukhtarli’s “illegal detention” has drawn a blank although several members of the Georgian security services were fired. Surveillance camera recordings near the scene of the abduction were mysteriously tampered with. Mukhtarli’s wife, Leila Mustafayeva, has criticized the lack of progress and has accused the Georgian authorities of not conducting a serious investigation. In June, members of the European Parliament called for Mukhtarli’s immediate release and the withdrawal of all charges. Mukhtarli worked for IWPR and the Meydan TV independent news website, often writing about high-level government corruption in Azerbaijan. Shortly before his abduction, he said he was being closely watched and that he was concerned for his safety and the safety other Azerbaijani dissidents in Georgia. The Azerbaijani authorities have done everything possible to crush media pluralism in recent years. The most outspoken media outlets have all been throttled financially or forcibly closed. Access to their websites is blocked. The last independent outlet, the Turan news agency, is now being targeted. Its director, Mehman Aliyev, was arrested on 24 August and has been placed in pre-trial detention for three months. Crippled by judicial proceedings, Turan has announced that it will suspend all activities from 1 September onwards. Azerbaijan is ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Its president, Ilham Aliyev, is on RSF’s list of press freedom predators. June 7, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanGeorgiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentExiled mediaPredatorsImprisoned June 8, 2021 Find out more Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says August 29, 2017 Journalist still held in Azerbaijan, three months after kidnap in Georgia Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls again for the immediate release of Afgan Mukhtarli, an Azerbaijani journalist who today completes his third month in detention since his abduction in neighbouring Georgia and forcible return to Azerbaijan. He is still being held although now in very poor health. RSF_en “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says to go furtherlast_img read more

TV newsreader shot dead in Russia’s North Caucasus

first_img News News Photo: RIA Novosti Organisation Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing RussiaEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders is deeply saddened by the murder yesterday of Kazbek Gekkyev, a newsreader on the local station of the state broadcaster VGTRK in the North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.“We wish to express our sincerest condolences to Kazbek Gekkyev’s family and call for a comprehensive and impartial investigation to be undertaken as soon as possible,” the press freedom organization said. “It is vital that there should be an end to the impunity surrounding crimes against those who work in news and information in the Russian Caucasus.”Gekkyev, 28, was shot dead about 9 p.m. on his way home from the television studio in the regional capital, Nalchik. Witnesses said he was walking in the street when a car stopped and two unidentified people got out. They asked if he was the TV presenter Kazbek Gekkyev, and when he confirmed his identity, they fired three shots at him before fleeing. The journalist died at the scene before help arrived.The police launched an immediate investigation into the killing, which they believe could be linked to the journalist’s work. Lyudmila Kazancheva, the head of the local VGTRK office, said his work did not directly involve sensitive subjects. According to the federal Investigative Committee, there could be a link to threats from radical Islamist groups received by journalists at the TV station. On 13 February this year, radical Islamists posted a video on the Jamaat Takbir website in which they threatened two newsreaders, Aznor Attayev and Arina Zhiliassova, accusing them of presenting anti-terrorist operations in too positive a light and vowing to “carve the smiles on their faces with a knife”. The North Caucasus is the most dangerous region in Russia for those working in the media as well as for the rest of the civilian population. On 15 December last year, Khadzhimurad Kamalov, an eminent independent journalist, was shot dead in the Caucasian republic of Dagestan. To date there has been no progress in the investigation of that crime. According to the murdered journalist’s brother, Magdi-Magomed Kamalov, “the investigation has been blocked by the Dagestan police”. An open letter has been sent to President Vladimir Putin at the initiative of Russian civil society, asking him to ensure the investigation takes place under federal auspices and to stop the murders of journalists from going unpunished. Click here to read a Reporters Without Borders report on the media in the Russian Caucasus published in October 2011: http://en.rsf.org/russie-terror-threats-and-corruption-13-10-2011,41193…. News Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts May 5, 2021 Find out more May 21, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF_en Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption RussiaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Russia News December 6, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV newsreader shot dead in Russia’s North Caucasus to go furtherlast_img read more

New University of Limerick president announced

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The new president of the University of Limerick will be Professor Desmond FitzgeraldProfessor Desmond Fitzgerald will take over as the new president of UL next MayPROFESSOR Desmond Fitzgerald, a vice president at UCD is to succeed Professor Don Barry as the President of University of Limerick next May.The Chancellor of the University of Limerick, Mr Justice John Murray, made the announcement this Thursday at a specially-convened meeting of the Governing Authority of the University of Limerick,.The nomination was accepted from the Presidential Selection Board this week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Professor Fitzgerald is currently Vice President for Health Affairs at University College Dublin as well as Chief Academic Officer of Ireland East Hospital Group.His term as President of UL will commence on 1 May, 2017 when he will succeed Professor Don Barry whose term of office ends in April 2017.Speaking of the appointment, the Chancellor of the University of Limerick, Mr. Justice John Murray said: “I am delighted to welcome Professor Fitzgerald as the next President of UL.  He is a widely-respected scholar and leader in the academic world, with an enviable international research reputation and unrivalled experience gained at strategic levels in a number of highly-ranked universities.  I know I speak for the Governing Authority and the broader UL community in stating how much we look forward to working with Professor Fitzgerald to build on UL’s fine foundations as we realise the institution’s vision and objectives for the future”.Professor Fitzgerald said: “I am delighted. The University of Limerick has had remarkable success in its short history due to its staff, its students and the support it has from the community and the Foundation. I am honoured to lead UL during the next phase. I look forward to working with colleagues and partners to secure a strong national and international academic profile.  UL has unique strengths – its staff, students, alumni and friends; its powerful local, national and international partnerships; its stunning campus and its excellent reputation. I want UL to establish and lead pioneering initiatives that will deliver real impact in a range of important areas that are critical to Ireland’s future and the future of the Mid West”.Professor Fitzgerald previously served as Vice President Research at UCD (2004 – 2014), playing a pivotal role in the institution’s restructuring and the transformation of UCD’s research performance in competitive, internationally-judged research programmes funded by the EU, PRTLI and Science Foundation Ireland.  Achievements include the establishment of the UCD Science Centre, the National Institute of Bioprocessing Research and Training, the National Digital Research Centre, Systems Biology Ireland, the UCD Precision Medicine Facility and the Charles Institute for Dermatology Research and Training, while also securing UCD the national leadership position in EU FP7 funding.  Professor Fitzgerald has developed a strong range of international networks and collaborative partnerships, in particular in the US, China and Malaysia.In his role as Chief Academic Officer within the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG – UCD’s affiliated hospital group) Professor Fitzgerald has led the Group’s education and training initiatives, with noteworthy successes including the Learning Hospital at the UCD Beacon Hospital Academy and the development of an Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) to align the strategy and mission of the Group with the academic mission of UCD.Prior to UCD, he also held senior leadership roles in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, including as Director of Research in recognition of his profound personal commitment to research and education, especially in the medicine and health sciences.ProfileProfessor Fitzgerald obtained his medical degree from UCD, subsequently training in Cardiology and Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University in the US. He has also held positions as Consultant Lecturer in Medicine and Therapeutics at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and UCD, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Consultant in Clinical Pharmacology at Beaumont Hospital and Visiting Cardiologist at the National Maternity Hospital.  In 2004, he was appointed UCD Vice-President for Research and Professor of Molecular Medicine and he is currently Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Academic Officer of Ireland East Hospital Group.With over 450 research publications and an h-index of 57, Professor Fitzgerald is a well-respected clinical academic in translational medicine and founder of two biomedical companies. His research is in Vascular Biology, with a particular focus on platelets and thrombosis in coronary artery disease. He was Chairman of the Health Research Board of Ireland (2004-2007), has held committee positions in the Irish Medicines Board and is a member of several professional bodies, including the American Heart Association and the European Society for Cardiology, where he chaired the Working Group on Platelets and Thrombosis. He is currently a Governor of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. He has been a member of the Editorial Boards of several journals, including Circulation. He is Deputy Chairperson of the National Institute of Health Research TCC and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute of Translational Medicine and Therapeutics. He has been an Adjunct Chair in Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania and was elected to the Association of American Physicians in 2006. NewsBreaking newsNew University of Limerick president announcedBy Staff Reporter – October 6, 2016 1328 University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May WhatsApp Facebook TAGSfeaturedProfessor Desmond FitzgeraldProfessor Don barryUniversity of Limerick Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party center_img Previous articleSoccer – A night of celebration for Limerick FCNext articleGood news keeps coming on the Limerick jobs front Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties Advertisement Linkedin Email Twitter Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limericklast_img read more

States Trying to Circumvent Federal Property Tax Changes

first_img Tagged with: Property Taxes tax cuts and jobs act Tax Reform taxes About Author: David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: The Cost of GSE Reform Next: Bankruptcy Judge Backs Lehman Brothers in RMBS Suit Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Property Taxes tax cuts and jobs act Tax Reform taxes 2018-03-11 David Wharton Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / States Trying to Circumvent Federal Property Tax Changes While the long-term effects of the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act remain to be seen, one of the more controversial changes in the law involves caps on interest payment deductions and property tax deductions. Prior to the tax reform bill, homeowners could deduct interest payments on home loans worth up to $1 million. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act decreases that to $750,000, as well as capping annual property tax deductions at $10,000, when there was no cap on this previously. Now some affected states are looking for ways to minimize or eliminate the financial penalties the tax law would impose on homeowners with high property values.As reported by USA Today in January, the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut actually formed a coalition to sue the federal government over the tax changes. Whether that works or not, in the meantime Forbes reports that several states are coming up with plans to allow homeowners to work around the new caps and reduce their resulting tax burden under the new law.So what do these plans look like? In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has put forward a proposal that would allow cities and towns within the state to create state-owned charitable organizations that taxpayers could donate into, after which they would receive an equivalent tax credit. So, as Forbes explains, “…in theory, a homeowner with a $12,000 tax bill could instead donate $12,000 to their town’s charity and end up owning nothing in taxes.”New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo has put forward a similar plan, which would allow New Yorkers donating to the proposed state-owned charities to get an 85 percent tax credit back on their strategic donations. However, Cuomo also proposes instituting a voluntary payroll tax in which participating employers would pay a 5 percent tax annually on employee payroll expenses above $40,000 a year. Those employees would then receive state income tax credits that would reduce their federal tax liability, in theory.Could these plans work? U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has called the idea “ridiculous.” Time will tell who is right. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Journal, News States Trying to Circumvent Federal Property Tax Changes Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago March 11, 2018 1,725 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Oxford research points to the need for divorce law reform

first_imgNew Oxford University research has shown “unreasonable behaviour” to be the most common ground for divorce. In response, the study’s leading academic John Haskey has deemed current divorce law interpretation “problematic.”The research comes only days after the UK Supreme Court’s dismissal of Tini Owens’ divorce case sparked national outcry. Studying data from 1971, when the 1969 Divorce Reform Act came into use, Haskey found “unreasonable behaviour” to be the most common ‘fact’ which couples cite as evidence for their marriage breakdown.Haskey, of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, revealed that the proportion of divorces granted due to ‘unreasonable behaviour’ had increased dramatically. For those granted to wives, the proportion of divorces trebled from 17% in 1971 to 51% in 2016. For those to husbands, the uptick was even more significant – from 2 to 36%.Currently, any petitioner must select at least one ‘fact’ to justify their divorce. These include three ‘fault’ facts, which imply blame: desertion, unreasonable behaviour, and adultery. The 1969 Act also added two ‘no-fault’ facts. A couple can divorce if they both agree and have been separated for two years, or five years if the respondent does not wish to divorce.Haskey also found that, despite couples being able to divorce without assigning blame following the Act, the proportion of divorces being granted because of ‘fault’ facts today is still similar to the proportion in 1973.Reformers calling for a no-fault divorce system, however, should be not necessarily be disheartened.Speaking to Cherwell, Haskey said: “To obtain a quick divorce, petitioners can be tempted to petition on a ‘fault’ fact – e.g. adultery, or unreasonable behaviour – and, in the latter case, they may exaggerate the behaviour to be more certain of winning their case. “The respondent cannot really rebut the allegation, as it is impractical to defend a divorce – which leads to conflict and acrimony.”In his report, Haskey also pointed out that ‘unreasonable behaviour’ may be popular because it could be conceived as the “least offensive” of the fault facts.He told Cherwell: “In recent years ‘unreasonable behaviour’ has been interpreted much more liberally than before, undoubtedly influenced by society’s changing values and norms as to how husbands and wives should treat each other.“It is problematic in how to interpret the law in the light of changing views on what constitutes ‘unreasonable’ and in practice it has become a “catch-all” ‘fact’ for those wanting divorce.”Furthermore, a Nuffield report into family law indicated that only 65% of petitioners believed that the fact cited tallied ‘very closely’ with the reality of the marriage breakdown. For respondents, this fell to 29%.Resolution is a family justice organisation that campaigns for improvements to the justice system. They propose an alternative divorce procedure which would allow either partner to give notice that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. The divorce can then proceed. After a period of six months, if the couple still think they are making the right decision, the divorce can be finalised.Their spokesperson, Lisa Dorstek, told Cherwell: “At the crux of the issue is the needless conflict created by the divorce process at an already difficult time for a separating couple. “We know that conflict can also have a disproportionate impact on any children and can make reaching a mutually acceptable agreement on children or finances more difficult.“Actively encouraging blame has no place in a system where we aim to reduce negative impact on all those involved and flies in the face of government efforts to support people to reach agreements out of court.“Divorce without blame was provided for in the Family Law Act 1996 but never enacted. The Government’s own Family Mediation Taskforce recently recommended that divorce without blame be introduced.”According to the Nuffield report, divorce legislation in England and Wales is “out of step” with other countries. In Scotland, if couples have not lived together for just a year, they can be granted a divorce if both parties consent.last_img read more

Business start-ups: Ms Cupcake

first_imgSo do you want to be a baker or run a business? No matter how much you love baking, Ms Cupcake’s Melissa Morgan says you have to let go of the piping bag.When you decide to open your own business, it is usually because you feel you are very good at the ’thing’ that you do and you cannot understand why you are spending your time working for someone else. Or maybe you are stuck in a career that has nothing to do with where your passion lies.In the early days of Ms Cupcake, I began researching and meeting with people to further understand the bakery market. Back then, I was asked a very important question by a business advisor: “Do you want to make and decorate cakes for a living?” My answer was “No”.His response was: “That’s the right answer; you will run a successful cake business.”Seems a bit odd doesn’t it? Surely that’s why you should open a cake business because you love making cakes and want to extend your hobby into a profession. Sure, I love making cakes. I am also passionate about food and creating new recipes. And at the risk of sounding immodest, I am very good at what I do! Yet this passion and skill will only make you a good baker, not a good business owner.When you start your business, you do everything. You bake, sell, clean, balance books, get the supplies, update your website etc. You don’t mind all the hard work, because you have the passion. But it becomes very clear (very quickly) that it is impossible for one person to do all of these things and move past the ’hobby/part-time income’ stage. Something has to give. You think, “Great I’ll get an accountant, a website developer and someone to sell the cakes for me”But as soon as all of those people are in place, you need to start paying them, so you need to figure out a way to make and sell a lot more cakes. You start working even longer hours in an attempt to get enough income in, but you don’t have time to consider the big picture, pursue new markets, shops or ways to retail your cakes, because you are too busy making them. And here’s the difficulty: you cannot hire someone to ’run your business’ that’s your job. So if you want your business to grow, you have to give up the thing that got you to open the business in the first place.Now don’t get me wrong! I still ’make’ cake. I still invent every recipe we bake and I still control which of those recipes we bake every day. But I now have a very skilled team behind me who can turn my culinary visions into a reality. All of our cakes are still hand-crafted under my watchful eye, but I have allowed my company to grow organically and flourish.So when people who are interested in running their own cake business ask me for advice, I ask them: “Do you want to run a cake company or do you want to be a baker?” If you want to be a baker, save yourself the hassle and heartache and go find yourself a job working for someone. If you want to run a business that enables the making of your cakes, then accept that you will need to hand over the ’act’ of baking to someone else. Then take a deep breath and let the journey begin!last_img read more