Colombia rechaza el acuerdo de paz

first_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Press Release Service Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Submit an Event Listing Tags An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Collierville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Colombia rechaza el acuerdo de paz El obispo episcopal de Colombia pide oraciones ante la incertidumbre que trae el rechazo a los acuerdos Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Featured Jobs & Calls Youth Minister Lorton, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET [Episcopal News Service] El obispo episcopal de Colombia, Francisco Duque, pide oraciones ante la incertidumbre que trae el rechazo a los acuerdos.  El gobierno y la guerrilla aseguran que el pacto de cese al fuego se mantendrá.Contra todo pronóstico, los colombianos que rechazaron los acuerdos de paz fueron más y sorprendieron en el plebiscito celebrado este domingo. Con un total del 99,79% de papeletas escrutadas, el “no” ganaba con un estrecho margen: el 50,23% de los votantes rechazó los acuerdos y un 49,76% dio el sí al proceso de paz.“Todavía estamos en shock. No hemos asimilado los resultados, fue un voto de emoción, de opinión, la gente que llegó a votar por el no, no quería dar a conocer su opinión antes para que no la juzgaran, pero al ir a las urnas se expresaron”, dijo a ENS el obispo de Colombia Francisco Duque.Las encuestas proyectaban que más del 60% de la población votaría por el sí, pero la realidad fue muy diferente y muchos ni siquiera fueron a votar. Según cifras oficiales, del total de colombianos aptos para votar, únicamente el 37% acudió a las urnas.La consulta pública no era legalmente necesaria para implementar los acuerdos de paz negociados entre el  gobierno y los líderes de la Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC). Sin embargo, el presidente de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, consideró que una plebiscito daría legitimidad a los acuerdos.La noche del domingo, el presidente reconoció con pesar la decisión popular. “Hoy me dirijo al país como presidente de todos los colombianos, tanto de los que votaron por el sí como por el no. Los convoqué para refrendar. La mayoría, así sea por un estrechísimo margen, dijo que no. Soy el primero en reconocer el resultado”, afirmó.Santos aseguró que no se dará por vencido y seguirá en busca de la paz. La primera acción anunciada por el Presidente fue convocar a todas las fuerzas políticas para analizar los resultados y abrir espacio al diálogo.“Como Presidente, conservo intactas mis facultades y mi obligación para mantener el orden público y para buscar y negociar la paz. El cese al fuego y de hostilidades —bilateral y definitivo— seguirá vigente”, dijo el Presidente en su discurso ante la incertidumbre generada por los resultados.El Presidente anunció que Humberto De la Calle, jefe de las negociaciones de parte del gobierno, viajaría lo antes posible a Cuba para mantener el diálogo con los líderes de las FARC. Sin embargo, De la Calle presentó su renuncia este lunes.Las FARC reaccionanA través de su cuenta de Twitter, las FARC publicaron el domingo: “Al pueblo colombiano que sueña con la paz, que cuente con nosotros. La paz triunfará.”El líder guerrillero, Rodrigo Londoño, alias “Timochenko”, se pronunció ante el resultado desde Cuba. “Las FARC-EP reiteran su disposición a usar solamente la palabra como arma de construcción hacia el futuro”, dijo el líder de la guerrilla, confirmando el cese al fuego.El obispo Duque expresó que la reafirmación de cese al fuego es señal de esperanza. “La gente ha tenido dudas sobre lo que recibirán las FARC [después de los acuerdos], pero todos queremos el fin de la guerra. Como Iglesia vemos que nuestro papel será conciliar entre los hermanos con opiniones tan polarizadas y buscar construir juntos la paz”, manifestó el Obispo.El movimiento a favor del “no” a los acuerdos ha sido liderado por el ex presidente de Colombia y actual senador, Álvaro Uribe, junto a su partido Centro Democrático. Uribe expresó su postura ante los resultados y exhortó a los colombianos a renegociar los acuerdos. “Queremos aportar a un gran pacto nacional, nos parece fundamental que en nombre de la paz no se ponga en riesgo la libertad, la justicia institucional, la confianza en el emprendimiento privado como cabeza de la política social”, dijo.La iglesia episcopal en Colombia reconoce que la renegociación de algunos puntos no será fácil, pero confía que al menos se hará en medio de una tregua, sin violencia ni muertes.Los más afectados por la guerra votaron por el síSegún información recogida por la revista Semana de Colombia, las zonas más afectadas durante medio siglo de guerra votaron en su mayoría a favor de los acuerdos de paz. En regiones montañosas donde la guerra sigue presente como Chocó, Cauca, Caquetá, Guaviare y Nariño, más del 60% de los votos fueron por el sí a la paz.Las mismas FARC destacaron el caso de Bojaya, Chocó, en su cuenta de Twitter. Según datos oficiales, en esa municipalidad el 96% de la población votó por el sí. La votación es bastante significativa porque una de las masacres recientes de las FARC fue precisamente en esa localidad. El 2 de mayo de 2002,  una bomba dirigida a los paramilitares cayó en un templo católico dejando como saldo 79 muertos, decenas de heridos y la evacuación total del pueblo.“Pedimos a la Iglesia mucha oración para que se pueda llegar a los acuerdos necesarios y para que todos podamos vivir como hermanos. Que logremos una paz que traiga justicia, repación y no repetición”, pidió el obispo Duque a la comunidad internacional ante el futuro de Colombia y el camino por recorrer para alcanzar la paz.center_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Albany, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Belleville, IL Anglican Communion, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Colombia Peace Agreement Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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London Wasps sign Hurricanes flyer Alapati Leiua

first_imgTuesday Apr 29, 2014 London Wasps sign Hurricanes flyer Alapati Leiua London Wasps have secured the signature of in-form Hurricanes and Samoa back, Alapati Leiua. The Samoan powerhouse has impressed in Super Rugby this season, and can play centre or wing. He’ll join Wasps after the Super Rugby season.Leiua made his Test debut for Samoa in the victory over Scotland in Durban in June 2013, and toured with Samoa on their end of year trip to Europe.Missing the first part of the 2013 ITM Cup through injury, Leuia returned for the last four matches and played his 50th game for Wellington against Hawke’s Bay, impressing with his performances as Wellington reached the ITM Cup Final.London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “We have been really impressed with what we have seen of Alapati and he will add power and pace to our backline options.”“We have identified the type of players we need to add to the side and he fits the bill very well. He is powerful, has good feet and knows where the try line is, and I am sure he will make a big impact here.”Leiua said: “After considering a number of options the decision to join London Wasps was made easy after meeting with Dai Young and hearing his vision for the future of the Club.“I am very excited to be playing in the Aviva Premiership next season and look forward to contributing to the success of London Wasps,” he added. Leiua becomes Wasps’ sixth high-profile signing, after the announcements that Bradley Davies, James Gaskell, Rob Miller, Lorenzo Cittadini and Ruaridh Jackson will also be joining.Leiua scored on of the tries of the season not too long ago against the Crusaders (included below)ADVERTISEMENT 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. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Turning Cube House / A’DUS [Architectural Designer Cluster]

first_img Construction: ArchDaily Photographs Turning Cube House / A’DUS [Architectural Designer Cluster]Save this projectSaveTurning Cube House / A’DUS [Architectural Designer Cluster] “COPY” Design Team:Koo Jung Hwan, Kang Young Joo, Yoo Si Man, Kim Sung Jin, Kim Soo Jung, Yoo Yeong Won, Yang Tae Won, Jung Mi Young, Choi Jae Bin, Hwang Seung YeonCountry:South KoreaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Kyung RohRecommended ProductsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornFrom outside to inside, inside to outside – Required space programs are planned for each cube. And these cubes create the entirety of the space and architectural form. Once a cell is filled by either programs or building masses, other cell will be emptied. The design approach is this repetitive process of filling and emptying the cells. Main courtyard space penetrates the building vertically and horizontally. The space is harmonized with surrounding cubes, which has its own personality and unique function, and makes a relationship between inside and outside.Save this picture!© Kyung RohSave this picture!Ground floor PlanSave this picture!© Kyung RohSave this picture!© Kyung RohIn some cube, a car will be lifted up to a living room by a car lift, and it will change the atmosphere of living room as an automobile exhibition hall. In other cube, a void is formed that penetrates the entire interior space as if reflecting the exterior courtyard. Since each program has a distinct personality with unique spatial quality, dramatic tensions and scenic views are displayed when one walk thorough the spaces.Save this picture!© Seungbeom HurSave this picture!First floor PlanSave this picture!Turning Cube DiagramSave this picture!© Seungbeom HurThree Meaning of “Il-Haeng” – During the design phase, client requested to think about the meaning of representing the house. As representing Client’s lifestyle and his/her entire values in terms of life, we named the house, “Il-haeng”. The name, “Il-Haeng” contains 3 different meanings.1. People who go the road together2. Daily happiness3. Walking in a daySave this picture!© Seungbeom HurProject gallerySee allShow lessBoxen at ArkDes / Dehlin Brattgård ArkitekterSelected ProjectsMarshall Blecher & Studio Fokstrot Imagine Floating Islands in the Center of CopenhagenArchitecture News Share Noh Jin Ho Projects Mixed Use Architecture Lead Architects: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/937791/turning-cube-architectural-designer-cluster Clipboard “COPY” Year:  Save this picture!© Seungbeom Hur+ 41Curated by Hana Abdel Share 2019 South Korea Turning Cube House / A’DUS [Architectural Designer Cluster] Architects: A’DUS [Architectural Designer Cluster] Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Seungbeom Hur, Kyung Roh Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project A’DUS [Architectural Designer Cluster] ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/937791/turning-cube-architectural-designer-cluster Clipboard CopyMixed Use Architecture, Houses•South Korea Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Valcucine, FILOBE, Gu-Sung Engineering and Construction, Samsung Electronics, TAE-YANG HIGH TECH, Trimble, WITHJIS Area:  481 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeA’DUS [Architectural Designer Cluster]OfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsMixed Use ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookSouth KoreaPublished on April 20, 2020Cite: “Turning Cube House / A’DUS [Architectural Designer Cluster]” 20 Apr 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ NaturalPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WindowsVitrocsaSliding Window – Mosquito NetSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 4″Sports ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Fit in Ekaterinburg Public SpaceWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsKnobsKarcher DesignDoor Knob K390 (50)TablesVitsœ621 Side TableMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Over 150 fundraisers awarded qualifications at first virtual CIoF graduation ceremony

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Emma Louise-Singh, trustee, added:“Next year will be a challenging one for our sector. Whilst our qualifications won’t make [the challenges] go away, it will arm us with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to do the very best fundraising we can do for our organisations and emerge as even stronger fundraisers the other side.”The CIoF’s qualifications are internationally recognised. The next Certificate and Diploma courses start in March next year. Both are online, take around an academic year to complete, and require around 6-8 hours per week study time. The Certificate has four modules, covering the fundraising environment, understanding donor behaviour, designing donor communication and fundamentals of fundraising planning. The Diploma is designed for fundraisers with at least three years experience and whose roles include management and strategy responsibilities. Melanie May | 11 December 2020 | News The Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s ninth annual graduation ceremony saw 158 fundraisers awarded qualifications on Wednesday (09 December).This year, the ceremony was virtual for the first time, and 95 fundraisers graduated with the Certificate in Fundraising, 62 with the Diploma in Fundraising and 1 with the International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising.Chief executive Peter Lewis opened proceedings by reflecting on 2020 for charities, fundraising and fundraisers, and commended the graduates on their commitment to their cause, its beneficiaries, and donors during this challenging time:“Charities have faced increases in demand, which are set to continue into 2021, whether directly COVID related or as an indirect result of the impact of COVID on their causes or the people they serve. It has of course impacted on how graduates could study and be assessed with our tutors and team switching the courses to virtual.” Advertisementcenter_img  106 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Over 150 fundraisers awarded qualifications at first virtual CIoF graduation ceremony Tagged with: Fundraising Qualifications Institute of Fundraisinglast_img read more

Eastern Michigan students win anti-racist victory

first_imgMilitant anti-racist student protests took place at Eastern Michigan University.On Feb. 2, Eastern Michigan University’s administration handed down its decision to drop sanctions against 16 students, mostly Black, who protested racist graffiti posted on university buildings in November. Officials gave way to escalating solidarity actions by students, faculty and community members.This outcome is a victory for the determined, anti-racist students who kept up the outcry against the EMU administration. It was due to protesters’ fearlessness and persistence that the charges were dropped. The EMU Black Student Union and the NAACP, among other groups, organized the protests.During the two weeks prior to the decision, students staged several protests, disrupting activity at the Student Center, declaring: “United we stand! Divided we fall!” and “Shame on you, EMU!” Over three consecutive days, students marched through the Student Center and picketed President James Smith’s office. They walked out and marched through the Pray-Harrold Building, ending up at the Student Center to demand: “Drop the charges!”The 16 students were sanctioned after occupying the Student Center past closing time in November. They heroically defied this “colorblind” administration. EMU officials originally called for the students’ expulsion, but later reduced the punishment to deferred suspensions. Officials then sent out letters of reprimand to the 16 students, which would have stayed on their academic records.Throughout the negotiations and student hearings, even in the face of massive criticism, the administration maintained that the rules must be “evenly applied” and that they must maintain the “integrity” of the “investigative process.” This prompted a student to succinctly reply, “Fuck the process!”The students condemned the white university administration’s racist hypocrisy in pursuing sanctions against Black students protesting racist intimidation. While EMU diligently prosecuted the case against the protesters, they didn’t put as much energy into finding those who wrote the threatening, racist messages on university buildings — including on the door of a historically Black fraternity. Students carried a huge sign at the protests stating: “Eastern Michigan University’s president is a racist.”The irony was not lost on protest organizers when the university held its Dr. Martin Luther King Day symposium, entitled, “Courageous Conversations: Writings on the Walls,” at the same time as it pursued punishment against Black students protesting racist graffiti.There is a long tradition of anti-racist student organizing in the Washtenaw County area. Many organizers at recent events in the city of Ypsilanti identified themselves with the deep abolitionist history in that city. Frederick Douglass spoke there during three separate visits 150 years ago, and the largest number of African-American Civil War veterans in the country are interred there.Mobilization at the University of Michigan around racial justice and sanctuary university status has likewise recently reached critical mass, especially through the efforts of Students4Justice, a students of color-led social justice group. The organization staged a walkout last year on Nov. 16 that attracted well over 1,000 students, faculty and community members.The protests follow years of organizing in the Washtenaw area by groups such as the Ann Arbor Alliance for Black Lives and Radical Washtenaw, who have fought to win justice for Aura Rain Rosser, a Black woman killed by Ann Arbor police officer David Reid on Nov. 9, 2014.Ann Arbor, dubbed “Klan Arbor” by some organizers, has shown its commitment to white supremacy and racism in its adamant refusal to significantly change its policing policies and hold accountable any officers or officials for Rosser’s death. Armed and in uniform, Reid still roams Ann Arbor, a known threat to all Black and Brown lives.The victory at EMU vindicates the 16 courageous, determined students and those who have stood in solidarity with them.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Political programme yanked from Tucumán TV station

first_img News News RSF_en Receive email alerts November 19, 2020 Find out more ArgentinaAmericas ArgentinaAmericas Help by sharing this information News Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites to go furthercenter_img Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the withdrawal of a political programme called “Periodismo de Verdad” by Canal 5 ATS television in the northwestern province of Tucumán. It had been presented for more than six years by Enrique “Harry” García Hamilton, the former editor of the province’s leading daily, La Gaceta.“The station’s explanations are not very convincing,” Reporters Without Borders said. “García says his programme was yanked as a result of political pressure. If true, this would be an act of censorship and political meddling in the running of TV station. Attempts by local politicians to influence a privately-owned station’s programming are unacceptable.”The Canal 5 ATS management told García they did not want to renew his contract as the programme was about to go out on 13 March. García claims that this was because the provincial government had threatened to withdraw state advertising worth 75,000 pesos (20,400 euros). The station denies this. The head of Canal 5 ATS, Alberto Matías, told the daily Clarín that “Periodismo de Verdad” was dropped simply because the station had decided it had too many political programmes and wanted to make room for more entertainment. Follow the news on Argentina News July 6, 2020 Find out more December 4, 2019 Find out more April 21, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Political programme yanked from Tucumán TV station On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Organisation Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the worldlast_img read more

Bank of America Loses Bid to Have Chicago Predatory Lending Lawsuit Dismissed

first_img Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Bank of America Blight Cook County Foreclosures Illinois Predatory Lending 2015-03-23 Brian Honea  Print This Post A federal judge has rejected Bank of America’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Cook County, Illinois, in which the county accused the megabank of predatory lending practices in the Chicago area, according to media reports.U.S. Judge Elaine Bucklo in Chicago ruled that Cook County, the nation’s second-most populated county behind only Los Angeles, would be allowed to pursue its case against Bank of America. According to reports and to Bank of America’s statement, the judge did not rule on the merits of the case.The county alleges that the bank engaged in a practice commonly known as “reverse redlining” in which a lender extends access to credit based on unfair terms such as race or ethnicity and in certain geographic areas. The lawsuit accuses Bank of America of making about 95,000 loans to minority borrowers on less favorable terms than those extended to white borrowers, according to reports. Cook County says that the bank’s alleged predatory lending practices resulted in a higher number of foreclosures, increased blight, and lower property taxes in urban Chicago.Bank of America was seeking to have the suit dismissed, claiming that the county lacked standing to sue and waited too long to initiate litigation. The bank also says the county did not prove that the bank violated the Fair Housing Act, according to reports.”This is a procedural ruling, not a decision on the merits of the County’s case,” Bank of America said in a prepared statement. “The court’s ruling makes clear that while the county makes plausible allegations to allow the case to proceed, it will bear the ultimate burden of supporting its claims with competent evidence at future stages of the litigation. The factual and legal issues in this case will be very complex. Bank of America’s record demonstrates a firm commitment and strong record for fair and responsible lending and community revitalization. We responded with urgency to rising mortgage defaults that resulted from the nation’s severe economic downturn, which the county’s suit all but ignores, providing unprecedented assistance to customers who have suffered personal financial hardships, and working with government agencies and non-profit organizations to revitalize neighborhoods.”The judge noted in her ruling that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in June as to the scope of claims that can be made under the Fair Housing Act, and that decision could have an impact on the Cook County case against Bank of America.Cook County brought a similar case against another megabank, Wells Fargo, in December, alleging that the bank engaged in a practice known as “equity stripping” in which the lender targets minorities for high-cost mortgage loans in order to maximize profits and assets without regard to the borrower’s ability to repay the loan. Last March, Cook County sued HSBC Holdings, claiming similar predatory lending practices. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Bank of America Blight Cook County Foreclosures Illinois Predatory Lending March 23, 2015 1,195 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Bank of America Loses Bid to Have Chicago Predatory Lending Lawsuit Dismissed Home / Daily Dose / Bank of America Loses Bid to Have Chicago Predatory Lending Lawsuit Dismissed About Author: Brian Honea Previous: Ocwen Refutes RMBS Investors’ Claims in Letter to Trustees Next: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 3/24/2015 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Newslast_img read more

International Best Practices For Whistle-Blowers: What India Can Adopt?

first_imgColumnsInternational Best Practices For Whistle-Blowers: What India Can Adopt? Shivangi Agrawal & Manan Agrawal10 Feb 2021 6:43 AMShare This – xWhistleblowing is an act whereby an individual discloses any unethical, illegal or unauthorised act of an individual to the public at large. The RTI Act, 2005 has come to be as ‘twin sister’ of whistleblowing. The Act has been used effectively to expose off the illegal activities. Much of the information that comes out through this is related to development projects, illegal…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?LoginWhistleblowing is an act whereby an individual discloses any unethical, illegal or unauthorised act of an individual to the public at large. The RTI Act, 2005 has come to be as ‘twin sister’ of whistleblowing. The Act has been used effectively to expose off the illegal activities. Much of the information that comes out through this is related to development projects, illegal mining, land acquisitions, welfare schemes, money laundering, etc. But, the large number of whistle-blowers has to meet drastic fate for their noble intention and work. The vulnerable condition in our country can be anticipated from the fact that 68 RTI activists have been killed since 2005, while six (6) committed suicide and many more have been assaulted, attacked and victimised, according to Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CPRI). The Whistle-blowers Protection Act (WBPA), 2011 was passed by the Parliament on February 21, 2014 to protect whistle-blowers from victimisation. The act was initiated after the brutal murder of Satyendra Dubey, the NHAI engineer who exposed the corruption in the Golden Quadrilateral Highway Construction project of US$10 billion in Jharkhand in 2003. Later after two years, one Shanmughan Manjunath, an Indian Oil Corporation officer was murdered for sealing the petrol pump when he found it selling adulterated fuel. The Act provides mechanism for inquiring against the acts of corruption, wilful misuse of power or discretion, or criminal offences by public servants. Today after the seven years down, the Act has not been enforced. Instead, an amendment Bill was introduced in the Parliament in 2015 without public consultation that proposes to withdraw the immunity available to whistle-blowers under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) that provides punishment of imprisonment for 14 years. The Bill also restrains the information exposed by whistle-blowers in relation to sovereignty, integrity, security or economic interests of the State from being inquired. Further, information which relates to commercial confidence, trade secrets, in fiduciary capacity cannot form part of WBPA unless such information has been procured under RTI. The Bill defeats the purpose of the Act at its very face. History The need of protection for whistle-blowers was first highlighted in Report of Law Commission of India in 2001. The Committee even drafted a bill to address the issue. The Hota Committee (Committee on Civil Service Reforms) 2004 considered to protect civil servants who report confidential information of misuse of power and authority. However, it did not make any recommendation. Then, in response to the petition of Satyendra Dubey, government in 2004 came up with a resolution titled ‘Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers Resolution (PIDPIR) which gave Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) the authority to act on complaints from whistle-blowers. Further, the report of Second Administrative Reforms Commission in 2007 also expressed the need to settle a law for protecting whistle-blowers. The Whistle-blowers Protection Act came into being in 2014 but since then it has not been enforced yet. Besides all this, India is also a signatory to UN Convention Against Corruption since 2005 which provides adequate safeguards and protection to persons making complaints and facilitate reporting against corrupt public officials. The OECD 2010 Good practice Guidance on Internal Controls, Ethics and Compliance also recommends companies to ensure protection of whistle-blowers both internally and externally. The WBPA however, does not cover corporate whistleblowing whereas corporates are the major stakeholders in such unauthorised acts. The vacuum has been filled by Regulation 18 of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 which makes it mandatory for all listed companies to establish “whistle-blower policy” for directors and employees to report any unethical concerns. Then, Section 177 of the Companies Act, 2013 mandates every listed company to establish vigil mechanism to report any fraud or unethical activity for its directors and employees. International Practices/ Principles Many nations have passed legislations to ensure protection of public sector and private sector employees. Some countries like Canada, USA, UK have ‘one stop shop’ approach to receive, manage, and investigate all whistleblowing matters. Canada has set up an Office of Public Sector Integrity Commissioner to receive reports and investigate the matters maintaining the confidentiality of the whistle-blower. Similarly, UK has Office of the Civil Service Commissioners to promote honesty, integrity and impartiality through public sector disclosures. US do so through Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) to adjudicate decisions. Thus to ensure the proper enforcement of the legislative provisions, an independent agency needs to be established. The mechanism should be set up for dealing with frivolous complaints. The individuals must be imposed with hefty compensation for their malicious activities. Also, the organisation to which the information is being passed by whistle-blowers should ensure the anonymity of these individuals. The WBPA, nor Listing Agreement or Companies Act provide mechanism for maintain the anonymity of the whistle-blowers. It is indeed important to realise that to save the lives of brave souls and also to encourage such matters being exposed, it is necessary that legal system of the country provides sufficient safeguards to the heroes. In Manjeet Singh Khera v/s State of Maharashtra, Justice K S Radhakrishnan very aptly held that, “Situations are many where certain persons do not want to disclose the identity as well as the information/complaint passed on by them to the ACB. If the names of the persons, as well as the copy of the complaint sent by them are disclosed, that may cause embarrassment to them and sometimes threat to their lives.” Recently, on plea of RTI Activist Saket Gokhale who placed reliance on Avishek Goenka v/s Union of India, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoUHA) directed all CPIOs to remove the details of RTI petitioners from public domain. The step in favour of activists is indeed appreciable. Second, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of US via Title 18 of the Code, Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2010 of Ireland, Canada Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act, 2005 protects whistleblowers from fear of retaliation and reprisal and explicitly criminalise any form of threat of suspension, lay-off etc. Irish law is stricter in the regard. The laws of Australia, New Zealand provides effective protection against any civil or criminal liability. The law should ensure protection from retribution, punishment, discrimination from employers, institutions, etc. for whistle-blowers. Third, the disclosure to media instead of employers has been seen to be more powerful and conscious decision. For instance, the revelation of ‘Panama Papers’ (1971) to the New York Times and The Washington Post by Daniel Ellsberg exposed the truth about US intentions on war with Vietnam in reality. The government was unable to hide the truth and that led to the end of war with withdrawal of US troops. Fourth, to ensure the effectiveness of reporting by whistle-blower, awareness is needed on protections available to an individual. For example, US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of the Whistle-blower (OWB) participates to promote compliance mechanisms with various stakeholders. Similar role is played by Korea’s Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) which is responsible for effective implementation o the policy aspects related to the Act. Fifth, countries must ensure effective financial payment system for whistle-blowers. Korea’s ACRC is mandated under Anti-Corruption Act and the Act on Protection of Public Interest of Whistle-blowers, 2011 to those individuals (public and private both) who report to ACRC. Further, the Dodd-Frank Act authorises US SEC to reward and provide monetary awards to those who provide SEC with the confidential information. The Act can be further amended to give incentives to the individuals who disclose information about mishappenings inside the entity or organisation. The act of whistleblowing requires a lot of courage and existence of flaws in the organisation can be exposed more appropriately by the people working with it. Some exceptional brave hearts do take a step ahead but the sword of corrupt power of top officials in the organisation is always hanging on their head. The law should ensure protection from retribution, punishment, discrimination for whistle-blowers. Transparency International, an organisation based in Berlin, shows corruption trends among nations released its Corruption Perception Index (CPI), 2020 and reports that India has slipped six places to 86th position among 180 countries. Thus, a number of countries and organisations have adopted effective measures to ensure the protection of whistle-blowers. The Act is the need of the hour in a democratic society to ensure transparency and accountability. The pre-condition of the whistle-blower law is independent legislation and judiciary. While judiciary has always shown a progressive approach for the protection of whistle-blowers, executive has remained adamant on its responsibilities. The RTI Act, The WBPA and The Lokpal & Lokayukta Act, 2013 could be harmonized for effective realisation of goals and smooth functioning of the justice delivery system. In absence of any proper legal framework, there would be gross violations of rights of whistle-blowers. Thus, it is the dire need of specific law in line with POSH Act, 2013 to deal with issues concerning whistle-blowers and keep check on internal and external mechanism.Views are personal.Next Storylast_img read more

Funding ring-fenced to progress new Buncrana leisure centre

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Previous articleCalls for all pubs to reopen next weekNext articleGardai investigating attempted burglary in St. Johnston News Highland By News Highland – November 26, 2020 Twitter Google+ Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Funding ring-fenced to progress new Buncrana leisure centre Google+center_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Assurances have been given that funding for Buncrana Leisure Centre has been set aside in Donegal County Councils Capital Budget. The capital budget is due to be adopted on Monday and includes the necessary monies to progress the project.Initial plans were to refurbish the current facility which has been closed to the public for several years, however it will cost less to knock the existing building and replace it with a new state of the art centre.Cllr Jack Murray is relieved that the leisure centre is being prioritised and hopes to that it will be up and running by 2022:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/jackmurray.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Election Candidate hits out at posters emerging in scenic areas

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