Save the Children partners with G-Nation to promote youth giving

first_img  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 21 April 2004 | News International children’s charity Save the Children has offered its support and endorsement for the campaign that works to motivate young people to do more for charity.Save the Children is offering children from one winning school at this year’s G-Nation Awards the chance to experience a Save the Children-funded youth project in India.The Awards are designed to inspire schools to take part in G-Week (26 June – 2 July), when hundreds of schools across the UK reflect on the value and impact of theirpast year’s charity-related work and/or participate in charitable activities. Advertisement Tagged with: Awards Events Giving/Philanthropy Save the Children partners with G-Nation to promote youth givingcenter_img Andrew Hutchinson, Head of Education at Save The Children, said: “The journey to India will provide real insights into how a major charity works with children and young people with far fewer life chances than theirpeers from the UK, whilst enjoying a lot in common. The visit will deepen understanding of how, by working together, young lives can be fundamentally changed.”The closing date for the awards is 12 July 2004 and the awards ceremony is inOctober. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Old shoes raise funds for Tommy’s at Brantano

first_imgOld shoes raise funds for Tommy’s at Brantano About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 23 May 2013 | News All the shoes Brantano collect will be passed on to a charity in Africa.Brantano has partnered with Tommy’s for the past eight years. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Family footwear shop Brantano is again offering to convert old shoes into funds for Tommy’s, the research charity that funds research into miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth.For every pair of old shoes donated at any of Brantano’s 145 stores between 25 May and 30 June, the company will donate 20p to the charity. Last year the campaign raised £6,000 for Tommy’s.In addition, following the Oxfam/M&S partnership model, shoe donors will receive a voucher for £5 off a new pair of shoes when they spend £25 or more. Advertisementlast_img read more

Fundraising opportunities from new and old banknotes and coins in 2017

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis60  244 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis60 A new £10 polymer note featuring Jane Austen will be issued, one year after the first polymer note was issued by the Bank of England, the £5 note. They will both continue to be produced using tallow, an animal slaughter product. AprilA new £2 coin design featuring first world war aviators will be introduced.End of AprilThe £1 coin should have reached all banks and retailers.5 MayThe old paper (cloth actually) £5 notes, with prison reformer Elizabeth Fry on the reverse, cease to be legal tender and will not be accepted by retailers. Yes, that does mean the fiver will be withdrawn on the fifth day of the fifth note. Which is the day after 4th May (or ‘May the Fourth’ if you’re a Star Wars fan).You can exchange one at face value in perpetuity by presenting it at the Bank of England, by post or in person.Charity shops and other sector retailers might find the Bank of England’s downloadable poster about the Paper £5 withdrawal useful.Paper £5 note withdrawal poster – image: Bank of EnglandWe’ve had #firstfiver, so why not ask supporters for their #finalfiver? This will become a little less straightforward from this date as the old notes will need to be separated and presented at the bank. It makes sense therefore to start appealing for these notes sooner rather than later.Did you know your old £5 will stop being legal tender on May 5? Thank you Daisy for donating your #FinalFiver #LastFiver to @smhbasingstoke pic.twitter.com/MYni0W966g— St Michael’s Hospice (@smhbasingstoke) February 14, 2017 Howard Lake | 7 March 2017 | News [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R11GA7CC9n8[/youtube] Which new/old coins and banknotes are you planning to ask supporters to donate this year? If you focus on just one coin or banknote campaign this year, this is the one with the highest individual value. So, #lasttenner and #firstnewtenner might be in some charities’ plans.15 OctoberThe round £1 coin will be withdrawn. From this point retailers will not be obliged to accept them as payment. However, you can still take them to the bank to be exchanged.Watch: The coins of 2017 by The Royal Mint[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiG-O95m56g[/youtube] 17 JulyA £5 commemorative coin will mark the 100th anniversary of the House of Windsor, when the Royal Family changed its name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.https://www.facebook.com/theroyalmint/videos/1375471449194097/ 2017 sees the introduction of a new £1 coin in the UK. But there are other key dates regarding banknotes and coins – and opportunities for fundraisers – throughout the year.We have already seen the introduction of a commemorative £5 coin featuring King Canute on 6 January, marking the 1,000th anniversary of his coronation. Here are some more commemorative and circulating coins due to be introduced in 2017, together with bank note developments. 28 MarchIntroducing the highly secure #newpoundcoin! Available from 28 March 2017: https://t.co/ZXPtHOnNix pic.twitter.com/Ite1Crnt2I— The Royal Mint (@RoyalMintUK) February 26, 2017 Advertisementcenter_img In 2017, we celebrate an enduring romance with Jane Austen and her works: https://t.co/2ZGHIBZCAv #WorldBookDay pic.twitter.com/kIDxpA9nWK— The Royal Mint (@RoyalMintUK) March 2, 2017Is this an opportunity to appeal for your #lasttwopoundcoin and #newtwopoundcoin?AugustAn estimated half of all pound coins in operation will be the new £1 coin.SeptemberA 50p featuring Sir Isaac Newton will be introduced.In 2017, we celebrate the life and work of Sir Isaac Newton. See the coins of 2017: https://t.co/jpWra79ZIS pic.twitter.com/miHi8zePsl— The Royal Mint (@RoyalMintUK) February 17, 2017  243 total views,  1 views today Fundraising opportunities from new and old banknotes and coins in 2017 18 JulyA new £2 coin design featuring Jane Austen will enter circulation, marking the 200th anniversary of the author’s death. Tagged with: Money The 12-sided bimetallic £1 coin is introduced, the first new £1 coin design in over 30 years. The Royal Mint claims it will be “the most secure coin in the world”.Its introduction will have the benefit of reducing the number of fake £1 coins in circulation – and therefore likely to find their way into charity collection boxes and shop tills. Around one in 30 round pound coins is fake.It was put on trial at the Trial of the Pyx on 30 January 2017. This is an annual quality assurance ceremony, first recorded in 1382. The trial was adjourned, as is the custom, until May when the Trial’s verdict is expected to approve it.From 28 March, both the 12-sided and the current round pound will, for just over six months, be in use at the same time.The Royal Mint has been producing 1.5 billion of the new coins since last year. Visitors to the secure building in Llantrisant in the last quarter of 2016 could watch them being minted.Even more special to have coins made in Wales. Shows importance of the union #newpoundcoin With @AlunCairns @RoyalMintUK museum #PennyLane pic.twitter.com/DkyDDtkgcw— Lady Neville-Rolfe (@LNevilleRolfe) February 14, 2017You could have designed the coin if you had successfully entered the Royal Mint’s design competition in 2014, the year that the new coin was announced and businesses were invited to prepare for its introduction. It was won by 15-year-old David Pearce with his design featuring the English rose, the Northern Irish shamrock, the Scottish thistle and the Welsh leek rising from a royal coronet.Following the success of the #firstfiver and #fivergiver campaign, an idea from John Thompson that is reported to have raised £12.5 million, will your charity be inviting a donation of #newpoundcoin?Want ideas of what to do with your old ’round pounds’ when the new £1 coin comes in? We’ve got plenty! https://t.co/DVqPlDeEWS #quid4kids pic.twitter.com/zm9ZnM4Jqn— Demelza Hospice Care for Children (@DemelzaHospice) March 1, 2017 Great idea from @macmillancancer to make sure those old £1 coins are collected up! pic.twitter.com/uuW1mhDcbo— Sarah Goddard (@FundraiserSarah) March 25, 2017 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

USDA Advisory Committee Urges Stewardship, Neighbor-to-Neighbor Farming

first_imgSource: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Advisory Committee Urges Stewardship, Neighbor-to-Neighbor Farming By Gary Truitt – Nov 20, 2012 SHAREcenter_img The Agriculture Department’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture has presented a report to Secretary Tom Vilsack on ways to promote coexistence in agriculture. Vilsack tasked the committee with providing recommendations for strengthening coexistence among various agricultural production methods. The report is the outcome of a year-long discussion and is to be used as guidance to enhance working relationships among farmers growing different types of crops – specifically biotech and non-biotech crops. Committee member Barry Bushue is Vice President of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Bushue says the report’s recommendations could benefit all of agriculture.The report highlights the importance of diversity in U.S. agriculture and the history of successful coexistence in identity-preserved markets – whereby production practices maintain each crop’s integrity and purity. As American farmers continue to innovate – Bushue is optimistic the committee’s recommendations can help identify coexistence practices where they are working, improve stewardship where needed and mitigate much of the underlying concerns about the real and perceived risks related to coexistence. He says the report emphasizes proactive grower outreach and education.According to Bushue – the Advisory Committee carefully weighed the evidence, listened to the needs of growers and emphasized improved stewardship and neighbor-to-neighbor coexistence.To see the full report – visit www.usda.gov. Click on the Biotechnology link under the Topics heading and then select the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture link. Look for the November 19th AC21 Final Report. USDA Advisory Committee Urges Stewardship, Neighbor-to-Neighbor Farming Previous articleEthanol Saving Thanksgiving Drivers MoneyNext articleIndiana Professional Farm Applicator a Finalist for National Award Gary Truitt Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Mauritania

first_img The country went online in 1997, but most people use cybercafés, since the high cost of computers, ISP subscriptions (about 30 euros a month) and connections discourage logging on to the Internet from home.Despite its small audience, the authorities have already circumscribed the Internet, with most privately-owned ISPs in the hands of pro-government businessmen. Cybercafé owners are obliged, if asked by state security officials, to submit copies of e-mail messages received or sent from their premises. Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world July 6, 2020 Find out more MauritaniaAfrica News RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mauritania RSF_en MauritaniaAfrica Receive email alerts LINKS:- Human rights in North Africa News May 20, 2021 Find out more Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post Organisation News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Mauritania News to go further March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

St. Philip the Apostle: Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose with Matthew Kelly

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Faith & Religion Events St. Philip the Apostle: Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose with Matthew Kelly Published on Friday, August 10, 2012 | 9:12 pm Community Newscenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Vietnamese Stunners That Will Take Your Breath AwayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Have you ever wondered if God was speaking to you or if it was just a voice in your head? Do you know how to tell the difference? This is just one of the many things you will learn during the Passion and Purpose event. Being a Dynamic Catholic means knowing how to apply the incredible genius of Catholicism to our every day lives. Most Catholics feel inadequate when it comes to doing this, so we have put together this one day retreats to change that. Hosted by New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly, with special musical guest Eliot Morris, this is a day that will leave you energized, educated, and inspired. Get ready for a life-altering experience!For more information, Call Sister Teresita at (626) 793-0693 ext. 109 or visit www.dynamiccatholic.com/passion-purpose-events.St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 151 South Hill Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 793-0693 or visit www.stphiliptheapostle.org. 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

City fighting release of payout in Long case

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Pinterest Twitter By admin – January 18, 2018 The City of Odessa disclosed paying $23,300 to an outside law firm for work on the sexual harassment complaint involving City Attorney Larry Long, whose resignation is due to take effect at the end of next month.But the city is still fighting to withhold records showing whether the legal assistant who filed a federal sexual harassment complaint against the city attorney received taxpayer money as part of a settlement.The total costs of the sexual harassment case remain unclear. The legal assistant had filed a complaint this summer accusing Long of harassing her in ways such as touching her hair against her will and staring at her, an account that was corroborated by a human resources report.The city’s outside counsel, Shafer, Davis, O’Leary & Stoker attorney Cal Hendrick, appealed an open records request about the settlement to the state Attorney General’s office. Hendrick argued that releasing the records “would be a violation of federal law” because of a confidentiality agreement between the city and the legal assistant as part of the resolution to the complaint she filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.“The City is only following the terms and conditions set upon it by the US Government,” Hendrick said in an email. “It is in good faith because it is compelled to take this position as the result of the resolution. Failure to do so would be in breach of the resolution provisions created by and dictated by an agency of the US Government.”But any payment of public funds is clearly public information that the city should not be able to keep secret, open government experts say.“They are just basically blowing smoke here,” Joe Larsen, a Houston attorney and board member of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, said adding any settlement payment by the city would be “super public” and should be disclosed promptly.“He doesn’t have the authority to enter into a contract that overrides state law,” Larsen said, referring to the city’s outside counsel. “The EEOC doesn’t either. In order to override state law, there has to be a federal law that is on the same subject and is inconsistent with state law. There is no such thing here.”Long announced his resignation on Nov. 28, telling reporters he wanted to work through his next birthday for better retirement benefits and because he has work he wanted to continue. Long has denied the allegations and repeatedly declined to discuss them.Long was never disciplined by the City Council, but after his resignation Mayor David Turner acknowledged dissent among council members who wanted the city attorney gone sooner. Long’s duties supervising the support staff were reassigned to an assistant city attorney.After Long’s resignation, the city estimated paying about another $10,800 toward his retirement benefits through the state. His current salary, after the City Council awarded him a 3 percent raise in November, is about $201,500.The legal assistant remained a city employee after filing the complaint and was moved from the City Hall office where Long worked.Before refusing to disclose the settlement information, the city had also fought to withhold the HR report.The July 24 HR report also pointed behavior by Long such as sitting too close to her and calling his employees pet names. Authors of the report, including HR Director Bonita Hall, who later resigned, also noted it was repeated behavior by Long from another sexual harassment case in 2007 that resulted in a month-long unpaid suspension.The OA obtained the report in November. On Jan. 2, the city finally released it — about two weeks after the AG’s office ordered it to do so.This week, the city released another record it was supposed to release at the same time: a one page memo to Hall from the Odessa City Council’s two-member personnel committee that dismissed the findings of the HR report.The two council members on that committee who reviewed the July 24 report were District 5 Councilman Filiberto Gonzales and District 3 Councilwoman Barbara Graff.The remaining three council members said they were not provided the HR report for months.“After carefully reviewing all the pertinent information presented to us for the current case, we adopt the initial finding of the Human Resources Director and find that no sexual harassment or misconduct occurred,” the personnel committee wrote in the memo to Hall.The memo goes on to state that the council members on the committee agreed “improvements should be made” to the operation of the city’s legal department “even though there was no fault found.”It’s unclear what “initial finding” Gonzales and Graff were referring to. And Hendrick said in an email that there were no other records related to the case, including any HR reports or written conversation between council members.Hendrick said “Ms. Graff had a telephone call with the HR Director, Ms. Hall” but that “that conversation was prior to the written report by Ms. Hall, so I can only assume that refers to the discussion Ms. Graff had with Ms. Hall, and I further assume all of that was included in the final report.”In that report, Hall warned that the city was “susceptible to a lawsuit.”“We are in an untenable position with this case. Long is an intelligent employee who has worked tirelessly for the City of Odessa” but “(a)nyone who has worked in the last twenty years understands that the behavior exhibited by Larry Long is unacceptable regardless of how ‘friendly’ you want to be with your subordinates.”The report continued: “Gone is the possible defense that the City had no idea Larry would behave in such a manner.” Facebook Home Local News Government City fighting release of payout in Long casecenter_img Larry Long, Odessa city attorney. 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Watt Insists 3 Percent Down Payment Loans Are Not Riskier Than Those With Lower LTVs

first_img Tagged with: FHFA House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling Mel Watt in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Brighter Outlook for Economy, Job Market Push Consumer Confidence to Seven-Year High Next: Mortgage Risk Rises, Causing Concerns Over Expansion of Credit Access Related Articles Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Watt Insists 3 Percent Down Payment Loans Are Not Riskier Than Those With Lower LTVs Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 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. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Postcenter_img Federal Housing Finance Director (FHFA) Mel Watt, testifying before the House Financial Services Committee, which he once sat on as a Democratic U.S. Representative for North Carolina, insisted that mortgage loans with a 3 percent down payment backed by GSEs are no more riskier than those with a loan-to-value (LTV) ratio of lower than 80 percent.Watt was testifying before Congress for the second time since becoming director of FHFA a year ago, this time to give an update on the government’s conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who has been a vocal critic of Watt’s housing policies during the last year, began his five-minute questioning period by stating, “I fear, Director Watt, that you have reversed policies of your predecessor which will make it more difficult to have a sustainable finance system,” and told the director that not only was the 3 percent down payment loan backed by GSEs bad for taxpayers, but it was “putting people into homes they can’t afford to keep.””If (homebuyers) can only afford 3 percent down, do you believe that 3 percent down is riskier to the home purchaser than 1o percent down?” Hensarling said.”Again, the same consideration would apply to the borrower as would apply to the lender,” Watt said in response. “If you carefully look at other considerations and take them into account in deciding whether to extend that credit, or in Fannie and Freddie’s case, whether to back that credit, you can ensure that a 3 percent loan is just as safe as a 10 percent down payment loan.”Hensarling presented data from the FHFA which showed mortgage loans to have a “precipitous rise in default rates” among mortgage loans with an LTV ratio higher than 90 percent – particularly among those with higher than 95 percent, while the performance was “noticeably better” among those mortgage loans with an LTV ratio of less than 80 percent.”With all due respect, I understand what you’re saying,” Hensarling said with regard to Watt’s assertion that the 97 percent LTV loans were safe. “But I fear what you’re doing is again, repeating the exact same mistakes that brought us here in the first place and now you’re in a contest with FHA to see who can be the nation’s largest subprime lender. I fear we are going in the complete wrong direction with your policy.”Later, while being praised for instituting the lower down payment loans by Representative and Committee Minority Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-California), Watt reaffirmed his stance that those loans are safe.”We have no interest in going back to irresponsible lending, and it’s part of our statutory mandate to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Watt said. “We are going to not sanction loans backed by Fannie and Freddie and the taxpayers that are not reliably expected to be paid.”Regarding the issue of a proposed rule to tighten membership requirements in the Federal Home Loan Banks, Watt responded to questions from Representative Frank Lucas (R-Oklahoma), who said that he hopes the Committee would “be very sensitive about doing anything to a model that has worked really well and is working well,” for the FHLBanks.”We have no agenda other than making sure that members of the Federal Home Loan Banks meet the criteria that Congress has established for membership,” Watt said. “I know this is a controversial issue, because we put out the rule and we got 1,300 comments. That’s almost unprecedented. We’re going to go through every one of those comments and evaluate every single one of them. Most of them, I would say 90 percent of them, appear to be against the proposed rule. Obviously, we touched a nerve. But we are going to apply the statute and try not to have the adverse impact that people are contemplating might be a result.”As expected, Watt faced some tough questioning from Republicans on the panel regarding his decision to lift the suspension of allocation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac funds into the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund. Representative Ed Royce (R-California), a senior member of the HFS Committee, told Watt that “(w)e find the FHFA today engaged in this race with Fannie and Freddie to see who can more swiftly crowd up the private sector, who can assume more risk on behalf of the American taxpayer” and, after citing statistics that show the GSEs are undercapitalized and overleveraged, said it is “difficult to see how you can argue that as it is required by law, the GSEs are financially stable enough to begin the transfer of money to housing groups,” referring to the GSEs’ funding of the Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund.”We’ve put in place prudential stops if circumstances go back in the other direction,” Watt said. “If we ever have a draw on the Treasury, that would automatically stop funding of the Housing Trust Fund. When Fannie and Freddie were put into conservatorship, and the preferred stock agreements were entered into with Treasury, that suspended the capital of Fannie and Freddie. Now, if we were building up capital, I understand exactly what you’re saying. But those two criteria don’t apply anymore because they are in conservatorship. Every dime is going to the taxpayers if there is a profit.”Royce concluded his five-minute questioning period by stating that he and other Republican colleagues were introducing the Pay Back the Taxpayers Act of 2015, which prohibits the GSEs from diverting funds into housing groups. Home / Daily Dose / Watt Insists 3 Percent Down Payment Loans Are Not Riskier Than Those With Lower LTVs Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago January 27, 2015 1,471 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago FHFA House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling Mel Watt 2015-01-27 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Share Savelast_img read more

Delhi HC Allows SG To File Reply In Plea Challenging The Denial of Information on PM CARES Fund Under The RTI Act

first_imgTop StoriesDelhi HC Allows SG To File Reply In Plea Challenging The Denial of Information on PM CARES Fund Under The RTI Act Karan Tripathi10 Jun 2020 5:25 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has allowed Solicitor General to file Centre’s reply in a plea challenging the decision of the Central Public Information Officer, Prime Minister’s Office wherein the RTI application seeking documents related to the PM CARES Fund was denied. The Single Bench of Justice Navin Chawla has asked Solicitor General to file reply on the Petition.Petitioner sought reply…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?LoginDelhi High Court has allowed Solicitor General to file Centre’s reply in a plea challenging the decision of the Central Public Information Officer, Prime Minister’s Office wherein the RTI application seeking documents related to the PM CARES Fund was denied. The Single Bench of Justice Navin Chawla has asked Solicitor General to file reply on the Petition.Petitioner sought reply from the CPIO of Prime Minister’s Office who had denied to provide information on PM CARES Fund by citing that the said Fund is not a ‘Public Authority’ as defined in the Right to Information Act, 2005. Filed by Mr Samyak Gangwal, the petition challenges the decision dated 02/06/20 of the CPIO wherein the information sought by the Petitioner was rejected on the ground that PM CARES is not a public authority under section 2(h) of the RTI Act. By an RTI Application dated 01/05/20, the Petitioner had sought the following information from the said CPIO: A copy of the trust deed of the PM CARES Fund A copy of document/letter/office memo under which the said Fund was constituted A copy of the entire file where decision to constitute PM CARES Fund was undertaken The Petitioner’s primary argument is that the PM CARES Fund should be seen as public authority under section 2(h) of the RTI Act because: It is constituted/established by the order of an appropriate government as it was created by the Press Release of PMO It receives various benefits under the Income Tax Act and the Companies Act PN CARES is a body owned or controlled by the government as its trustees include the PM, Finance Minister, Defence Minister and the Home Minister The court has asked the PMO as well as the CPIO of PMO to file replies on the averments raised in the present petition. The matter will next be taken up on August 28. The Petitioner in the present case was represented by Advocates Debopriyo Moulik and Ayush Shrivastava.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

The Tenth Schedule In Rajasthan : Dissidence To Defection – The Dynamics Of Power

first_imgColumnsThe Tenth Schedule In Rajasthan : Dissidence To Defection – The Dynamics Of Power Prof. Madabhushi Sridhar Acharyulu22 July 2020 9:25 PMShare This – xPilots episode of Rajasthan power politics raised the issue of freedom of speech verses restrictions on defection. A political party which is not internally democratic cannot promise democratic governance while in power. Dissent and debate are, as rightly argued by Harish Salve, essential components of democracy. None should be disqualified as legislator for criticising the leader or…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?LoginPilots episode of Rajasthan power politics raised the issue of freedom of speech verses restrictions on defection. A political party which is not internally democratic cannot promise democratic governance while in power. Dissent and debate are, as rightly argued by Harish Salve, essential components of democracy. None should be disqualified as legislator for criticising the leader or the party. Constitutionalism of democracy must be in total agreement with the point raised on behalf of Pilot “disqualification notice for inner party dissent is violation of freedom of speech”. Question of law The freedom of a party member means he is free to defy the party whip direction” outside the assembly and it did not constitute defection. Intra-party dissent, however shrill it may be, until the moment it goes to the extent of supporting another party, cannot be a ground to even start disqualification proceedings. Its pure question of law, Sachin’s lawyer has raised. He also took the concept to logical conclusion by stating that when ‘dissidence’ becomes ‘support’ to rival party, that smacks of defection and invokes the tenth schedule. Question of fact If Sachin’s group of 19 supports 72 member BJP that becomes ‘defection’. Otherwise the conduct and statements of the group and its leader could lead to an inference that he might topple the government to support the rivals, i.e., BJP. This amounts to voluntarily giving up the membership of party. It is question of facts, that need to establish intended defection. Two parts of defection Political Defection has two parts – first is abandonment of loyalty towards one’s own political party. Shifting the loyalty to another is final part. The victim party can invoke the disqualification threat at the first part itself. People say the anti-defection law was a big failure. It is partly correct. Had there been no lawful threat of losing elected office, the ruling party at centre could have lured at least 50 legislators of Rajasthan in no time and install BJP government. Anti-defection law though a weak dam to stop a flood but it can stop the small streams of defection. As per EPW article around 50 per cent of the 4,000 legislators elected to Parliament and Assemblies in the 1967 and 1971 general elections subsequently defected, leading to political turmoil in several states and the country. If that is continued, the foundations of democracy could have been destroyed failing the Constitution and law of Representation. When ruling party is a luring party… When ruling party is a luring party, engineering defections becomes order of the day, which was the case even during the BJP regime since last seven years in states where it failed to win elections. Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh stand as proof of pathetic abuse of power to topple the governments. Sachin Pilot’s actions, words and meetings suggest that he is voluntarily giving up the membership of the Congress party, which made him MLA and deputy Chief Minister. The first part of defection is completed. The tenth Schedule of the Constitution, which is popularly called anti-defection law, paragraph 2(1)(a) starts operating against Sachin Pilot and his supporters, and there is no need for invoking the ground (b) for Speaker to act upon to disqualify him as on today. Paragraph (2) lists out two grounds for disqualification – (a) if he has voluntarily given up his membership of such political party; or (b) if he votes or abstains from voting in such House contrary to any direction issued by the political party. What is to be noted is that there is ‘or’ between clauses (a) and (b). It was not ‘and’, as some media reports noted. If it is ‘and’ defectors like Sachin Pilot s would have some more scope to fly. The law is clear that two are alternatives. The Speaker can examine his conduct and infer whether it amounts to ‘voluntarily giving up his membership of such political party (Congress). If that could be conclusively inferred, Speaker need not investigate second aspect to disqualify him. In law, the debate, dissent and to differ from the opinion of majority is part of freedom of speech and expression generally and as part of internal democracy for any political party. There is no democracy without dissidence or difference of opinion, which is tolerated by Constitution and the tenth Schedule. What is prohibited by 10th Schedule is the defection in express terms and by implication. First part (a) prohibits the passive way of leaving the mother party while (b) deals with open defiance of direction which is otherwise called ‘whip’. The law makers deliberately left expression ‘resignation’. Because no elected member would prefer to lose the office of membership, as he can retain it even after expulsion. But the ruling party’s legislature wing is empowered to compel the member to support the Government under the threat of losing that office. Hence to curb the activities of member when they reach the stage of leaving the party, the expression incorporated is ‘voluntarily giving up the membership of the party’. The conduct and statements of Sachin Pilot are clear indications that he would topple his own party government to fulfil his ambition to become CM with support of non-Congress parties. It is subversion of people’s verdict which was emphatically against BJP. Sachin Pilot has no runway left. He went out of legal, Constitutional and moral radar. Second stage of express defiance of party direction is yet to happen in Rajasthan. Hence any litigation contemplated against part (b) of Paragraph 2 is premature, and unnecessary. He has no right to waste court’s time. The Constitution of India did not mention ‘political party’ though entire democratic machinery depends on parties only. Nowhere it talked about ‘legislature party’, until the tenth Schedule is added in 1985 out of sheer necessity created by Scindhias and Sachins. Ridiculously Sachin Pilot is approaching the courts at premature stage on the ground of his freedom of speech, which was allegedly curbed by anti-defection law. It’s a case of res judicata (=not to raise a decided case), as challenge to anti defection law on that ground was rejected by Supreme Court in Kihoto Hollohan v Zachillhu (AIR 1993 SC 412) where the constitutionality of anti-defection law was unequivocally upheld. The lawyers are compelled to raise this ground again on the instructions of clients knowing full well that it could be rejected on the ground of res judicata at threshold itself. Pilot has no case to rush to High Court to prevent Speaker from acting on CLP’s petition. When there is no decision, what is to be reviewed? Judicial review is available to examine the order of speaker for violation of constitutional norms, principles of natural justice, malafides and perversity, as held in Dr Mahachandra Prasad Singh v Chairman, Bihar Legislative Council (AIR 2005 SC 69) Courts presumes an occurrence of defection when legislator speaks against his party and meets the rival party leaders indicating defection. If it is a dissent without element of defection, speaker has no ground. It was held in Rajendra Singh Rana v Swamy Prasad Maurya (AIR 2007 SC 1305) that the date of disqualification is the date on which the act took place and not the date of speaker’s decision over it. In that case speaker disqualified a legislator when he was part of opposition delegation to Governor demanding dismissal of his party’s government. That was res ipsa loquiter (=the thing speaks for itself). The court said, “no further evidence or enquiry is needed to find that their action comes within paragraph 2 (1)(a) of the 10th schedule”. Pilots conduct is res ipsa loquiter and his case is hit by res judicata. If the High Court refuses to interfere with the process initiated by Speaker, it may lead to disqualification of rebels, and then the case lands again before High Court. If for some reason speaker is prevented from proceedings, the toppling game gets heated up. The engineers of defection were caught on tapes, which expose mala fides. It will be an attempt to commit illegal gratification under Prevention of Corruption Act. These rulers do not have any moral power to prosecute the employees for small bribes. Holding the legislators in captivity and guarding them from being poached or hijacked is a continuing fraud on democracy.Views are personal only M Sridhar Acharyulu, a Constitutional Law professor and former Central Information Commissioner. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more