News story: EU (Withdrawal) Bill: vital for UK market and respects devolution

first_imgScottish Secretary David Mundell has responded to the report of the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee on whether to provide a Legislative Consent Motion to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.He said: We have worked hard over the past year to secure the support of the Scottish Parliament and have put a considerable offer on the table that would see the vast majority of devolved powers automatically flow from the EU to Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Mr Mundell said that he was grateful to the Committee for its time and contribution to the debate, and welcomed the Committee’s support for a number of changes the Government has made to the EUWB (including amendments that protect the Scotland Act 1998 from modification).Through the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, the vast majority of EU powers in devolved areas will go straight from Brussels to Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff when we leave the EU. A small number of specific policy areas will be frozen while we design and implement new common arrangements. This will give essential certainty to businesses at the point we leave the EU and protect the vital UK common market.Mr Mundell added: While it is disappointing that a majority of MSPs on the Committee recommended that the Scottish Parliament does not give the EU (Withdrawal) Bill legislative consent, the decision is ultimately for individual parliamentarians and we remain hopeful that they will back this important piece of legislation. We are clear our approach fully respects devolution, as the Welsh Government has confirmed. We still hope the Scottish Government will come on board, even at this late stage. Our door remains open.last_img read more

Wall’s Pastry campaign provides £5k boost for Welsh café

first_imgWall’s Pastry has invested £5,000 in community café Little Lounge Play Café in Pontypridd, Wales as part of its 2017 Helping Hand campaign.The campaign, launched in May 2017, was designed to find a UK community most in need of a helping hand from a regeneration project, and received hundreds of nominations nationwide.“We received a huge amount of nominations from around the UK and it wasn’t an easy decision to make as all were worthy in their own right,” said Michael Holton, brand and marketing manager for Wall’s Pastry.Little Lounge Play Café was deemed most worthy of a makeover and was nominated by local resident Sarah Herniman, who received a £500 cash prize from Wall’s Pastry for putting forward the project.The funds have been used to transform an unused car park near the café into a sensory garden for children to play throughout the year. ‘Handy helpers’ were deployed by Wall’s to create the garden over five days, and it officially opened this week.Café owner Katie Hadley said it had been overwhelming to find out it had won a national scheme and that such a big organisation had supported the group.Holton added: “The café plays a key part in the Pontypridd community and we could see how much it benefits the area, making a real difference to the residents.”last_img read more

Watch Greensky Bluegrass Play “Go Cubs Go” In Celebration Of Chicago Cubs

first_imgMichigan-natives Greensky Bluegrass have been out on the road this fall, touring relentlessly in support of their new album Shouted, Written Down & Quoted. With such a rigorous touring schedule, GSBG hasn’t had much time to sit down and watch baseball, but they weren’t going to let historical moment in the sport’s history go uncelebrated.Greensky was performing at the Scoot Inn in Austin, TX when they heard that the Chicago Cubs had secured their first World Series appearance in over 70 years. Naturally, they took the opportunity to play “Go Cubs Go” in celebration!Watch this fan-shot video of the “Go Cubs Go” leading into “Steam Powered Aeroplane” from this victorious performance, courtesy of Purple Bear on YouTube, below.You can see Greensky’s full touring schedule here, and catch the Camp Greensky setlist below.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass at The Parish, Austin, TX – 10/22/16Set 1: Feelin’ Alright, Past My Prime, Jaywalking(1), Light Up Or Leave Me Alone (2), In Control, In Control, Airmail Special, Room Without A Roof, Go Cubs Go, Steam Powered Airplane (3), Workin On A Building (3), Living OverSet 2: Miss September, Pig In A Pen, While Waiting, Leap Year > Foxy Lady > Leap Year (4), Hold On, How Mountain Girls Can Love, Dustbowl Overtures (5), Forget Everything (4), Don’t LieEncore: Dancing In The Dark(1) “Foxy Lady” tease(2) “Tweezer Reprise” tease(3) With Bonnie Paine and Bridget Law of Elephant Revival(4) “Foxy Lady” quotes(5) “Top Gun” Theme song teaseslast_img read more

Tyne Daly Talks Mothers & Sons

first_img Star Files Tyne Daly dropped by Today on April 17 to discuss Mothers and Sons with Kathie Lee and Hoda. Don’t worry, this visit wasn’t a surprise one. During the interview, the Tony and Emmy winner gushed about playwright Terrence McNally, saying, “we did Master Class together a couple of seasons ago and fell in love, and so he made this play for me. It’s wonderful.” Daly also explained the magic of live performance. “Film is frozen. Live is I’m there,” she said, adding, “It’s like surfing. You get on the wave and you go all the way home.” Have a look at the clip below, and catch Tyne Daly surfing (OK, she doesn’t actually surf) in Mothers and Sons on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre. Mothers and Sons Show Closed This production ended its run on June 22, 2014 View Comments Related Shows Tyne Dalylast_img read more

A Donna Summer Bio-Musical in the Works

first_img Waitress may have pies, but a particularly soggy cake is heading to the stage, and we don’t think that we can take it (‘cause it took so long to bake it). A Donna Summer bio-musical is in development, and according to the New York Post, a recent reading took place with Des McAnuff at the helm. Choreographer Sergio Trujillo, who worked with McAnuff on Jersey Boys, is also on board.The show is designed to follow the disco diva at three stages in life: childhood, the height of her stardom and the subsequent fall (Summer died in 2012 following a battle with lung cancer). Ariana DeBose, who appeared as the Bullet in Hamilton and will return to the stage this fall in A Bronx Tale, played Summer at her height in the workshop; Broadway alum Katrina Lenk took on the gender-bending role of Summer’s husband and manager Helmuth Sommer.The show follows a similar structure to the previously announced Cher bio-musical, which, according to the Twitter poet laureate herself, will receive a reading of sorts in the near future. That show will feature a book by Rick Elice, who penned the McAnuff-helmed Jersey Boys. Donna Summer(Photo: Thos Robinson/Getty Images) View Commentslast_img read more

Senate plan gets thumbs up from judges

first_imgSenate plan gets thumbs up from judges Senate plan gets thumbs up from judges Associate EditorThe Senate proposal for Article V, Revision 7 earned the grateful support of judges for recognizing that case management, court administration, and masters and hearing officers are all critical components of the trial court system that should be funded by the state.With an assemblage of nine judicial colleagues seated in the front rows of the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting March 18, Susan Schaeffer, chair of the Trial Court Budget Commission and a Sixth Judicial Circuit judge, spoke in unison when she thanked Sen. J. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, the bill’s sponsor and committee chair.“We have representation here today from all leadership positions of the trial court. I speak for all of them when I tell you I speak for this bill. We believe it will work. In particular, I want to thank you for the opportunity the Senate has given to the trial court.. . to present our needs to you. We believe, looking at this bill, that you have heard us,” Judge Schaeffer said. (See the TCBC’s recommendations on page 21)But one provision in the bill was of great concern to Second Judicial Circuit Public Defender Nancy Daniels, president of the Florida Public Defender Association, because it prohibits chronically underfunded public defenders from withdrawing from cases because of case overload. She said it will “do very great damage immediately, especially in the county of Dade where there are 82 attorneys who are funded by county money.”Later, at a budget workshop of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Article V Implementation and the Judiciary, stakeholders in the court system pored over spread sheets to get their first look at the bleak funding picture. Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, the chair, explained his mission to cut 2.7-percent from the base budget — about $19.1 million — to generate $7.1 million for priority funding issues that were not otherwise addressed. Smith explained that he adopted the governor’s recommended cuts “as much as feasible. But his cuts were not enough to meet our allocations, and we did not follow them word-for-word.”In contrast to the governor’s recommendation to depend solely on private lawyers, in death penalty appeals, the Senate plan maintains the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel.The budget crunch also means the Senate will not propose money for any new judges or “significant program enhancements.” Also on the chopping block is an attorney ad litem program pilot project in the Ninth Judicial Circuit, run by the Barry law school’s legal clinic, that provides lawyers to represent children in dependency court. Sen. Smith said it was easier to cut a pilot project than statewide programs when making tough budget decisions.Hard hit were the appellate courts, and First District Court of Appeal Judge Michael Allen bemoaned a 9.1 percent reduction in overall DCA budgets, including a 3 percent salary lapse and cutting 34 law clerks from central staff that he warned would “wreak chaos” and dramatically slow down appeals. Smith responded that he thought that was better than the governor’s recommendation to eliminate half of judicial assistants in the DCAs.“The district courts of appeal stand ready to take our fair share of the responsibility for these cuts. But what’s going on here is not a fair share of cuts. It’s really a lot more like carnage,” Judge Allen said. Two days later, the budget was adjusted to only cut 17 law clerks from central staff and reduced the salary lapse to 2 percent.Overall, the Senate version was much more palatable than the House version to the stakeholders of the court system.After the Senate Judiciary meeting, Villalobos talked about his driving philosophy in crafting SB 1184 that spells out what parts of the court system the state will fund beginning July 1, 2004.“I think this bill is the Senate’s commitment to the judicial branch, our brothers across the street. I thought the most important thing for me to do with the bill was to make sure the integrity of the court was maintained. The court is a co-equal branch of government. You have to keep it that way,” said Villalobos, a lawyer. “I wanted to make sure the judges had the wherewithal to continue to not only work at the level at which they are today, but to move forward.”Villalobos stressed that the technology issue is very important in moving the courts forward, but only technology that helps all the players in the court system talk to each other.“I don’t want to fund systems anymore that can only work in one circuit or one county,” he said. “The county has certain technology requirements. But what I don’t want to do is authorize any more computer systems that don’t work statewide. I don’t want to tell the counties who they choose or what vendors to use. That’s the last thing I want to get involved in. What I do want to tell them is if I can get an HP computer that I bought at Best Buy and get on the Internet and talk to anybody in the world, I don’t understand why we can’t do that with the court system, the public defenders, the clerks, and the state attorneys. Technology has gotten to the point where my 12-year-old can get on her computer and just talk back and forth constantly. We need to do the same thing in the court system. It would make things easier, and share information much more efficiently.”Moving cases efficiently in the trial courts was Smith’s motivation to try to help state attorneys and public defenders catch up to the courts, “in terms of workload funding in recent years.”“This would have been the fourth consecutive year that state attorneys and public defenders did not have some workload adjustment,” Smith said. “If we do not do workload, in my view, with the public defenders and state attorneys, we’ve wasted part of what we give to the courts, because we don’t have a way to effectively move cases.”Daniels, speaking on behalf of the public defenders, said she supports most of the Senate’s bill, but the inability to withdraw from cases based on workload remains a major concern.“In the absence of funding that would make up the shortfall that we’ve experienced over the past two decades, we feel this will provoke some sort of a crisis very soon,” Daniels told the Senate Judiciary Committee.“I’m sorry to use strong language, but that is a very troublesome part of the bill for us. It is especially ironic on this 40th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the decision that created the right to counsel for indigents, that we would entertain a provision in this law that would severely curtail our ability to represent indigents in an effective fashion.”Smith responded: “We disagree on this provision. I have invited the public defenders to look at the way they deal with conflict attorneys. Under current law, there is a workload overload conflict, and there is a way to direct the counties to make it up. We really don’t believe that that mechanism is going to exist in the state court. As a policy of this state, I think it is important that we not under-fund indigent needs.. . . I don’t doubt that if we don’t do our job, the court could say that the constitutional rights of defendants to be adequately represented could override the statutory language. But that should be the remote, extraordinary, and, hopefully, never-existing state of the law in Florida.“Our job is to give methods by which we fund indigent representation that are sufficient to the needs of our system. That’s what we’re aimed at.. . . We’re going to address this. I know it won’t be as much as you want. But it’s going to be the best that we can do. I think the policy of this state should not be to say, ‘We’re going to fund indigent needs. And, oh, by the way, go to the court if you don’t think we did a good enough job.’ I really believe our job is to do a good enough job, and your job is to live within those means.” April 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Kraninger starts as director of bureau; NAFCU delivers priorities

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a hand-delivered letter Tuesday – new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Director Kathy Kraninger’s first day of the job – NAFCU’s Dan Berger outlined credit unions’ top tenets and priorities along with a more detailed discussion of the priorities that specifically concern the bureau.Berger, NAFCU’s president and CEO, began the letter by listing the top five tenets the association focuses on throughout the year, including:a regulatory environment that allows credit unions to grow;appropriate, tailored regulation for credit unions and relief from growing regulatory burdens;a fair playing field; continue reading »last_img read more

NCUA releases Q3 2020 credit union system performance data

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… Data on the financial performance of federally insured credit unions for the quarter ending Sept. 30 are now available from NCUA.The NCUA’s Quarterly Data Summary Reports include an overview of the quarterly Call Report data as well as tables showing the recent history of major credit union performance indicators.The NCUA also makes extensive credit union system performance data available in the Credit Union Analysis section of NCUA.gov. The analysis section includes quarterly data summaries as well as detailed financial information, a graphics package illustrating financial trends in federally insured credit unions, and a spreadsheet listing all federally insured credit unions as of Sept. 30, including key metrics. NCUA headquarters ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

West Sumatra city closes schools again after staff test positive for COVID-19

first_imgAll schools in Pariaman, West Sumatra closed their doors again and returned to online instruction on Monday after two staff members of a school in the city tested positive for COVID-19.The two were found to have contracted the novel coronavirus after taking part in swab testing administered on 1,500 school staff members in the city last week.”The tests were conducted on Friday and two of the results came back positive on Sunday,” Pariaman Education Agency head Kanderi confirmed on Monday. Kanderi said a teacher who tested positive was believed to have had contact with 90 students and 40 other teachers and staff members since school doors reopened on July 13.The school itself, which Kanderi said had enforced COVID-19 health protocols during classes and operations, has 580 students enrolled.Read also: Indonesia starts school year with caution during pandemicAccording to the West Sumatra COVID-19 task force, Pariaman is one of four regions in the province known as areas with low-risk transmission. The three others are Pesisir Selatan regency, Sawahlunto city and Pasaman Barat regency. The city was among 104 regencies and cities considered to be “green zones” which were allowed by the government to reopen junior and senior high schools on July 13, which also marked the start of the new school year.Since then, Pariaman had allowed fourth-year elementary students and senior high schools to return to schools, West Sumatra COVID-19 task force spokesperson Jasman Rizal said.”However, the schools in [Pariaman] will again be closed since we have found two new cases,” Jasman said as quoted by kompas.com.Jasman said authorities in Pariaman had started contact tracing and would perform swab tests on those who had interacted with the two people who tested positive. (afr)Topics :last_img read more

Iran cries victory after UN rejects US bid to extend arms embargo

first_img“In my opinion, this day will go down in the history of our Iran and in the history of fighting global arrogance.”Only two of the Council’s 15 members voted in favor of the US resolution seeking to extend the embargo, highlighting the division between Washington and its European allies since President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear accord in May 2018.Washington’s European allies all abstained, and Iran mocked the Trump administration for only winning the support of one other country, the Dominican Republic.”In the 75 years of United Nations history, America has never been so isolated,” said foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi. Iran on Saturday hailed a UN Security Council vote rejecting a US bid to extend an arms embargo on the Islamic republic, saying its foe has “never been so isolated”.President Hassan Rouhani said the United States had failed to kill off what he called the “half alive” 2015 deal with major powers that gave Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.”The United States failed in this conspiracy with humiliation,” Rouhani told a televised news conference. “Despite all the trips, pressure and the hawking, the United States could only mobilize a small country (to vote) with them,” he tweeted.The result increases the likelihood that the US will try to unilaterally force a return of UN sanctions, which experts say threatens to plunge the Council into one of its worst-ever diplomatic crises. Read also: Iran calls on US to ‘stop violence’ against its people’Inexcusable’ “The Security Council’s failure to act decisively in defense of international peace and security is inexcusable,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.The embargo on conventional arms is due to expire on October 18 under the terms of a resolution that blessed the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.Since Trump pulled out of the JCPOA and slapped unilateral sanctions on Iran under a campaign of “maximum pressure”, Tehran has since taken small but escalating steps away from compliance with the nuclear accord as it presses for sanctions relief.European allies of the United States — who, along with Russia and China, signed the deal with Iran — have voiced support for extending the 13-year-long conventional arms embargo, saying an expiry threatens stability in the Middle East.However, their priority is to preserve the JCPOA.The US text, seen by AFP, effectively called for an indefinite extension of the embargo on Iran, which diplomats said would threaten the nuclear agreement.Iran says it has the right to self-defense and that a continuation of the ban would mean an end to the nuclear deal.Pompeo announced that members had failed to back the proposal around 30 minutes before Indonesia, the current president of the Security Council, announced that the official results included two votes against and 11 abstentions.Russia and China opposed the resolution.”The result shows again that unilateralism enjoys no support, and bullying will fail,” China’s UN mission tweeted.’Snapback’ Ambassador Gunter Sautter of Germany, which abstained, said “more consultations are needed” to find a solution that is acceptable to all council members.During a call between Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, the leaders “discussed the urgent need for UN action to extend the arms embargo on Iran”.Hours earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on China, France, Russia, Britain, the US, Germany and Iran to convene an emergency video summit to avoid an escalation of tensions in the Gulf.Washington has threatened to try to force a return of UN sanctions if it is not extended by using a controversial technique called “snapback”.Pompeo has offered the contested argument that the US remains a “participant” in the nuclear accord as it was listed in the 2015 resolution — and therefore can force a return to sanctions if it sees Iran as being in violation of its terms.European allies have been sceptical on whether Washington can force sanctions and warn that the attempt may delegitimize the Security Council.Nevertheless, the US is expected to deliver the snapback letter next week, AFP understands.Analysts suspect that Washington purposefully put forward a hardline draft that it knew Council members would not be able to accept. “The fact is that everybody at the UN believes this (resolution) is just a prelude to a US effort to trigger snapback and sink the Iranian nuclear deal,” Richard Gowan, a UN expert at the International Crisis Group, told AFP.Topics :last_img read more