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first_imgFacebook Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU 360 is an official, student-produced product of the School of Journalism at Texas Christian University. Previous articleVolleyball swept by Kansas on the roadNext articleDuggan’s strong rushing game not enough for football at Kansas State TCU 360 Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks TCU 360 Staff Twitter ReddIt TCU 360 Staff TCU 360 Staff TCU 360 Staff ReddIt Twitter Behind the runway: One TCU student’s experiences at Fashion Week TCU Soccer Photo by Jack Wallace Pantone: Color of the year 2020 Facebook printTCU soccer earned a hard-fought 2-1 win on Friday night, as they beat No. 13 Texas Tech in Lubbock to improve to 9-4-1 on the season. Gracie Brian scored the game-winning goal in the 49th minute. “It was a quality win against a quality opponent on the road,” head coach Eric Bell said. “The overall team defending was excellent. I’m happy and proud of our group.” Despite the score reflecting a tight margin between both teams, TCU showed ambition to win the game from the start, generating four corner kicks inside the first four minutes of the game. The product of that was the first goal in the sixth minute, as Messiah Bright intercepted a pass and scored a screamer.Texas Tech showed hustle equalizing the game just four minutes later via a set piece in which Demi Koulizakis poached the ball into the back of the net. Tech kept their intensity up, forcing TCU’s goalkeeper, Emily Alvarado, to a sensational one-hand save in the 24th minute. Pace and pressure were seen early on in the second half by TCU as Brian bagged a tap-in in the 49th minute after a well-worked assist by Yazmeen Ryan, giving TCU the lead and eventually the victory. Solid defense was seen as well, as the Frogs kept Tech to only four shots on the rest of the half, all saved by Alvarado. “It was nice to answer early in second. Again, they have to exert energy to get a goal and maybe that tires them out,” Bell said. “The way our kids worked and competed was next level, especially in a hostile environment. That’s hard to do in this league.” Bell mentioned the win was deserved for all the effort his team put in throughout the week. “We had a hard week of practice. We were all chomping at the bit to play somebody besides ourselves,” Bell said. TCU will have just a 48-hour rest, as they play a postponed home game against Baylor this at 7 p.m. Sunday. + posts Linkedin Linkedin TCU 360 Staff Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

first_img Receive email alerts August 12, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Organisation Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years September 14, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five Australian journalists expelled from Papua IndonesiaAsia – Pacific News IndonesiaAsia – Pacific to go further Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papuacenter_img News News Follow the news on Indonesia Reporters Without Borders voiced concern at the Indonesian authorities’ treatment of five Australian journalists, including Channel Seven presenter Naomi Robson, who were arrested, questioned and on the point of being expelled for travelling to Papua, which is closed to the press.”The way in which the Jakarta authorities ban the press from working freely in Papua is utterly scandalous,” the press freedom organisation said. “Every state has the right to protect its sovereignty but to close territory in this way is contrary to Indonesia’s international commitments and to the country’s Constitution which guarantees freedom of the press and movement,” it said, adding, “We call for restrictions on journalists’ access to Papua to be lifted.”Police on 13 September picked up five members of a Channel Seven reporting team – Naomi Robson, Rohan Travis, Peter Andrew, Paul Richard and David John – and then put them under surveillance in Jayapura, after they had entered the province on a tourist visa. The Jakarta government also threatened them with a fine and a ban on visiting Indonesia.The presenter of the programme “Today Tonight” Naomi Robson and her team had apparently asked for a visa to prepare a report on the last cannibalistic tribes in Papua.Immigration officials forced the journalists onto a flight to Jakarta on 14 September after which they were due to be expelled from the country. Papua police chief, Major-General Tommy Jacobus told AP, “They admitted being journalists trying to report on the situation here. It is best that we deport them.”The foreign press has been banned from Papua since 2003. “We believe that Indonesian unity and cohesion would be threatened by an intrusion and a foreign interest,” Indonesian Defence Minister, Juwono Sudarsono, said in February 2006.The western party of the island of New Guinea, which Indonesia has occupied since 1969, is regularly troubled by separatist demonstrations. Help by sharing this information News November 19, 2020 Find out more August 21, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabialast_img read more

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: DS News Webcast: Friday 8/28/2015 Next: Counsel’s Corner: Does the CFPB Really Understand Non-Judicial Foreclosures? Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Freddie Mac HAMP Home Affordable Modification Program Loan Modifications Loss Mitigation The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Home / Daily Dose / HAMP Borrowers Facing Higher Payments May Be Able to Turn to Freddie Mac For homeowners who received a modification through the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and are facing higher monthly payments due to a reset, Freddie Mac is offering assistance, according to a post on Freddie Mac’s blog on Thursday.Borrowers who can’t afford their monthly payments due to the increase or for those who have fallen behind and are at risk of re-defaulting may be eligible to have their loans re-modified under Freddie Mac’s guidelines. Those borrowers should contact their servicers to find out what options are available, according to Freddie Mac.The Department of Treasury launched HAMP in February 2009 during the worst period of the housing crisis as a way for homeowners facing foreclosure to stay in their homes and lower their monthly mortgage payments. Those borrowers who received HAMP modifications in 2009 and 2010 are now facing higher interest rates after resetting due to the expiration of their five-year modification. Under the terms of HAMP, the interest rates gradually increase at a rate of 1 percentage point per year until it reaches the market rate that was in effect at the time of the modification.Mark McArdle, Chief of the Homeownership Preservation Office in the Office of Financial Stability at Treasury, said the median increase for the first step-up after the five-year HAMP mod expires is about $95 per month nationwide, varying sometimes greatly from state to state. The median increase for the second step-up could be as much as $200, he said, although more than 90 percent of HAMP borrowers will still have an interest rate below 5 percent after three step-ups and therefore still have a lower monthly payment than they had before they received the HAMP mod.According to Treasury’s Making Home Affordable Program Performance Report for Q1 2015, approximately 2.3 million homeowners had started HAMP trial modifications in the six-year existence of the program. About 1.48 million of those homeowners received permanent HAMP modifications, and as of the end of Q1 2015, about 974,000 of those modifications were still active in HAMP.HAMP began in 2009 and was originally set to expire at the end of 2012 but has been extended twice and is now set to expire at the end of 2016. 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. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago August 27, 2015 1,314 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Freddie Mac HAMP Home Affordable Modification Program Loan Modifications Loss Mitigation 2015-08-27 Brian Honea HAMP Borrowers Facing Higher Payments May Be Able to Turn to Freddie Mac Subscribelast_img read more

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / No Lump Sum Following Forbearance Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. April 27, 2020 23,427 Views To combat ongoing misinformation, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) reiterated that borrowers in forbearance with a Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac-backed mortgage are not required to repay the missed payments in one lump sum.According to the McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker from Black Knight, as of April 23, 2020, more than 3.4 million homeowners, or 6.4% of all mortgages, have entered into COVID-19 mortgage forbearance plans.“During this national health emergency, no one should be worried about losing their home,” said Director Mark Calabria. “No lump sum is required at the end of a borrower’s forbearance plan for Enterprise-backed mortgages. To help homeowners navigate the forbearance process, FHFA partnered with CFPB on the Borrower Protection Program to provide homeowners accurate information about forbearance and address concerns noted in some consumer complaints. While today’s statement only covers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages, I encourage all mortgage lenders to adopt a similar approach.”In response to the COVID-19 national emergency, the GSEs permitted borrowers with financial hardship due to the pandemic a forbearance option, which is a pause or reduction in their monthly mortgage. The missed payments will have to be paid back by the borrower. For those borrowers who opt for forbearance, their mortgage servicer will contact them about 30-days before the end of the forbearance plan to see if the temporary hardship has been resolved and discuss a variety of repayment options. If the hardship has not been resolved, the forbearance plan can be extended. If the hardship has been resolved, the servicer will work with the borrower to:Set up a repayment plan;Modify the loan so the borrower’s payments are added to the end of the mortgage; orSet up a modification that reduces the borrower’s monthly mortgage payment.According to Black Knight CEO Anthony Jabbour, the recent FHFA announcement of a four-month limit on advance obligations for servicers of mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac provides the industry with some much-needed clarity.“Having a four-month end date on the period in which servicers need to advance principal and interest payments on behalf of homeowners in forbearance is extremely helpful to our servicing clients,” said Jabbour. “Still, even knowing that time limit, with today’s number of forbearance plans, servicers are still looking at more than $7 billion dollars in advances over those four months. And the forbearance numbers are climbing steadily, day by day. Clearly, this remains a challenging situation all around.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Postcenter_img Previous: The Week Ahead: Richard Cordray to Discuss Time at CFPB Next: Impact of COVID-19 on Minority Homeowners Fannie Mae Forbearance Freddie Mac 2020-04-27 Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago No Lump Sum Following Forbearance Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Fannie Mae Forbearance Freddie Mac Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

first_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Google+ Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Highland Radio report from the Guildhall Square in Derrycenter_img Facebook Pinterest Previous articleKey highlights from the Saville ReportNext articleSaville findings welcomed by Taoiseach News Highland Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published By News Highland – June 15, 2010 Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week News Pinterest Highland Radios Barry Whyte was in Derry today, and he compiled this report….[podcast][/podcast] Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

first_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest A Donegal Pharmacist is calling on all the county’s TDs and Councillors to contest the possibility of a hard border between the north and south in the wake of the Brexit vote.There has been on-going concern in Donegal about the impact of Britain’s decision to leave the EU will have on border regions.Tom Murray is the Head of the Donegal branch of Border Communities Against Brexit.He says Northern Irelands decision to remain within the EU must be respected:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Homepage BannerNews Google+ Donegal Pharmacist says Brexit could be devastating for the countycenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook By admin – September 29, 2016 Previous articleUpdate: Gardai happened upon fire in Letterkenny and begun evacuating apartment blockNext articleGarda Commissioner urged to maintain personnel in Letterkenny Drugs Unit admin Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesWithdrawing From Case Merely On Party’s Request Allows Cherry-Picking Of Bench Of Choice: Madras HC [Read Order] Mehal Jain3 Aug 2020 3:44 AMShare This – x”Withdrawing from a case merely on a party’s request allows the parties to cherry-pick a bench of their choice”, observed Justice B. Pugalendhi of the Madras High Court on Thursday.Hearing appeals against acquittal of the management of certain granite firms (in connection with their accusation for illegal quarrying of granite in Madurai worth crores of rupees), the Single Bench noted that if…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?Login”Withdrawing from a case merely on a party’s request allows the parties to cherry-pick a bench of their choice”, observed Justice B. Pugalendhi of the Madras High Court on Thursday.Hearing appeals against acquittal of the management of certain granite firms (in connection with their accusation for illegal quarrying of granite in Madurai worth crores of rupees), the Single Bench noted that if the Judge were to entertain the plea of the respondents-accused, such an act, in the minds of this Court, is a breach of the solemn responsibility vested upon this Court by the Constitution, apart from deviating the roster allotted by the Chief Justice of Madras High Court as well as the Administrative order of the Administrative Judge of the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court.In turning down the request for recusal, the Single bench placed heavy reliance on the recent instances where Supreme Court judges have come down heavily on similar attempts by parties before them: the then-Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in a PIL regarding the plight of inmates in Assam’s detention centres (2019); in the Judge Loya case, when the petitioners sought the recusal of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud from the Bench, stating that they both hailed from the Bombay High Court; and, in the Land Acquisition case, where Justice Arun Mishra was asked to recuse for having dealt with the matter earlier (2019).The Counsel appearing for the respondents had informed the Single Judge of instructions from his clients M/s.PRP Exports and PRP Granites that Justice Pugalendhi “has already appeared in several cases as against my client in the capacity as Special Government Pleader and as Additional Advocate General on various dates and also appeared as Counsel for Mr.Anshul Mishra (one of the petitioner-complainants before the Court), the then Madurai District Collector, during the period 28.05.2012 to 07.07.2013″.Cases, wherein the Single Judge had appeared on behalf of Police as well as the Madurai District Authority were enumerated and it was shown to include criminal and writ cases.”This Court, as a Special Government Pleader and as an Additional Advocate General, has appeared before the Hon’ble Supreme Court as well as this Court in certain writ petitions pertaining to Granite related issues”, conceded the bench, adding in the same breath that he had “neither appeared in these petitions nor appeared in any criminal appeals pending before the Court in connection with these respondents / accused”. “This Court fails to understand the merit in this plea. An Additional Advocate General or a Special Government Pleader means an Advocate appointed by the Government to conduct such case, as may be entrusted to him, for and on behalf of the State in the Courts. The Government, based on merit and other things, hires some Advocates, as Law Officers to represent them before various Courts of law, for which, personal motive cannot be attributed to such Advocates”, said the bench.The Single judge continued to observe that as a Special Government Pleader and as an Additional Advocate General, if he had represented the State, it simply meant that “this Court had represented the Government against the opposite party, in the official capacity”.”As per Article 219 of the Constitution of India, every person appointed to be a Judge of a High Court shall, before he enters upon his office, make and subscribe before the Governor of the State, or some person appointed in that behalf by him, an oath or affirmation, according to the form set out for the purpose in the Third Schedule. Accordingly, at the time of swearing-in as Judges of this Chartered Institution, we have solemnly affirmed that we will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established, that we will uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India, that we will duly and faithfully and to the best of our ability, knowledge and judgment, perform the duties of our office without fear or favour, affection or ill-will and that we will uphold the Constitution and the laws”, asserted the bench.”Mere because this Court has represented several Government Bodies, as Government Counsel, that by itself cannot be a bar for this Court from taking up any case filed by the Government or against the Government”, stated the Single bench, reiterating that no counsel ever steps into the shoes of the client, being the government in this case.”This Court has not even started hearing the merits of the matter, but, has simply adjourned the matter to today to fix a date for hearing. Even before commencing the arguments, such a plea has been raised, not once, but twice”, the Single judge expressed regret.The bench also took note of an order passed by it in December, 2019 on a Criminal Original Petition in a connected matter, apparently requiring the matter to be placed before another bench. “But, there is no reason assigned in that order and it is very difficult to recollect under what circumstances this Court has passed the order to post the case before some other Court”, observed Justice Pugalendhi on Thursday. The bench added that “just because this Court has passed such an order on an earlier occasion in another proceedings, that by itself cannot be a ground to make out such a plea in all the cases and as observed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, it would be a wanton attack and it would be an abdication of duty”. The Single Bench proclaimed that the parties approaching the Courts are filing petitions based on the legal principles and the Courts are deciding the issue on the principles of law and “this Court cannot shy away from it’s duty on the whims of certain parties”.’Counsel has duty not only towards his client but also towards the court’The Single Judge expressed his displeasure at the conduct of the counsel for the respondents-accused in reiterating his plea for a direction to number his application under Section 309 Cr.P.C. (for postponement/adjournment of hearing), that was filed just a day before. “When the contents of the application filed in the said petition were asked for, the learned Counsel, instead of referring the same, has reiterated the very same stand”, observed the bench, continuing to hold that “in the absence of any such compelling reasonings being put forth in the open Court, this Court is not inclined to direct the Registry to number any petition and it is left open to the Registry to number the petition, if it is in accordance with law”.”A plea for recusal was raised consequently, by the same party, but by a different Counsel”, writes the Judge, citing that when the earlier Counsel had raised the plea for recusal, this Court had rejected the same and posted the matters on Thursday for fixing a date for hearing, and now, a different set of Counsel has entered appearance and are making the very same plea. “Though such a conduct warrants some observations, this Court refrains from doing so”, said Justice Pugalendhi.Nevertheless, by way of a parting note, the bench quoted certain choice observations of the Full Bench of the Madras High Court in another case: “It is not the duty of a legal practitioner blindly to follow every instruction of his client…He has not only got a duty towards his client but he has got a duty towards the Court…To attempt to obtain adjournments by misrepresentations and to put forward a purpose which the legal practitioner knows will never be carried out is to attempt to gain, and to gain an advantage, by a trick and a very dishonest one too”Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

first_img View post tag: Libya View post tag: News by topic Authorities February 2, 2012 Share this article The crew of HMS Brocklesby are the best in the minehunting business as they and their ship were rewarded for their deeds off Libya. The ship was singled out as the most effective mine warfare vessel in the Royal Navy – out of a fleet of 15 – for her months-long stint in the Gulf of Sirte which saw her blow up a mine laid by pro-Government forces as they sought to strangle the city of Misrata.A few days after HMS Liverpool was rewarded for her seven-month stint by being named the Fleet’s best destroyer, the crew of HMS Brocklesby were collecting a similar trophy: Britain’s best minehunter.Until relieved by HMS Bangor, the Portsmouth-based warship kept the sea lanes to the besieged port of Misrata open alongside other NATO minehunters.That mission saw the ship’s company involved in live mine-clearance operations within range of enemy artillery and rockets since the Al Faw peninsula in Iraq in 2003.Brocklesby found – and destroyed – one mine which pro-Gaddafi forces laid off in the approaches to Misrata, and thus helped to ensure that humanitarian aid continued to flow into the city by sea.All of which was far from expected as 2011 began; the Hunt-class ship had originally sailed on a routine six-month deployment with NATO’s long-standing Mine Countermeasures Group 1 which patrols European and Mediterranean waters exercising, practising and frequently dealing with unexploded ordnance from wars past, rather than wars present.The rapidly-developing events of the ‘Arab Spring’ across the countries of North Africa saw her reassigned at short notice to Operation Unified Protector and Operation Ellamy with a series of tasks off Libya.Brockleby’s 155-day stint earned the ship’s company the Mine Warfare Trophy and Surface Fleet Efficiency Pennant – previously held by Faslane-based HMS Blyth.The pennant now flies on Brock every day for the next 12 months.Those awards were handed over by Rear Admiral Duncan Potts, Rear Admiral Surface Ships, and Capt Mark Durkin, Captain Minor War Vessels and Fishery Protection, as part of the annual presentation of Fleet Efficiency trophies and standards.Rear Admiral Potts commented on the great achievements over the last year, particularly in operations off Libya, which demonstrated the crew truly warranted the award.In particular he stressed the importance of recognising the constant efforts of small ships and the mine-warfare community in the Gulf as well as the Mediterranean.After the presentation ceremony, the admiral dined and chatted with a cross section of Brocklesby’s crew to gain an insight into their experiences of the operations and general view of life aboard a small ship.Since returning from her Libyan mission last summer Brocklesby has undergone a spot of maintenance and is now exercising and training around the UK as part of her regeneration for her next deployment.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 02, 2012; Image: royalnavy View post tag: HMS HMS Brocklesby Gets Award for Deeds off Libya Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Brocklesby Gets Award for Deeds off Libya View post tag: Brocklesby View post tag: Naval View post tag: award View post tag: gets View post tag: Deeds View post tag: Navylast_img read more

first_imgThis year’s local elections brought excellent results for the Liberal Democrats. With 30% of the vote, this was our strongest ever performance a nationwide election, helping take control of a further eleven councils, from both Labour and the Conservatives. Good news for the Lib Dems? Certainly! Less good news, however, is the very low proportion of people who chose to go the polling station to exercise their democratic right to cast a ballot. The consensus among the psephologists seems to be that two thirds of people who could have voted stayed at home. In some parts the country, only one in ten those entitled to vote actually did so. This should be of concern to those who care about participatory democracy – whether you’re Lib Dem, Labour, Tory or anything else. Among those least likely to have gone out and voted were – you guessed it – the young. Politicians across the spectrum have been throwing up their hands in recent years and wondering why. People of student age today are generally better educated, better informed and more well travelled than those of previous generations. While students in the 1960s were famed for their radicalism, students of today are labelled as apathetic. Some of this, of course, is crude stereotyping. There were many people in the 1960s who never protested against the Vietnam War – or indeed against anything at all. Similarly, the run up to the Iraq War showed that many of today’s young people care passionately about such issues. At the same time, it is all too easy to lump everyone together with the catch all phrase “young people” as if everyone aged 16 to 25 had homogenous thoughts and actions. This is clearly absurd. Nevertheless, it is true that those under 25 are voting less often today than ever before. Part of the problem undoubtedly lies with those of us who are elected to public office – whether that’s in the House of Commons, the local council or something else. Politics is still seen largely as the preserve of white, middle class, middle aged men. Our political institutions simply do not reflect the society in which we now live – a society which is more cosmopolitan and more ethnically and culturally diverse than at any time in our history: and for this the Liberal Democrats must take our share of the blame. Among our 53 MPs, only 5 are women and none are from an ethnic minority community. I am working hard to change this, and under no illusions that we must do better. Politicians have also been too lazy in actually reaching out to young people to bring them into the electoral process; having taken the rather easier option of writing them off as apathetic. In this regard hope that the Liberal Democrats can take more credit. Lib Dem Youth and Students are, I know, very active in trying to engage young people with politics – and not just with Lib Dem politics. Every year LDYS organise ‘Westminster Day’ when they invite thousands of Sixth Formers from across the country to meet and question politicians from all parties as well as members of media. The Liberal Democrats would also lower the voting age 16. Our political opponents have argued that 16 is too young to able to cast an informed vote. I disagree. If the State feels that 16 is appropriate age for you to join armed forces, get married and have children, then why shouldn’t you allowed to vote? If, at 16, you pay taxes then why on earth should you not have the right to elect Government that will spend those taxes? Someone once said that the public get the politicians they deserve. I’m not sure whether I’m the best person to argue the truth of this. But it is true to say that politics two-way street. We politicians must do more – much more – to try engage with voters. But the answer to having politicians the people don’t like, or a political system people find remote, should not be refuse to participate. Casting your vote is a much more powerful tool. The more you do, the more politicians will have to listen.ARCHIVE: 2nd Week TT 2003last_img read more

first_imgThe National Bee Unit has called for the public to report any suspected Asian hornets after two further confirmed sightings in Liskeard, Cornwall and Hull, east Yorkshire. At this stage, there is no evidence to suggest the Cornwall and Hull sightings are linked.The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees and work is already underway to identify any nests in the Liskeard and Hull areas, which includes deploying bee inspectors to visit local beekeepers and setting up monitoring traps.As part of this work, bee inspectors from APHA National Bee Unit are carrying out surveillance and monitoring in a 1-2 km radius around the sightings.The hornets in Fowey were first discovered earlier in September and the National Bee Unit moved swiftly to find the nest and remove it. During September the number of hornets in a nest can reach a peak and this will increase the chances of seeing an insect.Nicola Spence, Defra Deputy Director for Plant and Bee Health, said: These sightings in Liskeard and Hull underline the need to remain vigilant. I want to encourage people to look out for any Asian hornet nests and if you think you’ve spotted one, please report your sighting through the Asian hornet app or online. Members of the public can also report sightings by email to [email protected] with a photo or on the Great Britain Non-native Species Secretariat website. The Great Britain Non-native Species Secretariat is a joint venture between Defra, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government to tackle the threat of invasive species. More information can be found on their website. For details on the appearance of an Asian hornet please can be found on Bee Base guide or the non-native species identification guide. Photographs of the Asian hornet are available on our Flickr account The cost of eradication on private land will be met by APHA. If you suspect you have seen an Asian hornet you can report this using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ or by emailing [email protected] Identification guides and more information are available.Background While the Asian Hornet poses no greater risk to human health than a bee, we recognise the damage they can cause to honey bee colonies. I am therefore pleased our well-established protocol to contain them has worked so effectively in Fowey.last_img read more

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