What’s behind the U.S. ban on TikTok?

first_imgWith more than 100 million monthly users in the U.S., nearly 70% of whom are ages 13-24, TikTok has quickly become a wildly popular, short-video social media app. Owned by Chinese corporation ByteDance Ltd., TikTok is the sixth most popular social media app worldwide, according to usage statistics compiled in January of this year. (hootsuite.com, May 7)Teenage users of the app — colloquially referred to as “TikTok teens” — are credited with using TikTok to thwart a June 20 reelection rally of President Donald Trump in Tulsa, Okla., by reserving a huge number of tickets under fake names. Leading up to the planned rally, Trump and his campaign team bragged about overfilling the arena where the event was planned. Instead, they were met with a venue that was less than half-filled. The crowds they anticipated never materialized.Trump issued an executive order Aug. 6 that will effectively ban TikTok and WeChat, another Chinese-owned messaging and social media app, from operating in the U.S. by mid-September. The reason for this drastic move is allegedly “to protect national security.” This is related to accusations around data security and privacy. In reality, the U.S. government’s action is an escalation of Washington’s ongoing efforts to undermine China, particularly in the growing battle around the development and ownership of technology.China’s rising tech development threatens U.S. profitsFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attended a private dinner in October 2019 at the White House with Trump, White House adviser Jared Kushner and billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, who is also on Facebook’s board. The dinner was part of a concerted effort by Zuckerberg and his company to get an audience with some of the most aggressively anti-China members of Congress.Of course, this event was a  bipartisan affair, meant to stoke concern about TikTok in particular and the rising threat posed to U.S. technological corporations’ global market share. (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 23)Parroting the racist and growing anti-communist rhetoric coming from the top levels of both U.S. capitalist political parties, when asked about the meeting between Zuckerberg and Trump, Facebook representative Andy Stone told the Wall Street Journal, “As Chinese companies and influence have been growing, so has the risk of a global internet based on their values, as opposed to ours.”Facebook was also one of the companies to found a new organization called American Edge — a supergroup composed of many major players in the U.S. tech industry — to lobby and run public relations campaigns around their interests. These interests include reducing regulations and scrutiny of the industry, as well as unifying efforts by the tech industry to take on growing Chinese technological innovation and dominance.In American Edge’s founding statement entitled “Who We Are,” posted on its website, China is the only country other than the U.S. that is mentioned by name.  The corporate coalition cites the following fact as being a major impetus for its formation: “9 of the top 20 technology companies are now based in China rather than the U.S.”It is curious that Facebook, among other U.S. tech giants and politicians, would cite concerns over data security and allegations of censorship in their opposition to TikTok and other Chinese-owned apps. After all, Facebook abruptly removed the pages of It’s Going Down, Crimethinc and other prominent anti-fascist and anarchist pages without any warning on Aug. 19. The tech company has a long, well-documented history of removing left-wing political pages and suppressing posts in news feeds.In 2018, the personal information of millions of Facebook users was accessed without their knowledge by the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. This is only one of countless leaks of users’ personal information. In addition, these corporations show their allegiance to U.S. governmental police agencies by complying with their requests for such information.U.S. companies line up like pigs at the trough Following Trump’s executive order banning TikTok, U.S. technology corporations have been circling like vultures to get their hands on U.S.-based operations of the app, which could be put up for sale before the mid-September deadline banning it.At the head of this ravenous pack are Microsoft and Walmart, which submitted a joint bid. Oracle is trying to buy the company. Twitter and other companies have expressed interest in purchasing TikTok.There is certainly a lot of money to be made by whichever U.S. corporation buys the app, should such a sale eventually take place. On Aug. 29, China formally asserted its right to be involved in the negotiations taking place concerning TikTok’s operations in the U.S., in an effort to protect other more sensitive technologies that were developed by the app.Similar to the campaign now being waged against TikTok, Huawei is another Chinese technology company that has been aggressively attacked by the U.S. and its imperialist allies in the last two years. Huawei recently overtook Samsung as the world’s largest smartphone producer. Huawei is currently the world’s largest manufacturer of telecom equipment, such as chips, and is a global leader in the development of 5G wireless technology.U.S. ups anti-China attacksThe expansion and profitability of U.S. technological corporations are certainly key aspects of the attacks on TikTok. However, this is only one part of the latest widening conflict instigated by the U.S. against China.By every measure China is surpassing the U.S. in technological innovation, owed in large part to the social organization of Chinese society, which encourages and fosters such developments. China’s achievements threaten the long-term viability of the position which U.S. corporations have enjoyed for decades in reaping the benefits of technological developments.U.S. imperialism depends on its reliable partnerships with U.S.-based technological corporations, in order to develop new means to advance and protect its global imperialist interests. That those technologies can be developed elsewhere, and which in many cases are superior to those developed in the U.S., is a major threat.The Trump administration has ramped-up open attacks on China with the imposition of tariffs and other means, but taking aim at China is a bipartisan project. Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden has been competing with Trump about who can take the most aggressive stance against China — in the interest of preserving the dominance of U.S. imperialism as it continues to decline.Faced by a multitude of severe problems — a deepening economic crisis, a pandemic, a growing movement in the streets against racist police murders and an emerging political fight around the 2020 presidential elections — Washington’s escalating attacks on China show the desperation of a capitalist system that is losing its legitimacy on every level. This environment can present many opportunities, alongside many threats, as these crises intensify.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

‘Shoot for Heroes’

first_img By Odessa American – April 17, 2021 Show of Support has scheduled a Sporting Clay Shoot, “Shoot for Heroes,” July 30 at Windwalker Farms Sporting Clays, 2551 County Road C2801, Stanton.Check in for the first flight is at 7:30 a.m.Show of Support is a 501c3 non- profit organization honoring America’s wounded veterans. Their purpose is to demonstrate public support for the men and women of our military by providing outdoor hunting adventures to those men and women who have been injured in service to our country.Sponsorships are available.To sponsor or for more information, call 432-687-2167 or visit showofsupport.org. Facebook Pinterest Local News ‘Shoot for Heroes’ WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleMusic in the ParkNext articleSelena tribute Odessa Americanlast_img read more

Man sustains head injuries in Derry assault

first_img Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Man sustains head injuries in Derry assault Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week News Police in Derry are appealing for information following a serious assault in the Argyle Street area of the city this morning.Shortly after 8am, it was reported that a 48 year old man was attacked in the street, sustaining head injuries. He was taken to hospital for treatement for his injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.Two men aged 25 and 34 were arrested a short time later, they remain in custody. Facebook Twitter Twittercenter_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp By News Highland – July 14, 2012 Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleMan injured in Letterkenny stabbingNext articleMEP calls for Mauritius boycott as DPP defends police investigation News Highland Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson last_img read more

How To Crack The Advocate On Record Examination

first_imgColumnsHow To Crack The Advocate On Record Examination Sumeer Sodhi & Shreya Nair17 April 2020 8:56 PMShare This – xThe Advocate on Record Examination conducted by the Supreme Court of India has earned the reputation of being notoriously hard to crack. Though having already been put through the mill, I am here to attempt to demystify the shroud of uncertainty that deters many aspirants from taking the examination. The primary source of encouragement for writing the present article has been the…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?LoginThe Advocate on Record Examination conducted by the Supreme Court of India has earned the reputation of being notoriously hard to crack. Though having already been put through the mill, I am here to attempt to demystify the shroud of uncertainty that deters many aspirants from taking the examination. The primary source of encouragement for writing the present article has been the Novel Corona Virus (Covid-19), which has made most lawyers brief-less, including me. Why Become an Advocate on Record: Only one who has cleared the Advocate on Record Examination has the privilege to file appearance and act on behalf of a party before the Supreme Court. An advocate who is not an Advocate on Record may not appear on behalf of a party unless instructed by the Advocate on Record. Thus upon clearing the Advocate on Record examination you instantly become part of a niche club of lawyers who may file and plead before the Supreme Court. Becoming an Advocate on Record, in my humble opinion, completes you as a lawyer and prepares you for practicing in any court and in any field of law; the preparation for the examination itself embracing a wide spectrum of subjects. While the examination may seem cumbersome and tedious, it opens many avenues that may otherwise remain closed for you. For instance, there are many empanelments for the Supreme Court, such as State Panels, which require that the empaneled lawyer be an Advocate on Record, as only an Advocate on Record can file and plead in the Supreme Court. Necessity of an Examination to become an Advocate on Record: The Advocate on Record Examination is meant to ensure that those appearing in the Supreme Court are equipped with the necessary knowledge and experience to appear before the Apex Court. The purpose is to maintain a certain standard for pleaders in the Supreme Court, thus the minimum experience requirement. Being an Advocate on Record is not just a prestigious title, it is a profile that comes with huge responsibility. As an Advocate on Record you are held to a higher standard and expected to be an officer of the Court in the truest of senses. The Advocates on Record System has been challenged before the Supreme Court on the basis that it creates a class amongst lawyers and restricts other lawyers from appearing before the Supreme Court, however the said challenge was dismissed. Counsel Practise vis-à-vis being an AoR: Of course, many of you must be wondering if clearing the Advocate on Record Examination would tantamount to making a choice between Counsel Practice and being a filing Attorney, however such an assumption is blatantly untrue and unsubstantiated. Unlike in erstwhile Presidency Courts such as Mumbai, Madras, and Calcutta, practice of lawyers in Delhi does not distinguish much between Counsel Practice and Filing Practice. In fact there is the supposition that the Advocate on Record will be the arguing Counsel for the matter, unless the Client deems fit to engage a Counsel or a Senior Counsel. I firmly believe that becoming an Advocate on Record is a great way to build up a reliable Counsel Practice in Supreme Court, as there is a basic expectation of arguing on behalf of your Client. Historically speaking, many esteemed Judges, present and former, as well as established Senior Advocates have been Advocates on Record for instance, Hon’ble Justice (Retd.) Madan B Lokur, Hon’ble Mr. Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Hon’ble Ms. Justice Indu Malhotra, Hon’ble Mr. Justice S. Muralidhar, as well as Mr. Ranjit Kumar, Senior Advocate to name a few. Time Required for preparation of Examination: The first question which has been put to me often by various aspirants wanting to appear for the examination is “How many months of preparation does it take to crack the AoR”? There is no straightjacket formula which can be applied in order to clear the examination. It largely depends upon whether a person has regularly practiced in the Supreme Court or not. To avoid ambiguity, it is clarified that the word “regularly” should be interpreted to mean exclusive practice in Supreme Court or someone who has drafted and filed petitions in Supreme Court and knows the general procedure of how the Court functions. One must therefore honestly evaluate him/herself to ascertain whether or not one’s practice can be termed as “regular” in the Supreme Court. The idea being that one who has practiced regularly in the Supreme Court would already be aware of the practice and procedure, and thus will be able to brush up faster on the basic material than someone who has only a distant superficial understanding of the Court. For someone who has regularly practiced in Supreme Court, a period of three months should be enough to cover the material that is provided for preparation of the examination. A three to four hours uninterrupted study of the material for the period abovementioned should be sufficient. However for someone who has little or no experience of Supreme Court functioning ought to give about three hours a day for at least five to six months. For those who have superannuated or resigned from government service or from a legal department of a company, a period of about six months should suffice for the preparation. The same period should apply to a lawyer who is taking up litigation after having worked in non-litigation fields such as in a non litigating law firm or the corporate sector. Having said that, it must be added that the period ranging between three to six months has been advised, assuming that everyone giving this examination has other tasks to attend to. Understandably it is almost impossible to give up your practice of law, and put your life on hold in order to completely devote your time for the preparation. Keeping that in mind, I maintain that devoting three to four hours a day is more than enough to adequately prepare for the examination. No matter whether you have practiced in the Supreme Court regularly or not, the material to be covered is vast. Therefore a focused and smart preparation will ensure that you clear the exam in a single attempt. Pattern of the Examination and what to expect of your Examiners: The AoR examination is conducted by the Board of Examiners of the Supreme Court. The Board of Examiners in turn are appointed by the Committee of three judges who are nominated by the Chief Justice of India for this purpose. The attempt here is to chart out tips to crack the examination, so we can raise the percentage of those who are successful. The AoR examination consists of four papers of three hours each. Every paper is for a total of 100 marks. The Four papers are – Practice and ProcedureAdvocacy and Professional EthicsDraftingCase Laws The examination pattern varies from time to time as is evident from the past years question papers. The pattern may consist of essay type questions for which lengthy answers are required. This pattern is not unlike the patterns followed in colleges such as Faculty of Law, Delhi University or Government Law College in Bombay or any college under Pune University. The papers may even include a few Multiple Choice Questions. The question papers may give a choice between two questions or a choice between ten out of all twenty questions. Therefore since there is no fixed pattern of setting the examination, the aspirant must be mentally prepared for either eventuality. Just as with all competitive exams, it is crucial that while giving the examination, one must focus just as much on time-management as well as the correctness of the answers. More important than knowing the pattern of the question papers, is knowing what the examiner expects of every candidate. Most members of the Board of Examiners are Senior Advocates, though the Committee of Judges may appoint any person to the Board of Examiners. These Examiners are equipped with immense practical experience thus making them the best judge of the knowledge, merit, and aptitude of the examinee. Unlike law school examinations, one does not get more marks for writing more, as rambling fluff will only lead to a lack of clarity in the answers which is one of the criteria on which you will be adjudged. What one writes in a concise form and with clarity of law, is what matters. It is of course advisable to have a clean hand writing but there is not much that can be done in certain hopeless cases like mine, but do ensure that at the very least, the handwriting is legible, unlike those of doctors on a prescription. No petition is filed in Supreme Court, which is handwritten, and therefore it should not even matter as to how you write, as long as it is legible. What is crucial, however, is the ability to write fast for three hours straight. All of us in this computer generation have lost that skill, so you may need to regain it. I advise making hand written notes as you prepare, which will not only give you clarity in your preparation but will also give you practice for writing. To begin your preparation, the first step is to familiarize yourself with the patterns of the past papers, as well as the various topics covered. This is a must do before taking on the task of preparation of AoR examination. This will give you a fairly good idea about how the papers are set, and broadly what are the topics you need to cover. While going through these papers, I recommend making a list of all those topics, which have repeatedly come up in past years examinations. One must prepare these topics extensively. Study Material: Most of the material you will require is readily available with the photocopiers in the Supreme Court. The bundle provided may seem overwhelming at first, but is manageable if approached in a systematic manner. The material will consist of all the landmark/relevant case laws, photocopies of commentaries (in gross violation of copyright law) on Professional Ethics, Practice and Procedure, and formats of drafts. Post analysis of the question papers, one would realize that most of the material which is provided is not exactly relevant. My advice therefore is to work on the topics shortlisted from the material which might be already available in your office / your chambers / your law firms library or even online. Breaking down the subject into topics helps in better preparation for which one shouldn’t shy away from taking recourse to articles and research papers online. This helps in creation of a fundamental understanding of how the particular subject of law has evolved over a period of time and also gives a historical and analytical viewpoint. Such clarity on development of law is what Supreme Court Examiners look out for. For instance if one were to consider a topic of “Appeal against acquittal” in the subject of Practice and Procedure, historically one must know that initially (Old CrPC) there was no provision for appeal against an acquittal order at all. Thereafter a right to appeal was provided for the prosecution followed (CrPC 1973) by a right in favor of a victim to file an appeal against an acquittal (2009 amendment). Hence the idea is to understand how the law has evolved. In a nutshell, since there is no fixed syllabus for this examination, thus there cannot be a fixed source of study material. The material, which is made available, can of course be referred to while preparing for a particular subject. For simplification of how to go about preparing each subject, a few tips / topics are being shared hereinafter: Practice and Procedure The distinction that has been drawn earlier in the present article with respect to the time duration required for preparation of the present examination on the basis of past practical experience of Supreme Court practice of a lawyer, is most relevant for the subject of Practice and Procedure. Most of the tasks performed by an active Supreme Court lawyer in normal course of discharge of professional duties greatly assist in preparation of this subject. This paper is designed to test an Advocate’s familiarity with the day-to-day procedure that forms the basis of any practice before the Supreme Court. The paper is set to assess not only the knowledge of the functioning of the Supreme Court but also the various jurisdictions and powers of the Court. Thus you must be thoroughly versed with the both the substantive and procedural law that comprises the practice before the Supreme Court. While this may seem daunting, upon breaking down the topics to be covered you will find that while the field is vast, many concepts would sound familiar. Upon going through the past papers you will find that most of the topics are repeated frequently, I have culled out the major topics that you must cover as the bare minimum – Different Jurisdictions of Supreme Court:Writ jurisdiction (Article 32)Election of President and Vice President (Article 71)Ordinary Original Jurisdiction (Article 131)Appellate Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court (Articles 132-136)Article 134 – Criminal appeals to Supreme CourtArticle 136 (Special Leave Petition) – Extra Ordinary Appellate jurisdictionAdvisory Jurisdiction of Supreme Court (Article 143):Power to transfer cases: Civil and CriminalStatutory AppealsJurisdiction to appoint an arbitrator MiscellaneousAffidavits – Same as Order XIX CPCVacation BenchCourt FeesStare decisis (Article 141)Power to do complete justice (Article 142) Powers and duties of Chamber Judge and Registrar Concept of Curative Petitions Power of Supreme Court to punish for contempt Supreme Court Rules 2013 (amended upto date) The topics given hereinabove are only to advisory in nature, and are those topics which are mandatory to prepare before taking the examination. Questions may vary from describing all Supreme Court jurisdictions in short to describing only writ jurisdiction and therefore time management would become important. The topics are of course only illustrative and one must endeavor to be thorough with the entire Supreme Court Rules. Advocacy and Professional Ethics The best way to prepare for this paper is to first thoroughly go through the Advocates Act and the Bar Council of India Rules. It seems almost ludicrous that this would even bear mentioning, but it is the unfortunate and inescapable fact that for most lawyers that join the bar the least read piece of legislation is the one which governs their practice i.e. the Advocates Act. For additional reading for this paper I highly recommend the book on Professional Ethics authored Mr. Raju Ramachandaran, Senior Advocate. This book is seminal in helping expand your horizons when it comes to the morals and ethics involved in being a lawyer. While going through Mr. Ramachandran’s book I recommend you contemplate and formulate your ideas on topics such as; whether the Bar Council of India Rules need modification, or if there should be a cap on the fee of lawyers, or if there should be mandatory provision for lawyers to provide free legal aid, or what it means to be an officer of the court and how that requires striking a balance between fighting for your client and never crossing the line. These topics, amongst others, appear frequently in past papers, and are designed to test how committed you are to the ethics that bind the legal profession. In preparing for this paper and in addition to the above, these are certain topics which I would deem mandatory for you to prepare – Advocate’s Duties to the CourtAdvocate’s Duties to the Client Advocate’s Duties to their Opponent Advocate’s Duties to Colleagues Advocate’s Right to Strike Professional Misconduct vis-à-vis the concept of “privilege to practice”Right to LienIgnoring “personal view of guilt of client” in order to justify your duty towards the clientWhether hospitality provided by lawyers to judges is acceptableRight of lawyer to advertise; Why is there a bar of lawyers advertising their abilities? To what extent can a lawyer advertise even on a website?Role of an amicus curiae.Contempt of Supreme Court Concept of conflict of interest Whether Chinese wall policy adopted by a few lawyers is ethical Drafting In the normal course of our practice, we seemed to have adopted a formulaic approach to drafting petitions, and thus not too much thought is put into the declarations that are incorporated into the draft. I therefore advise that when preparing for the Drafting Examination one must start by sketching out a skeleton draft of different pleadings that you could be asked to draft. Lay out the entire structure of the petition, starting with the cause title, from “In the Supreme Court of India” and ending with “Advocate for the Petitioner”. Your draft must be accompanied by the requisite Affidavit and the Certificate as required. Since the examination consists of a combination of various drafts, the above exercise should be carried out for a Special Leave Petition, Civil / Criminal Appeal, Writ Petition, Suit, and a Transfer Petition. Once you have a skeletal framework for each draft, you will find yourself with a source bank for revision as well as for future drafting. While drafting a Special Leave Petition it is crucial to understand the distinction between a Question of law, which is to be raised in a SLP, and grounds that form the basis of your arguments. Though your grounds may concern facts arising out of a case, the Questions of law would always be with respect to interpretation or implementation of a provision of law. To put it simply, your Question of Law must be one that can be determined without reference to the facts arising out of the case. Whereas a Suit on the other hand must not contain any ground and must be drafted succinctly with the sole purpose of making out a clear-cut cause of action. Thus, one must include in the plaint as to why the plaintiff is entitled to a particular relief and but how the Plaintiff proves its case would be a part of the evidence and not plaint. Generally, the Drafting Examination is a lengthy question paper, and thus time management is key to cracking this paper. Therefore, once you have chosen the questions you will be answering in the paper on the basis of the subject of interest (in case of choice), you must highlight in the question paper all the important facts which are to be included in the list of dates of the draft. This would save time and energy, and ensure that crucial facts are not missed out in your draft. When preparing for this paper you must focus on the details that distinguish various drafts. For instance, in case of an SLP, the facts mentioned in the List of Dates are not to be repeated in the main body of the pleading, as opposed to in a civil appeal, where the facts forming the list of dates are reiterated briefly in the body of the appeal. You must know where the annexures of the petition/appeal are marked, i.e., whether in the List of Dates or in the main body of the petition or appeal, as the case may be. One of the most crucial and significant skills of an Advocate on Record, is the ability to concisely and clearly draft the synopsis which must summarize legal grounds raised in the petition or appeal as the case may be. The Synopsis ought not to be a factual summary of the case, but instead should contain very little facts and should be very concise. The purpose of the Synopsis is to lay out the petitioner’s entire case on law at the very outset. It must not be a reiteration of either the questions of law or the grounds raised in the main body but a succinct combination of facts, questions of law, and grounds and must lay bare the perversity of the Impugned Order. Case Laws One of the most tedious and exhaustive subjects to prepare is Case Laws. The list of case laws is generally provided on the Supreme Court website and is revised every year, therefore one must obtain the latest list before beginning the preparation. Generally, the total number of cases can be anywhere from 50-60 cases, yet your advantage in this paper is that everyone is provided with the SCR Journals for all the cases during the examination. However let me be clear in saying that there is no way to evade reading all these cases, no summary or analysis can replace actually reading the judgments. There is no substitute for hard work. This is not a cause for worry, as long as you are systematic in your approach. Start by dividing the list of case laws subject wise such as education, service, civil, criminal, constitutional et al. Once this is done, chronologically prepare the subject wise list of case laws. This would help you in reading the said case laws like a story, and help you chart of the evolution of the law. However before you get to actually reading these case laws, I recommend that you either watch a lecture by an expert online (such as for Constitutional Law case laws, by Mr. Rohinton Nariman’s, now a Judge, speech at the Faculty of Law[1] regarding Ninth Schedule of the Constitution) or read up a well researched article which talks about the growth of law since its inception. The advantage of this is two fold, first you will be introduced to case laws other than the ones mentioned in the list provided and second it will lend you a better analytic and critical understanding of the position of law and its evolution. Another important aspect to be kept in mind is that the examiners expect the aspirant to be conceptually clear. An aspirant who knows how the Supreme Court has evolved the law over time on a particular subject would definitely have an advantage over someone who doesn’t. Don’t shy away from reasonably and constructively criticizing a judgment, since that is part of what makes a good lawyer and AoR. The Advocate on Record Examination, while not an easy task, is one that is infinitely rewarding, and the process of preparation in itself will make you a better lawyer. The Examination is meant to evolve the standard of eligibility or appearing, pleading and acting before the Supreme Court, thus the rigors of preparing for this examination will only enhance your capabilities as a lawyer. Views Are Personal Only. (Sumeer is practicing as an Advocate on Record in Supreme Court and Shreya Nair is practicing Lawyer. Sumeer scored Second Rank in the AoR Exam held in 2017.) [Caveat / Disclaimer: The present disclaimer is nothing short of an insurance cover from a prospective aspirant’s law suit claiming damages for not being able to crack the AoR Examination for alleged wrong/incomplete guidance. There are multiple variables which are required for preparation of the examination which may vary from case to case and therefore, the author cannot and must not be sued.] [1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9odvAGsqO0 Next Storylast_img read more

Man due in Letterkenny court after snatching elderly woman’s handbag

first_img WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMan sustains head & facial injuries during assault in St. JohnstonNext articleEight people awaiting in-patient beds at LUH News Highland Twitter Twittercenter_img By News Highland – June 4, 2019 Google+ WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Pinterest A man is to appear at Letterkenny District Court after snatching a handbag from an elderly woman.The incident happened on Friday evening last just after 9.30pm at the Ramelton Road area of Letterkenny.The woman, who is in her 70s got into her car and placed her handbag on the passenger seat.A male opened the passenger door, snatched the handbag and took off running.He was later identified from CCTV by Gardai and arrested. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Man due in Letterkenny court after snatching elderly woman’s handbag Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Florida ex-college student charged with plan to bomb 2 college deans: Feds

first_imgGoogle Maps Street View(MIAMI) — A South Florida man has been arrested for allegedly planning bomb attacks against two college deans, according to federal authorities.Salman Rashid, 23, of North Miami Beach, was arrested Monday for a charge of solicitation to commit a crime of violence, according to a criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of Florida on Monday.The FBI initiated an investigation into Rashid in April 2018 after reviewing his public Facebook posts, which allegedly “advocated for the violent overthrow of democracy,” according to the complaint. The posts also “exhibited a growing hatred for America” as well as secular Muslims and non-Muslims, authorities said.During the investigation, the FBI became aware of threats Rashid allegedly made over text messages to a female student at Miami Dade College, which prompted her to file a report with campus authorities. The texts allegedly detailed unrequited romantic feelings Rashid expressed to her, according to the complaint.“You will not have excuses, will not be given a choice and will have to come close to me,” a portion of one of the messages read, according to the court documents.Rashid was suspended from Miami Dade College in December 2018 over the threatening texts, authorities said.Rashid allegedly continued to try to contact the female student through April 2019 and allegedly tried to follow her to her car after class on March 21, authorities said. He also allegedly conducted an internet search for “how to stalk someones houses,” the FBI discovered after obtaining a search warrant.He was later expelled from Broward College on May 8 for failing to disclose the disciplinary manner at Miami Dade College regarding the texts, according to the complaint.In May 2019, “without provocation,” Rashid allegedly solicited a confidential human source to contact members of ISIS and instruct those ISIS members to conduct a terrorist attack on his behalf, authorities said.Rashid continued to instruct the confidential source throughout the summer and fall, indicating that an attack on a religious building or nightclub “would be suitable,” according to the complaint.Then, allegedly at Rashid’s request, the FBI introduced him to another confidential source who made him or herself out to be a member of ISIS, willing to carry out an attack.Between Nov. 8 and 9, Rashid allegedly chose two specific individuals to target — a dean at Miami Dade College and another dean at Broward College, authorities said. He allegedly asked the confidential source to plant explosive devices used in the attack “as big as possible” and place them in the deans’ offices.Rashid allegedly wrote in one text message, “these two people, they need to die,” according to the complaint.He allegedly insisted that the attack “take place soon” and that the confidential source posing as an ISIS member “should make sure to escape alive.”If convicted, Rashid faces up to 20 years in prison. He was born in Bangladesh and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, authorities said.He made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris M. McAliley on Monday. His pretrial detention hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, and his arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 9. It is unclear if he has retained an attorney.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Letters of the week

first_imgLetters of the weekOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Theory is fine, but realism is key• I read with interest Ralph Tribe’s piece in response to the recent debateover the value of IPD qualifications (11 January). It seems Ralph has itabsolutely right. I do not wish to rubbish the IPD qualification scheme, butmust point out my own experiences.I am a licentiate of the institute having gone through the various stages of”learning” up to and including PQS II Core P&D. I returned to thescheme to complete my final year, having taken a break, and realised just howpainful the process can be. My method of study was day release.With five years’ experience in frontline HR in a fast-moving manufacturingenvironment, I found the experience of returning to the IPD electivesdisappointing. I was learning very little, being subjected to case study aftercase study, going back over old ground and having to listen to the bestpractice solutions of a predominantly public sector/local authority group ofclassmates.Perceived best practice is sometimes not viable in the world of making moneyfor shareholders. You can have all the theories in the world but they won’tmake money unless they fit the situation. This realism seemed to be lost on thegroup and, to some extent, the lecturer.After eight weeks it was obvious my time would be better spent making moneyfor my shareholders, so I left the course.The previous stages of the syllabus had given me an excellent grounding inmy early HR career and were most valuable.It seems the IPD is grasping at straws trying to find things to teach in thefinal stage of PQS II.We have a very professional HR department at our organisation which providesrealistic yet innovative solutions to a complex and very large business. I havelearnt a huge amount during my time in HR and am proud to be associated withthe profession but I do feel the reverence with which the IPD is held might bea bit old school tie if not mason-like.The other services provided by the institute are useful, therefore I hopeyou do not think me hypo-critical if I hang on to my membership and endorse theIPD as worth its weight in mortar boards.The moral of the story is, that the theory is fine, but realism andexperience is the key.Glen CookHR OfficerAddress the root cause of stress• Nottingham City Council has made headway in reducing sickness and absenteeism(January 11). In so doing, it has identified the need for intervention tocombat the root causes.However, it is difficult to consider the incidence of sickness andabsenteeism in isolation. These issues can be indicative of low performance andproductivity. Many employees remain in work while experiencing the sameproblems as those absent.It is often found by employee assistance programmes that effectiveinterventions can increase sickness and absenteeism in the short term, asemployees take responsibility for their well-being. In the long term,interventions must go beyond the individual employee to supporting them inconfronting difficulties.It is important any interventions employed, while correcting the symptoms ofproblems, also pursue and address the stressors.Dr Angela HetheringtonClinical directorPPC UKTime to practise what you preach• In response to “HR kept off the board as skills gap shows” (18January), the HR function itself bears the responsibility through an increasedemphasis on a self-contained closed “professionalism” rather than abroad business approach using specialised HR skills. This starts at therecruitment stage with entry dominated by social science or specialist HRqualifications.How many in the Institute of Personnel and Development welcomed the move tochartered status as building a stronger professional fence around the function– perhaps leading to making an IPD qualification legally required for the topHR posts?More HR professionals need to either use executive coaches to help themintegrate into the management of the business, or practise what they preach byactively managing their own careers to include a spell in positions with directbusiness responsibilities.Bill RobbinsDirector, senior executive centreDrake Beam Morin Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Climate instability during the last interglacial period recorded in the GRIP ice core

first_imgIsotope and chemical analyses of the GRIP ice core from Summit, central Greenland, reveal that climate in Greenland during the last interglacial period was characterized by a series of severe cold periods, which began extremely rapidly and lasted from decades to centuries. As the last interglacial seems to have been slightly warmer than the present one, its unstable climate raises questions about the effects of future global warming.last_img

Indiana Is Cracking Down On Drug Interdiction Across The State

first_imgIndiana Is Cracking Down On Drug Interdiction Across The StateMAY 17TH, 2018 MITCH ANGLE INDIANAAttorney General Curtis Hill is determined to strengthen drug interdiction efforts across Indiana.A collaboration with the Indiana Drug Enforcement Association (IDEA) will provide the funding needed for regional interdiction teams.IDEA and highway interdiction teams (HITs) are comprised of officers and drug-sniffing dogs that are cracking down on criminals in Indiana who use the states thoroughfares to do their business.Attorney General Hill said; “We need to fight the drug crisis on many fronts, including prevention and treatment.  “By increasing interdiction, we are both reducing the number of illicit drugs flowing into our communities and simultaneously sending a strong message to those who choose the Crossroads of America to carry out criminal activity: You will pay a heavy price for trafficking drugs in Indiana. Officers and deputies are out in force looking for you every day.”West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski agrees with Hill, saying that he knows the efforts made by these teams are making a difference.All in the month of April, HITs conducted 273 drug-related investigations. These investigations led to 16 arrests, 12 pounds of marijuana seized, and a pound of methamphetamine seized. Pills and cocaine with a street value of more than $65,000 as well as a handgun and $16,000 cash were among other items that were confiscated.So far, eight police cars and five police K-9s have been purchased for agencies to use. Also purchased were tracking software, two-way radios and emergency police equipment such as lights and sirens. TwitterFacebook FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img last_img read more

Watch Leon Bridges Debut Emotional Neil Young Cover In Canada

first_img“River”Leon Bridges @ The Massey Hall 3/10/16SET: Smooth Sailin’, Outta Line, There She Goes, Pull Away, Better Man, Let You Down, Brown Skin Girl, Lisa Sawyer, Hold On, Flowers, Twistin’ & Groovin’, Shine, Coming Home, Mississippi Kisses, RiverENCORE: Helpless, Golden Room, Pussy Footin’[Setlist via setlist.fm] Up and coming soul sensation Leon Bridges made his way through Toronto on Thursday evening as part of his lengthy spring tour. His band, which includes former White Denim guitarist Austin Jenkins and sensational R&B vocalist Brittni Jessie, brought their unique style to the Massey Hall and performed multiple numbers off their most recent Coming Home record. The set closed with an epic “River,” which Bridges recently released an incredibly moving video for.Watch Brittany Howard, Leon Bridges & More Cover Ray Charles In The White HouseA triple encore came in honor of Canada with a fantastic Neil Young cover of “Helpless,” followed by Bridge’s own “Golden Room” and “Pussy Footin’.” Thanks to audience member ShakyShorty, you can watch the encore performance below:last_img read more