Twitter Google+ Previous articleHolcomb files petition signatures for reelection bidNext articleState Police, truckers join efforts again to fight human trafficking Tommie Lee IndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Facebook Buttigieg unveils $1T infrastructure plan Twitter Facebook Google+ By Tommie Lee – January 10, 2020 1 275 Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a campaigns stop, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg has unveiled a one trillion-dollar infrastructure plan.On Friday, the former South Bend Mayor pledged to direct federal funds to state and local governments in order to revitalize transportation networks across the nation.He says under a Buttigieg administration, local governments would “finally have a partner in Washington.”His campaign says the plan would be paid for by reforming the capital gains tax, raising the estate tax, and repealing the 2017 GOP tax overhaul. They claim the plan would also create 6,000,000 jobs. Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest
London continues to be the destination of choice for international litigants despite looming competition from English speaking courts in other jurisdictions, an annual survey claims today.According to the Commercial Courts Report 2018, by consultancy company Portland Communications, the number of international commercial cases heard in London rose by 7% in the year to April 2018 and the number of litigants by 22%.This, the report says, is part of an ‘upward trend’: 656 litigants from 69 countries took part in 158 cases in London, up from 62 countries in 2015/16.The commercial court is part of the Business and Property Court of the High Court of Justice. It hears complex national and international business disputes and is housed in the Rolls Building.After the UK, which accounted for 267 litigants, the next most represented country was Kazakhstan (31), followed by the US and Russia, from which 20 litigants hailed.The report notes: ‘City law firms will undoubtedly continue to watch Russia’s relationship with the commercial courts. Tensions between London and Moscow show little sign of easing. Despite this, current high-profile proceedings with Russian litigants look likely to maintain the country’s prominence in the courts for the coming year.’However, the report claims potential challengers are waiting in the wings, particularly from the EU – whose 27 other member states accounted for 105 litigants. Five EU cities – Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Brussels and Frankfurt – have announced the potential launch of, or increased funding for, English-speaking courts.According to the report, if a ‘hard Brexit’ results in a failure to retain the Brussels 1 Regulation, which recognises enforcement of judgments, London could become a ‘less attractive litigation destination’. Other courts mentioned as potential competitors include the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts, the Qatar International Court, the Abu Dhabi Global Market Courts and the Singapore International Commercial Court.Philip Hall, head of Portland’s disputes practice, said: ‘The London commercial courts cannot be complacent, even as they continue to lead the way in international litigation. To reinforce their position, the courts must understand and act on current economic and political realities’.The report added that lobby group TheCityUK has noted that the UK is ‘cannot be complacent as many jurisdictions are actively vying to take Britain’s crown’.
Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share 11 Views no discussions LocalNews Giraudel man ordered to keep the peace by: – October 29, 2012 A Giraudel man who pleaded guilty to attempted arson has been ordered to keep the peace for one year as well as to enroll into an alcohol rehabilitation program or serve a two year prison sentence.Anthony Rabess pleaded “guilty” to attempted arson during his arraignment at the opening of the September 2012 Criminal Assizes.It is the prosecution’s contention that on 24th May, 2010 at about 1:00 p.m. the defendant and some other persons were at the Hot Blade Bar located in Giraudel, when an altercation ensued between him and some other individuals.During that altercation, the defendant removed the shirt he was wearing and threw it inside the bar which stuck in the ceiling.The bartender Aymus Registe, asked the defendant to remove his shirt from the ceiling but he refused to do so.Registe removed the shirt from the ceiling with a stick but Rabess threw the shirt back up in the ceiling.After a back and forth, Registe took the shirt down, cracked a match and said he was going to “burn” the shirt but decided against it, blew out the match and threw the shirt onto the street.Upon seeing this, the defendant left the area and returned shortly after with a container of liquid substance which “smelled” like gasoline and “poured” it all over the bar.He then took a lighter from his pocket and attempted to light it twice to no avail, before one of the bar patrons were able to kick the lighter away from his hands, before he could try a third time.He was subsequently “tied up” by two patrons at the bar and police officers were called to the scene.In mitigation at the High Court of Justice on Monday, October 29th, Rabesse’s lawyer David Bruney pleaded with the court for leniency.According to Bruney, the court should take note of his clients “guilty” plea, the fact that he cooperated with police and the Welfare Division throughout the investigation, coupled with his previous “good” character.He said “alcohol dependency” seemed to have caused his client to behave in such a manner and it appears that Bruney’s plea did not fall on death ears.In sentencing, Justice Birnie Stephenson noted that the defendant had no “previous convictions” and members of his community had “good” things to say about him.Rabess was sentenced to two years in prison which was suspended for two years.He is to receive alcohol rehabilitation treatment with Dr. Griffin Benjamin, bonded to keep the peace for one year and be of good behavior.If he fails to enroll in the rehabilitation treatment within fourteen days or breech of his bond, he will serve the two years prison term.Dominica Vibes News
Share Share 210 Views no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsTertiary University of St. Martin donates to Dominica by: – September 29, 2015 USM President Dr. Francio Guadeloupe posed with Dominica Relief committee members, students and staff.The day after Dominica was hit by heavy rainfalls due to Tropical Storm Erika, the Board of Directors and Management of the University of St. Martin (USM) addressed a letter to the Prime Minister of Dominica, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, in an act of spontaneous solidarity. In that letter USM pledged its support to the recovery of Dominica. That very same day students, faculty, and staff began to pool resources to assist with the relief efforts. The President of the Board, Mrs. Valerie Giterson-Pantophlet commented that “Dominica remains holding a special place in hearts and minds of the people of St. Maarten, this is our sister island”. Her words reiterated the spirit of the letter penned by the USM President Dr. Francio Guadeloupe, whereby the promise was also made to accommodate Dominica students handpicked by that government to help rebuild the country.The funds collected by the USM staff, faculty and students were used to purchase baby supplies. Other items such as clothing and food supplies were also collected. The products were handed over to members of the Dominica Disaster Relief committee, Mr. Clayton Felix and Mr. Romain Laville.USM would like to thank all those who contributed to this effort by donating supplies or funds.
Rugby League The Digicel Cup competition, which is an avenue for the selection of the national side, has been overlooked as the head coach Michael Marum opts for the Queensland Intrust Super Cup and the Australian NRL competitions to selection the PNG Kumuls. Marum has gone through a similar process playing for the Paga Panthers in the Port Moresby Rugby League competition, then making into the Port Moresby Vipers before making the PNG Kumuls. He is now looking to the Intrust Super Cup and the NRL for the make up for the national side. However, a former PNGNRLC board member and chairman of Gulf Isapea Jacob Ivaroa was critical about the stand taken by the Kumuls coach. “If what I hear is true that no local rugby league players in the Digicel Cup will be considered for the Kumuls then, what’s the point in engaging with the PNGRFL?” Ivaroa asked. He said the local players paid their registration fees to keep the PNG Rugby Football League operational and not the overseas-based players. “So where is the logic to keep the rightful members of the PNGRFL out and go for players not registered to the PNGRFL?” he queried. “What’s the point in opening membership to PNGRFL when the board has no confident in the local talents? “PNGRFL board must stop under-estimating local talents and seriously run selection competitions to identify players. Open door and give local players opportunities to be considered. “The players are not there to pay registration fees only to pay for your wages and I think this is a wasted opportunity for local players to rise and be counted,” Ivaroa said. He said it was only a thought without any prejudice to the overseas-based players. Erave Hornbills president Pundia Aloko said the club based in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands Province, had produced some young talents who are currently playing in the Digicel Cup. “If PNGRFL is only selecting players from the (QLD) Intrust Super Cup and the NRL, then there is no point for our local boys to play and something must be done,” Aloko said. Hornbills is a rugby league club from Erave, Southern Highlands province, based in the Mt Hagen, Western Highlands Province. Meanwhile, PNG National Rugby League Competition administrator Stanley Hondina admitted that the Hunters pathway is a bottle-neck selection pathway. However, they were working on a plan or proposal that will give an opportunity to the Digicel Cup players in the future.