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First House bill filed would rewrite Article V

first_img First House bill filed would rewrite Article V Senior Editor T his could be a bad omen that Florida’s courts may face another challenging time in the 2002 session of the Florida Legislature.The first House bill filed for next year’s session is a proposed constitutional amendment that would dramatically limit the authority of Florida’s courts and give the legislature more authority over court procedures. If passed by the legislature, it would go to voters for review next year.The bill, HJR 1, filed by Rep. Bruce Kyle, R-Ft. Myers, is similar but less drastic than a bill introduced in the 2001 session by Rep. Fred Brummer, R-Apopka. That bill was heard in the House Judiciary Committee, but never came to a vote after committee members and people testifying on its impacts raised several questions.Unlike Brummer’s measure, Kyle’s bill does not seek to do away with The Florida Bar and give the legislature at least some oversight of the legal profession. Nor does it require that district court of appeal judges and Supreme Court justices must get a two-thirds “yes” vote in their merit retention referendums in order to stay in office. Also dropped was a provision requiring Senate confirmation of the governor’s judicial appointments, and several other provisions.But the bill does seek to restrict jurisdiction of Florida courts, limit the use of habeas corpus and other writs, and to give the legislature greater say in court procedural matters.Kyle, a Bar member and assistant state attorney in the 20th Circuit, said he filed the bill because he’s concerned courts have stepped beyond deciding legal disputes into the policy-making arena, which is the duty of the legislature.“It’s an important issue that needs to be aired, and the public has a right to make a decision on this,” he said. “I think we’ve got a good system in the federal system, and if we mirror that, we won’t have such an outreaching by the courts to set public policy when there isn’t even a case or controversy in front of them.”As for a bill provision allowing the legislature to give a DCA statewide jurisdiction over a specific issue, “It’s a good option to have, especially with the workload of our courts today,” Kyle said. “I don’t think it’s a bad option to have available, to establish courts that do specific functions, if need be. That doesn’t mean it has to be done.”Kyle added he dropped provisions from Brummer’s proposed bill that had to do with judicial appointments, merit retention, and Bar oversight because they detracted from what he saw as the main thrust of the legislation in delineating a clear line between the duties of the legislature and the courts.He also said he thinks it has a fair chance of success. “Any of the more controversial issues or issues that are new take more than one session before they become law,” Kyle said. “It has as good a shot as any other legislative proposal.”Bar Legislation Committee Chair Hank Coxe said the committee and the Board of Governors will carefully review the bill at the board’s August 22-23 meeting in Naples.“Any proposed legislation that threatens to weaken any branch of government or jeopardize our system of checks and balances must be taken seriously,” Coxe said. “We will take this seriously as part of the Bar’s fundamental obligation to ensure that our judiciary remains uncontrolled by another branch of government, just as we would expect the legislative and executive branches to say the same.”Last year’s legislative staff analysis of Brummer’s bill noted that the federal Constitution is more restrictive on the jurisdiction of federal courts than the state constitution is on state courts. The analysis also noted that Congress has more control over procedural rules.In contrast, the analysis said that Florida courts have held unconstitutional state laws that conflict with court procedural rules. It also noted that some opinions have held it can be difficult to draw the line between procedural and substantive rules.The proposed constitutional amendment specifically sets out a restricted jurisdiction of the state courts. It provides that “the jurisdiction of such courts shall extend only to actual cases in law, equity, admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, and to actual controversies arising under the constitution and the laws of the State of Florida and of the United States.”And repeating one of the most controversial segments of Bummer’s bill last year, it would authorize the legislature to give any of the five district courts of appeal final statewide jurisdiction over any issue. For example, the legislature could pick one DCA to be the final court for all death penalty appeals.The bill would also limit the ability of the courts to issue writs in general and to specifically review actions of other public officials through quo warranto writs. Quo warranto writs, according to the bill, may be used only to determine whether a public official is rightly holding an office and not to “review any right, power, or duty of a public official. . . . All writs except those directed to judicial officers shall be subject to statutes of limitations as provided by general law.”The staff analysis of the Brummer bill noted that quo warranto had traditionally been used only to challenge the right of officials to hold office, but had been expanded to challenge actions by those officials.Another section of the bill allows a statute of limitation on habeas corpus writs, but provides such a limit may not be less than two years from final judgment or mandate on direct appeal. The bill provides that the courts’ procedural rules must conform to state law when the rules are adopted, and must be changed to conform to any subsequently adopted statutes. It also provides that the legislature may override any court rule by a majority vote, instead of the two-thirds vote now required.In addition, the bill also specifies that new rules may neither “abridge, enlarge, nor modify the substantive rights of any litigant, but additional rulemaking power may be expressly delegated to courts by general law.”The original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court is limited under the bill to judicial and lawyer disciplinary issues, plus questions posed by the attorney general or governor.Some provisions introduced last year in the Brummer bill but not repeated this year in HJR 1 include removing the Bar’s appointments to the Judicial Qualifications Commission and giving them to the legislature, prohibiting the courts from setting or modifying legislative appropriations, making the Supreme Court’s annual judicial certification advisory rather than a constitutional certification of need, and allowing judicial candidates to voice opinions and speak on issues, unless limited by the legislature. August 15, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News First House bill filed would rewrite Article Vlast_img read more

China’s industrial engine gathers speed, consumers open wallets in boost to recovery

first_img“Strong external demand, a further recovery from the pandemic and pent-up demand from the floods all contributed to the robust activity data in August,” Ting Lu, chief China economist at Nomura, said in a note to clients.“We expect a further, albeit gradual, recovery of the services sector, a steady improvement in retail sales and elevated fixed-asset investment growth.”Industrial output growth quickened to 5.6 percent in August from a year earlier, the fastest in eight months, data from the National Statistics Bureau showed on Tuesday. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected a 5.1 percent rise from 4.8 percent in July.Retail sales also beat analysts’ forecast with a 0.5 percent rise on-year, snapping a seven-month downturn and bettering expectations for zero growth. In July, sales dropped 1.1 percent, but consumer confidence has been picking up lately, from spending on automobiles and duty-free shopping. China’s industrial output accelerated the most in eight months in August, while retail sales grew for the first time this year, suggesting the economic recovery is gathering pace as demand starts to improve more broadly from the coronavirus crisis.An annual decline in fixed-asset investment over January-August also moderated thanks to expanded stimulus from Beijing, but authorities remain wary about the outlook given heightened external risks, including from intensifying Sino-United States tensions.After the pandemic paralyzed the economy, China’s recovery has been gaining momentum as pent-up demand, government stimulus and surprisingly resilient exports propel a rebound. Floods across southwestern China that disrupted production in July have receded. Auto sales rose 11.8 percent in August year-on-year while sales of telecoms products jumped 25.1 percent, the data showed.The decline in fixed-asset investment slowed, falling 0.3 percent in January-August from the year-ago period, compared with a forecast 0.4 percent slide and a larger 1.6 percent decline in the first seven months of the year.Private sector fixed-asset investment, which accounts for 60 percent of total investment, fell a less steep 2.8 percent in January-August, compared with a 5.7 percent decline in the first seven months. Property investment, a crucial growth driver, also jumped the most in 16 months in August.In commodities, China posted record output in both crude steel and aluminium last month thanks to robust demand from the construction sector and recovery in automobile sales.“We think that China’s economic recovery is on a reasonably firm footing now and should continue through Q4 and into 2021, with solid investment growth, gradually recovering consumption momentum and resilient exports,” said Louis Kuijs at Oxford Economics.Chinese stocks led Asian markets higher, while the yuan currency rose to 16-month highs on the upbeat data.Risks to recoveryRecent economic indicators ranging from trade to producer prices and factory activity all suggested a further pick up in the industrial sector, and the broader economy.Government stimulus has been a powerful domestic driver, while momentum has also been supported by Beijing’s largely successful efforts to get the virus under control.“Fiscal and monetary policy stimulus should continue to support the recovery. But we expect the impact of policy stimulus to lose some punch with credit growth easing in Q4,” Oxford Economics’ Kuijs said.Data last week showed China’s August exports marking the strongest annual gain since March 2019, as more of its trading partners eased coronavirus lockdowns.Lu at Nomura has raised forecasts on China’s third-quarter economic growth to 5.2 percent, versus the actual 3.2 percent pace in April-June, and expects fourth-quarter growth to pick up further to 5.7 percent.Analysts at ANZ, meanwhile, have raised their 2020 China growth forecast to 2.1 percent, but the projected full-year rate would still be the weakest pace since 1976.Some analysts fear that the recovery could stall, hurt by rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, which many expect could escalate ahead of the US presidential election in November.Moreover, the possibility of another wave of local infections in the winter, and the continued rise in COVID-19 cases across a number of countries, led by India and the United States, have many investors nervous about the outlook.Those worries were partially underscored by statistical bureau spokesman Fu Linghui, who told reporters that the economic recovery remains unbalanced.“Externally, there are still many unstable and uncertain factors. On the domestic side… some industries and enterprises are still facing difficulties, and the recovery is unbalanced,” Fu said.Topics :last_img read more

Government Transparency Reinforced By OPRA Decision

first_imgHis request was ultimately denied, with Galloway Township claiming that fulfilling the OPRA request would mean creating a new record, an issue courts have said is not permitted through OPRA.Paff ’s case won at trial court, though was eventually overturned by the Appellate Division. That court found creating an email log with requested information would indeed be creating a new record.When researching the case, Luers said he and his team could not find a situation across the country where states limited access to emails, adding that emails are a way of “efficiently searching” any and all information. More than 25,000 members have connected with the group since its inception in January 2014 and Gallagher said it has become a real force of news in Monmouth County.“It’s a critical tool, and it’s changed the way that people get their information,” he said.He noted different movements or causes in the county that have utilized Facebook to their advantage, ranging from the Residents Against Giant Electric group fighting high-voltage transmission lines through five towns, or the Little Silver Against the Cell Tower initiative, comprised of residents opposed to a cell tower erected less than 500 feet from a school.Gallagher also cited the sea-level community in Highlands, where “people used Facebook to change our form of government from a partisan town to a non-partisan town, and elected a whole new slew of people.”Miller, the Rutgers professor, maintained that locals have influence on their town’s governing bodies.“Government transparency should be happening every single day,” Miller said. “You should be able to see it.”This article was first published in the June 29-July 6, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. “I can’t imagine living in a state where electronic records are not accessible,” Luers said. “I can’t fathom it.”Galloway Township fought hard to preserve the Appellate Division’s ruling, and sought help from the New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJSLOM) during the trial, which served as amicus on the case.In a statement to The Two River Times, Michael F. Cerra, NJSLOM’s assistant executive director and director of government affairs said the organization was “troubled by the decision.”Cerra continued, citing concerns that this decision “blurs the lines” between creating and disclosing new records.“This court decision fundamentally changes the scope of OPRA and leads municipalities down a path of having to create records, at taxpayer’s expense,” Cerra said.Conversely, some argue that the court case champions the fight for more government transparency, a hot-button issue highlighted by the 2016 presidential election.“We all know the saying, the best remedy for anything is sunshine,” said Steven Miller, the director of undergraduate studies in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. “Our laws, our records, what our government does, what our governmental agencies do, should be open to viewing by reporters, by the press, by the public.”Miller pointed to all Americans, not just New Jerseyans, who have fought to gather more information from municipal, county and federal governments.“Without the voters making their voices heard and forcing government to show its hand, this would not have happened,” Miller said.‘THE BEST WATCHDOGS’While it was Paff who took the most recent OPRA fight to the courts, he is certainly not the only resident striving for more government transparency in the Garden State.“You need people that are not tied to government to act as watchdogs,” said Luers. “The best watchdogs are the people that go to their own town meetings because they know their own town the best.”That is the case in Monmouth County, where locals in the Two River area have taken up less-combative arms, with their camcorders and smartphones in hand, to document what their towns do on a bi-weekly basis.“It’s vital to our form of democracy that this information is available,” said Holmdel resident Scott Goldstein, referring to public township meetings.Goldstein, who serves as president of the Holmdel-based land preservation group Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU), has been a regular fixture at Holmdel Township Committee meetings over the past two decades.Before bringing his camera and tripod to the first meeting nearly a year and a half ago, Goldstein said he was one of many CILU members who documented and sent out information learned through township committee meetings.That method of sharing information has evolved into videotaping Holmdel’s elected officials from the dais, a way for residents unable to attend meetings to witness what happens firsthand. The videos are found on the CILU Holmdel YouTube channel.“If you want to put your foot in your mouth, I’m just going to be the person there recording it,” Goldstein said. “If you want to be a jerk about how you deal with your community, that’s up to you.”Goldstein said because of the videos, litigation has been brought on the Holmdel Township Committee four separate times to stop developments in town – most notably a $3.3 million bond for synthetic turf fields at Cross Farm Park and the building of affordable housing units at Palmer Square.Video cameras have also become a common occurrence at Middletown Township meetings in recent years.“I believe that this provides an important vehicle to those who cannot come out to a meeting,” said Middletown resident Don Watson.Watson serves as the Middletown Township Democrat Committee chairman, and has long lobbied the all-Republican Township Committee to record township meetings themselves and broadcast on public television channels.When the township denied that request, citing a $110,000 cost, Watson started the Middletown Open Government group to fund and discuss information shared at the public meetings.He said nearly $1,000 was raised for video equipment, and he began uploading the meeting videos to his YouTube channel, MiddletownOG.Watson has recorded meetings involving two of the township’s most contentious planning board applications in recent years – the Trinity Hall campus development on Chapel Hill Road and the Village 35 commercial complex project, which is still before the board.Regarding what other costs he incurs for recording the meetings, Watson said “It costs me my time, and that’s it.”FACEBOOK PLAYS A ROLEBesides YouTube, the other power player in local municipal discussion is the social network site Facebook. Not only does it draw teenagers, parents and businesses, but the site has become a haven for sharing local news across the town lines.One of the most prominent public Facebook groups in the area is Monmouth County News, supervised by Art Gallagher, a social media consultant and publisher of the conservative blog More Monmouth Musings.center_img By Jay Cook |A state Supreme Court decision last week reaffirmed what many Sunshine Law advocates have known as gospel for years: email records are public records.After years of bouncing among New Jersey courtrooms, Open Public Record Act (OPRA) activists were afforded a win with the John Paff v. Galloway Township decision on June 20, which found that emails are deemed information stored electronically, lawfully falling under state OPRA guidelines.“(This decision) puts New Jersey in the vanguard in terms of access to electronic records,” said Walter M. Luers, the attorney who represented Paff throughout the litigation. “It puts us right in the 21st century.”On June 28, 2013, Paff filed an OPRA request with Galloway Township, Atlantic County, seeking information from emails sent between the township’s clerk and chief of police. In the request, Paff highlighted the terms “sender,” “recipient,” “date,” and “subject.”last_img read more

Shore Regional Warns About Dangers of Vaping

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |OCEANPORT – PJ O’Connell can still recall scenes from his high school days, in particular the cloud of cigarette smoke that consumed him each time he opened the men’s room door.As the director of Shore Regional High School security, O’Connell has noticed that, though the smoke has dissipated, a dangerous and addictive fire still burns.O’Connell appeared at the Maple Place School in Oceanport on Thursday where the former Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office detective delivered a presentation titled “Vaping: What Every Parent Should Know,” a program sponsored by the borough’s Drug Education Initiative Committee (DEIC) and used to inform concerned residents about the dangers of vaping, as well as warning signs that their children may be partaking.“I have children, the youngest of which is now a freshman in college,” O’Connell said. “They’re the ones who started cluing me in that it’s not cigarettes anymore. It’s vaping.”While working in the high school setting O’Connell has caught a number of students vaping on school grounds, so he began to educate himself on the trend.For further insight, he spoke to several of his own friends who were vaping as way to wean themselves off cigarettes, a tactic O’Connell admits can be useful for longtime smokers looking to beat the habit.However, the further O’Connell dug, the more concerned he became.“The more research I did, it became clear that these companies are targeting kids. And that’s the biggest part of this presentation and what I try to get across to parents. Their kids think this is safe. They see that it’s safer than cigarettes, but since when are we using cigarettes as the bar for what’s healthy and what isn’t?”O’Connell presented to nearly 30 parents of local students and drew an audible gasp from the congregation when he began discussing the science behind the dangers of vaping.“I get a lot of my information from our science teachers at the high school and they explained to me that, when you heat a chemical, it’s altered to become something completely different. And that’s what’s happening here,” said O’Connell, who referenced a recent study by the University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) and another by Joseph Allen – an assistant professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard – both of which indicate the risks of vaping.In March UCSF tested urine samples from the bodies of teens who used electronic cigarettes and vaping devices and the study revealed elevated levels of five different toxins that are referred to as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), all of which are known or suspected carcinogens.In April 2016, Allen’s report found at least “one flavoring chemical was detected in 47 of 51 unique vaping flavors tested.” A chemical known as diacetyl was also detected in 39 of 51 tested flavors. Diacetyl is connected with bronchiolitis obliterans, other lung diseases and respiratory infections.Oceanport’s Drug Education Initiative group (L to R: Kim Murphy, Betsy Vilardi Schuff, Marybeth Murphy Kopec and Chriselle Loquet) organized Thursday’s information session on the dangers of vaping.It’s the various flavors of vaping liquids that has O’Connell most concerned, a sentiment shared by Oceanport resident Tara Sweeney, who was in attendance Thursday.“I have friends who have used. But they’re adults who are using this as a tool and it works for them,” Sweeney said. “But for kids to be doing this and to be attracted to the taste of the flavors, it’s very scary. We don’t know the long-term impact of what using does. But we know that there can be nicotine involved. We know there can be carcinogens present. And we know that they can be used to smoke marijuana. Vaping is definitely a concern.”In March, Hackensack Meridian Health at Riverview Medical Center pulmonologist Adrian Pristas, M.D., confirmed to The Two River Times that vaping devices and e-cigarettes do produce nicotine and, due to the addictive nature of the chemical, these devices can act as a gateway to cigarette use.“Studies have shown that those who are 14 to 30 years of age and vape are four times more likely to start smoking,” said Pristas, segueing into one of O’Connell’s biggest reveals of the evening.“Who are the big corporations that own these vaping companies,” O’Connell asked. “It all goes back to big tobacco.”R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company is a subsidiary of Reynolds American, Inc., one of the largest tobacco companies in the United States.MarkTen is an e-cigarette owned by Altria Group, another major player in the American tobacco industry, formerly known as cigarette-production giant Philip Morris Companies Inc.It’s their marketing and business savvy that O’Connell says has let these companies transform a tool to help smokers quit into an attractive device for new clients.“They want the ingredients to fall under trade secrets,” O’Connell said. “If they make the best flavor of cotton candy, they can’t share that information or else a competitor will make it. The regulators say that’s okay and everything is FDA approved. But it really isn’t, because once the chemicals are heated they become harmful.”If you missed the presentation but are interested in receiving more information on vaping, you can contact O’Connell at [email protected] article was first published in the April 19-26, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Former Rumson Mayor, US Senator to be Honored for Holocaust Rescue…

first_img“It really is an untold storyabout this man who qualified tobe a ‘Righteous Gentile,’” saidJoy Kurland, JHSNJ executivedirector. In October 1943, Barbour and a handful of his fellow legislators met with a group of 400 rabbis who had marched in Washington to demand that the U.S. government intervene in the Holocaust. Days later Barbour introduced a bill proposing that the U.S. allow 100,000 refugees under threat by Hitler to enter the U.S. and stay for the duration of the war. As the rest of the world argued about what to do, whether to intervene or isolate, whether to opt for conscience or complacency, some spoke out loud and clear. Although he came from a wealthy family – his father was the founder of the Barbour Linen Thread Company in Paterson – he forged a unique path to Congress that included rejecting a Princeton education in favor of the family business and a boxing career that led to his triumph as the World Champion Amateur Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1910. Among them was Monmouth Beach-born W. Warren Barbour, a former mayor of Rumson, former World Heavyweight Amateur Boxing Champion and finally, a distinguished senator from New Jersey. A Republican like his father before him, Barbour was elected to the Rumson Borough Council in 1922 and became mayor of Rumson in 1923 – a position he held until 1928. For Jews and other minorities targeted by the Nazis, the madness spreading across Europe in the 1930s and 1940s was a death sentence. Fur ther research revealed much more about Barbour and his connection to Paterson through the Barbour Linen Thread Mill. “Prior to (World War II), the public was over whelmingly against additional immigration,” Medoff noted in emailed comments regarding his research. “There was also strong opposition to getting involved in the war. The general attitude was that the U.S. should not get mixed up in Europe’s problems.” After a bout with tuberculosis in his youth, Barbour passed on a Princeton education in favor of a boxing career, winning the Amateur Heavyweight Boxing title as a young man.Photo courtesy The Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey After his father’s death in 1917, Barbour took over the presidency of the family firm. A few years later, he embarked on a political career. It was a time of racial, ethnic and religious divides; a time of turmoil marked by protests and polarization over immigration, threats of war and worries over economic uncertainty. A Republican, Sen. Barbour voted in favor of the legislation that established the Social Security Administration under Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Barbour died in office Nov. 22, 1943 at the age of 58.Photo courtesy The Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey Sharing the story with fellow members of the society, Polton garnered support for the idea of honoring Barbour and sharing his story. The society was able to raise the money to hire Medoff to conduct fur ther research on Barbour and prepare a lecture in his honor. As his prominence grew, Barbour’s remarks in Congress became the genesis of a newspaper column echoing his advocacy for social justice and equality. By Eileen Moon Born in Monmouth Beach, Sen. W. Warren Barbour served as a councilman and mayor of Rumson before entering Congress. Throughout his life, he was a passionate advocate for equal rights for all citizens. In 1943, he introduced a bill in Congress that would have given refuge in the United States to 100,000 Jews and other minorities targeted by the Nazis for the duration of the war.Photo courtesy The Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey For decades, his history rested quietly in various archives. Browsing through the digital copies of a Jewish newspaper published in the Paterson area one day, JHSNJ president Richard Polton happened upon a page containing a column by Sen. Barbour outlining his argument for tolerance and equality. For reservations and information on the program, contact the Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey at 201-300-6590 or email [email protected] During his years in Congress, Barbour was a strong advocate for social justice and religious tolerance. “There can be no peace until human beings recognize the rights of others less fortunate than they are or who possess different religions or philosophies,” he wrote. “Enduring peace will be found only in the doctrine of ‘live and let live.’ ’’ Appointed to the Senate to fill the unexpired term of Dwight Morrow in 1931, Barbour served until 1936, when a Democratic landslide led by Franklin Delano Roosevelt swept him out of office. He returned to the Senate in 1938 when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of John G. Milton. Before the bill could proceed, Barbour suffered a heart attack, dying in office Nov. 22, 1943. He was 55. In 1927, Barbour donated his family home to the borough in memory of his parents. In 1929, the building at 80 River Road became the town’s first borough hall. Prior to that, the mayor and council met in the firehouse on Center Street. The Barbour donation served as the center of borough operations until 2008, when a new building took its place. On Sunday, Nov. 3, the Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey will honor Barbour for his Holocaust rescue efforts with a reception and lecture about Barbour’s life and achievements by Rafael Medoff, executive director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies in Washington D.C. “Here we are in 2019 and the issues of tolerance are still completely relevant,” noted Polton. “It’s just an incredible story. Here’s a man who really stepped outside of what you would imagine were the prevailing attitudes of his milieu in a progressive way.” Public opinion began to shift in late 1943 and early 1944. “With the defeat of the Germans at Stalingrad and the surrender of Italy and other developments, many Americans felt more secure in the likelihood of victory and more willing to extend a helping hand,” he continued. Medoff will share details of his research during his lecture Nov. 3. The lecture will take place in a portion of the former Barbour Mill, now the Art Factory, at 70 Spruce St., Paterson. The lecture is free but reser vations are recommended. Members of Barbour’s family will attend the event. last_img read more

JOBS: PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT TO DEPUTY PEARSE DOHERTY FOR BANKING INQUIRY

first_imgSinn Féin is now hiring for the position of Banking Inquiry PA for Pearse Doherty TD. This is a full time position, based in Leinster House. The successful candidate must be available to commence immediately. Below is a full job description together with attached application form.  Completed application forms (available here http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/32429) should be returned, by e-mail only, to [email protected] on or before Friday December 5th.  At this stage there is no requirement to include any other paperwork.Duties/Key Tasks  Provide strong administrative assistance and advisory support to the TD in order to perform their role on the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry.Provide sound critical analysis of financial data and documentation.Present oral and written evaluation reports.Provide in-depth research.Manage and organise records and filing systems and provide strong administrative and technical back-up and support.Engage in a professional manner with Oireachtas and other relevant stakeholders demonstrating solid interpersonal and organisational ability.Attend meetings and briefings of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry.Selection Criteria & Competencies RequiredDegree or equivalent qualification in economics or finance.Ability to work flexibly on a range of assignments, and adjust and prioritise as appropriate.Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment.Understanding of the Irish financial institutions and banking sector.Ability to examine how our current banking and financial services systems are operating and critically evaluate the infrastructure and oversight regime.JOBS: PARLIAMENTARY ASSISTANT TO DEPUTY PEARSE DOHERTY FOR BANKING INQUIRY was last modified: November 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:banking inquiryjobsparliamentary assistantPearse Doherty TDlast_img read more

HSU women get revenge on Chico, men routed

first_imgThe Humboldt State women’s basketball team downed conference CCAA rival Chico State on the road 69-60 Saturday night. The win moves Humboldt (10-8, 9-4) past Chico (10-7, 8-5) into third place in the conference with nine games remaining in the season. The Jacks, one of the smaller teams in the CCAA, dominated the glass in the win. Humboldt out-rebounded Chico 31-19 and scored 34 points in the paint to Chico’s 28. “We were able to get extra possessions by being aggressive on the offensive …last_img read more

South Africa at Davos: 20 years after Mandela

first_imgPravin Gordhan, South Africa’s financeminister, at the 2010 World Economic Forum on Africa in Tanzania. Former president Nelson Mandela and WEF executive chairman Klaus Schwabat the 1992 annual meeting.(Images: World Economic Forum) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zanele Mngadi  Chief director, Presidency communications  +27 12 300 5431 or +27 82 330 1148• Brand South Africa  +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela quotations book published • SA fields strong team at Davos 2011 • WEF Africa to punt continent’s agenda • New Mandela book released • SA improves global competitivenessSource: Southafrica.infoSouth Africa is gearing up to send another high-powered delegation to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland – 20 years after Nelson Mandela, still fighting to pave the way for the country’s first democratic elections, attended the exclusive gathering.The by-invitation-only annual meeting in the Alpine ski town of Davos brings together a unique mix of leading businesspeople, politicians, civil society representatives, experts and intellectuals in various fields to debate the most pressing global challenges of the day.Mandela and the making of DavosThe discussions in Davos weren’t always so wide-ranging – or so well-attended – starting off in the early 1970s as business-focused gatherings of European executives.According to Time magazine, conflict resolution became part of the Davos agenda after the formal branding of the WEF in 1987.The annual meeting was then significantly boosted by scoring two notable early coups: “it hosted a summit in 1988 that headed off war between Turkey and Greece,” writes Time, “and in 1992 the first sit-down between South African president FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela.”This was two years after Mandela’s release from prison. Mandela and De Klerk were both in Europe at the time to accept the Unesco Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize, which was bestowed on them in Paris on 3 February 1992.The following year, the two men would accept another prestigious joint award: the Nobel Peace Prize.And the year after that, South Africa would hold its first democratic elections.A country grown in statureToday, two decades after Mandela’s first Davos appearance, the annual gathering has grown enormously in international stature – and so has South Africa.Jacob Zuma now presides over a country that is punching well above its weight in international affairs, while economically it is increasingly recognised as the springboard into the world’s last great investment frontier.It was this combination of factors that led to the country’s joining the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping of powerful emerging economies in April 2011.And just as South Africa put great emphasis on the 2010 Fifa World Cup belonging to the Africa as a whole, so the country made it clear that it was bringing the continent with it when it joined BRICS.South Africa’s role on the continentPresident Zuma has made Africa a central focus of South Africa’s foreign policy.The country is pushing hard for the establishment of a free trade area covering 27 countries in east and southern Africa. This would create a market with close to 600-million people and a combined gross domestic product of US$1-trillion (R8-trillion).Recently, South Africa assumed the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of January 2012, and Zuma led an initiative that saw the Council unanimously adopt a resolution to enhance ties between the UN and regional organisations, particularly the African Union.And in late January, South African minister of home affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced her candidacy for the chair of the African Union Commission, a move which the Zuma administration sees as crucial to strengthening the continental institution in order to promote African conflict resolution and regional integration.When Davos 2012 kicks off on 25 January, the South African delegation in attendance will be smaller than the one that arrived in Switzerland in a blaze of colour during the country’s Fifa World Cup year in 2010 – but no less influential.And, as in 1992 when Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk took their places on the podium, people will be listening when the South Africans join the conversation.last_img read more

Team SA profile: Amanda Dlamini

first_img5 July 2012Amanda Dlamini will lead the first ever South African women’s football team to take part in an Olympic Games in London, where they will face a level of competition they have not previously experienced. The Banyana Banyana captain is not overawed.Nonetheless, a daunting task awaits Dlamini and her team. At 61st in the world rankings, they are the lowest ranked team in the 12-team field, and their group, Group F, is undoubtedly the toughest of the three.The other teams in the group include World Cup holders and world number three Japan, world number four Sweden, and world number seven Canada.It’s unknown territory for South Africa. The national women’s football team has never previously qualified for the Olympics or the World Cup. It is truly a giant step up.Not overawedIn a television interview with Morning Live to mark 100 days to go to the Olympics, Dlamini said: “Our objective is to win our group matches, qualify, and go through to the next round. I think for us, then, the game will be open for anyone.”She explained that Banyana Banyana, as a team, had decided to uplift the sport of women’s football in South Africa, and that had paid off.“We took it upon ourselves to represent the sport, represent women as well, go out there and do our best,” Dlamini said.“And I think with that kind of mentality, we managed to pull in crowds, we managed to pull in people that could sponsor us, like Sasol. So, I think if we as women could unite with just one goal, and that is to achieve a better structure of women’s football, we could do anything.‘Anything is possible’“Anything is possible with this team, as long as we take ourselves seriously.”Describing what it felt like to secure a place at the London Olympics, Dlamini said: “The last five minutes against Ethiopia were the most exciting minutes, because we knew that we were 3-0 up on aggregate, so we were just waiting for the referee to blow the final whistle.“We were crying tears of joy. I remember, when we failed to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa, we were crying because we didn’t make it, but this time we cried tears of joy.”‘A special feeling’Interviewed by SA Women Soccer in May, Dlamini spoke about captaining the national team. “To wear the captain’s armband is a special feeling. I am enjoying this experience,” she said.Dlamini and company have played 10 internationals in 2012 so far, and with plenty of time in training camps together, they should be well prepared when the London Olympics kick off.Two recent draws against Nigeria, the number one ranked team in Africa at 27th in the world, suggests that the hard work is paying off.Dlamini believes Banyana Banyana have a responsibility to fly the South African flag high. “The ball is in our court. We have to make South Africans proud. We will not be making up numbers in London; we’re going to compete.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more