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Facing the past and empowering indigenous leadership in Navajoland

first_img By Lynette WilsonPosted Jan 23, 2013 Rector Bath, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Nathaniel Queen says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET George Gibson says: Facing the past and empowering indigenous leadership in Navajoland Tags Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY Deacon LaCinda Hardy-Constant, Ranger Grace Roybal, the Rt. Rev. David Bailey, Deacon Catherine Plummer and Arnold Joe, an aspirant, holding hands in prayer during a November visit to the Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner State Monument in New Mexico. ENS Photo/Lynette Wilson[Episcopal News Service]  Some of them died of broken hearts.While Union and Confederate soldiers waged war primarily over perpetuating slavery in the South, a lesser-known tragedy took place in the western territories of New Mexico and Arizona: In what became known as the “Long Walk,” Union soldiers marched thousands of Navajo from their ancestral homeland in the Four Corners region to an internment camp hundreds of miles southeast in Fort Sumner.The knowledge that thousands of Navajo suffered the trek, four years’ internment and in some cases death so that U.S. government prospectors might look for gold and silver to finance the Civil War represented a sort of “hitting bottom” for the Navajo who visited the Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner as part of their theological training in the Navajoland Area Mission.“Just being here has given me a better understanding of how we Navajo have come a long way with the Long Walk,” said LaCinda Hardy-Constant, 45, a postulant and community organizer working with Asset Based Community Development at the Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance, Arizona.One cold, windy day in early November, postulants and aspirants from the Episcopal Church’s Navajoland Area Mission squeezed into a church-owned minivan in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, for the 45-minute drive to Fort Sumner, a small community in the mid-western part of the state. There, a memorial commemorates the spot where some 8,500 Navajo were interned between 1864 and 68.The previous day, group members each drove four to eight hours to Santa Rosa from Fort Defiance, Arizona, Farmington, New Mexico, and Bluff, Utah, to meet Bishop David Bailey. He organized the Bosque Redondo trip as part of a theological-education experience including both the Navajo and Episcopal Church’s history in Navajoland.“The goal is to raise up indigenous people for leadership with the intent, in the near future, to elect a Navajo bishop,” said Bailey, 72, appointed by the presiding bishop to serve Navajoland. “And to raise up the lay leadership to allow them to have a larger role.”Navajoland had one indigenous priest in 2010 when Bailey was elected bishop; he since has ordained one priest, three transitional deacons and identified seven postulants.“One thing we like to do is invite the community to identify leadership,” said Bailey. “Generally speaking, indigenous people will not put themselves forward.”Bailey approached potential candidates and asked them: “If the community supports you in this, would you do it?”“Then I was the advocate with the community; and for the most part it [community support] was unanimous,” he said.The thought of going from lay minister to transitional deacon initially frightened Deacon Inez Velarde, who serves St. Luke’s in the Desert in Carson, New Mexico, but eventually, she came around.“The congregation said, ‘You’ve been ready for a couple of years now; we’ll be behind you, Inez, we’ll support you,’” recalled Velarde during the drive along Interstate 40 from Santa Rosa to Farmington via Albuquerque.Navajoland Area MissionIn 1978, the Episcopal Church carved out sections of the dioceses of Rio Grande, Arizona and Utah – areas within and surrounded by the 27,000-square-mile Navajo reservation – to create the Navajoland Area Mission. It was an effort toward unification of language, culture and families. Of the eight bishops to serve Navajoland, one, Steven Plummer, who died in 2005, was indigenous.Between 125,000 and 150,000 Navajo live on the reservation, which is about the size of West Virginia. Many people work in extractive industries, such as oil, uranium and petroleum, but an estimated 50 percent of the population is unemployed and 50 percent lives in extreme poverty. Addiction, domestic abuse and suicide rates are high. Where the Navajo have struggled, so has the Episcopal Church in Navajoland.When the Episcopal Church designated the mission, it didn’t provide the necessary resources to build it up, Bailey wrote in a July letter to church leaders.“Changing times and several internal challenges have contributed to an inability of the larger church to meet the needs or enable the success of the mission. No substantive efforts were undertaken reflective of a long-term commitment to create, implement and build a sound foundation for the future of the church in Navajoland,” he wrote.Failure to identify and develop lay and ordained Navajo leadership, and the lack of credible, culturally relevant theological training for clergy, contributed to the church’s failure to meet the area mission’s needs, Bailey said. (Click here for a related story on confronting ministry challenges.)Hardy-Constant and two other transitional deacons study at the Indigenous Studies Center at Vancouver Theological Seminary, in British Columbia, where they receive theological training based on an indigenous model both on site and online. (A fourth seminarian is studying at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Episcopal Church-affiliated seminary in Berkeley, Calif.)(Bailey and the Episcopal bishops of Alaska, South Dakota and Utah, all of whom serve large indigenous populations, have formed the “Bishops Native Collaboration” to develop a core curriculum for indigenous peoples and to help identify scholarship opportunities for seminary study.)A hogan is the traditional home of the Navajo people; there are both male and female hogans. ENS Photo/Lynette WilsonThe area mission is unique as the only truly indigenous mission in the Episcopal Church, and the Hogan Learning Circle, a blending of traditional and Christian beliefs developed by Plummer, is part of what distinguishes Episcopal identity in Navajoland, Cornelia Eaton, a seminarian and the bishop’s administrative assistant, said during a drive from Farmington to Bluff.Confronting historyThe Long Walk is just one of the atrocities the U.S. government committed against the Navajo that led to intergenerational trauma: Others include government-run boarding schools that separated children from their families, culture and language; and its livestock-management policies of the 1930s and 40s that drastically reduced the Navajo’s herds because of the fear of overgrazing, said Bailey.“From my perspective, I don’t think you can separate the Long Walk from the boarding schools and the slaughter of livestock,” said Bailey. “In many ways they are all connected in the devaluing of a people.“Part of that is a sense of shame that leads to abuse. You end up having a system that builds upon itself to the present day. Generations have never talked about the pain, there’s no way to heal.”“Intergenerational trauma” describes the long-lasting effects of suffering, violence and abuse, particularly in reference to the historical sufferings of indigenous people. These effects, in turn, feed the high rates of alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence found in the Navajo nation and other Native-American communities. Three of Eaton’s five brothers died alcohol-related deaths.“It’s a tough disease, and it passes from generation to generation,” said Eaton.Indian Social Services has “all kinds of programs” but often lacks the funding to implement them, she said. And not unlike the church, only a few people are involved in them, which Eaton blames on lack of education in the communities.“There’s a lack of education that can hold people back, and maybe personal stuff that people have to deal with before they can get involved to help a community,” she said. “I think people need to understand the personal transformation part of the process; there is a lot of knowledge gained out of personal discovery.”Many Episcopal Church leaders in Navajoland are cradle Episcopalians, with many families having been involved with the church for generations. But people served by the Episcopal Church in Navajoland come from varied backgrounds: mixed families, those who closely follow native cultural traditions, Pentecostals and those from other evangelical churches where Navajo traditions have been abandoned. The Navajo nation is located in Mormon country.“It’s a requirement for ordained people to know the history of native people in America and native people in the Episcopal Church,” said Bailey during the drive Albuquerque to Santa Rosa. “If you are going to be ordained, you need to respond to those in our midst and address questions in a coherent manner.”“The Long Walk is such a fundamental piece of the intergenerational problems that contributes to the social ills that they feel today,” said Bailey. That is part of the reason it’s important for the leaders to visit Bosque Redondo and know what happened there, he said. “What has surprised me is the number of people who I have talked to who have not experienced Bosque Redondo and indigenous history.”Into the silenceThe group passed nary a car on the drive from Santa Rosa through the high desert to Fort Sumner, population est. 1,000. Besides the six postulants, aspirants and Bailey, perhaps one or two other people visited the memorial that day.“This place is a real problem for Navajo people to visit, or to come here,” said C.J. Law, who manages the memorial. “A lot of people died here and on the way down. There was a hospital, but no cemetery, so no one knows where the dead are buried.”An estimated 2,000 to 2,500 people died, with some accounts putting the figure higher, added Law.Not all the Navajo took the Long Walk; some hid in the vast Navajo country.“So not all of them came here, and no one knew how many there actually were,” said Law. Those who came, he added, entered voluntarily – that is “true but not true … they didn’t come in front of a gun, Mother Nature brought them here.”He meant the Navajo were starving and desperate. Soldiers burned their crops and fruit trees and slaughtered their livestock. Still, food wasn’t always plentiful on the Bosque Redondo reservation. And the army expected 3,000, but 8,500 came. The amount of food varied with drought and poor agricultural conditions, and not everyone stayed.“Seventy-five hundred went home. So if you do the math, 1,000 of them died or escaped,” Law said. “Some came and went. The army never had a handle on how many came and went.”Hundreds of Mescalero Apache also were interned at the Bosque Redondo reservation beginning in 1863, but by 1865 they’d all left by their own accord.Aside from the howling wind on the day of the November visit, the memorial, located outside the already quiet town center, sits under big sky, clouded in silence.During a visit to the Bosque Redondo Memorial, a Navajo veteran left his Purple Heart medal. Ranger Grace Roybal attaches the medal to a wooden during a prayer service at the memorial in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Deacon Paula Henson, Bishop David Bailey and Deacon Catherine Plummer look on. ENS Photo/Lynette WilsonAt the start of a conversation that lasted four hours, Law asked those present what they’d heard about the Long Walk and the internment camp.“I understand that many people died here, on the way here and on the way back, and that the animals ate them, and their bones are scattered here and there,” said Deacon Paula Henson, who also works as a ministry coordinator at the Good Shepherd Mission in Fort Defiance.Many did die on the way to the camp, Law explained, but on the way out, many left in wagons.“I read that during the Long Walk pregnant women and the old and the sick who could not keep up got shot,” said Velarde, the deacon from St. Luke’s in the Desert.Law confirmed that the historical record supports what Velarde had heard.It wasn’t the first time Deacon Catherine Plummer had visited Bosque Redondo. During the four-hour session, she shared the story of how the Navajo who’d stayed behind hidden in the canyons sent “skin walkers,” usually taking the form of coyotes, to check on their family members. It was something Law said he’d never heard before.The sparsely curated memorial at Bosque Redondo is interpreted mostly through the Anglo-American perspective. Law said he would like to change this by inviting Navajo, like Plummer, to share their stories. For the most part, however, those present agreed that historically families and the Navajo culture at large have not discussed the Long Walk; stories have not been passed down through the generations. This silence hascontributed to the intergenerational trauma that has plagued the Navajo people for more than a century, the Navajo say.“We need to be the instruments of the healing. That’s why we are here,” said Plummer, widow of Bishop Steven Plummer, who serves at St. Mary of the Moonlight in Oljato, Utah.  “I always tell my daughter, we have to hit bottom, get to the bottom of what our people went through. Cry about it, pray about it and rise above it.”Visiting the memorial, Plummer said she felt like she walking in her ancestor’s shoes.“I don’t know that I would have survived that,” she said.HealingHardy-Constant left the reservation for 14 years because of domestic abuse perpetrated against her by her children’s father. After a bad beating, Hardy-Constant spent a week in the hospital unable to open her eyes. She was “forced” to leave the reservation, she said. “I didn’t want my children to grow up in that environment and suffer the trauma.”She went to Phoenix, where she received help from the Phoenix Indian Center. She found a job at Arizona State University. She stayed until 2007, when her sense of responsibility toward the people living on the reservation called her home. There, she began volunteering in the community serving women and substance abuse recovery programs.Later Hardy-Constant spoke to the bishop about bringing Al Anon and Alcoholics Anonymous to Good Shepherd and, through that process, attended the White Bison Wellbriety Training Institute.“My vision is to help other families in that situation,” she said. “You can leave, you can survive that impact and move forward.”Visiting Bosque Redondo helped her to understand better the connection between the Long Walk and the struggle to heal.“To sit there for four hours, I didn’t even realize,” said Hardy-Constant on the drive back to Santa Rosa. “If I didn’t know the words ‘forgiveness’ and ‘reconciliation,’ I wouldn’t be here.”“How could we be in that position just about whether there was gold and silver underground? It begins to come together, and now that we experienced this we can tell the story in our workshops and trainings.”It was hard to hear the history of her people, Hardy-Constant said, but the visit was about reconciliations and forgiveness and better understanding intergeneration trauma.Velarde agreed. “I had to come and see it, see where my ancestors were and what happened. I need to be healed from it, too, to do my ministry,” she said, reflecting on the visit the following day.Following a daylong visit to the Bosque Redondo Memorial, Deacon Inez Velarde and Arnold Joe, an aspirant, share in the Eucharist. ENS Photo/Lynette WilsonFollowing the conversation with Law, the postulants and aspirants moved through the memorial and watched a short film before gathering with Bailey at the prayer circle to receive Eucharist.Law said he hoped the Navajo could feel the presence of their ancestors at Bosque Redondo.“This is not an evil place despite the evil that may have taken place here,” said Law. “Those who died here are smiling [in] that they have not been forgotten.”The U.S. government never found gold and silver in Navajoland. By 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War, it had realized the internment camp at Bosque Redondo was a failure. At first the government wanted to send the Navajo to a reservation in Oklahoma, but the Navajo, led by Barboncito and Manuelito, successfully negotiated a return home, a rare thing among indigenous people.“We are probably one of the few that were allowed to go back to our homeland,” said Eaton. “Some of them died of broken hearts longing to come home.”— Lynette Wilson is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Submit a Press Release Associate Rector Columbus, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 January 23, 2013 at 6:57 pm It appears Bishop Dave Bailey has brought new hope to the people of Navajo Land. It has certainly been needed. I wish him well in his efforts. 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Apopka Youth Works begins summer program next week

first_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Welcomes special guests for opening of City’s largest-ever Youth Works programFrom the City of ApopkaThe City of Apopka and CareerSource Central Florida officially begin this year’s Apopka Youth Works summer career exploration program on Monday with a special visit from The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.Representatives from The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Bank of America will recognize the Apopka Youth Works program, which earned a 2017 DollarWise Summer Youth Campaign Grant in January for promoting financial literacy as an important part of a busy summer of youth employment and career education.The Apopka Youth Works kickoff will start at 9 a.m. Monday, June 5, at the Apopka Community Center, 519 S. Central Avenue. Also attending the event will be Apopka City Council members and officials from CareerSource Central Florida.Apopka Youth Works will include 100 students from Apopka area schools – most who will work for seven weeks this summer at various local businesses, learning employment skills and earning weekly paychecks paid through Apopka Youth Works. Eleven AYW students – all from Apopka High School – chose to enroll in a new, ten-week educational program to earn emergency medical technician certification.Just as important as learning vital career skills and gaining on-the-job experience, the students also must become more familiar with earning and managing their first paychecks. Apopka Youth Works gathered all of the students earlier this month for a financial literacy night to teach money management and smart spending habits.  Next week, Valencia College will teach workplace essentials skills training such as writing resumes, dressing and performing at work. Students will get their own bank accounts with paychecks directly deposited. They can monitor their money online through a mobile application. Apopka Youth Works will present an award at the end of the summer to the student who saves the most money.Students also undergo online computer training through support from The U.S. Conference of Mayor’s DollarWise Campaign, which serves as the Conference’s financial capability program.“Apopka Youth Works is an important first step for many of these local students to enter the workplace, explore career opportunities and develop good financial practices,” said Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer. “We are tremendously proud of the support from The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Bank of America to improve the lives of Apopka’s young people.”More than 300 students submitted applications for Apopka Youth Works earlier this year. Many were interviewed – much like a job interview – to determine their eligibility.The United States Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization of cities with a population of 30,000 or larger. Each city is represented by its chief elected official, the mayor. The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ DollarWise Campaign is made possible through support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here TAGSApopka Youth WorksCity of ApopkaUS Conference of Mayors Previous articleAAA Report: Teen drivers three times as likely to be in fatal crashNext articleA seafood restaurant with a heart for giving Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Lost children — and the U.S. empire

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security has had to reveal that it “lost track” of the families of 545 children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The migrant children are still suffering, alone and parentless, in the U.S. An Oct. 21 court filing by the American Civil Liberties Union says their deported parents are unreachable, many having fled into hiding in their countries of origin.The “caging” of migrant families and unaccompanied minors in temporary shelters began during the Obama administration. White supremacist Trump then put in place a “zero-tolerance” attack on im/migrants, including ordering parent-children separations at the U.S. border in 2017-2018. This was a deliberate measure to make families fearful of seeking shelter in the U.S. as they fled home countries devastated by military and economic wars fomented by U.S. imperialism.The number of migrant children in U.S. custody has increased again to about 1,900 in October, up from 800 a few months ago, as more unaccompanied children cross the border, sent out alone by their desperate families. (Washington Post, Oct. 23)Meanwhile, the Trump administration’s assault on migrant children continues, this time with pressure on scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to agree to a dangerous and court-prohibited plan to use border hotels to hold children before deporting them. CDC officials have resisted, saying this puts the children at serious health risk during the coronavirus pandemic.Widespread horror at the earlier parent-child separations sparked massive demonstrations in the U.S. These protests must continue – consistently and forcefully – against all U.S. racist policies that attack, undermine and attempt to destroy the familial and cultural structures that are essential to oppressed peoples’ survival and resistance.Caging continues U.S. racist historySuch racist attacks have been part of the strategy of building the U.S. empire from its beginning.In 1779, during the American Revolutionary War, Gen. George Washington (the “Father of His Country”) ordered a scorched-earth military campaign against Haudenosaunee nations in the Mohawk Valley of what is now New York state. “Revolutionary” soldiers leveled villages and orchards, burned winter crops and drove Indigenous families into exile, where many starved to death.The history of the U.S. is bloodied with massacres of unarmed Indigenous people, often children and elderly, as U.S. armies implemented the “Manifest Destiny” of U.S. expansion through theft of Indigenous lands across the continent.And legal enslavement of African people in the U.S. from its beginning, with the designation of human beings as chattel property to be bought and sold, meant centuries of forcible breaking up of Black family units and relationships. This buying-and-selling assault on the social structures of Black people was the original foundation of current U.S. capitalist economic wealth.The very structure of the U.S. as an imperialist country continues to rest on systematic and legally “justified” white supremacist attacks on communities of Indigenous, Black and Brown people. These attacks continue – from the separation of migrant Latinx families at the U.S. border, to attacks on Indigenous communities defending land and water rights, to police murders and wholesale imprisonment of impoverished oppressed communities.A transitional program aimed at the end of capitalism in the U.S. and the beginning of socialism means fighting to abolish ICE and the Border Patrol, fighting to abolish the police and close the prisons, and fighting to end white supremacy.Communist revolutionaries aim to put an end forever to these racist attacks on oppressed communities and families – including the migrant children still waiting to be reunited with their parents.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Brazil Considers Removal of Barriers for U.S. Ethanol

first_img SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Brazil Considers Removal of Barriers for U.S. Ethanol Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Brazil may drop barriers on U.S. ethanol imports, as requested by the United States. Brazil is mulling over the idea to facilitate a bilateral trade deal. Brazil’s agriculture minister confirmed the discussion. However, a decision may not be made until the end of the month, according to Bloomberg News. Sources close to the talks say Brazil is considering renewing the current import quotas on U.S. ethanol, but with zero tariffs. A 20 percent tariff is set to take effect at the end of August on imports over the quota. Brazil enacted the tariff on U.S. ethanol two years ago for shipments over the quota of 600 million liters.The tariffs followed a surge in U.S. ethanol imports that Brazil says flooded its market. The removal would be welcome news for U.S. farmers, now facing a loss of the $20 billion market in China, following sharp declines in 2018. Last year, Brazil was the top importer of U.S. corn-ethanol, importing more than 1.7 billion liters. Brazil Considers Removal of Barriers for U.S. Ethanol SHARE By NAFB News Service – Aug 6, 2019 Previous articleIndiana State Fair Food Menu Brings out the Creativity on the HAT Tuesday Morning EditionNext articleStrong Finish to First Half for U.S. Pork, Beef Exports NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

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Three Firms Settle With Pension Fund for $235 Million Over RMBS Fraud Complaints

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Citigroup Goldman Sachs RMBS Settlements UBS Financial Services 2015-02-17 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Tagged with: Citigroup Goldman Sachs RMBS Settlements UBS Financial Services Three Firms Settle With Pension Fund for $235 Million Over RMBS Fraud Complaints in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Three financial institutions – Citigroup Global Markets, Goldman Sachs, and UBS Securities – have agreed to a settlement for $235 million with a pension fund that bought Residential Capital to resolve allegations of fraud on the part of the underwriters involving mortgage-backed securities, according to media reports.The plaintiffs in the case, New Jersey Carpenters Health Fund, filed a motion for preliminary settlement approval on Friday, February 13, to end a lawsuit involving the sale of RMBS to the health fund and other investors by Residential Accredited Loans, Inc. (RALI) and other affiliates during the run-up to the financial crisis, in 2006 and 2007.According to the class-action lawsuit which was originally filed in September 2008, the underwriters made “material misstatements and omissions of material facts” in the offering documents, which was in violation of the Securities Act. The complaint also alleges that Residential Capital and the defendant underwriters “failed to conduct adequate due diligence with respect to the originators’ compliance with the loan underwriting guidelines stated in the offering documents.” According to the complaint, Residential Capital and the underwriter defendants also failed to disclose weaknesses in the loans for 59 offerings.The plaintiffs allege that Residential Capital, which had become one of the world’s largest issuers of mortgage-backed securities, sought out ratings agencies that gave favorable ratings to its subprime mortgages. These mortgages later received junk ratings when they went into default or foreclosure, according to the plaintiffs.The defendants gained a partial victory in 2010 when a district judge threw out 55 of the offerings, leaving just four at issue in the case; however, on appeal, 13 of the offerings were restored to the case in April 2013, according to the motion filed on Friday. A partial settlement was reached three months later in July 2013 when the issuing defendants agreed to pay $100 million in cash to resolve the claims against them. The $235 million settlement was originally reached in November 2014 and agreed to on Friday, pushing the total of settlements in the case up to $335 million.”Over seven years, the case had many difficult twists and turns, including an initial denial of class certification that would have meant an end to the case  had we not kept pursuing it,” said Joel Laitman, attorney for the New Jersey Carpenters Health Fund. “In the end, it is a favorable result for investors, particularly in light of continued risks.”Spokespeople from Goldman Sachs and Citigroup declined to comment on the settlement. Representatives from UBS were not immediately available for comment. Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. February 17, 2015 1,293 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Bank of America Further Reduces Size of Delinquent Mortgage Loan Division Next: RedVision Celebrates Huge Growth in Abstracting Coverage Home / Daily Dose / Three Firms Settle With Pension Fund for $235 Million Over RMBS Fraud Complaintslast_img read more

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Derry-Londonderry yacht close to podium finish on first leg of Clipper race

first_img By News Highland – August 10, 2011 Previous article50% increase in counselling service calls in wake of Ferry abuse caseNext articleDerryman in court on firearms charges News Highland Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ Google+ Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey The first leg of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has ended in Madeira, with the Derry-Londonderry vessel in fourth place, after fighting overnight for a podium finish.The team left Southampton on July 31st, and on Friday, they leave Madeira for Rio de Janerio in Brazil.Mark Light is skipper of the Derry Londonderry boat, he says it’s been a very good first leg………..[podcast][/podcast] Facebook WhatsApp Twittercenter_img LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Newsx Adverts Derry-Londonderry yacht close to podium finish on first leg of Clipper race RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

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Gujarat HC Stays Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra Citing Covid Concerns [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesGujarat HC Stays Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra Citing Covid Concerns [Read Order] Akshita Saxena21 Jun 2020 9:59 PMShare This – xTwo days after the Supreme Court stayed the Rath Yatra in the Lord Jagannath Temple, scheduled to be held on June 23, 2020, the Gujarat High Court has also passed a similar order, putting a stay on the Yatra or any other related activities. The order has been passed by a division bench comprised by Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala during an urgent hearing held on…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?LoginTwo days after the Supreme Court stayed the Rath Yatra in the Lord Jagannath Temple, scheduled to be held on June 23, 2020, the Gujarat High Court has also passed a similar order, putting a stay on the Yatra or any other related activities. The order has been passed by a division bench comprised by Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala during an urgent hearing held on Saturday at 7:15 pm. Taking note of the Covid situation which may be aggravated by the potential religious congregation at the Yatra and also in view if the Supreme Court order, the bench directed, “there shall be no Rath Yatra carried out for this year at Ahmedabad and at any other district in the State of Gujarat. We have extended the relief claimed so that no emergent situation arise in the State of Gujarat. We further direct that there shall be no activities secular or religious associated with the Rath Yatra during this period.” Last Thursday, the Supreme Court had while deciding the case titled “Odisha Vikash Parishad v. Union of India & Ors.”, ordered that no Rath Yatra shall be held in the Lord Jagannath Temple in Odisha this year, on account of the pandemic situation. “We consider it appropriate that in the interest of public health and safety of citizens to restrain the Respondents from holding the Rath Yatra this year. We direct that no Rath Yatra will be held in the temple area of Odisha”, the order read. A similar relief was sought before the High Court, in a plea filed by Hiteshkumar Vittalbhai Chavda, who informed the court that the Temple Trust had applied to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and to the Police Commissioner, Ahmedabad for granting appropriate permission and for making necessary arrangements so that smooth and safe passage is provided to the Rath Yatra. It was submitted however that no decision on the same had been taken till date. It was further pointed out that that the Yatra covers 16 to 18 Kilometers passage and it will pass through 3 Containment Zones and 1 Buffer Containment Zone. It was therefore pleaded that the abovementioned authorities be directed to dispose of the request, expeditiously. Expressing shock at the lax approach of the authorities the Court remarked, “We are astonished on this inaction of the Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation as also the Police Commissioner, Ahmedabad, as to why no decision was taken and communicated to the organizer well within time, rather than keeping the matter pending till the last date when the Rath Yatra is to be carried out on 23.06.2020 i.e. just two days away. Maintenance of law and order in the State is in the domain of the Department of Home.” The court therefore directed the Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, the Police Commissioner, Ahmedabad as also the Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Home, Government of Gujarat, to file their respective affidavits explaining the reasons and circumstances why the application was not disposed of well within time. The matter is now posted for hearing on July 6, 2020. Case Details: Case Title: Hiteshkumar Vittalbhai Chavda v. Shri Jagannathji Mandir Trust Case No.: R/WP (PIL) No. 90/2020 Quorum: Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala Appearance: Advocate Aum M Kotwal, Senior Advocate Anshin Desai assisted by Advocate Nandish Thakkar with Sanat Pandya (for Petitioner); Advocate General Kamal Trivedi (for and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation); Government Pleader Manisha Lavkumar Shah with Assistant Government Pleader DM Devnani and Public Prosecutor Mitesh Amin (for State) Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Storylast_img read more

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Cleaning of Inishowen rivers a huge issue – McDermott

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook The Cathaoirleach of the Inishowen Municipal District says while Minister Kevin Boxer Moran’s funding boost for flood relief works in Donegal is welcomed, a huge issue for Inishowen is the cleaning of the rivers.Councillor Martin McDermott believes the amount of debris in the rivers is a key contributor to extensive flooding experienced in the area.The Minister with responsibility for the OPW has confirmed that a pilot scheme to tackle the cleaning of rivers has been rolled out in other parts of the country and has hinted that support from his Department may be forthcoming in the future for Donegal.Councillor McDermott says the pressure must be put on the Minister to ensure this scheme is rolled out in Inishowen:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Previous articleHistoric Towns Initiative 2020 now open for applicationsNext articleDairy farmers have Government on their side – Varadkar News Highland Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Twittercenter_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By News Highland – November 30, 2019 DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Cleaning of Inishowen rivers a huge issue – McDermott FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 last_img read more

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Woman Cosby convicted of sexually assaulting wants ‘justice as the court sees fit’

first_imgGilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images(NORRISTOWN, Pa.) — A sentencing hearing for comedian Bill Cosby began Monday as women who said he drugged and physically took advantage of them, including one whom he was convicted of sexually assaulting, filled a Pennsylvania courtroom to watch the first major-celebrity punishment in the #MeToo era.Andrea Constand, the primary accuser who testified at both of Cosby’s trials, including the one that ended in a mistrial last year, addressed the packed Norristown courtroom Monday afternoon, speaking to Judge Steven O’Neill and barely glancing at Cosby, seated at the defense table.In a two-minute victim-impact statement, Constand told O’Neill that she wants “justice as the court sees fit.”Constand’s parents, Gianna and Andrew Constand, and her sister, Diane Parsons, also spoke in court, describing to O’Neill of the anguish and depression Andrea Constand endured after being assaulted by Cosby and having her character smeared by the comedian’s lawyers over the course of two trials.Andrew Constand said it was painful for him to hear his daughter portrayed by defense lawyers as a “pathological liar” and a “drug addict.” He told the judge that after she was assaulted by Cosby, his daughter returned to Canada a “changed” woman.“She seemed depressed, vulnerable and slow to react to questions,” he said.Diane Parsons agreed with her father, adding, “I observed a frail, timid, nervous, weak sister.”Gianna Constand was the only member of the family to address Cosby, once considered by many fans to be “America’s Dad.”She said the one-time star of the “Cosby Show” had “protected himself at the cost of ruining many lives.”Seated in the courtroom were about a dozen women who’d accused Cosby of sexual assault, including the former model Janice Dickinson, who testified during the second trial that Cosby drugged and raped her in 1982 in a Lake Tahoe, California, hotel room.Since Cosby was convicted only on the charges pertaining to Andrea Constand, the other accusers were not allowed to give victim-impact statements. But one, Victoria Valentino, a former Playboy model who claims Cosby raped her in 1969, told ABC News what she hopes to see on Tuesday after O’Neill sentences Cosby.“To see him led out in handcuffs or shackles would be quite a triumph, I think, for all of us,” Valentino said.Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele implored O’Neill to show the 81-year-old Cosby no mercy and send him to prison for the rest of his life.“We ask this because of who is his behind the mask, behind the act that he perpetrated for all the years that he did and that he used — used — to victimize,” Steele said. “And we ask for a sentence of maximum confinement in this case because of [his] showing again and again of no acceptance of responsibility for his actions. No remorse. In many ways, you’re led to believe he seemingly doesn’t think he’s done anything wrong.”The hearing began with the prosecution calling Dr. Kristen Dudley, a clinical psychiatrist and one of the authors of a report issued last month by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, recommending to the court that Cosby be designated a sexually violent predator.The question of whether Cosby should receive such a designation was challenged by defense attorneys who argued the state’s designation process is unconstitutional because it’s too punitive. That’s an issue pending before the state Supreme Court.O’Neill partially rejected the defense team’s argument, determining from the bench that “at least until the constitutional issue is resolved by the higher court, this action — as of today — is constitutional.”Cosby’s lawyers also objected on grounds that the state’s evidence is insufficient to support the designation. O’Neill said he would decide on Tuesday before sentencing Cosby, after hearing from the defense’s expert witness on sexually violent predators whether there’s sufficient evidence to support the designation.In her testimony Monday, Dudley described how the state’s Sexual Offenders Assessment Board undertakes an extensive review of any case it is asked to assess, including investigatory reports, legal documents, criminal complaints, transcripts from both trials and notes from law enforcement interviews with Cosby and witnesses.In the Cosby case, she said, “there were boxes of documents to go through.”Dudley said one of the factors the board considered in reaching its conclusion was the fear that Cosby would offend again, which was challenged by defense attorney Joseph P. Green.Green asked Dudley whether she was aware that Cosby is legally blind. She said she was aware of Cosby’s condition, and that it did not change her opinion or recommendation.Green later argued that “there was no reasonable prospect that an 81-year-old blind man is likely to offend.”Dudley said Cosby declined an invitation to be interviewed by the board.Cosby does not plan to speak during the sentencing hearing, nor is he expected to call witnesses to speak on his behalf, his spokesman Andrew Wyatt said.“He’s said everything he’s got to say,” Wyatt said.His lawyers, however, asked O’Neill for leniency, saying that Cosby is too old and infirm to survive incarceration.“What does an 81-year-old man do?” Green said in court. “How does he fight off the people who try to extort him on a walk to the mess hall?”Green also asked O’Neill to take into account the more than $3 million Cosby paid Constand to settle a civil lawsuit she brought against him in 2005.Cosby was convicted on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from drugging and molesting Constand in his suburban Philadelphia home 14 years ago.The conviction came about 11 months after a mistrial was declared in Cosby’s first trial as that jury failed to reach a verdict.On April 26, a jury of seven men and five women deliberated a little over 12 hours before reaching a unanimous verdict.It’s far from clear what sentence will be handed down to Cosby, and the possibilities range from probation or house arrest to years in prison.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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Massachusetts firefighter dies while battling huge blaze

first_imgWCVB-TV(WORCESTER, Mass.) — A Worcester, Massachusetts, firefighter died early Sunday while battling a massive fire in a three-story building — the latest in a sad history of firefighter deaths in the city.Firefighters responded to a fire at 7 Lowell St. in Worcester just before 4 a.m., according to fire officials.When conditions deteriorated and the fire went up to five alarms, five firefighters were forced to escape the blaze using ladders, officials said during a news conference on Sunday.Two firefighters were taken to the hospital, but Christopher Roy, 36, succumbed to his injuries, officials said.“It’s important for us to know and appreciate how incredibly hard the men of the Worcester Fire Department fought to save Chris’ life, and we know how devastating this is to them,” said Worcester City Manager Edward M. Augustus.Roy was assigned to Ladder 4, Group 3, at Webster Square Fire Station. He had been at the department for more than two years, according to Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie.Roy had an 8-year-old daughter, Ava; and is survived by his mother, Michelle, and his father, Ron, officials said during the news conference.“Firefighter Roy paid the ultimate sacrifice last night, doing what he always wanted to do — helping people and saving lives,” said Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty.This is not the first time that the Worcester Fire Department has suffered a major loss.Six Worcester firefighters died in a cold-storage warehouse fire on Dec. 3, 1999, in a tragedy that became known as the “Worcester Six.”Then-President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore joined mourners at the memorial service.On Dec. 8, 2011, Worcester firefighter John Davies, 43, while responding to a fire when the building he was in collapsed, according to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.“Once again, December has proven to be the cruelest month of the year for the Worcester Fire Department,” said Petty at the press conference on Sunday.“The loss is especially gut-wrenching in the wake of the anniversary of the ‘Worcester Six’ on Dec. 3, 1999,” said Augustus. “Every day, our firefighters selflessly risk their lives without a second thought.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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