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European Central Bank donates €110,500 to 17 charities

first_imgThe European Central Bank has donated €110,500 to 17 charities across the euro area. The ECB launched its Charity Initiative a year earlier, aiming to support “well-known and respected charitable organisations” in the euro area that work on social and humanitarian issues.The charities are selected with advice from the 17 national central banks of the euro area. One charity is selected for each country.The money comes from fees earned by members of the ECB’s Executive Board and ECB staff for external work, such as media interviews and conference speeches.The focus for 2011 was on organisations working in the area of social, educational and cultural integration within Europe. The charities received an equal sum.The charity selected in Ireland was the Don Bosco Teenage Care Housing Association.www.ecb.europa.euPhoto: Jim D Woodward on Flickr.com Howard Lake | 3 September 2012 | News European Central Bank donates €110,500 to 17 charities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Ireland About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

CFPB Director Fields Questions from House Committee

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago June 19, 2014 1,523 Views Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / CFPB Director Fields Questions from House Committee in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News A week after appearing before the Senate Banking Committee, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray traveled back up the hill again to review the bureau’s semi-annual report and take questions from the House Financial Services Committee.At the hearing, committee members asked Cordray to address a number of issues surrounding the embattled agency, including accountability concerns and allegations of discrimination.Right from the start, the director went on the defensive with committee chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who opened the hearing with remarks on what he called “disturbing developments” within the bureau.”Properly designed, the CFPB is capable of great good on behalf of consumers,” Hensarling said. “It is also capable of great harm.”Hensarling then questioned Cordray about the cost of renovating its headquarters, which is now at an estimated $185 million. The new building plans include a four-story glass staircase, granite fountains, sunken gardens, and more.While critics, including Senate Banking Committee member Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) have described the design plans as “opulent,” Cordray dismissed the language used as overblown, insisting that “every halfway functioning shopping mall in America” has the same features.After some back and forth—in which Hensarling asserted again that CFPB is “essentially unaccountable to the people”—Cordray heatedly told the congressman to check out the building for himself: “Come see the building. It’s a dump. You want to come see it?”Also of interest to the group of lawmakers was CFPB’s plan to establish a National Mortgage Database in partnership with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). The bureau’s efforts to gather information to build that database prompted comparisons to the National Security Agency.Cordray rebuffed, clarifying that the agency’s information comes as an “off-the-shelf” product purchased from credit reporting agencies and scrubbed of certain information, including Social Security numbers, addresses, and any other identifying pieces.That answer didn’t satisfy Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama).”You may intend to scrub this information, but someone else, once they see it, may not,” the congressman said. “The American people are rightly concerned about the protection of their personally identifiable information.””I’m part of the American people,” Cordray countered. “I’m very concerned about it too.”Finally, hours ahead of another whistleblower hearing on alleged discrimination and retaliation within the bureau, the director responded to claims of his own involvement, including an allegation that he told senior enforcement attorney to “back down” from a complaint about hostility in the agency’s work environment.While Cordray didn’t deny the phone call in which the alleged incident took place, he said he was trying to push for a resolution that would allow all parties to move forward.”I simply wanted to have Ms. Martin reach a productive resolution of her complaint, which we did do so within a matter of a couple of weeks,” he said. “That later was reopened, and now we’ve resolved it again. I want her to have a good position at the bureau where she can do good work for consumers.” CFPB House Financial Services Committee Politics Richard Cordray 2014-06-19 Tory Barringer Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Home Sales Continue Growth Streak in May Next: Mortgage Rates Remain Steady After Fed Meeting Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: CFPB House Financial Services Committee Politics Richard Cordray CFPB Director Fields Questions from House Committee Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Senator O’Domhnaill told two special pre schools in Donegal will close

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp By News Highland – June 19, 2013 Facebook A Fianna Fail Senator says he has confirmation from the Health Minister that to the two special pre schools in Donegal will be closed before the end of 2015.Hundreds of people have attended meetings in recent months as part of a campaign to try and keep both facilities open – the HSE wants to integrate the children in to main stream pre schools.Dr James Reilly has confirmed to Senator Brian O’Domhnaill that St. Agnes pre-school in Donegal town will close this year while Ballaghderg pre-school in Letterkenny will not be supported beyond 2015.Senator O’Domhnaill wants the Minister to now visit the schools first hand to see the work they do:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/hse.jpg[/podcast] Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleParliamentary secretary to Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle claims unfair dismissalNext articleDonegal nursing homes criticised by HIQA News Highland Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Pinterest News Twitter Senator O’Domhnaill told two special pre schools in Donegal will close Pinterest WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

[West Bengal HIRA v. RERA] Can State Enact Legislation Under Concurrent List To Occupy Same Field As Parliament, In The Name Of Cooperative Federalism? SC

first_imgTop Stories[West Bengal HIRA v. RERA] Can State Enact Legislation Under Concurrent List To Occupy Same Field As Parliament, In The Name Of Cooperative Federalism? SC Mehal Jain20 April 2021 10:51 PMShare This – xCan a state, in the name of cooperative federalism, enact a legislation under the Concurrent List to occupy the same field that the Parliament has occupied?”, asked Justice Chandrachud on Tuesday.The bench of Justices Chandrachud and M. R. Shah was hearing the plea filed by the Forum For People’s Collective Efforts, an umbrella homebuyers association, challenging the constitutional validity…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?LoginCan a state, in the name of cooperative federalism, enact a legislation under the Concurrent List to occupy the same field that the Parliament has occupied?”, asked Justice Chandrachud on Tuesday.The bench of Justices Chandrachud and M. R. Shah was hearing the plea filed by the Forum For People’s Collective Efforts, an umbrella homebuyers association, challenging the constitutional validity of West Bengal Housing Industry Regulation Act, 2017, which is more or less identical to the Centre’s RERA. “RERA was in force before the state of West Bengal enacted HIRA. Both HIRA & RERA were enacted to ensure better accountability to consumers and to promote and regulate the real estate sector. 95 to 98%, the WB HIRA is a complete copy-paste of the RERA, but on a few aspects it is in direct conflict with RERA. The differences include sale of open car parking spaces as opposed to garages with walls and roofs, the compounding of offences which should be tried by courts and definition of events falling under force majeure”, the petitioner has argued. It has been pointed out that despite the field being occupied by the 2016 Central law RERA, the impugned state Act, notified in June, 2018, was neither reserved for the consideration of the President nor was the Presidential assent obtained so as to make it valid under Article 254(2).”This is the first time it has happened!”, remarked Justice Chandrachud.The judge explained how an inconsistency may result between a state Act and a Central law- “Repugnancy can be by way of a direct conflict, with the Parliament saying ‘X’ and the state saying ‘X minus’. Then, there is occupied field (Article 254(1); if there exists a Central law on a concurrent subject, then a State law cannot override it). And then there is the case where the state enacts a law, not to supplement the Central law, but to do the exact same thing that the Parliament is doing by means of its law…””Can a state, in the name of cooperative federalism, by a legislation under the Concurrent List, occupy the same field that the Parliament has occupied? It may be that states are resistant (to intervention by the Centre) in a field that has been historically occupied by them. But can they say, ‘You enacted a law, now we will enact a similar law and enforce that and not yours’? Is that really permissible?”, asked the judge.Last week, Justice Chandrachud had expressed that it was “baffling” why a state would make an Act exactly similar to the Central law. “What was the intent of the West Bengal government? No State does that!”, he had said.Justice Chandrachud on Tuesday propounded an interesting theory as regards the purport of a state government in essentially re-enacting the provisions of a Central Act as a state legislation- if it could be to denude the Government of India of its authority under Article 256 over the state.Article 256 provides that the executive power of every State shall be so exercised as to ensure compliance with the laws made by Parliament and any existing laws which apply in that State, and the executive power of the Union shall extend to the giving of such directions to a State as may appear to the Government of India to be necessary for that purpose.”If RERA was in force in West Bengal, the central government could issue directions to the state in exercise of its executive power. If the state government had not framed the requisite Rules under the Act, the central government could ask it to do so under Article 256. It could say that ‘Otherwise, my legislation is not being enforced in your state'”, ventured Justice Chandrachud.The judge reflected that if a Central law is in force in the state, the executive power of the Union of India, by virtue of Article 162, extends under Article 256 so as to instruct the state government and the state government is bound to comply- If the state government has not formulated any Rules under the law, the central government can obligate it to do so under Article 256.(The Proviso to Article 162 states that in any matter with respect to which the State Legislature and Parliament have power to make laws, the executive power of the State shall be subject to, and limited by, the executive power conferred by the Constitution or by any law made by Parliament upon the Union or its authorities)Justice Chandrachud continued to observe that the state government then cannot reduce the Act to a dead letter. “If there is a central law in force in a state, the Union of India, in exercise of its executive power under Article 256, can give directions to the state government for its enforcement. Then, the state cannot say, ‘Enact the law, we won’t make any rules to enforce it'”, he remarked.But, the judge added, where the state enacts a pari materia law under the Concurrent List, the Government of India has no such authority.”The moment there ceases to be a central law, the Union of India has no such right. Once the state enacts a pari materia law under the Concurrent List, the Government of India has no authority and it becomes the exclusive domain of the state. If it is a state law, the central government cannot require such framing of the Rules”, commented Justice Chandrachud.Next Storylast_img read more

Mica homes in Donegal under increasing threat due to cold snap

first_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – March 1, 2018 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Serious concern has been raised over the impact the persistent cold weather is having on mica affected homes in Donegal.Up to 5,000 properties in the county are thought to be affected by the defective block issue with people effectively living in fear of their homes crumbling around them.However, it’s now been claimed that the cold snap may escalate the problem even further.Cllr Martin McDermott says theses homes are under an increasing threat and the Government must step up:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/martdfgdfgdfinmica.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Pinterest Google+ Previous articleStorm Emma: Full list of road updates and cancellationsNext articleGAA Programme – 28/02/18 News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Mica homes in Donegal under increasing threat due to cold snap Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

The influence of glacial melt and retreat on the nutritional condition of the bivalve Nuculana inaequisculpta (Protobranchia: Nuculanidae) in the West Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgDue to climate change, numerous ice bodies have been lost in the West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP). As a consequence, deglaciation is expected to impact the marine environment and its biota at physiological and ecosystem levels. Nuculana inaequisculpta is a marine bivalve widely distributed around Antarctica that plays an important role for ecosystem functioning. Considering that N. inaequisculpta inhabits coastal areas under effect of glacial melt and retreat, impacts on its nutritional condition are expected due to alterations on its physiology and food availability. To test this hypothesis, biochemical composition (lipids, proteins, and fatty acids) and energy content were measured in individuals of N. inaequisculpta collected in a fjord at different distances to the retreating glacier in the WAP. Oceanographic parameters of the top and bottom-water layers (temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and chlorophyll-a) were measured to investigate how the environment changes along the fjord. Results showed that surface oceanographic parameters displayed a lower temperature and dissolved oxygen, but a higher salinity and chlorophyll-a content at nearest compared to farthest sites to the glacier. In contrast, a lower temperature and chlorophyll-a, and a higher salinity and dissolved oxygen was measured in the bottom-water layer toward the glacier. N. inaequisculpta had a higher amount of lipids (17.42 ± 3.24 vs. 12.16 ± 3.46%), protein (24.34 ± 6.12 vs. 21.05 ± 2.46%) and energy content (50.57 ± 6.97 J vs. 39.14 ± 5.80 J) in the farthest compared to the nearest site to the glacier. No differences were found in total fatty acids among all sites. It seems likely that lower individual fitness related to proximity to the glacier would not be related to nutritional quality of sediment food, but rather to food quantity.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 9/18/19

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUESeattle 4, Pittsburgh 1San Francisco 11, Boston 3Tampa Bay 8, LA Dodgers 7 — 11 inningsAMERICAN LEAGUEOakland 1, Kansas City 0 — 11 InningsCleveland 2, Detroit 1 — 10 InningsLA Angels 3, NY Yankees 2Houston 3, Texas 2Chi White Sox 3, Minnesota 1 Toronto 11, Baltimore 10NATIONAL LEAGUESt. Louis 5, Washington 1Arizona 5, Miami 4NY Mets 7, Colorado 4Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 1San Diego 2, Milwaukee 1Cincinnati 3, Chi Cubs 2MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERAtlanta 2, Cincinnati 0New York 2, Portland 0FC Dallas 0, Seattle 0Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. September 19, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 9/18/19 Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Blues skate past Dynamos

first_imgIn an exciting match full of goals and even more narrow misses Oxford, led by player of the match Dominique Chaput, were able to retain their composure in defence to come out convincing winners and provide the perfect birthday present for their Captain, Marcie Reinhart.The Blues were on top from the off, Catherine Pinder netting with just forty seconds gone after some quick passing and heavy pressure at Invicta’s net, Jamie Waller doubling the lead only minutes later. The Dynamos came charging back however, with the masterful Chelsea Meaney driving a slap shot past the helpless Andrea Lewis before Kate Hancock levelled the scores. Only some athletic net minding from Lewis prevented Invicta from taking the lead. However, Reinhart now capped a fine first period performance with a stunning goal to regain the momentum for her side and give the Blues a 3-2 lead at the end of a breathless first half.The second period saw the Blues stamp their authority on the game, netting another three to put the result beyond doubt and leave out in the cold. Meaney continued to harass the Blues defence who at times struggled to get to grips with her speed and stick control. Meaney’s enthusiasm, however, got the better of her as she was sent to the sin bin for two minutes after a vicious body check. The Blues wasted no time in capitalising on the power play to put yet another past the helpless Vallerie Fraser who could only witness the onslaught unfold before her. Cat Pinder then added a fifth in what was a period dominated by the Blues. The final period saw the Oxford defence split open yet again by Meaney, who failed to capitalise on three opportunities as she tried to drag her team out of the huge deficit by their bootstraps. In the end though it was Lisa Villeneuve and Pinder’s partnership that paid dividends as they combined some incisive passes for Villeneuve to shoot the puck once again into the Dynamos’ net. Oxford’s Georgia Gale-Grant and Cat Pinder were unlucky yet again as they were denied what would have been fantastic goals by only inches as the puck flew tantalisingly close to Invicta net. Alina Turek who capped a great performance both by herself and the team by adding a seventh to the score board, heaping further dismay upon a disheartened side.a performance of such dominance and finesse against an side who currently top the British League South Division One must leave the Blues with very high confidence for the remainder of their season.The game was finally put even further beyond doubt by Rip-roaring, non-stop, end-to-end action” was the order of the day on Saturday as Oxford’s Women’s Ice Hockey team crushed the highly rated Iinvicta Dynamos at the Oxford Ice Rink.ARCHIVE: 6th week MT 2005last_img read more

Growing business optimism drives investment

first_imgForty-four percent of UK food and drink manufacturers increased capital expenditure in the second quarter of 2013, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Business Confidence Survey.The number of respondents investing in R&D and training increased. Findings also revealed firms were confident of sales growth in the third quarter, due to improved weather and a reviving economy.UK sales grew in the second quarter in line with inflation, with 20% more businesses are expecting sales growth in Q3. Export sales are expected to remain strong in the third quarter.Of the respondents, 73% expected product prices to be broadly stable in the third quarter due to summer promotions.Steve Barnes, economic and commercial services director, at FDF, said: “This third successive quarter showing increasing business optimism amongst food and drink manufacturers is good news for the UK economy. Despite challenging businesses conditions brought on by poor weather and high ingredient prices, manufacturers achieved stability in Q2 and are optimistic of increased sales in the next.“To further contribute towards a rebalanced UK economy and deliver our shared vision with government to grow our sector by 20% by 2020, manufacturers are investing in innovation and workforce skills. Increased capital expenditure by 44% of businesses responding to our survey can in part be attributed to temporary changes to the Annual Investment Allowance which offers businesses tax relief on investments of up to £250,000.”last_img read more

Who do you want to see walk down Harvard’s Green Carpet?

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard Office for Sustainability is once again rolling out the Green Carpet in honor of the many students, faculty, and staff across Harvard who have made significant contributions to Harvard’s Greenhouse Gas/Energy Reduction Goal and other sustainability efforts. Nominations for both individual and team awards are due Monday, Feb. 28t at green.harvard.edu/greencarpet.Last year 800 Harvard community members gathered in Sanders Theatre to celebrate the efforts of more than 100 eco-champions across Harvard’s campus. Join us for another exciting celebration on April 11 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and don’t forget to nominate your friends, professors, or yourself today.>> Team Project Awards NominationsEnergy/Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Infrastructure ProjectEnergy/Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Behavioral Change or Administrative PracticesGreen Building ProjectRenewable Energy ProjectWaste or Water Reduction ProjectGreen Team ProjectStudent Project>> Individual Achievement Awards NominationsIndividuals (students, faculty, and staff) from all Schools and units who have demonstrated outstanding efforts in furthering Harvard’s sustainability goals.Mark your calendars for April 11, 3:30-5 p.m.: Green Carpet Awards at Sanders Theatre with reception at the Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub to follow. More info at http://green.harvard.edu/greencarpet.last_img read more