I’d buy this FTSE 250 dividend growth stock in a Stocks and Shares ISA

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Five gunmen stormed the Sanaa headquarters of the independent weekly Al-Nada

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High Courts Weekly Roundup

first_imgNews UpdatesHigh Courts Weekly Roundup Akshita Saxena28 Feb 2021 8:19 AMShare This – xWeek commencing from February 22, 2021 Till February 28, 2021Allahabad High Court 1. Allahabad High Court Allows Mother’s Habeas Corpus Plea Seeking Child’s Custody From Father [Master Advait Sharma v. State of UP & Ors.] A Single Bench of Justice JJ Munir allowed the habeas corpus petition of a mother, seeking the custody of her child aged three and a half years, from her husband (the child’s father). It observed that there is a…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?LoginAllahabad High Court 1. Allahabad High Court Allows Mother’s Habeas Corpus Plea Seeking Child’s Custody From Father [Master Advait Sharma v. State of UP & Ors.] A Single Bench of Justice JJ Munir allowed the habeas corpus petition of a mother, seeking the custody of her child aged three and a half years, from her husband (the child’s father). It observed that there is a strong presumption about a child’s welfare to be better secured in the mother’s hand. The Bench remarked, “It is the precipitate wisdom of generations that a young child’s welfare is better ensured in the hands of the mother than the father, or for that matter, anyone else. It is in keeping with this transcendent experience of mankind that the proviso to Section 6(a) of the [Hindu Minority and Guardianship] Act of 1956 reserves to the mother the right to the child’s custody until the age of five years.” 2. Allahabad High Court Seeks UP Govt’s Response On Implementation Of Anganwadi Projects In The State [Nishant Chandra & Ors. v. Union of India & Ors.] A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saurabh Shyam Shamshery sought the response of the UP Government on the condition of Anganwadis in the State, especially with regard to nutrition programmes undertaken therein. The order was passed on a PIL filed by one Nishant Chandra and others, appearing in person. They had submitted that most of the Anganwadis in the State of Uttar Pradesh are not having adequate means to provide nutritive food to the children. Underlining that western filmmakers have refrained from ridiculing Lord Jesus or the Prophet but the Hindi filmmakers have done this repeatedly and still doing this most unabashedly with the Hindu Gods and Goddesses, a Bench of Justice Siddharth denied Pre-arrest bail to Commercial Head of Amazon Prime Video, Aparna Purohit, in the ongoing investigation against the web series ‘Tandav’. Drawing parallels with the Munawar Faruqui incident, the Ciurt remarked, “Things are worsening as is evident from the fact that an obscure stand-up comedian, Munawar Faruqui, from Gujarat made comments on Hindu God and Godesses in a new year show at Indore and gained undue publicity on being arrested in a case. This shows that from films this trend has passed to comedy shows.” Bombay High Court 1. Bombay High Court Grants Varavara Rao Bail For 6 Months On Medical Grounds In Bhima Koregaon Case [Dr. PV Varavara Rao v. NIA & Anr.] A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale granted bail on medical grounds to 81-year-old Varavara Rao, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case, who has been under custody awaiting trial since August 28, 2018. The High Court observed that it was a “genuine and fit” case for granting relief in view of the advanced age of the petitioner and inadequate facilities at Taloja jail hospital. The Court also ruled that an undertrial accused of serious offences under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) can be granted bail purely on grounds of sickness and advanced age, if it is found that his continued incarceration is endangering his life 2. ‘No Likelihood Of Trial Being Completed In Near Future’ : Bombay High Court Upholds Bail Granted To Youth Accused Of Joining ISIS [NIA v. Areeb Ejaz Majeed] A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale upheld bail granted to an alleged Islamic State recruit from India, Areeb Majeed and disposed of an appeal by the National Investigating Agency (NIA). The Court cited Majeed’s prolonged incarceration of six years and slow pace of the trial to uphold his bail. The 27-year-old man from Kalyan, argued his own bail application. He was granted bail by the Special Court on March 17, 2020. The order was subsequently stayed after the NIA approached the HC in appeal. 3. Medieval Notion Of Wife Being The Property Of Husband Still Persist In Majority Mindset, Refusal To Give Tea Not Sudden Or Grave Provocation : Bombay HC [Santosh Mahadev Atkar v. State of Maharashtra] Observing that the medieval notion of the wife being the ‘property of the husband to do as he wishes, still persists,’ a Single Bench of Justice Revati Mohite Dere refused to show any leniency to a man convicted for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. It held the husband’s contention that his wife, by refusing to make tea, offered a grave and sudden provocation to be “ludicrous,” “clearly untenable and unsustainable.” 4. ‘Sanctioning Authority Must Apply Mind’ : Bombay HC Quashes Sanction To Prosecute Order Issued ‘Mechanically’ [Anand Murlidhar Salvi v. State of Maharashtra] A single bench of Justice SK Shinde ruled that an order granting permission or sanction to prosecute an individual under the Prevention of Corruption Act must demonstrate that the Sanctioning Authority has applied his mind and not passed the order “mechanically”. It held that ordinarily the Sanctioning Authority is the best person to judge, based on the investigation report placed before him, whether the government employee should or should not be prosecuted under the PC Act. A pre-requisite to provide a safe-guard to a public servant against frivolous and vexatious litigants. 5. Bombay High Court Directs Removal Of Matter From The Board After Lawyer Removes His Mask [Kondiba Shankar Nikam v. Balasaheb Kisan Bhosale & Ors.] Taking exception to the Counsel’s act of removing his mask during the Court hearing, a Bench of Bench of Justice Prithviraj K. Chavan directed the removal of matter from the Board. It referred to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the resumption of physical hearing at the Principal Seat, High Court of Bombay w.e.f. 11th January, 2021 to stress that wearing a face mask all the time is compulsory. 6. Bombay High Court Rejects Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s Plea Against Election Petition Filed Against His Election To Lok Sabha [Md. Nafis v. Election Commission of India & Ors.] A single judge bench of Justice A.S. Chandurkar dismissed an application filed by Union Minister Nitin Gadkar challenging an election petition filed against him by one, Mohd. Nafis Khan for submitting false information in nomination form and election affidavit. It allowed the election petition to continue after observing that two points in its prayer with regards to the land solely owned by Mr. Gadkari and declaration of agriculture as his source of income “disclosed material facts and necessary cause of action” to challenge his election in the general elections to the Lok Sabha from Constituency No.10-Nagpur. However, the bench went ahead to strike down other prayers as set out in the petition. Other developments: Annual GST Returns FY 2019-20: Bombay High Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Further Extension Of Due Date Calcutta High Court 1. Calcutta High Court Directs Administrative Wing To Examine Issues Relating To Quality & Size Of Filing Papers In All Courts [Nikunj Berlia v. High Court at Calcutta] A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee has directed the Registrar General to initiate requisite activities on the Administrative side to examine issues relating to the quality and size of papers that are used for filing of pleadings, vakalatnamas, etc., in the Courts of West Bengal and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The development comes in a writ petition filed by Advocate Nikunj Berlia, inter alia seeking that the quality of A4 size papers that are used for printing and filing matters in the Appellate Side and Original Side of the High Court should be such that the same would be cost effective, without insisting on bond papers. 2. ‘Once Appeared For A Party”- Calcutta HC Judge Recalls Her Order Even After No Objection By Both Parties, Says “It Is The Best And Only Course Available” [Duroply Industries Ltd. & Anr. v. Ma Mansa Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.] A single Bench of Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya recalled its order of an injunction passed in a trademark dispute as the Judge presiding over the case had appeared for one party in respect of the same trademark in the past. The Court recalled the order passed by her even after assurance by parties that they had no objection to the judgment being delivered by the Court. She found that releasing the matter was the best and only course of action since she had appeared for one party in relation to the same trademark on which the the party claimed exclusivity in present proceedings. 3. Removal Of A Blind Person From The Job Solely On Ground Of Disability Violative Of Rights of PwD Act 2016: Calcutta High Court [Dr. Shishir Kumar Biswas v. State of West Bengal & Ors.] A Single Bench of Justice Ravi Krishan Kapur set aside an order removing a blind Professor from the position of Head of the Bengali Department by the Haringhata Mahavidyalaya, primarily on the ground of his physical disability. It noted that the memo dated 31st July, 2017, whereby the petitioner was removed, is in direct violation and contravention of the provisions of the Rights of Persons With Disabilities Act, 2016. Section 20 provides that no Government establishment shall discriminate against any person with disability in any matter relating to employment. Every Government establishment shall provide reasonable accommodation and appropriate barrier free and conducive environment to employees with disability. 4. Exception Of Customary Divorce U/S 29(2) Hindu Marriage Act Not Attracted In Absence Of Declaration From Civil Court Regarding Its Validity: Calcutta High Court [Krishna Veni v. Union of India & Ors.] A Single Bench of Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharyya held that merely obtaining a customary divorce will not attract the exception envisaged under Section 29(2) of the Hindu Marriage Act. It has made it clear that the validity of such a divorce has to be established by a deed of declaration. “For Section 29(2) of the 1955 Act to be invoked, it has to be established by the party relying on a custom that the right of the party was recognized by custom, to obtain the dissolution of a Hindu marriage,” it held. 5. COVID-19: Guidelines Shouldn’t Be Thrown To The Wind, Police-People Confrontation Can’t Be Permitted: Calcutta High Court To Govt. [Mangal Sardar v. Union of India & Ors.] A Bench of Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee directed the State Government to see to it that COVID-19 guidelines and safety precautions shouldn’t be thrown to the wind. It also directed the Government to ensure that confrontation between the police and the people should not be permitted to happen, since situations of human rights violation and such aspects have also to be taken care of. Delhi High Court 1. “Professional Bills Of Lawyers Not Being Cleared”: Delhi High Court Directs Delhi Govt. To Clear Bills Of Empanelled Lawyers [Pranay Ranjan v. Govt. Of NCT of Delhi] While noting that despite the Court’s Order, the bills of the empanelled lawyers are not being cleared and that they are being compelled to file writ petitions for the same, a Bench of Justice Prathiba M. Singh directed the Law Secretary, GNCTD to clear the bills of an Advocate (Writ Petitioner) within a period of 30 days. In the case of Piyush Gupta v. GNCTD & Ors. W.P.(C) 5373/2020, the Delhi High Court, in August 2020, had directed the Delhi Government, Union of India, as well as the various municipal corporations of Delhi, to clear the bills of various government counsel within 4 weeks. 2. Plea Seeking Appointment Of 1 Independent Human Rights Prosecutor In Each Of The 11 District Courts Of Delhi: HC Issues Notice To Govt. [Sarvadaman Singh Oberoi v. Govt. Of NCT Of Delhi & Ors.] A Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli issued notice to Delhi Government in a plea seeking the establishment of Human Rights Court in each of the 11 District Courts of Delhi. it also directed the Delhi Government to respond to Petitioner’s prayer seeking direction to Respondents to ensure one Independent Human Rights Prosecutor exclusively appointed to examine and process claims of human rights offences (in each of the 11 District Courts of Delhi). 3. Delhi High Court Seeks Centre’s Response On Plea For Quashing Delhi Minorities Commission & Others’ Reports on Delhi Riots A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh issued notice on and sought response of the Central Government, the Delhi Police and publishers on a plea seeking quashing of reports prepared by the “Delhi Minorities Commission” and other private organizations/ individuals on the Delhi Riots. The plea, filed by a riots victim, claims that the organizations which are admittedly self-constituted, are running a parallel fact-finding exercise and hampering investigation in the cases. The centre through Solicitor General Tushar Mehta took the view that the matter would need examination. As such, the court has posted the matter for further hearing on Mar 26. 4. Give Prisoners Choice Between Video Conferencing & Physical Appearance: Delhi High Court Hearing a petition filed by Pinjra Tod activists Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, a single judge bench of Justice Prathiba Singh has asked Director General Prisons, Delhi, to consider giving prisoners the choice between being produced before the courts physically or through video conferencing. The Petitioners alleged that the requirement for them to be quarantined for 14 days after each physical production before the courts prejudiced their rights, and therefore a prior order dated Feb 1 permitting them to be produced via video conferencing may be allowed to continue. 5. Delhi High Court Comes Down Heavily On Tihar Jail Authorities For Alleged Murder Of 23-yo Undertrial In Prison A Single Judge bench of Justice Prathiba Singh came down heavily on the Delhi state government and Tihar jail authorities while hearing a compensation petition on the alleged murder of a 23-yo undertrial, Dilsher Azad in Delhi’s Tihar jail, and directed the Delhi Police to file a status report within 3 days. The court also asked the respondents of the petition, the state of Delhi, the Director General and the Superintendent, Tihar Jail to clarify whether any FIR and chargesheet have been filed with respect to the incident. Noting that the incident was very serious in nature, the court also asked the jail authorities for the relevant CCTV footage of the incident, and observed that in such cases the footage must be seized and confiscated immediately. 6. Bar Council of UP Moves Delhi High Court Against BCI’s Decision To Oversee Its Activities, Conduct Elections [Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh & Anr. v. Bar Council of India & Ors.] A Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M. Singh sought response from the Bar Council of India on a petition filed by the State Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh, alleging that the former is attempting to take over its functioning. The Bar Council of UP and its Chairman have challenged two Circulars issued by the Bar Council of India, alleging that the same amount to interreference in its functioning. The impugned Circulars dated 19th January, 2021 and 2nd February, 2021 appoint a nine-member Committee to look after the activities of the Bar Council of UP and a three-member Committee for conducting its elections. 7. ‘Not Before This Bench’ : CJ-led Bench Of Delhi HC Adjourns Pleas Against ‘Aaj Tak’ For Alleged Misreporting Of Tractor Rally A division bench comprising Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh said that it will not hear the petitions seeking action against ‘Aaj Tak’ news channel over alleged mis-reporting of the tractor rally, and that the case will be assigned to another bench. “Not before this bench”, it remarked while stating that the cases will be considered by another bench. 8. Delhi High Court Issues Directions For Feeding Of Street Dogs In Residential Colony In Delhi [Urvashi Vashisht & Ors. v. RWA & Ors.] A single Bench of Justice Pratibha Singh issued directions in an ongoing dispute regarding feeding of street dogs in residential colonies. The High Court has directed the parties involved in the case, including the Animal Welfare Board of India, Petitioners, office bearers of the Residents Welfare Association to identify a spot to be used for the purpose of feeding and taking care of street dogs etc. Once the spot is decided, the dogs are to be fed only on that spot and no hindrance is to be created in doing the same. 9. ‘There Is Legitimate State Interest In Limiting Recognition Of Marriage To Persons Of Opposite Sex Only’, Centre Opposes Plea To Recognize Same-Sex Marriage Opposing a petition seeking recognition to same-sex marriages under various personal laws before the Delhi High Court, the Centre today informed the court through an affidavit that, “there is a “legitimate state interest” in limiting recognition of marriage to persons of opposite sex only”, and that the institution of marriage is not merely a concept relegated to the domain of privacy of an individual. “The acceptance of the institution of marriage between two individuals of the same gender is neither recognized nor accepted in any uncodified personal laws or any codified statutory laws”, the affidavit stated. Other developments: ‘If One Is Going To Practice In Delhi, One Can’t Be Staying In Bihar’: Delhi HC Says BCD Empowered To Demand Proof Of Residence For EnrolmentDelhi High Court Grants Bail To Man Accused Of Raping US National After Survivor Refuses To Pursue CaseDelhi High Court Impleads Centre, Directs Delhi Govt, Delhi Police To File Status Report On Reopening Of Hazrat Nizamuddin MarkazTis Hazari Violence: Delhi High Court Extends Term Of The Inquiry Commission Upto 31st December, 2021Delhi High Court Orders DHCBA’s Executive Committee For Constituting Committee To Look Into Issue of Vaccination Of Lawyers And Hybrid Hearings Gujarat High Court 1. Train Officials Asking Them To Strictly Adhere To Law & Inculcate In Them Sensitivity With Dispassionate Actions: Gujarat HC To State Police Academy [Samirkhan Faizullahkhan Pathan v. State Of Gujarat] A Bench of Justice Sonia Gokani and Justice Sangeeta K. Vishen recommended the State Police Academy to train police officials asking them to strictly adhere to the law and the principles established under the law, and also inculcate in them sensitivity with dispassionate actions. The recommended was made in a matter wherein a Lok Rakshak Dal woman who wished to solemnize her marriage with a Muslim Man was called at the police station after sunset for recording her statement, on the next date. Himachal Pradesh High Court 1. Holding Peaceful Processions, Raising Slogans Can’t Be An Offence: Himachal Pradesh High Court Quashes FIR Against Lady Advocate [Anu Tuli Azta v. State of HP] Stating that holding peaceful processions, raising slogans, would not be and cannot be an offence under India’s Constitution, a Bench of Justice Anoop Chitkara quashed an FIR filed against an Advocate under Sections 341, 143, 147, 149, 353, 504, and 506 IPC. The Court also observed that the FIR nowhere mentions the role of the petitioner and even if is presumed that the petitioner was present at the spot, it would still not lead to an automatic inference of her acting with a common object with those who had inflicted fist blows, hurled abuses, and threatened the SHO, and also threatened to burn the Police Station. 2. Inter-Caste Marriage- Girl Isn’t A Cattle But A Living Independent Soul Having Rights; Can Exercise Her Discretion As Per Her Wishes: HP High Court [Sanjeev Kumar v. Sate of HP & Ors.] While hearing a petition related to the marriage of an upper-caste woman (Rajput) with a lower caste man, a Bench of Justice Vivek Singh Thakur ruled that a girl is not a cattle or non-living thing but a living independent soul having rights, like others, and, on attaining the age of discretion, to exercise her discretion according to her wishes. It remarked that opposition to marriage for the difference of caste is the result of spiritual as well as religious ignorance. Jammu & Kashmir High Court 1. Jammu & Kashmir High Court Issues Notice On Plea Challenging Maximum Preventive Detention Period Under Public Safety Act A Division Bench comprising of Justices Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Javed Iqbal Wani issued notice to the UT administration on a PIL challenging the constitutional validity of Section 18 of the Public Safety Act, 1978. The provision prescribes that a person, acting in a manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order, may be detained under the Act for a maximum period of twelve months and a person, acting in a manner prejudicial to the security of the State may be detained under the Act for a maximum period of two years. It is contended that the impugned provision is violative of Article 22 (7) of the Constitution of India, which provides that the maximum period of preventive detention shall not exceed three months, without obtaining the opinion of an Advisory Board. 2. Jammu & Kashmir High Court Seeks Government’s Response In Plea Against Separate Prosecution Wing For J&K [Amit Pathania & Anr. v. Union Of India & Ors.] A Division Bench compromising of Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur has issued notice to the UT administration on a PIL challenging a Government Order for establishment of the J&K Prosecution Service. As per the Petitioner, the aforesaid service so created by the notification consists of members of J&K Police (Gazetted) service (Prosecution wing) and Prosecuting officers (Non-Gazetted) as its members. He contended that these persons are not eligible for appointment as Prosecutors in view of Section 24(7) of CrPC which provides that a person is eligible for appointment as Public Prosecutor /Additional Public Prosecutor only if he has been in practice as an Advocate for not less than seven years. Jharkhand High Court 1. “A Lady With 90% Burn Injury Can’t Be Kept Like That”: Jharkhand HC Takes Suo Moto Cognizance Of The Incident Based On A Mail Received To Court [Court On Its Own Motion v. State Of Jharkhand] A Bench of Chief Justice Dr. Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad took suo moto cognizance of an e-mail complaining about the negligent attitude adopted by the MGM Hospital, Jamshedpur as it alleged that a lady with 90% burn injury was left half-naked and without any proper medical facilities. The Court said, “This untoward and unfortunate incident has given rise to several questions regarding the attitude of the Management of the Hospital, the facilities which are to be provided either by the State or by any competent authority to such Hospitals and perhaps it also shows lack of training to the concerned doctors and staffs in dealing with the situation.” Karnataka High Court 1. Karnataka High Court Imposes ₹ 10 Lakh Cost On Petitioner For Multiple Petitions Against Azim Premji [India Awake For Transparency v. Union of India] A single bench of Justice PS Dinesh Kumar imposed a cost of Rs 10 lakh on not for profit company-India Awake for Transparency, for filing multiple petitions on the very same cause of action, seeking to register a case against founder Chairman of Wipro Company, Azim Premji and others. The Court noted that petitioner had filed multiple writ petitions in the High Court seeking criminal actions over allegations of financial irregularities in companies run by Azim Premji. Despite the dismissal of those petitions, the petitioner filed a fresh writ petition with similar allegations in substance. 2. Karnataka HC Asks Govt About Steps For Survey Of All Quarries In State A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum asked the state government to inform whether it will be carrying out a survey of all quarries in the State in a phased manner and whether any action of determination of lease/licenses is taken by the State Government during the year 2020. The directions were given in a petition filed by Samaja Parivarthana Samithi (R), highlighting the issue of illegal quarrying being undertaken in the state. 3. Tipu Jayanti Tweets : Karnataka High Court Directs Magistrate To Decide Afresh Complaints Against Anant Kumar Hegde, CT Ravi [A. Alam Pasha v. Anant Kumar Hegde] A single bench of Justice John Michael Cunha directed a Magistrate to consider afresh the criminal complaints against Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde and BJP MLA CT Ravi over the statements made by them in the context of Tipu Jayanti celebrations in 2017. It set aside the order passed by an Additioanl Chief Metropolitan Magsitrate, Bengaluru, which had dismissed the complaints citing lack of sanction under Section 196 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The High Court observed that sanction was not required while considering a petition under Section 156(3) of the CrPC seeking registration of FIR. 4. Karnataka High Court Issues Notice On Plea Challenging Travel Restrictions At Kerala Border A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum issued notice to the Union Government and State government on a PIL challenging the restrictions on the movement of public along the Kerala-Karnataka Border in view of the outbreak of Covid-19. The plea says that the Dakshina Kannada and Kasaragod Districts of Karnataka & Kerala state respectively known as Gadinaada Karnataka. It is submitted that both the districts and the residents thereof are interdependent upon each other in regards to employment, trade, commerce, education and major hospitals which is situated at Mangaluru city of DK District. It is submitted that more than 80, 000 people i.e 35% 40% of the border travel on day to day basis for the aforesaid purposes. 5. Karnataka High Court Issues Notice On Private Schools’ Plea For Collecting 100% Tuition Fees A single bench of Justice R Devdas issued notice to the State Government on a batch of petitions challenging the government notification dated January 29, by which all categories of Private Educational Unaided Institutions only for the Academic Year 2020-21are directed to collect only 70% Tuition Fees from the parents as collected for the academic year 2019-20 and other charges are not be collected. 6. No Coercive Action Against Cattle Transport Till Rules Are Made : Karnataka Govt Tells High Court The Karnataka Government assured a division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum that till the rules are brought into force under the “Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Act 2021”, no coercive action shall be initiated for breach or violation of Section 5, which restricts cattle transport. When the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Ordinance was in force, the Advocate General had made a similar undertaking before the Court on January 20. Now that the Ordinance has been replaced by the Act, the Advocate General told the Court that the same undertaking can be continued. 7. Charge Of False Accusation U/S 211 IPC Can Be Made Against De Facto Complainant & Not Against Investigating Officer: Madras High Court [A. Radhika v. Wilson Sundararaj] A Single Bench of Justice N. Anand Venkatesh held that an officer who conducted investigation or filed a final report pursuant to filing of a criminal complaint cannot be prosecuted under Section 211 of IPC for making false accusations, in case of acquittal of the accused. The Court further made it clear that the language used under Section 211 regarding false charge can only relate to the defacto complainant who set the criminal law in motion, and not the investigating officer. Kerala High Court 1. “Matter Pending Before The Apex Court”: Kerala HC Closes Plea Of NRIs Who Could Not Deposit Demonetized Currency In Time [Dr. Sreekumaran Nair v. Union Of India & Ors.] A Bench of Justice PB Suresh Kumar closed a writ petition filed by NRIs who could not deposit demonetized currency in time noting that the matter falls within the scope of a question formulated by the Apex court for a decision by the Larger Bench (and the matter is pending before the Apex Court). 2. Inclusion Of Land In CRZ As Per 2019 Notification Can Be Objected Even If Land Is Shown CRZ-III As Per 2011 Notification : Kerala High Court [Selil Moideen v. Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority] A single bench of Justice PB Suresh Kumar observed that the inclusion of a land in Coastal Regulation Zone-III in the Coastal Zone Management Plan(CZMP) prepared as per the 2011 CRZ Notification is not a bar against objecting to the inclusion of the said land in a CRZ zone as per the CZMP to be made as per the 2019 CRZ Notification. It noted that the CZMP prepared as per 2011 Regulations will remain in force only till the CZMP as per 2019 Regulations is notified. The bench also noted that steps for finalizing the Coastal Zone Management Plan pursuant to the Coastal Regulation Zone notification, 2019 are underway. 3. Kerala High Court Directs Police Action Against Woman Who Made False Rape Complaint After Consensual Sex A Bench of Justice PV Kunhikrishnan directed the police to take expeditious legal action against a woman for making a false rape complaint against a man after having consensual sex with him. The woman had lodged a complaint that a junior health inspector had forcibly raped her while she was under quarantine for COVID-19. Last November, the High Court had granted him bail, after the woman filed an affidavit saying that the sexual intercourse between them was based on consent. By that time, the accused had spent 77 days under custody. While granting him bail, the High Court directed the State Police Chief to hold an enquiry against the woman. 4. Not Possible To Relax Mandatory 30 Days Notice Period Or To Permit ‘Digital’ Marriage Unless Special Marriage Act Is Amended: Kerala High Court [Shitha VK v. District Registrar (General)] Unless the provisions contained in the Special Marriage Act are amended, it would not be possible either to relax the mandatory period of notice or to permit marriage in digital form, a single Bench of Justice PV Asha observed. Thereby, it dismissed a woman’s plea to permit solemnisation and registration of her marriage on digital platform. 5. Monthly Maintenance To Minor Cannot Be Deposited In Bank Account With A Direction For Disbursement On Attainment Of Majority: Kerala High Court [Fathima Fidha v. Faisal CP] A Single Bench of Justice Mary Joseph set aside the directions issued by the Family Court directing maintenance allowance to be deposited by the father in a bank account in name of the minor child that who would receive the amount on attaining majority. The Court observed that the monthly allowance is meant to be disbursed to the person who has claimed it and found by the court entitled to, solely to meet the expenditures in a month, and if such maintenance allowance is ordered to be deposited, the daily sustenance of the party in whose favour it was ordered would be in peril. It was observed that if the monthly maintenance allowance is ordered to be deposited, it would defeat the very purpose intended by the parliament while incorporating Section 125 in CrPC. 6. Aided School Teachers Cannot Contest In Elections: Kerala High Court Declares Section 2(iv) Of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualifications) Act Unconstitutional [Moosa v. State Of Kerala] A bench comprising the Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly held that the Teachers of aided schools cannot contest in the election to the local bodies, including State Legislative Assembly and Parliament. It held that Section 2(iv) of the Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualifications) Act, 1951, which provides that a person shall not be disqualified for being chosen as and for being, a member of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Kerala by reason only—(iv) that he holds an office in any educational institution other than a Government institution, is ultra vires to Article 21A of the Constitution of India. 7. In The Guise Of Strike Workers Cannot Resort To Strong Arm Tactics To Intimidate Management: Kerala High Court [Bharat Serum Vaccines Ltd. & Ors. v. State of Kerala & Ors.] A Single Bench of Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan V. observed that there cannot be any doubt that the workers have the right to resort to strike to effectively bargain with the management. However, under no circumstances can the workers resort to violence to further their cause as the same would infringe the rights of the concerned organization to carry on their business. The remarks come in a writ petition filed by Bharat Serum Vaccines Limited, against intimidatory tactics used by some of its employees and the Trade Union, after they were transferred to a unit out of the State. Madhya Pradesh High Court 1. Munawar Faruqui Case: Madhya Pradesh High Court Grants Ad-Interim Bail to Nalin Yadav And Sadakat Khan A Bench of Justice Rohit Arya granted ad-interim Bail to Nalin Yadav And Sadakat Khan, who were arrested in the case registered against comedian Munawar Faruqui on 02nd January for allegedly making indecent remarks against Hindu deities and against Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a show held at a cafe in 56 Dukan area of Indore on January 1 Madras High Court 1. If Police Officials Are Unable To Comply With Court’s Order Then They Are Unfit To Hold Their Post: Madras High Court Noting that when the Advocate Commissioner went to inspect the property, dogs were let loose and nobody could enter into the property despite police protection, a Bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice PD Audikesavalu came down heavily on the concerned police officials. It sternly remarked, “The Court’s orders have to be implemented/complied with in letter and spirit. If the officials are unable to do that, they are unfit to hold the post that too, in a disciplined force, like police force.” 2. Time To Review Mentality Of Considering Plight Of Injured Victims Sympathetically Despite Violation Of Traffic Laws By Them: Madras High Court [Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation v. Marimuthu & Ors.] While dealing with the case of a bus driver, who was held liable by the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal for accident with a two-wheeler vehicle carrying four persons, a Single Bench of Justice K. Murali Shankar observed, “It is high time for all stakeholders to review our mind-set that in cases of road accidents involving big and small vehicles, fixing the driver of the big vehicle as tort-feasor, as in majority of cases FIRs came to be registered against the driver of the big vehicle and investigations are being carried out in such a way to make that driver is responsible for the accident. It is also high time for all who are dealing with motor accident claims to review our mentality in considering the plight of the injured victim or the legal heirs of the deceased victim sympathetically and awarding of compensation in the accidents occurred by violating the Laws and Rules.” 3. COVID’s Home Grown Variant- “Be On Guard & Take Immediate Appropriate Decisions To Safeguard Citizens’ Health”: Madras HC To Govt. While noting that homegrown variants of the Coronavirus have been noticed in Amaravati and Akola (in Maharashtra), a Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy directed the Union and the States “to be on guard”. It also directed the Governments to take immediate appropriate decisions to safeguard the health of citizens, whether by imposing new measures or rolling back the opening of normal life. 4. ‘Persons Who Mistreat Animals Must Be Dealt With As Mercilessly’: Madras High Court Asks Govt To Prohibit Future Ownership Of Elephants By Individuals, Temples [Rangarajan Narasimhan v. Chief Secretary & Ors.] Expressing concern over the ‘mistreatment’ meted out to privately owned animals (elephants in this case), a Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy observed that there must be a uniform policy that “future ownership of elephants by individuals and temples be completely prohibited.” It sternly added, “Any kind of mistreatment of elephants and other animals must be dealt with promptly and as mercilessly as such persons deal with the animals.” So far as elephants that are already owned by private individuals/ temples are concerned, the Bench said, “There must be a uniform policy that all elephants, privately owned or temple owned come under the care of the Forest Department.” 5. File Report Indicating As To How Govt. Buildings & Public Places Allow Access To Persons With Disabilities: Madras High Court To Govt. A Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy directed the State Government to file a comprehensive report indicating how government buildings and all public places allow access to persons with disabilities. has directed that the said report should also indicate the toilet facilities provided for such persons at all government buildings and the easy access to the toilets. Further, the Court has directed that the report should include the Central Government guidelines in such regard for all public buildings and government-owned buildings to follow the relevant guidelines and the extent of adherence to such guidelines. 6. Only Senior Citizens/ Parents Entitled To Prefer Appeal Against Order Of Tribunal Under Senior Citizen Act 2007: Madras High Court [K. Raju v. Union of India & Ors.] A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy held that only senior citizens/ parents are entitled to file an appeal against an order passed by the Tribunal under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act, 2007. Holding thus, it dismissed a petition seeking a declaration that any aggrieved party to an order passed under the Act can file an appeal under Section 16. It observed, “When the clear words of a statute do not permit any other meaning or interpretation, particularly when it pertains to a right of appeal, additional words cannot be read into the provision to discover a right in favour of a class of persons excluded by necessary implication in the appellate provision.” 7. Religious Processions Should Spread Positivity/Brotherhood & In No Manner Should Cause Any Communal Disturbance: Madras High Court [M. Thangaraj (Ex. MC) v. District Collector, Dindigul & Ors.] While allowing the general public including the Petitioner to follow the ritual of taking a procession around the temple (Girivalam), a Bench of Justice R. Hemalatha observed that all the Religious processions should spread positivity and brotherhood and in no manner should be a cause for any communal disturbance. 8. Madras High Court Issues Notice On Plea Challenging Appointment Of Retd. Justice S. Baskaran As Chairperson Of State Human Rights Commission [Logeshwar v. State of Tamil Nadu & Ors.] A Division bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy issued notice on a petition challenging appointment of retired High Court Judge, Justice S Baskaran, as the Chairperson of the Tamil Nadu State Human Rights Commission. It was the Petitioner’s case that Justice Baskaran’s appointment as the Chairperson of TN Human Rights Commission is violative of Article 14 (right to equality) and 16 (equality of opportunity in matters of public employment) of the Constitution. He further contended that the appointment compromises the dictum of the Supreme Court in Rojer Mathew v. South Indian Bank, (2020) 6 SCC 1, with regard to safeguards to ensure the independence of occupants of such offices. 9. Arbitration Court Not Empowered To Embark On Fact-Finding Exercise While Deciding Application For Setting Aside Arbitral Award: Madras High Court [Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. v. Banu Constructions & Anr.] “While it is not necessary for an arbitral award to justify every paisa or a rupee awarded to the claimant, the broad premise on which the quantum is founded has to be discernible from award itself for the award to be meaningful or even intelligible in legal terms,” observed a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy. It slammed an Arbitration Court for upholding an unreasoned arbitral award and exceeding its jurisdiction in supplementing that award with reasons. 10. State Has To Compensate Unforeseen Death Or Injury In Govt Hospital Even If There Is No Medical Negligence : Madras High Court [Tamil Selvi v. State of Tamil Nadu & Ors.] A single bench of Justice GR Swaminathan directed the State of Tamil Nadu to provide a compensation of Rs. 5 lacs to a Dalit Petitioner whose daughter had died as a result of complications that arose after administration of anesthesia in a government hospital. It held that, even though there was no medical negligence on behalf of the anesthetist, there exists an obligation on the part of the government to disburse ex-gratia to the affected party if the patient was admitted to a government hospital and suffered an injury or death which is not anticipated to occur in the normal course of events. Orissa High Court 1. Death Of 800 Olive Ridley Sea Turtles In Odisha: Orissa High Court Registers Suo Moto PIL [In Re : Olive Ridley Turtles] A Bench of Chief Justice Dr. S. Muralidhar and Justice B. P. Routray registered suo-moto PIL, taking into cognizance Down to Earth Magazine’s report on the death of around 800 Olive Ridley sea turtles. It issued notices to the Government of Odisha, among others, to apprise the Court of the steps taken to deal with the crisis on an urgent basis. Latest Update: Death Of 800 Olive Ridley Sea Turtles: Orissa High Court Constitutes Panel To Study The Cause Of Deaths, Give Suggestions For Their Protection Patna High Court 1. Creating Separate Unit For Transgender Police Personnel Give Them ‘Respectful Representation’: Bihar Govt. Submits To Patna HC [Pallabi Chakraborty v. State of West Bengal & Ors.] Stressing that Government is sincere to give ‘respectful representation’ to people belonging to Transgender Community, the Bihar Government recently submitted before a Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. Kumar that it is going to create a separate unit of Transgender Police Personnel named as Special Unit (Transgender) at the District Level under the District SP. Punjab & Haryana High Court 1. ‘Forum Shopping’: Punjab & Haryana High Court Imposes Cost For Filing Writ Against Order Of State Consumer Commission Instead Of Approaching NCDRC [Gurjeet Singh Johar & Anr. v. Union of India & Ors.] “One of the biggest evils faced by the Judiciary is ‘forum shopping'” observed a Single Bench of Justice Anil Kshetarpal while imposing cost of Rs. 2 lakh on a writ petitioner, for circumventing the alternate remedy available under the Consumer Protection Act. The Court made it clear that a State Commission has the power to proceed under Section 27, if the order passed in the complaint has not been complied with. It further held that the appropriate remedy against an order under Section 27 of the Act would be to approach the National Commission under Section 27A. 2. P&H High Court Questions Punjab Govt Policy Allowing Regularization Of Unauthorized Constructions In Violation Of PAPR Act [Mohinder Pal Singh v. State Of Punjab & Ors.] A division bench consisting of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh took note of regularisation of illegal colonies in violation of Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA), 1995. “Whether the policy promulgated by State Government in the year 2018 under which number of persons have taken benefit is sustainable under the provisions of Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995. In such situation, a question would arise if such a policy is permitted to be notified from time to time would it not be advisable to repeal the Act known as Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995 as the policies defeat the purpose of the Act,” the Court said while seeking the State’s response. 3. High Court Seeks Details Of All Pending Cases Against MPs/MLAs in States Of Punjab, Haryana & U.T. Chandigarh [Court on its own motion v. State of Punjab & Ors.] A Bench of Justice Rajan Gupta and Justice Karamjit Singh sought information of all the cases pending against the MPs/MLAs (sitting or erstwhile) in the States of Punjab, Haryana & UT Chandigarh. The Court has directed an Officer of the rank of Inspector General of Police to be present on the next date of hearing to furnish the requisite information. Significantly, a similar direction was also issued to District Judges of Punjab, Haryana & U.T. Chandigarh to furnish details of such cases and to ensure their speedy disposal thereof. 4. “Celebrities Should Be Careful In Using Terms Which Can Be Misinterpreted”: P&H HC Grants Protection To Yuvraj Singh In Alleged Casteist Remarks Case [Yuvraj Singh v. State of Haryana & Anr.] While issuing notice to the Haryana Government, a Bench of Justice Amol Rattan Singh granted interim protection against coercive action to Cricketer Yuvraj Singh in a case registered against him for his alleged casteist remarks against another cricketer during an Instagram chat last year. It was hearing Singh’s plea seeking quashing of the FIR registered against him in connection with this case and remarked, “…Every person, and ‘celebrities’ in particular, should be careful in the usage of any term which can be misinterpreted.” 5. Dalit Labour Activist Nodeep Kaur Granted Bail By Punjab & Haryana High Court [Naudeep Kaur v. State of Haryana] A Bench of Justice Avneesh Jhingan granted Bail To Dalit Labour Activist Nodeep Kaur in the third FIR Registered against her. The order was passed in a Bail Plea and a Suo Moto registered in connection with her matter (both matters heard together). However, with regard to allegations of her illegal detention, the matter will continue to be heard by the Court. Significantly, the Bench observed, “It would be appropriate to say that the right to peaceful protest is circumscribed by a thin line. The crossing of line may change the colour of protest. It would be subject matter of trial as to whether the line for peaceful protest was crossed in the alleged incident or not.” Rajasthan High Court 1. Rajasthan High Court Asks State To Consider Representation For Inclusion Of Persons With Hearing Impairment Under PwD Act [Kaushalya v. State of Rajasthan & Ors.] A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Satish Kumar Sharma dismissed a writ petition seeking a direction to the State Government to include persons with locomotive disabilities and/or hearing impairment under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. It however asked the Government to review its policy in light of a notification issued by Union of India on January 4, 2021. 2. Jaipur Blasts Case- Rajasthan HC Expresses Surprise At Police Arresting An Accused Soon After His Release From 12 Yrs Custody & Acquittal In 8 Other Similar Cases [Shahbaz Ahmad v. State of Rajasthan] The High Court was shocked to learn that Shahbaz Ahmad(48), who has been under custody since 2008, was arrested again in a case related to Jaipur blasts, although he was found innocent in 8 other similar cases registered in relation to the blasts. It is indeed surprising that when the petitioner was languishing in jail(I am using the term “languishing” because petitioner remained in custody for twelve years and ultimately found not guilty in all these cases) as to why the petitioner was not arrested in this case when he remained in custody for twelve years”, a single bench of Justice Pankaj Bhandari observed while granting him bail in the case. Uttarakhand High Court 1. ‘Irrevocable Loss Would Be Caused To Environment & Elephant Population’: Uttarakhand High Court Stays Order De-Notifying Shivalik Elephant Reserve [Reena Paul v. State of Uttarakhand & Ors.] A Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Manoj Kumar Tiwari held that if the proposed area of the Shivalik Elephant Reserve is diverted for expansion of Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport, irrevocable loss would be caused, both to environment, and to the elephant population. Recording this prima facie finding, it stayed the operation of a Govt order de-notifying the Shivalik Elephant Reserve Area.Next Storylast_img read more

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Another day of tornadoes, severe weather in store from Texas to NY

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — After 19 reported tornadoes across five states on Tuesday, another day for severe weather is in the offing on Wednesday.In the last 12 days, the U.S. has had 352 reported tornadoes in 22 states from California to New Jersey. In fact, this May has been the most active month for tornadoes since April 2011, when there were more than 800 reported tornadoes. Unfortunately, more severe weather is forecast Wednesday from Texas to New York, including tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail.The biggest threat for tornadoes Wednesday will be from Texas into southeastern Oklahoma and into western Arkansas. That includes the Dallas metro area.The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will see severe storms again Wednesday — mostly with damaging winds and hail, but an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out. Major cities in the Northeast that will see these damaging storms include New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.More heavy rain is expected with these storms, which could bring flash flooding from Texas all the way to New Jersey.In the next 24 to 36 hours, as much as 6 inches of rain could fall, especially from northern Texas into eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. These areas are dealing with historic flooding and cannot take any more rain. Historic flooding will continue for the Arkansas River because of the coming rain.Finally, there is some good news. It looks like Wednesday will be the last big severe weather day.Over the next couple of days the pattern will shift slightly, giving most of the U.S. a break from severe storms and tornadoes. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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MTU Series 8000 Awarded Naval Vessel Rules Certification (Germany)

first_img View post tag: Series The MTU Series 8000 was recently awarded Naval Vessel Rules (NVR) certification by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).The new ABS NVR certification, a requirement for the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) programs, was awarded to Tognum subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH after 1,500 hours of testing of the 20V 8000 that included extensive run times at 110% of the engine’s rated power in a variety of extreme environmental conditions. Additional validation testing was also completed in a commercial marine application, further demonstrating the versatility of the Series 8000, which joins the 8V 396 in the MTU portfolio of engines with ABS NVR certification.Since their introduction in 2000, Series 8000 engines have set the benchmark for modern diesel propulsion plants in the 7200kW to 10,000kW power range. More than 200 engines are sold and 170 units are in operation with a range of international customers, making the Series 8000 the top seller in its performance class.The Series 8000 can be found in passenger ferries, rescue tugs, large displacement yachts, naval auxiliary vessels, patrol vessels, corvettes, frigates, and multi-purpose ships with stringent naval requirements.“The Series 8000 has an outstanding reputation in many naval applications around the world. The reputation is unmatched. Now this award ABS NVR confirms that we are top-notch with our Series 8000 engines,” said Knut Mueller, Vice President Sales Governmental at MTU Friedrichshafen.The American Bureau of Shipping is a classification society, with a mission to promote the security of life, property and the natural environment, primarily through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related structures and equipment.[mappress]Press Release, September 20, 2013; Image: Tognum View post tag: Naval September 20, 2013 Share this article Equipment & technology View post tag: 8000 View post tag: certification View post tag: Navy View post tag: vesselcenter_img View post tag: Rules Back to overview,Home naval-today MTU Series 8000 Awarded Naval Vessel Rules Certification (Germany) MTU Series 8000 Awarded Naval Vessel Rules Certification (Germany) View post tag: MTU View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Awardedlast_img read more

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Overnight Fire Damages Hobby Horse Ice Cream Shop

first_imgAt 2356 hours on 9/15/19, the Ocean City Fire Department was dispatched to 800 Ocean Avenue, the Hobby Horse Ice Cream Shop, for a report of smoke coming from the building.Upon arrival, Deputy Chief 3 reported smoke showing from the rear of the roof.  Upon further investigation, the single-story shop had fire coming from the C and D sides of the roof area of the structure.  Responding to the scene were Engine One, Truck One, Engine Two and Engine Three.  The fire was quickly extinguished by Engine and Truck One personnel.Crews remained on scene until the building was secured and the OCFD fire investigative team completed their initial investigation.  There were no injuries.  As per protocol for a working structure fire, neighboring fire companies Marmora and Margate were alerted.  They responded to Ocean City, but their services were not needed.last_img read more

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The Best Moments Of All Good Music Festival: A Playlist

first_imgEarlier this week, the beloved All Good Music Festival announced their retirement from full scale festival events. The festival was an annual tradition that dated back to 1997, and its demise shows the unfortunate consequences of the so-called “festival bubble.” Still, with nearly 20 years of history and a total of 18 festivals, All Good supported the jam music scene through some of its more difficult times. Though it had many homes over those 18 years, All Good looms large in our hearts.To honor the festival’s legacy, we put together some highlights from years past! Enjoy some of the best jams around, below:-1999: Jeffree Lerner (STS9) joins String Cheese Incident for “Mouna Bowa > Drums”:-2000: moe. heats things up with a scorching set:-2001: Leftover Salmon rocks All Good with “High Five”:-2002: The Bomb Squad get funky on the All Good stage:-2003: Acoustic Syndicate lets loose with a great set:-2004: Dark Star Orchestra keeps ’em Grateful with a classic 1987 Dead show:-2005: Umphrey’s McGee calls on SCI’s Jason Hann and Michael Kang for a fun performance:-2006: GRAB (Mike Gordon, Joe Russo, Trey Anastasio, Marco Benevento) make their All Good debut:-2007: Bob Weir brings Ratdog out to the West Virginia All Good fest:-2008: Widespread Panic welcomes Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Jeff Sipe and more:-2009: Lotus gives Nintendo fans a little “Zelda” loving:-2010: Bob Weir brings his Grateful Dead bandmate, Phil Lesh, to All Good for a Furthur performance-2011: Pretty Lights keeps the late night dance party going strong:-2012: The Allman Brothers Band visit All Good, delivering this “One Way Out” with Roosevelt Collier:-2013: Some full set video action from Papadosio, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams w/ Travelin’ McCourys, and Primus: -2015: Joe Russo returns with Almost Dead, featuring this “Franklin’s Tower” for the ages:last_img read more

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Camp Creek Announces 2019 Lineup: Max Creek, The Z3, West End Blend, More

first_imgJam band titans Max Creek recently announced the revival of their Camp Creek festival, set to go down on August 2nd-4th at Bozrah, CT’s Odetah Camping Resort.On Thursday, Camp Creek detailed their 2019 lineup, headlined by two night’s of host band Max Creek. Camp Creek’s 2019 event will also see performances by The Z3, West End Blend, The Alchemystics, Creamery Station, The Englishtown Project, The Marks Brothers, Depth Quartet, The Kings, and Decisions.Odetah Camping Resort is a private, family-owned camping resort that offers the beauty and serenity of the Connecticut woods, along with a special New England camping experience.The five-piece band—including guitarist Scott Murawski, bassist John Rider, keyboardist Mark Mercier, drummer Bill Carbone, and percussionist Jamemurrell Stanley—recently released their first studio effort in 19 years, 45 & Live, a double-disc release which follows 2000’s Live at the Connecticut Expo Center.Next up for Max Creek is a performance at Pittsfield, MA’s Colonial Theatre on Friday, April 5th, followed by shows at Hartford, CT’s Infinity Music Hall (4/19) and Pawtucket, RI’s The Met (5/10). Creek will also make scheduled festival appearances at StrangeCreek Campout, moe.down, Jerry Jam, and Sterling Stage’s Last Daze of Summer.Head to Camp Creek’s website for ticketing and more information.For a full list of Max Creek’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

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Indiana utility proposes early closure for two units at Petersburg coal plant

first_imgIndiana utility proposes early closure for two units at Petersburg coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Indianapolis Power & Light’s 2019 integrated resource plan will propose the early retirement of 630 MW across two coal-fired units, the procurement of 200 MW of firm capacity and an increase in demand side management programs, the utility said Dec. 9.The plan would continue IPL’s shift away from coal, which made up nearly 80% of the utility’s generation mix in 2007, but only 43% today. After the proposed retirements of the coal-fired units 1 and 2 at the Petersburg plant by 2021 and 2023, respectively, coal would provide less than 30% of IPL’s generation.The Sierra Club, however, said that during the IRP process it will urge IPL to also retire two other, larger coal units at the Petersburg plant that would be kept open under the plan. Retiring those units would eliminate coal-fired power from the portfolio of plants owned by IPL.Petersburg units 3 and 4 have an installed capacity of 547 MW and 531 MW respectively, and a useful economic life through 2042, compared to 2032 and 2034 for the two smaller units at the plant.“While several systematic changes in wholesale power markets are impacting the viability of coal in [the Midcontinent Independent System Operator], Petersburg Units 3 and 4 provide firm, dispatchable capacity. Maintaining those units preserves optionality in the face of great uncertainty over the next five years,” including the outcome of the next federal election, IPL said in a summary of the IRP, which will be officially filed with Indiana regulators on Dec. 16. But IPL plans to “monitor” if the market conditions around Petersburg 3 and 4 support their continued operation and may reevaluate them in its 2022 IRP.IPL is owned by AES Corp., a major battery storage developer, and the utility currently operates a 20-MW battery array at its Harding Street plant, a former coal plant that has been converted to run on natural gas. The IRP envisions storage filling 8% of IPL’s resource mix by 2039. The utility’s current mix is 45% natural gas, 43% coal 8% wind and 4% solar. The IRP projects 47% gas, 28% coal, 11% wind and 15% solar by 2023. [Matthew Bandyk]More: Indianapolis Power & Light announces early retirement for 2 coal units, but NGOs eye bigger targetlast_img read more

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Long Island Voter’s Guide 2016

first_imgPeter King(R, C, REF, TRP)King, 72, of Seaford, is running for his 13th term representing the South Shore of eastern Nassau and western Suffolk counties. As chairman of the subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence and member of the homeland security committee, which he previously chaired, he is regularly seen on TV discussing national security issues. Over the years, he broke with his party to help pass the $50 billion Sandy aid package and to extend the Zadroga Act that provides medical benefits to first responders suffering from illnesses stemming from their work at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.DuWayne Gregory (D, WF, I, WEP)This 47-year-old Amityville resident is an Army veteran and presiding officer of the Democrat-controlled Suffolk County Legislature. He was first elected in a 2008 special election and ran unopposed last year for re-election. During his time in office, he has passed legislation big and small—from creating a gun-offender registry to enabling live webcasting of legislative meetings. If elected to Congress, Gregory said he will work to restore Pell grants to help college students with the cost of tuition, legislation that ensures women are paid the same rate as men and improving veteran services.3RD DISTRICT Jack Martins(R, C, REF)Martins, 49, of Old Westbury, is an ex-Mineola village mayor and three-term New York State Senator representing central Nassau. He is running for the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), whose district spans the North Shore of eastern Queens, Nassau and western Suffolk. In the state Senate, where he chairs the labor committee, Martins opposed the MTA Payroll Tax, sponsored the School Bus Mandate Relief Act and co-sponsored measures to require insurance to cover autism treatments. If elected, he said he favors repealing Obamacare, reducing airplane noise on the North Shore and protecting LI’s waterways.Thomas Suozzi (D)The 54-year-old ex-Glen Cove city mayor, one-time gubernatorial candidate and former two-term Nassau County executive was the first Democrat in decades to hold that title. During his tenure as county exec, Suozzi renovated the county’s capitol building, successfully lobbied for a New York State two-percent property tax cap and got a cap on local Medicaid expenses before he was unseated in ’09 and lost a rematch against his successor in ’13. He later became an attorney in private practice. If elected, he said his priorities include reinvesting in the nation’s infrastructure, improving Obamacare and fighting climate change.4TH DISTRICT 5TH DISTRICT Kenneth LaValle(R,C,I, REF)LaValle, 77, of Port Jefferson, is running for his 21st term representing the East End. He has chaired higher education committee for more than three decades, authored the historic Pine Barrens Preservation Act of 1993 and is credited with getting state money to help Stony Brook University build its new computer science building and a burn unit at SBU’s Medical School.Gregory-John Fischer (D)This 58-year-old Calverton resident is a business consultant and perennial candidate who unsuccessfully ran for Riverhead Town Supervisor, Town Tax Assessor, Riverhead school board and New York State comptroller. If elected, he plans to fight for gender equality, children’s rights, ending political cross-endorsements that deny voters choices and improving the way East End farms get their product to market.2ND DISTRICTJohn Flanagan(R,C,I)Flanagan, 55, of Smithtown, served 16 years in the state Assembly before being elected to the state Senate seat representing the North Shore of central Suffolk. He became majority leader last year. As ex-chairman of the education committee, one of his priorities is the fair distribution of state aid to schools. He took the lead in banning the sale of salvia divinorum, synthetic marijuana and “bath salts,” as well as legislation to help crack down on illegally prescribed painkillers.Peter Magistrale(D)Magistrale, 25, of Saint James, is an accountant making his first run for office. He supports campaign finance reform to allow publicly financed campaigns as a way to combat the influence of wealthy donors in politics. He also backs reforming Common Core as well as investing in renewable energy. If elected, he would encourage the state to ferret out an estimated $2 billion in annual Medicaid fraud and use the savings to make college more affordable.Stephen Ruth(L)This 42-year-old Centereach man who works in real estate is known as the “Red Light Robin Hood.” That’s because he is facing prison time after Suffolk police arrested him repeatedly over the past year for vandalizing right light cameras, which he believes were installed to generate government revenue rather than increase driver safety and should be removed. Among his priorities are ending Common Core and cleaning up public corruption in Albany.3RD DISTRICTTom Croci(R, C, I, REF)Croci, 44, of Sayville, is a freshman state Senator representing central Suffolk’s South Shore, ex-Islip town supervisor and a U.S. Navy reservist twice deployed to Afghanistan. He chairs the committees on ethics as well as veterans, homeland security and military affairs. Bills he’s proposed would make killing a service member first-degree murder, discounting mass-transit fares for veterans and defunding municipalities that don’t turn undocumented immigrants over the federal authorities.John DeVito(D, WF)A Mastic Beach native, DeVito, 25, is a law school student making his first run for elected office. Aside from volunteering as a Democratic committeeman, he has also worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau. If elected, he would work to repeal Common Core, ban outside income for state lawmakers and curb the influence of special interest groups in Albany.Joseph Fritz(WEP)Fritz is a 71-year-old private attorney and Democratic committeeman from Brentwood who has run for various elected offices over the years. He was previously elected to the Brentwood school board. He also served as a hearing officer for the district and Nassau County. If elected to the state Senate, Fritz intends to use the position to bring more resources to communities that have been left out in the past.4TH DISTRICTPhil Boyle(R, C, I, REF)Boyle, 53, of Bay Shore, was a state Assemblyman for 14 years before winning a state Senate seat four years ago. He chairs the commerce, economic development and small business committee. A law he got passed this year allows the adoption of dogs and cats retired from scientific research. He has proposed increasing penalties for the use of automated concert ticket purchasing software and repealing a law mandating tattoo artists use single-use ink packets, driving up costs.John Alberts(D)This 32-year-old North Babylon resident and senior clerk at the Suffolk Board of elections  who challenged Boyle two years ago is not actively campaigning.5TH DISTRICTCarl Marcellino(R,C,I, REF)Marcellino, 73, of Syosset, is running for his 11th full term since winning the seat representing the North Shore of western Suffolk and eastern Nassau in 1995. He was first elected to public service as the Oyster Bay town clerk. He chairs the education committee and co-chairs the transportation committee. Among the latest laws he got passed was one that curtailed light pollution emanating from state-owned buildings and a law banning the use of hands-free cell phone devices for drivers with learners’ permits.James Gaughran(D, WF, WEP)Gaughran, 59, of Northport, is an attorney, Suffolk County Water Authority chairman, former Huntington town councilman and ex-Suffolk legislator. In addition to an unsuccessful run for county comptroller, this is his second bid for state Senate. If elected, he would focus on banning outside income for state lawmakers and prohibiting lawmakers from spending campaign funds on personal expenses. He would also work to focus tax dollars on public schools instead of charter schools and getting rid of Common Core.6TH DISTRICTKemp Hannon(R, C, I, REF, TRP)Hannon, 70, of Garden City, is running for his 16th term representing the state Senate district that includes central-western Nassau. He previously served a dozen years in the state Assembly. A long-serving chair of the health committee, he’s claimed credit for drafting legislation regarding drug-insurance programs for the elderly as well as an assisted living program, plus helping enact Child Health Plus and extending insurance coverage for autism, prostate and breast cancer screenings.Ryan Cronin(D, WF, WEP)This 35-year-old attorney from Garden City is mounting a rematch after unsuccessfully trying to unseat Hannon four years ago. If elected, he’ll work to close the “LLC loophole” that allows wealthy individuals to avoid campaign donation spending caps by hiding behind secretive limited liability corporations. He would also work to pass a bill that would require safe storage for all guns. He also supports eliminating Common Core.7TH DISTRICTAdam Haber(D, WF, WEP)Haber, 49, of East Hills, is a businessman, longtime Roslyn School Board member and former Nassau Interim Finance Authority director. He previously lost bids for Nassau executive and state Senate. He’s running a second time for the seat being vacated by outgoing state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury). He touts his business experience as giving him the credentials need to create jobs and manage budgets. If elected, his priorities include women’s equality, combating corruption in Albany and fighting climate change by switching to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.Elaine Phillips (R, C, I, REF)This 56-year-old Manhasset resident is the mayor of the Village of Flower Hill and a former Wall Street financial analyst. Her priorities include fighting the opioid epidemic by increasing access to drug rehabilitation and fighting gang violence by increasing anti-gang education and giving law enforcement the resources they need to stop the flow of illegal guns from other states, where the majority of firearms used in crime originate. Phillips also has plans to boost tax credits in order to make child care more affordable for middle class families.8TH DISTRICTMichael Venditto(R, C, I, REF, TRP)Venditto, 33, of Massapequa, is a freshman senator representing southeast Nassau and southwest Suffolk. He is an ex-Nassau legislator, former legal counsel to Hempstead Town Board and son of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, who recently pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges. He chairs the consumer protection committee. Laws he got passed include a measure requiring nail salon trainees to register with the state. Among his the bills he’s proposed is one giving the Freeport Armory to the Village of Freeport.John Brooks(D, WF, WEP)This 66-year-old Seaford native is an insurance executive, former risk management director of Nassau and former Seaford school board member. Besides pushing for 10-year term limits for state legislators, his priorities include ending the Nassau guarantee that requires the county to refund tax overpayments that actually went to other municipalities. He also created an Assessment Reform Program to streamline how property tax refunds are handled. If elected, he would also work to tweak the state’s school aid distribution formula to ensure Long Island districts get a fairer share.9TH DISTRICTTodd Kaminsky(D, WF, WEP)Kaminsky, 38, of Long Beach, is a former state Assemblyman and current freshman senator representing the southwestern corner of Nassau who won the seat in a special election this spring. As a former federal prosecutor who replaced ex-State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), who is appealing a corruption conviction, Kaminsky’s priority has been passing ethics reforms to address corruption in Albany. He is also fighting for more state aid for schools, women’s equality and rebuilding after Sandy.Christopher McGrath(R, C, I, REF, TRP)McGrath, 57, of Hewlett Harbor, is a personal-injury attorney running a rematch after losing to Kaminsky this spring. If elected, he would fight for increased penalties for those convicted of DWI and term limits for state legislators. He warns that if Democrats regain the majority of the state Senate, that will mean one-party rule for all branches of state government, resulting in New York City power brokers shortchanging Long Island.Laurence S. Hirsh(G)Hirsh, 56, of Valley Stream, is an accountant who lost a bid for the Nassau legislature last year. If elected, he would propose a one-percent tax on all Wall Street transactions that involve trading on vital commodities. The money made would pay for unfunded mandates, infrastructure improvements and a new rail system from Albany to New York City. He would also push for state legislative term limits and increasing state lawmakers salaries to combat corruption by reducing their reliance on outside income that often breeds conflicts of interest.New York State Assembly1ST DISTRICTFred Thiele, Jr.(D, WF, I, WEP)Thiele, 63, of Sag Harbor, is a lawyer, former Suffolk legislator and ex-Southampton Town supervisor running for his 11th full term representing the district that includes the entire South Fork. The former Republican-turned-Independence Party member who caucuses with Democrats is a strong advocate for land preservation, the environment, public transportation and a cap on property tax hikes. He chairs the small business committee and supports making the state legislature work year-round.Heather Collins(R)This 40-year-old assistant Suffolk Board of Elections clerk from East Quogue unsuccessfully challenged Thiele two years ago. If elected, she would push legislation enacting term limits for state lawmakers, ending Common Core, increasing access to drug rehabilitation to combat the opioid epidemic and providing the elderly with resources to prevent being victims of scams.2ND DISTRICTAnthony Palumbo(R, C, I, REF)This 46-year-old Assemblyman from New Suffolk is running for his third term representing the district that includes the North Fork. The former Suffolk prosecutor was an attorney private practice in a Mattituck law firm before taking office. He sits on the environmental, judiciary and consumer affairs committees. Bills he’s proposed would provide student loan relief, ending the Common Core education system and further limiting the privileges of violent state prison inmates.Michael Conroy(D)Conroy, 57, of Manorville, is a construction worker, union leader and Democratic committeeman. If elected, he would work to end the practice or employers who pay staffers in cash, which he said shortchanges the state out of an estimated $4 billion in taxes annually.3RD DISTRICTDean Murray(R, C ,I, REF)Murray, 52, of East Patchogue, who runs R&S Advertising Inc., won his seat in a 2010 special election, was re-elected once, got unseated four years ago and then recaptured his seat in a ’14 rematch. The district includes the South Shore of the Town of Brookhaven. He sits on the aging, education and small business committees. He proposed a bill that would create a statewide mandatory minimum yellow light duration to address concerns that yellow lights are sometimes shorter on traffic signals that have red light cameras.Gregory Schoen(D)This 30-year-old East Patchogue resident and Suffolk Board of Elections worker isn’t actively campaigning.4TH DISTRICTSteven Englebright(D,I, WFP)Englebright, 71, of Setauket, is running for his 13th term representing the northwest corner of Brookhaven town. Trained as a biologist and geologist, he chairs the environmental committee and has a reputation as a staunch environmentalist on LI by advocating for a state ban on baby bottles made with bisphenol-A (BPA), opposing fracking and supporting renewable energy. He helped Suffolk preserve open space and protect the Pine Barrens.Steven Weissbard(R, C)This 52-year-old Stony Brook resident is an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County who is a first-time candidate. If elected, he would work to pass legislation to boost the economy, such as funding infrastructure upgrades in the district, as well as mental health issues, such as expanding access to drug rehabilitation as a way to combat the opioid epidemic.5TH DISTRICTAlfred Graf(R, C, I, REF)Graf, 56, of Holbrook, is running for his fourth term representing the central-western area of Brookhaven town and northeastern corner of Islip town. He sits on the housing, codes and education committees. The U.S. Navy veteran and retired New York City police officer has written bills dealing with protecting children and victims of domestic violence. He’s initiated a learn-to-work program bringing businesses and local colleges together to help the curriculum better match the needs of the business community.Deborah Slinkosky(D)This 60-year-old former Sachem school board member from Holbrook has been a deputy aide and educational liaison at the state Department of Social Services, where she has provided educational stability and promoted equal opportunity for all school aged children in temporary housing. She is also a civic leader, member of the Islip town youth bureau and a former bank manager. She supports women’s equality, renewable energy and campaign finance reform. She unsuccessfully tried to unseat Graf two years ago.James Smith(L)This 25-year-old U.S. Navy veteran from Lake Grove is a full-time college student and first-time candidate. If elected, he would push legislation enacting campaign finance reform to curb corruption and the influence of wealthy campaign donors in Albany, increasing access to drug rehabilitation to help fight the opioid epidemic and decriminalizing the use of marijuana.DISTRICT 6Phil Ramos(D, WF, I)A 60-year-old retired Suffolk police detective who lives in Bay Shore, Ramos is running for his eighth term representing the district that encompasses the northwest corner of the Town of Islip. He’s pushed legislation to help crack down on illegal guns so they don’t fall into the hands of gangs and backs the Dream Act. In addition to serving on the ways and means, aging, education and local government committees, he was also named deputy majority leader last year.7TH DISTRICTAndrew Garbarino(R, C, I)Garbarino, 32, of Sayville, is a real estate attorney running for his third term representing the South Shore of Islip town and East Patchogue. He sits on the energy, health and environmental conservation committees. He wants to make college more affordable and is pushing for more funding for drug rehabilitation to help combat the opioid epidemic. He also wants to push for unfunded state mandate relief and ethics reform.Nicholas Gambini(D)This 22-year-old Holbrook resident is a pizza delivery driver and recent college graduate making his first run for office. If elected, he would push for legislation enacting ethics and campaign finance reform to address corruption in Albany. He also hopes to making Long Island more affordable. News12 Long Island reported that Gambini is the youngest candidate to ever run for state Assembly.8TH DISTRICTMichael Fitzpatrick(R, C, I, REF)Fitzpatrick, 59, of St. James, is an investment banker running for his eighth term representing a district that includes all of the Town of Smithtown and part of northern Islip town. He previously served 15 years on the Smithtown town board. He sits on the housing, local government and small business committees. Widely considered the most conservative member of the Assembly, his priorities include unfunded mandate relief and fiscal reform.Richard Macellaro(D)This 64-year-old retired home health care administrator from Kings Park is a Democratic committeeman. He founded and ran a community based not-for-profit organization in Brooklyn before he moved to LI two decades ago. He ran unsuccessfully for state Assembly, Smithtown town board and Suffolk legislature in recent years. If elected, he would push for government consolidation to save taxpayers money and also supports unfunded mandate relief.9TH DISTRICTJoseph Saladino(R, C, I, TRP)Saladino, 53, is a former broadcast journalist running for his seventh full term representing the U-shaped district that includes Seaford and Massapequa, Jones Beach, plus the southeastern corner of Babylon town and southwestern corner of Islip town. He was formerly the executive assistant for the Town of Hempstead and director of operations for the Town of Oyster Bay. He sits on the labor, environmental conservation and ways and means committees. He boasts making the striped bass the official state fish.Brendan Cunningham(D)This 23-year-old West Babylon resident is a Babylon town spokesman who previously worked in the town’s industrial development agency. He also interned for the the Humane Society and the re-election campaign of outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington). If elected, he would push for ethics legislation, including campaign finance reform, ending Common Core and increasing access to drug rehabilitation to fight the opioid epidemic.10TH DISTRICTChad Lupinacci(R, C, I, REF)Lupinacci, 37, of Huntington, is a real estate attorney and professor running for his third term representing the western half of Huntington town. This year, he considered running to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), but didn’t pursue the bid. He sits on the transportation, judiciary and higher education committees. As a former South Huntington Union Free School District trustee, his priority is education issues, such as unfunded mandate reform.Edwin Perez (D)This 59-year-old Huntington resident is a Suffolk Board of Elections worker, a member of the Huntington town zoning board of appeals, president of a marketing agency and former director of Suffolk’s Office of Minority Affairs. He is a first-time candidate. If elected, he will work to pass legislation expanding sewers in the district as a way to boost the economy and protect the environment. He also supports a cap on school administrator salaries.DISTRICT 11Kimberly Jean-Pierre(D, WF, I, REF)This 32-year-old freshman lawmaker from Wyandanch represents the district that includes northwestern Babylon town. She previously served as an aide to Suffolk County Legis. DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) and U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) before working at the Town of Babylon’s Industrial Development Agency and leading the Wyandanch Community Resources Center. She sits on the economic development, mental health and banks committees. Her priorities include bringing higher-paying jobs to her constituents, ensuring that her district’s schools get a fair share of aid and championing the rights of minorities.Shawn Cullinane(R)Cullinane, 63, of Lindenhurst, is the clerk-treasurer of the Village of Lindenhurst and former Lindenhurst library board member who unsuccessfully ran for Suffolk legislature and Babylon town board. If elected, he would work to pass legislation that increases penalties for gang-related crimes and add resources to anti-gang education in schools. He would also work to combat the opioid epidemic by increasing the penalties for drug dealers, improving access to drug rehabilitation and adding resources to anti-drug education in schools.12TH DISTRICTAndrew Raia(R,C,I, REF)Raia, 48, of East Northport, is running for his eighth term representing the eastern half of Huntington town, the northeastern corner of Babylon town and the northwestern corner of Islip town. He sits on the banks, health and rules committees. He has pushed legislation creating a database of violent felons, increasing penalties for “Knockout Game” participants and cracking down on animal abuse.Spencer Rumsey(D)This 63-year-old Northport resident is senior editor at the Long Island Press and a longtime journalist who has worked for Newsday, the New York Post and Long Island Jewish World. He is a first-time candidate. If elected, he would work to pass legislation ensuring campaign finance reform, local government consolidation, making college tuition more affordable and investing in sewer infrastructure upgrades.13TH DISTRICTCharles Lavine(D, WEP, WF)Lavine, 67, of Glen Cove, is an attorney running for his sixth term representing the C-shaped northern Nassau district encompassing the coast of the Oyster Bay peninsula. He is a former Glen Cove city councilman. As chair of the ethics committee, he has been pushing for campaign finance reform. His other priorities include women’s equality and making it harder for criminals to purchase illegal guns.Jeffrey Vitale(R, C, REF)This 32-year-old Sea Cliff resident is an Oyster Bay town employee making his first run for office. If elected, he would work to pass legislation enacting campaign finance and other ethics reforms, ending Common Core, creating a public database of violent convicts so the public knows where they live as well as fostering renewable energy initiatives.Jeffery Peress(G)Peress, 44, of Glen Cove, is a custodian and college student who ran for Nassau legislature last year and is seeking a rematch against Lavine, who Peress unsuccessfully challenged two years ago. If elected, he would work to pass legislation to support the use of hemp, hydroelectric, solar, geothermal and wind power. He’d also raise income taxes on individuals making more than $400,000 annually.14TH DISTRICTDavid McDonough(R, C, I, REF, TRP)McDonough, 79, of Merrick, is a U.S. Air Force veteran running for his eighth full term representing the southeastern corner of Nassau from Baldwin Harbor to Levittown. Besides chairing the Assembly Minority Task Force on Public Safety, he sits on the committees on consumer affairs, education and health. His priorities include passing ethics reform legislation and bills combating the opioid epidemic.Michael Reid(D, WF, WEP)This 55-year-old Merrick resident is a paramedic making his first run for office. If elected, he would work to pass legislation enacting early voting, making college more affordable, ending Common Core, campaign finance reform such as banning outside income for lawmakers as well as investing in the sewer system to boost the economy and protect the environment.15TH DISTRICTMichael Montesano(R, C, REF)Montesano, 62, of Glen Head, is running for his fourth full term representing a spaghetti-shaped district that includes Bayville, Syosset, Salisbury, Hicksville and Farmingdale. He’s an attorney, former New York City police detective and has served as Roslyn Harbor village justice and prosecutor. He sits on the codes, corporations, judiciary, labor and ethics committees. Among the bills he’s proposed is one that would provide greater oversight of the Long Island Power Authority.Dr. Dean Hart(D, I, WF, WEP)This 58-year-old optometrist from Glen Head is making his second bid for office after unsuccessfully running for Nassau legislature last year. If elected, he would work to pass legislation enacting term limits for state lawmakers. He made corruption the top issue of his campaign by giving voters toilet paper adorned with the faces of indicted politicians. He also said that he would donate his salary to charity and erect a statue of Billy Joel at Nassau Coliseum.16TH DISTRICTAnthony D’Urso(D, I, WF, WEP)This 76-year-old former North Hempstead town councilman from Port Washington is running for the seat being vacated by outgoing state Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck), whose district includes the Port Washington and Manhasset peninsulas in northwestern Nassau. D’Urso is an Italian immigrant and developer who, if elected, would work to pass legislation banning outside income for state lawmakers and ending Common Core.Matthew Varvaro(R, C, REF)Varvaro, 25, of Port Washington, is first-time candidate and former legislative aide who worked on former Gov. George Pataki’s presidential campaign. If elected, he would work to pass legislation enacting ethics reform, fix Common Core and invest in the sewer system to help both the local economy as well as protect the environment.17TH DISTRICTThomas McKevitt(R, C, I, REF, TRP)McKevitt, 45, of East Meadow, is running for his sixth full term representing central Nassau. The former deputy town attorney for Town of Hempstead also previously worked as an aide to state Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) and ex-U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY). He is Assistant Minority Leader Pro Tempore, the No. 3 rank in the GOP’s Assembly minority, and sits on the codes, consumer affairs and elections committees. His priorities include passing ethics reform and legislation combating the opioid epidemic.Matthew Malin(D, WEP, WF)This 24-year-old Seaford resident is a Nassau Board of Elections clerk who interned for ex-U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) and unsuccessfully ran for Nassau legislature last year. If elected, he would work to pass legislation enacting ethics reform by banning outside income for state lawmakers and passing campaign finance reform by closing the LLC loophole. He also supports women’s equality.DISTRICT 18Earlene Hooper(D, WEP)This 77-year-old Hempstead resident is running for her 15th full term representing the district that includes south-central Nassau. She is the deputy Assembly speaker, making her the highest ranking woman in the state legislature. A social worker by training, she has been an administrator in the state Department of Social Services, Division of Children and Family Services. She touts her support of women’s equality, minorities and small businesses. She has tried for years to pass legislation turning the Freeport Armory over to a community group.Cornelius Todd Smith(R, C, REF)This 47-year-old banker from Lakeview is running a rematch after trying to unseat Hooper two years ago in addition to unsuccessfully running for Nassau legislature and the Malverne school board. If elected, he would use his financial expertise to help manage the state budget better, seek more federal grant funding to assist the community and promote economic development. He supports keeping the Freeport Armory a public facility.19TH DISTRICTEdward Ra(R, C, I, REF, TRP)Ra, 35, of Garden City South, is running for his fourth term representing the central-western Nassau district. He previously served as the deputy town attorney for the Town of Hempstead and a legal aide in the state attorney general’s office. He sits on the codes, education, health and transportation committees. His priorities include combating the opioid epidemic and passing a bill that would increase penalties for those convicted of animal cruelty while committing another crime.Gary Port(D, WEP, WF)Port, 54, of West Hempstead, is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and a partner in the Lynbrook-based law firm of Port & Sava. He once unsuccessfully ran for Hempstead town supervisor and this is his third time running for this Assembly seat. If elected, he would work on passing legislation enacting ethics reform by creating term limits. He would also work to ferret out fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicaid system.DISTRICT 20Anthony Eramo     (D, I, WEP, WF)Eramo is a 42-year-old, two-term Long Beach city councilman running for the seat vacated by ex-state Assemb. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach), whose district includes all of Long Beach Island as well as the southwestern corner of Nassau. Eramo is also a field technician for Verizon, where he is chief shop steward for his union. He touts his experience in helping the city recover from Superstorm Sandy as giving him the credentials needed to bring good jobs and tax deductions to the district.Melissa Miller(R, C, REF, TRP)Miller, 52, of Atlantic Beach, is a stay-at-home mom and noted advocate for children with special needs who is credited with helping lawmakers make the case to legalize medical marijuana. She is a first-time candidate. If elected, she would work to pass legislation to ensure the Compassionate Care Act covers more ailments, is covered by insurance of Medicaid and make the program more affordable.Joseph Naham(G)This 33-year-old Long Beach resident is a solar company worker and Green Party committeeman who unsuccessfully ran for Long Beach city council last year. If elected, he would work to pass legislation converting the state to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, banning political party leaders from holding elected or appointed office, invest further in sewers as well as increase whistle blower protections.21ST DISTRICTBrian Curran(R, C, I, REF)Curran, 47, of Lynbrook, is running for a fourth term representing a sliver of the southwestern corner of Nassau. Before being elected to that seat, he was the assistant village prosecutor of Lynbrook, a Nassau deputy attorney and a former Lynbrook mayor. He’s sits on the aging, banks and ethics committees. He supports requiring lawmakers convicted of crimes to forfeit their pensions and opposes the Dream Act.Travis Bourgeois(D)This 31-year-old Nassau Board of Elections clerk from Merrick is making his first run for office. If elected, he would work to pass legislation reforming Common Core, creating more affordable housing options to stem the Brain Drain and enacting ethics reforms such as requiring lawmakers convicted of crimes to forfeit their pensions.22ND DISTRICTMichaelle Solages(D,I, WE, WF)Solages, 31, of Elmont, is running for her third term representing the central Nassau district that abuts the city line. Before being elected, she was a community activist, freelance photojournalist, paralegal and the supervisor of access services at Hofstra’s Axinn Library. She chairs the subcommittee on child product safety. Her priorities include women’s equality, supporting minority businesses and ensuring the redevelopment of Belmont Park in Elmont fits the community.Robert Bogle(R, C, REF)This 24-year-old Valley Stream is a first-time candidate and law clerk at the Manhattan-based law firm of Goldberg Miller & Rubin. If elected, he would work to pass legislation enacting ethics reforms by creating term limits for state lawmakers as well as reforming Common Core. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island voters will cast their ballots Tuesday picking not only the next president of the United States, but also their Congressional and New York State legislative representatives.The races up for grabs include New York’s U.S. Senate seat, all five members of the U.S. House of Representatives for LI, plus the nine state Senators and 22 members of the state Assembly that represent the region in Albany.What follows is a guide to these candidates. Polls are open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 8. To find your local polling place, contact the Nassau or Suffolk board of elections.Key:C = ConservativeD = DemocratG = GreenI = IndependenceL = LibertarianR = RepublicanTRP = Tax Revolt PartyWEP = Women’s Equality PartyWF = Working Families PartyPresidentHillary Clinton/Timothy Kaine(D, WEP, WF)Clinton, 69, an Illinois native, is making her second run for the White House after losing the 2008 Democratic presidential primary to then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who later appointed her Secretary of State. Prior to serving five years as the nation’s top diplomat until 2013, she was twice elected as the junior U.S. Senator representing New York beginning in 2000. She and her family moved to Westchester after the second term of her husband, former President Bill Clinton. The former First Lady touts her three decades of government experience, beginning when Bill was first elected governor of Arkansas, where she secured funding for rural health clinics, among other initiatives. She favors passing gun safety legislation, addressing student loan debt, criminal justice reform, equal pay for women, a woman’s right to choose and improving the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. If elected, she would be the first female president in American history. Her running mate, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), is the former governor of Virginia. Their campaign slogan is “Stronger Together.”Donald Trump/Michael Pence(R, C)Trump, 70, who was born in Queens, has repeatedly explored running for president over the past three decades, but this year marks the first time he won a major party’s nomination. The billionaire developer has had myriad businesses—beauty pageants, sports ventures and sold a long list of consumer products—before becoming star in 2003 of NBC’s The Apprentice, a reality show in which contestants vied to work for Trump, until the network ended his contract last year. On the campaign, he touts his business experience as giving him the skills needed to boost the economy. He favors making Mexico pay for construction of a wall along the southern border of the US, temporarily banning Mulsims from countries impacted by terrorism from entering the nation and renegotiating trade deals such as NAFTA. He opposes a woman’s right to choose, gun control legislation and supports repealing Obamacare. If elected, he would be both the oldest and the richest president in American history. His running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, previously served a decade in Congress. Their campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again.”Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka(G)Stein, 66, an Illinois native living in Massachusetts, is making her second run for the presidency as the Green Party candidate, after coming in fourth with 0.4 percent of the popular vote in the 2012 elections. She is a retired internist who previously served as a town representative in Lexington, Mass. Over the past 14 years she has also run for Congress, secretary of state for Massachusetts as well as governor of that state twice. Her platform is to end the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels by transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, requiring labels on products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), ending poverty, establishing a single-payer health care system, criminal justice reform and making public college tuition free. If elected, she would be the first female president in American history. Her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, is an international human rights activist. Their campaign slogan is “People, Planet & Peace Over Profit.”Gary Johnson/Bill Weld(L, I)Johnson, 63, a North Dakota native, is a former two-term governor of New Mexico making his second run for the presidency as the Libertarian Party candidate, after coming third in the 2012 elections with 1 percent of the popular vote. He is also running on the Independence Party line. Before he became governor, he led a construction company. After he left office, he advocated for civil rights, launched a Super PAC called Our America Initiative and became CEO of Nevada-based Cannabis Sativa Inc., medical marijuana company. His proposals include implementing term limits for members of Congress, criminal justice reform, creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, legalizing marijuana, cutting wasteful spending and backing a woman’s right to choose. If elected, he would be the first president from New Mexico. His running mate is Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts. Their campaign slogan is “Our Best America Yet.”U.S. SenateCharles Schumer (D, WF, WEP, I)This three-term, Brooklyn-born senior senator representing New York began his career in elected office as an Assemblyman and later a Congressman before he unseated U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY) in 1999. He is expected to become next year the Democratic leader of the U.S. Senate, where he’s hopeful his party will recapture the majority from the GOP. Schumer, 65, who still uses a flip phone and is frequently seen pressing the flesh at local street fairs, is known for holding weekly Sunday news conferences focusing on issues that affect constituents, such as consumer scams, health scares or terrorism threats. His priorities include making college more affordable, investing in infrastructure projects, improving mass transit and securing federal funding for water quality monitoring at beaches.Wendy Long(R, C, REF)This 56-year-old Massachusetts native and litigator from New York City unsuccessfully tried in 2012 to unseat then-freshman U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Before running for office, she was a law clerk for several federal judges, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who she helped found the conservative Judicial Crisis Network. She was also a legal advisor to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and was a spokeswoman for two U.S. Senators. She is running on a platform of repealing Obamacare, cleaning up corruption in government, ending Common Core in schools, cutting taxes and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. If elected, she pledges that she will only run for re-election once and serve no more than two six-year terms.Robin Laverne Wilson (G)Wilson, 42, is a Detroit native currently living in Brooklyn who’s making her first run for elected office. In addition to pursuing her master’s degree in applied theater, she has been community organizer for various progressive groups, including The Opportunity Agenda, the Neighborhoods First Alliance and the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center. She is a believer in using art to make social change. Her platform includes proposals to better protect the environment, transparency in policing, student and mortgage debt relief, universal access to housing and healthcare, ending mass surveillance, gender and LGBTQ equality and legalizing marijuana.Alex Merced (L)Merced, 31, of Brooklyn, is involved in both the Brooklyn and Manhattan chapters of the Libertarian Party. This first-time candidate is also the founder of a Media/Marketing consulting company called Merliva LLC. His policy platform includes fighting for health care reforms that empower consumers and fighting against intervening in international affairs of foreign nations. Merced is pro-life, but does not believe in government prohibition of abortion. He supports LGBTQ equality as well as reforming the criminal justice, welfare, immigration and banking systems. He opposes a federal minimum wage as well as government involvement in the education and housing sectors.U. S. House of Representatives1ST DISTRICTLee Zeldin (R, C, I, REF)This 36-year-old freshman Congressman from Shirley, Iraq War veteran and former two-term New York State Senator represents the East End of LI, plus the Town of Brookhaven, since unseating his Democratic predecessor on his second try two years ago. He serves on the foreign affairs, veterans’ affairs and transportation and infrastructure committees. He is pro-life and supports repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. He opposes gun control and amnesty for undocumented immigrants. He recently passed legislation to help combat the heroin crisis.Anna Throne-Holst(D, WF, WEP)This 56-year-old Sag Harbor resident and ex-Southampton Town Supervisor touts that she cut the town’s debt, uncovered mismanagement of funds and restored the town’s credit rating to the highest- possible status. She helped establish Stony Brook University’s New York State Clean Water and Technology Center, where researchers study nitrogen in Long Island’s water. Before she took office, she co-founded the Hayground School in Bridgehampton, which provides early education to students in need. She is pro-choice, favor gun control and back increasing the accessibility of childhood education.2ND DISTRICTcenter_img Gregory Meeks(D, WEP)Meeks, 63, of St. Albans, is a former New York City prosecutor running for his 10th term. He has represented the 5th District, which includes parts of western Nassau, since the map was redrawn 2013 and has represented southeastern Queens since ‘98. He sits on the financial services and foreign affairs committees. Among the laws he got passed was one that increased consumers protections to better prevent identity theft. Meeks favors raising the minimum wage, enacting gun control legislation and is pro-choice, having voted against the prohibition of late-term abortions in ’03.Mike O’Reilly (R, C)This 58-year-old attorney, ex-airline pilot and former U.S. Marine from Broad Channel is making his first run for office. He supports increasing scrutiny of immigrants, creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and expanding the wall along the nation’s southern border. O’Reilly is opposed to Common Core and wants to make college tuition more affordable. If elected, he plans to fight for term limits for members of Congress and spend more time in the community working with constituents on issues that affect local residents.Frank Francois(G)This 51-year-old insurance specialist from Queens Village is a former Queens Democratic Committeeman making his first run for office. Since his 16-year-old son was an innocent bystander killed in a shooting, he has advocated for ways to reduce gun violence in the community. He also favors the creation of local oversight boards to investigate allegations of police brutality, switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy, free health care for all Americans and decriminalizing the use of marijuana. If elected, he also would focus on improving education, housing and creating more economic opportunities.New York State Senate1ST DISTRICT Kathleen Rice(D, WEP)The 51-year-old freshman Congresswoman from Garden City who represents the southwestern third of Nassau previously served nine years as Nassau County district attorney and once ran for New York State Attorney General. Like her predecessor, retired U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), Rice supports banning assault weapons and universal background checks for gun buyers. She also supports raising the minimum wage, equal pay for women and making college more affordable. The most notable piece of legislation she’s proposed would require automakers to be equipped with anti-DWI technology within 10 years, if passed. She sits on the homeland security committee.David Gurfein (R, C, REF, TRP)Gurfien, 51, of Great Neck, is president of a wellness company and a retired U.S. Marine veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although this is his first run for office, he touts his experience as a congressional liaison for the military as giving him the experience needed. He favors limiting congressional members’ terms to three and fining companies that outsource American jobs overseas. He opposes expanding background checks for gun purchases and closing the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility. He supports limiting domestic surveillance, but only if America military forces destroy enough terrorist groups abroad first.last_img read more

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