These 3 warning signs point to the next stock market crash

first_img By shunning shares, you will miss great opportunities like this. Image source: Getty Images Harvey Jones | Thursday, 27th May, 2021 Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Harvey Jones Our 5 Top Shares for the New “Green Industrial Revolution” These 3 warning signs point to the next stock market crash After the strong recovery of the last year, some investors now fear a stock market crash. Bubbles are blowing up everywhere. Bitcoin, Tesla, GameStop and a weird new asset class called non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have all triggered investor mania. Could shares be next?Stock markets crash from time to time, it’s the price we pay for their superior long-term returns. This is nothing to be afraid of, I feel, as history shows they rebound over time. Here are three indicators that have predicted bubble trouble in the past. Where do they stand today?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Asset prices shoot upPaul Jackson, global head of asset allocation research at Invesco, has looked at 15 historical bubbles and says they follow a broad pattern. Investors get excited by a new opportunity. Prices rise steadily, then skyrocket. The anticipated correction doesn’t come, triggering a final burst of euphoria. Then comes the stock market crash.In a stock market crash, Jackson says share prices double or triple over two to three years, then spike by another 50% in the final months. This is the danger point. But I don’t actually think we’re there yet. Over three years, the world’s fast growing stock market, the S&P 500, has climbed from 2,721 to 4,194, a rise of 54%. Impressive, but not vertiginous. Year-to-date, it’s up a steady 13.3%.Measured over three years, the FTSE 100 has actually fallen from 7,701 to 7,026, a drop of 8.7%. Nothing like a bubble at all. Year-to-date it’s up 8.7%. Again, that’s no bubble.Cheap credit may cause a crashAnother common factor is that credit is easily available, encouraging investors to borrow to invest. Record low interest rates and unprecedented stimulus are definitely a cause for concern. Many now fear this could trigger inflation, which could crash the economy and the stock market.At some point we will pay the price for cheap credit and stimulus, but I don’t think we’re there yet either. It’s not a healthy situation to be in, but nor is it the end of the world.Stock market sceptics are convertedIn the final stage of the bubble, Jackson says even the doubters give up and join in the mania. The herd instinct takes over, triggering a stampede to make quick money. We saw this in the recent Bitcoin crash.We may see it in the next stock market crash too, but again, I don’t think it’s happening yet. Many investors remain sceptical. The euphoria has been confined to other asset classes, like crypto, or localised Reddit-fuelled frenzies such as GameStop.I don’t see a stock market crash yetThe warning signs are there, but they aren’t all flashing red. Many top FTSE 100 stocks are trading at low valuations. As a long-term investor, I’m still investing in today’s market, but drip-feeding money in, rather than paying in large lump sums.There’s another factor common to every bubble. Nobody knows when they will burst. If I hold off because I’m convinced the stock market will crash, the chances are I will never invest, and will lose out as a result. Access this special “Green Industrial Revolution” presentation now Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address It was released in November 2020, and make no mistake:It’s happening.The UK Government’s 10-point plan for a new “Green Industrial Revolution.”PriceWaterhouse Coopers believes this trend will cost £400billion……That’s just here in Britain over the next 10 years.Worldwide, the Green Industrial Revolution could be worth TRILLIONS.It’s why I’m urging all investors to read this special presentation carefully, and learn how you can uncover the 5 companies that we believe are poised to profit from this gargantuan trend ahead!last_img read more

Rugby World Cup 2011: Ireland’s key man – Brian O’Driscoll

first_imgAs O’Driscoll says: “My most difficult period was in 2007‑08. I was named Player of the Six Nations in 2007 – but I had a long lay-off and didn’t play again that season. I came back very heavy and while I got into reasonable shape, that hurt me. I didn’t have it in the 2007 World Cup and never got going throughout 2008.”He certainly had it in 2009, though, and the pundits who had been writing his career obituaries at the turn of the year couldn’t have been more wrong. He scored six tries in eight Tests, led Ireland to a Grand Slam, won the Heineken Cup and starred for the Lions. He may be the wrong side of 30, but he is still going strong with plenty in the tank – hence his decision to sign for a further two years with Leinster and Ireland.“I’d planned maybe finishing after the World Cup this year, but the closer I got to it I was still enjoying my rugby so I didn’t see any reason to quit,” he says. “As long as I enjoy it and feel I still have the capabilities to perform to the level I want to, I’ll continue playing. I still have as much hunger and desire as I ever had, if not more. And I’m thoroughly enjoying my rugby.”Ireland also showed they still have plenty to offer when they beat England on the last day of this year’s Six Nations, so can O’Driscoll weave his magic at the World Cup and put the cherry on the top of the rich and wonderful cake of his career? You can never count him out.This article appeared in Part 1 of our Rugby World Cup Supplement.To get a copy of the supplement contact [email protected] Ireland centre Brian O’Driscoll (L) avoids the tackle from Jonathan Thomas of Wales during the Six Nations International rugby union match between Wales and Ireland at The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on March 12, 2011. AFP PHOTO/IAN KINGTONNOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE/RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images) Brian Gerald O’DriscollAge 32 (21 January 1979)Birthplace DublinPosition CentreWeight 5ft 10inHeight 15stProvince LeinsterIreland caps 112Ireland points 235 (44T, 5DG)O’Driscoll is the Six Nations top try-scorer with 25 to his nameIreland captain Brian O’Driscoll has a plethora of honours but has yet to taste World Cup success. Will things change in 2011?One look at his record confirms why Brian O’Driscoll was voted Player of the Decade for the 2000s by Rugby World readers last year. He is Ireland’s most-capped player, the nation’s most prolific try-scorer, has captained his country more than twice as many times as his nearest rival and in this year’s Six Nations broke the record for the number of championship touchdowns. He has won the Heineken Cup with Leinster, captained the Lions and led Ireland to a first Grand Slam in 61 years. He’s a legend, so what’s his secret?“I always try to improve,” says O’Driscoll. “You should work on your strengths as much as your weaknesses. You’re renowned for some good things – why not make them truly outstanding? Keep chipping away at the things you need to improve but if a player has great feet, brilliant defence or incredible composure, he should look to enhance those skills.”O’Driscoll is guaranteed a place in Irish rugby folklore as arguably their greatest player and captain of all time, but there is an element missing from his glittering career – he has never been a World Cup hero in the same way as Jonny Wilkinson, John Eales and the like.The 2011 World Cup will be O’Driscoll’s fourth and almost certainly his last, so it will be fitting if he and Ireland can shine in New Zealand. O’Driscoll bounced onto the World Cup stage in 1999 with a try against the USA. He was dubbed a “boy wonder” by the media, but Ireland’s campaign ended in a quarter-final play-off defeat by Argentina.By 2003 the emerging talent had blossomed and O’Driscoll was regarded as a brilliant attacking force with a deadly sidestep and vision to match, as well as an outstanding, bone-juddering defender who contributed as much as any back-rower at the breakdown.Ireland headed for the World Cup in Australia hoping to reach the semi-finals. O’Driscoll got on the scoreboard in the last group match, which Ireland lost 17-16 to the hosts. Early in the second half he outfoxed two defenders to touch down by the corner flag. He also dropped a goal and the Irish Independent said: “O’Driscoll strutted his stuff on this Melbourne stage as only he can, his try testimony to the rare talent he is.”That defeat left Ireland facing France in the quarter-finals and O’Driscoll’s two late tries were scant consolation as they lost 43-21. He said: “As I walked off the pitch there was nothing but a numbing sensation of acute disappointment.” Worse was to come at the next World Cup – much worse. Ireland went into France 2007 in red-hot form, tipped as potential champions. But from the outset it all went wrong for the O’Driscoll-led team. Ireland failed to recover their form after struggling to despatch Namibia (32-17) and Georgia (14-10) early on. They had come within a squeak of a Grand Slam earlier that year, but they were never at the races in France and crashed out before the knockout phase. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Or click here if you prefer a digital version of the magazineAnd if you’d like 50% off a subscription to Rugby World Magazine click herelast_img read more

Presiding Bishop’s Christmas Message 2012

first_img TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Posted Dec 13, 2012 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Joseph F Foster says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Thad Day says: Fr. Mark Kowalewski says: Jim Stockton says: Comments navigation Newer comments Doug Desper says: December 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm I have often noticed that many official and recommended communications from our leaders are very plain and clear in language regarding goals of social activism, reimagining the faith, and in the promotion of progressive (otherwise liberal) causes. Bad guys and good guys are clearly noted in language that can’t be mistaken. But, when the opportunity presents to clearly claim Jesus as the singular hope of the world and the promised Saviour I often find that the language is nuanced – and negligent to clearly celebrate Jesus Christ’s unique and superior place in comparison to all other claims. Today, we hear about some “child”. Yes – we get it (most of us). Jesus is hidden in that word “child” (not even with a capital “c” to distinguish this one as unqiue and greater from another child). I do not appreciate such equivocation in a message that goes on at length to describe human experience without once naming the Name of Jesus Christ. Of course, that some are not bothered is also revealing. Call me “old fashioned”, but on Jesus’ birthday we should at least use His Name – after all the PB attached her name clearly at the end. Does Jesus not deserve equal recognition? If we all know who ‘the child” is, why not just sign the letter “Your Presiding Bishop” since we all know who she is too? God forbid – it indeed looks like we are nearly liturgical Unitarians for relying on such cautious, unoffensive tones with such predictable regularity from year to year, and message to message. Coleen Tully says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA December 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm You all are a real mess! Shame on you!Why do you want to argue, smear, denigrate the season of Christmas with your petty bickering? Charles Sacquety says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Advent, Rector Albany, NY Linda Gosling says: December 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm Re the two preceeding comments, you fellows are behind the times. The statement is pretty good for a denimination whose leadership has more confidence in the Wholely Trendy than the Holy Trinity. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Joyce Ann Edmondson says: December 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm Now-now-now-now-now-now-now, gentlemen; temper, temper, temper, temper! Obviously, all this was originally meant to be just a tiny part of a much larger ceremony, a Midnight Mass, say, where Lord Christ was going to get mentioned plenty of other times already, and smart speakers don’t want to come across as one note. I very briefly met Mother Schori when she was here for the Ordination of Bishop Young the June before last here in Knoxville, and I found her piety, powers, and legitimacy to be well beyond even the most sarcastic questioning. And I’ll cheerfully take her Charismas of Healing over the far more Grim Ministrations of, say, Benedict Second-to-Last-Supergrinch-Ever (who I suspect is the real motor behind most of the comments here), and his Forbidden Mystical Spray Can of Mercedes-Benz Color Code #048 (actually originally intended for Steve Jobs and wealthy Arabs, it turns out mostly), and his Dark Disciplinary Notes telling every Catholic in the world to basically just go jump off a cliff somewhere tomorrow – as a big fan of the Pre-trib Rapture, hardly the eventual Sleigh Ride that I’m looking forward to someday!Anyway, Merry, uh, Happy Holidays! (=_=) Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR December 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm iT’S RIGHT THERE . . . .“And rejoice, for a child of the light is born in our midst!” December 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm Yes, I know that it is for the initiated, but there does appear to be some desire to not offend those who feel uncomfortable with mentioning the name of Jesus as the focus of that divine enfleshment. Not once in the letter does the PB mention the name of Jesus. Secularists and atheists have no problem associating the name of Jeus and the witness/testimony to the unique historical act that is the witness of the Gospels, why should a leader in the church? “A child of the light” is way too nebulous. From the preceding statements in the letter that could be anyone who has hope that there is some light at the end of/in the darkness. December 14, 2012 at 12:27 am God’s gift to the whole world, His only begotten Son, was to free us from bondage of devil. To free spiritual bondage was not easy task and Christ had to pay the price by His blood. That is why He is called Christ the savior and every head must bow for gratitude to take His name. Darkness is caused by blindness of our inner eyes due to evil power and light of Jesus Christ empowered thru His victory over death was able to open our inner eyes and be saved by seeing and following Christ’s footsteps. Thru baptism with water and Holy Spirit we become member of “Christ Club”, a part of His body, the Church. The world definitely be peaceful as long everybody believe Him and follow His command. There would be no hunger; wealth would be evenly distributed thru generosity by remembering God’s gift to free our conscience from devil’s power. Merry Christmas to all. December 13, 2012 at 5:24 pm The reference to Jesus IS there…. and at th time this was written, theoriginal hearer did not yet know WHO this Child { Jesus} wa to be named. This was a prophecy made generations before te time of Christ’s birth.And , anyone ho ha ever been to an Episcopal church kows that our approach to Divine Liturgy is far from ” Wholely Trendy”. Anne Ferguson says: Donna Maree says: December 13, 2012 at 10:54 am Let’s try not to be too critical of our sister in Christ. Different approaches work differently with different groups. It was obvious to me she meant the birth of Jesus, especially in her Christmas message. If this same critique was used for John 1: 1-14 we might say it was “lacking.” Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Jesus! “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1: 1-2) Tags Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Presiding Bishop’s Christmas Message 2012 ‘Discover the love of God poured into our world in human form’ Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Joyce Ann Edmondson says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 December 13, 2012 at 6:31 pm Why are some people who can’t stand the Episcopal Church so preoccupied with everything the Episcopal Church does? I really wonder about that. John Morgan says: December 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm I find it fascinating that so many of the comments focus on the lack of the name Jesus. I am an Episcopalian. I changed from Catholicism to the Episcopal faith several years ago. There is a freedom here to have a view that differs from that of your leaders. I believe Jesus should have been mentioned also. However, I have the deepest love and respect for some of the most inclusive and justice oriented leaders and pastors in my church. My Aunt, who was a Catholic nun and a very devote follower of God, supported my decision to make this change of churches. Why is it so frightening that Jesus came for us all? Why isn’t it okay for people to get there when they do, and why is it that we think we have all the answers. None of us have all the answers. Katharine Jefferts Schori is a wonderful presiding bishop who will be retiring soon. A little respect for her would be appreciated.God Bless. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL December 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm Jesus, I really appreciate our PB’s understanding, Jesus, that the child born in Bethlehem, i.e. Jesus, was the prophesied branch, boulder, lamb, stream of living water, and, Jesus, follow that pre-Christian and post-nativity tradition that appreciates that Jesus was and is, Jesus, so much more than…well…just Jesus. How rich our scriptures and traditions for their wide range of expressions that, as broad and deep, Jesus, can barely provide a hint of all that is the Chrld of Light (i.e. Jesus). Jeffrey Sharp says: December 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm One may want until the Feast of the Epiphany to celebrate it but this birth is for the whole world. We have a message to deliver to the whole world. “Peace to people of good will” may well exclude some people – because they exclude themselves. One does not need to be a member of the club to celebrate deliverance from darkness. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Rector Washington, DC John Morgan says: December 29, 2012 at 7:47 am Perhaps some feel that the Episcopal church is also’s everyones duty to hold church leaders to the true word. As a baptized and confirmed Episcopalian I feel cheated and diminished everyday. The Episcopal church is abandoning the truth. Easy belieivism has crept into the church as well as political correctness. Why should people who think that a church they love and respect sit back and see it changed and rolled in the smear of popular world myth. It is not being preoccupied..unless you consider professing the word of Holy Scripture preoccupation. December 14, 2012 at 4:42 pm I’m also a former Catholic who is grateful to have become a member of The Episcopal Church. Just one of the things I am grateful for is this Church’s stand of inclusivity. It is a Church of the Good News, not of the bad news –which it seems that some of the negativistic detractors here wish to embrace and advance. I’m grateful for a living relationship with the “the light that is born in our midst” and for a Presiding Bishop who gives witness to that light. A Blessed Christmas to all! Comments are closed. December 29, 2012 at 7:49 am Thank you Ray! December 14, 2012 at 10:55 am I know it’s for the Episcopal Church, but somewhere the name “Jesus” or “Christ” could be mentioned. Press Release Service December 14, 2012 at 9:57 am Every morning I send out messages about hope and light. Every one of the recipients knows to whom I refer – God of gods, Light of light. And I receive messages daily that they try to treat every person they meet as if God is shining back at them. I am sad that most of these commentators do not know this light. Thank you Bishop for your light among us. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Andy Hook says: Canon Don Muller says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID December 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm I was inspired. Anne Ferguson says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Jim Stockton says: Rector Belleville, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Martinsville, VA May Winters says: Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 December 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm “Child of light is born in our midst”? You mean Jesus? Come on PB, just try it out for once. You might like it! Sarah Beth says: John R Huff Jr says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Press Release Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Bob Van Keuren says: December 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm “Discover the love of God poured into our world in human form,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori says in her Christmas Message 2012.By Ron Kruger (from his book: A Higher Good)“The concept of a Higher Good I experienced is alluded to in all the religions of the world. If you investigate them without prejudice, you find a basic ideal of brotherhood, or “love your neighbor as yourself” within their scriptures.Here are a few examples:“Hurt not others in that which you would find hurtful.”-Buddhism“As you wish that men would do unto you, do so to them.”-Christianity“Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself.”-Baha’i faith“No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.”-Islam“That which is hateful unto you, do not impose on others.”-Judaism“As thou demist thyself, so deem others.”-Sikhism“Regard your neighbor’s gains as your own gain and your neighbor’s loss as yours. Taoism“An ye harm none, do what ye will.”-Wicca“That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself.”-Zoroastrianism“Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you.”-Confucianism“Seems quite odd to me, however, that the gods many religions describe within their scriptures are incapable of this basic principle..” Yes, it does, Ron. Faith is a gift from God, but how we live accordingly is up to us with His grace to help us.During the Advent season, I give thanks to those who live according to what they believe and give the example to others. Comments navigation Newer comments Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Anthony Christiansen says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit a Job Listing Comments (40) Featured Jobs & Calls December 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm I am glad some of you didn’t know the person who wrote my favorite Sunday School song …. This Little Light of Mine …. who knows what we might have ended up singing? In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Shreveport, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel December 14, 2012 at 3:39 am It seems to be a woman’s role to be belittled, put in her place, misunderstood and discounted. Why at Christmas? But then again, wasn’t Mary thought to have been put down by Christ by so many, when actually he was just praising her for doing the will of God (all of her life) and saying that if we do his will, we are ALSO his mothers and brothers (and sisters)?Oh, ye of little faith! Rector Knoxville, TN Julian Malakar says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bruce Green says: Rector Bath, NC David M. Frost says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Jeffrey Sharp says: December 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm She thinks she has to make it sound religiously correct. All inclusive . Ray Williams says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH December 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm Kathleen –The reference to John 1:5 is more correctly: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it”. (NRSV). Jesus is not referred to as the ‘child of the light’, but as the true light itself, and His Life is the light of all people. (vs 4). Some of us who are disturbed at the lack of the use of Jesus’ Name are not rude or disrespectful; we just expect the handling of Scripture and the praise of Jesus Christ to be more mature and specific and a lot less obscure and palatable to any New Age interpretation of Jesus. Rector Hopkinsville, KY December 13, 2012 at 6:19 pm The message from the PB is clear…It is an awareness as to the need for an understanding of basic human rights for all. Nothing wrong with the message but one does expect a mention of CHRIST especially from a PB. As followers of Christ, let us remember that He is our focus. We seem to be distancing ourselves from Him. We are Anglicans, not Unitarians. There really is a difference. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY December 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm To some it may seem to be bickering. But there a silent ignored number of Episcopalians who are Anglican at Heart and not Deists who preach a Humanistic Gospel not Christian message of hope. We are tired of being told to get along with every one and respect others point of view while our views and feelings are ignored. There nothing illiberal as a liberal. December 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm It sounds like to me someone needs to read the beginning of the Gospel of John. It is within context for the season and especially John 1:5 to refer to Jesus as the “child of the light”. I think you should also stop hating on the PB. It seems like every time there is a story posted about her you are rude and disrespectful. Negativity is never helpful. Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Kathleen Bauer says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Doug Desper says: Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA December 13, 2012 at 5:08 pm I love the connections made here between the birth we celebrate and the needs of a world still in need of light. Yet, I think the world needs to hear the message of that child and to meet him; his name is Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us — not only A child of the light but THE child — “God from God, light from light eternal,” the one through whom we become children of light. Working in anticipation of God’s new creation makes sense in light of the one who opened the way for us to join him in God’s mission of repairing the world. Our P.B. gives a wonderful invitation to look for him, but let’s be more direct in our invitation “O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.”Mark+ Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET December 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm Neither would I. December 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm Calm down, gents! It’s a message for the Church, not for the unintiated. If you can’t fill in the blanks, don’t blame the PB. [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “Discover the love of God poured into our world in human form,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori says in her Christmas Message 2012.The following is the text of the presiding bishop’s Christmas Message 2012:Christmas Message 2012The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined. Isaiah 9:2These words were spoken long ago to people living in anxiety, fear, and despair, people feeling bereft of security, safety, and any sense of God’s presence. We hear them early on Christmas, forgetting that they were first spoken hundreds of years before the birth we celebrate. Human beings across this planet still yearn to know that a more gracious and divine reality is active and evident in our lives.The birth we celebrate is meant for this world mired in darkness and fear, yet it also becomes easier to discover in a tiny voice crying in protest over being cold and wet and hungry. We hear that cry in the midst of war’s ravages in Congo and Afghanistan, in the rubble of hurricane and earthquake, in the demeaning of chronic poverty, behind prison bars. That flickering of hope surges as the world turns to investigate this surprising new life, one heart at a time. The light grows as hearts catch fire with the same light that illumines the stars, pulsing hope and new life, even out of black holes.Those who search in dark and despair, in dank dungeon and deep devastation, will find divine light given for the world. Light that will not be put out, so long as any creature remains to receive it, until and beyond the end of time. The darkness will never put it out.The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:5Go and look – and discover the love of God poured into our world in human form. Hope reigns abroad, in the cosmos and in human hearts. And rejoice, for a child of the light is born in our midst!The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts SchoriPresiding Bishop and PrimateThe Episcopal Churchlast_img read more

Apopka’s Biggest stories of 2016: City Commission Seats #3 and #4…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Arrowsmith and Bankson win the night, but are unable to get to 50%Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles published by The Apopka Voice in 2016 that were the most noteworthy events of the year. The Apopka Voice will publish them starting today and running until Friday, December 30th. During the New Year’s weekend (Friday, December 30th – Sunday, January 1st) we will publish a poll and let the readers decide on which story is the most impactful of the year. Originally Published: March 15th, 2016Are you ready for a runoff? How about two?On Election Day, March 15th, 2016, Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith amassed 4,489 votes to lead the way in the Seat #4 election, but with 47% of the votes it was not enough to avoid the runoff with first-time candidate Kyle Becker. Becker had 3,611 votes and 38% of the total. Upstart Young Kim kept both candidates from getting the needed majority by claiming 1,464 votes (15%).In Seat #3, Doug Bankson edged Commissioner Sam Ruth with 3,875 votes (41%) to Ruth’s 3,426 (36%). They are headed to a runoff as well because of a surprising performance by first-time candidate Alice Nolan, who received 2,148 votes (23%).The runoff was held Tuesday, April 12th, 2016.It was also the Florida Presidential Preference election in which Donald Trump won the Republican Primary and Hillary Clinton won the Democratic Primary. Senator Marco Rubio dropped out of the presidential race shortly after the results. Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom 1 COMMENT Reply December 26, 2016 at 8:13 amcenter_img Mama Mia LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSCommissioner Bill ArrowsmithCommissioner Doug Bankson Previous articleApopka’s biggest stories of 2016: Neff arrested for 1st degree murderNext article3 Ways to Use Christmas Leftovers in a Healthy Way Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 I don’t even want to discuss elections at this time……..I am still suffering from Nov. 8, 2016, and NO, I am not going to get over it! I have read so many political articles and commentaries since the election, that even J. K. Rowling is beginning to look like Kellyanne Conway to me. I need political detox treatment…………. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Zacatitos 03 / Campos Leckie Studio

first_img Projects Photographs CopyHouses•Mexico Area:  3800 ft² Area:  3800 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2011 ArchDaily Save this picture!© John Sinal+ 11 Share “COPY” “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Zacatitos 03 / Campos Leckie Studio Architects: Campos Leckie Studio Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeCampos Leckie StudioOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesMexicoPublished on July 10, 2014Cite: “Zacatitos 03 / Campos Leckie Studio” 10 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in SkyPodsShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma EDoorsC.R. LaurenceMonterey Bi-Folding Glass Wall SystemTable LampsLouis PoulsenLamps – Panthella PortableBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersSealantsEffisusMetal Roof Flashing – Stopper MRDropped CeilingsPure + FreeFormLinear Clip-Strip Ceiling SystemUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – CUBEVentilated / Double Skin FacadeULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Nokia LibraryLouversAccoyaAccoya® Wood for Shutters and LouvresSpa / WellnessKlafsGyms & Relaxation RoomsMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2011 Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year:  Mexico Zacatitos 03 / Campos Leckie StudioSave this projectSaveZacatitos 03 / Campos Leckie Studio Houses photographs:  John SinalPhotographs:  John SinalSave this picture!© John SinalRecommended ProductsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornText description provided by the architects. This project is the third of a series of desert dwelling prototypes that comprise an ongoing body of research into off-grid living in a relatively extreme climate. All three research sites are located in the remote community of Los Zacatitos, in Baja California Sur, Mexico.Save this picture!© John SinalZacatitos 03 was designed as a formal expression of the local construction methodology – concrete-reinforced insulation panel system.  The program elements are organized in a linear fashion across the sloping site in response to the orientation sun, direction of local prevailing breezes. Save this picture!© John SinalThe double line of panels was then shifted and laterally accommodate views, maximize ventilation, and protect against solar gain.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow less”Casa Futebol” Proposes a Different Olympic Legacy For Brazil’s StadiumsMiscModern Masters Of Materiality: An Interview With Australia’s Tonkin Zulaikha GreerArticles Sharelast_img read more

Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Apartment Building / Vincent Callebaut Archit…

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Apartment Building / Vincent Callebaut Architectures Contractor: Taiwan (ROC) CopyAbout this officeVincent Callebaut ArchitecturesOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsTaipeiOn FacebookTaiwan (ROC)Published on February 03, 2021Cite: “Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Apartment Building / Vincent Callebaut Architectures” 02 Feb 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?陶朱隐园,垂直森林生态住宅 / Vincent Callebaut Architectures是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ArchDaily Architects: Vincent Callebaut Architectures Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Year:  Local Architect:LKP Design, TaipeiInternational Interior Architect:Wilson & Associates (WA), Los AngelesInternational Landscape Architect:SWA, Sausalito, San FranciscoLocal Landscape Architect:Horizon & Atmosphere (H&A), TaipeiInternational Lighting Designer:L’Observatoire International, New-YorkLocal Lighting Designer:Unolai Design, TaipeiUnolai Design, TaipeiGreen Consultant:Enertek, TaipeiClient:BES Engineering Corporation, TaipeiCity:TaipeiCountry:Taiwan (ROC)More SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesRecommended ProductsCorporate ApplicationsMenuInterior Furniture – Vasakronan Arenan and HQPlastics / FibersRodecaTranslucent Building ElementsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesDNA Concept The main target of « Tao Zhu Yin Yuan » project has been devoted to promoting carbon‐absorbing architecture, in order to decrease the temperature of the Earth. Faced with the crisis of global warming and climate change, it is must be participation of all enterprises in urging the governments to draft incentive programs that world lead to carbon reduction in the sector of industry, transportation and daily life. This project also carries out Fan’s Li philosophy and think of the world as one community. It makes changes that bring benefits to not only ourselves but to neighbor or even the entire world. The architectural concept is to eco‐design an energy selfsufficient building, whose energy is electric, thermal and also alimentary. The “Tao Zhu Yin Yuan” tower is directly inspired of the structure in double helix of the DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid), source of life, dynamism and twinning. Every double helix is represented in the project by two housing units forming a full level. Thus, from its base to the top, the 20 inhabited levels in double helix stretch themselves and twist themselves at 90 degrees.Save this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesSave this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesThe 4 main objectives of this twisting shape are: • Perfectly integrated in the North / South pyramidal profile of the Building Volume defined with the urban setbacks required by the Municiplaity of Taipei. • Generate a maximum of cascades of suspended open‐air gardens, not part of the F.A.R (floor area ratio). Thus, the planted balconies surface area can exceed the limit of the required 10%. • Offer to each inhabitant exceptional panoramic views on the skyline of Taipei by multiplying the transversal views, especially towards the very close Taipei 101 tower. • Generate from a flexible standardized level a progressive geometry with corbels which provides intimacy and confidentiality to each apartment by avoiding the indiscreet vision axes.Every floor is rotated by 4.5 degrees clockwise as the tower moves up, to a total of 90 degrees. When viewed from different angles, the tower transforms into a myriad of forms. The four main profiles of the twisted building are : pyramid, cross, reverse pyramid and ellipse.Save this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesSave this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesAnti-Global Warming and Carbon-Absorbing EcosystemTo implement symbiosis with natural environment, Tao Zhu Yin Yuan covers its open spaces with trees, planting approximately 23,000 trees, shrubs and plants on the ground floor garden, the balconies and terraces of each household. The annual carbon absorption reaches around 130 tons with green coverage at 246%, which is nearly 5 times higher than local regulation, making it a colorful urban forest park in all seasons. In order to increase the volume in absorbing carbon, multiple species of trees with better carbon absorption volume are planted by specialized botanists to contribute to protecting the air quality.The growing plants on balconies provide oxygen, moisture environment, also mitigate the noise from surroundings. The planting, has characters of seasonal changes, provides umbrageous, and fresh air in summer, warmth and ventilation in winter. Furthermore, the tower integrates natural ventilation chimneys filtering the air inside the central core, rainwater recycle, wireless monitor control of LED lighting, fiber optic connection, light guide system and solar/wind power to achieve energy saving and carbon reduction.Save this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesSave this picture!analysis diagramSave this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesTao Zhu Yin Yuan identifies as a forest architecture showing great combination of innovative science, bioclimatic passive systems and pro-active technologies into architecture. The greening system of this project are featuring on its balcony: vertically revolving balcony. The characteristic of revolving balconies is to shape spaces for rich plants and sun‐light on each building layer: – 165 m² of ambient sky garden for each unit – 270 degree panoramic magnificent big vision – 14 big trees planted for each floor – 6600 m² of artistic park retained on ground levelThe circumference of the site is planted with high hedgerows and about 100 arbors grow on the artistic park that both create a lush forest. The base is also shrinked back and setup 5 to 6.5 meters sidewalk with public green space.Save this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesAir Purifier City ForestTao Zhu Yin Yuan presents a pioneer concept of sustainable residential eco‐construction that aims at limiting the ecologic footprint of its inhabitants by researching the right symbiosis between the human being and the Nature. Part of the concept of inhabited and cultivated vertical farm through its own inhabitants, this project of residential tower enables first to design by its avant-gardist architecture a new lifestyle in accordance with the nature and the climate. The architectural concept is thus to ecodesign an air purifier and energy self‐sufficient tower, whose energy is electric, thermal and also alimentary. To combat the problem of air pollution, « Air Purifier Tower » or « Anti-Smog Tower » like tao Zhu Yin Yuan is a building integrating a vertical chimney, in that case the central core with its double skin facade, which extracts air at ground level by heating it in a specially adapted glass greenhouse at the base before letting the air pass through a series of filters and releasing clean air at the top. The heating at the base of the tower is done using solar energy.Save this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesHighly Earthquake Resistant & Column Free StructureStructural design found inspiration in the body structure of the skier in the design of the tower. The central core of the tower is the human body. The 5‐meter truss structure above 21F are the two arms. The megacolumns on the two sides are the ski poles. A suspended structural system and a Vierendeel truss system (a set of beams for every two floors) transfer all the weight via the arms (beams) to the body (central core) and then down to the foundation. The result is a one‐of‐a‐kind structural design that combines the science of mechanics and the art of aesthetics.Save this picture!analysis diagramTao Zhu Yin Yuan is of high toughness and highly earthquake resisting, ensuring the sturdiness of the building. Effectively, the tower integrates also a nuclear plant‐grade seismic concept. The design peak ground acceleration is 400 gal. The shock insulation design developed by the companyEPS Inc. (Earthquake protection System) integrated under the basement floors can resist the highest Class 7 earthquake (China Liedu 9, surface acceleration PGA=0.40g) and remains unharmed after the earthquake without ductile fracture. This exceeds the maximum consideration under 2500 years return period for earthquake as specified by Seismic Design Specifications of Ministry of Interior, allowing the strength of the house to last long as the surface of the earth.Save this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesApplying the Taiji concept of the unceasing cycle of life, every floor is rotated by 4.5 degrees to a total of 90 degrees for the entire tower. The scheme also features 270‐degree views, double‐floor design, completely column‐free interior space and columnless odd‐floor perimeters to give exceptional flexibility and freedom in interior planning for each resident. Innovative interior column free design in structure allows you an even wider window view to truly enjoy the beautiful hanging gardens.Save this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesIn addition, the structural design proposes: – Up up construction and ACE up construction. – Backfill and reuse original slurry wall to reduce contraction waste. – Using the Seismic isolation joints around the basement and double glass skin system around the core to create natural ventilation and light guide design.Save this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesVertical Greening developed with Tree DoctorIn addition to landscaping for ground floor, this project also increase the greening place for each balcony to be vertical greening and creating beautiful city skyline. In order to ensure the subsistence of plants in high‐rise residential buildings, we employed sunlight analysis and thermal analysis but also the wind and rain test to simulate the situation of typhoon and heavy rain in Taiwan.Save this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesBesides, the professional « Tree Doctor » Dr. Zhang Fong-Chun from Japan who confirmed the appropriateness of arrangements and selections of all arbors and shrubs for this project. The Tree Doctor dedicates herself to the coexistence of nature in the city, using co-exist naturally and right land for the right trees perspective to ensure the health of trees in urban environment. She also introduces micrometeorology elements to fully exert the function of trees and the requirements in landscape. At the same time she conducts fundamental investigations on planting trees to ensure the adaptation of plants in this new vertical forest. In addition, the structural design also considers the loading and the space of covered depth for plants on the balcony. In particular, pipelines allocations, drainage system and stainless steel planter boxes are perfectly integrated in the thickness of the double floors (compound slabs) of the balconies.Save this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesSave this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesBreathing Eco‐Architectural LegacyTao Zhu Yin Yuan is ecoconceived to increase the wellness and the heathlyness of its residents as follows: – HEALTH – Bio-based and recyclable Materials: for interior decoration are environmentally friendly and respect the circular economy. Breathable Parking Space: seismic isolation joints and windows from ground floor introduce direct air into B1F – B4F, permeating the basement with fresh environment. Moreover, the seismic isolation joints and the double wall of the basement are used to create natural ventilation and natural light design for a more comfortably parking space.Save this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures- SUSTAINABILITY – Double glass skin facade: is used around the central core creating natural ventilation that can reduce indoor temperature and decrease the air conditioning consumption. Double‐decks (compound slabs): allows total freedom in arranging the kitchen, baths and bedrooms as well as any future renovations. Maintenance of pipework or interior finishing may be completed without causing any annoyance to the downstairs neighbor. Existing slurry wall around basement: reducing excavation for the foundation earth volume. Solar and Wind power system: supplying electricity use for public spaces, reach annual carbon dioxide reduction to 35 tons. Energy saving: use of regenerative elevators, high‐efficiency air conditioners, LED lighting and water‐saving flush systems. Swimming Pool: integrating reversible heat pump system in B1 Rainwater recycling system: along waterfalls on ground floor feeding water to the garden sprinklers.Save this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesA building should be a song of the earth and co-exist with the environment. A carbon absorbing Vertical Forest building is no doubt the most profound foresight for the buildings of future cities. Tao Zhu Yin Yuan puts fighting global warming into practical action, shows love for the trees and forests, interprets in depth through space and carves the sustainable faith. We hope to improve the world’s effort in fighting against global warming and establish the carbon absorbing culture of the people; we will set out from Taiwan and declare it to the world.Save this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesProject gallerySee allShow lessXi’an Taibai Wushanju Art Hotel / IAPA PTY. LTD.Selected ProjectsRatchut School / Design in MotionSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Song Gao Road & Song Yong Road, Xinyi district, Taipei, Taiwan (ROC)Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Sharecenter_img Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Apartment Building / Vincent Callebaut ArchitecturesSave this projectSaveTao Zhu Yin Yuan Apartment Building / Vincent Callebaut Architectures CopyApartments•Taipei, Taiwan (ROC) 2020 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Taiwan Kumagai Co, Ltd Apartments Save this picture!Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures+ 51Curated by 韩双羽 – HAN Shuangyu Share Projects Area:  42705 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Around 50 journalists arrested in Belarus in space of two days

first_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information News June 2, 2021 Find out more News March 28, 2017 Around 50 journalists arrested in Belarus in space of two days “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentPhotoreportageExiled mediaPredatorsViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalists May 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Belarus May 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” to go further Credit: Sergei Gapon / AFP Receive email alerts News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentPhotoreportageExiled mediaPredatorsViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalists Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a major crackdown on reporters in Belarus – where at least 49 journalists and bloggers were arrested while covering nationwide protests last weekend and at least five have been given jail sentences – and urges the international community to hold the government to account.The arrests on 25 and 26 March have brought the total number of arrests of reporters to around 100 since 10 March, in what is a sharp increase in the scale of the repressive methods being deployed by the authorities in response to a massive wave of anti-government protests.Five journalists were given prison sentences yesterday on charges of hooliganism and participating in unauthorized demonstrations. Like the protests themselves, the crackdown has had no precedent since 2011.“This brutal and systematic police harassment constitutes a blatant violation of media freedom and the Belarusian public’s right to information,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“We urge the international community to put pressure on the government to immediately release these journalists, who have been arrested just for doing their job, to drop all charges against them and to respect media freedom. These massive abuses underscore the urgent need to strictly condition any rapprochement with Belarus on respect for human rights.”Mass arrestsLast Saturday will be remembered as a black day for media freedom in Belarus. The demonstration that the Belarusian opposition traditionally holds every year on 25 March, the anniversary of the country’s independence in 1918, gained special significance this year because of the current wave of protests.The police used force to disperse the protests throughout the country and arrested hundreds of demonstrators. The Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ), an RSF partner, said at least 26 journalists were arrested in Minsk, four in the southeastern city of Homyel and three in the northeastern city of Vitsebsk Volha Davydava, Ihar Ilyashyn, Katsiaryna Bakhvalava, Volha Morva and British reporter Filip Warwick were beaten by police while covering the demonstration in Minsk.More arrests took place during the next day’s smaller demonstrations. At least 16 journalists were arrested Minsk, Vitsebsk, Babruysk, Brest, Homyel and Orsha.Jailed for doing their jobA court in Minsk yesterday sentenced Alyaksandr Barazenka – a reporter for Belsat TV, a Belarusian exile TV station based in neighbouring Poland – to 15 days in prison on a charge of hooliganism.The court accepted the testimony of a policeman, although video filmed by Barazenka at the time of his arrest on 25 March while covering a demonstration clearly showed that he was just doing his job and that he had identified himself as a journalist.After spending the weekend in police custody, Dzianis Ivashyn, the editor of the InformNapalm news website, was sentenced yesterday to five days in prison for “participating in an unauthorized demonstration.”BAJ members Kanstantsin Mardvintsau and Leanid Svetsik were sentenced in Vitsebsk yesterday to 15 days in prison for “participating in an unauthorized demonstration,” while Artsyom Sizintsau, the local correspondent for Radio Racyja, was sentenced to ten days in prison on the same charge.The unusually large demonstrations have been taking place in Belarus since late February in protest against a new tax on “social parasitism” applicable to anyone working for less than six months a year.President Lukashenko suspended the tax on 9 March but ordered the interior ministry to take “extremely severe measures” against the protest movement’s “instigators” and to restore “perfect order.” The police immediately began dispersing the protests with much more force and the authorities are now accusing “foreign secret services” of trying to destabilize the government.Belarus is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index.last_img read more

Winter storm hits Southeast as Texas prepares for second storm

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A winter storm is on the move and bringing heavy snow from Arkansas to North Carolina Friday morning.Already, up to 7 inches of snow have been recorded in Arkansas, where roads were treacherous overnight.The same storm is now in the Southeast, and a winter storm warning has been issued for Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Southern Virginia.A snow day was declared for the Asheville metro area Friday due to the heavy snow accumulating on the roads, making it dangerous to drive.The snow will continue through out the day in the higher elevations of the Southeast, where up to 10 inches of snow may fall.Meanwhile, a new storm system is moving into the West Coast Friday morning. Up to a foot of snow could fall in the area.This same storm will move east and south, bringing snow to Colorado on Saturday and New Mexico and Texas on Sunday.Summer-like thunderstorms are expected along the Texas Gulf Coast on Sunday as a consequence of the storm.This weekend, one foot of snow may fall in New Mexico and more than 6 inches may fall in Texas.The Dallas-Fort Worth metro area may see rain and snow by Sunday.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Serena Williams cruises to Wimbledon final on the hunt for historic Grand Slam win

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailShi Tang/Getty Images(LONDON) — Serena Williams cruised her way to the Wimbledon finals in a semifinal match that lasted just under an hour.In a post-match interview on ESPN, the tennis icon credited her dominant performances in recent matches to feeling good after struggling through an injury this spring.Now, she said, “I can do what I do best.”“I love what I do and I’m still pretty good at what I do, I guess,” Williams added.Williams is set to face Simona Halep of Romania in the Wimbledon final on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. ET. It will be Williams’ 32nd grand slam final appearance and 11th Wimbledon final.Should she win, she will be making history. A 24th Grand Slam title would match Margaret Court’s all-time record.Williams has been on the prowl for the historic title since the 2017 Australian Open, which she won shortly after learning she was pregnant.This will be her third Grand Slam final appearance since she returned to courts from giving birth.The Wimbledon final comes shortly after Harper’s Bazaar published an essay by Williams in which she detailed her feelings after last year’s contentious U.S. Open final against Naomi Osaka, which she said led her to seek therapy.“As for me, I felt defeated and disrespected by a sport that I love — one that I had dedicated my life to and that my family truly changed, not because we were welcomed, but because we wouldn’t stop winning,” she wrote.The 37-year-old American made her way to the Wimbledon final by beating Czech player Barbora Strýcová in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, including four aces.Her competition, Halep, similarly dominated her way to the final, beating Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in straight sets 6-1, 6-3. Halep had previously beaten teen Wimbledon phenom Coco Gauff in straight sets.The two have played each other several times, most recently in January at the Australian Open, where Williams beat Halep 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.“She’s tough,” Williams said in the post-match interview, acknowledging her strong performance against Svitolina earlier Thursday and noting they “always have tough matches” when they face each other.“I look forward to it,” Williams said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. July 11, 2019 /Sports News – National Serena Williams cruises to Wimbledon final on the hunt for historic Grand Slam win Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Coronavirus Update: Southern District Closes Evansville Courthouse To Public

first_imgThe latest: Updated 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has ordered the closure of the Evansville federal courthouse to the public starting at 5 p.m. CDT Wednesday.Earlier Wednesday, the court ordered the closures of the courthouses in Indianapolis, Terre Haute and New Albany due to the ongoing risk posed by the coronavirus. The latest order, signed by Southern Indiana District Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson, is meant to protect the general public, court personnel and the administration of justice.Anyone who does not have access to the court’s electronic filing system should mail all filings to the Southern Indiana District Court and Southern Indiana Bankruptcy Court.In her earlier order issued Wednesday, Magnus-Stinson said because of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the courts had to be closed to protect the public, court personnel and the administration of justice.The federal courthouses in Indianapolis, Terre Haute and New Albany were closed at noon.However, the order stated the court will continue to conduct all necessary hearings and other proceedings as deemed proper. Necessary witnesses will be allowed to participate upon notice from counsel.Court interpreters are still being admitted and may continue to enter court locations for scheduled proceedings. Also, in a press release, the court said the U.S. Probation Office will continue to monitor and enforce court-ordered conditions of release throughout the Southern Indiana District.The court said it continues to work closely with the United States Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Indiana Federal Community Defenders Inc. and other agencies to ensure criminal defendants are detained or released as appropriate in each case, and that federal warrants are served as ordered by the court.Like its Southern District sister, the Indiana Northern District Court noted in an order that it is not possible to summon a pool of potential jurors and conduct a jury trial without exposing potential jurors, counsel and others to COVID-19.The Northern District thus ordered that all plea colloquies and sentencing hearings in criminal proceedings scheduled to begin before May 1 be continued. Those hearings will be rescheduled to a date after May 1, with case-by-case exceptions from the assigned district or magistrate judge.Grand juries will continue to meet during the week of March 16, but grand juries thereafter will be continued until the week beginning April 13.“To the extent criminal proceedings may be conducted via phone or videoconference, in-person proceedings will be converted to telephonic or videoconference proceedings by the assigned District or Magistrate Judge after consultation with counsel,” the order says.Delays in criminal trials and other criminal matters caused by the continuances implemented by the order will be excluded under the Speedy Trial Act pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(A).Additionally, all in-person civil court proceedings will be converted to telephonic or videoconference proceedings. Case-by-case exceptions to conduct nonjury, in-person proceedings will also be at the discretion of the assigned district or magistrate judge after consultation with counsel.Meanwhile, the Lafayette District Court Clerk’s Office has closed. Those seeking assistance can call 219-852-6500 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.In Allen County, all nonessential criminal hearings will be canceled during through April 13.“The most solemn duty we have in the courts is to serve the public, whether by delivering justice or by taking the steps we are announcing today,” Allen Superior Chief Judge Andrea R. Trevino, also the administrative judge of the Family Relations Division, said in a Wednesday news release announcing an emergency operations plan. “The most prudent thing we can do right now to protect and serve is to dramatically reduce the number of people required to come to the courthouse.”The Indiana Supreme Court granted the northeastern Indiana county’s petition for emergency flexibility in response to COVID-19. But, the courts noted, “(n)o Allen County court functions will cease entirely for the time being.”In the Allen County Criminal Division, bench trials will remain an option for defendants who request them.Sentencings and guilty pleas will continue as scheduled. But for any in-person criminal court proceedings except sentencings, courtrooms will be limited to litigants, attorneys, staff and media.Initial hearings, omnibus, trial settings and bond hearings will all occur via video. Fort Wayne City Court hearings will not be held this week.Criminal Division services, including in-house classes and support groups, are suspended for two to three weeks. Additionally, social distancing procedures are in place for group client intake appointments.For lower-risk clients who are in full compliance with the terms of supervision, case management appointments will be conducted via telephone until further notice.In the Allen County Civil Division, no jury trials are currently scheduled before mid-May. For trials set for after mid-May, judges will enter orders on the use of juries in individual cases. No jury trials will be held while the COVID-19 crisis continues.Small claims participants and attorneys may arrange for remote appearances via phone. Mortgage foreclosure hearings have already been moved to telephonic appearances. Further questions regarding small claims cases can be directed to [email protected], litigants in civil cases scheduled in the courthouse may arrange for telephonic appearances. The court is issuing orders regarding appearances and procedures in each case.Eviction proceedings are temporarily stayed and will be rescheduled. The court will hold a weekly review to determine when to lift the stay.Tenants in pending eviction cases must keep their landlords and the court updated with their current address, phone number and email address and should continue paying rent during the stay. However, landlords do not waive their right to request an eviction by accepting a payment.If a tenant voluntarily vacates a residence, he or she must notify the landlord and the court and must return the keys.Civil mediation may be conducted via telephone or video conference as directed by the assigned mediator.Additionally, probate and guardianship hearings will move to remote appearances when possible. High-risk populations are often involved in these proceedings, the courts said, so reducing the number of participants at the courthouse is important. Strict social distancing will be implemented for in-person court appearances.The Courthouse Annex is open to accept petitions for protection orders, which can also be electronically filed. Protection order trials are being reviewed and rescheduled to reduce the number of people at the annex at the same time. Cases involving people living in the same residence and those involving parental contact with children will be made a priority.In all civil buildings, social distancing measures will be enacted and enforced.For the Allen County Family Division, nonessential hearings are continued until further notice. That includes periodic reviews, permanency hearings, requests for travel, and children in need of services and termination of parental rights fact-findings, as well as all other hearings not directly related to the safety and protection of children.Essential hearings – removal of children from parents, guardians or custodians; requests for placement in a more restrictive environment; protection orders; preliminary inquiries; hearings on medical procedures; Family Recovery Court; and others required by the court – will proceed as the court schedule permits and in accordance with statutory deadlines.Finally, in the Allen County Juvenile Center, nonessential hearings in Family/IV-D Court are continued for a minimum of 30 days. Pleadings alleging emergency circumstances will be reviewed and scheduled accordingly.Proceedings such as case management and pretrial conferences that can be conducted telephonically will be held as scheduled. Additionally, warrant cases involving adults at the Allen County Jail will be conducted via video as scheduled. Protection order cases will also be scheduled as normal, with hearings held within 30 days.For probation/juvenile proceedings, many nonessential proceedings will be delayed for at least 30 days. Essential hearings will proceed as scheduled, with social distancing measures enacted and enforced for court check-ins and waiting areas.At the Juvenile Detention Center, family visitations and volunteers will not be permitted until further notice. Attorneys will be permitted to visit juvenile detainees, but they must follow sanitation and social distancing guidelines.“Our website and the orders we will issue in specific cases will be the best, most up-to-date information regarding procedure as we move forward in these unprecedented times. The public should be assured that our actions are taken with a grave sense of responsibility to the rule of law, and in keeping with the best interests of the health of our citizenry,” Allen Superior Criminal Administrative Judge Frances C. Gull and Civil Administrative Judge Craig J. Bobay said in a statement.Per the emergency order, the Allen County courts must provide a status update to the Indiana Supreme Court on April 10. The courts will determine then if a continuation of emergency operations is necessary.For further details on Circuit Court operational changes, represented litigants should contact their attorneys and pro se litigants should contact the court.For continuing updates on the status of court operations, visit over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, the LSAT has been canceled for March and the April test date is in question.The Law School Admission Council sent a letter this week to all those who had registered to take the March exam, notifying them of the decision to cancel. To ease the impact, all the March registrants in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been automatically registered for the April 25 exam.However, the LSAC pointed out that since the severity and duration of COVID-19 are unknown, the plans for administering the test in the April and June could change. The council told registrants that it would make a decision on next month’s test no later than April 10.“Cancelling the March test is a difficult step, but we believe it is the most responsible course of action to protect test takers, test center personnel, and the broader community,” the LSAC wrote in its letter to March registrants.The LSAC also said it is “aggressively exploring” alternative ways to administer the LSAT. To protect the health of test-takers and administrators, the council is exploring secure remote-proctored tests and an additional spring/summer administration, among other options.Also, the LSAC is working with law schools that are still accepting applications for the fall 2020 enrollment to push the deadlines for candidates. The council said it is confident “that our admission community will continue to respond to this extraordinary crisis with compassion and agility.”Previously …CourtsIndiana Supreme Court: The state’s high court announced Monday afternoon that attendance at upcoming oral arguments will be limited to attorneys and parties in the case. It also issued an order advising Indiana trial courts statewide to implement all relevant and necessary portions of their continuity of operations plan in conjunction with county emergency and public health authorities.The judicial branch stated Monday afternoon that it is “prioritizing the health and well-being of its employees and the community while ensuring that essential court operations continue,” with Chief Justice Loretta Rush monitoring the situation with guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health.“The Indiana Supreme Court will continue to hold oral arguments (subject to change), review cases, and accept filings — while taking proper measures to reduce exposure of COVID-19,” Rush said in a statement. “We also know our trial court judges across the state are focused on ensuring essential court functions continue while being mindful of the safety of their communities. The Judicial Branch has avenues in place to ensure court operations at all levels continue.”Attendance at Supreme Court oral arguments will now be limited to the attorneys and parties in the case, but the public is encouraged to watch the arguments live, online. The Supreme Court Law Library in the Statehouse is closed to the public.In its order advising trial courts statewide, the Indiana Supreme Court ordered Monday that courts implement “all relevant and necessary portions of its continuity of operations plan in conjunction with county emergency and public health authorities.”The order comes after Gov. Eric Holcomb declared a public health emergency earlier this month related to COVID-19 and President Donald Trump declared a national emergency relating to the virus.“Appropriate public health responses to the COVID-19 outbreak will likely require limiting trial court operations and inhibit litigants’ and courts’ ability to comply with statutory deadlines and rules of procedure applicable in courts of this state,” Rush wrote in the Monday order. Trial courts are now directed to utilize Indiana Office of Court Services assistance to prepare appropriate emergency local plans to protect the health of court personnel, court users and the public through enhanced social distancing, the order says.Additionally, trial courts should consider whether local needs warrant petitioning for emergency measures under Indiana Administrative Rule 17, including:Tolling for a limited time all laws, rules, and procedures setting time limits for speedy trials in criminal and juvenile proceedings, public health, mental health, and appellate matters; all judgments, support and other orders; and in all other civil and criminal matters before all Indiana trial courtsSuspending and/or rescheduling criminal and civil jury trials for a limited time, subject in criminal cases to the constitutional right to a speedy trial and the constitutional protection against double jeopardySuspending new juror orientations, extending existing jury panels and/or postponing jury service to a later date for jurors who are ill, caring for someone who is ill or in a high-risk categoryContinuing and/or rescheduling non-essential hearings, excluding emergency matters, domestic violence hearings and evidentiary hearings in criminal casesUsing telephonic or video technology in lieu of in-person appearances, unless a litigant’s due process rights would be violatedFlexibility allowing judges to exercise general jurisdiction over cases in each other’s courtsIssuing summonses in lieu of bench warrants or notices of failure to appearConsidering the existence of flu or flu-like symptoms in any attorney, self-represented litigant or witness expected to testify; exposure of such individuals to anyone who has or may have COVID-19; or status of such individuals in a high-risk category as constituting “good cause” to either appear remotely or continue a court setting, to the extent possible without violating statutory or constitutional rights.Allowing any attorney wishing to appear remotely for any status conference or non-evidentiary hearing without further leave of court upon filing a “Notice of Remote Appearance” in the court in which the matter will be heardSubject to applicable constitutional limitations, limiting spectators in courtrooms to the extent necessary to provide adequate social distancingFor trial court clerks, making drop boxes available for conventionally filed documents.Posting signage at all public entry points to judicial facilities advising individuals not to enter the building if they have been exposed to or have tested positive for the virus, if they are exhibiting symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, if they have traveled domestically to areas with widespread community transmission, or if they have visited or come into contact with a person who has visited China, Iran, South Korea, Europe or any high-risk country in the last 14 daysAllowing individuals with legitimate court business to stay home and request a continuance by phone to the county clerk if they are ill, caring for someone who is ill or in a high-risk categoryProviding sanitation materials such as hand sanitizer or bleach wipes at all courtroom entrances and counsel tablesIf an at-risk person attempts to enter a court office in violation of the protocols, the order says courts should consider permitting bailiffs and other security personnel to deny entrance.The Office of Judicial Administration has already put in place social distancing and telework options for its employees, the high court reiterated. All levels of the courts have e-filing and other technology in place that enables social distancing measures.“AR 17 provides the framework for trial courts to put operational changes in place in the face of an emergency. Chief Justice Rush has already signed orders allowing for adjustments to jury trials, hearings, and other business practices as requested by counties. The Supreme Court is prioritizing review of any AR 17 petitions filed,” the high court announced.Additionally, a website with guidance to courts and messages to staff is providing details on the judiciary’s response to COVID-19.The Indiana Supreme Court and Clerk’s Office remain open, with appropriate adjustments in place to protect the health and well-being of employees and the community. The high court further advises that Hoosiers contact their local courts for details on the status of visitors to buildings and to check individual cases on District: Indiana Southern District Court Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson in an order Friday continued all trials until at least May 1.“It is not possible to summon a pool of potential jurors and conduct a jury trial in a manner that does not expose potential jurors, counsel, court staff and litigants to substantial and unacceptable health risks, specifically, the danger of becoming infected with COVID-19,” the order states.The Southern District Court noted such risks may be significantly mitigated by temporarily modifying court operations and that good cause exists to implement temporary changes.The order also says that unless otherwise ordered by the assigned district or magistrate judge, all other criminal court proceedings will proceed as scheduled. Conversion of in-person proceedings to telephonic or videoconference proceedings will be at the discretion of the assigned district or magistrate judge in criminal proceedings. The same is true for all other civil court proceedings, which will proceed as scheduled unless otherwise ordered by the assigned district or magistrate judge.Additionally, all naturalization ceremonies have been canceled.Northern District: Individuals preparing to become citizens of the United States  in the Indiana Northern District Court will have to wait after it too canceled several naturalization ceremonies through April 24, 2020.7th Circuit: The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing plans to deal with the outbreak and are advising judges and staff to stay home if they become ill. It has not made any changes to its operations, according to the appellate court. However, it is monitoring the outbreak and said it will take whatever steps are necessary as the situation evolves.Indiana Trial Courts: In a pair of letters sent March 11 to Indiana judicial officers and Indiana Supreme Court staff, the Indiana Supreme Court outlined its updated measures in response to the outbreak. The letters stated that the Supreme Court, Appellate Clerk’s Office and the Office of Judicial Administration remain open and oral arguments are continuing as scheduled.However, the Spring Judicial College, Justice Services Conference and district meetings will not be conducted in-person. The court is developing alternative methods for delivering the programming to registrants and will provide information on that when it is available.Also, all meetings with external stakeholders will be held remotely. All out-of-state work travel for court staff is cancelled, and approval for all in-state work travel will be given on a case-by-case basis.The court has amended its work-from-home policy to give employees greater flexibility if they need to quarantine themselves or take care of children who are staying home because of school closures. Employees are not required to work from home. They can use any benefit time they have.In his letter to court staff, Justin Forkner, chief administrative officer, wrote “… your health and wellbeing are a priority for us, and we will continue to take responsible and proactive steps to mitigate risks to you — and maintain the essential operations of the Court and our agencies — even if that means ‘the way we’ve always done it’ need to change.”The court has created a special webpage where it will post all updates on court operations during the coronavirus outbreak.Indiana Court of Appeals: The Indiana Court of Appeals cancelled its planned appearance at Andrean High School in Merrillville. As part of its Appeals on Wheels initiative, the court was scheduled to hear oral arguments Monday but has scrapped the event over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. The event will be rescheduled.Also, the COA has directed its employees to work remotely at least through March 16 after learning some of its workers have had second- and third-degree exposure to others who have tested positive for the coronavirus.“We would like to emphasize that nobody from the court has tested positive or is currently exhibiting symptoms,” Chief Judge Cale Bradford said in a statement. “Given the importance of our work, our employees are equipped and trained to work remotely. … We will continue to evaluate this situation as it unfolds.”Bradford also advised, “Those doing work with the Court of Appeals of Indiana should conduct business under the regular rules and procedures.”Marion Circuit and Superior Courts: On Monday, Marion County Small Claims Courts announced they will now continue many pending cases through the beginning of April as measures are taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett applauded the move Monday in response to Marion County Circuit Court Judge Sheryl Lynch’s order.The order issued Friday continues small claims cases scheduled March 16 through April 3. Emergency hearings will continue as scheduled and the Marion County Small Claims Court will remain open to the public.Additionally, the order says Lynch is working with the City of Indianapolis and the Marion Superior Court Executive Committee to determine future action during the Marion County COVID-19 health emergency.“With some of the highest eviction rates in the country, and limited tools available to us under state law, the leadership shown by these judges should be applauded,” Hogsett said in a statement. “At a time in which many are grappling with the sudden closure of workplaces and schools, the ripple effects of public health policies will hit our most vulnerable neighbors the hardest.”As Indianapolis “confronts an unprecedented public health emergency that has required drastic steps to slow the spread of this virus,” Hogsett said his office would “continue to seek ways to alleviate the impact these policies will have on Indianapolis families.”Only essential and emergency hearings will be held during this time, including initial hearings for public defendants, bond review, initial hearings for children in need of services cases and continued initial hearings, time sensitive CHINS fact-finding hearings, juvenile delinquency initial hearings and in-custody trials, civil commitments, probate mental health hearings, limited guardianships, detention hearings for CHINS and juvenile delinquencies, and other emergency hearings at the judge’s discretion.Marion Circuit and Superior Courts will be operating under reduced staffing and will also reduce the number of hearing rooms available. Any essential and emergency major felony cases will be held in Criminal Court 21. Any essential and emergency Level 6 or misdemeanor cases will be heard in Criminal Court 8.Likewise, any essential and emergency probate matters will be heard in the probate court’s physical location. Directions of precise hearing rooms will be posted for any essential and emergency matters heard at the juvenile court location at 25th Street and Keystone Avenue in the main building.All traffic court cases will be continued. All ordinance violation and proceedings supplemental cases have been postponed for at least 30 days; those litigants should check for more information.Individuals called for jury duty between March 16 and April 3 are advised not to report for service. Likewise, people scheduled to come to court for a hearing in a criminal matter during that time are advised to check or contact their attorney to verify the court date.The Marion Circuit and Superior Courts also  will continue to review bonds, but all other hearings and trials will be rescheduled.A series of recommendations and two orders issued by the executive committee March 12 were joined by Marion Circuit Judge Sheryl Lynch. The committee described the steps as precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of the public and the staff who work for the city of Indianapolis and Marion County.In addition to the continuances, the executive committee was also “strongly requesting” March 12 that for the next 30 days, judges consider the following steps:Advise line deputies to not bring defendants to court for pretrial conferences that will only result in the setting of a new court dateAllow parties to appear remotelyContinue pretrial conference and non-essential hearing that will not result in a resolution of a caseExercise flexibility on requests for continuancesAllow attorneys-only conferences whenever possible without the requirement of a motionAlso, the executive committee requested that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department issues summonses for non-violent misdemeanor cases. These will be set for the initial hearing calendar for Wednesdays in May.The committee emphasized that this request only applies to potential misdemeanor arrests that would normally be released on recognizance pending a future initial hearing date. No police officer is obligated to follow this request.Additionally, the executive committee ordered that through April 20, any attorney wishing to appear remotely for any status conference, pretrial conference or non-evidentiary hearing is permitted to do so. The attorney shall file a simple “Notice of Remote Appearance” to inform the court.Also, the executive committee ordered that people coming to Marion Superior courtrooms immediately notify the staff if they are experiencing flu or flu-like symptoms or if they have been exposed to someone who has or may have the coronavirus.The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is encouraging its employees to telework in response to the local emergence of the COVID-19 virus.“The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will maintain services to Marion County residents through this unprecedented situation,” Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears said in a statement. “We are encouraging employees to work from home as much as possible as the health and safety of our employees and members of the public is of the utmost importance.”The prosecutor’s office says it has the capability to perform many of its duties and meet its responsibilities by phone, email and video conferencing.Individuals with pending criminal matters are advised to reference to verify upcoming court hearings. Litigants can also contact via email or phone the assigned deputy prosecutor to verify scheduled case-related meetings, depositions and court hearings.General questions or requests for assistance in contacting the appropriate deputy prosecutor should be directed to [email protected] Walk-in assistance at all locations will not be available until further notice.Additionally, all child support hearings will be continued until after May 6, as approved by the Marion Circuit Court. However, child support services will still be available by phone at 317-327-1800 or email at [email protected] County Juvenile Detention Facility: Unnecessary and non-essential public traffic at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Facility will also be suspended beginning March 16 for approved family members and volunteers. The youth will receive extra phone time. Additionally, youth who are ordered detained will be visually evaluated before being brought into the detention center.Marion County Probation: Indianapolis courts said they will suspend client in-person reporting requirements through April 6. Instead, the activities will be conducted over the phone and on the computer.Monday morning, Allen Superior Court announced jury trials scheduled for Tuesday in the Allen Circuit and Superior Courts have been canceled. That change comes just days after the Allen County courts initially announced that all scheduled jury trials would continue as scheduled for the foreseeable future.Prospective jurors who have been summoned for jury duty were advised in a Friday announcement to contact the jury office at 260-449-7520 or 260-449-7022 if they are ill, in isolation or believe they have been exposed to COVID-19. The Allen Circuit and Superior Courts also advised that whenever possible, measures would be taken to separate jurors waiting to be called in order to maintain recommended “social distancing” buffers.Additionally, all mortgage foreclosure hearings will be conducted remotely and by telephone until further notice.“Processes are being put into place to reduce to the greatest extent possible the need for in-person appearances in Small Claims Court cases, collections and other matters. Additional details will be posted here next week,” the announcement says.Any changes that occur will be posted on the court website and to the Allen Superior Court Twitter page.St. Joseph Circuit Court, St. Joseph Superior Court and St. Joseph Probate Court will take “extraordinary measures” in the coming weeks to continue providing access to justice.The SJC courts said they will work with the St. Joseph County sheriff to address the wellness needs of the St. Joseph County jail population.“If it becomes necessary to do so, the judicial officers will assess sentences being served at the Jail, as well as pre-trial release decisions, in order to try to strike a proper balance between community safety and community wellness,” a statement from the northern Indiana courts said. “Similarly, the judicial officers of the St. Joseph Probate Court will assess the population of the Juvenile Justice Center to make sure that safety and wellness needs of the community are properly met.”Court proceedings will be conducted “to the extent doing so is prudent.” All civil jury trials will be postponed, as well as criminal jury trials, provided that such postponements are consistent with the rights of the parties and the interests of justice.Requests for continuances of trials and hearings will be considered in light of the outbreak, according to the statement. The court is also encouraging attendance at hearings by telephone and video conferencing, including but not limited to all hearings involving defendants in criminal cases, whenever possible and when consistent with the rights of the parties and the interests of justice.Attorneys will be allowed to participate in pretrial conferences by telephone without filing a motion, and the court will take reasonable steps to limit the number of people attending hearings and trials to individuals essential to the proceedings being conducted, subject to the requirements of all applicable rules.Additionally, special consideration will be given to excusing prospective jurors from service if the health and well-being of such jurors likely would be adversely affected by jury service.The SJC courts said they will “support and encourage compliance with mandatory preventative measures like quarantines and isolations, protect potentially vulnerable staff, and be prepared for situations such as school closings that could impact court staff.”Judges of the SJC courts will remain in regular communication through the outbreak with a variety of departments, including the St. Joseph County clerk, Board of Commissioners, Board of Health, bar association, prosecutor, chief public defender and county sheriff.Lake Circuit Court issued two orders March 10 in response to the outbreak.From now until April 10, 2020, the court will allow attorneys to just file a “Notice of Remote Appearance” rather than filing a motion in order to appear telephonically for any status conference or non-evidentiary hearing. Also, the court has ordered anyone who comes to the Lake Circuit courtrooms who is ill or has been exposed to COVID-19 to immediately alert the court staff.The United States Supreme Court has shut its doors to the public until further notice out of concern for the health and safety of the public and Supreme Court employees.The Supreme Court building closed to the general public at 4:30 p.m. Thursday but will remain open for official business, according to a statement on the high court’s website. Case filing deadlines are not extended under Rule 30.1.All public lectures and visitor programs are temporarily suspended, the Supreme Court announced.Law schoolsIndiana University has postponed its May graduation ceremony for its law students due to the coronavirus outbreak.Dean Andrew Klein sent an email to faculty, staff and students yesterday with the announcement that the May 15 commencement will not be held. Also, classes are transitioning online for the remainder of the semester once students return from spring break March 29, and all in-person events at the Indianapolis law school have been canceled at least through the end of May.All staff at the law school are being asked to work remotely if possible. They should remain reachable during business hours.Klein told the “McKinney Law family” to “be patient, calm and flexible on all fronts. I remain confident that we will handle the challenges ahead and come out strong on the other side.”Also, Indiana University announced March 10 that it would be suspending all in-person classes on all campuses from March 23 to April 5. For those two weeks following the university’s spring break, classes and coursework will continue online.The suspension includes both IU Maurer and Robert H. McKinney schools of law. They join a growing list of law schools, including Harvard, Stanford University, Columbia University, The Ohio State University, New York University and University of California Berkley, that have cancelled in-person classes or closed completely, according to the ABA Journal.The University of Notre Dame, including Notre Dame Law School, announced March 11 it would be canceling classes through March 20, and then begin online instruction March 23 through at least April 13.Valparaiso University announced it will be conducting all classes online starting Monday and plans to resume in-person classes April 13. Also, the university is limiting on-campus gatherings to no more than 100 people but is still planning to hold the law school commemoration April 24.The American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar issued a memo in February giving guidance to law schools for dealing with emergencies or disasters. As to moving classes online, the ABA advised that law schools must consider not only whether the course is appropriate for being taught via the internet but also whether faculty members have the experience and training and the school has the technological capacity to deliver distance education.“Simply moving a classroom-based course to a video conference call or to a school’s learning management system that supports other courses may be relatively easy, but … may not be an appropriate accommodation compared to, for example, adding extra days to the term when a regular schedule can be resumed,” the memo stated.Law firmsTaft Stettinius and Hollister LLP said Friday that in the event of an office closure, its infrastructure is set up to allow lawyers and staff to work remotely. Taft chairman and managing partner Robert Hicks advised that communications with Taft will continue on as normal.“We have protocols in place to ensure the security of confidential documents and emails,” Hicks said in a statement.Taft has assembled a COVID-19 Task Force comprised of attorneys across its practices “to provide ongoing guidance during this uncharted and fluid situation.” Likewise, a toolkit provides legal updates, information from health care authorities and other helpful resources.“Our attorneys and staff are also armed with resources to help them stay safe while continuing to meet client needs and exceed expectations,” according to the statement.Ice Miller LLP also released a statement saying it is “open for business and expect(s) to remain so.“We are implementing precautions and a business continuity plan that will allow us to maintain the uninterrupted high level of service and value you expect from us,” the statement reads. The firm’s preventative measures include migrating to phone or video conferences, limiting entrance into physical locations to essential meetings, implementing social distancing and working remotely in shifts, among other measures.Like Taft, Ice Miller has developed a coronavirus task force and resource center “willing to jump in and answer the tough questions around this evolving situation and its impact on your business.”Likewise, Frost Brown Todd has assembled a Coronavirus Response Team and a trending topics page to address client questions relating to such issues as supply chain issues, remote work/cybersecurity and pandemic planning, among others.Also, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath has asked its attorneys and staff to work remotely until at least March 31.The law firm said Tuesday that while it may be virtual, it is not “sitting still.” Despite the cautionary closure of its offices March 10, the firm “remained open for business with over 2,700 attorneys, consultants, professionals, operations and administrative staff around the globe working from the firm’s virtual network.”“Our attorneys, consultants and professionals are just a phone call or email away, and we are embracing other technologies to stay connected in a virtual world,” co-chairs Thomas Froehle Jr. and Andrew Kassner wrote in a statement.The firm has, however, canceled its 2020 M&A Conference in Indianapolis, according to public relations coordinator Muhamed Sulejmanagic.A Faegre Drinker COVID-19 task force was created to help clients fully understand and assess the legal, regulatory and commercial implications of COVID-19. 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