Presiding Bishop fields faith questions from Reddit users in ‘Ask…

first_img Rector Collierville, TN By David PaulsenPosted Oct 10, 2019 Rector Shreveport, LA [Episcopal News Service] He may have preached at a royal wedding, but he’s never committed himself to answering whatever questions the users of the social network Reddit might throw at him – until now.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry spent the afternoon of Oct. 10 participating in his first “Ask Me Anything,” a popular Reddit feature that goes by the shorthand AMA. The idea behind the AMA session is for a person of some renown or import – from Bill Gates to a local TV weatherman – to mingle with the average Reddit user and take any and all questions. Curry’s AMA can be found on the r/Christianity subreddit.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry holds a sign promoting his Oct. 10 “Ask Me Anything” session on the social network Reddit.“Looking forward to talking all things Episcopal Church, The Way of Love, Jesus Movement, and perhaps a little bit about that wedding,” Curry said in his introduction.Attached was a photo of Curry holding a sign that read, “Hello Reddit!” In the corner of the sign was a hand-drawn depiction of Reddit’s alien mascot, Snoo, dressed in bishop garb.Over about an hour and a half, the session generated 145 comments between Curry and his questioners. The questions touched on topics that included evangelism, devotional practices, preaching style, theological education, the Episcopal tradition and denominational decline.“I find it helpful to remember that we are first of all not a religious institution. That we are first of all participants in the movement that Jesus began in the first century,” Curry said. “And that movement of Jesus – a movement of people that gathered around him and his movement of love – that movement has been an underground movement in the first century. … It may well be now that we have returned to being an underground movement again. And that’s okay, because our way is not the way of the world. It is the way of the crucified and risen One.”The “Ask Me Anything” coincided with the release of new episodes in the second season of The Episcopal Church’s “Way of Love” podcast featuring Curry, according to Jeremy Tackett, Episcopal Church digital evangelist.“We’ve been working for the past few months to find an opportunity for the presiding bishop to interact with the Reddit /r/Christianity community,” Tackett told Episcopal News Service. “They’re an active group, and we knew there would be great questions and a chance to reach beyond our normal Episcopalian audience.”Some Reddit users asked Curry about his own spiritual growth.“How has your relationship with Jesus changed over the years?” asked a user who goes by Ay_Theos_Meo. “How is your spiritual life different from your early days as Christian (if it is different at all)?”“I have to admit that one of the things that really has changed is that Jesus really has a way of broadening my worldview and perspective rather than constricting and limiting it,” Curry responded, in part.Another user asked whom Curry would like to meet to discuss faith. “Of course the answer is Jesus,” Curry said. He also added German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Fannie Lou Hamer, a leader in the civil rights movement.Other questions were more lighthearted, and Curry was willing to play along.lindsey7606: “Bishop Curry, what’s your favorite corny bible joke?”PBCurry: “Old preachers never die, they just go out to pastor!”And at a few points the “Ask Me Anything” session turned personal. One user mentioned being baptized and confirmed by Curry when he was bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina. Another Reddit user, Tepid_Radical_Reform, told Curry that many years ago Curry’s wife worked with the user’s mother at a bank in Cincinnati, and the mother also babysat Curry’s daughter.“So, important question: Do you love Cincinnati Skyline Chili?” Tepid_Radical_Reform asked.“I do,” Curry responded. “Especially when I’m not dieting!”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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Amazon Prime offers discounted student loans

first_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here You can add another benefit to the selection of perks that come with being a Prime customer: discounted student loans. Wells Fargo and Amazon announced yesterday plans to offer Amazon Prime Student customers a discounted interest rate on their loans.Wells Fargo is offering a 0.50 percent interest rate discount to Amazon Prime Student customers. This can be added on top of a 0.25 percent interest rate reduction for enrolling in an automatic monthly loan repayment plan, as well as any interest rate discount tied to another Wells Fargo global promotion, says the lender.“We are focused on innovation and meeting our customers where they are – and increasingly that is in the digital space,” said John Rasmussen, Wells Fargo’s head of Personal Lending Group, in a statement. “This is a tremendous opportunity to bring together two great brands. At Amazon and Wells Fargo, delivering exceptional customer service and helping customers are at the center of everything we do.” UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 The discount on student loans is being made available only to Amazon Prime Student customers, not those students whose parents may have a Prime membership of their own.Prime Student is a special version of the Prime membership program available to those who are currently enrolled in a college or university, and have a valid .edu email address.The program is half the cost of a regular Prime membership at $49 per year, but includes the same type of benefits, including the 2-day shipping, free streaming, and more, as well as one-day pickup service at a number of campus locations.According to The Wall Street Journal, the partnership between Amazon and Wells Fargo has been in discussion for over a year, and involves a multi-year agreement between the two companies. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Previous articleTax Holiday Weekend Coming SoonNext articleParking Ordinance Advisory Committee Meets Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

Tung House / Project : Architecture

first_img 2018 Save this picture!© Project : Architecture+ 28Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Houses ArchDaily Photographs:  Project : Architecture Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs “COPY” Tung House / Project : ArchitectureSave this projectSaveTung House / Project : Architecture ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907616/tung-house-project-architecture Clipboard Architects: Project : Architecture Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907616/tung-house-project-architecture Clipboardcenter_img Year:  “COPY” CopyAbout this officeProject : ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSustainabilityLincolnOn InstagramUnited StatesPublished on December 16, 2018Cite: “Tung House / Project : Architecture” 16 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Area:  285 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: VELUX Commercial, James Hardie, Kohler, Marvin, TOSHIBASave this picture!© Project : ArchitectureRecommended ProductsFastenersFastmount®Panel Fastener – Very Low ProfileFastenersSchöckRainscreen Cladding Facade Fasteners – Isolink®WoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. In northern climates, the effectiveness of solar energy is greatly diminished. With the 5th highest electricity cost in the country, the requisite for solar energy is even more pronounced in Massachusetts. The unique roof geometry of the Tung House is optimized for a two-fold solution that achieves net-zero energy use: PV and hot water solar panels provide power and heating while the resulting overhangs are calibrated for summer shading and winter solar access.Save this picture!© Project : ArchitectureThe design solution attempts to converge the technical aspects of sustainability and code restrictions with spatial experience and sequence. Although the property is relatively large at 42,000 sf, only 2,800 sf of the lot is buildable as it is on the edge of designated wetlands. While the massing adheres to these tight setbacks, the roof breaks free of the house’s orthogonal geometry to optimize solar orientation.Save this picture!© Project : ArchitectureAs the town ordinance strictly limits disturbing the site, the section of the house follows the natural contours creating a split-level condition. The result is a continuous experience from public, semi-public, and private spaces. As one enters, a view directly connects the front of the house to the preserved landscape of the backyard. An open stair is a communicating core connecting loft-like living and kitchen areas to a mezzanine and bedrooms above. Even as the house is open, the geometry of the roof creates dynamic spatial conditions, defining diverse areas of use.Save this picture!Section 01Save this picture!© Project : ArchitectureSave this picture!Section 02Save this picture!© Project : ArchitectureIn terms of the project statistics, the house is intentionally designed at 2,900 sf in contrast to the 5,000 sf houses currently being constructed in the area. The compact size is a careful negotiation between energy use, building form, and budget. 37 PV panels generate 1200kW per month, well over the 900kW estimated monthly average. In the summer months, the excess energy is transferred back to the city’s power grid. 3 additional solar hot water panels supply 100% of the house’s hot water requirements including the radiant floor heating system for the fall and winter seasons.Save this picture!© Project : ArchitectureSave this picture!Sustainable strategiesSave this picture!© Project : ArchitectureProject gallerySee allShow lessThis Brazilian Startup Creates Smart, Pre-Fabricated Homes in Half the TimeArchitecture News10 Bathrooms To Match Your Favorite BathbombArticles Share CopyHouses, Sustainability•Lincoln, United States United States Projects Tung House / Project : Architecturelast_img read more

You get what you give

 16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Pete Mountanos, chief executive of Charitableway.com, the employee giving ASP which is due to close later this month, pointed out that charities do actually have to engage with a charity portal or ASP if they are to enjoy benefits. Sitting back is not an option. Mountanos told the Online Fundraising e-mail discussion list today: “By the way the charities that did put more content into our data base, received 90% more money than those that didn’t.” About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis You get what you give Howard Lake | 18 March 2001 | News read more

Mendoza on trial in fatal shooting case

first_img By admin – May 1, 2018 Previous articleCHAPMAN: Expect the North Korea talks to be fruitlessNext articleHospital board to discuss Family Health Clinic agreements admin WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Facebook Mendoza on trial in fatal shooting case Marko Angel Mendoza Jury selection began Monday for a trial involving the fatal shooting of an Odessa man who was killed more than three years ago.The accused, 23-year-old Mark Angel Mendoza, was arrested and charged with murder, a first-degree felony, in January 2015, and indicted on the charge in March of that year.Mendoza’s trial will begin at 9 a.m. today in the 161st District Court of Judge John Smith. Lawrence Barber is listed as his court-appointed attorney.Mendoza is accused of pulling the trigger in the shooting that killed 32-year-old Ismael Rios Jr. in January 2015.A probable cause affidavit stated Mendoza was a passenger in a Cadillac along with the driver, Manuel Garcia-Carbajal, and another man when Mendoza exited the vehicle, fired several shots at Rios, and got back into the vehicle before the three men left the scene.Police were first called about the shooting on a Sunday evening in January 2015 at the Third Edition Apartments, 2501 W. 10th St. A woman called and said Garcia-Carbajal had started an argument with her. When officers arrived they found the victim, Ismael Rios Jr., 32, with several gunshot wounds near the doorway of a residence. Rios was taken to Medical Center Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.Garcia-Carbajal’s common-law wife said during an interview with police Garcia-Carbajal left their apartment with two of his friends before the shooting, the report stated. She further told police she saw one of Garcia-Carbajal’s friends with a gun get back into the vehicle before they drove off.Mendoza was later found by the police using registered information of the Cadillac, and charged with murder.Jail records show Mendoza has been in the Ector County Detention Center since April of 2016 and has no bond set for the charge.District Attorney Bobby Bland declined to go into the details of Garcia-Carbajal’s case, but said he has not been indicted on the charge of murder.In an unrelated case in April of 2016, court records show Garcia-Carbajal was convicted of two counts of endangering a child, a state jail felony, and evading arrest, a third-degree felony, and sentenced to five years in prison.Should Mendoza be found guilty, he could be sentenced to prison for anywhere between five and 99 years. Pinterest Twitter Local NewsCrime Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Pendency Of Cases Under Animal/Forest Laws: Calcutta High Court Directs All Subordinate Courts To Proceed With Such Cases On ‘War-Footing’

first_imgNews UpdatesPendency Of Cases Under Animal/Forest Laws: Calcutta High Court Directs All Subordinate Courts To Proceed With Such Cases On ‘War-Footing’ Sparsh Upadhyay9 March 2021 1:57 AMShare This – xIn a significant move, the Calcutta High Court last week directed the Courts subordinate to it to expedite the adjudication of matters pending under different animal laws and forest laws. Significantly, the Bench of Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee remarked, “The judiciary should be prompt to ensure that all allegations of intrusion into the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn a significant move, the Calcutta High Court last week directed the Courts subordinate to it to expedite the adjudication of matters pending under different animal laws and forest laws. Significantly, the Bench of Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee remarked, “The judiciary should be prompt to ensure that all allegations of intrusion into the domain of the animals which result in allegations as to commission of offences gain prompt attention, requisite and timely adjudication.” The Court issued this direction to all the Courts subordinate to it, in view of the fact that presently, there are 1140 cases pending under the forest laws before the courts below. Thus, the Court directed all the subordinate courts where such matters are pending, to forthwith proceed on a war footing in all such matters. Importantly, the Court further added, “Since the victims in all those cases are not ‘State’ as is understood in the Constitution and the laws but primarily the animals who are voice-less creatures who cannot be represented before any adjudicating authority except by the duly authorised representative of the State Government.” Further, the Court directed the Registrar General to ensure that a circular following HC’s order is issued within a week requiring all courts below to proceed with an action in the direction indicated in the Court’s order. Alerting the courts below, the Court also added, “It is the required norms in terms of the Constitution and the law that except in exceptional situations, such cases shall not be adjourned and also to take requisite coercive steps for non-attendance.” The Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Headquarters, and Chief Wildlife Warden, West Bengal who was appearing before the Court, presented a report indicating the following concerns:- Though there is a legal cell in the department, they have a shortage of ground staff which is a great drawback in proper management of adequate policing in the forest through the forest guards. There are clear cases of illicit activities and even illicit trade in animals including birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes etc. In this backdrop, the Court pointed out that the very use of the word ‘warden’ in the nomenclature of the office of the wildlife warden and the chief wildlife warden clearly indicates the role of those officers as that of guardians of the animal wealth. With the aforesaid, the Court adjourned the matter to March 26, 2021 within which time, a further affidavit had been sought by the Court from the conservator of forests disclosing the volume of illegal activities in trade or otherwise affecting the animal wealth and further streamlining what could be suggested by the department. The Court has also left it open for the officers of the wildlife sector and the forest sector to place such suggestions which, according to them, will improve the forest management and the wildlife management in the State of West Bengal. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

“They May Have Climbed Mount Everest In The Past, Now You Say They Are Not In Shape-1”: Supreme Court To Govt. On Permanent Commission Of Women In Army

first_imgTop Stories”They May Have Climbed Mount Everest In The Past, Now You Say They Are Not In Shape-1″: Supreme Court To Govt. On Permanent Commission Of Women In Army Mehal Jain9 March 2021 9:27 AMShare This – xGovt’s Failure To Consider Women Officers At Appropriate Time Cannot Be Used To Say Today that They Are Not In Shape-1, Supreme Court told Centre.”When it suits you, you ask for today’s fitness, SHAPE 1 as on today. But you ignore their years of meritorious service rendered post the 5th year or the 10th year. This shows how warped it is. Is the idea to exclude women or to give them equal opportunity?”, remarked Justice DY Chandrachud on TuesdayThese observations came on the Centre’s response to the argument of the lady officers who…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”When it suits you, you ask for today’s fitness, SHAPE 1 as on today. But you ignore their years of meritorious service rendered post the 5th year or the 10th year. This shows how warped it is. Is the idea to exclude women or to give them equal opportunity?”, remarked Justice DY Chandrachud on TuesdayThese observations came on the Centre’s response to the argument of the lady officers who have been denied Permanent Commission, that while in adjudging their suitability on merit, their intervening service records after the 5th or the 10th year of induction are disregarded, the medical yardstick of Grade 1 in the relevant factors- Psychological (Cognitive functions and normalities), Hearing, Appendage, Physical and Eyesight (signified by the acronym ‘SHAPE’) that they must meet is required to be as on date of their consideration for grant of PC.”Some of them might have become national swimmers, they might have gone on the around-the-world yacht expedition, they may have climbed Mount Everest in the intervening years, but all this is ignored. They are senior officers of the Army and some of your best candidates, but you are not even looking at this. Even the subsequent honours and awards are not considered “, continued the judge. ASG Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Defence Ministry, asserted that the same consideration of service records uptil the 5th or the 10th year is applicable to their male counterparts also. At this, Justice Chandrachud pointed out that the male officers were also considered for PC upon completion of their 5 or 10 years in service, as against the lady officers.”There has to be some cut-off somewhere…”, the ASG sought to advance.”When it suits you, you ask for today’s fitness, SHAPE 1 as on today. This shows how warped it is. Is the idea to exclude women or to give them equal opportunity?”, wondered Justice Chandrachud.”The Union of India has no mala fide intention. We have applied those tests which meet the standards of objectivity and include the maximum possible people, and have kept within the realm of our policy in doing so”, the ASG had sought to advance.”We are not disputing that it is as per the Army Order, that you are applying SHAPE 1 across the board for everyone. But the Delhi High Court had granted some relief in 2011 to the lady officers. And the Supreme Court expressly said that it is not staying that order of the High Court. If you are bound by the rule of law, as we believe the Indian Army to be, you should have considered the lady officers in 2011. Even if you do not go as back as to the 5th year or the 10th year, you were obligated to consider them for permanent commission as in 2011. If on account of your failure to do so, between 2011 and 2020, many women officers have gone out of SHAPE 1, can you board them out now, saying that they are not SHAPE 1 today? Can you turn around to say that today they don’t meet the criteria?”, Justice Chandrachud had asked in the course of the hearing.”Even not focusing on the hormonal changes which are peculiar to women, on account of menopause or childbirth, there are certain physiological changes that both men and women undergo with age, women more than men. So far as Appendage is concerned, there is a loss of bone density with advancement in age, and there is a precipitate decline in the bone density of women. This is why post 50, they are advised to take calcium supplements and a calcium-rich diet to compensate for this loss, which happens because of hormonal changes. Even our bone density is not similar to what it used to be when we were 25 or when we were in college.”, the judge had reflected.”Say, there is a woman officer who is an engineer in the army. If she was considered in 2011 or 2012, when she was 30 years old and had not been subjected to the ravages of age, she would have qualified. On the other hand, a man with a similar condition as her today is not boarded out of service and continues to be in the army, just because he was considered in the 5th or the 10th year! Your failure to consider the women officers at the appropriate time cannot be used to say today that they are not in SHAPE 1 as of today and so they do not qualify for PC. This is the heart of arbitrariness “, Justice Chandrachud had noted.”If you look at your Lieutenant Generals and Major Generals, so far as the ‘A’ factor is concerned, they will one hundred percent not be in SHAPE 1 today! It is not physically possible after 51-52. We got your point that to qualify for PC, both male and women officers have to be in SHAPE 1. But, to our mind, it is arbitrary that despite the Supreme Court order, you didn’t consider them in 2011. We are not even going as back as the 5th or the 10th year”, continued the judge”Both women and men officers, when they are considered for any position, they are aware that they have to be SHAPE 1. And SHAPE 1 is not static. The physiological factors linked with the inevitable advancement of age have been considered…The weight corresponds with age and gender…These are standards as per WHO. All the factors have a range which takes into account the advancement of age, de hors any injury that may have been suffered. They provide for a normal wear and tear of the body. It is the army officers themselves who have told me that the range for the assessment of SHAPE 1 factors is wide enough to provide for ages varying from 25 to 45. And there is also a separate yardstick for women and men”, explained the ASG. It was his point that the requirement for being SHAPE 1 at the age of 45 is very different from the same requirement at the age of 25. He pointed out that SHAPE 1 is a requirement up to the rank of the Chief of Army Staff. He further informed the bench that bone density is not taken into consideration at all when assessing the ‘Appendage’ factor.”It is fantastic that SHAPE 1 is needed even at the rank of the Chief of Army Staff. It must be respected and appreciated and we do so. You are setting the yardstick for the whole batch. What is worrying us is that though we are dealing with the grant of PC, there are also those who have already been granted PC and will be continuing in the service for long. It is not your case that those who were granted PC 10-15 years back have to be in SHAPE 1 today also to continue in service. So there is a hybrid system, in so far as the women officers, who should have been considered for PC 10 years back, are being considered for the same today and are being asked to meet the SHAPE 1 criteria as on today”, observed Justice Chandrachud.”It is the bounden duty of each officer wanting PC to maintain SHAPE 1 at all times, and if they lose this standard, to bounce back from the Temporary Low Medical Category in one year”, replied the ASG.In the beginning of the hearing, he had explained That the requirement of SHAPE 1 is an integral part of the job requirements of the armed forces, that it is not arbitrary or discriminatory and that even the Army Medical Corps, where officers are inducted till the age of 45 and are of both genders, also have to possess SHAPE 1 position when they are inducted. The only exception to this is, when an injury is suffered in the line of duty or on account of any casualty in the performing of operations, travelling on duty, training exercises or playing organised games. There is a bar on the grant of PC to one who does not possess SHAPE 1 other than this Low Medical Category. “This is the fundamental policy of induction in the army. SHAPE 1 is sine qua non, subject to this exception. It is applied across the board. This is not just the physical aspect, but other parameters also which concern the Army in extreme critical importance”, he had explained. He had shown that the majority of the women officers who participated in the Selection Board are SHAPE 1.”A person who was inducted in the past and who is not SHAPE 1 today is entitled to continue in the army? Their male compatriots who were inducted at the relevant time in the 5th or the 10th year may not necessarily be SHAPE 1 today?”, Justice Chandrachud had asked. “All male officers who go below SHAPE 1 are placed in the TLMC and given an opportunity to bounce back in one year “, replied the ASG. “This is the grievance of the women officers that we have been denied the opportunity of the TLMC”, Justice M. R. Shah noted.”That is the impression which has been created by the petitioners. In the current list, there are as many as 42 women officers who have been placed in TLMC and will pick up PC rank in one year. They will be automatically granted PC in one year”, said the ASG.”Even though the upper limit of the number of officers who can be granted PC in one year is 250, to comply with the Supreme Court judgement, we clarified that there will be no vacancy parameter. So we had to set the benchmark, since this year we were free of vacancy. Your Lordships’ order was to consider the women officers and there has been a fateful attempt on our part to implement it”, continued the ASG.He indicated that of the 615 women officers identified, 193 were not found fit on merits and 422 were found fit on merits. Of these 422, there were 57 who did not opt for PC. Of the remaining 365 who were eligible for PC, 277 were granted PC. Of the remaining 88, 42 are in TLMC and can pick up the rank any time. Of the balance 46, 35 are found not meeting the medical criteria.”Out of the 365 women, only 35 are not meeting the medical criteria. This is less than 9%. If we intended to discriminate…(signing off)…This is also indicative of the fact that the women officers were always aware that SHAPE 1 is indispensable. That it is non-negotiable. These are career conscious women, who have contributed so much to the country. They knew that SHAPE 1 is required for PC, and also, when they look for further promotions”, advanced the ASG. He had added that when the assessment for the grant of PC is carried out, there is a two tier system in place- it is only when a candidate is otherwise found fit on merit, that the medical records are called for. It was urged that the SB5 Board did not have the medical records before itself when it was considering the grant of PC.The bench was explained that the exception from SHAPE 1 is available only in promotions from the post of Colonel to Brigadier. Above that, for promotion to the rank of Major General and Lieutenant General, SHAPE 1 is indispensable. If the candidate drops in fitness later, they continue in service but are not entitled for further promotion since they are placed in the LMC. “Suppose, one woman officer is found to be diabetic by the time her case comes up for consideration now. Now, this is a problem that one has no control over, it results from a variety of factors including genetic reasons. It can happen despite the best of the diet and regardless of how careful of your health you are. She was not diabetic in 2011. That she can’t get SHAPE 1 now is not because of voluntary reasons. If she had already been in service, she would not have been boarded out now”, Justice Chandrachud observed.”We find this point worrisome. There are many people who may have been SHAPE 1 at the time when they should have been considered originally. If they were granted PC then, they would have continued in service even if their medical fitness dropped. Should these people (lady officers) be denied PC now, saying that if you want PC, you must meet the stringent criteria as of today? Even if they did at the time of the order of the Delhi High Court?”, continued the judge.”How many women officers met the medical criteria for permanent commission at the time of the first and the second Boards? Those who were in the LMC even in the 5th or the 10th year have no case. But how many of them in the 5th or the 10th year met the medical requirement for PC? “, asked the judge. The bench was told that of the aforesaid 35 women officers, 24 were found to be in SHAPE 1 at the relevant time.The hearing also witnessed observations in respect of the benchmark employed by the Army for qualification on merit, by way of a cut-off requiring lady officers, in order to be considered for PC, to achieve equivalence in marks with the last selected male candidate in the corresponding batch.”The ACRs for women officers were written at a time when the mindset may have been that they will never qualify for PC (as the army policy did not permit so at the relevant time). Can these be compared with the ACRs written for the male candidates who were in the running for PC at that time? They had the same commanding officer…the women officers might have been looked at differently then? There was a clear understanding that the women officers would never be eligible for PC. It might have been assumed that the women officer will be terminated come what may, no matter how good she is. So her long-term profile may not have been considered and she may have been seen only as a SSC officer engaged on a contractual basis?”, noted Justice Chandrachud.”We are not finding fault with you or saying that you have deliberately sought to exclude women officers, but this is like comparing chalk with cheese. Can the women officers be asked to meet, by way of benchmark, this criteria of the last selected male candidate in the corresponding batch? Can these women aspire to meet the ACRs of their male counterparts at the relevant time?”, questioned Justice Chandrachud.”It is only speculative that this kind of complacency may have crept in with their commanding officers in writing the ACRs. Even if it did, it would be of a very minor percentage. Also, this application of human mind and the consequent subjectivity would apply to even the male officers. It is not like everything is loaded against the women. Also, this criteria was set only by way of benchmark. We do not intend this to be discriminatory or arbitrary. Since there is no upper ceiling of 250 or so on (on the number of officers procuring PC), this benchmark was necessary. I must make it clear that the women officers have to compete with other women officers only. There is no attempt on our part to compare men with women”, explained the ASG.”The Union of India is immensely proud of the contribution of its women officers to the Indian Army. It is not by any preplanning that they have been excluded and it is only because they were not found fit as per the policy. Any difference that may appear is not so significant to be portrayed as discriminatory or deliberate. This is not a fit case for the Supreme Court to exercise its jurisdiction under Articles 32 or 142 to set aside the selections. The process which has been sought to be demonised and the instructions which are sought to be quashed are an expression of the policies which have been consistently followed in the army from 1983 to 2012. It is not like we changed them after the judgement”, concluded the ASGSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

AIBE XV Result Declared, AIBE XVI Rescheduled ,Date Of Exam To Be Intimated Soon, Registration Extended Till April 30

first_imgNews UpdatesAIBE XV Result Declared, AIBE XVI Rescheduled ,Date Of Exam To Be Intimated Soon, Registration Extended Till April 30 Sparsh Upadhyay30 March 2021 7:32 AMShare This – xThe Bar Council of India (BCI) has announced the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) XV results today on the official website allindiabarexamination.com. It may be noted that the AIBE-15 was conducted on 24th January 2021. Significantly, the Bar Council of India has also decided to reschedule the date of the All India Bar Examination (AIBE)-XVI and the revised date would be intimated soon….Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bar Council of India (BCI) has announced the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) XV results today on the official website allindiabarexamination.com. It may be noted that the AIBE-15 was conducted on 24th January 2021. Significantly, the Bar Council of India has also decided to reschedule the date of the All India Bar Examination (AIBE)-XVI and the revised date would be intimated soon. It may be noted that the AIBE-XVI was previously going to be held on April 25.Also, the date for receipt of applications has also been extended till April 30, 2020.AIBE XVI Update – The date for registration for AIBE 16 has been extended till 30th April 2021, the rescheduled date for the AIBE 16 will be intimated soon. pic.twitter.com/mXUljLRCP8— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) March 30, 2021Notably, AIBE is an exam conducted twice every year which a lawyer needs to pass before being admitted to the bar and is essential for law practice everywhere.Significantly, the Bar Council of India had recently decided that All India Bar Examination-XVI (AIBE-XVI) onwards, no books, notes, or study material will be allowed in the Examination Hall. However, the Candidates would be allowed to carry Bare Acts without notes.A Notification to this effect was made available on AIBE’s Website (https://allindiabarexamination.com/).This Notification stated,”This is to notify that All India Bar Examination-XVI (AIBE-XVI) onwards, no books, notes, or study material will be allowed in the Examination Hall. Candidates can carry bare acts without notes. The abovementioned dates are subject to modifications, if any, as may be notified by the BCI in case of unavoidable circumstances Visit the AIBE website.Next Storylast_img read more

At least two dead, 15 injured in Kansas City shooting

first_imgEvgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — At least two people are dead and 15 people have been injured in a shooting in Kansas City, Missouri, according to the Kansas City Police. Officers were dispatched to the 4800 block of Noland Road in the southeastern part of the city at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday when they received reports of a shooting. They arrived to a chaotic scene outside of a crowded bar where they say one adult female was shot and killed in the parking lot. No shots were fired by any of the responding officers. Up to 15 people self-transported to area hospitals and three of them are currently in critical condition. According to police, a line had formed to get into the bar when the suspect started shooting into the line of people. Police say they do not know why the suspect did this and are currently investigating what started the incident. Police believe the shooter is also dead after engaging with an armed security guard from the bar stopped the shooter. Authorities said Monday morning in a statement that there is no more information about the case at this time and no additional media briefings planned at this time. “The next anticipated information release will most likely be the ID of deceased victims once the next of kin have been notified,” said the Kansas City Police Department.Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted a statement thanking security as well as responding officers for their quick actions.“Our greatest challenges remain even this morning in our community. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those whose lives were lost or impacted by last night’s mass shooting,” he said in a social media statement posted online. “Thankful security appears to have kept the situation from being even worse.”Our greatest challenges remain even this morning in our community. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those whose lives were lost or impacted by last night’s mass shooting. Thankful security appears to have kept the situation from being even worse. https://t.co/vF4C2W4dCl— Mayor Q (@QuintonLucasKC) January 20, 2020Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Spies go online to answer queries

first_imgSpies go online to answer queriesOn 27 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. The Security Service (MI5) has gone online to answer questions about theorganisation’s training and employment prospects. The service recruits more than 60 graduates a year, and has used Graduate Prospects’live online chatroom, Careers Chat Live, to discuss recruitment, training andcareers in the service. The service has a variety of graduate positions to fill, including posts asgeneralists starting their careers as investigative desk officers, and postsfor those wishing to use their language skills. A secret service recruitment manager said: “This is an excitingopportunity for us, and one which we are looking forward to. “Career opportunities in the Security Service are varied and fulfilling,and we hope to be able to convey some of that enthusiasm for our work toprospective candidates.” www.prospects.ac.uk/links/chatlive Comments are closed. last_img read more