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Thomas Eoyang Jr. (MDiv ’03, DMin ’14) as the school’s dean of students and community life. Eoyang will begin his appointment on June 1, and will reside on the EDS campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.“We are thrilled to welcome Thomas Eoyang back to EDS as dean of students and community life,” said the Very Rev. Francis Fornaro, interim president and dean. “As both an EDS alumnus and a pastoral leader, Thomas brings incredible insight and experience to the position. The dean of students and community life is so important in each student’s formation in lay or ordained ministry, and because Thomas has been there, both as an EDS student, as a scholar, and in parish ministry, I know he will be an invaluable asset to this community.”Eoyang earned both his MDiv and DMin degrees from Episcopal Divinity School. For the last seven years, he has served as rector of Grace Epiphany Church in Philadelphia. Previously he served as interim rector at Trinity Memorial Church in Philadelphia and as assistant to the rector at St. Peter’s Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Pennsylvania in 2004.“I am very excited to return to the school that was so instrumental in my own formation,” said Eoyang. “As dean of students and community life I look forward to working closely with students, faculty, staff, and EDS alumni/ae and friends and help to strengthen and grow this vibrant theological community.”Prior to his ordination, Eoyang worked in medical and health sciences publishing, most recently as editor-in-chief of nursing books in Philadelphia.In addition to his EDS degrees, Eoyang holds an MA in comparative literature from Stanford University, and graduated cum laude from Harvard College, where he studied English history and literature.The press release from Episcopal Divinity School is available here. 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SHARE Farm Credit Mid-America Posts Year End Results Home News Feed Farm Credit Mid-America Posts Year End Results Facebook Twitter Farm Credit Mid-America, an agriculture lending cooperative serving more than 97,000 customers throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee announced year end 2012 results reporting strong levels of net income, assets and credit quality. Earnings reached $288.6 million, a 3.6 percent increase over 2011 and an earnings record for the cooperative. The increase was due to loan volume growth driven by strong business activity in mortgage lending. Owned and managed assets were $19.7 billion, a 7.5 percent increase over 2011. Loan losses decreased 34 percent representing less than 0.1 percent of the association’s loan volume. Loan portfolio credit remains strong with less than 1.5 percent in non-performing loans. “Even in a year of severe drought, volatile commodity prices and global economic uncertainties, agriculture performed well and Farm Credit benefited from that success,” says Bill Johnson, president and chief executive officer. “Farmers wisely used risk mitigation strategies such as crop insurance and fixed rate farm real estate financing to sustain them during challenging times. The rural housing market continues to show improvement. Opportunities to finance new purchases or refinance at historically low rates have added to the strength of the overall results as well.” Previous articleSenators Hope to Unveil Immigration Bill Next WeekNext articlePlanting Start Getting Closer in Indiana Gary Truitt SHARE Additionally, in 2012, Farm Credit unveiled a new branding strategy which included a name change for the near century-old cooperative. On February 1, 2013, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America officially changed its name to Farm Credit Mid-America. “The new look and name demonstrates our commitment to farmers and rural America and positions us to serve our customers in a rapidly changing agriculture market,” says Johnson. “It also creates consistency across our 93 offices. Whether you’re in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky or Tennessee, when you see us, you’ll know it’s us.”Click here for the 2012 Annual Report. By Gary Truitt – Apr 3, 2013 Facebook Twitter In 2012, almost 32,500 Farm Credit loans representing $5.5 billion in volume were converted to lower rates which will save customers an estimated $127.9 million over the next three years. “As a cooperative it’s always been Farm Credit’s goal to bring the best value to our customers. The Farm Credit Loan Conversion Program offers a simple way to take advantage of a more competitive interest rate environment without the fees and headaches of a traditional refinance,” says Johnson.
in Featured, Headlines, Journal, News, REO Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Featured / Northsight Management Finalizes Merger with Truly Noble Services Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Northsight Management LLC, a thriving mortgage field services provider offering a full array of default property management services, announced the finalization of its merger with Truly Noble Services, a well-respected Texas-based full-service general contractor.According to Josh Sarchet and Steve Johnson, Northsight principals, “We are confident this fusion of organizations will add significant expertise and strength to Northsight. The team at Truly Noble has a solid reputation within the REO repair space which will fortify Northsight’s service offerings, as well as further support and expand its current client base.”Based in Garland, Texas, Truly Noble Services was established in 1996 when James L. Easley, CEO and Chairman of the Board, launched the company after working to repair flooded homes throughout Dallas. Soon afterward, the company expanded into servicing the vacant property market. Truly Noble Services strives for three things on every job: 1) getting the work completed on time, 2) getting the work completed on budget, and 3) getting the work completed correctly the first time. Truly Noble now offers a wide array of repair and maintenance services across eight different Southeastern states, including their home state of Texas.“With the onboarding of our new team from Truly Noble, Northsight can continue its objective of becoming the premier service provider with an unfailing commitment to customer service, continuous improvement, and integrity,” Sarchet stated.Founded in 2009, Northsight Management’s commitment to high standards for all employees and contractors, as well as its advanced technology, services, and systems, surged the company forward as one of the fastest growing field service management companies in the industry. Today, Northsight preserves more than $700 million in real estate assets nationwide and offers a full range of property preservation and repair services, including but not limited to the following: inspection, re-key, eviction, winterization, rehab, lawn care maintenance, roofing, plumbing, electrical, and mold remediation.As part of the merger, Northsight will be opening a new office in Dallas, Texas. Northsight’s headquarters will remain in Scottsdale, Arizona. Share 2Save Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post February 7, 2018 3,668 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Company News Mergers & Acquisitions Northsight Management Property Management Property Preservation truly noble services 2018-02-07 David Wharton The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Company News Mergers & Acquisitions Northsight Management Property Management Property Preservation truly noble services Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Nearly All California Cities Failed to Hit Housing Goals Next: Fiserv’s Latest Venture to Create Growth and Opportunity Subscribe Northsight Management Finalizes Merger with Truly Noble Services The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago
News UpdatesKerala HC Restrains Sprinklr From Breaching Data Confidentiality; Govt Directed To Anonymize Data & Take Informed Consent [Read Order] Manu Sebastian24 April 2020 3:28 AMShare This – xThe High Court of Kerala on Friday passed a slew of directions to address the concerns of data confidentiality over the controversial Sprinklr deal to process data related to COVID-19 cases in Kerala.A bench comprising Justices Devan Ramachandran and T R Ravi passed the directions after a four hour long hearing held through videoconferencing via Zoom.The following are the directions in…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 High Court of Kerala on Friday passed a slew of directions to address the concerns of data confidentiality over the controversial Sprinklr deal to process data related to COVID-19 cases in Kerala.A bench comprising Justices Devan Ramachandran and T R Ravi passed the directions after a four hour long hearing held through videoconferencing via Zoom.The following are the directions in the interim order:Govt of Kerala directed to anonymize all data that have been collected and collated so far, and allow Sprinklr to access data only after such anonymization is completed.Sprinklr restrained from committing any act which will be in breach of confidentiality of data entrusted with them by Kerala Govt under the impugned contract.Sprinklr shall not directly or indirectly deal with the data entrusted to them by the Kerala Govt in conflict with the confidentiality clauses in the contract, and will return the data as soon as their contractual obligations are over. They should not disclose or part with the entrusted data to any third party entity.Sprinklr injuncted from advertising or representing to any third party that they have access to data relating to COVID-19 cases.Sprinklr restrained from exploiting directly or indirectly any data entrusted with it for commercial purposes. Sprinklr further injuncted from using the name or logo of Government of Kerala for its promotional acts.Government has to take informed consent from individuals that their data will be processed by a third party foreign company.Taking note of the submission made by the State Government that Sprinklr has already transferred all data with it to the control of the Government, the bench directed that any residual or secondary data with Sprinklr shall be immediately deleted.The Court also recorded the statement of K Ravindranath, Additional Advocate General, that the State Government has no objection in approaching the Central Government for availing the services of central agencies for substituting the services of Sprinklr Inc. The case will be next listed after three weeks.”We want to ensure that there is no data epidemic after the COVID-19 epidemic”, HC states in the order.#sprinklr— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) April 24, 2020The bench orally expressed reservations over many aspects of the deal and said that it was refraining from interference at the present moment so as not to upset the COVID-19 control measures adopted by the State.”State has taken the view that without Sprinklr they cannot fight COVID-19. So we do not want to interfere now. That will be interpreted as Court interfering with COVID-19 control measures”, J Devan Ramachandran orally observed.He added: “We have many serious reservations about statement filed by the State. We do not know how the company was selected and what are their credentials. Normally, we would have interfered. But we do not want to interfere with COVID-19 battle. So, a balance has to be drawn” The Court also observed that it was amazed that the law department was not consulted before finalizing the Sprinklr deal despite several legal issues in it.”What is worrying is that the IT Secretary took a decision without consulting the law department even though many legal issues were involved. Merely because there is an emergency, you cannot create more problems. The cure cannot be worse than the problem”, Justice Devan Ramachandran, heading the bench, observed.Not impressed with the government stand that law department sanction was not necessary as per rules of procedure for purchase orders costing less than Rupees 15,000, Justice Devan Ramachandran remarked :”We are amazed by your statement”.”If there is a breach, costs will be unimaginable. Can a head of department enter into a contract on his own under Article 299? This is throwing up a lot of legal issues, and no law dept sanction was taken!”, the judge remarked.The bench, also comprising Justice T R Ravi, was hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the IT contract between the Government of Kerala and US-based tech company Sprinklr Inc for analyzing and processing data of COVID-19 patients.Before putting questions to the State, the bench remarked that it was not against the government at present but wanted to get clarifications on many points of concern.”Today’s proceedings are not incriminatory or recriminatory. That is, we are not finding fault with you or blaming you. Court is fully with you in fight against COVID. But, we are concerned about data security”, Justice Devan said.The bench said that the the statement by the government that a standard form of contract was accepted is “worrying”.The State Government roped in the services of Mumbai-based cyber lawyer Advocate N S Nappinai to explain the aspects of the deal to the bench. She submitted that the concerns over data confidentiality are baseless. She highlighted that data was under the control of the State Government. The Master Service Agreement has clauses clearly defining the purpose of data collection, and prohibits Sprinklr from using the data for other purposes. There is no question of Sprinklr using the data in future. The agreement is for six months. There is no question of retention of data after the period of the agreement, she added.Also, since the data is residing in India, the company will be exposed to criminal action under the Information Technology Act 2000 for any breach, regardless of the foreign jurisdiction clause.When the bench asked about the credentials of Sprinklr, Nappinai submitted that they have a proven track record in the field, and referred to the fact that they were providing dashboard services to World Health Organization.Not buying that submission, Justice Devan remarked “We are aware of the difference between dashboard services and SaaS. Anybody can do that. A dashboard person cannot operate SaaS”.The judge also asked if it was necessary to use “Big Data Tools” as the present numbers of COVID-19 cases in Kerala have reduced now. He said that data of 5 lakh persons will not be ‘Big Data’. “Everyone knows that”, the judge said.Nappania commented that what is ‘big data’ is a matter of perception.The bench also thoroughly quizzed the Additional Advocate General about the credentials of Sprinklr.”Why were the credentials of Sprinklr not given in Statement?”, Justice Devan asked.Referring to the statement filed by the Government, the AAG submitted that in 2018 there was a global conclave, and there were deliberations with Sprinklr since then.”Are you saying that in that conclave only Sprinklr was there and no other company. Why this company particularly?”, Justice Devan asked.The bench also expressed incredulity over the state stance that there was no time to enter into legal consultation and routine protocols due to the emergency situation.”But the agreement was entered only in April 2. There were 17 days. Do you say there was no time in meanwhile for consultation with law dept” Justice Devan asks.— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) April 24, 2020The bench also took note of the stand of the Central Government that its agencies are capable of providing the same services as Sprinklr.Central Govt submitted that the lack of law department sanction is a matter of concern. Surrender of jurisdiction to New York will cause prejudice to the individuals. It is not correct to say that citizens will have remedy in India, said ASG P Vijayakumar.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Top Stories”You Think Everything Will Be Served At Your Doorsteps”: Delhi High Court Pulls Up Delhi Govt For Not Arranging Tankers To Collect Oxygen Shreya Agarwal24 April 2021 2:45 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Saturday asked the Delhi Government to take systematic steps for procuring cryogenic tanks for Oxygen supply and make adequate security arrangements for their movement to various Covid-19 hospitals in the city. The direction was made by a Division Bench comprising of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rekha Palli while hearing a petition filed by Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, citing oxygen shortage. Advertisement Noting that the oxygen supply has primarily been affected due to non-arrangement of cryogenic tanks by the Delhi Government, the Bench asked the Centre to consider assisting the State in arranging the same for seamless supply of Oxygen within the city. “Citizens can’t be allowed to die like this…In case cryogenic tanks are less in supply, we are hopeful that centre may work this out in coordination with GNCTD, who cannot leave it completely on the Centre,” the Bench ordered.Advertisement Shortage of Cryogenic Tankers During the hearing, the Centre and the Delhi Government were at loggerheads with respect to supply of Oxygen amid shortage of cryogenic tankers for transporting. Whereas Centre insisted that Delhi must arrange its own tanks like all the other States, the Delhi Government submitted that Delhi is not an industrial state and therefore has no cryogenic tanks.Advertisement Advertisement “If Delhi govt having an issue with tankers, they have to talk to suppliers directly. That’s what every state is doing,” SG Mehta insisted. The Division Bench also pulled up the Delhi Government for not arranging their own cryogenic tankers for Oxygen supply, after allocation from the Centre. “The problem is you think allocation is done so everything will be served at your doorstep but that’s not how it works. After allocation have you made any effort for the tankers to collect the oxygen?Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Every state is arranging its own tankers, if you’re not having your own tanks, arrange them. You will have to do it, get in touch with the Central govt officers. We are not here to facilitate contact between officers,” the Bench sternly remarked. Dr. Ashish Verma, appearing for the Delhi Government told the Bench that they are taking all possible steps for procuring Tankers however, the city is short on even nitrogen and argan tankers as it is not an industrial city. Unconvinced, the Court responded, “If allocation was done 3 days back, why didn’t you exercise your option to look for tankers? Your political head has himself been an administrative officer, he knows how it works.” Hospitals continue to face Oxygen Shortage The Hospital Maharaja Agrasen, represented by Advocate Alok Kr Aggarwal claimed that it has 306 patients, almost 100 critical. However, it is facing Oxygen shortage due to which, they are forced to discharge patients. He submitted that the Delhi Government had come to their aid but the supply is not sufficient to cater to so many patients. During the hearing, another hospital sought to intervene and submitted that 25 lives were lost last night as the Delhi Government did not respond to their demand for Oxygen. Advocate Sachin Datta appearing for the intervening hospital complained that the officers of Delhi Government are unavailable at the ground level. “Patients are dying, Mr. Mehra needs to put his house in order… Mr. Mehra, there is complete apathy of your officers on ground,” Datta complained. At this juncture, Senior Advocate Rahul Mehra appearing for the Delhi Government vented that the Centre has not fulfilled its promise to provide 480 MT Oxygen. “Yesterday instead of the supply increasing to 480 MT as allocated, we received 292 MT. 100 MT have fallen short…Some hospital contacts us for 10 MT, we are able to give only 1 MT, how will the hospitals function? I’m not being alarmist or sensationalist but if nothing put in place now, a situation will arise, lot of lives will be lost,” Mehra told the Bench. Steps taken to meet Oxygen demand During the hearing, ASG Chetan Sharma informed the Court that every sinew in the system is being stretched to meet the rising demand for medical Oxygen however, they are facing logistical issues in meeting the gap. On an inquiry made by the Court as to how the Government is distributing the resource, Nodal Officer for Centre, Piyush Goyal informed that the entire supply-chain is being re-worked. “It’s the first time that trains are doing something like this [transporting Oxygen supplies]. For the first time in history, tankers have been flown in by an Air Force plane. The Centre facilitated it,” Goyal told the Bench. Edited by Akshita SaxenaTags#Delhi High Court Oxygen Shortage Justice Rekha Palli Justice Vipan Sanghi COVID-19 second wave Cryogenic Tanks Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
View post tag: Monitor View post tag: Warships View post tag: North View post tag: News by topic View post tag: launch View post tag: Korea View post tag: Naval U.S. Navy Warships to Monitor North Korea Launch Back to overview,Home naval-today U.S. Navy Warships to Monitor North Korea Launch December 7, 2012 The U.S. Navy is sending warships the USS Benfold and the USS Fitzgerald to monitor an upcoming North Korean launch of a long-range ballistic missile, reports CNN citing the U.S. DoD Officials.Both warships are moving into positions although the Navy declined to give their exact location.The U.S. Navy officials said that is possible that the Navy will send two additional ships in the next few days.The U.S. is also, “rapidly moving assets to pacific region because of the ballistic missile threat in the region,”, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, told reporters at a Pentagon briefing Thursday morning in reference to the North Korean threat.North Korea says it intends to launch the rocket sometime between December 10 and December 22, adding that the launching is being conducted for science and research purposes.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 7, 2012 View post tag: U.S. View post tag: Navy Share this article
Narrowly escaping with a 4-3 overtime victory versus the (2-2) Rockets, the (4-0) Comets braced for another JCC of Bayonne Indoor Soccer Sr. Division donnybrook. Going toe to toe for forty minutes, both squads traded body blows with Sebastian Posluszny (3 goals), Damian Posluszny (1 goal), Joyce Gabreal (2 assists), and Kasper Hooks (1 assist) spearheading the Comets while the Rockets’ Raul Cortinas (2 goals), Christopher Caballero (1 goal, 2 assists), Matteo Capurso (1 goal), Jason Herbert (1 assist), and Aaliyana Cifuentes (1 assist) did the heavy lifting to keep it even at 4-4 at the end of regulation. As their offense held the spotlight for most of the bout, key defensive plays by Kyle O’Hara. Jacob Kowal, and Khaled Rasslan for Comets and some tenacious ball hawking by the Rockets’ Ezekiel Lupainez and Marian Rasslan assured another overtime shootout. After three dead on blasts were handled by the goal tenders, the Comets’ Damian Posluszny stepped up and with one blazing shot made it a 5-4 O.T. victory for the now (5-0) Comets.
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By Donald WittkowskiSome 20 years ago, Ocean City decided to enhance the appearance of the downtown shopping district by dressing up the sidewalks with decorative redbrick pavers and small metal grates for shade trees.But what was thought of as a good idea then has come back to haunt the city. Over the years, those redbrick pavers and tree grates have caused the sidewalks to shift, settle and sink. That, in turn, has created a tripping hazard resulting in slip-and-fall lawsuits being filed against the city.Hoping to make the sidewalks both safer and more attractive, the seven-member City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance Thursday night to remove the pavers and tree grates and repair the damaged sidewalks.“Over time, these pavers and tree grates, or some of them, have shifted or settled, and may, at times, provide an uneven surface, which can be difficult for strollers, wheelchairs and persons using canes, walkers and crutches to easily traverse,” the ordinance says.Some sections of sidewalk in the downtown area are badly cracked or uneven.The main areas targeted for an overhaul are the sidewalks on the Asbury Avenue shopping corridor between Fifth and 14th streets. Also slated for a makeover are sidewalks on Eighth Street from West Avenue to the Boardwalk, Ninth Street from the bridge to the Boardwalk and 10th Street from West Avenue to the Boardwalk.The pavers and tree grates were required about 20 years ago in “bygone ordinances,” before the city’s existing streetscaping standards were put in place. Unintentionally, those old ordinances resulted in a patchwork of designs and decorative touches in the sidewalks throughout the downtown area.City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson told City Council the damaged sidewalks will be repaired with a fresh coat of concrete that will give the downtown district a uniform look. A newly built stretch of concrete sidewalk on Asbury Avenue in front of City Hall will serve as a model.A newly built stretch of concrete sidewalk on Asbury Avenue in front of City Hall will serve as a model for the rest of downtown.Although the city will rebuild damaged sections of the sidewalks, the onus for maintaining the sidewalks in good shape will continue to fall on the business owners, McCrosson said in an interview after the Council meeting. As has been the case in years past, the business owners are required to maintain the sidewalks in front of their stores, she noted.In another vote Thursday, Council unanimously approved a new ordinance that requires homeowners to install smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers, if they rent out rooms.The measure responds to an emerging trend in room rentals at private homes through lodging websites such as Airbnb. With homeowners now able to easily rent out rooms using online providers, the city wants to make sure the proper safety codes are met.“The whole thrust of this (ordinance) is the safety of rental units,” McCrosson said.Under the proposed ordinance, homeowners would be required to have a mercantile license before renting any single- or two-family home. The fee for the license would be $30, plus a $145 Ocean City Tourism Commission fee. There must also be an inspection for smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers in the home.City Council also approved a new ordinance that requires private homeowners to follow safety requirements such as installing smoke detectors when they rent out rooms.The Ocean City, N.J., Hospitality Association, a trade group representing the local lodging industry, worked with Council on the ordinance. Karen Morella, the hospitality association’s secretary, said it is important that homeowners who rent rooms to the public fall under the same stringent safety standards and inspections as the rest of the lodging industry.“They are doing the same type of business as we are doing,” Morella said.Morella, appearing on behalf of the hospitality association at the Council meeting, thanked the governing body for approving the ordinance. The association represents the hotels, motels, B&Bs and guest houses in town.In an interview after the meeting, Morella said the ordinance is “the start of the leveling of the playing field” between the homeowners and the lodging industry. Although the private homeowners must now follow tougher safety standards, Morella said they are not yet up to the same rigorous standards as other lodging establishments.In other business, two Ocean City High School teams that captured South Jersey championships this season were honored in City Council resolutions.The Red Raiders girls basketball team won a school-record 30 games while advancing all the way to the state title game, dropping a nail biter to Pascack Valley.In the playoffs, they topped Mainland to grab the South Jersey Group 3 championship and beat Ewing in an overtime thriller in the state semifinals. During the regular season, they shared the Cape-Atlantic League championship with Mainland.Ocean City High School girls swim coach Steve Warrington, center, accepted honors on behalf of his South Jersey championship team from members of City Council, including Keith Hartzell, left, and Tony Wilson.Also receiving honors from Council was the girls swimming team. For the second straight year, the Red Raiders swim team made it to the state championship meet, but fell short to Chatham. Last year, Ocean City beat Chatham to win the state Public B title.This season, the swim team racked up its fourth straight South Jersey championship and also captured its fourth consecutive Cape-Atlantic League title.“We’re going to build. We’re going to continue to be successful,” girls swim coach Steve Warrington told Council while accepting the resolution. Plans call for fixing damaged sections of sidewalk throughout Ocean City’s downtown shopping area to make them safer for pedestrians.
Memorandums of Understanding, agreements and partnership announcementsThe UK and Indian governments announced a wide range of new initiatives and agreements. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited the UK as an official Guest of Government, as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.Foreign Secretary welcomes Prime Minister Modi to the UKForeign Secretary welcomes Prime Minister ModiThe UK and India are bound together by numerous personal, professional, cultural and institutional ties, and also share a global outlook and a commitment to the rule of law, making us natural partners. Prime Minister Modi’s visit will help strengthen this partnership further, improving the prosperity and security for the UK and India.Prime Ministers’ meetingPrime Minister Theresa May met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They held wide-ranging and constructive discussions and underlined our strategic partnership and growing convergence on regional and international issues. View the full list of Memorandums of Understanding and agreements. Read the UK-India joint statement. HealthThe United Kingdom and India will extend their health partnership and share research, knowledge and technology in areas of anti-microbial resistance, low cost health products and high yield crops.ResearchThe UK will continue to grow our already strong research partnership with India with tech-focused investments that focus on issues of global importance including agriculture, clean energy, global health and the environment.TechA new UK-India Tech Partnership will pair businesses, universities and others from different regions in the UK with states in India.TradeA new India-UK Trade Partnership will seek to improve the accessibility of trade and remove barriers for businesses in both countries.UK-India trade linksCloser military tiesThe UK and India will continue to strengthen their defence and security relationship, working more closer together than ever before to tackle terrorism and threats to cyber security.UK-India cultural linksThe UK and India are joined by a ‘living bridge’ as thousands of British and Indian people live, work and study together each year.UK-India cultural links