The FTSE 100’s back above 6,000 points! I think you should avoid this cheap stock though

first_img 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. Enter Your Email Address 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. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended British Land Co. 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Royston Wild | Wednesday, 29th April, 2020 | More on: BLND Image source: Getty Images. center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The FTSE 100’s back above 6,000 points! I think you should avoid this cheap stock though The FTSE 100 is having a right old riot in Wednesday business. It’s mounted the 6,000-point marker for the first time since the middle of March. And it continues to gain ground this afternoon. A 7% rise so far in April suggests that one of the index’s best monthly performances in a very, very long time is imminent.I don’t think Footsie investors should get too giddy, though. Buying has picked up on expectations that quarantine measures across the globe will keep being lifted. But, any signs of a pick-up in infection rates could prompt a fresh clampdown from authorities. A rise in the number of diagnosed cases in Germany following relaxed lockdown conditions there is a serious warning.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…I wouldn’t suggest that share pickers keep their wallets firmly fastened, however. There are plenty of FTSE 100 bargains out there which, from a long-term perspective are mighty attractive at current prices. Still, the threat of a painful and prolonged economic slowdown following the Covid-19 outbreak means that investors need to be extra careful.A FTSE 100 trap?One blue chip that I for one am very happy to walk past today is British Land Company (LSE: BLND). It’s a Footsie firm for whom annual profits drops have become a familiar thing. And City analysts don’t expect the retail property owner to break out of this tailspin. The City predicts bottom-line drops of 7% and 10% for the fiscal years to March 2020 and 2021 respectively.These forecasts fail to underline the extent of the meltdown that physical retailers are facing, however. And consequently the colossal threat to British Land. According to the Confederation of British Industry (or CBI) a stunning 96% of retailers are experiencing cash flow problems following the coronavirus outbreak. And 31% of these companies are having difficulties accessing outside finance.It’s hoped that the easing of lockdown measures will help large parts of the UK retail sector. Just when any such relaxation will come remains clear as mud, however. Besides, the imminent economic downturn – one which many commentators believe will be worse than the Great Depression almost a century ago – threatens to keep a sea of retailers in peril.One to avoidExpect, then, that British Land will continue struggling to collect rent from its tenants. Last month the FTSE 100 firm said it was releasing its smaller retail, food & beverage, and leisure tenants from paying rent between March and June. This would cost it £3m, it said. As well, the Footsie company is allowing its other clients to defer March quarter-day rents and spread repayment of this over the six quarters from September. It should be prepared for more waves of emergency action as the year rolls on and possibly into 2021, too.British Land’s share price has rocketed more than 100p from the record closing lows of 313.8p per share punched at the top of April. I fear that this recent bounce is built on fragile foundations, however. Full-year financials are slated for 27 May, and I reckon that this could prove the catalyst for another share price crash. I’d avoid it at all costs despite its undemanding forward earnings multiple of around 14 times. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

The Crumbling Rule Of Law In India

first_imgColumnsThe Crumbling Rule Of Law In India Prerna Dhoop & Vandana Dhoop19 Oct 2020 11:42 PMShare This – xThe Government of India needs a firm reminder of what Justice K.K. Mathew[1] said: “The rule of law is not like a twinkling star up above the constitution, it is very much a terrestrial concept which has its habitat within the four corners of the constitution.” Human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, academicians and even independent agencies have…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 Government of India needs a firm reminder of what Justice K.K. Mathew[1] said: “The rule of law is not like a twinkling star up above the constitution, it is very much a terrestrial concept which has its habitat within the four corners of the constitution.” Human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, academicians and even independent agencies have faced widespread criticism, intimidation and violence for exposing the breakdown of rule of law in India. Unfortunately, these acts of harassment are mostly, either state sponsored or in the alternative, have received its ex post facto approval. Even the European Parliament’s Sub-Committee on Human Rights Chair Marie Arena has recently expressed great concern over the deterioration of rule of law situation in India. At this juncture, it is pertinent to dissect the theoretical concept of rule of law and understand its constituent elements in order to assess the prevailing rule of law situation in India. The modern concept of rule of law has three basic aspects: formal, procedural and substantive as reflected in the works of famous philosophers and thinkers. The Greeks believed that the rule of law was a precursor to the establishment of a prosperous and just society. Even, Herodotus had asserted that, “[G]reeks although free were not free in everything: they had a master namely the law.” Aristotle argued that while a perfect world justice would not need laws at all however, in an imperfect world like today’s India, justice can only exist if the mutual relations between the state and citizens are regulated by law. However, being extremely pragmatic, he could also foresee a scenario where despite the existence of fair and just laws in a country, an arbitrary and unjust government would purposefully not implement them. For example, by outrightly rejecting the tribal and other forest dwelling communities’ ownership claims and consequently, transferring the agency and power over forest land and its produce to the forest department officials, the government is systematically diluting the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 thereby depriving them of their rights to their ancestral land, life and livelihood. Maladministration, chaos and havoc have resulted from the government’s intentional ignorance and insensitivity towards the close symbiotic relationship that prevails in a forest ecosystem among the flora, fauna and human dwellers. To fill the gap that exists between the rule of law and its actual implementation by the government, the Romans stressed on a well functioning legal system characterised by accessible and impartial courts. Cicero glorified the rule of law in the following words: “It is far greater shame, in a state which rests upon law, that there should be a departure from law. For the law is the bond which secures our privileges in the commonwealth, the foundation of our liberty, the fountain head of justice…the state without law would be like the human body without mind..the magistrates who administer the law, the judges who interpret it- all of us, in short-obey the law in order that we may be free.” Shockingly, the special CBI court in Lucknow completely disregarded newspaper clippings, video cassettes, tapes, printed material, speeches, and witness testimonies and acquitted 32 BJP and VHP leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case, almost 28 years after the December 6, 1992 incident, for lack of ‘credible evidence’. As citizens we can only hope and wish that in the Hathras rape case, the victim’s dying declaration is considered as ‘relevant fact’ and not discarded by the government’s investigating agencies. The Magna Carta of 1215, the spiritual and legal ancestor of the modern concept of rule of law propounded the notion that no person, including the sovereign is above the law and that all persons shall be secure from the arbitrary exercise of governmental powers. John Locke cautioned that a government’s legitimacy does not solely depend on the popular consent rather, he emphasised that in order for the government to achieve legitimacy in the eyes of the populace all its powers must be “directed to no other end but the peace, safety and public good of the people”. Paying little heed to the widespread demands for referring the labour bill to parliamentary committees for in depth scrutiny of issues affecting the Indian labour, the government passed the bill through a mere voice vote. Providing a farcical social security scheme for unorganised labour force; making it far easier for industrial establishments to fire workers; and restricting their rights to strike and collective bargaining seemingly, the government is on an anti-labour frenzy. Further, the government’s decision to roll back the Question Hour from the Monsoon session of the Parliament, directly injures the rule of law in India. British jurist A.V. Dicey formulated a unique understanding of the rule of law by linking it with the principle of legal equality. He stated in unequivocal terms that “no man is above the law and every man, whatever be his rank or condition, is subject to the ordinary law of the realm and amenable to the jurisdiction of the ordinary tribunals.” As such, when the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund’s name, composition, control, usage of emblem, government domain name- everything signifies that it is a ‘public authority’ then why is it being treated differently and kept outside the purview of the Right to Information Act, 2005. Austrian philosopher Frederich Hayek opined that in a rule of law society human freedoms are of utmost importance such that restrictions on individual freedom are prescribed and defined before hand and the state implements the restrictions very sparingly. But the recent arrest of an octogenarian Catholic priest Father Stan Swamy who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, on charges of sedition for his work as a human rights defender is a direct attack on individual freedoms. Further, the ouster of Amnesty International from the country has left a deep dent in the India’s human rights jurisprudence and practice. Adding the substantive requirement to the formal and procedural facets of the concept, Prof. (Dr.) Upendra Baxi observed: “rule of law is always and everywhere a terrain of peoples’ struggle incrementally to make power accountable, governance just, and state ethical…The Indian rule of law stands here normatively conceived not just as a sword against State domination and violation and historic civil society norms and practices but also as a shield empowering an encyclopaedic regime of ‘progressive’ state intervention in the life of civil society.” Ironically, instead of protecting the right to housing of the poor amidst the Covid pandemic, the Supreme Court of India in August 2020, ordered for the removal of 48,000 jhuggi jhopdis (hutments) built along the railway tracks in Delhi. The concept of rule of law runs like a golden thread through the entire fabric of the Constitution of India, 1950. In Additional District Magistrate, Jabalpur v. Shivakant Shukla and Others,[2] Justice H. R. Khanna observed that,”rule of law is the antithesis of arbitrariness. It is identified with the liberty of the individual. It seeks to maintain a balance between the opposing notions of individual liberty and public order. In every State the problem arises of reconciling human rights with the requirements of public interest. Such harmonising can only be attained by the existence of independent courts which can hold the balance between citizen and State and compel Governments to conform to the law”. The recent allegations raised against a sitting Supreme Court Judge, Justice N.V.Ramana of collusion with the ex-Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu, has the potential to undermine the citizenry’s faith in the Supreme Court as the ultimate arbiter of the rule of law in India. Collating the various meanings and characteristics of the concept of rule of law collected across continents and civilisations, the three overlapping aspects of the concept may be summed up as follows: the principle of neutrality requires that restrictions on human freedoms should only be imposed by law, not on the basis of the personal whims or arbitrary decisions of government officials. The principle of universality demands that government action should be subject to strict regulation and legal scrutiny such that public servants must be held accountable for erring in their legal duties. Lastly, the principle of good governance requires the government to work towards actualising the constitutional promise of rule of law. However, with the constant and multifaceted attacks on the rule of law practice in India evidently, the government cares little! Views are personal only. (Prerna Dhoop is a human rights lawyer based in Kolkata.Vandana Dhoop is an independent research consultant) [1] Smt. Indira Nehru Gandhi v. Shri Raj Narain and Anr. (1975) Supp. SCC 1 [2] (1976) 2 SCC 521; AIR 1976 SC 1207 Subscribe 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

Behind the Scenes and On the Screens with Spider-Man: Homecoming

first_imgYou might not know this, but Dell technology has powered five of the last seven Academy Award-winning films for visual effects.It takes a lot of behind-the-scenes computing power to not only create those effects, but also to transfer the assets across properties and systems, and ultimately store them.Dell on the Big ScreenBut sometimes we get to be in front of the camera, too!Dell products were seen in 52 films and 100 television shows last year, but we’re especially excited to be in one of this summer’s “most anticipated” movies.When Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters July 7, keep an eye out for our Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming Laptop and the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1.As a young Peter Parker tries to become familiar with a new Spider-Man suit his mentor Tony Stark made him, his best friend Ned helps tap into the suit by connecting it to his Inspiron Gaming laptop. And the XPS 13 2-in-1 is the tech of choice for Stark’s friend and confidant, Happy Hogan.You’ll also see Dell in much of the Spider-Man creative across television, cinema, online video, social media and more this summer.“I’m really excited about the TV spot as we had an opportunity to work with Jon Watts, the director of the Spider-Man: Homecoming film, and Digital Domain, the VFX house on the film to bring to life our vision and create a bonus scene in the film,” said Gerri Tunnell, senior vice president of Dell Consumer and Small Business Marketing.Dell Behind the CameraThat kind of collaboration is exciting, indeed, but for Dell this integration goes much deeper than marketing. Every single frame of Spider-Man: Homecoming has been built on a Dell Precision workstation, rendered on a Dell EMC PowerEdge server and a good portion stored on Dell EMC storage.It’s not the first time Dell has played a part in the Spidey legacy. Our customer Pixomondo helped develop some of the more intricate VFX shots in the “Amazing Spider-Man” movie in 2012.We’ve had a long standing relationship with Sony Imageworks as a customer and as a partner. We’re working closely with them to understand and forecast the future of their industry to ensure we equip them with what they need not only today, but also in the future.Did you know a petabyte — 1,000,000 gigabytes (GB) — of total capacity is required to feed both the render servers and artists’ workstations at any given moment? That’s the equivalent of enough songs to last more than 2,000 years playing continuously notes ComputerWeekly!As audiences demand more, directors’ creative ideas get bigger, and producers want the process to be faster and cheaper, innovation in filmmaking will continue to demand more and faster technology solutions.That’s why Dell will continue to work closely with studios and develop powerful technology that help create, manage and store these projects seamlessly.Dell on the Red CarpetWe also look forward to more immediate opportunities to support the media and entertainment industry.Dell is a sponsor of the Spider-Man: Homecoming World Premiere June 28 in Los Angeles – helping to present a red carpet event that will truly be powered by Dell.We’ll bring a mobile experience directly to the celebrities and VIPs to enjoy virtual reality (VR), gaming and other Dell tech demos along with behind the scenes Spider-Man: Homecoming content. Sony has created a Spider-Man VR experience on VR-ready Dell technology that will be powered by the new Ready-for-VR Dell Inspiron Gaming desktop.The VR Experience allows users to put on the Spider-Man suit in a virtual world and through Tony Stark’s instructions, use the suit to spin web and fly around New York City. It launches at the premiere event, but will be available publicly, for free, on June 30 through Oculus, HTC and Playstation VR.If you’re in the real New York City next weekend (6/30) or the following (7/7), you can join in the fun with an interactive game in Times Square that we’re calling the Spider-Man Scramble. It’s a massive video game where fans can go head-to-head as Spider-Man and race up to the top of a digital skyscraper – all powered by Dell Precision workstations, of course.You can keep up with all of the red carpet and Times Square action on social media by following Dell on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.Dell in Real-Life ReviewAnd while on the topic of Spider-Man… the team at TechnoBuffalo is working with Sony and Dell Reconnect partner Goodwill Industries on a “create your own Spider-Man suit” contest and used our XPS 13 2-in-1 during a video shoot at YouTube. If you’re interested in how it performed for them, here’s the review:last_img read more

Local and Voluntary Bar News

first_imgLocal and Voluntary Bar News June 15, 2002 Regular News NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY Law Professor Marilyn Cane has spearheaded a Special Master Project at NSU Law, handling claims of privilege and confidentiality for over 1,400,000 pages of documents subject to discovery in a major product liability case. With the aid of 50 NSU law students and the project coordinator, NSU graduate Jamie Morgan, Cane helped to solve a multitude of daunting issues surrounding these documents. These issues are related to finding and training people to review such vast numbers of papers, as well as the organizing and reviewing process of these documents — specifically in organizing these documents in such a way that allows the efficient retrieval by the parties, the special master, the judge, and any appellate court. Upon agreeing to serve as special master before Judge Robert Andrews of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Cane began the process of solving the logistical problem to safely store these documents and have ready access to them at all times. To accommodate this need, Cane acquired local storage and periodically transported these boxes to the law center, and scanned the documents into a computer database for easy retrieval later. Cane also employed NSU law students for the task of reviewing the information, which served the dual purpose of having a supervised review process and gave students hands-on experience with evidentiary privileges in a real world context. To date, over 1,000,000 pages under the privilege claims of attorney-client, work product, trade secrets, and business confidentiality have been reviewed. Over 193,071 pages have been scanned into the database, using high-speed scanners at the Shepard Broad Law Center. The fees charged for the scanning were remitted to the Law Center to be used for law student scholarships. Pictured is Cane presenting a check for scholarships to Dean Joseph Harbaugh as students look on. Wells, Bush attend drug court graduation Chief Justice Charles T. Wells and Governor Jeb Bush recently addressed graduates from Florida’s adult criminal, juvenile dependency, and juvenile drug courts at the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commission Chambers.Chief Judge Joseph P. Farina, Gwen Margolis, chair of the Board of County Commissioners, local officials, and drug treatment program representatives also were present as Drug Court participants were honored for their successful completion of the program. This year marks the third year that the Florida Supreme Court and the governor have addressed graduates of Drug Court, and the event was broadcast via the Internet to judicial circuits around Florida who were simultaneously conducting their drug court graduations.In 1989, Miami-Dade County established the first drug court in the country. Today there are over 750 operational drug courts throughout the United States. Drug Court is a specialty court that handles cases involving drug-addicted offenders through an extensive supervision and treatment program. Drug courts are one of the most successful treatment intervention strategies in the justice system and Florida leads the nation with the development of drug courts having, 69 in operation and 10 programs currently being planned. ROSE MARIE ARCHIBALD, left, was recently awarded the Woman of the Year Award for 2002 by the Volusia/Flagler Association for Women Lawyers. The award was presented by VFAWL President Shirley Green, right. Archibald was honored for her work with foster children and as a special education advocate for 50 children at the Mary McLeod Bethune Center, along with her work as a supervising attorney of Special Education Law at Central Florida Legal Services for Volusia County. Aprille Rhynard also was awarded the VFAWL Distinguished Service Award for 2002 for her work with the mentally handicapped. South Miami-Kendall Bar awards scholarships The South Miami Kendall Bar Association and co-sponsor, Florida Savings Bank, recently presented the annual M.H. Paul Van Hemert Scholarship to Kahlida Nicole Lloyd of Coral Reef Senior High.The $1,000 college scholarship is named for M.H. Paul Van Hemert, a member of the South Miami Kendall Bar Association, noted for his professionalism and ethics, who died a few years ago.Lloyd was selected from among those students who participate in the Miami Dade County Executive Internship Program and who intern with attorneys in the South Miami-Kendall area. The Executive Internship Program is a full year high school program that exposes the students to a genuine working environment for which they receive school credits.Scholarship recipients are selected based on grade point averages, extracurricular activities, recommendations from the attorneys for whom they intern, response to an essay, and need. Scholarship Committee Chair Howard Kuker said there “was no difficulty in selecting Kalida Lloyd from among the many deserving applicants. Her credentials shone out.”Florida Savings Bank in Pinecrest is also a partner of The Florida Bar Foundation and is on the IOTA bank honor roll. its participation in the IOTA program, Florida Savings Bank supports the Foundation’s efforts in providing grants for legal assistance for the poor, improvements in the administration of justice, and loans and scholarships for the law. Firm celebrates Law Day The partners of Page & Eichenblatt left the courtroom for a Boone High School classroom during Law Week 2002.Gregg Page, Steve Eichenblatt, and Lee Bernbaum participated in a mock DUI trial with Boone students and Orange County Judge Frederick Lauten. Boone High School offers a law program as part of the magnet school’s curriculum. Students played the roles of defendant, jurors, and audience in the school’s mock courtroom. Eichenblatt defended the “accused” student in the trial, with Page as the prosecutor. Bernbaum took the stand as the arresting officer. UF puts state’s historical legal documents online It may be difficult these days to imagine divorces taking place in Tallahassee’s state government buildings, but in early territorial Florida — before it became a state — public divorce proceedings before the legislature were commonplace.This is one of many historical tidbits revealed on the new Florida Historical Legal Documents Web pages, among the first of its kind in the country and put together by a team from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.“If you’re interested in state laws and history, it’s fascinating,” Mae Clark, assistant director of technical services for the law school’s Legal Information Center and coordinator of the online catalogue of Florida laws and legislative proceedings of 1822-1845.Putting the documents online was a project Clark and her colleagues at the law library launched in November 2000. They collected state documents from those 23 years, had them transferred to CD-ROM, and put the information online this month.“Many people want to know about early Florida law, establishment of the state, the court system, and how selection of capitals and county seats was made,” Clark said. “Previously, they would have had to go to a library at one of the state’s universities to do this kind of research. Now they can do it online from anywhere.”And although the early constitutions of some states are online, Florida may be the first state to have the full text of all of its territorial documents on the World Wide Web, Clark said.“Mae and other of our library personnel did an outstanding job on this very important program, which is another example of how our college of law serves all of the peoples of this state,” said Betty Taylor, law library director and professor of law. “Future state funding would allow Mae and her colleagues to extend information available into the 1900s.According to Clark, the site is keyword-searchable, “making it easy to do such things as legal, historical and genealogical research. There are so many things to discover. For example, one can search for the name of the county in which he/she lives to see documents related to its history, and a University of Michigan professor already has used the site for his research into pre-Civil War laws.”Visitors to the site can compare Florida laws and regulations with those of mid-19th century contemporaries in the established United States and Europe to develop a perspective about state history. Clark notes that contrary to what most might think about Spanish influence on early Florida, British common law is at the root of most territorial rule making.Among facts to be found on the site:• There was an East and a West Florida during the early territorial stage, which helps explain why Tallahassee was chosen as the state capital as the areas were merged.• All divorces had to be approved by the Florida legislature, so details of early settlers’ lives are a matter of record.• Current familiar names of many cities, counties, and rivers evolved over time. For instance, Santa Fe was originally “Santafee.”• In early territorial Florida, there was no separation of church and state: The legislature was responsible for appointing boards that incorporated churches. Thus site visitors can check on religious roots in the state.• Establishment of roads, ferries, and mail routes were recorded in legal documents, giving site visitors details on development of the state’s infrastructure.• Slave laws give insight into the Florida population’s pre-Civil War feelings toward slavery.The Florida Historical Legal Documents Page is at http://palmm.fcla.edu/law. AAML endows legal scholarships At its recent 24th Annual Institute in Tampa, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers committed to contribute $23,000 to eight Florida law schools during the 2002-2003 academic year.To date, more than $250,000 has been donated by the academy’s Florida chapter to establish endowment funds and provide additional scholarship money to students who exhibit exceptional achievement in their study of family law.Contributions of $1,000 for scholarships are being given to the University of Florida, whose endowment is already fully funded, and Barry University College of Law. As it has with the other schools, the Florida chapter has offered to work with Barry to establish an endowed scholarship fund, eventually totaling $50,000.In addition to providing financial support, academy fellows also are available, if needed, to assist Florida’s law schools by serving as guest lecturers and adjunct professors. South Florida Red Mass draws hundreds Nearly 400 judges, lawyers, and guests attended the 13th annual Red Mass, reception, and dinner sponsored recently by the St. Thomas More Society of South Florida.The Red Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church in Ft. Lauderdale. Judge Joseph A. Murphy, president of the St. Thomas More Society, presided over the evening event.Rev. Edward A. Malloy, president of the University of Notre Dame, was the guest speaker. Sr. John Norton Barrett, the former principal of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, received the Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy Award, and was recognized for his contributions to education and the community. THE LEE COUNTY ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN LAWYERS recently recognized Judge Margaret O. Steinbeck at its 13th Annual Judicial Reception on Law Day, in appreciation of her service and commitment to the judicial system. Pictured from the left are Helene O’Connell, Hayley Brady, Judge Steinbeck, Carolyn Delizia, and Laurie Anton. Judge Steinbeck was honored as a “shining example” of someone who is a role model leading by example and fulfilling the mission and purposes of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Judge Steinbeck discussed the history and importance of Law Day and centered on this year’s theme of “Celebrating Your Freedom — Assuring Equal Justice for All.”last_img read more

US rejects all Chinese claims in S. China Sea

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration escalated its actions against China on Monday by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and rejecting outright nearly all of Beijing’s significant maritime claims in the South China Sea. The administration presented the decision as an attempt to curb China’s increasing assertiveness in the region with a commitment to recognizing international law. But it will almost certainly have the more immediate effect of further infuriating the Chinese, who are already retaliating against numerous U.S. sanctions and other penalties on other matters. In this photo provided by U.S. Navy, the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups steam in formation, in the South China Sea, Monday, July 6, 2020. U.S. NAVY VIA APcenter_img It also comes as President Donald Trump has come under growing fire for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, stepped up criticism of China ahead of the 2020 election and sought to paint his expected Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, as weak on China. (AP)last_img read more