Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Press Release Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events Youth Minister Lorton, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Pittsburgh, PA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Por Onell A. SotoPosted Jul 15, 2013 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Knoxville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT La reforma inmigratoria en Estados Unidos sigu4 siendo tema de los periódicos y los paneles de discusión en programas televisivos. Aunque hay un espíritu de optimismo en buen número de políticos y analistas, todavía persiste la idea de que los republicanos pondrán sus mejores tácticas para no aprobar la reforma. En los últimos dos meses 2,300 mexicanos fueron repatriados en 18 vuelos.Un ardid publicitario anunciando la llegada del verano se ha convertido en una ácida controversia. Los editores del Repórter de Santa Fe, Nuevo México publicaron la foto de una bella joven en bikini saboreando una margarita que resembla totalmente a la Virgen de Guadalupe venerada por millones de mexicanos. El semanario no ha ofrecido disculpas aunque ha dicho que “no fue nuestro propósito ofender a nadie”. Un lector dijo que la foto es “degradante” y propuso acción legal.Gisella Orjeda, directora del Consejo Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación de México ha ordenado a todos sus empleados que retiren de sus lugares de trabajo “todas las imágenes religiosas”. La medida ha sido criticada como inconstitucional e irrespetuosa de las creencias religiosas de sus empleados. Otros piensan que la medida va contra la libertad religiosa de los empleados y aún otros creen que es reconfortante saber que los científicos también creen en Dios.La pequeña y antigua comunidad de cristianos sirios se encuentra en dificultades en el conflicto que se libra en su país. La pregunta fundamental es a quién apoyar si al gobierno de Bashar-al-Assad o a las fuerzas rebeldes. Según las Naciones Unidas 93,000 personas han muerto en la guerra civil y 1.6 millones se han convertido en refugiados.Tomás Cranmer, reformador de la Iglesia de Inglaterra del siglo XVI deseando seguir en el espíritu católico de la iglesia, recogió material de las liturgias gálicas y orientales, así como del uso medieval romano. Además lo fundamentó en la Biblia, en la doctrina de los Padres de la Iglesia, pero también incluyó ideas nuevas, algunas provenientes de Alemania, y sobre todo, una de las obras más influyentes fue el breviario propuesto por el cardenal español Francisco Quiñones y la liturgia mozárabe. Todas estas fuentes crearon el manantial de agua viva que fue el primer Libro de Oración Común aprobado el 14 de marzo de l549.La ciudad de Los Ángeles está de fiesta celebrando la presencia de un nuevo alcalde judío-latino. Su población es heterogénea, disímil. Es una Babel de 140 países de origen y 224 idiomas. Los Ángeles tiene hoy un carácter latino omnipresente, decisivo. Desde abajo, la comunidad ha hecho primero un nicho, luego una presencia innegable, y ahora va camino a la predominancia. Los hispanos constituían en 2010 casi 49 por ciento de la población de la ciudad, que es de unos 3.8 millones de habitantes.El periódico Clarín de Buenos Aires ha informado que el papa Francisco ha mandado a retirar una estatura de tamaño natural hecha en su honor y puesta en la catedral de Buenos Aires. El periódico dice que el papa o no tiene interés en ser celebridad o aborrece la idea de que se haga una estatua en su honor. Desde su elección en marzo, el papa Francisco ha dado muestras de humildad y poca paciencia con la pompa y ostentación que puede derivarse de su alto cargo.El Comité Permanente de la diócesis episcopal de Puerto Rico ha dado a conocer los nombres de los nominados para la elección de obispo, según un despacho de Episcopal News Service. Los nominados son: José A. Peña, Puerto Rico; Rosalí Fernández Pola, Puerto Rico; Luis F. Padilla, Puerto Rico y Juan Carlos Restrepo, Colombia. El despacho no incluye sus biografías.Deborah Hersman, directora de la Junta Nacional de Seguridad en el Transporte dijo con respecto al accidente del avión coreano accidentado en San Francisco: “Realmente no sabemos qué puso pasar”. Añadió que tanto el piloto como su ayudante habían dormido ocho horas antes del viaje. También se informó que en el vuelo viajaba un nutrido grupo jóvenes que venían a Estados Unidos para participar de un campamento cristiano.En un hecho sin precedentes, el gobierno dominicano ha iniciado un plan para promover la superación personal de las “trabajadoras sexuales” del país, otorgándoles préstamos a través del programa Banca Solidaria. Mayra Jiménez, directora de Banca Solidaria, hizo el anuncio durante la inauguración de una nueva oficina de esta dependencia en San Cristóbal. Este proyecto busca dignificar la vida de estas mujeres, ofreciéndoles la oportunidad de abandonar la prostitución y dedicarse a operar o administrar su propio negocio o pequeña empresa.VERDAD. Dios siempre me dio una segunda oportunidad en la vida. Paulo Coelho Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Job Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rapidísimas Rector Bath, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY
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Sun Rain Room / Tonkin Liu ArchitectsSave this projectSaveSun Rain Room / Tonkin Liu Architects Houses Year: Main Contractor: Sun Rain Room / Tonkin Liu Architects “COPY” 2017 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/885283/sun-rain-room-tonkin-liu-architects Clipboard Rodrigues Associates, Tim MacFarlane Structural Engineer: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/885283/sun-rain-room-tonkin-liu-architects Clipboard Area: 80 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Save this picture!© Edmund Sumner+ 45Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Photographs CopyHouses, Extension•London, United Kingdom Photographs: Edmund Sumner, Greg Storrar Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: Allgood, Cantifix, Decospan, James Latham, Steyson, iGuzzini, Altima, BBS, BBS Brick and Stone, CNC, Felicity Jones, Grymsdyke Farm, Liquid Waterproofing, Sky Garden, Tim MacFarlane “COPY” Architects: Tonkin Liu Architects Area Area of this architecture project United Kingdom City:LondonCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Edmund SumnerRecommended ProductsDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. The Sun Rain Rooms is a two-storey extension and restoration of a Grade-II Listed Georgian townhouse. The extension re-frames the rear of the building by amplifying the characteristics found within its fabric. Designed and constructed by Tonkin Liu in collaboration with local craftspeople, it serves as both a studio for the practice and a home for the partners’ family. The perimeter walls of the rear courtyard support a plywood roof, curved in plan and section to allow maximum light into a patio garden.Save this picture!© Edmund SumnerSave this picture!Floor PlansSave this picture!© Edmund SumnerRainwater gathered at the top of the townhouse falls through a pipe, following the roof’s curving leading edge to a spout over a long rainwater harvesting tank. The tank floods the patio at the push of a button, transforming it into a reflecting pool. The roof’s thin 110mm structural shell is an insulated stressed-skin, joined by round coffered skylights that echo the wave pattern of raindrops landing in the pool. It is a good place to be on a bad day. The extension accommodates both prosaic and poetic aspects of domestic and studio rituals. Under the roof, a garden room offers a living space for the home and a meeting space for the studio.Save this picture!© Edmund SumnerSave this picture!Section 2Save this picture!© Edmund SumnerA mirrored wall in the covered outdoor area beyond conceals a workshop, cooking area, potting shed, store, and deep planter for the small trees in the green roof above. Below the patio, the existing basement has been extended to create a bedroom, two bathrooms and an enlarged plant-filled light-well. Animated by the sun and the rain, the extension a landscape that harbours a family of carefully selected specimen plants. The green roof, garden room, reflecting pool and sunken light-well form a multi-layered urban garden, both celebrating and bringing people closer to nature.Save this picture!© Edmund SumnerOriginally published on July 3, 2017.Project gallerySee allShow lessYoung Minds: Design for a Brighter FutureWorkshopTimber House / KÜHNLEIN ArchitekturSelected Projects Share Camden Carpenters, Jim Mustil, AY Construction ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeTonkin Liu ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionEnglandLondonIcebergUnited KingdomPublished on July 05, 2020Cite: “Sun Rain Room / Tonkin Liu Architects” 05 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Charities don’t speak to donors too often Tagged with: Individual giving TW Cat 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. The optimum number of communications to donors to elicit more than one gift appears to be eight. Almost half of donors give two or more gifts if they receive eight communications in a year (anything from DM, phone calls, thank you letters). Only 24 per cent give more than one gift if they receive seven, and the number drops away significantly if they receive more than eight.Eighty per cent said they were not giving any less because of the recession and those who are giving less overwhelmingly cited personal finances as the reason, rather than that the charities had done something wrong. Just over 60 per cent said they were less likely to support a new charity.The research also revealed that the lifetime of a regular giver is less than the generally accepted five years. There is a bigger fall off in year two than in year one, but by year four only around a third of donors are still giving to the same charity.The number of new donors being recruited during the economic downturn has remained steady. Almost three quarters of donors are happy with the frequency of charity communications.Contrary to popular belief, only 17 per cent of donors actually think that charities communicate with them too often, according to research carried out by TW Cat into key fundraising issues and trends.Research was done via 150 interviews with donors. The average number of charities people supported was just two and most think they give five times to one charity before moving on to another. TW Cat’s data, however, shows that most only give once. Advertisement Howard Lake | 8 July 2009 | News 23 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home Reporters Without Borders condemns a violent attack on leading journalist Amare Aregawi on 31 October in Addis Ababa, in which he sustained serious head injuries. Aregawi edits The Reporter, a big-circulation newspaper published in Amharic and English-language versions. Follow the news on Ethiopia Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation News May 21, 2021 Find out more News November 3, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Leading newspaper editor beaten unconscious outside son’s school EthiopiaAfrica Amare Aregawi, the 24 October 2008 (Photo: Reporters Without Borders) Reporters Without Borders condemns a violent attack on leading journalist Amare Aregawi on 31 October in Addis Ababa, in which he sustained serious head injuries. Aregawi edits The Reporter, a big-circulation newspaper published in Amharic and English-language versions. “The Ethiopian police must investigate this attack thoroughly in order to identify both the perpetrators and the instigators,” Reporters Without Borders said. “A show of firmness will convince others who might be tempted to use physical violence to settle scores with the press that such behaviour would not go unpunished.”Aregawi was dealt blows to the back of the head with a stone by one or several men as he was leaving his son’s school in the capital’s Bole district at about 4 p.m. on 31 October. He lost consciousness immediately and, bleeding heavily from his injuries, was rushed to Hayat hospital in a serious condition. Journalists at The Reporter said one of his assailants was arrested, as was the driver of a taxi they were going to use to get away. The police are investigating.The newspaper’s staff said the motive for the attack was not yet known. Aregawi had received threatening phone calls. He was arrested on 22 August after a large privately-owned brewery brought a libel complaint against the newspaper and was released five days later on payment of a small bail amount. The libel suit was withdrawn soon afterwards.The Reporter is owned by Media & Communication Centre, a company created and run by Aregawi, who used to head Ethiopia’s public television broadcaster. He is one of the country’s best-known journalists. Organisation News to go further RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia RSF_en EthiopiaAfrica News May 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information February 10, 2021 Find out more
By News Highland – September 15, 2020 Roadmap for living with Covid-19 published today Previous articleFurther calls for ‘urgent investment’ in health serviceNext articlePubs in Dublin will not open next week News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Twitter Google+ The new roadmap for living alongside Covid-19 will be published this morning.It will contain a system whereby different counties will have different restrictions based on the prevalence of the virus locally.The new system will have five levels – with level one being the lightest and level five being the most restrictive and close to the full lockdown we had in March.Counties may be at different levels and the plan will outline the criteria for a county moving up a level which will be based on the cases per 100,000 along with other factors like the rate of community transmission, hospitalisation, ICU numbers and even the time of year.Most counties will be put on level two for the moment, with Dublin likely to be level three with greater restrictions on home visits.The aim of the plan is to keep schools, creches and businesses open in as many of the scenarios as possible – with the government hoping these rules will allow people to have a life while also saving lives.Weddings and funerals will be treated as special cases distinct from other organised gatherings – while there’s also sections on transport and the elderly or medically vulnerable who’ve been asked to cocoon.Spectator sport is expected to return and there will be changes to the rules around international travel.Much has been made of poor communication from this government so far and huge political capital has been invested in today’s unveiling which will tell people what life in Ireland will look like for the next nine months. Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews
Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. If the employment contract has been concluded despite it always having been clear that a work permit would be required, and there was never any intention to apply for it, the contract is deemed void from the outset. Recently, an initiative was suggested by the German government to provide “green cards” for computer specialists – mainly from India – to meet an increasing demand for such skilled personnel. This initiative has not yet been adopted.Contract of employmentGenerally, a contract of employment does not need to be in writing to be legally binding – unless for a fixed term – and can be concluded verbally. However, the written form is recommended to avoid later differences of opinion over the contract’s precise details.In line with a statute based on an EU-directive, employers have to give every employee a signed document with the essential terms of contract within two months of their starting work. However, the legal consequences of flouting these statutory provisions are unclear.Labour courts have shown a tendency to shift the burden of proof in the employee’s favour regarding the interpretation of their contracts of employment.Probationary period and protection against dismissalDuring any probationary period all statutes, collective agreements and works agreements relating to employment law are applicable to the employee. During this period, which can last for a maximum of six months, the employment may be terminated with a notice period of two weeks. The employer is not required to give a reason for dismissal. After the probationary period, the general statutory protections against dismissal apply: these are mandatory provisions, and the employer has to give an acceptable reason for dismissal unless it relates to the expiry of a fixed-term contract. However, such a contract is only permissible if a factual reason for the fixed term exists when it ends.The only exception to this rule is under the Recruitment Promotion Act, which says fixed-term employment contracts may be concluded up to a maximum period of 24 months, even without a factual reason, if the employee is newly appointed. This Act is due to be phased out at the end of this year but it could be extended. If a fixed-term employment contract has been concluded without a factual reason, it is deemed to continue indefinitely. Minimum working conditionsSome basic working conditions are provided in mandatory legal provisions. After six months’ continuous employment the minimum notice period is four weeks to the end of a calendar month. An employee may not work longer than 48 hours a week and the minimum holiday entitlement is 24 working days each year. There is no legal provision regulating minimum wages. These are often settled in collective agreements between trade unions and employers’ associations, which often also regulate other working conditions. These agreements are mandatory and can be excluded only for the benefit of the employee. About 41,700 collective agreements are still in force. It is estimated that in Germany, collective agreements have an impact on the employment conditions of 90 per cent of all employees. The question of whether an employment relationship is ruled by collective agreements is therefore of paramount importance. • Clare Murray is a partner in employment and partnership law at Fox WilliamsGerman employment law is unusual because while the legal system is based mainly on legislation, it also relies on binding law made by the courts, thereby facilitating greater flexibility. Below are some of the key issues employers have to consider when recruiting and engaging new employees.Job advertisementsAn employer must not advertise a position, either publicly or internally, as exclusively for men or exclusively for women. The only exception is when a particular gender is an essential prerequisite for the job at hand – for example, an advertisement for the role of a male actor. Discrimination against sex may give rise to a claim for damages against the employer. Employer’s “right to question”When invited to an interview, the applicant is obliged to answer truthfully any questions asked by the employer. However, the answers to these questions should be in the employer’s rightful and provable interest, and require an answer because of their relevance to the job. The applicant need not answer inadmissible questions.The applicant should be allowed to answer inadmissible questions without adhering to the truth if their refusal to answer – or a truthful answer – could have negative consequences for them. Only a false answer to a perfectly valid question can entitle the employer to contest the contract of employment. The employer is entitled to ask questions about professional skills, attachment of wages by creditors of the employee, physical disability, non-compete obligations under previous employment, state of health and previous convictions, if any connection with the employment exists. The employer may not ask for information regarding union membership, previous remuneration, pregnancy or an employee’s financial circumstances. Reimbursement of interview costsThe employer is obliged to reimburse the costs incurred by the interviewee if he invites an applicant to attend. This applies independently of whether an employment contract is concluded or not. Travelling expenses and, if required, costs for a hotel and for board, as well as loss of income, are reimbursable items. Engagement of foreign employees Citizens of EU-member-states may be employed by an employer in the same way as German employees. Persons who are citizens of non-EU countries or who are stateless require a residence permit from the authority for foreign nationals and a work permit from the labour office. The expiry of a work permit for a limited period does not result in the employment contract being void, but giving notice may then terminate the employment.If the employment contract has been concluded despite it always having been clear that a work permit would be required, and there was never any intention to apply for it, the contract is deemed void from the outset. Recently, an initiative was suggested by the German government to provide “green cards” for computer specialists – mainly from India – to meet an increasing demand for such skilled personnel. This initiative has not yet been adopted.Contract of employmentGenerally, a contract of employment does not need to be in writing to be legally binding – unless for a fixed term – and can be concluded verbally. However, the written form is recommended to avoid later differences of opinion over the contract’s precise details.In line with a statute based on an EU-directive, employers have to give every employee a signed document with the essential terms of contract within two months of their starting work. However, the legal consequences of flouting these statutory provisions are unclear.Labour courts have shown a tendency to shift the burden of proof in the employee’s favour regarding the interpretation of their contracts of employment.Probationary period and protection against dismissalDuring any probationary period all statutes, collective agreements and works agreements relating to employment law are applicable to the employee. During this period, which can last for a maximum of six months, the employment may be terminated with a notice period of two weeks. The employer is not required to give a reason for dismissal. After the probationary period, the general statutory protections against dismissal apply: these are mandatory provisions, and the employer has to give an acceptable reason for dismissal unless it relates to the expiry of a fixed-term contract. However, such a contract is only permissible if a factual reason for the fixed term exists when it ends.The only exception to this rule is under the Recruitment Promotion Act, which says fixed-term employment contracts may be concluded up to a maximum period of 24 months, even without a factual reason, if the employee is newly appointed. This Act is due to be phased out at the end of this year but it could be extended. If a fixed-term employment contract has been concluded without a factual reason, it is deemed to continue indefinitely. Minimum working conditionsSome basic working conditions are provided in mandatory legal provisions. After six months’ continuous employment the minimum notice period is four weeks to the end of a calendar month. An employee may not work longer than 48 hours a week and the minimum holiday entitlement is 24 working days each year. There is no legal provision regulating minimum wages. These are often settled in collective agreements between trade unions and employers’ associations, which often also regulate other working conditions. These agreements are mandatory and can be excluded only for the benefit of the employee. About 41,700 collective agreements are still in force. It is estimated that in Germany, collective agreements have an impact on the employment conditions of 90 per cent of all employees. The question of whether an employment relationship is ruled by collective agreements is therefore of paramount importance. • Clare Murray is a partner in employment and partnership law at Fox Williams Guide to International Employment Law edited by Clare Murray Guide to International Employment LawOn 20 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today
Five Lake County civil servants lost their lawsuit challenging a state law that forbids them from serving in elected office in the same city that employs them.An Indiana law barring municipal employees from serving in office in the same unit of government passed in 2012 has an effective date of Jan. 1, 2016. This was to provide current officeholders an opportunity to decide whether to run for re-election.Matthew Claussen, Juda Parks, Susan Pelfrey, Michael Opinker and Scott Rakos sued the state in the U.S. Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division. They are city employees who were elected or re-elected to their various city councils and challenged the law as a violation of their federal constitutional rights under the First and 14th amendments and under the Contracts Clause and Takings Clause.Northern District Chief Judge Philip P. Simon rejected those claims Wednesday and dismissed the federal complaint but said the plaintiffs could pursue state law claims in state court.“Passage of the statute did not result in plaintiffs’ resignation, and the statute does not compel plaintiffs to assume public office and thereby resign their employment,” Simon wrote. “The plaintiffs alone will decide whether they want to assume public office and forego continued government employment.“They simply have not been shouldered with a financial burden that the public at large should bear; there is no taking at all here, unconstitutional or otherwise.”The ruling upheld Indiana Code 3-5-9-5 that states a person “is considered to have resigned as a government employee when the individual assumes an elected office of the unit that employs the individual.”Simon reasoned that Indiana had an interest in disparate treatment of municipal employees: preventing the appearance of corruption. “The simple fact of the matter is that there is obviously a greater risk of self-dealing when a municipal worker holds office in the same government unit that employs him, and the questioned law attempts to address that problem.”In all cases, the civil servant salaries are greater than those the employees would earn as city council members. Claussen is a Hobart police officer elected to city council; Pelfrey is a New Chicago water department worker who won a council seat; Opinker and Rakos are Hammond firefighters elected to Hammond City Council; and Parks is an East Chicago police officer elected to city council. Rakos has resigned from the Hammond Fire Department, the opinion notes.Attorney General Greg Zoeller praised the ruling in a statement Thursday. “We respect the plaintiffs’ service in their municipal governments; but the Legislature has firmly drawn the line at serving in no more than one position in a municipality at a time, and the Court has upheld that statute. Serving in municipal government is a privilege and should not be primarily about the financial reward; and there are many ways that civic-minded people can serve their communities and neighbors in non-government capacities,” he said.The case is Claussen et al. v. Pence et al., 2:15-cv-52.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The Hummingbird Bakery has revealed it will be launching its third book Home Sweet Home on Valentine’s Day.The cupcake boutique business, which ventured out of the UK and into the Middle East last September, said the new bakery book will feature 100 recipes, including those used within its five London-based outlets.Recipes include traybakes, fruit pies, layer cakes and cookies, as well as the company’s infamous cupcakes.Tarek Malouf, managing director at The Hummingbird Bakery, told British Baker: “We decided to start publishing bakery books because so many of our customers were asking for our recipes. Many of the recipes featured come directly from our branches and use exactly the same ingredients and home-baking techniques as our bakers use on a daily basis.“Our latest cookbook, Home Sweet Home, features a mix of classic recipes, such as our famous red velvet cupcake, as well as brand new recipes taken from our limited-edition daily specials collections. Making our recipes widely available has only served to drive sales and bring our customers closer to The Hummingbird Bakery brand.”The Hummingbird Bakery has sold more than a million copies of its two previous recipe books, The Hummingbird Bakery Cook Book (2009) and The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days (2011).
Radiohead is on tour, and we can’t get enough. The past few weeks have been an absolute thrill, as the band criss-crossed the country, hitting Lollapalooza, The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and of course two legendary nights at Madison Square Garden.Thanks to one dedicated fan and a handy HD camera, we can now relive the glory of the band’s first night at MSG. The footage begins outside of the venue, taking in the ambiance of excited fans waiting to see their favorite band, and then cutting into MSG for a front row view of the entire show. Expect extreme close-ups of Thom Yorke‘s famous wiggle dancing, Johnny Greenwood‘s epic instrument switching (piano, guitar, radio frequencies, theremin and more…he is a true visionary!), and an incredible view of the band’s infamous light show.Check out the footage for yourself. This is a beyond front-row view of the band. The extreme close-ups of the band members’ faces give the viewer a unique viewpoint, experiencing the show as if you are on stage with the band yourself. For a DIY recording, the results are truly impressive. Thanks YouTube user lordazuretwentyfive for the unique footage, and check out the full two hour show below.