Letter To The Editor: Elated To Vote For Bernstein

first_imgBy JAMES RICKMANLos Alamos I’m pleased to share my elation after voting for Christine Bernstein for Los Alamos School Board, District 3.I think it’s fantastic that an actual educator is running for a seat on the local Board of Education. Both of my parents were teachers—and excellent ones at that, based on the recollections of their former pupils—and I remember them talking often about administrators and policy makers who knew little about the realities they faced, yet who held the purse strings and the power to make meaningful changes on behalf of students and educators.Electing a teacher to the board should provide some deeply needed pragmatism and legitimacy to discussions that affect the educational direction of our community. This is why I was pleased to vote for Christine Bernstein.I suppose one thing most people can agree upon during these deeply divided times is that the déjà vu politics of career politicians is doing nothing to improve the fabric of our society. Electing new voices to political bodies at all levels is the best chance we have for creating positive change to an imperfect system.As I was leaving the polling place, I realized one other neat fact: Christine Bernstein’s name rhymes with itself. I couldn’t think of anything that her opponent’s name rhymes with, except perhaps “trans fats,” which should be avoided. The universe sometimes gives us affirmation in strange ways. Please vote for Christine Bernstein for the Los Alamos School Board, District 3.last_img read more

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New sentencing guidance for assault

first_imgThe Sentencing Council has today published new guidance to judges and magistrates for assault offences. It aims to ensure a more consistent and proportionate approach to sentencing, with offenders receiving a sentence that reflects the harm they have caused to their victim and their culpability. The present guidance, according to some judges, puts too much emphasis on premeditation, when the evidence suggests that many assault offences are spontaneous and involve minimum premeditation. The guidance covers a wide range of offences of violence, from causing grievous bodily harm with intent to common assault. It apples to all offenders aged 18 and over, and for the first time will be applicable to both the Crown court and magistrates’ court. The council suggests that, under the new regime, there is likely to be an increase in the length of custodial sentences for those who commit the most serious assaults, while the courts will make more use of community sentences for offences at the other end of the spectrum, where little or no physical harm is caused The guidance comes into effect on 13 June this year. Chairman of the Sentencing Council Lord Justice Leveson said: ‘This guideline will increase consistency in sentencing and help ensure offenders receive sentences that accurately reflect the harm they have caused their victim and their culpability. ‘Where serious injury is inflicted, offenders can rightly expect to go to jail, but where very minor or no injuries are caused, sentencers need to apply a proportionate response.’ The new guidance can be found on the Sentencing Council website.last_img read more

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HSH ready to invest

first_imgAccording to a Reuters report, HSH Nordbank aims to buy shipping loans from other banks and make new investments in the industry.“HSH, at the end of this process of privatisation, will for the first time since 2008 be restored. We will not have the same restrictions we faced or the pressures to reduce bad debt,” Christian Nieswandt, global head of shipping with HSH Nordbank, told Reuters.“We are looking to re-invest in the shipping space and are looking for high-quality business.”The bank’s annual budget of EUR700 million (USD812.5 million), set until 2022, will be invested in new shipping business, including buying loans from other banks.Nieswandt added: “We will not buy non-performing portfolios. We are only looking at performing loans. We are talking to a couple of European banks, which have expressly stated that they want to get rid of parts of their portfolio,” he said.“This is a good way of developing the bank’s shipping portfolio. I have never experienced a period during which so many quality portfolios were for sale.”www.hsh-nordbank.comlast_img read more

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O’Neil To Miss ‘Three To Four Weeks’

first_imgThe midfielder hobbled out of City’s 2-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday with the injury.Lee Johnson’s side have only seven games left of the season, which concludes on Sunday, May 7th against Birmingham City at Ashton Gate.The head coach told bcfc.co.uk: “Gary has had the injury scanned and it’s shown up a grade two tear of his hamstring.“He’s going to miss three to four weeks, so we may just get him back for the final two games of the season.”last_img

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