Rugby World Cup Groups Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. HIGHLIGHTS: @lospumas v @usarugby in Pool C at Rugby World Cup 2019#RWC2019 #ARGvUSA pic.twitter.com/IWCiBekqv6— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 9, 2019“Right until the 81st minute, showing the fight and tenacity that we did, made me very proud. But we’ve got a lot of work to do in terms of improving. That’s why this was a great group for us. I’m not feeling like that right now. But on reflection, it will be a very profitable exercise. This is what we want, to play against three teams who are top-ten teams in the world.“In all three games, we have put up good performances for periods of time – we just haven’t lasted for 80 minutes. Tonga are a good team but we want to try to finish on a high.”On the possibility of the USA hosting RWC 2027: “To see the Rugby World Cup in Japan has really struck a chord. If USA were to be awarded the 2027 World Cup, you would see similar strides in America to what you’ve seen in Japan.”Get in! USA captain Blaine Scully celebrates the first of his two tries just before half-time (Getty Images)USA captain Blaine Scully: “I think in the first half we found a foothold. We were able to have a pretty good amount of possession inside the 22 and were really resilient. We were able to weather some storms and create a bit of pressure and we ended up getting that try in the first half. We were in a really good position to climb back into the game.“We started the second half really well, we won the kick-off and had a scrum and ended up really deep inside their territory. We ended up turning the ball over and suddenly we were back deep inside our 22. That’s a momentum shift that ends up being difficult to weather.”“We did some good things with the ball but we also missed some opportunities and in the World Cup you have to take every chance you get because they don’t come around too often. So credit to Argentina. They showed what a dangerous team they are today.” Argentina Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Next level support for @USARugby #ARGvUSA #RWC2019 pic.twitter.com/g1VVSgEUBe— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 9, 2019RELATED RUGBY WORLD CUP CONTENT Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Expand LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Collapse The fate of the oval ball… Not much Mike Teo can do about that #RWC2019 #ITVRugby pic.twitter.com/BvXS5dJCNH— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) October 9, 2019The loose, sevens-style play of the second period suited Argentina, who by no-side had racked up 15 line breaks. The Americans were left chasing shadows and Gary Gold made a forlorn figure in his coaches’ box, his team’s campaign continuing in abject disappointment.USA were unable to string together meaningful phases and kicked the ball away too often. They were caught offside frequently in the early stages, giving Argentina easy yardage, their lineout faltered and their missed tackle count reached an alarming height – just four shy of a half-century. Rather too much rests on the shoulders of their Sale fly-half AJ MacGinty.Birthday boy: USA scrum-half Ruben de Haas, 21 today, climbs up to the stand after the match (Getty)They at least had the consolation of scoring three tries: MacGinty’s grubber put skipper Blaine Scully in just before the turnaround, Paul Lasike crashed over on the hour and Scully crossed again in the final play. Unlike his first effort, he didn’t celebrate. The Eagles’ chance at redemption comes on Sunday in their final pool match against Tonga.Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez had returned to the Pumas side and his try in the 18th minute, after he collected Mellia’s scoring pass, had set the ball rolling. Joaquin Tuculet, one of the older brigade and making his first start of this tournament, then latched on to a Sanchez chip that eluded Mike Te’o before ducking under Lasike’s high tackle to grab his second.It was all too easy for them after that.Related: Rugby World Cup TV CoverageYoung fans: schoolchildren at the Pool C match at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium in Saitama (Getty Images)Star manJuan Cruz Mallia marked his first Test start for Argentina with an accomplished display, sparking the try feast by sending Nicolas Sanchez to the line for the opener.The Jaguares centre hadn’t even featured internationally this year but seized his opportunity here, making a team-topping 17 carries and 164 metres. One mistimed tackle aside on opposite number Bryce Campbell, it was hard to find fault with the 23-year-old.The reaction – ArgentinaHead coach Mario Ledesma: “They were playing for someone really special today (Juan Manuel Leguizamon, retiring after 87 caps) and I’m really happy that he had the farewell he deserved. Qualifying for France wasn’t in our heads – we wanted to play better, we wanted to do on the field what we practised and to do it for him.“We expected the younger players to step up today and they delivered. Obviously, we are out of the World Cup but, with those guys, the future is looking good for Argentine rugby.On scoring seven tries: “In the last few months we’ve been trying to have a good combination with fly-half and backs and that worked well. It was a great combination with everyone, they worked together as a team; that is how you win a match and how we want to win a match.”Good job: Mario Ledesma congratulates wing Santiago Carreras after the victory (AFP/Getty Images)On his future: “It is really important to have a good perspective in our future. But we have just played our match, we had a red card in England match, so we need to look back on many things, we can’t just look forward in one way.“As coach I work on tactics and skill, control player emotions and have cohesion in the team and bring in other forces from outside as well. We need to go out of our country and play many matches to improve and to watch other sports to learn from them.”Argentina captain Pablo Matera: “It was a tough game, a physical game from the USA guys. We’re happy to get the win in our last game, it was important. Also a special mention to Juan Manuel Leguizamon, it was his last game with this jersey and he’s the man today and we’re very happy to give him a victory in his last game. Expand The scrap between North and South America goes the Pumas’ way as they put the Eagles to flight in Kumagaya. Victory secures third place in Pool C and qualification for 2023 Argentina Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Los Pumas failed to make it to the… 2019 Rugby World Cup: Argentina 47-17 USAHead-to-headPlayed – 9Argentina wins – 9USA wins – 0Did You Know?Blaine Scully became the third USA skipper to score a RWC try, after Dan Lyle (1999) and Chris Wyles (2015). All of his previous 13 Test tries were against Tier Two teams.Pumas back-row Juan Manuel Leguizamon, playing in his fourth World Cup, was chaired off after making his 87th and final Test appearance.This was Argentina’s biggest win since beating Japan 54-20 in Tokyo in November 2016.USA No 8 Cam Dolan won his 50th cap – you can read an exclusive Q&A with him in the current issue of Rugby World magazine.Related: Rugby World Cup FixturesOut on a high: Juan Manuel Leguizamon is chaired off after his final Test for the Pumas (Getty Images)In a nutshellIt was billed as a play-off for third place but in reality it was no contest, Argentina brushing the US Eagles aside by seven tries to three to finish their Pool C campaign behind England and France. In doing so, they secured their place at the 2023 World Cup in France and condemned USA to the qualifying route.The Pumas gave youth its head and, having established a healthy 19-5 half-time advantage, they let loose in the second half, taking the game away from USA with a three-try burst in the third quarter. Juan Cruz Mallia notched a double and co-centre Jeronimo de la Fuente finished a sumptuous attack from deep to put the game to bed at 40-5.Replacement scrum-half Gonzalo Martin Bertranou got the final try, although there was nearly a final five-point flourish from wing Bautista Delguy, whose mesmerising run from behind his own line straight after half-time had set the mood for what was to follow. A rundown of the Rugby World Cup groups… Rugby World Cup Groups TAGS: USA “We played three matches and couldn’t show what we practised for 80 minutes of each game. We lost to England and couldn’t make it to the quarter-final and that was disappointing.”On his future: “Everything has passed by so quickly, so we are going back to Argentina and then we can gather ourselves and analyse objectively. During this tournament I did not have a moment to think about what happens but it’s going to be a change for me.”Seven up: Gonzalo Martin Bertranou, a replacement for injured Tomas Cubelli, scores Argentina’s last tryThe reaction – USAHead coach Gary Gold: “I’m disappointed in the outcome but really proud of the effort. I think even the biggest cynic could see how hard the guys tried and how hard they worked.“I thought the first 20 minutes was very, very good, very similar to the French game, when we put ourselves in a really good position. We had an unbelievable opportunity to take advantage of the scoreboard and we didn’t, unfortunately, score in that moment. That’s how rugby works. It’s a game of momentum.“I think that’ll come with the more time we spend together and the more time we play together. I do believe we’ve improved game on game.“I thought our lineout was okay but out scrum took a bit of a strain, mysteriously. It’s difficult to play when your set-pieces aren’t going forward. USA Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide USA Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide The Americans have been building in the right… Dotting down: Joaquin Tuculet scores Argentina’s third try during their defeat of USA (Getty Images) A wonderful Argentina breakaway sees Sanchez pump the legs to the line and go over for the first points of the match#ITVRugby #RWC2019 pic.twitter.com/jitxi1tyTA— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) October 9, 2019The TeamsArgentina: Joaquin Tuculet; Bautista Delguy, Juan Cruz Mallia, Jeronimo de La Fuente (Matías Moroni 60), Santiago Carreras; Nicolas Sanchez (Benjamin Urdapilleta 59), Felipe Ezcurra (Gonzalo Martin Bertranou 56); Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (Mayco Vivas 52), Julian Montoya (Agustin Creevy 52), Santiago Medrano (Enrique Pieretto Heiland 52), Guido Petti (Tomas Lezana 57), Matias Alemanno, Pablo Matera (capt, Marcos Kremer 49), Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Rodrigo Bruni.Tries: Sanchez 18, Tucalet 24, 34, Mallia 43, 48, de la Fuente 55, Bertranou 71. Cons: Sanchez 5, Urdapilleta.USA: Mike Te’o (Will Hooley 49); Blaine Scully (capt), Bryce Campbell, Paul Lasike (Martin Iosefo 2-7), Marcel Brache; AJ MacGinty, Ruben de Haas (Nate Augspurger 59); Eric Fry (Olive Kilifi 49), Joe Taufete’e (Dylan Fawsitt 49), Titi Lamositele (Paul Mullen 49), Nate Brakeley (Ben Landry 56), Greg Peterson, Tony Lamborn (Ben Pinkelman 56), Hanco Germishuys, Cam Dolan.Tries: Scully 38, 80, Lasike 59. Con: MacGinty.
Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC [Anglican Communion News Service] The primate of Southern Africa, Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, has written to the bishops of the province asking them to establish diocesan advisory teams to handle allegations of abuse. He is also “urgently consulting more widely on how the Church can not only act more effectively, but be seen to act effectively in cases of sexual abuse,” he said in a statement released March 22.Read the full article here. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Africa, The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Anglican Communion New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Collierville, TN 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Anglican Church of Southern Africa asks bishops to step up response to abuse allegations Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Job Listing Featured Jobs & Calls Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector Columbus, GA Posted Mar 22, 2018 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Albany, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Events Rector Knoxville, TN Tags Rector Belleville, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Press Release Service
ArchDaily Text description provided by the architects. Ty-Hedfan is a new house perched above a river in a small village at the top of a valley, five miles from Brecon and the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. The site is quite unique, sloping down to the confluence of two rivers, Ysgir Fach and Ysgir Fawr, that run across the length of the property. Ty-Hedfan, meaning ‘hovering house’ takes full advantage of this river side location. Because of a statutory 6m no-build zone along the river bank, it cantilevers the main living areas up to the river bank and elevates them amongst the trees. The house is a further exploration of the practice’s interest in highly site specific and contextual architecture, taking its cue from the traditional Welsh long house form, using local materials such as slate and stone and by fully utilizing the typography of the site to create a striking and unique form. Save this picture!sketchRecommended ProductsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoThe house totals 2400sqft (223sqm) of internal living space which is split into two quite differently constructed wings: The main house wing has the cantilevered living room and a double height kitchen and dining spaces that open onto an elevated courtyard overlooking the garden, river and countryside. The upper floor of this wing, partially within the roofspace, contains 2 bedrooms and bathrooms. The second wing is perpendicular to the first and partially buried into the sloping ground. It has a gently sloping green sedum roof that appears to be an extension of the garden behind. This wing comprises two guest bedrooms and a study room with bed mezzanine, all with full height windows and doors opening up onto a riverside deck. Punctuating the green roof are irregular shaped rooflights bringing ample daylight into this semi sunken area.Save this picture!Courtesy of featherstone youngProject gallerySee allShow lessHotel Liesma Proposal / Nobutaka Ashihara ArchitectArticlesThe Campaign for Safe Buildings SymposiumArticles Share Ty-Hedfan / Featherstone Young CopyHouses• Houses Ty-Hedfan / Featherstone YoungSave this projectSaveTy-Hedfan / Featherstone Young “COPY” 2009 Area: 2400 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Featherstone Young Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/180857/ty-hedfan-featherstone-young Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/180857/ty-hedfan-featherstone-young Clipboard Projects “COPY” Save this picture!Courtesy of featherstone young+ 22 Share Year: CopyAbout this officeFeatherstone YoungOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesPublished on November 04, 2011Cite: “Ty-Hedfan / Featherstone Young” 04 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” VALENTINE and greeting cards generally are usually adorned with funny or touching messages and images of stereotypically beautiful young heterosexual people who apparently all think English is the language of love.Which is why one designer is stocking Limerick shops with a very different kind of card, making it possible to send greetings as Gaeilge and to loved ones in same-sex and polyamorous relationships, as well as a whole host of other dynamics that don’t get a look in with big greeting card manufacturers.Ruth Crean’s ‘Nice Day’ vintage range includes cards for older lovers and specific interest groups, such as book readers and naughty erotica.“This year I expanded my range to include polyamorous and LGBTQ images in my work. This change came about by being open in my own life about being poly and bi,” Ruth told the Limerick Post.“When we look to mainstream shops all we see represented are monogamous heterosexual couples, usually young and usually white. It’s important that minority communities see themselves represented in the media that they come across everyday, to feel validated and not separate from society.“It’s Valentine’s day this week and all that’s represented in the shops is a narrow view of what is acceptable”.Ruth, who is involved in “ethically non-monogamous,” relationships said that “being out and outspoken on social media has been transformative to my own personal happiness. I thought it was about time that this liberation crossed over into my business too.“I know it’s only a small thing but I don’t think people within the poly and LGBTQ community should have to search to see their love life mirrored in how we celebrate love. These relationships should be visible too”.Pointing to the core tenants of polyamory, that love is limitless and shouldn’t be fearfully hoarded to one person, Ruth says its “only fitting that I make cards that people can send to their partners to celebrate that choice that they’ve made to love without boundaries.“It’s certainly not something that you will find on the shelf of your local newsagents, but then again it’s more fun when the aim is something different, something special”.Ruth’s cards can be found at Chez le Fab and Lucky Lane in Limerick or on-line athttps://www.etsy.com/ie/shop/NiceDayCardsFor more local news click here WhatsApp TAGSgreeting cardsLGBTQlimericknon-monogamouspolyamorousRuth CreanValentine’s Day Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin NewsLocal NewsA new approach on the cards for RuthBy Bernie English – February 13, 2018 3194 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleCharity valentines ball warms hearts in LimerickNext articleGPs angered at Minister’s abortion proposals Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Facebook Print
ECSO facing several civil suits Facebook Bryan Mackay talks about Young Professionals of Odessa. Four civil suits have been filed this year by inmates against members of the Ector County Sheriff’s Office, including Sheriff Mike Griffis, and branches of the office claiming deprivation of the civil rights.The first complaint was filed March 7 by Jermaine Jerod Finch, who was taken to the Ector County Detention Center on Feb. 1 on the charge of possession of a controlled substance, a state jail felony.Finch alleges in his complaint that when he was first being taken in for booking on Jan. 28, he received excessive punishment from staff upon arrival.“In the booking area, I was assaulted by an Odessa Police Department officer and the jailers on account of they couldn’t take my boots off,” Finch wrote in his complaint. “I never resisted, and they tried to say I was failing to I.D.”Finch stated further that he waited several hours before he was taken to the Medical Center Hospital emergency room, where he stayed for two-and-a-half days before being taken back to the Ector County Detention Center.The defendants in the case consist of the Ector County Detention Center, the Odessa Police Department, Sheriff Mike Griffis, Sgt. Steve Ramos and Lt. Jesus Abalos, court records show.A second civil suit was filed a week later, March 13, by Albert Garza against Abalos and Mike Griffis. Garza claims in his complaint that he was placed in a sex offender housing pod and assaulted by other inmates, despite not being a sex offender. Jail records show Garza was charged with fraudulent use of identifying info, a third-degree felony, failure to identify as a fugitive, a class A misdemeanor, and was a fugitive from justice in Otter Tail County, Minn. He is not listed in the sex offender registry.“I have no sex citation charge, but that is how this place is run and the guards or sheriff have no care in the world for us inmates at all,” Garza stated in the complaint. “Mike Griffis’ way of running this facility is the reason a lot of inmates like myself have been physically assaulted in this place.”Ector County Commissioners recently appointed attorney Denis Dennis as legal counsel for Griffis.A third civil suit was filed April 10 by Steven Howell against the Ector County Detention Center Medical Department, the City of Odessa, Ector County, Griffis, Darrell Hadley, Officer Kevin Shockey and Lea Zarsky. Jail records show Howell was charged on March 17 with possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor, open container and public intoxication, class C misdemeanors.Howell alleges in the complaint that on March 21, he and other inmates were given a tuberculosis test by a medical staff member at the jail who wore no sterile gloves during the injections.“I now have extreme pain in the elbow of the same arm that received the T.B. test and have a large pocket of pus or fluid accumulated in the same elbow, my left,” Howell wrote. “Medical has ignored by repeated requests to see a doctor and the pain is getting worse while the pus pocket grows.”The most recent suit was filed on May 23 by Lane Coulter, who was charged April 20 with evading arrest with a vehicle or watercraft, a state jail felony. Coulter alleges in the complaint that while he was jailed he fell off of the top bunk in his cell and broke his leg.“After breaking my leg, I was transported to Medical Center Hospital, but ordered to walk from the van to the emergency room,” Coulter wrote. “I was shackled at the ankles, with a broken leg, making the ordered walk more painful and extremely more cruel than necessary.”Griffis and Dennis, who is representing Griffis is Garza v. Griffis, said they could not comment on any of the cases due to the litigations being pending.None of the cases have any scheduled court dates yet. All of the trials will be held in the Texas Western District Court and presided by Judge David Counts. Local NewsCrime Twitter Facebook Previous articleTeen Court coordinator retiring after 25 yearsNext articleBronchos Football Camp starts Monday admin Pinterest Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp By admin – June 3, 2018
Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe December 19, 2014 754 Views Foreclosure deed filings are down in Rhode Island for the third quarter of 2014, according to a report published by HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University on Thursday.In all, 364 foreclosure deeds were filed in Rhode Island in Q3, down from the 382 filed in Q2 2014, a decline of 5 percent, according to HousingWorks RI. Year-to-date through the end of Q3 2014, however, residential foreclosure deed filings ticked up by 2 percent in the Ocean State from the same period in 2013 from 1,170 to 1,193.Despite the slight year-over-year increase for the three quarters combined, the 364 foreclosure deed filings in Rhode Island for Q3 2014 are less than half of the total from Q1 2009 (858) at the height of the nation’s housing and financial crisis, according to HousingWorks RI. Fifteen communities (out of 39) and the East Side of Providence reported year-over-year declines in foreclosure deeds filed for the first three quarters of 2014, while four communities reported no change and 20 communities reported an increase.”We’re encouraged to see residential foreclosure deed filings continue to decline in Rhode Island,” said Jessica Cigna, research and policy director for HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University. “We had a large increase in foreclosures during the first quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter of 2013, and that is still affecting the cumulative annual numbers. It will be interesting to see how this year plays out in the fourth quarter.”While the state’s Q3 2014’s unemployment rate of 7.6 percent is still way above the national average of 5.8 percent, it is still down from the Q1 2009 rate of 10.1 percent, HousingWorks RI reported.Rhode Island’s percentage of seriously delinquent mortgage loans, which are those more than 90 days overdue or in foreclosure, has been slowly but steadily declining since 2009 and was at 6.1 percent for Q3 2014, according to HousingWorks. The 6.1 percent rate is still higher than the national average of seriously delinquent mortgage loans during Q3, which was 4.65 percent.”We know that many mortgaged homeowners in Rhode Island are still struggling, so we’d like to see our seriously delinquent loans come down below the national level,” Cigna said.Only eight communities in Rhode Island, including the East Side of Providence, posted a foreclosure rate higher than the state average for Q3, which was 0.2 percent, according to HousingWorks RI. Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Tagged with: Foreclosure Deed Filings HousingWorks RI Rhode Island Seriously Delinquent Mortgage Loans About Author: Brian Honea Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Foreclosure Deed Filings HousingWorks RI Rhode Island Seriously Delinquent Mortgage Loans 2014-12-19 Brian Honea Previous: Global DMS Marketing VP Receives ‘Women of Distinction’ Award Next: OCC Report Shows Improvement in First-Lien Mortgages for Q3 Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Foreclosure Deed Filings Continue to Drop in Rhode Island Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post Foreclosure Deed Filings Continue to Drop in Rhode Island
Top Stories’Don’t Citizens Have A Right To Know About Central Vista?’: Divan Argues In SC For Public Consultation Mehal Jain29 Oct 2020 8:05 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday resumed hearing on the challenge to the Central Vista project and the government’s proposal to construct a new Parliament in Lutyen’s Delhi. A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari & Sanjeev Khanna had earlier decided to hear the challenge on 3 issues, vis-à-vis change of land use, violations of municipal law, violations of…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 Supreme Court on Thursday resumed hearing on the challenge to the Central Vista project and the government’s proposal to construct a new Parliament in Lutyen’s Delhi. A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari & Sanjeev Khanna had earlier decided to hear the challenge on 3 issues, vis-à-vis change of land use, violations of municipal law, violations of environmental law. Subsequently, the Court disposed off the petitions challenging change in land use of plot number 1 of the Central Vista Project, adding that it will be taken up at a later stage as the decision on its usage had not yet been taken by the Government. On Wednesday, Justice Maheshwari had inquired from Senior Advocate Shyam Diwan for the petitioners, “There is no express provision for public involvement in our Constitution. Are you drawing support only from Article 19(1)(a)? Right to know is a part of participation, but which provision, overall scheme are you relying on?” On Thursday, Mr. Diwan replied, “As in the case of the South African Constitution, there is no express provision corresponding to public involvement in our Constitution. So it is a derivative right, outside the express Constitutional scheme. I am going to name some statutes which provide for public consultation” He gave the example of the SC/ST Forest Dwellers Act, 2006: “The experts may say that an enclave is very important since certain species is endangered, even though there are forest dwellers there. For resettlement under the Act, three levels of Authority are prescribed, including the free and informed consent of the Gram Sabha”. Next, he gave the example of Land Acquisition Act, 2013 which provides for Social Impact Assessment (SIA), requiring consultation with the Panchayat, the Gram Sabha, the Municipality or the Municipal Corporation in carrying out the SIA. It also envisages the assessment report to be made available to the general public, followed by a public hearing. Further, he cited the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority Act of 2008 which requires the Authority to ensure transparency in exercising power. Finally, the IBC and the General Clauses Act were cited for their provisions of pre- publications, suggestions and objections. “If the Parliament had made the Statute (for the re development of the Central Vista), all this would have come in as these are contemporaneous requirements of law. Instead everything has been done through an executive action.” explained Mr. Diwan. Continuing, he discussed the decision of the Kenyan Court of Appeal in Kiambu County Government v. Robert N. Gakuru. In this context, Justice Khanwilkar asked “Does this entail a situation where the public participation process was complied at the first stage and some legislation came to be drafted, incorporating the inputs, and when the legislation is introduced after substantial change, it has to be put up for discussion again? The process would be unending then. The Parliament has taken a holistic view and made the law. Does it need to go through the round of participation again? The Parliament is the final law making body after all” “Your Lordships adopt a cautious approach while applying foreign authorities in our jurisdiction as those provisions are different. There is an evolving global norm of participatory democracy which manifests in different ways. There is devolution of power at a constitutional level- town planning statutes entrusting the responsibility to Municipalities. In a recent judgment, Justice Rohinton Nariman has said that in the course of subordinate or delegated legislation, objections are taken frequently…As regards your concern, that the process would be unending, in my opinion, if the second draft is radically, substantially and dramatically different from the first one, then a second round of participation is needed even in our system. If it is broadly the same, then there is no need.” replied Mr. Diwan. “The Kenyan decision captures public participation in two words- quantitative and qualitative.” noted Justice Khanwilkar. In context of Judicial Review and Limited Government, Mr. Diwan advanced that this is a huge national project and thus, the Public Trust Doctrine applies with great force- “the Public Trust Doctrine mandates a high degree of judicial scrutiny. Both sides recognise that the whole of the political heart of the country is being reordered. This requires the highest standard of judicial review” Public Consultation, Transparency, Open Governance Referring to the 2019 Supreme Court case of Hanuman Laxman Aroskar, Mr. Diwan advanced that if in the context of environmental clearance for an international airport in Goa, such high standards are stipulated, so surely public views regarding the new design of the Central Vista are indispensable. “The judgment speaks of public hearing, written responses, State Pollution Board to hold hearings, placing a summary of the EIA report on the website, making of appropriate changes in the draft EIA and EMP, submission of the final EIA report to the regulatory authority for appraisal. So definitely there was a duty to disclose and share what you plan to do on the part of the government even in this case. Everything was totally opaque, no studies are there and even if there are, none have been placed before this Court…Hanuman’s case is highly relevant and persuasive here. There were a huge number of general objections even here, which the government was conscious of but rejected anyway. Primarily, on the heritage aspect, there was complete non- consideration”, he argued. Relying on the 2016 Cellular Operators Association case, he quoted, “It is common ground that, whether or not consultation of interested parties and the public is a legal requirement, if it is embarked upon it must be carried out properly. To be proper, consultation must be undertaken at a time when proposals are still at a formative stage…” “Your Lordships should hold CPWD to these standards in this case. They have said they shall consult the Heritage Committee at the ‘appropriate stage’, even after the plan has been finalised” argued Mr. Diwan. Referring to the procedure in the UK, Justice Khanna asked “This is very detailed. Can we duplicate it here?” “You can’t go through a pretense of consultation. Keeping aside the general constitution norm, there is an express provision in respect of conservation of heritage, so it has to be done at the appropriate time, not after the whole project has been cooked up. The fundamental notion of conservation as to heritage is at the conceptional stage. It cannot be like ‘pandemic or no pandemic, hurry and rush it through, because we have time-lines’. This is not democracy but autocracy, which we are fortunately not” replied Mr. Diwan. He referred to Union of India v. Cynamide, where the Court issued directions to hold hearings with the stakeholders even though it held that drug price fixing is legislative in nature. At this point, Justice Khanwilkar pointed to the 1998 authority of MRF v. State of Kerala, where in context of the challenge to the national and festival holidays having been increased, it was held that industries can’t claim a hearing, raising it as a grievance and alleging violation of their right under Article 19(1)(g). “This is another authority on this point”, he said. Mr. Diwan moved on to the Reliance Debentures case, relying on Justice Sabyasachi Mukharji’s judgment, holding that the right to information is a right under Article 21 and not just under 19(1)(a) anymore. Indicating, Indira Gandhi v. Raj Narain, he advanced, “What started in 1975 has culminated in Justice Khanna’s judgment in CPIO v. Subhash Chandra Agarwal (on the applicability of the RTI to the SC)…..we have come a long way. Unfortunately, the respondents don’t think so. The Respondents don’t think that they are duty bound to disclose these studies in response to RTI queries. Even after I have asked for a mandamus, there is complete opacity and no disclosure has been made to even this Court” “Don’t citizens have a right to know about the Central Vista? Whether experts were consulted, who were they, what they said? If the Parliament said it could be redone? There was no application of mind! If there was, it needs to be put in the public domain, followed by invitation of objections. This is not a marriage hall where additional construction is sought to be made….In this sui generis project, the citizen is entitled to ask the government to look at other laws and ask if your standard comports with openness….this is how democracy deepens and values find root”, contended Mr. Diwan. Mr. Diwan pointed out the absence of any empirical data, violation of the obligation to protect heritage, absence of any estimated costs or a design competition, arbitrariness in terms of tender and in changing the design terms. “The joint parliamentary committee was to look into the whole thing. As far as the UK is concerned, the Parliament itself is deeply involved in the procedure. There is engagement with the Constitution and the country at all stages. There is a statute. It is no PWD and some consultant…consultation is built in the statute. Bodies are periodically accountable to the department. So it is not just a one-time body but a continuous engagement. In a highly respected democracy, this is how issues regarding the Parliament home are considered. This requires deep meditation on part of the Court” advanced Mr. Diwan. “Your perception is that the Parliament is being supplanted. The Government’s could be of supplementing or complementing the exiting building. So would the standards of enquiry be same or different” asked Justice Khanwilkar. “But the CPWD itself does not know if it is supplanting, substituting or improving the Parliament! It leaves it to the consultant after issuing the NIT. That is why I had said that it drives a stake into the heart of the project” replied Mr. Diwan. “So your argument is based on the NIT? That is a very different process. When we will hear the other side, we may get a different picture. If they are supplanting, then the high standards that you are invoking must apply. But if it is supplementing or complementing, then we have to see.”reflected Justice Khanwilkar. “It is not decided if they are rebuilding or demolishing. The parties to the bid have been asked to submit vision documents as to the whole project” responded Mr. Diwan. “The Government may have a different view point. We have to draw the line somewhere” said Justice Khanwilkar. “You have to look at it as the entire Central Vista- clearly the Parliament is a very important part of it. It is the political heart of the country, it has tremendous global value, in terms of aestheticity, political culture. It needs to be dealt at a statute level…. The DDA envisages a Master Plan, several Zonal Plans and further Special Development Plans underneath them. You can create a Special Development Plan for the Central Vista. Statutes can take different forms”, urged Mr. Diwan. “There are obligations on part of the trustee, the global standards of openness and competition have to be complied with. Democracy has to be followed at every stage.” he added. “We know that one Committee said the height (of the proposed structure) is too much, but what is the plan, what was sent? Don’t people of India have the right to know, irrespective of whether you are supplementing, supplanting or even repairing….If this were 1951, and if they had found a problem on Day 1 itself, they could have probably gone through with this. Even though it was a beautiful building even back then, it was not an embedded at that stage. But today, it is seven decades of living history”, pressed Mr. Diwan. “Even the UK up came with the legislation in 2019 (Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Act 2019). We are not even as old as their Parliament building. So everyone is learning and evolving with the changing time. Maybe your argument will give insight to the government and the Parliament will come up with a law” noted Justice Khanwilkar.Justice Khanna inquired about the Statement of Objects of the UK Act and under what circumstances it was introduced. “There is a built-in process for a continuous interaction with the public. There is a Public Works Authority, a Delivery Authority, and a sponsor body of the Parliament. There is detailed public consultation.” pointed out Mr. Diwan.Noting that it is a comprehensive Act and independent study groups and committees are also appointed, Justice Khanwilkar inquired about public participation. Mr. Diwan replied that from the pre-feasibility report to the independent auction appraisal, publications pertaining to a proposed project are made throughout the life cycle of the project. “In the Aadhaar Case, Your Lordships, in dealing with disproportionality, held that empirical data is needed to back the State action lest it be struck down” advanced Mr. Diwan. “That was a case of individual right and privacy. Public right is the cumulative right of the community. Should there be a different approach here?” asked Justice Khanwilkar. “I would suggest a case by case approach, considering the magnitude of the intrusion. Your Lordships should import the test of proportionality. This is about the cultural symbol of the politics of our democracy, our Constitution. Our Parliament and Supreme Court buildings are projected as images, you see them on TV, they are embedded across the world. They are monumental, but not like the Taj Mahal. When the Supreme Court speaks, it gathers deference across the world. In our Constitution, we attach high value to this. I maybe overstepping my brief in saying this, but here it is not like Singapore, where you can demolish everything and a new, shiny glass building comes up in its place.” Justice Khanwilkar asked Mr. Diwan not to enter that territory. “So the first step towards changing the Central Vista is objective studies and expert opinion. This project has both a personal and a public dimension. There is personal stake in keeping the Supreme Court and Parliament buildings as it is”, urged Mr. Diwan. Indicating the March 4 decision of the Supreme Court in the crypto- currency case, Mr. Diwan advanced that even though the proposal was upheld under the RBI Act, the Court had noted that there are no studies to back it and only apprehensions of the RBI. Applying the proportionality test, the Court had struck down certain circulars of the RBI. Mr. Diwan cited the Supreme Court decision in the Viceregal Lodge case, describing it is as symbolic of the rule of law and constitutional governance- “In this case, a small figment of history was amplified and correctly so. It shows how far the Court proactively went to protect a small part of the history of India. Central Vista and the Parliament are much more significant” Next he discussed the 2005 Shanti Niketan case- “this shows how far the Court went to protect the Vishwabharati University, making observations on its unique culture and topography, and saying you cannot have Town Planning”. Finally, he indicated the A. Guruprasad Rao case, pertaining to the Jain Temple in Karnataka, to depict how heritage was elevated by the Court. “Unlike the Maharashtra statute for town planning provides for a new master plan every 20 years, Delhi has no such sunset- sunrise provision. Instead, they envisage a modification of the plan, the latest being the 2021 Master Plan…here also, objections are invited, public hearings are held. Then there are Zonal Plans and Special Development Plans…so we know the route to be followed. If you need to redo the Central Vista, you have a statutory path to follow. You can’t ignore it and just float a tender. It is impermissible because the law speaks of conservation and protection”, suggested Mr. Diwan. Indicating the 1957 DDA Act, he pointed out its section 7 on Civic Survey and Master Plan for Delhi, he advanced that there is an abiding obligation on the DDA to prepare a master plan. It is also not a one time obligation, for as the city is changing it is to be modified. “So far as the Zonal Developmental Plans are concerned, zones may be ward wise or concept wise. There may be a heritage district, a political district or a Central Vista, which though located in the LBZ, may cut across”, he explained. He indicated the provision for the authority to publish the draft plan, making its copies available to all and inviting objections and suggestions. “And this has to be done before the plan is submitted to the Central Government for approval… there has been an astonishing affront to law in the present case”, he commented. Next he indicated, Section 11A on modifications to the plan- “the Central Government is required to publish a notice inviting objections and suggestions and consider them all…for re- ordering the Central Vista, you need a new Zonal Plan and a Special Conservation Plan..it is not just about moving one plot from here to there for recreational or parking purposes” Continuing, Mr. Diwan discussed the Master Plan for 2021, averring that it was prepared by the DDA through the modification route and approved by the Central Government and notified in 2007. He indicated the provision on ‘Conservation of Built Heritage’. “You cannot first demolish and then decide. All that thinking has to be happen in advance. That is the meaning of conservation”, he said. He submitted that without the prior approval of the DDA, heritage precincts and national feature areas cannot be touched- “when you have power, it is coupled with a duty. You have to have a Special Development Plan, and you can’t just issue a tender through the CPWD. When you have been stipulated a way, all other ways are excluded. It is settled that when a statute requires a thing to be done in a particular way or not at all”, argued Mr. Diwan. “You cannot look at these as 7-8 plots and deal with them through the prism of land use. It is much more than that. You cannot dis-aggregate and diminish a Special Development Plan to land use change and say that you have followed the procedure for these 8 plots. And more so, when your stated objective is to have a whole new conservation and development policy for the area…. so you’re basically coming up with a new Zonal Plan without actually preparing a Special Conservation Plan? You cannot cherry pick and say that it is a land use change”, submitted Mr. Diwan. Heritage Conservation Committee overlooked “Your Lordships may have noted that we have not challenged any decision of the HCC, and that is because there are none. It is a statutory committee, the most important heritage authority to examine things at a granular level, and it was ignored…they say we’ll go to the Committee at the appropriate stage! To rubber stamp its approval? They first had to go there, state their plan and then move forward. Now the construction tender has also been issued and awarded…It is the primary source of law of the country at the highest level that we are dealing with. Shouldn’t we ensure maximum judicial scrutiny? If there is to be a new Parliament, why should it be perpetually poked that its physical structure is deeply flawed? What will the people say of the rule of law?”, argued Mr. Diwan. He continued that conservation of heritage sites includes buildings, streets, areas and precincts, and artifacts of historical, aesthetic, architectural and cultural significance- “The Delhi Building Bye-Laws state that the regulation ‘shall’ apply to listed heritage sites. Fortunately for us, this exercise has been done and the building has been accorded a Grade 1 status….conservation is maintenance, preservation, restoration, reconstruction, adoption or a combination of all. The global international standard is to preserve and improve, upgrade facilities, while perpetuating the living heritage” Emphasizing the negative language, stipulating that no re-development, including painting and plastering of listed buildings, can be proceeded with without the prior permission of the competent authority, Mr. Diwan pointed out that even in the grant of such permission, the HCC has to be mandatorily approached. He commented that the Government, on the other hand, has said that “they shall go to the HCC in good time”. “The decision of the HCC is final and binding. The HCC holds all the trumps”, he added. “The penalties for the violation of these regulations is the same as for unauthorised development! Demolition, imprisonment, fines! This is the level it has been brought to! In Mannalal Khaitan, it was held that you cannot enforce a contract, which though is not prohibited per se, but for which penalties have been prescribed in the law. That penalty is prescribed means that it is banned and unlawful ultimately…when you haven’t gone to the HCC, how can you have a tender? This is a quicksand of illegalities! There is no stable ground for such a great project”, he urged. “The HCC has an enormous burden- what do we approve? How do to it? Are we doing it right? It is the committee of experts you go to if you want to do something in the Central Vista. You need to consult the HCC, to get advice and guidelines, long before you finalise the plan. After you have the plan, you go again to HCC to look into the objections. Why should the Parliament block be built in sin?”, continued Mr. Diwan. Mr. Diwan asserted that the Government, in adopting such an approach, is not discarding the procedure but the values and principles of the Constitution- “We have derived these rights, they are not to be diminished but enhanced. Consultation cannot be lost just because the CPWD chooses to leave the decision-making to some expert!” “Is democratic due process similar to rule of law?”, inquired Justice Khanwilkar. “The rule of law is wider and democratic due process is an aspect of it. The rule of law is embedded in values and principles, an aspect of which is participative democracy, consultations, objections. Democracy is not just between two elections, but it is a continuous right…the Supreme Court alone cannot take credit for it- the Parliament has played its part, through its various statutes, as have the subordinate delegates by inviting inputs”, replied Mr. Diwan. He enumerated the components of democratic due process- One, extensive legislative debates and prior discussions; two, robust statutory framework as regards obligations of government bodies specific to the project; three, budgetary framework; four, public portal for continuous exchange of information; and five, minimal interference with heritage. “The CPWD affidavit avers that a detailed survey and assessment was conducted. But by whom? It speaks of bettering the facilities. But how? It states that discussions were held with Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha Secretariats and other stakeholders, but there is nothing as to where, how and when! I could have made this affidavit!”, argued Mr. Diwan. He indicated the counter affidavit of the Respondents in which it was submitted that the HCC clearance will be sought as and when detailed plans are available and when actual retrofitting of the buildings take place. At this, Justice Khanna interjected, “The first conditions are of the Master Plan and the Zonal Plan. The HCC will come later on…that seems to be the submission”. “That is wrong, you cannot even tinker with the precinct without going to the HCC first. So where is the question of getting permission building by building”, replied Mr. Diwan. “Let’s reconcile the situation. You are speaking of prior permission at the formative stage itself. They are saying that by the time the work is commenced at the site, those permissions will be in place. We will have to decide at what stage is it exactly required to be done”, observed Justice Khanwilkar. “But what if the HCC says no later? What about the public money, of the public efforts?” put forth Mr. Diwan. “So the construction cannot start without the HCC? The Government will have to answer this”, noted Justice Khanna. “Even before you decide whether or not to design, even when you are at the imagination stage, you need consultation!”, asserted Mr. Diwan. Justice Khanwilkar assured that the bench is noting this submission. “Who can redevelop the Parliament? It is a sovereign function! Respondent 9(APC Design, H1 bidder) is an agent of the State here. It must go through the rigours of the procedure,” stressed Mr. Diwan. He pointed out how the original NIT was originally for only the Central Vista and it was amended subsequently to include the PM’s residence and how numerous bidders could not submit their plans on account of that. He argued that only 6 bids were received and that the Respondents claim that after the technical bids, only 4 were found eligible- “these are trustees acting. This is not some private contractor for a bridge. Even Amaravathi was developed through an international design tender. The promoters have to be given the widest possible choice…it is shameful!” To this, SG Tushhar Mehta requested that use such terms not be employed and personal views not be voiced. Commenting that “the SG keep his advice to himself”, Mr. Diwan continued to point out that no estimate cost was determined and it was to depend on the design of the bidder. “If the bidder cannot judge the budgetary limit, it will result in a huge variation in the designs. Rule 182 of the General Financial Rules, 2017 provides for assessment of costs based on the current market and other organisations functioning in it. This has been violated…They said that the project cost can be assessed only after the consultant has been selected, but they have not denied the applicability of 182. Even CPWD Works Manual 2019 provides for the estimated cost to be determined at the pre- construction stage”, he pointed out. “When in their own terms, they are creating a legacy for 150-200 years, it is not exactly urgent (for the government to give a go-by to the procedural modalities)”, Mr. Diwan rested his case.Reports of previous days hearing:You Can’t Impose A Central Vista On People! No Norms Followed : Shyam Divan In Supreme Court [Central Vista Case] Decision Making Process Totally Opaque; Values Of Transparency Overlooked : Shyam Divan In Supreme Court Next Story
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