Roque Ramirez

first_imgRoque Ramirez passed away in Groves, TX on Sunday, October 2, 2016.He was bornAugust 15, 1921 in Torreón, Mexico to Genovevo and Basilia Ramirez.Roque lived most of his life in Groves, TX. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson HighSchool in 1942 and served in the Army during WWII as a radio operator. He married Teresa Ramirez in1947 and was married for 67 years.  He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather. Next UpRoque was preceded in death by his parents Genovevo and Basilia Ramirez; wifeTheresa Ramirez; and brothers James Ramirez, Frank Ramirez, Luz Ramirez, and JesseRamirez; and sisters Andrea and Lus Ramirez. He is survived by son Roland Ramirez and wife Barbara; granddaughter Rusti Girolamo and husband Troy; brothers Isabel Ramirez, Carlos Ramirez, Augustine Ramirez, and Felix Ramirez; two great grandsons, and two great-great grandsons along with numerous nieces and nephews.Visitation for family and friends will be on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. Service to honor Roque’s life will be celebrated at 2:00 PM Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson. Entombment with full Military Honors will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.last_img read more

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Fudo bags LPGA title

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KONAN, Saitama Pref. – Money rankings leader Yuri Fudo eagled in the back nine and maintained the lead she took from the second round on, winning the Japan LPGA Championship on Sunday with an 11-under-par 277 for her first major victory on the Japanese tour.Fudo carded just two birdies against as many bogeys at Taiheiyo Club and Associates and eagled the par-5 15th for a 2-under 70 and a four stroke advantage over Michie Oba and Miho Koga in the four-day tournament. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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Commission moves closer to approving new county office building in Jellico

first_imgCounty commissioners moved closer Monday night to approving a new county office building in Jellico, as the Building & Grounds Committee discussed a design for the new building that would include a single floor for the area housing clerical offices and an adjoining two-story section for the county’s ambulance service.  The EMS section would house ambulances on the ground floor and living quarters for personnel upstairs, committee chairman Ralph Davis explained.  Davis, who has championed the project from the beginning, also suggested that the building should have concrete floors, pointing out that polished concrete will be cheaper and easier to maintain.The building would house satellite offices for the County Clerk, Trustee, Clerk & Master and Property Assessor and include a drive-in window to serve customers seeking vehicle tags or paying taxes. The City of Jellico has agreed to provide the property for the building at no cost or in a long-term lease for one dollar, Davis earlier explained.A final meeting with an architect to finalize plans and get a rough idea of the potential price tag is yet to be scheduled and may determine whether other commissioners support the plan. Davis voiced his determination, telling the committee, “We need it. The building we’re in is getting old.”New commissioner Dewayne Baird voiced some concerns about potential debt, pointing out that the county will soon be faced with the need to build a new high school.The committee, and later the full commission, also gave unanimous approval to a plan to complete paving the parking lot on the south side of the courthouse. The commission approved paving the entire area and placing conduit beneath the asphalt in case electrical lighting is later needed.The regular commission meeting lasted barely over one hour, as commissioners have pledged to debate most issues fully in committee meetings in order to shorten workshop and regular meetings. The commission quickly approved motions to approve a lease with Appalachian Equipment Co. for the use of a transmitter site and antenna on Massengale Mountain, elevation 3,068 feet above Caryville, to serve the county’s EMS, along with a number of budget amendments and other routine matters.The commission also voted to re-schedule the November workshop because of the Veterans’ Day holiday. Instead of being held on the second Monday, the November workshop will be on Tuesday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Court House. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/16/2018-6AM) Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Examining Tate Martell’s Ohio State Recruiting Class: How Many Players Will Commit To The Buckeyes?

first_imgTate Martell's white board Ohio State recruiting class.Tate MartellOn Thursday, Tate Martell tweeted out a list of the players he is recruiting to Ohio State. The list is pretty loaded. Here’s the 14-player list, which includes 10 five-star prospects.  Hopefully I’ll be able to put a on my white board next to Wyatt Davis name after tomorrow! #GoBucks @wyattdavis53 pic.twitter.com/X6ICrSLCOO— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) June 23, 2016How many of these recruits will end up committing to Ohio State?Here’s where the Buckeyes stand with each of the prospectsQBs – Emory Jones, five-star QB in 2018Jones recently visited Ohio State and admitted that the Buckeyes are leading his recruitment. A commitment is likely. RBs – Cam Akers, five-star RB in 2017 The No. 2 running back in the country is believed to favorite Ole Miss, but Ohio State is in contention, along with Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi State and Tennessee. A commitment is probably unlikely. OL – Wyatt Davis, five-star OG in 2017; Trey Smith, four-star OT in 2017Davis is announcing his commitment later today and he’s expected to pledge to Ohio State. Smith, a Tennessee native, is likely headed to SEC country. WRs – Tyjon Lindsey, Trevon Grimes, Donovan Peoples-Jones – all five-star wideouts in 2017Lindsey is currently visiting Nebraska, who might be leading his recruitment. Ohio State is believed to lead for Grimes, while Peoples-Jones, a Michigan native, is probably headed to the Wolverines. Getting just one of these guys is probably likely. DL – Chase Young, five-star DE in 2017; Jay Tufele, four-star DT in 2017Ohio State and Maryland are in a head-to-head battle for Young, while Tufele is probably headed to Oregon. LBs – Baron Browning, five-star LB in 2017; Anthony Hines, four-star LB in 2017Browning is a Texas native and Ohio State is competing against four in-state schools, so the Buckeyes have a tough road ahead. Hines is also from Texas and will likely stay in the Midwest. DBs – Jeffrey Okudah, five-star safety in 2017; Lamont Wade, four-star cornerback in 2017; Darnay Holmes, five-star athlete in 2017Ohio State leads for Okudah and is in position to land a commitment from him. The Buckeyes are also the favorite for Wade. Holmes, meanwhile, is being recruited by everyone. A couple of his teammates have committed to Nebraska and he could be headed to Husker country. —–Expected commitments: six out of 14.last_img read more

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Political oversight

first_imgSpeaking on CBI Founders Day and delivering the 18th D P Kohli Memorial Lecture, the CJI made some telling observations on CBI. The most hard-hitting first. He charged the CBI with being influenced by “political oversight” when investigating politically sensitive cases. His concerns were legal ambiguity, weak human resource, lack of adequate investment, accountability and political and administrative interference. To quote him, “the CBI should be given statutory status through legislation equivalent to that provided to the Comptroller and Auditor General. The legal mandate of the CBI must be strengthened by having comprehensive legislation addressing deficiencies relating to organisational structure, the charter of functions, limits of power, superintendence and oversight.” The CJI bluntly pinpointed what ails the CBI. Also Read – A special kind of bondWhen the Special Police Establishment (SPE), the forerunner of today’s CBI was created there was a legislation – the SPE Act. When CBI was notified on April 1, 1963, there was no CBI Act and that is how it remains today. While the name is CBI everywhere, it is legally only SPE which is authorised to investigate. Till the early 60s, it was a very small unit investigating only corruption. At the start, it only investigated that corruption which impeded the Allies War efforts in India. Much later, after 1947, it took up the investigation of corruption elsewhere in public services. With CBI as its new name on April 1, 1963, administratively formed and created, it plunged first into corruption investigations in all departments of the government of India. Soon after came grave economic crimes, Haridas Mundhra, LIC scandal, Dalmia Airways. This was followed by murder investigations, beginning with Deen Dayal Uppadhya murdered on a train. By the late ’60s, an understaffed CBI, without CBI Act, was pulling its weight way beyond its original weight. With enormous goodwill of courts, abiding faith of the people and integrity of its pool of officers, CBI pulled off successes one after another in its assignments. The Emergency was the first rude jolt to it. CBI began to be misused slightly at first and then in a big way. The Shah Commission Report is replete with instances of misuse of CBI. In 1980 Indira Gandhi was back. The cases in progress against her, Sanjay, V C Shukla, Om Mehta, R K Dhawan and other goons of the Emergency, all initiated through CBI and then CBI Director, R D Singh had to be closed. So R D Singh was sacked and his successor J S Bawa and a coterie of CBI officers, who were assured rewards, joined hand in manipulating to ensure courts will find no merit in CBI’s own investigations. That is the ‘political oversight’ which the CJI has found fault with. However, it must be admitted that political oversight was selective; few and far in between initially. It did not affect the personal integrity of senior officers of the CBI as far as any financial quid pro quo deals were concerned. But it was only waiting around the corner. Now it has come to pass. Three former Directors of CBI are facing corruption charges. Two Special Directors have been moved out of CBI for corruption. Some reports suggest that 1,200 CBI officers will be removed or retired from CBI as they are “deadwood”, a euphemistic phrase for the corrupt and inefficient. Was CBI always totally corrupt-free or were there no corrupt officers in the department? To both, the answer is no. There was corruption and many CBI officers were cashiered for corruption. Till the early ’60s, CBI/ SPE was manned by a small number and supervision of crime was meticulous and at several levels. The corruption that existed did not damage the result of CBI investigations. But there was corruption of sorts. For instance, in some branches, there was a system of extracting/extorting by naming the method ‘Goodwill Money’. The investigating officer would assure the accused of no harassment during the investigation. No calling and making him wait. No Also Read – Insider threat managementmistreatment either of him or his family and friends. No arrest or recommendation of suspension or detention for long hours, etc. For this good gesture, a payment would be mutually agreed. However, the investigation which in any case was closely supervised would be without blemish. SPE/CBI, till the ’60s, seldom initiated suo moto investigations. It waited for complaints. These would be sent by Department Heads or on their authorisation. Then SPE/ CBI would determine if it was an act of corruption. If it so decided it would register an FIR naming the public servant(s) as accused in serial number along with names of conspirators. Arrest or search of premises by the investigating officer without the authority of his SP and above was barred. Long before the National Police Commission in its 3rd Report found the power of arrest as one of the sources of corruption, SPE/ CBI had curbed this power in its officers. Arresting even a corrupt public servant except when he was caught red-handed accepting bribe money was rare. CBI officers, at least till the ’80s, investigated honestly. It is possible they did so as their investigation was very closely supervised and political oversight was largely invisible and limited. Be that as it may, today’s CBI is worsted by the CJI’s accusing finger. He laments that political and administrative interference has continued despite the Supreme Court having expressed concern over the state of affairs and laid down explicit guidelines for protecting the integrity of the force (Vineet Narain V. Union of India). His quote “However, given that superintendence and control of the agency continues to, in large measure, lie with the executive by virtue of Section 4 of the Delhi Special Establishment Act 1946, the possibility of it being used as a political instrument remains ever-present” cannot be brushed away. However, in a face-saver, he also said (hope?) “I have no doubt there is enough strength within the organisation to deal with any such situation”. Most of us on the sidelines do not see that silver lining but it could if the CJI exercising his constitutional authority incorporates into law and compels implementation of Section 25A of CrPc. It is included in the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill 2005 which has Presidential assent. Thus, the Directorate of Prosecution will come into being and all investigations including CBI’s will be vetted under a High Court approved by an advocate of considerable seniority. Finally, the CJI has to enforce the Supreme Court orders of meaningful separation of the investigation and Law and order wings. The same has also been the view of Justice V S Malimuth Committee made in 2002. A separate DGP (Investigation) and DGP (Law and Order) in every state and “political oversight” on the investigation will be a casualty in states and, by implication, in CBI too. After all, political leaders in states–used to getting their way there–will do it when at the Centre as well. If it is blocked in the states, it will cease at the Centre too. (Shantonu Sen is a former Joint Director of CBI. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Hudsons Bay agrees to delay deal that would see Rhone Capital buy

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Securities Commission announced on Friday that Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) has agreed to temporarily postpone a deal that would see private equity firm Rhone Capital buy a sizable stake in the retail giant.U.S. activist investor Land & Buildings Investment Management LLC applied on Monday for the regulator to review the Toronto Stock Exchange’s Nov. 7 decision to provide conditional support to New York-based Rhone’s $632-million equity investment in the form of eight-year mandatory convertible preferred shares.The funding was part of a deal that included the sale of HBC’s Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue building to WeWork Property Advisors for nearly $1.1 billion and to pursue a strategic alliance with WeWork to pursue future real estate transactions.Per the order issued today, the OSC says HBC and Rhone have agreed to not close the transaction before Dec. 4 or the conclusion of the hearing and review of the TSX decision, whichever date is earlier.The owner of Hudson’s Bay, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor said it expects Rhone will initially hold a 21.8 per cent voting and equity interest in the company on a partially diluted basis and that could grow to 30 per cent if the preferred shares are held to their eight-year maturity.Land & Buildings has urged the retailer to consider a bid for its German operations by Signa Holding and criticized HBC for selling a controlling interest in the company without seeking the approval of minority shareholders.last_img read more

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Bombardier revises deal to sell regional jets to Chinese leasing company

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier says a Chinese leasing company has changed its aircraft order for 10 regional jets by swapping half of the CRJ 900s for five 90-seat Q400 turboprops.Fred Cromer, president of Bombardier’s commercial aircraft division, says the deal is part of a fleet expansion plan in Asia.The Montreal-based transportation giant entered into an agreement in June 2016 with a subsidiary of Chinese financial institution, Industrial Bank Co. Ltd.The revised order would have a list-price value of US$420 million, although it’s typical for purchasers to get discounts based on order size and other factors. The new list price compares to US$472 million in the original 2016 deal.The Q400 typically flies routes that range between 300 and 800 kilometres, while CRJ 900s cruise on flight paths between 2,500 and 3,000 kilometres, industry experts say.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

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Leaders of NDP United Conservatives rally troops in key Calgary battleground

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – It was back to the future at a United Conservative campaign rally in Calgary where leader Jason Kenney stirred up the crowd by talking about the old national energy program.Kenney reminded supporters last night that the NEP brought in by former prime minister Pierre Trudeau in 1980 ravaged Alberta’s energy industry and economy.And he says the policies of Alberta’s NDP government and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been doing the same thing. Kenney says Premier Rachel Notley has sold Alberta out to the federal Liberals and it is time for a bright new day under his leadership.Notley was also in the key election battleground city, firing up her supporters at her own rally by promising to protect education and health care and promoting her plan to diversify the economy.Notley says there is no place for right-wing extremism, racism or hate in Alberta, especially in the legislature.She says she doesn’t believe Kenney is racist but says his party has a problem with racism.last_img read more

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NCLAT pulls up RCom lenders over Rs 37000 cr asset sale golden

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) on Monday pulled up SBI, the lead lender of debt-ridden Reliance Communications, along with others for giving a ‘false impression’ to monetise Rs 37,000 crore from asset sales of the telecom company to Reliance Jio.A two-member bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya came down heavily on the lenders, specially State Bank of India, and asked why a “proceedings against them should not be initiated” for this. “You have failed. JLF (Joint Lenders’ Forum) has failed. No sale took place,” the bench observed. According to the bench, the lenders gave a “golden outlook” to NCLAT to recover around Rs 37,000 crore from sale of assets but nothing happened. “You clapped with RCom and claimed that you would recover around Rs 37,000 crore from sale of assets to Reliance Jio…you had earlier cited losses of crore per day,” said NCLAT. After failing to get money from assets, creditors are now trying to recover Rs 260 crore which the company has got from the Income Tax refunds, it added. The NCLAT was hearing RCom’s plea, which has approached the appellate tribunal seeking waiver over the moratorium placed by it on February 4. However, its financial creditors are opposing its plea to release the Income tax refunds to clear dues of Ericsson, to whom the company has to pay Rs 550 crore. The appellate tribunal asked from the lenders that why the order of the Supreme Court, directing to release the income tax fund should not be implemented. “Why not give effect to the orders of the Supreme Court? Sending some one (Anil Ambani) to jail will not solve the problem before us,” it said. The NCLAT has asked all the lenders to file a two-page note over that and directed to list the matter on Tuesday. On February 20, the Supreme Court held RCom chairman Anil Ambani along with two others guilty of contempt of court for wilfully violating its order by not paying Rs 550-crore dues to telecom equipment maker Ericsson. The apex court had said they faced a three-month jail term if remaining Rs 453 crore was not paid to the telecom equipment maker in four weeks.last_img read more

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Man jumps to death from Noida highrise

first_imgNEW DELHI: A 30-year-old man, identified as Ravi Heliwal, allegedly jumped to his death from a high-rise building at Sector 121 in Noida early on Saturday morning, the police said. Much to the shock of the morning walkers, a loud thud led them to Ravi’s body which was found near Tower S of Homes 121 society. The police were immediately informed and on their arrival, an Aadharr card was found on Ravi which mentioned that he belonged to Dhanbad in Jharkhand. Ravi lived in the same society with some of his friends in Tower P and had only shifted there 2 months ago. The police said that the preliminary inquiry showed that Ravi was doing the night shift in his office and was probably troubled by that. He had also sent a message to his reporting manager that he wanted a day off on Saturday.last_img read more

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