LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom She’s spent years taking care of you, whether it was mending your first broken heart, helping you pack and move for college, or moving in to help take care of your first child. Mom has always been around to help. For all the times she’s been there for you, now is the time to be there for her. This Mother’s Day, plan the perfect day to show mom just how thankful you are.Plan a day together. Set aside all other plans and treat your mom to a day filled with her favorite people, places and things. Whether it’s a day spent indoors playing games or reminiscing, or grabbing the extended family and heading to her favorite park, lake or ocean for a picnic, simply sharing in these moments is sure to bring your mom joy and delight.Host an afternoon tea. While breakfast in bed may have been your Mother’s Day tradition growing up, perhaps it’s time for something new. This year, treat mom to a relaxing and indulgent afternoon tea filled with delicious treats like these Lavender Buttermilk Scones.Lavender Buttermilk SconesIngredients:8 ounces self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting1 teaspoon baking powder2 ounces unsalted butter, cut into small cubes, plus extra for greasing3 ounces lavender-flavored sugar, sifted if preferred (see Cook’s Tip below)1 pint buttermilk, plus extra for brushingSaltYour choice of Bonne Maman PreservesDirections:Heat the oven to 425 degrees.Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.Stir in the lavender sugar (sifted if preferred) and a pinch of salt and make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour in the buttermilk and mix to combine, making a soft dough.Briefly knead the dough on a floured surface, then lightly roll out to about 3/4-inch thick. Cut scones with a 2-inch pastry cutter and place on a greased baking sheet.Brush the top of each scone with a little extra buttermilk and bake for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned on the top. Cool on a wire rack, dust lightly with flour and serve with your favorite choice of Bonne Maman preserves.Cook’s tips:* To make lavender-flavored sugar, push 2-3 small washed and dried sprigs of fresh lavender into a jar of caster sugar. Leave for at least 24 hours before using.* Brushing the scones with beaten egg before baking will give them a shiny golden top.Give Mom a well deserved day off. Even after a perfect day spent with loved ones, sometimes all mom really wants is a day to herself doing whatever she pleases. While you may not be able to give her just that, Bonne Maman, maker of 100 percent natural preserves and jellies, is here to help through the Share The Love national sweepstakes. Mom can enter for a chance to win a $4,500 day off to spend doing whatever she’d like, plus she can download a $2 off coupon for her next Bonne Maman purchase. For more information and to enter, visit www.BonneMaman.us. TAGSBonne Maman SconesLavender Buttermilk SconesMother’s Day Previous articleHow Can I Keep My Child Safe Around Water?Next articleWhat is Happening to Gas Prices? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000
Year: CopyApartments•Montréal, Canada Photographs: Adrien Williams Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Canada Photographs La Géode / ADHOC architectes ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/880636/la-geode-adhoc-architectes Clipboard Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/880636/la-geode-adhoc-architectes Clipboard La Géode / ADHOC architectesSave this projectSaveLa Géode / ADHOC architectesSave this picture!© Adrien Williams+ 30 Share “COPY” Manufacturers: Endicott, Shalwin, Tuile 3R “COPY” ArchDaily Area: 7200 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Apartments Landscape Architect: Desjardins experts conseil Mechanical Engineer: Turquoise design Builder:KnightsbridgeStructural Engineer:L2C experts conseils en structureArchitects In Charge:Jean-François St-Onge, François MartineauCity:MontréalCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Adrien WilliamsRecommended ProductsWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoText description provided by the architects. The project is located on ‘de la Roche’ street, in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood, a vibrant area with an incomparable urban vitality. In view of its situation, the project aims to give a new breath to this plot with a contemporary residential project of five housing units reflecting all the energy of this strategic sector where young professionals mix with families and couples.Save this picture!ContextSave this picture!SchemasThus, the project has to be a soft densification that fits into the current urban landscape without distorting it. One of the concerns is to keep families in the city by creating a quality living environment based on a green strategy. To meet these challenges, ADHOC architects have devised a new typology on the plot by constructing both the street and the alley. By doing so, a central space is created and instantly reveals a new potential. The free space given by this new inner courtyard creates a living and organic place which strengthens the bond between private and public spaces, reflecting an innovative way of thinking.Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Adrien WilliamsThe mezzanine on the facade allows the light to penetrate the courtyard while harmonizing the height of the building with its neighbour. The exterior spaces in the front take form of private loggias that preserve the intimacy of the residents while participating to the animation of the street. Thanks to the central opening, the living spaces are bathed with natural light. A narrative spin has nourished the inspiration of the project while supporting the architectural concept that valued an open central heart and a peripheral organization. This concept is inspired by the geode; a hollowed mineral mass which interior is covered by crystals.Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Adrien WilliamsThe geode, under an austere and protective external appearance, conceals a true crystalline treasure. It reveals a natural form of staging that stimulates inspiration around the notion of contrast. This concept is exploited through the project at different levels. The exterior of the building is very sober, characterized by a modest materiality.Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsThe headers in the brick layer and the openwork masonry in front of the windows and loggias reflect the mineral roughness and protective aspect of the geode. The inner courtyard reflects its crystalline and blazing materiality. The courtyard then became an urban oasis for the inhabitants who can share and talk together, developing a strong social sense of belonging. A green strategy and high energy performance support the project’s ambitions for innovation. As a result, ‘La Géode’ is expected to become the first multi-unit building to achieve LEED v4 certification in Canada.Project gallerySee allShow lessWalk Through and Experience the Rich History of Ceramics With ‘Gateways’Architecture NewsThe Beauty of Bamboo: The Best Photos of the WeekArticlesProject locationAddress:4341 Rue de la Roche, Montréal, QC H2J 3H8, CanadaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Architects: ADHOC architectes Area Area of this architecture project 2017 CopyAbout this officeADHOC architectesOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsMontrealMontréalCanadaPublished on October 01, 2017Cite: “La Géode / ADHOC architectes” 01 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Howard Lake | 20 December 1999 | News 16 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 Reciprocal launch second e-publishing fundraising appeal Tagged with: Digital 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. Following their pioneering e-publishing appeal launched earlier this month, digital rights management company Reciprocal™ have announced a second appeal. This time the appeal showcases their music publishing services.Working with ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), the world’s largest performing rights organisation, Reciprocal’s appeal offers songs from ASCAP’s newly released CD collection ASCAP presents¦Holiday as downloads that are free to the consumer. One track is free to anyone, but online purchasers of the album will then be able to download the other Christmas classic tracks. All net proceeds from the campaign will be donated to music education programmess affiliated with the ASCAP Foundation. Visit ASCAP or find out more from Reciprocal. Advertisement
ReddIt Facebook TCU hosts annual Christmas Tree Lighting Twitter Previous articleTCU coasts to easy NIT victory over UT Rio Grande ValleyNext articleFit Worth Corporate Challenge encourages fitness in the community Alex Gaffigan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Alex Gaffigan is a Junior Journalism major with minors in Business and Spanish. He covers the Administration beat for TCU 360 Breakdown: TCU fall graduate numbers and majors Alex Gaffiganhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alex-gaffigan/ Alex Gaffiganhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alex-gaffigan/ Alex Gaffiganhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alex-gaffigan/ + posts Alex Gaffigan Linkedin Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature ReddIt Alex Gaffiganhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alex-gaffigan/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Twitter print Fort Worth’s unusually high March temperatures began the gardening season earlier than expected.Average March temperatures a year ago reached a low of 22 degrees, when a now infamous winter storm wreaked havoc on local gardens and agriculture on March 5, 2015.This year’s winter weather tells a different story, with temperatures reaching up to 89 degrees and only dipping as low as 44 degrees this month.These mild temperatures have brought an early start to spring, and the beginning of the Fort Worth gardening season is weeks ahead of schedule.Senior Horticulturist of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Steve Huddleston has seen the impact of the warmer winter temperatures in the gardens. He said the cold weather plants are taking the brunt of the higher temperatures.“This week we’ve had temperatures of up to 80, which has had a considerable impact on our winter annuals such as ornamental kale, cabbage and pansies. The kale and cabbage are already bolting, which wasn’t supposed to take place for another few weeks,” Huddleston said. “They’re already at the end of their life cycle.”The warmer temperatures coming sooner also raise concern over a potential increase in insect populations in Fort Worth.Huddleston said despite the early bloom of a lot of major flowers, bugs are feasting and destroying various plants at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.“The pansies look bad enough now that we really should consider replacing them. The aphids are having a field day with the foliage,” Huddleston said. “Usually we wouldn’t even consider doing that until about April.”Ace Hardware employee Brandi Dye said she too has concerns about pests this spring, and said gardeners should be prepared to fend off an increase the number of bugs.“Without a hard frost this winter, the pests and bugs in your gardens are going to be much worse this year.” Dye said. “Watching for grubworms and mosquitos will be the biggest key for gardeners this year, and local pesticides are going to be really important.”Despite the negative effects of the warmer weather, local residents such as April Rancier are excited about the prospect of planting their gardens earlier this year.Rancier said she is thankful for the mild winter, as her garden will now require less preparation going into the season.“I didn’t have to trim as many weeds or cover as many plants during the winter, which saved a ton of work,” Rancier said. “Everything is blooming much earlier, so I’ve already started mapping out what I plan on planting where.”Dye said she has noticed the eagerness of residents to start gardening as well. She said the recent spike in sales has been the primary indication.“Usually our gardening season doesn’t start for a few weeks, but we’ve already sold a ton of seeds and a lot of our potted plants,” Dye said. “The forecast shows that we are in the clear, and people aren’t as worried anymore about the late season frost.”“I’ve been gardening since I was a little girl, so to have mother-nature give us an early gift like this, that is really exciting,” Rancier said. Facebook Iconic Fort Worth Beer Can House to be torn down Students react to spring concert announcement Linkedin Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday
RSF_en to go further Reporters Without Borders welcomes the Senate decision to repeal Article 36 of the French press law on insulting a foreign head of state. The repeal was voted through by the upper house on the second reading of the Perben draft law and constitutes a victory for press freedom. Help by sharing this information RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story News The European Court says laws must be considered as including both content and interpretation. They must also be predictable, accessible and comprehensible. Anyone exercising their right to express themselves, which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says is one of the highest human aspirations, needs to know the limits beyond which such a right is considered excessive. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News Follow the news on France June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 4, 2021 Find out more Senators repealed Article 36 of the 29 July 1881 law relating to the offence of insulting a foreign head of state, at the second reading of the Perben draft law. The repeal decision brings French legislation into line with the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that condemned France on 25 June 2002. The ECHR found that the offence of insulting a foreign head of state did not allow journalists to produce proof of their allegations and was a disproportionate measure to protect a person’s reputation or rights, even in the case of a head of state or government. The court considered this law was a means of giving heads of state an exceptional status that no longer conformed to current political practice and concepts. The existence of this offence therefore damaged freedom of expression without responding to “a pressing social need” and as a result violated Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.______________18 June 2003Call for repeal of press laws contravening European Human Rights ActReporters Without Borders called on the French government today to repeal sections of the country’s press laws that contravene the European Human Rights Convention, accusing it of ignoring rulings that they should be abolished.”Three times in recent years, the European Court of Human Rights has firmly stated that parts of French laws violate the article 10 of the Convention,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to French justice minister Dominique Perben. “These are article 2 of the 2 July 1931 law (publicising civil parties involved in a court case), article 14 of the 29 July 1881 law (foreign publications) and article 36 of the same law (disrespect to foreign heads of state). None of them have been amended or abolished, yet they are clear obstacles to freedom of expression.” He noted that the European Court emphasised the importance of press freedom for the health of any democratic society. The French media constantly had to justify itself, he said. In libel cases, for example, malice was presumed on the part of the journalist, who had to prove the contrary, illustrating a mistrust of the media. The thinking behind the European Court’s rulings is slowly filtering into the decisions of French judges in press cases and article 10 is now referred to in nearly all cases that come before French courts. But some judges pay little attention to it, considering that curbs on free expression involved in the prosecution of journalists are necessary in a democratic society and justify the end.Reporters Without Borders thinks it necessary to change the laws and go beyond just referring to the Court’s rulings, which do not provide any real legal security since French courts have no obligation to obey the Court. The French supreme court has shown that the European Court’s condemnation of French legal practices was no block to them being upheld (in a case involving the satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaîné). The European Court ruled on 3 October 2000, concerning an article in the French weekly l’Evénement du Jeudi about legal battles between current and former heads of the firm Sonacotra, that no special treatment was due the content of the legal documents relating to civil parties in the case. The French supreme court even brushed aside jurisprudence to back the European Court by saying that article 2 of the 1931 law, with its general and complete ban, restricted freedom of expression in a way that was unnecessary for protecting the legitimate interests listed in article 10-2 of the European Convention. The European Court also condemned article 14 of the 1881 press law that allowed the interior minister to ban the sale and distribution of foreign-language publications or those in French produced abroad. It said in a 17 July 2001 ruling that, in the case of foreign publications, it contravened common law and was an unnecessary restriction in a democratic society. Less than a year after the ruling, on 25 June 2002, the Court again condemned France for its use of article 36 of the 1881 law on disrespect towards a foreign head of state. A 1995 article in the French daily Le Monde said aides of Moroccan King Hassan II were involved in drug production and smuggling. The king sued and after initially losing the case, won on appeal to the supreme court. The European Court condemned the decision, noting that the offence of disrespect towards a foreign head of state prevented journalists proving their allegations, and said the law was excessive protection of personal reputation or rights, even in the case of a head of state or government.The Court said the law gave heads of state an undue status in common law that was out of line with modern political ideas and practices. Yet a few days after the ruling, on 3 July, the Paris appeals court ignored it and said the offence could stand, though it freed the defendants. The appeals court decision creates legal doubt, making it vital that article 36 be abolished, Reporters Without Borders said. 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Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Ginger (A400487) may be all white, but he has a heart of gold! This adult, male bunny runs to the front of his kennel to greet visitors, and loves having his ears rubbed. He is also quite adventurous. He enjoys bumping his nose against every new thing in sight and loves running around our enrichment playpen doing binkies. Ginger is very calm and easy to pick up, and would likely make a great pet for a first-time rabbit adopter.The adoption fee for rabbits is $30 and includes the spay or neuter surgery and a microchip.New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.Call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at (626) 792-7151 to ask about A400487, or visit at 361 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. Directions and photos of all pets can be found at pasadenahumane.org. Community News More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere’s What Experts Say Women Want In A ManHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeauty Here are the Pets of the Week available for adoption at the Pasadena Humane Society this week:Frank (A405023) is a goofy 1-year-old, neutered male, black and white pit bull mix. Frank absolutely loves people and gets along great with most other dogs. Frank knows his sit command and waits patiently to get leashed up to go for a walk. Our volunteers report he’s an excellent loose-leash walker! This happy-go-lucky boy still has some puppy energy and he’s looking for an active home full of toys, treats, and cuddles. Frank’s adoption fee is $125, which includes the neuter surgery, microchip and up-to-date vaccines.The adoption fee for dogs is $125 and includes the spay or neuter surgery, microchip, and vaccinations.New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.Call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at (626) 792-7151 to ask about A405023, or visit at 361 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. Directions and photos of all pets can be found at pasadenahumane.org. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. top box 7 Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, October 10, 2016 | 4:11 pm Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Linkedin NewsCommunityUrgent appeal for family hit by motor neurone diseaseBy Bernie English – February 24, 2020 2738 Previous articleCrack cocaine supermarkets causing chaosNext articleWeekend Siamsa le jazz piano quartet 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. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Jer and Jackie with their children Noah and FayeA YOUNG Limerick family who has been struck by the tragedy of motor neurone disease are set to benefit from an online appeal to restore a 300-year-old house.Jer Spillane (39) was diagnosed with the incurable disease last November and already he has lost the use of his hands and arms.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Married to Jackie, they have two children, Noah (7) and Faye (4) and with carpenter Jer now out of work and Jackie facing the prospect of giving up her SNA job in a school to be his carer, the family is facing financial ruin.Jackie is originally from Kilbehenny in County Limerick and the couple are trying to restore an old family farmhouse there in preparation for Jer’s inevitable deteriorationClose family friend, Jennifer O’Sullivan told the Limerick Post why she and others have started a ‘Go Fund Me’ campaign.“The family has been renting a house for the last ten years but there is no downstairs bathroom and the doors are not wide enough for a wheelchair, which Jer is going to need sooner or later.“There is no question but he will be in a chair but we’re hoping that it will not be before they can do up the Kilbehenny house to cater for his needs.“There’s no heating system in the house. It’s 300 years old and it’s not suitable for a wheelchair but it is a place they can call home.“The cost of doing it up to a standard that is suitable for someone in a wheelchair has been estimated at €150,000. They don’t have money and they can’t get any kind of loan or mortgage because Jer now has no income and Jackie will have to give up her job in time,” Jennifer explained.Nor can the family avail of any of the disability grants for renovations as they would have to have owned the house for a year.The family has already endured huge bereavements, losing three of their parents and Jer’s only sister who died in a drowning tragedy.“They are such a lovely close family who have suffered so much already. This is heartbreaking. They’re devoted to each other and their children,” said Jennifer.“This disease shouldn’t happen to anyone and certainly not to such lovely people”.In the first three days of the campaign, almost €18,000 was raised from generous donors.“We’ve been blown away by the response and we’re so moved by people’s generosity. But every euro counts and we have a long way to go. This is a heartfelt plea to give them a home where Jer can make the best of his life with his family.”See https://www.gofundme.com/f/jer-spillane-fund Email Print Advertisement
ColumnsImpeachment Trial Process And Significance Of Closing Arguments (Recollections From President Andrew Johnson’s Trial) Jana Kalyan Das,Sandeep Devashish Das & Ninad Dogra6 Feb 2021 9:02 AMShare This – xAn impeachment trial in USA is not a criminal trial, as understood in ordinary parlance. It was never intended to be conducted like criminal trials before courts of law, although, it partakes some trappings of such criminal trials like filing of articles of charges, opening statements by the parties, filing documentary evidence, witness testimony, closing arguments and…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?LoginAn impeachment trial in USA is not a criminal trial, as understood in ordinary parlance. It was never intended to be conducted like criminal trials before courts of law, although, it partakes some trappings of such criminal trials like filing of articles of charges, opening statements by the parties, filing documentary evidence, witness testimony, closing arguments and pronouncement of verdict. It is however, remedial in character and is not punitive. A sentence does not necessarily follow a conviction like in a criminal trial. To some extent it can only be favorably compared to a trial by a jury. The purpose of impeachment trial is not personal punishment and its function is primarily to maintain constitutional government. Unlike a regular run of the mill criminal trial, the strict Rules of evidence of USA do not apply to an impeachment trial. For instance, the Federal Rules of Evidence prohibiting hearsay evidence and second hand information do not apply to an impeachment trial in the Senate. The impeachment trial process in the Senate is to a large extent regulated by the Constitutional provisions and the Senate Manual containing the Standing Rules, orders, Laws, and Resolutions passed in the year 1986. The impeachment rules prescribe a series of steps for the start of the trial. The Senate follows these steps to organize itself for the trial and then requests written statements from the impeached officer and from the House regarding the charges. Senators take an oath and swear they will be impartial. However, as a practical matter, Senators can declare their allegiances before trial and cannot be disqualified on the ground of bias if they chose to do so. The next stage is the receipt and presentation of evidence. However, the impeachment rules provide little guidance regarding this process and there is no fixity about the procedure. Actions taken at this stage have varied from trial to trial. Arguments are made on the Senate floor by House managers (Members of the House selected to prosecute the case in the Senate), who are like public prosecutors in an ordinary criminal trial, and counsel for the impeached officer (an attorney or attorneys who are chosen by the accused). The Senate can decide requests to produce documents and hear testimony from witnesses, who could receive questions from the House managers, counsel for the impeached officer, and Senators. All Senators are expected to attend the trial, but their individual participation in open session can be limited. They can submit questions in writing for a witness, House manager, or counsel for the impeached officer. However, it is the Presiding Officer of the trial, not the Senator, who will read the question, announcing which Senator posed it. Debate among Senators is not allowed during the trial unless the Senate, by majority vote, goes into closed session, where the length of time each Senator can speak is limited. The Senate impeachment rules refer to opportunities for both Senators and the parties to the case to place proposals before the Senate for a vote. In modern practice, however, the Senate has structured the order of considering proposals, either by unanimous consent or by agreeing to a resolution by majority vote. In an impeachment trial Filibustering i.e. the practice of lengthy debates to defeat any motion is not permissible. Votes can occur in open or closed session on procedural questions, such as those that might set the schedule for the trial, structure time for arguments and questions, and arrange for witnesses. In almost all trials till date the vote on the final question of whether or not to convict has always occurred in open session. Conviction requires a vote of two-thirds of Senators present on any article of impeachment. In the case of a presidential impeachment, the Chief Justice acts as presiding officer. Impeachment Rule IV requires that notice be given to the Chief Justice of the time and place of the trial. It further provides that the Chief Justice is to be administered the oath by the “Presiding Officer of the Senate.” The Chief Justice takes the same oath as the Senators. Any Senator wishing to excuse from participating in the trial could ask to be excused from this service. Thereafter, the Senate issues a “summons” and requests an “answer” from the impeached official and a “replication” (or response) from the House Managers. Following this comes the stage of consideration and collection of evidence which can vary from case to case. During the presentation of evidence by the House Managers and counsel for the impeached officer, Senators are generally expected to attend, but not speak. Impeachment Rule XIX, however, does allow a Senator to question a witness, manager, or counsel of the person impeached. The actions taken by the Senate to consider and collect evidence in each trial have varied considerably. The impeachment rules provide guidance only on a few particulars, necessitating that the Senate determine, each time it organizes for a trial, the manner of proceeding from that point forward. In most recent trials the Senate has relied on a trial committee to consider and collect evidence. Thereafter, comes the all important stage in the trial i.e. making of closing arguments by the House Manager and counsel for the impeached officer. The impeachment rules do not place a time limit on opening and closing statements, although in past trials the Senate, in order to avoid filibustering has agreed to place such limits on the parties. The Senate has also allowed the side speaking first to reserve time for rebuttal. Similar to an ordinary criminal trial the making of closing arguments is the tour de force in an impeachment trial. It is the final opportunity that any defense counsel will have to persuade the jury/ the senators to tip the scale in their favor and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Hark back to the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson who, despite all odds, survived conviction by the solitary vote of Senator Edward Ross pursuant to a brilliant closing argument by the Attorney General Henry Stanbery. In his closing arguments Stanbery compared conviction to a despicable crime and had submitted thus;- “But if, Senators, as I cannot believe, but as has been boldly said with almost official sanction, your votes have been canvassed and the doom of the President is sealed, then let that judgment not be pronounced in this Senate Chamber; not here, where our Camillus in the hour of our greatest peril, single-handed, met and baffled the enemies of the Republic; not here, where he stood faithful among the faithless; not here, where he fought the good fight for the Union and the Constitution; not in this Chamber, whose walls echo with that clarion voice that, in the days of our greatest danger, carried hope and comfort to many a desponding heart, strong as an army with banners. No, not here. Seek out rather the darkest and gloomiest chamber in the subterranean recesses of this Capitol, where the cheerful light of day never enters. There erect the altar and immolate the victim.” Presently, the decks have been cleared for commencement of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The House of Representatives has chosen 9 members to act as House Managers. Defense Attorneys have also been appointed. Pretrial briefs have been filed and the trial is slated to begin on the 9th of February, 2021 when opening statements on why former President Donald Trump be not convicted will kick off. Let us wait and watch.Views are personal. (Jana Kalyan Das is Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India,Sandeep Devashish Das is Advocate-On-Record at the Supreme Court of India & Ninad Dogra is Advocate-On-Record at the Supreme Court of India)Next Story
Austin Police Department(AUSTIN, Texas) — Police are searching for a Texas mother and her 2-week-old daughter who have been missing since last week.Austin resident Heidi Broussard, 33, and her infant daughter, Margot Carey, were last seen dropping off a child at Cowan Elementary School on Thursday morning, according to the Austin Police Department.Investigators believe that Broussard and her child returned home to their apartment complex near West William Cannon Drive and South First Street after they left the school. They have not been heard from since, police said.Broussard’s fiance, Shane Carey, told ABC Austin affiliate KVUE that her car and all of her belongings and the baby’s belongings are still at their home, and there was no signs of a struggle.Carey said Broussard’s family and friends are “stumped” and “trying to piece it together.”“I don’t know why anybody would ever harm or touch these two beautiful women together,” Carey told the station on Friday night.The couple has been together for nearly 10 years, Carey said. He described Broussard as an “amazing person” and “one of the best people” he’s ever met.“She does anything for her kids — one of the best moms,” he said.They have two children together and are raising his older child from a previous marriage, Carey said.Broussard is described as a white female, about 5-foot-3-inches tall and 150 pounds with long, dark hair and highlights. She is believed to have been wearing a purple long-sleeve shirt at the time of her disappearance, police said. Attached is an updated photo of Heidi Broussard from Dec. 12, 2019 at 7:50 a.m. at Cowan Elementary. The clothing pictured is what she is believed to have been wearing when she was last seen. Anyone with information about her and Margot is asked to call 911 immediately. https://t.co/bvpNxAqX7i pic.twitter.com/KS0aMJSbAg— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) December 13, 2019Margot weighs just 7 pounds and 7 ounces. The clothing she was wearing at the time of her disappearance is not known.Police have not identified any suspects at this time.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
West/Watkins FamilyBy ZOHREEN SHAH and SABINA GHEBREMEDHIN, ABC NewsAn urgent search for two missing California City, California, toddlers missing since Dec. 21, 2020, continues.“I just know they were really good parents as far as I’m concerned,” Wanda West, the grandmother of the toddlers said about the children’s adoptive parents in an exclusive interview with ABC News Saturday.Brothers Orson and Orrin West — ages 3 and 4, respectively, were reported missing by their adoptive parents, Trezell and Jacqueline West.“We offered a reward out of our own pockets,” the missing boys’ uncle, Jamal Watkins, told ABC News.That reward, initially offered at $30,000 by extended members of the West family, has increased to $120,000 — contributed by multiple parties.Authorities have received more than 2,000 tips and are now using imaging devices at the adoptive parents’ home to search for the boys. Police suspect foul play was involved in the boys’ disappearance, according to California City Police Chief Jon Walker. No suspects or persons of interest have been named in the case at this time. “We have not ruled anyone out,” Chief Walker said.But now the adoptive dad’s family says they’re targets — not from authorities — but from the public.“It is misguided to blame uncles and aunts and grandparents for children who are missing that we love and care about and are trying to find,” Watkins said.“Right now there are people outside the home, talking about where are the boys,” said West.The boys were adopted in 2019. The Wests told police that the boys were last seen playing in their backyard.“I realized that I left the back gate open and I panicked and came inside the house. [We] searched the house, me and my wife,” Trezell West told Bakersfield ABC affiliate KERO on Dec. 23. “Once that didn’t pan out, I got in the van. I looked down the street in both directions; it was getting dark, getting cold.”Neighbor surveillance shows Trezell jumping into that van looking for the boys.The toddlers’ biological mother, Ryan Dean, said she is “devastated.”“I don’t have not one evil bone in my body, and for this to happen to me, it’s a lot for me,” Dean said.As the community continues holding vigils, the family is reminding everyone they’re in deep pain too.“It’s like people don’t realize we are grieving we are hurting just like they are,” West said.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.