Inexpensive Life Insurance With Sufficient Coverage To Choose From

Posted on 24th June 2015 by in Real Estate

Submitted by: David J Livingston

Given the present economic situation of most countries, there is a high percentage of consumers in search of inexpensive goods the same way with finding inexpensive life insurance. It is true that when it comes to the family s welfare, it doesn t matter if we spend more or less. We naturally think of their future life, particularly when we are no longer around to support them financially. One good move is to obtain that life insurance which will surely change our lives as we move on.

Life insurance plans have two primary categories, permanent and non-permanent policies. Among these, the term life is the most preferred by many individuals because of its very affordable premiums. However, unlike whole life, it can only offer protection and nothing more. Also, that coverage can only be enjoyed for only a certain period of time which spans usually from one to thirty years. Whole life on the other hand will even allow you to save money through a separate account that accrues cash over time.

Another drawback of term plans is there is a possibility that you will outlive it. In such cases, the carrier will not of course pay out the death benefit since the insured did not die. However, you would not be able to get your money back either unless you bought return of premiums rider. Bear in mind that you need to be in great shape if you want to apply for this type of policy. Since you will be paying for limited premiums, the insurer will not afford to take more risk than they can.

If indeed you have terminal disease, you should not lie before your insurance provider as you will be found out sooner or later as you go through their thorough screening process upon your application and before they pay out the death benefit. It is your best bet to purchase affordable no medical exam term life. As its name suggests, it will not subject you to medical tests as your health will not have a bearing on the underwriting process.

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Here are a handful of tips that can give you a hand in getting cheap to run term plans.

*Get it while you are still young.

*Make an effort that you are in tiptop shape when you apply to make a good impression to underwriters.

*Shop around for term plans for a while and weigh your options carefully.

*Make certain that your plan caters to all your needs or there d be no point in purchasing the plan.

Many people all over the world believe in the protection that the universal life or seguros de vida universal , in Spanish, can offer. People believe in its premium rate flexibility wherein they can select the amount they prefer to compensate for the policy coverage. Those people who do not wish to be insured at a given period of time are suited for this type of life insurance. It is important that the client believes in the policy that he or she has chosen because his or her existence relies on this insurance.IIf you have more budget, you may consider buying seguros de vida universal or simply universal life. Compared with whole life, its premiums are more manageable. With this plan, you can enjoy the advantages for permanent policies at least expensive rates. Apart from the lifetime protection that it can provide you, it has tons of other advantages. One of which is maximum flexibility when it comes to payment schemes and investment options. If you want to get the best possible deal, you can try seeking help from independent insurance agents and brokers.

Regardless of the type of inexpensive life insurance or seguros de vida usa, you ought to bear in mind that there are vital factors beyond the mere quotes that you needs your attention. One of which is the background of the insurer that you will deal with. Its financial reliability and its legitimacy should be examined in order to make sure that the money that you will pay to them is in good hands and that your family can indeed look forward to the protection that it promised. Work with concerned agencies to verify the insurer s authenticity. In addition, take a good look to their financial records to see how they stand financially.

If this is the first time to purchase term plan, maybe it will be your best bet to hire the professional services of trustworthy and independent agents and brokers. They will extend extra services but you would of course have to pay them commission. They will be more than willing to help you from the mundane task of filling out the essential forms to addressing your questions. They will attend to anything that may confuse you. What s more, they can give you a hand with finding rates that are way lower than what prevails in the market.

It doesn t matter much whether or not your life insurance is inexpensive. What you ought to make certain is that the policy you bought can address all your requirements. Otherwise, you will miss the point the purpose of procuring a life policy.

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Kentucky faith-based agency under fire for religious coercion

Posted on 23rd June 2015 by in Uncategorized

Saturday, May 5, 2007 

A lawsuit filed by a former employee of Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children (now Sunrise Children’s Services) and four other tax-payers, has shed light on the possibility of religious coercion by the organization. The lawsuit challenges the faith-based agency’s eligibility for state funds.

Specifically, interviews of children conducted by the state of Kentucky have revealed complaints from some of the children. Mainly, children who said they were Catholic, Pentecostal, Jehovah’s Witnesses or atheist voiced complaints in the interviews.

“They tried to more [or] less force me to become a Christian,” said one child in an exit interview. “I just felt I was being pressured into giving up my religion.”

Another child reported s/he was “not allowed to choose when or when not to attend a religious service,” per the interview, and was told “‘to do’ some type of Bible study during that time or get consequences.”

Both the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Sunrise say there is a strict policy against proselytizing in the program and that it does not prevent children from practising their individual faiths.

They also stress that these complaints number merely a “handful” among the approximately 1,500 children that are served by the faith-based agency.

“If a child says, ‘I don’t want to go to the Baptist church,’ then the child does not go,” Jonathan Goldberg, the state’s attorney, said. Some children might have mistankenly believed they were forced to go, he added.

The plaintiffs are seeking to have the interviews unsealed, at least in the cases where the child is now 18 years of age or older. The state and Sunrise argue they need to be kept confidential.

The lawsuit originated with Alicia Pedreira, who was fired in 2000. She alleges her firing was direct result of Sunrise (then Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children) finding out she is a lesbian.

Sunrise Children’s Services provides residential programs and foster care homes for children that have suffered abuse or neglect. Since 2001, Kentucky has paid Sunrise US$61 million to provide the services for children who would otherwise be in direct state custody.

In 2001, the state did find cause for action against one of Sunrise’s homes to fix “a coercive religious environment” where staff members confirmed that church attendance was required.

With accusations of undue pressure by a Christian agency funded by the state, the Sunrise case bears some similitude to the lawsuit against Iowa for paying Chuck Colson’s evangelical agency to run part of its prison.

Last June, U.S. District Judge Robert W. Pratt strongly reprimanded and ruled against Iowa’s use of a Christian social service agency to administer its prison. Judge Pratt stated: “For all practical purposes, the state has literally established an Evangelical Christian congregation within the walls of one of its penal institutions… There are no adequate safeguards present, nor could there be, to ensure that state funds are not being directly spent to indoctrinate Iowa inmates.”

The Iowa ruling is pending appeal.

Critics point to both of these cases as failures of George W. Bush’s faith-based services initiative. The program is often seen as conflicting with the tradition of separation of church and state in the United States.

Kentucky faith-based agency under fire for religious coercion

Posted on 22nd June 2015 by in Uncategorized

Saturday, May 5, 2007 

A lawsuit filed by a former employee of Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children (now Sunrise Children’s Services) and four other tax-payers, has shed light on the possibility of religious coercion by the organization. The lawsuit challenges the faith-based agency’s eligibility for state funds.

Specifically, interviews of children conducted by the state of Kentucky have revealed complaints from some of the children. Mainly, children who said they were Catholic, Pentecostal, Jehovah’s Witnesses or atheist voiced complaints in the interviews.

“They tried to more [or] less force me to become a Christian,” said one child in an exit interview. “I just felt I was being pressured into giving up my religion.”

Another child reported s/he was “not allowed to choose when or when not to attend a religious service,” per the interview, and was told “‘to do’ some type of Bible study during that time or get consequences.”

Both the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Sunrise say there is a strict policy against proselytizing in the program and that it does not prevent children from practising their individual faiths.

They also stress that these complaints number merely a “handful” among the approximately 1,500 children that are served by the faith-based agency.

“If a child says, ‘I don’t want to go to the Baptist church,’ then the child does not go,” Jonathan Goldberg, the state’s attorney, said. Some children might have mistankenly believed they were forced to go, he added.

The plaintiffs are seeking to have the interviews unsealed, at least in the cases where the child is now 18 years of age or older. The state and Sunrise argue they need to be kept confidential.

The lawsuit originated with Alicia Pedreira, who was fired in 2000. She alleges her firing was direct result of Sunrise (then Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children) finding out she is a lesbian.

Sunrise Children’s Services provides residential programs and foster care homes for children that have suffered abuse or neglect. Since 2001, Kentucky has paid Sunrise US$61 million to provide the services for children who would otherwise be in direct state custody.

In 2001, the state did find cause for action against one of Sunrise’s homes to fix “a coercive religious environment” where staff members confirmed that church attendance was required.

With accusations of undue pressure by a Christian agency funded by the state, the Sunrise case bears some similitude to the lawsuit against Iowa for paying Chuck Colson’s evangelical agency to run part of its prison.

Last June, U.S. District Judge Robert W. Pratt strongly reprimanded and ruled against Iowa’s use of a Christian social service agency to administer its prison. Judge Pratt stated: “For all practical purposes, the state has literally established an Evangelical Christian congregation within the walls of one of its penal institutions… There are no adequate safeguards present, nor could there be, to ensure that state funds are not being directly spent to indoctrinate Iowa inmates.”

The Iowa ruling is pending appeal.

Critics point to both of these cases as failures of George W. Bush’s faith-based services initiative. The program is often seen as conflicting with the tradition of separation of church and state in the United States.

Wikinews interviews Indiana State Senator Mike Delph

Posted on 21st June 2015 by in Uncategorized

Saturday, March 29, 2014 

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On Wikinews, we have an exclusive audio interview with Indiana State Senator Mike Delph.

Today is Thursday, March 27, 2014. I am Chad Tew and we are here in The Edge radio studios with my journalism students and recording from the campus of the University of Southern Indiana.

This is Wikinews.

Indiana State Senator Mike Delph is a Republican who represents the northwest side of Indianapolis and Carmel, as well as Zionsville, Indiana.

After being selected to finish former State Senator J. Murray Clark’s final term in 2005, Mike Delph has served two full terms for District 29 in the Indiana State Senate. He is currently facing re-election this fall. His opponent is likely to be Democrat JD Ford, who is running as an openly gay candidate.

Senator Delph has also been considered in the past for US Congress but he declined to run, and he has already been mentioned in the Indiana media as a possible candidate for any potential opening in the US Senate in 2016. He is widely known across the state of Indiana for both his Arizona-style legislation on immigration and his support of traditional marriage.

During the legislative session this year, Senator Delph made what is known in Indiana as the “tweet heard around the world”. The tweet announced the defeat of a proposed amendment to the Indiana State Constitution in a form that would have banned civil unions. Senate leader David Long punished Delph because of this tweet on the grounds that it concerned confidential caucus information. What exactly took place in that Republican caucus and between Senator Delph and Senator Long is currently unknown to the public.

WN Tew: State Senator Delph good morning and welcome to Wikinews.

WN Chad Tew: Here with our first question is Ashely Jones Phillips. Jones Phillips: Hi! Good morning, Senator Mike Delph. My name Is Ashley Jones-Phillips. The first question that I have is, I wanted to know if you can tell me a little bit about your parents, where are you from, and where were you were raised and born?

WN Jones Phillips: Can you tell where you went to school at?

WN Tew: And those degrees are in …?

WN And lastly I want to know, how did you become interested in politics?

WN Hello Senator Delph, I’m Sara Behnke. We were wanting to know about your family and your work outside of the Indiana Senate.

WN Behnke: We understand that you and your wife home educate your children. How did you decide to home educate your children?

WN Behnke: What is your religious affliation?

WN Hello Senator Delph, I’m Jerrilyn Thompson, and I have a question for you. The Sagamore of the Wabash Award, you were awarded that in 2005. And this honorary award is awarded by the Governor. And what did you do to get this honor?

WN Thompson: Okay, just a few more questions. You had mentioned earlier about the role that Congressman Dan Burton had played in your life, could you please talk a little bit more about that?

WN Thompson: Okay one last question from me. What was your father and mother’s relationship with former congressman Dan Burton?

WN Jordan Mornout: You ended up losing your first campaign when you sought the nomination for Indiana’s Secretary of State in 2002. Of course, your opponents that year were impressive, but can you tell us from your perspective about the dramatic finish to that nomination?

WN Tew: And, in fact, you were both competing for [Senator Richard] Lugar’s office.

WN Yes.

WN Tew: Let’s pause for a brief identification.

WN Chad Tew: This is Wikinews. It is March 27, 2014, and we are here in the radio studio of The Edge speaking to Indiana State Senator Mike Delph by telephone. Here with our next question is Justin Law.

WN Law: Senator Delph, your opposition to same-sex marriage and your public expression of love for your brother Stephen has us wondering about how you reconcile what seems to some as contradictory stances. Could you explain to us your philosophical stand on homosexuality and support of traditional marriage?

WN Tew: Senator, your brother said on the air that you had set him up on a date. And you denied that. Could you just briefly talk about this?

WN Bobby Shipman: Senator Delph, this is Bobby speaking now. HJR-3 — the proposed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage and civil unions? You said it was the best environment right now. Why is this the right time for HJR-3?

WN Shipman: With the polls in Indiana showing a change in public opinion over the past several years that is more favorable to the acceptance of same-sex marriage, do you think it’s going to be harder to support traditional marriage in the future?

WN Shipman: Since the amendment would have had a long lasting consequences on Hoosiers, didn’t the process work this time?

WN Tew: But there is also the Supreme Court that the legislature would have to deal with any kind of decision that’s made between now and when they act next.

WN Devyn Curry: Can you briefly give us your version of the chronology from the time you made the “tweet heard around the world” to the time when you were punished for the tweet.

WN Curry: What were you trying to convey to the public through the media at the press conference?

WN Curry: Senator, did you violate caucus rules of secrecy?

WN Senator, Chad Tew here. Who leaked the information about your punishment to the media?

WN Tew: Concerning your punishment, you’ve had a number of disagreements over the years with Senate leader David Long. Does Senate leader David Long serve the Republicans in the state senate or do they serve him?

WN Tew: Thank you, Senator. Let’s pause for identification.

WN Chad Tew: Mike Delph, a Republican who represents parts of Indianapolis, Carmel and Zionsville is with us this morning for an exclusive interview. It is March 27, 2014, and this is Wikinews. Welcome back, Senator.

WN Rachel Christian: Senator Delph, you have been labeled as a social conservative. Where do you believe you fall on the political spectrum?

WN Bradie Gray: Recently, political commentator Brian Howey wrote about your senate district. Is it fair to say that your district is not socially conservative, that your stand on HJR-3 might not been aligned with your constituents, and that the Democrats see your seat as an opportunity.

WN Casie Mathies: Senator, this is Casie, how important are the business or establishment Republicans in your district and do you stand in danger of alienating them with your stands on HJR-3?

WN Sean Kerchief: Your likely opponent in next fall’s election, JD Ford, says he stands for, quote, equality. Do you?

WN Keisha Wright: Senator Delph, What are the political stands that are going to provide the sharpest contrast between you and your likely political opponent, JD Ford this fall?

WN Tew: Just a short question. You started your military service in what year?

WN Tew: And you were promoted to major when?

WN Meredith Harris: You have been considered for higher offices. What qualities do you have to offer not only your district, but voters all over Indiana?

WN Tew: Just briefly, senator. Your passage of the local government initiative that would allow governments to merge was very successful in your district, but not successful elsewhere around Indiana. What was it about your district that made it unique in that it decided to merge?

WN Tew: Thank you, senator. And, let’s pause for identification.

WN This is Wikinews, and we are back with Senator Mike Delph. I am Chad Tew, and we are here at The Edge radio studios with my journalism students and recording from the campus of the University of Southern Indiana, in Evansville. Our first question will come from Jordan.

WN Jordan Bayes: Hi, Senator Delph, Jordan Bayes speaking. What ever became of the military investigation of you and the soldier who appeared by you at a press conference?

WNTew: And you were never punished for that, for the record?

WNTew: Yes, and then you were successfully promoted.

WN Bayes: Tim Durham, who is now serving a 50-year sentence for running a Ponzi scheme in Indiana, was a major donator to Republicans, including your campaign. Former Governor Daniels for instance received almost $200,000 dollars. You were the first to give money back donated by Durham in 2011 after he was charged, which was $10,000 dollars. However you kept money donated by BP after the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010. What kind of money do you think should be given back, and what kinds do you think are alright to keep?

WN Dennis Marshall is here with our last question tonight, Dennis —

WN Dennis: Senator you are well known for your support of the single class basketball here in Indiana, why is that such an important issue for you?

WN Tew: You were a wrestler, too?

WN Tew: Senator, were you a wrestler?

WN Tew: Thank you Senator. This has been an exclusive interview with Mike Delph. Thank you very much Senator for being with us tonight and speaking to fifteen journalism students and myself…

This has been an exclusive audio Wikinews interview with Indiana State Senator Mike Delph. To receive the latest news, please visit wikinews.org, presenting up-to-date, relevant, newsworthy and entertaining content without bias. Wikinews is a free service and it is funded by your generous donations. Click on the donate link on our homepage to learn how you can contribute. This recording has been released under the Creative Commons 2.5 License.

Apostille The International Notarization

Posted on 3rd June 2015 by in Lawyers And Law Firms

Apostille – The International Notarization

by

Kenneth Edelstein

Fourth in a series of articles on the Notary Profession. This article covers the

Apostille

, which provides a methodology for the International acceptance of Notarizations. Targeted to personal needs, as opposed to business transactions; signatory nations agreed to honor Apostille bearing instruments as if the underlying notarization occurred within their own boarders. The primary effect was to shift “Authentication” of the notarization from the receiving country’s Embassy/Consulate to the sending country’s State Department or other authorized body.

At The Hague “Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents”, 90+ sovereign nations agreed to accept notarized documents, (and documents from numerous other officials); without the need for the more complex and expensive Legalization process. The Legalization process required documents to be processed at the “target” country’s Consulate or Embassy. The Apostille processing is done in the country of origination. Legalization is still required for numerous business related documents.

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A practical example will clarify the use of the Apostille. Mr. Smith, living in New York City wishes to sell his house in Argentina. He contacts an attorney in Argentina to handle the sale for him. The attorney will require a Power of Attorney (POA) from Mr. Smith giving the attorney authority to sign Mr. Smith’s name on various documents. The Argentine authorities require the POA to be notarized. One option for Mr. Smith is to fly to Argentina, and sign the POA in front of a notary in Argentina. An alternative is for Mr. Smith to sign the POA in the presence of a New York notary; and have an Apostille affixed to the document, then ship the Apostille

bearing POA to his Argentine attorney. Both procedures are legally equivalent.

A clear distinction between the truthfulness of the content of a document and the validity of the signature must be stressed. Responsibility for the content rests with the person signing the document. An example would be an affidavit, or sworn statement. The affiant’s signature, in response to the Notary Oath, (…and that the statements are true and accurate to the best of your knowledge…), establishes the truthfulness of the document. The Notary’s stamp and embosser attest to the notary’s verification of the affiant’s identification. The notary has no requirement to read or validate the content of the document, only the signature. Once the document is notarized, (the notary should take care to use both stamp and embosser), the document can be submitted for Apostille processing.

Not every document qualifies for Apostille Processing. The rules vary greatly with local authorities. In New York, a student’s sworn statement that the attached transcript of grades (even if it is an original from their school) is not acceptable for Apostille processing – if the school is located in New York. The state requires the Registrar’s signature to be notarized, not the student’s. However, if the school is located outside of the City of New York, the student’s statement does qualify to receive an Apostille. A similar requirement applies to Birth, Death and Marriage documents – only the signature of the official (handwritten) directly responsible for creating the “certified copy” can be notarized for Apostille processing.

The Apostille represents the end of a chain of verifications. First, the Notary inspects the credentials of the affiant and notarizes the document. Next, the authority (signature and commission expiration date) of the notary is verified by local officials, adding a document attesting to the validity of the notary’s signature and seal. Finally, in the case of New York, the Secretary of State, of the State of New York; acting under authority of the Secretary of State of the United States; adds an Apostille to the document. That Apostille is internationally recognized (by signatory nations) as having an authentic and checked signature. I must emphasize that the Apostille adds nothing to the credibility of the content of the document.

Most of my work obtaining Apostles involves “notarial acts” as permitted by the Convention. These notarizations are often the cause of processing rejection. It is absolutely essential that the underlying “base” notarization be completed perfectly! The next step, after notarization, involves a very close scrutiny of the notarization itself. The slightest flaw will cause rejection. Each state has slightly different requirements for proper notarization. It is common that the “venue”, or location where the notarization was done be included and a statement by the notary as to the date and name of the affiant. Also, vital for acceptance is a clear notary stamp, with accurate commission expiration date. Embossing should be done on any notarization that is going out of state. The notary must perform the initial notarization correctly; as frequently the affiants are not available for a redo and re-sign.

Some countries, Canada for example; are not signatory to the Hague Convention regarding Apostles. For these nations the processing is exactly the same; however, they are issued a document entitled “Certification” in lieu of an Apostille. At the final step, when the Apostille application is presented with the document; the “target country of use” must be stated. Actually, the Apostille is not specific to a country. The question is asked to determine if an Apostille or Certification should be issued. If an application is submitted for Finland, the Apostille issued is just as valid in Malta.

Thus, the Apostille bearing instrument can achieve near worldwide acceptance. The Apostille (issued at the Sovereign Nation level); verifies the authenticity of the local officials, who in turn verified the validity of the notary. And, that notary initially checked the ID of the person signing the document. It would be impractical if not impossible for a foreign official to conduct such a validation. The presence of the internationally recognized and hard to counterfeit (due to gold seal and embossing) Apostille; facilitates the acceptance of documents for Hague member states.

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Female lawyers to be granted court access in Saudi Arabia

Posted on 3rd June 2015 by in Uncategorized

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 

Female lawyers in Saudi Arabia may soon be granted limited court access for the first time. Mohammed al-Issa, the justice minister, said that the law was part of King Abdullah’s ongoing reform to Saudi Arabia’s judicial system. The law would allow female lawyers to represent other women at family-related cases, including marriage, divorce, and child custody.

Saudi women that are educated in law are currently permitted to work in the female section of government and court offices. Positions of higher authority are reserved for the opposite sex. The Saudi government is also building specialized “personal status” or family courts where female lawyers will be permitted to practice.

Women rights are strictly defined by Islamic Sharia law in Saudi Arabia. Employment and educational opportunities are dependent on a system of male guardianship. For example, a female under the age of 45 must gain the approval of a male before traveling.

According to the BBC, the law and other minor changes are steps in the direction of easing restrictions placed on Saudi women.

High Court of Australia dismisses appeal against conviction, compulsory voting

Posted on 3rd June 2015 by in Uncategorized

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 

Last Friday, following over two years of lawsuit over failure to participate in general election, Anders Holmdahl attended a High Full Court of Australia hearing with an audio-link from Canberra to Adelaide, South Australia, claiming voting is a right, not a duty, citing the Australian constitution. However the Justices dismissed the application for leave to appeal against conviction, ruling it had “no prospect of success” over a point that the Commonwealth Electoral Act was enacted within power.

Anders Holmdahl was represented by Kevin Borick, QC, the president of the Australian Criminal Lawyers Association, throughout the process.

Anders Holmdahl cited “fundamental distinction” between the words vote, which he defined as “exercise of free will”; right, “something you are privileged to be granted”; and duty, “something you are required to do”. After a 20-minute discourse with the lawyer representing the applicant, Justice Kenneth Hayne said, “An appeal to this Court would enjoy no prospect of success. Special leave to appeal is refused.” and adjourned the Court. Justices Stephen Gageler, Patrick Keane were also present at the hearing and participated in the verbal discourse, also enquiring the lawyer about their reasoning but not specifying reasons other than what Hayne J said. Wikinews contacted both Anders Holmdahl and the High Court and confirmed there was no other documentation of reasons behind the judgment.

The standard High Court procedures involve hearing each matter by a single Justice and only escalating it after a special leave to appeal is granted. The current case had been irregular, as the matter had been escalated to the Full Court (three Justices) directly.

The appeal also had exhausted lower means of appeal before being lodged in High Court; the Supreme Court of South Australia had dismissed it on September 24, 2012. It cited that the Australian Constitution allows each state to enact their own election laws, and the Federal Parliament has the power to make laws “with respect to … matters in respect of which this Constitution makes provision until the Parliament otherwise provides”. The Court concluded that the Commonwealth Electoral Act was legislation enacted within power.

Prior to escalation to the Supreme Full Court of South Australia, in May 2012, a single Justice Gray had forwarded the matter for consideration of Full Court (three Judges) at his discretion. This happened several months after a Magistrate had recorded the conviction following a trial in February 2012. Anders Holmdahl originally pleaded not guilty during his first Magistrates court appearance in December 2011 regarding the August 21, 2010 election.

The electoral system of Australia requires all citizens to enroll. Then they must vote at each general election — election of members of the House of Representatives and Senate of the Parliament of Australia. At the time of the election, Anders Holmdahl was enrolled as an elector on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll for the Division of Hindmarsh.

The High Full Court hearing was a last instance of appeal with further escalation only possible at international level. Anders Holmdahl had decided to take the case before the United Nations Human Rights Council.

U.S. Senate confirms Supreme Court nominee Alito

Posted on 3rd June 2015 by in Uncategorized

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 

After several weeks of at times contentious deliberation in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the United States Senate confirmed Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to the Supreme Court with 58 votes in favor and 42 against. Only one Republican, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, voted against confirmation. Four Democrats, including former Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia, voted for confirmation. Alito was sworn-in later in the day.

Alito had been nominated by President George W. Bush following the withdrawal of his original Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, a criminal lawyer and close associate of Bush since before his tenure as Governor of Texas from 1994-2000. Miers, facing harsh criticism of her qualifications for a position on the high court, along with growing opposition from members of the conservative movement, elected to withdraw in October 2005.

Alito was nominated shortly after Miers’ withdrawal, and faced the Judiciary Committee in January 2006.

With the Bush Administration facing poor approval ratings following the withdrawal of Miers, Senate Democrats put forth a strong offensive to the confirmation of Alito. They questioned Alito extensively of his record on abortion, exercise of executive authority, his opinions on various legal issues while studying at Princeton University and his membership in the CAP group there.

Following the Judiciary Committee’s party-line vote approving Alito, efforts were spearheaded by ranking Judiciary Committee member Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA) to filibuster Alito’s confirmation. However, the motion to end debate on Alito ended with a 72-25 cloture vote; Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) acknowledged that a filibuster was not a realistic option to stop Alito’s confirmation.

Alito is the second judge to be appointed and confirmed to the Supreme Court by President Bush. His first appointee, Judge John Roberts, was confirmed by the Senate in the autumn of 2005. Following the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Roberts was immediately selected to fill Rehnquist’s post.

Alito will be replacing Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who was a crucial swing vote in an ideologically divided Court. With the appointment of Alito, the Court will most likely experience a shift to the political right. How much of a shift cannot be precisely determined, as it remains to be seen how Alito will rule in cases involving critical social issues.

Alito earned a bachelor’s degree in law from Princeton University, and did his graduate work at Yale Law School. Most of his bench experience has come at the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, where he has served as a justice since 1990, when President George H.W. Bush nominated him for the post. He follows current Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia as the second Italian-American member of the high court.

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) told the AP that the United States would “be better and stronger and more unified if we were confirming a different nominee, a nominee who could have united us more than divided us”.

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) said he is concerned with Alito’s “philosophy of the Constitution [and] his great effort of many years to expand presidential power at a time when there are real serious questions about the powers the president has”.

Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said there are no doubts about Alito’s “qualification in terms of education, professional career and his service on the court of appeals.”

And in a written statement, President Bush called Alito a “brilliant and fair-minded judge who strictly interprets the Constitution and laws and does not legislate from the bench. He is a man of deep character and integrity, and he will make all Americans proud as a Justice on our highest court.”

“Bush nominates Alito to U.S. Supreme Court” — Wikinews, October 31, 2005

What Are Virtual Machines And How Can They Cater To Your Business Needs?

Posted on 31st May 2015 by in Catering

What are Virtual machines and how can they cater to your business needs?

by

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You can easily create virtual machines on the desktop computers but however, commonly the servers are created as virtual machines and the process is known as server virtualization.

You would also find that most applications on the servers are rarely used fully to their potential. The process of virtualization is nothing but the process of splitting the computers into different and distinct virtual computers. This might happen in a single physical machine and the virtual computers can use the software, networks and the other devices as separate machines.

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You can use virtualization in a different way too. If you have many computers or servers then you can combine these machines and make one single virtual computer.

There are many ways in which the virtual machines can cater to your business need.

Firstly, you would need to spend much less time and time than what you need to spend while managing individual physical machines. It is cheaper too since you can have many virtual machines on a single physical machine. Therefore the expenses of purchasing several servers are saved. Also, these would help you minimize the space that you would need for a server room and also would help you from hiring larger spaces. You would also need lesser money for the software or hardware upgrade.

It will help you to save the electricity costs and therefore it will help you to benefit the environment. When you reduce the number of machines therefore you would have lesser electric bills. Also the air-conditioning costs are reduced since one air-conditioner is enough to cool all the virtual machines.

Since there is only one physical machine it means that you need to spend much lesser time on the maintenance of the physical machine. The virtual machines can be set very quickly while if you are configuring a physical server it will take a long time. In virtualization many devices are pooled into one virtual storage and thus there is lesser time needed for recovery and backup.

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Needle found in sandwich on Air Canada flight

Posted on 31st May 2015 by in Uncategorized

Thursday, August 2, 2012 

Air Canada stated that a passenger found a sewing needle in a sandwich Monday on a flight from Victoria, British Columbia to Toronto, Ontario.

Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick stated they are working with the unidentified caterers “to ensure heightened security measures have been put in place.” He also stated authorities are undertaking an investigation.

Last month, the FBI and Dutch authorities investigated needles in six sandwiches on Delta Air Lines flights. Four of those were discovered by passengers; one passenger was injured but dismissed medical treatment. Robert van Kapel of the Dutch police said it is not yet known if the two incidents are linked or if there is a copycat.