CricketLatest Sports NewsSportNewsSportstars Euro 2020- Spain vs Poland Highlights: Spain held to 1-1 draw as Lewandowski’s Poland keep Euro hopes alive Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Cricket Cricket Football TAGSICC Test Player RankingsICC Test Rankings 2019Pat CumminsR AshwinRavindra JadejaSports Business NewsVirat Kohli SHARE Cricket Tokyo Olympics: Covid-19 scare continues after a Uganda team member tests positive Cricket RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cricket WTC final LIVE broadcast: ICC’s mega broadcast plan, India vs New Zealand live streaming starts today in 195 countries ICC WTC Final: 10 years of Virat Kohli’s Test career, 10 best moments of India’s greatest Test skipper By Kunal Dhyani – December 30, 2019 WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 2 Stumps: West Indies bowled out for 149 runs in 1st innings, SA lead by 149 runs ENG W vs IND W: Mithali Raj says We’ll carry the confidence in pink-ball Test against Australia Latest Sports News by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMicrosoftBring your desktop to life with Bing WallpaperMicrosoftUndoCapital One ShoppingThis hack can uncover JOANN discounts you don’t know aboutCapital One ShoppingUndoPhotoStickHow To Back Up All Your Old Photos In SecondsPhotoStickUndoAustralia’s Marnus Labuschagne has finished the year at a career-best fourth position while South Africa’s wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has moved into the top 10 in the year-ending ICC Test Player Rankings, releaded today (Monday).Labuschagne, who was ranked 110th at the start of the year, has moved up one slot after scores of 63 and 19 in the Melbourne Test against New Zealand, which Australia won by 247 runs to go 2-0 up in the three-match series. De Kock’s ‘player of the match’ effort of 95 and 34, which helped his team beat England by 107 runs at Centurion to go 1-0 up in the four-match series, sees him advance eight places and reach 10th position.Also Read: Vaughan ridicules ICC rankings system as ‘absolute garbage’Other batsmen to move up the rankings include New Zealand opener Tom Latham (up two places to 14th), Australia middle-order batsman Travis Head (up 15 places to a career-best 19th), England opener Rory Burns (up five places to a career-best 31st) and middle-order batsman Joe Denly (up 10 places to a career-best 36th).Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has finished at the top of the bowlers’ list with a five-wicket haul in the first innings in Melbourne. He occupied the top place for 321 during the year while South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was No. 1 for 44 days after starting 2019 in top position.Vernon Philander has moved up three places to fifth position while the England trio of Stuart Broad (up two places to 14th), Joffra Archer (up three places to 40th) and Sam Curran (up five places to 45th) have also made notable progress. James Pattinson has moved up 46 places to 54th position after taking three wickets in each innings.Jason Holder finished as the top all-rounder, occupying number one position for 342 days. Shakib Al Hasan was at the top for 23 days.In the ICC World Test Championship, Australia have strengthened their position in second place in the points table after gaining 40 points for the Test win. They are on 256 points and could go up to 296 by the end of the series. South Africa have 30 points after their first win in the WTC while New Zealand and England remain on 60 and 56 points, respectively.Each series of the WTC is worth 120 points, distributed evenly over the number of matches in a series. The points range from 60 points for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series. The top two teams at the end of the league will play the final in the UK in June 2021 with the winners crowned the World Test Champions.ICC partners with Peters Ice Cream for 2020 T20 World CupsICC Test Player Rankings (as of 30 December, after the Melbourne and Centurion Tests) Top 10 Batsmen: 1. Virat Kohli (Ind 928); 2. Steve Smith (Aus 911); 3. K Williamson (NZ 822); 4. M Labuschagne (Aus 805); 5. Cheteswar Pujara (Ind 791); 6. Babar Azam (Pak 767); 7. David Warner (Aus 759) and Ajinkya Rahane (Ind 759); 9. Joe Root (Eng 754); and 10. Q de Kock (SA 712).Bowlers (top 10)Top 10 bowlers: 1. Pat Cummins (Aus 902); 2. Neil Wagner (NZ 859); 3. Kagiso Rabada (SA 832); 4. Jason Holder (WI 830); 5. V Philander (SA 800); 6. Jasprit Bumrah (Ind, 794) 7. Mitchell Starc (Aus 790); 8. J Hazlewood (Aus 777); 9. R Ashwin (Ind 772) and 10. M Shami (Ind 771).All-rounders (top five): 1. Jason Holder (WI 473); 2. Ravindra Jadeja (Ind 406); Ben Stokes (Eng 377); 4. V Philander (SA 348) and 5. R Ashwin (Ind 308).Also Read: Kohli continues to be first choice for Test captain of decade Tokyo Olympics Village: Organizers unveils Tokyo games athletes village to the media, check first look Latest Sports News Cricket IND vs NZ in WTC Final: India batting coach says, ‘score above 250 on Day 3 would be good’, Kyle Jamieson feels it won’t… Facebook Twitter WTC Final Day 2 Stumps: Brilliant Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane saves the day for India as bad light stops play 33 overs early Previous articleAsian Wrestler of the Year: Bajrang at No. 3; Kazakh Kaipanov tops tableNext article8-member Indian men’s boxing squad named for Olympic Qualifiers Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Virat Kohli will be singing off the year and a decade of his unmatched achievements as the No. 1 Test batsman. Australian Pat Cummins is the No. 1 bowler. Interestingly, Kohli and Simmons will also be the highest-paid players on the IPL Moneyball, professional players salary calculator. Jason Holder remains the No. 1 all-rounder.The batting list continues to be led by India captain Virat Kohli, who was at the top for 274 days in 2019. Australia’s Steve Smith finished in second place after having occupied the top position for 91 days during the year. Kohli and Smith did not allow another batsman to sneak atop the Test batsmen’s rating table. 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News June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Malaysia Help by sharing this information February 22, 2021 Find out more Like all the big countries of Southeast Asia, Malaysia has enthusiastically embraced new information technology and the Internet. To counter the decline of the traditional economy, prime minister Mahathir Mohamad (in power since 1981) announced plans in 1996 for a Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) as the core of a technology-based industrial revolution. He promised to protect the rights of users of the Internet and not censor it. Malaysia has invested enormously in the Internet and new technology to boost its economy, but the government harasses the independent online media and exerts heavy pressure on opposition websites. MalaysiaAsia – Pacific New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Ministry of energy, communications and multimedia Links:The online daily MalaysiakiniThe opposition Democratic Action PartyThe Communications and Multimedia Commission Follow the news on Malaysia News Receive email alerts News Organisation to go further News The MSC is a 50 km corridor 15 kms wide that will surround the new Kuala Lumpur international airport and new national capital of Putra Jaya. The government wants to attract major offices and research labs of large transnational computer and multimedia companies.Harassment of the online daily malaysiakini.comThe government may believe in the economic benefits of the Internet, but it is afraid the new media will destroy its tight control of the country’s media. After promising not to censor the Internet, the government targeted the only independent and critical online daily newspaper, Malaysiakini. Its journalists cannot get official press cards and the government regularly challenges the stories on the paper’s website and accuses it of wanting to damage the regime’s credibility. Such verbal intimidation has proved ineffective and reporters have been individually harassed.Malaysiakini journalists were allowed by parliamentary security officials on 3 April 2002 to attend sessions of parliament provided they did not ask questions at press conferences or approach MPs of the ruling UMNO party. A security officer said the professional status of the Malaysiakini journalists was unclear. The information ministry had refused to accredit them for two years. Two other news websites, Radiqradio and Agendadaily,In October 2002, Malaysiakini, which says it gets 100,000 visitors a day, was forced to introduce paying access for want of advertising revenue, according to editor Stephen Gan. The many verbal attacks by the authorities, especially the prime minister, have discouraged many local and foreign investors from advertising on the independent sites. Police seized about 20 computers and a number of files in a raid on Malaysiakini’s offices on 20 January 2003 in response to a complaint filed by UMNO’s youth wing for “sedition” and “incitement to racial hatred.” Gan said it was an attempt to close the site down. The authorities demanded to know who had posted an anonymous article on the site on 9 January criticising the government’s granting of special rights to the country’s ethnic Malay majority and comparing the UMNO to the racist American Ku Klux Klan. Gan refused as a matter of journalistic principle to say who had written it.The site was ordered on 22 January to leave its offices before the end of February by its landlord, the firm PC Suria, which is owned by the government-controlled body NASCOM. Gan denounced this as a new bid to close down the site by government pressure on PC Suria. Malaysiakini’s chief executive, Premesh Chandran, said finding new offices cost about 100,000 ringgits (26,000 euros) and disrupt its activities for at least two weeks. “It will also mean a loss in subscription revenue and a loss of confidence among our readers and subscribers,” he said.The staff said on 5 February they would defy the eviction order, noting that the lease did not expire until December 2004. Gan wrote to PC Suria’s lawyer saying they would not leave because they had not violated any terms of the lease. As a result of local and foreign protests, pressure on Malaysiakini then subsided.The opposition, which uses the Internet as a public platform, is also regularly harassed. In March 2001, the computers of the opposition National Justice Party’s website were seized. Police searched the home of the site’s editor, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, saying the site contained “seditious” material. The party has since transferred it to a host outside the country.Cyber-journalist in prisonOne of Malaysiakini’s journalists, Hishamuddin Rais (also a documentary filmmaker), and five other dissidents, all of them arrested in April 2001 and jailed without trial for two years for “attempting to overthrow the government,” began a hunger strike on 10 April 2002 to protest against their imprisonment under the Internal Security Act in Kamunting prison, at Taiping, in the northern state of Perak. Rais and one of the other five, Badrulamin Bahron were taken on 16 April to the prison hospital, where they still refused to eat and were put on a drip. After eight days without food, they had won support from human rights activists, regime opponents and jailed former vice-premier Anwar Ibrahim, who also went on hunger strike for several days in solidarity. The state-run or pro-government media did not report their protest, which they halted after 11 days.Rules for website content being drawn upThe energy, communications and multimedia ministry announced on 30 May 2001 that a National Internet Advisory Committee would be set up to coordinate and supervise Internet use and draw up laws to regulate it.The same day, the ministry’s parliamentary secretary, Chia Kwang Chye, said that in the absence of laws applying specifically to the Internet, its users must obey the Communication and Multimedia Act, which allows anyone who puts false or defamatory information on the Internet to be jailed for up to a year and heavily fined.After strong pressure from online publications and the political opposition, the government announced in March 2002 it was dropping plans to regulate the Internet. However, a month earlier, Malaysiakini editor Gan said the government was keen to introduce rules about what could be put online and that the ministry was drafting a reform of the government’s licensing system. Gan said the aim was clearly to weed out any opposition material or criticism of the government. Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments RSF_en March 17, 2021 Find out more Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again January 29, 2021 Find out more
Local News Hamburger Cookout benefit Facebook Previous articleDISNEY CRUISE SHIPNext articleOHS-Del Rio Boys Soccer Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Facebook TAGS Twitter Twitter ECSO Patch.jpg The Ector County Sheriff’s Office has scheduled a Hamburger Cookout Benefit Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Ector County Coliseum Barn A. Plates are $10. Proceeds/donations will be distributed amongst the three deputies, Josh Pool, Special Investigative Unit; Cody Smith, CID Investigator; and Ricky Rodriguez, Reserve Officer; who were recently shot while serving a warrant. For any large cookout orders for delivery, call 202-4853 or 557-5124. For anyone wanting to donate, make checks payable to: The Chuck Wagon Community Fund, P.O. Box 7103, Odessa, TX 79760, *Ector County Deputies. The Chuck Wagon Community Fund is a 501C3, charity and donations are tax deductible. In addition, The Permian Basin Assist the Officer Foundation will be conducting a benefit raffle for a chance to win 1 Sig Sauer P365 9mm Pistol, courtesy of Tejas Shooting Sports. The drawing will take place at 3 p.m. at the coliseum. Need to be present to win. Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50. Proceeds will also go the three wounded deputies. For raffle ticket information, call 332-7358.
Top Stories’Cancel Final Exams; Award Degree On Basis Of Past Performance’: Students File Rejoinder; Say ‘UGC Has Shown Complete Apathy’ LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 July 2020 6:09 AMShare This – xIn response to the Counter Affidavit filed by the University Grants Commission before the Supreme Court today, the Petitioners Praneeth K and others have contended that the Commission has “miserably failed” to respond to the grievances raised by them. They have filed an urgent rejoinder application, praying the Court to reject the Counter Affidavit filed by the Commission 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?LoginIn response to the Counter Affidavit filed by the University Grants Commission before the Supreme Court today, the Petitioners Praneeth K and others have contended that the Commission has “miserably failed” to respond to the grievances raised by them. They have filed an urgent rejoinder application, praying the Court to reject the Counter Affidavit filed by the Commission and to allow their petition challenging UGC Guidelines mandating conduct of examinations for final year students by September 30. The Petitioners have submitted that the Commission has not properly responded to the specific contentions regarding flagrant violations of their fundamental rights enshrined within Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution. The University Grants Commission has told the Supreme Court that the direction to hold final year examinations by September 30 was issued to “protect the academic future of students”. Direction To Hold Final Year Exams By Sep 30 Issued To Protect Academic Future Of Students: UGC Tells SC Brushing aside this submission, the Petitioners have submitted that the UGC has failed to respond as to who will compensate the Petitioners for the Loss of Job Opportunities or Admissions Deadlines due to the belated completion of their final year exams by September 30, as compared to their predecessors, whose exams were completed by July 31.#UGCGuidelines Students file rejoinder to #UGC affidavit through @advocate_alakh. Says @ugc_india has failed to take into account many aspects like rising COVID19 cases, floods in Assam, lack of connectivity in J&K, lockdown in many parts etc.#StudentsInSCForJustice pic.twitter.com/ZeRTun18F1— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) July 30, 2020It is contended that the UGC has overlooked the concerns of many students who have enrolled in foreign universities or have secured private jobs via campus placements, who are required to submit their degree certificates by July 31. The Commission had also stated that conducting examinations for final year students is necessary to test them on “specialized elective courses” studied by them during the terminal year. Responding to this the rejoinder filed through Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava stated : “Most courses now a days follow semester pattern, meaning thereby that subjects change every semesters. It effectively means that a final year/ final term student has already completed 85-90% of his/ her case and even studied the final semester. In such a case, there is no harm, if he/ she is awarded aggregate of previous semester marks. The same pattern is being followed by various foreign countries as well.” Premier institutions such as IITs & NLUs have done away with final year exams and have evaluated their final year students on the basis of past performance, they pointed out. Delete Instead of holding final semester exams, the petitioners suggest that aggregate of previous semester exams be awarded to students. A final year/ final term student has already completed 85-90% of the course, they point out.#UGCGuidelines #[email protected]_india— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) July 30, 2020 It is contended that conducting of examination amid the Covid crisis poses a massive threat to the life of the stakeholders, such as students, examiners, etc. and the UGC has failed to take into account the plight of students who will be constrained to travel across the country. “Many states of India have already announced Complete Lockdown. Many big cities have several containment zones. Free movement of students will be restricted and will cause lot of harassment. And most importantly, there is non-availability of free Air/ Rail/ Bus/ Other Transport movement in many parts of the country,” the rejoinder states. Travel is also an uphill task for students residing in Assam, Bihar and North-Eastern States, areas that are hit by deadly incessant flood. So far as the defence of online examination as pleaded by the UGC is concerned, the Petitioners have submitted that failed many parts of the county, including Rural areas and the UT of J&K where mobile internet bandwidth is limited to 2G network, suffer from poor internet connectivity. Further, the Commission has overlooked the possibility of Hacking/ Tampering with the result, Lack of Training, etc. with respect to the proposed online exams. “Just 1/3rd of the whole Indian population has access to proper internet…Thus, conducting such examinations at through online mode, is nothing only but deprivation of majority (2/3rd) of the students from equal opportunity to appear in the said final year Examinations,” the Rejoinder states. Significantly, one of the Petitioners in the matter is Covid positive. Highlighting his plight the Petitioners have submitted, “The Respondent UGC has failed to appreciate that then there would another set of students, who, due to their unwell health conditions or due to strong possibility of getting affected by COVID-19, may be deprived from appearing in their aforesaid final year examinations, which will be in flagrant violation of their fundamental right to equality, as enshrined within Article 14 of Constitution of India. The Petitioner No. 1 has only two options, first is to appear in the upcoming exams and thus endanger his own life and/or lives of other participating students. Or, to abstain from appearing in the upcoming exam and thus delay the completion of his degree and hence lose precious Job/ Admission opportunities…UGC has shown complete apathy to the aforesaid plight of the Petitioner No.1.” It is therefore prayed that the final year students should be treated at par with the students of CBSE, ICSE, ISC, NIOS, ICAI or the students of Intermediate years/ semesters, and they be promoted on the basis of an alternate evaluation scheme; aggregate of previous semester exams be awarded to students. Other grounds taken by the Petitioners include: no real or virtual classes have been conducted during last 4-5 months in most of the colleges across India, due to COVID-19 pandemic and thus it is extremely unfair and unjust on the part of the Respondent No.1 UGC to conduct examinations, even without conducting classes.Foreign students studying in different Indian Universities are aggrieved due to expiry of their visa, residential permits, ban on international travel etc. and they shall not be able to attend the examination.UGC @ugc_india has overlooked the concerns of many students who have enrolled in foreign universities or have secured private jobs via campus placements, who are required to submit their degree certificates by July 31,says the students’ rejoinder.#UGCGuidelines #UGC— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) July 30, 2020 Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
WhatsApp Facebook Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Hidden gems along the Wild Atlantic Way, including in Donegal, have been viewed a massive 13.8 million times in Tourism Ireland’s ‘Call of the Wild’ campaign.A joint initiative between the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland the campaign which ran from October to December last showcased the beauty of Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way to potential visitors in the US, Britain, Germany, France, Australia, the Nordic countries, India and New Zealand.There were over 4,000 uploads of stunning scenery, regional delicacies and local delights captured on camera and then shared via social media using the hashtag #MyWildAtlanticWay. From these, the top submissions from each county featured in a suite of six videos that were launched internationally.Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, commented on the success of the ‘Call of the Wild’ initiative: “This campaign is special because it’s the local people along the Wild Atlantic Way who were asked to help create the campaign’s content. The overall success of the campaign proves that sharing hidden gems, which have a personal meaning to the local community, resonates with a global audience and allows them to connect with the content and receive their own personal invitation to visit the Wild Atlantic Way.”Siobhan McManamy, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Markets, said: “We are really pleased with the results of the ‘Call of the Wild’ campaign – with close to 14 million views of the videos by potential visitors around the world. Tourism Ireland was delighted to highlight some of the fantastic hidden gems of Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way in our top overseas markets, to encourage people everywhere to come and experience the Wild Atlantic Way for themselves in 2019.”Niall Tracey, Director of Marketing with Fáilte Ireland, said: “We are overwhelmed with the response of this initiative and congratulate everyone who answered the ‘Call of the Wild’ – they’ve helped to spotlight the beautiful and unique aspects of the Wild Atlantic Way. As a result of the response to the campaign, a staggering 14 million online viewers got their own glimpse into the unique and stunning landscapes that exist throughout the Wild Atlantic Way. It is our hope that these people will be encouraged to come and visit sometime in the future and check for themselves what the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.” Tourism Ireland ‘Call of the Wild’ campaign reaches millions WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Previous articleDonegal table motion to bar Dublin from Croke ParkNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday January 17th News Highland News Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter By News Highland – January 17, 2019
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ABCNews.com(GAMBRILLS, Md.) — While many kids dressed up in costumes to go trick-or-treating Halloween night to see how much candy they could collect, one little boy decided to give some of his away.The selfless trick-or-treater approached a house in Gambrills, Maryland, and was surprised to see an empty candy bowl sitting on the porch.Instead of turning around and continuing on to the next house, he almost immediately reached into his own bag of candy, grabbed a few pieces and left them in the bowl for the next visitors.The residents who saw the doorcam footage appreciated the boy’s generosity, posting the video to Facebook with the caption: “This has got to give hope to everyone that there are still amazing people in this world,” they wrote in the Facebook post of the video. “What a selfless act from this little guy! Kudos to his parents!!!”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
7th Circuit Partially Vacates Sex Trafficking ConvictionsOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comThe 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated part of a man’s convictions for his involvement in a juvenile sex trafficking scheme, finding the statute under which he was convicted is unconstitutionally vague.The case of United States of America v. Douglas D. Jackson, 15-3693, began in May 2014 when Jackson, who was then 25 years old, met 15-year-old J.T. and told her he was 17. Jackson asked J.T. if she wanted to make some money, then began paying for to alter her appearance and placing ads on the website Backpage.comThe ad listed a phone number of a prepaid flip phone Jackson had purchased, and he and J.T. used the phone to text customers, who paid $150 for 30 minutes with J.T. or $200 for an hour. The pair travelled from South Bend to Atlanta, Louisville and Grand Rapids, Michigan to meet customers.While in Grand Rapids, police officers were conducting a routine patrol in an area known for prostitution when they saw J.T. leave the car with her underwear exposed and Jackson reaching into the floorboard of the vehicle. One of the officers shined a light into Jackson’s car and discovered a firearm, which he had a permit for.Jackson was then arrested and J.T. was taken into custody. After J.T. admitted that she was engaged in prostitution, Jackson was charged by complaint with two counts of sex trafficking a minor. He was later indicted on several other counts, including one count of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, namely, sex trafficking under 18 U.S. Code section 924(c), among others.A jury found Jackson guilty as charged, but he moved under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 29 for acquittal of the charge under section 924(c), arguing that statute was unconstitutionally vague. The statute defines a “crime of violence” as a felony that, among other standards, “involves a substantial risk that physical force … may be used in the course of committing the offense.” That language, Jackson said, was subject to the same deficiencies that led to the invalidation of the residual clause Armed Career Criminal Act in Johnson v. United States, — U.S. –, 135 S.Ct. 2551 (2015).The U.S. District Court from the Northern District of Indiana disagreed and denied Jackson’s motion. The court then determined his offense level should be increased by two levels because he was a manager or supervisor in the offense and another two levels because he falsely claimed ignorance of the prostitution.Jackson was, thus, sentenced to 295 months, but on appeal he once again argued his conviction under section 924(c) must be vacated due to unconstitutional vagueness. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, with Judge Ilana Rovner writing that Johnson has since been extended in United States v. Vivas-Ceja, 808 f.3d 719, to hold section 924(c)(3)(B) unconstitutionally vague. Based on the holding in Vivas-Ceja, that identical language of 18 U.S.C. section 16(b) was unconstitutionally vague, the court held in United States v. Cardena, 842 F.3d 959, 996 (7th Cir. 2016), that section 924(c) is also vague.“We acknowledge that the case for distinguishing section 924(c)(3)(B) is not altogether unconvincing, but conclude that, unless we hear differently from the Supreme Court in (Sessions v. Dimaya, No. 15-1498), stare decisis and our recent precedents compel the conclusion that section 924(c)(3)(B) is unconstitutionally vague,” Rovner wrote.Thus, the 7th Circuit vacated Jackson’s conviction under that statute, and also found the district court erred by enhancing his offense level as a manager or supervisor, because the victim of a crime cannot be a “participant.” Thus, the case was remanded for resentencing without the adjustment.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The opportunity to own a brand new townhome right on the shores of Lake Hopatcong is attracting buyers to Mariner’s Pointe, where homes priced from the mid $400s are moving quickly.The community includes a number of upscale amenities and lakefront recreation spaces, as well as a private deeded boat slip that comes with each home. Located close to Route 80, it’s less than an hour’s drive from Manhattan and just three minutes away from NJ Transit’s Lake Hopatcong rail station.Three distinctive home designs are currently available at Mariner’s Pointe, boasting either a wooded home site just steps from the lake, or a lakefront home site with spectacular views.The Spinnaker homes start at $449,000 and offer two bedrooms and 1,606 square feet of living space. Home buyers enjoy direct lake views from the home’s living area and private outdoor patio, as well as impeccably designed interior spaces.All homes come with a private, deeded boat slip on the community’s permanent boat dock. The dock, attached to steel pilings, features a bubbler system for winter dock protection and includes direct access to electrical hookups and hose bibs. The slips are generously sized and can accommodate a wide variety of watercraft.Mariner’s Pointe also offers a covered lakefront pavilion and sundeck, and a multi-tiered lakefront gathering area with plenty of lounge seating for residents to relax, enjoy an outdoor meal and socialize with their neighbors. Lavish amenities All homes in the community are well-appointed with Bargello wide plank flooring, lush carpeting, nine-foot ceiling heights, and gourmet kitchens with custom wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops. Lavish baths are adorned with porcelain tile flooring, warm wood vanities with stone or quartz countertops, and dual vanity sinks in the owner’s suite.Special builder’s incentives on express delivery homes are currently available for a limited time. Attractions such as the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club, Garden State Yacht Club, Lake Hopatcong Golf Club, Lake Hopatcong Cruises, and waterfront restaurants such as Stone Water, Alice’s, The Windlass, Pavinci Grill and Patrick’s Pub are all just a few minutes away from Mariner’s Pointe by car or boat. More than a dozen golf courses are within a 30-minute drive of Mariner’s Pointe.Popular ski slopes in the Poconos and in Sussex County offer winter recreation, and nearby Stokes State Forest offers hiking, camping, fishing and cross country skiing.The Mariner’s Pointe onsite sales office is located at 16 Lawrie Avenue, Hopatcong, and is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.., or by appointment. Several model homes are available to tour. To schedule a private appointment, call Patrick “Ted” Hanley at (201) 779-7740. For more information, visit www.marinerspointenj.com.