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Forty eight men have been shot in the Northwest in past number of years

first_img WhatsApp Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal News Google+ Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Forty eight men have been shot in parlimilitary style attacks in the Northwest in the past number of years.That’s according to figures released by the Ambulance service and Altnagelvin hospital.Five men were shot and wounded in Strabane since 2010, while another three were shot in Donegal including Derry man Andrew Allen who was murdered in Buncrana in February.Republican Action Against Drugs claimed repsonsibility for Mr Allens murder.Altogether forty people have been shot and wounded in the Derry area since 2008.Three were shot in 2008. This dramatically increased in 2009 when seventeen were shot. In 2010 seven people were shot, while in 2011 eight people were shot. Five people have been shot in the Derry area so far this year.The number of shootings is significantly lower than estimates quoted in The Guardian newspaper which suggested that 85 men had been shot and wounded in Derry in the past three years. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+center_img Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleEarthquake measuring 4.0 magnitude recorded off West coast of IrelandNext articleOne man still critically ill as PSNI probe Magherafelt armed robbery News Highland Forty eight men have been shot in the Northwest in past number of years 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – June 6, 2012 Facebook WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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Notre Dame, McKinney Up, Maurer Down In US News Rankings

first_imgNotre Dame, McKinney Up, Maurer Down In US News RankingsMarilyn Odendahl for www.theindianalawyer.comAlthough deans consistently disparage the annual rankings, the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Law Schools may have given Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law reason to cheer.The Indianapolis institution jumped to 88th place, up from 100th place on 2017 list and 102nd place in 2016. It tied with Brooklyn Law School, St. Louis University and University of South Carolina in the annual rankings released Tuesday.U.S. News examined all 197 law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association. The rankings are based on 12 factors including median LSAT and GRE scores, employment rate, bar passage rate and assessment scores from lawyers and judges.University of Notre Dame Law School also took a step up to the 20thslot after placing 22nd the previous two years. The South Bend school was tied with the University of Iowa.Indiana University Maurer School of Law stayed on the roller coaster. In the current list, it slid to the 30th place, tying with George Washington University, Ohio State University, University of Georgia, University of Washington and University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Bloomington school sank to 34th place in 2016 then leaped to the 25thslot in the 2017 rankings.Valparaiso University School of Law remained in the “Ranking Not Published” category. Indiana Tech Law School, which has provisional accreditation but has announced plans to close in June, was not included in the rankings.The top three spots on the list were occupied by Yale University, Stanford University and Harvard University, respectively.Within the specialty rankings, IU McKinney and IU Maurer had strong showings.IU McKinney’s health law program placed 12th and its legal writing curriculum was 15th. IU Maurer’s tax law program was ranked 23rd, international and environmental law was 25th and intellectual property law was 27th.The U.S. News rankings also looked at the cost of attending each accredited law school and graduate indebtedness.IU McKinney, with an enrollment of 816 (519 full-time students and 297 part-time students), charges in-state full-time students $26,379 annually in tuition and fees. Among its 2016 graduates, 91 percent of the class had debt and the average amount owed was $105,065.IU Maurer has an enrollment of 525 and sets tuition and fees for in-state full-time students at $32,551 annually. A total of 74 percent of the 2016 graduates had debt with the average indebtedness being $99,895.Notre Dame has a total of 599 students and costs $54,297 each year in tuition and fees. The average amount of debt for the 2016 graduates was $123,924 with 75 percent of the class leaving school with debt.Valparaiso Law School has 185 students and charges $40,372 each year in tuition and fees. Of the 2016 graduating class, 95 percent had debt and the average indebtedness was $136,765.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Marijuana banking rules remain hazy

first_imgHow is it possible that on the same day New York’s Department of Health was announcing the five companies that can legally manufacture and distribute medical marijuana next year, a credit union was suing in Colorado federal court for the right to provide banking services to legal marijuana businesses? Quite simply, the federal government has adopted a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with regard to one of our nation’s most high profile issues.Even as New York, 21 other states and Washington, D.C., legalize marijuana to varying degrees, the federal government has refused to clearly authorize financial institutions to provide banking services to legal marijuana businesses.This situation is unsustainable for credit unions and for that matter banks caught in between diametrically opposed federal and state laws.Even those opposed to the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana-a group in which I count myself- should agree that it makes sense to give legal marijuana businesses access to banking services. Credit unions and banks provide a place for legitimate businesses to safeguard their funds (not to mention, the banking system can also track money diverted to illegal activities, and financial institutions play a key role in the collection of taxes). Unfortunately the federal government has been unwilling to unequivocally authorize credit unions and banks to provide these basic services in spite of the fact that an appropriate framework is already in place.The existing system of anti-money laundering laws works well, so long as everyone knows what is and is not illegal activity.. But it can’t work effectively when a business engages in an activity that is either perfectly legal or blatantly illegal depending on whether a credit union consults state or federal law.This is the conundrum that institutions considering opening accounts for legal marijuana face. Marijuana still remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act, even though California legalized it for medical purposes in 1996. Are credit unions acting illegally if they open up their services to companies violating federal law?Federal efforts to address this dilemma have so far proven to be woefully inadequate. In December of 2013, both the Justice Department and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN—the financial regulator responsible for overseeing BSA compliance—issued memoranda explaining the circumstances under which financial institutions are authorized to service marijuana businesses. For example, the Justice Department said it would not prosecute businesses in states where marijuana was legal provided that a business was not being used to hinder core law enforcement priorities, such as preventing the distribution of drugs to minors or helping to fund gang activities. The FinCEN guidance established a burdensome framework of continuous regulatory filings for any institution serving pot businesses. As the Colorado Bankers Association said, these memos told financial institutions to “serve these customers at your own risk.” They emphasized that federal law makes marijuana possession and distribution illegal, and imposed record keeping requirements that make servicing the marijuana industry infeasible for all but the largest of institutions.The Justice Department and FinCen are not to blame. As long as Congress refuses to act, regulators can at best decide to look the other way when it comes to marijuana. And regulatory guidance is only as binding as the president and attorney general charged with enforcing it. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former federal prosecutor, has stated that one of the first things he would do as president is repeal the Justice Department’s memorandum. This is hardly the type of certainty credit unions are looking for as they consider whether or not to open their doors to marijuana businesses.Is there a way out of this legal mess? Perhaps the lawsuits against the NCUA and the Kansas City Federal Reserve will help provide some brighter lines. But ultimately Congress must deal with the issue on the federal level once and for all. No industry can sustain itself cut off from the banking system. Either it is legal to provide banking services to marijuana businesses in states where marijuana is legal, or, notwithstanding the broad-based and growing support for legalizing marijuana in this country, cannabis remains illegal as a matter of federal law and the statutes of 22 states are void. 63SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Henry Meier As General Counsel for the New York Credit Union Association, Henry is actively involved in all legislative, regulatory and legal issues impacting New York credit unions. Whether he’s joining … Web: www.nycua.org Detailslast_img read more

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