A Comic Tale Of The Gown

first_imgColumnsA Comic Tale Of The Gown Amrita Thakore29 May 2020 4:33 AMShare This – xIntimidating for some, penguinesque for others. Stuffy for the ones wearing it when the weather application tells us we are being slow roasted. For High Courts and the Supreme Court in India, like in many other countries, the lawyers’ and judges’ dress code consists of white (more or less) clothing topped with a white band, a black coat and a black gown (the last two turn a bit swanky…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?LoginIntimidating for some, penguinesque for others. Stuffy for the ones wearing it when the weather application tells us we are being slow roasted. For High Courts and the Supreme Court in India, like in many other countries, the lawyers’ and judges’ dress code consists of white (more or less) clothing topped with a white band, a black coat and a black gown (the last two turn a bit swanky if you’re admitted into the League of Extraordinary Legal Gentlemen, the senior advocates and the judges, but still remain boring black). An unimaginative colour combination – black and white – and hardly the combination for the champions of the philosophy “nothing is ever black or white”. While there is no perfectly accurate account of the origins of the gown, we are informed that what we wear as lawyers and judges has its foundation in medieval England (where else?). Well then, it seems the Bar and the Bench had centuries to evolve, but have remained medieval. But wait, those medieval British chaps were more vibrant than us. A long robe, a full hood with a cowl covering the shoulders and a mantle or cloak was the correct dress for judges attending the royal court during the reign of King Edward III (1327-77), and the colours of the judges’ dress then were violet for winter, green for summer and scarlet for ceremonial occasions. Well, well! And since Edward III finds place in this tale, did you know he was crowned at age fourteen after his father Edward II was deposed (and later murdered they say) by his mother Queen Isabella, who was French, and her lover Roger Mortimer? But that’s another story. Back to the colours of our calling. Where did they go wrong? Violet, green and scarlet to black and white! Did someone prefer crows to peacocks and macaws? It seems not much happened for a long time, except the shifting of dynasties, the turmoil of those times and the fading away of green robes. And while Good Queen Bess, who ruled for a whopping 44 years until 1603, may have thrown her weight around generally, she knew better than to de-colour her judges, and so did her successor. But, in 1635, during the reign of Charles I, the English decided (like they almost always do, eventually) that it was time to put the judges’ fashion rules in black and white (no pun intended) and so, they came out with a definitive guide called “What Judges Are Wearing This Season” (Just joking, this dreary set of rules came to be known as the Judges’ Rules, 1635). Thenceforward, those unfortunate judges had to wear black robes in winter and could only indulge in a display of colours in summer with violet or scarlet robes. And that’s how the ‘crow in winter’ business officially began. Another salacious piece of information at this stage – Charles I has the dubious distinction of being a King tried, convicted and executed for high treason against his own country, and at the end of his reign, for a brief period, England became a republic. Now while no one has ever claimed that the ‘crow in winter’ imposition had anything to do with it, but who is to say what darkness might also have been weighing in the minds of judges? For, coincidentally, it was the winter month of January when it all transpired. So that’s that. And then we are told that even judges don’t follow rules. Hmph! Some two hundred years later, the seasonal change of colour had gone out of vogue and the criminal chaps (oops, I meant the judges trying criminal cases) were wearing scarlet robes and the civil chaps (pun intended) had turned into uncivil crows by wearing black gowns. Sometime during this period, the band couture was introduced too, which became the hot thing and replaced the Elizabethan ruffs. Now, don’t even try to decipher what happened next. All that we need to appreciate is that the British take their judges’ outfits as seriously as their system of law and so, over time, as some courts amalgamated and new courts were created, they made it a point to create codes for the ensembles for all manner of court birds – black, violet, red, and even different coloured tabs to indicate the status of the wearer – the range is wide. That’s so far as that side is concerned. Now for this side. We are informed that, since the 14th century, barristers, supposedly being men of learning, also wore robes that bore strong similarities to the judges’ robes, and just like the judges back then, they too wore bright colours – green for summer, violet for winter and red for special occasions. Somewhere down the line, black gowns gained popularity, as the Inns of Court started governing costume. Now, this is the strange part – it is said that following the death of the ‘Merry Monarch’ Charles II in 1685, the Bar entered mourning and one and all started wearing black mourning robes very close to the present day gown. Well, it seems the Bar never stopped mourning. And thus we have our penguinesque pride, a tradition inherited from the British and continued by our laws. Now, we are familiar with our judges ticking-off lawyers for not being appropriately dressed. But surprise, surprise! It happens in Britain too! Recently, an unfortunate fellow decided to wear colourful ribbons and medals on his gown (don’t ask me why) and got reprimanded by the Crown Court judge with the remark that he was “looking like something out of Harry Potter”. One of the great advantages of having a dress code is the comical consequence of flouting it. And while we may enjoy criticising the court dress for its stuffiness and lack of imagination, most of us do love it and miss it. May coronavirus desist from attaching itself to our uniform so that we can be back in that regal attire.Views Are Personal Only (The author is a lawyer practising in the Gujarat High Court) Next Storylast_img read more

Philippine Navy starts final inspection of new frigate

first_img View post tag: Philippine Navy Photo: Philippine Navy The Philippine Navy’s Frigate Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee (TIAC) started the final inspection of the vessel on 25 January 2021. Philippine Navy’s second 2,600-ton frigate launched in Korea Related Article “Initial reports from PN owners representative headed by Capt Sergio Bartolome PN state that PN Frigate 2 is almost 100% completed and has satisfactorily passed harbor and sea trials,” the Philippine Navy said. Launched in November 2019, the newbuild is the second of two 2,600-ton multi-mission frigates ordered by the Philippine Navy from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) as part of the navy’s two-unit Frigate Acquisition Project.  Categories: Philippine Navy’s second multi-dimensional frigate, the future BRP Antonio Luna (FF151), is currently undergoing final inspection in Ulsan, South Korea, prior to its delivery, the navy said. View post tag: BRP Antonio Luna Photo: Philippine Navy Posted: about 1 year ago “However, due to travel restriction and production disruption caused by COVID-19 pandemic, some training activities and ILS deliveries have been delayed. Hence, completion dates and delivery schedules have been adjusted.” View post tag: Frigate As explained, Philippine Navy inspectors will validate the contractor’s strict compliance to the agreed technical specifications and build specifications (TS&BS) in building and equipping the frigate. Vessels View post tag: HHI As informed, the final FAP TIAC inspection of BRP Antonio Luna will be conducted from 25 to 30 January 2021. If the frigate is found compliant to TS&BS, PN FAP TIAC will issue the Certificate of Final Acceptance to Hyundai Heavy, as stipulated in the contract, before the team flies back to Manila on 30 January 2021. Share this article Posted: about 1 year ago Photo: Philippine Navylast_img read more

Law firm says Green Mountain Coffee execs cashed in nearly $8 million in stock before SEC probe

first_imgA Seattle-based law firm says that two top executives of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc (Nasdaq: GMCR) exercised nearly $8 million in stock options prior to an SEC inquiry. GMCR filed amended forms with the Securities & Exchange Commission today that state that the two transactions made by one of the executives in September were, in fact, part of a pre-arranged trading plan executed in August.The law firm, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, is investigating allegations that the Waterbury coffee company made a series of materially false and misleading statements related to the company’s business and operations in violation of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. There also have been two separate lawsuits filed in Burlington.According to filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the two key executives at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters subsidiaries exercised large amounts of stock options in the weeks just prior to announcing to investors on September 28, 2010, that the company was the subject of an inquiry by the SEC into its ‘revenue recognition practices and the Company’s relationship with one of its fulfillment vendors.’SEC Form 8-KR. Scott McCreary, president of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters subsidiary Specialty Coffee Business Unit, exercised 200,000 Green Mountain Coffee Roasters stock options and sold them at $33.08 per share on August 18, 2010, filings with the SEC show. Total proceeds for the stock sales amounted to about $6.6 million.SEC Form 4 McCrearyMichelle Stacy, president of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters subsidiary Keurig Inc, exercised 30,000 Green Mountain Coffee Roasters stock options and sold them at $30.95 per share on August 18, 2010. She exercised another 5,000 options and sold them at $35.40 per share on September 13, 2010 and, finally, exercised 5,000 options at $37 per share on September 21, 2010. Total proceeds for the three stock sales amounted to about $1.3 million, SEC filings show. SEC Form 4 StacySEC Form 4 StacySEC Form 4 StacySEC Form 4a StacySEC Form 4a StacyHowever, the amended forms indicate that Stacy had entered into a 10b5-1 trading plan on August 13, 2010. The 10b5-1 is intended to avoid such an appearance of impropriety by pre-arranging sales of stock for executives, and other insiders, that are blind to the executive. The plan specifies ahead of time the amount, price and date at which the shares should be traded.GMCR’s Suzanne DuLong, VP of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, said of the legal aspects of the case, “I can’t comment on pending litigation.”As for the SEC inquiry, DuLong said, “We continue to cooperate fully and voluntarily.”Reed Kathrein, a partner with Hagens Berman, in an email said of today’s amended filing that it is “a little late to claim that it is not suspect.”Kathrein added, “The law is clear that a plan will not protect you if it is set up to take advantage of non-public inside information.”He added, “If the plan were properly put in place, at a very minimum, the ethical thing to do would be to put it on hold when material inside information is known. The company could have and should have closed all trading by insiders regardless of the plan.”The SEC’s Division of Enforcement informed GMCR on September 20 that it was conducting an inquiry and made a request for a voluntary production of documents and information.GMCR’s filing stated, “Based on the request, the Company believes the focus of the inquiry concerns certain revenue recognition practices and the Company’s relationship with one of its fulfillment vendors. The Company, at the direction of the audit committee of the Company’s board of directors, is cooperating fully with the SEC staff’s inquiry.”A class-action lawsuit has already been filed in US District Court in Vermont. The lawsuit alleges that Green Mountain artificially inflated the company’s stock price by issuing inaccurate and unreliable financial statements, which were not prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and SEC rules.http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/october/green-mountain-coffee-facing-slew…The Hagens Berman’s investigation focuses on the SEC’s inquiry concerning ‘certain revenue recognition practices and the Company’s relationship with one of its fulfillment vendors.’ Neither the SEC nor Green Mountain Coffee Roasters management have disclosed details of the investigation.However, Hagens Berman released a statement saying that since Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ largest fulfillment vendor, M Block & Sons Inc., warehouses physical inventory of Keurig machines and K-Cups, takes orders from retail customers, ships the products and collects receivables, it is possible that it concerns the propriety of so-called ‘bill-and-hold’ transactions. Under Financial Accounting Standards Board rules, if M. Block & Sons initiated such transactions due to inadequate warehouse capacity, the transactions may be proper. However, if the transactions were initiated by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters solely for the purpose of accelerating revenue, then they would be misleading.Following the close of trading on September 28, 2010, shareholders learned of the SEC’s inquiry into Green Mountain Coffee Roaster’s revenue recognition, that it had been notified by the SEC of this investigation as early as September 20, 2010, and that the company was expected to take a restatement charge in the near term ‘ rendering the company’s prior reported financial statements and reports unreliable, false and materially misleading. Following this announcement, shares of the company fell from $37 per share to a low of $27.47 per share. Its STOCK PRICE opened today at $33.40. About Hagens BermanSeattle-based Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP represents whistleblowers, investors and consumers in complex litigation. The firm has offices in Boston, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Founded in 1993, HBSS continues to successfully fight for investor rights in large, complex litigation. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com(link is external). Source: Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP. SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–10.27.2010. http://www.hbsslaw.com/cases-and-investigations/GMCR(link is external). Vermont Business Magazine. Securities & Exchange Commission.last_img read more

Financial reports show PRB coal production to fall again this year

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star Tribune:Wyoming’s largest coal mines are likely to make more cuts to production in 2019, financial reports show.Peabody Energy, which operates the North Antelope Rochelle, Rawhide and Caballo mines in Wyoming, is dropping its midrange production expectations by about 10 million short tons, according to the firms’ most recent earnings report. Arch Coal, the owner of Black Thunder and Coal Creek in Wyoming, is reporting mid-range guidance of about 5 million short tons less than last year, according to financial reports. Arch also cut production at Black Thunder outside Wright last year by 10 million tons.The firms are responding to a tougher market for coal, one that’s narrowed year by year as coal plants that buy the Powder River Basin coal have shuttered. They are also reacting to declining margins – the amount of money they are making for every ton of coal excavated from the Wyoming soil.Peabody’s per ton margin for its Powder River Basin mines went from $2.97 in 2017 to $2.37 last year and a projected $1.70 for 2019, based on midpoint guidance. Arch’s fell as well, from $1.96 in 2017 to $1.10 projected for this year. Cloud Peak’s margins have fallen dramatically in recent years, from $2.30 per short ton in 2017 to just 92 cents last year.Meanwhile, Blackjewel, the firm that acquired the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines from Contura Energy in 2017, failed to make its most recent tax payment to Campbell County. The county reported that the company had approached officials ahead of their delinquencies seeking a payment plan. Currently, the mine’s permits are held by the mines’ former owner, Contura. The company was delayed by more than a year in providing proof of bonding for reclamation. Now the transfer of permits has been protested by environmental groups given the company’s environmental history in other states and the value it’s reported for ranch property held as collateral.More: Wyoming large coal mines likely to drop production this year Financial reports show PRB coal production to fall again this yearlast_img read more

Becoming a Highlander

first_imgWell here you are today. You’ve made it to this moment with all of your incredible experiences and life changing stories. How often do we take the time to think on the journey of life? As a college student I find myself constantly looking forward, but sometimes I find that I need to turn back to dust off an old part of me. I need to rediscover parts of me that I may have let fade into the blue glow of my laptop screen. As I became a graduate student I wanted to take the time to journey into myself, so taking a tip from Danny Kaye, it was time to travel.highlandscapeBecoming a Radford University Highlander, I had no choice but to grab the nearest willing soul and head to the Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia to earn my new title. Highlands, in Scotland, originally referred to the place of the Gael’s. It was exciting to me to go because I come from an impressively Irish home. As we drove out to the southwest Virginia destination for the weekend I reflected back on my time living in the Adirondacks. It was just two months ago since I moved down here but so much has changed. In the “dacks” I had a weekly goal of seeing just how far away I could get from the nearest light bulb, a bright idea, in my opinion. I wanted to try that in my new home and luckily my partner was up for the adventure. Walking away from the car that Friday and stepping out into the highland country I could hear the wind cutting across the rolling peaks like bagpipes echoing across the land. I could feel the roots of my soul tapping into the earth beneath me with every step.The journey began on Rhododendron Trail up to Wilburn Ridge where we spent much of the day exploring the hills and taking pictures. Still admittedly a bit plugged in, it felt good to be out backpacking again, feeling that weight of the bag with each step, zoning in and out of trail vision, talking about our class projects as we went along. There is always something incredible about stepping outside and this trip was no exception. Our conversation became more meaningful as it drifted toward true purpose and what life is for each of us. These are the shared experiences that Twitter and Facebook will never be able to even shake a stick at.thedustytrailAs we opened up on the trail, I realized I was losing touch with why I was pursing my master’s degree. Progress was pulling me in fast and this trip reminded me that I’m studying so I can help people find value in their lives and to help people realize their potential, not just to run analyses and add business value. Sure those things are important and critical to master, but I shouldn’t lose sight of my forest through the trees. Hiking along a smile came to my face because I got just what I came for. Nature and human connection, once again giving me the perspective I needed to turn on my own light bulb, ironically far away from all the electric ones.As we continued on that weekend, I found that the highlands left me with a sense of opportunity and openness. The seemingly endless hills alive with wild ponies and littered with beautiful rock formations are truly inspiring. I even made friends with a young colt on the trip that couldn’t help but follow us along the trail until running into other backpackers on their way to adventure. It’s no wonder the Gaelic culture is so beautiful, I’m proud to be a part of it and grateful to be able to have a glimpse of a land similar to its origins right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.nicecouchFor my first blog, I wanted to share an example of what drives me to play outside in our backyard every chance I get. Maybe next time you’re out you can learn something you forgot along the way too. Now go outside and play!last_img read more

NAFCU requests 2nd CECL comment period

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Financial Accounting Standards Board should issue an updated credit losses exposure draft and solicit additional public comments, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger urged in a letter Thursday to FASB members.Berger said an updated exposure draft would benefit both credit unions and other stakeholders. “The entire industry deserves every available opportunity to find an appropriate balance between the costs to institutions and the benefits to financial instrument reporting,” he wrote.Berger added that credit unions, as member-owned, not-for-profit cooperatives, should be entirely exempt from the credit losses project. “However, even if the FASB will not consider the special structure of credit unions specifically, at a minimum, the confusion and lack of transparency surrounding the proposal warrants further consideration and delay before finalization,” he wrote.Berger noted the Administrative Procedure Act requires federal agencies to engage in subsequent comment periods if changes are made to a rule that make it no longer a logical outgrowth of the initial proposal. He acknowledged that FASB is a private, nonprofit organization and is not subject to the requirements of the APA but said those requirements could serve as a helpful guide to the board. continue reading »last_img read more

UK minister quits over Cummings lockdown trip

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government was hit by its first resignation Tuesday over the controversy surrounding top aide Dominic Cummings’ cross-country trip during the coronavirus lockdown when Douglas Ross, a minister for Scotland, quit in protest.Undermining attempts by ministers to try and move on from the crisis, which has dominated British politics for four days, Ross said he could not justify Cummings remaining in post to his constituents.”I have constituents who didn’t get to say goodbye to loved ones; families who could not mourn together; people who didn’t visit sick relatives because they followed the guidance of the government,” he said in a Twitter statement announcing his departure. Topics : “I cannot in good faith tell them they were all wrong and one senior advisor to the government was right.”He added that Cummings’ interpretation of government rules was “not shared by the vast majority of people”.The resignation will put more pressure on Cummings, who held a press conference Monday to justify driving his wife and young son on a 425-kilometer trip from London to Durham in the northeast off England during the height of the coronavirus crisis.In response to the resignation, Downing Street said it “regrets” the minister’s decision.last_img read more

Unai Emery told to sell ‘frustrated’ Arsenal star Henrikh Mkhitaryan

first_imgGunners boss Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)‘No doubt, Mkhitaryan is a talented player but he’s going to struggle to hold down a regular position when everybody’s fit.’Winterburn also claimed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be Arsenal’s ‘most important’ player during the 2019-20 campaign.The Gabon striker opened his account for the season with the winner at St James’ Park last Sunday.‘Without a shadow of a doubt, Aubameyang will be Arsenal’s most important player this season,’ Winterburn added.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘You saw from the Newcastle game, he had very few opportunities to score but the one real opportunity that he got, his composure and finishing was perfect.‘If he stays fit, he’s going to have a huge season again for Arsenal, and will certainly be challenging for the Golden Boot again.‘It gives the team a huge lift when you know you’ve got a goal-scorer in your team. He is similar to Ian Wright in that sense.‘As a team, we knew that if you can keep a clean sheet, then Wrighty will usually pop up with a goal. Aubameyang is looking like that at the moment for this current side, which is great for the club.’MORE: Nigel Winterburn names the player Unai Emery should appoint as Arsenal’s captain Unai Emery told to sell ‘frustrated’ Arsenal star Henrikh Mkhitaryan Metro Sport ReporterThursday 15 Aug 2019 12:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link669Shares Arsenal have been urged to sell Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery should look to offload ‘frustrated’ Arsenal forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan before the European transfer window closes, according to Nigel Winterburn.Armenia international Mkhitaryan has endured a mixed spell at the Emirates since being involved in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United last year.The 30-year-old has struggled to perform consistently for the Gunners although was offered a start by Emery last weekend as Arsenal beat Newcastle United.Despite this, Winterburn believes Mkhitaryan will drop out of first-team contention once key players return and says his former club should sanction his departure this month.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe told sportingbet: ‘Arsenal should look to sell Mkhitaryan to a European team this transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘When everyone is back fit for Arsenal, Mkhitaryan is going to struggle to get any game time at all during the season.‘Mkhitaryan looks a frustrated figure, nothing seems to be working out for him on the pitch – his passes are misplaced, his shooting is off and he can’t beat his man.‘His performance against Newcastle on the opening game of the season wasn’t good enough, especially when you’re playing at the highest level. Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

On The Beat 11/04/10

first_imgBeat writers Brett LoGiurato, Andrew L. John and Tony Olivero break down Syracuse’s next game against Louisville. Published on November 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Otumfuo tasks Kotoko to conquer Africa

first_imgThe Owner and Life Patron of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has challenged the club to put its house in order and go for the CAF Champions League title next season.Kotoko used to be a power house in the Africa’s elite club competition. Their exploits in the past earned it the continent’s club of the century but Kotoko have been dormant in Africa in for a long time.The Asantehene said the time has come for the club to relieve those glorious moments adding that an African title triumph would only materialize if management can halt the high spate of player exodus and groom young players who would have the interest to stay for longer periods.Otumfuo Osei Tutu II said this when he received the Board, Management, Technical Team, Players and other officials of the club at the Manhyia Palace on Thursday.The club, led by the Executive Chairman, Dr. Kofi Kodua Sarpong, was at the Palace to present the 2012/2013 Premier League trophy and the Champion of Champions title they won in September 2012.Speaking through his linguist, Otumfuo commended the club for the title defence and demanded that they go higher to win the CAF Champions League to bring back joy to Kumasi as it was done in the past. “I am happy you won the league and I am also happy to be receiving it. What is left is the Africa Champions League. The team didn’t go far in that competition this year. We are looking forward to wining it again like we did in those days”.“Most of the players are bought from other clubs and so they leave very early. They join the club and leave sometimes just after a season. The team would not progress that way. If you don’t put measures in place to train your own players and promote them to the senior team, then we will continue to be stagnant. Our aim of winning the Champions League will be fruitless”.The Kotoko Life Patron further advised Dr. Sarpong to provide a listening leadership, accommodate divergent opinions including those who oppose his administration, making sure that monies realized from player sales are made public.“I hear a lot of things, sometimes about players being sold and the monies not being made public. You are in the best position to know whether these stories are true or not” said the Asantehene.last_img read more