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By on Sep 30, 2017 in Press Release |

Press Release For Immediate Release Diverse, growing coalition asks for delay of ELD mandateMore than 30 organizations make an appeal for delay of electronic logging device mandate (Grain Valley, Mo., Sept. 27, 2017) A diverse group of industries have formed a coalition that is growing in membership while making an appeal to delay a federal regulation requiring trucks to be equipped with electronic logging devices.  See full press conference here. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is just one member of the group of 31 organizations in the coalition (listed below). Industries represented include agriculture, pyrotechnics, utility contractors, livestock and several others that will be negatively impacted by the mandate. “The electronic logging device mandate is written so broadly that it has far reaching implications well beyond the traditional trucking industry,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice president of OOIDA. The group supports a bill proposed by U.S. Representative Brian Babin (R-TX-36) that would delay the ELD mandate for two years. Babin’s bill, H.R.3282,  the ELD Extension Act of 2017, would extend the current implementation date from December 2017 to December 2019. The coalition says the mandate should be delayed until the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) addresses numerous unresolved issues identified by impacted stakeholders. There are significant technological and real-world concerns that have not been addressed by FMCSA. These concerns include the certification of devices (or lack thereof), connectivity problems in remote areas of the country, cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and the ability of law enforcement to access data. The FMCSA’s inability or refusal to resolve these issues makes the enactment of H.R. 3282 unquestionably necessary. The ELD mandate is estimated to cost impacted stakeholders more than $2 billion, making it one of the most expensive federal transportation rulemakings over the last decade. This is a massive unfunded mandate that provides no safety, economic, or productivity benefits for most ensnared by the mandate. Notwithstanding the significant costs associated with the rule, it simply will not be ready for implementation on December 18, 2017. H.R. 3282 will provide FMCSA and impacted stakeholders more time to work out fundamentalproblems associated with the rule. Commercial truck drivers are restricted to a limited number of working and driving hours under current regulations. The FMCSA’s mandate...

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NEWS RELEASE: Student privacy cannot obstruct public access to records of campus sexual-assault cases, SPLC tells …

By on Sep 30, 2017 in Press Release |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPT. 29, 2017 Contact: Hadar Harris, Executive Director (202) 785-5450 / hharris@splc.org College journalists are entitled to public records that reflect how their universities handle complaints of sexual assault through the disciplinary system, the Student Press Law Center argues in a legal brief supporting a public-records lawsuit against the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In the friend-of-the-court brief, which the North Carolina Court of Appeals accepted for filing Friday, the SPLC argues that UNC is misapplying federal student privacy law to obstruct access to records that would enable the public to see the outcomes of disciplinary cases in which students are found liable for conduct equating, in the off-campus legal system, to serious sex crimes. “It is difficult to think of an issue where the public more urgently needs access to records to independently assess whether powerful government agencies (in this case, a flagship state university) are doing their jobs,” the SPLC states in the brief. “Without these records, the public will be left with a ‘trust-me’ honor system, relying on the assurances of colleges that have every motive to misrepresent this urgent safety risk.” The case originated with an October 2016 open-records request by the independent student newspaper at UNC, the Daily Tar Heel, which has intensely covered the university’s response to sexual assault and has regularly feuded with the university over its aggressive use of FERPA privacy to withhold public records. The newspaper is seeking records of cases in which students or faculty were found to have committed sexual assault or sexual harassment, and in those cases, what penalties were imposed. But the university turned down the request on the grounds of student confidentiality, and the student newspaper, joined by a coalition of professional media organizations, filed suit. In May 2017, a trial-court judge ruled that UNC has discretion to turn down the open-records request, relying on a federal regulation that says universities “may” disclose the outcomes of cases where students are found responsible for sex crimes. But in the brief, the SPLC points out that Congress expressly carved out as unprotected the exact records that the Daily Tar Heel is seeking, those reflecting how offenders are disciplined through the student conduct process for...

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Press Release: LA CLIPPERS ANNOUNCE TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

By on Sep 29, 2017 in Press Release |

The L.A. Clippers today announced their 2017-18 training camp roster. The team signed free agents LaDontae Henton, Marshall Plumlee, Tyrone Wallace and C.J. Williams to bring the roster 19 players. Henton, 25, spent the 2016-17 season with the Golden State Warriors’ G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors. In 37 games for Santa Cruz, he averaged 13.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in 28.9 minutes. Undrafted out of Providence in 2015, Henton, 6’6”, 215 pounds, played internationally with CB Sevilla of the Spanish ACB League and the Alaska Aces of the Philippine Basketball Association prior to his stint in Santa Cruz. Plumlee, 25, spent the 2016-17 season with the New York Knicks organization. Undrafted out of Duke in 2016, he appeared in 21 games for New York in his rookie year, and averaged 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 8.1 minutes. Plumlee, 7’0, 250 pounds, also appeared in 15 games for the Knicks’ G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, and averaged 12.3 points and 9.1 rebounds in 30.7 minutes. Plumlee is a former McDonald’s All-American. Wallace, 23, spent the 2016-17 season with the Utah Jazz’s G League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars. Selected 60th overall by the Jazz out of the University of California, Berkeley in 2016, Wallace, 6’5”, 198 pounds appeared in 38 games for Salt Lake City, and averaged 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 27.0 minutes. Williams, 27, spent the 2016-17 season with the Dallas Mavericks’ G League affiliate, the Texas Legends. In 50 games for Texas, he averaged 12.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 29.3 minutes. Undrafted out of North Carolina State in 2012, Williams, 6’5”, 230 pounds, has played internationally with ETHA Engomis of the Cypriot League, A.S. Pistoia Basket of Italy’s Serie A League, and JDA Dijon Basket of France’s Pro A League, in addition to the Los Angeles Lakers’ G League Affiliate, the Los Angeles D Fenders. NO.PLAYERPOSHTWTDOBCOLLEGE/COUNTRYYRS21Patrick BeverleyG6’1″185 lbs7/12/1988Arkansas / USA5 Years in the NBA7Sam DekkerF6’9″230 lbs5/6/1994Wisconsin / USA2 Years in the NBA1Jawun EvansG6’0″190 lbs7/26/1996Oklahoma State / USARookie8Danilo GallinariF6’10″225 lbs8/8/1988Olimpia Milano / Italy8 Years in the NBA32Blake GriffinF6’10″251 lbs3/16/1989Oklahoma / USA7 Years in the NBA5Montrezl HarrellF/C6’8″240 lbs1/26/1994Louisville / USA2 Years in the NBA19LaDontae HentonF6’6″215 lbs1/6/1992Providence...

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Richard Leonard’s press officer steps down after “p*sh” press release

By on Sep 29, 2017 in Press Release |

A member of Labour leadership candidate Richard Leonard’s team has quit in the aftermath of the party infighting of the past week. Stephen Low issued a controversial press release which used unsavoury language to describe claims by party economy spokeswoman Jackie Baillie of a “plot” to destabilize former leader Kezia Dugdale. The plot claims stemmed from a leaked recording of comments by interim leader Alex Rowley at the party’s UK conference in the past week, where he suggests discussions had occurred about Ms Dugdale future when she was still in post. Mr Low issued a response on behalf of Mr Leonard’s campaign entitled “comment on the latest Jackie Baillie pish”. A spokeswoman for the Leonard campaign said: “Stephen was volunteering on media for the campaign and is no longer doing so.” READ MORE: Anas Sarwar v Richard Leonard: Labour leader frontrunners...

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Jayant Sinha’s Article Reads Like A Press Release: P Chidambaram

By on Sep 28, 2017 in Press Release |

New Delhi:  The Congress today raised questions over union minister Jayant Sinha’s claims that “structural reforms” by the government would create a “New India”. Mr Sinha, in an article in The Times of India today, defended the government’s economic policies a day after his father and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha criticised Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the “mess” in the economy in an article in The Indian Express. Describing Jayant Sinha’s article as a “PIB press release”, Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said he should know that administrative changes were not structural reforms. “Jayant Sinha’s article in ToI reads like a PIB (Press Information Bureau) press release. He should know that administrative changes are not structural reforms,” Mr Chidambaram tweeted. “If Jayant Sinha is right, why is the outcome a steady decline in GDP growth over 5 quarters? If Jayant Sinha is right, why is there no increase in private investment?” the Congress leader said.  If Jayant Sinha is right, why is the outcome a steady decline in GDP growth over 5 quarters? – P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) September 28, 2017 “If Jayant Sinha is right, why is credit growth to industry negative? If Jayant Sinha is right, why is there poor demand for electricity and plant load factor at 50-60 per cent?” the former finance minister said. Jayant Sinha is Minister of State for Civil Aviation. In an apparent reference to his father’s critical piece, he said several articles have been written on the challenges facing the Indian economy. “Unfortunately, these articles draw sweeping conclusions from a narrow set of facts, and quite simply miss the fundamental structural reforms that are transforming the economy,” Jayant Sinha said. “Moreover, one or two quarters of GDP growth and other macro data are quite inadequate to evaluate the long-term impact of the structural reforms underway,” he said. Jayant Sinha said these structural reforms were not just desirable, they were necessary to create a “New India” and provide good jobs. He said structural reforms by the Modi government since 2014 are the third-generation of reforms after the first in 1991 and the second in the 1999-2004 NDA government. Unlike the first and second generation of reforms, he said the third...

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