Around the Schools: Harvard Divinity School

first_imgFor a week in late January, five Harvard Divinity School students witnessed firsthand the impact of human rights abuses suffered by many Hondurans after a 2009 coup in which Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was ousted by the country’s military.Karen Bray, Tiffany Curtis, Garrett Fitzgerald, Julie Rogers, and Marianne Tierney traveled to Honduras with human rights experts and met local leaders to examine and discuss the fragile situation surrounding the ongoing Honduran constitutional crisis.Monica Maher, former HDS lecturer and current research fellow of the Harvard University Committee on Human Rights Studies, organized the trip and led a discussion of the group’s findings at an informal presentation in February, held at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS).Tierney said, “Each one of us who went was significantly impacted by this trip. When we came back to school and people asked, ‘How was your trip?’ it was really difficult to put into words. I started saying things like, ‘It was incredible, rejuvenating, inspiring, heartbreaking, intellectually stimulating, exhausting, depressing, amazing.’ Ultimately, it was an extremely powerful experience.”If you have an item for Around the Schools, please e-mail your write-up (150-200 words) to [email protected]last_img read more


What They Said. . .

first_img“As a fellow member of the Bar, I rise to speak in favor of this good bill. We have a great civil justice system in our state. But our job in the legislative branch is to define the rules on things just like this.. . . This bill is about ensuring fair and blind justice in our civil justice system.” – Rep. Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park “To characterize as a victim a multi-million-dollar, multi-billion-dollar organization with liability insurance coverage is an insult to the people we come here to represent.” – Rep. Curtis Richardson, D-Tallahassee “I applaud our speaker in his honest and sincere belief that the last vestiges of joint and several liability represent a remnant of a distant past where other rules were in play and created an unlevel playing field. I honestly believe in my heart, after talking with the speaker, and intellectually going back and forth on our different perspectives, that he believes this bill is a good bill; it’s good law to help level that playing field.” – Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa What They Said. . . “What we really have is an imagined legal crisis with joint and several liability. I’ve heard slogans thrown around like ‘judicial hellhole,’ and special interests tell us that we do not have a favorable business climate because of lawsuits. Actually, I think it is exactly the opposite. I listened to the governor and when he had his State of the State address, in no uncertain terms, he told us that we have a robust business environment.” – Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Dania Beach “What this bill does is what the Supreme Court suggested we do in the state of Florida some 30 years ago in the Hoffman case, and that is move to a comparative fault system.. . . ” – Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland April 15, 2006 Regular News “This is not corporate America’s bill. This is every defendant’s fairness bill.. . . The victims are those that are being required to pay more than they should. We did not decide and have never decided that we will have a socialist, welfare tort system. We decided we were going to have a fair and equitable tort system. And equitable means you pay in accordance with what your responsibility is for occurrence.” – Rep. Joe Pickens, R-Palatka “I am very concerned about the effect this legislation would have on Florida’s low-income families and communities.. . . How can we legitimately ask our state’s citizens to live up to a higher standard of personal responsibility if we aren’t going to tell our corporations and industries that we expect them to do the same? The answer is simple. The answer is we cannot.” – Rep. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa W hat They Said.. . “[W]ithout having put that Fabre fix in, you are victimizing people twice. You are victimizing your neighbors and your constituents, and my neighbors and my constituents. I suggest we don’t do that in the Florida House.” – Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach last_img read more


Macau Legend announces delay in HK46 billion sale of The Landmark Macau

first_img Macau Legend slips into loss in 1H19 despite rising revenues Macau Legend Development Limited has announced an extension to the settlement period for sale of peninsula hotel and casino The Landmark Macau until 30 April 2018.In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange late last week, the company said that it had agreed in writing with four previously announced buyers to extend the long stop date, stating that “additional time is required for the company to fulfill the conditions precedent under the disposal agreement.” Load More Raising the Stakes “As at the date of this announcement, the company is in the course of obtaining the documentation from the government authority in respect of transactions contemplated under the disposal agreement,” it added. “All other conditions under the disposal agreement have been fulfilled. The company expects that the completion will take place shortly after the fulfillment of all conditions.”Macau Legend has already been paid HK$1 billion of the agreed HK$4.6 billion sale price, with the remaining HK$3.6 billion to be paid upon completion of the deal.The sale will see the property’s owners – Macau Legend CEO David Chow and wholly owned subsidiary Hong Hock – offload 100% of the issued capital in another subsidiary, New Macau Landmark Management Limited (NML), with neither to have any further interest in The Landmark upon execution of the agreement.The company had previously announced the four buyers as Dong Lap Hong Property Investment Company Limited, which will acquire 58% of NML, Tong Lap Tak Real Estate Limited (20%), Tong Hong Wan Real Estate Limited (17%) and Tong Tak Cheng Real Estate Limited (5%).The buyers will acquire the entire combined stake in The Landmark Macau – a hotel and casino complex on the Macau Peninsula covering 80,129 square meters in gross floor area including 439 five-star rooms and suites as well as Pharaoh’s Palace Casino. Pharaoh’s Palace occupies 16,698 square meters with 60 mass market gaming tables, 17 VIP gaming tables and 141 slot machines.The sale won’t completely end Macau Legend’s involvement, with one stipulation of the agreement being that Hong Hock will continue to provide gaming services at Pharaoh’s Palace “for as long as SJM maintains its status as a gaming concessionaire in Macau, including extensions and/or renewals of the existing gaming concession and/or a new concession obtained by SJM.”Under the gaming services agreement, SJM is to pay Hong Hock around 15% of gross gaming income while NML, under its new owners, will pay Hong Hock a monthly management fee of 0.5% of gross gaming income. Neither Hong Hock or SJM will pay any rent for operation of casino facilities. RelatedPosts Laos government proposes significant increase in casino taxeslast_img read more