NCR Nigeria Plc (NCR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about NCR Nigeria Plc (NCR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NCR Nigeria Plc (NCR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NCR Nigeria Plc (NCR.ng) 2015 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileNCR (Nigeria) Plc is a technology company in Nigeria providing integrated technology solutions and after-sales support to the business sectors. The company’s business interests include a Financial Service Group, supplying equipment and hardware devices; World Customer Services, providing hardware and software installation and maintenance services; and System Media Services, for the sale of automated teller machines (ATMs) and media consumables which includes retail point of sales terminals, self-service kiosks, self-check in/out systems and computer consumables. The company offers support services to assist clients with designing, deploying and supporting its technology tools as well as offers services for third-part products. NCR (Nigeria) tailor-makes specific solutions for the financial services, retail, hospitality, travel, gaming, healthcare and entertainment sectors. NCR (Nigeria) is a subsidiary of NCR Corporation. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. NCR (Nigeria) Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
photographs: Earl CarterPhotographs: Earl Carter , James Coombe Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/501169/three-parts-house-architects-eat Clipboard ArchDaily 2013 Jim Fogarty Design “COPY” Save this picture!© Earl CarterText description provided by the architects. Three Parts House is an alteration and addition to a 1950s clinker brick residence on a 1200sq.m block of land. The house is programmatically and conceptually divided into 3 parts – the Lantern, the Courtyard and the Brickhouse.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornThe Lantern is the existing 2 storey part of the house, programmatically it contains the bedrooms, bathrooms, a formal living room, as well as the entry. The north, west and part of the south facade are glazed with double layered U-profile glass panels to achieve a large singular span façade for monumentality, under the existing roof and eaves. 8 varying textures and frostings were selected to wrap around the existing structure, providing tactility and varying light transmission quality. This façade is further shaded by a large growing Ginkgo tree, and after dark the building turns into a glowing lantern.Save this picture!© James CoombeThe Courtyard is the link between the old and new, with the long corridor and sewing room forming part of this connection. This central courtyard allows light and air to penetrate into the depths of the building plate. Much like a Japanese Imperial villa, multiple layers of sliding doors and screen modify the spatial relationship between indoor and outdoor, transforming the circulation space into an extension of the courtyard, or using the retractable flyscreen to create a shaded, airy passageway on hot summer days.Save this picture!© James CoombeWe envisage this space to be filled with a flurry of activity throughout day and night, the direct connection to the courtyard making it the perfect for the kids. With that in mind the screens are painted as chalkboard with magnetic undercoat, these become kids’ doodle central, activating an otherwise utilitarian transitional zone.Save this picture!© Earl CarterThe Brickhouse is the new addition, a space for the family, as well as for entertaining guests. It opens to both the courtyard and the backyard, bringing the two outdoor spaces together under one roof. As the brickhouse extends into the courtyard, a simple brick-laid-on-edge brise-soleil screens form the walls, providing access and natural ventilation to the basement garage. This often seen but forgotten core-hole pattern creates a memorable and highly textured surface en masse, and at the same time, a functional and breathing façade.Save this picture!© Earl CarterOur approach to materiality was playful and dialectic. The gridded pattern of the bricks and the straight vertical lines of the U-profile glazing are juxtaposed against the crazy paved Mintaro slate courtyard floor; the heaviness of the bricks was contrasted against the lightness of the U-profile glazings; fine timber veneers and luxurious honed marble are placed directly next to raw unfinished steel.Save this picture!© Earl CarterColours were chosen to compliment the furnishings and predominantly white to act as a backdrop. We have used the client’s favourite colour – yellow, dotted throughout the entire house, and intermingling with other yellow objects – the entry coat peg, the awning, the rug, Dion Horstmans’s sculpture, basin mixers, chairs in the courtyard, the kitchen cupboards, and the monkey bar in the backyard. It is a playful journey that invites one to join the dots.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessHostal Ritoque / Alejandro Soffia + Gabriel RudolphySelected ProjectsRound Up: Made in ChinaMisc Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/501169/three-parts-house-architects-eat Clipboard Projects Save this picture!© Earl Carter+ 100 Share Sargant Construction 2013 Architects: Architects EAT Area Area of this architecture project Three Parts House / Architects EAT Photographs ESD Consultant: Proyect Team:Eid Goh, James Taylor, Emma Gauder, Julie SloaneEngineer:R. Bliem & AssociatesBuilding Surveyor:Building StrategiesHydraulic:MRA ConsultingLand Surveyor:Farren GroupProject Architect:Albert Mo, James CoombeCity:South YarraCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess Specs CopyHouses, Refurbishment•South Yarra, Australia Builder: Three Parts House / Architects EATSave this projectSaveThree Parts House / Architects EAT Landscape: Houses Area: 520 m² Area: 520 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Australia Geokal Consulting Year: CopyAbout this officeArchitects EATOfficeFollowProductsWoodBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentSouth YarraHousesRefurbishmentAustraliaPublished on April 29, 2014Cite: “Three Parts House / Architects EAT” 29 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Twitter Advertisement NewsWhy do celebrities love Botox and Fillers so much?By Guest Writer – November 19, 2015 2288 Linkedin Previous articleCars seized and prosecutions to follow in Operation ThorNext articleJury considers indecent assaults verdict Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Facebook Email Let’s look at Botox and Fillers to see what the hype is all about! Did you know that Botox is now the most popular cosmetic treatment, with more than 6 million treatments administered every single year all around the world?But what exactly is it, and what does it do?Well, to give it its full medical finery, it is a neurotoxin (its full name is Botulinum Toxin), whose purpose is essentially to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by paralysing the underlying muscles.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Or, in simple every-day language, it is essentially a type of Cosmetic Injection or Anti-Wrinkle Injectable, albeit the most widely recognised one of all, owing to its longevity (it is now 25 years old and counting).The difference between Botox and FillersBotox and fillers are very similar; both are used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the entire face area: forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, cheekbones, lip contour and lip volume.However, there are subtle differences between what are really two slightly different types of anti-wrinkle injectables:Botox, on the one hand, is an injectable that is used to treat active facial lines – in other words, those lines that have only recently formed. Fillers, on the other hand, are used to treat firmly established wrinkles, reducing them simply by adding volumeBotox is probably now more famous than the many famous people who use it…and who regard it as just another essential part of their self-beautifying regime; look at any picture of any A-lister star and the chances are that the youthful, wrinkle-free face that you see before you has been accentuated enormously by the wonders of Botox or fillers.From Kylie Jenner to Amanda BrunkerKylie Jenner of Kardashian fame, is a perfect case in point; yes she is of course blessed with plenty of natural beauty. However, she freely admits that her lips are enhanced and maintained by the magic of fillers.But of course, fillers are no longer designed purely for Hollywood mega stars with bucket loads of money, far from it. In fact and our own Amanda Brunker, author and model, feels that Botox is the only cure for stopping the rot (of ageing!) and regularly avails of the treatments.Amanda is a huge advocate of the wonders of cosmetic surgery because she believes in eating well, exercising often and living as healthily as possible, she also realises that nothing can remove wrinkles from a face quite like Botox / Fillers can!Botox and Fillers are temporary and completely safe – so enhance your natural look, knowing that nothing is permanent!The great thing about both Dermal Fillers and Botox is that they are proven to be extremely safe treatments, with less than 1% of all treatments resulting in even minor side effects.In fact, the main risk that people face is not the treatment itself, but rather the way in which it is administered by practitioners who are simply not well qualified in the area of cosmetic injections.So, here’s our best advice: if you are considering fillers or some other anti-wrinkle injectable treatment you should only ever consider putting your trust in a clinic that has a proven track record and history, as well of course, as a leading, highly qualified, expert Cosmetic Doctor.As a reputable and trusted skin and laser treatment clinic in Ireland, what better place to go for your treatments than Therapie Clinic? The highly skilled medical team at their Doctor’s Clinic will assess your needs during a specialist consultation.Therapie Clinic offers the most affordable prices for Botox with highly professional service, for more information visit www.therapieclinic.com or call 1890 650 750 to arrange a specialist consultation. WhatsApp
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March 16, 2015 1,699 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Home Equity Lines of Credit HUD Non-Borrowing Spouses Consumer Advocates Concerned Over Non-Borrowing Spouses Facing Foreclosure The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: FHFA Director ‘Very Proud’ of Agency’s Progress on Strategic Plan Initiatives Next: FHFA, Nomura Trial Expected to Continue for a Month About Author: Brian Honea Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! 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Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Consumer Advocates Concerned Over Non-Borrowing Spouses Facing Foreclosure Home Equity Lines of Credit HUD Non-Borrowing Spouses 2015-03-16 Brian Honea Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Share Save Print This Post A group of consumer advocates has expressed concern over non-borrowing spouses facing foreclosure and eviction following the death of a borrowing spouse, according to comments the group recently submitted totaling 65 pages to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).HUD and FHA amended the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program in January to prevent reverse mortgage lenders from calling the note from a surviving non-borrowing spouse. The amendment allowed for deferral of “due and payment status” for eligible non-borrowing spouses, hence deferring the foreclosure process, for FHA case numbers assigned on or after August 4, 2014 and for certain eligible HECMs and surviving non-borrowing spouses for case numbers issued before August 4, 2014.The comments were submitted by the National Consumer Law Center on behalf of its low-income clients, Consumers Union, California Reinvestment Coalition, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates, Institute on Aging, and The National Housing Law Project. The groups claim in their letter that HUD amended its HECM policy in response to several lawsuits filed on behalf of non-borrowing spouses facing eviction, but they claim that even with the amendment, not enough people will qualify for the benefits because reverse mortgages originated prior to August 2014 did not take into account the often younger surviving spouse’s age.In order for the non-borrowing spouse to qualify for the HECM relief and keep their house under the amendment, first off, the servicer has to agree to assign the loan to HUD rather than pursue foreclosure. In addition, the surviving spouse must be either older or the same age as the deceased borrower at the time the loan was originated – or the surviving spouse must pay off the entire loan amount or 95 percent of the home’s value.These requirements keep many from qualifying, because in many cases the surviving spouse is younger, and on top of that, they don’t have the money available to pay such a large sum.One of the big problems the groups are facing with this issue is that HUD has not revealed how many people are affected or how many non-borrowing, surviving spouses are facing eviction and foreclosure.”Though HUD stated that it would consider the cost, legality and practicality of its action with respect to non-borrowing spouses, the agency has not provided data or information to support its analysis, conclusions or recommendations,” the letter said. “Indeed, the agency has yet to provide information on the scope of the problem. Nor has HUD disclosed information regarding the actual number of outstanding loans with non-borrowing spouses.”In a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last month on consumer complaints regarding reverse mortgages, the most frequent complaint was on surviving, non-borrowing spouses suddenly facing foreclosure upon the death of a borrowing spouse. The report stated that “some consumers report that their loan originator falsely assured them they would be able to add the other spouse to the loan at a later date.” Similarly, others complained that the loans are often difficult to repay and that lenders often throw obstacles in the way when consumers take steps to avoid foreclosure.The government now requires loan underwriters consider the non-borrowing spouse’s age, which solves the problem for newly originated loans. It remains to be seen what will happen with those originated before last August, however. Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News
Top StoriesSC Urges Centre & States To Provide Monetary Assistance, Rations To Sex Workers Without Insisting On Identity Proof Sanya Talwar22 Sep 2020 7:02 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday directed Centre & State Governments to provide food and financial aid to sex workers in a plea highlighting the distress faced by them on account of the ongoing pandemic.A bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao & Hemant Gupta urged the Centre and State Government to urgently consider providing them relief in the form of dry rations, monetary assistance as well…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?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday directed Centre & State Governments to provide food and financial aid to sex workers in a plea highlighting the distress faced by them on account of the ongoing pandemic.A bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao & Hemant Gupta urged the Centre and State Government to urgently consider providing them relief in the form of dry rations, monetary assistance as well as masks, soaps and sanitizers without insisting on proof of identity. “….we are of the opinion that the relief as sought for in the I.A needs immediate attention of this Court. The learned Additional Solicitor General and the learned counsel appearing for the State Governments are directed to get instructions regarding the modalities for distribution of monthly dry rations and cash transfer to the sex workers without insisting on proof of identity.” – Supreme Court.”They are in severe distress. This matter needs to be treated as urgent,” the bench remarked orally while hearing the PIL filed on behalf of Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), the country’s oldest sex workers’ collective.The collective is a party to proceedings [Buddhadev Karmaskar V. State of West Bengal & Ors.] in which a panel was set up to improve the living conditions of the community. Appealing to the Supreme Court, which has held that:- “sex workers have a right to live with dignity under Article 21 of the Constitution of India since they are also human beings and their problems need to be addressed”, the Kolkata based group highlighted that sex workers’ have been left out of the COVID-19 response because of social stigma and marginalisation and are in frantic need of support.DMSC’s application pointed out that a large number of sex workers have been excluded from aid measures due to lack of, or deficiencies in their identity documents such as Aadhar and Ration cards. This, despite the fact that the Supreme Court had directed the Central and State Governments to ensure access to ration cards, voters identity cards and bank accounts, based on recommendations of a Court-appointed Panel in 2011 looking into rehabilitation and empowerment of sex workers.The Application by the Collective suggested the following reliefs:- Provide sex workers with relief, till the continuation of the Covid-19 pandemic, in terms of monthly dry rations, cash transfer to the tune of Rs. 5000 per month, additional cash transfer to the tune of Rs 2500 for those with school-going children, Covid-19 prevention measures such as masks, soaps, medicines and sanitizers delivered through Targeted Intervention Projects/ State AIDS Control Societies and Community Based OrganizationsDirect coordination and monitoring of Covid-19 relief efforts at the Centre and State levels through committees comprising representatives of health and social justice/welfare departments, the National Legal Services Authority and the State Legal Services Authorities as well as Community Based OrganisationsDirect the State Labour Departments and the Unorganized Workers Social Security Board to register sex workers and provide them social welfare measures that all unorganized workers are entitled to.DMSC also stated in in the plea that it had consulted and received inputs from various Community Based Organisations and NGOs working with sex workers across the country. The application cites a 5-state assessment undertaken by Taaras, a coalition of women in sex work and their organizations among 1,19,950 sex workers to draw attention to the challenges of the community in accessing critical services during the COVID-19, which included:-Lack of access to social protection services: Sex workers do not have access to social protection measures such as pension, health benefits and labour rights. The five-state consultation shows that only 5% of sex workers had received a bank transfer of Rs 1000/- on the basis of a Labour Card for registered workers. Barring Tamil Nadu, where CBOs have managed to obtain labour cards for sex workers by enrolling them as domestic workers, vegetable vendors, street hawkers etc., no other State has extended this facility to persons engaged in sex work;Lack of access to essential services: Around 48% members did not receive ration through PDS (Public Distribution System). Out of 26,527 members who reported illness, around 97% (25,699) are unable to access primary care services – both public and private. 20% of members have children attending private schools and of them, 95% (23,425) are not able to pay the schools fees. Of the approximate 61% of members who live in rental housing, 83% are unable to pay rent and electricity bills;Impact on livelihood: Almost 71 % (81,433) members don’t have any other source of income to meet their essential day to day needs. Even those who have some income are having difficulty in securing three meals a day for the past four months.The PIL further highlights that the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India estimates that there are over 8.68 lakh female sex workers in the country and 62,137 Hijra/transgender persons in 17 states, of which, 62% are engaged in sex work. Click Here To Download OrderNext Story
Ex-employees granted rights by Lords’ rulingOn 24 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article A groundreaking House of Lords decision last week means former employees cannow bring claims against former employers for acts of discrimination orvictimisation that take place after employment has ended. The House of Lords heard appeals in cases straddling all threediscrimination statutes: sex, race and disability. It held that where the alleged discrimination is based on sex, race ordisability, the employee may have a claim if the employer does something afteremployment has ended that amounts to less favourable treatment. Previously, only staff victimised on the grounds of gender had any chance ofsuccess in such a claim. The decision will cover the giving or withholding of references byemployers, or the conduct of appeals against dismissals where the originaldismissal decision has already taken effect. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
Rents are tumbling across many parts of the UK according to the latest rental index from referencing firm HomeLet, whose Chief Executive has questioned the wisdom of recent government measures to reduce landlord appetite for investment.HomeLet says rents fell in the UK by 0.3% last month, the first time this has happened since late 2009 and that rents in London have dropped by 3% over the past year from £1,572 a month last July to £1,502 a month in May.“May 2017 saw average rents nationally fall for the first time in eight years when the economy had suffered the shock of the financial crisis,” says Martin Totty, Chief Executive of HomeLet (pictured, left).“[Our] rental data suggests landlords are now facing a difficult balancing act between ensuring rents are affordable for tenants in a low real wage growth environment whilst covering their own rising costs.“Tenants will still need a vibrant and growing rented sector to provide them with property options at the time of their choosing.“Any constraint to the supply of rental properties, because landlords are unable to achieve the reasonable returns they require, cannot be in the long term best interests of tenants, especially if, as we’ve now heard from all the main political parties, the UK’s population continues to grow.”Rents fallingThe average rent across the UK for a new tenancy in May dropped to £901 which HomeLet describes as a “significant moment for the rented property sector” because rental price growth has been slowing in recent months since hitting a peak of 4.7% last summer.But it’s not just London’s crazy property market dragging the rest of the country down. Rents also fell dramatically in several key areas including the North East (-2.3%), Scotland (-1.9%), the South East (-1.5%) and Yorkshire & Humberside (-0.6%).The average UK figure would be much worse if it wasn’t for several regions where rents are picking up including the East Midlands (+3.3%), the North West (+2.2%) and the South West (+2.1%).The reasons for the slowdown have been blamed squarely by the lettings industry on the government’s recent financial squeeze on landlords including most recently by Belvoir in its Q1 review of the rental market.Read the full HomeLet index. Martin Totty HomeLet June 6, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Rents drop across the UK as government measures hit landlords previous nextHousing MarketRents drop across the UK as government measures hit landlordsHomeLet survey reveals extent of rent reductions as Homelet Chief Executive questions anti-landlord policy.Nigel Lewis6th June 20170989 Views
Amber Rudd’s departure this morning from the Home Office has caused yet another round of musical chairs at the Government.Housing and Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid (pictured right) has replaced her, and he, in turn, is replaced by James Brokenshire (pictured left). Mr Brokenshire was formerly Northern Ireland Secretary, but resigned due to ill health, but now returns to Government, following successful treatment.This morning, he tweeted, “Honoured to have been asked by the Prime Minister to serve as Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Looking forward to taking the Government’s agenda forward especially on buildings the homes our country needs.”The ever-positive LibDem leader, Vince Cable, said that, “The trouble is only just beginning,” for Theresa May.More background on the new Housing Minister here.Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire Housing Minister Sajiv Javid secretary of state for housing April 30, 2018Sheila ManchesterWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » New Housing & Communities Secretary: James Brokenshire previous nextRegulation & LawNew Housing & Communities Secretary: James BrokenshireSajid Javid moves on to the Home Office, James Brokenshire picks up the brief.The Negotiator30th April 201802,121 Views
Guns, Control, Obama, and OrlandoBy Richard Moss, MDIt is the habit of the left to seek greater control, always, of course, for the public good. It further has the tendency to use catastrophic events to push through unwise legislation, even as the ruins are still smoldering.But this latest crisis should have nothing to do with new gun control initiatives but rather an analysis of government ineptitude combined with an unavoidable reality, which is the existence of evil, and evil individuals that commit atrocities. In this case an Islamic terrorist, a Jihadist, acting in the name of his religion and his God, under the auspices of ISIS, the Islamic State, as occurred in a bar in Orlando.In the aftermath of the mass killing, President Obama, the Democratic Party, the left, and their patrons in the media, even while the bodies were still warm, sought to politicize the event, exploiting the powerful emotions at work, not to heal or enlighten, or unify the nation, but to advance an agenda, and chip away at the Constitution. Obama used the opportunity to speak of gun control but not border control or terrorist control or importing Syrian refugees, many of them sympathetic to ISIS, or the evisceration of our military, or their tepid rules of engagement. Nor did he mention “gun-free zones,” which become kill zones like the bar in Orlando. He spoke of taking away the rights of law abiding American citizens and lectured us about the need for “soul searching,” even as 49 American bodies were being carted away.But this was a failure not of the American people or the Constitution but of Obama and his administration that helped create ISIS and the refugee crisis by abandoning an Iraq already secured by American blood and treasure. Obama and the left have also promoted the cancer of political correctness, of censorship and totalitarian thought control, to metastasize throughout the executive branch, the FBI, CIA, and the military, our schools, colleges, courts, and police, the media, entertainment, and Hollywood, the deliberate inculcation of Sharia or Islamic law that prevents meaningful discussion and criticism of Islam, its beliefs, values, and lack of reform in over 1400 years. Such censorship imposed by Obama has made it impossible to properly track and intervene before Muslim terrorists act such as occurred in Orlando, San Bernardino, Fort Hood, and elsewhere or to monitor radical Mosques. Instead of scolding law abiding Americans, he should have examined his policies, which have led to so much death and destruction.The effort to polemicize the issue though is predictable, for the left is uncomfortable, not necessarily with guns but who has them, which is to say, the individual or the state. The left holds that the ability to inflict violence is the province of the state; individuals with the capacity to defend themselves crosses a line for them, for such awesome power outside the state is anathema, incompatible with leftist ideology and DNA.The target of the left is ultimately the Constitution itself, the Bill of Rights or much of it, and specifically here, the Second Amendment. The left is uncomfortable with centers of power outside the sphere of government; as the left is hostile toward the church and family, two bedrock institutions of the civil society that exist apart from government; so, too, the left bears unbridled disdain for gun owners who may exercise power beyond the realm of the state, the power to inflict violence if necessary in their own self defense. Power for the left must be concentrated in a central government and its deputies, not disseminated through the civil society, where the state does not tread.But this right is inalienable as is the right to life, for if our lives are threatened than the right to defend our lives is required by our Declaration of Independence, hence the right to bear arms as encoded in the Constitution through the Second Amendment. The two are necessary complements and intertwined, the right to life and the right to defend one’s life. For what good is the right to life and liberty if you cannot defend it against those who would take it from you including criminals, terrorists, and a despotic government.The Second Amendment is critical to any understanding of the nation and its founding spirit. It exists because of the value placed by the framers on life and individual sovereignty. It was also seen as a bulwark against tyranny, of an all-powerful, central government, a grave concern for the founders who had just fought a war against tyranny in the form of the British Crown. It is consistent with a society that embraces autonomy and freedom and rejects coercive state power as well as threats to life and property. History has also shown us regimes that enjoyed a monopoly on firearms, and they have been its most violent and brutal.If the left was serious about controlling gun violence, they would secure our southern border, stop importing refugees from Syria, stop releasing violent felons and criminal illegal aliens into our streets, or terrorists from Guantanamo. They would end sanctuary cities and not appoint “catch and release” judges that are soft on crime. They would stop left wing politicians from destroying our inner cities where most gun violence occurs.They would halt immigration from Islamic nations until such time that Islam has undergone critical self-examination or, as Obama would call it, “soul searching” and meaningful change. They would monitor potential Muslim terrorists and intercede before they act and surveil radical Mosques and organizations. And they would call radical Islamic terror by its name instead of wishing it away.We must defend our Constitution and our 2nd Amendment. I thank God I live in a country where I can protect my loved ones and myself.Brief Bio: Richard Moss MD is a practicing Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, author, and columnist who resides in Jasper IN. He recently lost his bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in Indiana’s 8th district. Find more of his essays and blog posts at exodusmd.com. Also find him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail