October 23, 2011 |
LONDON - Even as Scotland's separatist leader kicked off his party's independence campaign Friday, he also floated a compromise option that would fall short of his cherished goal of full separation from the United Kingdom. It's a proposal that's been described as "Independence Lite" - something that would give Scots control of all their affairs except foreign policy and defense, which would still be run out of London. First Minister Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party, gave an ambiguous endorsement.
February 14, 1986 |
The Republican-controlled General Assembly yesterday approved measures, strongly opposed by labor groups, that would give state colleges greater operating autonomy. The measures now go to the Democrat-controlled Senate, where labor leaders hope to find a more sympathetic audience for their concerns that faculty members would lose their civil-service protection if the bills became law. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman John Rocco (R., Camden), would grant the state's nine four-year colleges greater control over hiring and their financial affairs, which the state now controls.
November 23, 2012 |
Former Autonomy Corp. chief executive officer Mike Lynch said the claim by Hewlett-Packard Co. that more than $200 million in improperly recorded revenue led to a $5 billion write-down does not make sense. "After being ambushed by all this yesterday, I've had a chance to look at some of the things that they're saying. It just doesn't add up," Lynch said Wednesday. "HP is looking for scapegoats, and I'm afraid I'm not going to be one of those. " Hewlett-Packard recorded an $8.8 billion write-down Tuesday and said more than $5 billion stemmed from accounting irregularities at Autonomy, which it bought last year.
October 2, 2011
Steven Bozza is director of the Respect Life Office at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Throughout the existence of our nation, the right of every person to act according to his or her conscience has been written into federal and state laws and upheld by the courts. Our founders recognized that authentic freedom can only be achieved when the individual is able to actively pursue the truth and act in accord with the truth he or she has discovered. Thomas Jefferson wrote, "[N]
April 12, 1992 |
Most people have no idea of what the Philadelphia Art Commission does. And many of those who do know dislike it intensely. Despite its name, the responsibilities of the Art Commission go far beyond art. The unpaid commission members, appointed by the mayor, are the chief guardians of the city's public realm. The commission reviews designs for all public construction, considers private buildings in certain important areas of the city, approves signs in Center City, and has a key role in regulating what happens on and above the city's sidewalks.
April 5, 1999
Interview with Vojislav Kostunica, and Dragomir Acovic Last of two parts. E-mail keeps coming in from Belgrade. John Timpane, editor of the Commentary Page, continues his exchange with Vojislav Kostunica, head of Serbia's Democratic Party, and Dragomir Acovic, an architect living in Belgrade. John Timpane: How should the Kosovo situation have been handled? Vojislav Kostunica: There should have been some understanding of the core of the Kosovo issue. The Kosovo Albanians' struggle, political and armed alike, is not motivated by some deprivation of their rights, but rather an aspiration to their own state.
November 23, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Hewlett-Packard Co.'s $9.7 billion acquisition of Autonomy Corp. seemed like a bad idea long before Tuesday's allegations of an accounting scandal made clear it was a deal that should never have happened. It's the latest in a cavalcade of costly blunders at HP. The Silicon Valley pioneer has squandered billions of dollars on ill-advised acquisitions, compounding the challenges it faces as it scrambles to adjust to a world shifting from PCs to smartphones and tablets.
October 1, 1991 |
Another autonomous region has been declared in Yugoslavia: Vahdet Buric's house and garden. The 36-year-old auto mechanic is leading the world's smallest separatist movement. He took the first step in April by holding a referendum in his living room. Turnout was high and, according to Buric, 100 percent of the eligible voters - he and his wife - favored autonomy from Bosnia-Herzegovina, the ethnically mixed republic in central Yugoslavia. Buric promptly declared himself president and appointed a government, including a minister for demilitarization.
September 7, 2012
LIFE REALLY IS FULL of delicious ironies. For example, who would have thought that the governor of the most liberal state in the nation, one that is so blue you can't tell where the land ends and the Atlantic begins, gets tapped to deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention? And after digesting that fact, who would have imagined that the party that says it's all about women and their dignity and independence could choose to honor a string of men who have done nothing but disrespect us during their storied political careers?
October 8, 1991 |
There is a great danger that the old prison of nations, as the Soviet Union used to be called, may be transforming itself into a new prison with separate cells. The threat is growing that the new Soviet republics will be dictatorships that suppress minorities and abuse human rights. Internation battles are becoming the rule and not the exception. We should be careful about supporting the republic leaders - even if elected by the people. Sixty years after the start of World War II, people in the West are in danger of forgetting what a tragedy it is when rights are defined by blood or ethnicity.