Retailers enjoy new year boost

first_imgWednesday 27 April 2011 8:18 pm whatsapp UK retailers hired more than 3,000 new staff and opened 837 new shops in the past quarter compared with the first-quarter of 2010, new research published today shows.In a sign of the sector’s resilience, retail employment rose 0.5 per cent in the quarter compared with the first-quarter of 2010, the British Retail Consortium’s BRC-Bond Pearce Retail Employment Monitor showed. Despite a late Easter and a slowdown in customer spending, the survey suggests UK retail is still expanding. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsGundry MD Total Restore SupplementWhat Rice Does to the Human BodyGundry MD Total Restore SupplementFilm OracleHer Love Triangle Inspired 3 Of The Most Popular Songs Ever WrittenFilm OracleThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory KCS-content Sharecenter_img Tags: NULL whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Retailers enjoy new year boost More From Our Partners Mark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comlast_img read more

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Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) Q32014 Interim Report

first_imgFidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng)  2014 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileFidelity Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the individual, commercial and corporate sectors. Its extensive full-service personal and business offering ranges from transactional accounts, online banking, loans and term deposits to money market, treasury services loans and advances, commercial support overdrafts, equipment leasing finance and trade, working capital, project, asset and syndicate finance. Fidelity Bank Plc operates through 225 business offices, 730 ATMs and 3 853 point-of-sale channels. Founded in 18=987 and formerly known as Fidelity Union Merchant Bank, the company changed its name to Fidelity Bank Plc in 1999. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Fidelity Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Hippo Valley Estates Limited (HIPO.zw) 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgHippo Valley Estates Limited (HIPO.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about Hippo Valley Estates Limited (HIPO.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Hippo Valley Estates Limited (HIPO.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Hippo Valley Estates Limited (HIPO.zw)  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileHippo Valley Estates Limited is a subsidiary of Tongaat Hulett Limited and primarily involved in growing and milling sugar cane in Zimbabwe. This involves planting, maintaining and harvesting sugar cane crops and haulage to the sugar mill. The milling segment crushes and produces raw sugar. Hippo Valley Estates is an extensive enterprise and has other interests in sugar packaging, game hunting, fishing, and livestock and citrus farming. Chiredzi Township (Private) Limited provides services for water treatment. The Hippo Valley Estates and Triangle Sugar mills in Zimbabwe have combined milling capacity to crush more than 4,8 million tons of cane annually and produce over 640 000 tons of sugar. Refining capacity is 140 000 tons per annum. Hippo Valley Estates Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Top 5 Fun Water Activities for Families in Apopka this summer

first_img Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Canoeing at Wekiwa Springs  You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSapopkaWater Activities Previous articleCan parks help cities fight crime?Next articleBack-to-School Free Immunization Event coming this summer Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Boat Tours at King’s Landing If you are wanting to be less active and want to relax on the water, there are boat tours available. King’s Landing is a great location for fishing. If you do decide to go fishing make sure that you are prepared with the right fitting fishing kit and equipment. Those that do want to be a little more active can go swimming in the river. Make sure to discuss the activities with your family to make sure everyone is comfortable.  Take a trip to Wekiwa Springs to spend time on the water. You can go swimming in the springs and even rent a canoe for canoeing. If you just want to enjoy the water, you don’t have to get in as there is plenty of room for hiking within the 7,000 square feet of space available. If you do decide to take on canoeing, there is the chance to travel to the caves. If you want to do some scuba and cave diving, there is space for that as well. Gator Sighting at Lake Apopka Wildlife DriveAnimals are always interesting to experience when they are in their natural habitat. If you make a visit to the Lake Apopka you will have the chance of seeing the alligators. Gators are the staple of Florida, so to witness this will give you a taste of the culture in Apopka. This lake is only open to the public during the weekend so you must plan ahead for this as it can get bust. This is a relaxing way to spend your day outdoors, especially if you enjoy visiting water animals.  Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Whether you are an Apopka resident or are visiting the city, you may want to experience some fun activities. There are many things to do in Apopka, and water activities are quite popular. Water activities are exciting and fun for all members of the family to experience so taking a day to spend outdoors is perfect for the summertime. Apopka is a special place in Florida and is the central area for tourism regarding wilderness and wildlife. Here is a list of some fun water activities to consider in Apopka.  Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Swimming is always a fun family activity. If you take a trip to Kelly Park you will experience the popular lazy river and a variety of families enjoying the cool water. Many families enjoy this park for their summer activities. Grab a tube and take a swim or play at the park. Plan ahead as this place can get very busy.  Kayaking at Rock Springs Swimming at Kelly Park Rock Springs is a great place for water activities with the beautiful trees and wildlife surrounding an emerald river. You can go tubing or take it up a notch and take on kayaking. You can rent a regular kayak or try something different with the new clear kayak tours. The busiest times are during the late afternoon, so if you want to avoid wait times and crowds, try visiting during the mornings or early afternoons. The tours will take you through the river and will last about 2 and a half hours.  The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

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Villa Z / Mohamed Amine Siana

first_imgSave this picture!© Doublespace Photography+ 22 Share Villa Z / Mohamed Amine Siana Morocco ArchDaily Houses Villa Z / Mohamed Amine SianaSave this projectSaveVilla Z / Mohamed Amine Siana “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/806401/villa-z-mohamed-amine-siana Clipboard Year:  Photographs:  Doublespace Photography Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY”center_img 2015 CopyHouses•Casablanca, Morocco Architects: Mohamed Amine Siana Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: Bisazza, SorevetSave this picture!© Doublespace PhotographyRecommended ProductsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40Text description provided by the architects. It was only one sentence : “I want to have an open feeling into a protected house from the sights of neighborhood”. So it was a challenge between this privacy need from the client and my belief in an open and a lighty architecture.Save this picture!© Doublespace PhotographyThe Villa Z is a product of very strict city regulations, ones that ultimately confined the building into a 15m distance in a tight square. my principal intention was to go out from the cube percetion Save this picture!© Doublespace Photographyto answer to the client program and routine and to find the best way to preserve privacy and protect the project from the noise of the prominent front avenue.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe project must draws its inspiration from Moroccan cultural roots, while opening up to new horizons. The intention was – working closely with the client’s lifestyle in mind – to build a house with discretion and introversion. The design centers on the opacity of the main facade, combining the principles of traditional architecture with a strong contemporary identity. Save this picture!© Doublespace PhotographyBased on intimity, orientations and on the basis of a cube, our work is done on the opening of such plans cube leaves and sculpture, providing fully veiled openings from the outside by planes games which direct them to good prospects on the outside while avoiding vis-à-vis and within the appropriate guidelines and sunshine.and to protect opennings from the sights. Save this picture!© Doublespace PhotographyIn the city of Casablanca, traditional modernism has been the norm in recent years, it was a laboratory for some brilliant architects and this Villa does well to not poke anyone in the eye while in the same breath maintaining a characteristic distinct plausibility to its integrity as a modern artefact in the city of Casablanca.The project is an experience which try to develope practical-spaces for the new way of morrocan life, a cultural dilemma between privacy and the cotemporary opened way of life.Save this picture!© Doublespace PhotographyThis architecture is based on ecological and passive solutions to maintain the best climate possible inside, so the automatised roof canopy just can play the role of acclimatization of the traditional patio.From the first step it was important to avoid the square and the circular form of the skylight was the best solution and a harmonious way to valorize the curves of the project.Save this picture!© Doublespace Photographythe others openings in the cellings are lightings circles with carved wood panels used like skins to mark the different important spaces of the house.Save this picture!© Doublespace PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessBlessed Sacrament Chapel / Pablo MillánSelected ProjectsTwo Homes in Jeongwang-dong / MaasarchitectureSelected Projects Share Projects Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/806401/villa-z-mohamed-amine-siana Clipboard Area:  650 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeMohamed Amine SianaOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCasablancaMoroccoPublished on March 03, 2017Cite: “Villa Z / Mohamed Amine Siana” 03 Mar 2017. 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Richard Desmond donates £2.5m to children’s eye hospital

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 11 February 2006 | News Richard Desmond, owner of the Express newspaper group, has donated £2.5 million to Moorfields Eye Hospital towards the building of a new children’s eye centre. The new building will be named The Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre.Desmond, a Moorfields patient, has previously supported glaucoma research at the hospital.Ian Balmer, Chief Executive of Moorfields, confirmed that this donation brought the appeal total to over £15 million. Advertisement The centre is scheduled to open in Autumn 2006. Ahead of its completion, funding is still being sought to help with equipping the centre. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img Richard Desmond donates £2.5m to children’s eye hospital Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Major gift Prospect research  111 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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A textbook case in press censorship for the past 20 years

first_img to go further Help by sharing this information News Organisation Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his takeover as president on 7 November. But all institutions that could question his power, starting with the press and the justice system, have been brought under his control over the past two decades. The French publications Libération and Courrier International have again been censored after carrying articles by Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik. November 11, 2020 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Receive email alerts Newscenter_img RSF_en TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa December 26, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia November 5, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A textbook case in press censorship for the past 20 years News In the run-up to 20th anniversary of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s takeover as president on 7 November, the pro-government newspapers, which constitute most of the Tunisian press, have of course been praising the “president of change.” The local media is making much of Tunisia’s economic and social development and is ignoring civil liberties and human rights, which have been flouted for the past 20 years.President Ben Ali enjoys the support of most western countries because they seem him as a “bulwark against the Islamist threat.” This is the case with the European Union, which signed an association accord with Tunisia in 1995 that is nothing like as binding on human rights issues as the accords reached with countries of the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific regions.His first years as president saw an easing of political tension, but Ben Ali lost no time in reining in the media. The early 1990s and especially the first Gulf war marked the end of media diversity and free expression in Tunisia. Independent newspapers, which had been very active in the latter years of Habib Bourguiba’s presidency, were closed one after another. In the past 20 years, Ben Ali has neutralised all the checks and balances and brought them under his control, starting with the press and the justice system. At least 48 publications have been subjected to various forms of censorship (including seizure of issues, suspension and closure), half of them in his first six years in office.During all these years, Ben Ali has never stopped silencing dissidents, both in the press and in civil society. Using either seduction, intimidation or repression, the authorities have taken over the main news media, which are nowadays managed by the government directly or by the regime’s supporters.Yet another hunger strike in defence of freedom of expression and association has been waged by government opponents in the run-up to the 20th anniversary. This seems to be the only way to make oneself heard in Tunisia. Journalist Taoufik Ben Brik in 2000, lawyer Radhia Nasraoui in 2002, journalist Hamadi Jebali in 2003, journalists Abdallah Zouari and Lotfi Hajji, and lawyer Mohammed Abbou in 2005, and journalist Slim Boukhdir in 2006 are just some of the people who have gone hunger strike in order to appeal to the international community.On 20 September, it was the turn of Maya Jribi, the general secretary of the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), and Mohamed Néjib Chebbi, the managing editor of the Arabic-language weekly Al-Maoukif (the PDP’s mouthpiece), to launch a hunger strike in protest against a court case aimed at evicting them from their premises in Tunis. The PDP says the authorities got their landlord to break the rental contract on the pretext of “misuse of the premises.” They finally ended the hunger strike after 30 days, when the government’s intervention paved the way for an agreement with the landlord.Sham pluralismAl-Maoukif (which means “The Viewpoint”) will therefore continue for the time being to be published. It has overcome many obstacles to double its circulation to 10,000 in the past two years ago. It is denied any state subsidy and it is boycotted by all private-sector advertisers bar one, who is in conflict with the authorities. “Our problems are not just financial,” editor Rachid Khechana told Reporters Without Borders. “We have a lot of difficulty getting access to information. Officials refuse to answer our questions or to receive us. So we have to find other channels and sources of information.” Khechana added: “Printers and distributors are also subjected to a great deal of harassment, including on tax matters, which means they often have to distribute the newspaper up to 48 hours late.”Two other publications that belong to opposition parties – the weekly Mouwatinoun and the monthly Attariq Aljadid – are subject to the same constraints. The Democratic Forum for Labour and Freedoms (FDTL) launched Mouwatinoun (Citizens) in January of this year after getting a permit – something that is extremely rare – in less than six months. Managing editor Mustapha Ben Jaafar told Reporters Without Borders that the newspaper nonetheless was subject to drastic discrimination as regards distribution.“There are very few news stands that put it on display,” he said. “Mouwatinoun is invisible because that is what the government wants, and because vendors are scared.” These obstacles obviously have financial consequences for the newspaper, which has already reduced its print run from 5,000 to 3,000 copies. These party newspapers are not safe from censorship either. Sometimes issues are unofficially seized. “The police may confiscate an issue from the news stands without warning us and without giving us an explanation,” Ben Jaafar said.Independent newspapers and magazines are in very short supply. Many applications for permission to create a new publication are unsuccessful. Since 1999, Sihem Bensedrine has applied four times to the interior minister to register and publish a weekly print version of the French and Arabic-language news website Kalima. Each time, the authorities have refused to issue her with the receipt that a printer needs in order to print a newspaper. As Kalima’s website is inaccessible in Tunisia, Bensedrine currently distributes it as an email newsletter.Overall, the rest of the privately-owned media take a pro-government line tinged with proselytism. They have become the main vehicle for orchestrated attacks on regime opponents, whether journalists, hunger strikers, intellectuals or politicians. The journalists working for these media, like those working for the public media, are instructed to cover only information coming from the governmental news agency, Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP), which is under the interior ministry’s control. The Association of Tunisian Journalists (AJT) said: “The only subjects they are allowed to cover are those in the TAP’s news schedules, and most of the time these are official activities. Any additional initiative is unwelcome.”Journalists working for the official press – the two government newspapers, La Presse and El-Sahafa, and the ruling RCD’s two mouthpieces, Le Renouveau and Houria – are allowed no room for manoeuvre and follow this directive strictly. They clearly fulfill the role of propaganda tools. Yesterday’s issue of La Presse, Tunisia’s leading French-language newspaper, had this perfect example of government cant:“On this 20th anniversary of the Change that Tunisians of all categories and ages are celebrating with extraordinary pride, the gains of the economic, political and social achievements initiated and promoted by President Ben Ali continue to confirm our conviction that Tunisia’s development experience is clearly a model to be followed.” The broadcast media are even more uniform. The state TV stations (Canal 7 and Canal 21) just broadcast news favourable to government policies. There are some commercial TV and radio stations, but they all belong to people who support the government. The foreign minister, for example, is the biggest shareholder in Mosaïque FM, while Hannibal TV, which was inaugurated on a 7 November, is owned by a member of the First Lady’s family.Only one privately-owned TV station, Al-Hiwar Attounsi (Tunisian Dialogue), offers a bit of diversity, but it broadcasts for just one hour a day because its resources are limited. Its chief executive, Tahar Ben Hassine, has never obtained the required permits to launch the station inside Tunisia. It has been broadcasting from Italy since 2002. “There is a complete lack of definition as regards the criteria for assigning broadcast licences,” Ben Hassine told Reporters Without Borders. “The reasons for refusals are never given. Any decision is directly subject to President Ben Ali’s approval.” No favours for the foreign media“If you are invited to Tunisia and you want to thank your hosts for their hospitality, bring them the latest issue of a newspaper that is censored inside the country,” a Tunisian journalist recommends. His advice highlights the news shortage suffered by his fellow-countrymen, for whom many foreign publications are banned. Le Canard Enchaîné, Al Hayat and Charlie Hebdo are among those that are no longer available. Many others are occasionally denied entry in an arbitrary manner, or are held up for several days at the port of entry. These seizures are not random. In most cases they are prompted by articles about the country’s leaders, above all Ben Ali.The Qatar-based satellite news station Al-Jazeera has also had a lot of problems in Tunisia. The authorities have refused to issue accreditation to its correspondent, Lotfi Hajji, and have prevented it from opening a bureau. Tunisia even decided to close its embassy in Qatar in October 2006 in protest against Al-Jazeera’s “hostile campaign” after it broadcast an interview with opposition member Moncef Marzouki. Foreign journalists generally have little problem in travelling to Tunisia, but once there, they are subject to surveillance by plain-clothes police who do not prevent them from working but, by their very presence, intimidate all those who would like to talk to them. The activities of local journalists working as stringers for foreign media is closely controlled and often banned.Swiss TV reporter Flore Dussey of Télévision Suisse Romande (TSR) went to Tunisia on 2 November with a cameraman but could not interview members of the public. “We were constantly followed throughout our visit,” she told Reporters Without Borders. “We requested shooting permission from the Tunisian Agency for External communication (ACTE), but it was never granted. Instead, an official from the agency accompanied us everywhere we went. Our chaperone refused to allow us to be accompanied on a shoot by someone who works for Al-Hiwar Attounsi.”Unusually, a visiting reporter from the French daily Libération, Christophe Boltanski, was stabbed in the back in November 2005 as policemen looked on without intervening. He had gone for a World Summit on the Information Society that the UN was staging in Tunis, and was preparing a story on the human rights situation.Playing cat and mouse on the InternetThe Internet does not escape government control, either. Internet cafés are watched. In the provinces, Internet users must often show ID in order to be able to sit down at a computer. And Internet café owners often ask them not to visit certain “subversive” sites in order to spare them problems. Under Tunisian law, they are responsible for their clients’ online activities. The regime thereby enlists their help in its policies of repression and control.To download something or add an attachment to an email message, the client must go through the central server, in other words, the manager’s computer. Furthermore, under a post and telecommunications law adopted in 1998, the authorities can check the content of email messages at any time. The law authorises the interception of any message that could “jeopardize public order and national security. The communications ministry keeps information exchanged online under very close surveillance.Bloggers and independent website editors are also exposed to sanctions. Lawyer Mohammed Abbou spend 28 months in prison because of what he posted on opposition websites. Since leaving prison on 24 July, he has been banned twice from leaving the country. In one case, he was supposed to go to London to record a programme about human rights.The Reporters Without Borders website is not accessible within Tunisia, like the sites of many human rights organisations and foreign news media. The authorities regular block and unblock access to certain sites in order to protect itself from charges of censorship. The private connections of some journalists and opposition members are often cut because of “technical problems” or their speed is slowed right down so that web pages take a long time to load and surfing becomes almost impossible. Tunisia currently has around a dozen ISPs but Planet.tn, owned by one of Ben Ali’s daughters continues to have the lion’s share of the market.President Ben Ali is on the Reporters Without Borders list of the world’s 34 worst press freedom predators. Tunisia was ranked 145th out of the 169 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index, issued last month. Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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Coup a further complication for tricky Myanmar-China ties

first_img TAGS  Twitter Twitter Local NewsBusinessWorld News FILE – In this April 24, 2019, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The military coup on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 deposed national leader Aung San Suu Kyi a little over a year after Chinese President Xi Jinping made a show of support to her with the first visit by a head of state from Beijing to Myanmar since 2001 and 33 agreements on a wide range of issues. Previous [email protected] articleKillorn, Lightning beat Red Wings 5-1 for 3rd straight win Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 center_img Coup a further complication for tricky Myanmar-China ties Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

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There Should Be No Criminal Contempt, If The Criticism is Well Founded It Is Fine, If It Is Not Forget About It: Justice Madan Lokur

first_imgTop StoriesThere Should Be No Criminal Contempt, If The Criticism is Well Founded It Is Fine, If It Is Not Forget About It: Justice Madan Lokur Mehal Jain9 Jan 2021 4:20 AMShare This – x”There should be no criminal contempt. Judges should not be hyper-sensitive about everything. If the criticism is well-founded, then it is fine. Even if it is not, forget about it! There are so many things in life!”, said Justice Madan B. Lokur on Thursday.Speaking at a webinar on Keys to Governance: Independence of Judiciary organised by the India international Centre and DS Borker…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?Login”There should be no criminal contempt. Judges should not be hyper-sensitive about everything. If the criticism is well-founded, then it is fine. Even if it is not, forget about it! There are so many things in life!”, said Justice Madan B. Lokur on Thursday.Speaking at a webinar on Keys to Governance: Independence of Judiciary organised by the India international Centre and DS Borker Memorial foundation, the former Supreme Court judge was addressing whether the Contempt of Courts Act ought to be relaxed.As regards the propriety of post retirement benefits, Justice Lokur said that it depends on each individual judge. He narrated how news channel yesterday were reporting the events in Washington DC- “One speaker talked about Republican judges and how President Trump had lost all cases even though most of them were heard by Republican judges. Can you imagine in India but some judge is aligned to a political party? As long as the judge has integrity, it does not matter what political alignment he has. This ties up with post retirement benefits also. If a judge has no integrity or little integrity, he will be swayed by political consideration””And this topic is not confined to the judges alone, but also extends to other senior bureaucrats, the Election Commissioner, the members of the Public Service Commission – a whole debate needs to take place”, he stated.Agreeing that the Indian Judiciary has had a “tumultuous” 2019 and 2020, he chose not to “dwell on the past”: “We must look at the future..as to what can the Judiciary do in 2021 to regain the prestige, which has been lost in part, and most importantly to deliver justice to the people of India””The judiciary needs to be far more transparent than it is at the moment”, he suggested. He narrated how a few years ago, there was an informal discussion on the appointment of a Public Relations Officer or a spokesman for the Supreme Court. “There are several stories, rumours, comments doing rounds and clarifications are needed by the media, by the lawyers and by the citizens of the country. Having a PRO would have greatly helped in making the Supreme Court accessible to the people”, he commented.Discussing the appointment of judges in India, Justice Lokur remarked that when a name has been recommended by the High Court collegium, everyone knows and that it is an “open secret”. “So why not own up to it and say that we have considered this name and recommended it? In the US, there are hearings in the Senate where the judges are questioned. The UK Supreme Court invites applications from persons who wish to be appointed as judges. There is no harm in disclosing that such and such person is under consideration”, he said.”After the NJAC was held to be unconstitutional, suggestions from the public were called for. The Department of Justice was requested to look into them. Some 4000 suggestions came and were compiled and the lawyers had even placed them before the court during their arguments. They were all on the website of the Department of Justice and there was nothing hidden about it. That is how the Memorandum of Procedure was finalised. But it has not been officially signed!”, continued the judge.”I am not saying that the collegium system is perfect, but nothing else can come and take its place at the moment unless someone give a suggestion!”, he stressed.He was of the view that “a lot more can be done so far as technology is concerned”, recommending the use of computers for case management.”The time has come for live streaming, particularly in the important court proceedings. This is something we need to look at very seriously”, he urged. “One of the sitting Supreme Court judges (Justice S. K. Kaul) has recently said that the system of virtual court hearings is not working well. It is a shame if the Supreme Court of India cannot provide technologically-good services to the people!”, he exclaimed.Former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, Mr N. Ram, in his turn, advanced how advocate Gautam Bhatia, in a “very robust criticism” of the performance of the Supreme Court in the last two years, asserted that one of the Chief Justices was in the process of becoming an “Executive Court” from being the “Rights Court”. He cited the examples of the NRC in Assam, the procedural opacity in terms of sealed covers, the treatment of the Evidence Act in context of the Rafale case, and the unnecessary gratuitous and pompous judicial conduct, the treatment of fundamental rights like charity, particularly in the habeas corpus cases.”The Supreme Court and many High Courts may be said to have become ‘executive courts’. But we also have a good judges – there are those of the Allahabad High Court and the Karnataka High Court, who would uphold Fundamental Rights. Recently, we had the case of a young Hindu woman who had married a Muslim man out of her own will and the state had intervened, but the Allahabad Court supported her right”, he continued.He expressed that while it would be an exaggeration to say that the Supreme Court has far gone the process of becoming an ‘executive court’, giving up its commitment to the championship of Fundamental Rights, “there is a real case” on this point.He canvassed the excessive focus on Chief Justices, to the extent that they are becoming “dictatorial and overweening” in their power to allocate cases- “It is no secret that four of the senior most judges had come out in a press conference on this very issue (in 2018). They had tried everything within the system and were pushed to this extreme on account of this mysterious, non-transparent way of allocation of cases against all conventional practises, to junior judges. One judge, after retiring, had even said that there is external influence on the posting and appointment of judges”He urged that the appointment system ought to be better and the Executive be restricted in its influence in enforcing or blocking any appointment. He cited as an example senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, whose name was recommended for elevation to the Supreme Court and had to be withdrawn on account of extreme political pressure.He called for robust, strong, uninhibited, and informed criticism of the functioning of the judiciary for the purpose of judicial accountability. “The major obstacle in this path is the Contempt of Courts Act and its Section 2(1)(c) on ‘scandalising the court’. We had challenged this before the Supreme Court. Unless it is struck down, it being unlikely that the Parliament will repeal it, intolerant judges retain in their power the weapon which silences criticism and has a chilling effect”, he said.He indicated the recent instance of contempt proceedings against advocate Prashant Bhushan, calling the judgement in the case “shocking” and “fierce”. “People should be able to call out the Judiciary when it makes grievous mistakes, acts arbitrarily, is corrupt or steps out of line or succumbs under external influence, like the four judges who had come out in 2018. Was that contempt of court? Was that ‘scandalising?”, he pressed.As another way of instilling judicial accountability, he suggested an appropriate procedure for removing “a corrupt judge who defies the court itself”- “I am not to take any names…you can imprison a judge but cannot remove him from the post, except by way of the extreme method of impeachment. We need to bring back the movement of judicial accountability” Question-and-Answer SessionAs regards the query if the Judiciary in India has been vested with too much trust and too much discretion, resulting in the belief that it can never go wrong, Justice Lokur asserted that every Judiciary in every country is given the utmost respect. “But it would be stretching it too far to say that it can never be wrong. It can be wrong and it has been wrong, and it has also reviewed itself”, he opined.Another question was about the alleged involvement of the PM in the 2019 Ayodhya judgement, subsequent to which the then-Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who had presided over the bench in the said matter, was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President. “I have never heard of this before. I am hearing about this involvement of the PM here for the first time. The nomination to the Rajya Sabha is also kind of a post retirement benefit. A lot of discussion is needed, in the context of both the judges and of the other public officers. The nomination, of course, was not right. It should not have happened. But now that it has, there is no going back”, he remarked.As regards whether raising the retirement age of judges to 70 years would make post-retirement jobs scarce, Justice Lokur said that people these days continue to work till the age of 80. “If I can work after 65, why can I not work after 70? This depends entirely on each individual judge. These things need debate among the people, like we are doing today”, he replied. “There was the instance of a former Chief Justice of India becoming the Governor of a state (P. Sathasivam). Another judge of a High Court became a Governor. There was one judge who wanted to resign and stand for elections (Justice Rajendra Sachar). So we have also had such problems in the past. There is a need to frame some kind of a Standard Operating Procedure or a law so that things don’t go out of control”, he added.”If the tenure is increased by 15 years, it may add to the problem. We wait for some judges to retire- the ones who have not done well. Increasing the retirement age would add to the problem, particularly when we speak of the arbitrary power of the Master of the Roster”, interjected Mr. Ram.On whether the independence of the judiciary would result in the Judiciary going out of control and not acting within the domain of the Constitution, Justice Lokur opined that while the Judiciary has to be independent, accountability can be procured by ensuring enough checks-and-balances in the framework-“Impeachment was thought to be good enough by the Constitution-makers. Then there is the system of an in-house procedure in case of a complaint against a judge. I happened to be a member of one such in-house committee. We recommended that the judge had received the money, but nothing happened. He simply retired and, though he is now being prosecuted criminally, he was not even transferred and nothing happened even after we gave the Committee report to the CJI. That is why I said the Judiciary needs to introspect and acknowledge that things have gone wrong and try to correct them. There needs to be a mechanism in place to check any misuse or no-use”, he said.As regards the “atrocious” judgements in the Ayodhya matter, the UAPA related cases and the Central Vista decision, and whether the Judiciary is lacking to enforce the Constitution and allowing the government to act with impunity, Justice Lokur said that people are free to criticise judgements. “People may have different points of view. For example, in the Central Vista case, one judge dissented (Justice Sanjiv Khanna). There could be some judgements which are perverse, where no reasonable person would come to that conclusion based on the facts of the case. But I have not come across any such judgement where one could say that something is fishy. The Federal Court, on reading a judgement in the 1940s, had said that the judge, who happened to be of the Allahabad High Court, is corrupt and should be sacked, and he was sacked!”, expressed Justice Lokur.As regards the whether live streaming of court proceedings would result in judges being hesitant in taking a strong stand, Justice Lokur said that he did not think so.On whether the Contempt of Courts Act should be relaxed, Mr. Ram said that the provision on ‘scandalising the court’ should be struck down, as should criminal defamation, on grounds of being unconstitutional, arbitrary and incurably vague. Justice Lokur agreed that there should be no criminal contempt. “Judges should not be hyper sensitive about everything. If the criticism is well-founded, then it is fine. Even if it not, forget about it! There are so many things in life!”, he remarked.On how to keep the government of the day at bay to safeguard judicial independence, Mr. Ram strongly advanced that a relentless right to criticism in a reasonable and informed way is the solution.Justice Lokur chose to “pass” on this question. On insistence from the moderator, he replied, “There is no evidence that the government directly interferes in the administration of justice. Judges have to be strong enough to say ‘this is my work, so don’t interfere in it’. You have to be tough and have a spine, as they say”Next Storylast_img read more

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Students to take aid to Calais

first_imgThis coming Tuesday 24th November, a group of Oxford students plan to drive two vans of supplies to Calais to be distributed to refugees.The initiative follows a recent fire in ‘The Jungle’ – a refugee camp – which destroyed 40 shelters and left over 150 refugees exposed to the elements.The Oxford-wide scheme has involved representatives collecting supplies across most colleges and has also crowdfunded approximately £2,000 which will be put towards winter supplies for refugees.Asked about the origins of the initiative, Alethea Osborne, Women’s Officer at St. Anthony’s GCR, commented, “It came out of a fairly casual conversation about the refugee crisis in Europe and what we could do to help and so was fairly informal really…then we made a Facebook page and crowdfunding page and everything just took off!“I was contacted very quickly by people from different colleges wanting to help and we now have reps in 16 colleges and the response has just been amazing.”A list of priorities produced by L’Auberge and Help Calais, updated on a weekly basis, has been used to make sure every donation is as valuable as possible. The top five ‘critical’ priorities are pre-made identical food parcels, volunteers, blankets, sleeping bags and tents. The Wadham donation team has stated it is specifically hoping for men’s trousers, boots and trainers, winter jackets, hats, scarfs, gloves and blankets.Wadham has been among the largest college contributors to the Oxford-wide initiative, which has been co-organised by Osborne and Jack Clift, LGBTQA officer and bar manager at St. Anthony’s.Earlier this week, Wadham representative for the initiative, Niamh Macintyre, told Cherwell, “Wadham will be collecting physical donations of clothes and blankets for refugees in ‘The Jungle’ this week and Seventh Week…as part of a convoy heading over from Oxford to Calais on the 24th. We’ve had a really great response so far from both students and staff.”last_img read more

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