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Danny Care picks his ‘Five of the Best’

first_img TAGS: Highlight Mentor: Justin Marshall was an influence at Leeds“Justin was a massive role model and hero of mine growing up watching him play for New Zealand so I was chuffed to work with him for a short while at Leeds before moving down south. I learnt so much just watching him in training, the way he created space for other players, how he got across defenders. He saw gaps just by looking at people’s eyes, to see if they were not covering him. He was also very vocal, a great controller of the game and loved to attack. Like all good scrum-halves, he backed himself and liked the ball in hand so he could make things happen.”Danny Care was speaking on behalf of HSBC at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens. For more information visit www.rpns7.co.uk Smooth operator: Brian O’Driscoll has all the skills“Brian is probably the most talented player I’ve ever played against. He is a game winner, pure and simple. If you watch him play, he has touches of class no other players have. Like all great players, he reads the game well and if you watch him in midfield, his appreciation of space and ability to manipulate the defenders to create chances is so impressive. He also has an effective kicking game with little grubbers behind the defence and all the flicks and wrapround passes. I remember the one that set Simon Zebo up for a try against Wales was just magic. What a wonderful career he’s had.”Justin Marshall After a Six Nations tournament full of positives with England, RW caught up with Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens to discuss five of the best players he had ever played with, or against.Nick Evans“Nick has turned around the way we’ve played at Harlequins. We now play what we see and that’s him all over. He’s incredibly skilful and can read the game so well but whatever position you put him in, he remains calm and almost always picks the right option. He’s a very intelligent player and in my opinion, is one of the best overseas players the Premiership has ever seen. One play sums him up. Against Stade Francais in the Heineken Cup we had to win we trucked up the middle for about 30 phases to drop goal. After I threw him a terrible pass, he stepped three or four players, then it was recycled and he made another break but held off. On the third occasion he knocked over a truly horrible drop-kick and that’s why they pay him the big bucks.”Power-packed operator: Ma’a NonuMa’a Nonu“I’ve played against Ma’a quite a few times. Firstly, he’s such a handful to rein in. Just look at him, he 17 odd-stone and unbelievably powerful but he’s so much more than just a crash ball merchant. He really worked on his offloading game and he reads the ball well. He’s a real specimen and will happily run over you all day but off the pitch, he’s really nice guy, the first to shake your hand and buy you a beer. He’s a great lad. I’d love to be his size for a couple of games, it would be a lot of fun.”Jonny Wilkinson“What can I say? There’s no doubt he was one of the world’s best players so to play with him was a privilege. I was quite young when I was in the England set-up with him and as you’d expect, he’s a really decent guy, a real gent. He’s so good with the players coming through, helping them settle into the squad. He’s done everything and won everything, Heineken Cup, World Cup, you name it. Even now he’s still one of the best around, yet he’s still so humble and hard-working. I can’t give him enough praise. He’s not only idolized in England but by players all over the world and that shows what a special player he is.”Brian O’Driscoll Still got it: Danny Care’s partner in crime, Nick Evans, has been a fine addition to the Aviva England star Danny Care had an outstanding Six Nations, here he catches up with RW at the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens to pick five players who would grace any team LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Social media coverage of Episcopal delegation at COP23

first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Follow social media coverage of Episcopal delegation at COP23 Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Tags Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Events The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Collierville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Hopkinsville, KY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Environment & Climate Change, Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopalians from across the church were in Bonn, Germany, for the 23rd United Nations climate change conference, where they continued the advocacy begun at the past two gatherings.Officially known as the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Nov. 6-17 conference was an annual intergovernmental meeting to focus on global dialogue and action.No Posts!Load More Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Social Media Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Posted Nov 6, 2017 Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Press Release Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VAlast_img read more

Watson edges Thompson for student body president

first_imgTCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer Twitter ReddIt Mackenzie is a copyeditor and reporter for TCU360, mainly covering SGA and politics. She studies Journalism and Political Science and hails from Orange County, California. Mackenzie Holsthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mackenzie-holst/ The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Previous articleWitches in Fort WorthNext articleArt surprises in unexpected places Mackenzie Holst RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Website| + posts Students open up at the Dear World College Tour Mackenzie Holst ReddIt printJohn Paul Watson has won the election for student body president.Watson will be joined by Vice President of Operations Kat Klein, Vice President of External Affairs Kelsey Ritchie, and Treasurer Drew Atkins.The results were confirmed this morning by Morgan Bailie, chair of the Elections and Regulations Committee in the Student Government Association.Watson ran against Ryker Thompson, who campaigned with Ritchie. The SGA election code does not operate on a two-person ticket system, which allowed Ritchie to win despite Thompson’s loss.Ritchie’s opponent was sophomore Julia Zellers, while Atkins ran against junior Cara Doil. Klein ran unopposed.Watson won the election by a close margin of 2 percent — just under 60 votes. The final vote was 50 percent for Watson and 48 percent for Thompson, with 2 percent abstaining.Ritchie received 63 percent of the vote for vice president of external affairs compared to Zellers’ 32 percent. Atkins received 64 percent of the vote for treasurer, while Doil got 27 percent.Unopposed Klein won 87 percent of the vote for vice president of operations, with 10 percent abstaining. The remaining voters chose a write-in candidate.Just over 3,000 students voted in the election.The results for the House of Representatives election will be announced later this afternoon. Mackenzie Holsthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mackenzie-holst/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history John Paul Watson poses with a supporter during his campaign. Facebook SGA brings “politics to the table” with interactive event New student body president: ‘We will accomplish great things’ Twitter Facebook SGA Diversity Director promotes inclusion on campus Linkedin Mackenzie Holsthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mackenzie-holst/ Mackenzie Holsthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mackenzie-holst/ Linkedinlast_img read more

Iranian Revolution’s 38th anniversary, 38 years of media repression

first_imgNews February 25, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News Organisation Receive email alerts to go further News Media freedom was one of the key demands of the revolution that toppled the Shah and swept Ayatollah Khomeiny to power 38 years ago, in February 1979, but it is a promise that has never been kept and Iran is now one of the world’s biggest prisons for media personnel, with a total of 29 journalists and citizen-journalists detained. June 9, 2021 Find out more The Islamic Revolution has seen a succession of leaders during the past 38 years but the persecution of journalists has never stopped. Only the methods used to silence them have evolved.The revolution’s first ten years were marked by massive arrests and the execution of several journalists who supported the Shah’s regime, including Ali Asgar Amirani, Simon Farzami and Nasrollah Arman. The deaths of left-wing journalists Said Soltanpour and Rahman Hatefi-Monfared followed.After the official executions of the “dark years,” extra-judicial executions were used to eliminate journalists. Late 1998 saw a series of murders. Journalist and editor Ebtekar Ebrahim Zalzadeh’s body was found with 15 stab wounds. Potassium was used to murder Majid Charif, a journalist with the magazine Iran-e-Farda. Journalists and writers Mohammad Mokhtari and Mohamad Jafar Pouyandeh were strangled to death. No one ever found the body of Pirouz Pirouz Davani, a newspaper editor who had been abducted in 1997.Letting journalists die slowlyThe revolution has adopted a different strategy during the past 15 years, one that is less visible but no less effective in throttling freedom of information. By holding journalists for years in prison, where they are subjected to torture, mistreatment and denial of medical care, the regime lets them die slowly.The blogger Sattar Beheshti was tortured to death at the headquarters of the FTA (Iran’s cyber-police) in 2012 for daring to criticize the regime on Facebook.The photojournalist Zahra Kazemi and the young blogger Omidreza Mirsayafi also died as a result of being mistreated while in detention. Detained journalists have often put their lives at risk by going on hunger strike in protest again prison conditions or the deaths of fellow journalists in detention. They include Hoda Saber, an Iran-e-Farda writer who died in detention in 2011.Arbitrary arrestsThe run-up to the revolution’s anniversary brought no relief for journalists this year. In fact, the persecution has clearly intensified because of the presidential election due to be held in May. The past two months have been marked by another series of arbitrary arrests under procedures that deny journalists the right to due process, have no basis in Iranian law and constitute a flagrant violation of the Universal Declaration of Human rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.The blogger Baran Mehdi Khazali was arrested for the eighth time since 2009 on 5 February, after openly criticizing the regime in interviews for Voice of America and DorTV. He was one of the first to question the official reason for former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s death and to suggest he might have been murdered by drowning. Now held in Tehran’s Evin prison, Khazali was given a 14-year jail sentence in 2011.Zeniab Karimian, a woman journalist who hosts a programme on Iran’s 3rd TV channel, and Saleh Deldam, a young filmmaker, were arrested at their home on 23 January by plainclothesmen and were taken to an unknown location. Since then, their families have been told nothing of their fate.Borna News social affairs editor Tahereh Riahi was arrested at her workplace on 27 December and was placed in solitary confinement in Section 209 of Evin prison. According to the information obtained by RSF, she is now in very poor physical and psychological health.Prison or floggingPrison is not the only method used to silence journalists. Under the Islamic penal code, corporal punishment can often be applied. The various penalties available to judges include flogging in addition ot stoning, torture and death. Under articles 609 and 698, criticizing government officials or publishing false news is punishable by 74 lashes. Although inhuman, degrading and primitive, this punishment has often been used during the past ten years.Five journalists were sentenced to be flogged from 2000 to 2005. And since 2009 (and the protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s controversial reelection in June of that year), no fewer than 40 journalists and citizen-journalists have been sentenced to a total of 2,000 lashes.The tendency to use this cruel and humiliating punishment has increased of late. In 2016, journalist and documentary filmmaker Kaivan Karimi was sentenced to 223 lashes, the journalist Mohammad Reza Fathi was sentenced to 459 lashes and Shahrood News website editor Mostafa Sharif was sentenced to 40 lashes.Gilan Novin and Gilan Noo news website editors Mostafa Brari and Arash Shoa Shargh were sentenced at the end of last month to 114 lashes and 40 lashes respectively. In their case, the sentences have yet to be carried out. ButNajafabad News website journalist Hossein Movahedi was administered 40 lashes on 4 January – his sentence for allegedly publishing false information.Iran is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImpunityViolenceImprisoned Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImpunityViolenceImprisoned Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists February 9, 2017 Iranian Revolution’s 38th anniversary, 38 years of media repression Follow the news on Iran RSF_en last_img read more

UL students learn to love retired greyhounds

first_img Previous articleAll The Luck In The World & Maria KellyNext articleAll The Luck In The World & Maria Kelly Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Members of the UL Greyhound Racing Society on campus during the filming of their video for the IRGT’s ‘Our People, Their Stories’ campaign.THE work of student volunteers at the University of Limerick has been highlighted in a nationwide campaign to publicise the work of the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust.UL’s Greyhound Racing Society has been recognised in ‘Our People, Their Stories’, a look behind the scenes at the charity’s work in the rehoming of retired greyhounds and keeping them as domestic pets.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up UL’s Greyhound Racing Society was formed in March 2017 by students Joe Sheahan and Julianne O’Keefe and was the first of its kind in the country.“I set the society up because I felt it was important to bring like-minded people together over their love and passion for greyhounds,” Mr Sheahan said.“I have a family background in horse racing, coming from a rural part of County Limerick. We have a dog in active training in the society and our on-campus walks with the retired greyhounds are important. It’s great to see that work being highlighted,” he explained.The society receives funding from the Irish Greyhound Board to train their dog, Trap Queen, who has had three wins at the Limerick Greyhound Track.It also organises regular walks with retired greyhounds across the UL campus to highlight the importance of a ‘whole of life’ approach to the racing greyhound.The Irish Retired Greyhound Trust (IRGT) was first established by the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) in 1997.It is jointly funded together with greyhound owners, through a two per cent deduction from prize money, which is then matched by the IGB.Since 2008, the IRGT has helped to re-home more than 5,300 greyhounds with 850 re-homed since the beginning of the year.A further 58 greyhounds will be re-homed as pets in Ireland, the UK, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Belgium, by the end of the year.The IRGT now assists up to seven Irish Private Rehoming Agencies, including EMOL Rescue in Limerick, by providing financial assistance towards either their veterinary or transportation costs.The charity also continues to source additional rehoming opportunities in Ireland, Europe and the US to increase the number of retired greyhounds that are re-homed.by Gary [email protected] Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limerick TAGSCommunityeducationNewsstudentUniversity of Limerick Linkedin Advertisement WhatsApp University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party Email Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 44 | Immersive Software Engineeringcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties Twitter Print NewsCommunityEducationUL students learn to love retired greyhoundsBy Staff Reporter – November 14, 2018 1471 Facebooklast_img read more

Missing sex offender hands himself into police

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleLetterkenny Xtra-vision shop escapes closure as company closes storesNext articleDeputy McConalogue calls for dedicated unit to be set up to co-ordinate response to fodder crisis News Highland Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Facebook By News Highland – May 7, 2013 Google+center_img A registered sex offender, who had been living in Donegal, has handed himself into the police.29 year-old Joseph McCabe was reported missing from an address in Belfast last month and had broken rules attached to his release from prison.He had been staying in Burtonport and more latterly at an address in Dungloe.The PSNI said Mr McCabe handed himself in at a police station on Tuesday morning. He was arrested and is helping police with their inquiries.A second criminal 18 year-old  Casey Morgan, who had been living with McCabe in Donegal is understood to now outside the county. News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Missing sex offender hands himself into police Twitter Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

‘A Bar Silenced Under Threat Of Contempt Cannot Lead To A Strong Court’ : Advocates Express Dismay At Contempt Verdict Against Prashant Bhushan

first_imgTop Stories’A Bar Silenced Under Threat Of Contempt Cannot Lead To A Strong Court’ : Advocates Express Dismay At Contempt Verdict Against Prashant Bhushan LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK17 Aug 2020 5:10 AMShare This – xExpressing disappointment at the Supreme Court verdict holding Advocate Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt of court for two tweets, over 1300 advocates have issued a statement, demanding that the conviction should not be given effect to until the issue is reviewed by a larger bench in an open court hearing.Pointing out that it is the duty lawyers to freely bring any shortcomings to the notice…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?LoginExpressing disappointment at the Supreme Court verdict holding Advocate Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt of court for two tweets, over 1300 advocates have issued a statement, demanding that the conviction should not be given effect to until the issue is reviewed by a larger bench in an open court hearing.Pointing out that it is the duty lawyers to freely bring any shortcomings to the notice of bar, bench and the public at large, they said that a bar silenced under the threat of contempt will weaken the judiciary.”This judgment does not restore the authority of the court in the eyes of the public. Rather, it will discourage lawyers from being outspoken. From the days of the supersession of judges and the events thereafter, it has been the Bar that has been the first to stand in defence of the independence of the judiciary. A bar silenced under the threat of contempt, will undermine the independence and ultimately the strength of the Court. A silenced bar, cannot lead to a strong court”, said the statement signed by Senior Advocates Janak Dwarakadas, Navroz H Seervai, Dairus J Khambata, Jayant Bhushan, Dushyant Dave, Arvind P Datar, Huzefa Ahamdi, C U Singh, Shyam Divan, Sanjay Hegde, Mihir Desai, Maneka Guruswamy,Bishwajit Bhattacharyya, Percy Kavina, Pallav Shishodia, Shekhar Naphade, Raju Ramachandran etc.”An independent judiciary does not mean that judges are immune from scrutiny and comment. It is the duty of lawyers to freely bring any shortcomings to the notice of bar, bench and the public at large. While some of us may have divergent views on the advisability and content of Mr. Prashant Bhushan’s two tweets, we are unanimously of the view that no contempt of court was intended or committed especially when contrasted with the normal standard that “Justice is not a cloistered virtue… She must be allowed to suffer the scrutiny and respectful, even though outspoken comments of ordinary men”, the statement added.They said that Bhushan’s tweets did not say anything out of the ordinary, other than what is routinely expressed about the court’s working in recent years by many on public fora and on social media. Even some retired judges of the Supreme Court have expressed somewhat similar views, they said.They also expressed disappointment over the fact that the Attorney General was not heard in the matter, despite the clear mandate of contempt law.Contempt Verdict Against Prashant Bhushan An Assault On Free Speech : Sr Adv Navroz Seervai [Read Statement] They requested the court to not given effect to the judgment “until a larger bench, sitting in open court after the pandemic has the opportunity to review the standards of criminal contempt”. “We do believe that the Supreme Court will hear the Voice of the People expressed all around in last 72 hours on the subject and take corrective steps to prevent miscarriage of Justice and restore the confidence and respect that Citizens have generally reposed in it”, read the statement, also endorsed by lawyers like Vrinda Grover, Kamini Jaiswal, Suhrith Parthasarathy, Rebecca M John etc.[Prashant Bhushan Contempt] If Two Tweets Can Bring Down Court’s Authority, Then It Is Not As Strong As We Imagined: Senior Adv Sanjay HegdeOn August 14, the Supreme Court held Bhushan guilty of criminal contempt for tweeting against the judiciary. One tweet, made in reference to a picture of CJI Bobde seated on a Harley Davidson bike, alleged that the CJI was enjoying expensive bike rides while keeping the Supreme Court under lockdown.Another tweet alleged that the Supreme Court contributed to the destruction of democracy in the last six years, and the last 4 CJIs played a particular role in that.The Court held that the tweets were based on “distorted facts” and had the effect of undermining the authority and dignity of the court.”The tweet has the effect of destabilising the very foundation of this important pillar of the Indian democracy…There is no manner of doubt, that the tweet tends to shake the public confidence in the institution of judiciary”, observed a bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari in the judgment.Read the full statement here :”We, the below named, practicing members of the bar in India, have noted with dismay, the judgment of the Supreme Court, in Mr. Prashant Bhushan’s contempt case. An independent judiciary consisting of independent judges and lawyers, is the basis of the rule of law in a Constitutional democracy. Mutual respect and the absence of coercion, are the hallmarks of a harmonious relationship between the bar and bench. Any tilting of the balance, one way or the other, is deleterious both to the institution and the nation. An independent judiciary does not mean that judges are immune from scrutiny and comment. It is the duty of lawyers to freely bring any shortcomings to the notice of bar, bench and the public at large. While some of us may have divergent views on the advisability and content of Mr. Prashant Bhushan’s two tweets, we are unanimously of the view that no contempt of court was intended or committed especially when contrasted with the normal standard that “Justice is not a cloistered virtue… She must be allowed to suffer the scrutiny and respectful, even though outspoken comments of ordinary men.” While Mr. Prashant Bhushan as a lawyer of good standing of the Supreme Court, may not be an ordinary man, his tweets do not say anything out of the ordinary, other than what is routinely expressed about the court’s working in recent years by many on public fora and on social media. Even some retired judges of the Supreme Court have expressed somewhat similar views. This judgment does not restore the authority of the court in the eyes of the public. Rather, it will discourage lawyers from being outspoken. From the days of the supersession of judges and the events thereafter, it has been the Bar that has been the first to stand in defence of the independence of the judiciary. A bar silenced under the threat of contempt, will undermine the independence and ultimately the strength of the Court. A silenced bar, cannot lead to a strong court. We also express a deep sense of disappointment about the Supreme Court’s utter disregard of the presence of the Learned Attorney General, a highly respected Lawyer of great eminence, and its refusal to seek his valuable opinion in the matter, which is mandated even as per contempt law. We are of the firm view that the judgment must not be given effect to, until a larger bench, sitting in open court after the pandemic has the opportunity to review the standards of criminal contempt. We do believe that the Supreme Court will hear the Voice of the People expressed all around in last 72 hours on the subject and take corrective steps to prevent miscarriage of Justice and restore the confidence and respect that Citizens have generally reposed in it”. Full list of signatories hereAnother group of lawyers, activists, academics, etc. has issued a statement expressing solidarity with Mr. Bhushan. They are highly anguished and discontent with the SC’s decision inasmuch as it convicts Mr. Bhushan, only for “echoing the truth”, and hope that the Court will reconsider and review its decision.”It is an unconscionable decision to hold Mr. Bhushan guilty of contempt for articulating his genuine concerns qua the functioning of the Court as well as stating facts about the recent events, in his tweets. This is also objectionable in terms of the far reaching effects that this order is bound to have on the effective functioning of the judiciary,” they said.They added,”Our Constitution makers could not have intended for India to become a country where constitutional institutions such as the Supreme Court, stifle criticism, especially when that criticism stands on facts and passes the test of legitimacy. The Hon’ble Supreme Court bears the responsibility of not only being accepting of its infallibility but of also setting an example for the rest of the Courts of this country. The intolerance and the unreasonable use of the Contempt Act would only encourage a similar intolerance amongst the rest of the judiciary. This sentence will not only cause despondency amongst the other members of the Bar but will also result in degradation of the Indian democracy.”Full List of signatories hereSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

We have the technology

first_img Comments are closed. We have the technologyOn 16 May 2000 in Personnel Today HR managers and their machinesThree personnel managers weigh up their systems’ functions,user-friendliness and effectivenessGraeme Kettles, personnel business manager at MOD agency DefenceEvaluation Research Agency, whose People-Soft HR system went live lastNovember.”What is especially exciting about this system is that it supportseight other key business applications, including sales and marketing,financials, and resource recording. That puts HR at the hub of the wheel. Itgives greater visibility to HR assets across the organisation, making it easierto deploy people in the best way.”Measurement and benchmarking is now a practical choice. You canmeasure the relative merits of recruitment strategies by looking at the cost ofrecruitment and success rate. Equal opportunities monitoring can be done attouch of button rather than bothering a lot of people for data.”Making our data much more transparent across the business puts acertain amount of tension into HR activities – if we aren’t up to date the otherfunctions cannot operate properly. But that is healthy tension, and it wasn’tthe case 20 years ago.”Helen Robinson, HR manager at Alenia Marconi Systems, uses a systemcalled Professional Personnel supplied by InfoSupport.”It is good to have a database that is user-friendly; that helps the HRdepartment look professional. Also, the system is easy to modify as the needsof the business change.”We have a long-standing relationship with Infosupport, which isimportant to ensure the constant improvements made necessary by businesspressures and changes in employment law.”It helps that the database provider has approachable help desk staffwho can assist us with simple and complex reporting, and who are responsive toour needs.”We constantly seek to improve the quality of the information we hold.For example, we have invested in a Web-based front-end to provide on-lineinformation to managers, and are in the process of trialling it before launchlater this year.”Annette Dimond, HR officer at Spelthorne Borough Council, which hasbeen using an Intellect Workforce system since 1994.”Two of the modules are for employee statistics and trainingadministration. It is easy to use and it is immensely useful to have everythingat the touch of a button.”The main thing I get out of the system is the creation of statisticalreports that I am always being called on to supply. But we carry out othersurveys as well, analysing employee data and monitoring equal opportunities.”Now we are planning to buy the recruitment module to analyse directlywhere applicants are seeing advertisements and help with ethnicity reporting,which at the moment is being done by hand.” HR systems have certainly moved with the times over the past 40 years: whilechanges in technology have seen administrative functions drift from outside toin-house, the most recent Internet advances could mark a return of outsidesystems provisionHR professionals of a certain age can remember when payroll was alwaysoutsourced and the closest they got to automation was a bit of borrowed time ontheir firm’s mainframe computer. The development of the PC changed all that,providing systems that gave the function independent control over its own data.Now the wheel is turning full circle. Within five years, suppliers expectmany HR departments to be subscribing to application service providers (ASPs),simply renting their system requirements from outside as they are needed.That may seem like a return to outsourcing but the difference this time isthat after nearly four decades of technological development, HR requirementswill be closely associated with the main business accounting systems, not justprovided as an afterthought.”HR used to be overshadowed by the requirements for payroll, with anadditional system being bolted on to the outside,” explains PeterCollinson, managing director of Midland Software. “Then as companies heldmore and more information about their employees, systems became dormant informationrepositories – just records with no real value. But there has been a big-stepchange in the past few years, and payroll is now viewed as part of HR.”Midland Software is one of a handful of companies which has been in the gamesince the start. Another is Rebus, until recently called Peterborough DataProcessing after the town where, in 1963, an engineering programmer used sparecapacity on his firm’s mainframe computers to set up a bureau payroll service(see box, p44).These electronic behemoths could also be used for recording employee data,although accessing it was a cumbersome process. Dave Johnson, business futuremanager at Rebus, remembers as a personnel officer at Kodak in the 1970s havingto fill in a form and send it to IT. “You had to wait a week to get itback, but at the time I thought it was a pretty good service,” he says.A breakthrough came in the mid-1980s with the arrival of IBM’s personalcomputer. For the first time it became possible for HR departments to choosetheir own system from standalone services packages provided by suppliers suchas Pegasus, Sage and Infosupport. That ended the stranglehold of payrollbureaux and gave HR departments the independence to record and manipulate thedata they were interested in without reference to other parts of the business.At Infosupport, sales and marketing director Robert Wyath recalls, “Ourfirst product was a DOS system called Professional Personnel, a database thatenabled you to report easily, write letters and speed up administration tasks.Later versions allowed for easy customisation and include diary features.”A Windows version followed in 1991, with updates that provided morefunctionality. “A major step was to allow the customer to customise thesystem themselves,” says Wyath.Towards the end of the 1980s a new wave of large-scale products appeared,spearheaded by US providers Oracle and PeopleSoft, which started to challengetraditional thinking about UK systems.”PeopleSoft brought a breath of fresh air to the industry,” saysDennis Keeling, chief executive of the Business and Accounting SoftwareDevelopers Association. “Until then the products were built aroundcharacter-based screens and the software was boring. PeopleSoft was the firstto deliver HR systems in Windows with a user-friendly modern design, and ittook the market with it.”Being designed for an international customer base, these systems at firstincluded no payroll element, owing to the heavy dependence of payroll on locallegislation. But gradually the big suppliers started to include payroll.A new breakthrough occurred last year when SAP launched an internationalpayroll package that works in most industrialised countries. “It is anincredible feat to build all those complex requirements into one package. Oracletried to catch up but SAP is way ahead,” says Keeling.Major UK suppliers which started out providing payroll services now makethat one element in their product ranges. Midland introduced a product sixmonths ago with the focus on HR administration, responding to a shift in themarket. “Companies want to see benefits from HR solutions that impact onthe bottom line,” says Collinson. “Everything is controlled by aworkflow engine, which streamlines administration processes and ensures thatthings happen when they are supposed to.”Collinson also stresses the importance of knowledge management in the newsystem, to identify the skills and development needed to fill the gaps. Awatershed occurred three years ago when the value of the Internet and intranetstruly started to sink in. “That has been a tremendous change,” says Rebus’s Johnson.”Personnel departments had gone through a stage of independence, in thatthey had control of the data and could do what they wanted. But the downside ofstandalone PC systems is that they tended to isolate HR from the rest of thebusiness.””Since the mid-1990s, HR systems have moved from independence towardsinterdependence. Now it is all about connecting one part of the organisationwith another.”The facility for employees to enter their own data in self-service kioskshas given added momentum to the move from administrative to strategic input byHR, underscoring the contribution of technology to the function’s overalldevelopment.The universality of Web systems is a major element of this shift. “Inthe past, the only people who used the system were from HR but we are seeing abig move towards taking it to the rest of the organisation,” says FrancineGregory, business consultant at Lawson Software. “That means the systemhas to be easy to use. Our product is accessed via a browser, which is likesurfing the Web and minimises the need for training.”Another advantage of Web technology is that it facilitates integration.While big systems like SAP and PeopleSoft combine payroll and HR, mid-levelsuppliers tend to specialise, and this has led to fragmentation. “Thetrend is towards a ‘best of breed’ approach,” says Mick Bow, managingdirector of Trace Employer Services. “Web analysis tools link these data systemstogether, so from the user’s point of view they look like one system.”Another supplier convinced of the benefits of this technology is NorthgateInformation Systems, formerly MDIS, whose relaunched Resource Link productmakes the whole application Web-enabled.”The product was functionally rich but we came up against hurdles withthe look and feel of it,” explains Northgate’s director of HR systemsMalcolm Aldis. “Instead of the standard Microsoft design we saw that themarket wanted a new-era e-commerce product, so we designed our new system witha Web feel.”It has had an amazing effect,” he says. “Whereas mostproviders have rewritten elements of their application to provide a Webenvironment, here every element of the screen looks exactly the same whereverit is being used.”Just as most organisations are finally getting to grips with intranets,suppliers are preparing for yet another seminal change. The hot topic of themoment is the advent of ASP, the supply of software via Net links.One big selling point of ASP is it will make some of the functionally-richapplications provided by PeopleSoft and SAP available to smaller businesses.”They will not have to worry about updating and technical issues,”explains Deirdre Hardy, global HR solutions consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.”A new release involves sending out thousands of CDs with updates andredoing the literature, which is unnecessary with a single centralsystem.”ASP will not become a practical alternative until fast links are provided.That will start to happen next year when high capacity connections becomeavailable. But there is unlikely to be a stampede to the new technology.”Everyone is talking about ASP but I don’t see it being widely used forat least five years,” says Hardy. “Intranets have been around for along time but companies are only now making use of them.”Most experts think, however, that the predicted shift to ASP by softwaresuppliers generally means HR will inevitably follow suit. “Things dochange quickly and it would be naïve to say it won’t happen,” says Hardy. “Technology moves much faster than people, and it is not clients butthe industry that makes the decisions.” The history of Rebus Software reflects the changes in both IT and HRover the past 40 yearsEarly 1960s Ian Evans-Gordon, a programmer at Perkins Engines,Peterborough, sets up one of the first bureau payroll services using sparecapacity on his firm’s mainframe computer. He names the company PeterboroughData Processing.1972 The firm launches Unilist, a software system that enablescustomers to analyse the data held on its payroll programme. The company nowhas 18 staff.1975 Unipersonnel is launched in response to the demand to add moredetailed information about staff and their development. Systems are updated toenable on-line data entry instead of batch processing.1987 PS 2000 is launched, a user-friendly PC system that includesmodules for recruitment, absence management, training administration andothers. This starts a period of rapid expansion for the firm.1996 PS 2000 is updated to exploit emerging Web technology and toenable organisations to gain competitive edge by making staff responsible fordata entry.1999 PS Enterprise, an integrated HR and payroll product, islaunched, including an Intranet-based portal that uses self-service kiosks. Thefirm changes its name to Rebus Software, and is now a global company with 400staff. 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Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners Meeting

first_imgDepartment Head ReportsNew BusinessOld BusinessConsent ItemsApproval of July 30, 2019 Meeting MinutesEmployment Changes Health Department: Waiver of ONEP Fees, not overtime for Red Cross Blood Drive on November 21Superintendent of County Buildings: Old Courthouse Boiler Repairs QuoteCounty Council: Request to Surplus Desktop PrinterCounty Auditor: Claims Voucher ReportDADS: Travel Request County Engineer: Department Head ReportClaims Public CommentAdjournmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare AGENDA Of The Vanderburgh County Board of CommissionersAugust 6, 2019 At 3:00 pm, Room 301Call to OrderAttendancePledge of AllegianceAction Items Health Department: Administrative Aide Contract with Riley SmithSuperior Court: Professional Services Agreement with Laura M. FairPurchasing:  Joint City/ County/ EVSC Purchase Agreement with Altstadt Office City for Copy Paper last_img read more

Heartfelt gratitude to Richard Baccarella, Principal BHS

first_imgLINDA GUSTOSO To the Editor:For those of you who know Richard Baccarella, Principal of Bayonne High School, you will understand why I am writing this letter. I remember when I first started working for the Bayonne Board of Education, many, many years ago. I use to sub for the secretaries who worked in the schools when they did not come in. I was just starting out. At that time I would go to the many different schools and sub for whomever was out and would fill in for the secretaries. I got to meet many people and got to know so many of them very well.One of them was Rich Baccarella, whom at the time was a wonderful gym teacher that the kids loved. During all my years working for the Board of Ed., which were many, I got to meet many wonderful people including Mary Beth Baccarella and we became friendly coworkers. Rich Baccarella and his family were just wonderful loving people who became friends of ours. As each year passed, I got to see how hard Rich Baccarella worked, doing excellently in each job he was assigned. From the very beginning he took any job that was assigned to him and did it perfectly, and loving the children and worked very diligently. Now he is the principal of Bayonne High School and he is just so devoted to BHS and the students, that he exemplifies what a good principal should be like. He loves the students. He is so devoted to the students and makes sure that the school and its students are safe and sound and happy. He is a principal who puts his students first and foremost and is always there to answer any questions that they may have. Mr. Baccarella does not speak at his students, but he speaks to his students and will answer any question that they need to feel secure and happy, no matter what they ask. Mr. Baccarella will be there to solve or answer any question with regard to school.Rest assured that Mr. Baccarella does not just work five days a week: on the weekends he is at the school to make sure everything is in place and nothing is going on. It’s his home away from home. He loves his job, loves his students and is one of the most devoted principals I ever saw. So to Mr. Richard Baccarella, kudos! How lucky Bayonne is to have such a devoted, caring and loving principal like Richard Baccarella. Heartfelt gratitude for all you do for the students of Bayonne High School.The students of Bayonne High School are lucky to have such a devoted principal. Yes, Mr. Baccarella, “You did it your way” and “You did it just marvelous!”last_img read more