Category: gtfgzpay

Shelter launches fundraising quiz event for finance professionals

first_img Tagged with: Events  22 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Shelter launches fundraising quiz event for finance professionals Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Howard Lake | 27 January 2004 | News The Shelter Finance Quiz on 26 February 2004 is asking accountants, bankers and finance sector staff to raise money for the charity.Shelter is asking finance professionals to organise teams of colleagues and friends to compete in the quiz. The charity has secured sponsorship of the event from financial recruitment Web site, who will donate two bottles of champagne for every quiz event organised. 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

June 16, 2021 0

Warning sign to anti-war movement: Behind assassination of Donetsk leader

first_imgAlexander Zakharchenko (center) during the battle of Debaltsevo in Feb. 2015.Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the anti-fascist Donetsk People’s Republic, was assassinated on Aug. 31 when an explosion ripped through the Separ restaurant in the capital city of Donetsk.Zakharchenko’s bodyguard, Vyacheslav Dotsenko, was also killed. Twelve other people were injured in the blast, four of them severely, including Finance Minister Alexander Timofeyev. Natalia Volkova, a youth activist, received third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body. (Donetsk News Agency, Sept. 1)Denis Levin, a communist worker from Ukraine living in political exile in Donetsk, told Workers World that the restaurant was often frequented by families and children.Twelve people were taken into custody on suspicion of participating in the planning and conduct of the bombing. According to DPR authorities, the terrorist act was carried out by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), through operatives trained by U.S. and NATO military and intelligence services. (Sputnik News, Aug. 31)Zakharchenko, a small businessperson and the son of a coal miner, participated in the anti-fascist uprising and militia movement in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, following a right-wing coup in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, in early 2014. The coup was backed to the hilt by the United States, which actively collaborated with local oligarchs and neo-Nazis.In April 2014, with U.S.-NATO support, the Ukrainian regime opened up a brutal war against the people of Donbass. The war has so far cost more than 10,000 lives, according to the United Nations. That May, popular referenda established Donetsk and Lugansk as independent people’s republics.Zakharchenko became prime minister of the DPR in August 2014. As a respected militia fighter without strong political ties, he was seen as a compromise figure between the left-leaning and anti-establishment forces that led the Donbass uprising and the more conservative, pro-capitalist forces backed by the government of the Russian Federation.Donbass desperately needed the support of neighboring Russia, then and now, as it is cut off from food, medicine, equipment and other basic needs by a Western blockade.Zakharchenko was closely identified with the Minsk accords, a set of agreements he signed in early 2015 with the participation of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine, to end the war and bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict. However, the Western-backed government in Kiev, headed by President Petro Poroshenko, has never respected the accords. The Ukrainian side continues to shell residential areas along the line of conflict, including the outskirts of the Donetsk capital.200,000 gathered in Donetsk Sept. 2 for funeral of Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko.Despite popular disenchantment with the Minsk accords and the difficulties caused by the blockade, Zakharchenko remained personally popular as a symbol of the united front against the Ukrainian regime.Zakharchenko usually wore his militia fatigues, emphasizing the state of siege of the republic, and was frequently seen at the front among the soldiers defending against the Ukrainian Armed Forces and neo-Nazi battalions. In February 2015, he was wounded in action during one of the last battles that successfully turned back a Ukrainian military offensive.He had a down-to-earth style modeled after one of his heroes, Fidel Castro, and frequently went among the residents of the republic to listen to their problems. He established an online video dialogue with residents of Ukraine and areas of Donbass under Ukrainian occupation. His style was credited with bringing a sense of daily normalcy back to the war-battered capital city.Zakharchenko’s assassination was condemned by the governments of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic. (SANA, Sept. 1) Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his personal condolences to the people of Donetsk. (TASS, Aug. 31)On Sept. 2 tens of thousands of people came to the Donetsk Opera House, where Zakharchenko lay in state, to pay their final respects. Some 200,000 people lined the streets for his funeral procession. (Novorossia News, Sept. 2)Why now?Other assassinations have been carried out by the SBU in Donetsk, notably of two popular militia commanders close to Zakharchenko, known by their military call-signs Givi and Motorola.There were also earlier attempts on Zakharchenko’s life, most involving car bombs and sniper attacks.However, the assassination of the prime minister through a terror attack on a civilian target in central Donetsk is at a whole other level. Such an act could not have been carried out by a politically, economically and militarily dependent regime like Ukraine’s without high-level U.S. approval.As if to underline the U.S. role in the murder, the following day Ukrainian President Poroshenko stood side by side with NATO head Jens Stoltenberg at the Washington funeral of war criminal Sen. John McCain, who was part of the bipartisan bloc that helped bring the Ukrainian junta to power during the Barack Obama administration. (Interfax-Ukraine, Sept. 3) McCain famously shared a platform with Ukrainian fascist Oleh Tyanybok in Kiev before the 2014 coup.So it’s important to ask: Why was Zakharchenko assassinated now, and in this way?Of course, an attack like this is meant to sow fear in the residents of Donbass and shake confidence in the government of the anti-fascist republic. In this respect it failed, as shown by the defiant mass outpouring for Zakharchenko’s funeral.But the attack must also be seen in an international context.Zakharchenko’s assassination came as the Syrian Army, with support from its Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah allies, moves to retake Idlib province, one of the last strongholds of the Western-backed contra armies in Syria. (See article by Karin Leukefeld in Junge Welt Aug. 30 / Sept. 1)Just days before, the Russian military warned that U.S.-backed forces could stage another “false flag” chemical weapons attack in Idlib, of the sort used so frequently to justify prolonged Western intervention in Syria. Syria’s representative then presented evidence of such a plan to the United Nations. (FARS News Agency, Aug. 29)Was the assassination of Zakharchenko a warning to Moscow and its allies, an act of retaliation for their exposure of the planned provocation in Idlib?Throughout the long imperialist war to dismember Syria, Ukraine has frequently been used by the West as a looming threat against Damascus’ ally — the threat of a second front on Russia’s Western border that could flare up at any moment.It also comes amidst the deepening internal struggle inside the U.S. ruling-class political establishment over which direction the Pentagon war machine and CIA is to take: further toward war with Russia, as advocated by Democratic Party and establishment Republican Party leaders, or toward other targets, including Iran and China, as prefered by Trump.Anti-imperialists and anti-war activists must not disregard the assassination of the Donetsk leader as a local event of limited significance. Instead they should see it as a warning sign of the need to redouble efforts to reach out to poor and working people here, to counter the anti-Russia witch hunt, and to mobilize to stop U.S. intervention everywhere!This is the best tribute we can pay to fallen anti-fascist Alexander Zakharchenko.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

June 15, 2021 0

ISDA Offers Certified Livestock Producer Program

first_img SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News ISDA Offers Certified Livestock Producer Program Facebook Twitter By Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture – Mar 4, 2020 Previous articleUSDA Invests $900 Million in Rural Electric Infrastructure in Indiana, 15 Other StatesNext articleEight Ag Grain Explosions in 2019 Across US, One in Indiana Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture ISDA Offers Certified Livestock Producer Program SHARE Facebook Twitter The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is conducting three trainings for livestock producers interested in the Certified Livestock Producer Program.This voluntary program is open to all livestock species and recognizes producers that go above and beyond in their farm management in the areas of environmental stewardship, animal well-being, biosecurity, emergency planning and community relations.“We are proud to say that the number of Certified Livestock Producers who have completed this training grow each year, currently we are up to 145 producers,” said Bruce Kettler, Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director. “This program is a great opportunity to become prepared and master safety protocols in the event of an emergency. I encourage all livestock producers to look into this program and see if it is a good fit for them, their families and their farm.”To become certified, producers will have to work with their veterinarian to develop a biosecurity plan and meet with their local fire department to create an emergency management plan. They will also be responsible for conducting a self-assessment in several areas, as well as participating in their industry’s quality assurance program, such as Beef Quality Assurance or Pork Quality Assurance Plus.Once a producer completes the certification and is approved by the department, they will be eligible to receive the official Certified Livestock Producer signage and will be invited to attend an award ceremony at the Indiana State Fair.The following list includes the Certified Livestock Producer trainings.Friday, March 13, 2020When: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (ET)Where: Elkhart County Purdue Extension office, 17746 Country Road 34 # E, Goshen, IN 46528Click here to registerTuesday, March 17, 2020When: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ET)Where: Benton County Fairgrounds, 2743 W. State Road 352, Boswell, IN 47921Click here to registerFriday, March 27, 2020When: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (ET)Where: Johnson County Purdue Extension office, 484 N. Morton St., Franklin, IN 46131Click here to registerTo register, visit or call 317.220.3711.last_img read more

June 14, 2021 0

Afghan authorities must end impunity for crimes against journalists

first_img News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News During a week that has seen the anniversaries of the still unpunished murders of two well-known journalists, Zakia Zaki and Abdul Samad Rohani, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the impunity enjoyed by those responsible for crimes of violence against media personnel in Afghanistan. AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses WomenImpunityViolence Follow the news on Afghanistan RSF_en June 8, 2015 – Updated on June 9, 2016 Afghan authorities must end impunity for crimes against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more May 3, 2021 Find out more AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses WomenImpunityViolence Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts Organisation News During a week that has seen the anniversaries of the still unpunished murders of two well-known journalists, Zakia Zaki and Abdul Samad Rohani, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the impunity enjoyed by those responsible for crimes of violence against media personnel in Afghanistan. Rohani’s body was found seven years ago today. The eighth anniversary of Zaki’s murder was two days ago.Although Afghnistan’s national unity government has taken measures designed to improve freedom of information, including dissolving the commission for the verification of press offences and adopting a law on access to information, journalists are increasingly the targets of acts of violence and intimidation.In one of the latest examples, Haji Asheghalah Vafa, a parliamentary representative for the northern province of Baghlan, threatened the head of local Tanvir TV, Shir Mohammad Jahesh, on 26 May, saying: “Your life will end on this Saturday, 30 May, when I arrive.”Jahesh told Reporters Without Borders he was terrified by the parliamentarian’s threat and had sought refuge in Kabul. “All this just because of a report about a police commander who was removed and transferred to another region,” he said.President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has nonetheless written a letter of commitment to support free media and journalists that has been endorsed by Abdullah Abdullah, his chief executive in the national unity government. It aims to render justice and end in impunity, and to reopen the cases of journalists who have been murdered in the past ten years.Reopening cases of murdered journalistsAt a meeting with prosecutors on 30 November 2014, First Vice-President Abdul Rachid Dostom formally asked the attorney-general to reopen all the cases of murdered journalists. He also requested the creation of a commission to monitor these cases and asked to be kept informed about progress in the investigations.“I have promised to inform journalists on the International Day Against Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists,” he said. The attorney-general responded that “the cases will be carefully studied so that those responsible are identified and punished.”But so far, the prosecutor’s office and the vice-president have not provided any information about the state of these investigations.“The reopening of the cases of murdered journalists is an important step by the government and the judicial system,” said Reza Moini, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Afghanistan desk. “Impunity reigns in the immense majority of murders and physical attacks against journalists, and the authorities have a duty to be as transparent as possible about the progress of the investigations. We must not forget that the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators encourages them to continue violating human rights and freedom of information. The murders of Afghan journalists are not just crimes against freedom of expression but also war crimes that must be severely punished.”Journalists have paid a high price in Afghanistan since 2001. At least 33 have been killed in connection with the work. They include 15 foreign journalists – four German, two French, two Italian, two Swedish, one Australian, one Canadian, one Norwegian, one American, and one British. Most of these murders are still unpunished.Anniversaries of two unpunished murdersMost of the crimes of violence against journalists occur outside the capital. They include the two murders whose anniversaries were marked this week, one today and one two days ago.Zakia Zaki, the director of Sada-e-Solh (Voice of Peace Radio) in the province of Parwan, was gunned down in her home, in front of her two-year-old son, on 6 June 2007. Her killers have never been publicly identified or brought to justice. Her death has never been properly investigated.Reporters Without Borders said the following about Zaki’s death in the report entitled “Presidential election in Afghanistan: local media on the front line” that it published in March 2014:“According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, the murderers were followers of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the founder and leader of the Islamist group Hezb-e-Islami (HIA). Several sources said that, several months before Zaki’s murder, Hekmatyar issued a fatwa against her, saying: ‘If you want to protect Islam, you must silence this woman’s voice.’ A radical fundamentalist group, HIA is an ally of the Taliban in their fight against the Afghan government and the foreign military forces. At the same time, it has representatives within the government.”The report quoted a senior police officer as saying: “The first suspect, the head of the commando implicated in the journalist’s death, was killed by foreign forces a year after the murder. He was one of the assailants who attacked a military base in the region. The government knew full well that he was one of the local Hezb-e-Islami leaders but did not know he was involved in Zakia Zaki’s death. We determined that when we found his gun on him. It was the gun that was used to kill the journalist. As for the other two assailants, one is in prison for other crimes and the third is also apparently in prison.”The former information and culture minister told Reporters Without Borders on 29 September 2013 that the murderers have been punished. He said that they had been arrested in other cases, that two of them were dead and that a third was still in prison. He provided no further explanation.The body of Abdul Samad Rohani was found on 8 June 2008, a day after gunmen detained him on the outskirts of the southern city of Lashkar Gah. He had been shot three times and, according to a forensic doctor, he was tortured before being killed.Aged 25, he was a Helmand province reporter for the BBC’s Pashto and Persian language services and had worked for the Afghan independent news agency Pajhwok since 2004.During a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of his death, Pajhwok editor in chief Danish Karokhel told Reporters Without Borders: “We have been asking the same thing over and again for the entire year, namely, can we at least know the identity of those who killed our colleague? We know the Afghan government is too weak to arrest and try those responsible. At least we could hope that the media would be able investigate the murder. But they cannot. Why is everyone so afraid of looking into this case?”War crimesDestabilized by an increasingly violent civil war, Afghanistan finds its extremely difficult to protect journalists. Since the start of this spring, Taliban attacks have been directly targeting foreign civilians, regarded by the Taliban as “citizens of occupying countries” and as “state collaborators.”The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has reported a record high number of 2,937 civilian casualties during the first four months of 2015 (974 civilian deaths and 1,963 injured) – a 16 percent increase over the same period in 2014. On 31 May, UNAMA human rights director Georgette Gagnon described these attacks as war crimes.Unfortunately, a sector of the government is simultaneously holding peace talks with these criminals. Most of the slain journalists were directly killed by the Taliban, who are waging a war opposed to the Afghan people’s desire for peace and democracy. Afghanistan’s recent history has clearly shown that peace is impossible without justice.Afghanistan is ranked 122th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. to go further March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

June 12, 2021 0

Dismay at presidential green light for two restrictive articles in new criminal code

first_imgNews PanamaAmericas News Organisation PanamaAmericas to go further Follow the news on Panama RSF_en Help by sharing this information December 9, 2016 Find out more RSF’s calls for release of Dutch journalist jailed in Panama Canadian TV crew hoping to cover mining dispute fears being denied entry News March 23, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dismay at presidential green light for two restrictive articles in new criminal code Reporters Without Borders said it was deeply disappointed by Panamanian President Martín Torrijos’ decision on 21 March to endorse two articles in the newly-amended criminal code that violate press freedom.“By approving these two articles, President Torrijos is restricting the freedom of action of journalists to the point of preventing them from fulfilling the role they are meant to play in a democracy,” the press freedom organisation said. “This decision is a big disappointment for us. It runs counter to the tendency in the Americas for legislative changes to benefit the press. We hope an appeal will eventually be brought against these articles on the grounds of unconstitutionality.”The two articles, which have been strongly criticised by the Panamanian media, are part of a package of 448 amendments to the criminal code which the national assembly approved in a plenary session on 6 March. Article 164: “Anyone legitimately coming into possession of private or personal mail, recordings or documents – not intended for publication, even if addressed to that person – who makes them public without the required permission and which results in harm, will be punished by 200 to 500 days of fines or weekend imprisonment”.Article 422: “Anyone guilty of revealing secrets which they hold as a result of official responsibility or contract or allowing others access to them, will be punished with a sentence of six months to one year in prison or its equivalent in daily fines or weekend imprisonment”.President Torrijos had 30 days to approve or veto the legislative package after it was submitted o him on 10 March. Presidential chief of staff Ubaldino Real announced on 21 March that the president would veto four of its provisions but not articles 164 and 422.The National Association of Journalists (CNP) said it sent a letter of protest to the president the same day, with a copy to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.An appeal against the new criminal code could be presented to the supreme court on the grounds of unconstitutionality if it is established that it violates the American Convention on Human Rights and the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, both of which have been incorporated into Panama’s constitution. But such an appeal cannot be submitted until the entire legislative package has been promulgated. As four of its provisions were vetoed, it will have to go back to parliament first. Reporters Without Borders voices deep disappointment at the president’s decision on 21 March to approve two articles in the newly-amended criminal code that violate press freedom. An appeal against the new legislation could eventually be submitted to the supreme court. News Receive email alerts Anti-Corruption Day : Journalists on front line of fight against corruption December 7, 2016 Find out more January 30, 2012 Find out morelast_img read more

June 12, 2021 0

‘Reputation A Facet of Article 21’ : Delhi Court Slams Media For Publishing News Against Umar Khalid Without Verifying All Facts In Riots Case

first_imgNews Updates’Reputation A Facet of Article 21′ : Delhi Court Slams Media For Publishing News Against Umar Khalid Without Verifying All Facts In Riots Case LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK23 Jan 2021 9:48 AMShare This – xIn a significant order, a Delhi Court has criticized media for publishing the alleged confessional statements of Umar Khalid in Delhi riots conspiracy cases, without clarifying that such confessions are not admissible in evidence.”The news reports have only highlighted that accused Umar Khalid had confessed his involvement… However, none of the news item is shown to have made…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?LoginIn a significant order, a Delhi Court has criticized media for publishing the alleged confessional statements of Umar Khalid in Delhi riots conspiracy cases, without clarifying that such confessions are not admissible in evidence.”The news reports have only highlighted  that accused Umar Khalid had confessed his involvement… However, none of the news item is shown to have made a clarification to its readers/viewers that such a statement, even if actually made, could not be used by the prosecution as evidence”, observed the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate North East, Karkardooma Courts, Delhi.The Court said that a reporter should have a basic knowledge of law that a confessional statement made to a police official is not admissible as evidence in law and should inform an ordinary reader about the same while reporting an alleged confession.”A reporter should have such a basic knowledge of law as readers/viewers consider news item as true without verifying the facts.Further, general public might not be aware of the law as above mentioned. Therefore, it is duty of the Press and Media to inform and educate its readers and viewers about all the relevant facts and circumstances of a news item published or shown on the News channel”, the CMM Dinesh Kumar noted in the order.The Court was considering an application filed by JNU student leader Umar Khalid – who has been under custody since September 14 last year – complaining about media campaign that he has confessed his involvement in the conspiracy behind the communal riots which took place in North East Delhi in February 2020.The Court took a specific objection to a news item which started with with words “Radical Islamist and Anti Hindu Delhi Riots accused Umar Khalid….”.”In one of the news items, the news starts with words “Radical Islamist and Anti Hindu Delhi Riots accused Umar Khalid….”. The said news item portrays the entire Delhi riots as Anti-Hindu Riots. However, in fact this does not appear to be the case, as all the communities have felt the consequences of those riots. Such news item might show to the public at large that accused Umar Khalid had in fact confessed/admitted his role in Delhi riots. However, it is the duty of the judicial system to decide a case on merits after trial”. Media trial cannot destroy presumption of innocenceThe Court observed that one of the basic principles of criminal jurisprudence is presumption of innocence. The most important role of the media is its ability to mobilize the thinking process of a large number of the population.However, there exists a risk of prejudice being caused if the press and media fail to do their duty with care and caution. One of such risk is that of ‘Media Trial’, the Court said.The Court cautioned that ‘media trial’ cannot destroy the presumption of innocence.”This should not be destroyed at the very threshold through the process of media trial. Protection of such presumption is essential for maintenance of the dignity ofthe courts and is one of the cardinal principles of the rule of law in a free democratic country”.Since Khalid did not make any specific prayer in the application, the Court did not issue any specific direction, except making a general appeal that the media should exercise ‘self-regulation’ so as not to cause prejudice to the rights of an accused during trial.”Considering the fact that the applicant/accused has not made any specific prayer in the present application, I -hope that the reporters would use self regulations techniques while publishing or showing a news item related to a case pending investigation or trial so that nop rejudice is caused to any accused or any other party. Self regulation is the best mode of regulation”, the CMM said. The bench stated the the reputation of a person is his valuable asset and is a facet of his right under Article 21 of the Constitution.”Any act of the Media which might deprive the accused of his dignity would have an adverse effect on his rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India”, the order said.The Court concluded by saying :”Therefore, any news item should be published after verifying and clarifying all the facts related to the said news item”.Notably, earlier this week the Bombay High Court had delivered a judgment holding that ‘media trial’ even during the stage of criminal investigation will amount to ‘criminal contempt’ as an interference with the administration of justice. The judgment of the High Court, passed in a batch of PILs filed in the wake of ‘media trial’ in Sushant Singh Rajput Case, observed that media should not publish alleged confessional statements of accused without clarifying that such statements cannot be received as evidence in court.Click here to read/download the orderSubscribe 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

May 26, 2021 0

Investigation launched into significant theft of lambs in Plumbridge

first_img Facebook Pinterest Previous articleOmagh police appeal for information over weekend assaultNext articleMarty McDaid on positive change at Swilly Rovers News Highland Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – September 20, 2017 Police are investigating the theft of 23, four month old lambs, from a field in the Castledamph Road area of Plumbridge. The theft was reported to police on Tuesday 19th September, however, it is believed that the theft occurred sometime within the last month.The lambs are not tagged due to their age and have been marked with blue to the back of the head and rump.Constable Robinson would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity or vehicles in the area to contact police in Strabane on the non-emergeny number 101, quoting reference number 430 on the 19/09/17.Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information anonymously they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 WhatsApp Twitter Google+center_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Investigation launched into significant theft of lambs in Plumbridge Homepage BannerNews Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

May 25, 2021 0

RODEO READY: Local celebrities prepare for bull ride

first_img Rivalry renewed: Annual showdown is more than an exhibition Friday night’s annual showdown between crosstown rivals Charles Henderson and Pike County is technically nothing more than a jamboree game… read more Garrett didn’t say why he put a cap on the number of seconds at $100 each. Maybe he’s not taking a chance on the reverend not being a cream puff.Shirley asked if there has been a fatality at the event and was assured there has not.“I’ve not ridden a buckin’ horse,” Shirley said with a hint of apprehension.Asked how, as a greenhorn, he plans to stay on the mechanical bull, Shirley answered, “Industrial Velcro.” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Email the author However, Garrett added a different element to the kickoff event by offering greenbacks, 100 of them for each second up to five seconds, that Circuit Rider Rev. Ed Shirley can stay on the mechanical bull.Garrett said Shirley rides the county sharing stories about the perils of Methodist Circuit Riders. So Garrett is giving him the opportunity to show his mettle by riding the metal bull. The money will be donated to Shirley’s church.“The mechanical bull is no cream-puff like Rev. Ed’s Butterscotch,” Garrett said. “We’ll see how long the preacher can stay on the bull.” Skip Pike County Cattleman John Garrett has thrown down the gauntlet.The Rev. Ed Shirley has picked it up.At 11 a.m. Friday, the Pike County Cattlemen will kick off the 26th annual NCPRA Rodeo Weekend with the mechanical bull event at Santa Fe Cattle Company. The rider with the highest score will be declared the winner and take home the spoils of victory.center_img By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen RODEO READY: Local celebrities prepare for bull ride Latest Stories By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content Also riding will be a host of challengers made up of Pike County celebrities.Among the challengers will be the 2017 Mechanical Bull Riding Champion Rush Hixon, who was unavailable for comment on Wednesday.Hixon was thought to be practicing at an undisclosed location. He wears the mechanical bull championship belt buckle proudly. Losing is not an option.Everyone is invited to enjoy the fun and laughter that is a certainty when man and machine vie for supremacy. There is no charge.The Pike County Cattlemen’s 26th Annual NCPRA Rodeo will be underway at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cattleman Park Arena. The gates will open at 5 p.m. The rodeo will feature the eight top rodeo events including bull riding. The rodeo will continue Saturday with the Kids’ Western Festival and the main event rodeo.Tickets at the door both nights will be $12. Kids 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.Advance tickets are on sale for $10 at Troy Bank & Trust Main Branch, Walker’s Western Wear, Piggly Wiggly locations and Banks Buy Rite. Published 11:19 pm Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

May 24, 2021 0

Union campaigns are rarely planned

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Most union recognition drives are a response to circumstances rather than planned events, a study of trade unions has found.Campaigns are usually sparked when a union member joins a non-unionised workplace or when a group of staff approach a union with a grievance, the study by independent trade union organisation the Labour Research Department found.They are rarely the result of a regional or national strategy.“This can make life difficult for union officials who may end up running more campaigns than they want at any time, but means they have a clearer focus around which to rally workers,” a Labour Research spokesman said.The study of full-time union officials, involved in 30 recognition drives between them, found that most union officials are sceptical about targeting workplaces unless they have first been approached by staff.The only time they are likely to plan a campaign is if the organisation is part of a large company with union representation in other locations. The study, published in the September issue of Labour Research magazine, also found that employers’ attitudes have little effect on whether a union decides to go for recognition.Officials said membership size is the most significant factor, not employer attitude. Union campaigns are rarely plannedOn 12 Sep 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

May 18, 2021 0

Ensuring fair play

first_imgAfair hearing relies heavily on the establishment of the facts, and many ofthese facts will concern the litigant’s personal data. It is vital for theoccupational health department to understand the impact of the Human Rights Actin these cases, By Linda Goldman and Joan Lewis The Human Rights Act 1998 provides a legal basis for the fundamental rightto a fair trial. This is reflected in all employment law procedures, both inthe procedure adopted and in the way that evidence is amassed. There is a strong link between the right to a fair trial as prescribed inArticle 6 of the Act and the right to respect for private and family life underArticle 8. The latter is closely concerned with aspects of confidentiality,which underline the ethos of the occupational health profession. There is a further link to the Data Protection Act 1996 (DPA), for whichpart 1 of a Code of Practice has now been issued to deal with employment lawmatters. Two recent cases heard by the European Court of Human Rights highlightthe essentials of a fair hearing. Establishing the facts The starting point in any litigation, whether it is against or by thesmallest legal entity, an individual, or the largest, the State, is theestablishment of the facts. Many of the facts concern the litigant’s personaldata. The Employment Practices Data Protection Code in respect of recruitmentand selection has at last been published. All 56 pages are now available fromthe Information Commissioner at Code has the purpose of establishing trust in the workplace, relying ontransparency of information held on workers in an organisation. The Codecomplements the DPA, it does not replace it, as the DPA states the legal frameworkand remains the prime compliance source. The data is, at all times, the personal property of the individual to whomit relates. The important point for the occupational health team to remember isthat data should only be kept for the purpose for which it is needed and for ajustifiable period. In employment terms, the human resources department will consider the lengthof time it is necessary to keep references or disciplinary warnings, but some occupationalhealth records will have a more subjective effect. Ill-health records may needto be kept with an eye on personal injury litigation. For example, three yearsis the limitation period running from the date of knowledge of the accident orinjury for a claim in negligence. Where further health records must be keptbecause of the risk of long-term illness, such as asbestosis or other chemicalor product-related issues, a view should be taken on maintaining records forlonger. The central factor in the age of data enlightenment is the individual’sknowledge of what is being held and why the data is being kept, for howeverlong. In other words, consent should not only be received but a fullexplanation should be given. We are turning towards the concept of ‘informedconsent’. The Commissioner points out that following the Code will protect employersfrom litigation, but it also follows that keeping a fair record of the factsmay dissuade a disgruntled employee from taking off to court when a problem cannotbe resolved. Some recent cases under the Human Rights Act show how concealing the factsfrom individuals can lead to massive levels of litigation from the employmenttribunal right up to the European courts. Linda Goldman is a barrister at 7 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn. She is headof training and education for ACT Associates and Virtual Personnel. Joan Lewisis the senior consultant and director of ACT Associates and Virtual Personnel,employment law and advisory service consultancies and licensed by the GeneralCouncil of the Bar in employment matters under BarDirect. Recent cases under the Human Rights ActThe right to a fair hearing: Goliath v David The case of Fogarty v United Kingdom, 2002, IRLR 148 illustrates how, evenwith right on the side of the little person, the big fellows can win. Mary Fogarty worked for the United States Embassy in London in a post thatwas part of the Central Intelligence Agency – the CIA. She was dismissed in1995 and succeeded in a claim for sex discrimination in the Employment Tribunalunder English law. The claim was against the United States of America as heremployer, and was based on Fogarty’s allegations of persistent sexualharassment by her supervisor while she worked for the CIA. She was awardedcompensation of £12,000 after the hearing in May 1996. While she was awaiting the hearing, Fogarty started a short-term contract inanother part of the US Embassy but was not appointed to any of the severalother posts for which she applied on the expiry of that contract. She took thatto be victimisation, claiming that the refusals were a detriment arising out ofthe fact that she had brought the successful sex discrimination case to theEmployment Tribunal. In the original case, the Embassy had not sought to avoid liability byclaiming diplomatic immunity, but did so the second time around. This meantthat Fogarty was unable to have her case heard. She therefore complained to theGovernment of the United Kingdom that her right to a fair trial under Article6(1) of the Human Rights Act had been breached by the doctrine of Stateimmunity because she was denied access to a court. The application was referredto the European Court of Human Rights. She contended that it was unreasonable to block her access to a fair hearingsince her claim was about sex discrimination, “freedom from which is oneof the core values of a democratic society”. She pointed out that she hadno other recourse to justice since the US was not prepared to waive its rightto immunity. She also argued that, even though the law provides for diplomaticimmunity, there was no reason why the UK should actually grant the immunity. The Court took the approach of finding that the grant of State immunity was,in effect, a form of procedure designed to prevent an individual pursuing aclaim before an Employment Tribunal, unless the State concerned was prepared towaive immunity. Her claim failed because the Court took the view that the grantof State immunity is generally recognised in international law and is not inexcess of “the margin of appreciation” allowed to governments inlimiting an individual’s access to court. The “the margin ofappreciation” is the legal terminology for leeway in interpretation. It appears from this case that State immunity outweighs the right to a fairtrial conferred by Article 6. This might not necessarily be right, but it canoperate to ensure survival of one of the fundamental underpinnings of the waythat States operate their embassies and legations so as to be protected fromcivil claims. National security: David v Goliath Arguably, sex discrimination issues fall within the ambit of directoccupational health interest because of the adverse health effects on theindividual affected. There is therefore a direct interest for occupationalhealth personnel to ensure both that sex discrimination is prevented and, if ithas happened, that justice should prevail in dealing with the assailant andcompensating the victim. However, the right to a fair hearing extends beyond any one specific field.It is logical, as well as a legally enshrined human right, that an individualwho has a complaint should be able to have it heard from the level of raising agrievance to the highest court in the land or, indeed, Europe. The power of theState in preventing such access is formidable, as discovered by Fogarty. When Mr Devlin took on the UK, he managed to establish an individual routeto the fair hearing needed to dispose of his case, which involveddiscrimination on the grounds of religion (Devlin v United Kingdom, 2002, IRLR155). Like Fogarty, Devlin was an Irish national. Back in 1991, he wanted to workin a clerical post for the Northern Ireland Civil Service. He passed therequisite civil service examinations but by October 1992, it transpired that hewould not be offered an appointment. He suspected that the only point thatcould have been against him within the system was the fact that he was aCatholic. Specific Northern Ireland legislation prevents discrimination on thegrounds of religion by the Fair Employment Act. In 1993 he learned that the refusal of employment had been made on”security grounds”, which is a justifiable reason under the Act. Theeffect of this part of the law was that he was unable to apply to have thedecision overturned within the national system. In an earlier case, it had been held that this provision of the Act didinfringe Article 6, but the UK argued that the civil service was a special caseand employment within it did not amount to any civil right. The European Courtof Human Rights did not agree with this approach and awarded Fogarty £10,000 indamages for breach of the right to a fair hearing as he had indeed been blockedin bringing a case to the Fair Employment Tribunal. In a case brought against France in 1995, Pellegrin v France, distinguishedcivil servants acting within the public service sector who “wield aportion of the State’s sovereign power” are those who would not beprotected by Article 6 in the event of a dispute about employment. The Courtpointed out that the right to a court hearing is not absolute, as there need tobe qualifying factors, recognised within the Human Rights Act. In Devlin’s case, there was no evidence that he presented a security risk atall, nor that his potential job was one that involved state security. Ineffect, the UK simply did not identify any reason for defining him as anational security risk. The severity of the exclusion from access to the FairEmployment Tribunal was not outweighed by any other consideration. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Ensuring fair playOn 1 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

May 12, 2021 0