Edgars Stores Limited 2014 Presentation

first_imgEdgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2014 presentation For more information about Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw)  2014 presentation Company ProfileEdgars Stores Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. The company retails a range of high-quality casualwear clothing, footwear and accessories for children, ladies and gents in branded stores in Zimbabwe. The company operates three divisions: Edgars Chain, Jet Chain and Manufacturing. Its fashion retail outlets fall under the Edgars and Jet brands, with the retail brand Express falling under Jet Stores. Edgars Stores Limited also manufacture and retail a range of locally-made clothing; acquiring the Carousel Clothing factory in 1974 and the Jeans Company in 1993. Its core business is casualwear and accessories with a subsidiary division providing funeral and hospital insurance services. Edgars was founded in 1946 and today, is the market leader in casualwear and accessories in Zimbabwe. Its headquarters are in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.last_img read more

Six Nations: France still lacking “elan”

first_img A penny for Philippe Saint-Andre’s thoughts as he watched France batter Scotland into submission at the Stade de France on Sunday. PSA was pilloried for much of his four-year reign as France coach for the sterility of his teams, preferring power over panache, but have Les Bleus improved that much in 13 months under Guy Noves?There’s been much talk about a French renaissance under the former Toulouse coach, about a new ambitious and expansive game plan where players are given licence to express themselves in a way they never were under PSA. “Elan, initiative and freedom” was what Noves promised when he succeeded the former Toulon director of rugby.There was little elan and initiative on show on Sunday. It was brutally reminiscent of how France played two or three years ago when Mathieu Bastareaud would launch himself at the opposition three-quarters.Noves has so far resisted the temptation to hand Bastareaud his first international appearance since the 2015 RWC, although he did call him up to his squad earlier in the month when the similarly unsubtle Yann David withdrew with injury.In fairness to Bastareaud, he may not be the most agile of centres, but he would surely have touched the ball down over the Scottish try-line, unlike Remi Lamerat, whose clumsy drop was one of numerous mistakes by a French team almost as butter-fingered as the one that made 29 handling errors against Italy in the 2015 Six Nations. For all France’s dominance up front, they were outscored two tries to one and had the reliable boot of Camille Lopez to thank for their 22-16 victory.France have scored two tries in this year’s championship, the same number as Italy, and in total they have managed just nine in seven Six Nations matches under Noves. In contrast England and Scotland have racked up 16 tries in the same period with Wales numbering 21 and the Irish up to 27 following Saturday’s thrashing of an abject Italian side. Noves is doing his best with a mediocre bunch of players, probably the most technically deficient French generation in living memory. But don’t expect the next generation to ride to his rescue any time soon. France U20s were crushed 59-17 by their English counterparts recently, a result that reinforces the gulf in quality between the men in white and the boys in blue.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Plenty of grunt: France relied on weight advantage from players like Sébastien Vahaamahina One of two: Rabah Slimani scored against EnglandNoves succeeded Saint-Andre with a promise to make France a world power once more yet there are few signs that they are progressing. They failed to put away a second-string Australian side, were comfortably kept at arm’s length by an exhausted All Blacks and didn’t beat England at Twickenham when the hosts were well below par. Against Scotland, they won because of size, not skill, and for the first time since his appointment, Noves is being subjected to some critical questioning from the French press.Have you the impression that the game plan has taken a step backward? asked one. “I’ll leave you to your impression,” replied Noves. “I’m not sure how winning sets us back…and given everything we’ve done in the last few matches, to suggest from one match that we’ve gone backwards, that annoys me a bit.”Noves’ defensiveness is understandable. After losing three matches by less than a converted try each it was important for France to grind out a win against Scotland, no matter how unconvincing. But next up for France is a trip to Dublin and it’s hard to see how they can beat an in-form Ireland. The home side may struggle for parity at scrum-time, particularly if Rabah Slimani starts in place of Uini Atonio, but the crisp handling, incisive running and precise finishing of the Ireland backline is far to superior to the French three-quarters. One fears for the defensively suspect Virimi Vakatawa and Noa Nakaitaci if Ireland really click out wide on Saturday week.Can’t see the wood for the trees?: Guy Noves in camp with FranceNoves made his name as coach of Toulouse at the beginning of the Millennium when they boasted a backline of extravagantly-gifted backs such as Poitrenaud, Clerc, Michalak, Heymans, Ntamack and Jauzion. But that was the era when the Top 14 was defined by its flair and not its physicality and clubs put entertainment before profit. The win at-all-costs mentality that now pervades the Top 14 means players aren’t encouraged to play with the “elan, initiative and freedom” of which Noves nobly speaks.last_img read more

Episcopal Relief & Development welcomes four new members to Board…

first_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Posted Jan 4, 2017 Featured Events Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 [Episcopal Relief & Development] Episcopal Relief & Development welcomes four new members to its Board of Directors: The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves (Diocese of El Camino Real), The Rt. Rev. Wilfrido Ramos Orench (Diocese of Puerto Rico), Mark D. Constantine (Diocese of Southern Virginia) and Meg L. DeRonghe (Diocese of Olympia).“Effective leadership of Episcopal Relief & Development – whose programs touch millions of people in nearly 40 countries throughout the world – requires board members who are knowledgeable, engaged and proactive leaders in their fields.  Our newest board members more than fit that profile,” said Neel Lane, Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors. “As we live into the new strategic plan for 2017 and beyond, the diversity of perspectives represented on our Board will enable us to rise to the challenges of becoming a more powerful player in the international development space while remaining true to our Episcopal Church roots.”The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves is Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real. Her passion for making the Christian faith relevant in today’s complex world is reflected in her support for strong leadership in all orders of church ministry. She is an author, a leader in clergy formation and an active participant on committees and boards of The Episcopal Church. Her support for strengthening Anglican Communion partnerships is evident in the triad partnership among El Camino Real, Gloucester and Western Tanganyika.The Rt. Rev. Wilfrido Ramos Orench is Provisional Bishop of Puerto Rico. Born and raised in Yauco, Puerto Rico, where he currently resides, he was called to serve as Latino Missioner in the Diocese of Connecticut in 1984. After his consecration as Bishop Suffragan in Connecticut and during his time as Provisional Bishop of Ecuador, he served on Executive Council, the Commission on World Mission and the Board of Trustees of General Theological Seminary.  He was Officer of The Episcopal Church for Province IX from 2009-13.Mr. Mark D. Constantine is President and Chief Executive Officer of Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF).  Prior to joining RMHF, he directed program-related investment and affordable housing initiatives at the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, and served for more than a decade as a consultant on issues related to governance, strategy, and learning with organizations such as the Ford Foundation, Lilly Endowment and the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation. He is an author on philanthropy and social impact investing.Ms. Meg L. DeRonghe is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD). She has over 20 years of experience in advocacy, public policy and resource mobilization for a range of global health issues from reproductive health to malaria. She was previously interim Executive Director and Director of Corporate, Government and Foundation Business Development for NetsforLife®, Episcopal Relief & Development’s award-winning, flagship malaria control initiative.As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating under the General Convention of The Episcopal Church, Episcopal Relief & Development is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors that includes clergy and lay leaders from around the country. New board members are nominated by the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church and the Chair of the Board of Episcopal Relief & Development, in consultation with the Board’s Governance Committee. The Board votes, and elections take effect when ratified by the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church. Board members are invited to serve three-year terms beginning January 1, which may be renewed once.“I offer deep thanks to Neel and all of our Board members for their continued excellence in leadership, and a joyful welcome to our new members who are joining at an exciting time in the development of our organization,” said Rob Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief & Development. “I am grateful that we can draw on the knowledge and experience of all of our members – both lay and ordained, those coming from not-for-profit and corporate sectors and those who understand how we as a faith-based organization can fit into the larger international development sphere – as we strengthen our ability to do our work on behalf of all Episcopalians.”For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has served as a compassionate response to human suffering in the world. The agency works with more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries worldwide to overcome poverty, hunger and disease through multi-sector programs, using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework. An independent 501(c)(3) organization, it works closely with Anglican Communion and ecumenical partners to help communities create long-term development strategies and rebuild after disasters. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Job Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Knoxville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Relief & Development welcomes four new members to Board of Directors Submit an Event Listingcenter_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Albany, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Apopka residents ask for answers on wastewater facility

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSMayor Joe KilsheimerWastewater Treatment Facility Previous articleApopka police investigate cock fighting allegationsNext articleMortgage Rates Remain Above 4% Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kilsheimer: “There are no public health issues”For weeks the Apopka Wastewater Treatment Facility has been the hottest topic in Apopka. Due in part to a recurring and scathing report from local news station WFTV Channel 9, and a “warning letter” sent by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection listing 14 issues of concern within the 26-year-old facility, the topic continued to gain steam, particularly with residents in close proximity to the plant.On Wednesday night before a capacity crowd at the City Council meeting, the tension reached its peak. Several Apopka residents used the public comments portion of the meeting to air their grievances, express their concerns, and ask hard questions.Dr. Ray Shackelford was the leadoff hitter for public comments, and he used a popular political phrase to make his point.“I call upon this Council to trust but verify. All pollutants come into the wastewater treatment plant. Our public health must not be compromised. Moreover, while we applaud your service, our future is in your hands.”Apopka businessman Rod Love has been on the forefront of this issue almost from the beginning. He asked the Council two weeks ago to alert the community in case of emergency.“I want the City Council to reconsider invoking an ordinance to inform the public when there is a health crisis. Right now we’re seeing and hearing different news reports and we don’t know what’s going on. One of the things that would calm the public is if there was transparency. We continue to see and hear all of the reports on wastewater management and we don’t know what’s going on. You tell us. We are the second largest municipality in Orange County. We should have something in place. If we had an ordinance in place, we would be clear if there was a health hazard. We would be clear then.”Apopka resident David Rankin ripped into the City for not taking responsibility for the warning letter.“There are questions and concerns about the FDEP letter about the Wastewater plant on Cleveland. There were 14 violations in the letter, and the public needs answers on each of the 14.”He went on to list all 14 items brought up by the FDEP and asked the question: “Who is responsible?” Then he moved on to what he believes may be a public safety issue.“There are dozens if not hundreds of people in the South Apopka area who utilize shallow wells and depend upon them as they’ve done for decades,” Rankin said. “The health of these folks is at risk because of the problems at the wastewater plant.”Pastor Richard King expressed his concerns and made his points in the form of a question.“I’m here tonight because I’m concerned with the wastewater plant. I’m not here to ask if there is a problem. I believe there is a problem. There are two things that you should address: Is it reversible and does it pose an immediate threat or down the road for the community?”“Last year I addressed also addressed the contamination of the water,” said Apopka resident Alexander Smith. “At that time I also asked if the contamination occurs, who would be responsible for cleaning up those wells? Because there is a health hazard called blue baby syndrome that could result in the death of infants. So my question is who will be responsible for cleaning up those wells for residents?In total five of the eight public speakers commented on the Wastewater Plant, while dozens of concerned citizens in attendance murmured and whispered questions and observations amongst themselves during the comments.Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer anticipated concerns about the wastewater plant and brought a team of City staff to potentially answer those concerns. His first man up was Public Services Director Jay Davoll.Jay Davoll speaks to the City Council about the Wastewater Treatment Facility at Wednesday’s meeting.“The layout of the wastewater plant is actually two plants that were theoretically approved to hold 4.5 million gallons,” he explained. “For a time the plants held about three million gallons, but are now beginning to get closer to their capacity.”He went on to explain that The City of Apopka is under a consent order by the State of Florida to increase the efficiency and capacity of the wastewater plant, which went into effect in 2015.According to Kilsheimer, in 2004 the consent order was put into place because the State of Florida passed the Wekiva Protection Act, which enabled the construction of the Wekiva Parkway. There was a total of 11 utilities – the City of Apopka being one of them that agreed to improve and expand their wastewater treatment capacity in order to comply with the Wekiva Protection Act.The deadline to comply was 2011.“But in 2007 the economy crashed and the FDEP did not stringently enforce the expansion and upgrade of wastewater treatment plants in the Wekiva Basin,” Kilsheimer said.That was before Kilsheimer took office as either a commissioner or mayor, but that was about to change.“In December of 2014, the District Director of the FDEP personally called me and said it’s time to get back on track now that the economy has turned. That’s when we decided to get back on track and that’s when we entered into the consent order.”Their answer to the consent order? One of the largest single municipal construction projects in Apopka’s history, a $61 million expansion of the wastewater treatment plant. It is the improvement and expansion of this plant that Kilsheimer and some on the City Council believes will this issue a short-term problem.But in the short term, Kilsheimer addressed the question of public health.“I want to make a strong point here. Number one, I spoke to the Director of the FDEP today… a man named Jeff Prather (also the author of the FDEP warning letter). He’s told me this before and he repeated it today. I asked him specifically and directly – has the City of Apopka caused any public health issues with all the issues of the wastewater treatment? And his answer unequivocally is no.”According to Kilsheimer, the Channel 9 report focused on the most sensational issues the plant was experiencing but did not point out the comments on public safety that Kilsheimer had gotten from the FDEP. He hammered that point home in calling out the Orlando ABC affiliate.“And this is despite… and I’m calling it like I see it… the overheated and quite honestly bad reporting by Channel 9. Channel 9 has gotten some of the story right, but they overstated the case dramatically and they have bamboozled you into thinking there is a public health issue.”To answer the question of health, Kilsheimer referenced another state department that agreed with the FDEP that there were no health concerns in relation to the wastewater plant. He also dispelled the connection of wastewater and drinking water.“We don’t answer to ourselves when it comes to this wastewater issue. We answer to the FDEP and we answer to the Florida Department of Health. Both the FDEP and FDH have unequivocally stated there is no health issue. There is also no connection to wastewater and the City’s drinking water supply as some social media sites have tried to claim. No connection whatsoever.”He also answered the concerns of residents who have shallow wells that are nearby the plant.“The question was asked about wells… shallow wells that are owned by residents near the facility. There are monitoring wells that are on the City of Apopka’s property that would detect any increase in a number of constituents that are tested before it gets to any of the resident’s wells. The monitoring wells show no increase with the exception of one that is near the tanks. The rest of the monitoring wells that are along the perimeter are well within the compliance parameters we have to meet.”Kilsheimer closed with a promise to those residents in attendance.“Everyone has my personal commitment that we will comply with the FDEP and that we will protect public safety and the safety of our employees. We are trying to address these issues.” Notes: City Administrator Glenn Irby and Assistant Public Services Director Kevin Burgess met with FDEP officials Thursday in Orlando to discuss the Apopka Wastewater Treatment Facility. According to Public Information Officer Robert Sargent, there are no new details as of now. State officials are continuing their review.It was also learned from Irby that the City of Apopka has contracted with the independent engineering consulting firm of Woodard and Curran to assess the issues at the wastewater treatment facility. The consultants will be on site Monday morning, according to Irby. 1 COMMENT Reply Very fair reporting. Thanks. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name herecenter_img You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Comic Relief provides £840,000 for N Ireland

first_img Howard Lake | 10 May 2019 | News The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CFNI) has been appointed by Comic Relief to make £840,000 of funding available to voluntary sector and community groups locally over the next two years. Funding will be awarded under four key strategic areas:• Children Survive and Thrive• Global Mental Health Matters• Fighting for Gender Justice• A Safe Space To BeA series of information days to help potential applicants will be held across Northern Ireland from next week.Michael Hughes, Head of Building Sustainable Communities at CFNI, said: “The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and Comic Relief share a number of core beliefs and priorities which include directly investing in communities, the importance of lived experiences of people in shaping and improving lives and in shifting ownership of power, as well as partnering with others who have greater experience, knowledge and connections.”He added that CFNI believes in adapting to change learning from lived experiences and hopes to learn from the grant giving process over the next two weeks.Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster, Siofra Healy, Director of Philanthropy at CFNI, said that most grants would be in the smaller range but they will provide larger grants to some projects. Workshop places can be booked online. Year one applications will open 10.00am Monday 3rd June 2019 and close 1.00pm Wednesday 10th July 2019.Applications can be made only via the CFNI website.Photo: Comic Relief Tagged with: Comic Relief Funding Northern Ireland  245 total views,  1 views today About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Comic Relief provides £840,000 for N Ireland  246 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Advertisementlast_img read more

International Declaration on Information and Democracy: principles for the global information and communication space

first_img Seventy years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in Paris, the READ THE DECLARATIONHere“International Declaration on Information and Democracy” is establishing basic principles for the global information and communication space, which its preamble defines as a “common good of humankind.” The management of this space “is the responsibility of humankind in its entirety, through democratic institutions,” the preamble adds. Published today, this six-page document sets out democratic guarantees for the freedom, independence, pluralism and reliability of information at a time when the public space has been globalized, digitalized and destabilized.This Declaration was adopted unanimously by the members of the Information and Democracy Commission chaired by Christophe Deloire, the secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and by Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi. After meeting for the first time in Paris on 11 and 12 September, the commission worked for nearly two months,regularly communicating by means of videoconferencing and email. The commission’s mission statement, written by its two co-chairs, said the Declaration must “constitute a point of reference that will mobilize all those who are committed to defending a free and pluralistic public space, which is essential for democracy.”The commission consists of 25 prominent figures of 18 nationalities, including Nobel laureates Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz and Mario Vargas Llosa and the Sakharov Prize laureate Hauwa Ibrahim. It also includes new technology specialists, lawyers, journalists and former heads of international organizations. The other members are (listed alphabetically): Emily Bell, Yochaï Benkler, Teng Biao, Nighat Dad, Can Dündar, Primavera de Filippi, Mireille Delmas-Marty, Abdou Diouf, Francis Fukuyama, Ulrik Haagerup, Ann Marie Lipinski,Adam Michnik, Eli Pariser, Antoine Petit, Navi Pillay, Maria Ressa, Marina Walker, Aidan White and Mihaïl Zygar.What does this Declaration bring to the body of law and deontology codes already in effect? Recognizing that the global information and communication space is a common good of humankind provides the grounds for establishing democratic guarantees. Enshrining a “right to information,” understood as reliable information, is an innovation that establishes that human beings have a fundamental right to receive information that is freely gathered, processed and disseminated, according to the principles of commitment to truth, plurality of viewpoints and rational methods of establish facts.While the concept of “freedom of expression” has been used to justify the lack of accountability for entities including platforms that create the technical mean, the architectures shaping choices and the norms for the information and communication space, the Declaration points out that freedom of expression is a right of individuals, with limited exceptions. Entities that contribute to the structure of the information and communication space must respect basic principles. Their activities must, for example, respect political, ideological and religious neutrality. They must guarantee pluralism by favouring serendipity among other means, and they must establish mechanisms for promoting trustworthy information. These entities must be predictable for those over whom they have influence. And they must be resistant to any manipulation and open to inspection.The Declaration affirms journalism’s social function, a function that justifies special efforts to ensure its financial viability. The role of journalism is to be a “trusted third party” for societies. The task of journalists is to give an account of reality, revealing it in the broadest, deepest and most relevant manner possible, not only portraying events but also explaining complex situations and changes, reflecting both the positive and negative aspects of human activities and allowing the public to distinguish the important from the trivial. The freedom and safety of journalists, the independence of news and information and respect for journalistic ethics are all essential conditions for the practice of journalism, regardless of the status of those who practise it.How should the Declaration’s principles be put into practice? The Commission calls for the creation of an international group of experts whose mandate and funding should ensure its independence from both companies and governments. It should have the power to investigate practices in the information and communication space and their impact on its means, architectures and norms. “Democratic accountability will require continuous expert participation that adequately balances global representation with rigorous evidence-based assessment of practices and conditions of knowledge production in the global information an communication space,” the Declaration says.In an appeal published today in the international media, the Information and Democracy Commission’s members say: “We urge leaders of good will on all continents to take action to promote democratic models and an open public debate in which citizens can take decisions on the basis of facts. The global information and communication space, which is a common good of humankind, must be protected in order to facilitate the exercise of freedom of expression and opinion while respecting the principles of pluralism, freedom, dignity and tolerance, and the ideal of reason and knowledge. To this end, we ask for strong commitment to be expressed as early as 11 November, during the Peace Forum, when dozens of political leaders will gather in Paris.” Activities in the fieldReports and statisticsOnline freedomsMedia independenceInternational bodiesEvents InternetFreedom of expression RSF_en November 2, 2018 – Updated on November 12, 2019 International Declaration on Information and Democracy: principles for the global information and communication space Help by sharing this information Activities in the fieldReports and statisticsOnline freedomsMedia independenceInternational bodiesEvents InternetFreedom of expression Newscenter_img About Reporters Without Borders Organisation Related documents international_declaration_on_information_and_democracy.pdfPDF – 147.63 KBdeclaracion_information_y_democracia.pdfPDF – 104.03 KB Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is an international non-governmental, non-profit organization with a recognized public interest function that has consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the International Organization of the Francophonie and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Headquartered in Paris, it has bureaux, sections or representatives in 17 cities (Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Helsinki, Istanbul, Karachi, Kiev, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Stockholm, Taipei, Tunis, Vienna and Washington), correspondents in 130 countries and 15 local partner organizations. The Commission chaired by Christophe Deloire and Shirin Ebadi is today releasing the “International Declaration on Information and Democracy,” which establishes democratic guarantees for the global information and communication space.last_img read more

Mc Hugh says IDA has had success in Donegal, but more can be done

first_img Facebook It’s been claimed this afternoon that investment by IDA client companies directly created 758 high-skilled jobs in Donegal from 2011 to 2014, and resulted in an estimated 531 additional indirect positions in the local economy.Junior Minister Joe McHugh says IDA investment is creating opportunities for Donegal’s skilled workforce, but there are challenges, particularly in terms of creating jobs for unskilled workers.As the cabinet discusses jobs at its meeting, today, Minister Mc Hugh says he’ll be pushing Jobs Minister Richard Bruton to maximise support for the North West, particularly in terms of infrastructure and communications…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/mchugjobs.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – January 14, 2015 Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Twitter Google+ Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Facebook Pinterest Twittercenter_img Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Previous articlePostponed Dr Mc Kenna games refixed for Sunday 18th JanuaryNext articleTrolley numbers fall at LGH as nurses protest outside Leinster House News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Wednesday May 26th Pinterest 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Mc Hugh says IDA has had success in Donegal, but more can be done RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Single body needed to oversee flood planning – Harkin

first_img Twitter Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google+ Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By admin – December 16, 2015 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleAnother arrest into Paul McCauley murder probeNext articleKris Meeke signs three year deal with Citroen admin Single body needed to oversee flood planning – Harkin 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp North West MEP Marian Harkin says blaming EU policies for flood damage is not constructive.Critics have said that the EU Habitats Directive prevented some dredging and draining of rivers, and thats’s contributed to some of the devastation seen in recent weeks.Ms Harkin says the European Commission does not want its legislation to get in the way of flood prevention measures, and what’s really needed is a single authority to oversee flood defences and planning…….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/mharkflooddefences.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

‘Eir’ inaction causing bus shelter delays for Killbegs – Pringle

first_img Twitter ‘Eir’ inaction causing bus shelter delays for Killbegs – Pringle By News Highland – May 19, 2017 Facebook Facebook Google+ Pinterest Twitter It’s been claimed that inaction by Eir is leading to delays in getting a bus shelter for the Killybegs bus stop.While The National Transport Authority has committed funding under the 2016 bus shelter programme to install one in the town, Eir have yet to remove two phone boxes which are currently in the way of the project.Eir has advised that the phone boxes are on the list for removal but no set date has given.Deputy Thomas Pringle is urging to speed up the removal procress so the project can get underway:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/pringlebustop.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North center_img Previous articleDonegal Councillor calls for clarity on septic tank grantsNext articleChampionship Preview: Captain Michael Murphy says Donegal will be focused on their own high standards News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Homepage BannerNews Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry last_img read more

Expeditious But Not Effective: Exercise Of NGT’s Suo Moto Powers In Industrial Accidents Cases

first_imgColumnsExpeditious But Not Effective: Exercise Of NGT’s Suo Moto Powers In Industrial Accidents Cases Haaris Moosa & Nupur Chowdhury27 July 2020 10:54 PMShare This – xThe orders and judgments of the National Green Tribunal in cases relating to two recent industrial accidents, the first one involving LG Polymers near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and the second involving the Neyveli Lignite Corporation in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, deserve analysis for shared peculiarities. These are not the first instances of exercise of suo moto jurisdiction by the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe orders and judgments of the National Green Tribunal in cases relating to two recent industrial accidents, the first one involving LG Polymers near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh and the second involving the Neyveli Lignite Corporation in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, deserve analysis for shared peculiarities. These are not the first instances of exercise of suo moto jurisdiction by the NGT. Indeed, despite there being no statutory legal basis and opposition by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the NGT has taken suo moto cognizance in various instances since 2013. However, what is unique in these two cases, is the exercise of suo moto cognizance even when there were petitions filed by victims. In both these cases large corporations were arraigned as defendants for determining liability for environmental accidents. Both these cases fell within the jurisdiction of the NGT Southern Bench in Chennai. Despite the victims filing petitions before the NGT Southern Bench, it renounced its jurisdiction and the NGT Principal Bench in Delhi took suo-moto action in both instances. Further no amici curiae were appointed after taking cognizance. The similarities enumerated have serious implications on public participation in environmental adjudication before the flagship environmental Tribunal in the country. Public Participation in environmental decision making is accepted as a fundamental tenet of environmental law. The Rio Declaration in 1992 gave it material form through Principle 10. Arguably the NGT violated this cardinal principle for the simple reason that suo-moto cognizance results in the non-representation of victims in the Supreme Court. For instance, in the LG Polymers case the orders of the NGT were challenged by the company before the Supreme Court. However, the list of respondents who were served notices by the Supreme Court in this appeal never included any of the petitioners in the original case before the NGT. The respondents who were served notices were four government agencies. This essentially meant that the victims remained mute spectators in the adjudication of their rights. This could have been remedied to a certain extent had the NGT appointed an amicus curiae. Further suo moto cognizance provides the NGT extraordinary powers in defining the scope of the litigation which may result in further undermining the rights of the victims to define and pursue legal remedies. It would have been ideal had NGT not arrogated to itself the role of the de facto first petitioner from Mr. E.A.S. Sarma who had moved the tribunal first in the LG case. The de facto primus inter pares status of the first petitioner in Public Interest Litigation made sure that neither Mr EAS Sarma nor the Centre for Wildlife and Environmental Litigation Foundation (the second and the third petitioners) were served notices or represented in the Supreme Court. The suo-moto action invests in the Tribunal the role of a legal representative. This role becomes crucial when appeals are moved in the Supreme Court in such matters. It can be said that the NGT forfeited its responsibilities as a legal representative in the LG Polymers case. Relationship between the Principal and the Regional Benches of the NGT are that of co-equals, whose jurisdiction is territorially defined. The Southern Bench renouncing its jurisdiction in favour of the NGT Principal Bench in Delhi in both these cases illustrates the move towards centralization of administrative powers. Regional benches of the NGT were instituted with a view to provide greater access to justice, which now stands undermined. We are witnessing a general trend in environmental policymaking and adjudication to exclude public participation. Controversy surrounding the Draft EIA notification that seeks to exclude a slew of projects from the EIA process and government’s wariness in allowing for adequate time for public comments, provides further evidence of this trend. India has had a particularly tragic history in providing legal redress in cases of large scale industrial accidents. Bhopal gas tragedy was one of the largest industrial accidents which underlined the weakness of parens patriae doctrine which allowed the executive to represent the legal case of the victims. In the present cases, we see the NGT following a similar path in representing the victims in exercising suo moto cognizance. It is a dangerous trend because it perpetuates the myth of the passive victim without voice or access to legal remedy. This is far from reality. Victims are capable of representing themselves and indeed interested in participating within the litigation process. Denying them representation by exercising irregular administrative force through the exercise of suo moto cognizance inaugurates a culture of adjudicative impunity which must be resisted. Views are personal only(Haaris Moosa is an Advocate, Kerala High Court & Nupur Chowdhury is an Assistant Professor of Law, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU) Subscribe 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