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One week to go before new Code of Fundraising Practice takes effect

first_img  408 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 One week to go before new Code of Fundraising Practice takes effect AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 The Fundraising Regulator is reminding fundraising organisations that the new Code of Fundraising Practice comes into effect a week from now: on 1 October, and urging them to ensure they are prepared.The changes to the code were first announced in June 2019, when the regulator launched the new version as a downloadable PDF.Today the code PDF was republished on the Fundraising Regulator’s website, incorporating a small number of changes since the initial launch in June. A log of the corrections can be found here.The online code has also undergone an extensive redesign and will be available for fundraisers to use from 1 October.This is the first major redraft of the code in almost a decade, following a consultation in autumn 2018. Improvements have been made to style, presentation, clarity and accessibility to make it easier for fundraisers, charities and third-party organisations to understand the standards expected of them when fundraising.The regulator is urging fundraising organisations to ensure that their fundraising materials, training and policies are updated to reflect the standards in the new code. To help, it has produced a mapping document and deletions and mergers log to show where old rules and sections have moved to, which will be available online until November 2019.Complaints will be considered against the version of the code in effect at the time of the incident. This means the new code will be used as the basis for making decisions about any concerns that take place from 1 October onwards.Suzanne McCarthy, Chair of the Fundraising Regulator’s Standards Committee, said:“We are delighted to announce that the new and improved code will soon be fully implemented. Since launching the new code back in June, fundraising organisations should have made significant progress on updating their fundraising materials to reflect the new code. By making the code easier to use and more accessible both online and in print, we have made it easier for charities and other fundraising organisations to meet their responsibilities to the public.”  407 total views,  2 views today Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 23 September 2019 | News Tagged with: Code of Fundraising Practice Fundraising Regulatorlast_img read more

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Call for independent probe into imprisoned blogger’s death a week ago

first_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 March 18, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders calls for an independent enquiry into the death of the young blogger Omidreza Mirsayafi (http://rooznegaar.blogfa.com) in detention on 18 March. Mirsayafi was hastily buried in Tehran’s Behesht Zahar cemetery on 19 March without an autopsy being carried out. In a bid to find out how he died, his family has brought a complaint against the officials in charge of Evin prison, where he was held.“The authorities took advantage of the family’s grief and distress to bury Mirsayafi without an autopsy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We insist on a full explanation of the circumstances of this young blogger’s death in detention. We have been told that this is a case of homicide, in which case those responsible must be brought to trial and punished. We demand the creation of an independent commission of enquiry.”Reporters Without Borders has learned that, according to the forensic doctor, the Evin prison documents detailing the time of Mirsayafi’s transfer to Loghman Hakim hospital and the time of his death contain irregularities.“The Evin prison authorities and the judiciary authority want now to portray Mirsayafi as ‘depressive and suicidal’ but this new information suggests there was a failure to assist a person in danger. We believe the United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression and the special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings should go as quickly as possible to Iran to investigate this case.”Reporters Without Borders urged the Tehran authorities in vain on 18 March to allow independent forensic doctors to carry out an autopsy, as his lawyer, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, had requested.A Tehran revolutionary court sentenced Mirsayafi on 15 December to two years in prison for “insulting leaders of the Islamic Republic” and six months in prison for “propaganda against the government” in the entries he had posted on his blog. He began serving the sentences following his arrest in Tehran on 7 February. His lawyers never received a copy of the court’s sentences.On 26 march 2009, Reporters Without Borders publishes the last letter Omidreza Mirsayafi sent to the organization before his detention (read it). After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders calls for an independent enquiry into the death of the young blogger Omidreza Mirsayafi (http://rooznegaar.blogfa.com) in detention on 18 March. Mirsayafi was hastily buried in Tehran’s Behesht Zahar cemetery on 19 March without an autopsy being carried out. In a bid to find out how he died, his family has brought a complaint against the officials in charge of Evin prison, where he was held. Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Organisation News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News March 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for independent probe into imprisoned blogger’s death a week ago to go further February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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New authorities fail to issue broadcast media licences

first_img November 12, 2019 Find out more to go further November 11, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News RSF_en June 27, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New authorities fail to issue broadcast media licences Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disordercenter_img Reporters Without Borders deplores the failure of Tunisia’s new authorities to issue any broadcast licences in the six months since President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s ouster. They are supposed to be building a new, free and democratic Tunisia, but no democracy will be possible without truly independent media.The Tunisian broadcast media landscape has not been renewed. No licences have been awarded, either to media that already operated clandestinely under President Ben Ali, such as Radio Kalima or Radio 6, or to proposed new media for which an application was filed after the old regime fell on 14 January.“We know that a transition of this scale cannot happen overnight,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “But the absence of media freedom was one the leading characteristics of the old regime and there is an urgent need for a complete break with this sad heritage.“The content of the media changed after Ben Ali’s departure and this is an encouraging evolution. But the creation of new media and the legalization of those that are still broadcasting without a licence are now really urgent. Administrative and procedural issues must not prevent full realization of one of the revolution’s most important demands – freedom of expression.”Tunisia’s new authorities must lose no more time in accepting their responsibilities to the media, including those that are already broadcasting. The future of Tunisian democracy is at stake. The Information and Communication Reform Authority that was set up three months ago cannot wait until after the constituent assembly election on 23 October to issue these licences. The election campaign must be covered by media that reflect the diversity of views in Tunisia.The head of Radio Kalima, Omar Mestiri, began a hunger strike on 21 June in protest against the current impasse and the prime minister’s failure to keep promises he made publicly. Mestiri intends to continue his hunger strike until Radio Kalima gets a licence. December 26, 2019 Find out more News News Organisation Follow the news on Tunisia Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Hundreds deported under Biden, including witness to massacre

first_img TAGS  Facebook WhatsApp Hundreds deported under Biden, including witness to massacre WhatsApp Pinterest HOUSTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration has deported hundreds of immigrants in its early days despite his campaign pledge to stop removing most people in the U.S. illegally at the beginning of his term. A federal judge last week ordered the Biden administration not to enforce a 100-day moratorium on deportations, but the ruling did not require the government to schedule them. In recent days, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported immigrants to at least three countries: 15 people to Jamaica on Thursday and 269 people to Guatemala and Honduras on Friday. More deportation flights were scheduled Monday. It’s unclear how many of those people are considered national security or public safety threats or had recently crossed the border illegally, the priority under new guidance that the Department of Homeland Security issued to enforcement agencies and that took effect Monday. Some of the people put on the flights may have been expelled — which is a quicker process than deportation — under a public health order that former President Donald Trump invoked during the coronavirus pandemic and that Biden has kept in place. In the border city of El Paso, Texas, immigration authorities on Friday deported a woman who witnessed the 2019 massacre at a Walmart that left 23 people dead. She had agreed to be a witness against the gunman and has met with the local district attorney’s office, according to her lawyers. Rosa was pulled over Wednesday for a broken brake light, detained based on previous traffic warrants, then transferred to ICE, which deported her before she could reach her attorney, said Melissa Lopez, executive director of the nonprofit Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, which represents her. Rosa is being identified only by her first name because she fears for her safety in Juarez, a city across the U.S.-Mexico border from El Paso that’s known for violence and gang activity. Jail records confirm that Rosa was booked into the El Paso jail on Wednesday for the warrants and left Friday. ICE had issued what’s known as a “detainer,” seeking to hold her on immigration violations the day she was arrested, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. The El Paso district attorney’s office confirmed in a statement Monday that it had given Rosa’s attorneys the documentation needed to request a U.S. visa for crime victims. But the statement also said Rosa “is not a victim of the Walmart shooting case.” The district attorney did not immediately respond to follow-up questions. Her lawyers say Rosa pleaded guilty in 2018 to driving under the influence and ICE later released her, underscoring that authorities under Trump previously found she wasn’t a threat to the public, Lopez said. Both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris vocally opposed the Trump administration’s immigration priorities during the presidential campaign. “It’s important that President Biden and Vice President Harris realize that despite their very clear desires about how immigrants are treated, we continue to see on a local level immigrants being mistreated and disregarded,” Lopez said. ICE said Friday that it had deported people to Jamaica and that it was in compliance with last week’s court order. The agency did not respond to several requests for further comment on additional deportation flights or Rosa’s case. Officials in Honduras confirmed that 131 people were on a deportation flight that landed Friday. Another flight that landed in Guatemala on Friday had 138 people, with an additional 30 people expected to arrive Monday, officials there said. The White House referred questions to the Department of Homeland Security, but a spokesman did not return requests for comment. Democratic U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas, whose district includes El Paso, said her office had flagged Rosa’s case to the White House. “My concern is that ICE will continue to move quickly before the Biden administration has an opportunity to make assessments and provide further directives,” Escobar said Monday. Two legal experts say that regardless of the judge’s order on the deportation moratorium, ICE could release immigrants with deportation orders, keep people detained or otherwise delay the deportation process. “Scheduling deportations is still a matter of discretion for the agency,” said Steve Yale-Loehr, an immigration law professor at Cornell University. U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton last week granted a temporary restraining order sought by Texas that bars enforcement of a 100-day deportation moratorium that had gone into effect Jan. 22. Tipton said the Biden administration had violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act in issuing the moratorium and had not proven why a pause in deportations was necessary. Tipton on Friday said he would extend his order through Feb. 23. The Justice Department has not yet asked Tipton or a federal appeals court to block the order. The White House on Friday reissued a statement saying it believed a moratorium was “wholly appropriate,” adding that “President Biden remains committed to taking immediate action to reform our immigration system to ensure it’s upholding American values while keeping our communities safe.” Biden is expected to issue a series of immigration-related executive orders Tuesday amid the expected confirmation of Alejandro Mayorkas as Homeland Security secretary. Those orders are expected to include the formation of a task force to reunify families separated during the Trump administration. ——— This version corrects that 23 people died in the El Paso massacre, not 22. ——— Associated Press journalists Will Weissert in Washington, María Verza in Mexico City, and Sonia Pérez D. in Guatemala City contributed to this report. Previous articleHeart to Heart: How Staying Connected Helps Your Cardiac HealthNext articleCapt. 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Former Fed Chair Says Restricting Central Bank’s Lending Power is a ‘Mistake’

first_imgSubscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has voiced his displeasure with the provisions of a bi-partisan bill introduced in the Senate earlier this week that would limit the Fed’s lending authority and end “too big to fail.”On his Brookings Institution blog on Friday, Bernanke, who was chairman of the central bank from 2006 to 2014, said that limiting the Fed’s lending power during economic downturns as called for by the Bailout Prevention Act introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and David Vitter (R-Louisiana) “would be a mistake, one that would imprudently limit the Fed’s ability to protect the economy in a financial panic.”The Warren-Vitter bill came out of the belief on the part of the two Senators that the Fed’s proposed rule did not do enough to limit the central bank’s lending authority as required by the Dodd-Frank Act. Warren, Vitter, and 13 other Senators wrote a letter to the Fed last August asking the bank to revisit this issue, and the lawmakers do not believe the Fed has sufficiently acted in the nine months since.Bernanke contends that Dodd-Frank created a so-called “liquidation authority” which eliminated the Fed’s ability to bail out firms such as Bear Stearns and AIG, firms in whose cases the Fed intervened with “great reluctance.” He said during 2007 to 2009, at the height of the crisis, the Fed exercised its lending authority in two ways – bailing out Bear Stearns and AIG, two systemically critical firms, fearing that the failure of these firms would create a domino effect; and second, creating a variety of broad-based lending programs “to unfreeze dysfunctional markets and to help stem devastating runs that left whole sectors of the financial system without adequate funding.”Two additional requirements imposed by the Bailout Prevention Act on the Fed’s broad-based lending programs are, according to Bernanke: first, requiring a firm’s solvency to be certified by the Fed and the supervisors of the firm before receiving any loans; and second, requiring emergency loan interest rates to be at least 5 percentage points higher than the Treasury Department’s rate.”Superficially, the two new conditions that Warren-Vitter would impose seem consistent with (19th Century English economist Walter) Bagehot’s dictum, to lend freely at a penalty rate against good collateral,” Bernanke said. “Unfortunately, in practice, they would eliminate the Fed’s ability to serve as lender of last resort in a crisis.”Bernanke was surprised the Bailout Prevention Act was brought about by Warren, who has been a vocal supporter of Dodd-Frank and the chief architect of one of the lasting symbols of Wall Street reform, the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”It is puzzling that she would propose legislation to overturn one of the key legislative bargains in that bill—the trade of liquidation authority for reduced emergency powers—by further reducing the nation’s ability to defend against financial panics,” Bernanke said.Bernanke said the problem in this case is what economists call a “stigma” of borrowing from the central bank, a problem that he said the Bailout Prevention Act will only exacerbate, creating an “insuperable stigma problem” by publicly identifying potential borrowers in solvency analyses, thus discouraging firms from becoming potential borrowers for fear that inferences will be drawn about the firm’s financial health. The stigma problem will be further worsened by the 5 point percentage penalty rate removing all doubt that the borrowing firm cannot access any other funding sources, Bernanke said.”I don’t think Senators Vitter and Warren mean to stop broad-based emergency lending in all circumstances, although their bill would have that effect,” Bernanke said. “Their goal, I assume, is to induce financial firms and market participants to be less reliant on possible government help, for example, by holding more cash to protect against possible runs and panics. But their approach is roughly equivalent to shutting down the fire department to encourage fire safety; or—more relevant to the current context—eliminating deposit insurance so that banks will be more careful. Rather than eliminating the fire department, it’s better to toughen the fire code.” Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago May 15, 2015 776 Views Previous: Counsel’s Corner: Minnesota Legislature Clarifies Foreclosure Publication Statutes Next: Bank of America Victorious in Discriminatory Lending Lawsuit  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Former Fed Chair Says Restricting Central Bank’s Lending Power is a ‘Mistake’ Tagged with: Bailout Prevention Act Ben Bernanke Federal Reserve Too Big to Fail Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Former Fed Chair Says Restricting Central Bank’s Lending Power is a ‘Mistake’ Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Bailout Prevention Act Ben Bernanke Federal Reserve Too Big to Fail 2015-05-15 Brian Honea About Author: Brian Honealast_img read more

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Ulster Senior League

first_imgUlster Senior League Results for Sunday 15th March Twitter WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Pinterest Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Letterkenny Rovers       4     V    0     Swilly Rovers Previous articleDonegal beaten by All Ireland Champions Kerry in TraleeNext articleCork defeat Tyrone by controversial point News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img Google+ By News Highland – March 15, 2015 Derry City Res.                0     V     0      Bonagee United Ulster Senior League RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter News Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry last_img read more

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Plea In SC Seeks Mechanism To Avail Private Facility for Covid-19 Quarantine As Per The Choice And Affordability of Patient

first_imgTop StoriesPlea In SC Seeks Mechanism To Avail Private Facility for Covid-19 Quarantine As Per The Choice And Affordability of Patient Mehal Jain15 May 2020 10:46 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has been moved in a PIL seeking directions to the Centre for deploying additional relief measures- to immediately enroll more Private Hospitals for Post Infection Treatment and private entities for quarantine facilities, and to frame and advertise the mechanism to avail these facilities as per the choice and affordability of the patient- to address the concerns which have…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 Supreme Court has been moved in a PIL seeking directions to the Centre for deploying additional relief measures- to immediately enroll more Private Hospitals for Post Infection Treatment and private entities for quarantine facilities, and to frame and advertise the mechanism to avail these facilities as per the choice and affordability of the patient- to address the concerns which have arisen due to the prevailing pandemic of Corona. Petitioner Avishek Goenka, a self-proclaimed public spirited person, has insisted that the petition, though admittedly based on the information culled out from newspaper article/reports and social media which he has not personally verified but bonafidely believes, raises some extremely important concerns related to treatment of COVID-19 patients both at the stage of quarantine and post infections in public interest. The PIL, drawn and filed by Dharmaprabhas Law Associates, contends the infringement of the rights of the citizens guaranteed under articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India, on the following grounds: i The Respondents- Union Health and Home Ministries- are unable to offer enough beds in Private Hospitals, where treatment can be available for Post Covid-19 Infection, to the patients who can afford the same and in the process, many of the affluent are being kept in Government facilities, which are not up to the standards, which the affluent are used to and hence adding to their existing misery.ii Need for more empanelment of private hospital for treatment of COVID-19 infections particularly in view of over burdened public health care system of our nation.iii Full settlement of claims by the insurer in a time bound manner and minimum to the tune of cost of treatment fixed by the Respondents within 24 hours of receipt of claim. iv Absence of transparent mechanism for availing –private – quarantine and post infection facilities. As a result many of the affluent who can afford the same are being denied such facilities arbitrarily. Thus, it is stated that a person who is willing and has means to afford quality healthcare could not be forced to go to a Government owned or aided – quarantine center or Hospital, against his choice denying him quality of life by the Respondent. v Absence of indicative cost of treatment by Private Hospital to avoid arbitrary rejection of claims by the insurance companies. It is urged that uniform pricing be evolved for for similar categories of treatment, in similar rooms, in similar category of Private Hospitals. vi The Respondents need to fix the rates of treatment by Private Hospitals, given the fact that – as per the insurers, the Private Hospitals are charging as per their whims and fancies. The petition seeks to raise the following points of law- a) Whether a person who is willing and has means to afford quality healthcare could be forced to go to a Government owned or aided – quarantine center or Hospital, against his choice denying him quality of life by the Respondent in the name of a pandemic particularly, when the same is without any reason?b) Whether the Respondents in not being able to offer enough beds in – Private Hospitals, where treatment can be available for Post Covid-19 Infection, to the patients who can afford the same and in the process, subjecting the affluent to sub-standard facilities, which the affluent are not used to and hence adding to their existing misery and is thus violative of Article 21 and 14 of the Constitution ?c) Whether immediate non settlement of full medical bills by the insurance companies in the name of a pandemic is manifestly arbitrary and is thus violative of Article 21 and 14 of the Constitution?d) Whether the failure of respondents in giving a broad based cost of treatment to Private Hospitals qua COVID-19 patients and consequent irrational charging by the later impinges upon Article 21 of such patients?e) Whether the Central Government can issue mandatory directions to State Government, during the prevalence of the a Pandemic (COVID-19) with regard to maintenance of minimum standard of facilities being provided to infected patients and on other treatment related issues as per the standards of World Health Organisation? 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Bombay High Court Directs Immediate Medical Examination Of Varavara Rao To Consider Prayer For Shifting To Hospital

first_imgNews UpdatesBombay High Court Directs Immediate Medical Examination Of Varavara Rao To Consider Prayer For Shifting To Hospital Nitish Kashyap12 Nov 2020 5:48 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Thursday directed immediate medical examination of 81-year-old Varavara Rao, lodged in Taloja jail in the Bhima Koregaon case, to ascertain whether he needs to be shifted to Nanavati Hospital.The Court directed that a panel of doctors from Nanavati Hospital should examine him via video call immediately, either today itself or at the latest by tomorrow morning. If…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 Bombay High Court on Thursday directed immediate medical examination of 81-year-old Varavara Rao, lodged in Taloja jail in the Bhima Koregaon case, to ascertain whether he needs to be shifted to Nanavati Hospital.The Court directed that a panel of doctors from Nanavati Hospital should examine him via video call immediately, either today itself or at the latest by tomorrow morning. If the doctors form the opinion after the video call that physical examination of the undertrial is needed, the same should be done immediately.The said examination is to be conducted by the same team of doctors that examined Rao earlier and gave a report dated July 30. The Court has posted the matter next on November 17 for the consideration of the medical report. It will decide on the prayer for shifting Rao – who is said to be suffering from dementia and several comorbidities- to hospital from jail based on the medical report.The vacation bench of Justice AK Menon and Justice SP Tavade started hearing the matter at 3 pm. The Court heard the matter in a special sitting after the Supreme Court’s order dated October 29 asking the High Court to decide the matter within 15 days.Appearing on behalf of Varavara Rao in his appeal against the rejection of bail and the writ petition filed by his wife, Senior Advocate Indira Jaising began her submissions. She referred to the National Investigation Agency’s affidavit in the plea and submitted that the agency has not disputed the averments relating to the medical condition of Varavara Rao.”My cause of action for the writ petition in the violation of rights under Article 19(1)(a) and 21 of the Constitution of India”, Jaising said. She pointed out that the Supreme Court in its order dated October 29 asked the Bombay High Court to decide the matter within 15 days. Accused persons do not lose their fundamental rights except to the extent of their right to mobility as has been taken away by the procedure established by law. All the fundamental rights of the prisoner remain intact, Jaising submitted.She further asserted that Varvara Rao’s health is deteriorating-“Yesterday, Senior Advocate Mihir Desai received a call from co-accused Father Stan Swamy that Varavara Rao’s health is declining. I am seeking an urgent interim relief to shift Varavara Rao from Taloja jail to Nanavati Hospital. The ultimate relief I am seeking is that he be set at liberty as his rights are being violated. There is legitimate apprehension that Varavara Rao might lose life if he continues in this manner. He was earlier removed from Nanavati Hospital and put to Taloja jail when the proceedings were pending here, behind the back of the Court.””He has dementia, he is bed ridden. He has developed severe urinary tract infection. I daresay if he loses his life in jail, it will be a case of custodial death”, Sr Adv Jaising persisted.She further informed the bench that her second interim prayer is to constitute an independent medical board of Nanavati hospital doctors to examine Rao.Elaborating on his medical condition, Sr Adv Jaising said that on May 15, Rao was shifted to Taloja jail hospital. The court directed the jail authorities to file a report regarding his medical condition, which was not submitted. Thereafter, he was admitted to the hospital again and the family was not informed. On June 26, his bail application was rejected. In July, his health deteriorated again and he was admitted to JJ Hospital.In July, Rao’s family came to know about his being in JJ Hospital. When they visited him, they found him in a pitiable condition in a pool of urine without a nurse or an attendant. In jail, a co-accused, who is not a medical professional, was asked by authorities to look after Varavara Rao, Jaising said.Then, Rao tested positive for Covid-19 on July 16. “We had forewarned when he first moved bail application that he has comorbidities. On testing positive for Covid-19, he was shifted to St.George hospital. Later due to international pressure, he was shifted to Nanavati Hospital by the State. However, the jail authorities shifted him back to Taloja jail from Nanavati without informing the Court and family members. Since his return to jail on August 28, he is being looked after by his co-accused” Jaising said.”He is bed-ridden and is on diapers, he cannot control his urination. So he is with urine bag and his catheter has not been removed. Is this man going to flee away from justice?”, Jaising argued.Referring to NIA’s reply in the matter, Jaising submitted that there is no whisper in the reply regarding the current medical condition of Varavara Rao. The only thing they say is he is accused under UAPA and say is a terrorist, Jaising said.”In most cases cited by NIA, Varavara Rao was acquitted or FIRs were quashed. I wish NIA had done their homework better while preparing their reply”, Sr Adv Jaising argued.On the other hand, NIA’s counsel Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh submitted -“We cannot underestimate our government hospitals or government doctors. But at the request of the family of Varavara Rao, he was shifted to Nanavati Hospital, a super speciality hospital.It was not on the basis of any orders of the Court that he was shifted to nanavati. It was done by the State on its own. We have always provided him with medical treatment in jail, at Nanavati hospital and JJ hospital.”Then what is the harm in permitting medical examination of Varavara Rao by doctors of Nanavati Hospital, Court asked.”I am told that the jail doctors are consulting doctors of Nanavati and JJ hospital for treating Rao. As for the physical examination by Nanavati, State’s counsel may be in a better position to point out”, ASG Singh responded.Constitution of a medical board will take time and if there is a medical examination by a panel of doctors of Nanavati, it will be known soon if shifting him to nanavati is necessaray, Justice Menon noted.Public Prosecutor Deepak Thakare submitted that the latest medical report has been submitted. However, Sr Adv Jaising submitted that she has not received a copy of this report. PP Thakare submitted that he will share a copy of the report with Sr Advocate Jaising as well. He then went on to read from the said report stating that all parameters are normal.”The main issue is that the man (Rao) is suffering from dementia. He is mentally compromised. From what I heard from the report, there is no mention about these”, Jaising argued.What is the harm if a panel of doctors from Nanavati examines Varavara Rao in video rather than shifting him on aknee jerk reaction, Justice Menon pondered.”We can do it, I will advise them (panel of Nanavati doctors) to do it tomorrow”, PP Thakare said.There is no substitute for a physical examination, Indira Jaising pleaded.However, Court said- “Let there be a video examination straightaway by the same persons who gave the report on July 30.”My lords, I would still urge that there is a clinical examination, Jaising said.Court then asked PP Thakare whether a physical examination by the same team of doctors can take place at Taloja jail.At first let the doctors examine him on video and after that let them decide if physical examination is needed. This will be a bad precedent. There are doctors in jails who are experts, ASG Anil Singh sought to intervene.After the ASG and Sr Adv Jaising went back and forth on the issue, Court remarked-“Let this not be a debate with arguments and counter arguments. It is a question of a man’s health. Let nanavati doctors make a video call at first and then if they say they cannot ascertain by video, let them visit the jail.” Finally, Court asked PP Deepak Thakare to see if the video call can be arranged today, noting that if it can be, then it should be arranged today. And doctors examining Rao must be the ones that gave the report on July 30 and are familiar with his condition, Court said.Thereafter, Sr Adv Jaising sought for a listing tomorrow to which the Court said that tomorrow the bench is not sitting and this was a special sitting in light of the Supreme Court order.The bench went on to dictate the order-“To assess the present condition of Varavara Rao, it will be appropriate to have a video medical examination. All parties agree that video consultation can be arranged today or tomorrow morning by Doctors of Nanavati hospital who made the medical report dated July 30. If the panel of doctors are of the view that video medical examination is not possible, it will be open for them to visit Taloja jail at their earliest convenience to examine Varavara Rao. All counsels agree that this is the best way to ensure his health.”PP Deepak Thakare agreed to inform the jail authorities and Nanavati hospital at the earliest. The matter will now be heard on November 17.Rao has been under custody since August 2018, facing charges under the UAPA, for alleged links with Maoists in the Bhima Koregaon case. He is fNext Storylast_img read more

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Confusion mounts over announced federal withdrawal from Portland

first_imgNathan Howard/Getty ImagesBy ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that federal agents dispatched to Portland, Oregon, would not be ordered to depart the city until “safety” was restored, appearing to contradict statements a day earlier by the state’s governor, who said she had been assured that officers would begin their phased withdrawal as soon as Thursday.Trump said in a tweet Thursday morning that Gov. Kate Brown, “isn’t doing her job.”“She must clear out, and in some cases arrest, the Anarchists & Agitators in Portland,” Trump said. “If she can’t do it, the Federal Government will do it for her. We will not be leaving until there is safety!”In an interview with ABC News Live Wednesday, Gov. Brown outlined what appears to be a different understanding of the agreement reached with the Department of Homeland Security — which would see officers from the Oregon State Police take the place of federal officials protecting the Hatfield Federal Courthouse that has faced attacks and vandalism in recent weeks.“The plan is very, very clear and both sides are in agreement that starting tomorrow afternoon, Thursday afternoon, Customs and Border Patrol and ICE officers that have been on the streets of Portland will begin leaving,” Brown said. “This is definitely a step by step, gradual process, but we know how it is, they will be out of the city of Portland and Oregonians will be in charge.”Brown further argued that the surge of federal forces in the city was part of “a political strategy” by the Trump administration.“Their presence here was like pouring gasoline on the fire, and their strategy — because it was a political one, has backfired,” Brown said. “And they are leaving they’re leaving the streets of Portland and leaving Oregon.”Acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf by contrast released a separate statement following Brown’s initial announcement that hinged any withdrawal of federal officers on a clear restoration of peace in the city and near federal properties.“The Department will continue to maintain our current, augmented federal law enforcement personnel in Portland until we are assured that the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and other federal properties will no longer be attacked,” Wolf said. “The Department will continue to re-evaluate our security posture in Portland, and should circumstances on the ground significantly improve due to the influx of state and local law enforcement, we anticipate the ability to change our force posture, as we do everyday at our other 9,000 federal properties we protect across the country.”“We’re not going to [move out] that quickly,” Wolf added later in a conference call with reporters.Brown’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.According to reports from The Oregonian newspaper, following the announcement on Wednesday about the phased withdrawal, dozens of DHS and CBP agents squared off with protesters in the streets near the federal courthouse in the “largest visible response” from the federal officers yet.DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News as to whether any officers would be departing the city Thursday or whether officials believed Wednesday night’s events amounted to any improvement in terms of safety compared with previous nights.Wolf told reporters Wednesday that federal officers near the courthouse “have faced assaults with Molotov cocktails, mortar-style commercial grade fireworks accelerants, IEDs and other violent weapons since July 4.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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HR needs to drive through changes on mobile usage

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. HR needs to drive through changes on mobile usageOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Employers have been advised to review policies on mobile telephone usageafter the Government announced plans to make it an offence to hold a phonewhile driving. Drivers caught will face an instant £30 fine for this offencefrom December, but the figure could rocket to £1,000 if the matter goes tocourt. Drivers will still be able to use hands-free phones. Charles Cotton,reward and employment conditions adviser at the Chartered Institute ofPersonnel and Development, said organisations need to think about developing oradjusting their policies. “It makes sense. People shouldn’t be drivingwith one hand,” he said. “Organisations should be aware [of the lawchange] and advise staff about what is appropriate.” Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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