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Super Rugby: Why adding two European teams would be a win-win for world rugby

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS By Alex ShoreThe southern hemisphere governing body SANZAAR is keen to explore new markets and commercial opportunities, increasing their ability to compete financially with their northern counterparts.The northern hemisphere nations are eager to improve the attacking skill-sets of their players, particularly at Test level, in order to bridge the long-standing divide between the two hemispheres.There does seem to be a solution which could, in theory, solve each hemisphere’s problems in one fell swoop.Disclaimer. Progressing any further into this article will expose you to fanciful proposals and logistical nightmares, but hopefully a fair amount of common sense, too.So, without any further ado… why don’t the Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12, under the flags of their respective national unions, provide two new teams to the southern hemisphere’s premiere club tournament, Super Rugby?Madness? Impossible? Someone call the asylum? Bear with me.Development toolFirstly, as the northern and southern hemisphere seasons overlap, there is no possibility of sending down an established club, region or province. Instead, select teams would have to be packaged together.Premiership and Pro12 sides wouldn’t be keen to allow their senior players to participate, requiring them instead to be part of their domestic and European campaigns, but they would likely be much more amenable to seeing their younger, developing players have stints Down South. This would provide a platform for them to improve and see regular game time in a tournament that prizes ambitious and clinical attacking play above all else.In fairness, younger players have seen plenty of action in this condensed season thanks to the World Cup last year, but it’s not the norm in the northern hemisphere. With more southern hemisphere stars set to move north this coming summer, it’s a problem that is only likely to get worse before it gets better.With European age-grade rugby getting more competitive and more skilful with each passing year, these young players, most of whom would be in their early 20s, are more than capable of making an impact in Super Rugby if given the chance, much as their Kiwi, Australian and South African counterparts do week in, week out.Below are two XVs from both competitions, consisting of players who have found opportunities hard to come by this season, as an example of the type of team that could be put together.Guinness Pro12 XVLuke Garrett (Dragons)George Turner (Edinburgh)Dillon Lewis (Blues)Alexander Thompson (Ulster)Scott Cummings (Glasgow)Harri Keddie (Dragons)Oli Griffiths (Dragons)Lorcan Dow (Ulster)Tomos Williams (Blues)Ross Byrne (Leinster)Mattia Bellini (Zebre)Api Pewhairangi (Connacht)David Johnston (Munster)Jordan Williams (Scarlets)Billy Dardis (Leinster)Dow index: Ulster’s Lorcan Dow would be just the sort of player to benefit from Super Rugby (Pic: Inpho)Aviva Premiership XVBeno Obano (Bath)Gerard Ellis (London Irish)Biyi Alo (Saracens)Huw Taylor (Worcester)Sam Skinner (Exeter)Charlie Beckett (Leicester)Lewis Ludlam (Northampton)James Chisholm (Harlequins)James Mitchell (Sale)Alex Lozowski (Wasps)Zach Kibirige (Newcastle)Max Clark (Bath)Joe Marchant (Harlequins)Nathan Earle (Saracens)Mat Protheroe (Gloucester)Southern exposure: Quins No 8 James Chisholm gets limited opportunities in the Premiership (Pic: Getty)An accord between the Premiership clubs to each provide three or four players to the squad would be conceivable, especially if the RFU were to offer compensation and bear the burden of running costs for the select side, and Premiership Rugby were able to make any player who is contributed to the squad exempt from the club’s salary cap. That said, if you’re hoping to see European inclusion in Super Rugby anytime soon, you’re probably better off holding out for Mourad Boudjellal withdrawing Toulon from the Top 14…For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Cheers: The Lions celebrate beating the Chiefs but how about adding a British flavour to proceedings? center_img Creating two new teams in Super Rugby, to represent the Aviva and Pro12 competitions, would bolster the commercial pulling power of the South and playing standards in the North. It’s a global game so why not think big? An agreement may be a little more challenging to brook with the Pro12 sides, as each nation would want significant representation in the squad. There would likely be a smaller Italian presence in the squad than Irish, Welsh and Scottish, so divvying up the financial costs of the side would be an unenviable task. It would be a tightrope to walk but one that would have real benefits for those unions and the Pro12 moving forward.Of course, neither team would have a realistic hope of lifting the title but for the northern hemisphere nations, these teams would be about skill development, not titles or accolades.It would certainly require a large amount of club and country cooperation, something which the home nations have not historically thrived at. That said, there are relatively amicable agreements in place at the moment and there are clear positives for both the clubs and the countries in this proposal, so again, in theory, it could work.Union cooperationAny side entering Super Rugby would need to be organised and run by the RFU and WRU/SRU/IRFU/FIR, rather than the organisations that run the domestic divisions. As such, the Premiership and Pro12 clubs would essentially be loaning players to the select sides and the financial compensation demanded would likely be considerable.That required level of cooperation between club and country is the sole reason the Top 14 and France have not been mentioned.Even if those agreements could be made, the logistical issues are still many.If the Premiership side was to play home games at Twickenham and the Pro12 side to rotate between the Principality, Aviva and BT Murrayfield, there’s no doubt there would be considerable support and attendances. Whether this is feasible, given that Super Rugby teams already play on four different continents, is debatable. Adding regular tours to Europe to the mix may be too much for the tournament to bear.Hong Kong and Mumbai are two cities with strong British influences and/or expat populations that could host these sides, offering Super Rugby and SANZAAR doorways into the potentially highly lucrative markets of China and India. They have the stadia and infrastructure to accommodate the sides, as well as the economies to get the southern hemisphere nations salivating.Home from home: Hong Kong has a lot of British expats and could host games for the potential new sidesThere are any number of alternatives, with Dubai, Abu Dhabi (both UAE), Delhi, Kolkata (both India), Shanghai, Beijing (both China), Jakarta (Indonesia), Seoul (South Korea), Manila (Philippines) and Bangkok (Thailand) standing out as possible venues. Another option would be to have the teams rotate their home venue between these cities, much as the Sunwolves are currently doing in Tokyo and Singapore.Critically, all the locations listed offer exciting potential, but without established rugby teams of their own. Hosting select sides from Britain and Ireland could be quite the boon for the growth of rugby in these countries, as well as ticking the commercial box for SANZAAR.This would require a large amount of pride swallowing in the southern hemisphere nations, however, who would see two developmental northern hemisphere sides added to their premier competition. Hopefully the increased commercial opportunities would make it far more palatable for fans, but there’s no doubt that it would receive mixed responses. That said, a weekly opportunity to beat two northern hemisphere sides would surely have its appeal.Real appeal: Kiwi fans, like these of the Crusaders, would relish the chance to beat a Premiership outfitBlue-sky thinkingIndeed, SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos has been vocal on the possibilities of further expansion in Super Rugby, following the inclusions of Argentinian and Japanese sides this year. He has said there are no geographical limits to potential expansion territories that are “also commercially attractive” and even listed Europe as a possibility.It’s fanciful and ultimately nothing more than pie in the sky at this moment in time, but it seems, at least on paper, to be a win-win situation for everyone involved.last_img read more

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House Ag Committee Passes Measures on Roll Back Pesticide Regulations

first_img By Hoosier Ag Today – Feb 16, 2017 House Ag Committee Passes Measures on Roll Back Pesticide Regulations The House Ag Committee passed two measures this week that deal with pesticide regulations. H.R. Bill 953, called the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide applications around the waters of the U.S. A 2009 Court of Appeals decision mistakenly applied provisions of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permitting process under the Clean Water Act to pesticide applications that were already fully regulated by federal law. The result was two different permitting processes, which Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway, a Texas Republican, said was never the intent of Congress. H.R. Bill 1029, titled the Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act, reauthorizes the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act. PRIA was intended to make the evaluation process more predictable and effective for affected pesticide decisions. It couples the collection of fees with a specific review period, and it shortens the review period for reduced-risk pesticides.Committee Chair Conaway says, “For over a decade, PRIA has provided predictability and certainty to the Ag and public health communities while bringing transparency to the pesticide registration process.”Source: NAFB News Serivce SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News House Ag Committee Passes Measures on Roll Back Pesticide Regulations Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleSW Indiana Fertilizer Plant Still a GoNext articleThe Indiana Soybean Checkoff is Calling You Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

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India: Kashmiri reporters assailed by both security forces and protesters

first_imgNews The young photojournalist Masarat Zehra (left) was accused of being an Indian army informer after covering a gun battle. Reporter Ahmer Khan (right) was hospitalized after being hit by shotgun pellets fired by police (photos: Masrat Zahra – Adnan Bhat). IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsPhotoreportageViolence Organisation June 10, 2021 Find out more March 3, 2021 Find out more RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsPhotoreportageViolence News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on India April 27, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges all parties to respect the work of journalists in northwestern India’s Kashmir Valley, where they are now being attacked by separatists at demonstrations as well as by the security forces. Journalist are used to being targeted by the security forces ever since the conflict in the Kashmir Valley intensified in 2016. It happened against last week in Nowhatta, on the outskirts of Srinagar, when reporters went to cover the Friday prayers sermon for Ramadan in the mosque. The police deliberately fired on reporters when they attacked protesters outside the mosque and one, photographer Ahmer Khan, was hit by shotgun pellets. He described the police assault as extremely violent.But the violence against Kashmiri journalists is now also coming from within the ranks of those protesting against the presence of the Indian security forces. Three photojournalists were the collateral victims of clashes between activists and police in Srinagar on 5 May.Omar Asif of the Kashmir News Service was hit on the head by stone thrown by a protester. Javed Dar, a reporter for the Chinese news agency Xinhua, was hit by a thrown brick. EPA reporter Farooq Javed Khan was hospitalized with a hand injury.Masrat Zehra, a 24-year-old photojournalist, experienced a more insidious kind of violence two weeks before that. After a photo showing her covering a gun battle was posted online, activists accused her of being a “mukhbir” (Indian army informer) in a social network hate campaign accompanied by misogynistic insults.“Kashmiri journalists provide an extremely challenging but absolutely fundamental service covering the events affecting the valley,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “All parties should respect their work, integrity and right to safety. It is not only wrong for the security forces to target them, but also for activists to threaten or even physically attack them. Journalists should be allowed to cover events impartially. This is an essential condition for resolving the conflict.”There are many examples of reporters being harassed in Kashmir, especially photographers and video reporters. They include Kamran Yousuf, a photographer who was arrested in September 2017 and was held for six months. Freed on bail on 12 March, he continues to be charged with “sedition, criminal conspiracy and attempting to wage war against India.” The last of these charges carries a possible death sentence. French documentary filmmaker Paul Comiti was arrested in December in Kashmir while there to research for a documentary, and was held for several days before finally being released.India is ranked 138th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, two places lower than last year. to go further In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News June 1, 2018 – Updated on May 15, 2020 India: Kashmiri reporters assailed by both security forces and protesters India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s medialast_img read more

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Rathkeale to benefit from extension of Garda Youth Diversion Project

first_imgWhatsApp Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsRathkeale to benefit from extension of Garda Youth Diversion ProjectBy Alan Jacques – May 21, 2015 655 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSDan Neville TDFine GaelGarda Youth Diversion ProjectlimerickRathkeale Previous article4,681 on housing list in Limerick city and countyNext articleChip-tastic chip chatter on menu for Culture and Chips Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Emailcenter_img Print Facebook by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dan Neville TDRATHKEALE has been announced as one of ten new locations to benefit from the extension of the Garda Youth Diversion Project.Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald announced that €2.8 million is to be allocated from the Dormant Accounts Disbursement Scheme to expand Garda Youth Diversion Services in communities across the country.Fine Gael TD for Limerick, Dan Neville, believes this is good news for crime prevention locally.In addition to the new project in Rathkeale, existing projects in Limerick City are to receive funding to support the recruitment of additional staff. These projects are Roxboro, run by Extern, and Henry Street, run by Limerick Youth Service.“It is great that Limerick is benefiting from both the new Rathkeale project and the strengthening of two city centre projects already doing great work. These projects are designed to prevent and tackle crime, particularly youth crime,” said Deputy Neville.“It is so important that we deal with criminal behaviour where it presents in the younger generations, thereby breaking the cycle of crime that presents a threat to our community in the future.”Deputy Neville believes the extension of the Garda Youth Diversion Project will help to further the trend of falling youth crime levels.“The funding is targeted towards areas of social and economic disadvantage and the projects involve the Gardaí working proactively with children and young people to deter them from committing crime. The old adage that prevention is better than cure rings true here. These projects help children develop their sense of community and their social skills through education, employment training, sport, art, music and other activities. As well as protecting people from crime, we want to give our young people every best chance to flourish in life, participating fully in their communities and living free from criminal behaviour,” he concluded. Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

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Tackling Natural Disasters, One Borrower at a Time

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Tackling Natural Disasters, One Borrower at a Time Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago August 21, 2018 3,953 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Borrowers Chase Home Lending consumers DIMONT Disaster Homeowners Homes Insurance Lenders mortgage NMSA Servicers Wells Fargo Tackling Natural Disasters, One Borrower at a Time The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha Sign up for DS News Daily On Tuesday, Chase Home Lending announced that it had donated a mortgage-free fully renovated home to a family that lost their home during Hurricane Harvey. This was part of the lender’s initiatives in providing homeowners, especially those in regions prone to natural disasters with support to keep their properties safe and help them with recovery.Lenders across the country are working to help homeowners and their homes stay safe as the country prepares for the hurricane season this year. Take the example of Wells Fargo, which has reached out to customers post-disaster through its  One Wells Fargo’s Mobile Response Unit staffed with disaster specialists who provide answers and valuable information directly to impacted customers and communities on how to begin their personal recovery and rebuilding process.“Wells Fargo believes it is critical to respond quickly to help people and communities recover quickly when facing financial hardships caused by disasters,” Rullah Price, SVP and Consumer Outreach Director for Wells Fargo Home Lending told DS News. “We recognize that obtaining assistance in the aftermath of a major disaster can be overwhelming and having a person you can talk with “face-to-face” can make a world of difference.”Working in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Chase committed to keeping Houston Strong. “As we reflect on the storms that hit Texas and Florida last year, Chase continues to be a part of the Houston Strong community to help with the recovery,” said Peter Muriungi, Head of Servicing at Chase Home Lending. “Relief is available and we’re here to help with options.”Last year, the lender provided over $33 million in immediate relief, worked with customers on more than $1.2 billion in loans and mortgages in the greater Houston area and offered 136,000 homeowners at least a 90-day special protection period on payments to help them get back on their feet.Both Wells Fargo and Chase have also kicked-off initiatives to educate borrowers on how they can be prepared for a natural disaster. While Chase is providing homeowners with proactive tips to prepare for a season of potential hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires, Wells Fargo is communicating with its customers in geographies that may be potentially impacted by using virtual channels such as email, text, ATM messages, and social media to alert them where to call to obtain information and assistance should they have sustained damage from the storm.“When possible, we want to proactively help customers prepare to care for themselves and their homes. By using a variety of channels to reach customers, we are able to provide the information for them when they need it,” Price said.If servicers are helping customers, DIMONT, the Dallas-based provider of insurance claims adjusting and collateral loss mitigation services to the residential mortgage industry, is looking at ways to improve the process of being prepared for a disaster for servicers. In partnership with the National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA), DIMONT recently published a white paper titled Disaster Preparedness: Three Things Mortgage Loan Servicers Can Do to Get Ready for Storm Season. The report addresses the dramatic impact of the 2017 storm season on the mortgage servicing industry, compares last year’s storm season to that of 2018 and offers three primary insurance practices servicers can follow in order to mitigate collateral losses. They include ensuring appropriate insurance coverage,communicating effectively with borrowers in the aftermath, and how servicers can navigate the complex insurance claims process.”The delays and disconnected practices within the industry stem from outdated manual processes and a lack of transparency between servicers and borrowers. Preparation beforehand and a smooth response process during storm season will not only ensure reduced expenses and risk avoidance, but it will also help borrowers through a stressful life experience,” The white paper said.At the end though, the industry wants the consumer to know that they have their back. “We hope all our customers can avoid the impacts of a major disaster this year. But if disaster does strike, we want them to know we’re here to get them the help they need quickly,” Price said.To learn more about how the industry is looking to rebuild Puerto Rico, an island that was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, register for the Five Star PR-18, and join representatives from mortgage banks, servicers, suppliers, non-depository institutions, and government agencies to participate in a series of collaborative discussions focused on restoring a balance of homeownership to an island still in the midst of rebuilding. Borrowers Chase Home Lending consumers DIMONT Disaster Homeowners Homes Insurance Lenders mortgage NMSA Servicers Wells Fargo 2018-08-21 Radhika Ojhacenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: The New Refi Borrower Profile Next: 10 Most Affordable Cities for Renters to Buy a Home Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Subscribelast_img read more

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If Free Press Dies, Then Democracy Doesn’t Have A Chance : Seema Chishti

first_imgTop StoriesIf Free Press Dies, Then Democracy Doesn’t Have A Chance : Seema Chishti Radhika Roy1 July 2020 4:51 AMShare This – x”Earlier, till the point of the murder of Gauri Lankesh, people were going after journalists in an unlawful manner. But, now, people are using the law to go after them”, said Deputy Editor of Indian Express, Seema Chishti at an e-seminar organized by the LiveLaw on the topic “Shooting the Messenger: The ‘Chilling Effect’ of Criminalising Journalism”.”At the risk of sounding over the top, 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?Login”Earlier, till the point of the murder of Gauri Lankesh, people were going after journalists in an unlawful manner. But, now, people are using the law to go after them”, said Deputy Editor of Indian Express, Seema Chishti at an e-seminar organized by the LiveLaw on the topic “Shooting the Messenger: The ‘Chilling Effect’ of Criminalising Journalism”.”At the risk of sounding over the top, if the free press dies, then our democracy doesn’t have a chance. So, we need to protect our democracy by protecting free press”, she said during the session. Former Judge of the Supreme Court of India Justice Madan B. Lokur, Senior Advocate Dr. Colin Gonsalves, and Seema Chishti were the speakers at the e-seminar, which was moderated by Lawyer Malavika Prasad. The e-seminar commenced with a discussion on the spate of FIRs which had been registered against journalists across the country under cognizable and non-cognizable offences such as Sections 124A and 188 of the Indian Penal Code. Such cases had the potential to stunt the freedom of press guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India. In this context, Chishti responded to Prasad’s question on the constraints and setbacks faced by journalists during the lockdown by stating that the scenario in India was quite grim with India ranking at 142 on the World Press Freedom Index, with North Korea at 180. With that in mind, the Senior Journalist elaborated upon four broad topics on the issue: 1. The Government’s approach to journalists; 2. Issues posed due to technological challenges in media; 3. Negative public opinion regarding journalists; and 4. Lack of institutional support. Chishti observed that government’s approach to journalists had cultivated a situation wherein anyone questioning the government was held accountable.   “The government should have its say, of course. But, there are senior ministers who have called journalists ‘Presstitutes’. Then we also have the general public opinion. When the Emergency was declared, newspaper editors were getting public support. We don’t have that now. Public opinion is not on the side of the journalists. There is also no institutional support from Courts.”[Also Read] Magistrates Need To Apply Their Mind; Don’t Trust Prosecution Blindly To Remand Persons : Justice Lokur Sr. Adv. Dr. Colin Gonsalves, on the issue of sedition being used against journalists, agreed with Chishti regarding the chilling effect of the same. “I agree with Ms. Chishti on how the use of law can have as much of a chilling effect as the use of a ‘danda’. Sedition is very widely used and is not carefully monitored. Particularly in rural areas where they have little access to representation.” Gonsalves iterated a case of the Chief Minister of Manipur filing a case of sedition against a journalist for using an expletive against him. He stated that the judgement of Kedar Nath Singh v. State of Bihar (1962) was poorly worded and, therefore, the law of sedition was being applied so indiscriminately. With regard to enactment of new laws to protect journalists, both Chishti and Gonsalves were reluctant. While the former observed that the enactment of new laws was futile as it was interpretation and use of the laws that mattered, the latter questioned the incumbent government’s adeptness at being able to promulgate a law that would facilitate the freedom of press. Chishti emphasized on the need of a robust judiciary discharging an onerous responsibility to protect a journalist, or any individual asking questions. “We need spine, we need a good attitude. We need to do away with the dichotomy of ‘are you national, are you anti-national’. We need an attitude shift so as to refresh our perception of democracy. Of course, the government will put pressure and the mobs will come in the way. This is why the judges need to be sensitized.” Chishti and Gonsalves also highlighted the importance of journalists organizing themselves to protect the freedom of press. Gonsalves observed that “an insult to one journalist should be an insult to all. It should not be an individual problem. Instead of monitoring a crisis faced by an individual journalist, all journalists should come together to respond to the crisis.” Gonsalves also spoke on the accountability on behalf of Magistrates, with regard to the recent case of custodial death that took place in Tamil Nadu wherein a father-son duo were tortured to death by policemen during an investigation for an alleged violation of lockdown curfew. “It’s not just the Magistrate, but we must all be vigilant. Some judges have to some extent come very close to the Executive. In that case, it is our duty to be vigilant, resolute and to never give up. Take the NHRC; it’s such an inert institution. We cannot wait for someone else. We need to come forward and take responsibility. Then only we will see the magic of India.”   Subscribe to LiveLaw and help us provide quality content. 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Gardaí appeal for witnesses to hit and run collision in Stranorlar

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter Facebook Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Gardaí appeal for witnesses to hit and run collision in Stranorlar WhatsApp Previous article40 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUHNext articleCaolán Irwin completes his British Championship season at Brands Hatch News Highland Google+ Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – October 22, 2019 center_img Pinterest Google+ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run collision in Stranorlar. The collision happened on Saturday night shortly after 8pm on the Main Letterkenny road, beside the Nena Models factory.A man was travelling towards Letterkenny from Stranorlar and he had a child in the car with him when he was struck by a small white van that exited from the road opposite Nena Models straight onto the Main Road.The van struck his car and sent it into a spin which caused it to travel straight into a wall of a house.The van left the scene in the direction of Mc Clays corner. The driver sustained injuries but the child was not hurt.Gardai are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and who witnessed the collision or the van in question or if anyone had a dash cam in the area at the time to come forward to Gardaí at Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-9167100 or call the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.They also wish to appeal to the driver of the van to come forward. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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Prep Sports Roundup: 2/18

first_imgFebruary 18, 2021 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 2/18 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballRegion 20 TournamentTROPIC, Utah-Quadyn Tebbs stepped up with 19 points and the Bryce Valley Mustangs routed Wayne 68-33 in the Region 20 tournament Thursday. Hunter Mitchell had 13 points in the loss for the Badgers.The Mustangs next face Valley Friday at 8:00 pm in the semifinals of the Region 20 Tournament at Panguitch High School. The Badgers draw Diamond Ranch Friday at 10:10 am at Panguitch High School in the consolation bracket.JUNCTION, Utah-Gavin Morgan posted 18 points and the Piute Thunderbirds hammered Milford 63-44 Thursday in the Region 20 tournament. Corbyn Dalton’s 13 points led the Tigers in defeat. Piute next faces Panguitch Friday at 4:40 pm in the tournament semifinals at Panguitch High School. Milford next faces Water Canyon Friday at 1:30 pm in the consolation bracket at Panguitch High School.PANGUITCH, Utah-Ryker Hatch led the way with 15 points and the Panguitch Bobcats pounded Water Canyon 71-39 in the Region 20 tournament Thursday. Joseph Jessop had 13 points in the loss for the Wildcats.ORDERVILLE, Utah-The Valley Buffaloes outlasted Diamond Ranch 58-56 Thursday in the Region 20 tournament.center_img Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Postgrad jogger mistaken for terrorist

first_imgAn Iranian PhD student was stopped by the police on Monday afternoon as he underwent his daily exercise routine of walking with a weight vest, after they received a call from a member of the public. Goudarz Kamiri, who studies physiology, anatomy and genetics at University College, had been doing his regular morning walk down Southfield Road,  when he was forced to halt near the O2 Academy.“The police officer said to me, ‘stop, stop’, and it was a few seconds before I realised he was actually talking to me. I was told to put my hands in the air and drop whatever was in my hands.”The police officer, himself wearing a police vest, began examining Kamiri, requiring his help in taking off the 30kg vest.“He asked me whether I knew what this looked like – “somebody with my appearance” wearing the vest – and I didn’t even really know what he meant: was it my skin colour?”Kamiri spoke to Cherwell yesterday evening, commenting, “The fact that when it became obvious that I was not a terrorist, they still wanted to check everything and insisted on taking my details, bothered me a lot.”He was indignant at the response of the police, which was to tell him not to wear the vest again. He commented, “This route is convenient for me – why should I change just because people are paranoid?”“After my huge discussion with the two police officers I kept going with my training. Walking past them a second time in their car they told me, “Why don’t you just call it a day?” and demanded that I take off my vest again. I said no – it was heavy, I didn’t want to walk with it in my hand. Eventually I put my jacket over it, and still they were not completely satisfied.”Kamiri contacted the Oxford Mail to tell his story, saying, “I wished that what they [the police] had done was once they realised I was no terrorist was go back to the people who called and explained that to them.”“I did it partly to let those people know that there was no need to have been suspicious and also to make the point that we seem to be living in a society where people are paranoid. There is so much fear and anxiety, and the only way to take it away is through communicating. Just because someone looks Middle Eastern does not mean he or she is a terrorist, and it is the terrorists who want to induce such fear in society.”When asked if he had any sympathy with the police’s point of view, he conceded, “I understand police have to go check but once they realise their mistake why go further? That is what is wrong.”Since the article, Kamiri has been getting numerous calls from various organisations desiring to speak with him. He said, “The reaction was pretty much expected … the focus on the police, the word ‘terrorist’ and the Middle Eastern appearance.”He stressed that he did not mean this to happen. “A lot of the reports of the incident that are out there make it seem like I am playing the race card. That was never my intention. There have been comments saying I am stupid – some people saying that these vests should be illegal. But I feel like it is not about the vests and it is not about my race – it is about the anxiety and fear in society. That is what is crazy for me.”Superintendent Amanda Pearson, police commander for Oxford said, â€¨â€¨“Due to the nature of the call received, the control room enquired as to whether any armed response units were nearby. As one was in Oxford, officers from the unit were sent to the incident and spoke to the gentleman concerned.”“While I appreciate that in this case being stopped and checked by the officers may have been unsettling to the gentlemen concerned, the officers were responding to a call from a member of the public who had a genuine concern and police are duty bound to investigate any calls of this nature to ensure public safety.”last_img read more

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City Council Revokes ‘Coastal Cottages’ From Ocean City Redevelopment Zone

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiCulminating months of intense debate, City Council voted Thursday night to revoke an experimental type of housing that has polarized the community and ignited complaints from surrounding neighborhoods.The 5-1 vote on the zoning ordinance eliminates the so-called “coastal cottages” from a redevelopment area where they were supposed to be clustered in the center of town along Haven Avenue.The coastal cottage concept was originally approved by Council in 2013 as a way to create, smaller affordable homes that would attract more year-round residents, particularly younger families, to Ocean City.However, the lone cottage project currently under construction has been shadowed by complaints that it has exacerbated flooding, parking and overcrowding problems in surrounding neighborhoods.Known as Costeria Cottages, the project includes 18 homes along Haven Avenue between 12th and 13th streets. Although they are called cottages, the homes include two stories of living space and went on the market in late 2014 with sales prices ranging from $499,900 to $649,900.Since the project began, some neighbors have grumbled that the cottages were too big, too expensive, too densely packed together and were out of character with the rest of the area.“Congested and overbuilt housing is not what my neighbors want in Ocean City,” Ray McNeely, a Simpson Avenue resident who lives across the street from the cottage development, told Council at its meeting Thursday.Another resident, Wayne Mozzo, asserted that the cottage project has not lived up to expectations to draw younger, year-round families to Ocean City.“I think this is a failure, not a success,” said Mozzo, who lives on Pleasure Avenue about three blocks from Costeria Cottages.Henry Balbirer, who lives in one of the Costeria Cottages, disputed the criticism. He defended the cottages as attractive, affordable homes that will make Ocean City a more appealing place to live.“There’s nothing wrong with the cottages. They’re built well. They’re beautiful,” Balbirer said.In voting to revoke the cottages, Council members cited the complaints they have heard from neighbors about flooding, parking and construction problems.Council President Keith Hartzell said he spent Saturday and Sunday talking to nearly 30 neighbors and came away convinced that most of the community was opposed to the cottages.“At the end of the day, I work for the taxpayers of Ocean City,” Hartzell said, adding that he believed his vote reflected community sentiment.Hartzell said in an interview after the meeting that the zoning ordinance puts an end to coastal cottages “for now.” He did not rule out the possibility that Council could craft new measures to allow coastal cottages in the future, perhaps in some other location.Hartzell stressed that the city will continue its efforts to develop more single-family homes, which are key to attracting year-round residents.“We’re not saying goodbye to single-family homes,” he said.The ordinance, though, includes a grandfather clause that allows coastal cottage projects that are under construction or have already received zoning or planning approvals from the city to still be built.Councilman Peter Guinosso, who cast the lone dissenting vote against the ordinance, wanted to make it even tougher by proposing to eliminate the grandfather clause.The ordinance has prompted a lawsuit by a former councilman-turned-builder who wants to develop two coastal cottage projects on property he owns.John Flood, an Ocean City councilman from 1988 to 1996, has filed litigation alleging that the ordinance constitutes what he calls “illegal reverse spot zoning.”Flood urged Council to kill the measure. He suggested replacing it with a new ordinance to oversee the cottages. In addition to his suit, Flood has filed a petition with the City Clerk’s Office that also opposes the ordinance.Flood argued that there has been “no mass public outcry” against the cottages.The ordinance eliminates coastal cottages from a redevelopment zone concentrated along Haven Avenue roughly between Sixth and 14th streets in the center of town. Known as the Drive-in Business Zone, it is need of revitalization.Coastal cottages originally were envisioned as a new housing option in a town that has seen its year-round population fall as high-priced duplexes get purchased by investors.In other business Thursday, Council paid an emotional tribute to local icon Frank C. Pileggi, who died in February at 86.Pileggi, a Korean War veteran who helped found the city’s VFW Post 6650, was hailed in a proclamation as a man whose life “was dedicated to the service of his country and community.”“Frank will live in our Post and our city forever,” said Mike Morrissey, commander of Post 6650.Council members surrounded Pileggi’s daughter, Nancy, and son, Jimmie, while Hartzell read the proclamation. Both Nancy and Jimmie wiped away tears as Hartzell and others spoke fondly of their father.“My dad was a great man, a good dad who loved his family,” Nancy said. “He loved Ocean City. He loved it so much that when we had the hurricanes, he didn’t evacuate.”Hartzell, who praised Pileggi as a hometown hero, emotionally recalled the Sundays he spent with the elderly man who would become his close friend and mentor.Even when Pileggi was in the hospital, shortly before he died, he was far more concerned about his children and friends than his own health, Hartzell said.Hartzell affectionately called Pileggi a “tough old bird.”“I thought he was going to live forever,” Hartzell said.last_img read more

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