African Barrick strikes gold

first_img whatsapp African Barrick strikes gold whatsapp KCS-content Thursday 2 December 2010 7:09 pm Share African Barrick Gold aims to build an underground operation beneath existing open pits after finding more gold at its North Mara mine in Tanzania. The London-listed FTSE 100 firm declared an initial resource of 370,000 ounces beneath two open pit operations at North Mara, it said in a statement yesterday. The discovery provides “the potential to develop a substantial underground operation at the Gokona and Nyabigena deposits with an attractive grade profile”, the firm said. Further drilling early next year is expected to boost the underground resource to more than one million ounces. North Mara, is one of four mines run by African Barrick in northwest Tanzania. The stock closed up 2.3 per cent at 552p yesterday. Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof Tags: NULLlast_img read more

XLMedia names Rakuten’s Simms as new chief executive

first_img Email Address XLMedia names Rakuten’s Simms as new chief executive Marketing & affiliates Digital marketing services provider XLMedia has appointed Stuart Simms, currently of Rakuten Marketing, as its new chief executive. Simms will take on his new role on October 2. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Mobile Online Gamblingcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 29th July 2019 | By contenteditor Digital marketing services provider XLMedia has named Stuart Simms, currently of Rakuten Marketing, as its new chief executive. Simms will begin on his new role on 2 October, replacing XLMedia’s co-founder and long-serving CEO Ory Weihs, who will remain on the provider’s board as a non-executive director. Simms will join from affiliate marketing service provider Rakuten Marketing, a subsidiary of the Japanese ecommerce giant, where he has been serving as global CEO since July 2018. He is also currently president of the business and previously spent time as its chief revenue officer. Prior to this, Simms was chief operating officer of consumer data and analytics company Fits Me, which was acquired by Rakuten in June 2015. After the sale, Simms served as CEO of Rakuten Fits Me, overseeing the integration of the business into the enlarged group. Earlier in his career, Simms also spent time in senior executive positions with the likes of Microsoft, IBM and Rackspace. “We are delighted to welcome Stuart to XLMedia and believe he is ideally placed to help deliver the next phase of our growth,” XLMedia non-executive chairman, Chris Bell, said. “His extensive knowledge of the performance marketing arena and technology makes him an ideal candidate to lead our business and both myself and the board look forward to working with him. “I would also like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to Ory for his outstanding contribution to XLMedia, a business he established in 2008. We are also pleased Ory will be remaining with the business as a non-executive director allowing the board to continue to benefit from his expertise.” Meanwhile, XLMedia has confirmed that Inbal Lavi, currently CEO of its Webpals Systems subsidiary, has resigned in order to pursue other business interests. In addition, XLMedia has published a trading update for the six months through to June 30, 2019, during which it said that the business remained stable and performed in line with expectations. XLMedia noted a strong performance from its personal finance publishing assets in North America and Canada, which continue to gain momentum, although, as, expected, new regulations in Sweden had an impact on revenue for many operators. However, XLMedia said it considers the Sweden slow-down to be a short-term issue, with its publishing assets continuing to rank well in the region. It also continues to invest in creating new publishing assets elsewhere, including in North America. XLMedia is due to publish its results for the period in September 2019. Topics: Marketing & affiliates Strategylast_img read more

RIP: The Venerable Anthony Turney

first_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY July 8, 2014 at 4:50 pm Anthony was my shepherd, my mentor, and my dear, dear friend. Over countless conversations at his kitchen table and in our favorite booth in the back of the Firewood Café, he kept me going when I wanted to throw in the towel. I will sorely miss him.Anthony’s last desire was to make the AIDS chapel a more spiritual place. He will do that on Monday.RIP Dear Friend. Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Bath, NC Obituary, Submit a Press Release This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Joe Rodriguez says: People Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ann Bierbaum Bensman says: Kenneth Dabbs says: Misty Brumbaugh says: Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Knoxville, TN October 14, 2014 at 8:54 am Anthony will be missed from his family in W. V. He loved our brother ( James Brumbaugh) and took care of him with loving arms until he died of HIV…I think this gave him is path in life… May The Lord give him the honor he deserve…. We love you, Steve, Misty, and Robin Comments (7) Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Surrounded by family and friends, the Venerable Anthony Turney died peacefully on July 4, 2014 at Coming Home Hospice in San Francisco following three years living with cancer. He was 76 years old.  His death came on the 38th anniversary of his becoming a United States citizen.Throughout his esteemed and varied career, and most recently as Archdeacon for the Arts at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, Anthony epitomized what it was to be a servant minister, both in the church and in the wider community. He was a profoundly gifted man, a lover of the arts, a gardener, a Brit, and a committed leader in non-profit endeavors. His career included positions as Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC; Executive Director of the Dance Theater of Harlem; Administrative Director of the San Francisco Opera; and CEO of the NAMES Project Foundation. He was ordained to the Episcopal diaconate in 1996 and continued to serve through his work at Grace Cathedral and in the Diocese of California.Anthony was born in Sutton, England, on December 23, 1937, second oldest of three children within a family that soon broke up. His first years were spent in a Church of England children’s home for ‘waifs and strays,’ although he claimed he was never certain which of those he truly was. At the age of four, he was adopted by the Turney family who lived in Aylesbury, about 40 miles northeast of London. That same year marked the beginning of the Blitz, thus defining his childhood in wartime England.  In his mid teens, he served as a police cadet and thought of joining the force. Then at the age of 17, Anthony joined the Grenadier Guards, an infantry regiment of the British Army and the most senior regiment of the Guards Division. Besides serving in the Guards’ iconic ceremonial duties outside of Buckingham Palace, Anthony also saw distinguished service under fire during the Suez Crisis. Afterwards, he spent his 20s at various jobs in London, “lost in the wilderness,” as he put it.Anthony spoke often of the defining moments in his life, and the most significant of these was his move to the United States in 1968. He jumped right in to the non-profit world, discovering his talent for leadership in the arts. First establishing himself in New York City, Anthony made a name for himself as an independent event producer, especially proud to have once presented Buckminster Fuller at Carnegie Hall.  Over the years he also lived in St. Louis, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and finally, San Francisco. He became a United States citizen on July 4, 1976, the bicentennial of his adopted country.With the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, Anthony’s life changed course once again. In mid 1991, he quit his work to care for his partner, James Brumbaugh, who was dying from AIDS-related complications. It was a devastating loss. In 1992, after completing Jimmy’s AIDS Memorial quilt panel, he asked, “What would you have me do now, God?” Within months, he moved permanently to San Francisco, was appointed CEO of the NAMES Project Foundation, and after only three years, would bring more than 42,000 panels of the Quilt to Washington, DC for display on the National Mall. It was viewed by 1.2 million people.In 1996, Anthony was appointed to the San Francisco Arts Commission. In 2000, he was a consultant to the United States Agency for International Development, assisting in the agency’s efforts to partner with faith-based organizations in responding to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.In San Francisco, Anthony found his spiritual home at Grace Cathedral, where he served as parishioner, as Canon for Development, and then, through his vocational calling, as clergy. Several years before his retirement, Anthony was appointed Archdeacon of the Diocese of California, as such serving the whole community of deacons, administratively and pastorally, and was very much a person on whom the Bishop relied centrally and heavily.  Afterwards, Anthony was named Archdeacon for the Arts at Grace Cathedral. He also served as Chaplain to the Dean’s Search Committee for Grace Cathedral. As an openly gay member of the clergy and a vocal advocate for marriage equality and other social justice issues, Anthony was a tireless champion of the LGBT community. An energetic volunteer and traveler, Anthony spent a month walking across Spain along the Camino de Santiago and successfully biked, three times, from San Francisco to Los Angeles as part of the AIDS LifeCycle. After Hurricane Katrina, he volunteered with a group from Grace Cathedral to assist in rebuilding a home for a young woman who had lost her home.As accomplished as he was, his friends and family will remember Anthony most fondly for his commanding personality. He filled a room with grace and dignity – and then used his keen humor to destroy any remaining decorum. Anthony was an extraordinary friend and companion, always caring for those around him. He listened intensely and valued each person who came into his life. His friends and colleagues were blessed by his giving nature. Those who loved and admired Anthony continue to do so with passion and loyalty.A final gift that Anthony bestowed on his friends and family was the way in which he lived out his dying. He did so with integrity, dignity and humor. Those who witnessed his journey learned with him. Dying often reveals a great many things about a person, especially those who are in the public arena. We watched him from a distance as he made his private journey, and, when invited, we walked part of that pilgrimage alongside him. We are grateful for both the public and the private blessings.Anthony is survived by his San Francisco, St. Louis and Los Angeles family; his Episcopal Church friends and colleagues; beloved friends from across the world; his canine companion, Drew; and his newly found – and greatly loved – biological family in England and in Canada.  His, truly, was a life well lived: in love, friendship and grace.In lieu of flowers, donations in Anthony’s memory may be made to one of the following: The Sacred Dying Foundation, The Rainbow Honor Walk, the Ghiberti Foundation, the arts and culture foundation at Grace Cathedral or the San Francisco Opera Archive.A funeral and celebration of Anthony’s life will be held at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral (1100 California Street) on Monday, July 14 at 11am. Anthony’s body in closed coffin will lay in the Cathedral’s AIDS Interfaith Chapel beginning at 7am for all those wishing to pay their respects prior to the funeral. Submit a Job Listing July 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm Our thoughts and Prayers are with Anthony Turney’s family, the congregation & clergy of Grace Cathedral —Joe Rodriguez Posted Jul 7, 2014 RIP: The Venerable Anthony Turney Robin Brumbaugh says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Rector Martinsville, VA rev. Vicki Gray says: Featured Events Press Release Service Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Comments are closed. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI center_img TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab October 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm I was shocked to hear of this and very sad!!!! He was my uncle and I loved him very much and hav wonderful memories of him. When I was alittle girl my uncles took me to New York and he took me to see sawn pond. He was so smart and gave alot to the community. Rip rest in peace uncle love you Rector Pittsburgh, PA July 8, 2014 at 11:51 pm He will be greatly missed. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ July 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm Anthony was a long time friend of my family. I was privileged to have known him. I will always remember him as a very kind gracious man. October 13, 2014 at 9:53 am The last I heard from Anthony I was living in Washington, DC. He was considering a move back to Washington to become if I remember his words correctly “the AIDS czar” for the president of the US. We made plans to meet for dinner. He cancelled the day before the dinner because he had a significant tooth infection. That was the last I heard from him. I am shocked to hear this day that he passed away. Anthony was a part of our family. My sister was married to Stephen Brumbaugh, brother of James Brumbaugh, who was Anthony’s partner who died of AIDS. It saddens me deeply to hear of his passing. My heart is heavy. He was a tremendous inspiration in the fight against AIDS. I can now let the family know. We have all been at a loss of what happened to this brilliant, loving, and kind man who will always be remember as one of us. Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Joan A. 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‘DNC protests to go on with or without permits’

first_imgRepresentatives of over a dozen groups planning protests in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention joined forces at a press conference June 28 to say they would take to the streets — with or without permits. The press conference was organized by the Philadelphia Coalition for Racial, Economic and Legal (R.E.A.L.) Justice and Workers World Party, which are coordinating marches to “Shut Down the DNC” on July 26.This event and a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union may have had results: On July 1 two of the groups announced they had received word that their applications for march permits would be granted.At the press conference, speakers voiced concerns that the city had either delayed approval or outright denied permits to march during the DNC from July 25 to 28. Several also denounced efforts by Mayor Jim Kenney to ban marches in Center City during morning and afternoon rush hours during the DNC.  Groups that have frequently marched in the city during rush hour accused Kenney of trying to use the DNC to set a precedent that could then be used against future demonstrations.While the actual convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center, miles away from Center City, most DNC delegates will be staying at hotels in downtown Philadelphia, and are expected to spend considerable time there.Erica Mines, from R.E.A.L. Justice, opened the press conference with a list of demands that included decriminalizing First Amendment-protected protests by allowing all protesters, with or without permits, to march in the streets in front of the convention. Mines also called on the city to repeal the rush hour ban and to shut down prisons where the mayor plans to hold demonstrators.“We don’t trust the city,” charged Mines. “Mayor Kenney proclaimed that protests would be decriminalized, yet he is planning space in several prisons to hold protesters at the DNC. He says he supports freedom of speech, and now he’s banning ‘rush hour’ protests. He’s the same person who ran on a platform to end the racist stop-and-frisk policies, yet has failed to do so.”Deandra Jefferson, also of R.E.A.L. Justice, denounced Philadelphia’s plan to spend $60 million on the DNC instead of reopening shut-down city schools. “The DNC is not coming to Philadelphia to address gentrification,” she stressed. “They will not even be talking about racism in the city where the MOVE organization and an entire Black community was bombed under another Democratic mayor.”Scott Williams, of Workers World Party, noted that Wells Fargo, one of the biggest banks in the world, which was founded on profits from slavery, is hosting the DNC. “The DNC has a sordid history of cutting welfare, expanding prison populations and promoting wars abroad,” said Williams. “We are concerned that labor, LGBTQ, impoverished, immigrant and Black and Brown communities — those who have the most reason to protest in the streets — could be denied their rights long after the DNC leaves town. Philadelphia has a shameless legacy of arresting activists — from communists during the McCarthy period to members of the Black Panther Party, the MOVE Organization and, more recently, activists marching under the Black Lives Matter banners.”Civil rights attorney Larry Krasner asked: “If Philadelphia can shut down Center City streets for the annual Mummers Parade, or after major wins by sports teams, shouldn’t allowing access for First Amendment protests be more important?”Krasner also reminded the city that attorneys in Philadelphia have a “remarkable record” of wins at trials of protesters, including the 400 people who were arrested during an earlier DNC and several recent anti-police brutality actions in Philadelphia.Shani Akila, an organizer with the Black and Brown Workers’ Collective, spoke for poor people pushed out of their communities by gentrification: “Now they are preparing to shut us out of the DNC and shut down our protests. We have every right to rise up against a system that is murdering us and we have every right to be heard.” She also called out Hillary Clinton for supporting repression in Haiti and wars in Africa.Other speakers included ACLU attorney Mary Katherine Roper; Cheri Honkala, with the Poor Peoples’ Economic Human Rights Campaign; Jody Dodd, from Up Against the Law Collective; Del Matthews, whose son Frank McQueen was killed by police in 2014; Brianna Jones, from the DNC Actions Committee; and Asa Khalif, with Black Lives Matter, whose cousin Brandon Tate Brown was also murdered by police in 2014.Many commercial as well as independent media outlets covered the press conference.Test case for new citation lawAn incident on June 30 shows how the police interpret the new law on citations. R.E.A.L. Justice organizer Rufus Farmer was on his way to a meeting in North Philadelphia when he noticed police pushing an older man to the ground.Farmer told Workers World that when he left his car to video the incident, police from the 26th District threw him to the ground and handcuffed him, injuring his knee and breaking his toe. Farmer was given a “rough ride” through sections of North Philadelphia and finally released behind the precinct.“They took the cuffs off, handed me a $300 citation, and told me I was free to go,” Farmer reported. “I didn’t even know where I was, but I did know that police from the 26th District have one of the highest reported rates of police brutality.”Farmer was wearing a “Free Mumia” T-shirt, which was torn by the police. He reported that police called him a “professional protester,” making it clear they knew him. He and Erica Mines made international news in April when they confronted former President Bill Clinton during a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Joint letter to the Sultan of Oman on the right of press freedom and the targeting of journalists and human rights defenders

first_img OmanMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists Freedom of expression Appeal court lifts ban on daily, but confirms jail for two journalists Oman: Court postpones verdict of “Azamn” journalists, in a trial held below international standards, according to trial observation report News Organisation Receive email alerts News Your Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said,We, the undersigned organisations write to you regarding the systematic targeting of journalists, human rights defenders and online activists by the Internal Security Service (ISS) in Oman. We believe that these recent arrests and prosecutions are part of an ongoing attempt to silence and curtail the right to press freedom as well as freedom of expression.Since October 10, 2016, the three Azamn journalists sentenced to years in prison by the Court of First Instance in Muscat are free, pending the outcome of the appeal which is expected on November 7th. Ibrahim Al-Maamari, the editor-in-chief of the Omani independent newspaper Azamn, and managing editor Youssef Al-Haj were freed after the appeal court, at their lawyers’ request, reduced the amount of bail to 2,000 rials (4,000 euros) from the 50,000 rials (110,000 euros) set by the court that convicted them. The third defendant in this case, Azamn local news editor Zaher Al-Abri, was already released conditionally on August 22nd.On September 26, 2016, the Court of First Instance had imposed harsh jail sentences on these three journalists and ordered the permanent closure of the Azamn newspaper. The arrests of the journalists and the closure of the newspaper came after a report, published in July 2016, which accused unnamed officials of influencing the Chief Magistrate of the Supreme Court, to intervene in judicial proceedings. The Vice-President of the Supreme Court thanked the newspaper for the report and for dissemination of “facts without a slur on anybody”.More precisely, Ibrahim Al-Maamari and Yousef Al-Haj were convicted of four common charges – “disturbing public order, misuse of the Internet, publishing details of a civil case, and undermining the prestige of the state.” They were sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, in addition to a fine of 3000 RO and a ban on working as a journalist for a period of one year. Two additional charges were brought against Yousef Al-Haj: “publishing about a case for which a decree had been issued to ban news about it, and slander.”Journalist Zaher Al-Abri was sentenced to one-year imprisonment and fined 1000 RO after being found guilty of using “an information network [the Internet] for the dissemination of material that might be prejudicial to public order.” These harsh sentences are a clear attempt to hinder the work of journalists and to curtail the right to freedom of expression and opinion in Oman. The imprisonment of journalists whose only crime was to exercise their profession in a legitimate manner and the censorship of this story do not bode well for the future of journalism and civil liberties in the Sultanate, which is ranked 125th out of 180 countries in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders.In relation with the Azamn case, many online activists showing support with the journalists were targeted by the authorities. Saqr Al-Balushi, and writer Hamood Al-Shukaily, arrested both respectively on October 5th and August 14th, remain in detention. Mohammed Al-Harthi, however, who was arrested on August 18th in relation with posts he made on Twitter in which he expressed his views on corruption and solidarity with the Azamn newspaper, was released the following day. The undersigned organisations express serious concern at the ISS’ systematic targeting of journalists, writers, human rights defenders including online activists, and view it as a deplorable and urgent threat to media freedom and freedom of expression in Oman.We call on you to use your influence in Oman to:Protect freedom of the media and freedom of speech, especially online;Revoke the closure order of Azamn newspaper by the Ministry of Information;Revoke the sentences issued against journalists Ibrahim Al-Maamari, Yousef Al-Haj and Zaher Al-Abri;Immediately and unconditionally release online activists Hamood Al-Shukaily and Saqr Al-Balushi;Ensure that the ISS stops its attacks on media freedom and freedom of expression and its targeting of journalists, online activists and other human rights defenders;To guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders including journalists, writers and online activists in Oman are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment.Signed:Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)Front Line Defenders (FLD)Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR)Index on CensorshipInternational Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights DefendersInternational Federation of Journalism (IFJ)PEN InternationalReporters Without Borders (RSF)SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural FreedomWorld Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), within the framework of the of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders October 18, 2016 Joint letter to the Sultan of Oman on the right of press freedom and the targeting of journalists and human rights defenders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and 9 other international organizations wrote today to Sultan Qaboos bin Said asking him to intervene in the Azamn trial. They requested that he use his influence to revoke the permanent closure order of Azamn newspaper and revoke the sentences issued against its three leading journalists, sentenced to years in prison on 26 September because of an article about suspected corruption within Oman’s judicial system. December 27, 2016 Find out more RSF_en center_img News News October 10, 2016 Find out more Omani newspaper journalists freed pending outcome of appeal @albaladoman Follow the news on Oman Help by sharing this information OmanMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists Freedom of expression to go further November 25, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders indignant at the late release of journalist Amardeep Bassey

first_img Help by sharing this information News to go further Organisation Follow the news on Pakistan PakistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en PakistanAsia – Pacific June 6, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders indignant at the late release of journalist Amardeep Bassey Receive email alerts 06.06.2002Twenty five days after his arrest, British journalist Amardeep Bassey was released by the Pakistani authorities and would be flown out of the country for Dubai where he would catch a connecting flight for London. Nevertheless, Reporters Without Borders deeply regrets that his two Pakistani guides, Naushad Ali and Khitab Shah, are still detained and renews its call for their immediate release. _______________________________________________________________05.06.2002″It has now been nine days since the Interior Ministry ordered that the British journalist be expelled, but the order has clearly not reached the competent authorities in Peshawar. Such incompetence is disgraceful when it affects the freedom of an innocent person,” said Robert Ménard in a letter sent to the Pakistani Interior Minister, lieutenant general Moin-ud-din Haider. Reporters Without Borders (RSF – Reporters Sans Frontières) called for the immediate application of the decision to release the English reporter Amardeep Bassey, of the Sunday Mercury, and his two Pakistani guides. “Holding a foreign journalist for 25 days, on simple suspicion of spying, and based on discriminatory prejudice, is a terrible shame for a government which claims to respect press freedom,” said Robert Ménard, general secretary of Reporters without Borders.According to information obtained by Reporters without Borders, Amardeep Bassey, reporter with the weekly Sunday Mercury, is still being held in a cell in Khyber House in Peshawar, the seat of the administrative authority of the Khyber Agency tribal area. In spite of an order given on 27 May 2002, by the Interior Ministry, to expel Bassey, a British journalist of Indian origin, his jailers have still not made the necessary arrangements for his release and expulsion. In spite of affirmations by several Pakistani officials, including the Pakistani ambassador to Belgium, Bassey has still not left his cell, nor, of course, Pakistan. Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent was again able to visit Amardeep Bassey who said he was “in despair” from this prolonged detentionAmardeep Bassey, 29 years old, was arrested on 10 May 2002 at the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan because of a visa problem. Members of the Pakistani secret police questioned him for several hours, trying to get him to admit to spying for India, and seized his journalistic equipment.center_img News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News News April 21, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

[Raids On Illegal Miners] ‘Its A Strange Coincidence That Offenders Manage To Flee From Spot In Almost All Cases’, P&H HC Directs DGP To Ensure Secrecy [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates[Raids On Illegal Miners] ‘Its A Strange Coincidence That Offenders Manage To Flee From Spot In Almost All Cases’, P&H HC Directs DGP To Ensure Secrecy [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay22 Sep 2020 3:00 AMShare This – xThe Punjab & Haryana High Court on Friday (18th September) observed that almost in all cases under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957 and the Punjab Excise Act, 1914 which come before the Court (regarding conducting of the raid by the Punjab Police on the basis of secret information), the offenders were alleged to have fled from the spot at the time of 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 Punjab & Haryana High Court on Friday (18th September) observed that almost in all cases under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957 and the Punjab Excise Act, 1914 which come before the Court (regarding conducting of the raid by the Punjab Police on the basis of secret information), the offenders were alleged to have fled from the spot at the time of the raid.The Bench of Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi further observed said that “this coincidence in all such cases is very strange” and that it is “suggestive of either leakage of information regarding the raid to the offender by some police officer/official or manipulation of record by the police officers/officials conducting the raid who allow the offenders to escape or inefficiency of the raiding police officers/officials in suffering escape of the offenders despite their empowerment by law to use reasonable force for preventing such escape.” (Emphasis supplied)The Bench was of the view that in any of the above-referred eventuality, remedial measures are required to be taken for ensuring the efficient administration of criminal justice by the arrest of the offenders on the spot in case of such raids.Further, in such cases, the Court remarked, the police officers/officials are also expected to use audio-video electronic means including still/video cameras which are readily available as part of the smartphones possessed even by the police officers/officials.However, the Court observed that such audio-video electronic means “are not deliberately used for some ulterior motive/extraneous considerations.”The Court further directed the Director-General of Police, Punjab to look into the matter personally and issue appropriate instructions for taking of appropriate remedial measures for conducting of such raid “with requisite secrecy, co-ordination and communication with the concerned SHO/higher police officers to prevent the escape of offenders in such cases.”Background of the caseThe petitioner before the Court had filed an Application Section 438 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 for grant of anticipatory bail in case FIR No. 0144 dated 25.08.2020 registered under Section 379 of the IPC and Section 21 of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957 at Police Station Koom Kalan, District Police Commissionerate Ludhiana.As per the prosecution’s case, on 25.08.2020, police party headed by ASI Kamaljit Singh received secret information that Bitu Ram after doing illegal mining near the river bridge used to sell sand at a higher rate in the city and if a raid be conducted, the accused could be apprehended on the spot.On the basis of the said information, the police party conducted the raid and one tractor trolley was seen coming from the side of village Mand Chota.However, on seeing the police party, the driver of the tractor-trolley fled leaving behind the tractor-trolley filled with sand.Court’s decision in the present caseAfter hearing the matter, the High Court issued notice to Punjab and posted the matter for further hearing on October 27, 2020.In the meanwhile, the petitioner was directed to join the investigation as and when called upon to do so.In the event of his arrest, the Court directed, the petitioner shall be released on interim bail by the arresting officer/investigating officer on furnishing of bail bonds by him to the satisfaction of the arresting officer/investigating officer.The petitioner has been directed to comply with the conditions enumerated under Section 438 (2) of the Cr.P.C. failing which he shall not be entitled to the protection of interim bail allowed to him.Case Details:Case Title: Bittu Ram v. State Of PunjabCase No.: CRM-M-28493-2020Quorum: Justice Arun Kumar TyagiAppearance: Advocate Ferry Sofat (for the Petitioner).Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

Calls for ten year licence to Swilly Ferry Service

first_imgDonegal County Council is being urged to put the Rathmullan to Buncrana ferry service out to tender for a ten year period. Previously, the licence was granted for five years however of late the tender is of an annual nature.The Foyle ferry service is currently enjoying a ten year stint and it’s thought the same should be done for the the Swilly service.Local Cllr Liam Blaney believes that the move would provide much needed certainty to the operator and the communities concerned:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Previous articleKevin Sheedy – We need to defend well to get rare result at HarpsNext articleBreaking: Emergency services at scene of incident near Letterkenny News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ Twittercenter_img By News Highland – April 9, 2021 WhatsApp Twitter Calls for ten year licence to Swilly Ferry Service Pinterest WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Striking a balance

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Striking a balanceOn 6 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Isthe concept of work-life balance a reality or just hype? HR professionals airedtheir views at a round-table discussion. Jane Lewis reportsFinding the right balance between work and home life is often dismissed asan HR obsession that generates hours of discussion and miles of newsprint, butachieves very little actual impact. Yet, as revealed in this round-table discussion, organised by Roffey Park inassociation with Personnel Today, the issue encapsulates many of the widersocial and economic trends – particularly the blurring of boundaries betweenthe home and work environments – that are now shaping modern managementthinking. Several panellists regard the adoption of more freedom of choice foremployees as a kind of watershed between old-style authoritarianism, and a newstyle of ‘adult’ management, based on trust and personal responsibility. Theywere also able to demonstrate sound business cases for what greater flexibilityhad achieved in their organisations. But the issue still has the power to provoke division – some members of thepanel were more confident than others about the ability of employees to adaptto such a system. There were also differing opinions about the role legislationshould play in encouraging greater uptake. But underlying the whole discussion was the troubling, wider question, ofwhether an organisation’s work-life policy – however deeply engrained in companyculture – would be the first thing sacrificed when the chill winds of economicdownturn begin to blow. What is work-life balance? The panel agreed the most important point is that you cannot impose a singledefinition of the right work-life balance on any organisation. The whole raisond’etre of the concept, is that people perform best when allowed to strike theirown balance, fine-tuning their work commitments with those of their widerlives. Thus, although the work-life debate should certainly be welcomed as anantidote to the long-hours culture – in which, as John Sparkes, HR director atthe Generics Group points out, “the only way to be successful is to work50, 60 or 70 hours a week” – there is a danger that in seeking toliberate, we only enchain ourselves in a different way. But not all the panellists agreed with Tony Smith of Scottish &Newcastle’s analysis, that “people become less effective” when theywork long hours. For some, the intensity is part of the excitement of the job.As Christine Crewe from the University of Surrey points out, there are somestaff who just want “to work and work and work”. Indeed, too much emphasis on avoiding a long-hours culture, could meanswinging the pendulum too far the other way and Asda’s head of colleaguerelations, Marie Gill, warns against discouraging high-flyers “who want toget to the top of the tree by working above and beyond what is required to getthere”. While people should be empowered to choose the momentum of theirown careers, she says, it is a fact of business life that “those who worklonger hours and put in twice the effort, will get there quicker”. The panel agreed that age is a critical factor in any assessment ofwork-life balance. “The balance changes as you go through different stagesof your life,” says HR consultant, Wanda Bridge. “Fifteen years ago,I was happy to work 60 hours a week, but nowÉ” Age brings greater focus,she says. “Once you’ve established your career, you get to the stage whereyou don’t want to do it all the time.” There appears to be a tacit understanding that while junior staff feel thepressure to work long hours to get on, more experienced staff have earned theluxury of a more measured outlook. This may be because they have ‘theauthority’ to insist on better hours, says Bridge. But perhaps senior people have also learned to use their time moreeffectively. Indeed, says Sparkes, giving directors the space to fulfil outsideinterests enables them “to produce some very creative work”.Moreover, encouraging different kinds of experiences only adds to the strengthand diversity of the organisation. How do you get work-life balance within your organisation? Although the panel agreed with Crewe, that the “strength of themanager” is critical when it comes to driving reform, the team at Asdastressed that the real impetus has to come from the ground. “It comes down to the individual,” says colleague relationsmanager, Lee Redman. “You need to know what you want outside work and be ableto manage yourself. You need to know your personal objectives.” When Asda’s management introduced its family-friendly schemes, Gill adds:”We didn’t make anything up. It was our people who told us what theywanted.” The real benefit of these new shift patterns, is that they encourage staffto be ‘upfront’ about the time off they need. Instead of ‘taking a sickie’because a manager might refuse a request, all they have to do is arrange ashift swap. The real point, she says, is that “you need to develop acommunity”, and that means knowing what people do outside work, andhelping them to do it. “It is about blurring the boundaries between homeand work.” When it comes to selling the benefits of improved work-life balance tosenior management, it is easy to run up against a brick wall, says Smith.”People will say, ‘that’s a great idea’, but they’ll baulk at theperceived cost, or the fact this kind of working is not traditional to theirbusiness.” The only way to “break this circle”, is to prove the businesscase. Fortunately, in most companies the business cases are strong. At Asda,the path towards greater flexibility was considerably eased once managersproved it reduced staff turnover and absence, and improved productivity. “We’ve got the lowest sickness and absence record in theindustry,” says Gill. How important is communicating the policy? The short answer is, ‘very’. According to Gill, the secret of the scheme’ssuccess lay in marketing the idea and communicating it to the organisation. Staffneeded to know they had “permission” from the top to manage their owntime, and that taking unpaid leave was their right. “It is the management population that present the mostchallenges,” says Gill. Now that stores are open 24/7, one of her greatestchallenges is persuading managers to switch off. “It is hard for them to not phone in and check that everything is OK.But they learn to work with that,” she says. Communication is also a critical component in heading off clashes whendifferent groups are working different hours. Bridge, who has considerableexperience in the airline industry, says that considerable resentment developedat British Airways when one group perceived another to be “sitting arounddoing nothing and drinking coffee all day”. The problem was, the companyhadn’t explained the policy properly across the whole organisation. Establishing management by trust Critical to the success of any work-life scheme is the underlying managementphilosophy that drives it. Nick Candler, HR and finance director of AlliedDomecq, sees the work-life movement as a sign that “old style managementis being phased out” in all but a few industries. “We come at this from a totally different angle,” he says.”We don’t define people by the number of hours they work, we define themby what they are expected to achieve. We see work-life balance as giving peoplethe autonomy to make choices about how they achieve their goals.” Candler believes it is all about giving people the ‘adult’ freedom to takeresponsibility for their own lives. But this is no soft option: the quid proquo for greater flexibility, is proven achievement. “We will give you the freedom to choose how you achieve [your goals],but the bottom line is that you must achieve them,” says Candler. “Ifyou don’t, you can’t remain in the organisation. That is the contract, one oftrust.” Nonetheless, vigilance is still needed, says John Sparkes – particularlywhen it comes to handling younger employees. “If you are too lenient people can take advantage,” he says.”Graduates come and talk about work-life balance, but they tend to forgetthe ‘work’ bit. Sometimes they need reminding why they are being paid.” How should work-life schemes be monitored and measured? Wanda Bridge’ssuggestion that there is a role for legislation here was not taken up with anygreat enthusiasm by the rest of the panel. Most agreed with her point that legislation tends to be reactive, followingthings people are already doing in their organisations. Besides, undue emphasison legislation and bureaucracy would threaten the very flexibility thatwork-like schemes aim to introduce. Rather than “sweeping acrosseveryone”, says Sparkes, “the legislation should be there as back-upto give people an avenue for making a complaint.” Taking the plunge So, how do you go about transforming an organisation in line with the newmodel? The logical first step, says Smith of Scottish & Newcastle, is apilot project – particularly when you’re attempting to change a business where60-80 hour weeks are the norm and tightly controlled from the top. “But wethought, if we don’t try it, how will we know if it works?” Like Asda, Scottish & Newcastle found the most difficult group to tacklewere managers, often working “horrendous” hours, “doing everythingfrom opening up to the cleaning”, often working until 1am. Their emphasiswas all wrong. “Ask a manager to name the most important part of his business, wageswould be first and stock second. Sales were a distant third.” Clearly,managers needed to spend more time training staff. But when someone is working80 hours a week, Smith says “it is hardly surprising that you get a pokein the eye” if you ask them why they aren’t doing more training. He found the changes needed were not huge. If managers spent less timebehind the bar and more time developing staff, it would have “a dramaticeffect”. The only way to achieve it was by establishing a culture where itwas OK to say, ‘I actually work too many hours, and cannot cope with it’. Hisconclusion is the same as Candler’s: “People respond to beingtrusted.” What about costs? This remains a moot point. Smith insists that in 70 per cent of Scottish& Newcastle’s schemes there was no additional cost, because managers becamemore focused and learned to delegate more effectively. Indeed, he says, “Ican show you sales profit and customer service stories that you didn’t thinkwere possible.” Other panellists pointed out this has not always been the case. Sparkessays: “You can get to a point where you pile on the benefits and make ashort term gain, [yet] three to four years later, you find yourself completelyeating your words.” He cites the example of the banking industry, which, in the 1980s and ’90s,led the charge for family-friendly policies and career breaks. “Threeyears later, it was shedding half its workforce.” No-one had thoughtthrough the consequence of changes – however beneficial in the short-term – tothe longer term macro-economy and the structure of the industry. Is work-life balance here to stay? Ultimately, says Wanda Bridge, it depends on the type of business you are inand the kind of people you employ. “There is a certain type of person who responds well to being trusted –they tend to be self-motivated people who want to do well. But there are a lotof people out there who need to be told what to do, and they would find itabsolutely terrifying. Some people like routine; they like to know where theyare in black and white. Flexibility doesn’t fit in with everybody’svalues.” But the general consensus was behind Marie Gill’s view, that “the ideaof managing yourself is becoming more and more important”. The drivingforce for these newly ‘adult’ bargains between employer and employee, suggestsNick Candler, is widespread change in the workplace. “People are no longerspending their whole adult lives with one employer.” New relationships require a different kind of psychological contract.Moreover, the evidence suggests the new generation coming on stream perceives adegree of flexibility in their working and private lives as a matter of right.”Graduates are now saying, ‘I want a proper job, but I want my social lifeas well’,” says Bridges. How long this new ‘cultural confidence’ will last is a matter forconjecture. Certainly people are successfully demanding freedoms from employersthat simply weren’t considered a couple of years back, concludes John Sparkes.But this is “probably based on low levels of employment”. Should that situation change, even the most ardent proponents of work-lifebalance may well find themselves taking a very different tack. Around the table…Nick Candler is the HR andfinance director of Allied Domecq. He has worked for the drinks company sinceSeptember 2001 and previously worked for Unilever on such things as thedisposal of the Batchelors and Oxo food businesses. Candler has also beenfinance director of Unilever’s culinary business in the US and joint head ofVan den Bergh Oils, a Unilever subsidiary based in Essex. Lee Readman is a colleaguerelations manager with Asda. He joined the supermarket chain in December 2001and has been heavily involved in developing the firm’s flexible workingpolicies and commitment to work-life balance. Prior to this he held variouspositions in the HR function of Tesco.Wanda Bridge has been amanagement consultant since 2000. Prior to this she was the head of departmentin an IT recruitment company where she was responsible for corporate services,HR, customer service and PR. From 1988-1993 she was also involved inoperational management and cabin crew management in the airline industry.Christine Crewe has held awide range of personnel management positions within higher education. She iscurrently deputy director of personnel at the University of Surrey. Here the HRfunction is being devolved and personnel teams streamlined to forge closerlinks with business initiatives. Prior to this Christine worked for the HR teamat Kings College London for 20 years.Marie Gill is head ofcolleague relations at Asda. She is responsible for the development ofpersonnel policy, terms and conditions of employment for 110,000 employees, andprogressing the “Asda Way of Working” culture. Her responsibilitiescover diversity in the workplace, flexible working arrangements, trade unionpartnership, colleague involvement and recognition, payroll and e-hrinitiatives.Jon Sparkes has been the HRdirector of Generics Group since early 2001, having joined the company as HRmanager in 1995. Prior to joining Generics, Jon was organisational developmentmanager for Southern Derbyshire Training and Enterprise Council, and spent sixyears in a variety of HR management roles at GPT (formerly GEC PlesseyTelecommunications Ltd). Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Case study Diaz Research’s Iain Smith explains how he uses the internet as a research tool

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Case study Diaz Research’s Iain Smith explains how he uses the internet as a research toolOn 5 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Iain Smith is founder of IT human resources consultancy Diaz Research, whichspecialises in IT research and data, and its clients include such blue-chips asAbbey National, AstraZeneca, Bank of England and Bank of Ireland. As a researchcompany, it relies on the internet for up-to-date news and to get marketintelligence. What are your top research sites? For IT sector news, it is hard to beat, but I also like the USsite, Both these sites have tech-nology and technology managementcontent, but are also quite good at focusing on the people issues and effectiveleadership. HR sites in general do not carry many stories relating to IT orhigh-tech HR issues. Company websites are great – you can check their newsreleases and annual reports. What are your top three tips for researching on the internet? Spend time really understanding the search engine you’re using. Google, forexample, has loads of brilliant features. Set aside time to explore Google (oryour favourite search engine) properly and I guarantee that investment willrepay you many times over. My next tip is to take everything you get from theinternet with a pinch of salt. No one guarantees its quality. And if you comeacross a news item – do check the date the story was filed. One of the dangersof using the internet is the temptation to just surf. Force yourself to stayfocused on the task at hand. Where research has paid off? Diaz Research produces an IT HR newsletter that tells people what’shappening on a monthly basis. Although much of that is based on our own directresearch and contacts, we could certainly not produce the newsletter withoutregular trawls of around a dozen sites in the UK, US and France. Secondly, wewould find it very difficult to operate without being able to research companynews on the internet. There is such a wave of consolidation taking place thatit is very foolish to visit any company these days without having researchedthem, and the way to do that is via the internet. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more