Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown

first_imgNews RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan RSF_en Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says BelarusRussiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists ImprisonedImpunityPredators Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News The “editor-in-chief” of the Russian state-funded media outlets Rossiya Segodnya, RT and Sputnik has publicly congratulated Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on the hijacking of an airliner to Minsk and the arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich last month. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores her comments, which amount to open support for the crackdown by the Belarusian government on independent media. (crédit : Margarita Simonian / Twitter) News June 2, 2021 Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Receive email alerts Читать на русском / Read in RussianThe Ryanair flight carrying more than a hundred passengers from Athens to Vilnius was diverted to the Belarusian capital on 23 May after it was falsely reported there was a bomb on board, and led to the arrest of Pratasevich who was on the plane. Writing on Twitter, Margarita Simonyan expressed her admiration for the Belarusian government and congratulated Lukashenko: “I never thought that I would envy Belarus for anything. But now I’m jealous in a way. Batka (Lukashenko) played it beautifully.”“Such comments amount to welcoming the crackdown on Belarusian journalists, which is shocking coming from someone who often invokes freedom of the press when it comes to defending the interests of the media organisations that she runs,” RSF Secretary General Christophe Deloire said.“The Munich Charter of ethics states in article 2 that journalists should ‘defend freedom of information, comment and criticism’ and Margarita Simonyan is doing the opposite, which says a lot about her idea of freedom. In arresting Raman Pratasevich, the Belarusian authorities have breached the international right to press freedom, which they ferociously trample underfoot every day. Moreover, the video showing the journalist speaking with a swollen face suggests that he had most probably been beaten, perhaps even tortured.”Simonyan has led RT since 2005, as well as the state-funded media group Rossiya Segodnya, which controls the Sputnik network amongst others. She is a pillar of Russian propaganda and makes no bones about attacking independent journalists. In a televised debate in February, she said that independent news organisations in Russia were in the pay of U.S. intelligence and “will be tried for spying and treason”.The news organisation she runs openly supported the Belarusian state broadcaster BT during a strike by its staff in August 2020. In response to an appeal by Lukashenko, “Russian specialists” from RT travelled to Minsk to fill the gaps caused by the strike and the resignation of hundreds of BT employees in protest against fraudulent presidential election results.“You were important to us in this difficult period,” the head of the station Belarus 1 said later in thanking RT correspondent Konstantin Pridybailo.These days, the flagship news broadcasts on Belarus 1 have adopted a style and rhetoric similar to the “Vremia” and “Vesti” newscasts on Russian state television and use the same studio experts, as noted by the Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Belarus fell five places to 158th out of 180 countries in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index compiled by RSF. BelarusRussiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists ImprisonedImpunityPredators June 8, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information to go further Related documents Читать на русском / Read in RussianPDF – 89.65 KB “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Organisation June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick Post Presidential election 2011 poll

first_imgWhatsApp Linkedin Facebook BEFORE heading to the voting booths on October 27 to cast your ballot in the Presidential election , have your say in the Limerick Post online poll on the website homepage.Voting will close at midnight on October 26, and will offer an insight into who is the favourite, from a local perspective.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previous articleEpic clash ahead as Celtic Warriors meetNext articleLimerick Mini Marathon Time admin Emailcenter_img Advertisement NewsLocal NewsLimerick Post Presidential election 2011 pollBy admin – October 7, 2011 581 Twitter Printlast_img

‘Forum Shopping’: Punjab & Haryana High Court Imposes Cost For Filing Writ Against Order Of State Consumer Commission Instead Of Approaching NCDRC

first_imgNews Updates’Forum Shopping’: Punjab & Haryana High Court Imposes Cost For Filing Writ Against Order Of State Consumer Commission Instead Of Approaching NCDRC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK21 Feb 2021 11:21 PMShare This – x”One of the biggest evils faced by the Judiciary is ‘forum shopping'” observed the Punjab and Haryana High Court while imposing cost of Rs. 2 lakh on a writ petitioner, for circumventing the alternate remedy available under the Consumer Protection Act. The Court was dealing with a writ petition moved by Managing Directors of C&C Towers Ltd., against execution proceedings…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”One of the biggest evils faced by the Judiciary is ‘forum shopping'” observed the Punjab and Haryana High Court while imposing cost of Rs. 2 lakh on a writ petitioner, for circumventing the alternate remedy available under the Consumer Protection Act. The Court was dealing with a writ petition moved by Managing Directors of C&C Towers Ltd., against execution proceedings instituted by the Respondents before the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, under Section 27 (Penalty where a person fails to comply with any order made by the District Forum) of the Act. The Petitioners had contended that proceedings under Section 27 were not maintainable as the National Company Law Tribunal had already passed order of moratorium under Section 14 of IBC, whereby, moratorium has been declared with regard to institution of suits or continuation of pending suits or proceedings against the corporate debtor (C&C Towers Ltd.) including execution of any judgment, decree or order in any court of law, tribunal, arbitration panel or other authority. Thus, the Court presided by a Single Bench of Justice Anil Kshetarpal was dealing with two questions: 1) Implication of moratorium under IBC on proceedings under Consumer Protection Act The Court dealt with an important issue wrt implication and effect of declaration of moratorium in terms of Section 14(1) of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 in respect of Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. The question before the Court was whether the proceedings under Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 can be allowed to proceed in the wake of Section 14 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. In the case at hand, the Petitioners had contended that in the light of the order of moratorium dated 10.10.2019, no further proceedings can be done in the aforesaid Execution Application by the State Consumer Commission. Disagreeing with this proposition however, the Single Bench observed, “this Court does not find that the proceedings before the State Commission are without jurisdiction. Under the 1986 Act, Section 27 of the 1986 Act, lays down the penalties including imprisonment. Hence, the proceedings before the State Commission cannot be said to be ‘wholly without jurisdiction’.” The Court also referred to a decision of a three-member Bench of NCDRC, laying down that proceedings under Section 27 cannot be stayed on account of an order passed by the National Company Law Tribunal. The NCDRC had held that moratorium under Section 14 of IBC will not result in stay of proceedings under Section 27 of the 1986 Act. Maintainability of writ proceedings Another question before the Court was whether it can entertain writ petitions against orders passed by the State Commission under Section 27 of the Act, particularly when a statutory remedy of appeal under Section 27-A is available before the NCDRC. The Single Bench has made it clear that a State Commission has the power to proceed under Section 27, if the order passed in the complaint has not been complied with. It observed, “In view of the statutory remedy of appeal (under the Consumer Protection Act), it will not be appropriate for the High Court to entertain a writ petition.” It further held that the appropriate remedy against an order under Section 27 of the Act would be to approach the National Commission under Section 27A. It observed, “There is no doubt that NCDRC is competent to examine and will decide holistically the plea (appeal) sought to be taken in these writ petitions.” The Bench relied upon a Coordinate Bench judgment in Pranab Ansal v. State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission, Punjab, where it has already been held that in view of the statutory remedy of appeal, it will not be appropriate for the High Court to entertain a writ petition against orders passed by the State Commission. It added, “Practice of forum shopping is deprecated in the sternest words. All such practices are required to be condemned,” and imposed costs. Furthermore, it observed that merely because a three-Judge Bench of NCDRC has passed a decision (holding ­moratorium under Section 14 of IBC will not result in stay of proceedings under Section 27 of the 1986 Act) that may not be a favourable precedent for the Petitioner, would not be a ground to approach the High Court. It observed, “There is no doubt that NCDRC is competent to examine and will decide holistically the plea sought to be taken in these writ petitions. Merely because Three Member Bench of NCDRC has already taken a view to the contrary will not by itself be sufficient to entertain the writ petition under Article 226.” Case Title: Gurjeet Singh Johar & Anr. v. Union of India & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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first_img70, passed away on August 30 at Willow Springs Rehabilitation Center in Brick, NJ. Phil was born in Jersey City and has resided in both Bayonne and Brick. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1966-1971. He was a past member of UNICO. Husband of Marie (nee: Carangelo). Father of Patricia Squitieri and her Husband Robert, Richard Crisonino, Thomas Crisonino and his Wife Kathleen, Elizabeth Sestito-Hussey and her Husband David. Father-In-Law of Kelley Crisonino. Grandfather of Philip, Christopher, Richard, Daniel, Robert, Thomas, Nicholas, Erik, Anthony and Sarah. Great-Grandfather of 6. Brother of Lucille Zampella and her Husband Dominic, Anselmo “Rocky” Crisonino and his Wife Aileen, and the late Elizabeth Ann Crisonino. He is also survived by his dog Abigail. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img read more

Mining in the time of drones

first_imgThis article was originally published at Australian Mining.As a former analyst at technology firm IDC, I’ve been following the technology industry for the best part of two decades now.But only recently have we begun to really feel the force of technology and digital disruption at large. This is also true of the mining industry, which is on the cusp of being transformed by technology; by things like clouds, robots and drones.As with any technology, there are opportunities and pitfalls, and in this piece I would like to look at how with the right approach, mining companies can maximise the opportunities available.Firstly we need to look at the current state of IT in mining, and where it’s currently heading. Then we can investigate how new technologies and trends will impact mining, and finally what organisations’ can do to prepare.IDC recently conducted technology research into the Australian mining sector, which showed our mining companies are truly world class, with a quarter actively investigating robots and 80 per cent automating operations.Furthermore, 36 per cent of mining companies do expect to see IT budgets increase, which is at odds with other sectors where we see flat IT spending for the foreseeable future.However, what emerged as the biggest challenge facing mining companies is the problem of bridging mining operations and corporate IT.Connecting these forces together is essential to creating a seamless, efficient and profitable mining organisation. While this problem has been evident for some time, there’s real progress being made on tackling the issue.The challenge of linking the business with technology is not exclusive to the mining sector, with the subject being of critical importance to the economy in general. In my experience one of the best ways to initiate the linking process is through the establishment of “tiger teams” that are dedicated to the unified application of technology. This is reflected by an IDC prediction that states by 2016, 50% of large mining companies will set up a cross-functional IT operations/LOB (Line of Business) team to focus on third platform technology. IDC describes the third platform as IT for growth and innovation; built on mobile devices, cloud services, social technologies, and big data. Put more simply, in the mining sector, this third platform framework translates to a dynamic elastic technological fabric that stretches across the empire of the mine with both centralised and de-centralised processing occurring at scale. The outcome is about connecting supply and demand; much like Uber, AirBnB and other new services available in the shared economy.Indeed, one of things we’re starting to see across the mining industry is similar process innovation, where a combination of IT and operations teams coming together with an armory of new technology (social, mobile, analytics and Cloud) combined with robotics and automation to look across the organisation and investigate how these technologies can be implemented, and processes significantly improved.I have had the benefit of observing these teams for many years and noticed that the most successful teams all exhibited key characteristics. One such characteristic was the cross-pollination of ideas through the adoption of best practices from other industries. In the case of mining I would recommend looking to high tech manufacturing, the adjacent industry of Oil & Gas, and also the Australian Banking sector. Successful teams were also canny in the projects they took on, electing to demonstrate value through rapid ROI attainment, rather than more cumbersome long term projects. Importantly, successful teams were brilliant communicators, striking a balance between establishing a technology vision while maintaining realistic expectations.The hope is that in the mining company of the future, we will look back at issues of productivity and efficiency as vestiges of a time gone by. In the mine of the future, technology will have enabled us to be all seeing and predictive. With the correct use of technology, many of the constraints that have defined the industry will be obsolete.This transformation will not come from merely introducing some technical curiosities, but rather through the seamless interconnection of a web of input and output sensors. The workforce will utilise simulated and augmented reality technology in a wearable format like we currently see with virtual reality company, Oculus Rift. This will culminate in a world where no resource is hidden from sight and extraction can occur in a way that closely links your supply with the demand.When the internet of things hits its stride, there will be an army of sensors providing a variety of information feeds such as text, video and machine information that produces a tsunami of data, and rather than being overwhelming, this data stream will be very positive for mining. There’s a really strong hand in glove relationship between the internet of things, and analytics. This is because of what we do with the outputs from the IOT requires that we derive insights.Mining companies need to ready themselves for the onslaught of data. Without the right backend tools to deal with the IOT, organisations risk not being able to capitalise on their wealth of data to extract valuable insights that could further their businesses.Converged infrastructure is a logical option for organisations that want to take data analytics to the next level. For example, VCE’s Vxblock systems, the world’s most advanced converged infrastructure, provides a standardized big data and analytic infrastructure to scale across multiple business units while embracing existing applications and systems.IOT applications also have very different requirements compared to the usual business applications. IOT apps generate vast data in moments and traditional IT infrastructure isn’t tuned to the task at hand. Converged infrastructure can provide the massive scale and performance needed to work in the third platform era.To truly capitalise on all that’s ahead, mining companies must take the following steps:Establish a digital vision for the role of IT in your mineArchitect a framework to support the needs of tomorrow, not just today, leaving room for the unknownPrepare for an IT arms raceImage: “Washed iron ore is loaded into trucks from M2500”, by Peter Craven.last_img read more

We asked 5 college students: Would you recommend your financial institution to a friend?

first_imgCarly, 22, Wells Fargo: I would! Their mobile app is awesome.Mac, 19, Coastal Credit Union: I wouldn’t. I feel like I don’t love my bank enough, or I haven’t had a good enough experience that would make me recommend it. I’m not sure what it would take for me to start recommending it — I guess extra perks? It seems to me like all the banks are the same, and mine hasn’t really done anything to stand out.Chapel, 22, Fifth Third: I wouldn’t. My parents have used Fifth Third for a long time. That’s how I got into it, so I guess I trust their judgment. I feel I just don’t know enough about my bank personally to make a recommendation like that. Cy, 22, Fidelity: My bank slaps. No withdrawal fees for using other ATMS, very easy to open retirement accounts and stuff. I feel like they’re really helpful on all the stuff that’s important.Carla, 22, Wells Fargo: They’re really convenient and helpful and there aren’t any fees, so I guess I would recommend my bank? Even though I kind of question their values as a company.The average age of a credit union member is 47. What will that number be in 10 years? 20 years? One of the greatest challenges facing credit unions today is the question of bringing young people into the credit union movement.But what if we aimed higher than just attracting the next generation of members? What if you could turn your youngest members into active promoters of your credit union? After all — the best way to attract new members has always been through referral.Meet Zogo — we’re not a research firm or a market intelligence company. We’re a group of Gen Zers who believe in the credit union movement. In the past year, we surveyed over 500 college students. 76% of them didn’t even know what a credit union was – and we want to help.Together, we built Zogo, a gamified financial literacy app that helps credit unions attract and engage Gen Z. Since then, our app has won multiple awards, including the 2019 NACUSO Next Big Idea competition and the best of show at Finovate 2019. As Gen Zers ourselves, we know how to engage this demographic — and we want to get them talking about credit unions. At Zogo, we’re working to make finance fun, simple, social — and irresistible to younger generations. To learn more about Zogo and how your credit union can partner with us to build the next generation of members, visit our website at or schedule a demo with one of our committed onboarding specialists. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bolun Li Bolun Li is a Junior at Duke University majoring in Economics. He is a serial entrepreneur and was awarded AACYF 30 under 30 in 2018 for his previous startup. Today, … Web: Details This post is currently collecting data…center_img This is placeholder text last_img read more

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first_imgKeep track of all the live football on Sky Sports with our day-by-day TV guide; at least 146 Premier League games will be shown live on Sky Sports in 2020/21; Sky Sports is the only broadcaster to offer live coverage of the Scottish Premiership, with up to 48 games available – Advertisement –last_img

Nigeria: Otakikpo further increases production. Phase two in sight

first_imgAfrica-focused oil and gas company Lekoil has increased production at the Otakikpo field offshore Nigeria to 7,600 barrels of oil per day.Since starting production on February 20, daily production levels have steadily increased from 5,000 bopd to 6,400 bopd in October and 7,600 bopd through November 27.Lekoil said on Friday that additional perforations in one of two production strings at well-003 were recently performed before re-opening it for production.The Otakikpo joint venture partners, Lekoil as the financial and technical partner and Green Energy International Limited (GEIL) as the operator, agreed to hold production at current levels for a few more weeks to gather and analyze essential production and reservoir data and information before increasing production at the field.Funding talks As the field nears Phase One target production of 10,000 bopd, the joint venture is now focused on Phase Two of the field development plan which aims to increase production up to 20,000 bopd.Phase Two includes 3D seismic coverage of the entire Otakikpo field, neighboring prospects, and the incremental development of the rest of the field with new wells planned.Next steps will be to gather the 3D seismic data, process and interpret the data and subsequently release an updated competent person’s report. The company expects the Phase Two development to be fully funded by industry players, which the company is already in discussions with.Lekoil added that it completed five liftings so far and received cash proceeds within 30 days of each lift as prescribed by the terms of the crude sales agreement with Shell Trading. The company had an average premium for the Otakikpo blend of $1 or more above Brent pricing since inception. At current oil prices, the cash netback is above $30 per barrel.last_img read more

Wisconsin opens season at Western Racquet Club

first_imgWith six of nine players returning from the 2008-09 season, the UW men’s tennis team will open up its new campaign at the Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove, Wis. this weekend.The WRC’s Milwaukee Tennis Classic, like most fall tournaments, is an individual tournament as opposed to a team competition. The team will face Marquette, Ball State and Northwestern.The first singles match takes place Friday when the Badgers face Northwestern, which captured both the singles and doubles championships last year.The Badgers are trying to improve on a season where they ended tied for seventh in the Big Ten and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This was the first time since Greg Van Emburgh started coaching at UW the Badgers didn’t make it to the second round.The team is led by three team captains: seniors Moritz Baumann, Michael Dierberger and junior Marek Michalicka. Baumann is going into the season ranked 19th in the nation — his highest ranking to date — and Michalicka is ranked 34th in the nation. They also participate in doubles together, where they are ranked sixth.“I think it could be one of our strongest classes that we’ve had; we’re led by three seniors,” Van Emburgh said. “They’re going to be an integral part of the team. It’s a key factor in success of the team to have players that can play nationally with any of the top teams in the country.”“I feel we have that in our whole lineup, not just the top of the lineup. The bottom of the lineup is just as important as the top, whether it’s singles or doubles. If you’re on the court and on the team, you’re a big part of the success.”“I think we’ll have a really strong team this year,” Baumann added. “I think we’ll do really well. Our first goal is to make the NCAA Tournament and ultimately make the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.”Incoming five-star rated freshmen Chris Freeman and Billy Bertha are looking to be key members of the team this year.Bertha played his high school tennis in Wisconsin at Marquette University High School, where he made the finals of the WIAA State Tennis Championships three times, winning the tournament his last two trips. He also enjoyed success on a national level, where he was ranked 29th.Freeman won the St. Louis National Clay Championships in 2008 and was ranked 56th in the nation as a junior.“I think they’re both great guys. They’re top prospects nationally. I think they’re going to have an immediate impact in our lineup, singles and doubles,” Van Emburgh said of his incoming freshmen. “I’m not suspecting any problems with them transitioning from juniors to college tennis. They both work really hard; it’s important for them to get a lot of college experience in the fall.”“I’m most excited to be practicing with a lot of good guys every day and all the competition of the Big Ten,” Bertha added. “We have a good schedule with a lot of good teams to face, but hopefully we can bring home a Big Ten Championship.”Although the lineup for the tournament this weekend is not set yet, it is known that Michalicka, Baumann and sophomore Patrick Pohlmann will be given rest and are not in the lineup. I think this tournament gives us a good opportunity to play a lot of matches,” Van Emburgh said. “It gives us a chance to watch the guys, work with them on the court and coach them. We also get to see if there is anything for the guys to work on so they can improve going into the spring.”last_img read more

Sharks make lineup change for Game 2 vs. Avalanche

first_imgSAN JOSE — Micheal Haley will replace Dylan Gambrell on the Sharks’ fourth line Sunday as San Jose looks to take a 2-0 series lead against the Colorado Avalanche at SAP Center.Haley missed the final four games of the Sharks’ series against Vegas and Game 1 against Colorado after he blocked a shot from Shea Theodore in Game 3 against the Golden Knights on April 14. Haley blocked the shot with the inside of his left foot, but has been skating regularly in recent days.Gambrell played just 6 …last_img