Two staff members of Al-Iraqiya television killed by US fire

first_img News April 20, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two staff members of Al-Iraqiya television killed by US fire Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan The international press freedom organisation has also asked to be provided with files also under the FOIA and relating to the main incidents involving journalists and US troops operating in Iraq.Reporters Without Borders received a reply on 3 December 2003, from the US Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida which said that the request for information about the deaths of Mazen Dana and Tariq Ayyub had been sent to US forces in Baghdad. “Due to operational tempo and difficulties communicating with an active war zone we anticipate a considerable delay in operating the requested documents,” it read.Investigation reports on the following incidents, requested on 14 October and 1st December 2003, had still not reached them:- US and Iraqi firing on a two-vehicle convoy of British Independent Television News (ITN) in southern Iraq, near Basra. Reporter Terry Lloyd was killed, apparently in US firing while his two colleagues, cameraman Frédéric Nérac and translator Hussein Othman disappeared without trace. – The bombing of the offices of Arabic satellite channel Al-Jazeera on 8 April 2003 in Baghdad, causing the death of reporter Tariq Ayyub.- Shelling by an Abrams tank of the Meridien Palestine Hotel where a large number of international press representatives were staying. Reuters cameraman Taras Protsyuk and José Couso, cameraman for the privately owned Spanish Telecinco, were killed in this incident, also on 8 April 2003 in Baghdad.- US firing that killed Reuters cameraman Mazen Dana on 17 August 2003 in front of Abu Ghraib prison in the Baghdad suburbs. IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Iraq Organisation February 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has called on the Pentagon to launch a fair and rigorous investigation into the death of two staffers of the Iraqi television channel Al-Iraqiya killed by US gunfire on 19 April on the Samarra road, some 125 kilometres north of Baghdad. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Receive email alertscenter_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” to go further December 28, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders has called on the Pentagon to launch a fair and rigorous investigation into the death of two staffers of the Iraqi television channel Al-Iraqiya killed by US gunfire on 19 April on the Samarra road, some 125 kilometres north of Baghdad.The latest deaths bring to at least 23 the number of Iraqi and foreign reporters or their assistants, killed in Iraq during the war and its aftermath. The journalists or media assistants all died in circumstances directly linked to their journalistic work in the field.At least six of them have been killed by US forces : Tariq Ayyub (Al-Jazeera), Taras Protsyuk (Reuters), José Couso (Telecinco), Mazen Dana (Reuters), Ali Al-Khatib (Al-Arabiya) et Ali Abdel Aziz (Al-Arabiya). Two other journalists are believed to have been hit by US fire : Terry Lloyd (ITN) and Bourhan Mohammad Al-Luhaybi (ABC News). Two more journalists are officially missing since 22 March 2003 and an investigation by British Military Police is under way: Fred Nérac (ITN) and Hussein Othman (ITN).The coalition-funded Al-Iraqyia said on 19 April that two of its staff had been killed that day as they travelled to Samarra north of Baghdad. “Journalist Assad Kadhim and driver Hussein Saleh have been killed”, said TV news editor-in-chief Najm Khalfaji. He said the crew had started to film a US base as it came under fire. Cameraman Jassem Kamel was wounded in the back and was apparently receiving treatment at a Samarra hospital.Another journalist working for the same channel, Thamir Ibrahim, said he did not know the exact details of how they died, but that “it was on the road leading to the city of Samarra. Before they reached it, they were fired upon”. Al-Iraqiya interrupted its evening programmes on 19 April to broadcast passages from the Koran as a sign of mourning.The US Army had not yet confirmed the reports on 20 April.Reporters Without Borders on 20 April also sent a request to the Pentagon for access, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), to the report of the US Army investigation into the deaths on 18 March of two Al-Arabiya journalists.Reporter Ali Al-Khatib and cameraman Ali Abdel Aziz, were killed near an American checkpoint as they were covering the aftermath of a rocket attack against the Burj Al-Hayat Hotel in Baghdad. On 29 March, the US Army issued a statement accepting responsibility for the death of the two journalists in what it called “accidental” fire.According to the army, the soldiers opened fire on a vehicle ahead of the journalists that had jumped a roadblock at high speed and hit a Humvee. “It is probably that the Kia (the journalists’ car) was accidentally hit by four to six bullets that were aimed at the Volvo,” said the US Army.last_img read more

Pasadena Humane Society Closes $20M Capital Campaign

first_imgcenter column 1 Pasadena Humane Society Closes $20M Capital Campaign From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, November 23, 2015 | 3:46 pm Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGet Rid Of Unwanted Body Fat By Eating The Right FoodsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA announces the completion of a $20 million capital campaign. The Campaign to Save Lives funded the animal shelter’s Animal Care Center, a 35,000-square-foot addition to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA opened in 2014.The campaign was closed thanks to a $4 million donation to the Campaign to Save Lives by the estate of the late Remy Louis Chatain, Jr., a Pasadena resident since 2004. Chatain, a Los Angeles native, inherited his family’s design firm, C.W. Stockwell. The company is famous for its hand printed wallpapers and fabrics, which includes the iconic “Martinique” pattern wallpaper, still found on the walls of the Beverly Hills Hotel.Chatain loved animals and had a special bond with dogs. He adopted three small dogs that he found in the alley behind the company warehouse in Los Angeles. Chatain told friends that he would leave part of his estate to a humane society because he wanted to make a difference for more animals.“We are very thankful to Remy L. Chatain, Jr. for choosing to support the Pasadena Humane Society. His support is a testament to our community’s love of animals,” says Kristina Lamas, Vice President of Development at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.The Campaign to Save Lives began in 2009. The campaign was co-chaired by Bob Fidler and Nancy Plamann, joined by honorary committee co-chairs Weta and Allen Mathies.Chatain’s donation joins the more than 315 other donors that enabled the construction of the Animal Care Center. The PHS Board of Directors was among the campaign’s donors, as was the City of Glendale.“We are thrilled by the response of our donors for making our capital campaign a success. We are now able to better serve the community with our state-of-the-art animal care facility,” adds Bob Fidler, Campaign to Save Lives Campaign Co-Chair.The Animal Care Center includes a low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinic, a behavior and training center, boarding kennels and an expanded retail store.Since opening, the Animal Care Center has provided over 6,000 free or low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, 11,000 pet vaccinations, and implanted 1,800 microchips. The shelter now offers dog training classes six days a week with an expanded schedule, including puppy classes, agility and nose work training, as well as instructor and pet CPR seminars.“The Animal Care Center has exceeded our expectations.” says Steve McNall, President and CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society. “It has enabled us to provide affordable, essential services to thousands of pet owners in our community, further strengthening the bond between people and their pets.”About the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCAThe Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an open door, community-funded center, which provides all animals a place where they receive a safe haven, care and respect. The agency provides essential animal welfare and control services for the cities of Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. For more information, visit www.pasadenahumane.org. Business News Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Community News Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

Black Magic to take the Ector stage

first_imgHome Education ECISD Black Magic to take the Ector stage Permian High School choir students rehearse for the Black Magic Mojo Show themed “Happily Ever After” Thursday at Permian High School. “Happily Ever After” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 and April 30 and again at 1 p.m. May 1 at the Ector Theatre. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American) Permian High School choir students rehearse for the Black Magic Mojo Show themed “Happily Ever After” Thursday at Permian High School. “Happily Ever After” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 and April 30 and again at 1 p.m. May 1 at the Ector Theatre. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American) Pinterest Facebook Twitter EducationECISDLocal News Black Magic to take the Ector stage WhatsApp Permian High School choir student Kallan Grewell, center, rehearses for the Black Magic Mojo Show themed “Happily Ever After” Thursday at Permian High School. “Happily Ever After” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 and April 30 and again at 1 p.m. May 1 at the Ector Theatre. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American) By Drew Howarton – April 25, 2021 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Crockett Middle School Twitter Facebook Permian High School choir students rehearse for the Black Magic Mojo Show themed “Happily Ever After” Thursday at Permian High School. “Happily Ever After” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 and April 30 and again at 1 p.m. May 1 at the Ector Theatre. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American) Permian High School choir students Alexis Allen, left, Kallan Grewell, center, Krislynn Aguilar-Baeza rehearse for the Black Magic Mojo Show themed “Happily Ever After” Thursday at Permian High School. “Happily Ever After” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 and April 30 and again at 1 p.m. May 1 at the Ector Theatre. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American) Permian High School choir students Kyler Fife and Alexis Allen rehearse for the Black Magic Mojo Show themed “Happily Ever After” Thursday at Permian High School. “Happily Ever After” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 and April 30 and again at 1 p.m. May 1 at the Ector Theatre. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American) Black Magic rehearsal Fittingly it seems as COVID-19 vaccinations roll out and restrictions are eased, the theme of this spring’s Black Magic performance will be “Happily Ever After.”Set for 7:30 p.m. April 29 and 30 and 1 p.m. May 1 in the Ector Theatre, tickets are $15 for students and $10 for children.Associate Choir Director Stephanie Burton said there are 16 vocalists and nine band members, including sound people.The group has been working on the show since January. The theme was meant to be positive and uplifting.“I think it’s going to be so much fun. I like the combination of the arts. There’s dancing, with the Panther Paws joining us; there’s acting; the kids do skits. There’s instrument playing. To me it’s a celebration of all the arts,” Burton said.She added that the effort to get the show in shape has been time consuming.“It’s strenuous,” Burton said. “They have to be really selfless with their time, and then of course, they have to be academically passing everything in order to participate … Most of our kids are in the top 10 percent. These kids amaze me; being able to multitask like this and do it so well it’s pretty impressive,” Burton said.Permian High School choir students Alexis Allen, left, Kallan Grewell, center, Krislynn Aguilar-Baeza rehearse for the Black Magic Mojo Show themed “Happily Ever After” Thursday at Permian High School. “Happily Ever After” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 and April 30 and again at 1 p.m. May 1 at the Ector Theatre. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American)They hadn’t rehearsed in the Ector Theatre yet, but they are looking forward to it. It is a new venue for the show, Burton said.“We’ve been at FBC (First Baptist Church) and at Crossroads,” Burton said.Sam Weaks plays keyboards in Black Magic. The 17-year-old is a junior at George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa and this is his second year in the group.The show, he said, will be a culmination of what they have been working on this year.“And it’ll be just a spectacular medley of solos and group songs all sitting under the theme of Happily Ever After. And there’ll be fun songs, there’ll be deep songs, there will be love songs and songs to get you on your feet. Just in general, it’ll be an awesome night of music, both from vocalists and from our band, which has been working hard as well,” Weaks said.He added that the Christmas show has Christmas spirit.“But for me, there’s also something so special about getting to have a theme. And this year it being Happily Ever After is so magical for us because we get to go out there and tell a story with the music itself, which I think is something that no one else really gets to do,” Weaks said.“… We’ll get to have a lot of fun and also have a lot of good moments. This one will be a little bit more normal, if you will, compared to the Christmas show. …,” he added.He noted that COVID safety precautions will be in place.Weaks said he plans to try out for Black Magic again next year.“I’m really excited to continue with Black Magic because it’s kind of interesting how your youth years fly by and it feels like I just yesterday got the call that I made it … and yet it also feels like it’s already about to be over with just one year left, so it’s really fun to get to make the most of it,” Weaks said.He added that the show will be stunning and loaded with talent.“I really can’t wait for us to be able to unveil it and all of our hard work. I think anyone who comes is going to walk away with some really great memories,” Weaks said.Permian High School choir students Kyler Fife and Alexis Allen rehearse for the Black Magic Mojo Show themed “Happily Ever After” Thursday at Permian High School. “Happily Ever After” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 and April 30 and again at 1 p.m. May 1 at the Ector Theatre. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American)Alexis Allen, an 18-year-old senior, is in her second year with Black Magic. She is a vocalist and will be going to Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., to study commercial music.Allen said that with the world being “full of negativity right now” the Happily Ever After theme offers hope.“Despite all the hard times that we’re in right now, we can still have the happy moments …,” Allen added.Like her teachers, she agrees this has been a difficult year because of COVID and the restrictions it brings.“It’s been really hard to make those kinds of connections when you can’t be physically close to each other. But we’ve done our best and I think we’ve been able to accommodate for that,” Allen said.Permian High School Choir Permian High School choir student Kendra Burton, center, is lifted by Hayden Abbott during rehearsal for the Black Magic Mojo Show themed “Happily Ever After” Thursday at Permian High School. “Happily Ever After” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 and April 30 and again at 1 p.m. May 1 at the Ector Theatre. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American) Previous articleGregg retires as municipal judgeNext articleLajitas brings visitors to its resort Drew Howarton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleVirgin Coco MojitoSummer Spaghetti SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Ector College Prep Success Academy 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Nimitz Middle School Permian High School choir students rehearse for the Black Magic Mojo Show themed “Happily Ever After” Thursday at Permian High School. “Happily Ever After” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 and April 30 and again at 1 p.m. May 1 at the Ector Theatre. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American) 1 of 7last_img read more

Tribunals Hearing Cases Without Judicial Members – An Anathema To Rule Of Law

first_imgColumnsTribunals Hearing Cases Without Judicial Members – An Anathema To Rule Of Law Raghenth Basant16 April 2020 6:01 AMShare This – xIn the present legal system in India, tribunalisation is here to stay and the Supreme Court right from Sampath Kumar Vs. Union of India, (1987) 1 SCC 124 onwards has given its seal of approval to creation of Tribunals, subject of course, to various safeguards. The question that is sought to be examined in this article is whether presence of a judicial member is a must in every bench of…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?LoginIn the present legal system in India, tribunalisation is here to stay and the Supreme Court right from Sampath Kumar Vs. Union of India, (1987) 1 SCC 124 onwards has given its seal of approval to creation of Tribunals, subject of course, to various safeguards. The question that is sought to be examined in this article is whether presence of a judicial member is a must in every bench of any Tribunal, irrespective of whether such Tribunal is exercising functions hitherto exercised by Courts or whether they are exercising adjudicatory functions under statues creating new remedies. The issue becomes important since currently in many Tribunals where the statute allows creation of benches of one member or more, benches are constituted of only non judicial members/technical members resulting in adjudication being done by benches in which there is no judicial member at all. The present article examines this issue by analysing the functioning of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission established under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 and the Adjudication Authority as well as the Appellate Tribunal established under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. The statement of objects and reasons of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 specifically states that a quasi-judicial machinery is sought to be set up to provide speedy and simple redressal to consumer disputes. By the said Act, Consumer Forums were set up at the District, State and Central levels. The President of the District Forum, State Commission and National Commission was mandated to be a judicial member. The District Forum is to be headed by a person who is or has been or is qualified to be a District Judge. The State Commission is to be headed by a person who is or has been a Judge of the High Court and the National Commission is to be headed by a person who is or has been a Judge of the Supreme Court. In addition to the President, members, both judicial and non judicial were to be appointed. In the case of State Commission and National Commission, it was mandated that more than fifty percent of the members shall be persons having a judicial background. Therefore, the said Act emphasized the importance of having judicial members in consumer forums. The Act as it was originally enacted did not give the power to the President of the consumer forums to constitute benches for hearing matters. However, with the increase in pendency, by an amendment with effect from 15.03.2003, the President of the State Commission and National Commission were given powers to constitute benches consisting of one or more members. Thereafter, a situation arose whereby benches were constituted by the President which consisted of only non judicial members. For example, in the National Commission, as of now, there are six benches out of which one Division Bench is headed by the President, who is a retired Supreme Court Judge and two other Single benches are headed by judicial members who are retired High Court Judges. However, one Division bench consists of two non judicial members and two single benches have only non judicial members. Regulation 12 of The Consumer Protection Regulations, 2005 framed under Section 30A of the Act states that where the bench constituted by the President of the State Commission or the National Commission does not have a judicial member and if any complex question of law arises and there is no precedent to decide the law point, the bench so constituted may refer to the President to constitute another bench of which the President shall be a member. Therefore, under the said Act, as of now, the hearing of benches which consists of only non judicial members is permitted. The test to refer a matter to a bench of which a judicial member is present is very onerous under the Regulation. The very fact that the Consumer Protection Act mandates that at least fifty percent of members in the State Commission and National Commission should be judicial members indicates that the legislature did not contemplate benches being headed by non judicial members. However, interestingly, the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 which has been published in the Gazette on 9.8.2019 (but not yet notified), does not contain a provision that fifty percent of members of State Commission and National Commission should be judicial members. This is a regressive step and ought to be set aside if and when challenged before the Court. The Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 creates an Adjudicating Authority. Whenever property is provisionally attached by the Enforcement Directorate, the Adjudicating Authority is the quasi judicial authority that has to confirm such provisional attachment. The Adjudicating Authority is to consist of a Chairperson and two members. The Act further states that one member each shall be a person having experience in the field of law, administration, finance or accountancy. The qualifications for a member in the field of law is that he is qualified for appointment as District Judge or has been a member of the Indian Legal Service and has held a post in Grade-I of that service. There is no separate qualification prescribed for a Chairperson and the Central Government can appoint a member as a Chairperson. Further, the Chairperson has the authority to constitute benches consisting of one or more members. Therefore, the Chairperson of the Adjudicating Authority can constitute benches consisting of only non-judicial members and even the Chairman can be a non judicial member. The Prevention of Money Laundering Act is a draconian Act and the confirmation of the provisional attachment order by the Adjudicating Authority results in the Enforcement Directorate taking possession of the property. More often than not, intricate legal issues arise at the stage of the Adjudicating Authority. A judicial member is a must in deciding such questions. After the Finance Act, 2016, the Appellate Tribunal under PMLA is the Appellate Tribunal constituted under SAFEMA. The Chairman of the Appellate Tribunal shall be a person who is or has been or is qualified to be a judge of the Supreme Court or High Court. The powers of the Appellate Tribunal may be exercised by benches consisting of one or more members. Therefore, the Chairman of the Appellate Tribunal can constitute benches consisting of only non judicial members and hear appeals. In fact, after the retirement of Justice Manmohan Singh in September, 2019 the Appellate Tribunal has been functioning with only one non judicial member who is functioning as the Acting Chairman. The issue of the Adjudicating Authority and Appellate Tribunal hearing matters without a judicial member was raised before the Delhi High Court and the said challenge was repelled in J. Sekar Vs. Union of India, 246 (2018) DLT 610. The Appeal against the said judgment is pending before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has consistently held that judicial review is a part of the basic structure of the Constitution. In fact, in the context of NCLT and NCLAT, the  Supreme Court has held in Madras Bar Association Vs. Union of India, (2010) 11 SCC 1 that two member benches of NCLT and NCLAT should always have a judicial member. The Electricity Act, 2003 mandates that every bench of the Appellate Tribunal should consist of at least one judicial member. A perusal of the judgements of the Supreme Court right from Sampath Kumar (supra) till Rojer Mathew Vs. South Indian Bank, (2019) SCC Online 1456 clearly show that the emphasis of the Court is to have a Tribunal which encapsulates the independence and efficiency of regular Courts. However, the functioning of such Tribunals without a judicial member heading the bench defeats the very purpose of creating such Tribunals. Of course the  Supreme Court has granted its seal of approval to appointment of technical members to Tribunals wherever the expertise of such technical members are required. However, adjudication of disputes is essentially a judicial function and it is too serious a function to be delegated exclusively to non judicial/technical members. In Sampath Kumar (Supra), in the context of deciding whether the Administrative Tribunal can be said to replace the High Court, it was held that there should not be preponderance of administrative members in any bench of the Administrative Tribunal. In L. Chandrakumar Vs. Union of India, (1997) 3 SCC 261 inter alia the constitutionality of Section 5(6) of the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985 was challenged. Section 5(2) of the said Act stated that subject to other provisions of the Act, the bench shall consist of one judicial member and one Administrative member. However, Section 5(6) states that notwithstanding anything contained in Section 5, it shall be competent for the Chairman or any member authorised by the Chairman to function as a Single member. The Supreme Court in Chandrakumar read down Section 5(6) and in Para 98 held that if there is question involving the interpretation of the statutory provision or rule in relation to the Constitution arises for consideration of the single member bench of the Administrative Tribunal then the proviso to the said section shall automatically be applied and the matter may be referred to a bench of two members of which at least one must be a judicial member. Therefore, it appears on first blush that in Chandrakumar, the issue of a bench which consists of only non judicial members has been dealt with. However, on a detailed reading of the judgment, it is clear that the said judgment does not lay down a blanket ratio that benches with only non judicial members are legally sustainable. As someone, who appears regularly before the NCDRC and the Adjudicating authority under PMLA and the Appellate Authority under PMLA, it can be categorically said that the quality of hearing before benches headed by judicial members are far superior to quality of hearing before the benches comprising of only non judicial members. Needless to say, non judicial members bring subject matter knowledge in specialized areas of law. However, judicial training and legal training are attributes which only a judicial member possesses and for adjudication of disputes a legally trained mind with judicial temperament is a must. Adherence to principles of natural justice, the sobriety required while adjudicating disputes, understanding that assistance of lawyers is essential to decide disputes – these are some of the factors as to why a judicial member is absolutely important while adjudicating disputes. A couple of instances come to my mind. For a hearing before the Chairman (who was a non-judicial member) of the Adjudicating Authority under the PMLA, lawyers for all the parties including the lawyer for Enforcement Directorate were sitting inside the Court room waiting for the Chairman to start the hearing. About ten minutes before the scheduled time, the court master comes and informs that the Chairman wants to meet the lawyer for enforcement directorate in his chamber. The lawyer went to the chamber and came back after ten minutes. Immediately thereafter the Chairman entered the Court room to commence the hearing. The Chairman informs me in open Court that in order to save time, he has heard the lawyer for ED in his chamber and that I can start arguments now! Here the Chairman was not being partial or biased to ED nor was he aware that he is committing any impropriety. He genuinely believed that he was saving time by hearing the ED lawyer in his chamber before the time for scheduled hearing. Another instance that comes to my mind is when an ED lawyer asked for time to file a rejoinder. The Chairman directed me to argue the matter and said that he will reserve the matter for judgment and whenever rejoinder is filed the same will be served on me! Even in the NCDRC, it can safely be said that there is a marked difference in the nature and quality of adjudication between the benches headed by the President (who is a retired Judge of the Supreme Court) and benches presided by judicial members (who are retired Judges of the High Court) on the one hand and the benches headed by non judicial members on the other hand. Once while appearing for an appellant builder at the NCDRC before a bench comprising only of non judicial members, I informed the bench that the matter has been settled and sought permission to withdraw the appeal. The same request was made by the lawyer for the consumer and the compromise memo was filed. However, what would have been a thirty second hearing before a judicial member took almost half an hour before the bench could be convinced that it was legally permissible to allow the Appellant to withdraw the appeal! The only purpose for recounting these instances is to emphasize the importance of having judicial members in a bench. It can reasonably be assumed that these instances would never have happened if a judicial member was heading the bench. This is not to belittle any non judicial/technical member. Non-judicial/ technical members being in a Tribunal of course bring subject matter expertise. However it was never intended that non judicial/technical members would replace judicial members from the process of adjudication. It is high time that the Government accepts this reality and amends every statute by which Tribunals are created and incorporate a provision that every bench of every Tribunal exercising quasi-judicial functions shall be headed by a judicial member. If the Government fails to do so, the Supreme Court may consider issuing comprehensive guidelines like in Madras Bar Association (supra) and clarify that every bench of every Tribunal exercising quasi judicial functions shall be headed by a judicial member if it is a Division Bench and if it is single member bench shall consist only of a judicial member. In fact, the latest judgment of the Constitution bench of the Supreme Court in Rojer Mathew (supra) categorically reiterates that adjudication of disputes which was originally vested in Judges or Courts, if done by technical or non judicial members is clearly a dilution and encroachment on judicial domain. The said requirement of judicial member heading the bench should be made applicable to all quasi judicial Tribunals, Authorities, and Commissions, irrespective of whether such quasi judicial bodies are exercising functions hitherto exercised by the Courts or whether they are exercising adjudicatory functions under statues creating new remedies like in the case of Consumer Protection Act, 1986 and Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. Any adjudicatory mechanism whether it is called a Tribunal, Authority or a Commission is a Court as far as the litigant is concerned. Such an adjudicatory mechanism should inspire confidence in the minds of the litigant. It is very difficult to inspire that confidence without judicial members playing a vital role in such adjudicatory mechanism. We all know that a perfect system of adjudication is utopian! The presence of judicial members heading the benches may not be the panacea for all the drawbacks in the functioning of quasi judicial authorities. However, judicial members playing a vital role in the adjudicatory mechanism will definitely go a long way in ensuring the credibility and efficiency of such quasi judicial authorities.Views Are Personal Only.Author is a practicing Lawyer in Supreme Court Next Storylast_img read more

Record level of interest in exemption from Irish consultation

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Twitter Previous articleAbbott leading investment for IDA Ireland in 2018Next articleDonegal nursing home group win €10m investment News Highland Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Facebook There’s said to be a record level of public interest in the consultation on exemptions from Irish in schools.Education Minister Joe McHugh has now extended the consultation period with over 2,100 responses already submitted to the online survey.The consultation is seeking views on the way students can apply to be exempted from the study of Irish in schools.The closing date for submissions is now Friday January 18th.Education Minister Joe McHugh says, the current legislation which dates back to the 1990s needs to be updated to meet the needs of modern society:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/mcgfhgfhgfhgfhugh1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – January 4, 2019 Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Record level of interest in exemption from Irish consultation News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Education Minister accused of mishandling Junior & Leaving Cert

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – May 13, 2020 WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest The Education Minister has been accused of mishandling the Junior and Leaving Cert during the Coronavirus crisis.The Dáil is hearing statements on education this afternoon as questions about the state exams persist.Labour TD Aodhan O’Riordain says Minister Joe McHugh has provided a complete lack of transparency on the decisions made:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/oriordadfsdfsdn3pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Education Minister Joe McHugh says the advice he has been given is the state exams could not have gone ahead:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/mchudfgdfgdfgh3pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twittercenter_img Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleGardai in Donegal warn over extortion emailsNext articleIT problems blamed for delay in turnaround time for testing News Highland Education Minister accused of mishandling Junior & Leaving Certlast_img read more

RAISING THEIR VOICES: DAR honors women’s suffrage movement

first_img Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel RAISING THEIR VOICES: DAR honors women’s suffrage movement Published 3:00 am Friday, September 13, 2019 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “John Adams did not take his wife’s word seriously,” Murphy said. At that time, women were considered inferior to men. A woman had no legal right to challenge her husband or  the right to own land or sign legal documents. A woman could not keep her wages. Few jobs were available to her and with less pay. She could not have custody of her children if she divorced. She could be beaten by her husband or father if the whip was no thicker than a thumb.A woman could not attend college, serve on a jury and must have an escort when she traveled. She must remain quiet in public and did not have the right to vote. You Might Like Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Claire Murphy, Alabama Society Daughters of the American Revolution, was the program guest at the Wednesday meeting of the Oliver Wiley Chapter, DAR. In keeping with the upcoming Constitution Week,  the focus of the program was women and the events that led up to the ratification of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution that gave women the right to vote. “Early grumblings were heard during colonial times as men were writing the Declaration of Independence,” Murphy said. “Abigail Adams implored her husband, John Adams, to remember the ladies and be more favorable to them when meeting with the Continental Congress in March 1776.”Murphy said Adams encouraged her husband not to put such unlimited power in the hands of husbands, saying if particular care and attention were not paid to women, they were determined to form a rebellion. They would not hold themselves bound to obey any laws in which they had no voice or representation Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Murphy said women believed if they had the right to vote, they would have the power to change all the other laws that kept them unequal to men.Two women Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who was married to Henry Stanton, an agent of the American Anti-Slavery Society, and Lucretia Motes, a female delegate to the World Anti-Slavery Convention in May 1840, were not allowed to participate in the meeting. The two women resolved to hold a convention  and form a society to advocate for the rights of women.A Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York in July 1848.Murphy said other conventions and meetings followed and many strong and dedicated women took up the cause, including Susan B. Anthony. Bulldogs put winning streak on the line against Geneva The Pike County Bulldogs host Geneva on Friday night inside Bulldogs Stadium. The Bulldogs enter the game riding a 12-game… read more Sponsored Content By Jaine Treadwell The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article By The Penny Hoarder In 1878, a woman suffrage amendment, the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, was proposed in the U.S. Congress. In 1887, the first vote on woman suffrage was taken in the Senate and defeated.Alice Paul, a young suffragist, then organized a parade along the same route as the inaugural parade for Woodrow Wilson the following  day. Between 5,000 and 8,000 women arrived to march with banners demanding “Votes for Women.”In June 1916, Paul founded the National Women’s Party. One member, Inez Milholland Boisswain, collapsed during a speech on stage in Los Angeles. Her final words before she dropped were, “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?”World War I came. The National Women’s Party picketed but did not criticize the war but stated they would fight for the thing nearest to their hearts, “for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own government.”But it was the visit of a Russian envoy that helped give American women the right to vote. Russia had given women the right to vote in 1918.Paul displayed a banner stating President Wilson was the chief opponent of the women’s suffrage movement.Wilson pushed back. Paul was arrest for obstructing traffic and causing a crowd to gather. She was sentenced to seven months and was sent to the Occoquan Workhouse where conditions were horrific, Murphy said. “The prisoners, many of them sick, drank from the same cup; toilet was open and visible to male guards and prisoners were denied access to a toothbrush, comb and toilet paper. The food had flies and worms.” Paul and 30 other suffragists went on a hunger strike and were subjected to force feeding with a hard feeding tube shoved down their throats or through their noses.In November 1917, the Wilson Administration changed its approach. The suffragists were let out of jail.On January 9, 1918, the president offered his support for woman’s suffrage.” In January 1918, the House of Representatives passed the Amendment but the Senate defeated the Amendment by two votes.“Watchfires for Freedom” protests were held at the White HouseWilson wanted the amendment passed. On May 19, 1919, the 66th Congress was called into session. On May 21, 1919,  the House passed the Susan B. Anthony Amendment. On June 4, 1919 the Senate passed the Amendment.Thirty-six states were needed to ratify the amendment. Tennessee had the honor of being the 36th state to ratify but the House  voted ended in a tie. A second round of voting took place. Henry Burns, the youngest member, had inside his pocket an envelope with a white rose from his mother, a suffragist. He cast the last vote. “Aye.” The 19th Amendment was ratified. A Republican from the mountains of East Tennessee made national woman suffrage possible.On August 26, 1920, the 10th Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution.Women in all states voted on Election Day, November 2, 1920. Email the authorlast_img read more

Limo in deadly crash had been cited for out-of-service brakes

first_imgPeter R. Barber/The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, N.Y.(SCHENECTADY, N.Y.) — The limousine that crashed Saturday in upstate New York, killing 20 people, had been cited by the State Department of Transportation in March for brake failures, according to inspection results obtained by ABC News.The citations included “brakes out of service” and “brake connections with constrictions under vehicle,” the records show.When the limousine was re-inspected six months later, on Sept. 4, the state DOT noted its “failure to correct defects on previous inspection report.”A lawyer for the limousine company had said earlier this week that the car had failed the safety inspection over minor faults.“As we understand right now, the inspections last month were minor things — windshield wipers, a latch on a window that needed to be fixed — and all those things were fixed,” lawyer Lee Kindlon, who represents Prestige Limousines, said on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.A spokesperson for the state DOT disputed that claim, however, saying the vehicle involved in the Oct. 6 crash had failed the September safety inspection.“The assertion that the limousine was cleared to be on the road following the September inspection is categorically false,” a spokesperson for the state DOT said on Wednesday. “The vehicle was subject to inspections and the owner was warned not to operate the vehicle; the vehicle was placed out of service.”The crash killed driver of the limousine, all 17 passengers, and two pedestrians.The driver of the limousine, Scott Lisincchia, had previously told his wife about issues with the vehicle, Richard Burke, the family’s spokesman, said.Burke said Lisincchia’s wife “told me that he had complained to her regarding the condition of some of the vehicles.”“In fact, they said that one time he was driving one of the vehicle’s and a muffler fell off with clients in the car and he had to stop the car, get out of the car, remove the muffler and move it to the side of the roadway,” he said.Lisincchia, of Lake George, New York, was not properly licensed to drive a vehicle that could hold more than 15 people, a law enforcement official told ABC News.Authorities, including the National Transportation Safety Board and the New York State Police, are investigating the crash. The accident was the deadliest transportation accident in the U.S. since August 2009, according to Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.Family members of the victims said that the group was headed to a party at a brewery in Cooperstown, about an hour west of Schoharie, when the stretch limo flew past a stop sign and slammed into a parked SUV.All of the 17 passengers who died were between 24 and 34 years old. The two male pedestrians were 46 and 70 years old, and Lisincchia was 53.A funeral for the youngest of the victims inside the limo, 24-year-old Savannah Bursese, was set to begin on Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Walrath and Stewart Funeral Home in Goversville, New York, according to ABC News affiliate WTEN-TV.Her funeral is the first of all of the victims.The operator of the limo company, Nauman Hussain, was arrested on Wednesday in a “controlled traffic stop” because state police feared he was trying to flee, a source told ABC News.The district attorney said there were suitcases in the car, though Hussain’s defense attorney said he feared death threats. Investigators aren’t sure whether to believe that.Hussain was charged with criminally negligent homicide on Wednesday, police said. He was being charged because he put a defective vehicle back on the road and hired a driver whom he knew was not licensed to drive the vehicle, a source familiar with the matter told ABC News.Hussain pleaded not guilty and was released on bail on Wednesday night.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Met in big push to recruit more ethnic officers

first_imgThe Metropolitan Police has launched its biggest ever ethnic recruitmentdrive, designed to attract black and Asian recruits from around the country. The recruitment fair, organised by the Positive Action Team (PAT), will tourthe country visiting areas with large ethnic populations, including Leicester,Luton, Bedford and Birmingham. A series of stands will advertise a range of careers within the Met. In anew move, candidates will be able to apply for jobs on the spot – completing aninterview, written test and Police Initial Recruitment Test at the roadshow. Chief inspector Rowland Moore, head of the PAT, said the system meanscandidates would then only have to pass a fitness test and gain securityclearance. At present, 1,321 (4.9 per cent) of the Met’s officers are from visiblyethnic minority groups, but the Home Office has set a target of 25 per cent by2009. Previous Article Next Article Met in big push to recruit more ethnic officersOn 29 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Audiology – Adjunct Faculty

first_imgQuick Link to Postinghttps://jobs.calbaptist.edu/postings/6079 Posting Details Qualifications Position Summary * Do you attend church regularly?YesNo * Are you a Christian?YesNo Position TitleAudiology – Adjunct Faculty State and Federal law permit California Baptist University todiscriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill itspurpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to eitherState or Federal law. Nondiscrimination Statementcenter_img Qualified applicants must have a minimum of a master’s degree inSpeech Language Pathology or a related field, a terminal degree inAudiology is preferred. The successful candidate will be expectedto support the mission of California Baptist University. The Department of Allied Health Professions at California BaptistUniversity invites applications for adjunct faculty in the area ofCommunication Sciences and Disorders with special knowledge in thearea of Audiology. Teaching Responsibilities The successful candidate will be a member of a team of faculty withteaching responsibilities spanning a range of CSD / SLP content atthe undergraduate and graduate levels. If no, please explain (required):(Open Ended Question)* Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with thefundamental doctrines and practices of the California SouthernBaptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message datedJune 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)No (I am in conflict or not familiar) Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsChristian Experience EssayOptional DocumentsCover LetterCurriculum VitaeUnofficial Transcriptlast_img read more