Tropical Paradise Co Ltd ( 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgTropical Paradise Co Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Tropical Paradise Co Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tropical Paradise Co Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tropical Paradise Co Ltd (  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileTropical Paradise Co Limited  engages in the tourism and leisure sector where it operates hotels in Mauritius. Headquartered in Moka, Mauritius, the company operates the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel, Le Suffren Hotel & Marina, Hennessy Park Hotel, and Port Chambly Hotel. Tropical Paradise Co Limited (Ordinary) is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Episcopal COP21 delegation adds church’s voice to climate talks

first_img Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem By Lynette WilsonPosted Dec 8, 2015 Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Tags Advocacy Peace & Justice, Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Events Environment & Climate Change, Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Collierville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 California Bishop Marc Andrus leads Episcopalians and others in a pop-up worship service in the green zone at COP21. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENS[Episcopal News Service – Le Bourget, France] As the Conference of Parties, or COP21 as it’s known, entered its second week, the delegation representing Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society here on the outskirts of Paris on Dec. 7 sent a letter of thanks and encouragement to the ambassadors of the United Nations permanent missions of the countries in which The Episcopal Church has a presence.After the first five days of the Nov. 30-Dec. 11 conference, negotiators representing the 195 signatory countries of the Conference of Parties in attendance submitted a 48-page draft outlining what could become a binding agreement whereby states would limit greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to keep global warming at or below 2 degrees Celsius.“The letter is an important piece of the church’s advocacy, as it serves as an official record of our positions at this COP and includes the reflections of our delegates at the end of the first week. We will continually refer to this written record of our engagement and our positions as we continue to build relationships with member states and civil society well beyond this COP. Building partnerships over the long term is important,” said Lynnaia Main, global relations officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and its liaison to the United Nations.“Contacting the negotiators who are working on behalf of their countries, through their UN permanent missions, is key to influencing the outcome at the beginning of the COP. In a previous letter, we let them know our official positions, how and where we would be present at COP21 and invited them to our worship,” she said. “As members of civil society, we don’t have a vote and a voice around the table ourselves, so we contact the permanent missions to tell them what we think and ask them to consider our positions as well. In between meetings, we get to know them and their positions, which helps to find areas of mutual interest on which we might work together.”Member states attempted a similar agreement to limit greenhouse gases during the climate talks held in Copenhagen in 2009, but failed to adopt a treaty. Should member states come to an agreement here, advocacy work continues as individual countries then need to ratify and implement the agreed-upon terms, Main added.In addition to thanking the ambassadors for their countries’ work thus far, the letter reiterated The Episcopal Church’s climate change and environmental platform.Episcopalians worshipped at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris on Dec. 6. Photo: Jere SkipperMain is part of an eight-member delegation officially representing the presiding bishop and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society at the 21st annual Conference of Parties, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is the name under which The Episcopal Church is incorporated, conducts business, and carries out mission, including at the United Nations.More than 40,000 people, including heads of state, delegates, business leaders, activists and representatives of non-governmental and civil society organizations are attending COP21, where – in addition to the official talks – panels, presentations and workshops are happening simultaneously in the Climate Generations Area, or the “green zone,” which is open to anyone.The Rev. Brandon Mauai of the Diocese of North Dakota explores the exhibit space in the green zone at COP21. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENSFrom panels on solar energy, to exploring the private sector’s responsibility in adaptation and resilience projects, to integrative approaches to food security and sustainable cities, films, protests, exhibits and a daily pop-up worship hosted by The Episcopal Church, the green zone offers civil society attendees an opportunity to listen, learn and network.In the “blue zone,” government ministers and officials are working to resolve disagreements over financing, the roles developed and developing countries will play in tackling climate change, evaluating and strengthening country pledges aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions and what actions can be taken over the next five years.International scientific consensus has long maintained that global warming beyond 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels would have serious consequences on the earth’s climate patterns, including an increase in extreme weather events. The draft text, appearing to respond to pressure from people living in the world’s most vulnerable areas, seeks to limit warming to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius.Before arriving in France for the negotiations, the United States, Europe and China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters, committed to reducing emissions, the U.S. by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Still, scientists argue those targets won’t be enough.In its letter of thanks, the delegation specifically asked that the final agreement uphold the rights of indigenous peoples; and that negotiators strive to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, the church’s stated policy goal.The Episcopal Church’s policy statement on an 80 percent reduction “squares up well with the most advanced thinking here at COP21,” said California Bishop Marc Andrus, who is part of the presiding bishop’s delegation.Vulnerable populations, like residents of the Marshall Islands who are at risk of losing their home and their culture, have said the 2 degree Celsius threshold “is completely unacceptable,” he said.“The Episcopal Church policy would keep us below 2 degrees,” said Andrus, adding that the church’s policy is based on 20 years of grassroots and General Convention legislative action.“Everything we do gets a lot of buy-in,” said Andrus. “The policy statements that we are presenting to people here at COP21 are the result of decades of thousands of people weighing in with their passions and their expertise and we’re expressing it here.”The Very Rev. Mark Richardson, president and dean of Church Divinity School of the Pacific, right, speaks to a parishioner following a Dec. 6 Eucharist at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris. Photo: Jere SkipperThe Episcopal Church is present in 17 countries and also a member of the wider Anglican Communion which exists in 164 countries. As such, The Episcopal Church offers a unique perspective, said Main, adding that its presence at COP21 is an important opportunity to build relationships and find areas of mutual concern.“Member states appreciate that the churches are present at the grassroots in a very authentic way, we are where people gather, where people share their lives with each other,” said Main. “We are not a project, we are not coming in to provide assistance and just leave, we are part of the social fabric of communities, and we have things to say on behalf of those communities … In the U.N. context they understand how important that is that we do bring that authentic voice and understanding.”This year  marks the first time Episcopalians officially have joined other religious denominations and faith-based organizations – including Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, the Religious Society of Friends and others – at the annual conference on climate change.The presiding bishop’s delegation arrived in Paris Dec. 5, and the following day attended “Faith and Climate Change: Building a Communications Bridge,” the last in a series of Sunday morning forums at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris to raise awareness about climate change and its effects. The Rev. Fletcher Harper, executive director of GreenFaith and a priest in the Diocese of Newark, moderated the forum and later preached during the Eucharist.Harper, the Rev. Sally Bingham, president and founder of Interfaith Power & Light, who will give a presentation later this week to officials in the blue zone, join the delegation and other voices of faith present at COP21.“We’re here to demonstrate that climate change is an issue that is a profoundly moral one, that it affects millions and millions and millions of people around the world, that it degrades God’s creation, which is an incredible gift that we are all called to take care of, and so we are here to lift up those concerns,” said Harper in an interview with Episcopal News Service following the service at the cathedral.The faith community, he said, is attending the conference in particular to stand with the people who are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. During his sermon, he pointed out that in addition to Christian statements on the environment, including Pope Francis’s Environmental Encyclical, there are strong Islamic, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist statements on the environment.— Lynette Wilson is a reporter and editor with Episcopal News Service. 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Tofana / noa* network of architecture

first_img Houses Save this picture!© Alex Filz+ 81 Share Tofana / noa* network of architectureSave this projectSaveTofana / noa* network of architecture 2016 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  2500 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Tofana / noa* network of architecture ArchDaily Manufacturers: OndaplusSave this picture!© Alex FilzRecommended ProductsCeramicsApavisaTiles – JewelsLightsVibiaCeiling Lights – BIGWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodCeramicsGrespaniaWall Tiles – Wabi SabiText description provided by the architects. In the demolition and reconstruction of the Hotel Tofana in St. Kassian / S. Cassiano in Badia Valley (IT), the surrounding mountain range served as inspiration for the new architecture and interior design. The concept transfers the athletic spirit of the owner family to the entire building…Save this picture!© Alex FilzGünther and Verena Frena’s enthusiasm for sport played a decisive role in the design of the new hotel. The dynamic personality of the two Yoga and Pilates instructors, mountain bikers, ski and snowboard instructors and mountaineers has led the new Tofana to adapt to these two athletic powerhouses: the “mountain” becomes an abstract conceptual inspiration for the entire architecture. The outer silhouette is aesthetically pleasing with its unique scenic entourage and reflects the shape of a tree-lined mountain peak. The hotel acts as a “base camp” for the guest.Save this picture!© Alex Filz„From building to landscape: the design celebrates the evolutionary transformation of an originally compact building – into a layered structural landscape that sustainably reflects its surroundings… the house brings nature into the house“, says Lukas RunggerSave this picture!SectionInterior and exterior, retreat and natural experience, are connected by terraces and balconies, which seem to encircle the landscape. Spacious window surfaces and the terraced structure allow light to penetrate deep into the interior of the building. The terraces are merged by vertical elements in the form of stairs and ramps and are drawn up like a path winding up and around the building to the roof with a “summit cross”.Save this picture!© Alex FilzThe green caseDensely planted coniferous trees and plants that wind upwards characterize the appearance of the facade. The building becomes an integral part of the surrounding natural backdrops, whereby the compact building with its irregular, asymmetrically designed shape and the many edges acts like an upwards tapering rock formation. The house brings nature into the house. At the same time, the numerous trees on the terraces intensify the conceptual design ideas, and seem to allow the outer space to merge with the interior.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanNever stop exploringThe new Tofana should become the temporary home of the guest… Meeting point, regeneration and recreational center as well as starting point or base camp for adventurers, sportsmen and connoisseurs. Following the motto “Never stop exploring”, the concept of movement and the infrastructure in the new Tofana Hotel, follow the principle of a climbing route, which can be traversed by the visitor. The nature and the mountain serve as a stage for various places to linger and relax.Save this picture!© Alex FilzCaves and BiotopsVarious lounges and restaurants can be found on the ground floor, always following the alternating natural landscape of the Badia Valley: furniture and sofas in blue, green and brown tones suggest alpine meadows, biotopes, moss forests or rock caves. From the “Base Station” – the reception with gondola – takes you up to the “hut cabbins” (rooms & suites), further over the rocks to the summit of snow and ice creating the relaxation area with a view of the Dolomites. The natural experience becomes the main theme of the entire design.Save this picture!1st Floor PlanThe furnishing is flexible, the details are thought through down to the smallest detail and made by local craftsmen. The harmonious materiality of the house is based on local sustainable elements such as larch wood, linen fabric, natural stone walls and large, light-flooded glazing… Hammocks, swings, poufs, couches, cushions, posters and words weave through the spaces, underlining the genuine character of the house.Save this picture!© Alex FilzProject gallerySee allShow lessHyperloop One Releases Map of 11 Proposed US SystemsArchitecture NewsShortlist Announced for 2017 RIBA London AwardsArchitecture News Share CopyHouses•La Villa, Italy Architects: noa* network of architecture Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img “COPY” Photographs “COPY” Year:  Photographs:  Alex Filz Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Italy CopyAbout this officenoa* network of architectureOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLa VillaItalyPublished on April 14, 2017Cite: “Tofana / noa* network of architecture” 14 Apr 2017. 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Oakland, Calif., activists occupy City Hall to protest gentrification

first_imgOakland, Calif., action, June 17.At the culmination of a week of actions highlighting that Oakland, Calif., is losing thousands of families per month to displacement and businesses like Uber are moving into the city with almost no accountability, a broad coalition of community groups marched into Oakland City Hall on June 17 and took it over for more than an hour to press their demands on Mayor Libby Schaff and the City Council.The Anti Police-Terror Project, Black Power Network, ACCE Action, East Bay Organizing Committee (EBOC/Fight for 15), The East 12th Coalition and others called a series of actions June 12-17 to “Reclaim Our City.” The groups demanded immediate protections for renters, the redirection of city money to protect low-wage workers and public education.The action on June 17 started at the East 12th Street parcel, city land that the government has turned over to private developers, despite a significant campaign to use it for low-income housing. The group then caravanned to City Hall and marched inside, demanding that the mayor and the City Council come out to talk to the people about their demands.The week was organized to “target the repressive policies and practices of the Schaaf administration and fight back against private interests and large developers who are displacing our families and driving up rents.” The actions focused on “pressuring the City Council to extend the housing moratorium; building pressure to place the Oakland Renter Protection Act measure on the November ballot; [a] public education campaign around the connection between police terror, displacement and the impact on our schools/young people; [and] demands for community benefits including good jobs, affordable housing, and community stability to ensure that new development serves existing residents and workers.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Mumia Abu-Jamal events raise question: ‘Have Black lives ever mattered?’

first_imgPhiladelphia march for Mumia takes it to the streets, Dec. 9.Presentation of certificate for work on prisoners’ health care crisis. From left, City Council member Jannie Blackwell, Pam Africa, Akeem Browder, PA State Representative Vanessa Lowrey-Brown and Gregg Brinkley.Philadelphia – “Have Black Lives Ever Mattered,” the title of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s latest book, was also the focus of Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 events here marking the 36th anniversary of his unjust incarceration.The weekend started with a teach-in at the Church of the Advocate, as Pam Africa kicked off the program with background and updates on the case. Africa is chairwoman of International Concerned Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal.Political activist and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal was unjustly imprisoned and sentenced to death for allegedly killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981. Abu-Jamal steadfastly maintains his innocence.Thirty years later, in 2011, the global people’s movement forced the state to take Abu-Jamal off death row. Then the state re-sentenced him to life imprisonment without possibility of parole.After Abu-Jamal was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2015, the people fought for and won treatment for him. However, he still suffers from cirrhosis of the liver and a painful, severe skin ailment. For prisoners, life without parole is a death sentence, especially when denied decent health care.With the assistance of the Pittsburgh-based Abolitionist Law Center, Abu-Jamal recently released a manual “to walk any person infected with hepatitis C through the obstacle course erected by medical staff and prison officials who seek to deny or delay” treatment.Activism vs. white supremacyA panel addressing white supremacy came next. Speakers included Dr. Karanja Carroll with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the National Black United Front; Candace McKinley, a Philadelphia Black Lives Matter organizer; Lamont Lilly, Durham activist, poet and 2016 Workers World Party vice presidential nominee; and Megan Malachi with Philly for REAL Justice. Discussion began with the question of how Abu-Jamal has influenced their work.A second panel focused on immigrant rights and international movements. Nancy Mansour, co-founder of the Palestinian support group Existence Is Resistance, discussed her film “Being Black in the Holy Land.” Colombian activist María Serna, with Lucha Pro Derechos (Fight for Rights), addressed the current crisis for undocumented immigrants. Mike Wilson, with Workers World, raised the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico, where Wilson participated in a November work brigade.Earlier many people from the teach-in joined a Center City demonstration for Palestine, where Pam Africa spoke on the need for solidarity between oppressed communities in the U.S. and the people of Palestine.Taking it to the streetsThe next day, in wet, slushy snow, nearly 200 activists rallied to demand that Pennsylvania stop trying to murder Mumia. Demonstrators gathered at the statue of notorious former Philly mayor and head cop Frank Rizzo. The march continued around City Hall, stopping frequently for street rallies. Speakers urged people shopping in Christmas Market to join the rally for Black lives.At a newly installed monument honoring slain educator and civil rights activist Octavius V. Cato (1839—1871), speakers said recognizing Cato’s historic contributions is important, but does not answer the crisis for Black youth in seriously underfunded schools.Then protesters rallied outside the District Attorney’s office, demanding the release of all files pertinent to former DA Ronald Castille’s involvement in Mumia’s case. As a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice, Castille refused to recuse himself from ruling on Abu-Jamal’s appeals. A 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Williams v. Pennsylvania, was another death sentence case involving Castille. The court found that his refusal to remove himself was unconstitutional. In April 2017, Abu-Jamal’s attorneys filed an appeal for a new trial based on that decision.Lawyer Gayle McLaughlin Bartholdi’s memo to Castille in the files, dated March 27, 1990, allegedly exposes the former DA’s direct role in the case. Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker, overseeing Abu-Jamal’s appeal, ordered the DA’s office to show cause why it should not locate and produce Bartholdi to present testimony regarding her memo’s content. It’s one item in the documents that the DA’s office says it cannot locate. Tucker has ordered an evidentiary hearing for Jan. 17.Demonstrators also challenged incoming DA Larry Krasner to keep promises made during his election campaign to reopen questionable former convictions. Krasner, claiming to oppose the death penalty, recently appointed Castille to his transition team, sparking strong criticism from many activists.‘Mass incarceration A to Z’The final Dec. 9 event was a forum on “Mass Incarceration A to Z.” Speakers included Akeem Browder, whose brother, Kalief Browder, unable to afford bail, suffered three years of abuse, including solitary confinement, during pretrial detention at New York City’s Rikers Island. Unable to recover from the impact of the abuse, Kalief died by suicide two years after his release. Browder is calling for the notorious prison complex to be shut down.Panelist Greg Brinkley’s nephew, Kevin Brinkley, was imprisoned as a juvenile in 1977 for a crime he did not commit. He was repeatedly denied parole because he would not admit guilt. Due to re-examination of juvenile life sentences, Kevin is being released, but remains subject to parole despite recent prosecutor’s testimony acknowledging a cover-up of evidence of his innocence.Writer and activist Marc Lamont Hill concluded the panel, discussing his own experience with the criminal justice system as a Black youth in Philadelphia and recounting being illegally stopped by police in New York. His credentials as a professor and a political commentator for CNN and FOX News did not give him immunity from police harassment.A program highlight was the presentation of certificates of appreciation to Pennsylvania Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown and Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell for their work in bringing attention to prisoners’ health care crisis, including suffering from contaminated water in prison facilities.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Working class activists beat back anti-choice bigots

first_imgPensacola, Fla. (Occupied Creek Muscogee land)For four and a half months, abortion rights advocates have been defending the only abortion clinic in Pensacola, Fla. The defense effort is led by Workers World Party Central Gulf Coast branch, Strive (Socialist Trans Initiative) and Women’s March Pensacola. Every Saturday and most Fridays, working-class people have shown up to hold signs, chant and even set up fences made of tarp around American Family Planning (AFP), Pensacola’s reproductive health clinic.Pensacola Clinic defenders stand up to bigots, Jan. 2. (WW Photo: Shannon P.)This is to keep the patients and clinic workers safe and away from anti-choice reactionaries, who often set up horrific, photoshopped signs in front of the clinic and scream at patients and clinic workers. The “harmless” anti-choice bigots have responded to the ongoing clinic defense by verbally and physically threatening clinic defenders, going even so far as to call the police multiple times on clinic defenders who play music they don’t like.Despite this, the clinic defenders have persisted in putting pressure on business owners not to allow the anti-choice bigots on their property. AFP is almost completely surrounded by several businesses that have all previously remained “neutral” to the right-wingers’ presence. Finally, after four and a half months of pressure by clinic defenders, all but one of the businesses have signed a No Trespass Order, meaning that the anti-choice bigots are no longer permitted anywhere on their property.Additionally, the road the clinic sits on was designated a “No Trespass Zone,” meaning that the anti-choice bigots can no longer stand or park anywhere on the road in front of the clinic. They are now banned from both the front and left side, which is where most of the entrances are and where patients are dropped off and picked up.One ‘neutral’ holdoutOne business has still refused to sign the order, claiming it wants to “remain neutral.” Unfortunately, its property line abuts the clinic, allowing anti-choice bigots to walk up and down the property, screaming at people inside the clinic or, even worse, at patients who have had surgery and are waiting to be picked up. So patients who have just had a safe, legal abortion procedure still have to exit where a group of hateful reactionaries can harass and berate them.Clinic defenders, as of this writing, are continuing to mount pressure on the business to sign the No Trespass Order and remove the bigots from its property.The clinic backs up to some woods, which are local government property and subject to its rule. So for this last business to sign the No Trespass Order would effectively ban the bigots from being anywhere around the clinic.There is a long, violent history of reactionary anti-choice attacks on this clinic. It was bombed twice in the 1980s. In 1993 Dr. David Gunn, the OB/GYN at the clinic, was murdered. The following year, Dr. Gunn’s replacement, Dr. John Britton, was murdered by another anti-choice reactionary, Paul Jennings Hill. The clinic was firebombed in 2012. The clinic defenders are putting their safety and wellbeing on the line, but it is what must be done. And now it is paying off.That a disciplined group of workers and oppressed people have single-handedly mounted a campaign of pressure on local businesses to force anti-choice bigots away from an abortion clinic is extraordinary. Patients and clinic workers alike have reported to this writer and others members of the WWP-CGC branch that the presence of abortion rights advocates has made them feel better and safer at the clinic.Abortions must remain safe and legal, and it is up to those such as the clinic defenders in Pensacola, Fla., to make sure it stays that way.Devin Cole is a transgender Marxist organizer and writer. They are the president of Strive (Socialist Trans Initiative), a transgender advocacy organization in northwest Florida, and a member of the Workers World Party – Central Gulf Coast (Alabama, Florida and Mississippi) branch.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom

first_img Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Organisation June 7, 2021 Find out more Faced with the unprecedented epidemic, many governments have targeted those whose job is to inform the public.  Emboldened by the emergency, the spread of repression has been translated into a substantial armoury of laws, regulations and emergency measures. Attacks on press freedom and special regulations have proliferated on all five continents.  They cover a range of restrictive procedures, from minor obstacles to custodial prison sentences.  “The coronavirus health crisis has aggravated all other crises and has had a particular impact on journalism and the right to information,” said Christophe Deloire, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF). “The worst regimes have resorted to all means at their disposal to crack down even harder and, when these prove insufficient, they have brought in new ones using the excuse of an emergency or exceptional circumstances. It is now time to put an end to such exceptional measures urgently and to unshackle information!”      Some countries, such as Honduras, took steps straightaway to limit freedom of expression, others (Brazil) to curb access to information or its publication, although some have since been rolled back, as is the case in Hungary. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán brought in emergency coronavirus legislation allowing him to rule by decree for an indefinite period and setting a sentence of five years’ imprisonment for publishing false information. The law is due to be repealed around 20 June.   In El Salvador, Thailand and Armenia, curbs on journalists’ movements, the imposition of a curfew and of tracking mechanisms were causes of concern and were ultimately scrapped. Some governments, such as Namibia, used the opportunity to restrict attendance at press conferences. Elsewhere, access to information was strictly controlled. Bangladesh’s Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, the country’s only medical school, published a memo to teachers, doctors and staff banning them from speaking to the media on any health matter without prior permission. The memo said they must refrain from tarnishing the image of the government and universities.   In Greece, the health ministry published a decision on 13 April banning hospital staff from talking to the media and Greek journalists were required to have government permission before reporting inside hospitals.Public service media organizations have often come under intense government pressure. In Japan, an emergency law (repealed on 25 May) added the public broadcaster NHK to a list of institutions to which the government is able to give “instructions”. In Ukraine, pressure on public service news providers took a more insidious turn when the public broadcaster PBC was stripped of a quarter of its budget.Most frequently, legislative measures have been taken on grounds of the emergency allowing outright censorship of alarming or disturbing information. In Cambodia, the government gave itself the legal power to ban the publication of “any information that could cause unrest, fear or disorder”. In Vanuatu, any information about Covid-19 must be officially approved before publication.   Most governments yielded to the temptation, using a variety of repressive measures according to the democratic traditions and the rule of law in each country, of making official channels the only credible and authoritative sources of information.In India, Egypt, Botswana and Somalia, for example, only government statements on the subject may be published. In Eswatini, using printed and electronic media to obtain information about Covid-19 is banned without prior the permission of the health ministry.       Alongside these repressive measures, the arsenal of sanctions has been hugely expanded. The weapons of repression against individual journalists as well as news organizations have been greatly strengthened in many countries: seizures and publication bans (Kyrgyzstan), heavy fines (up to 25,000 euros in Russia) and deterrent prison sentences (up to six months in South Africa, 18 months in Indonesia, five years in Botswana and Algeria and up to 20 years in Zimbabwe).In Liberia, the justice authorities have threatened to close down or seize any news organization that publishes what they consider to be false information. In Romania, the government’s crisis unit leapt into action, closing down 12 news websites. In Myanmar, 221 sites were closed, including news sites aimed particularly at the country’s ethnic minorities.         Apart from this tidal wave of obstacles and sanctions, one of the most worrying aspects of the Covid-19 crisis has undoubtedly been the pernicious use by governments of the notion of disinformation and “fake news”.    In Ethiopia, the definition of misinformation is so broad that it gives the authorities the discretionary power to declare any piece of information false. In Bolivia, 37 “political actors” have been convicted in summary proceedings of “disinformation and destabilization”.    In Russia, the definition of disinformation and the damage it is alleged to cause are the unique preserve of judges. On 21 April, the supreme court extended this to social media, and even to individual conversations. In Egypt, the Supreme Council for Media Regulation has asked that ordinary citizens report the publication of “fake news” about Covid-19. The implementation of these emergency laws often shows a broad acceptance of the idea fake news. They are also used to deter criticism and muzzle opposition. News News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan to go further Help by sharing this information Newscenter_img Europe – Central AsiaRussiaRomaniaKyrgyzstanGreeceUkraineArmeniaHungaryAmericasBoliviaBrazilHondurasEl SalvadorAsia – PacificMyanmarIndonesiaCambodiaThailandBangladeshJapanIndiaAfricaEthiopiaNamibiaSomaliaEswatiniSouth AfricaZimbabweLiberiaBotswanaMiddle East – North Africa AlgeriaEgypt Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Covid19InternetFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment RSF_en Image: Klawe Rzeczy June 8, 2021 Find out more Covid-19 was declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March, since then it has been used as a pretext by governments to put constitutional guarantees on hold. Now that relative calm appears to be in prospect, it is imperative that these exceptional measures be lifted. News Receive email alerts June 12, 2020 – Updated on June 17, 2020 Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Europe – Central AsiaRussiaRomaniaKyrgyzstanGreeceUkraineArmeniaHungaryAmericasBoliviaBrazilHondurasEl SalvadorAsia – PacificMyanmarIndonesiaCambodiaThailandBangladeshJapanIndiaAfricaEthiopiaNamibiaSomaliaEswatiniSouth AfricaZimbabweLiberiaBotswanaMiddle East – North Africa AlgeriaEgypt Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Covid19InternetFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Karnataka HC Stays Further Steps On Decision To Divert Forest Land For Hubbali-Ankola Railway Line

first_imgNews UpdatesKarnataka HC Stays Further Steps On Decision To Divert Forest Land For Hubbali-Ankola Railway Line Mustafa Plumber18 Jun 2020 9:51 PMShare This – xObserving that “This is a classical case of how board is influenced,” the Karnataka High Court on Thursday by way of interim relief directed that no further steps shall be taken on the decision taken by the State Board for Wildlife to allow diversion of 595.64 hectares of forest land for constructing railway line between Hubballi and Ankola. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka…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?LoginObserving that “This is a classical case of how board is influenced,” the Karnataka High Court on Thursday by way of interim relief directed that no further steps shall be taken on the decision taken by the State Board for Wildlife to allow diversion of 595.64 hectares of forest land for constructing railway line between Hubballi and Ankola. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Nataraj Rangaswamy said “The decision taken by the State Wildlife board in its meeting held on March 20, in the presence of two state ministers as special invites calls for closer scrutiny.” The bench took into consideration the fact that on March 9, in the 13th meeting of the board which was attended by the Chief Minister in his capacity as Chairman. After deliberations it was unanimously resolved to reject the proposal, the Minutes of the Meeting even recorded that the Chief Minister as the Chairman of the Board agreed for rejection. However, in the 14th meeting held 11 days later the unanimous decision was overturned and the project was granted clearance. The court said “Within the span of 11 days, unanimous decision taken by the state board was completely changed the Ministers were allowed to address the state board who are not members of the state board. This decision taking process by the state board in the March 20 meeting calls for closer scrutiny, especially when a unanimous decision taken 11 days back was changed in presence of two ministers who were not members of the board.” The direction was given during the hearing of a petition filed by Project Vruksha Foundation. In which it is claimed that the 14th meeting of the state board recommending/approving wildlife clearance for the construction of 168-KM new broad gauge railway line was taken by the Chief Minister by abuse of discretion, non application of mind, without due care and caution and without responsibility in the exercise of discretion. Advocate Sreeja Chakraborty appearing for the petitioners argued that the decision of the Chairman is solely based on the pro-project arguments forwarded by his special invitees, during the 14th meeting of the board. The special invites included Minister for Large and Medium Scale Industries, Jagadish Shettar, Minister of Labour and Sugar, Shivaram Hebbar, R V Deshpande, MLA and former minister for large and medium scale industries and the Chief Secretary of the state, who all are not members of the board. The petition states that the presence of such special invitees vitiates the proceedings of the meeting as it amounts to violation of Rule 9 of the Karnataka State Board for Wildlife Rules, 2006, which only allows people with experience and expertise in wildlife conservation as special invitees. It is estimated that around 2.2 lakh trees will have to be cut for the project. The plea also says that the project area falls in the Eco-sensitive zone of the Kali Tiger reserve also known as Anshi-dandeli tiger reserve in the Western Ghats and cuts across the elephant and tiger corridor. The project passes through the Western Ghats which was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2012. It is further said that the decision taken in the March 20 meeting is in violation of the wildlife conservation spirit as envisaged under the Wildlife Protection Act, and India’s Wildlife Action Plan. The plea prays for quashing the decision taken in the 14th meeting of the state board for wildlife recommending wildlife clearance to the project. Direct the Standing Committee of National Board For Wildlife not to consider the said decision as the final recommendation of the Karnataka SWB in their subsequent meetings. The court has issued notice to the respondents returnable on July 14 directing them to appear before the court and file their statement of objections.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition]  Next Storylast_img read more

‘Right To Free Speech Not A License To Injure Religious Feelings”: Allahabad HC Denies Pre-Arrest Bail To PFI Member Accused Of Spreading Propaganda Against Ayodhya Ram Temple

first_imgNews Updates’Right To Free Speech Not A License To Injure Religious Feelings”: Allahabad HC Denies Pre-Arrest Bail To PFI Member Accused Of Spreading Propaganda Against Ayodhya Ram Temple Akshita Saxena6 April 2021 9:09 PMShare This – x”A person who takes the risk of dissemination of blasphemous messages is not entitled to get the discretion of the Court exercised in his favour.”The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court has denied the anticipatory bail plea of a man accused of trying to promote enmity between two religious communities by spreading propaganda about the foundation laying ceremony of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya. “The fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression in a secular State is not an absolute license to injure and hurt…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 Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court has denied the anticipatory bail plea of a man accused of trying to promote enmity between two religious communities by spreading propaganda about the foundation laying ceremony of the Ram Temple at Ayodhya. “The fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression in a secular State is not an absolute license to injure and hurt the religious feelings and faiths and beliefs of fellow citizens,” observed a Single Bench of Justice Chandra Dhari Singh. On noting that a prima facie case is made out against the accused, Md. Nadeem, the Bench observed, “A person who takes the risk of dissemination of blasphemous messages is not entitled to get the discretion of the Court exercised in his favour.” Nadeem, an active member of Popular Front of India (PFI), was booked by the UP Police under Section 153-A IPC for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, etc. As per the complainant, Nadeem was propagating that since the foundation laying ceremony of Temple at Ayodhya is being done at the land of mosque, therefore, every Muslim has to come forward to protect the site of Babri Masjid. It was further alleged in the FIR that due to this propaganda, there was a probability of communal tension between two communities and communal harmony may be disturbed and public peace may be breached. While opposing the application for pre-arrest bail, Additional Government Advocate informed the High Court that during investigation, implicating material was found against the accused. It was argued that the accused is required for custodial interrogation to conduct a fair investigation of the offence as alleged in the FIR. On a perusal of the FIR, the Single Judge said that a prima facie case is made out against Nadeem. It observed that the FIR reveals that the accused was spreading the propaganda as alleged and was trying to promote feeling of enmity, hatred or ill-will between the two religious communities. “In the instant case, the comments/propaganda made by the applicant with regard to one religion or community are capable of inciting one community or group against other community. Therefore, prima facie, the offence punishable under Section 153A IPC is attracted to the facts of the case,” the order stated. Nadeem on the other hand claimed that all allegations made in the FIR are false and the same is nothing but an attempt to cover up the illegality committed by his wrongful and unauthorized detention by the police personnel. Case Title: Md. Nadeem v. State of UP Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Heavy snow causes major travel disruption in Donegal

first_img WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter Heavy snowfall is causing major travel disruption across Donegal this morning.Motorists are being advised to allow extra time for your journey and to exercise extreme caution this morning.Some of the worst affected areas include Letterkenny, Barnsmore Gap and north Inishowen.center_img Heavy snow causes major travel disruption in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMan due in court over shooting incident in GlentiesNext articleTraffic calming measures in Manor must be prioritised – Brogan News Highland Google+ By News Highland – February 24, 2020 WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Pinterest Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more