BHP fights for a Potash deal

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first_img Share BHP fights for a Potash deal KCS-content whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteUndoBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndocenter_img BHP BILLITON faces a crucial week in its fight to buy Potash Corp, with the Canadian government and US courts deciding whether to allow its $39bn (£24.7bn) hostile offer to proceed.Potash attempted to goad BHP into raising its $130 a share bid at the weekend in a Canadian court filing, claiming it was “very likely” that the FTSE 100-listed firm would increase its offer given that Potash shares were trading at $147.32 on Friday. Potash also claimed that it “has engaged in discussions with 15 strategic, financial and state-sponsored potential bidders or investors.” A Potash spokesperson declined to comment further yesterday, though more details could emerge when the firm appears in an Illinois court as part of its lawsuit against BHP on Thursday. A Sunday newspaper also reported yesterday that BHP would sweeten its deal by around 10 per cent once it has cleared the looming regulatory hurdles. BHP declined to comment on whether or when it would raise its bid.Canadian authorities have until Wednesday to either block or allow BHP’s takeover offer, depending on whether it sees an economic benefit for the country. The government in Saskatchewan, where Potash is based, has opposed the deal, but several sources have claimed the federal government will give the green light. BHP continues to seek a cease trading order on Potash’s new shares, which it issued in September as part of a “poison pill” defence. Potash said it diluted BHP’s share holding to give it time to find alternative bids, and continues to fight the case with the Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission. Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap whatsapp Sunday 31 October 2010 11:31 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Lady liberty has found her sense of humour – PJ O’Rourke checks in

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first_imgMonday 29 November 2010 7:48 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteUndoReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterUndothedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comUndo KCS-content whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL POLITICIANS,” growls PJ O’Rourke, “don’t understand finance at all – even the last little bit. Yet they’re increasingly in charge of it.” America’s greatest living satirist is back in town and training his anger on the political enterprise. His new book is titled Don’t Vote! It Just Encourages The Bastards. The idea of politicians setting themselves up to manage the financial industry brings out particular scorn. He sees the regulators locking the stable door behind the problems of 2008 with little recognition that it is a different horse that bolts in every crisis. But in the end what makes him laugh the hardest is the idea of the men in grey suits trying to battle with the City’s finest. “On one side you have the smartest people in the world, ferociously motivated. On the other you have a group of average-to-reasonably smart politicians and regulators. Who’s going to win?” He throws up his hands.He gives the example too of Bernie Madoff, who, he argues, the SEC missed plenty of opportunities to catch because of the limits of those running it. “Christopher Cox is the smartest guy in Congress. But he’s a lawyer.” Madoff was caught by a mathematician, O’Rourke says, who needed just four minutes to see that the numbers were suspect and just four hours to run the algorithms to show they definitely didn’t add up.LEFT WITH THE TOUGH STUFFIt’s not that O’Rourke thinks that politics cannot achieve anything, though his staunchly libertarian politics are on the side of politics doing far less. Instead, he argues that politics may have reached its limits. “It’s not stupid to think that politics is an effective tool. But its time is coming to an end because the easy problems for free and democratic societies have been solved: slavery, equality before the law; near-universal franchise; the defeat of massive dictatorships. We’re left with the tough stuff.”It’s an interesting argument, going further than those who see in our current problems only a lack of actuarial care behind politicians’ promises that has left them temporarily overdrawn. O’Rourke suggests that there may a natural limit to what we can ever ask politics to solve on our behalf. Europeans, he adds, are far too fond of politics as the principal tool of problem-solving. “I read the EU Constitution – it has clauses about the specifics of edible meat offal. It’s round the bend.”On America’s politics, O’Rourke is more equivocal. He is “pretty pleased” with the results of the midterms, with their startling repudiation of Democrat policies, but he wonders how long it will all last. “Have people really come around to the conclusion that government can be too large, or are they just arguing over how government largesse is distributed? It’s too early to say.”That said, O’Rourke is impressed with the Tea Party, though as a personal friend of John McCain it is probably unsurprising that he shrinks from the idea of one of the Tea Party’s leading lights – Sarah Palin – running against President Obama in 2012: he suggests it would be an act of “random self-destructiveness” by Republicans.AS SERIOUS AS IT GETSIts deeply-felt opinions make this book, as O’Rourke admits, oddly his most serious yet – even more so than his digested version of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, which at least interpreted the sage of Kirkcaldy by such examples as the size of Angelina Jolie’s earning power. This book is “as serious as I get” – though that just means even the most serious sentiments are slashed through with O’Rourke’s trademark wit. “We can’t treat the American government like mom, expecting her to get us off to kindergarten in the morning, fix our meals, wash the dishes, fold the laundry, keep our house clean and our grandparents happy, do the shopping and the gardening, and still somehow make herself interesting to dad. That’s why mom snapped and started drinking and got in that car wreck.”Indeed, for O’Rourke, the humour and his political views go hand in hand. It’s notable that both he and Dave Barry, two of America’s greatest masters of prose humour, are avowed libertarians. O’Rourke says the two have discussed it. For him, “the libertarianism comes from humour”. Having a strong sense of humour helps keep things in proportion – a certain flair for deflating human arrogance makes it harder to read the communist manifesto with a straight face. “Have you ever read Mein Kampf? It’s like a bad cocktail party where the wine is domestic and warm and you’ve been backed into a corner by a bore with absolutely no sense of humour at all.”It is thirty-six years since O’Rourke’s first book was published, but he is as good company as ever. The Republican Party Reptile has become America’s equivalent of the great French liberal Frederic Bastiat, a voice of economic conscience, explaining the hard lessons of the free market in words that everyone can understand and enjoy. As the epigraph from Horace in O’Rourke’s Parliament of Whores says, “What stops a man who can laugh from speaking the truth?”Don’t Vote! It just encourages the Bastards by P. J. O’Rourke is published by Grove Press (UK) £16.99 hardbackCV | PJ O’ROURKEAge: 63Born: Toledo, OhioLives: New Hampshire,Family: Married with three childrenEducation: BA Miami University, Ohio, MA John Hopkins University, MarylandBooks: CEO of the Sofa; Eat the Rich; On The Wealth of Nations; Parliament of WhoresWisdom: “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys”, “Earnestness is stupidity sent to college” Share Lady liberty has found her sense of humour – PJ O’Rourke checks in whatsapplast_img read more

Alcoa posts fourth quarter profit

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first_img John Dunne Alcoa posts fourth quarter profit Read This Next’Pose’ Creator Steven Canals on Life After His Groundbreaking Show: ‘I’mThe Wrap’The Boys’ Star Aya Cash Took Inspiration From YouTube, TikTok and SteveThe WrapHow HGTV’s ‘Renovation Island’ Changed Bryan and Sarah Baeumler’sThe Wrap’Bridgerton’ Stars Phoebe Dynevor and Nicola Coughlan on Daphne andThe WrapBest Wine Gifts & Wine Accessories at Every PriceGayot’Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife’ Earns $17 Million 5-Day Opening as Box OfficeThe WrapFox News’ Mark Levin Says Capitol Riot Suspects ‘Would Be Treated Better’The WrapEverything We Know, or Think We Know, About the Time-Keepers on ‘Loki’The Wrap’The Crown’: What Went Into Finding Princess Diana and Margaret ThatcherThe Wrap whatsapp “Pretty much every one of our end markets is improving,” chief executive Klaus Kleinfeld told analysts on a conference call when asked about his projection for a 12 per cent global increase in aluminium demand.“We do not expect the substantial growth to come from the US and Europe. We believe that those emerging economies will accelerate and there the driver pretty much is infrastructure building, and all the other end markets that we are seeing, from automotive to packaging to building and construction.”Kleinfeld said Alcoa expects demand growth in the aerospace sector to increase seven per cent in 2011 and 5-11 percent in the auto industry.The beverage can sector was likely to be flat to two per cent higher this year, but Alcoa sees commercial construction industry demand for aluminium increasing two per cent to three per cent. In fact, he said the building sector, which was particularly badly hit by the recession, appeared to be improving.“When you look at the monthly contracts awarded and the construction starts … it looks really like a bottoming out. It is not dropping further.“So it could well be, if you take an optimistic perspective, that we might be seeing the bottoming out of this market here in the US.”Analyst Curt Woodworth of Macquarie Research said Alcoa’s outlook was “phenomenally strong and probably conservative.” Alcoa, the largest US aluminium producer, reported a fourth-quarter profit and projected a 12 per cent rise in demand for the metal in 2011, driven by aerospace and auto manufacturing.Alcoa said income from continuing operations was $258m (£166m) compared with a loss of $266m in the same quarter of 2009. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share Tags: NULL Tuesday 11 January 2011 4:30 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comlast_img read more

Smaller charities missing out from payroll giving campaign?

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About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The government’s campaign to promote payroll givingbut “smaller local causes, are getting crowded out.” Roger Kojecky, a consultant to a central London charity working with homeless people, argues in SocietyGuardian that the professional fundraising organisations (PFOs) that are carrying out the footwork of promoting payroll giving are not generally welcoming to smaller local charities.The government’s campaign to promote payroll giving but “smaller local causes, are getting crowded out.” Roger Kojecky, a consultant to a central London charity working with homeless people, argues in SocietyGuardian that the professional fundraising organisations (PFOs) that are carrying out the footwork of promoting payroll giving are not generally welcoming to smaller local charities. “Charities applying to be promoted by PFOs are, as a rule, turned away, ” he says, “unless they are already an established brand and sure to attract immediate interest during canvassing.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 19 February 2001 | News Read Cinderellas of the payroll ball by Roger Kojecky at SocietyGuardian. Smaller charities missing out from payroll giving campaign?  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

Online donations continue to pour in to Asian floods emergency

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first_imgOnline donations continue to pour in to Asian floods emergency Charities are still receiving large volumes of online donations from people keen to support the response to the Asian floods disaster.Disasters Emergency Committee Chief Executive Brendan Gormley reported yesterday evening that about £500,000 was being donated online to the appeal every hour.The Guardian reports that, after it expanded its Christmas charity appeal to include support for the disaster appeal, online donations for this object totalled £14,000 within a few hours. Advertisement  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics Howard Lake | 31 December 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Unrestricted funds valued nearly twice as much as restricted funds, survey shows

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first_img  440 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis26 New research from nfpSynergy on what charities think about raising funds from grant-making trusts shows unrestricted funds are valued twice as much as those that are restricted, with charities willing to trade restricted grants for smaller unrestricted funds than they were five years ago.In fact, when asked by nfpSynergy how much they would trade restricted grants of £1 million, £100k and £10k for, the average responses were £460k, £55k and £7k.  Smaller charities valued unrestricted income even more. The larger the grant and the smaller the charity, the more they said they would trade the grant size down for unrestricted funding. Those with a turnover of £500k or less said they traded down £1 million to a grant of £300k or smaller half of the time (49% of respondents), whereas those with an income of more than £50 million traded it down to £300K only 10% of the time.The research also shows that charities are trading down more than they were in 2012. When nfpSynergy asked the same question for the £1 million and £100k grant in 2012, the average trade down grant size for £1 million that organisations would accept was 63% of that amount, compared to 46% in 2017, while for £100k it was 70%, compared to 55% in 2017.Income from trustsIn the survey, 32% of those questioned said that trusts had provided over £100,000 of their income in the past 12 months (excluding the Big Lottery Fund, other lottery bodies or the government). For 19% they had provided £300,000 to £500,000, while 15% had received over £500,000. Less than half (40% ) said they had received Big Lottery funding. What charities think about grant-makers and the funding processWhen asked how well grant-makers performed in a range of categories: best information, best application process, right level of monitoring, understanding the organisation, best relationships, and best at responding to need, Big Lottery Fund and Garfield Weston Foundation scored highly at joint first or second in four out of those six categories.However, overall, 69% strongly agreed with the statement: ‘I would like grant-makers to provide more funds that were unrestricted or grants for core costs, and 68% strongly agreed with the statement: ‘I would like grant-makers to give better feedback on applications”.Charities also said they would like shorter periods between applications, easier reporting, and to be able to submit multiple applications for different projects at the same time, 39% said that reporting back was quite difficult, and when asked what the ideal time was between grant applications, 50% said 12 months, 22% six months and 9% no gap at all. Unrestricted funds valued nearly twice as much as restricted funds, survey shows Other findingsThe most common success rate for applications was 30% with just over a fifth (21%) reporting this to be typical for them over the course of a year.Half of all respondents reported a success rate of between 20% and 40%.Success rates did not tend to vary according to the size of an organisation but those submitting fewer applications were more likely to claim a higher success rate than charities submitting many.45% of the charities questioned have one full-time member of staff applying for grants.20% have two to three.31% said they had none with the task was spread across a number of staff members or volunteers.nfpSynergy questioned just under 300 grant-making fundraisers in Autumn 2017. The sample size was smaller in 2017 than 2012 by about 100 and the sample make up has changed to hold a higher percentage of small organisations, with those under a £500k turnover in 2017’s survey rising from roughly 30% to 40%. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis26  439 total views,  3 views today Tagged with: Funding grants Nfpsynergy Research / statistics Advertisement Melanie May | 1 March 2018 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Haitians protest, say – ‘We won’t let you steal these elections!’

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first_imgNov. 20 — Hooded gangs today attacked a large demonstration that was protesting election fraud in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. According to radio reports, a group of about 20 hooded men exited a white pickup truck — license plate 1-00692 — armed with machetes, pipes, hammers and guns, and attacked marchers in the Delmas 95 district while police looked away. One marcher was wounded in the head by a machete, reported the Associated Press. In the Delmas 40 district, a young man in the march was shot and killed by a unit reportedly affiliated with the national police of outgoing President Michel Martelly.Haitians, determined to thwart what they see as an ongoing “electoral coup d’etat,” have been in the streets almost daily by the tens of thousands since the first round of the presidential election on Oct. 25.On Nov. 1, a big election protest in the plebeian Bel Air district, led by a Rara musical band, was attacked and two marchers shot dead. Later that day, a third protester was ambushed and killed on the way home.Huge demonstrations on Nov. 18 were punctuated by police firing into the crowds, wounding several. They had been celebrating the anniversary of Haiti’s defeat of Napoleon’s armies at the Battle of Vertieres in 1803, which paved the way for the island’s independence from France and the abolition of plantation slavery in Haiti.Massive and sustained protests“Only continuous mobilization through­out the country can win respect for the people’s rights and their votes. When one person tires, their neighbor must take up the fight,” said a communique from Fanmi Lavalas, the party of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was ousted by a coup in 2004. Fanmi Lavalas had been banned outright since then from running candidates until this year, and was credited with few votes in the disputed election results.Lavalas presidential candidate Dr. Maryse Narcisse, who is in the streets every day getting teargassed with the protesters, has officially challenged the results with the National Electoral Litigation Bureau. Other major parties have unofficially protested the fraudulent elections, in which President Martelly’s handpicked candidate, a political neophyte, miraculously emerged as the front-runner. A runoff election is due in December.Many recall the 2010 election, when Martelly was illegally catapulted into the runoff under pressure from then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Organization of American States. Occupying forces of the U.S. and the United Nations have continued their in-your-face interference in the 2015 election as well.U.N. charged with major rolein election fraudHaiti’s political crisis took a dramatic turn in mid-November with revelations by Antoine Rodon Bien-Aimé and two other candidates for Parliament from President Martelly’s own PHTK party (Parti Haïtien Tèt Kale).It has been reported that some 10,000 Haitian police and 2,500 U.N. personnel from Minustah, the U.N.’s military mission in Haiti, were deployed during the Oct. 25 voting, and that both Minustah and the U.N. Office for Project Services (UNOPS) were involved in transporting ballots to be tallied in Port-au-Prince.Now, Deputy Bien-Aimé and two of his colleagues are accusing UNOPS, headed by Sandra Honoré, with direct involvement in the Oct. 25 election fraud. Specifically, they charge UNOPS and its electoral logistics coordinator, the Canadian national, Sylvain Côté, with direct responsibility for taking boxes of ballots actually cast by the people and switching them with boxes of pre-filled-out ballots. Sylvain Coté scurried out of the country the day after the revelations surfaced.Fifteen well-known Haitian intellectuals were so outraged by the “clear involvement of U.N. agencies in the fraud that marred the elections of October 25” that they wrote an “Open Letter to Sandra Honoré” on Nov. 16, saying, “The whole world is discovering, under pressure from the street … the truth of the biggest electoral fraud operation … for the last 30 years in Haiti.”Billboard in Haiti shows Aristide’s support.But the main resistance is coming from the street. Many are comparing today’s nonstop mass demonstrations to the uprisings that led to the 1986 collapse of the dictatorship of “Baby Doc” Duvalier. The people are turning the defense of their vote into a focus of mass struggle against the hated neo-Duvalierists in the Haitian government and their U.S., French and Canadian backers.On Nov. 9, another general strike by transportation workers forced the government to rescind draconian price and fee hikes by effectively shutting down most of the country for half a day. Haiti is defiant and its people determined.Welsh was a member of a Human Rights and Labor Fact-Finding Delegation to Haiti in October that reported on systematic voter suppression, violence and intimidation in the election process. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Journalist flees harassment by police

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first_img IndiaAsia – Pacific January 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist flees harassment by police April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today condemned the harassment to which Kamlesh Paikra, the correspondent of the regional daily Hindsatt in the district of Dantewada (in the southeastern state of Chhattisgarh), has been subjected for months by police and militia because of his reporting on the Maoist Naxalite guerrillas. He has been forced to flee his home and has lost his job.”It is absolutely shameful the way some authorities hound journalists trying to cover the chaotic reality prevailing in several regions of India,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the Chhattisgarh state government to protect journalists and guarantee the right to inform. The New Delhi government must also intervene to ensure that the rights of reporters are respected in this region.”Paikra and his family have been the target of all-out harassment since April 2005. Members of the anti-Maoist Salwa Judum militia recently ransacked his home because of the many articles be has written about the activities of the Maoist rebels. Several police officers, including D. L. Marhar of Bijapur, have tried to get him to reveal his sources. The threats became more frequent after he refused.The police and the Salwa Judum militia have been monitoring his activities closely since September. At the same time, the local government refused to issue him with a business permit, which he needed in order to take up a second trade because his correspondent’s pay was not enough to cover his family’s needs. He is aged 27.He received a death threat in December after helping a delegation of politicians visit a village destroyed by the Salwa Judum militia. His brother was meanwhile detained for two weeks for possession of Maoist literature. He fled from Bijapur with his family at the end of December.Another Bijapur-based journalist, Lakshman Singh Kusram, was threatened by police at the beginning of this month after reporting in a local publication that women had been beaten by members of the CRPF police.Several senior officials in the state of Chhattisgarh threatened to arrest journalists or close down their news media last year for interviewing Maoists. Baliram Kashyap, a parliamentary representative of the Bharatiya Janata Party (which controls Chhattisgarh) caused an outcry by telling a local newspaper on 1 September that journalists who “glorified Maoists” should be killed. IndiaAsia – Pacific News Organisation RSF_en Newscenter_img News Follow the news on India March 3, 2021 Find out more News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Receive email alerts June 10, 2021 Find out more RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s medialast_img read more

Three foreign journalists expelled from Sri Lanka

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first_img RSF_en Receive email alerts Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge to go further July 29, 2020 Find out more May 11, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three foreign journalists expelled from Sri Lanka Follow the news on Sri Lanka July 15, 2020 Find out more Organisation Newscenter_img Channel 4’s Asian correspondent Nick Paton-Walsh, producer Bessie Du, and cameraman Matt Jasper were briefly detained by police in Trincomalee in the east of the country before their expulsion. They are now in Bangkok with their journalist visas cancelled and banned from further visits to Sri Lanka.The report broadcast on 5 May showed both the atrocious living conditions for civilians and ill-treatment they have suffered. ITN News, which produces news for Channel 4, said the report was the first independent proof of the gravity of the plight of civilians in displacement camps in an area in which access is tightly controlled. It showed bodies left lying in the open and revealed a shortage of food and water and cases of sexual abuse.The expulsions are the latest incident in a long list of serious press freedom violations connected with reporting of the war, including murders of journalists, arbitrary or abusive imprisonment, torture, ill-treatment, censorship and expulsions.“Reporters Without Borders considers the decision to expel these journalists was unfounded and unacceptable. Freedom of the press and of investigation is all the more vital when the situation is far from clear in the combat zone and surrounding areas. We ask that these journalists should be authorised to continue their investigation in complete independence” said Jean-François Julliard, secretary General of the world wide press freedom organisation. Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Help by sharing this information Sri LankaAsia – Pacific January 13, 2021 Find out more News News Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Newslast_img read more

Benchmark Disability Not A Precondition To Obtain A Scribe: Supreme Court Allows Scribe For UPSC Candidate With ‘Writer’s Cramp’

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first_imgTop StoriesBenchmark Disability Not A Precondition To Obtain A Scribe: Supreme Court Allows Scribe For UPSC Candidate With ‘Writer’s Cramp’ LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK11 Feb 2021 6:53 AMShare This – xIn an important judgment delivered today, the Supreme Court held that facility of scribe can be provided for persons with disabilities other than those having benchmark disabilities.The bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud directed the Government to frame proper guidelines which would regulate and facilitate the grant of a facility of a scribe to persons with disability within the meaning…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 an important judgment delivered today, the Supreme Court held that facility of scribe can be provided for persons with disabilities other than those having benchmark disabilities.The bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud directed the Government to frame proper guidelines which would regulate and facilitate the grant of a facility of a scribe to persons with disability within the meaning of Section 2(s) of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 after consultation with the public, specifically with persons with disabilities and organizations representing them.The court allowed an appeal filed by Vikash Kumar, a UPSC candidate whose request to provide him with a scribe for the Civil Services Examination Rules 2018 was rejected on the ground that a scribe could be provided only to blind candidates and candidates with locomotor disability or cerebral palsy with an impairment of at least 40%. He had a disability in the form of dysgraphia, commonly known as a Writer’s Cramp. The Central Administrative Tribunal and later the Delhi High Court dismissed his challenge against this rejection.Allowing the appeal, the bench held that the appellant would be entitled to the facility of a scribe for appearing at the Civil Services Examination and any other competitive selection conducted under the authority of the government.In appeal, the bench, also comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna, referring to the scheme of the 2016 Act, observed that, to confine the facility of a scribe only to those who have benchmark disabilities would be to deprive a class of persons of their statutorily recognized entitlements. The bench observed thus in para 41 of the judgment: “When the government in recognition of its affirmative duties and obligations under the RPwD Act 2016 makes provisions for facilitating a scribe during the course of the Civil Services Examination, it cannot be construed to confer a largesse. Nor does it by allowing a scribe confer a privilege on a candidate. The provision for the facility of a scribe is in pursuance of the statutory mandate to ensure that persons with disabilities are able to live a life of equality and dignity based on respect in society for their bodily and mental integrity. There is a fundamental fallacy on the part of the UPSE/DoPT in proceeding on the basis that the facility of a scribe shall be made available only to persons with benchmark disabilities. This is occasioned by the failure of the MSJE to clarify their guidelines. The whole concept of a benchmark disability within the meaning of Section 2(r) is primarily in the context of special provisions including reservation that are embodied in Chapter VI of the RPwD Act 2016. Conceivably, the Parliament while mandating the reservation of posts in government establishments and of seats in institutions of higher learning was of the view that this entitlement should be recognized for persons with benchmark disabilities. As a matter of legislative policy, these provisions in Chapter VI have been made applicable to those with benchmark disabilities where a higher threshold of  disability is stipulated. Except in the specific statutory context where the norm of benchmark disability has been applied, it would be plainly contrary to both the text and intent of the enactment to deny the rights and entitlements which are recognized as inhering in persons with disabilities on the ground that they do not meet the threshold for a benchmark disability. A statutory concept which has been applied by Parliament in specific situations cannot be extended to others where the broader expression, persons with disability, is used statutorily. The guidelines which have been framed on 29 August 2018 can by no means be regarded as being exhaustive of the situations in which a scribe can be availed of by persons other than those who suffer from benchmark disabilities. The MSJE does not in its counter affidavit before this Court treat those guidelines as exhaustive of the circumstances in which a scribe can be provided for persons other than those having benchmark disabilities. This understanding of the MSJE is correct for the simple reason that the rights which emanate from provisions such as Section 3 extend to persons with disability as broadly defined by Section 2(s).”Possibility of misuse cannot be used to deprive equal access to persons with disability from seeking the facility of a scribeThe bench also observed that the possibility of misuse cannot be used to deprive equal access to persons with disability from seeking the facility of a scribe. It said:”When an able-bodied student engages in cheating, the normal consequence is their disqualification or other suitable punitive action. The same consequence can flow from a candidate using their disability to game the system. If some incidents come to light of able-bodied candidates hiding chits in their dress code and misusing them to cheat in an exam, the normal consequence is suitable punitive action against such students. It is not to switch to a different dress code that is so uncomfortable that many competent students find it hard to sit in it for the entire duration of the exam and perform to the best of their ability. In the same way, just because of the fault of some bad apples in the system, persons with disabilities whose disability necessitates access to a scribe cannot be disentitled from claiming the same.”Framing of proper guidelines which would regulate and facilitate the grant of a facility of a scribe to persons with disabilityThe court also suggested formulation of new policy concerning access to scribes for persons with disabilities.Before concluding, we also intend to issue a broader direction to the Union Government in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to ensure the framing of proper guidelines which would regulate and facilitate the grant of a facility of a scribe to persons with disability within the meaning of Section 2(s) where the nature of the disability operates to impose a barrier to the candidate writing an examination. In formulating the procedures, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment may lay down appropriate norms to ensure that the condition of the candidate is duly certified by such competent medical authority as may be prescribed so as to ensure that only genuine candidates in need of the facility are able to avail of itUnion Government should be mindful that the duty to provide reasonable accommodation is an individualized duty as has also been noted by the CRPD Committee in General Comment  In other words, a case-by-case approach must be adopted by the relevant body charged with the obligation of providing reasonable accommodation. This requires the relevant body to engage in a dialogue with the individual with disability. While considering the financial cost PART M 60 and resources available for the provision of accommodation, the overall assets rather than just the resources of the concerned unit or department within an organization must be taken into account. It should also be ensured that persons with disability are not required to bear the costs of the accommodation.consultation with persons with disabilities and their involvement in decision making about matters affecting their lives is necessary to bring about any meaningful change in the realization of their rights. Taking note of the emergence of movements of persons with disabilities and the philosophy of “nothing about us without us”, the CRPD Committee in its General Comment No. 7 has also underscored the importance of such participative decision making by involving persons with disabilities and organizations of the persons with disabilities.Case: Vikash Kumar  vs. Union Public Service Commission [Civil Appeal No. 273 of 2021]Coram: Justices DY Chandrachud, Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv KhannaCounsel: Adv Rajan Mani, Adv Naresh Kaushik, ASG Madhavi Divan, Adv Sanchita AinCitation: LL 2021 SC 76Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentSubscribe 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