UK economy grew by 0.5pc in 1st quarter

first_img THE UK economy grew by 0.5 per cent in the first-quarter, avoiding a double-dip recession and recovering from a 0.5 per cent contraction in the final three months of 2010. The headline figures suggest the economy has flatlined over the last six months, although economists were sceptical about the reliability of early official statistics, which are normally subject to substantial revisions. Many believe the underlying strength of the recovery is much stronger than the numbers imply. Construction output fell by a massive 4.7 per cent, the Office for National Statistics said, while the output of utilities like electricity and gas fell 3.5 per cent on the previous three months, when a particularly cold December boosted demand. But economists were highly suspicious about the construction figure, which has swung wildly since early 2010, when the ONS introduced new monthly data. According to the ONS, construction surged by a staggering 11.2 per cent in the second and third quarter of 2010 – the best result for 45 years – before plunging seven per cent in the following six months. Although construction accounts for just six per cent of the economy, it shaved 0.3 percentage points off first-quarter growth.Conversely, combined services and industrial output – which account for 93 per cent of GDP – rose by 0.8 per cent in the first three months of the year, more than recouping a 0.4 per cent fourth quarter loss. Manufacturing grew by an impressive 1.1 per cent; government services grew 0.7 per cent; and transport and communications recovered strongly after snow affected business in the fourth-quarter. Michael Saunders, an economist at Citi, said the headline growth figure “did not quite reflect the economy’s underlying momentum”. He added: “It is not usually advisable to construct figures that simply exclude all the weak bits, but there are grounds for regarding the falls in construction and utilities as erratic.”Andrew Goodwin, senior economic advisor to the Ernst & Young ITEM Club, said “the figures for the construction industry just look bizarre.”OSBORNE: THIS CHANCELLOR IS NOT FOR TURNINGCHANCELLOR?George Osborne yesterday said he would “stick to the course” of spending cuts to rein in Britain’s £150bn deficit, despite early official statistics suggesting the economy has stagnated over the last six months. He said: “The good news is the economy is growing and you see sectors like manufacturing doing particularly well.“Of course, around the world we are facing some choppy economic conditions. We’ve got one of the highest [deficits in the world], but I think that reinforces our determination to stick to the course.”But shadow chancellor Ed Balls said Osborne was “the only person in the whole country who will think that this is good news”. He added: “A flatlining economy is exactly what we don’t need to get unemployment down, to get our deficit down.” UK economy grew by 0.5pc in 1st quarter Share Tags: NULL Wednesday 27 April 2011 8:38 pm Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHero WarsAdvertisement This game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsUndoLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsUndoiCanAnswerThat.comThe New Volkswagen Atlas Is The Car Of Your Dreams.iCanAnswerThat.comUndoSmartAnswers.netThis New Volkswagen SUV Is The Car Of Your Dreams.SmartAnswers.netUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementWhat Rice Does to the Human BodyGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoLiver HealthAdvertisement 1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoFilm OracleHer Love Triangle Inspired 3 Of The Most Popular Songs Ever WrittenFilm OracleUndo whatsapp KCS-content whatsapplast_img read more

The Springboks claim convincing win over the Wallabies in Cape Town

first_imgMonday Sep 30, 2013 The Springboks claim convincing win over the Wallabies in Cape Town The Springboks were disappointed to miss out on a much needed bonus point as they beat the Wallabies 28-8 in an eventful Rugby Championship Test on Saturday. They are now set up for a deciding encounter with the All Blacks, but have it all to do. A record win over the Wallabies in Cape Town wasn’t enough to satisfy skipper Jean De Villiers, who came off the field saying that he’s never been so disappointed to beat them by twenty points.Scoring three tries in total, two in the first half and one ten minutes out, the Springboks failed to pick up a crucial bonus point that would have put them in a good position going into next week’s crunch championship decider with the All Blacks.“If you had given us a 20-point win over Australia at the beginning of this year, we would have grabbed it,” a frustrated De Villiers said post match. “To beat a very good Australian side by that margin is a great achievement, but having given ourselves 40 minutes to score two tries in the second half, there is some disappointment that we did not manage it.”Discipline was a bit of a problem as a yellow card to Flip van der Merwe, who was has since been suspended, didn’t help matters. Duane Vermeulen was also yellow carded for a deliberate slapdown, while the Wallabies lost two players of thei own, with Michael Hooper sinbinned for a dangerous tackle, and Sitaleki Timani carded for leading with the shoulder.The home side will be pleased with some of the rugby they produced, specifically the play of Fourie Du Preez and the try scored by Zane Kirchner, but will be unhappy with the loss of momentum in the second half, and the try they let in, scored by debutant Chris Feauai-Sautia.“I want to see a lot of improvement against the All Blacks. We want to be the best team in the world and win the World Cup and to do that we must improve game-by-game,” said coach Heyneke Meyer, who seemed content with looking at the bigger picture.New Zealand scored a bonus point victory over Argentina, so are five points clear going into the final match. To win the Rugby Championship next weekend at Ellis Park, the Springboks will need to beat the All Blacks by seven or more, and score four tries in the process.Below are extended match highlights, including some huge tackles, great rugby and one quality sidestep in particular. There were a few talking points, good and bad, so let us know your thoughts.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error The Rugby Championship Related Articles 140 WEEKS AGO Sam Cane suffers broken neck in win over… 305 WEEKS AGO Awesome Argentina upset sloppy Springboks… 305 WEEKS AGO Australia stun New Zealand to win the 2015… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Draconian new law tightens control over communication in Russia

first_img RussiaEurope – Central Asia Online freedomsProtecting sources Follow the news on Russia Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Читать по-русски / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders is disturbed by the latest anti-terrorism legislation that the Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament) adopted on third reading on 24 June, as it reinforces government control over communications and poses a new threat to the work of journalists. Following a pattern set in recent years, the bill was presented by United Russia legislator Irina Yarovaya on 13 May and, despite the objections of digital economy representatives, was rushed through the Duma although it will have a major impact on fundamental freedoms. All that remains now is the formality of ratification by the upper chamber and promulgation by President Putin. It could take effect as early as 20 July. Many different sectors will be affected by the new law, which reduces the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 14 in some cases and criminalizes “failure to report” activity that is penalized by the law and “inducing mass disorder” – an expression often used to refer to unauthorized demonstrations. Strengthening control over communications is one of the key aspects of the legislation. Telecom operators, blog platforms and social media will now have to store all communications and conversations for six months and make them available to the authorities, including the police and Federal Security Service (FSB), on request. While this provision will probably little difference to the widespread surveillance already established in Russia, it will increase the vulnerability of international Internet giants, which are already exposed to the possibility of sanctions for refusing to cooperate with the authorities. The postal service will have to monitor the content of packages while services offering encrypted messaging such as Whatsapp and Telegram will be required to help the FSB to decrypt any message on request or face a heavy fine. Social networks will henceforth be subject to the same legal provisions as media outlets with respect to the crimes of inciting terrorism and condoning terrorism, which carry the possibility of seven-year jail terms. As the security services interpret the charges of “terrorism” and “extremism” very broadly, an enhanced crackdown on social network users can be expected. Russian citizens are already being jailed every week over ordinary posts, reposts or comments on social networks. The victims have included a 21-year-old man sentenced to 15 years in prison in May over an image mocking an Orthodox baptism. “This anti-terrorism package is a new disgrace that continues the increasingly repressive evolution in Russian legislation in recent years,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The deliberately vague and loose terminology in the new law that was rushed through parliament over the unanimous objections of digital professionals will allow the authorities to use it for arbitrary and repressive purposes. It is one more example of the dangers of the worldwide tendency to steadily dismantle protection for fundamental rights in the name of combatting terrorism.” Two days before its adoption, Russian Internet ombudsman Dmitri Marinichev described the anti-terrorism legislation as a “death sentence for Russian telecoms.” Edward Snowden, the US whistleblower currently living in exile in Russia, has called it “Russia’s new Big Brother law” and said it was “an unworkable, unjustifiable violation of rights that should never be signed.” Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information RussiaEurope – Central Asia Online freedomsProtecting sources News Receive email alerts to go further June 29, 2016 – Updated on July 1, 2016 Draconian new law tightens control over communication in Russia Related documents Read in Russian / Читать по-russkiPDF – 192.44 KB RSF_en Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 5, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News News May 21, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Bioceres Crop Solutions Enters Agreement with Nature Source Improved Plants to Establish Advanced HB4®…

first_imgLocal News WhatsApp Pinterest Bioceres Crop Solutions Enters Agreement with Nature Source Improved Plants to Establish Advanced HB4® Soybean Breeding Program in the United States ROSARIO, Argentina & ITHACA, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 2, 2021– Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp. (“Bioceres” or the “Company”) (NYSE American: BIOX), a fully-integrated provider of crop productivity solutions designed to enable the transition of agriculture towards carbon neutrality, and Nature Source Improved Plants (“NSIP”), an advanced optimization analytics company dedicated to the genetic improvement and breeding of high-performing plant materials for agriculture, announced today a research and services agreement to design and establish a fast-paced HB4® Soybean breeding program in the United States utilizing NSIP’s advanced analytics and comprehensive suite of predictive breeding technologies and expertise. Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, NSIP will employ its computational optimization technologies to enhance the research, mapping and prioritization of drought-prone growing areas in key international markets, enabling Bioceres to more efficiently develop targeted HB4 seed varieties and therefore speed and strengthen future breeding and go-to-market activities. Other expected benefits are lower development and trialing costs associated with the utilization of NSIP’s Operations Research based technologies. Commenting on the agreement with NSIP, Mr. Geronimo Watson, Chief Technology Officer of Bioceres, said, “With the benefit of NSIP’s genome breeding technologies, we are designing an advanced breeding program to accelerate product availability and go-to-market partnerships in the US, where we expect our proprietary drought-tolerance technology to quickly gain a foothold. Incorporating NSIP’s computational technologies into the development of HB4 Soy and Wheat seed varieties will also help us better target a wider range of drought-prone growing regions around the world, as well as bring them to market faster,” concluded Watson. Dr. Suresh Prabhakaran, Chief Operating Officer of NSIP, said, “Our aim is to be trusted partners to meet the current and future food needs of our global community by advancing the frontiers of genomics and production technologies. We are excited to leverage complementary expertise of NSIP and Bioceres to help farmers increase productivity.” The U.S. National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) reports that during the week of September 30 to October 6, 2020, over 69.1 million people and 37.2% of land area in the U.S. experienced moderate to exceptional drought. Droughts are among the costliest natural disasters, with average annual losses in the United States estimated in the range of $10 to $14 billion dollars. For more information on the most up to date drought activity please visit the U.S. Drought Monitor here and to follow the agricultural sector click here. Drought can reduce both water availability and water quality necessary for productive farms, resulting in significant negative direct and indirect economic impacts to the agricultural sector. Drought can also contribute to insect outbreaks, increases in wildfire and altered rates of carbon, nutrient, and water cycling—all of which can impact agricultural production, critical ecosystem functions that underpin agricultural systems, and the livelihoods and health of farming communities. About Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp. Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp. (NYSE American: BIOX) is a fully integrated provider of crop productivity technologies designed to enable the transition of agriculture towards carbon neutrality. To do this, Bioceres’ solutions create economic incentives for farmers and other stakeholders to adopt environmentally friendlier production practices. The Company has a unique biotech platform with high-impact, patented technologies for seeds and microbial ag-inputs, as well as next generation crop nutrition and protection solutions. Through its HB4® program, the Company is bringing digital solutions to support growers’ decisions and provide end-to-end traceability for production outputs. For more information, click here. About Nature Source Improved Plants Established in 2006, Nature Source Improved Plants (NSIP) is an advanced optimization analytics company located in New York, USA and Chiapas, Mexico; and dedicated to the conservation, evaluation and utilization of natural genetic resources to deliver high performing plant materials and creating value and efficiency through innovative and sustainable cutting-edge technologies for the global community. NSIP is focused on maximizing genetic performance via a unique pipeline of new breeding technologies based on genomics, operations research and other advanced fields of mathematics and computer science. NSIP’s advanced genetics and breeding technologies have resulted in significant increases in productivity and quality across a wide variety of field, vegetable, perennial and orphan crops, while minimizing R&D costs. NSIP is also focused on the development of high throughput and high-fidelity in vitro propagation techniques to meet the needs of growers – especially those involved in the production of perennial plantation crops. For more information about NSIP, please visit: NSIP, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube. Forward-looking statements This communication includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “forecast,” “intend,” “seek,” “target,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan,” “outlook,” and “project” and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends regarding the agreement between Bioceres and NSIP or that are not statements of historical matters. . Such forward-looking statements are based on management’s reasonable current assumptions, expectations, plans and forecasts regarding the Company’s current or future results and future business and economic conditions more generally. Such forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievement of the Company to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, and there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from management’s expectations or could affect the Company’s ability to achieve its strategic goals, including the uncertainties relating to the impact of COVID-19 on the Company’s business, operations, liquidity and financial results and the other factors that are described in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings updated from time to time. The preceding list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all of our forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. All forward-looking statements contained in this release are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are or were made, and the Company does not intend to update or otherwise revise the forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210202005248/en/ CONTACT: NSIP Contact Suresh Prabhakaran Chief Operating Officer +1 317 989 0035 [email protected] Relations Contact: Chris Tyson Executive Vice President MZ Group – MZ North America (949) 491-8235 [email protected] www.mzgroup.usBioceres Crop Solutions Máximo Goya, Head of Investor Relations +54-341-4861100 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES SOUTH AMERICA ARGENTINA NORTH AMERICA NEW YORK INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY ENERGY AGRICULTURE NATURAL RESOURCES SOURCE: Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp. Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Blaney calls for clarity on opening date for new Emergency Department

first_img Google+ Previous articleService of Remembrance to be held for lost babies at Letterkenny GeneralNext articleMan jailed for 6 months for his part in South Donegal burglaries News Highland Google+ Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal The HSE is being urged to make a definitive statement on when the long awaited new bloc at Letterkenny General Hospital will be operational.Donegal Cllr Liam Blaney, a member of the HSE West Regional Forum, raised the issue of the new Emergency Department and Medical Assessment Unit at a meeting in Galway this week, to be told that the building would be commissioned and ready for use by July.However, he says that’s only half the story, and making arrangements to staff the new building is going to delay its opening even further………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/lblan1pm.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Twitter Newsx Advertscenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Blaney calls for clarity on opening date for new Emergency Department WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – March 2, 2012 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th last_img read more

‘To Have A Name And To Express It In The Manner One Wishes Is A Part Of Right To Freedom Of Speech And Expression’: Kerala HC [Read Judgment]

first_imgNews Updates’To Have A Name And To Express It In The Manner One Wishes Is A Part Of Right To Freedom Of Speech And Expression’: Kerala HC [Read Judgment] Akshita Saxena3 May 2020 11:32 PMShare This – x”Name is an expression of one’s individuality, one’s identity and one’s uniqueness. Name is the manner in which an individual expresses himself to the world at large. It is the foundation on which he moves around in a civil society. In a democracy, free expression of one’s name in the manner he prefers is a facet of individual right.” In a significant ruling, the Kerala High Court has…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”Name is an expression of one’s individuality, one’s identity and one’s uniqueness. Name is the manner in which an individual expresses himself to the world at large. It is the foundation on which he moves around in a civil society. In a democracy, free expression of one’s name in the manner he prefers is a facet of individual right.” In a significant ruling, the Kerala High Court has held that expression of one’s name in the manner one wishes is a Fundamental Right enshrined under Article 19(1)(a) of the Indian Constitution. “To have a name and to express the same in the manner he wishes, is certainly a part of right to freedom of speech and expression under Article 19 (1) (a) as well as a part of the right to liberty under Article 21 of the Constitution of India,” the High Court has held. The observation has been made by Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas, in a writ petition preferred by a young girl, seeking a direction to the CBSE to allow her application for change in name. Background In the backdrop, the State of Kerala had accepted the Petitioner’s wish to change her name and effected a Gazette notification to that effect in 2017, pursuant to which change of name was carried out in the birth certificate, and other Government issued documents of the Petitioner. However, by the time the aforesaid processes were completed, the Petitioner had written her All India Secondary School Examination in 2018 and a certificate was issued to her by the CBSE in her former name, based on the records available with the school. Subsequently, her application for change in name, moved through the Principal of the School, was rejected by the CBSE, citing Rule 69.1 (i) of the Examination Bye Laws. The said provision stipulates that “Applications regarding changes in name or surnames of candidates will be considered, provided the changes have been admitted by the court of law and notified in the Government Gazette before the publication of the result of the candidate.” Thus, stating that the application for change in name was made after publication of the result, the same could not be entertained. Findings The court observed that the State or its instrumentalities cannot stand in the way of use of any name preferred by an individual or for any change of name into one of his choice based on a “hyper-technicality” except to the extent prescribed under Article 19(2) or by a law which is just, fair and reasonable. “Subject to the limited grounds of control and regulation of fraudulent or criminal activities or other valid causes, a bonafide claim for change of name in the records maintained by the Authorities ought to be allowed without hesitation,” it held. On the aspect of stipulations made under Rule 69.1 (i), the court said that the same contemplates two situations. First, where the change of name arises before publication of the result of the candidate and the second is where the Court directs. “The word “and” in the sentence ‘Court of Law and notified in the Government Gazette before the publication of the results of the candidate’ if used as a conjunctive does not make any sense. If the word “and” in the above referred sentence is used as a conjunctive it will convey a meaning that even after a Court of Law accepts a change of name, the same to attain validity, must be notified in the Government Gazette. That will be an absurdity,” it observed while holding that only one of the two conditions have to be complied with before publication of result. It added, “There is no prescription under any law for the time being in force that once a Court of law accepts a name, the same to attain validity must be published in the Government Gazette. Admission by a Court of law as regards a change of name is undoubtedly an order in rem declaring to the world that the name of a person has been changed. Notification of change of name by publication in the Government Gazette is another method to convey to the world that there is a change of name. Both are different methods and not supplementary to each other.” The court went on to place reliance on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Pentiah v. Mudalla Veeramallappa, (AIR 1961 SC 1107) and it stated, “Normally the word “and” is to be given its literal meaning as a conjunctive. However, if the use of the word “and” conjunctively, produces an unintelligible or absurd result, then the court has the power to read the word “and” as “or” or vice versa, so as to give effect to the intention of the framers of the rule.” In the present case, the Gazette notification intimating the change in name of the Petitioner had been published in the year 2017, before the publication of the examination result by the CBSE in the year 2018. The court thus held that the condition prescribed under Rule 69.1 (i) had been complied with inasmuch as the Gazette notification was published, and thus the Board was obligated to allow the Petitioner’s request. “In the instant case, it is evident that publication of change of name of the petitioner in the Government Gazette was on 12- 12-2017, as can be seen from Ext. P1 while publication of the result of the petitioner for her All India Secondary School Examination was on 29-5-2018. Thus, on account of the publication of change of name of the petitioner in the Government Gazette as per Ext. P1 having been carried out prior to publication of her results, CBSE was liable to correct the change of name in Ext.P4, immediately on receipt of application from the school,” the court held. The court remarked that the Petitioner could not be deprived of her Fundamental Right to a name of her own choice based on a “hyper- technicality”. It also took note of Rule 69.1 (ii) of the bylaws as per which application for correction of name of the candidate will be considered within 5 years of the date of declaration of results, provided the application is forwarded by the Head of the institution. In the present case the court said, “it can be seen from Ext. P6 that the Head of the institution had forwarded the application for change of name of the petitioner within a period of 16 months from the date of publication of the results. In such a view of the matter also, the 2nd respondent was bound to carry out the change of name of the petitioner in the records maintained with the CBSE.” Case Details: Case Title: Kashish Gupta (M) v. CBSE & Ors. Case No.: WP (C) No. 7489/2020 Quorum: Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas Appearance: Advocate KR Vinod (for Petitioner); Advocate S Nirmal (for Respondents) Click Here To Download Judgment Read Judgment Subscribe 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

Sister Abhaya Case :CBI Court Says Two Police Officers Destroyed Material Objects; Asks State Police Chief To Ensure That Such Misdeeds Don’t Recur

first_imgNews UpdatesSister Abhaya Case :CBI Court Says Two Police Officers Destroyed Material Objects; Asks State Police Chief To Ensure That Such Misdeeds Don’t Recur LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK23 Dec 2020 7:29 AMShare This – xThe CBI Court, which convicted Father Thomas Kottoor and Sister Sephy in Sister Abhaya Murder, case observed that DySP K. Samuel and the then Superintendent of Police K.T.Michael, who initially investigated the case, were involved in the activities of destruction of the material objects in this case.The Police Head of the state will take necessary steps to ensure that such misdeeds on the part…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 CBI Court, which convicted Father Thomas Kottoor and Sister Sephy in Sister Abhaya Murder, case observed that DySP K. Samuel and the then Superintendent of Police K.T.Michael, who initially investigated the case, were involved in the activities of destruction of the material objects in this case.The Police Head of the state will take necessary steps to ensure that such misdeeds on the part of the police including Crime Branch does not occur in future, Judge K. Sanilkumar observed while parting with the judgment.K. Samuel died during the course of investigation. KT Michael was made an accused in this case, but was discharged by the court last year.The court observed that there is vital evidence in the case at hand to demonstrate beyond all reasonable doubt the hyperactive role of DySP K. Samuel in the fabricating of documents, in the destroying of documents, in the concocting of evidence, in the influencing of witnesses with a view to transform completely the direction of the case and falsely culminate the case in the artificial conclusion of the “unnatural death” of the unfortunate victim.Special CBI Judge K Sanilkumar observed in the order as follows :”I am compelled to record that it is clear from the evidence of PWs 15 to 20 and from Ext.P47 that DySP Sri. K. Samuel and the then Superintendent of Police Sri. K.T.Michael were involved in the activities of destruction of the material objects in this case. The Police Head of the state will take necessary steps to ensure that such misdeeds on the part of the police including Crime Branch does not occur in future. Forward a copy of this judgment to the State Police Head”.One of the crucial witness in this case Raju @ Adacka Raju, a thief who happened to be in the convent premises on the fateful night for the purposes of theft, was subjected to prolonged cruel and inhuman physical torture and mental torment by DySP Sri. K. Samuel under the instigation of Crime Branch SP, Sri. K.T. Michael, the court noted.  “PW3 (Raju) was subjected to prolonged cruel and inhuman physical torture and mental torment by DySP Sri. K. Samuel under the instigation of Crime Branch SP, Sri. K.T. Michael; the same is clear from the evidence of PW3 and PW8. Further, it can be seen from Ext.P106 series of judgments that PW3 was falsely booked in a catena of cases and he was pressurized by DySP Sri. K. Samuel as per the direction and supervision of Crime Branch SP, Sri. K.T. Michael, to take the responsibility of the crime of the murder of Sister Abhaya.”, the court said while taking note of the allegations made by prosecution.Raju’s testimony proved vital in linking Kotoor to the crime as he told the court that he had seen Kottoor and another man in the convent compound during the wee hours.Yesterday, the Court had found Father Thomas Kottoor and Sister Sephy, a priest and nun of the Catholic Church respectively, guilty of murder in the case.  They have been sentenced to life imprisonment.Sister Abhaya Case : 17 Circumstances Which Led CBI Court To Convict Father Thomas Kottoor & Sister SephyClick here to Read/Download JudgmentRead Judgment Subscribe 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

Authorities identify Kenosha cop who shot Jacob Blake, say Blake had knife

first_imgTayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesBy WILLIAM MANSELL, MORGAN WINSOR, SABRINA GHEBREMEDHIN, and BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(KENOSHA, Wis.) — Authorities on Wednesday night identified the police officer who shot Jacob Blake, which has led to four days of protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and renewed calls nationwide to end police violence against people of color. The Department of Justice also announced several other details, including that Blake had a knife and that officers first used a stun gun on him.During the incident, which happened Sunday, officers attempted to arrest Blake, the DOJ said in a statement released Wednesday evening, though it did not indicate why. Officers attempted to stun Blake, “however the taser was not successful in stopping” him, according to the statement. The DOJ identified the officer who shot Blake as Rusten Sheskey, who has been with the Kenosha Police Department for seven years. He fired seven shots, and was the only officer to fire his weapon, the DOJ said.Blake admitted that he had a knife during the DOJ’s investigation, and agents recovered a knife from the driver’s side floorboard of his car, officials said. No other weapons were found.Protests following the police shooting of Blake, who is Black, continued for a third night Tuesday into Wednesday as police deployed tear gas, flash bangs and rubber bullets against protesters and erected a fence around the local courthouse.At least three people were shot during the protests overnight in Kenosha, some 40 miles south of Milwaukee, and two of the victims died from their injuries, according to the Kenosha Police Department. The third gunshot victim was taken to a hospital with “serious, but non-life-threatening injuries,” police said.The violence prompted President Donald Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to mobilize additional members of the National Guard to Kenosha.Cellphone video from Tuesday night’s protests showed a white man armed with what appeared to be a semiautomatic rifle running past police and being chased by demonstrators. The footage showed the man trip and fall and appear to open fire on demonstrators. He then is seen running away.The alleged gunman surrendered himself to police in Antioch, Illinois, in the “pre-dawn hours” Wednesday, authorities said. He was identified as 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse and was arrested based on a warrant issued by Kenosha County authorities charging him with first-degree intentional homicide, police said. He was also being held on a charge of “fugitive from justice,” for purposes of extradition to Wisconsin, at the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center in Vernon Hills, Illinois, authorities said.“My heart breaks for the families and loved ones of the two individuals who lost their lives and the individual who was injured last night in Kenosha. We as a state are mourning this tragedy,” Evers said in a statement.“I want to be very clear: We should not tolerate violence against any person. I’m grateful there has already been swift action to arrest one person involved. The individual or individuals whose actions resulted in this tragic loss of life must be held accountable. A senseless tragedy like this cannot happen again.”“I again ask those who choose to exercise their First Amendment rights, please do so peacefully and safely, as so many did last night.” Evers added. “I also ask the individuals who are not there to exercise those rights to please stay home and let local first responders, law enforcement, and members of the Wisconsin National Guard do their jobs.”Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul called the violence “despicable” and urged “opportunists” to leave.“Kenosha residents deserve the opportunity to grieve, come together, peacefully protest, call for change, and heal. The heavily armed vigilantes, arsonists, and other opportunists who have come to Kenosha to attempt to spur chaos have interfered with that and caused drastic harm to people,” he said in a statement. “If those engaging in violence and destruction of property believe they are furthering some broader goal, they are wrong. They should leave Kenosha.”Kenosha County officials, including the sheriff and the Kenosha police chief, announced that the start of Wednesday night’s curfew would be moved up to 7 p.m. from 8 p.m.The mother of Blake pleaded with protesters to refrain from violence.“For anyone who is doing anything that is violent or destructive, please stop,” Blake’s mother, Julia Jackson, said in an interview with ABC News. “I get your pain. I get your frustration. This is nothing new and it’s not just about my son, I get that. But please find another way.”As the curfew began in Kenosha Tuesday night, police could be heard warning people to move away from the Kenosha County Courthouse where demonstrators had gathered.A state of emergency was approved by the Kenosha Common Council on Tuesday afternoon, which will remain in place until Friday, according to Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN.The protests were in response to the shooting of Blake, 29, who remains hospitalized in serious condition.Cellphone video taken by a witness on Sunday evening showed three Kenosha police officers following Blake around his SUV, and at least one of them is seen shooting Blake multiple times in the back as he opened the driver’s side door and entered the vehicle, where his three young children were still inside.Acccording to the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, which is leading the probe into the incident, officers initially responded to the scene after a woman called to report that her boyfriend was at her home but “was not supposed to be” there.Jackson told ABC News that she has watched the video of her son being shot. She said her son’s fiancee, Laquisha Booker, who witnessed the shooting and claimed officers threatened to shoot her, too, has offered to go over details of what she saw.“We talked … and I told her I’m not ready to hear the details right now,” Jackson said. “I just want to focus on him and the children being better.”Prominent civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing the family, told ABC News that family members are calling for the officers involved in the shooting to be terminated from the police force and charged with a crime.“We believe based on the evidence, based on that video, probable cause exists to arrest and charge the officers with attempted murder,” Crump said.“Where is humanity? Where is the professionalism? Where is the training? Why is it again that we’re seeing another African American who the police are supposed to protect and serve like anybody else use this brutal, excessive force?” Crump added. “It was done in front of his three little boys … who were all sitting in the car. Eight years old, five years old, three years old. Can you imagine the psychological issues these babies are going to have?”The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic party nominee for president, said he spoke to Blake’s family members on Wednesday.“What I saw on that video makes me sick,” Biden said in a video statement. “Once again, a black man, Jacob Blake, has been shot by the police in broad daylight with the whole world watching. You know — I spoke to Jacob’s mom and dad, sister and other members of the family just a little bit earlier. And I told them justice must and will be done.”Biden also condemned the violence and destruction that has broken out in Kenosha, saying, “Burning down communities is not protest — it’s needless violence.”Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth warned protesters Tuesday night that the destruction would not be allowed to continue. He also said that while many are peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights, people from “outside” the community are coming in, looking to loot and cause destruction.“If you want to protest peacefully, by all means go out and do it. It’s your right. But don’t be a part of this destructive force that’s burning our community. That’s not a productive path to justice,” Beth said in a statement. “We are not sitting idly, watching the destruction of our community. We’re making every effort to make it stop, and I hope you will too.”On Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump tweeted that he is sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha “to restore LAW and ORDER!” He said the decision came after staff spoke with Gov. Evers, a Democrat, whom the president said agreed to accept the federal assistance.Trump’s tweets came shortly after Evers released a statement saying he had authorized 500 members of the Wisconsin National Guard Wednesday night to Kenosha County to support local law enforcement after being asked to do so by local officials.Evers also declared a state of emergency Tuesday while increasing the number of Wisconsin National Guard members activated to help local authorities.“We cannot forget the reason why these protests began, and what we have seen play out over the last two nights and many nights this year is the pain, anguish and exhaustion of being Black in our state and country. But as I said yesterday, and as I’ll reiterate today, everyone should be able to exercise their fundamental right — whether a protester or member of the press — peacefully and safely,” Evers said in a statement Tuesday. “We cannot allow the cycle of systemic racism and injustice to continue. We also cannot continue going down this path of damage and destruction.”The Kenosha County Board of Supervisors sent a letter to the governor on Tuesday requesting more National Guardsmen and other assistance from the federal government.“We are respectfully requesting that you contact President Trump and solicit a least an additional 2,000 National Guardsmen to supplement our Kenosha law enforcement agencies,” board members wrote in the letter. “In addition, please request President Trump help Kenosha by enacting additional tools, such as low interest SBA loans and FEMA funds, to help rebuild local businesses hurt by the domestic terrorists.”The protests over Blake’s shooting haven’t been confined to Wisconsin. In Georgia, Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB reported demonstrations turning violent there Tuesday night when protesters allegedly threw fireworks at police officers and spray-painted a police precinct. Officers in riot gear ultimately dispersed the crowd, according to WSB.During an emotional press conference in Kenosha on Tuesday afternoon, where Blake’s mother, father and three sisters were in attendance, one of the family’s attorneys, Patrick Salvi Jr., said Blake was shot seven times at point-blank range in the back. Salvi said at least one bullet tore through his spinal cord and other shots damaged his kidney, liver and arm.Crump, who’s also representing Blake, said his client was attempting to de-escalate a domestic incident when police drew their pistols and stun guns on him. Crump said Blake was walking away to check on his children when police shot him.Protestors face off with police outside the County Courthouse during demonstrations against the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25, 2020. – The mother of a black man shot repeatedly in the back by Wisconsin police called August 25 for calm after two nights of violent protests, as her lawyer said it would take a “miracle” for her son to walk again. Expecting another night of demonstrations, Kenosha authorities installed a temporary iron fence in front of the county courthouse, a scene of confrontations between police and protesters the last two nights.Blake’s family said he is currently paralyzed from the waist down but that there’s hope the paralysis is temporary.“I’m not a doctor but what they’re saying is that the inflammation was challenging to his mobilization, being mobile, and that they’re hoping that when the pressure reduces and things go back to normal within his body that he will be able to move again with his lower legs,” Justin Blake told ABC News in an interview that aired Wednesday on “Good Morning America.”Justin Blake said he hasn’t been able to see his nephew yet, as only the parents have been in the hospital room. He said he spoke to Blake’s mother recently who reported that he is still in “a lot of pain” as he had just come out of surgery and isn’t out of the woods yet but is “doing better.”Despite his condition, Blake has been the one trying to comfort family from his hospital bed.“That tells you what kind of man he is,” his uncle said.Blake’s shooting has attracted a wave of national attention and has become part of the sustained wave of civil unrest protesting police brutality and systemic racism in the United States, which was reignited by the death of George Floyd in May.Following Tuesday night’s win over the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers discussed why unarmed Black men continued to be shot by police.“What stands out to me is, just watching the Republican convention, they are spewing this fear. All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear. We’re the ones getting killed,” Rivers said, speaking with reporters after the game. “We’re the ones getting shot. We’re the ones that were denied to live in certain communities. We’ve been hung, we’ve been shot, and all you do is keep hearing about fear.”“It’s amazing why we keep loving this country and this country does not love us back,” he said, fighting back tears. “It’s really so sad.”Rivers said police need better training, but he said that doesn’t mean he hates police or that they should be abolished.“My dad was a cop. I believe in good cops,” he added. “We’re not trying to defund them and take all their money away. We’re trying to get them to protect us, just like they protect everybody else.”ABC News’ Andrew Fies, Will Gretsky, Joshua Hoyos and Whitney Lloyd contributed to this report.This report was featured in the Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, episode of “Start Here,” ABC News’ daily news podcast.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

USA: Guided Missile Destroyer Sailors Volunteer Visit Women’s Transitional Shelter

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Guided Missile Destroyer Sailors Volunteer Visit Women’s Transitional Shelter View post tag: volunteer View post tag: Missile View post tag: Navy View post tag: Shelter August 23, 2011 View post tag: Guided Training & Education View post tag: Visit View post tag: Destroyer View post tag: Women’s View post tag: usa View post tag: sailors View post tag: Naval USA: Guided Missile Destroyer Sailors Volunteer Visit Women’s Transitional Shelter Thirteen volunteers from the guided missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) donated their time, talents, and skills at a local transitional shelter for women and their children, Aug. 18, during the ship’s visit at Naval Station Newport, Newport, R.I.USS Mahan arrived Naval Station Newport’s Pier 2, Aug. 15, as part of the Surface Warfare Officers School’s (SWOS) visiting ships program.While in port, the ship provided tours for approximately 550 U.S. and International Officers, enlisted, midshipman, and officer candidates from SWOS, Naval War College, Officer Training Command Newport, Naval Academy Preparatory School, and Navy Supply Corps School; and 33 teens from the Naval Station Newport school age care program at the installation’s Child Development Center.The ship undertook the community service project at Lucy’s Hearth, the Newport County Homeless Shelter for Women and their Children. The project included painting four bedrooms, refinishing two wood tables, moving furniture into and out of storage, and shampooing rugs.“I think this project is worthwhile,” said Fire Controlman 1st Class Rafael Silva of Kingsville, Texas. “Everyone needs help to get back on their feet,” he said. “I volunteer often because I like to help the local community,” said Gas Turbine System Technician Electrical Apprentice Katie Kile of Austin, Texas. Kile said she has experienced not having a place to call home. “When I was young my father left my mother and I,” she said.Seaman Katherine Renard of Fullerton, Calif., said she volunteered because mothers and their children were being helped. “Knowing that I can help a mother in need and make life a little easier is an accomplishment,” she said.The Sailors donated more than 65 man-hours working at the shelter.“I’m glad to help,” said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Steven Moore of Marietta, Ga. Moore said he had a friend who was in a similar situation. “A newly painted room makes everyone feel better,” he said.Logistics Specialist Seaman Bridget Agyemang of Ghana said the USS Mahan contingent at the shelter were doing their best to put a smile on the faces of the mothers who would occupy the rooms.“We want to help them live in a better place,” she said. “We are so fortunate and grateful to have their expertise,” said Jennifer Barrera, the shelter’s program director. “The projects they do for us are so important to us,” she said.[mappress]Source: navy, August 23, 2011; View post tag: Transitional View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

Comments on ‘No Comments’: Reaction to New OCNJ Daily Policy

first_imgSo what’s the natural response when an editor kills a comments section?Of course, to wonder: “What would the comments be like on that story?”Here are excerpts from the emails received by OCNJ Daily on Monday (June 8), the day we posted a story explaining the decision to eliminate reader comments on news stories. “AMEN to the removal of comments!! The self serving egos will have to find a different platform. You’re doing a great job with OCNJ Daily.”***“Brave move. Wise decision. Well-supported. As a senior, deeply committed to preserving the beauty that is OC, and after many years of listening to back-seat bickering, both with children and grandchildren, I applaud the decision to put “comments” to rest. Stay happy.”***“You have a tough row to hoe in the online world, and you have done it well. Removing comments was, I’m sure a tough call. I think it was needed … the trolls were getting out of hand. Perhaps I’ll visit more often now that my blood pressure is no longer at risk.”***“Sorry to learn you are doing away with comments. I believe they are what make your effort unique among the regular local newspapers, the ability to promptly see what others think about a topic, and what yet more others think about those remarks, something that is not available in a regular newspaper. Other than being on the Internet and thus timely reporting, what will now distinguish OCNJ Daily from the rest of the pack?”***“I applaud your decision. Keep up the good work!”***“Greatest idea since the inception of OC Daily. Great job, Doug, keep up the GOOD work!!!!”***“Good change, Doug. It was getting repetitive from just a few people.”***“Well said!” ***“Thank you for the well-written article regarding the end of story comments at the OCNJ Daily. I believe that previous policy of requiring signed comments was a wonderful idea and I am glad that you gave it a year to see how it would work. While I will miss the “Comments’ section I cannot find fault with your decision, and I will continue reading the OCNJ Daily every day for the best local news coverage in the area.”***“Well done, Doug. Thoughtful, reasoned response to the ‘bickering in the back seat.’  I am a property owner rather than a full-time resident, but, in my 60s now, I have loved Ocean City for 55 years, inheriting that love from my parents and grandparents. It breaks my heart to hear every criticism, real or imagined, when all I really read for is what’s going on each day, and how I can engage in every opportunity available to me as someone who spends the equivalent of three months a year in Ocean City. This is a town — and a community — that has brought me great peace and incredible enjoyment, and I appreciate your making this decision for all of us.”***“That perverse part of me thoroughly enjoyed the back and forth comments.  I saw it as a glimpse inside twisted minds in some cases (maybe even mine?). The other side, if people didn’t want to read the comments, they didn’t have to read them. However, your paper, your shot to call. It won’t be as much fun for me but I guess I’ll get over it, and myself. Smile.”***I wholly agree with your decision. I affectionately refer to those who abuse the Comment sections, such as on the Daily, as “the Civilian Paparazzi” who generally seek only to elevate themselves rather than offer constructive input. Thank you for all that you do to make the OCNJDaily family friendly … like the island oasis it reflects.”***“I think it’s ashame that a few annoying people have hijacked and now ended the comments section. As one of the people who was always afraid to post for fear of attack, I still think it’s a mistake to remove this feature. You do a good job of reporting but as a second home owner it’s very difficult to get information about what really goes on in the city. I find the comments section a valuable addition to understanding more of what is really happening here. With the loss of Channel 40 and now this loss that info stream will be even more diminished.”****“Thanks Doug. It’s a shame when an increase in the ease of communication leads to a corresponding decrease in the thought put into comments. I appreciate the Daily, but I stopped going through the comments — they were simply too depressing. I hope that your new policy quiets the Trolls. Keep up the great work.”****“Sad commentary about comments. There are many reasons to allow people to speak their minds, and the best argument to allowing it to continue being: that if you don’t want to hear it, don’t read it. BUTTTTTT. The tripe coming from the same seven or so begins to be associated with the periodical (first printed and now digital). The periodical becomes a turn down a bad alley. Even with the philosophy (if you don’t want to hear it, don’t read it),  you still catch yourself reading it at times and again associating it with the medium provider, and then as much with the community it serves. A sad day is realizing how our advancements in communication have empowered the perverted to link together and reinforce their thought to the point of acting on those thoughts … Ocean City has always been able to survive by the silent majority. I feel I’m one. It’s hard to make a decision like you did, wondering if it will affect your circulation. I will read the Daily more and with a better feeling for the Daily, knowing I won’t have to read the likes of the “seven.” You do a fantastic job, make that a fantastic service.”***“THANK YOU!”***“I SO UNDERSTAND your need to relieve yourself (and all of us) of the relentless inanity of the Comments section.  It really is a tiny minority but, Dude, they are just immovable in their negativity. So, kudos to you for your bold move which — if you had a comments section — would draw righteous outrage over and over again.”***“Well done! Keep up the good work.”Read more comments on Facebook._________Sign up for free Ocean City news updates from OCNJ Daily._________last_img read more