Mexico: Press freedom organisations demand re-opening of Regina Martínez investigation

first_img A new report on the murder of Mexican journalist Regina Martínez finds strong indications for obstruction of justice by local authorities. Leading press freedom organisations Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Free Press Unlimited (FPU), and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) now call on Mexican federal authorities to re-open and attract the case and bring the killers to justice. Reports Regina Martínez was murdered in the Mexican state of Veracruz in 2012, when Veracruz was at the forefront of Mexico’s many drug wars. After the murder, the Veracruz state prosecutor’s office investigated the case, leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect. The report “The Murder of Regina Martínez Perez: an Opportunity for Justice” published by FPU, RSF and CPJ documents a series of serious anomalies in the official investigation conducted by the Veracruz authorities. Specifically, the report finds that the main suspect for the murder has been convicted on the basis of a confession that was obtained under torture. Furthermore, the report presents several witness statements that severely challenge the official murder theory. Finally, the report finds indications that Martínez was murdered for a specific publication related to a political affair.The report concludes that the investigation into the murder of Regina Martínez was compromised at the state level. It records strong indications of obstruction of justice by investigators acting under the authority of the State Attorney General of Veracruz. Given these findings, press freedom organisations are calling on Mexico’s Special Prosecutor for Attention to Crimes committed against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE) to take over jurisdiction of the case of Regina Martínez in order to make progress with the investigation. “Regina Martínez was a brave journalist, who died for telling the truth. Her murder must be resolved and justice must be achieved”, states Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders (RSF).“Killing a journalist is the world’s safest crime: in nine out of ten cases the killer goes free. To break the cycle of impunity, Mexican authorities must step up their efforts to ensure justice for Regina Martínez”, states Leon Willems, Director at Free Press Unlimited (FPU) .“Mexico has long been one of the most dangerous places for journalists to work. Mexican authorities must do their utmost to address impunity, and bring those who kill journalists to justice. Reopening the case of Regina Martínez is an important step to doing just that”, said Joel Simon, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).Mexico is the most dangerous country for journalists in the Western Hemisphere. According to research by CPJ, at least five journalists were murdered in direct relation to their work in 2020. Veracruz has long been the deadliest state in the country for the press, with at least 21 journalists murdered there between 2011 and 2020.The report “The Murder of Regina Martínez Perez: an Opportunity for Justice” was published as part of A Safer World For The Truth, an initiative by Free Press Unlimited (FPU), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), to pursue justice for murdered journalists worldwide. The report is the first in a series of investigations into unsolved murders of journalists worldwide. The full investigation and its recommendations can be found at is ranked 143rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Follow the news on Mexico May 5, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas Protecting journalists WomenImpunityViolence Receive email alerts Free Press Unlimited March 16, 2021 – Updated on March 17, 2021 Mexico: Press freedom organisations demand re-opening of Regina Martínez investigation Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Newscenter_img Organisation Help by sharing this information News May 13, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas Protecting journalists WomenImpunityViolence April 28, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News RSF_en to go furtherlast_img read more

Internet accessible again in Egypt

first_img EgyptMiddle East – North Africa February 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Internet accessible again in Egypt Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Egypt RSF_en Organisation January 22, 2021 Find out more News Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison February 1, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa center_img Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News News February 6, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is pleased that Internet access was restored this morning in Egypt after being blocked for five days, but the organization calls for vigilance. According to tests carried out in Egypt by Reporters Without Borders employees, Twitter and Facebook are again accessible, as are the Al Jazeera website, the online newspaper Al Badil and other news websites.“Censorship is a strategy that is doomed to fail,” Reporters Without Borders said. “People use ways to get around it. Total blocking just exacerbates popular discontent and has serious economic consequences. We urge the authorities not to give in again to the temptation to block the Internet or use any form of filtering in response to political developments in the days to come.”Reporters Without Borders also condemns the repressive reactions of various governments which, fearing that the demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt could spread to other countries, are censuring reports about these events and are tightening their control of the Internet.Syria is reportedly trying to reinforce its system of blocking and controlling emails, Facebook and Twitter. Although already blocked, these two social networks are popular in Syria because they can still be accessed by means of censorship circumvention tools. But now the authorities seem determined to prevent Syrian Internet users from discussing the situation in Egypt. A Syrian law requiring Internet cafés to ask clients to show ID is to be enforced more strictly. The TV station Al-Arabiya’s website, which has been covering the Egyptian protests and condemning censorship, has been rendered inaccessible in Syria. In reprisal, hackers posted this message on the newspaper Bldna’s website: “We will not let the media conceal what is happing in Egypt. Here are some headlines about these events.” Reports about the currents protests followed.China censored online searching on 28 January, blocking the results of searches using the term “Egypt” on Twitter and the equivalent Chinese microblogging services on and Anyone trying this search term gets this message: “According to the laws in force, the result of your search cannot be communicated.” The hashtag #jan25, referring to the 25 January demonstrations in Egypt, spread like wildfire on the Chinese Internet. The Communist Party seems more scared than ever of political reforms, democratic demands and “public order disturbances.” Dispatches about Egypt that the official news agency Xinhua had published were reportedly suppressed on 30 January.The Internet has been disrupted during the past few days in Iran. Yahoo! is reportedly being censored. The Reuters website was hard to access on 30 and 31 January, joining already censored sites such as Facebook, Twitter and the BBC site. When Iranian Internet users try to connect to certain foreign news websites, they are reportedly redirected to official sites.In Gaza, a group of journalists and bloggers who went to cover and participate in a sit-in in solidarity with Egypt on 31 January were arrested, roughed up by the security forces and were held for several hours.At the height of the Internet blackout in Egypt, Google and Twitter joined forces to help Egyptians get around the censorship. They set up a series of dedicated phone lines that people can call and leave a voice message which is instantly converted into a Tweet with the keyword #egypt. The numbers are +1 650 419 4196, +39 06 62 20 72 94 and +97 316 199 855.As Egypt’s fixed-line telephone system has remained operational, Internet Service Providers abroad have invited Egyptians to use a modem to connect to their services. FDN, a French ISP, provided the number +33 1 7289-0150 as a way to get into its service using the password “toto.” The Swedish ISP Telecomix offered a similar solution using the number +46 8 5000-9990 and the password “telecomix.” to go further Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Receive email alertslast_img read more

Broadcasting of two TV stations suspended, copies of national dailies burned

first_img Follow the news on Pakistan News PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation RSF_en Transmission of two privately-owned TV stations, Geo News and Ary, was suspended in several major cities on 8 August after they reported that a man threw a shoe at President Asif Ali Zardari during Zardari’s visit to Birmingham, England, the previous day. Gunmen also attacked newsstands and a distribution truck on 8 August, burning copies of the national dailies The News and Jang.Transmission of other TV stations that carried reports of the shoe-throwing incident, such as Samaa, Aaj, Express and Dunya, was not affected. Why were Geo News and Ary singled out? Punjab governor Salman Taseer, who is also a leading member of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, had an explanation.Referring to one of the channels, Taseer said: “Neither the government nor the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority nor World Call (a TV cable company owned by Taseer) were part of the decision to block the TV channel’s broadcast on cable. Rather, the ban was the result of a tussle between the locals and the TV channel, which had hurt the sentiments of the Pakistan People’s Party workers by highlighting the Birmingham story.”Taseer added: “The act is part of the mission undertaken by the channel to destabilise the government…it (the channel) wants to be a state-within-state and is observing no code of conduct for journalism.”Reporters Without Borders accuses the authorities of direct involvement in these reprehensible reprisals against news media and regrets that Governor Taseer defended them. It is hard to imagine that they were not involved in the blocking of the two TV stations and were not at least partly to blame. Taseer thinks the two TV stations are responsible for what happens to them. The governor’s comments, which are unacceptable coming from a senior official, will do nothing to defuse tension. Even if one recognises that The News and Jang take an extreme stance and are radically opposed to the current government, a newspaper’s political position never justifies censorship.Reporters Without Borders urges the leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party to come their senses and to urge party members to act with restraint. The PPP cannot invite or allow its members to target a news media on the grounds that it holds different views or has shown a politician in an embarrassing or humiliating situation.The attack by a group of gunmen on a truck carrying copies of The News and Jang took place in Sindh province. The Geo News website reported that copies of the newspapers were seized from newsstands on the orders of President Zardari and information minister Qamaruzaman Kaira. A group of PPP activists put the papers in a pile and set fire to them, all the while denouncing their criticism of the president.In several parts of the country, journalists working for Geo News and Ary have been wearing black armbands in protest against the censorship. News to go further Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murdercenter_img PakistanAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News News August 16, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Broadcasting of two TV stations suspended, copies of national dailies burned January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire April 21, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Kennedy, Hampton Call for Diversity on One Arroyo Foundation Board of Directors

first_img Top of the News Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere’s What Experts Say Women Want In A ManHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Vice Mayor Tyron Hampton (l) and Councilmember John Kennedy (r)Councilman John Kennedy and Vice Mayor Tyron Hampton called for more diversity on a local board working to develop a vision for the Arroyo Seco.The One Arroyo Foundation website lists 19 board members, including former Mayor Bill Bogaard. Eight women are on the board, but no African-American board members are listed on the website.“I know 70 percent of the directors and I have the utmost respect for the individuals,” Kennedy said. “I would ask you to reconsider that you have a diverse board of directors. I don’t see it that way.”Kennedy went on to say that he did not see much representation from his district and said the area has a history that is not “inviting to African Americans and Latinos.”Kennedy was assured his comments would be taken back to the board.The City Council will receive an update on the One Arroyo Trail Poject at tonight’s City Council meeting.The update will include recent developments on design work prescribed in the One Arroyo Trail Demonstration Project.After an extensive search and interviews with top design firms, the One Arroyo Foundation selected RJM Design Group to put together two demonstration projects in the Arroyo Seco.RJM’s designs will focus on the connection points at Hahamongna Watershed Park’s Woodlands Loop and the Colorado Street Bridge Streamside Walk.The projects are the first step toward achieving the foundation’s goal of creating a unified Arroyo Seco trail.Hahamongna was settled by Tongva-Gabrielino Native Americans.Hampton queried about the lack of a Native Americans from the Gabrielino-Tongva People.“We can’t forget the Native Americans made these trails,” Hampton said.Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Arroyo Seco consists of nearly 22 miles of trails and supports a vast and thriving natural ecosystem of native plants and wildlife species.Preliminary work is expected to begin later this year.The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in July unanimously approved Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s recommendation to allocate $500,000 to the One Arroyo Seco Trail Project.“The Arroyo is a valued recreational and environmental resource for our community and our region,” said Barger. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work in partnership with the city of Pasadena to provide the funding for this project to further our mission to expand access to trails across our county.”Once design work begins and the One Arroyo Foundation is ready to unveil a design for the One Arroyo Trail Project, the foundation will conduct a community outreach process to gather input and feedback to inform the final project delivered to the city.The foundation will also work closely with city departments to ensure proper outreach.Outreach for the projects will begin in January, virtually if COVID-19 restrictions are still in place. Should the Public Health Order allow for in-person events, the foundation will be encouraged to modify its approach to community outreach.The project began to take shape in 2017 when the Arroyo Advisory Group (AAG) was formed in 2017 and was tasked with developing a cohesive vision for the Arroyo Seco, as well as examining ways to address significant deferred maintenance and fund improvements, despite limited funds.In 2018, Mayor Terry Tornek led several hikes with local residents to get input regarding opportunities to restore and enhance Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco.Following an 18-month process, the AAG’s final report provided recommendations and funding strategies for two trail demonstration projects to enhance, connect and preserve the Arroyo.“I want to see the composition of the board changed to mirror the composition of our community,” Kennedy said. 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Government Kennedy, Hampton Call for Diversity on One Arroyo Foundation Board of Directors Councilmembers want better representation By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Monday, November 16, 2020 | 4:21 pm Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Oxford Finance Provides $23.5 Million Credit Facility to Prosper Life Care

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – March 4, 2021 Facebook Facebook TAGS  Pinterest ALEXANDRIA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Oxford Finance LLC (“Oxford”), a specialty finance firm that provides senior debt to healthcare services and life sciences companies worldwide, today announced the closing of a $23.5 million senior credit facility and revolving line of credit to Prosper Life Care Inc. (“Prosper Life” or “the Company), a management company with over three decades of combined experience in healthcare, Prosper Life specializes in assisted living and memory care. The proceeds were used for the acquisition of two assisted living/memory care facilities located in Massachusetts totaling 214 units. Prosper Life Care was formed in 2019 with the purpose of creating a lasting impact on the residents of assisted living and memory care communities. The Company operates with the goal to improve communities through efficient use of process, technology, and equipment. This is done by living by the Prosper Life core values of making life fun, making the community a home, and delivering purpose to everyone. “Although this is Oxford’s first transaction with Prosper Life Care, the Company’s principals and investors have a long history of success in the space,” said Tracy S. Maziek, head of healthcare services at Oxford Finance. “We anticipate much success for this team in the future.” “We could not have selected a better partner than Oxford for financing,” added Russ Papia, president of Prosper Life Care. “We all had to think outside the box to get this deal across the finish line during a pandemic. The team at Oxford was extremely professional, responsive, and understanding throughout the process.” About Oxford Finance LLC Oxford Finance is a specialty finance firm providing senior secured loans to public and private life sciences and healthcare services companies worldwide. For over 20 years, Oxford has delivered flexible financing solutions to its clients, enabling these companies to maximize their equity by leveraging their assets. In recent years, Oxford has originated over $6 billion in loans, with lines of credit ranging from $5 million to $150 million. Oxford is headquartered in Alexandria, Va., with additional offices in San Diego, Calif.; Palo Alto, Calif.; and the greater Boston and New York City areas. For more information, visit About Prosper Life Care Prosper Life Care is a forward-thinking management company specializing in assisted living. With a combined experience of over three decades in healthcare, Prosper Life Care’s leadership team has a passion for providing care that enhances a person’s life. This is carried out by improving quality of life for not only the residents, but the staff that are responsible for providing care. To find out more about Prosper Life Care, please visit View source version on CONTACT: Media Selma Bašić Oxford Finance LLC 703-519-4900 Tel [email protected]  KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA VIRGINIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SENIORS PRACTICE MANAGEMENT MANAGED CARE FINANCE HEALTH BANKING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONSUMER SOURCE: Oxford Finance LLC Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 10:33 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 10:33 AM WhatsApp Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Local News Twitter Oxford Finance Provides $23.5 Million Credit Facility to Prosper Life Care Pinterest Previous articleMichael Ory Joins Brentwood Capital Advisors as Managing DirectorNext articleElevate Your Big Game Menu with an Authentic Stadium Food Experience Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Covid-19 can be tackled at community level – McHugh

first_img Previous articleNew lockdown restrictions for North a “wake up call”Next articleAppeal over missing woman from Derry News Highland Twitter Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ A Donegal Deputy believes Covid-19 can be tackled at a community level to prevent against moving to a higher level of restrictions.Deputy Joe McHugh says amidst uncertainty over the growing number of cases, the vast majority of people are adhering to all guidelines in a bid to fight the virusThe Government has this week raised concern over the increase in cases in the county over the past week.Deputy McHugh says the message is simple:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Google+center_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Covid-19 can be tackled at community level – McHugh By News Highland – September 23, 2020 Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

Honoring Wag

first_img Wagoner had ushered the CHHS Class of 2010 into the gymnasium and took it all in stride when Tara Youngblood presented her with a yellow rose.Then one at a time, a member of each of the 40 senior classes she has “mothered” filed by with a rose for Wag.“That’s when I knew something was up,” Wagoner said. “I didn’t know what.”Following her former students was her family and that’s when tears streamed from misty eyes.A collective cheer went up from the student body and alumni that packed the gym in appreciation for what Betty Wagoner means to CHHS and the Troy community.“Betty takes so much pride in this gym,” said David Helms, CHHS principal.“It’s her assembly hall. After it was renovated, the idea of dedicating this gym seemed to be a perfect tribute to a lady who has done so much for this school and touched the lives of so many people. You multiply 41 years times 150 students and that’s thousands of lives that Betty Wagoner has touched.”Helms said what impresses him most about Wagoner is the unique relationship she has with the students.“She can say anything to them and get away with it,” he said. “And, there’s not one kid who wants to disappoint her. In that way, she’s kind of like Bear Bryant. His players had such tremendous respect for him and didn’t want to disappoint him. That’s the way it is with Betty Wagoner. Kids just have a tremendous respect for her and they love her.“And, you know, I’ll bet that after 41 years Betty Wagoner is as good as she has ever been.“That she can relate to the kids today just like she did 30 years ago. She is amazing.”Helms said Wagoner is the most honest, genuine person he has ever known.“She’ll tell you like it is,” he said, laughing.“She’s not going to sugar coat anything. She believes in letting the students learn from their mistakes. When they leave CHHS, Wag wants them to be the best they can be and she wants them to realize the importance of giving something back to the community. She’s one of a kind, and we love her and hope that she is going to stay with us many more years. I don’t know what we would do without her.”Wagoner has always been one who would rather be in the background.She never wants to be center stage.“But she’s up front today and whether she likes it or not,” Helms said and added laughing. “And, there might be some heads that are going to roll.”Dr. Linda Felton-Smith, superintendent Troy City Schools, expressed appreciation to Wagoner for all that she means to the school system and the community.“We appreciate what she means to us today, in the past and in the future,” Felton-Smith said.“As a way of showing our appreciation, we have established the Betty Wagoner Scholarship Fund and, two seniors from the Charles Henderson High School Class of 2010 will be the first recipients of this scholarship which will be awarded for academic, leadership and service, which exemplify Betty Wagoner.”Allen Jones and Shelia Deveridge, CHHS Class of 1973, “that broke her in” made a $2,500 donation to the Betty Wagoner Scholarship Fund.The donation was the first to the fund. Others who would like to donate to the scholarship fund may do so at the CHHS office.Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford presented a proclamation designating Oct. 9, Betty Wagoner Day in Troy.“Betty Wagoner’s influence has extended far beyond the classroom,” Lunsford said.“It is with deep heartfelt appreciation that we recognize what she means to all of us.” Fainting would have been out of character for “Wag,” who has been the “spiritual” leader of CHHS for 41 years. But then, never before has she been so honored as she was on Friday.“I can’t think enough to make a comment,” Wagoner said.“I’m just overwhelmed. I’m shaking on the inside. I don’t deserve this. There are just too many other people. I’m honored and humbled. I just don’t know what to say.”Then in true Wag fashion, she quipped, “Who did this?” Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 was proclaimed Betty Wagoner Day in Troy. And, on Wagoner’s day, the Charles Henderson High School gymnasium was named in her honor and will now and forever more be Wagoner Hall.And, for, perhaps, the first time in her life Betty Wagoner was speechless.“Shaking on the inside and speechless.” Sponsored Content Honoring Wag Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Skip Book Nook to reopen Print Article You Might Like University approved for new program For those interested in seeking a master’s degree from Troy University, a new option has been added to the choices…. read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… That’s most unusual for the lady who is usually in total control and expressing exactly what’s on her mind.However, she was caught completely by surprise Friday at the CHHS 2009 Homecoming assembly.“That’s the way we planned it and I was standing by just in case,” Melissa Scarbrough, school nurse, said smiling. “We knew Wag was going to be shocked. We didn’t want her to faint.” Email the author Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe 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. 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Human rights claims expected as Scotland introduces legal aid

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Human rights claims expected as Scotland introduces legal aidOn 1 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. The introduction of legal aid for employment tribunal cases in Scotland willtrigger claims from employees for similar rights in England and Wales, lawyersare warning. The Scottish Executive’s move is designed to pre-empt claims that theabsence of legal aid breaches the right to a fair trial under article 6 of theEuropean Convention of Human Rights. “It can only be a matter of time before actions are brought in Englandand Wales under the Human Rights Act challenging the absence of legal aid inemployment tribunals,” said employment lawyers at Beachcroft Wansbroughs. “Legal aid is, after all, already available for hearings in the EAT butmany complex points of law are thrashed out at an earlier stage.” The Scottish initiative has been dubbed a Chancer’s Charter and broughtvociferous opposition from the Scottish CBI, despite requirements that a casemust be “arguable” and too complex for the applicant to presenteffectively before it qualifies for funding. Less than a quarter of tribunal applicants are thought to have any legalrepresentation, despite the growth in no-win no-fee agreements. A human rights case could be given added weight by recent statisticssuggesting legal representation has a dramatic effect on the outcome oftribunal cases. Research by Incomes Data Services suggests a litigant under the notoriouslycomplex Disability Discrimination Act is more than twice as likely to succeedif represented by a solicitor or barrister. Representation has been shown tohave a significant impact on compensation levels, too. Moreover, proposals to allow tribunals to award costs of up to £10,000″can only strengthen the arguments of an employee who alleges the lack ofrepresentation is prejudicial to his or her interests,” Beachcrofts’lawyers added. last_img read more

Australia: Triton Centenary Draws to a Close

first_img View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: News by topic Australia: Triton Centenary Draws to a Close The final phase of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) International Fleet Review drew to a close today, with the completion of Exercise Triton Centenary 2013.Triton Centenary was held in two parts. The first was held in the East Australian Exercise Area from 23 September to 3 October 2013 and was a major multi-lateral training opportunity. This phase provided important interaction that got the ships working with each other ahead of the Fleet Review.On 11 October, following a successful Fleet Review, 14 ships from Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Spain, Tonga and the USA sailed from Sydney to commence the second phase of the exercise. This included a number of more complex exercises, which practiced all facets of coalition maritime operations.The ships were supported by Seahawk helicopters from the Navy’s 816 Squadron, fast jet, maritime patrol and airborne early-warning aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force 76 Squadron, 81 Wing, 92 Wing and 2 Squadron, along with others from the USA, New Zealand and Pakistan.Commanding Officer of HMAS Parramatta, the Navy’s lead ship for the exercise, Commander Simon Cannell, said Triton Centenary enhanced individual and ship proficiency in key maritime warfare skills.“The warships conducted air defence, surface and anti-submarine warfare serials, ship maneuvering and station keeping, Replenishment at Sea and flying operations.“The Minor War Vessels conducted ship handling, man over board drills, towing approaches, boat drills and in company exercises.“A major highlight was the significant number of Combined Anti-Submarine Exercises conducted with the Collins Class submarine HMAS Farncomb.“All participants gained familiarity with each other’s capabilities, warfare procedures, professional standards and safety. Many personnel exchanges were conducted, allowing sailors and officers to see first-hand how other Navies operate,” Commander Cannell said.Acting Commander Australian Fleet, Commodore Jonathan Mead said Triton Centenary provided an important demonstration of naval diplomacy and strengthened international ties.“Exercising with partner nations in exercises like Triton Centenary is a tangible way that navies work together.“Maritime security is an inherently cooperative and collaborative venture.  By exercising together we work towards providing a stable and cooperative security environment, which protects our ability to trade,” Commodore Mead said.HMA Ships Parramatta, Stuart, Farncomb, Gascoyne, Diamantina, Labuan, Tarakan, Shepparton, Benalla and, Broome participated in the exercise.[mappress]Press Release, October 18, 2013; Image: Australian Navy October 18, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Triton Centenary Draws to a Close View post tag: Naval View post tag: Centenary View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense View post tag: Close View post tag: draws Training & Education View post tag: Tritonlast_img read more

Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers

first_imgJERSEY CITY – Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m.Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.For further information, visit read more