43 projects in 12 counties to benefit from cost-share dollars

first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleApopka Weekly Arrest ReportNext articleBreaking News: Rep. Steve Scalise shot in Virginia Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom From the St. John’s River Water Management DistrictForty-three projects will share in approximately $21.3 million from the St. Johns River Water Management District for the construction of water supply and water conservation, water quality improvement, flood protection and natural systems restoration projects. The district’s Governing Board today approved the project ranking for the fiscal year 2017–2018 Districtwide Annual Cost-share Program. More than 55 people representing 22 entities attended the meeting to express appreciation for the partnership opportunity.“By partnering with local governments and water suppliers, we are stretching taxpayer dollars further for construction projects that will produce real results in water resource protection,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “These cost-share funds will help develop more than 7 million gallons of alternative water supplies, reduce nutrient loading to our waterways and springs, protect thousands of acres from flooding and create additional aquifer recharge opportunities.”“I’m grateful for the opportunity to partner with the district on construction projects that will benefit both taxpayers and our vital water resources,” said Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach. “The Indian River Lagoon is a diverse estuary, truly one of a kind, and an economic driver in east-central Florida. I commend the district and local governments for continuing its longtime collaboration to restore the lagoon by removing septic tank discharges and reducing nutrient loads.”“This funding means so much to us in St. Johns County,” said Rep. Cyndi Stevenson, R-St. Augustine. “In addition to the assistance that the district provided to us during Hurricane Matthew last October, this funding to retrofit stormwater outfalls in the Davis Shores area of St. Augustine will make a tremendous difference to property owners who experienced major flooding during the storm. We deeply appreciate this funding and our long partnership with the district.”“I’m grateful for the leadership and support of the district’s Governing Board as Palatka works to provide superior service to the residents of Palatka,” said Rep. Bobby Payne, R-Palatka. “The upgrades implemented to the city’s wastewater treatment facility as a direct result of this cost-share funding will provide both water quality and quality of life benefits to the residents and natural resources in the area.”Highlights of the approved project list include:Eighteen water quality improvement projects are estimated to reduce nutrient loading by 166,025 pounds per year of total nitrogen and 76,800 pounds per year of total phosphorus. These include:o   The removal of 261,000 cubic yards of muck from 121 acres of 13 residential canals in Brevard County, which will result in an estimated removal of 55,495 pounds per year of total nitrogen and 34,000 pounds per year of total phosphorus from the Indian River Lagoon.o   Installation of baffle boxes in Titusville, which will reduce nutrient loading to the Indian River Lagoon by approximately 720 pounds per year of total nitrogen and 125 pounds per year of total phosphorus.Nineteen water supply projects — 13 alternative water supply and six water conservation — are estimated to provide more than 12.4 million gallons per day (mgd) of alternative water supply and conserve 0.6 mgd.Four flood protection projects are estimated to protect 2,875 acres..Two natural systems restoration projects are estimated to provide 3–5 mgd of aquifer recharge.The approved list includes 15 springs restoration projects benefitting Outstanding Florida Springs, including three projects to benefit Silver Springs. These include:o   A Marion County wellfield optimization project that will move water withdrawals further away from Silver Springs, lessening impacts to the springs.o   An Ocala groundwater recharge wetland project that will benefit Silver Springs by providing 3–5 mgd of recharge to the Upper Floridan aquifer and reducing nutrient loads by 59,000 pounds per year of total nitrogen and 30,000 pounds per year of total phosphorus.Projects are located in Alachua, Brevard, Duval, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns and Volusia counties.Fifty-seven applications totaling $31.2 million in requested district funding were ranked and scored based on core mission benefits, cost effectiveness, the likelihood of successful and timely completion, and application quality and completeness.Projects must begin during the fiscal year 2018 and be completed within two years. 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Bakkies Botha not too concerned about horrible fractured finger

first_imgSaturday Jan 17, 2015 Bakkies Botha not too concerned about horrible fractured finger This is a quick look at what happened to lock Bakkies Botha in last weekend’s 32-23 Toulon victory over Racing Metro in the Top 14. Botha, renowned as one of the toughest men in world rugby, had to leave the field with a horribly fractured, and clearly bent, finger. He didn’t look too bothered.According to a recent Daily Telegraph report, despite being in his final season of rugby, Botha is currently ninth on the list of the highest paid players in the world, earning £389 000 per year. Perhaps hardly grimacing or even acknowledging seething pain is in his contract.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… 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 TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe 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

Campaign started by former England and Saracens lock

first_imgFriday Feb 14, 2020 Campaign started by former England and Saracens lock Former England and Saracens lock Mouritz Botha has encouraged past and present Premiership players to share the hashtag #iplayedchampionshiprugby on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENTThis comes after the Rugby Football Union’s decision to slash funding for Championship sides in England ahead of next season, which has been much maligned by those that have played in England’s second tier.This includes 20 players from the England squad that recently played Scotland who have played in the Championship or leagues below, let alone the rest of the Premiership.The 10-cap former England lock Botha has therefore urged players that have benefited from playing in the league to share the hashtag, also tagging the Premiership, Championship and England Rugby in the Tweet.Botha is not alone in his disapproval, as a significant number of players across England’s top two leagues, including in the England team, have warned of how damaging this could be.WATCH: Mouritz Botha crunches Jean Deysel in Saracens vs Sharks friendlyBotha started his career in England in the Championship, playing for Bedford Blues, before being picked up by Saracens. He now coaches Ampthill in the league, so his association with England’s second tier runs deep. He recently said he has the ambition of coaching at the top level, but “cutting funding will take these opportunities away from a lot of talented players and coaches”.ADVERTISEMENTThese sentiments have been shared by many other players, so this Twitter campaign may help unify many different voices rather than individual posts by players.This is where there is a clear divergence in opinion between the players and the RFU, after chief executive Bill Sweeney recently said that “The Championship is, and will continue to be, a useful way for players to get additional developmental experience, but we do not believe it is the primary place where Premiership and England players are discovered and developed.”There is a growing number of players that disagree with that.ALSO WATCH:ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart 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

SIP Panel House / Gabriel Rudolphy + Alejandro Soffia

first_imgPhotographs:  Felipe Fontecilla Text description provided by the architects. Built with SIP panels (Structural Insulated Panels), this house is conceived as an attempt to rationalize this construction material and achieve a maximum optimization of its structural and dimensional qualities. The totality of the house was configured with two kinds of components: wall panels (122 cm x 244 cm x 11.4 cm) and split-levelpanels (122 cm x 488 cm x 21 cm). In just 10 days, 71 wall panels and 40 split-level panels were built. The loss of material was negligible. Save this picture!© Felipe FontecillaRecommended ProductsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationThrough the configuration of spatial modules comprised of two wall panels and two split-level panels, inhabitable spaces measuring 6 square meters were built. These spaces are the result of multiplying these volumes along the length of their transversal axis according to standard surfaces of use. The house is comprised of the sum of these different spaces. Save this picture!© Felipe FontecillaThe spaces are grouped according to traditional programmatic similarities, and are united by a central circulation system. The principal rooms are clustered toward the north, in the quest for an ocean view. The panels exposed on the exterior are fashioned as terraces on the second and third floors. The eastern façade of the house, close to a neighbor, is more closed-off, and the western façade opens up to the light and the view. The northern and southern faces of the house, as well as the terraces, are enveloped in a wooden skin.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessHouse A / Vaillo & Irigaray + BeguiristainArticlesHA Tower / Frontoffice + Francois BlanciakArticles Share “COPY” Photographs Save this picture!© Felipe Fontecilla+ 18 Share SIP Panel House / Gabriel Rudolphy + Alejandro Soffia CopyHouses•Santo Domingo, Chile Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/229559/sip-panel-house-alejandro-soffia-gabriel-rudolphy Clipboard SIP Panel House / Gabriel Rudolphy + Alejandro SoffiaSave this projectSaveSIP Panel House / Gabriel Rudolphy + Alejandro Soffia ArchDaily “COPY” Year:  Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/229559/sip-panel-house-alejandro-soffia-gabriel-rudolphy Clipboard Chile Architects: Alejandro Soffia, Gabriel Rudolphy Area Area of this architecture project 2011 Area:  139 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeGabriel RudolphyOfficeFollowGabriel RudolphyOfficeFollowGabriel RudolphyOfficeFollowGabriel RudolphyOfficeFollowAlejandro SoffiaOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSanto DomingoHousesChilePublished on April 26, 2012Cite: “SIP Panel House / Gabriel Rudolphy + Alejandro Soffia” 26 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

New Community Fundraising manager at NSE

first_img The National Society for Epilepsy (NSE) now has a Community Fundraising Manager to maximise fundraising opportunities across the UK.Simon Ekless takes up this new role having worked at NSE as a fundraising officer for four years. He said: “It became clear that NSE needed someone to develop and encourage those supporters across the country who enthusiastically raise funds for epilepsy, and at the same time increase the profile of NSE’s work helping people with epilepsy”.Statutory funding covers the residential care side of NSE’s remit, and research grants contribute significantly to the pioneering projects undertaken by NSE specialists. However, the charity relies on donations from individuals, groups and companies, as well as grants from Trusts to underpin this and other aspects of its work. Advertisement New Community Fundraising manager at NSE About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 20 November 2003 | News Tagged with: Community fundraising Recruitment / peoplecenter_img Information provision is another high priority in NSE’s mission and much of the regional fundraising will contribute to the development of our unique information outreach service in local hospitals – the Epilepsy Information Network.  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Syracuse: Black Lives Matter resists police threats

first_imgSyracuse, N.Y.On the evening of July 28, longtime community activist Maurice “Mo” Crawley was working as a Syracuse neighborhood anti-violence monitor with the group O.G.’s [Original Gangsta’s] Against Gun Violence. He was live-streaming two Syracuse cops across the street as they arrested a Black man, commenting while streaming that this was to make sure the cops were not doing anything they should not be doing. Suddenly, one of the cops rushed Crawley, threatened him, threw him to the ground and arrested him. It is not illegal to videotape police in New York state.Twelve hours later, Black Lives Matter Syracuse New York rallied in front of the Onondaga County so-called “Justice Center” to protest the brutal and illegal arrest. SeQuioa Kemp, a BLM organizer, denounced “the myth that Black people don’t care about each other.” White supremacist arguments about violence in Black communities are often used to justify racist police violence. “But,” Kemp noted, “when someone like Mo goes out every day to protect Black lives, look how he is treated by the police!”Herve Comeau, a BLM media liaison, said, “The city, the mayor and the police chief have suggested that hiring Black police officers would solve the problem. It would not! The problem is state-sanctioned violence against Black and Brown bodies.” BLM organizer Anthony Harper added, “This is no longer a Black and white issue. It’s an issue of the police and what they are allowed to do in our neighborhoods.”The crowd was a wide representation of Syracuse communities, including Black, Latino/a, white, Asian, Indigenous and LGBTQ people. Some were workers who’d just gotten off the night shift. In conversations during the rally, many spoke informally about how they had lost loved ones from police violence. Some said of the police presence in the streets: “It’s like being in prison out in the neighborhoods.”Given the July 28 rally and a 500-person march on July 18, BLM organizers are answering police retaliation against a Syracuse community denouncing police terror. After a cop shot and killed Terry Maddox, an African-American man, on Father’s Day, the Police “Benevolent” Association flooded local media with accounts blaming the dead man. But many neighborhood witnesses say Maddox was unarmed. Those witnesses have since recounted harassment and trumped-up charges by police pressuring them to change their accounts. (cnyvision.com)When BLM organizers wrote about the Father’s Day shooting in an op-ed for the Syracuse Post-Standard, editors tried to get them to say that Maddox was armed. Organizers refused and reiterated that witnesses had seen him unarmed.The battle continues for a public narrative that admits the brutal role of police as the murderous arm of the state. Crawley’s video, posted by BLM-Syracuse, had 45,000 views by the close of the July 28 rally. Crawley was released from custody as the rally was underway — to the cheers of those gathered in solidarity.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Political Prisoners Teach-In: Mumia, migrant rights and cages

first_imgThese slightly edited remarks were made April 24 at the “U.S. Empire vs. Political Prisoners” teach-in webinar sponsored by Mobilization4Mumia and held in honor of the 66th birthday of political prisoner and revolutionary Mumia Abu-Jamal, incarcerated for 39 years by the U.S. state.  Teresa GutierrezFirst of all, happy birthday to our comrade and leader Mumia Abu-Jamal! I want to talk very briefly about my experience as an im/migrant rights activist and its relationship to the struggle for Mumia. I was born in Texas, so the issue of immigration is part of our DNA. We often say that we didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us — in my case, because we were here when Texas was stolen from Mexico. When the immigrant rights movement burst on the scene in 2006, that became my main area of work.But back in the day, I was extremely impacted by the Black Liberation struggle as a young Chicana in Texas. So the case of Mumia and of other liberation activists has also always been part of my DNA.In 2006, the immigrant struggle burst into the political scene, and we struggled to defend immigrants day in and day out. May Day was an action that immigrants revived in the United States. There had been many efforts by the Million Workers March and others to revive May Day, actions separate from the mainstream, but immigrants revived Mayday in 2006, which was great. It was an important independent action of workers. The main emphasis, of course, was against the deportations, for migrant rights and so forth. I was proud to be part of the immigrant sector as that movement very much understood the importance of all immigration rallies bringing in other issues. To bring in the issue of wars abroad, to bring in the issues of police terror in Black and Brown neighborhoods, and so forth. I found it so deeply moving to be in immigration coalition meetings where we had to say there’s an important case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was an activist. We would have to explain, as 99 percent of immigrant activists did not know who he was. But once we broke it down, it was like, okay, we get it!And of course, to Mumia’s credit, he would always write statements on the immigrant struggle and the May Day struggle, so we were able to share that. And of course, he always wrote about U.S. imperialism and Latin America. So it was very easy for us to make that connection. Connecting the strugglesFast forward to 2016 when Trump — or as we call him “pendejo” [foolish person] — ran his racist campaign for presidency built on anti-immigrant, anti-Mexican hatred. It was a vicious dog whistle to the reactionaries, to the right wing, to the white supremacists — and he got elected on that basis. Then the war of terror really escalated against immigrants. One thing we have to say that the struggle for migrant rights has in common with the struggle of our political prisoners is the tenacity and the inspiration that these sisters and brothers and family give us every single day. There have been deportations, there have been cages, there’s sickness, there’s death. There are the caravans that we see of children and young people, of our grandparents, of men and women, and of trans people who are walking over 2,000 miles from Central America to come to the border.We see these very difficult conditions come out of U.S. imperialism’s economic policies and foreign policies. And our hearts break with all of this. But they can throw everything against us, and migrants continue to struggle, continue to organize. They are here, and they are not going to leave. Just last weekend in Los Angeles, there were 200 cars in a caravan demanding stimulus aid for the undocumented and other low-paid workers. So they may try to cage us, but like Mumia, we will continue to struggle. Happy birthday, Mumia, and thank you so much for everything that you stand for. Thank you so very much. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

India: A year of throttling journalism in Kashmir

first_imgIntimidating journalists Follow the news on India India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media Rehbar, whose strings include the investigative website The Wire, says she and her colleagues are also the victims of the disdain that officials show towards information obtained from sources they don’t control directly. “Our stories are usually incomplete because we didn’t get a quote from authorities,” she said. Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting RSF_en This “media facilitation centre” was set up in Srinagar as a face-saving tactic after telecommunications has been shut down for ten days. It consists of ten computers with Internet connections. What with the inadequate number of workstations and complete lack of respect for confidentiality, RSF already called it an absurdity last November. Now Covid-19 has compounded its flaws. “In the pandemic, it has become almost impossible to work in such a crowded place as the media centre,” Mohammad said. to go further The streets of Srinagar, the Kashmiri capital, were completely deserted this morning. The only human presence were the paramilitaries who are occupying the city and patrolling all of Jammu and Kashmir. This is a result of an order issued two days ago by the government in New Delhi to impose a “full curfew” throughout the territory ahead of the anniversary. On the first anniversary of the Indian government’s sudden decision to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its semi-autonomy and simultaneously disconnect telecommunications there, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has examined the current state of press freedom in this northern territory with the help of its journalists. In the light of their alarming accounts, RSF calls on the Indian government to immediately change its policy or go down in history as a regime that deprived the region’s 8 million inhabitants of reliable news and information at the height of a pandemic. To this end, the New Delhi-controlled government of Jammu and Kashmir unveiled an Orwellian project for regulating the media in June. Called the “New Media Policy,” it allows the government to control and censor all journalistic content deemed to constitute “fake news,” without providing any definition of what that means. August 5, 2020 India: A year of throttling journalism in Kashmir All the harassment and obstruction of journalists is deliberate policy, Zargar thinks. “All this points to one thing, that journalists need to behave in a certain way acceptable to state,” he said. “And this is being done in a very brazen manner. Now that most of the local media have already been brought to heel, I think the government wants to control independent journalists and those writing for prestigious national and international outlets.” Risk of infection No coverage outside Srinagar Having to rely on a facility controlled by the central government is a major challenge for independent journalists not working in newsrooms. Kashmir Walla assistant editor Rayan Naqash told RSF: “I went to the media facilitation centre a couple of times when I was on deadline and my Internet wasn’t working at home. It’s simply impossible to maintain social distancing there. The risks were quite obvious.” Aside from this kind of police harassment, Kashmir’s journalists are subjected to far more pernicious curbs on their freedom, starting with the suspension of high-speed mobile Internet. This is one of the biggest problems for journalists, Kashmir Press Club vice-president Moazum Mohammad told RSF. “Many of us don’t have high-speed fixed-line Internet, so we have to go to the media facilitation centre to work.” “This Internet ban not only jeopardizes the lives of these journalists but also puts their families at risk,” he said. “And the absurdity is that the government wants us journalists to be thankful that they created this centre.” Help by sharing this information News She added: “I go to the media facilitation centre to email my stories to media outlets, which is already tiresome. But, because of the slow-speed Internet, I often miss my deadlines. And I haven’t been able to apply for any fellowships or grants because of the Internet blackouts.” RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Receive email alerts “As a freelance journalist, this affects me a lot because, when I’m reporting for any national or international outlet, they need all sides of the story.” As a result, she has sometimes had to scrap stories or omit information because officials refused to either confirm or deny it. “What with widespread self-censorship within the local press and India’s national media already being subjected to intermittent intimidation because of their coverage, the new media policy has clearly doomed journalism in Kashmir,” one journalist said on condition of anonymity. April 27, 2021 Find out more Chinese-style censorship News China is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, while India is ranked 142nd after falling gradually for years and falling another two places in 2020, in part because of the press freedom violations in Kashmir. IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Armed conflictsImprisonedInternetJudicial harassment For Kashmir’s citizens, this is a sad reminder of what happened a year ago, on 5 August 2019, when it became one of the world’s biggest news and information black holes, with all forms of communication – Internet, mobile data, TV and fixed-line telephone – suddenly suspended. The Kashmir Valley, from which foreign reporters had already been barred for several months, was cut off from the world. As RSF pointed out in February, New Delhi has succeeded in imposing the longest e-curfew in history. One of the latest edifying example of this situation was the arrest of Qazi Shibli, the editor of The Kashmiriyat news website, on 31 July. The police confirmed yesterday that he is being held in Srinagar prison but gave no reason for his arrest. He was released in April after being detained provisionally for nine months for nothing more than a tweet. Democracies don’t do this Everything indicates that journalists are being forced to perform a balancing act if they want to keep working independently. And the security forces often try to throw them off balance, as was the case last April, when RSF reported a harassment campaign in which three journalists were arrested in the space of just three days. The criminal accusations brought against them were all completely baseless and probably had no other aim but to intimidate all journalists. Organisation Official disdain News It means that central government-appointed bureaucrats are now able to say what is true and what is “fake,” and to decide what is acceptable and what is “anti-national.” “This looks like the Chinese state censorship model,” Zargar said. Coverage of parts of Kashmir outside Srinagar has become virtually impossible because of the difficulties of working there, freelancer Quratulain Rehbar says. “I am from South Kashmir’s Pulwama district where the Internet is usually disconnected for one reason or another, such as gunfights,” she said. “The Internet cuts are the only reason I’m based in Srinagar, far from my home.” “Working has been hell for journalists in Kashmir for the past year,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Drastic controls on information, obstructing the dissemination of articles and videos, intimidation by the security forces in the field, every kind of judicial harassment and violation of the confidentiality of sources – the list of press freedom violations by the Indian authorities in Kashmir is unworthy of a democracy. If Narendra Modi’s government maintains these policies, it will go down in history as the one that deprived 8 million citizens of reliable news and information in mid-pandemic.” IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Armed conflictsImprisonedInternetJudicial harassment Safwat Zargar, who reports for the Scroll.in news portal, told RSF that the very idea that journalists have to go to a government facility to use the Internet at a time when people around the world are working from home and practicing physical distancing is “just terrible.” Paramilitary soldiers patrol along a street during a curfew in Srinagar on August 4, 2020. A curfew has been imposed across Indian Kashmir just two days before the first anniversary of New Delhi’s abolition of the restive region’s semi-autonomy, and the imposition of a total communication blockade, on 5 August 2019 ( photo: Tauseef Mustafa / AFP). March 3, 2021 Find out more News Last March, RSF reported a rise in cases of police intimidation and violations of the confidentiality of sources. There has been little improvement since then. “There have been incidents in which reporters and photojournalists were roughed up by cops although they were just doing their jobs as journalists,” Srinagar-based freelancer Syed Ali Safvi said. “Harassing reporters by summoning them to police stations poses a serious threat to the free flow of information.” February 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

No Advantage To Candidate When The Very Selection Is Illegal: SC Upholds Termination Of 8882 Teachers In Tripura [Read Judgment]

first_imgTop StoriesNo Advantage To Candidate When The Very Selection Is Illegal: SC Upholds Termination Of 8882 Teachers In Tripura [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 Aug 2020 5:09 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has affirmed the termination of 8,882 ad-hoc teachers in Tripura. The bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and Vineet Saran observed that, as their very selection and appointments were found to be illegal and invalid, no other advantage can be conferred upon the concerned candidates.”In our view, considering the fact that the very selection and appointments were found to…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 Supreme Court has affirmed the termination of 8,882 ad-hoc teachers in Tripura. The bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and Vineet Saran observed that, as their very selection and appointments were found to be illegal and invalid, no other advantage can be conferred upon the concerned candidates.”In our view, considering the fact that the very selection and appointments were found to be illegal and invalid, no other advantage can be conferred upon the concerned candidates”, the bench obseved In 2014, the Tripura High Court had terminated the appointment of 10,323 government school teachers on the ground that the selection was contrary to the provisions of the National Council for Teacher Education Act, 1993 and the relevant policies and that the appointments were arbitrary and illegal. It was found that the selection was irrational and illogical and that it suffered from nepotism and favouritism. In 2017, the Supreme Court modified the High Court’s order, directing the state Government to complete a fresh selection process on or before December 31, 2017. The bench allowed those teachers appointed earlier to apply again, and continue till the completion of the fresh selection process(Tanmoy Nath vs State of Tripura).8,882 ad-hoc teachers were working in the School Education Department and in terms of the directions issued by the Supreme Court in the decision Tanmoy Nath vs State of Tripura, were terminated after the Academic Session 2019-2020 was over. Some of them challenged this termination before the High Court of Tripura. The High court dismissed the petitions observing that petitioners are seeking review of the judgment rendered in Tanmoy Nath (supra) which is not permissible in law, more so on the doctrine of merger.While dismissing the appeals, the Apex Court bench noted that the legality and validity of the entire selection process and the appointments of about 10,323 teachers were gone into in detail in Tanmoy Nath case. It said:”The findings rendered by the High Court and its conclusions were accepted by this Court while dismissing the appeals arising therefrom. Though the services of the concerned teachers were initially protected only upto 31.12.2017, accepting the plea made on behalf of the State, the concerned date was extended from time to time. It is a matter of record that the services of such candidates now stand terminated. In terms of the directions issued in Tanmoy Nath and appeal arising therefrom, the State is obliged to conduct selection process in which the concerned candidates will be entitled to participate with age relaxation. The age relaxation has now been afforded by the State in all selections till 31.03.2023, which benefit is quite adequate and proper.” The court further observed that the attempt on part of the State in offering certain alternate employment is not to degrade the teachers but some solace is being offered even in cases where the candidates do not succeed in the selections to the posts of teachers. While dismissing the appeals, the bench further said:”The candidates, if they are otherwise competent and eligible, will certainly have every opportunity till 31.03.2023 to get selected for the posts of teachers in the State and by way of additional benefit those who are unsuccessful in such attempts may retain the alternate employment. In our view, it does not amount to any degradation.”Case name: Ajoy Debbarma and others vs. State of Tripura and othersCase no.: CIVIL APPEAL NO.2868 OF 2020Coram: Justices UU Lalit and Vineet SaranCounsel: Senior Advocates Rajeev Dhavan, Kapil Sibal, Colin Gonsalves, Jaideep Gupta, Maninder SinghClick here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more

Two separate investigations underway following drowning tragedy

first_img Pinterest Two separate investigations are underway into a double drowning off the Donegal coast.A 16 year old boy and a man in his 60’s died while a man in his 40’s survived.Gerry Doherty set off for a fishing trip along with 16 year old Thomas Weir and another man shortly after 9 yesterday morning.However at around midday they got into difficulty – Joe Joyce is with Lough Swilly RNLI:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/joejoyce1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The alarm was raised by members of the public who heard cries for help and despite a major search and rescue operation only one of them survived.The local community is today in shock – Gerry Doherty was originally from the area and was also known as Gerry Malin Doherty.His father also tragically drowned at the same spot almost 40 years ago.Local councillor Martin McDermott:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/17mcdermott-boat-clip-pq.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.16 year old Thomas Weir was from Scotland but had been living in Derry in recent months – while a third man in his 40’s was also from Derry.All three had family connections.Attention now turns to what caused this tragedy to unfold – with both the Gardaí and the Marine Casualty Investigation Board launching separate inquiries. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleBuncrana Road reopensNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday 18th July News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews Two separate investigations underway following drowning tragedycenter_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – July 18, 2018 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Pinterest Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook WhatsApp Google+last_img read more