Axa rejigs UK insurance as its chief exits

first_img Share Tags: NULL AXA UK Insurance chief executive, Philippe Maso, has stepped down from his role after two years following a strategic review that will see the company reorganise into two distinct business units.Axa said one unit will focus on commercial business with the other focusing on consumer business. It said the change would give it a “sharper market focus and closer alignment to customer needs.” Each business will be headed by a new chief executive, with their own management teams, who will take direct responsibility for profitability and report to Axa UK group chief executive, Paul Evans.Maso is believed to be in negotiations about his future within the Axa Group. City A.M. understands he was less than enthusiastic about taking over one of the chief executive roles having been in charge of both the commercial and personal insurance businesses until recently. John O’Neill, currently chief executive of Axa Ireland, will oversee the setting up of the new businesses and will lead the commercial insurance team on an interim basis while Axa searches for a permanent CEO. Steve Hardy, currently managing director of Axa Direct will take over the new role of chief executive of the consumer business and will join the Axa UK executive committee. Hardy was a founding director of Swiftcover and was appointed managing director of Axa Direct after its acquisition of the online insurer in 2007. His appointment, along with the appointment of the new chief executive of the commercial business, is subject to approval from the Financial Services Authority.Evans said: “I would firstly like to thank Philippe for his vast contribution to Axa during his time in the UK and wish him well for the future. Moving to this structure will give our people who are closer to our markets a greater sense of empowerment and accountability, which will result in us being better placed to respond to market challenges as well as distributor and customer needs. As our portfolio in the UK is now a number of specialist businesses, this change brings the insurance business in line with the rest of our UK operations.” KCS-content Thursday 7 October 2010 9:45 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners I blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Axa rejigs UK insurance as its chief exits last_img read more

Kakuzi Limited ( HY2012 Interim Report

first_imgKakuzi Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about Kakuzi Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kakuzi Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kakuzi Limited (  2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileKakuzi Limited grows, packs and sells avocados in Kenya. The company also has interests in growing, cracking and selling macadamia nuts; growing tea and producing tea products; and growing and selling pineapples. Its forestry division produces a range of timber products which include poles, fencing posts, gates, planting boxes, trellises, doors and door frames and heat-treated pallets. Kakuzi Limited also has interests in livestock farming; primarily beef and dairy cattle. Its livestock operation offers a cattle breeding and management service and overseas the production and sale of halaal beef, offal, hides, manure and hay. Kakuzi Limited has operations in the United Kingdom and regions in Europe. Kakuzi Limited is a subsidiary of Camellia Plc (United Kingdom) and its head office is in Thika, Kenya. Kakuzi Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Hot stepping Nkosi finally gets his chance, but at the expense of superstar Kolbe

first_imgThursday Oct 24, 2019 Hot stepping Nkosi finally gets his chance, but at the expense of superstar Kolbe Exciting Springbok winger Sbu Nkosi has been called into the Springbok starting lineup for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against Wales at the Yokohama International Stadium. Many fans will feel his inclusion is long overdue, however, it’s another star that misses out.ADVERTISEMENTNkosi replaces Cheslin Kolbe, who has not recovered sufficiently from the ankle injury he suffered against Canada and aggravated in the quarter-final victory over Japan in Tokyo.The 23-year-old Nkosi – who has scored eight tries in his 10 Test appearances – slots into the right wing position as a direct replacement for Kolbe.“It’s disappointing not to have Cheslin available as he has been brilliant for us since we first called him up last year,” said Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby.“But we really rate Sbu and he will slot straight in. I am as excited to see what he can do as I would be if ‘Chessie’ were playing. Sbu has been very close to selection as it is.”Nkosi has made two appearances in the tournament, against Namibia and a try-scoring show against Canada – on the left wing – to follow up try-scoring appearances against Australia and Argentina (two tries) in the two South African home Tests in 2019.ADVERTISEMENTHis injury-enforced inclusion is the only change to the 23 that had been entrusted to ensure second place in the pool (against Italy) and to secure a semi-final place (against Japan).“We’ve been fortunate to have been able to be pretty consistent in selection and we’ve built some nice momentum,” said Erasmus. “But the challenge just got a lot tougher on Sunday.“Wales are the reigning Six Nations champions – as well as Grand Slam winners – and apart from three defeats in their Rugby World Cup warm-ups have put together a really good sequence of results. But we’ve also found some rhythm and we’ll be ready for the challenge.”The Springbok 23 includes 10 players who appeared in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final victory over Wales four years ago in England (23-19), and nine who are making a second semi-final appearance after losing to eventual champions, New Zealand, four years ago.ADVERTISEMENTThe nine are Tendai Mtawarira, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Francois Louw, Duane Vermeulen, Handré Pollard, Damian de Allende and Willie le Roux. Pieter-Steph du Toit was on the bench in the quarter-final at Twickenham in 2015.Rassie discusses his team selection for Semi-Final.🇿🇦🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿#StrongerTogether— Springboks (@Springboks) October 24, 2019“We have been working hard for 18 months to put ourselves in a position to win the Rugby World Cup and that opportunity is now just 80 minutes away,” said Erasmus.“These players have worked with unbelievable energy to get Springbok rugby back into this position and I know they will leave nothing out on the field on Sunday.“We can feel the excitement coming from back home in South Africa and how much success will mean to our country. We know we’re playing for South Africa; that this is bigger than an 80-minute game of rugby.”South Africa’s semi-final with Wales kicks off at 18:00 local time in Japan and 11h00 SA time.SPRINGBOK TEAM:15. Willie le Roux, 14. Sbu Nkosi, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Handré Pollard, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Lood de Jager, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Tendai MtawariraReplacements: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Steven Kitshoff, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. RG Snyman, 20. Franco Mostert, 21. Francois Louw, 22. Herschel Jantjies, 23. Frans Steyn🔄 Single change for the semifinal🏃‍♂️ S’bu Nkosi comes in for Cheslin Kolbe on the wing#StrongerTogether #RWC2019 #WALvRSA— Springboks (@Springboks) October 24, 2019HISTORYWales and South Africa have played 35 Test matches since 1906 of which 21 were played in Wales, 10 in South Africa and 4 on neutral ground. Of the 35 Tests South Africa have won 28, lost 6 with one Test drawn for a win percentage of 80%.MATCH OFFICIALSThe referee is Jérôme Garcès of France. This will be his 15th Test match as a referee with South Africa involved and his 57th Test match in his career.The Assistant referees are Wayne Barnes of England and Ben O’Keeffe of New Zealand while Ben Skeen, also from New Zealand, will be the TMO. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Rugby World Cup Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO If you can get your head around it, these… 47 WEEKS AGO You’ve never seen any Rugby World Cup drop… 49 WEEKS AGO TOP 10: Rugby World Cup 2015 was filled with… 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: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! 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MyDonate partners with Bupa Great Run and British Gas Great Swim Series

first_img Online fundraising service BT MyDonate has been selected as the fundraising partner for both the Bupa Great Run and British Gas Great Swim series in 2012. These events raised over £50 million this year for various charities.The Bupa events will involve over 450 charities and more than 200,000 participants, with events taking part in Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Portsmouth. The Bupa Great North Run is the world’s biggest half-marathon: in 2011 54,000 runners took part.Fundraising for the events via MyDonate begins on 1 February 2012.JustGiving previously ran the online fundraising element of the Bupa Great North Howard Lake | 21 December 2011 | News 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 Researching massive growth in giving.  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Events MyDonate partners with Bupa Great Run and British Gas Great Swim Series AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Donated sofas raise funds for British Heart Foundation

first_imgDonated sofas raise funds for British Heart Foundation Advertisement A steady stream of donated second-hand sofas is helping to raise money for the British Heart Foundation in London.A partnership between Marlin Apartments, the London owner-operated serviced apartments company, and the heart charity involves Marlin donating furniture to BHF Furniture and Electrical stores while it refurbishes its apartments. So far it has donated 48 sofas which have raised nearly £5,000. Further collections of donated items will take place this month and continue for the rest of this year.Marlin Apartments will also generate further funds for BHF. It is donating all unclaimed lost items found when it refurbishes apartments.Susan Cully, Managing Director of Marlin Apartments, said that the company was continuously updating its furniture.“Most recently we simply swapped our almost-new sofas for sofa beds to offer more flexibility to customers. Marlin is overjoyed that rather than disposing of them, they have gone to a fantastic cause”.She added “we will be donating everything we can this year to support the crucial work of the BHF.” Tagged with: British Heart Foundation Donated goods 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Photo: sofa with heart cushions by Patpitchaya on Howard Lake | 17 July 2014 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  37 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

An answer to attacks on abortion is classwide fightback

first_imgBanning abortion in the year 2019 will not result in a world that looks anything like life before 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, functionally making abortion legal in all 50 U.S. states and colonized Puerto Rico. Too much has changed since then. Struggles that achieve basic human rights are characteristic of periods when resistance is high, where material and historical conditions make such gains possible.However, when basic human rights are stripped from the most vulnerable, we find ourselves in quite a different environment. Stripping rights away comes in deep periods of reaction, when our class must be militant, eager and able to combat these encroachments by any means necessary lest we face further losses. And it is a very reactive world we live in when #MeToo crashes against the rocks of mass media collusion, liberal democracy and the U.S. Supreme Court. Donald J. Trump, a self-admitted sexual predator, says he thinks, “It’s a very scary time for young men in America,” and his son says he worries more for his sons than his daughters. (, Oct. 2, 2018)We should take them at their word.  The attack on liberationIt’s with the same breath that someone like Trump renews and strengthens the assault on trans people and migrants while praising the police and the military. White supremacy and patriarchy are foundational pillars of capitalism and imperialism, which is why they are the first institutions to be reinforced when capitalism and imperialism are threatened. As the opportunities for profit continue to dwindle, and the United States finds itself in an ever-increasing multipolar world, fascism becomes more and more appealing to the ruling class. As resistance to capitalism grows, big business and its running dogs in government will do everything in their power to ensure, as Donald Trump promised this year, that “America [sic] will never be a socialist country.” (, Feb. 14)Subjugating the bodies of women and gender oppressed people are part and parcel to this devious plot against socialism and liberation.  It should come as no surprise, then, that a recent wave of legislation has been passed in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas and Utah to severely restrict or ban abortion outright. Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Minnesota are currently in the process of passing their own laws to either ban or severely restrict abortion. A failed Texas bill even recommended the death penalty for people who performed or obtained abortions. This is a clear attack against our class that will have cascading ramifications for women and people of oppressed genders, especially the most vulnerable.‘An injury to one is an injury to all’ Making abortion illegal would result in mass suffering that will be difficult to quantify. The main demographic among the dead and wounded will continue to be cis women (identifying with the sex she was born with) of color. The more recent repression and prison sentences levied against women whose fetuses died in utero or during birth have been disproportionately levied against women of color. War criminals like George W. Bush signed into legislation plenty of laws, such as the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, to make it so. Purvi Patel, Keysheonna Reed, Bei Bei Shuai and Theresa Lee Hernandez are just a few of the women of color who have been tortured and jailed for failing to bring their respective fetuses to term. Rich white women have always had an easier time accessing abortion, even when it was illegal. The idea that it would just be a question of traveling to another state or country, or ordering abortion medication online, assumes that one would have the means to do so in the first place.Making abortion illegal will strengthen those engaged in patriarchal abuse. Women and other people of oppressed genders will be coerced to remain in proximity to their abusers. The idea that making abortion illegal is “pro-life” is laughable when 40 percent of women killed in the United States are murdered by their intimate partners. Women and gender oppressed people experience higher rates of poverty at every age than men do, and a classic symptom of domestic abuse is financial control. After banning abortion, will pregnant women and people of oppressed genders be more likely to escape their abusive relationships by living in poorly funded domestic violence shelters, going into debt when they give birth in poorly funded hospitals and then being slandered as “welfare queens” when they approach the state for financial support? The answer to this question is — obviously not. Making abortion illegal will compel many millions of vulnerable people to stay in relationships where they face beatings, rape, psychological torture and/or murder.The ruling class understands that an assault against our class anywhere is an assault against our class everywhere. In order to strengthen our resistance, we must deeply study and internalize this lesson ourselves. Subjugating roughly half of the population by empowering the state to violate and control our bodily sovereignty is a move to demoralize, demobilize and exclude roughly half of the population from our common struggle for class liberation.‘We won’t go back!’When women and gender oppressed people say, “We won’t go back” with regards to the struggle for abortion, we must be clear. We can’t only mean that we won’t go back to giving ourselves abortions with coat hangers, as some desperate women did in a world before abortion was legal. We must also mean that we won’t go back to the hushed voices, the secret networks, the home remedies and the shameful secrets.In order to succeed, our struggle against patriarchy needs to approach a new level of resistance. We will need to build serious, militant and strategic fightback against any attempt to force us to bear children, stay with our abusers or detransition. We need to go on the offensive, educating our class on how this is not merely an issue that affects people who can bear children — this is about everyone. We need cis men to form “Dr. George Tiller Brigades” to support our work. We must, all of us — cis and trans, Black, Brown and white — do everything in our power to let the ruling class know: We will not go softly back into biological, cis hetero bondage. As women and gender oppressed people have been in the forefront in the battle against Nazism and white supremacy, so too will we unleash the greatest fight these men have ever seen to defend our rights and win liberation for our entire class.  (PHOTO CREDIT: Henry Luna)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Senate urged not to approve proposed new media law

first_img to go further Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists RSF_en June 5, 2020 Find out more News Reports BurundiAfrica Reporters Without Borders condemns the Burundian national assembly’s adoption yesterday of a bill that would rein in press freedom by reducing protection for sources, increasing fines and requiring all journalists to have a university degree regardless of their work experience.If approved by the senate, the proposed modification of Burundi’s 2003 media law is likely to deal a major setback to freedom of information in this central African country.“We urge the senate not to pass this bill, which bears the fingerprints of the ruling party’s most hard-line wing and would considerably reduce the freedom of Burundi’s journalists and media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “What with this law and the impact of the recent Ruvakuki case, the Burundian media could be prevented from playing its role in the democratic debate.”Radio reporter Hassan Ruvakuki spent 15 months in prison in connection with his work before finally being released on health grounds on 6 March.Passed by a big majority in the national assembly (82 votes for, 15 against and two abstentions), the proposed new law needs the senate’s approval. The president of the Union of Burundian Journalists (UBJ), Alexandre Niyungeko, said its aim is to “close independent media.”It would restrict protection of sources “if they are suspected of involvement in violations of state security, public order or the confidentiality of a defence case.” And it would ban the publication of “information or (…) documents” relating to “national defence, currency or public credit secrets, and information liable to threaten state credit and the national economy or serve as enemy propaganda in both peace time and war time.”Fines for offenders would be drastically increased, and would henceforth range from 300,000 to 2 million Burundian francs (150 to 1,000 euros).Discretionary press cardsThe new law would also put the National Council for Communication (CNC), the media regulatory body, in charge of issuing press cards and withdrawing them “temporarily or permanently” in cases of defamation or insult.Reporters Without Borders discussed this much-criticized bill with government officials several times during visits to Burundi in 2012 in connection with the Ruvakuki case. It was amended in committee after being submitted to the bureau of the national assembly in October, but the version approved yesterday was the original draft.Learn more about media freedom in Burundi.Burundi is ranked 132nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Help by sharing this information News Receive email alertscenter_img October 21, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation News BurundiAfrica Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention Follow the news on Burundi April 4, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Senate urged not to approve proposed new media lawlast_img read more

Law on Reels: ‘The Advocate’ – On Culture of impunity, Role of Law and Life of KG Kannabiran

first_imgColumnsLaw on Reels: ‘The Advocate’ – On Culture of impunity, Role of Law and Life of KG Kannabiran Surbhi Karwa27 Dec 2020 10:45 PMShare This – xKG Kannabiran, a name whose legacy continues to inspire both human rights lawyers and activists across generations, spent more than four decades of his life questioning the culture of state impunity and defending the undefended. A lawyer in the Andhra Pradesh High Court and the Supreme Court, Kannabiran fought cases of custodial deaths, rapes and state violence against the…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?LoginKG Kannabiran, a name whose legacy continues to inspire both human rights lawyers and activists across generations, spent more than four decades of his life questioning the culture of state impunity and defending the undefended. A lawyer in the Andhra Pradesh High Court and the Supreme Court, Kannabiran fought cases of custodial deaths, rapes and state violence against the most marginalized groups of our society. The documentary film ‘The Advocate’ directed by noted film-maker Deepa Dhanraj traces the life and times of this pioneering lawyer and office holder of Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee and People’s Union for Civil Liberties. The film is documentation of both use of law as a tool for state impunity and hope from law in seeking accountability against such state impunity. In the times where there is growing unchecked impunity against encounter murders and increasing use of criminal law to crush the political space of dissent, this film is a timely watch. A Continued Culture of Impunity-   Kannabiran fought cases against state for custodial torture and encounters of members of Naxal movement and excess of government during the infamous Emergency. He strongly believed that unless every possibility of state impunity is eliminated we cannot have democracy in this country. Impunity refers to a general acceptance of employment of violence by state and its agents against life and liberties of citizens in the name of ‘public order’/ ‘law and order’. Such impunity allows state to torture and even ‘encounter’ any person without accountability and answer. The film is documentation of this culture of impunity and its dangers with encounter murders, custodial rapes and torture becoming routine. The film shares various such cases through interviews of Kannabiran and range of activists including an almost daily practice whereby an FIR would be registered against a range of people and by the time charge sheet would be filed half of them would be shot dead! Or the case of Rameeza Bi’s rape in police station where Kannabiran shares that the entire attempt was to character assassinate Rameeza and declare her prostitute. (The practice of questioning moral character of a woman has continued both during trials and sentencing in rape cases.) And this state impunity is far from over, in fact on the contrary it has increased. Today encounter murders are not only accepted, but are rather celebrated with chief ministers warning that criminals will be either sent to jail or killed in encounters. Kannabiran shares that Andhra Pradesh Suppression of Disturbances Act, 1967 and later Andra Pradesh Public Safety Ordinance were indiscriminately used for prolonged preventive arrests without trials, and encouragement of encounter murders. Film documents how easy invocation of charge of sedition, use of scripted conspiracy charges to attack political belief, and tactic of harassing activists by delays became systematic tools for silencing and threatening political dissent. And today the same script has continued. In the past few years we have seen an increased use of criminal law particularly UAPA to silence any dissenting voice. Range of activists are in prison without trial and charges of sedition are being invoked at the drop of hat. This continuity of impunity results in continued significance of the film for our times. It was telling to watch this film with the simultaneous context of present times. Role of Law and State Violence- The second question the film raises is what is the role of law in creation and cementing of state impunity? Does the law become a tool for legitimizing and explaining the violence of state or is there hope from law and the legal system? Is law merely a pretext to silence the dissenting voices or can it enable accountability? Kannabiran raises a serious question on the very nature of law and state violence when he argues that while right to property is argued to be an inalienable right but right to life and liberty is considered an alienable right. The film however is also a story of continued engagement of Kannabiran with the legal system and judiciary for seeking accountability from state and justice. On being asked why those who seek to overthrow the government and rebel against the Constitution seek protection under the same Constitution, Kannabiran replied that when such values reach court, it is not their values which are on trial; it is our values, our Constitution which is on trial.Need For More Kannabirans Felt Now With Ever Increasing Human Rights Violations : Justice K ChandruStories of Lawyering Skills and Court Corridors- The film is equally a story of Kannabiran’s craftpersonship as a lawyer. The documentary brings forth various instances where Kannabiran worked for innovative interpretation of law to demand state accountability and protection of rights of marginalized. In relation to Andhra Pradesh Preventive Detention Act, 1970 Kannabiran argued that preventive detention does not merely take away one right but rather it takes away all the fundamental rights of the detainee at one stroke and crushes space of any dissent, an argument which hitherto was never argued before. Similarly, he shares various instances where he believed role of a lawyer is to inspire judges to see law as tool for questioning state impunity including a case where he read the Communist Manifesto to the presiding judge so that the context of political speech of his client could be understood by the court before punishing the person for his speech. He similarly let his clients read poems, present their speeches in the court.’A Lawyer With High Principles’ : A Junior Remembers His Senior KG KannabiranHowever, Kannabiran faced boycotts and isolation from members at the Bar. He shares that he was referred to as ‘the Naxal lawyer’ with whom other lawyers would not like to be seen, and would even avoid simple greetings sometime. Today when houses of lawyers are being raided and there are various stances where bar associations pass resolutions against presenting certain kinds of clients, the film left me wondering about the role of bar and bar associations collectively in defending the Constitution.Trial Lessons From K G Kannabiran: Nitya Ramakrishnan Remembers Parliament Attack Case Another question the film left me with was the importance of open and transparent justice. With continued effort by Kannabiran and his fellow activist, a commission was established under Justice Vashisht Bhargava to inquire encounter killings in state of Andhra Pradesh however Kannabiran and his team walked away from the commission citing lack of openness when the government declared that the proceedings of the commission would happen in-camera. In the times of increased use of ‘sealed cover jurisprudence’, the film leaves you wondering about the contribution of this culture of secrecy in cementing state impunity in our times. The film thus is a must watch for us to understand the relation of state violence, power and law. The author is an alumnus of NLU-Lucknow and NLU-Delhi and tweets at @surbhi_karwa. (This is the twenty first column in ‘Law On Reels’ series, which explores legal themes in movies) Next Storylast_img read more

Legislators urge state to ‘double down’ on funding for water infrastructure improvements

first_img Your government news is made possible with support from: Kelsey O’Connor Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connorcenter_img As the resolution passed Tuesday and grant applications for the WIIA illustrate, water infrastructure improvements for municipalities are “exceptionally expensive.” Though Cayuga Heights was awarded a sizeable grant, the total project is estimated to cost $11.2 million.“The WIIA is a proven success. Here in Tompkins County alone, the program has helped villages like Trumansburg and Cayuga Heights as well as the town of Ulysses improve their water infrastructure. These upgrades simply wouldn’t happen without state grants. With billions needed statewide, it’s imperative that Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature secure a multi-year, multi-billion commitment in this year’s budget to help communities like ours address our water infrastructure needs,” Legislator Anna Kelles said in a statement.The resolution comes on the heels of a major water main break in Downtown Ithaca last week that will take months to fix. When an 89-year-old pipe broke under part of Cayuga Street, the city said, it washed out support materials for the water and gas lines. As a result, the 200 block of North Cayuga Street will be closed until at least May. The city has 90 miles of underground pipes, and a third of them are more than 100 years old. Water main breaks have been an increasingly common occurrence, city data shows.The resolution states that inadequate sewer infrastructure has resulted in limitations on sewer hookups in some areas of Tompkins County, which as a result inhibit economic growth and the development of housing.Read the resolution below. Note that this is the draft version included with the agenda and may have small changes.Draft Resolution: Urging New York State to Increase Funding for Clean Water Infastructure by Kelsey O’Connor on Scribd ITHACA, N.Y. — With a resolution passed Tuesday, Tompkins County legislators are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state leaders to “double down” on water infrastructure funding through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, which has successfully helped towns locally and across the state make needed, expensive improvements.The state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act created in 2015 provides grants to local governments to fund drinking water and wastewater improvement projects. With the WIIA, the state has awarded more than $500 million to local governments. The proposed budget for 2019-20 keeps the award amount stable by including $2.5 billion in funding over the next five years.The resolution unanimously passed by Tompkins County Legislature urges the New York State Assembly, Senate and Gov. Cuomo to increase state funding to a level that meets the needs of municipalities across the state.A state comptroller report in 2017 estimated the 20-year cost of needed drinking water investments to be about $61 billion. The comptroller report said local governments have the primary responsibility of rebuilding and updating their water infrastructure “even as their resources are already stretched thin and there is little appetite for increasing taxes, assessments and fees.”Tompkins County has received some big grants as part of the WIIA. In November, Gov. Cuomo announced nearly $23 million in water infrastructure improvements for the Southern Tier. In Tompkins County, the Town of Ulysses received $300,000 for drinking water improvement and Cayuga Heights received $2.8 million for wastewater treatment plant improvements. Tagged: infrastructure, tompkins county legislature, water main last_img read more

Road flooded between Ballyare and Ramelton

first_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleBody discovered near OmaghNext articleCalls for Sinn Fein MP to consider his position following controversial video News Highland WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Gardaí in Milford are advising motorists to avoid the road between Ballyare and Ramelton, which is currently flooded.Donegal County Council are currently working to rectify the problem. Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ By News Highland – January 6, 2018 Facebook Homepage BannerNews Road flooded between Ballyare and Rameltonlast_img read more