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  • Why is there so little research on guns in the US?

    first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear TAGSGun Violencethe conversation.com Previous articleFAIRWINDS Credit Union announces $1.1 million gift to UCFNext article910 vote-by-mail ballots received for Apopka elections Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Six questions answeredBy Lacey Wallace and first published on theconversation.com.On Valentine’s Day, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He killed 17 students and teachers and injured at least a dozen others. The Parkland shooting is currently the ninth deadliest single-day mass shooting on U.S. soil.Like other recent mass shootings, the events in Parkland were quickly followed by a public outcry for increased gun control. On Feb. 19, Teens for Gun Reform hosted a “lie-in” in front of the White House to demand tougher gun laws. Others gathered in protest outside of the National Rifle Association headquarters on Feb. 16. Speaking at that event, Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., argued for an assault weapons ban, universal background checks and closing gun show purchasing loopholes.Florida legislators are currently drafting a bill that would increase the minimum age for purchasing an assault rifle to 21 and impose a three-day waiting period for purchases. President Trump has called for regulations on so-called bump stocks that convert semiautomatic weapons to fully automatic machine guns, as used in the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas. But will these laws prevent another mass shooting? Is there a better policy option?Unfortunately, the research we need to answer these questions doesn’t exist – and part of the problem is that the federal government largely doesn’t support it.Congresspeople call for action on gun safety legislation on Oct. 4 after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite1. Why do we need research about guns?Gun violence is a public health issue. It’s a leading cause of premature death in the United States, killing more people each year than diseases like HIV, hypertension and viral hepatitis.While violent crime has generally been on the decline since the mid-1990s, the latest reports from the FBI suggest crime rates may be starting to increase. Gun crime has been a persistent problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 33,594 individuals were killed by firearms in 2014 alone. That’s only about 200 less than the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents. In 2015, roughly 85,000 people were injured by firearms, including nearly 10,000 children.In order to prevent gun injuries and deaths, we need accurate information about how they occur and why. While police reports and FBI data can provide some detail, they don’t include the thousands of cases that go unreported each year. Between 2006 and 2010, the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated that more than a third of victims of crimes involving a firearm did not report the crime to police. The National Crime Victimization Survey, which collects victimization data from about 90,000 households each year, helps to fill in this gap. However, even this survey has its drawbacks. It doesn’t collect data from youth younger than 12, it doesn’t include murder, and it doesn’t help us fully understand the offender’s motivations and beliefs.Social scientists like me need more research in order to get the level of detail we need about gun crime. There’s just one major roadblock: The federal government won’t fund it.2. How much federal money is there?In 1996, Congress passed the Dickey amendment. The legislation stated that “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.” While that wording did not ban CDC gun research outright, the legislation was accompanied by a US$2.6 million budget cut. That amount happened to match the amount the CDC had spent on firearms research the previous year. The message was clear. From 1996 to 2013, CDC funding for gun research dropped by 96 percent.The CDC wasn’t the only federal agency affected. In 2011, Congress added a similar clause to legislation that regulated funding for the National Institutes of Health. However, due to a directive from the Obama administration, the NIH continued to provide funding for gun research. That push faded as the Obama administration left office.Earlier this year, the NIH discontinued its funding program that specifically focused on firearm violence. While firearms researchers can still apply for funding through more general NIH funding opportunities, critics say that makes funding for gun research less likely.3. What prompted these funding restrictions?The Dickey amendment was passed after a CDC-funded study, led by physician and epidemiologist Arthur Kellerman, found that having a gun in the home increased homicide risk. After the results were published, the National Rifle Association pressured lawmakers, arguing that the CDC was inappropriately using its funds to advocate for gun control.The NRA spends a lot of money supporting political campaigns, including that of President Trump. AP Photo/Mike StewartOpposition from the NRA is serious business for lawmakers. The NRA is one of the most powerful special interest lobbying organizations in the U.S. In 2014 alone, the NRA spent more than $3.3 million on lobbying activities – things like meeting with politicians, drafting model legislation and advertising.The NRA also spends additional millions to advocate or oppose political candidates. In 2016, the NRA spent nearly $20 million on efforts opposing Hillary Clinton and nearly $10 million on efforts supporting Donald Trump.Not surprisingly, the NRA has successfully blocked gun control legislation in the past, including the renewal of the 2004 assault weapons ban.4. Can state or private sector dollars fill the gap?Another potential option for research is to seek out funding from private agencies or philanthropists. But few of these opportunities are available.According to Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the UC Davis Medical Center, fewer than five private organizations are willing to provide gun research funding.Private funding is also somewhat risky for researchers. If a funder has a political leaning on gun-related issues, the researcher may be under pressure to produce the “right” results. Even just the implication that a researcher could have a conflict of interest can undermine a study’s results and perceived legitimacy.State funding may be another option. In 2016, California announced its intent to fund the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center. This is the first time a state has stepped forward to fund a research center focused on guns. California remains the only state to take this step.5. Has gun research stopped?The lack of funding has discouraged firearms research. Many researchers are employed within academia. In this publish-or-perish environment, researchers are under pressure to publish their work in academic journals and fund it through sources beyond their home institution. Without outside funding, their research often isn’t possible. Leading firearms researcher Wintemute says “no more than a dozen active, experienced investigators in the United States have focused their careers primarily on firearm violence.”Lack of funding leaves some researchers, like myself, limited to small-scale studies with a low budget. The problem with studies like these is that they are often based on samples that are not nationally representative. That means we can’t generalize from the findings or address all the questions we might have.Without increased funding for gun research, it will be extremely difficult for researchers to provide accurate answers to the gun policy questions currently under debate.Demonstrators ‘lie-in’ during a protest in favor of gun control reform in front of the White House, on Feb. 19, 2018. AP Photo/Evan Vucci6. Does Parkland change the conversation?A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted after the Parkland shooting found that 77 percent of Americans felt that Congress was not doing enough to prevent mass shootings. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar stated that he and those he represents will “be proactive on the research initiative” regarding guns. And some elected officials are saying it’s time to get rid of the Dickey amendment. Public pressure and support from those in office may be enough to make more gun research possible.This is an updated version of an article originally published on Oct. 18, 2017.Lacey Wallace is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Penn State University specializing in quantitative methods, families and juvenile delinquency. Lacey’s research involves 1) the influence of siblings and peers on delinquency and substance use through social networks; 2) weapon carrying, gun ownership and gun acquisition behavior; and 3) the effects of intervention and policy on these processes. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

  • Frei Sebastião House / António Fernandez Architects

    first_img Portugal Projects Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGTherefore, the project’s premise was to maintain the two autonomous plots to permit the building of two dwellings that complement each other, each with two floors and a transitional third that confronts the neighbouring buildings and which stands in conformity with current regulations. Thus, the larger plot would comprise the actual dwelling while the other, much smaller, building would pro- vide complementary areas to the main dwelling, including a workroom for tu- toring small groups of students, mindful that all applicable requirements should be guaranteed as for any independent dwelling.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThus, the idea came about for two buildings joined by an open interior space that, without any physical barrier, contains a tranquil courtyard with a grill. The large glazed facades in the rear reflect light, creating moving reflections among the facades that animate the space and minimize the impact of the adjacent building’s volume that faces south towards both plots and seems to want to stifle them. It was necessary to make the spaces liveable and breathable. Light would have to invade the rooms naturally.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGIn the main house, the entryway patio that forms the garage was the key to solving all the imposed constraints and requirements. In this way, it is camou- flaged, not visible from the street, and serves various functions: as a parking space, an access point to the plot’s interiorized house, maintaining a distance between people and the street, and even as a patio that permits the exten- sion of the kitchen to the outside. The porch, created by the body of the first floor, with an elevation equal to two floors, creates a more secluded area in the courtyard, allowing it to be used even on rainy days.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGAnd thus, we have the multifaceted and internalized experience of the patio/garage/access area, separated from the street only by the garage door whose surface is concealed within the facade. Inside, each room is reduced to the allowable minimum, but remains functional. In terms of volume, the dwelling evolves into the equivalent of two floors, upon which rests the volume making up the third floor, which es- tablishes itself as a container/TV that also stands out due to its black exterior.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThe second dwelling presented a major challenge. It started from the assump- tion that this building, as a separate and complementary entity to the first, should only open up to the back courtyard and communicate with the main dwelling and the courtyard, turning its back to the street and apartment tower that almost devours its surroundings.Save this picture!1st floor planBut turning its back was intended to be a friendly gesture, covered in black, and for a bit of irony, reproduce, through the interplay of ceramic and stainless steel sheets, the existing tree in the still empty adjacent plot. For the street on this side, only a necessary link, an entry door, was created, camouflaged in the geometry of the facade. In turn, the rear elevation is entirely enclosed in glass, and all rooms enjoy the west-facing orientation, the only possible point of entry for light.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGInside, the configuration of the dwelling arose from resolving the location and layout of the staircase. The house, resulting from the combination of the two buildings, makes the most of the courtyards and their functional capabilities. It assigns various uses to the outdoor spaces. They are spaces upon spaces to be used according to the occasion of the moment, so that something very small is converted into something very big.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGAnd suddenly, we have everything, and the answer is simple, everything works, everything is there. The minimum reduced to a minimum can, after all, be huge! To unite all this diversity we have the language of architecture, the grey house with a black backpack complemented by the black glazed house with a sculpted tree on its back.Save this picture!sectionProject gallerySee allShow lessInformation Technology and Media Center / Morris ArchitectsArticlesYenikapi Transfer Point and Archaeo-Park Area Proposal / insula architettura e ingeg…Articles Share Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 24 Share “COPY” Frei Sebastião House / António Fernandez ArchitectsSave this projectSaveFrei Sebastião House / António Fernandez Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/227570/frei-sebastiao-house-afr Clipboard Photographs ArchDaily Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/227570/frei-sebastiao-house-afr Clipboard CopyHouses•Povoa de Varzim, Portugal Frei Sebastião House / António Fernandez Architects Architects: António Fernandez Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG  Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThe challenge asserted itself. A teacher couple acquired two tiny plots of land in the centre of town where they intended to build a home. Their intentions were bold. A little place where they could have everything and be close to eve- rything and everyone. The first option was to join the two plots, but bureaucra- cy nipped it in the bud. In such cases, urban regulations at the time imposed such low construction indices that only one floor could be built. Somewhat ridiculous considering the plots are surrounded by buildings of seven storeys or more on the adjacent main avenue of the city. “COPY” Year:  2011 CopyAbout this officeAntónio Fernandez ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesFernando GuerraFG+SGPóvoa de VarzimPovoa de VarzimHousesPortugalPublished on April 19, 2012Cite: “Frei Sebastião House / António Fernandez Architects” 19 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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  • Shopgood.org launches online shopping mall to raise funds for DEC

    first_img The site claims to be the first UK shopping portal to give 100% of all income to charity.Shopgood.org says that it will be donating all its income to the Southern Africa Crisis Appeal run by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).The site consists of links to a wide range of online stores from companies such as Allders and Woolworths. Each will pay between two and 15% of any sales generated by visitors from Shopgood.org. Shoppers pay the same prices and receive the same service directly from the merchant. Advertisement The site has been created by Kevin Frea. “We’re a bit late for Christmas,” he says, “because we’ve all been working on our own sites too, but this site has only been possible thanks to the goodwill and commitment of a number of webmasters and suppliers offering time, resources and free publicity.”He adds that Shopgood already has plans to expand rapidly to other parts of the world. “We are all involved in Affiliate Marketing and our websites earn income from Germany, Australia, the US etc. Using our extensive knowledge it would not be difficult to expand Shopgood into those markets too.”Online charity shopping malls are a well-established model, so Shopgood.org enters the market very late. Also, it does not appear to have negotiated special deals with the stores, like other charity malls such as free2give.co.uk. Instead, it has signed up with a variety of merchants through the major affiliate networks run by Commission Junction, UKAffiliates, Tradedoubler, and BeFree, together with those such as Amazon which run their own affiliate programmes.As such the site is a very good example of what can be achieved by almost any charity. There are so many affiliate programmes available that there is almost certainly one that is relevant to your charity’s donors. Even if you can’t find one, then signing up with Amazon.co.uk as an affiliate to generate income from selling books and CDs is a very straightforward process.Shopgood.org says that all its site expenses will be met from sponsorship and webmasters own resources.One of the major problems that charity shopping portals have had to address is how to promote their site and drive customers to it on a regular basis. This is made more difficult by the fact that customers details are only made available to the merchants, not to the shopping portal. As with any affiliate scheme, the merchant can interact directly with the customer after the first purchase, and thereby sidestep the charity shopping portal.There are ways around this, but it usually involves the shopping portal gathering visitors’ contact details through registration. The role of the charity in regularly promoting the shopping mall is also essential. Given the DEC is an umbrella body fundraising for a group of international aid charities, this might prove more difficult for them than it would for one of the individual aid charities themselves.Still, although the site does not intend raising funds for other charities like the other charity shopping malls, it does demonstrate what can be done with some knowledge of Web site design, the affiliate marketing sector, and the various free Web tools such as Coollist.com’s e-mail newsletter system. As such, it could yield some useful lessons for fundraisers. Shopgood.org launches online shopping mall to raise funds for DEC  12 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 MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 27 November 2002 | 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

  • Cancer Research UK named as charity partner of OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO

    first_img Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Melanie May | 17 August 2017 | News Cancer Research UK has been named as charity partner for the 2018 OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO, which takes place on Sunday 18th March.The OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO offers six races over two days, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March, with a 21km course along the Mediterranean coastline, from the seafront at Molos to the new port, the old harbour and the ancient ruins of the Royal City of Amathus. The other races are a half marathon, a 10K route, a 5K city route, a 5K corporate race, and a 1K youth race.All money raised at the OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO will go to support Cancer Research UK’s work. Entries are already open: early bird entrants receive a 40% discount until 31st October, with fees as follows: Marathon €36, Half Marathon €27, Petrolina 10K Energy Race €18, 5K City Race €18.Claudia Ratcliffe, Sports Partnership Manager at Cancer Research UK, said:“Cancer Research UK is thrilled to be a charity partner for the 2018 OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO, and it is very exciting to be involved in such a big international event that is known for its friendly welcoming atmosphere. We hope that many runners will be inspired to run for Cancer Research UK. We will be there every step of the way to help them achieve their goals, from training plans and practical fundraising ideas to being out in full force on the day to cheer them on! We are looking forward to welcoming runners of all abilities to Team Cancer Research UK.” Tagged with: Cancer Research UK Events fundraising events Cancer Research UK named as charity partner of OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO  89 total views,  1 views today  90 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3last_img read more

  • CFNI and Pears launch new community fund

    first_img Howard Lake | 26 May 2019 | News  192 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Tagged with: community foundations Funding Northern Ireland About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CFNI) has launched a new fund in partnership with the Pears Foundation focused on encouraging and developing greater understanding between people of different backgrounds.The Pears Community Spaces Fund will give grants of up to £5,000 and will be open for applications from community and voluntary groups who can demonstrate a partnership approach to addressing identified need. The grants awarded will give space to groups to connect, share ideas, explore and learn together.Funding may be used to carry out joint activities or events aimed at bringing different communities together, whether that be communities of faith, ethnicity, neighbourhood or of different backgrounds. It may also be put towards using shared spaces in local communities.Dawn Shackels, Director of Peace Building and Communities at CFNI said: “When we connect people who care to causes that matter, we encourage communities to be proud of who they are and to work together to be innovative and take risks in trying new solutions to problems”. Encouraging joint working and cohesionSir Trevor Pears, Executive Chair of Pears Foundation said: “Pears Foundation is committed to supporting communities across the UK.  We are pleased to be working with the Community Foundation to address these universal challenges and through this funding, give groups and communities in Northern Ireland the space to work together.”CFNI said the Pears Community Spaces Fund is more than simply a pot of financial support but will be a creative vehicle to encourage joint working and cohesion between groups, encouraging and supporting collaboration to bring different communities together.CFNI and the Pears Community Fund have designed the programme to achieve:A stronger community sector equipped to face today’s challengesA more confident and vocal community sectorSafer, stronger, confident individuals and communities thriving after the conflictA safer NI for those most marginalised and vulnerableOrganisations with an income over £250,000 are not eligible to apply.The Pears Community Spaces Fund will be open for applications until 2 July. For further information and fund criteria visit the Community Foundation of Northern Ireland website or email [email protected]center_img Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 CFNI and Pears launch new community fund  191 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

  • Nature under settler colonialism in Palestine

    first_imgBy Rana BakerThis slightly edited presentation was given by Rana Baker, a Palestinian PhD student at Columbia University, during the online Palestine Writes Festival, Dec. 5. Baker’s research focuses on infrastructure and environmental resources as micro-sites of political struggle in colonial and anti-colonial contexts.A Palestinian incendiary kite crosses from southern Gaza into Israeli-held land on April 27, 2018. Credit: Ibraheem Abu MustafaIt’s a real honor to be part of this historic festival and to be among many friends and allies. I’d like to thank Susan Abulhawa and all the organizers for their tireless work and for bringing us together in the best of ways despite this pandemic.My brief presentation will address environmental politics and the possibilities of resistance in Palestine – my primary focus is Gaza.Over the past years, the environment became an important component of liberal discourse. Scientists are no longer the only spokespeople for the environment. Environmental politics is now a matter that concerns public opinion as well. As a self-purported liberal democracy, Israeli hasbara [public-relations] has expanded to incorporate environmental issues and to use these issues to affirm Israel’s status as a progressive state. Of course, this idea of Israel as an environmentally conscious liberal democracy plays into Zionism’s early Orientalist narrative of Palestine as an arid land which was never cultivated by its native inhabitants until European Zionist settlers established their moshavot, or agricultural settlements. This is all well-known.Liberal environmentalismPalestinian resister prepares incendiary kite to cross the border from Gaza into Israeli-held land.What is relatively new is the way Israel has turned the discourse of liberal environmentalism against the Palestinians who resist its colonial violence. Gaza’s incendiary kites, which emerged during Gaza’s Great March of Return [in 2018-19], are an important example. Incendiary kites or balloons were basically Molotov cocktails attached to kites and balloons, then sent over to the Israeli side, where they eventually fell and set fire to Israeli agricultural crops. Israeli Zionist and many liberal voices accused Palestinians of “environmental savagery.” Israelis called them “terror kites.” In and of itself, Israel’s reduction of Palestinian resistance to terror is not new. What was more curious in my view was that the pro-Palestinian legal and political discourse dismissed these kites altogether and insisted on highlighting the peacefulness of the Great March. It was as if the Great March acquired its legitimacy from its peacefulness rather the very conditions which gave rise to the March in the first place. By conditions, I obviously mean the over seven decades of Israeli violence and colonial dispossession. There are a few points I’d like to make on this.First, while the liberal humanitarian discourse of international law can be tactically useful, I believe it is long overdue that we scholars, lawyers and activists go on the offensive. International law hardly distinguishes between a home-made incendiary kite and a bomb dropped from an Israeli warplane. Its legal principles – such as the principle of proportionality – are elusive enough to justify settler colonial violence as self-defense or, at best, provide some inconsequential condemnation. International law has never and will never provide us with practical and discursive tools oriented toward liberation. It is not a liberatory discourse.Acts of creative disruptionSecond, the possibilities of resistance are imposed. The colonized do not get to choose their means of resistance. The colonized are forced to be creative given the colonizer’s tendency to eliminate all possibilities of resistance. Gazans have been confined and isolated since 2007. They do not have the option of throwing stones at the Israelis or disrupting railway and transportation infrastructure. Gazans and Israelis are separated by a massive physical space. Anyone who approaches the fence gets shot. Home-made incendiary kites and balloons must therefore be understood as acts of creative disruption. They are effective precisely because they cause damage to Israel’s agricultural economy and pit Israeli settlers against their government. They are also effective because Israel’s military machine is incapable of neutralizing them. Israeli warplanes cannot bomb a kite since bombing them would necessarily cause damage to Israeli agricultural communities. These acts of creative disruption must receive our full endorsement in public and private. If Palestinian resistance causes environmental damage, it is because there is an Israel to resist.It is crucial to recognize the material nature of colonialism. Israel relies on a vast military and civilian infrastructure without which the very settler colonial integrity of the state cannot survive. Sabotaging and disrupting this infrastructure lie at the heart of every liberation movement from North Dakota to Palestine. These are acts conducive to liberation, and we should not shy away from supporting them.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • Forum for the future: US and G8 asked to make press freedom a priority for “Broader Middle East”

    first_img RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa December 9, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Forum for the future: US and G8 asked to make press freedom a priority for “Broader Middle East” Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Receive email alerts Organisation center_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News RSF_en to go further Press freedom should not be the “notable absentee” at the Forum for the Future being held as a result of a US initiative in Morocco on 10-11 December and, on the contrary, this basic right should high on the list of reforms in the so-called Broader Middle East and North Africa region (BMENA) defined by Washington, Reporters Without Borders said today.”Press freedom is not respected in the overwhelming majority of countries in this region,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Tunisia – to name just the worst – constantly flout the public right to be informed and, in the region as a whole, at least 600 million people are denied access to independent, free and credible information.”Press offences and defamation are punishable by imprisonment in almost all the countries from Morocco to Pakistan, in violation of UN recommendations and international standards in general, the press freedom organisation said. In varying degrees, the authorities in these countries all use repressive methods to deal with journalists. Whether by censorship or by forcing journalists to censor themselves, they all keep the press under close control.”We call on the G8 countries and the United States to make their economic and financial aid to the countries of this region conditional on their attitude towards free expression, especially press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said.The conference being hosted in the Moroccan capital of Rabat is the first meeting of the Forum for the Future that resulted from a proposed “Partnership for Progress and a Common Future with the Region of the Broader Middle East and North Africa” adopted by G8 heads of state and government at their last summit in Sea Island, in the United States, on 8-10 June.The primary purpose of the conference is to facilitate financial and economic measures but, although the goals are now more modest than originally envisaged, US officials say it could also pave the way for large-scale political reforms.Foreign and finance ministers from the 28 countries in the BMENA region and their G8 counterparts are due to attend. June 8, 2021 Find out more April 15, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

  • County Limerick man on gun charge

    first_imgPrint WhatsApp Advertisement A COUNTY Limerick man arrested as part of a Garda investigation into the activities of dissident republicans has appeared in court charged with possession of a gun in suspicious circumstances.Robert Gardiner, (54), of Enaghroe, Fedamore appeared before Limerick City District Court on Monday charged with possession of a .38 inch special calibre revolver at Enaghroe on June 2.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Gardaí consented to bail on a number of conditions including that Mr Gardiner sign on daily at Roxboro Road Garda Station and not leave the country. He must also provide a mobile telephone number through which he can be contacted by Gardaí at all times and he must not to associate with anyone convicted or currently before the Special Criminal Court.Subject to those conditions, Judge Carol Anne Coolican granted bail on Mr Gardiner’s own bond of €100, as well as an independent cash surety of €1,000, which was lodged in court.He was remanded to appear before Limerick District Court on September 2. Linkedin NewsCrime & CourtCounty Limerick man on gun chargeBy David Raleigh – July 2, 2020 1676 center_img Email Facebook Twitter Previous articleCroom rises to the challengeNext articleClonlara flood defence work hit by planing delay David Raleighlast_img read more

  • Reservation Of VIP Vehicle Numbers Is An Exception To General Procedure Of Assignment In Serial Order, Subject To Conditions: Allahabad High Court

    first_imgNews UpdatesReservation Of VIP Vehicle Numbers Is An Exception To General Procedure Of Assignment In Serial Order, Subject To Conditions: Allahabad High Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK23 Oct 2020 7:03 AMShare This – xThe Allahabad High Court has held that any person can make an application along with prescribed fees for reservation of attractive registration numbers for their vehicles. However, it has made it clear that such reservation is subject to the conditions stipulated by the statute, i.e. the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and the U.P. Motor Vehicles Rules, 1998. “The assignment of…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 Allahabad High Court has held that any person can make an application along with prescribed fees for reservation of attractive registration numbers for their vehicles. However, it has made it clear that such reservation is subject to the conditions stipulated by the statute, i.e. the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and the U.P. Motor Vehicles Rules, 1998. “The assignment of registration numbers as per the statutory provisions are to be made in serial order after the last registration mark assigned, and reservation of registration numbers can be made only as are considered necessary to be assigned to the vehicles of the Government, or in case of registration number considered attractive, the reservation may be made for any person who submits an application and makes the payment as per the procedure prescribed. The reservation of registration numbers considered attractive is only as an exception to the general procedure of assignment of registration numbers falling in serial order after the last registration mark assigned, and the same is to be made as per the procedure prescribed under subrule (2) of Rule 51A,” the Division Bench comprising of Justices Surya Prakash Kesarwani and Dr. Yogendra Kumar Srivastava has held. The Court was hearing a writ petition filed by one Rajesh Gaur, who had deposited a sum of Rs. 1,00,000/­- for reserving Registration No. ­0001 of LMV (four-wheeler) in March 2020 but had not been able to purchase the vehicle so far. The Petitioner had urged the Court to direct the Registering Authority to grant him two weeks’ time to purchase the vehicle and allot the aforesaid VIP number to him, and not to anyone else. While declining this plea the Court noted that the conditions prescribed in respect of reservation of registration numbers, as are considered attractive, include a clear stipulation under clause (vi) of sub-rule (2) (of rule 51A) that the reservation of registration number shall be cancelled if the vehicle is not produced “within thirty days from the date of reserving the registration number” and the number so cancelled can be allotted to any other person by the Registering Authority. In view thereof the Bench held, “The application of the petitioner for reservation of a VIP number i.e. a registration number considered attractive, is therefore subject to the conditions provided with regard to the same under sub-rule (2) of Rule 51A of the Rules, 1998. The petitioner having admittedly not purchased the vehicle so far and the thirty days’ period for which the reservation of a registration could continue having expired, no relief, as prayed for can be granted.” The Court further noted that the amount to so paid by the Petitioner for reserving the VIP number also cannot be refunded to him as there is a condition under clause (v) of Rule 51A(2) that registration fee once paid shall on no account be refunded. Related News Recently, the practice of State Government’s charging extra fees for allotting special/ VIP vehicle registration numbers came to be scrutinized by the Supreme Court. Whereas Senior Advocate Manoj Swarup, Amicus Curiae in the matter told the Court that state Governments are not empowered to charge any additional fee for registration, the bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao and S. Ravindra Bhat observed that that the assignment of “distinctive marks” i.e. registration numbers to motor vehicles (which includes the power to reserve and allocate them, for a specific fee) is a distinct service for which states or their authorities (such as the registering authorities, in this case) are entitled to charge a prescribed fee. State Governments Entitled To Prescribe Fee For Reserving Certain Numbers To Be Assigned As Registration Numbers For Motor Vehicles: SC Case Title: Rajesh Gaur v. State of UP & Anr. Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Storylast_img read more

  • Ford in scare tactics claim

    first_imgFord in scare tactics claimOn 8 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Management at Ford Motor Company is trying to frighten professional staffinto dropping their threat of industrial action, the MSF union is claiming.The union’s general secretary Roger Lyons told Personnel Today that rumoursabout plant closures have angered members. “This fiasco annoyed them. Theyare trying to frighten our people into losing their resolve. “Rumours of plant closures filled the media last Thursday, after unnamedmanagers were said by the Financial Times to be expressing fears over the futureof the Dagenham plant in Essex. The suspicion is that Ford deliberately fedreports to the media to scare staff into submission.As a result staff feared an announcement due later that day of job losses.In fact it was about a home PCscheme for staff.MSF has more than 2,000 members involved in the dispute with Ford.Professional staff, including engineers, IT and clerical staff, are demanding apay deal equivalent to that already agreed by hourly-paid staff.They also oppose Ford’s demand to merge the Professional Staff and HourlyPaid pensions.Unions representing staff said last week their members had voted to takestrike action.AFord spokeswoman said Ford of Europe chairman Nick Scheele spoke to the FTabout the company’s global future. She said his comments and the timing of thedispute were coincidental. She could not comment on speculation by unnamedmanagers. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more