Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgIt was only the second defeat of the season for Ulster and the win moved Munster above them in the table, up to fourth place. The SaintsSemesa RokoduguniBath stole a valuable away win at Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership thanks to an 88th minute try from wing Rokoduguni. Trailing 10-6, his team had laid siege to the Chiefs’ try-line since the 79th minute, earning a series of penalties and opting to scrummage each time. Exeter kept Bath out until a scrum was finally completed without the referee needing his whistle and the visitors attacked. They patiently kept the ball through 11 phases before George Ford found Rokoduguni on the right with a great pass.The wing had been indicating he fancied his chances in a one-on-one against Gareth Steenson and sure enough he stepped the Chiefs fly-half, leaving him lying on the turf, then wrong-footed Olly Woodburn and dotted the ball down over the line. Ford’s conversion added the finishing touch to the 13-10 win. Mitch LeesWhen a team loses by three points there are lots of “if only” moments to contemplate and after Exeter Chiefs’ 13-10 home loss to Bath, one of those was a soft penalty conceded by Mitch Lees.Midway through the second half, with the scores tied at 3-3, Lees played Kahn Fotuali’i at the back of a ruck when the scrum-half didn’t have the ball, then foolishly looked up at referee Ian Tempest to check if what he was doing was OK. It wasn’t, and Tempest awarded the penalty which George Ford kicked from 45 metres to give Bath a narrow lead. Not me, ref: Steve Shingler (centre) plays it cool as Aaron (lying down) is sin-binned. (Huw Evans Agency)Steve ShinglerThe naughty Cardiff Blues fly-half owes his brother Aaron a drink or three after tackling him off the ball in the last 12 minutes of a pulsating Welsh derby and then raising an imaginary yellow card in approval as referee Lloyd Linton wrongly sin-binned the Scarlets flanker for the challenge instead of him.Steve Shingler had already blotted his copybook by throwing out a foolish pass which was easily intercepted by Aled Thomas to create a length-of-the-pitch try from DTH van der Merwe. That had put the Scarlets 21-7 up but the game was still just about in the balance at 26-15 when Aaron Shingler was sin-binned for the off-the-ball challenge which was actually made on him, not the other way round.Referee Linton attracted a lot of criticism for this mistake and other controversial calls during the match and in the case of the sin-bin error, he was badly let down by his assistant referees and the TMO, none of whom alerted him to the fact he had shown a yellow card to the wrong man. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Josh MatavesiThe Ospreys centre played out of position in the No 10 jersey and piloted his team to a 35-17 Guinness Pro12 win over the Dragons, earning the Man of the Match award. Matavesi’s break and deft offload set up the first of two tries for the ever-impressive Keelan Giles (who has now scored eight tries in four games for the Ospreys) and the Fijian also took on the place-kicking duties and converted all five of his team’s tries.Matavesi was asked to play outside-half because both Dan Biggar and Sam Davies are on Wales duty and he showed that he can do a sound job as playmaker.Perfect ten: Josh Matavesi (left) slotted in well at fly-half. (Photo: Huw Evans Agency)Tom KessellYou don’t have to score a try to be a Saint and Northampton’s replacement scrum-half Kessell earns his place on this week’s list with a crucial, match-winning turnover.The Saints were 23-20 up on Gloucester with 80 minutes of their Aviva Premiership clash gone, but were hanging on for dear life at Franklin’s Gardens as the visitors attacked. Charlie Sharples was hauled down five metres from the line and Kessell got stuck in at the breakdown, preventing the Gloucester wing from recycling the ball. He earned a penalty for Northampton, bringing the match to a close and securing the win.Kessell had already scored what turned out to be the winning try in the 69th minute, so it wasn’t a bad 20 minutes off the bench for him. That winning feeling: Zebre’s delighted players celebrate a rare victory. (Photo: Inpho)The SinnersEdinburghThe Scottish team became the first to lose to Zebre in the Guinness Pro12 this season, falling to a 19-14 loss at BT Murrayfield.Giovanbattista Vendetti scored the winning try after Damien Hoyland raced up out of the line on the wing to attempt an interception and Federico Ruzza then popped a short pass to Vendetti who scooted up the left to score.Edinburgh had trailed 12-0 earlier in the game so the defeat was definitely not down to that one mistake by Hoyland. Allan Dell knocked on with the line at his mercy earlier in the game and the Scots were generally well below par, despite having enjoyed a three-match winning streak in October. Dance of delight: Bath’s players congratulate Rokoduguni on his late try. (Photo: Getty Images) Finishing touch: Tim Visser celebrates scoring the final try. (Photo: Getty Images)Tim VisserWorcester conceded two interception tries in their 36-14 Aviva Premiership defeat at Harlequins but the first of the pair was more down to great work from Visser than to a wayward pass from the Warriors.In the third minute the huge Quins wing reached up to tip and then gather a pass from Dean Hammond on his own 22 and then handed off Chris Pennell on his way up the pitch. When the Worcester defence caught him, Visser offloaded superbly to Danny Care who scored the try which gave Quins a 7-0 lead.In the final minute of the game Visser got his own name on the scoresheet with the fifth of Quins’ tries, to complete a happy afternoon for him and his team. Key kick: Rory Scannell sends his winning drop-goal on its way to the posts. (Photo: Inpho)Rory ScannellThe Munster centre kept his cool and kicked a late drop-goal which earned a 15-14 win for his team at Ulster in the Pro12.Munster had been 14-0 down but fought back – helped by a try at the end of the first half by Scannell. Inside the last ten minutes Munster were pressing inside the Ulster 22 and set up the chance for Scannell to claim the three points. He had to stoop to his right to take the pass but still found the target with his kick.Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson had a chance to steal the victory with a drop-goal of his own at the death, but missed. TAGS: MunsterOspreys Several of this weekend’s Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 matches turned on late scores – but who were the match-winning heroes and who were the villains who made the crucial mistakes? Ryan LambThe first interception try Worcester conceded against Harlequins can’t be blamed on a risky pass, but the second can. Harlequins were 24-14 up when the Warriors were attacking on the 22 and Lamb, standing very flat, passed the ball just in front of the defensive line. Joe Marchant read his pass, snaffled it up and sprinted 80 metres to score the try which gave Harlequins their bonus point.Lamb is a terrific, creative player and sometimes the risks he takes pay off, but this time his ultra-attacking play cost his team.last_img read more

Tonga beat Fiji convincingly in Pacific Nations Cup opener

first_imgWednesday Jul 6, 2011 Tonga beat Fiji convincingly in Pacific Nations Cup opener Tonga got their Pacific Nations Cup campaign off to a strong start on Saturday with a 45-21 upset win over hosts Fiji in Lautoka It was their first win in the competition in three years.Yesterday you saw highlights of Samoa’s win over Japan, but many would have expected this particular game, the tournament opener, to be a fair tighter affair. Instead it was Tonga that impressed with their strong defensive effort, and blistering speed out wide.They scored five tries to two as the dangerous Fijian backs were prevented from cutting loose, while Tongan flyhalf Kurt Morath took his personal tally to 20 points with some good goal kicking, slotting four conversions and four penalties.Fiji scored a brilliant try of their own though, a length of the field effort that was finished off by lock Sekonaia Kalou, who somehow managed to get up there in support. Tongan Viliame Iongi punished the Fijians shortly after though as they camped on the Tongan tryline, but coughed up turnover ball. The speedster gassed all before him, sealing the win for the visitors.Tongan coach Isitolo Maka remained grounded however, even if it was their first win in the tournament since 2008.“I don’t think the score reflected the tightness of the game. There were a couple of lucky tries which made the score look bigger than it should have. We won’t kid ourselves, we have plenty of work to do,” he said.The next round of games take place this coming weekend, with Tonga facing Japan, while Fiji host Samoa. 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Sunday Times publishes Rich List 2006

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Sunday Times has today published its annual guide to the richest 1,000 people in Britain and Ireland. The combined wealth of these people has risen 20.6% in the past year alone to £300 billion, with £60 million now being the entry level for the list.The rapid growth in wealth of the list members is indicated in many ways, not least by the fact that there are now 54 British billionaires, compared to 16 in 1997.According to Philip Beresford, who compiles the rich list, “giving among the most wealthy is up by just under 36% year on year to the highest levels yet seen in the annual Sunday Times giving survey”. The Sunday Times Giving Index this year reached £453 million, up from £333 million in 2005. The Giving Index is lead this year by Robert Edmiston who gave over £28 million to the Christian Vision charity, £13 million to projects spreading the Christian message internationally, and £2 million to a Coventry city academy. Advertisement As usual the Sunday Times website includes considerable detail and analysis on this year’s wealthiest people. You can view or download as a PDF tables of the wealthiest women, entertainers, jewellers, greetings card producers, fashion workers, together with telecoms millionaires, Welsh millionaires, richest husbands and wives, Scotland’s richest, and the year’s biggest risers and fallers. You can also search the list by name.As well as the Sunday Times Giving Index there is also a list of the top 30 political donors and top 20 political lenders, and a list of notable donations by list members. Tagged with: Prospect research Recruitment / people Research / statistics 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.center_img Sunday Times publishes Rich List 2006 Howard Lake | 22 April 2006 | News  90 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

En la riña entre Mueller y Trump, se necesita una lucha clasista independiente

first_imgMientras los ataques de la administración Trump contra las masas continúan sin descanso, la lucha política dentro de la clase dominante se intensifica y la crisis política del sistema se profundiza.Por un lado, el Partido Republicano y Trump están a punto de finalizar un obsequio de rebajas de impuestos para millonarios y multimillonarios por una suma de cientos de miles de millones de dólares, incluso mientras reducen los servicios sociales, la atención médica, la educación y la protección del medio ambiente y amenazan a cientos de miles de inmigrantes indocumentadas/os.Por otro lado, la fiscalía especial bajo Robert Mueller acaba de obligar a Michael Flynn, ex asesor de seguridad nacional de Trump, a firmar un acuerdo que puede implicar a altos funcionarios de Trump en tratos secretos con los rusos durante la campaña electoral de 2016.Es dañino para las masas permitir que una facción de la clase dominante lidere la batalla contra Trump. Mueller y su agrupación lo harán de una manera completamente sin principios, lo que no hará nada para impedir los ataques al pueblo.Muchas luchas se han librado en numerosos frentes contra la reacción capitalista: en piquetes, en las comunidades, en los recintos universitarios, en los centros de detención, en las cárceles y en las reservas indígenas. Estas luchas deben hacerse más fuertes y más amplias hasta que eclipsen la investigación de Mueller y el FBI, enemigos del pueblo. La lucha popular contra Trump debe ser el centro de atención.Mueller contra Trump y movimiento derechistaLa movida de Mueller contra Flynn está calculada para socavar a Trump en el momento en que se está moviendo para empujar las cosas aún más bruscamente hacia la derecha. De hecho, la investigación de Mueller se trata tanto de Trump como de Rusia. Mueller tomó por sorpresa a Trump al no dar a la Casa Blanca ni siquiera un aviso anticipado del acuerdo con Flynn.Mientras que la clase dominante está salivando por los planeados recortes de impuestos para multimillonarios, compañías petroleras, magnates de bienes raíces, etc., también están aplaudiendo el ataque de Trump a todas las formas de regulaciones que limitan el daño que los patronos pueden hacerle a las/os trabajadores, el medioambiente, inmigrantes, educación, etc.Pero mientras usan a Trump para su propio enriquecimiento, los gobernantes imperialistas no quieren que rompa el sistema global de alianzas y redes de subversión que han construido durante décadas para proteger sus intereses de ganancias.El anuncio del acuerdo de declaración de culpabilidad de Flynn se produjo poco después de que la Casa Blanca planeaba cambiar al director de la CIA, Mike Pompeo, al cargo de Rex Tillerson como secretario de Estado. Tillerson no es una paloma de paz. Fue CEO de la mayor compañía petrolera privada del mundo, ExxonMobil. Es un reaccionario, dueño de cientos de millones de dólares, que pasó su carrera tratando con los jefes de los estados petroleros y planeando el saqueo de los países petroleros.Tillerson: vigilante de Wall StreetSin embargo, Tillerson es un perro guardián de Wall Street que ha diferido con Trump en muchas cosas y ha tratado de mantener muchas de las posiciones políticas estándar del imperialismo estadounidense en el mundo.Tillerson ayudó a impedir que Trump abandone el acuerdo nuclear de Irán. Se opuso a la retirada del acuerdo ambiental de París. Sostuvo la espera de negociaciones sobre la crisis coreana y fue reprendido públicamente por Trump, quien dijo que Tillerson estaba “perdiendo el tiempo”. Tillerson se oponía a la alineación de Trump con el bloqueo por parte de Arabia Saudita de Qatar donde hay una base aérea gigante de los EUA. Intentó arreglar las relaciones de Estados Unidos con la OTAN después de que Trump llamara a la alianza de la OTAN “obsoleta”.Cuando se le preguntó acerca de las opiniones de Trump de que había “buena gente” entre los fascistas portadores de antorchas en Charlottesville, Virginia, Tillerson respondió que Trump “habla por sí mismo”. Y se ha informado que Tillerson tenía profundas reservas sobre la prohibición de viajar a musulmanes. Estas son todas posiciones imperialistas convencionales que expresan los intereses básicos de Wall Street y el Pentágono.Pompeo: islamófobo extremo, halcón de guerra, confidente de TrumpPero Pompeo es mucho más derechista. Pasa horas con Trump todos los días, viajando desde Langley, Virginia, a la Casa Blanca para informar a Trump sobre los acontecimientos. Es un ultra-guerrerista que ha hablado de asesinar al líder norcoreano Kim Jong Un, criticó duramente a Irán y es un fanático islamófobo en la misma onda que la organización neofascista Britain First.A diferencia de Tillerson, Trump considera a Pompeo como un consejero de confianza. Cuando Trump retuiteó tres videos anti musulmanes violentos que vinieron de Britain First a sus 44 millones de seguidores, Pompeo lo defendió.Pompeo es también un aliado de Frank Gaffney, que dirige el Centro de Política de Seguridad. Gaffney considera que seguir al Corán es una “sedición” que debería ser procesada. Pompeo ha estado en el programa de radio de Gaffney 20 veces. Pompeo ha coincidido públicamente con Gaffney en que el presidente Barack Obama era un anticristiano y pro-estados islámicos. (theatlantic.com, 3 de diciembre)Por el momento, Trump ha rechazado la eliminación de Tillerson, sin duda en respuesta al ataque de Mueller.Líderes del Partido Demócrata, liberales y moderados empujan la tarjeta rusa contra Trump Los sectores anti-Trump de la clase dominante, y especialmente las filas de asesores de la clase dominante en los medios y los think tanks, así como los líderes del Partido Demócrata, esperan que Mueller pueda derrocar a Trump o hacerle retroceder usando como base las conexiones rusas. Eso es porque no quieren confrontarlo políticamente por su racismo, sexismo e intolerancia y su estilo autoritario belicista, islamófobo y antiobrero.Los liberales y los moderados, especialmente el liderazgo del Partido Demócrata, sienten que Trump, su familia y su administración son vulnerables porque están tan enredados con los funcionarios y capitalistas rusos. Estas fuerzas anti-Trump han elegido confrontarlo con una base reaccionaria y anti-rusa, en lugar de basarse en sus políticas y políticas reaccionarias.Para ellos, la campaña contra Rusia tiene la doble virtud de mantener fluidos los contratos militares del Pentágono y promover una posición geoestratégica del cerco militar de Rusia. De eso se trataba el intento de apoderarse de Ucrania. Ahora los batallones estadounidenses y las baterías antimisiles se están moviendo a millas cercanas de Rusia. La excusa dada para estas maniobras hostiles es que están destinadas a proteger a Polonia y los satélites bálticos de la OTANEnredos de Trump en Rusia y los bancos La vulnerabilidad de Trump fluye de sus años de trato con oligarcas rusos. Durante la década de 1990 y después de la crisis económica de 2007, el acceso de Trump a los grandes bancos imperialistas se agotó.Como escribió este autor en un artículo titulado “Detrás del despido de Comey: una lucha dentro de la clase dominante estadounidense”, que apareció en el número del 16 de mayo de Workers World:“El único banco grande que ha prestado dinero a Trump en los últimos años es Deutsche Bank, que recientemente fue multado con 630 millones de dólares por blanquear dinero ruso en efectivo por valor de $10 mil millones. (cnn.com, 31 de enero) Los grandes bancos de Wall Street de Nueva York no le prestarán porque se ha declarado en quiebra seis veces, azotándole un duro golpe a los inversores, contratistas y trabajadores”. (Wash. Post, 26 de septiembre de 2016, y wsj.com, 20 de marzo de 2016)John Norris y Carolyn Kenney escribieron sobre su relación con oligarcas rusos en “Conflictos de intereses de Trump en Rusia”: “Como nota el Fortune Magazine, durante la década de 1990, Trump se encontró con más de $4 mil millones en deuda a más de 70 bancos, y una serie de bancarrotas, fuertes pérdidas financieras y la reestructuración de la deuda llevó a casi todos los principales bancos estadounidenses a simplemente negarse a hacer negocios con él. … Él comenzó a depender mucho de los bancos extranjeros para sus préstamos”. (Americanprogess.org, 14 de junio)Se podrían citar muchos más ejemplos, incluyendo cómo un ex funcionario soviético convertido en capitalista abrió su sede mundial en el Trump Tower. Pero no hay espacio suficiente en este artículo para elaborar.Trump, en otras palabras, era demasiado estafador para los estafadores de Wall Street. Pero los oligarcas rusos, que se habían convertido en multimillonarios en un día al saquear la economía socialista destruida después de la contrarrevolución, primero bajo Boris Yeltsin y luego bajo Vladimir Putin, tenían dinero de sobra para invertir y lavar. La familia Trump, que se había visto privada del financiamiento de Wall Street, inevitablemente se sintió atraída a ellos.Por supuesto, la política sigue al dinero, y la familia Trump se enredó con Rusia, financiera y quizás políticamente. Esto es lo que hace que Trump sea legalmente vulnerable según la ley capitalista de EUA. Es sobre esto que los neoliberales, los peces gordos del Partido Demócrata y los sectores anti-Trump de la clase dominante están fijando sus esperanzas.Trabajadoras/es y oprimidas/os deben aprovechar la división para luchar Cualesquiera que sean las particularidades del caso, sería en detrimento de la clase trabajadora dejar que la clase dominante lidere la batalla contra Trump.Si los líderes sindicales no estuvieran en los bolsillos de los patronos, habrían montado luchas masivas contra la propuesta ley de impuestos, abrirían la lucha por la salud universal y defenderían a las/os 800.000 inmigrantes de DACA, así como a las decenas de miles de inmigrantes del Caribe que enfrentan deportación.Lucharían por un aumento masivo del salario mínimo y, sobre todo, abrirían la batalla contra el racismo / supremacía blanca, el sexismo y la opresión anti-LGBTQ. Exigirían a las tropas de EUA salir del Medio Oriente, Afganistán, África y Corea del Sur, y que detengan los ejercicios militares de Estados Unidos contra la República Popular Democrática de Corea, que dejen de hostigar a Venezuela y Honduras y pongan fin al bloqueo de Cuba.Lucharían por cerrar el Oleoducto Dakota Access, no solo en interés del medio ambiente, sino también en solidaridad con los pueblos originarios cuyas tierras están siendo destruidas.Este sería el comienzo de un programa mínimo independiente de la clase trabajadora.Esta es la forma de luchar contra Trump y el trumpismo, así como el neoliberalismo de los imperialistas del Partido Demócrata.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Journalist gunned down outside his home in Mosul

first_img Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News to go further February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” “We are extremely shocked and dismayed by Ahmadi’s death,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “The murders of journalists in Iraq are not letting up and generalized impunity is fuelling the cycle of violence. Very few of the 232 murders of media personnel in Iraq since 2003 have been thoroughly and conclusively investigated.”Julliard added: “We demand an investigation that establishes the precise reasons for this murder. Those responsible must be arrested and brought to justice. Impunity must not prevail in Iraq.”Ahmadi was leaving his home in the eastern suburb of Mithaq in order to go to work when men in car opened fire with a submachine-gun and then took off. He was hit several times and died on the spot. The police said they were investigating. The murder scene was cordoned off and Ahmadi’s body was taken to Mosul’s department of forensic medicine.Aged 50 and the father of four children, Ahmadi was dismissed two weeks ago as head of the Ninawa provincial government’s communication and media department. Colleagues said his newspaper articles drew attention to corruption and the lack of social services in the region. Follow the news on Iraq Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News February 17, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist gunned down outside his home in Mosul Organisation IraqMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns journalist Hilal Al-Ahmadi’s murder today in the northern city of Mosul. Ahmadi, who worked for two local weeklies, the Mosul Echo and Iraqiyoun, was gunned down outside his home. News IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Al-Ayyam reporter gets 14-month jail term

first_img Follow the news on Yemen January 6, 2021 Find out more RSF_en July 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Ayyam reporter gets 14-month jail term YemenMiddle East – North Africa News February 11, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Organisation YemenMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information “This was clearly a political trial,” Hamida as he left the court, before being led away to prison. “The judge just followed the instructions issued by the authorities.” Union of Yemeni Journalists secretary-general Marwan Damaj said: “Yemen is witnessing one of the darkest developments in press freedom since 1990.”center_img Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the government’s three-month-old persecution of the daily Al-Ayyam, which rose another notch yesterday when a court in Karsh (southeast of Sanaa) imposed a 14-month jail sentence on Anis Ahmed Mansour Hamida, an Al-Ayyam reporter based in Aden, on charges of “separatism” and “attacking national unity.” “This jail sentence is part of a major campaign by the authorities against Al-Ayyam and its journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “After applying indirect censorship, the authorities have gone to a new level in their harassment of this independent publication. The sentence constitutes another violation of free expression by Yemen.” February 26, 2021 Find out more United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF Since the start of May, distribution of Al-Ayyam has been obstructed (http://www.rsf.org/Major-crackdown-on-independent.html) and its headquarters in Aden have been fired on by the army (http://www.rsf.org/Soldiers-fire-on-Aden-based.html). to go further Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months News Aged 31, Hamida has been an Al-Ayyam reporter in Aden since 2004. After initially charging him in connection with this stories, the court changed the charges and accused him of “criminal actions.” At a hearing that preceded the issuing of the verdict and sentence, the public prosecutor claimed that a CD constituted “material evidence” of Hamida’s participation in meetings organised by the Peaceful Movement of the South. Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions Newslast_img read more

President Compaoré asked to appeal to Zongo case witnesses to speak without fear

first_imgNews April 27, 2021 Find out more Burkina FasoAfrica News French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali News Dear Mr. President,Today is the start of the campaign for the 13 November presidential election, in which you are seeking another term. The tragic memory of murdered journalist Norbert Zongo will hang over the debates because the impunity enjoyed by his killers continues to poison your country’s political life. Burkina Faso has suffered too much from the still unhealed wound left by his death on 13 December 1998 in Sapouy.You have repeatedly expressed your “ardent desire to see this case solved” and you did so again in January. “I think we must continue to put our confidence in the judicial system and let it carry through its investigation with impartiality to the end,” you said. Since then, nothing has changed. Investigating judge Wenceslas Ilboudo has tried to get all the witnesses to finally tell the whole truth. But without success. They fear for their safety if they break the law of silence. So the investigation has ground to a complete halt.Reporters Without Borders therefore asks you to appeal publicly to the witnesses in the Zongo case to speak without fear. This case will not progress if you do not give the witnesses your assurance that you will support them if they talk and that you undertake to protect them.Reporters Without Borders’ goal in this case has not changed since the day Zongo died. Like his family and friends, we want the truth to come out and we want justice to be done. The murderers must be identified and brought to justice for this hideous crime. Until this is done, confidence will not be restored in the country you govern and suspicion will continue to prevail. But if we take you at your word, the goals of truth and justice are also yours.Mr. President, there is a way for justice to be done and it is you who has the duty to resolve this impasse. Do not miss this opportunity to help all those who lost a little of their own lives when Zongo and his three friends were butchered on 13 December 1998.Respectfully, Robert Ménard,Secretary-General Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder Burkina FasoAfrica June 7, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Organisation Follow the news on Burkina Faso As the campaign for the 13 November presidential election gets under way in Burkina Faso, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard has asked President Blaise Compaoré to appeal publicly to the witnesses in the Norbert Zongo murder case to speak without fear. “This case will not progress if you do not give the witnesses your assurance that you will support them if they talk and that you undertake to protect them,” Ménard said. October 25, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President Compaoré asked to appeal to Zongo case witnesses to speak without fear to go furtherlast_img read more

Delhi HC Dismisses Plea Seeking Inclusion Of Advocates As Eligible Professionals To Access Benefits Under MSME Act

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Dismisses Plea Seeking Inclusion Of Advocates As Eligible Professionals To Access Benefits Under MSME Act Karan Tripathi29 July 2020 1:25 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a plea seeking inclusion of advocates as eligible professionals under the scheme of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises Development Act, in order to make them eligible for beneficial credit facilities. While dismissing the PIL, the Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan highlighted that 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?LoginThe Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a plea seeking inclusion of advocates as eligible professionals under the scheme of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises Development Act, in order to make them eligible for beneficial credit facilities. While dismissing the PIL, the Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan highlighted that the original purpose of a Public Interest Litigation is to voice the concerns of the downtrodden. Filed by Abhijit Mishra, the present petition challenged the criteria to access the development and promotional schemes under the aegis of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006. The Petitioner submitted that the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India has developed a highly arbitrary eligibility criteria which are biased and restrictive towards the profession of Advocates. The Petitioners case was that the prejudiced eligibility criteria of having GSTN, Business PAN, TAN as mandatory requirements in order to be eligible to access the development schemes of the Government of India is against the welfare of the Advocates. The petition stated: ‘Government of India has not introduced any development schemes for the welfare of the Advocates such as training platform or access to the collateral free loans for purchase of the equipment such as laptops, printer and scanner etc. for accessing the E-Courts.’ Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Supreme Court Stays Demolition Of Dargah Mubarak Khan Saheed, Gorakhpur; Issues Notice To UP Govt

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Stays Demolition Of Dargah Mubarak Khan Saheed, Gorakhpur; Issues Notice To UP Govt Srishti Ojha8 March 2021 5:58 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday ordered stay on any further demolition of any structure at Dargah Mubarak Khan Shaheed at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. The Court has restrained the demolition till disposal of the proceedings pending under the Uttar Pradesh Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1972. A division Bench of Justice Navin Sinha and Justice Krishna Murari…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 on Monday ordered stay on any further demolition of any structure at Dargah Mubarak Khan Shaheed at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. The Court has restrained the demolition till disposal of the proceedings pending under the Uttar Pradesh Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1972. A division Bench of Justice Navin Sinha and Justice Krishna Murari has also issued notice to the State of Uttar Pradesh in the matter. The special leave petition has been filed challenging Allahabad High Court’s judgement dated 10th Feb 2021 dismissing petitioners request of declaring the demolition as void and interdicting the authorities from further demolition. During the hearing before the Apex Court, Senior Advocate Vibha Dutta Makhija argued for the petitioners. The Court was orally informed by the petitioners that they received information today about a letter dated 3rd March 2021 by Secretary, GDA requesting SP (City) Gorakhpur to depute police force for starting the demolition drive tomorrow i.e. 9th March. The Court then granted an interim relief of stay on any further demolition. The present special leave petition has been drawn by Advocate Shariq Ahmed, and filed by AOR Sunil Kumar Verma on behalf of the petitioner Dargah Mubarak Khan Saheed. The plea has stated that the petitioner Idgah has a tomb of Saint Mubarak Khan Saheed and Mosque in southern side of the tomb, which according to the petitioners has been since time immemorial been used by the Muslim Community for offering prayers on important festivities such as Id and Baqrid, and being a symbol of unity of both the Hindu and Islamic faith is daily visited by large number of people of both the communities. According to the petitioner, when in the year 1959 the use and arrangement in and around the properties in question was disturbed by Principal of Government Normal school, Gorakhpur and even egress and ingress was stopped, a suit was filed before Munsif’s court Gorakhpur praying a relief against the defendants including State of UP and Collector Gorakhpur to open the eastern gate of the Brijman’s compound, facing the Collector’s compound to allow ingress and outgress from gate to the tomb, mosque and graveyard after removing any wire fencing blocking the said passage. The other reliefs sought were not to create any change in the newly opened gate on the western side which was the only passage from west to the tomb mosque and the grave yard and to injunct the authorities from interfering with repair works of the tomb or the grave and also from doing any damage to them. The suit was decided in favour of the plaintiffs, directing defendants to allow ingress and outgress and not interfere in the repair work of the tomb, graves, etc. The plea has stated that the Trial Court in its order had also observed that the plaintiff and the Muslim have a right to use the open land near the Mosque and Id-gah for offering prayers. Since then the petitioner has been using the compound and there has been no interference by the State Authority. However through an order dated 29th June 2019 the Sub divisional officer apparently proposed to initiate proceedings under section 4 of the UP Public Premises Act 1972 and enjoined the Subordinate Revenue Authorities to enquire into the matter and submit a report. A report submitted by the Revenue Team consisted of names of 18 alleged unauthorised occupants including the petitioner. This was followed by show cause noticed being issued to these alleged unauthorised occupants, to show as to why order of eviction be not passed against them. The plea further stated that the Gorakhpur Development Authority treating the petitioner’s possession over the property in question as unauthorised, undertook to demolish the construction that too without any notice issued to the petitioner. The petitioner tried to convince them that its occupation over the property in dispute is not unauthorised and even referred to the Trial Court’s order . However, after the demolition of a part of the construction, the Gorakhpur development authority asked petitioner to produce other document to prove their right over the property in dispute. An application was moved by the petitioner on 1st January 2021 before the Sub Divisional Officer stating that Trial Court’s judgement dated 3rd September 1963 has become final and it prohibits the State of UP from interfering in any manner. The plea has further stated that the petitioner also approached the Allahabad High Court seeking quashing and declaring that action of demolition dated 29th December 2020 as illegal and interdicting respondents from further from further demolition. The High Court granted an interim relief ordering no demolition or eviction till next hearing. The High Court through its impugned order dated 10 Feb 2021 dismissed the case, holding that in pith and substance the petitioner has asked for execution of the Trial Court’s judgement and decree dated 3rd September 1963, and remedy of the petitioner was to file a civil suit before Court concerned for grant of injunction, or file for an execution of the decree. Click here to read/download the order Next Storylast_img read more

Speedcast awarded contract supporting leading oil & gas engineering services customer in Iraq

first_imgThis company is an existing customer of Speedcast in EMEA that, with this new contract, is extending the scope of services that Speedcast will deliver Image: Speedcast awarded contract supporting leading oil & gas engineering services customer in Iraq. Photo: courtesy of Adam Radosavljevic from Pixabay. Speedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA), the world’s most trusted provider of remote communication and IT solutions, today announced that the company has been awarded a new multi-year contract with an Oil & Gas engineering services customer for fully managed internet services and IT support across the company’s base in Iraq.This company is an existing customer of Speedcast in EMEA that, with this new contract, is extending the scope of services that Speedcast will deliver. This new solution will supply the main base camp in Basra, Iraq with high-speed fibre internet and backup, as well as 24×7 on-site IT maintenance and troubleshooting support. The expansion of the scope of products and services Speedcast provides to customers is a key part of the company’s growth strategy, and this win is another sign that this strategy is materializing.“This customer is a global leader in the delivery of engineering and technical services, and this contract is a great opportunity to support growth initiatives beyond the rigs,” says Speedcast’s EVP of Energy, Keith Johnson. “It’s another example of the fact that Speedcast provides solutions that go beyond standard satellite bandwidth and network management. We listen to our customers’ needs and deliver what they require, in this case, fibre and IT services for infrastructure support.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more