MCB Group Limited (MCBG.mu) Q32003 Interim Report

first_imgMCB Group Limited (MCBG.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2003 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about MCB Group Limited (MCBG.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the MCB Group Limited (MCBG.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: MCB Group Limited (MCBG.mu)  2003 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMCB Group Limited is a financial holdings company that, together with the several subsidiaries running under it, operates in three clusters; banking, non-banking financial and other investments. The non-banking financial sector is involved in factoring and leasing while the MCB Capital Markets Limited offers services such as corporate finance advisory, asset management, stockbroking, private equity and registry. The Group also assists micro and small entrepreneurs. The services offered by the company include, offers current, savings, and foreign currency accounts; fixed and term deposits; personal, educational, motor, green, and housing loans; term loans; and working capital finance, term funding¸ structured finance, private equity finance, and leasing services, as well as credit and prepaid cards. MCB Group Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

‘Violent,’ ‘dehumanizing,’ ‘dangerous’: National Cathedral’s sharp criticism of Trump resonates…

first_img By Egan MillardPosted Jul 31, 2019 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Tampa, FL Racial Justice & Reconciliation The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA ‘Violent,’ ‘dehumanizing,’ ‘dangerous’: National Cathedral’s sharp criticism of Trump resonates across America Tags Rector Albany, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Shreveport, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., is the seat of the presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church. Photo: Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] It’s not often that an official statement from the Washington National Cathedral – the most famous icon of The Episcopal Church and site of many state funerals and inaugural prayer services – contains words like “savage,” “dangerous,” “violent” and “dehumanizing.”But it’s also not often that a president of the United States calls an American city “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess … a dangerous and filthy place” and targets congressional representatives of color with racist insults.In light of the escalation of President Donald Trump’s racially focused attacks, the clergy of the National Cathedral released a statement on July 30 that denounced Trump’s “violent, dehumanizing words.” The statement, which has spread rapidly around social media and news outlets, contains some of the strongest, most direct language used so far by American religious leaders in reference to Trump:“As faith leaders who serve at Washington National Cathedral – the sacred space where America gathers at moments of national significance – we feel compelled to ask: After two years of President Trump’s words and actions, when will Americans have enough?”The statement, titled “Have We No Decency? A Response to President Trump,” is ultimately directed more at the American people than Trump himself, and draws a parallel between the present moment and Joseph Welch’s famous confrontation of Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1954.“As Americans, we have had such moments before, and as a people we have acted. Events of the last week call to mind a similarly dark period in our history,” the statement reads. “McCarthy had free rein to say and do whatever he wished. With unbridled speech, he stoked the fears of an anxious nation with lies; destroyed the careers of countless Americans; and bullied into submissive silence anyone who dared criticize him.”It took Welch’s bold questioning on national TV – “Have you no sense of decency?” – to “effectively [end] McCarthy’s notorious hold on the nation,” and Trump’s words and actions demand a similar response from the American people, the statement says.“When does silence become complicity?” it asks. “What will it take for us all to say, with one voice, that we have had enough? The question is less about the president’s sense of decency [than] of ours.”The statement is signed by the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of the Diocese of Washington, the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of the cathedral, and the Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas, the cathedral’s canon theologian.Some of the statement’s firmest language focuses on racism and the erosion of common decency and moral values:“We have come to accept a level of insult and abuse in political discourse that violates each person’s sacred identity as a child of God. We have come to accept as normal a steady stream of language and accusations coming from the highest office in the land that plays to racist elements in society.”And although Budde, Hollerith and Douglas have individually criticized various policies of the Trump administration before, this statement’s focus on Trump’s character, its frank description of racism and its warning of violent consequences make it unique:“Make no mistake about it, words matter. And Mr. Trump’s words are dangerous. These words are more than a ‘dog whistle.’ When such violent dehumanizing words come from the President of the United States, they are a clarion call, and give cover, to white supremacists who consider people of color a sub-human ‘infestation’ in America. They serve as a call to action from those people to keep America great by ridding it of such infestation. Violent words lead to violent actions.”As Donald Trump continues to shout dehumanizing, violent and racist words from the most powerful office in the land, we all must transform our silence into words and action. https://t.co/2E77iZmz09— Kelly Brown Douglas (@DeanKBD) July 30, 2019The statement concludes with an excerpt from Trump’s inaugural prayer service at the cathedral on Jan. 21, 2017, during which the clergy “prayed for the President and his young Administration to have ‘wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties that they may serve all people of this nation, and promote the dignity and freedom of every person.’”“That remains our prayer today for us all,” the statement ends.The statement was quickly picked up by national and international news outlets including The Washington Post, CNN, The Guardian and Bloomberg, and has been shared thousands of times on social media by influential figures such as Chris Matthews, Mia Farrow, former CIA Director John Brennan, director Ava DuVernay and multiple current and former members of Congress.“Never have I been more proud to call the Washington National Cathedral my home,” former National Security Adviser Susan Rice tweeted along with a link to the statement.Never have I been more proud to call the Washington National Cathedral my home. Have We No Decency? A Response to President Trump – Washington National Cathedral https://t.co/Fck61LL3dw— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) July 31, 2019“This is a very big deal. Extraordinary step by National Cathedral,” said former Sen. Claire McCaskill.This is a very big deal. Extraordinary step by National Cathedral. Have We No Decency? A Response to President Trump – Washington National Cathedral https://t.co/FAXVNDKfxT— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) July 31, 2019Budde told ENS she is “surprised and gratified by the response.”“We had never planned to issue a statement in response to a presidential tweet before,” Budde said, “but as we said in the statement, this one crossed a threshold and it struck a particular nerve, given both the racial overtones and the attack by association of an entire city.”It was Budde’s idea to compare the current political situation with the McCarthy era.McCarthy “could say and do whatever he wanted, and it didn’t seem to have any consequence at all,” she explained. “The fear of communism seemed to give license to all kinds of political behavior that was simply outrageous, and in retrospect, we wonder: ‘My God, how could it have gone on as long as it did?’ I did some research on that iconic moment. … It was a breaking point, and a part of me has been longing for that.”Unsure about what the separation of church and state really means? Learn more from the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of ReligionBudde said the statement had nothing to do with impeachment or any particular political outcome. Instead, she said, she was trying to prevent the normalization of white supremacist views and the violence that they can cause by appealing to a sense of common decency.“I don’t do that lightly, and I try not to do that in a partisan way. But we also have the hope that there was a common sense of ‘we are just tired of this, we’ve had enough, and we do have a sense of decency and this violates it and we want it to stop.’ That was our abiding hope, and we have heard that,” she said.When asked how she would respond to Episcopalians who, regardless of their political beliefs, think the church should simply stay out of politics, Budde said she understands but believes engaging in public life is part of what being a Christian entails.“I believe in the separation of church and state and I abide by it,” Budde said. “But the separation of church and state was never intended to keep people with religious moral views out of the political arena. It was to protect the political arena from undue religious influence that had state sponsorship. … It’s an understandable perspective, but I think ultimately it breaks down when you [consider that] the greatest moments of our history are when people of faith are engaged in the public arena, and the times when we have the greatest cause for shame are when people of faith do nothing.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit an Event Listing Press Release Service Faith & Politics, Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit a Press Release Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Donald Trump, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Pittsburgh, PA last_img read more

Fundraising must professionalise for the future, says Rogare paper

first_img Melanie May | 22 June 2017 | News Fundraising must professionalise for the future, says Rogare paper Tagged with: research Rogare A task group of Rogare’s International Advisory Panel, led by Cherian Koshy, director of development at Des Moines Performing Arts in the USA, will now explore the issues raised in the green paper. The task group will:Identify the issues affected by fundraising’s perceived lack of professional statusIdentify how these issues, challenges and problems would be solved were fundraising to professionaliseRecommend whether fundraising needs to professionaliseRecommend what fundraising needs to do in order to professionalise.The green paper is part of Rogare’s ongoing review of fundraising’s professional ethics. The first output from this review was last year’s white paper, which proposed seeking to balance fundraisers’ duties to their donors with those to their beneficiaries. According to Rogare, a decision-making framework based on this white paper is currently being developed and will be published later this year. 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. Fundraising is not a profession when assessed against accepted criteria and must professionalise for the sake of future fundraisers, a discussion paper from Rogare has suggested.The green paper – Less than my job’s worth: Is fundraising a profession and does it matter if it isn’t? – argues that analysis would most likely conclude that fundraising were an ‘emerging profession’ at best, but at worst a trade little different to sales.The paper, authored by Rogare director Ian MacQuillin, argues that some of the areas in which fundraising falls short are:There is no standard body of knowledge that fundraisers are required to acquire before they can practise as a paid fundraiser, nor so they can continue practising once they have become a fundraiser.Fundraisers have little ‘professional autonomy’ to act in the manner they see best, free from the coercion or direction of others.Fundraising has little in the way of a coherent theory of professional ethics to underpin it.In England and Wales, fundraisers do not establish or self-regulate their own standards – self-regulation is generally seen as a core trait of being a profession.It argues that a lack of formal and professional education in fundraising is a cause of many of these issues, stating that about 60 per cent of IoF members do not hold a professional qualification, while 55 per cent of American fundraisers say they are ‘self-taught’. According to the paper, this shows a lack of a clear career path for people to enter fundraising where they can learn the theories and practical skills they need.McQuillin said:“The problems associated with not being seen as a profession are that fundraisers are treated with a lack of professional respect, and are viewed as employees who are told what to do, rather than specialists whose advice on matters of income generation is sought.”“With so many people ‘falling into’ fundraising by accident, the duty on current members of the fundraising profession is to professionalise for the benefit of those fundraisers who come after them so that the fundraisers of 2030 have a defined entry route into a recognised profession, and the status, trust and legitimacy that entails.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14  86 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14  85 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

Anti-Semitism, racism and the anniversary of Kristallnacht

first_imgAt a moment when the U.S. head of government spouts blatantly racist vitriol criminalizing people for their nationality, claims “they” don’t belong here, says “they” don’t understand “our” way of life, mobilizes the military to deport “them” and sets up concentration camps in the Southwest desert for adults and children — the meaning of “Kristallnacht” takes on special significance.November 9 was the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Crystal Night, also known as Night of the Broken Glass. On this night in 1938 in Germany and Austria, Nazis carried out the single biggest pogrom ever known up to that moment.Pogroms were anti-Jewish riots staged on behalf of the ruling classes in Eastern European countries. A series of pogroms in the late 1800s and early 1900s had driven a mass wave of Jewish immigration to the United States.Bad as those earlier pogroms were, Kristallnacht was different — in scale and significance.The Hitler regime’s anti-Jewish laws had been put in place starting in 1933. By 1938 life had become very hard for German Jews. Those who could had already fled. Then came Kristallnacht.The Nazi holocaust against the Jewish people — the organized, centralized, methodical program of expulsion and extermination — began in earnest on the Night of the Broken Glass.On Kirstallnacht, Nazi youth joined brownshirted storm troopers rampaging through the streets beating Jewish people and smashing property. Jewish homes, hospitals, synagogues, schools, stores and vehicles were attacked, vandalized and ransacked, demolished with sledgehammers.Two hundred sixty-seven synagogues were destroyed. So many windows were smashed that next morning city streets were strewn with broken glass. Hundreds of people were killed, and thousands more injured.The next morning, 30,000 men were rounded up, arrested and deported to concentration camps. Their crime: being Jewish.Kristallnacht was always a bitter history lesson. Now it is a chilling, timely warning.Perhaps David Glosser put it best. In a Nov. 2 CNN interview, Glosser harshly repudiated his own nephew, Stephen Miller, White House adviser and architect of Trump’s anti-immigrant campaign. Glosser pointed out that their family — his and Stephen’s — had fled European pogroms and would have perished under the Nazis if they had not been able to enter the U.S.Glosser said of the refugees currently walking in a caravan through Central America: “They are just like our family. We needed to come here. We needed to find someplace to go, and those that couldn’t suffered the consequences.”He added that Trump “is happy to condemn these people who are like our family, like my family.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Hrant Dink murder trial – where are the state’s records?

first_img RSF_en News July 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Help by sharing this information Hrant Dink murder trial – where are the state’s records? to go further April 2, 2021 Find out more Following the 14th hearing in the trial of the men accused of the January 2007 murder of Hrant Dink, a journalist of Armenian origin, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its support for the Dink family and its lawyers in their continuing battle for a fair trial.During the latest hearing, held on 12 July, the Dink family’s lawyers filed a request for the prosecution of several senior officials and leading nationalists, including:- Ergun Güngör, former deputy governor of Istanbul- Özer Yilmaz, former deputy chief of the of the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) in the Istanbul region- Levent Temiz, former head of a Turkish nationalist group called “Ülkü Ocaklari” (Idealist Centre)- Erhan Tmuroglu, who is charged in connection with an alleged conspiracy by an ultra-nationalist network called Ergenekon.The court transferred the request to the Istanbul prosecutor’s office. The Dink family’s lawyers also filed a complaint against Kemal Kerinçsiz, an ultranationalist lawyer and former head of Büyük Hukukçular Birligi (the Union of Turkish lawyers), an organisation that is responsible for most of the prosecutions based on article 301 of the criminal code outlawing any “insult” against the Turkish nation, people or institutions.Currently in prison for being part of the alleged Ergenekon conspiracy, Kerinçsiz helped turn Dink into a target for Turkish ultranationalists by submitting repeated requests to the judicial authorities for him to be prosecuted,Reporters Without Borders is exasperated by the lack of cooperation between the different branches of the Turkish state, some of which keep failing to provide the court with crucial documents in their possession, thereby considerably holding back the trial’s ability to progress.During the latest hearing, the alleged instigator of the murder, Erhan Tuncel, repeated that, prior to the murder, he had four phone conversations with a police officer, Mehmet Ayhan, about the plan to kill Dink. The last of these was in December 2006. “Each time I clearly said that Yasin Hayal had decided to kill Dink with a gun outside his newspaper.”But the court has never obtained information about the date, time and duration of these calls, and the numbers called, which would allow it to identify them precisely and to submit a request to the High Council for Telecommunications (TIB) for the recordings of these calls.This means that, for the past three years, neither the police, nor the intelligence services in Ankara nor the TIB have cooperated with the judicial authorities by providing them with any evidence whatsoever of the phone calls that allegedly took place between the alleged instigator and this police officer.A policeman serving a 15-year jail sentence in connection with another murder testified to the court during the latest hearing that he worked in his father’s Internet café on the morning of Dink’s murder and saw the alleged shooter, Ogün Samast, there. He said Samast spent nearly three hours in the café, called Kritik Café. It is located on Safak Street, where Samast is known to have fled after allegedly shooting Dink.The witness also testified that, after the murder, police came to the café to collect data from the computer Samast had used. They said they were not able to recover anything from it.Reporters Without Borders is also amazed that the court refused to hear testimony from former police intelligence chief Sabri Uzun, who has clearly said that a report about the threats to Dink was archived instead of being sent to him. “If I had been informed of the existence of this report, Hrant Dink would still be alive today,” he said.Reporters Without Borders will pay close attention to the next hearing, which is scheduled for 25 October. Organisation News Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News Follow the news on Turkey Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Paul Kamara remains in prison on technicality

first_img April 6, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts Follow the news on Sierra Leone News Organisation Help by sharing this information Sierra LeoneAfrica Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa Sierra LeoneAfrica to go furthercenter_img News Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more News April 25, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Paul Kamara remains in prison on technicality RSF_en Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Newspaper editor Paul Kamara is still in prison because a judge rejected his release request on a very minor technicality. The judge, Akiiki Kiiza, ruled on 22 April that the request was unacceptable because it was not signed by Kamara in person. In fact, the request was signed by his wife on 15 March using a power of attorney.Kamara’s lawyer, Joseph O.D Cole, has said he intends to appeal. Kamara, the editor of the weekly For Di People and a journalist whose relations with the government have long been strained, was sentenced in October 2004 to four years in prison under a 1965 law whose enforcement has repeatedly been condemned by the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) and the Lawyers Centre for Legal Assistance (LAWCLA).————————-2.03.2005 Imprisoned newspaper editor put in solitary confinement, in top-security cellReporters Without Borders wrote today to the UN secretary-general’s special representative in Sierra Leone voicing concern about reports that Paul Kamara, the editor of the daily For Di People, has been transferred to the high-security cell where former rebel chief Foday Sanko of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) was held until he died in 2003.The organization asked the special representative, who also heads the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), “to shed light on these reports and, if appropriate, to ensure that Kamara’s rights as a prisoner are respected.”According to information received by Reporters Without Borders, four prison guards burst into Kamara’s cell shortly after 8 p.m. on 22 February and tried to drag him to Sankoh’s former cell, which is only used for dangerous detainees. Kamara refused to go. This violent incident took place a few days after a search was carried out in his cell for unclear motives in the course of which his food stocks were confiscated.Following the initial, unsuccessful attempt to move Kamara, the prison authorities succeeded in transferring him to the high-security cell on 25 February. He is reportedly still being held there, in solitary confinement.In its letter to the head of UNAMSIL, Reporters Without Borders voiced “serious concern about these unlawful procedures, which have no place in a democracy.”The letter continued: “Not only is Mr. Kamara being detained on what are, in our view, spurious grounds, but it seems he is now the target of a campaign of harassment that goes far beyond any judicial procedure. If it is correct that he is now being treated as a dangerous criminal and is henceforth being kept in solitary confinement, in the cell where the RUF chief was held, it would constitute a gross human rights violation and an extremely serious attack on press freedom.”Reporters Without Borders ended the letter by reiterating its call for the immediate release of Kamara, who was sentenced to a total of four years in prison in October 2004 for “seditiously” libelling President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah.President Kabbah brought a libel action against Kamara over an article in the 3 October 2003 issue of For di People headlined, “Speaker of Parliament challenge! Kabbah is a true convict!”The report said a commission of enquiry had in 1968 found Kabbah – then finance minister – guilty of fraud. It also said it was unconstitutional of the parliamentary speaker to maintain that Kabbah enjoys immunity from prosecution as president. March 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

The Final Call: A special tribute to Anthony Foley #Axel

first_imgNewsThe Final Call: A special tribute to Anthony Foley #AxelBy Staff Reporter – October 20, 2016 1134 Keeping it SimpleAS a schoolboy growing up in the late nineties through the early 2000’s, if you were playing sport, it was all about Munster.You followed them everywhere you could, be it sneaking into the bowl at UL to see them training, or jumping the wall in the old Thomond Park, you wouldn’t think twice if given the opportunity.During a Heineken Cup game around 2003, I remember RTE commentator Tom McGurk saying “Axel Foley doing what he does best for Munster”.While he did nothing spectacular at that particular moment, it sums up the player he was. Not interested in the glamour plays, apart from the occasional chip’ n chase over the top which we can forgive him for, Axel played with pride, passion and, above all else, a distinct lack of showmanship.I had the privilege of working with him for a couple of seasons after he finished his playing career and have nothing but the utmost respect for the man. His messages before games were clear and concise.Before an under 20 interpro at the opening of the new Thomond Park Stadium in 2008 he said to the group, “Play for your family, and play for the man next to you”.In typical Foley style, we won the game 3-0.In his first season as Head Coach with Munster Rugby, the province got to the Pro12 final against Glasgow in Belfast. It was Paul O’Connell’s last game for Munster and the team were well beaten after a disappointing display.The following day, by chance, I bumped into Axel and a few of the lads in the Curragower bar in Limerick.I commiserated with him on the disappointment of losing out in another final, to which he replied, “We’ll come back stronger” and offered to buy a pint.He had an honesty and selflessness about him that shone through both on and off the pitch, and will forever be remembered as one of the greats the game.And that’s more than most men can hope for.20 May 2006; Munster captain Anthony Foley lifts the Heineken Cup after the game. Heineken Cup Final, Munster v Biarritz Olympique, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. Picture credit; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILEFarewell Axel PASSION, leadership, commitment, integrity.Those are just some of the words used to describe  Anthony Foley whose untimely death in Paris last Sunday shocked the nation.Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be incredibly difficult to comprehend and the emotion shown across the province of Munster and further afield this week has been palpable.Loved and respected by the masses, the reaction to such a monumental loss in such tragic circumstances has been nothing short of incredible.From the Red Army’s heartfelt rendition of the Fields of Athenry outside the Stade Yves du Manoir in Paris last Sunday, to the shrine in his honour at the gates of Thomond Park gives a broad indication of how much the ordinary people of Munster admired the man they knew as Axel.He was handed nothing and was self-made man.Totally honest both on and off the field, he was intrinsic in establishing the standards that brought Munster to the top table of the European game.And that did not happen overnight. It took eleven years of blood, sweat and tears from Foley and his band of brothers and it was fitting that he was the man to finally lift the European Cup in 2006.Hanging up his boots in 2008 after putting his heart and soul into the province, he could have walked away to an easier life. He didn’t.He stayed loyal to the cause and continued to give his all.In a time of transition when the demands of his role as head coach with Munster Rugby were particularly onerous, he didn’t waver.Aside from his sporting prowess, Axel was a loving father, husband, son and brother. A kind, shy, witty gentleman who supported local and national causes and organisations, he truly was a giant amongst men.Axel epitomised all that is good in sport and gave each and every one of us some magnificent memories.He will be greatly missed.For more see this week’s print edition of the Limerick Post.by Daragh Frawley / [email protected] Previous articleBeyond the neon runesNext article#highlights Live at Dolan’s this weekend Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email “If I’m going to be remembered I’d like to be seen as a stubborn player, somebody who wouldn’t give in. There were times during my career when I could have called it quits and gone off and done other things, but there was always a goal there, always something to achieve. Once there’s something to chase, I’ll chase it.” – Anthony Foley18 January 2003; Munster’s Anthony Foley leads the team out onto the pitch before the game to earn his 50th cap for Munster. Munster v Gloucester, Heineken European Cup, Thomond Park, Limerick. Rugby. Picture credit; Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILETHE PEOPLE of Munster are this week coming to terms with the untimely loss of one its favourite sons.Sunday October 16, 2016 will long be remembered as the day that Anthony Foley passed away. At 42 years of age, the rugby community will mourn the loss of a legend who was taken too soon, but will also find solace through the remarkable achievements of the man affectionately known as ‘Axel’.A teak tough rugby player, he was also a husband, son, father and brother who was as loving and supportive off the pitch as he was brave and uncompromising on it.You simply cannot imagine Munster without Anthony Foley.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Munster Rugby was the common ground that brought people from all walks of life together and Anthony Foley was the man leading from the front with inspiration and intelligence.A career that started in St Munchin’s College with a Munster Schools Junior Cup win in 1989. This would lay the foundations of what was to come.Labeled as ‘the best schools player to ever play the game’, Foley would arrive at the gates of Coonagh and become a pillar of the best All Ireland League team to ever grace the turf.Four successive All Ireland League titles and a whole host of other silverware led Munster and Ireland to come calling.While his Irish career was initially stop-start in nature, he nevertheless amassed 62 caps for his country.Above all else he was an integral part of the Munster Rugby journey that brought its supporters through every emotion possible.On a Wednesday afternoon in November 1995, Axel debuted for Munster against Swansea in the first ever Heineken Cup game.Part of the epic highs and devastating lows, he would twice be a central player in teams that were deprived of the biggest reward on the biggest stage in 2000 and 2002.After earning his stripes in the Munster jersey, he would go on to captain the 2006 Heineken Cup team that would finally grasp European Rugby’s Holy Grail.On this day of days, Foley wasn’t just lifting the trophy aloft in Cardiff; he was lifting the people of Munster to heights they hadn’t been to before.Calling time on his stellar career after Munster’s second Heineken Cup in 2008, Foley continued to give his all to Munster and went straight into coaching with the province.Starting from scratch, he took on coaching duties with Munster’s under 20 side, quickly learning his trade outside the lines. Graduating through the ‘A’ squad and assistant roles to become Munster’s head coach, Anthony Foley could have felt confident in the knowledge that he owed the game nothing.But that wasn’t his way and even when his coaching career hit stormy waters, he parked his personal ambitions and put the interests of his beloved Munster to the forefront.His death last weekend deprived Irish rugby of what might have been. But his legacy will live on whenever the red flag is raised.16 January 1999; Anthony Foley, Shannon, holds off the challenge of Colin McEntee, Lansdowne. AIB League Rugby, Shannon v Lansdowne, Clanwilliam RFC, Tipperary. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSAnthony FoleyAxelDaragh FrawleylimerickLimerick PostMunsterRugbyShannonSt Munchin’s WhatsApp Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” last_img read more

Suspect in 21 year old Glasgow death arrested in Derry

first_img Suspect in 21 year old Glasgow death arrested in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Previous articleNobel prizewinner unsure when he will return home to DonegalNext articleDerry GP launches Assembly election bid admin Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Google+center_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers A man’s been arrested in Derry in connection with a death in Glasgow 21 years ago.Officers from Police Scotland assisted by detectives from PSNI Serious Crime Branch detained a 39 yr old man in Derry this morning as part of an investigation into the death of 24 year old Derek Sheerin, who was found dead in the east end of Glasgow in September 1994.The suspect has been taken to Glasgow for questioning. PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal By admin – October 6, 2015 Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

The Impending Judicial Crisis: The Judiciary Needs To Prepare For An Avalanche Of Covid-19 Litigation

first_imgColumnsThe Impending Judicial Crisis: The Judiciary Needs To Prepare For An Avalanche Of Covid-19 Litigation Deepika Kinhal & Tarika Jain30 April 2020 9:58 PMShare This – xThe repercussions of COVID-19 are here to stay. Even after the lockdown is lifted and life returns to a semblance of normalcy, its aftermath will be felt for a long time by individuals, businesses and institutions alike. This especially holds true for the judiciary in the country. The massive disruption in trade and commerce is likely to manifest itself in a host of disputes specifically…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 repercussions of COVID-19 are here to stay. Even after the lockdown is lifted and life returns to a semblance of normalcy, its aftermath will be felt for a long time by individuals, businesses and institutions alike. This especially holds true for the judiciary in the country. The massive disruption in trade and commerce is likely to manifest itself in a host of disputes specifically in employment, tenancy and contractual matters. Undoubtedly, the courts across the country will be flooded with such COVID-19 induced cases. These cases will be entering a system already suffering under a burgeoning caseload, which has now only aggravated due to unanticipated shutdown of courts. In such a scenario, the judiciary will be wise to prepare in advance by putting in place a system that can absorb this influx of cases. For instance, China’s Ministry of Justice has issued guidelines for “internet arbitration systems” which will be developed to deal with the expected rise in disputes. Similarly, the Department of Justice, of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has launched the COVID-19 Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Scheme under which disputes involving micro, small and medium-sized enterprises will be resolved. Under the Scheme, a low cost three tiered method is proposed to be followed – first, negotiation, second, mediation and if both these fail, then arbitration. The entire process is also time bound to ensure swift resolution of disputes. It is clear that jurisdictions which have certain advanced level of online dispute resolution (ODR) capabilities, are looking at leveraging it. Significantly, they are looking towards alternate dispute resolution (“ADR”) to enable swifter resolution of disputes while avoiding over-burdening of courts. Given that even post the lock-down period, it cannot be business as usual for any institution, much less the overcrowded courts, Indian judiciary must similarly anticipate and plan for COVID-19 related surge in cases. This is critical as much for the judiciary as for the economy since resolution of disputes is key for individuals and industries to get back to work. ADR in Indian judiciary Court annexed ADR, that is, when the judge asks parties to attempt resolution through ADR methods instead of adversarial court process, is well entrenched in the judiciary with legislative backing. It is a tried and tested solution for reducing workload of judges while also ensuring that parties get enforceable settlements. In fact, the categories of cases where there is expected to be a steep rise, that is, family and commercial matters, the respective legislations provide for settlement of disputes through pre-litigation mediation. However, apart from a few private ODR platforms enabling resolution of disputes outside courts using ADR methods, there hasn’t been any attempt at infusing technology in court-annexed ADR. Need for Court annexed online ADR Indian judiciary has taken swift measures to ensure people have a way to access the system, albeit in an extremely limited capacity. The video-conference hearings and e-filing facilities in a few courts are significant first strides towards embracing technology in court processes. However, it is to be borne in mind that most of the virtual hearings are happening only in a few High Courts and the Supreme Court, which in any case do not deal with low value disputes. There is no clarity on how many district courts, if at all, are conducting online hearings or enabling e-filing. The first point of entry for most COVID-19 related disputes is going to be the district judiciary, specifically the labor, family and commercial courts in districts. It is critical that the judiciary builds capacity in such courts to deal with disputes arising out of COVID-19 crisis. To this end, the judiciary along with the government (Department of Justice) must take the following measures: 1. Develop a policy framework to enable court annexed ODR through mediation, negotiation and arbitration specifically for COVID-19 related disputes; and 2. Adopt and infuse technology solutions in designated courts in each district to facilitate court annexed ODR through ADR mechanisms. For this, the judiciary will need to work with mediation and arbitration institutions to tap into existing capacity in quality mediators and arbitrators. In addition, for post lock-down phase, the judiciary must streamline the handling of all COVID-19 cases by designating specific courts (and judges) as special courts to deal with all such disputes. This will prevent the entire system from collapsing from the sheer volume of cases. Timely disposal of cases is essential to open up stalled services and industries. More importantly, access to the judiciary is important to give respite to individuals suffering from financial, emotional and physical duress. The readiness of the judiciary will determine the lives and fates of businesses and individuals in the coming few months. Failure to take necessary measures will not only result in a judicial crisis, but also a judiciary induced crisis on an already suffering nation.This article is first published hereViews Are Personal Only(The authors work with judicial reforms vertical at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy) Next Storylast_img read more

DCGI Approves Serum Institute’s ‘Covishield’, Bharat Biotech’s ‘Covaxin’ Vaccines For Emergency Restricted Use

first_imgTop StoriesDCGI Approves Serum Institute’s ‘Covishield’, Bharat Biotech’s ‘Covaxin’ Vaccines For Emergency Restricted Use LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK2 Jan 2021 11:12 PMShare This – xIndia’s drug controller Drugs Controller General of India(DCGI) has approved Serum Institute of India’s ‘Covishield’ and Bharat Biotech’s ‘Covaxin’ for restricted emergency use.This was informed by Dr VG Somani, the Drugs Controller General of India, in a press conference on Sunday.Serum Institute of India(SII) sought approval for the ‘Covishield’ vaccine developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca….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?LoginIndia’s drug controller Drugs Controller General of India(DCGI) has approved Serum Institute of India’s ‘Covishield’ and Bharat Biotech’s ‘Covaxin’ for restricted emergency use.This was informed by Dr VG Somani, the Drugs Controller General of India, in a press conference on Sunday.Serum Institute of India(SII) sought approval for the ‘Covishield’ vaccine developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca. Bharat Biotech developed a Whole Virion Inactivated Corona Virus Vaccine (Covaxin) in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) and National Institute of Virology, Pune.Serum and Bharat Biotech vaccines have to be administered in two doses. All the three vaccines have to be stored at 2-8° C. The drugs controller has also granted approval for phase-III clinical trial for the vaccine developed by another pharmaceutical company, M/s Cadila Healthcare Ltd.The Subject Expert Committee of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) met on 1st and 2nd January, 2021 and made recommendations in respect of proposal for Restricted Emergency Approval of COVID-19 virus vaccine of M/s Serum Institute of India and M/s Bharat Biotech as well as Phase III clinical trial of M/s Cadila Healthcare Ltd.In a press release, the CDSCO informed that approval has been granted for Serum and Bharat Biotech vaccines for restricted emergency use and for the clinical trial of the vaccine of Cadila.”After adequate examination, CDSCO has decided to accept the recommendations of the Expert Committee and accordingly, vaccines of M/s Serum and M/s Bharat Biotech are being approved for restricted use in emergency situation and permission is being granted to M/s Cadila Healthcare for conduct of the Phase III”, Dr Somani, the DCGI, told the press.Serum Institute of India, Pune has presented a Recombinant Chimpanzee Adenovirus vector vaccine (Covishield) encoding the SARS-CoV-2 Spike (S) glycoprotein with technology transfer from AstraZeneca/Oxford University. The firm submitted safety, immunogenicity and efficacy data generated on 23,745 participants aged ≥ 18 years or older from overseas clinical studies. The overall vaccine efficacy was found to be 70.42%. Further, M/s Serum was granted permission to conduct Phase-II/III clinical trial on 1600 participants within the country. The firm also submitted the interim safety and immunogenicity data generated from this trial and the data was found comparable with the data from the overseas clinical studies. After detailed deliberations Subject Expert Committee has recommended for the grant of permission for restricted use in emergency situation subject to certain regulatory conditions. The clinical trial ongoing within the country by the firm will continue.M/s Bharat Biotech has developed a Whole Virion Inactivated Corona Virus Vaccine (Covaxin) in collaboration with ICMR and NIV (Pune), from where they received the virus seed strains. This vaccine is developed on Vero cell platform, which has well established track record of safety and efficacy in the country & globally.The firm has generated safety and immunogenicity data in various animal species such as mice, rats, rabbits, Syrian hamster, and also conducted challenge studies on non-human primates (Rhesus macaques) and hamsters. All these data has been shared by the firm with CDSCO. Phase I and Phase II clinical trials were conducted in approx.800 subjects and the results have demonstrated that the vaccine is safe and provides a robust immune response. The Phase III efficacy trial was initiated in India in 25,800 volunteers and till date, ~22,500 participants have been vaccinated across the country and the vaccine has been found to be safe as per the data available till date.The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) has reviewed the data on safety and immunogenicity of the vaccine and recommended for grant of permission for restricted use in emergency situation in public interest as an abundant precaution, in clinical trial mode, to have more options for vaccinations, especially in case of infection by mutant strains. The clinical trial ongoing within the country by the firm will continue.M/s Cadila Healthcare Ltd., has developed a Novel Corona Virus-2019-nCov-Vaccine using DNA platform technology. The firm initiated Phase-I/II clinical trial in India in more than 1000 participants which is ongoing. The interim data suggests that the vaccine is safe and immunogenic with three doses when administered intradermally. Accordingly, firm has sought permission to conduct Phase-III clinical trial in 26000 Indian participants, which has been recommended by the Subject Expert Committee. 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