first_img Reporters Without Borders today condemned the action of the Honduran College of Journalists (CPH) in reporting 43 people to the authorities for working as journalists without belonging to a professional association. The CPH said it also suspected them of using their positions as journalists to get advertising contracts and derive other benefits.“The CPH is confusing two issues,” Reporters Without Borders said. “That some journalists use their profession for questionable ends is already established and deserves to be condemned. But what guarantee does membership of a professional association offer against such behaviour? And conversely, in what way does non-membership of such a group prevent one from working honestly as a journalist?The press freedom organisation added: “Aside from the issue of journalists informing on other journalists, we object to a corporatist definition of journalism as it is contrary to freedom of expression and information.”In the view of CPH president Juan Ramón Mairena, there has been an “alarming” increase in the illegal practice of journalism, “largely sustained by the profits which the usurping journalists get from advertising contracts, some of them with the state.”Mairena filed a petition with the Honduran court of accounting on 11 May proposing that “for every advertising contract with a news or opinion outlet, a certificate of professional membership and a certificate of solvency issued by the CPH treasurer should be presented in advance.”According to the Honduran Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre), the following day Mairena gave state prosecutor Jari Dixon the names of 43 alleged “usurpers.” The list included people studying journalism at state and private universities, police officers and even a retired army officer.The CPH petition violates the Organisation of American States convention on free expression, which says membership of a professional body should be optional for journalists. The same principle is upheld in the Declaration of Chapultepec, which the Inter-American Press Association issued on 11 March 1994.The CPH and the Association of the Honduran Press (APH) are the two main journalists’ unions in Honduras. There is also the Union of Workers in Press, Printing and Similar Trades (Sitinpres). Some independent, academic and community journalists refuse to join any of the associations. News Follow the news on Honduras RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” RSF_en Organisation HondurasAmericas Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 19, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 College reports 43 journalists for not joining professional associations News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News April 27, 2021 Find out more HondurasAmericas December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more


first_imgTop StoriesPunjab & Haryana HC Sets Aside Moratorium Imposed By Bar Council Of India On Opening Of New Law Colleges LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK23 Dec 2020 1:51 AMShare This – x”BCI should seriously dilate on the issue of maintaining standard of legal education”The Punjab and Haryana High Court has set aside the three-year moratorium imposed by the Bar Council of India (BCI) on opening of new law colleges as ultra vires the Indian Constitution. A Single Bench of Justice Rekha Mittal, in a verdict rendered on 4th December 2020, held that the BCI cannot impose a complete ban on opening of new law colleges, under the pretext 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 Punjab and Haryana High Court has set aside the three-year moratorium imposed by the Bar Council of India (BCI) on opening of new law colleges as ultra vires the Indian Constitution. A Single Bench of Justice Rekha Mittal, in a verdict rendered on 4th December 2020, held that the BCI cannot impose a complete ban on opening of new law colleges, under the pretext of regulating Legal Education. “No doubt, the BCI can issue guidelines/circulars etc. and press for compliance thereof as well as 2008 Rules either at the grant of approval to a New College or adherence thereof by the Colleges/Institutes for Legal Education already existing throughout the country but under that pretext it can not impose a complete ban on opening of New Institutes for imparting Legal Education,” the order states. Background The Court was hearing a writ petition filed by the Chandigarh Education Society, asking the Court to allow them to establish a new law college namely, ‘Chandigarh Law College’. They further sought directions from the Court to declare the moratorium imposed by the Bar Council of India as violative of their fundamental right to practice any profession, or to carry any occupation, trade or business, under Article 19(1)(g) of the Indian Constitution. The petitioners submitted before the Court that they had purchased land for establishing the Law College on 15.1.2018. They further stated that they aimed at starting a new college with intake of 240 students from academic session 2020-21. They also obtained a Land Use Change report (CLU), started the construction of infrastructure, and obtained affiliation from Punjabi University and a No Objection Certificate from the State Government. But, the BCI has still not granted them the necessary permission under the Legal Education Rules, 2008 to establish the law college. The petitioner argued with vigour that the BCI had no power under Section 7(1)(h) of the Advocates Act, 1961 to ban new law colleges from being established. The petitioner contended that this Section only empowers the Council to lay down the standard of education that the law colleges have to adhere to. The Counsel for the petitioner further stated, “on one hand, BCI is not processing application of society but at the same time, the BCI made demand for deposit of money even during pendency of petition” The Counsel for the Respondents argued that the moratorium was only imposed in the interest of improving the standards of the existing legal education institutes. The Counsel further stated, “running of educational institutions can legally be regularized by way of rules/notifications/guidelines and circulars etc.” Findings The Court observed that the Council had failed to mention any provision of the Advocates Act which empowers it to impose a complete ban on the establishment of any new legal education institute. The Court also noted that the Council had failed to point out any law institute that had been shut down till date for non-adherence to the prescribed standard of Legal Education or circulars issued by the BCI. “If the existing Centers of Legal Education/Law Colleges/Law Institutes have failed to comply with the guidelines and circulars issued by the BCI or BCI has failed to ensure compliance thereof by getting timely inspection reports or scheduled information etc., the BCI cannot justify its failure to ensure maintenance of standards of Legal Education by imposing complete ban on setting up of New Law Colleges, in violation of fundamental right under Article 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution of India that deals with right of citizens to practice any profession, or to carry any occupation, trade or business,” held the Court. Reliance was placed on TMA Pai Foundation v. State of Karnataka where it was held that establishing an educational institution is a fundamental right. The Court expressed that the BCI had the authority to issue any circulars or guidelines to ensure that the law institutes or centres of legal education are adhering to certain standards, but it does not have the right to impose a complete ban on opening of new institutes for imparting legal education. Coming to the case at hand, the Court directed the BCI to take a decision on the application submitted by the Petitioner post-haste, preferably within a period of three months. Before parting, Justice Mittal remarked, “I would like to express that the BCI should seriously dilate on the issue of maintaining standard of legal education. Many new entrants in legal profession are not up to the mark in drafting of petitions or assisting the Court. Some of them are not confident enough to speak court language. The BCI may take steps to ensure practical training to Law students in its real meaning and sense. It may also examine of creating a portal or/and nodal agency to ensure compliance of BCI instructions, guidelines, 2008 Rules etc. by the centres of legal education.” Case Title: Chandigarh Educational Society v. Bar Council of India & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe 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


first_img Facebook Buncrana Pier Tragedy mother hopes inquest is over soon Homepage BannerNews Twitter Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Pinterest Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img Google+ By News Highland – November 22, 2017 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleFormer Tanaiste describes Lord Kilclooneys comments on Donegal as nonsenseNext article€50,000 sanctioned for Gweebarra football club News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows An inquest opens into the Buncrana Pier Tragedy this morning – which killed five members of a family from Derry.Sean McGrotty – his two sons, Mark and Evan – his partner’s mother Ruth Daniels and her daughter, Jodie Lee died in March last year.Their car slid from the slipway into Lough Swilly.Sean’s baby daughter – Rioghnach-Ann was the only survivor.His partner, Louise James has shared this message through Parish Priest, Father Paddy O’Kane:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/buncranfghgfhgfana8am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgPolice Handout (TOPEKA, Kan.) — A man who spent 17 years in prison for crimes committed by a lookalike has been awarded a $1.1 million settlement by the state of Kansas.Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday that he had agreed to a resolution with Richard Jones, who was imprisoned in 2000 for an aggravated robbery he did not commit.Jones was convicted of trying to steal a purse in the parking lot of a WalMart in Roeland Park, Kansas, in 1999. There was no physical evidence, DNA or fingerprints that linked him to the crime, and he had an alibi — he was at his girlfriend’s home in Kansas City.But two eyewitnesses misidentified him, telling police that either a light-skinned Hispanic or African-American man committed the crime and picking him out of six mugshots.He was released last year after the Midwest Innocence Project and the University of Kansas School of Law helped uncover the wrongful conviction. A judge ordered him released after witnesses, including the robbery victim, could not tell him and another inmate in the system, Ricky Amos, apart.Amos and Jones are close in age, have similar skin tone, the same facial hair and cornrows. Amos has denied any involvement in the crime and will not be prosecuted since the statute of limitations on the crime have expired.“I hoped and prayed every day for this day to come, and when it finally got here it was an overwhelming feeling,” Jones told ABC News last year.John Cowles, the original prosecutor on the case who is now a criminal defense attorney, told ABC News last year that Jones’ conviction was based “solely on eyewitness identification.”“I realized that we had very unfortunately convicted the wrong man,” Cowles said. “We spoke at the hearing and he was appreciative and I wished him luck.”Jones’ case was the first to be resolved under a new mistaken-conviction statute that went into effect earlier this year, according to the attorney general’s office. Two other people have filed mistaken-conviction lawsuits.In addition to compensation, Jones was granted a certificate of innocence, counseling, permission to participate in the state health care benefits program for plan years 2019 and 2020, and records of his arrest and conviction were ordered expunged and any biological samples associated with his mistaken conviction are ordered destroyed, according to the attorney general’s office.“We are committed to faithfully administering the new mistaken-conviction statute the legislature enacted,” Schmidt said. “In this case, it was possible on the existing record to resolve all issues quickly, satisfy all of the statute’s requirements, and agree to this outcome so Mr. Jones can receive the benefits to which he is entitled by law because he was mistakenly convicted.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgToa55/iStockBY: WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC NEWS(DENVER) — A couple married for 68 years who wanted to stay with their dream home adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park died this week in the East Troublesome Fire after refusing evacuation help from friends, family and local authorities, according to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.Lyle and Marylin Hileman, ages 86 and 84, were last heard from on Wednesday when their son, Glenn Hileman, spoke with them over the phone.Hileman, in a note to ABC News, said his parents called him to say, “it’s here … the entire valley is on fire.” The couple said they were going to take their chances in the basement and that he should call his siblings.“They were calm, resolute and adamant – they would not leave,” Hileman said.After calling his siblings to tell them the news, Hileman said he tried to contact his parents again but was unsuccessful.A friend and local safety officials, according to the family, drove through roadblocks in an effort to rescue the couple, but all offers to leave were refused. “Their only desire was to be together in the home they loved,” the family said in a statement.Their bodies were found Friday.“To the Hileman family: I’m extremely sorry for your loss. Every family is important, and your family is just as important. Please know that our rescuers and responders – your friends, family and neighbors – did everything possible this evening to save your family,” Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin said at a press conference Friday.The couple, married as teenagers in 1952, bought the property “with everything they had” in the 70s with a vision of developing the land.The family said Lyle and Marylin Hileman made it their “life-long mission” to make their property at Grand Lake “heaven on Earth,” where anyone was welcome, according to a statement from the family.“They were together and calm. There is no other way they would’ve preferred to leave this life and certainly nowhere else they would have selected as a final resting place,” Hileman told ABC News. “They will be deeply missed by all who knew them. We consider the property sacred and Grand Lake to be a magical wonderland.”The East Troublesome fire exploded by more than 100,000 acres Wednesday, forcing widespread evacuations. It has burned more than 186,000 acres and is only 4% contained.There are no other missing persons from the fire, according to Schroetlin.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_img Previous Article Next Article The EAT’s clarification of “disability” definition underdiscrimination Act puts employers in tribunal spotlightThe Employment Appeal Tribunal has given further guidance on the definitionof disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, following theGoodwin v The Patent Office case, which had said tribunals should adopt a morepurposive approach to the meaning of disability. In Vicary v British Telecommunications, the EAT stressed that it is for thetribunals themselves, looking at all the evidence to decide whether or not anapplicant is disabled under the Act. Under section 1(1) of the Act, a person has a disability if they have”a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-termadverse affect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-dayactivities”.While medical evidence is obviously relevant to part of the definition – thequestion of whether there is a physical or mental impairment – the EATemphasised that it is not for a doctor to define a “normal day-to-dayactivity, or to decide if the impairment was or was not “substantial”.Facts of the caseVicary claimed disability discrimination by her employer. She was employedas a clerical officer and had a condition which meant she lost strength in herarms. BT denied she was disabled within the Act. Despite finding that she wasunable to do heavy shopping, carry briefcases or undertake cooking activities,the tribunal held that her impairment did not have a “substantial adverseeffect” because she could use both hands to an extent. The tribunal focused on the functions she could perform and suggested shecould reasonably be expected to modify her behaviour to overcome, for example,her inability to open jars by using an electric tin opener which would meanthere was no substantial effect on those activities. It also took into account the employer’s doctor’s opinion that there was animpairment but the impairment was not “substantial” under the meaningof the Act. Vicary appealed. The EAT held that she was disabled. It said tribunals should concentrate onthe tasks an applicant cannot perform and that, in this case, the tribunalshould not have considered whether Vicary could reasonably be expected tomodify her behaviour to lessen the impact of her impairment. The fact that aperson can mitigate the effect of their disability does not mean they are notdisabled within the Act.ImplicationsThe cases of Goodwin and Vicary suggest a concern by the EAT that tribunalswere interpreting the definition of disability too restrictively and relied toomuch on medical evidence. In Vicary the EAT held that the tribunal’s decisionwas flawed because it had, in effect, delegated its decision-making to thedoctor. For employers, it is useful to have the clarification because tribunalapproaches to the issue have differed. It is likely that these cases will meanmore applicants will be able to satisfy the test of disability so that,increasingly, the focus will be on the treatment of the applicant by theemployer and, where there has been less favourable treatment, if that treatmentcan be justified. Employers should therefore be prepared to give clear evidence as to reasonsfor the treatment of a disabled employee and attempts to make reasonableadjustments where appropriate. Sarah Lamont is a partner in the employment department of Bevan Ashfordsolicitors Related posts:No related photos. Employers exposed to wider ‘disability’ netOn 25 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more


first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Sickness absence because of low back pain can be in part theresult of low job satisfaction. There were also some indications of a relation between lowsocial support, either from supervisors or co-workers, and sickness absencebecause of low back pain. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. A team from the Vrije Universiteit Medical Centre inAmsterdam examined 732 to see whether physical and psychosocial loads at workinfluenced sickness absence because of low back pain. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2002;59:309-322 It found that flexion and rotation of the trunk, lifting andlow job satisfaction were all risk factors for sickness absence because of lowback pain. Back pain and job satisfactionOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more


first_img Previous Article Next Article Life Long Learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are theprocesses by which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve theirpractice. There are many ways to address CPD: formally, through attending courses,study days and workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection.Reading articles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up-to-datewith what is going on in the field of practice, but reflecting and identifyingwhat you have learnt is not always easy. These questions are designed to helpyou to identify what you have learnt from studying the article. They will alsohelp you to clarify what you can apply to practice, what you did not understandand what you need to explore further. 1. How many people does the Mental Health Foundation say will experiencesome kind of mental health problem in the course of a year? a) 1 in 3 b) 1 in 4 c) 1 in 5 d) 1 in 6 2. What percentage of drugs prescribed in the NHS are for mental healthproblems? a) 25 per cent b) 33 per cent c) 10 per cent d) 20 per cent 3. In the definition of mental health under the DDA, what qualifiesmental illness? a) The length of time b) Recognition by a respected body of medical opinion c) The number of episodes d) Recognition by the Department of Health 4. What is the aim of the Working Minds campaign? a) To undertake a study b) To obtain mental health statistics c) To lift the lid on one of society’s last taboos d) To hold focus groups 5. Where can you read case histories about people’s experiences of mentalill health at work? a) Mind Out for Mental Health b) CBI/DOH survey c) HSE d) Working Minds 6. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic that influences thelikelihood of one suffering from stress? a) Personality b) Age c) Past experiencesd) Genetic factors 7. Which company has signed up to the Working Minds partnership? a) Boots b) Zeneca c) Marks & Spencerd) The Post Office 8. What is the purpose of organisational behaviour modification? a) To strengthen desirable behaviour and weaken undesirable behaviour,creating a happier and more productive workforce b) To weaken desirable behaviour and strengthen undesirable behaviour, creatinga happier and more productive workforce c) To strengthen desirable behaviour and weaken undesirable behaviour d) To weaken desirable behaviour and strengthen undesirable behaviour 9. The RCN survey sampled a) 5,000 nurses with a 58.5 per cent response rate b) 6,000 nurses with a 58.5 per cent response rate c) 5,000 nurses with a 68.5 per cent response rate d) 6,000 nurses with a 68.5 per cent response rate 10. The RCN survey identified a good employer as one that a) Provides well-designed employee-friendly services b) Values and consults staff c) Provides a safe environment and protects and supports staff d) All of the above Feedback1b); 2a); 3b) Revisit your information on the DDA and ensure youunderstand and are conversant with the mental health aspects of disability. 4c)Obtain a copy of the Working Minds document – you can download it from thewebsite www.workfoundation.com – and study it carefully. Consider how you canimplement the recommendations in your workplace. 5d) Read the casehistories in the Working Minds document. 6b) It was difficult to find ananswer which would not create stress in someone! 7c); 8a)Find out more about organisational behaviour modification and discuss with arespected colleague or your clinical supervisor if this would be relevant inyour organisation and what part occupational health could play. 9d)Obtain a copy of this publication and consider how relevant the survey findingsare to organisations other than healthcare establishments. 10d) Reviewthis article and the documents relating to mental health promotion in theworkplace. Discuss with your colleagues how far your organisation and practicego to establishing mental wellbeing in the workplace and consider whatimprovements you can make at a meso and micro level. Comments are closed. Learning for life: Mental healthOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


first_imgA proptech firm has suggested that the government’s recent decision to stamp out gazumping with ‘voluntary reservation agreements’ is a significantly behind the digital curve.Gazeal says its service, which enables a vendor and buyer to enter into a legally-binding contract at an early stage of the sales process offers a solution to gazumping and is “already working”.The company says its system prevents 100% of sales falling through against an industry average of over 33%, although in some markets it can peak at nearly 40%.This it says is because usually neither party is legally bound into the process for between four and 12 weeks prior to the exchange of contracts.Consequently it claims £270 million is wasted every year by buyers on surveys and other expenses for purchases that eventually fall through.Unsurprisingly, government research therefore reveals that 70% of house hunters would welcome a system that eliminates gazumping – which Gazeal says it already provides.Its service reduces the transaction period on average from 77 to 35 days, the company claims.“Our research shows that the cost per failed transaction per household is over £1,000 on average and this can be totally avoided by using our legally binding agreement,” says Duncan Samuel, Managing Director of Gazeal (left).“The Government seems determined to improve the housing transaction process and we fully support that.“[But our] system goes further – even removing the Caveat Emptor rule in that we guarantee the title on house purchases. Under the existing system buyers or their solicitors have to check the title to ensure its ‘good’. We insure that risk.”Read more about Proptech.  house selling reform gazumping prevention platform gazumping reform Gazeal gazumping Duncan Samuel voluntary reservation agreements April 17, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Yes minister, a solution to gazumping already exists previous nextProducts & ServicesYes minister, a solution to gazumping already existsTech firm claims its platform already offers a better version of the voluntary reservation agreements the government wants to introduce.Nigel Lewis17th April 20180801 Viewslast_img read more


first_imgThe majority of consumers view malt as a healthy ingredient, which improves the flavour of food, according to new research commissioned by Muntons.The survey, carried out by Cognet Research, involved 100 face-to-face interviews with consumers*, of which nearly two thirds (64%) said they felt the addition of malt increased the nutritional value of food. Seventy-five per cent said they believed its addition made products “more tasty”. The findings also highlighted consumers’ feelings that products containing malt were not necessarily easy to come by, with 64% stating the inclusion of malt should be promoted more on packaging.“These survey findings are interesting, encouraging but not altogether surprising,” commented Andrew Fuller, product development technologist at malt manufacturer and supplier Muntons.“They demonstrate that consumers, in the main, have very positive perceptions of malt as an ingredient that enhances both the flavour and nutritional value of an array of foods.”* To qualify for interview, all respondents must have heard of malt.last_img read more