How to – Stay in Top Condition

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Thai-style clinch (left): start with one hand on back of partner’s head and on ‘go’ work to gain head control with two hands thereGreco-Roman wrestle: aim to get two arms around partner above the hips. Start with one arm under theirsOn ‘go’, work to get both hands around partnerThis article appeared in the December 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. This chins-dips superset will help you add volume to the upper body and drive down body fat – useful at this time of year.Perform one set then the other with no rest between exercisesChin-up (left): keep chest up and get your chin over the barBar dips (right): position bars a little wider than shoulder width. Support body weight through handsLower chest until 90° bend at the elbow and push back upConditioning ToolWrestle mania! These are two intensive conditioning tools to help you maintain that physical edge.center_img AS THE festive season looms, you will need to manage your time and social life well, writes John Dams, Harlequins’ head of strength and conditioning. So while others take a break from training, it’s your turn to work harder than everyone else.Warm-upLateral hurdle walkovers are good for improving mobility around the hips, while the wall slide is a thoracic mobility exercise.Lateral hurdle walkovers (left): put hands on head. Keep chest high and legs straight. Step over without breaking at the hipSharman wall slide (right): Sit up against a wall with a small bend in knee and arms on wall. Keep lower back against wallPush hands and elbows up and down the wallKey movement IStay focused on training despite festive distractions. These two intense lower-limb lifts will help you through to the New Year.Box squat (left): use box positioned at appropriate height, with thighs slightly below parallelKeep weight through heels. Control descent to box, pause, liftPistol squat (right): use band or rope to assist movementOn a single leg, sit down as deep as you can and then push upKey movement IIlast_img read more

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P.K. House / Junsekino Architect and Design

first_img Thailand ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/880083/pk-house-junsekino-architect-and-design Clipboard ArchDaily “COPY” P.K. House / Junsekino Architect and Design Area:  450 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Spaceshift Studio+ 28 Share CopyAbout this officeJunsekino Architect and DesignOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBangkokThailandPublished on September 25, 2017Cite: “P.K. House / Junsekino Architect and Design” 24 Sep 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP BaseSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE Pyramid/HippedConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagWall Cladding – MDF Perforated PanelsStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – ClassiqueFloorsFranken-SchotterFlooring Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerFittingsSaliceStorage Accessories – Excessories, Pull- outArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsEmuSeating System – TamiMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?让光通透,让人模糊 P.K. House / Junsekino Architect and Design是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Year:  Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/880083/pk-house-junsekino-architect-and-design Clipboardcenter_img Manufacturers: COTTO, SYS, TOACity:BangkokCountry:ThailandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Spaceshift StudioRecommended ProductsLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedText description provided by the architects. P.K. House is a single house for the family of five locating within the developed housing on suburban area of Bangkok. With an identical shape and size of plot, an architect chose to specify first the open space in order to give the building some sense of uniqueness which this space will be used for relaxing, exercising and planting. In addition, the family members can breathe in the natural air as well as ease their stress and enjoy the scenery of nature outside.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioSave this picture!Plan 01The interior space including living area and dining room are designed to be shared space for serving all the members on their joint activities with a double space in some area making this space wide andwell-ventilated. The second floor space would emphasizing more on the privacy with a common area that can be extended in the future if needed.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioThe boundary of the house and living area are clearly defined which helps creating the sense of privacy to the space. By using double layer façade, the space is not only become more private but also become cooler as this screen help reducing heat penetrating to the interior space. Furthermore, with the use of the metal mesh as a façade element, the light and shadow effect within the space is shifted through time which create the aesthetic perception likewise the natural ventilation to the resident. As well as for the roof, the double layer method also apply to the design which help lighten the overall mass of the building and cool down the space inside. Altogether of these stated elements, these become part of distinguishing the horizontal and vertical element of the design. Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioProject gallerySee allShow lessOne-None-Stone House / TAO OfficeSelected ProjectsPorto’s Subway Through The Lens of Fernando GuerraArticles Share 2017 P.K. House / Junsekino Architect and DesignSave this projectSaveP.K. House / Junsekino Architect and Design Photographs Photographs:  Spaceshift Studio Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Projects Architects: Junsekino Architect and Design Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” CopyHouses•Bangkok, Thailandlast_img read more

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Recession may not be all bad news for fundraising

first_img Howard Lake | 14 October 2008 | News A report by an Irish charity recruitment and fundraising consultancy suggests that the recession may not have as bad an impact on fundraising as some feared. Largely based on the experience of America and the impact of some major historical turning points the report suggests stock market falls can have a fundraising upside.The report is compiled by 2into3 and draws heavily on a university study in America and other US literature. The report points out that the $44 million from Merrill Lynch and $39 million from Lehman Brothers given to non‐profits in 2007 is unlikely to be repeated but says that the Fall of France in 1940 saw an increase of 47% in giving while after the attack on Pearl Harbour it increased by 35%.Some suggested strategies for fundraising in an unfavourable climate include:— Diversifying income— Re-focusing on donor retention— Continuing to try to recruit new donors— Keeping in touch with lapsed donorsThe report is available on 2into3’s website.www.2into3.com Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Ireland Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Recession may not be all bad news for fundraising  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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MOT reminder service offers online affinity income for charities

first_imgMOT reminder service offers online affinity income for charities Tagged with: Digital Trading MOT-reminder.com, which reminds motorists when their MOT test is due, is offering an affinity deal to charities that partner with it. The company is offering to donate 10p for each registration directed to the site.Each year over 26 million MOT tests are required in the UK, but MOT-reminder.com say that more than a quarter of people forget to renew their MOT. This can lead to a fine of up to £1,000 and in most cases invalidates people’s motor insurance.The company is offering appropriate banners and buttons for affiliates to encourage registration, or a co-branded version of the website specific to a charity’s visitors.MOT-reminder.com’s Brian Hooker said: “By giving your supporters the choice to receive a reminder, you could be providing a responsible, value added service. It could also generate revenue.”www.mot-reminder.com Howard Lake | 27 April 2010 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  18 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Global virtual classic and supercar concours aims to raise £100,000 for Unicef UK

first_img Tagged with: virtual event 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. Classic and supercars, which would have been appearing at concours events around the globe this year, can now take part in an online concours that aims to raise £100,000 for Unicef UK.  Concours Virtual will be run across social media and a dedicated website to give owners the opportunity to take part in a global event and for enthusiasts around the world to see some of the world’s best cars. The cars will be judged by a group of motoring experts and celebrities.The online concours starts on 30 June and runs until 9 August. It has 17 classes, ranging from Cars of the Art Deco period to Concept Cars of the 1970s, and 70 years of Formula 1. There will also be a special tribute class to the late Sir Stirling Moss.Dozen of vehicles are already lined up to take part along with expert judges including Wayne Carini from Discovery Channel’s ‘Chasing Classic Cars’, classic car collector and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, and Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival founder, the Duke of Richmond.The classes will be judged by more than 40 judges altogether who will choose the Best in Show.  The public will also be able to vote for their favourite concours cars in each class as well as for their overall favourite for the People’s Choice Award.Concours Virtual entrants and visitors will be asked to donate to Unicef online. Funds will come into the UK office for global distribution.Nick Mason said:“Given the present circumstances, a virtual concours is far superior to no event at all! But perhaps best of all, it’s an opportunity to raise much needed funds for that most worthy of organisations.”Wayne Carini said: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 “In the midst of the global pandemic, with most car events postponed or cancelled for the year, it will be great to get together and share our passion for the automobile at a virtual concours, while raising money for a wonderful charity. Unicef has been helping children around the world since 1946 and during this worldwide pandemic they need our help more than ever.”Concours Virtual is organised by Hothouse Media, publishers of the global quarterly classic car magazine Magneto and the annual Concours Yearbook.  324 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Main image: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder – an early entry into the Post-War Grand Tourers class of the Concours Virtual  323 total views,  2 views today Global virtual classic and supercar concours aims to raise £100,000 for Unicef UK Melanie May | 11 June 2020 | Newslast_img read more

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‘Real Detroiters Speak Out’ to World Conference of Mayors

first_imgThe World Conference of Mayors is convening its 33rd anniversary conference in Detroit from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26. Was Detroit picked to host this event because of its dramatic population loss, record poverty and unemployment, mass home foreclosures and water shutoffs? Because of the racism and devastating austerity visited upon this majority African-American city?Not at all. Detroit was chosen for this international conference because of the alleged “exemplary leadership of Mayor Mike Duggan and his administration,” which “transformed Detroit into a city of extraordinary opportunities and possibilities,” according to wcmdetroit2017.com.The Moratorium Now Coalition says the city was picked to host the WCM’s International Trade and Investment Conference because of a development resurgence in which “public revenues generated through … taxation are being funneled to the capitalist corporations” and banks.Downtown Detroit has been gentrified. Sports arenas and commercial venues have proliferated at city taxpayers’ expense, while the neighborhoods and residents are forgotten and left to fend for themselves.Once the hub of the world’s automobile industry, with a population over 1.8 million, Detroit now has fewer than 673,000 residents. The population was decimated after two capitalist tsunamis flooded the city. The first occurred in the late 1970s and 1980s when the auto industry restructured by deliberately targeting the Black autoworkers and closing virtually every plant in the city.The second crisis hit in the early 2000s and accelerated the population loss and leveling of the neighborhoods. This was the racist, predatory subprime mortgage scheme and subsequent bankrupting of the city caused by the banks and financial institutions with the collusion of all levels of government.According to Moratorium Now, more than 1 in 3 Detroit homes were foreclosed between 2005 and 2015. Since 2005, 139,699 of Detroit’s 384,672 homes have been foreclosed because of home mortgage defaults or unpaid property taxes. The city has approximately one-third fewer occupied homes than it did just a decade ago. Detroiters once had the highest rate of homeownership in the U.S., but now, abandoned and vandalized homes and other structures are the norm.To bring to light the real situation facing the city and its residents, a “Real Detroiters Speak Out” event is being organized by an array of activists under the leadership of the Moratorium Now Coalition. They are inviting mayors from around the world to attend and hear directly from the people of Detroit. They are also planning tours of the neighborhoods so the invitees can see the corporate disaster imposed on the people of Detroit and “what the future holds for every major city if the banks get their way.”The call by organizers says their alternative event “will fully expose the role of the banks, multinational corporations, the business media and political comprador elites in perpetuating the superexploitation of the people of Detroit. …The People’s Summit will discuss a real agenda for the rebirth and rebuilding of our neighborhoods and communities. Real development in Detroit would focus on the rehabilitation of neighborhoods, and the guaranteeing of jobs, housing, water services, heating and quality education for all. The banks that are responsible for the destruction of our neighborhoods must be held accountable through criminal prosecution and the payment of reparations.”The Real Detroiters Speak-Out will take place Thursday, Oct. 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, 8850 Woodward Ave., in Detroit. See the Facebook event page at tinyurl.com/yarcevtk or call 313-319-0870 for more information.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Latin American ex-presidents stage ‘rebellion on the farm’ following IADB appointment

first_imgBy Sergio Rodriguez GelfensteinThe web magazine lapluma.net published this article by its author, a Venezuelan analyst, on Sept. 3. The article refers to George Orwell’s novel,“Animal Farm,” which pro-imperialist intellectuals have used for reactionary purposes in the past. In this case the author highlights the role of Latin American bourgeois leaders who have served Washington while in office and now complain about Washington’s attempt to seize direct imperialist control of international agencies. U.S. imperialism had used these agencies for indirect control of the Western Hemisphere. Now Trump has appointed a rabid anti-Cuban from his White House to head the Inter-American Development Bank. Translation by Workers World managing editor John Catalinotto.In his eagerness to destroy the multilateral system, Donald Trump goes beyond the control of those institutions created by the United States to maintain its imperial domination. This is particularly evident in Latin America and the Caribbean where, not content with all the excesses that such institutions enact with the support of the hegemonic power, he arms and disarms them at will.The most palpable case was when, confronted with the impotence and failure of the OAS in its attempt to overthrow the government of Venezuela, [Washington] called its cronies together to the Peruvian capital [Lima], where they grabbed the baton to try to achieve what the OAS had failed to do. In the end, it all ended in one more farce presided over by the CIA director, who now serves as secretary of state [Mike Pompeo].It has become more evident than ever that U.S. foreign policy cannot be advanced through diplomatic channels that normally use negotiation and dialogue. Its will can only be imposed through domination, force, threats and extortion. Of course, in Latin America and the Caribbean this approach has succeeded because the right-wing elites there freely submit to threats and extortion and to accepting force regardless of their national interests and sovereignty — if this submission is necessary to defend their own narrow interests.But now the imperial lust for domination goes much deeper. It has shifted to subjugating its own cronies, who emit weak whines of complaint that only serve to express the collapse of the Pan American and imperialist system. The imperialist master’s own action affirmed this, as soon as it verified the uselessness of structures it set up originally to sustain its neocolonial rule, by making obscure and self-serving use of international law.These structures no longer serve Washington’s goals: They have been unable to bring Cuba to its knees; they have been unable to overthrow the governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua; they have been unable to build majorities to support U.S. domination. So, Washington has understood that such structures have become obsolete and it has decided to intervene directly, despite the protests of some who were previously its agents.Inter-American Development BankA scenario portraying these agents’ rebellion is developing in the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).Trump decided to violate a verbal agreement by which the president of that organization would always be a Latin American. Since the IDB’s foundation, this agreement had allowed the financial entity to maintain its façade as an autonomous institution.However, the U.S. president has now decided to impose his own candidate. The nominee is Mauricio Claver-Carone, a disciple of Senator Marco Rubio, who had already been placed in the White House as one of the members of the Cuban-American terrorist ultra-right in Trump’s government.In this case he occupies the position of Special Assistant to the President and Director of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the U.S. National Security Council, which directs all the anti-Cuban and anti-Venezuelan fury of the U.S. state apparatus. In return, Rubio must provide Florida’s votes for Trump’s reelection.This decision landed like a bomb in Washington’s subject countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. The truth is that Trump has violated no written law, but only a verbal agreement made nearly 60 years ago. However, even a group of former Latin American presidents, who during their time in office upheld their country’s perennial subordination to the United States, claim now that Trump’s decision is “a very serious violation of the fundamental political agreement with which [the IDB] was born.”In a letter made public on Aug. 26, Fernando Henrique Cardoso [Brazil], Felipe González [Spain], Ricardo Lagos [Chile], Julio María Sanguinetti [Uruguay], Juan Manuel Santos [Colombia], and Ernesto Zedillo [Mexico] expressed their opinion that such an act “breaks the logic and wisdom of that foundational political agreement.” They claim that there has been no discussion on the subject, describe the measure as a “major break” and ask for more reflection “because that nomination constitutes a serious lack of respect for the rules of hemispheric and international coexistence and is certainly a serious attack on Latin American dignity.”The former presidents recognize that the United States has the votes of Brazil, Colombia and [Venezuela’s Juan] Guaidó (whom the IDB has transformed into a country) and that it would be enough to add “one or two additional countries” for the Trump candidate to achieve his “reprehensible purpose.”In this unusual statement, sounding like children who cry when someone takes their toys away from them, these ex-presidents − who while they held the presidency of their countries never made any statement in defense of respect for the dignity of the peoples of our region and in rejection of the permanent aggression of the United States against Latin America − now, when they have no power whatsoever, warn that: “Because of its form and substance, this would be an arbitrary imposition, which we have no doubt would have very negative consequences for the future of the institution and the future of the relationship between the United States and Latin America. The damage to the IDB would be irreparable.”Finally, they assured that the election of the next president of the IDB, scheduled for this September, lacks legitimacy and should be considered null and void. They therefore call on the member countries of the IDB to realize that the new president of the organization would be appointed by an “act lacking historical and political legitimacy.”The problem is that Claver-Carone says he already has the 15 votes needed for his election, including those of some of the countries from which these former presidents come. Their current rulers have preferred to opt for their loyalty to the imperial master to the detriment of the defense of the national interests that their retired colleagues claim to represent.Inter-American Commission on Human RightsIn another area, also within the Pan American system — this time using the Uruguayan Luis Almagro – the United States has decided to to intervene in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).At the request of Argentina (during Mauricio Macri’s presidency), Colombia, Paraguay, Brazil and Chile disapproved of the fact that the head of this body [Paulo Abrão] exceeded his functions, [which are normally] to persecute governments fought by the United States. Instead, he ordered the IACHR to investigate those countries who have imperial backing to commit all kinds of human rights abuses.These countries want to assert their autonomy as nations above the IACHR, which was generating an insubordination that Washington didn’t want and cannot accept because it risked the collapse of the imperial system. At the same time, a contradiction emerged from the fact that these countries are loyal supporters of U.S. foreign policy.In spite of having been unanimously elected to a new term as the general secretary of the IACHR, the Brazilian Paulo Abrão has been dismissed by Almagro. The OAS secretary general’s illegal decision to dismiss, taken without consultation, was made under the pretext that there are administrative complaints against Abrão. As is usual when one has the backing of Washington, Almagro presented no evidence. Nor did it matter that the IACHR should be autonomous in the appointment of its leaders.Using a convoluted method based on allegations presented by the Colombian Neida Pérez, whom Almagro appointed as “ombudsman” in order to have another instrument to attack Venezuela, the secretary general extended Pérez’s mediation functions to include investigative tasks that she does not have and which are illegal.In the view of the IACHR, Almagro’s actions constitute “a frank disregard for its independence and autonomy.” Even the vice-president of the IACHR, Antonia Urrejola from Chile, stated that this is not a question of reputation or defending Paulo Abrão in particular, but rather a debate that goes much deeper and defines the independence and autonomy of the IACHR.For his part, in an interview with University of Chile Radio, the Mexican commissioner of the IACHR, Joel Hernández, said that Almagro’s decision leaves this institution “without options” and in a situation “that seems to be one of no return.”The IACHR situation is another expression of the crisis affecting the Pan-American system stemming from the Monroe Doctrine [that declares the U.S. is the deciding country in the Western Hemisphere]. Almagro’s decision generates a great contradiction because, on the one hand, it ignores the legal fact that this body is autonomous from the OAS, while on the other hand, it highlights its de facto subordination to the State Department, like all regional bodies that were born under the anti-communist influence of the years of [U.S.-USSR] bipolarity after World War II.Hernández affirms that Almagro’s decision is unprecedented and would break a tradition of more than 20 years in which “the Commission elects and the OAS designates,” which means nothing to Almagro in his desire to exhibit his servile disposition to Washington.According to the award-winning Colombian journalist Gonzalo Guillén, in an article published in the newspaper “La Nueva Prensa” of Bogotá last Aug. 31, Almagro’s performance is based on his corrupt character that led him to pay an “unseemly price” to obtain all the votes he needed to be re-elected as secretary general of the OAS.The journalist Guillén writes that in addition to the perks of the secretary general position, Almagro needs to hold on to it because he is politically dead in his country Uruguay, since the left considers him a traitor and the right has no confidence in him.It is in this context that − according to Guillén’s reasoning – Almagro received the support of some countries which in return asked for Abrão’s head. Guillén also asserts that one of those countries is Colombia “through its questioned ambassador to the OAS, the obscure former prosecutor Alejandro Ordóñez (who is a neo-Nazi − misogynist, racist, corrupt, and homophobic).”An unworthy rebellionRecalling George Orwell’s novel that gives the title to this article, it seems that the measures implemented by Trump in his “back yard” have gone so far that they have generated a “rebellion on the farm” in which animals fight to obtain what they believe is a better government that is not very different from the one that exists. As in the novel, groups and factions deep into corruption, petty interests, and the pursuit of profit compete for the construction of a new form of power and domination that could be worse than the one before it.As in Orwell’s novel, one could say that “Napoleon” Trump is unleashing his dogs at all the Latin American “Snowballs” who are horrified at the prospect of having to flee the farm. Napoleon, the head of the pigs that took over, is becoming the sole leader, ignoring the other pigs of the Lima Group that have accompanied him until now, and that like the men displaced from the farm, may be victims of the dogs called Pompeo, Almagro, Rubio and others. The fear of these pigs − who, when in power, behaved just like Napoleon − is that the facts indicate that they could also be devoured by the dogs unleashed by the leader while pursuing his goals.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Investigative journalist receives threats from EU Kosovo mission

first_img Follow the news on Kosovo Help by sharing this information Concern about investigative reporter’s disappearance in Serbia News RSF_en Organisation Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage June 29, 2020 Find out more News News KosovoEurope – Central Asia October 31, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigative journalist receives threats from EU Kosovo mission Receive email alerts to go further News June 14, 2018 Find out more KosovoEurope – Central Asia Vehbi Kajtazi, an investigative journalist with the Kosovan newspaper Koha Ditore, says he was directly threatened by members of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (Eulex) over his reports that senior mission officials were suspected of corruption. Earlier this week Koha Ditore began running a series of articles on suspected corruption on the part of senior Eulex officials in the country. The mission’s head, Gabriele Meucci, told a press conference yesterday that the allegations would be “pursued vigorously”. Before publishing his stories, Kajtazi sought the mission’s views on the information in his possession. In response, he was summoned to an interview with Kate Fearon, special adviser to the head of mission, who asked him to hand over the documents to Eulex if he wanted a response. Legitimately, he refused the request.Kajtazi says that, after the interview, he received threats originating from the higher echelons of Eulex. “The main advisor to the head of EULEX warned me that if I write about the case in question (about the allegations of corruption in the mission), that I could be prosecuted.”Such behaviour is a serious matter within an EU mission whose goal is to help restore the rule of law in Kosovo and establish respect for European democratic values.“By putting pressure on an investigative journalist, the Eulex mission is acting contrary to all fundamental principles of the European Union regarding freedom of information,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary general Christophe Deloire.“Eulex has lost a great deal of credibility and the mission has sent a highly negative signal to the local authorities. Why would they think twice about putting pressure on journalists from now on if the EU, which is supposed to be leading Kosovo along the path to democratic norms, thinks it can threaten them with prosecution?” The editor of Koha Ditore, Agron Bajrami, said his newspaper had previously received such threats, but this was the first time in its history that they have been made by members of an international mission. “We do experience these kind of threats from local politicians and institutions frequently,” he told Reporters Without Borders. “In few instances, there were also attempts from internationals to “negotiate” publications which they didn’t like. But, I don’t recall seeing an organized attempt from an international institution, an EU mission, to pressurize journalists to prevent publication go this far!”Eulex spokeswoman Dragana Nikolic gave Reporters Without Borders a different version of events. She said she was present during the interview and did not witness threats of any kind being made against the journalist.“The mission met Vehbi Kajtazi in good faith in order to give more specific answers to his questions… His allegations of threats are incorrect. He was asked to hand over the documents in his possession so that (Eulex) could respond to his questions more appropriately,” she said. She spoke of a “a little bit of misunderstanding”, insisting that Eulex had no interest in preventing the publication of any articles and stressing that the mission’s deep commitment to press freedom. At yesterday’s press conference, the Eulex representatives gave assurances that no proceedings had been launched against the journalist.The Eulex mission was launched in 2008 to support the efforts of the authorities’ to restore the rule of law in Kosovo. Based in its capital, Pristina, it employs 1,500 local and international staff and has a budget of 111 million euros.Kosovo is ranked 80th of 180 countries in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders. Kosovar investigative journalist assaulted in Pristina August 18, 2017 Find out morelast_img read more

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Road Traffic Bill passed with new legislation promised to address loopholes

first_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Road Traffic Bill passed with new legislation promised to address loopholes HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week By News Highland – April 21, 2011 Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook Pinterest A group representing those who have lost loved ones in road traffic collisions is welcoming a new piece of legislation – which was passed in the Dáil last night.The Road Traffic Bill, which will come into force in two weeks time, makes it compulsory for Gardaí to breathalyse drivers involved in any road collision where someone has been injured.However, the PARC Road Safety Group have raised concerns with the Minister for Transport that there are some loopholes in this legislation, including a provision that a Garda can decide not to seek a breath test, if the officer feels that the driver may be in shock. There are also problems in cases where the driver is unconscious.But the Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has given a commitment that he will publish a second road traffic bill by the end of this year which will tighten up this legislation.PARC Chairperson Susan Gray is welcoming that commitment………….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/susanthu.mp3[/podcast] 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Google+ Previous articleNew push to fund completion of Greencastle breakwaterNext articleBuncrana man threatens hunger strike outside hospital News Highland center_img WhatsApp WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Newsx Adverts Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

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Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal Against Kerala HC Judgment Which Declared Kerala Tax on Paper Lotteries Act Unconstitutional

first_imgNews UpdatesSupreme Court Will Hear Appeal Against Kerala HC Judgment Which Declared Kerala Tax on Paper Lotteries Act Unconstitutional LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 March 2021 8:56 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has granted leave in the Special Leave Petition filed by the State of Kerala against the Kerala High Court judgment which held the Kerala Tax on Paper Lotteries Act unconstitutional.The bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah stayed the judgment to the extent of the direction with regard to refund of the amount already depositedThe High Court had held 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 Supreme Court has granted leave in the Special Leave Petition filed by the State of Kerala against the Kerala High Court judgment which held the Kerala Tax on Paper Lotteries Act unconstitutional.The bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah stayed the judgment to the extent of the direction with regard to refund of the amount already depositedThe High Court had held that the State of Kerala was lacking legislative competence to impose tax under the Act on state organized lotteries by deriving its source of power from Entry 62 of List II of the Constitution.The state contended that, the judgments of Karnataka and Bombay High Courts referred by the Kerala High Court are under challenge before the Apex Court. The state also relied on the Supreme Court judgment in Skill Loto Solutions Pvt Ltd v Union of India, which upheld the levy of Goods and Services Tax(GST) on lotteries, betting and gambling. There shall be an ad-interim order by which the judgment of the High Court to the extent of the direction with regard to refund of the amount already deposited, shall remain stayed, the bench said while granting leave.”The activity of conduct of the lottery or the measure upon which tax is sought to be levied, cannot be said to have any direct nexus with the sale of tickets taking place within the State of Kerala. Hence the contention that the Act is intended to introduce an indirect taxation on the sale of lottery tickets within the State of Kerala, has to be accepted. If it is a tax on the sale of lottery tickets, the same is prohibited under law. If it is something prohibited under law, the same cannot be done through an indirect method. If it is tax on other activity of organising and conducting of the lottery, then it becomes extra territorial. Hence, considering the provisions of the charging section and also considering the territorial application and further considering the law remaining settled prohibiting taxation on the sale of lottery tickets, we are inclined to sustain the challenge made against the impugned legislature on the points urged as above.”. the Division Bench of the High Court had observed in the judgment.Case: State of Kerala vs. State of Sikkim [SLP (C) No.12289/2020] Click here to Read/Download Order 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

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