Paul to open 50 shops in capital

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity Timesmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solutionthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterBlood Pressure For LifeWhy Doctors May No Longer Prescribe Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure For Life Paul to open 50 shops in capital Monday 15 November 2010 8:06 pm Tags: NULL whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Sharecenter_img French bakery Paul will open 50 shops in London over the next four years, creating 1,000 jobs. The chain, which sells bread, pastries and sandwiches, revealed the plans as it appointed a new chief executive to its British arm, James Fleming. The first of its new stores will open within six weeks as Paul looks to build on its 23-strong chain before the end of 2014. The company said it would recruit across the board from service staff to shop managers, bakers and drivers. Fleming joined Paul as managing director in April from Pizza Express. He will replace outgoing chief executive David Belhassen. He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Paul so far and I’m looking forward to driving the UK business through these exciting times.” KCS-content whatsapp More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comlast_img read more

UK trade deficit hits record high

first_img Tags: NULL whatsapp whatsapp Wednesday 12 January 2011 4:53 am Britain’s goods trade deficit with the rest of the world unexpectedly deteriorated in November to hit a record high, driven by imports of oil and aircraft, official data showed.The figures will raise concerns about the rebalancing of the economy towards exports in response to sterling’s relative weakness, as well as casting doubt on the scale of trade’s contribution to fourth-quarter economic growth.However, analysts are likely to draw some comfort from the fact that November’s aircraft imports will probably be a one-off. Britain’s trade in goods excluding oil and erratic items such as aircraft – a better representation of underlying trends – narrowed from October’s record high.The Office for National Statistics said that Britain’s goods trade gap widened to £8.736bn from an upwardly revised £8.591bn in October. This was the biggest deficit since monthly records began in January 1980, and contrasts with the narrower deficit of £8.33bn that economists had forecast.Both exports and imports hit a record high in value terms on the month, though imports rose faster. The oil balance swung back from its unusual October surplus of £21m to a more typical deficit of £660m, as imports rose.Imports of aircraft and aircraft parts increased by £444m on the month.Britain trade deficit including services also widened. It increased to £4.123bn from 4.038bn, its highest since August. John Dunne More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com Show Comments ▼ Share UK trade deficit hits record high last_img read more

Breaking News: Orange County Deputies apprehend burglary suspect

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSOrange County Sheriff’s OfficeRobbery suspectSWAT Previous articleTS Matthew slows and strengthensNext articleOn this day: First US nuclear sub launched Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Breaking NewsJeremiah James NoeFrom The Orange County Sheriff’s OfficeAt 5:50 a.m. this morning, deputies were attempting to serve a warrant for a burglary at the suspect’s residence.  The suspect, Jeremiah James Noe, 30 of Apopka, refused to come out and barricaded himself in the attic.The suspect was by himself, he was not armed and did not make any threats to deputies.  SWAT responded and chemical agents were deployed and the suspect surrendered with no injuries sustained.The suspect is in custody and will be transported to the jail.  There are additional charges, pending a narcotics investigation.This is a breaking news report. The Apopka Voice will update as further details are known.Updating: Noe was transported to the Orange County Jail and charged with resisting an officer without violence, receiving money from a pawn broker with false verification, dealing in stolen property/trafficking, 3rd degree grand theft and burglary of a structure. According the the Orange County Jail website, his bail for all of the charges is $502,000. The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

£25,000 in Free Services to Charities – New The REaD Group Initiative Announced Today

first_img Tagged with: Individual giving The REaD Group invites UK registered charities to make submissions to receive free data cleansing, consultancy and associated services over a twelve month period to the value of £25,000 via the Group’s new Charity Data Bursary announced today.‘No, hell hasn’t frozen over,’ commented The REaD Group’s CEO, Mark Roy, in launching the new Bursary. ‘But with charity direct mail complaints to the Fundraising Standards Board hitting an alarming high recently, we feel compelled to offer some REaD-powered database management assistance at this time.’By his own admission a hitherto vocal critic of charities’ apparent DM excesses, Mr Roy adds: ‘We’re cognisant of the considerable financial and technical constraints faced by charity and volunteer organisations, so it’s time to stop hollering from the sidelines and muck in to help make life easier and more efficient for fundraisers, I’ve decided.’All UK registered charities are eligible to be considered for The REaD Group Charity Data Bursary, which will apply a suite of REaD Group products, including the Gone Away Suppression File (GAS), Xpression and The Bereavement Register (TBR), alongside the MPS and PAF-checking filters to the Bursary recipient’s database or mailing list – thus eliminating inaccuracies, increasing ROI and decreasing adverse environmental impacts.Interested charities can apply online at www.readgroup.co.uk. Whilst priority will be given to charitable organisations that currently do not use any data cleansing and/or bureau services, all submissions will certainly be considered.The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 18 July, 2008. Representatives from The REaD Group will select the successful Charity Data Bursary recipient in association with UK Fundraising (www.fundraising.co.uk), which will announce the successful applicant on Friday 8 August, 2008.Howard Lake, UK Fundraising’s publisher, says: ‘Accurate supporter data is an essential component of successful fundraising. The REaD Group’s Charity Data Bursary is therefore a valuable opportunity for one charity to ensure it can catch up with best practice and enjoy even greater direct mail fundraising success.’‘We look forward to working with UK Fundraising and our inaugural Bursary recipient over coming months,’ adds Mr Roy. ‘Hopefully this can be the start of a robust and mutually rewarding new dialogue with our charity marketing colleagues.’About The REaD Group plcThe REaD Group was founded in 1991 by Mark Roy, who pioneered a new, more efficient approach to direct marketing. Over the past seventeen years, The REaD Group has become synonymous with the development of data management products such as the Gone Away Suppression File (GAS), GAS Reactive, The Bereavement Register (TBR) and suppressiononline.com – all of which improve the dynamism and security of direct marketing and empower consumer choice.About UK FundraisingUK Fundraising (www.fundraising.co.uk) is the leading online resource and community for professional charity fundraisers and the fundraising industry in the UK. It aims to help fundraisers improve their effectiveness and share their expertise. Published online since 1994, it offers daily news updates, job listings, discussion forums, expert advice from bloggers, supplier listings, a bookshop and training and conference calendar. It publishes a fortnightly email newsletter keeping subscribers up to date with new content. The website is consistently ranked number one by Google for searches on ‘fundraising’.Media Enquiries:Michael HerrmannPR ManagerThe REaD Group plcT 01732 467 955M 07786 545 008E [email protected] in association withUK Fundraising (www.fundraising.co.uk) £25,000 in Free Services to Charities – New The REaD Group Initiative Announced Today  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 10 June 2008 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Charity launches to provide access to clothing for those in need

first_img Advertisement Tagged with: charity retail Donated goods  359 total views,  2 views today 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. Melanie May | 15 July 2019 | News  360 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 A new charity, Clothe Me – Thank You, has launched with the aim of bridging the gap between clothing stock in charity shops and people struggling to afford to clothe themselves and their families.Clothe Me – Thank You provides a monetary value voucher redeemable in partner charity stores, enabling people to choose their own clothes without having to rely on hand-outs.Money is raised through donations, which can be made either as a one-off or regular amount, and online retail partnerships and then converted into vouchers. These vouchers are offered to people in crisis through a network of food banks and charities and also aim to help increase footfall to partner charity shops on the high street. When they are spent, the charity shop receives the cash value of the voucher from Clothe Me – Thank You.Clothe Me – Thank You also partners with a number of online shopping portals, enabling shoppers with Amazon and John Lewis among other retailers to make their regular purchases with theses retailers, with a portion being donated to the charity.Clothe Me – Thank You initially launched with partner charity shop Geranium across its 12 shops around Greater London and funding support from Richmond Parish Lands Charity (RPLC). Partnerships have since grown including Royal Trinity Hospice in Fulham and Richmond charity branches of Vineyard Community, Fara and Fara Kids.Antony Wroe, Founder of Clothe Me – Thank You, said:“It’s noticeable in our communities how individuals and their families are increasingly struggling to afford the basic needs of housing, food and clothing. Whilst food banks provide support, there isn’t an obvious choice for people that can’t afford clothing. We believe that people should be able to choose their own clothes rather than having to take what limited choices may be available to them. The Clothe Me – Thank You model enables this, and at the same time our charity shop partners benefit from the extra money spent in their stores.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Charity launches to provide access to clothing for those in needlast_img read more

Disabled and civil rights groups raise alarm over Supreme Court case on police shootings

first_imgDec. 13, 2014 march against police violence, NYC.A case before the U.S. Supreme Court which seeks police exemption from the Americans with Disabilities Act has critical importance for all those seeking to stop unwarranted police killings. This case involves police shootings of people with mental illness.The city of San Francisco brought the case of Sheehan v. San Francisco to the high court. Oral arguments are set for March 23. More than 40 civil rights and disability activist groups have signed a letter urging San Francisco officials to drop its appeal. They warn that the appeal imperils the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, “the most comprehensive civil rights law for Americans with disabilities.”  They ask that concerned people join this write-in campaign.  (Bazelon Center for Mental Health, Jan. 12)Half of people killed by police have mental health disabilities   The ADA mandates accommodations for those with disabilities and applies to every interaction between government and people with disabilities.  It would be especially chilling if police are exempted from the ADA. Even with the law in place, “at least half of the people shot and killed by police each year in this country have mental health problems,” states a 2013 report by the Treatment Advocacy Center and National Sheriffs’ Association, which assessed data from 1980 to 2008.  (“Justifiable Homicides by Law Enforcement,” TACReports.org)In many cases, it was police who responded to requests for assistance from family or neighbors to get an individual mental health care. Many of those involved were people of color.In San Francisco, the toll is even higher. A KQED radio review of 51 San Francisco police-involved shootings between 2005 and 2013 found that 58 percent — or 11 of 19 individuals killed by police — had a mental illness that was a contributing factor in the incident.Police shoot woman in psychiatric distressSan Francisco seeks to overturn a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling which said that San Francisco police violated the ADA in the 2008 shooting of a woman in psychiatric distress whom they were called to help.Teresa Sheehan, a woman in her mid-50s with a history of psychiatric disability, was off her medication and in the midst of a psychotic episode. She had barricaded herself in her room at her group home residence with a knife in her hand. Her caseworker, Heath Hodge, who was there, called police for help in transporting her to a mental health facility for involuntary commitment and treatment.The SFPD had a team capable of responding to individuals in psychiatric distress and trained in de-escalation techniques to get people the care they needed.  Instead of waiting for backup from this team, two police officers entered Sheehan’s room with guns drawn and shot her five times, including in the face.The force was deadly, but Sheehan survived. She sued and successfully argued that the ADA applied to her interaction with police, so they are liable for civil rights violations as they did not take her mental disability into account.The question now before the Supreme Court is not whether the police were right or wrong. It is simply about Sheehan’s right to proceed with a civil suit against police for failing to accommodate her disability. This case could have implications for how police conduct themselves in a wide range of scenarios, including the many in which police officers shoot someone who is not carrying anything that could be construed as a weapon.While disability groups are concerned about the situation in San Francisco, of much greater concern is that the Supreme Court is likely to go much further in its ruling than even what San Francisco requests. Pointing to the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the current high court, disabilities activists are trying to get San Francisco to drop the appeal and to resolve the matter locally.ADA:  Most important legal protection for people with disabilities Susan Mizner, a disability counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, recently stated: “Many people recognize the names Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, all African Americans killed by the police.  Less well known are the names Milton Hall, James Boyd, Ezell Ford, Kajieme Powell and Tanisha Anderson.  They are people with psychiatric disabilities — most of them people of color — shot and killed by police.  In many cases, police were responding to requests for assistance to get the person mental health care.” (“There Is No Police Exception to the Americans with Disabilities Act,” ACLU.org, Jan. 8)Jessie Lorenz, executive director of the Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, stresses in the Jan. 20 San Francisco Examiner: “The highest court in the land is poised to decide the case based on the following question: ‘Does the ADA apply during encounters with the police?’ Frankly, even asking the question is a miscarriage of justice.  The ADS is a nondiscrimination law that is always in effect.  It was designed to provide broad protections for some of the most vulnerable and gravely misunderstood people in society. [This] suit could open the floodgates to weakening the only protection people with disabilities have.  This is incredibly dangerous.”Lorenz concluded with this appeal: “The disability community cannot allow this to happen.  We are organizing a public commitment campaign. I urge you to join us by writing to Mayor Ed Lee and [City Attorney Dennis] Herrera and demanding that they heed the call of civil-rights advocates and San Franciscans alike by dropping the appeal.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

US — #WeeklyAddress: February 18 – February 24: Coast Guard lieutenant plotted mass attack on journalists and Democrats

first_imgLater the same day, Sulzberger released a statement supporting his paper and reiterating concerns he has expressed before that the president’s anti-press rhetoric encourages violence against journalists, both domestically and abroad. The statement also said, “The phrase ‘enemy of the people’ is not just false, it’s dangerous.” Sulzberger previously urged the president to abandon his use of the term as recently as last month during a visit to the Oval Office. Regardless, the president continued to share inflammatory tweets through the end of the week. On February 22, he retweeted a caricature of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer reporting on the Mueller probe and added the caption, “Fake News is so bad for our Country!” Since February 15, President Trump has referred to the media as “the enemy of the people” twice and tweeted the term “fake news” three times. News February 25, 2019 US — #WeeklyAddress: February 18 – February 24: Coast Guard lieutenant plotted mass attack on journalists and Democrats June 7, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas RSF_en Veteran New York Times reporter detained, rejected from Egypt For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. Follow the news on United States US Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Hasson allegedly stockpiled weapons to launch a widespread terrorist attack targeting high-profile American journalists and Democratic politicians. The self-proclaimed white nationalist, whom authorities are calling a “domestic terrorist,” was arrested February 15 on drug and weapons charges, but government officials say this is just the “tip of the iceberg.” During a raid on his Maryland home, officials found a spreadsheet on Hasson’s computer that contain the names of media personalities such as MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough, as well as CNN’s Don Lemon. The list also included  high-ranking current and former Democratic politicians. FBI agents found 15 firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition in Hasson’s basement. Hasson crafted his list of targets based on Google searches including, “where is morning joe filmed,” a reference to the political talk show Scarborough hosts. On February 21, a Maryland federal court judge ordered Hasson remain behind bars without bail for the next two weeks as prosecutors continue to build their case. The following day, when asked by a journalist whether President Trump should tone down his anti-media rhetoric, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated the president hasn’t “at any point” done anything “but condemn violence, against journalists or anyone else.” However in July 2017 President Trump tweeted an edited video that depicted him punching a figure representing CNN, and at an October rally in Montana, the president praised Congressman Greg Gianforte’s bodyslam of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick was detained by Egyptian security officials when he arrived in Cairo on February 18 before being expelled. Officials reportedly confiscated his phone and left him without food or water for seven hours before being “forced” on a flight to London the following morning. Kirkpatrick served as the Cairo bureau chief for The Times from 2011 to 2015 and published a book about Egypt’s 2013 military coup. Times colleagues tweeted in solidarity. “We’re concerned about reports of the unexplained refusal of entry to Egypt of a U.S. citizen New York Times journalist. We have raised our concerns with Egyptian officials,” Michael Slackman, international editor of The New York Times, told his newspaper in its reporting on the incident. Authorities in Egypt did not provide an explanation for Kirkpatrick’s detention. Since seizing power in 2013, Egypt President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi has cracked down on the media, with at least 32 Egyptian journalists currently detained in Egypt, according to information gathered by RSF. News Justice Clarence Thomas says Supreme Court should reconsider landmark libel decision President Trump calls NYT ‘enemy of the people’ in tweet, publisher responds NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 3, 2021 Find out more The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index.center_img AFP PHOTO / US ATTORNEY’S OFFICE Organisation United StatesAmericas Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of February 18 – February 24: News Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas issued a solo opinion on February 19 saying the Court should consider overturning a 55 year-old landmark ruling that created a higher threshold for public figures to sue news organizations for libel. In his opinion Justice Thomas called the ruling in New York Times v. Sullivan—the 1964 decision that established “actual malice” must be proven for reporting on public officials to be considered libel—and other similar cases “policy-driven decisions masquerading as constitutional law.” His position mirrors that of President Donald Trump, who has frequently said it should be easier to sue for libel in the United States. At a 2016 campaign rally in Texas, Trump said, “We’re going to open up libel laws and we’re going to have people sue you like you’ve never got sued before.” As recently as January 2018, Trump said he would take a “strong look at our country’s libel laws” following the publication of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Michael Wolff’s book which portrayed a dysfunctional Trump administration White House. The extent of control President Trump actually has over libel law is limited given that there is no federal libel law. News Coast Guard lieutenant plotted mass attack on journalists and Democrats Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger responded to a series of tweets sent out by President Trump on February 20 that attacked the media, and The New York Times in particular. The president wrote, “The Press has never been more dishonest than it is today,” in one tweet before calling The Times the “Enemy of the people,” in another.  WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists to go further April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Le Figaro correspondent turned back on arrival two days before election

first_img TogoAfrica News News Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders voiced astonishment today at the action of the Togolese authorities in turning back Patrick de Saint-Exupéry, the visiting correspondent of the French daily newspaper Le Figaro, on his arrival at Lomé international airport on 22 April, two days before yesterday’s presidential election.”We really wonder about willingness of the authorities to let the foreign press do its work,” the press freedom organization said. “The expulsion of a French journalist can only make us question the intentions of the Togolese government, coming as it did at a time of great tension and when our organization was calling on the authorities for calm and conciliation.”Almost immediately on his arrival, De Saint-Exupéry was ordered to reboard a Paris-bound flight. Le Figaro said the border police, clearly acting on instructions, referred to “exceptional circumstances” and to “a lack of accreditation” for covering the presidential election. The newspaper said accreditation was requested 10 days in advance and was never granted.This is not the first time in recent months that a foreign reporter has been denied entry. A visiting RFI correspondent was banned from entering the country in February, shortly after President Gnassingbé Eyadéma’s death.In a statement issued today, the French foreign ministry said the Togolese government had “notified the closure of its land, sea and air borders” beginning on 22 April (the day De Saint-Exupéry was turned back). March 8, 2021 Find out more News Togo court upholds “baseless and disproportionate” newspaper closures Follow the news on Togo RSF_en center_img April 25, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Le Figaro correspondent turned back on arrival two days before election Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says TogoAfrica News Organisation to go further Help by sharing this information March 11, 2021 Find out more September 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Government forbids the sale of personal computers

first_img Organisation News Help by sharing this information CubaAmericas News The Cuban government has banned the sale of personal computers to the general public except in cases of special need, when official permission must be sought. to go further Receive email alerts RSF_en Follow the news on Cuba March 29, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government forbids the sale of personal computers RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council The Cuban government has banned the sale of personal computers to the general public except in cases of special need, when official permission must be sought. The ban, reported by the online newspaper Wired News on 25 March and first disclosed by the Cuban exile website Cubanet, was confirmed by several RSF sources in Cuba who said it had been imposed in Havana in mid-January and extended to the rest of the country on 1 February. Wired News, which said the measure had caused a row inside the government, was contained in decree 383/2001, banning the sale of “computers, offset printer equipment, mimeographs, photocopiers and any other mass printing medium” to “associations, foundations, civic and non-profit organisations and Cuban private individuals.” If such equipment, or spare parts or accessories for it, was considered essential, authorisation would be needed from the internal trade ministry. A source in Havana told Reporters Without Borders (RSF) that a notice pinned up in a shopping centre in the capital’s La Playa district announced that computers, spare parts and accessories could not be sold to individuals from 16 January. Other shops confirmed this though one in La Playa was still selling them to people.The sale of any kind of printing machinery has always been strictly controlled by the government to prevent the appearance of independent publications, but the purchase (in dollars only) of personal computers and fax machines had become easier in recent months. However, the new measure comes after the illegal Cuban Institute of Independent Economists, headed by the well-known dissident economist Marta Beatriz Roque, opened an Internet website (www.cubaicei.org) last 7 December. Cubans’ access to the site, which is run from Miami but is the first one to carry news wholly supplied by dissidents inside Cuba, was blocked by the government less a week later.The Cuban government spokesman in Washington, Luis Fernández, was evasive when questioned about the ban by Wired News, saying that “if we didn’t have an embargo, there could be computers for everybody.”Sergio Pérez, then head of the state enterprise Teledatos, said in an article in the official daily Granma on 7 February last year: “In a country the victim of an embargo, where medicine is in short supply, how can you not expect an shortage of Internet access too?” However, such problems in Cuba go beyond economics and access is strictly controlled. Its use is conditional on respect for “the moral values of Cuban society and the laws of the country” and only foreign companies and government institutions are allowed access. There are two cybercafés, but one is reserved for tourists and the other is restricted to members of the official Writers and Artists Association, UNEAC.Since last September, ordinary Cubans have been able to get an e-mail address and consult the Internet at four post offices in Havana. But surfing is limited to a collection of government-approved sites known locally as the “Intranet.” It is also expensive, at $4.50 (_5) an hour, when the average monthly wage is only $12. Civil society and human rights organisations, which are not recognised by the government, regularly send articles by phone and fax to be published on Miami-based websites.In Cuba, where the Constitution says “freedom of expression and the media is subordinate to the goals of a socialist society,” only a government-controlled media is allowed. A hundred or so independent journalists, grouped into about 20 press agencies and other associations not recognised by the government are constantly harassed and since 1995, about 50 journalists have fled abroad. October 15, 2020 Find out more October 12, 2018 Find out more May 6, 2020 Find out more Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet CubaAmericas Newslast_img read more

There Is No Requirement Of Taking Attorney General’s Consent In Suo Motu Contempt Proceedings:SC [Read Judgment]

first_imgTop StoriesThere Is No Requirement Of Taking Attorney General’s Consent In Suo Motu Contempt Proceedings:SC [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK14 Aug 2020 9:11 AMShare This – x”The strong arm of the law must, in the name of public interest and public justice, strike a blow on him who challenges the supremacy of the rule of law by fouling its source and stream.”In its judgment holding Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt, the Supreme Court observed that it has got the constitutional power to initiate criminal contempt proceedings suo motu on the basis of information received by it and in such cases there is no requirement for taking consent of Attorney General to issue notice for contempt.”As far as the suo motu petitions are concerned, there is…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?LoginIn its judgment holding Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt, the Supreme Court observed that it has got the constitutional power to initiate criminal contempt proceedings suo motu on the basis of information received by it and in such cases there is no requirement for taking consent of Attorney General to issue notice for contempt.”As far as the suo motu petitions are concerned, there is no requirement for taking consent of anybody, including the learned Attorney General because the Court is exercising its inherent powers to issue notice for contempt. It is equally well settled, that once the Court takes cognizance, the matter is purely between the Court and the contemnor. The only requirement is that the procedure followed is required to be just and fair and in accordance with the principles of natural justice.” The court made this observation while addressing the contention made by Sr. Advocate Dushyant Dave that the proceedings against Prashant Bhushan are initiated on the basis of the petition filed by one Maheshwari and that the same cannot be treated as a suo motu contempt petition. He had contended that unless there is a consent given by the Attorney General for India, the proceedings could not have been initiated on the basis of the said complaint. The Senior Advocate referred to Section 15 of the Contempt of Court Act, 1971, which provides for three ways of initiating a  criminal contempt – (i) suo motu (ii) on the motion by the Advocate General/Attorney General/Solicitor General and (iii) on the basis of a petition filed by any other person with the consent in writing of the Advocate General/Attorney General/Solicitor General.Article 129 Is Source Of Contempt Power; Section 15 Cannot Limit It Referring to a recent judgment in Re: Vijay Kurle and also Article 129 of the Constitution, the bench said that the source of its power for proceeding for an action of contempt is under Article 129 and the said power is not in any manner limited by the provisions of the Contempt of Courts Act Article 129 states that the Supreme Court.shall be a court of record and shall have all the powers of such a court including the power to punish for contempt of itself. The bench observed:”The Court is vested with the constitutional powers to deal with the contempt and Section 15 is not the source of the power to issue notice for contempt. It only provides the procedure in which such contempt is to be initiated. It has been held that insofar as suo motu petitions are concerned, the Court can very well initiate the proceedings suo motu on the basis of information received by it. The only requirement is that the procedure as prescribed in the judgment of P.N. Duda (supra) has to be followed. In the present case, the same has undoubtedly been followed. It is also equally settled, that as far as the suo motu petitions are concerned, there is no requirement for taking consent of anybody, including the learned Attorney General because the Court is exercising its inherent powers to issue notice for contempt. It is equally well settled, that once the Court takes cognizance, the matter is purely between the Court and the contemnor. The only requirement is that the procedure followed is required to be just and fair and in accordance with the principles of natural justice.” The court added that, in the instant case, the notice issued to Bhushan and Twitter clearly mentions the tweets on the basis of which the Court is proceeding suo motu. While concluding the judgment, the bench further observed: The Indian Constitution has given a special role to the constitutional courts of this country. The Supreme Court is a protector of the fundamental rights of the citizens, as also is endowed with a duty to keep the other pillars of democracy i.e. the Executive and the Legislature, within the constitutional bounds. If an attack is made to shake the confidence that the public at large has in the institution of judiciary, such an attack has to be dealt with firmly. No doubt, that it may be better in many cases for the judiciary to adopt a magnanimously charitable attitude even when utterly uncharitable and unfair criticism of its operations is made out of bona fide concern for improvement. However, when there appears some scheme and design to bring about results which have the tendency of damaging the confidence in our judicial system and demoralize the Judges of the highest court by making malicious attacks, those interested in maintaining high standards of fearless, impartial and unbending justice will have to stand firmly. If such an attack is not dealt with, with requisite degree of firmness, it may affect the national honour and prestige in the comity of nations. Fearless and impartial courts of justice are the bulwark of a healthy democracy and the confidence in them cannot be permitted to be impaired by malicious attacks upon them.As observed by Justice Krishna Iyer in the case of Re: S. Mulgaokar (supra), on which judgment, Shri Dave has strongly relied on, if the Court considers the attack on the judge or judges scurrilous, offensive, intimidatory or malicious beyond condonable limits, the strong arm of the law must, in the name of public interest and public justice, strike a blow on him who challenges the supremacy of the rule of law by fouling its source and stream. Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentClick  Next Storylast_img read more