Rhode Island cathedral to suspend services on financial grounds

first_img TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab February 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm The Episcopal Church per se, and bishops especially, have been reluctant to review and try to renew the “idea” of great cathedrals. In too many cases, these edifices consume more and more time and energy in the repair, maintenance, and safekeeping, sapping the congregation of energy needed for ministry. There are other models “out there” for keeping great cathedrals as places of prayer, energy, music, gathering, and more: I know of NO diocese which has given serious thought and action towards moving into the 21st Century with eyes wide open and options aplenty. February 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm While I agree that we have to redefine “church” for the 21st century, the physical structure still has meaning. As a member of the choir of Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield, Massachusetts, I have often said that the building truly is a house of God. I believe that:He spoke to a Composer in the 1500’s and said, “write beautiful music to my glory.”He spoke to an Architect in the 1700’s and said, “design a building to my glory.”He spoke to a Builder in the 1800’s and said, “build the building to my glory.”And then he spoke to me and said, “Sing that song in that building to my glory.”You can pray anywhere, but only in a Cathedral can certain music truly soar toward the Heavens.My deepest condolences, Providence. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Youth Minister Lorton, VA Posted Feb 22, 2012 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release February 25, 2012 at 8:28 am This truly saddens me. I resonate with deep gratitude for my parish in all of its rich ministries to both the local and global community. My prayers are with you. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN The Rev. Dr. Robert R. Hansel says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 the Rev. Jan Griffin says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Todd Gardner says: martha knight says: Rhode Island cathedral to suspend services on financial grounds Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis February 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm All “mainline churches” (TEC, UCC, ELCA, UMC and PCUSA) are having these same problems. We must look at the demographics; our birth rate (1.9 per couple) and immigration patterns. Neither support our growth. [Diocese of Rhode Island] The Episcopal Cathedral of Saint John in Providence, Rhode Island, announced Feb. 21 that, due to dwindling financial resources, its worship and pastoral services will be suspended after April 22.The St. John’s building at 271 North Main will retain its status as the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. A cathedral serves as the seat of the bishop, the central place of pastoral and teaching ministries for all Episcopal churches in that diocese.“The cathedral congregation has experienced serious financial difficulty, and a decision was made to suspend services for now,” said the Rt. Rev. David Joslin, the cathedral’s acting dean. “This decision, of course, was not made lightly or quickly. And additionally, it does not permanently close the cathedral; it only ceases the usual Sunday services and pastoral care.”Joslin said that this financial situation has been evolving for many years, and has now come to the place where it needs to be addressed.Members of the cathedral congregation are being welcomed to join Grace Church on Westminster Street in Providence, or any of the 52 Episcopal churches in Rhode Island. There are six other Episcopal churches located in Providence.The Cathedral of Saint John, which was established as King’s Chapel in 1722, has been a continuing center for worship and outreach for 290 years. In 1794, the name of the church was changed to Saint John, and in 1929, the church became the official seat of the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, receiving its designation as the Cathedral of Saint John.The last Holy Eucharist for the cathedral congregation will be held on Sunday, April 22, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a time to celebrate St. John’s many years of service. Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA February 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm Sad to hear. The Chapter and Bishop need to explore other ways of “being church.” The maodel they have been pursuing is financially and administratively impossible for a dwindling congregation, but there ARE other models. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit an Event Listingcenter_img Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Phil Rountree says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Comments are closed. Harry W Shipps says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Prof Willis H A Moore says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Emmetri Monica Beane says: Comments (9) Rector Belleville, IL Steven Long says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET February 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm I visited my son at college a few years ago in Providence. I was delighted to discover the cathedral was just about 10 blocks away. So, I called: no answer, no answering machine announcing the worship times. I went on my son’s computer: no website (!!!!!). How do you expect anybody to come to your church if you won’t communicate with the outside world? I went to the Episcopal Church instead right on the Brown campus, and there were about 25 people in this huge Gothic edifice at the main service. Zero college students in attendance. The era of just putting up an Episcopal Church sign and expecting people to show up ended about 50 years ago. The good old Episcopal Church soldiers on as if nothing has changed. “We need to raise more money,” they say. What they really need is to start attracting people again, and the money will follow… February 27, 2012 at 11:07 am You need to get used to similar annoucements from other parishes in the coming months and years as the ECUS continues to experience dwindling membership and accompanying lower giving. Leadership needs to ‘wake up’ and not ignor these alarming trends. Maybe this and other closures will cause leadership to recognize that their radical theology is pushing people out of the Church. There’s only so much the average parishoner can stand. The only people left will be a small secular group that can’t afford to fund even the basic expenses of congregational worship. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID February 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm This just infuses me with a tremendous sense of gratitude for my parish and reminds me not to take the blessing of our parish for granted. It is a message about looking at what it means to be church in the 21st century. Is it about physical structures anymore? Or how much of being church is about buildings? Finally, it is a reminder to me about the importance of stewardship of money. In church life, we still seem uncomfortable talking about money but it is important that we have open dialogs about it just like we have in our own households. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service February 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm I’m sorry to read that resources have been dwindling for years, but it takes the suspension of services to admit that the situation needs to be addressed. The report is probably a simplification of actual concerns, but describes many churches I know of, where decline has been very evident for decades without any real attempts to change the situation.last_img read more

‘Be good, as well as do good’ says new Chair of the Charity Commission

first_img‘Be good, as well as do good’ says new Chair of the Charity Commission AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis He said: “the public expects that all charities meet certain basic standards of integrity and probity. So if charities are part of the glue that holds society together, then good governance is the glue that binds charities.” Recognising charities that advance faithShawcross took the opportunity to reassure delegates that the Commission will continue to recognise the contribution made to British society by charities that advance faith.He said: “The suggestion some have put forward that the Commission is seeking to overturn centuries of law and culture by questioning the charitable status of religious charities is, quite simply, wrong. One MP asked me recently if the Commission was part of a plan or even plot to secularise British society. Absolutely not, I said. I repeat that emphatically today.”There are over 31,000 charities in England and Wales that cite religious charitable objects and many more that have a faith-based focus. www.charitycommission.gov.uk Tagged with: Charity Commission Law / policy Managementcenter_img Howard Lake | 29 November 2012 | 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. Charities have to “be good, as well as do good” if they are to retain public trust and confidence, said William Shawcross, CVO, the new Chair of the Charity Commission.Speaking at the annual conference of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) today, he emphasised the need for independence and accountability as the two core elements of the good governance necessary to maintain the public’s trust.This was Shawcross’ first speech as Chair, having taken up the position last month. Advertisementlast_img read more

Journalist killed in troubling circumstances

first_img In blow to impunity, panel says investigation into blogger’s death should resume February 4, 2021 Find out more MalawiAfrica Organisation Social networks and TV signals down after close of polls in Malawi Reporters Without Borders today expressed its concern about the death of freelance journalist Don Kulapani on 8 August during the hold-up of a bar in the capital, and called on the authorities to conduct a full investigation into this killing, which has coincided with attacks on journalists by the ruling party.”We ask you to fully clarify the circumstances of the journalist’s death and to establish that it was not linked to the exercise of his profession”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Interior Minister Monjeza Maluza. “The fact that it coincides with recent attacks on journalists by the UDF’s youth league is troubling, to say the least”, Ménard said in the letter, which requested that Reporters Without Borders be kept informed about the investigation’s progress.A freelancer who used to work for The Chronicle newspaper, Kulapani was in a bar in the capital, Lilongwe, on 8 August when four armed men entered and opened fire, hitting the journalist. They then stabbed him many times. The assailants took cases of beer, musical equipment and cash from the till before making off. Kulapani died as a result of these injuries.The journalist’s death comes soon after the release of a statement by theruling UDF denying news media claims that it had a unit tasked with silencing investigative journalists who “embarrass” the government. In early August, the National Media Institute of South Africa claimed to have discovered a UDF plot to attack journalists of the Daily Times, Weekly Chronicle, Pride and BBC for having accused the UDF of intending to change the constitution to allow President Bakili Muluzi to run for a third term in 2004.Young activists have been implicated in beatings of journalists who support the opposition party, especially journalists working for the Chronicle, Kulapani’s former employer. The Daily Times had already alleged in November 2001 that the UDF had complied a list of journalists who “discredit the party” and that it intended to use its youth wing to attack them. Help by sharing this information News News Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img August 12, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist killed in troubling circumstances News Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story October 10, 2012 Find out more News May 24, 2019 Find out more RSF_en MalawiAfrica Follow the news on Malawilast_img read more

Court & Contempt: Dissent From The Bar

first_imgColumnsCourt & Contempt: Dissent From The Bar Kartikeya Sharma & Tejas Rao20 Jun 2020 8:58 AMShare This – xOn 9th June, 2020, a Division Bench of the Gujarat High Court led by Justice Sonia Gokani took suo motu cognizance of the statements made by Mr. Yatin Oza, President of the Gujarat High Court Advocates Association and proceeded to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against him. This is not the first time in recent years when Mr. Oza has found himself to be in hot water. As recently…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?LoginOn 9th June, 2020, a Division Bench of the Gujarat High Court led by Justice Sonia Gokani took suo motu cognizance of the statements made by Mr. Yatin Oza, President of the Gujarat High Court Advocates Association and proceeded to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against him. This is not the first time in recent years when Mr. Oza has found himself to be in hot water. As recently as 2016, the Supreme Court was seized of a matter involving contempt alleged to have been committed by Mr. Oza for criticising the transfer of two judges from the Gujarat High Court. Only once an unconditional apology was tendered by Mr. Oza was the matter put to rest by the Supreme Court. In the present circumstances, Mr. Oza is alleged to have made certain strong and hard-hitting remarks against the Registry of the Gujarat High Court in a live press conference that was streamed on Facebook. The allegations were recorded by the High Court in its order and they include statements such as “corrupt practices being adopted by the registry of the High Court of Gujarat”, “undue favour is shown to high-profile industrialists and smugglers and traitors” (para 6). The High Court took serious objection to the remarks made by Mr. Oza and reprimanded im by stating that “he appears to have crossed all limits by condemning recklessly the institution”. In the Order, the High Court expresses its disappointment in the “reckless” manner in which the President of the GHCAA has behaved. In expressing its opinion the Court made reference to Re: Vijay Kurle, a recent decision of the Supreme Court of India, where the Court held that the law of contempt existed to ensure that respect for the Court’s functioning was upheld at all times. Finally, in paragraph 16, the High Court concluded that there is a prima facie case of criminal contempt as per Section 2(c) of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 (“the Act”). Taking cognizance of contempt under Section 15 of the Act, the Registry was directed to place the matter before the Chief Justice of the High Court to be put before the appropriate roster bench for adjudication on merits. Curiously, the order further directs that the question of whether Mr. Oza is to be divested of his designation as Senior Advocate should be placed before the Chief Justice for consideration by the full Court. This entire episode revives the debate surrounding the existence of criminal contempt provisions under Indian law. The Law Commission of India has previously stated that merely removing criminal contempt under the Act does not entirely remove the idea of criminal contempt in India, as the source of the Court’s power in that regard stems out of Article 142(2) of the Constitution. Procedure for Criminal Contempt In order to address whether or not Mr. Oza’s statements merit the removal of his designation as Senior Advocate, it is essential to have a brief overview of how criminal contempt is dealt with as per the scheme of the Act at present. Criminal contempt as defined under Section 2(c) of the Act as follows: “Means the publication (whether by words, spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representations, or otherwise) of any matter or the doing of any other act whatsoever which— (i) scandalises or tends to scandalise, or lowers or tends to lower the authority of, any court; or (ii) prejudices, or interferes or tends to interfere with, the due course of any judicial proceeding; or (iii) interferes or tends to interfere with, or obstructs or tends to obstruct, the administration of justice in any other manner;” There are two distinct approaches to contempt depending on the circumstances in which the alleged act of contempt takes place. The first is where the alleged act is before the Court itself (provided for, under Section 14), and the second is where the alleged act takes place otherwise (under Section 15). As the alleged act of contempt has not taken place in the face of the Court, the case falls under Section 15 of the Act. This Section stipulates three ways by which cognizance of criminal contempt may be taken, and includes (i) suo motu cognizance, (ii) on a motion made by the Advocate General of the State, (iii) or on a motion by any other person with the consent of the Advocate General taken in writing. After cognizance is taken, recourse to the procedure entailed under Section 17 is taken. The individual charged with contempt must be served notice of every proceeding taking place under Section 15. This notice should be accompanied by a copy of any motion or reference filed by any party or subordinate Court. Section 17 also allows the Court to attach property (as per the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908), if it has reasons to believe that the person charged under Section 15 would abscond or run away from the legal proceedings. Finally, Section 17 adheres to due process norms and provides the individual charged with contempt the opportunity to file an affidavit in support of his defence. Section 18 lists out that any case of criminal contempt ought to be heard by a Bench of not less than two Judges. The relevant rules for Mr. Oza’s case are contained within the Contempt of Courts (Gujarat High Court) Rules, 1984, which under Rule 5, lay out that the Court may take suo motu cognizance of alleged criminal contempt committed under Section 15 of the Act. In Court on its own Motion v. State, Justice Lokur (then a judge of the Delhi High Court) in declining to take suo motu cognizance of contempt against NDTV stated that Courts ought to exercise their power of suo motu cognizance sparingly, specifically because of how grave and serious the matter of contempt is. That judgment also makes reference to Oswald’s Contempt of Court, Committal, Attachment, and Arrest upon Civil Process, which reads as follows: All publications which offend against the dignity of the Court, or are calculated to prejudice the course of justice, will constitute contempts. Offences of this nature are of three kinds – namely, those which (1) scandalize the Court; or (2) abuse the parties concerned in causes there; or (3) prejudice mankind against persons before the cause is heard. Previously, the Gujarat High Court, in Suo Motu v. Nandlal Thakkar, Advocate has taken suo motu cognizance of criminal contempt. In doing so, the High Court noted that Mr. Thakkar had made comments in Court whereby he attributed dishonesty to the conduct of the Court, and thereby made out a prima facie case of criminal contempt. The most relevant case to understanding the procedure under Section 17, however, is Re: Vijay Kurle, at the Supreme Court of India. That case clarified that the Act in no way curtailed the powers of the Court to suo motu initiate cases of contempt. That judgment also laid out that any Bench may issue notice in respect of an alleged contemptuous act and thereafter place it before the Chief Justice of the Court for listing before the Bench. Subsequently, it becomes clear that the procedure followed in Mr. Oza’s case by the Gujarat High Court conforms to the procedural rules laid out by the Act, and affirmed by the Supreme Court in Re: Vijay Kurle. Whether the designation as Senior Advocate may be stripped away in such circumstances? Finally, it is necessary to focus on one of the directions issued by the Gujarat High Court in the present case. The direction being number (4) in para 17 of the order states,”We also deem it appropriate to place before the Chief Justice for consideration at the hands of the full Court whether to divest the stature of respondent under contempt, of designation of a senior advocate under the circumstances.” The question that arises is what situations call for such action and what is the procedure that is to be followed in those circumstances? The conferment of the tag of a Senior Advocate has been entrusted to the Supreme Court and the various High Courts under Section 16(2) of the Advocates Act, 1961 and the criteria as per the above mentioned provision is categorised into (i) a person having standing at the Bar or (ii) a person having special knowledge or (iii) a person having experience in law. Prior to the judgement in the case of Indira Jaising vs. Supreme Court through its Registrar General (“Indira Jaising judgement”), there was no uniform criteria in place at the High Courts or the designation of Senior Advocates. Even the Supreme Court did not pay much heed to the procedure to be followed and this is evident from Rule 2(a) of Order IV of the Supreme Court Rules, 2013 which was a carbon copy of Section 16(2) of the Advocates Act, 1961 and Rule 2(b) imposes certain restrictions on Senior Advocates with regard to their functioning and appearance before the Court. Most High Courts relied upon notifications issued which briefly described rudimentary criteria needed to qualify for the designation as a Senior Advocate. The procedure for designation was varying between High Courts as was observed by the Supreme Court in the Indira Jaising judgement. Some High Courts required a: simple majority of the Full Court( Uttarakhand, Orissa, Karnataka, Punjab & Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Patna, Allahabad and Madras). 2/3rd majority of the Full Court( Calcutta, Gauhati, Chhattisgarh, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Delhi, Kerala, Bombay, Gujarat, Sikkim, Rajasthan) 3/4th majority of the Full Court( Tripura and Himachal Pradesh) As is clear from the above, varying procedures were followed by the High Courts above and beyond the stark difference in criteria like age, income, length of practice etc. It is also interesting to note that only 2 High Courts( Uttarakhand and Madras) mentioned the power of the Full Court to strip an individual of the designation if the Full Court was of the view that “such advocate is not worthy of the designation any more” so there were no real grounds of misconduct or misbehaviour mentioned that would lead to a situation where an individual would be stripped off their designation. This was the situation prior to the judgement in October 2017 and while concluding, the Supreme Court provided some broad guidelines to bring about uniformity in the procedure of designation of Senior Advocates. These guidelines included the setting up of a permanent Committee and specified the composition of said Committee, established a Secretariat and mentioned its functions and most importantly the final guideline stated that “In the event a Senior Advocate is guilty of conduct which according to the Full Court disentitles the Senior Advocate concerned to continue to be worthy of the designation, the Full Court may review its decision to designate the person concerned and recall the same.” Since this case is one from the Gujarat High Court, the focus here is limited to provisions of said High Court’s rules. The provision as found in the High Court of Gujarat Designation of Senior Advocates Rules, 2018 is the same as the guideline provided by the Supreme Court as mentioned above. The only addition to Gujarat rules is the proviso which provides an opportunity of hearing to the person concerned before the Full Court makes its decision. Therefore, the procedure to be followed is that first, the Senior Advocate must be found to be guilty of the charges levelled against them, and the charge in the present case is that of criminal contempt. Second, the conduct in question must, in the opinion of the Full Court, disentitle the Senior Advocate from holding onto the designation and third, the Senior Advocate must be given an opportunity to be heard in accordance with the principles of natural justice. Respectfully, the Division Bench of the Gujarat High Court, in its order of 9th June, 2020, has not only taken cognizance of the alleged criminal contempt committed by the Senior Advocate, Mr. Yatin Oza, but also, it has rushed to the defence of the Court and its Registry and expressed its disappointment with the conduct of the alleged contemnor and on a cursory reading of the order, it seems that the Court has already determined the guilt of the alleged contemnor and in furtherance of the same has referred the matter to the Chief Justice to place before the Full Court for consideration whether the alleged contemnor must be stripped of the designation of Senior Advocate. The Court while acknowledging that it does not have the roster to hear matters relating to contempt under the Act refers the matter to the Chief Justice for necessary consideration. It is contended that if the guilt of the alleged contemnor could not have been established by this particular Division Bench, it should have restrained itself from referring the matter to the Chief Justice for placing it before the Full Court to consider the alleged contemnor’s senior designation as that is a step that would be subsequent to the determination of guilt by the appropriate bench and these remarks might prejudice another bench against the alleged contemnor. It is not often that a Senior Advocate is on brink of having his designation stripped off and makes one wonder if such a situation has arisen before. The case of R.K. Anand and I.U. Khan comes to mind wherein the former Senior Advocates of the Delhi High Court, were found guilty of criminal contempt under the Act as a result of being found to be guilty of tampering a witness in the famous BMW hit-and-run case and the Delhi High Court in its judgement of 21st August, 2008 recommended to the Full Court to strip the contemnors of the designation. The Supreme Court, in appeal, upheld R.K. Anand’s conviction but cleared I.U. Khan of the charges. What is important to note in this particular instance is that even at the prima facie stage where the High Court was of the opinion that R.K. Anand and I.U. Khan were guilty of contempt, it did not refer the matter to the Full Court for stripping them of the Senior Advocate designation. Only once the guilt was determined, after hearing the parties extensively, did the High Court recommend to the Full Court that the two contemnors be stripped of their senior designations. Hopefully, the Gujarat High Court will be mindful of this particular procedural nuance before placing the matter regarding the removal of Mr. Yatin Oza’s Senior Advocate designation in front of the Full Court for its consideration before a determination of Mr. Oza’s guilt by the appropriate bench. There can be no denying that free speech is an integral part of our lives and dissent makes up a chunk of that speech and one is reminded of the encouraging words of Justice D.Y. Chandrachud that, “dissent is a safety valve of democracy”, one can only hope that the saga of Mr Oza will end on a positive note. 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

“Not A Special Case, Client’s Profile Does Not Matter”: Delhi HC Adjourns MJ Akbar’s Plea Against Priya Ramani’s Acquittal In Criminal Defamation Case Till August 11

first_imgNews Updates”Not A Special Case, Client’s Profile Does Not Matter”: Delhi HC Adjourns MJ Akbar’s Plea Against Priya Ramani’s Acquittal In Criminal Defamation Case Till August 11 Nupur Thapliyal5 May 2021 12:08 AMShare This – xRefusing to list the case anytime before August, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday listed to August 11 hearing in the appeal by former Union Minister MJ Akbar challenging the acquittal of journalist Priya Ramani in the criminal defamation case filed by him over the “metoo” sexual harassment allegations made by her.A single judge bench comprising of Justice Mukta Gupta however called for the record of the trial court with regards to the case in hand.Advertisement The development came after the Court was hearing Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra appearing on behalf of MJ Akbar who suggested the Bench to list the case to an earlier date from August.”This is a special category case, your lordships. Kindly list this to some time before August.” Luthra requested the Court.Rejecting the aforesaid request, Justice Mukta Gupta orally remarked thus:”This is not a special case. There are other important matters right now. Profiles of the clients do not matter. List this in August.” Advertisement The matter was then posted for August 11 by the Court.The criminal defamation case was filed by MJ Akbar in a Delhi Court in October 2018, after he was accused by several women of sexual harassment, following a tweet by Ramani as part of the ‘#MeToo’ movement, revealing that the person referred to as a sexual harasser in an earlier article written by her in ‘The Vogue’ was Akbar.A Delhi Court on February 17 acquitted Priya Ramani in the Case.Advertisement Advertisement “Woman has a right to put up the grievance at any platform of her choice even after decades. Woman cannot be punished for raising voice agains sex abuse . Right to reputation cannot be protected at the cost of right to dignity”, the trial Court observed while acquitting Priya Ramani in the case.Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra represented Mr. MJ Akbar whereas Ms. Priya Ramani was represented by Senior Advocate Rebecca John before the Delhi Court.TagsDelhi High Court MJ Akbar v. Priya Ramani MJ Akbar Defamation Case MJ Akbar Priya Ramani Criminal Defamation Case Me Too India Justice Mukta Gupta 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

Mother and daughter in Texas create lifelong bond by attending college together

first_imgiStock(DALLAS) — At 16 years old, Emma Earhart is already a junior college graduate and a biology major at the University of North Texas.She also has a familiar classmate: her mom, Kathy Earhart.In fact, this semester, the duo is taking every one of their classes together.Earhart received her associate’s degree when she was 15 and is on track to receive her bachelor’s degree next year.“I always say that Emma’s on autopilot and I don’t want to jinx her because she’s got focus, she’s got drive, ambition,” Earhart’s father, Joe Earhart, told WFAA-TV, ABC’s affiliate in Dallas.For more than a decade, Kathy Earhart stayed home raising three kids but was inspired when her daughter started college at 14.“I always wanted to be a doctor when I grew up. I just thought the time had passed that I didn’t get to do that,” Kathy Earhart told WFAA-TV.“And I was like, ‘OK, I’m doing this,’” she said. “If I set my mind to it, I will do it.”The mother-daughter team is working toward bachelor’s degrees, and eventually, doctorate degrees.“It’s a lot of fun. We’re competitive in a fun way. So you know, it’s ‘who did better on this, who did better on that.’ So we challenge each other,” Kathy Earhart said.“It’s just created a bond that’s going to last a lifetime,” her daughter added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Power outage hits large portions of Manhattan in New York City

first_imgfranckreporter/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Large portions of Manhattan in New York City were without power Friday morning as at least 1.3 million people are still without power along the East Coast after Isaias wreaked havoc on the region earlier this week.Con Edison, the city’s main power company, said there are at least 123,808 customers without power, including those who had previously lost power as a result of the storm, as of 6:30 a.m. Friday.The new power outages in New York City Friday, according to Con Ed’s outage map, were in the Upper West Side, Harlem and Upper East Side neighborhoods.ConEd, in a statement to ABC News, said the supply has been restored to those areas.“We are investigating a problem on our transmission system that caused three networks in Manhattan to lose their electric supply at about 5:13 this morning,” ConEd said in a statement.A live camera from ABC News New York City station WABC-TV showed a large section of the Upper West Side completely dark. A station camera also showed the electricity out in the Upper East Side.Subways in the city are also being impacted because of the Manhattan power outage, according to the Metropolitan Transit Authority.Lines impacted, according to the MTA, include the A, B, C, D, 1,2,3, E, F, N, Q, and R trains.“Expect delays as we are getting reports of power outages in some parts of uptown Manhattan,” the MTA tweeted. “This is also affecting stations and third-rail power.”Thousands have been without power in the city this week as a result of Isaias.“We realize it is incredibly frustrating to be without power and that is why we are working around the clock to get customers back in service,” Robert Schimmenti, Con Edison’s senior vice president, Electric Operations, said in a statement Thursday. “We have additional mutual aid and contractor workers arriving each day to help us restore service safely. We assure our customers that our crews will remain on the job 24-7 until everyone has their power back.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The best and worst on-line practices are revealed in a survey from the US

first_img Comments are closed. Goodcorporate recruitment sitesAccordingto the US study, effective job sites shares many of these characteristics:·       Theyunderstand target audiences and can address their needs·       Candidatescan navigate the site easily and quickly link to career pages and job openings·       Careeropportunities and individual jobs are described in much greater details than intypical help-wanted ads·       Qualifyingcategories, such as location, job function and keyword search, help candidatesfind the jobs for which they are most qualified·       Informationabout the company, including profiles of archetypal employees, gives candidatesa sense of what working for the company would be like·       Jobbaskets let candidates apply for multiple openings·       Self-assessmentquizzes ask candidates about their experience and interests and direct them tocareers they would be good at and enjoy most Related posts:No related photos. The best and worst on-line practices are revealed in a survey from the USOn 12 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today E-recruitmentis more than a smart web siteUK HR directorsrunning or setting up their own corporate recruitment web sites can find outmore about best and worst practices in the area of on-line job boards from astudy of top US companies by Boston-based Cambria Consulting. The study,which aims to help HR professionals use e-recruitment more effectively, showsthat most companies have yet to master some of the basics, even though many ofthe companies included in the study are featured in Fortune magazine’s lists ofAmerica’s Best Companies to Work For and Most Admired Companies.“Clearly,some companies don’t realise how big the stakes are. It is estimated that morethan two thirds of employers hiring college graduates are recruiting via theInternet and, by 2003, 100 per cent of the Global 500 companies are expected tobe recruiting via the Internet,” says Bernie Cullen, partner at CambriaConsulting, who headed the research team. In somecases, the report found that recruitment sites of major corporates did littlemore than offer candidates a post office box on their sites to which to sendtheir CVs.Notsurprisingly, Cullen points to computer, technology and finance companies assome of the bestpractitioners of e-recruitment. “The people who helped create the Internet areusing it to scour the world for outstanding job candidates,” he says. “Theydon’t just tell candidates to send in resumes. They question them interactivelyon the web site about their experience and interests and then direct them tothe specific jobs for which they are best qualified.”Web siteswere rated on their overall usefulness to employers and overall ease of use,awarding companies one to five stars in each category for a maximum of 10 stars.Severalfactors were identified in the study as common to the most successful sites.These ranged from targeting audiences and describing individual jobs in muchgreater detail to more technologically aware features, such as ensuringpersonal data is regularly revisited in order to match it to available jobopenings on the site. Sites should also give candidates an idea of the companyculture and what it would be like to work there. Butcontinued success of e-recruitmentin a company depends on more than a good web site. Cullen emphasises that companiesshould also integrate other staffing functions in the electronic loop. “Leadingcompanies have fully integrated their staffing processes making them not onlypaperless and efficient but also highly effective,” he says. “They havere-engineered these processes so that the right people have the rightinformation at the right time for evaluating the right type of candidates.Designing effective e-recruitment sites has been an important catalyst forthese major redesign efforts.”Anexecutive summary of Cambria Consulting’s Study of  e-recruiting is posted on Personnel Today’s web site at: www.personneltoday.com/features The 10-star companiesEDS (www.eds.com)Fidelity (www.fidelity.com)GeneralElectric(www.ge.com)Guidant (www.guidant.com)IBM (www.ibm.com)Intel (www.intel.com)Johnson& Johnson(www.jnj.com)Lucent Technologies (www.lucent.com)Microsoft(www.microsoft.com)Pfizer (www.pfizer.com)PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwcglobal.com)Procter& Gamble(www.pg.com)SunMicrosystems (www.sun.com)UnitedParcel Services(www.ups.com) Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Making well-being a team effort

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. The OH team at Merrill Lynch explains how it has managed to puta preventative healthcare programme in place for all employees, by Sara Bean The ideal scenario for anyone working in occupational health is to offer apreventative healthcare programme for employees, rather than cope with atreatment-based, continuous fire-fighting role that is so often the reality forOH professionals. The Bupa Wellness occupational health team based at Merrill Lynch, in theCity of London, is in that enviable position. It has managed to put a system inplace that enables occupational health to deliver a fully-integrated andproactive preventative health system. Merrill Lynch, the global finance and advisory company, has the headquartersfor its Middle East, European and African operations based in London. Fromhere, the 18-strong Bupa Wellness occupational health team looks after thehealthcare needs of about 7,000 Merrill Lynch staff across five sites inLondon. The team comprises an OH manager, a part-time OH physician, three OHadvisers, an OH practice nurse, five physiotherapists, two part-time GPs, twoadministrators, a dentist, a dental assistant and a hygienist. Services includephysiotherapy, an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) counselling service, anon-site private GP service and, of course, a comprehensive occupational healthservice. Val Hughes, the occupational health manager, explains: “As the mainservice provider for healthcare at Merrill Lynch, our multidisciplinary teamworks closely with HR to manage attendance. “Through our integrated approach to healthcare, our OHAs can facilitateprompt referral to our on-site team of specialists, who provide fast-tracktreatment, resulting in early intervention and shorter rehabilitation. “In many cases, through a holistic approach to healthcare management,we successfully instigate an earlier return to work for the employee. This, insome cases, may involve advising management on changes to working practices ora phased return to work for the employee.” Tackling causes of ill health Recent figures from the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) show the twogreatest causes of days lost to illness in 2002 were stress and musculoskeletalproblems.1 At Merrill Lynch, preventative procedures are in place to specially targetthese two areas. For stress-related conditions, a confidential EAP schemeenables employees to self-refer if they feel they require counselling. They canalso go through one of the OHAs, the on-site private GP or the OH physician. Hughes is at pains to point out that when someone is referred forcounselling through a member of the OH team, although OH is given feedback onhow they are progressing, information is limited and feedback is kept withinthe bounds of confidentiality. Since September 11, a special ‘trauma support programme’ has also been putin place, which can be activated by senior management in the event of anemergency, with OH in a supporting role in providing trauma support. A similarly proactive scenario applies to dealing with musculoskeletalcomplaints. Although health and safety is taken care of by an in-house MerrillLynch team, it works closely with OH and the physiotherapy department on boththe prevention and treatment of back and muscular pain. Employees can complete a computer-generated questionnaire that, using ascoring system, will flag up potential musculoskeletal problems and feed themback to the health and safety department. Depending on the score, thedepartment may carry out a workstation audit or refer the client forphysiotherapy. Hughes says: “Our main aim is to minimise the number of days off workdue to back and other musculoskeletal problems. I believe people can be keptfit and healthy at work with a properly integrated approach.” The physiotherapy department is open five days a week, and, saysphysiotherapist Steven McLaren, the type of problems experienced tend to be”neck and shoulders, postural dysfunctions and a lot of sports injuries,as we do have a young, dynamic workforce”. He adds: “Since the introduction of on-site physiotherapy by Bupa lastNovember, I’ve seen more people with chronic problems who haven’t wanted totake time out before to seek treatment. Referrals come via the OHAs, OHphysician, private GP and the health and safety team, or even through outsideGPs, and people can usually get an appointment on the same day.” The physiotherapy team operates an accelerated injury management programme,which as well as getting people seen quickly, aims to promote a quick recovery.So if the physiotherapist sees no improvement in a client after three sessions,the patient will be referred to specialist rehabilitation consultants and therewill be a case conference held by all those involved in their care. In most cases however, the OH department will work with the physiotherapistand the health and safety team to manage the problem. A client’s workingconditions may be assessed and advice given on: – Restricting keyboarding – Temporary reduced hours of work – Modification to job role and responsibilities – One-to-one instructions on postural exercises. And because they’re on site, the physiotherapist and the health and safetyteam can go into the client’s office to make postural adjustments. Taking the initiative As well as managing the two main causes of workplace absence, the OH team atMerrill Lynch runs a comprehensive series of healthcare initiatives. There is a regular travel-health clinic for both business and leisuretravellers, which, says OHA Michelle Davis, is very well attended. The clinicsprovide advice on travel, including access to information from an onlinedatabase on the particular travel health risks for each destination. The OHAswill also take a vaccine history and administer vaccines and anti-malaria pillsas prescribed by the doctor. Davis explains that the company also supports Tommy’s Campaign – the charitythat promotes research into the causes of miscarriage, premature birth andstillbirth. The OH department conducts pregnancy risk assessments, givesinformation and booklets on healthy pregnancy and ensures there are rest areasavailable for pregnant employees. And as the OH team’s remit is preventative, not treatment based, it has awell co-ordinated first aid programme in place, managed by OHN MichaelaLongmore. She says: “I do not solely work as an occupational health practicenurse, but rather to co-ordinate the provision of first aid, maintain the firstaid database and ensure that all first aiders are trained to the correct leveland regularly updated. “In a low-risk environment such as this, we need about one first aiderfor every 50 to 100 employees, so in all we’ve got about 140 first aiders. Iprovide the introduction on how to become a first aider, then I work withsecurity to ensure first aid boxes are kept up-to-date and available, and Ialso work closely with health and safety. My role is one of managing health.Like the rest of the team here, I’m a great believer in preventativecare.” As well as being involved with first aid audits, management referrals andthe travel health clinics, OHA Tracy Barker is working with the management atMerrill Lynch to help promote a healthier work-life balance among itshard-working staff. She says: “I’m currently working with a focus group to look at ways ofimplementing a healthier work-life balance for Merrill Lynch employees. It willbe called ‘Managing the Pace’. The management wants feedback and is committedto improving the service.” Promoting healthcare services Aside from physiotherapy and OH clinics, the occupational health departmentalso hosts a range of other healthcare services, including a dentist and dentalhygienist, and for those willing to pay, appointments with a private on-siteGP. Alison Baggett, one of the administrators for the department, organisesappointments and meets and greets those attending the OH department or one ofthe clinics. “I do have to explain on occasion to people who walk in that we’re nothere to offer treatment. I am a first aider though, so if it is a first aidmatter, I’m always willing to help,” she says. So how does the Bupa Wellness team get the OH message through to MerrillLynch staff? Aside from a 10-minute presentation to all new staff on induction,occupational health services are listed for staff on the company intranet andthe Bupa Wellness team will soon be launching its own intranet sitehighlighting OH services. In addition to this, says Hughes, the OH team organises a number of healthpromotion events, from no-smoking days to stroke awareness. “We also workwith both the company gym and the in-house cafeteria, which, although managedby the corporate services division of Merrill Lynch, liaise closely with us topromote healthy eating and taking regular exercise. The gym took an active rolein helping to develop the very successful Wellness Fair we organised at the endof last year.” The fully-equipped gym, which offers fitness advice to staff, organises upto 28 exercise classes a day, teaches pilates and yoga, and offers a range ofcomplementary therapies including reflexology, chair massage and sportsmassage. Physiotherapists will occasionally refer clients to a therapist andvice versa. Although Bupa has provided an OH service to Merrill Lynch for some years,the new integrated structure has only been in place since last autumn – and,according to Hughes, is already showing some success. Reference: 1. HSC Health and safety statistics highlights 2001/02,www.hse.gov.uk/statisticswww.bupa.comWellness FairOne of the greatest successes for theOH department has been the Wellness Fair, which took place last November. OHNMichaela Longmore says: “Last February, we decided to hold the fair afterstaff research revealed that alcohol, stress, dietary problems and smoking werethe most notable problems experienced by Merrill Lynch staff.”The challenge for the team was to help co-ordinate all themajor disciplines that took part on the day. The OH department worked with thegym and restaurant over a period of nine months – planning the structure of theday and estimating the costs involved.After presenting the idea to Merrill Lynch, who agreed toprovide funding, the team worked hard to get the day organised and a variety ofdepartments, including HR and marketing, helped to devise logos and otherpromotional tools.Highlights of the fair included:– Walks around the city for staff to do during their lunchtimes– A look at how the body works– Mini health checks– Demonstrations of yoga and pilates– Breast awareness – Alcohol consumption tests– Prizes of hampers, gym membership and a medical directoryAttendance was impressive, with about 817 people attending onthe day, although the team had only printed 370 feedback forms.Longmore says: “The day was real team success, and helpedus create closer liaisons within Merrill Lynch.”It was an informal and fun event, and feedback was verypositive, with 97 per cent of those attending asking for an annual event,”she adds. Previous Article Next Article Making well-being a team effortOn 1 Apr 2003 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Three Dixie State Baseball Players Earn All Pac-West Honors

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Wednesday, three Dixie State baseball players were given all-conference honors for a job well done this season.This voting was done by all Pac-West baseball coaches and the Trailblazers to be honored include senior catcher Jake Davison, senior infielder Kyle Hoffman and junior utility player Joe Raymond.Davison, a Taylorsville, Utah product, was voted as the Pac-West’s defensive player of the year and named to the third team.Davison posted a .987 fielding percentage, committing only one error in 309 chances with 45 total assists and threw out 19 of 45 possible base stealers.Davison batted .259 on the season, netting nine extra-base hits and 30 RBI, while also scoring 20 times.On March 26, he netted a career-high 6 RBI in the Trailblazers’ 17-4 win over Hawaii Pacific.Hoffman, also a Taylorsville product, made the third team as well and batted .305 with two home runs, 24 RBI and 30 runs scored. Hoffman finished with 11 extra-base hits and five multi-RBI games.Raymond, a native of Foresthill, Calif., also made the third team and batted .327 while netting 11 doubles, on home run, 23 RBI and 31 scored runs.Raymond’s versatility allowed the Trailblazers to use him at six different positions. He started nine times apiece at third base and right field. Raymond posted six multi-hit games, finishing the season on an 8-game winning streak.Dixie State ended the season at 25-25, including 21-19 in the Pac-West. This is their last season in the Pac-West as the entire Trailblazers’ athletic department will join the football team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2018-19. Tags: Dixie State Baseball/Jake Davison/Joe Raymond/Kyle Hoffman May 16, 2018 /Sports News – Local Three Dixie State Baseball Players Earn All Pac-West Honors Brad Jameslast_img read more