Insurers face new wave of regulation

first_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share KCS-content Sunday 17 October 2010 11:19 pm whatsappcenter_img THE business agenda has been dominated by the latest developments in the regulation of banks. From Basel III to new European banking regulations on capital, much has been said on how much capital banks should hold.Much less focus has been on Solvency II, the European Directive which will dramatically change the way insurers are regulated, due to be implemented at the end of 2012. This is, of course, to be expected. Attention will always focus on where the greatest problems occur. However, there is much to be learned in both the principles and development of Solvency II for all regulators and politicians.Indeed the crisis has reinforced the key messages of Solvency II – that by itself capital cannot protect against all risks and all negative outcomes. At the heart of Solvency II is the message that if you understand and manage your risks you can run your business effectively and receive the benefits of a lower capital requirement. This will ultimately benefit consumers.However, there is a very real risk that the ripple from the banking crisis is still creating difficult waves across the whole financial services sector. I see two major risks. First, that insurers will be over-regulated, either because regulators will insist on gold-plating requirements, or because of inappropriate read-across from the banks. The second, connected risk, is that consumers will simply lose faith in the products we provide. This is not because they believe insurers will fail, but because we are forced by Solvency II to change the products we provide to such a degree that they no longer meet the needs customers at a price they can afford. The ABI is working with the Treasury and European partners to push back hard on this. We cannot let the fallout from banking regulatory failures drive insurance regulation.There is still much to play for. Recognition of the benefits of holding assets over the long term (the liquidity premium), how Solvency II recognises subsidiaries of European insurers based abroad and how groups are treated are some of the main areas of focus. There is time to solve these and I remain optimistic we will – with the support and cooperation of the Commission, governments and European insurance regulators.As an industry we have been working on Solvency II since 2000. It is already rightly recognised as potentially a leading global standard for prudential regulation. It is far in advance of the Basel II requirements and already includes many of the tools needed to address the risks identified following the financial crisis. It is attracting attention from around the world, as other countries realise the advantages it will give to European insurers. The danger is that insurance regulators read across from what is happening in the banking world and try to squeeze in banking rules for insurers. Solvency II was designed to go beyond this. Despite the crisis, we must keep on that road for the benefit of insurers and consumers alike. Maggie Craig is acting director general, Association of British Insurers. Insurers face new wave of regulation Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Gambling Commission suspends Lottery England Limited ELM licence

first_imgThe Gambling Commission’s licence conditions for lotteries emphasise that they may not be run for commercial gain and fees are due every year. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Last month, the Commission suspended the regulatory licence of Nektan (Gibraltar), the British-facing B2C arm of Nektan, which was sold by administrators last year as it conducted a review into its licence. Regions: UK & Ireland The British Gambling Commission has suspended the external lottery manager licence of Lottery England Limited. 17th May 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter As a result, it said the business “may be unsuitable to carry on the licensed activities.” Gambling Commission suspends Lottery England Limited ELM licencecenter_img The Kent-based Lottery England Limited held a non-remote external lottery manager licence, meaning that it could manage lotteries and provide lottery services for charities and local authorities. Email Address In 2020, the original Nektan business went into administration, with the UK B2C arm sold to Grace Media, part of the Active Win Group. Tags: Gambling Commission Lottery England Limited Topics: Legal & compliance Lottery Compliance Licensing Regulation Lottery regulation Regulation However, the regulator said that it had “concerns that activities may have been carried out contrary to the Act, not in accordance with conditions of their licence”.last_img read more

Una congregación camboyana contribuyó a iniciar la agricultura comunitaria de…

first_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Por Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Aug 19, 2016 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Una congregación camboyana contribuyó a iniciar la agricultura comunitaria de la Iglesia Huertos comunitarios hermanan a diversos barrios en Tacoma Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Otros artículos de la serie se pueden encontrar aquí.Sue Bernstein, miembro de la iglesia episcopal camboyana de la Sagrada Familia de Jesús en Tacoma, Washington, y promotora de los huertos comunitarios, habla con Saron Chin, a la izquierda y Soeung Long, en el huerto que está detrás de la iglesia. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS[Episcopal News Service – Tacoma Washington] La agricultura comunitaria puede estar empezando a arraigarse en algunas partes de la Iglesia Episcopal, pero cuando la iglesia episcopal camboyana de la Sagrada Familia de Jesús [Holy Family of Jesus Cambodian Episcopal Church] plantó un huerto hace 20 años fueron pioneros del movimiento.Los huertos y la iglesia han crecido juntos desde que la Sagrada Familia se fundara en 1990. Desde los primeros años, a mediados de la década del 90, hasta el día de hoy, las parcelas individuales han sido como un bálsamo en [la zona de] Gilead para los refugiados camboyanos que huyeron del terror y la muerte que les acechaba en su país a fines de los años setenta y principios de los ochenta. Esos refugiados sobrevivieron en los campos de reasentamiento en Tailandia antes de llegar a Estados Unidos, donde muy pocas personas entre las que ellos vivían hablaban su idioma.Algunos camboyanos vinieron a EE.UU. después que Phnom Penh, la capital de Camboya, cayó en manos de los comunistas del [movimiento] Khmer Rouge en 1975, pero la gran oleada se produjo después de que el Khmer Rouge fue derrocado en 1979. Cerca de 150.000 refugiados camboyanos ingresaron en Estados Unidos después de la guerra en Indochina, pero la mayoría llegó entre los años 1980 y 1985.Al principio fueron patrocinados por agrupaciones religiosas y agencias de voluntarios que los esparcieron por todo el país. Cuando pasó el tiempo y el patrocinio se terminó, los refugiados comenzaron a mudarse a las áreas donde sabían que ya otros se habían establecido. La de Seattle/Tacoma fue una de ellas.“Venir aquí donde todo es tan diferente y sentirte emocionalmente exhausto y tener la oportunidad de poner las manos en el suelo” y reconectarte con tus recuerdos de la agricultura en Camboya, han hecho de estos huertos, que comenzaron en 1996, “un lugar de fundacional, un lugar de paz” dijo Sue Bernstein, miembro de la Sagrada Familia durante más de 30 años.La idea de un huerto comunitario se aviene exactamente al concepto original —y permanente— de la Sagrada Familia de ser tanto un lugar de culto como un sitio para la comunidad circunvecina. La iglesia tiene sus raíces en la iglesia episcopal de San Mateo [St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church] en la zona de Brown’s Point en Tacoma. En octubre de 1980, la parroquia patrocinó a una familia camboyana, que comenzó a asistir a la iglesia y algunos otros camboyanos la siguieron.Con el tiempo, los camboyanos sintieron la necesidad de contar con un lugar propio y, debido al área en que la mayoría de ellos vivía, comenzaron a buscar en el barrio de Salishan. El entonces obispo jubilado de Alaska David Cochran, que era el vicario de la congregación, se puso en contacto con algunas fundaciones y con otras iglesias en busca de ayuda económica. Finalmente, la Diócesis de Olympia compró el terreno y, en mayo de 1990, la congregación dedicó el edificio.Por ese tiempo, la Secretaría de Vivienda de Tacoma recibió una subvención federal para combatir una epidemia creciente de delitos y drogas en la urbanización de Salishan, la cual es uno de los proyectos de viviendas más grandes de la costa occidental [de EE.UU.]. El programa comenzó a funcionar, las personas sentían que era más seguro salir a la calle y encontrarse con sus vecinos, y la Sagrada Familia estaba allí esperando para darles la bienvenida.La congregación también preparó al Rdo. Sam Lee, que en 1999 se convirtió en el primer sacerdote camboyano de la Comunión Anglicana.Tallos de frijoles ascienden por el andamiaje de ramas levantadas en una parcela de los huertos comunitarios de la iglesia episcopal de la Sagrada Familia de Jesús en Tacoma, Washington. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENSLos que laboran en el terreno que se extiende detrás del estacionamiento de la Sagrada Familia han llegado a convertirse en una gran familia. Algunos, pero no todos, son miembros de la congregación. A lo largo de los años, los camboyanos han labrado la tierra allí junto con vietnamitas, laosianos, samoanos y rusos. Para todos ellos, y especialmente para los hortelanos camboyanos más viejos, la oportunidad de plantar algo de su propia dieta ha sido un medio pacífico de “conectarse con las cosas positivas de cuando eran agricultores en Camboya”, incluidos los aspectos comunales de cultivar y compartir los productos los unos con los otros, según Bernstein.Sarom Chin y Soeung Long han tenido lotes de terreno durante los últimos tres años. Ayudaron a desmontar una maraña de arbustos de moras y expandieron el área de plantación. Ellos mejoran continuamente los plantíos.Soeung Long es miembro de la Sagrada Familia y a veces toca instrumentos durante el culto. Dijo que viene a trabajar en este terreno porque se enorgullece de cómo se ve y que le gusta cultivar alimentos para él y para los demás.Sarom Chin, que no es miembro de la Sagrada Familia, trabaja de voluntario en la despensa de la congregación para personas de la tercera edad y ambos hombres comparten algunos de los alimentos que cultivan con los ancianos que vienen a la Sagrada Familia cada semana para una comida comunitaria. La Asociación de Mujeres Coreanas de la localidad les ofrece comidas a ancianos camboyanos dos días a la semana y a ancianos vietnamitas otros dos días.Los dos hombres dijeron que el tiempo que dedican a los huertos incluyen relatos amenos contados por buenos amigos. Han levantado una plataforma por encima del suelo en torno a un árbol corpulento al fondo de los huertos, que sirve de punto de reunión y como área de almacenaje de los implementos agrícolas. Cerca hay un área donde los hombres ofrecen, en el otoño, unas mazorcas (de maíz) asadas que se han hecho muy populares.“Muchísima gente viene aquí a comer”, recalcó Sarom Chin.Los huertos de la iglesia episcopal camboyana de la Sagrada Familia de Jesús se encuentran detrás del edificio y del estacionamiento de la iglesia en Tacoma, Washington. Foto de Google MapsLas únicas criaturas con que los hombres no se sienten muy felices de compartir comida son los venados. “Se lo comen todo”, afirmó él.La Sagrada Familia se asienta en un barrio arenoso y relativamente pobre de East Tacoma. Partes del barrio están técnicamente en la reserva de los indios puyallup, una de las reservas indias más urbanas de Estados Unidos. El proyecto de viviendas de Salishan debe su nombre a la familia de lenguas que hablaban los pueblos indígenas de la costa noroccidental [de EE.UU.].Bernstein dirigió un estudio bíblico en la urbanización de Salishan y conoció a algunas de las familias camboyanas cuando llegaron por primera vez a Estados Unidos. Fue a través de sus conexiones con esas familias que llegó a comprometerse con la Sagrada Familia.Ella ha estado participando del programa de horticultura comunitario desde la primera vez que se cultivó el terreno detrás de la Sagrada Familia y ayudó a crear un huerto comunitario en Salishan. La idea de los huertos comunitarios camboyanos parte también de un proyecto que comenzó en la escuela primaria del barrio, donde los maestros y otras personas creyeron que un huerto podría ayudar a mostrarles a los jóvenes que a sus mayores, que parecían adaptarse lentamente al modo de vida en Estados Unidos, tenían conocimientos y habilidades que valía la pena respetar y aprender, dijo Bernstein.Con el transcurso de los años, ella ha ayudado a relacionar los huertos de la Sagrada Familia con la comunidad en general. En los años 90, Bernstein trabajaba con el Club Eastside 4-H, que fundó la Eastside 4-H Honey Co. y Youth Fresh Herbs and Flowers. Este último atendía parte del terreno que se extendía entre el estacionamiento de la iglesia y lo que era entonces una plantación de frutales abandonada. El proyecto comenzó en los primeros años de explotación de los huertos y los miembros de la 4-H ayudaron a ampliar el sitio al hacerlo más apto y productivo para la horticultura, explicó.Bernstein ve la horticultura comunitaria como un enfoque holístico de la labor social de la iglesia. Los hortelanos ahorran dinero al cultivar algunos de sus propios alimentos, añadió ella, y comen productos saludables.Esos huertos comunitarios de la iglesia también pueden ser evangelistas. Bernstein dijo que reunir a las personas en un sitio de producción de alimentos, como es un huerto, puede ser un primer paso “para acercarlos al Señor”.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Tags Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN Featured Events Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET last_img read more

On the picket line

first_imgNYC Teamsters train to be ‘sanctuary union’Teamsters in New York City’s Joint Council 16 voted Sept. 13 to become a “sanctuary union.” A third of its 120,000 members are immigrants. Now, staff and workers are being schooled on their rights under U.S. law. Applying the principle, “Union solidarity first, immigration status second,” the Consortium for Worker Education walked a class through the difference between an administrative warrant and a judicial one. Under the Fourth Amendment, only a judicial warrant allows authorities to search a home or business or make an arrest.A key part of the training is how to bargain future contracts that contain clauses forcing employers to follow proper procedures before granting federal authorities access to a worksite. The training also includes information on what workers should do if stopped while driving or approached at home.The Teamsters’ decision to openly challenge Trump’s draconian deportation practices came after the loss of one of its members. Eber García Vásquez, 54, a married father of three U.S.-born children, was detained on Aug. 24 when he showed up for a routine appointment. Despite no criminal record and two pending green card applications, García was whisked back to Guatemala on Oct. 6. (OTPL, Workers World, Oct. 12)Teamsters JC16 posted Jan. 23 on @sanctuaryunion: “We are getting letters from all over the country cheering our decision to become a sanctuary union. Thanks for all the support!” Union solidarity forever!Restaurant workers: End sexual harassment and fight for ‘One Fair Wage’Chapters of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United held #NotOntheMenu rallies and actions Feb. 13 demanding an end to sexual harassment in the restaurant industry. ROC’s slogan for its National Day of Action was “Restaurant workers face the worst sexual harassment of any industry — and we’ve had enough!”To reinforce their demands, ROC issued a booklet on Feb. 12 titled “Better Wages, Better Tips: Restaurants Flourish with One Fair Wage.” Of 6 million tipped workers in the U.S., ROC reports that “the vast majority [are] women and disproportionately workers of color.” Under an antiquated, unjust federal law, workers in 43 states can be paid as little as $2.13 an hour. “As a result, tipped workers live in poverty and depend on food stamps at rates twice that of the general population.”Statistics show that in seven states that have adopted OFW, sexual harassment is lower, as are poverty rates, especially for workers of color, while wages are higher, and employment rates and industry growth are equal or higher.Atlanta paratransit drivers strike for safety and respectChants of “We move this city!” and “No justice! No peace!” rocked Atlanta on Feb. 14 as more than 70 mostly African-American Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority paratransit drivers staged a one-day strike. Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 732 were protesting MARTA’s outsourcing and the increasing neglect of the buses, which hurt riders with disabilities, elderly riders and the drivers.Stanley Smalls, ATU executive board member, told the Feb. 14 Atlanta Journal Constitution that MARTA does nothing to upgrade its aging fleet: a wheel fell off one of the decrepit buses during a recent trip and exhaust fumes sicken passengers.MARTA outsourced the paratransit services to MV Transportation in 2016. “The goal of these private transportation companies is not to improve transit service [but] boost their profits,” said Local 732 President Michael Majette in an ATU statement. “They do that by gutting transit service for seniors and people with disabilities, cutting corners on safety, and beating down the working people who provide this important service. This is about the civil right of all residents and visitors of Atlanta to safe, reliable and affordable public transit without regard for their age or disability.”SF Labor Council echoes global call: Free Mumia!A mighty U.S. labor network — the San Francisco Labor Council, chartered in 1893, with over 150 unions representing more than 100,000 union families — is the latest to call for freedom for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. In a resolution passed unanimously on Feb. 12, the SFLC demanded Philadelphia’s District Attorney Larry Krasner, as well as Gov. Tom Wolfe, release all police and prosecutorial files related to Mumia’s case.This resolution, noteworthy since it is from a major U.S. labor organization, also documents international labor’s longtime support for Mumia: from Britain’s largest union, UNITE, the International Dockworkers Union; and Doro-Chiba, the Japanese railway union; to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, the largest union in South Africa, among others. Read the full SFLC statement at thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

A global day of action! International Working Women’s Day

first_imgOver the years, women have marched for jobs, higher wages, better working conditions and benefits, unions and equal rights in all political, social and economic spheres. They have protested racism and xenophobia. Agricultural workers have occupied land. Migrant workers have protested abuse and racism; they and their allies have demanded open borders and an end to family separations. LGBTQ2+ communities have protested bigotry. Sex workers have called for their rights. Seniors, youth and people with disabilities have participated.ChileGlobally coordinated IWWD demonstrations have opposed imperialist wars and occupations. National liberation movements and other revolutionaries, socialists and communists have commemorated this day with anticolonial and anticapitalist demonstrations. On many continents, women workers and workers of all genders, nationalities and ages have militantly opposed the super-exploitation of globalized capitalism.This year women in many countries decried sexist violence, calling out murderous femicides, as they condemned the patriarchal ideology that underlies the attacks. Women’s inequality, along with misogyny, racism, hostility to immigrants, homophobia and transphobia, are all promulgated by the capitalist class, which seeks to keep the world’s multinational working class divided within countries and across borders.Building class and global solidarity were goals of the day’s socialist founders — and today, with the capitalist class brutally exploiting workers and oppressed people around the world — this solidarity is needed more than ever.Here are highlights of some of this year’s March 8 demonstrations.In defense of VenezuelaVenezuela [Credit: Orinoco Tribune]Women and people of all genders filled the streets of Caracas, Venezuela, in a huge march organized by the Minister for Women and Gender Equality. Members of women’s organizations, the National Bolivarian Militia, state workers, people from rural areas and many others gathered at the Plaza Morelos and recognized the commitment of the Bolivarian government to ensure women’s rights.They expressed loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro against U.S.-led plots to oust him and pledged to maintain their country’s independence and sovereignty. Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said they were defending “the future of Venezuelans and the sovereignty of the world’s peoples.”From Mexico to Uruguay: Millions marchIn other Latin American countries, millions of women and their allies marched in opposition to gender-based violence and oppression and waved green scarves and banners, symbolizing the movement for legal abortions.Mexico [Credit: Alan Roth]In what has been called the “largest International Working Women’s Day protest in Mexico’s history,” hundreds of thousands of people assembled across the country, with the largest march in Mexico City and 30,000 in Guadalajara. Demonstrators called for an end to precarious work, layoffs, government austerity policies, inequality and gender-based abuse. They also called for legal abortion — available in Mexico City and Oaxaca — to be accessible throughout the country.Calls for “Justicia!” (Justice) for the victims of femicides rang out loudly in Mexico City on March 8 and 9. On March 8, the names of 3,000 slain women and girls were painted on the city’s Zocalo, the main square. Rates of femicides have increased; in 2019, 10 women and girls were murdered each day. On March 9, tens of thousands of women stayed home from work to demand the government take action to stop misogynist violence, particularly the brutal, sadistic murders that officials have mostly ignored.BrazilWith the motto, “Women in the Struggle: Sowing Resistance,” 3,500 rural women from around Brazil occupied Brasilia, the capital, March 5-9 during the first National Landless Women’s Meeting. The occupation culminated in an IWWD march calling for gender equality. In Sao Paulo, women held banners denouncing right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro.At least a million people demanded women’s rights and protested police repression across Chile. In the capital, Santiago, marchers defied tear gas and defended themselves with rocks as police aimed water cannons at them. Leaders of trans and lesbian rights organizations, anti-police repression groups, migrants experiencing bigotry and sex workers headed up the march. Many marchers wore green scarves in solidarity with their sisters in Argentina who are fighting for legal abortion.ChileLarge demonstrations took place in many other Chilean cities. The people in the streets were united in condemning police violence, including sexual assault, against activists in the people’s movement. These attacks began last October when protests were launched against President Sebastian Pinera’s reactionary administration. Women have been in the leadership of the antigovernment mobilization, calling for equality and an end to state repression and sexist violence. They are demanding a new constitution guaranteeing women’s equality.Marches, rallies and work stoppages continued on Monday, March 9, in response to the call for a women’s strike. Participants included labor union members and women of all ages.An anthem decrying sexual violence, “A Rapist in Your Path” (“Un violador en tu camino”), which originated in the Chilean women’s collective, Las Tesis, went viral in the fall. Since then, it has been used in protests in over 50 countries. The anthem was chanted at many Women’s Day actions in Latin America and beyond.Hundreds of thousands of people marched on March 9 throughout Argentina for legal abortion, the separation of church and state, and against gender-based violence. A group of demonstrators blocked a road in solidarity with education workers, mostly women, who are fighting for better wages and working conditions in small cities.Some 300,000 protesters marched through Montevideo, Uruguay, against the right-wing government and the real threat of losing the rights to legal abortion and same-sex marriage. Police threatened the crowd with water cannons and riot gear.‘Nothing will break Cuban women’In socialist Cuba, Teresa Amarelles Boue, secretary-general of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), led the island’s main rally in Cabaiguan, in Sancti Spiritus province, on March 6. She recognized the superb performance of the province’s FMC branch and emphasized that despite the difficult conditions imposed on Cuba by the U.S. blockade, nothing will break the resistance and resilience of Cuban women.This year’s IWWD was dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the FMC, the 90th anniversary of the birth of its founder Vilma Espín, and other young revolutionary women and farmers whose organizations are represented in Congress. Espín proudly defended socialist principles, without which, she said, women remain invisible in history.On this special day, Cuban women celebrated their achievements in education, government, health care and scientific research. These are the products of women’s efforts and the government’s will.Honor Albertina Sisulu!South Africa [Credit: African National Congress Women’s League]Rallies and other activities took place on the African continent from Algeria to Kenya to South Africa.The African National Congress Women’s League celebrated Women’s Day by opening up the Albertina Sisulu School of Leadership for women in Tweeling, Free State, South Africa. Its purpose is to “raise awareness and resources for the struggle for women’s emancipation and the fight against violence on women and children.”Albertina Sisulu, a leader of the anti-apartheid resistance, was a key organizer of the historic march on Aug. 9, 1956, of 20,000 women in Pretoria against the racist identity pass requirement for Black women. When this hero died at 92, she was the longest-serving ANC member and leader of the ANC Women’s League. Her spouse was ANC leader Walter Sisulu, imprisoned for 25 years at Robben Island.The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union of South Africa celebrated the day with an event, “The role of working-class women in the class struggle,” in Johannesburg. Women union leaders from nine provinces were among the participants.The South African Communist Party celebrated the “struggles against capitalism and all forms of oppression” in Zamdela, Free State province. Joyce Moloi-Moropa, national secretary of the party, spoke in front of a stage banner reading “Stop Gender-Based Violence.”Sisters not Strangers welcomes migrantsEnglandDemonstrations were held across Europe on IWWD. In England, March for Women organized a large action in London, which was joined by climate justice activists. Sisters not Strangers, led by refugees and asylum-seeking women, held an activity in Manchester to welcome immigrants.Huge marches took place across Spain demanding equal rights on the job, legal abortion and an end to sexist violence. A lead banner in the capital, Madrid, read, “With rights, without barriers. Feminists without frontiers!”Tens of thousands of women marched for equality through Paris, France, including members of the General Confederation of Labor. Activists with the Femen organization denounced the patriarchy. Protesters decried the epidemic of domestic violence and demanded shelters and other services for victims and survivors.Protests in Berlin and Cologne, Germany, notably showed solidarity with transgender women.Police in Istanbul, Turkey, fired tear gas on thousands of demonstrators who were trying to march along the city’s main street to reach historic Taksim Square. Their demands: equal rights in the workplace and in education, and an end to sexist violence and the patriarchy. Women bravely tried to break through police barricades, as they consistently do whenever their marches are blocked.Free Palestinian prisoners!International Working Women’s Day is a time to honor our heroic Palestinian sisters who have lived under U.S.-based Israeli occupation for decades and have struggled against it with great courage and strength. The brutal Israeli state imprisons resisters, with 5,000 in jail today. Currently 43 women are in Damon Prison; 17 are mothers.New York City [WW photo: Brenda Ryan]Khalida Jarrar, 57 years old, is an internationally known political leader, member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Palestine Legislative Council, and advocate for Palestinian political prisoners. She has been jailed by the Israeli state four times.After being imprisoned for 20 months, often in solitary confinement, without charges or a trial, Jarrar was released in February 2019. Eight months later, she was re-arrested and charged with “holding a position in a prohibited organization,” the PFLP. Freed a week before IWWD, Jarrar asserted she will not stop protesting Israel’s oppression of her people. This strong, steadfast fighter emphasizes “the age of freedom will come.”Women rallied for their rights in Lahore, Islamabad and across Pakistan, despite reactionary opposition.Women in Shaheen Bagh inspire worldIndia [Credit: All India Progressive Women’s Association]Women from throughout India joined their sisters in the Shaheen Bagh neighborhood in Delhi on March 8 in a show of solidarity. For three months, women of all ages courageously carried out an occupation there to protest the anti-Muslim Citizen Amendment Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens, promoted by reactionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi. These women have inspired the world, say their supporters, and started a “revolution.”The All India Progressive Women’s Association organized protest marches and other events around the country on IWWD, calling for Modi’s government to scrap the CAA and NRC. They recognized the leading role of women in the fight against these unjust policies from Shaheen Bagh to Jawaharlal Nehru University-Jamia. Women workers and students joined these actions to also demand the government ensure jobs, decent wages and dignity for women and to provide justice for victims of gender-based violence.Bangladesh [Credit: Green Bangla Garment Workers Federation]Garment workers, organized and unorganized, marched for their rights in Bangladesh. Eighty percent of the 4 million workers there who produce clothing — and super-profits — for global brands are women who work in unsafe factories for poverty-level wages.South Korea, normally the site of huge protests of women workers on March 8, is battling the coronavirus and did not have an annual rally. Instead, health care workers were honored that day.Workers in Bangkok, Thailand, demanded labor protections and rights.‘Oust Duterte!’ resounds in ManilaAn effigy of Philippines President Roberto Duterte was burned on IWWD in Manila, the capital, as thousands of women and people of all genders and ages, including industrial and agrarian workers, demonstrated against his autocratic rule, political repression and virulent sexism.The National Network for Agrarian Reform Advocates Youth Sector broadcast about the daily harassment faced by women agricultural workers who want gender equality at work. Banners and signs called for an end to crimes against women and the people, harassment of health care workers and farmers, and attacks on Indigenous communities and militant groups. One banner read, “Rural women resist. Oust Duterte!” Other slogans demanded freedom for all political prisoners. Some protesters’ signs asserted: “Stop U.S. military exercises in the Philippines!”The Philippines [Credit: Gabriela Philippines}Gabriela, the National Alliance of Philippine Women, denounced misogynist in chief Duterte for his threats of violence against women political activists and vile slurs against women and for encouraging the growing epidemic of domestic abuse, sexual harassment and rape. Many of their signs raised issues affecting women workers, such as contract labor and job security.Rallies and marches were held in several other areas of the country with similar demands.In Jakarta, Indonesia, hundreds of people of all genders, along with members of many organizations and labor unions, marched to insist the government act to stop sexist violence, overturn discriminatory laws on gender and pass legislation guaranteeing women’s rights and protection for migrant workers. Demonstrators adamantly called for recognition of gender diversity.Lini Zurlia, coordinator of the Women’s Movement against Violence Alliance, emphasized that patriarchal values are embedded in the government. She said the “state is the perpetrator [as it] legitimizes violence against women through repressive regulations.” (Jakarta Post, March 8)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Soybean Prices Reach Record High

first_img Soybean Prices Reach Record High Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Aug 31, 2012 While some areas had fairly good soybean crops – those crops now face more problems with the storm hitting soybeans in the final phase of growth – which don’t need a lot of moisture or the wind that could flatten the plants. Nearly 40-percent of the U.S. soybean crop is in poor to very poor condition and global supplies are low – though demand is strong. Source: NAFB News service Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articlePurdue Economist Predicts Record Losses For Pork IndustryNext articleAFBF President Talks Farm Bill during Indiana Visit Gary Truitt Home Indiana Agriculture News Soybean Prices Reach Record High Expectations for Tropical Storm Isaac to cause more damage to crops already affected by the drought has caused the price of soybeans to reach a record high. Those for September delivery have reached nearly 17-dollars and 70-cents per bushel and November delivery reached around 17-dollars and 63-cents per bushel. The storm has moved into the Delta and in some areas of Arkansas, Illinois and Indiana – flooding some soybean fields. SHARElast_img read more

Should Thomond Park’s naming rights be available for sale?

first_imgFacebook Previous articleWomen dancing in the limelightNext articleCouncil to begin taking over Limerick estates admin Rhys Marshall confirmed as latest Munster departure online poll by Opinion Stage Linkedin Twitter 2021 British and Irish Lions Tour to be shown on free-to-air television CommentNewsCommunityLocal NewsRugbyMunsterSportShould Thomond Park’s naming rights be available for sale?By admin – May 8, 2014 661 Team News: Munster name team to take on Ulster at Thomond Park WhatsAppcenter_img TAGSMunsterMusic LimerickRugbyThomond Park RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Munster announce departure of long-serving prop James Cronin Print Craig Casey praises the influence of Conor Murray Advertisement Email Tom Savage: Hooker an area where Munster can find improvement going forwardlast_img read more

Prashant Bhushan Contempt: UK Lawyers Body Expresses Concern; Says ‘Lawyers Entitled To Voice Legitimate Criticism’

first_imgTop StoriesPrashant Bhushan Contempt: UK Lawyers Body Expresses Concern; Says ‘Lawyers Entitled To Voice Legitimate Criticism’ LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK18 Aug 2020 10:16 AMShare This – x”An independent and impartial judiciary is stronger when enabling open and public debate on its operations”Expressing that the Supreme Court’s contempt verdict against Advocate Prashant Bhushan amounted to an interference with “legitimate criticism”, Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales has issued a statement.”We are extremely concerned that the Court in reaching its decision did not hold in contemplation that lawyers are entitled to, and should have, the freedom to voice…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?LoginExpressing that the Supreme Court’s contempt verdict against Advocate Prashant Bhushan amounted to an interference with “legitimate criticism”, Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales has issued a statement.”We are extremely concerned that the Court in reaching its decision did not hold in contemplation that lawyers are entitled to, and should have, the freedom to voice publicly legitimate criticism of how justice is administered”, the BHRC said.The UK-based lawyer’s body pointed out that the offence of scandalizing the court was abolished in the United Kingdom after it was widely felt that it could have “undesirable effects” on “free speech or legitimate criticism”.”The offence of scandalising the court arose in an era where deferential respect to authority figures was the norm and before a human rights framework protected the civil liberties of individuals and enabled the institutions of power to be held properly to account”, it said.Calling Bhushan a “regular commentator on political and legal matters”, the BHRC said that his tweets and reply affidavit “were part of a widespread debate and critical discussion in the legal community of how the Supreme Court of India – as the protector of the constitution and check on State power – administers justice”.”To stymie such criticism risks a chilling effect on an appropriate and necessary debate to advance law reform in a democratic society”, the statement read.”An independent and impartial judiciary is stronger when enabling open and public debate on its operations”, it added.The BHRC urged the Supreme Court of India to: Enable an effective review process of the decisions of the Court to instigate contempt proceedings of its own motion and to convict Mr Bhushan of criminal contempt; Stay sentencing of Mr Bhushan until such review has been conducted; In any event, discharge Mr Bhushan from serving any punishment for the offence, commensurate with the broader context of public debate and the right to freedom of expression and legitimate criticism that the legal profession is entitled to exercise.Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales @BarHumanRights expresses concern at the Supreme Court’s contempt verdict against Prashant Bhushan @pbhushan1.”An independent and impartial judiciary is stronger when enabling open and public debate on its operations”, it says.— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 18, 2020The Bar Human Rights Committee was founded in 1991, by the former Chairman of the Bar Council of England and Wales, Anthony Scrivener QC and its stated mission is “to protect and promote international human rights through the rule of law, by using the international human rights law expertise of the UK’s most experienced and talented human rights barristers”. Meanwhile, several lawyers in India expressed their dismay at the Supreme Court verdict, and issued public statements and held demonstrations expressing solidarity with Bhushan.Over 2000 lawyers, including noted Senior Advocates, have endorsed the statement of support for Bhushan.Bodies like Bar Association of India, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR) have also criticized the verdict against Bhushan.Over a 100 advocates of the Madras High Court, including Senior Counsels, participated in a peaceful protest against the judgement rendered by a 3-judge Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra holding Adv. Prashant Bhushan in contempt over two tweets. @pbhushan1 #ContemptofCourt— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 18, 2020On August 14, the Supreme Court held Bhushan guilty of criminal contempt for tweeting against the judiciary. One tweet, made in reference to a picture of CJI Bobde seated on a Harley Davidson bike, alleged that the CJI was enjoying expensive bike rides while keeping the Supreme Court under lockdown.Another tweet alleged that the Supreme Court contributed to the destruction of democracy in the last six years, and the last 4 CJIs played a particular role in that.The Court held that the tweets were based on “distorted facts” and had the effect of undermining the authority and dignity of the court.”The tweet has the effect of destabilising the very foundation of this important pillar of the Indian democracy…There is no manner of doubt, that the tweet tends to shake the public confidence in the institution of judiciary”, observed a bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari in the judgment.Read Full Statement of Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales :”On Friday 14th August senior human rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan was convicted of criminal contempt of court by the Supreme Court of India. In publishing two tweets relating to the Chief Justice of India and the role of the Supreme Court in the last six years, on his Twitter feed, he was found to have committed “contempt which scandalises or lowers the authority of the Supreme Court”, pursuant to section 2(c)(i) of the Contempt of Courts Act 1971. He faces a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment and a fine, to be determined on Thursday 20th August.As a regular commentator on political and legal matters, Mr Bhushan published a tweet on 29th June in which he criticized the Chief Justice of India for riding a motorcycle, belonging to a leader of a political party, in the absence of a mask or helmet while the Supreme Court was in virtual lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, thereby denying citizens access to justice.On 27th June he published a tweet criticising the Supreme Court and the last four Chief Justices for what he described as their role in the destruction of democracy in India. It is for these two tweets that he was convicted of scandalising the Court.The law of contempt by scandalScandalising the court, judiciary or judges is an old English common law offence, consisting of the publication of statements attacking the judiciary itself and likely to impair the administration of justice, as opposed to obstructing court proceedings or the administration of justice.In England the offence had not been prosecuted for over 80 years and as such, the Law Commission recommended its abolition in 2012, which subsequently took place through the Crime and Courts Act 2013. The Law Commission concluded the offence is in principle an infringement of freedom of expression that should not be retained without strong principled or practical justification, is no longer in keeping with current social attitudes, and is unlikely to influence the behaviour of publishers.The Commission also found that the conditions for committing the offence are uncertain, which is in itself a potential violation of human rights principles. The Commission also considered that in prosecuting the offence, judges might look as if there is an attempt to stymie free speech or legitimate criticism. The Commission observed that in practice, the prosecution of such an offence could have undesirable effects. These include re-publicising the allegations, giving a platform to the contemnor and leading to a trial of the conduct of the judge concerned.The offence of scandalising the court arose in an era where deferential respect to authority figures was the norm and before a human rights framework protected the civil liberties of individuals and enabled the institutions of power to be held properly to account.Nevertheless, the English jurisprudence shows that the offence relates to abuse of the judiciary of a fairly extreme and irresponsible kind. Criticism in good faith, as part of a discussion of a question of public interest, does not fall within the offence.The right to freedom of expressionIndia respects the right to freedom of expression, both through Article 19 of the Indian Constitution and as a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which in its Article 19 preserves the right to freedom of expression, including to impart information and ideas. The right is qualified, in this context, only by restriction provided by law that is necessary and proportionate for the respect of the rights or reputations of others. There must therefore be a pressing social need to interfere with the comments made and an appropriate measure taken in response.The UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers 1990 expressly recognises in Article 23 that:Lawyers like other citizens are entitled to freedom of expression, belief, association and assembly. In particular, they shall have the right to take part in public discussion of matters concerning the law, the administration of justice and the promotion and protection of human rights and to join or form local, national or international organizations and attend their meetings, without suffering professional restrictions by reason of their lawful action or their membership in a lawful organization. In exercising these rights, lawyers shall always conduct themselves in accordance with the law and the recognized standards and ethics of the legal profession.The Court’s judgmentThe Supreme Court of India determined that in suggesting the Court was not administering justice effectively during lockdown, or has failed to appropriately conduct its constitutional role over the past six years, Mr Bhushan had committed criminal contempt.The Court rightly asked itself whether the comments were made in good faith, but concluded at [70]-[71] that:The scurrilous allegations, which are malicious in nature and have the tendency to scandalize the Court are not expected from a person, who is a lawyer of 30 years standing. In our considered view, it cannot be said that the above tweets can be said to be a fair criticism of the functioning of the judiciary, made bona fide in the public interest….An attempt to shake the very foundation of constitutional democracy has to be dealt with an iron hand.BHRC’s positionWe are extremely concerned that the Court in reaching its decision did not hold in contemplation that lawyers are entitled to, and should have, the freedom to voice publicly legitimate criticism of how justice is administered.Mr Bhushan’s tweets, as his affidavit in reply to the contempt attests, were part of a widespread debate and critical discussion in the legal community of how the Supreme Court of India – as the protector of the constitution and check on State power – administers justice. To stymie such criticism risks a chilling effect on appropriate and necessary debate to advance law reform in a democratic society.The right to freedom of expression in the context of legal process importantly preserves the principle of open justice – to allow scrutiny of proceedings to ensure proper judicial conduct and a fair trial, to enhance public confidence, to deter future offences, and to inform the public about matters in the public interest. An independent and impartial judiciary is stronger when enabling open and public debate on its operations.We call upon the Supreme Court of India to:Enable an effective review process of the decisions of the Court to instigate contempt proceedings of its own motion and to convict Mr Bhushan of criminal contempt;Stay sentencing of Mr Bhushan until such review has been conducted;In any event, discharge Mr Bhushan from serving any punishment for the offence, commensurate with the broader context of public debate and the right to freedom of expression and legitimate criticism that the legal profession is entitled to exercise.We also call upon the Government of India and the Parliament of India to abolish with all due expediency the continued statutory offence of criminal contempt by scandal, preserved in section 2(c)(i) of the Contempt of Courts Act 1971, as a violation of the fundamental right to freedom of expression, speech and legitimate criticism”.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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SOP On Hybrid Hearing- “If Your Lordships Feel That Judges Are Above The Law, We Will Have To Take The Law In Our Hands”:SCBA President Tells SC

first_imgTop StoriesSOP On Hybrid Hearing- “If Your Lordships Feel That Judges Are Above The Law, We Will Have To Take The Law In Our Hands”:SCBA President Tells SC Mehal Jain23 March 2021 1:02 AMShare This – xOn the issue of the SOP formulated for the hybrid system of hearings, the Supreme Court on Tuesday closed the proceedings in the writ petition filed by the SCBA, noting that the matter cannot be dealt with on the judicial side of the court.The bench of Justices S. K. Kaul and R. Subhash Reddy recorded that the Coordination Committee had held meetings on February 3, February 4 and February…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 the issue of the SOP formulated for the hybrid system of hearings, the Supreme Court on Tuesday closed the proceedings in the writ petition filed by the SCBA, noting that the matter cannot be dealt with on the judicial side of the court.The bench of Justices S. K. Kaul and R. Subhash Reddy recorded that the Coordination Committee had held meetings on February 3, February 4 and February 13 which was attended by the members of the SCBA and the SCAORA, where principal item of agenda was the preparation of the SOP. After the recommendations had been received on February 10, on February 13, the various facets of a hybrid system were discussed. On March 4, the Committee considered all relevant materials, including the opinion of medical experts, and resolved that a hybrid system may commence from March 15; that the SOP was passed after detailed consultation with the SCBA and the SCAORA. All the relevant material, including the recommendations, were placed before the CJI and the SOP came to be published on March 5.The bench also noted that it was envisaged that should there be any grievances as to any part or term of the SOP, suggestions for modification of the same may be placed before the Committee. The bench further recorded the submission of SCBA President Mr. Vikas Singh that the earlier meeting with the registry did not consider the perspective of the bar and their problems. “We asked him if it is acceptable for him to made make any suggestions for modifications, which may be put up for discussion with the Registry. He submits that the SCBA wishes to discuss the matter only with the Judges Committee. There seems to be an impasse on the issue. The course suggested by the Committee is not acceptable to the bar”, said the bench in its order.”This is not a subject to be discussed under Article 32. It pertains to the administrative working of the court. We endeavoured to facilitate an interaction. It is not acceptable to the bar. We are of the view that on the judicial side, nothing further can be done. Hence, we close these proceedings”, observed the bench.”What is upsetting is that we will not even told! There was no communication at all! We were not even called for the meeting! Your Lordships had passed a judicial order, does it have no value? This is no way to go about things! This is a matter of fundamental rights for our members who are in a problem! We were not even consulted!? We tried our best to have meetings, but we were not called at all! Are we are not a stakeholder in the institution?”, Vikas Singh submitted.”If you pitch it so high, there will be complications. Is the bar to run the registry?”, remarked Justice Kaul.”What kind of justice delivery system is this? Are we not an integral part of it? Are we to beg to the Committee to hear us? We wrote to the chief Justice, there was no meeting even after that! Your Lordships said that we be given a hearing, it was not done! What kind of justice is being rendered in this country? This is really sad! “, urged Mr Singh.”Your Lordships come secured, you have the glass partitions! The problem is with us! We are not even being called to discuss? There is one registrar who is doing everything! The Committee is saying that there are technical issues, but there are no technical issue for us!”, he pressed. “As a Bar Association, do we have a right to be heard before you decide or not? Should we now take to the streets? “, continued Mr. Singh vehemently.”We don’t want to go back before the Committee! It was the registrar who gave the earlier hearing, there was no discussion. He was rude and he said that whatever SOP is to be there will be decided by the judges. It is the Judge Committee which decided, not the registry! They did not even give us an audience! They did not even hear the problems of the bar! Are we untouchables? There was a detailed letter by the President of the Bar, with the full consent of the bar! Is this how this Court dispenses justice? “, he continued.”Why are you saying ‘untouchables’?”, said Justice Reddy.”There are certain suggestions that we can make. If they are not acceptable to you, there is not much which can be done. This is a matter on the administrative side of the Court”, observed Justice Kaul.”The administration needs an overhaul! We are not ready to make suggestions to the Registrar General! There has to be an appreciation of the problems faced by the bar!…There is method by which Your Lordships come to the courtroom. Your Lordships are in a sterile room…If the Judges Committee cannot meet the representatives of the bar, there is something wrong! Then I can’t control the bar, if they choose to do a ‘gherao’ of the judges! Don’t blame me for what happens later! If they take to the streets, I am not to be blamed! The lower court bar is also there, they have been patient so far! This has never happened anywhere else in the world, that the bar is saying that there is no justice! “, argued Mr Singh.”Please issue notice! Let them file an affidavit! Let them say who were all there in the meeting, what was discussed! The Secretary General did not even tell us about the response”, went on Mr Singh aggressively.”We take it that you are not interested in suggesting any modifications to the SOP?”, asked Justice Kaul. “The SOP was formulated without me. It has to go! The new SOP can come only with our consultation! This is my stand and it will not be diluted!”, replied Mr Singh.The bench then proceeded to dictate its order.”I can’t hear Your Lordships’ order! I can’t hear anything that you are saying. This is the way the bar is treated! “, interrupted Mr Singh. “If you can’t hear, then you can’t hear. This is enough!”, stated Justice Kaul.”Please record what I am saying also, not just their stand”, Mr. Singh intervened to say. “We are only recording the minutes of the meeting! Now what you are doing is an obstruction of court proceedings!”, observed Justice Kaul.As the bench disposed off the proceedings, Mr. Singh advanced, “Your Lordships have said in several matters that an agitational path must not be adopted. But now don’t blame us for what happens. If we can’t be heard, please don’t say anything later! Even affidavits cannot be called? The Supreme Court think it is above justice? Whatever they decide is to be final? We are very sorry that the Judges Committee cannot even reach us!”As the bench took up the matters pertaining to the Delhi High Court and the district courts, Supreme Court senior advocate Mahalakshmi Pavuni sought to make an intervention on behalf of the SCBA- “We wish to have a healthy dialogue. Our President got emotional. At the previous Committee meeting, there were differences between the 21 of us. After that, not even one single meeting was attended by anyone. Our President was not present even on February 13. Your Lordships may choose the person and we are ready to have a nice dialogue. We are at the apex and the country looks up to us”, she urged.”We told Mr. Singh to not get ballistic. If a seven-judge committee chose not to hear someone, we can’t issue them a mandamus”, observed Justice Kaul.”So the registry takes a decision and the judges can’t meet us? I have no interest in meeting the judges! It is for the bar that I want to! “, argued Mr Singh, reappearing, even as Ms. Pavuni tries to calm him down. “Please, sir, please… I am sorry, Your Lordships”, she pleaded.”In today’s society, everybody is in a belligerent mood! Do what you please!”, said Justice Kaul.”Very well! We will do whatever we do now! Let’s see where we go then! If Your Lordships feel that the judges are above the law, we will have to take the law in our hands!”, declared Mr. Singh.Sr. Adv Geeta Luthra appeared and made submissions with respect to trial courts/district courts the state of affair in terms of crowd gathering and its management. The DHCBA President Sh Mohit Mathur assured Sr. Adv Geeta Luthra that she along with her other representatives would be given personal hearing on WEBEX on the issues raised. Supreme Court also observed that the issues with respect to the quasi-judicial bodies will also be dealt with by the administrative side of the High Court of Delhi.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

Relationship between chemistry of air, fresh snow and firn cores for aerosol species in coastal Antarctica

first_imgAerosol and fresh snow concentrations have been determined at three coastal Antarctic stations, Dumont d’Urville, Halley, and Neumayer. Model estimates suggest that dry deposition, including that caused by wind pumping, is only a minor contributor (of order 1%) to chemical fluxes at these sites with relatively high snow accumulation. Larger dry deposition fluxes are possible for very large aerosol particles, including sea-salt aerosol. Measurements of surface snow on successive days provide experimental data that constrain the contribution of dry deposition to probably less than 10% of annual fluxes for all ions, although very high episodic fluxes of giant sea-salt aerosol cannot be ruled out. Spatial variability, and frequent snow, fog and drift events, make it difficult to improve this quantification. Both theory and measurement suggest that fog deposition is also a minor contributor to the annual flux (probably <1%). Sublimation of surface snow and of blowing snow may increase snow concentrations by a few percent, with a larger role in summer, but should not affect fluxes. Wet deposition in falling snow appears to be by far the major contributor. However, the relationship between concentrations in snow and in simultaneously sampled aerosol at ground level was poor for most species. Scavenging ratios derived from these data are higher than those from the limited data previously available, but have huge uncertainties associated with them. Particularly at sites with frequent drifting snow, groundlevel aerosol measurements may be inappropriate for deriving scavenging ratios. Despite this, there is a general seasonal coincidence of high aerosol concentrations and high snow concentrations. We are also able to trace the chemistry of fresh snowfall to an ice core collected up to 2 years later. Although some major snowfall events may be missing, it seems that, as expected, there is no significant postdepositional modification of chemistry for aerosol species in the top meter of firn.last_img read more