Lloyds risk chief resigns

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Rising costs hit Raketech bottom line in Q1

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Online affiliate and content marketing provider Raketech has said that despite experiencing a 76.6% year-on-year decline in profit during the first quarter of 2020, it was a “stable” period of trading for the business. Total revenue during the three months to 31 March amounted to €6.5m (£5.7m/$7.0m), an increase of 1.4% on the corresponding quarter last year. During the quarter, Raketech said that it saw a particularly strong performance in both Norway and Sweden within its casino-led comparison products. However, at the same time, sports revenue declined due to event cancellations or suspensions as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Outside of the Nordics, revenue was up 14.0% on a year-on-year basis in Q1, in comparison to a rise of 5.0% in the same quarter last year. Raketech said this was primarily down to growth within its Casumba business as well as the newly acquired Lead Republik. Looking at spending for the quarter, total operating expenses were up 40.5% from €3.7m to €5.2m, with costs higher across several areas. Direct expenses climbed 60.0% to €1.6m, due to the acquisition of Lead Republik, the addition of new product categories, increased efforts in paid media and higher investments in its product portfolio. Employee benefit expenses jumped 30.0% to €1.3m, driven by the on-boarding of senior management and other qualified staff. Depreciation, amortisation and impairment costs jumped 82.8% to €1.3m, primarily due to the acquisition of Casumba and upward adjustments to amounts committed on the purchase of CasinoFeber. In addition, other expenses were slightly up to €900,000, while loss allowance was cut from €325,000 to €123,000 during the period. As a result of these higher costs and only minimal revenue growth, Raketch saw operating profit slip 50.0% from €2.8m to €1.3m. Profit before tax also dropped 77.1% to €1.1m, though Raktech last year benefitted from €2.3m in additional non-operating income. After paying €75,000 in tax during the quarter, total comprehensive profit for the period stood at €1.1m, down 76.6% from €4.7m in 2019. Reflecting on the quarter, chief executive Oskar Mühlbach praised Raketech for maintain a stable performance despite the coronavirus outbreak, saying that its product portfolio performed as expected and the business continued to deliver on strategic operational goals. “Our new depositing customer intake continues to grow while the player values seem to have stabilised somewhat, which we see as promising,” he said. “Stability is something we currently long for as it allows us to make better decisions on investments and give our customers better value for their marketing spend. “Furthermore, with the acquisition of Lead Republik, we added a new product category with substantial revenues from outside the Nordics. The integration is evolving according to plan and the team is so far performing as expected.” In March, Raketech said it did not expect the outbreak of coronavirus to have a long-term impact on business, but did warn that the pandemic is likely to affect sports betting income. Mühlbach said while another expected impact was that some players would switch from offline to online gambling, this has not yet had any major overall effect on Raketech. “If the situation continues for a long time, we although expect to see a slightly negative impact on our sports revenues which might not be fully compensated for by an increase in casino,” Mühlbach added. Looking to Q2, Mühlbach said April started similar to how March ended, with strong casino and weakened sports performance. Preliminary figures for April show that revenue for the month reached €2.4m. “With the turbulence caused, not only by Covid-19 but also by the suggestions on new, temporary gambling restrictions on the Swedish market we are experiencing a slightly more hesitant attitude from operators investing into, in particular the Swedish market,” Mühlbach said. “To summarise, the market situation is currently volatile and unpredictable. We are and will therefore continue to be extra careful with guiding on the upcoming quarter or year in terms of expected revenues. “What we do know is that our operational performance is more stable than ever and that we continue to deliver on our operational goals.” Finance 13th May 2020 | By contenteditor Email Address Topics: Finance Marketing & affiliatescenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Online affiliate and content marketing provider Raketech has said that despite experiencing a 76.6% year-on-year decline in profit during the first quarter of 2020, it was a “stable” period of trading for the business. Tags: Online Gambling Rising costs hit Raketech bottom line in Q1last_img read more

Remember A Charity invites more charities to promote leaving a legacy

first_img  83 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Why don’t more people leave money to charity in their Wills?There is certainly a big gap between the number of people that support charity regularly and those that remember a charity in their Will. For many people, it just doesn’t cross their mind and we are working to change that.Legacies can be a sensitive topic for many organisations or individuals and Remember A Charity Week is a focal point to help overcome that and get theconversation started. For some, this means using the campaign as a springboard to broach the subject with supporters, for others it gives charity trustees and senior management the impetus to champion legacies themselves or for solicitors to introduce a charitable prompt when writing Wills.If a charity can get all its staff involved, equipped and empowered to talk about legacies, to become legacy champions – even if its just for that one point of the year – it can make a huge difference to their legacy drive.How do you go about it?While we may be best known for our consumer advertising programme, much of our work takes place behind the scenes; working with charities and campaign supporters, including Government, businesses and the legal community.We give members the resources to embrace the theme and make it their own, championing legacies throughout the organisation and tailoring the message for their donors.Our work with solicitors and the legal advisors is vital too as by prompting clients to think about charities when writing a Will, they can potentially treble the number of gifts in Wills. After last year’s Remember A Charity Week, the number of professional advisers promoting charitable Wills to clients increased to 65% and we are hoping to boost those numbers further.Why should more charities get involved?Only by working together can we succeed in making legacy giving a social norm. We set out to do what no single charity can do on its own; to grow the legacy marketplace and this is becoming more and more important.The market has become increasingly competitive with traditional charities, as well as arts, heritage and hospital charities becoming very active in the field. Legacies are highly prized and rightly so; they are the largest single source of voluntary income to the charity sector. The only answer is to expand the donor market. We know there is huge potential and that this can be achieved, but the only way to achieve this is by working together both within the charity sector and beyond.How can charities get involved?All legacy charities are encouraged to get on board by joining Remember A Charity. We’ve now introduced new tiers to ensure that membership is even more accessible to smaller charities and we are here to support all those charities in achieving their full legacy potential.All the indicators show that it is working – awareness and prompting is up – our work is making a real difference, but we have a lot further to go. The more charities that come on board and get involved, the quicker we can get there.Charities’ experiences“Remember A Charity Week helped us to create a lot of noise using the Living Legends theme. We delivered a digital campaign that blew away the success of our normal legacy activity on social media… From four Facebook posts, we organically reached 370,000 people and received 1,600 likes, and our legacy video had 7,500 views on YouTube.”Dan Carter, Individual Giving Manager – Legacies, Marie Curie Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis In the build up to this year’s Remember A Charity in your Will Week (7th-13th September 2015), charities are being urged to join the UK’s national legacy consortium “to accelerate the growth of the legacy marketplace and normalise legacy giving”.Remember A Charity has more than 150 members currently but aims to attract more to help promote legacy giving further. Its high profile campaigns promoting charitable Wills have exhibited a striking and often humorous theme in recent years. In 2013, the Café de Mort campaign saw Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace host a televised dinner of potentially lethal foods in an old church crypt and in 2011, stuntman Rocky Taylor fronted Remember A Charity Week, breaking a Guinness World Record in the process.UK Fundraising spoke to Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity, about this year’s plans for the week.What have you got planned for Remember A Charity in your Will Week?This year’s campaign is expected to be our biggest yet, building on the success of the 2014 ‘Living Legends’ theme, it calls on people to do something ‘legendary’ by leaving a gift to charity in their Will.The finer details are under wraps of course until the week itself (7th-13th September 2015), but we will be running a high-profile consumer advertising and PR campaign, aimed primarily at the over 60s. Working with more charities, campaign supporters and stakeholders than ever before, we will be communicating across a range of media channels to get our message across.Many charities will take this opportunity to put their own identity on things, promoting their own legends, with local events planned up and down the country.What are you aiming to achieve?The goal for the week is far more than raising awareness; it’s about achieving social change. More charities and campaign supporters making more noise about legacies, more professional advisers prompting their clients to include a charity in their Will and, in the long term, more people doing so. In a market where legacies generate more than £2 billion a year from just 7.3% of the population, even a small percentage change in behaviour could make an enormous impact.We continue our work throughout the year, but the awareness week is the sector’s biggest opportunity to act together, cohesively to bridge that gap.Year after year, legacies generate substantial income for UK charities. At £2.13 billion, legacy giving is the largest source of voluntary income to the charity sector. Tagged with: legacies Remember a Charitycenter_img Howard Lake | 16 August 2015 | News “In 2014, Remember A Charity in your Will Week allowed us to focus on the importance of gifts in wills for the Trust’s ambitious future goals, and our campaign led to 212 new legacy enquiries.”Michael Clark, 
Legacy and In-memory Manager, Cystic Fibrosis Trust Remember A Charity invites more charities to promote leaving a legacy About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Farm Groups Urge Department of Justice to Challenge Dow-DuPont Merger

first_img SHARE By Gary Truitt – May 31, 2016 SHARE Farm Groups Urge Department of Justice to Challenge Dow-DuPont Merger Previous articleCorn Growers Tell the EPA that the RFS Works TodayNext articleIndiana Planting Finally on Par with Average Pace Gary Truitt In a letter sent today to the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Renata Hesse, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI), Food & Water Watch (FWW) and National Farmers Union (NFU) urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division to challenge the proposed merger of Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co.The letter details the group’s analysis of the proposed merger that would create the largest biotechnology and seed firm in the U.S. The deal would further consolidate an already highly concentrated biotechnology industry and would likely curtail innovation, raise prices, and reduce cultivation choices for farmers, consumers and the food system.AAI, FWW, and NFU urge the DOJ to critically review the implications of the pending deal. The letter unpacks three major areas of concern, including eliminating head-to-head competition in the corn and soybean markets, reducing vital innovation competition, and creating a large, integrated “platform” of traits, seeds, and chemicals that would make it harder for smaller biotechnology rivals to compete.The groups point out that aggressive consolidation in agriculture, specifically in the agricultural inputs sector, has changed the landscape for independent crop input companies as well as for independent producers. The current rumored or announced deals—including Dow-DuPont, ChemChina-Syngenta, and Bayer-Monsanto—would be a third wave of consolidation. Two previous merger waves eliminated the majority of small to medium-sized biotechnology R&D firms to create the Big Six—Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont, Dow and BASF.“Any consolidation among the Big Six firms should raise significant antitrust concerns. We encourage the DOJ to move to stop it, as it has in other recent and unfixable mergers that would leave only a few large players,” explained AAI’s President, economist Diana Moss.Investor documents note that elimination of duplicative research and development programs will contribute to the $1.3 billion in cost synergies produced by a merger of Dow’s and DuPont’s agriculture assets. But competitive R&D investments have been “crucial for driving innovation in an industry where the probability of commercial success is relatively low due to the time and cost associated with bringing a trait from research to market,” the letter explains.“The Department of Justice must block this biotechnology mega-merger that would raise farmers’ prices and severely limit the choices for farmers, consumers and rural communities,” said Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter. “Today’s wave of agribusiness and food company mega-mergers is surrendering our food system to a corporate cabal that thwarts our efforts to build an fair and healthy food system.”The proposed merger would create a powerful duopoly between Dow-DuPont and Monsanto. Together, the two companies would control 76% of the market for corn and 66% of the market for soybeans, giving them the power to charge farmers higher prices and effectively decide which seeds farmers could plant.“Seed costs are the highest input expense for farmers. While some of the cost can be attributed to more sophisticated technology, we have seen time and again that consolidation and market restructuring has increased the cost of crop inputs. In a lagging farm economy with multi-year trends of low commodity prices, additional cost increases for crop inputs could cripple a lot of family farms in this country,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.The groups conclude that the proposed Dow-DuPont merger “would be difficult, if not impossible, to remedy.” The letter notes accumulating evidence on failed remedies in other mergers, the difficulty of finding viable buyers of to-be divested assets, and the ineffectiveness of divesting assets to other members of the Big Six firms.The letter can be read in its entirety here Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Groups Urge Department of Justice to Challenge Dow-DuPont Merger Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

OSCE alerted about major press freedom violations

first_img News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Organisation BelarusEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders has voiced its concern about the threats to press freedom in Belarus to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on the eve of a visit to Minsk on 25-28 May by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s ad hoc working group on Belarus.In a letter to the working group’s chairperson, Uta Zapf, Reporters Without Borders highlighted three issues: the lack of transparency in the drafting of a new law on the news media, the obstacles to the creation and existence of independent publications, and the provisions for prison terms for defamation, which led to the detention of three journalists in 2002.”We urge you, Madam Chairperson, to raise these questions with the parliamentarians and officials you meet during your visit to Belarus,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said.A new version of the draft “law on the press and other media,” first submitted in September 2001, was to have been published in March 2003 and debated in parliament from 2 April onwards. But the authorities have refused to release the latest drafts and a parliamentary vote has again been postponed, until autumn 2003. The lack of transparency in the preparation of this reform is preventing it from being analysed by human rights organisations and thereby preventing any warnings being issued about problems it might cause.Many independent publications appeared in the years following independence, but today they are increasingly under threat. The creation of new publications, especially in the provinces, as well as the maintenance of existing publications, are hampered by means of bureaucratic obstacles. At least five newspapers have been temporarily shut down or prevented from appearing under various pretexts as a result of judicial decisions. A regional court on 19 May refused to register the new legal address of the newspaper Volny Gorad, thereby preventing the newspaper itself from being registered. Information minister Mikhail Podgainy on 24 April ordered the closure of the independent regional newspaper Pravinstsyalka for three months because it changed its legal address and the subjects it writes about without coordinating with the information ministry and local authorities. On 3 February, the court responsible for commercial matters in the Grodno region suspended the commercial licence of Ramuald Ulan, the founder of Novaya Gazeta Smorgoni, an independent weekly in the town of Smorgon, thereby condemning the newspaper to closure. The executive committee accused Ulan of violating the right to work, tax legislation and fire regulations in 2000 and 2002. On 26 November 2002, the information ministry invalidated the registration of the independent weekly Mestnoye Vremya on the pretext that its new address had not been legalised, although the law makes no provision for such a drastic sanction in such circumstances. Launched at the start of November, the newspaper was able to bring out only three issues.Finally, the defamation law was the basis on which the courts sentenced three journalists to hard labour in 2002 and continues to be used against independent voices, such as Alexander Ignatouk, editor in chief of the newspaper Vechernyi Stolin. Accused of defaming a local official, Vladimir Pashkevich, and thereby preventing him from pursuing his professional activity, Ignatouk faces up to three years in prison.The sentences of hard labour passed on Mikolai Markevich, editor of the regional newspaper Pagonya, and one of his journalists, Pavel Mazheiko, for insulting the president were lightened in spring 2003 inasmuch as they were allowed to serve their sentences in their home town. But Viktar Ivaskevich, the editor of the newspaper Rabochy, is still in a labour camp for an article he wrote and published accusing President Lukashenko of corruption.By imprisoning these journalists, the authorities are violating international press freedom standards, which state that: “In the case of offences such as ‘libelling’, ‘insulting’ or ‘defaming’ the head of State (…), prison terms are both reprehensible and out of proportion to the harm suffered by the victim” (18 January 2000 report of Abid Hussain, the United Nations special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression). These journalists should be cleared of all charges and Ivaskevich should be freed immediately. May 27, 2021 Find out more May 26, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 OSCE alerted about major press freedom violations June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has voiced its concern about the threats to press freedom in Belarus to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on the eve of a visit to Minsk on 25-28 May by the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s ad hoc working group on Belarus. Help by sharing this information to go further May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Follow the news on Belarus RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Receive email alertslast_img read more

Russia: journalist threatened with expulsion to Uzbekistan

first_imgРоссия: угроза высылки в Узбекистан журналиста Али Феруза March 17, 2017 Russia: journalist threatened with expulsion to Uzbekistan RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Credit: Novaya Gazeta News Репортеры без границ (РБГ) крайне обеспокоены угрозой экстрадиции в Узбекистан Али Феруза, задержанного 16 марта 2017 года в Москве. РБГ призывает российские власти не депортировать узбекского журналиста на родину, где он подвергнется пыткам. News Читать по-русски / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) is extremely concerned about Khudoberdi Nurmatov, an Uzbek journalist also known as Ali Feruz, who was arrested as he left his Moscow home yesterday and is now threatened with extradition to Uzbekistan.RSF urges the Russian authorities not to send Nurmatov back to his home country, where he could be tortured.After assisting various human rights groups, Nurmatov had been working for more than a year for the Moscow-based independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, writing articles on Uzbek domestic policy and the appalling conditions in which Central Asian immigrants live in Moscow.The Russian authorities accuse him of violating their immigration laws. The document they have given to his lawyers refers to article 18.8 of the administrative code, which provides for deportation.Although Nurmatov does not have a valid passport, he has requested asylum, which is sufficient to allow him to remain in Russia. Under both Russian and international law, he should not be sent back to his country until his asylum request has been examined.Nurmatov fled Uzbekistan in 2009 to escape growing pressure from the Uzbek intelligence services, which wanted to recruit him as an informer. His mother lives in Russia and has Russian nationality.After spending most of yesterday in a police station, Nurmatov was hospitalized in the evening with a kidney ailment exacerbated by a flu virus. His lawyer, Maria Kurakina, said today that the hospital’s management had been pressured to discharge him as quickly as possible so that he could be taken before a court.“Sending Khudoberdi Nurmatov back to Uzbekistan would be illegal and would put him in great danger,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“His journalistic activities and defence of human rights expose him to the worst in a country where torture is systematically used. We call on the Russian authorities not to deport this journalist and to quickly examine his asylum request.”Uzbekistan is ranked 166th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. The regime has a complete monopoly of news and information, and independent journalists who try to keep working are exposed to the worst reprisals. Many reports have documented the widespread use of torture in Uzbek prisons.In a statement released yesterday, Novaya Gazeta expressed full support for Nurmatov and said he was the victim of a targeted arrest, not a routine police check.It is not clear if Uzbekistan has requested his extradition, but the Russian and Uzbek governments are linked by security cooperation accords that are often invoked to the detriment of international humanitarian law.Several Uzbek citizens who had been seeking asylum or had been granted refugee status have gone missing in Moscow in recent years only to reappear some time later in Uzbek jails. Редакция «Новой газеты» в своём заявлении, опубликованном 16 марта, выразила полную поддержку своему коллеге и подчеркнула, что задержание Али Феруза стало не результатом простой рутинной проверки, а преднамеренным действием. При том, что уверенности в том, что Узбекистан официально требует экстрадиции журналиста не существует, Москва и Ташкент связаны соглашениями о сотрудничестве в сфере безопасности, которым систематически дается приоритет над международным гуманитарным правом. За последние годы целый ряд узбекских просителей убежища, в том числе и статусных беженцев, пропадали в Москве, чтобы спустя некоторое время быть обнаруженными в узбекских тюрьмах. Российские власти обвиняют Али Феруза в нарушении иммиграционных законов. Протокол, полученный его адвокатами, вменяет ему статью 18.8 КоАП, которая предусматривает высылку из страны. При этом, хотя журналист не имеет действующего паспорта, он является соискателем убежища в России. Это, в соответствии с российским и международным законодательством, является юридически достаточным основанием для его пребывания в России. До тех пор, как его запрос об убежище не рассмотрен, он не может быть возвращен в свою страну. Али Феруз бежал из Узбекистана в 2009 году, чтобы избежать растущего давления со стороны местных спецслужб, которые пытались его завербовать. Его мать живет в России, и является её гражданкой. Худоберди Нурматов (Али Феруз – его творческий псевдоним) был задержан в Москве 16 марта около собственного подъезда. Ранее сотрудничавший с различными правозащитными организациями, этот узбекский журналист более года работает для независимой «Новой газеты». Он является автором многочисленных статей об узбекской внутренней политике и об ужасающих условиях жизни мигрантов из Средней Азии, проживающих в столице России. Проведя день в полицейском участке, Али Феруз вечером был госпитализирован из-за обострения болезни почек, которое развилось на фоне гриппа. 17 марта его адвокат Мария Куракина заявила, что на руководство больницы оказывается давление, цель которого – как можно скорее выписать Феруза и отправить его дело в суд. RussiaUzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentCouncil of Europe Узбекистан занимает 166 место из 180 во всемирном рейтинге свободы прессы РБГ за 2016 год. Власти этой страны сохраняют абсолютную монополию на информацию, а независимые журналисты, которые упорствуют в выполнении своей работы, очень сильно рискуют. В многочисленных отчётах отмечается широкое применение пыток в узбекских тюрьмах. RSF_en Newscenter_img RussiaUzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentCouncil of Europe Help by sharing this information to go further “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News June 4, 2021 Find out more Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Organisation «Высылка Али Феруза в Узбекистан будет незаконной и поставит его жизнь в большую опасность , – заявил глава отдела Восточной Европы и Центральной Азии РБГ Иоханн Бир, – его журналистская и правозащитная деятельность чреваты для него самыми ужасными последствиями в стране, где применение пыток носит систематический характер. Мы призываем российские власти не депортировать журналиста и как можно быстрое рассмотреть его прошение об убежище». 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“Facebook Chief Cannot Claim Right To Silence” : Delhi Legislative Assembly Tells SC In Facebook-India VP’s Plea Against Summons

first_imgTop Stories”Facebook Chief Cannot Claim Right To Silence” : Delhi Legislative Assembly Tells SC In Facebook-India VP’s Plea Against Summons LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 Oct 2020 9:06 AMShare This – xThe Delhi Legislative Assembly has informed the Supreme Court that Facebook’s India Chief, Ajit Mohan, has merely been summoned by its “Peace and Harmony Committee” to give his expert deposition in its inquiry against the Company’s alleged failure to track down hate-speech. It is emphasized that its proceedings are not criminal or judicial in nature, and neither is Mr. Mohan an…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi Legislative Assembly has informed the Supreme Court that Facebook’s India Chief, Ajit Mohan, has merely been summoned by its “Peace and Harmony Committee” to give his expert deposition in its inquiry against the Company’s alleged failure to track down hate-speech. It is emphasized that its proceedings are not criminal or judicial in nature, and neither is Mr. Mohan an “accused” and therefore, he cannot assert the right to remain silent. “A witness cannot claim his right to silence or to be let alone in response to the summons to depose before a lawful Committee of an empowered legislature, and such a right is not a fundamental except when the person is an accused under Article 20 of the Constitution,” the Delhi Assembly asserted. It further assured, “No coercive action has been taken against the Petitioner No. 1 and none was intended if the Petitioner No. 1 merely attended and participated in the proceedings as a witness. It is also important to note that the proceedings are being conducted in most transparent manner with live broadcast and therefore there is no question of any apprehension in respect of the proceeding either by the Petitioner No. 1 or anyone else.” The submission comes in the form of a counter affidavit filed by the Assembly in Mohan’s plea challenging the summons issued to him by the Delhi Assembly’s “Peace and Harmony” Committee, which is looking into complaints on the “role or complicity of Facebook officials in the Delhi riots” that took place in February 2020. Facebook India Vice President Moves Supreme Court Against Summons Issued By Delhi Assembly Committee Looking Into Delhi Riots In his plea, Mohan had stated that this issue falls within the exclusive domain of the Union of India and that the Committee improperly seeks to exercise its powers and privileges in a manner that exceeds the constitutional limits of the Legislative Assembly. Refuting this claim, the Assembly submitted that the scope of the Committee’s work is purely recommendatory including making positive recommendations to ensure peace and harmony in Delhi, “which relates to various heads/entries of competence of the Assembly in List II and List III of the Seventh Schedule.” Reliance is placed on Entry 39 of List II that reads “Powers, privileges and immunities of the Legislative Assembly and of the members and committees thereof…;enforcement of attendance of persons for giving evidence or producing documents before committees of the Legislature of the State” and Entry 45 of List III that reads 9 “Inquiries and Statistics for the purposes of any of the matters specified in List II or List III”. Further it is submitted, “The proceedings of the Assembly cannot be called in question in the Court of Law and the Member or the Presiding Officer in whom powers are vested for regulating the procedure or conduct of business is not subject to the jurisdiction of Courts in respect of exercise by him of those powers [Section 37 of the GNCTD Act, 1991].” Significantly, the Supreme Court had issued notices on Mohan’s plea last month, where he sought clarification as to whether the privileges of the Legislative Assembly of Delhi, include the power to compel the appearance of non-members before it to express their views or subject them to examination? Responding to this question, the Assembly has claimed that it is an “inherent right” of the Legislature to examine matters of “public importance” and for that purpose to require the presence of persons who are performing a duty of public importance or who have expertise in the matter, before the Committee. It further pointed out that Mr. Mohan had already deposed before the Parliament on some other issues and employees/ representatives of Facebook regularly depose before legislatures across the world and thus, the issue raised by him that non-members cannot be mandated to appear before Committees of Legislatures is not genuine or bonafide. “The Petitioner No.1’s assertion that his being called to depose will have a chilling effect on the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression is not bonafide, misplaced and frivolous. It is reprehensible to raise such an argument especially given that the Petitioners appeared before the Standing Committee on Information Technology of Parliament on being called to give evidence exercise similar powers as the Respondent No.1,” the Assembly averred. It is further contended that a mere issue of summons does not in any manner violate the Fundamental Rights of the Petitioner under Article 14 or Article 21 of the Constitution and therefore, a Writ Petition under Article 32 does is not maintainable.Next Storylast_img read more

‘When No Minimum Sentence Is Prescribed, Accused is Entitled To Default Bail If Charge-Sheet Not Filed In 60 Days’: Delhi High Court Grants Bail To Journalist Rajeev Sharma

first_imgNews Updates’When No Minimum Sentence Is Prescribed, Accused is Entitled To Default Bail If Charge-Sheet Not Filed In 60 Days’: Delhi High Court Grants Bail To Journalist Rajeev Sharma LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK4 Dec 2020 2:13 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has granted bail to journalist Rajeev Sharma, who was arrested for allegedly leaking sensitive information to Chinese intelligence.The court observed that an accused is entitled to default bail if chargesheet is not filed in 60 days, if no minimum sentences is prescribed under the statute for the offences alleged against him.Sharma had earlier moved a petition seeking…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court has granted bail to journalist Rajeev Sharma, who was arrested for allegedly leaking sensitive information to Chinese intelligence.The court observed that an accused is entitled to default bail if chargesheet is not filed in 60 days, if no minimum sentences is prescribed under the statute for the offences alleged against him.Sharma had earlier moved a petition seeking default bail before on the ground that 60 days period having expired since his arrest and charge sheet not been filed by the State. This petition was magistrate on the ground that the time period of filing the charge sheet in this offence would be 90 days. The court had upheld the state’s contention that since there is no minimum punishment prescribed and the maximum punishment is more than 10 years then the chargesheet can be filed beyond 60 days but before 90 days from the date of arrest.Justice Yogesh Khanna, while considering the revision petitions, referred to the judgments in Rajeev Choudhary vs. State of NCT of Delhi 2001(5)SCC 34 and Rakesh Kumar Paul Vs State of Assam and observed that the words “not less than” in Section 167(2) would mean that the imprisonment should be of 10 years or more and would cover only those cases for which the punishment and imprisonment would be for a clear period of 10 years or more. The court also noted that in Rakesh Kumar Paul, it was observed that, in all cases where the minimum sentence is less than 10 years but the maximum sentence is not death or life imprisonment then Section 167(2)(a)(ii) will apply and the accused will be entitled to grant of “default bail” after 60 days in case charge-sheet is not filed.”Under the Official Secret Acts for which the petitioner is being tried, though entail punishment which may extend to 14 years but the Section does not talk of minimum period of sentence and thus does not pass the test of clear period of 10 years or more, per Rajeev Choudhary (supra) and Rakesh Paul (supra) and as such the period of challan in this case would be 60 days and thus the impugned order passed by the learned MM being illegal is set aside and the petition is allowed. The petitioner is thus entitled to default bail; the challan having not been filed within 60 days.””In Rakesh Kumar Paul (supra) the Court observed that the undoubtedly the legislature can bind the sentencing Court while laying down the minimum sentence (not less than) and it can also lay down the maximum sentence. If the minimum is laid down the sentencing Judge has no option but to give a sentence period not less than that sentence provided for. Therefore the words “not less than” occurring in clause (i) of proviso (a) to Sub Section (2) of Section 167 of Cr.P.C. must be given their natural and obvious meaning which is to say, not below the minimum threshold and in case of Section 167 Cr.P.C. these words must relate to the offence punishable with a minimum imprisonment of 10 years.”Observing thus, the court granted default bail to Sharma by directing him to execute personal bond of Rs.1,00,000/- to the satisfaction of the Jail Superintendent/Duty MM.Case: RAJEEV SHARMA VS. STATE (NCT) OF DELHI  [CRL.REV.P. 363/2020] Coram: Justice Yogesh KhannaCounsel: Sr. Adv Adish C. Aggarwala, Standing Counsel Rahul MehraClick here to Read/Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Police: Arizona man killed teen because his rap music made him feel ‘unsafe’

first_imgPeoria Police Department(PEORIA, Ariz.) — An Arizona man said he fatally stabbed a teenage boy last week because the 17-year-old’s rap music made him feel “unsafe,” according to police.Michael Paul Adams, 27, admitted to attacking Elijah Al-Amin, stabbing him in the back and slashing his throat inside a convenience store in Peoria, Arizona, last Thursday, according to court documents. Adams said he lunged at the teen, who’d been listening to rap music in his car around 2 a.m., because he’d previously been attacked by people of color who listen to rap music.Al-Amin collapsed face down trying to flee. Witnesses and police attempted to render aid by applying pressure to his neck, but he was pronounced dead less than 30 minutes later.Police apprehended the suspect, who is white, a few blocks a way after he fled the scene on foot, according to a probable cause affidavit. Officers said he had spots of blood on his arm, hands and feet and a pocket knife in his possession. He admitted to his involvement in the stabbing and was taken into custody without incident.He later told police that “rap music makes him feel unsafe, because in the past he has been attacked by people (Blacks, Hispanics, and Native American) who listen to rap music,” the affidavit said.“Adams further stated, people who listen to rap music are a threat to him and the community,” the affidavit said. “Adams stated the rap music (not the victim) made him feel threatened and Adams felt he needed to be ‘Proactive rather than reactive’ and protect himself and the community from the victim.”Adams was charged with first-degree murder and was being held in lieu of a $1 million bond as of Monday evening. He is expected to appear in court next week.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ford staff given fortnight

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Ford staff given fortnightOn 12 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Employees at Ford have been given a two-week amnesty in which to removeinternet porn and other offensive material from their computers. The amnesty was launched after the motor company discovered that some staff areworried they may be unwittingly storing offensive material and do not know howto delete it. Ford’s HR department provided staff with detailed instructions on how toremove non-work related files from computers, and gave them a two-weekdeadline. Maria Antoniou, Ford’s HR director, reminded employees of the firm’s zerotolerance policy on the storage of offensive material and warned of strictdisciplinary action if anything is discovered after the amnesty. “This is a routine reminder to make sure our employees are aware of thecompany’s position on the misuse of computers. “Ford has a zero tolerance policy on the use of material that canoffend others. Anyone accessing, transmitting or storing offensive orinappropriate material will be subject to disciplinary action,” she said. Last year Ford suspended three employees at its Dagenham plant in Essexafter they were discovered accessing pornographic material on the internet. – According to a survey released last week, more than half of UK employees admitto misusing their company’s e-mail system. In the research, by internet filtering company SurfControl and research firmNOP, three out of 10 respondents said they send racist, sexist, pornographicand discriminatory e-mails while at work. And almost four out of 10 admitted to using e-mail to backstab colleagues tofurther their own careers. By Ross Wigham Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more